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Defeat cabin fever

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Today I had enough of being inside. I love working out, but I can only take so much of running on the dreadmill and on the track inside. We still had about 3" of snow on the ground and got another 6" today. I decided to stop complaining and just get out in it! I purchased some ice cleats and put them on a pair of running shoes I was going to retire (they have about 350 miles on them). It was about 15 degrees F, so I layered, put plastic bags over my socks (old school style), laced up the running shoes with cleats and headed out in the snow! It was a blast! I only went 2 miles because I didn't want to overdo it the first time out in cleats (I didn't want a silly injury from doing something crazy). It was exhilarating and I will be doing it again!

Moral of the story, stop complaining about it, and just get out in it! (You don't have to run, take a walk, shovel, play, enjoy!) Do I love the snow now? no..but I won't use it as an excuse not to get out and enjoy doing something outside.

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ASTARSIA 1/29/2011 8:59AM

    Sandy one day i'm going to visit you in Missouri and it will be in winter.. so i can play in the snow and watch you go for runs in your John Cleats. [okay so maybe john cleat had nothing to do with it, but... when you say cleat i think of him.... ]

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SUZANNE0606 1/24/2011 11:49PM

    Dreadmill - I love it!!!! HAAAAAAA

Love your homemade waterproof ice/snow shoes!!! I'm so happy for you that you were able to get out for a while. Me? I use the treadmill everyday (it's not a dreadmill because I bring my laptop in and watch shows) and would not enjoy going out like you did!!! Glad you found a way around having to stay in!!

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SANDY6583 1/24/2011 2:03PM

    I'm not saying it is for everyone. I am always cold and don't like getting out in it, but I had had enough of being inside. I've run in 6 degrees without the windchill before (that is about my limit) and it is tough, but it makes it more challenging. If the wind is blowing and it's just too dangerous, I wouldn't attempt it either.

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MRE1956 1/24/2011 10:59AM

    That's all well and good, but if one has low tolerance for cold (and it is BITTERLY cold where I'm from right now), it's much easier said than done......


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Kindness of a stranger at Subway

Friday, November 06, 2009

My husband and I went bike riding today and then stopped at a Subway for lunch afterwards. While waiting to pay for our order, the lady in front of us asked me if either of us was going to get a 6" sandwich. I said my husband was, so she handed the cashier a coupon and said "now his is free, right?" and the cashier said "yes". I said "did you just pay for his?" and the lady smiled and said "yes". (I think she had a coupon for buy one get one free and she gave us the free one!). I said "that was so nice of you, thank you so much"! She said "you're welcome" and smiled. I told her we would "pass it on". The cashier said "there are still good people in the world". I said "sometimes I pay for the person behind me at the drive thru at McDonalds, and so good deeds do come back to you" She agreed and said sometimes they take awhile, but you never know. On the way out I told my husband "you do realize that lady paid for your sandwich don't you?" and he said "no! I would have thanked her too" really don't pay attention to things sometimes. I told him I thanked her though. It was such a blessing to have a complete stranger do something nice like that. I prayed and asked God to bless that lady, whoever she is.

Just wanted to share that with others. Do something good, you never know when it will be given back to you-even at a Subway Restaurant!

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MRE1956 1/24/2011 11:03AM

    I once had someone forward change to me at a grocery checkout so I could get out of his way that much quicker (I wanted to provide exact change and it always seems to be those few pennies that are the most difficult to fish out of the ol' purse) - as I couldn't obviously "pay it back" to the person I pulled out all the stops to try to at least "pay it forward"......

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SUZANNE0606 11/6/2009 11:23PM

    Oh, that was so sweet of her!! I often pass coupons on to others in a store if I cannot use them.

