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Today is a BAD DAY!

Friday, May 27, 2011

emoticon I've been working my butt off -- added riding bicycle to my exercise regime, plus taking my dog on long walks each day, AND I've been watching what I eat! All to no avail as my scale is just happily climbing a hill of it's own! Today I stepped on the same scale that used to be so friendly -- only to read 147.2 -- Holy Schmoly! I haven't seen that number since 2009!

Why? WHY? When you're doing everything RIGHT -- the scale is supposed to be rewarding you with lower numbers, not higher.

OK, I'm kind of depressed right now. I'm not giving myself a lecture, because after all, what would I scold myself for? I've eaten right, I've exercised. But I'd like to blame someone -- that's human nature. And so close to the end of the month, I dread the 1st of June weigh-in, it depresses me even further.

There must be a silver lining in here somewhere -- does anyone else see it?

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    Think the best thing I can say or do is emoticon emoticon

btw, that is still a good number. Can I buy it form you?

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CATLADY52 5/27/2011 4:26PM

    You've been riding and walking so you built muscle not fat my dear. emoticon

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IMEOWASWELL 5/27/2011 4:17PM

  I agree with the rest of the pack "Muscle weighs more than fat!" Just think of those big abs and the muscles in the tummy. When down take your measurements and I bet you are down inches.

Or maybe you just had a water retention day.

You do good anyway



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JLPARKHURST 5/27/2011 2:44PM

    You're just getting more muscle. I am having the same problem! Don't worry, you are doing great!!!!! I keep saying that the scale will eventually show my progress. Just keep up the great work! You will see, it will pay off!!!!

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OLDERDANDRT 5/27/2011 1:02PM

    It's ok! Muscle weighs more than fat!! Besides, you just keep doing your thing and the scale will eventually catch up to telling you the real truth! How long have you been doing the extra stuff....riding your bike and long walks with the dog? If it's been 3 weeks or more, change it up and do something different for awhile. bike longer, or shorter times or something else. Just change it up and you'll keep on moving in the proper downward direction. Now, breathe............., walk away from the scale and smile, b/c you know so much more than it does!!!! hehe emoticon emoticon

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I RESOLVE! . . . . .

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

emoticon Being upset with myself doesn't solve any problems at all, a pity party (with yourself) seems to make matters worse in fact..... you feel sorry for yourself, or you give yourself a lecture and make yourself feel like you are so worthless in your efforts you may as well just give up and live with it.

When you fall off the horse they say the best thing to do is get right back on and ride! Perhaps we could apply that same philosophy to our healthy lifestyle!

I resolve to track my food and make the right choices!

I resolve to get out there and get my goal of walking in (7500 steps) and then ride my bicycle for at least 3 miles, increasing the distance a bit each week until I reach a goal of 10 miles!

I resolve to give myself a treat at the end of each week (or 7 days consecutively) that I have stuck to my resolutions -- perhaps a manicure, perhaps a haircut, not all treats need to be something that will throw my good intentions for a loop

I resolve to compliment myself instead of lecturing each and every little thing that is not perfect -- perfection is not a criteria of healthy living.

I resolve to read hints on SP and incorporate them into things that will work for me!

emoticon emoticon Let's see more "happy faces" you CAN DO IT!

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TRISTAROSE 5/27/2011 8:28AM

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NORAHNICK 5/26/2011 7:17PM

    That's the spirit! Don't worry about yesterday. Focus on what you can do TODAY!

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STILLFLYIN 5/26/2011 11:57AM

    It's the little things that add up to big successes. Enjoy each day and celebrate the things you did right. Great resolutions!

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JLPARKHURST 5/26/2011 9:25AM

    That is great! YOU CAN DO IT!!!


Thanks for the inspiration!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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MARPET44 5/26/2011 7:20AM

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My Energy is GONE!

Saturday, May 21, 2011

emoticon Today was a "me" day and unfortunately I spent WAY TOO MUCH OF MY TIME READING! It was nice out and I felt guilty for not taking my dog out for a walk. I needed it and so did she! But instead I made the bed with fresh linens and procrastinated on the walk.

I trimmed my dog so she looked and felt better for the summer heat -- and she felt wonderful. I felt ichy for all the little hairs I probably had on me. And I still procrastinated on the walk.

Then I went shopping for new sandals; and while I got a bit of exercise walking up and down each aisle of 2 different stores -- it's not like a walk where you are doing it just for the exercise.

Why do I procrastinate when I'm not happy with my progress? emoticon

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IMEOWASWELL 5/22/2011 10:01AM

That was yesterday! Today is a new day!! Smile and all will be well!