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My Fitness Journey

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

As a teenager in highschool, I was always involved in sports. I played softball, basketball, and was in track (but was very lazy and just did what I could to get by in track!), but always felt I was bigger than others (5'4 135). Looking back, I wasn't THAT heavy, but I sure didn't eat right (lunch was doritos and donuts and supper was a Hardees bacon cheeseburger, fries and a Dr. Pepper) but being active kept me from being too overweight. (These meals were mainly after my Mother passed away my senior year).

After I graduated highschool, I had an office job and sat all day. My eating was still very unhealthy, and I became inactive and gained about 35 lbs over the next few years. (I have never had children, but I have stretch marks from gaining all that weight). In 1985 I weighed about 170. I lost 20 lbs just by "dieting" (bad word!). Then one day I saw a commercial about real people that had lost weight, I ordered the program "The Sybervision of Weight Loss" and followed it. It basically taught you to eat right and exercise. It came with tapes, a workbook, and food log (nothing like Spark people, but it was a start!). I followed it and lost about 30lbs.(I was flown to California and did an infomercial for them too!) I kept most of the weight off until 1999 when I visited Australia and gained 10 lbs the month I was there and couldn't lose it.

In 2001 I read the book "The bible cure for Muscle Gain and Weight Loss" by Don Colbert and applied the principals in it to my eating and was able to lose about 10 lbs and keep it off. I also began working out 5-6 days a week, and in 2004 I took up running. Running is the main thing (along with proper eating) that helps me maintain my weight loss.

In 2007 I became a certified personal trainer to help others in their journey to better health. At my YMCA I am a fitness trainer and I show many ladies my photos of "before" so they can see that if I can do it, they can too. Although I was not "obese" at 170, I was still overweight and unhealthy. I try to inspire them to be healthy and make better choices.

Although weight loss has been an outward result of eating right and exercise, the main reason I try to be fit is for my future health. Both of my parents died in their 40's, (I am 44) and both were lifestyle related (in my opinion). I feel that both of them made decisions that affected their health and ultimately their lives. Their lifestyles of smoking, drinking, eating fried foods, not exercising, affected them in a negative way, so anything they did, I do not do, and anything they didn't do (exercise) I do. At my last physical, I passed with flying colors, and it is due to hard work and dedication. Fitness isn't just something I do, it is my way of life.

I maintain a healthy weight of 110-113 lbs, and eat 5-6 meals a day. (Joining Sp in 2008 helped me lose that last 8 lbs and keep it off, and stay healthy) The things I have learned over the last 25 years have helped me in my journey to a healthy lifestyle. My passion is sharing this with others.

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SHIRLEYDILLARD 10/20/2009 9:41AM

    I think sometimes I forget the health benefits of better living - and only focus on what I look like on the outside. Thanks for the reminders.

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SHAPECHANGER 10/20/2009 9:15AM

    Thank you for sharing. You are an inspiration, and a true example of how to turn your life around, and make positive lifestyle changes to becomehealthy for life.

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He's unemployed, I am now uninsured.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

My husband has been with..or rather..had been with his company for going on 38 years. He was on vacation last week and received a call yesterday telling him that as of yesterday, he was no longer employed and no longer has health insurance. He works in the automotive industry and the plant has already terminated about 85% of the employees. His department is being dissolved and all 5 employees are terminated. He was given a severance package, but that doesn't include health insurance. He is old enough to sign up with Medicare, but I have 20+ years before I can. So for the first time in my adult life, I am among the uninsured.

Do I think the government should kick in and take care of me? No way! I just want to be able to purchase affordable insurance on my own. The less the government is involved in our lives, the better. I am searching and going to our insurance agent Monday to check into purchasing my own.

I don't stress over the fact he will not have a weekly income (just a monthly one from social security at least), I know God will take care of us and meet our needs. Things will change, I have no doubt, but life will still be good. God is in control. The insurance situation is the only thing I have to take care of in the near future because I do not like the feeling of not having it. Not that I want to have to use it, but without it I feel vunerable. I keep thinking "don't get sick, don't get hurt"!

I feel we go through things in life for a reason, this is just another learning experience.

*update-I now purchase my own insurance through a local agent. They had the best price and it is with blue cross blue shield. I don't want anyone telling me I have to, but I think it is something wise to have.

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MRE1956 1/24/2011 10:59AM

    Sorry about your situation - I've BTDT more times than I care to think about.....


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HAPPYKATIE27 5/31/2009 12:27PM

    There's no cobra offered??? Have your husband call their HR department and make sure.... It's sometimes expensive, but at least you can pick it up so you don't have a break in coverage!! Good luck!!!

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Sorry to hear about your situation. I love your attitude, though. It is refreshing. I am praying for you and your husband.

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Another Mother's Day

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Another Mother's day has come and almost gone (thank goodness). If you are a mother and/or still have your mother, you are very blessed. I wish you a wonderful day! However, I haven't liked this day ever since my own mother passed away my senior year in 1983. At the age when I needed her most (even if I would never had admitted it!) she was gone. She had promised me she wouldn't die. And I believed her. After all, my Dad had died almost 5 years earlier, and you just didn't lose both parents! To this day I think the choices she made and the lifestyle she lived (no, she wasn't a druggie or anything like that!) contributed to the type of cancer she had and caused her to die of it. I do everything I can not to live as she did (she smoked, ate fried food, not exercise etc) so I can try to live as healthy and long as I can.

I am also not a mother, and will never be. This makes this day twice as hard. Everywhere you go people say "Happy Mother's Day" and I just want to yell back "my mom is gone , and I am not a mother, so don't talk to me" LOL I would never really say that though, and I know most people don't know my circumstance and really mean well. Being around people on this day is so hard. At church they have special things for all the Moms, and I am always the only one that is not a Mom, or at least a Step Mom (one other lady at church has never had kids, but she is a step mother). This makes me feel like a 2nd class citizen, not quite as good as others. After all, the calling of being a Mom is the highest calling (and most important job in the world, and I do believe that), so since I am not one, I feel less important. No one tries to make me feel that way and a couple go out of their way to make me feel better on this day by giving me Mothers Day cards from their kids, and I so appreciate that, really..but I can't help feeling left out on this day. It is "their" day..not mine.

The only bright spot in the day was that my Mother in law was able to come to church for the first time in well over a year. She is 93 and has had health problems that have kept her pretty much home bound, but today she forced herself to come. It was so nice to see her out and about. My husband's great neice and her girls were there too, so they had 4 generations there. If we could get all 5 there some day, that would be even better!

The service at church was lead by my Pastors wife, and she always does a great job. I know ahead of time that I am going to do nothing but cry on this day, so I wore glasses to church instead of my contacts. I am so glad I did! She had 3 ladies talk about their lives with their Moms and kids (although one of them read stories or poems, and it was still good), and I cried through it all, it was so touching. They spoke from the heart and it showed. It is just a roller coaster of emotions to go to church on this day. Every year I say I am staying home the next year, but I keep going. Some day perhaps it will get easier? Maybe in another 20 some years.

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ROSEMARY_HAMM 5/12/2009 8:24AM

    I don't go to Church, but I do go to visit my Mom at her gravesite. I talk to her and am not embarressed by doing so. I lost my mother 10/29/06 and am just now getting to the point I don't cry everytime I visit her.

God bless you and I hope you find something to do on Mother's Day to enjoy. Maybe you should avoid church on this day.

God Bless You!

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SANDY6583 5/10/2009 8:24PM

    Thanks ladies!

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TOGOAL145 5/10/2009 7:42PM

    I'm not a Mom either. But I say I am to my fur babies...... 2cats & 2dogs. hehehe

I was at home depot and the cashier asked me if I had kids, I said not, but I've got pets....and she said well then happy mothers day.... lol

I hope you cheer up. I understand you miss your Mom. It may help to honor her during Mothers day in her wonderful memory, in your special own way.

hugs... emoticon joy

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I have no answers - just prayer. emoticon

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