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CATLADY52 5/21/2011 3:44PM

    Time to recharge. Just don't let one day become three or a week which might as well be a month. emoticon

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OLDERDANDRT 5/21/2011 11:45AM

    I don't know.....tis the nature of the beast! I do that too. Maddening, isn't it?! Oh well, this, too shall pass and we'll do better then next day. Procrastination is an awful disease!!! hehe emoticon

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JLPARKHURST 5/21/2011 8:33AM

    Everyone is entitled to a "me" day! Don't let it get you down, you deserve it! You are doing great!!!!! emoticon

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MARPET44 5/21/2011 8:10AM

    I am sure Amber will forgive you. A day off once in awhile lets your batteries recharge. emoticon

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VITCHY-VICKI 5/21/2011 8:04AM

    You have been doing great and having one me day a week is good for ya so now that you have done that take Amber for a walk today emoticon
NO more procrastinating

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LIS193 5/21/2011 12:16AM

    Sometimes you need some time off - walking the store is exercise and when you tired of shopping you sit down and try on shoes :) Hope you found some great ones!

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Why I Write Lists

Monday, May 16, 2011

emoticon I'M A LIST MAKER! I won't even try to deny it. I make lists for the grocery store, lists of things to bring on vacation, lists of things to clean in my house when getting ready for a party/company. I make lists for a variety of things and for a variety of reasons.

First of all I make lists because when in the grocery store it's so easy to forget some obscure item you seldom use, like Sesame Oil -- I mean, how often do YOU use it? So forgetfulness is a reason here!

I make lists of things to get done around the house because, while it may not be uppermost in my mind at all times, I'm constantly reminded of them. Carpet needs to be vacuumed, then you should polish the furniture, water the plants, empty the trash -- you know how those lists go on and on. The reason I make out lists like this is to goad me into doing it. When I do something and finish it, I can cross it off my list. Do you know what an exciting feeling that is?

Sometimes I write notes to myself to do things, a note is something like a list except it usually covers just one item. As an example, I stopped by the Post Office the other day to change my name (I got married) on my passport. I had my wedding certificate with me; but do you know what I DIDN'T have? That's right -- the passport!

I pride myself on having a good memory, but for little everyday tasks and chores nothing beats a list. It motivates you -- nags at you, until you finally DO IT -- MAINLY SO YOU CAN CROSS IT OFF THE LIST!

Are you a list maker?

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NORAHNICK 5/26/2011 7:17PM

    I make lists of things I want to make lists of!

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SKUTRGAL 5/19/2011 8:02PM

    I'm a list maker, too. Microsoft's website has a bunch of templates of lists that I've downloaded over the years, things to do before a party, things to pack for a cruise, things to do before you move, things to take camping. I start thinking of things way in advance, and if I don't have a list to jot it down on, poof, it's gone. Then when I need it whenever, wherever, I say, ya know, I could've sworn I had that on the list. LOL!

When I've been depressed, I've also made an "I Accomplished" list. It's like a to-do list, but instead of a list of things that need to be done, it's a list of things I actually did so that I can look at it and feel a sense of accomplishment that even though I felt like crap I still managed to get something done. It's a little trick I teach people who live with chronic illness or depression (or both). It's certainly served me well.

Thanks for the blog. BTW, how's your baby? Any more attacks?

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CATLADY52 5/17/2011 6:03PM

    I've made lists for everything you can imagine. Groceries, shopping for clothes, insurance for house and autos, Christmas (there are all sorts of lists just for that), and the list of lists goes on and on. My late husband used to make a list of what needed to be done on a weekend and when got through he'd look at the list and cross off everything he finished. Then he'd say "I did stuff that wasn't on the list", so we would just add them to the list and cross them off. It all worked out in the end. emoticon

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LIS193 5/17/2011 11:16AM

    I have a magnetic pad on the fridge for making a grocery list - as I get low on something I add it. When we lived in CO I had a plan of the grocery store (we only have 1 in our town) on the side of the fridge and I made my list according to the lay-out of the store :)
I really dislike shopping in a strange store or when they change things around - I'm a creature of habit... I love getting back for the summer and shop in "my" store.
It took me a while to get used to shopping the little markets in Mexico - you can only buy what's available and that changes from week to week so quite often things on the lsit aren't there and I have to improvise / get creative.

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4_MY_LIFE 5/17/2011 11:14AM

    I make lists: groceries, bills to pay, packing for trips. Otherwise something will get forgotten. I hate making a 2nd trip because I forgot it the first time. Not to mention, it feels good to mark it off as it gets done!

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OLDERDANDRT 5/17/2011 11:06AM

    My memory has been poor since all my life!! My mom used to tell me to make a list, or write it down to help me remember stuff!! BUT, I'd lose the list!!!! You know.....can't remember where I put it!? hehe But yeah, I need lists and love to make them and cross the stuff off as done! (Sorry about that passport thing!)hehe emoticon

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MARPET44 5/17/2011 7:14AM

    I keep a list and pen next to my place at the dining table. Shopping list as I or my DH think of things we need. Now wioth the price of gas getting up there, we plan a trip to include all stope needed. Today is exercise at the Y. We will stop at the grocery store and the library also. Probably stop at the hardware store. That cuts down on trips to towm with the car. Too far to walk on some danerous country roads. emoticon

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VITCHY-VICKI 5/17/2011 5:54AM

    I make list for if I don't it won't get done for the older I get the more I forget so list are good things to make.
Vicki emoticon

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    Sometimes I do make lists but always on my laptop. I have the sticky note program and it let's you crumble up the note (virtually) and trash. That's fun too!

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Nothing Like Yardwork in 100 degree Heat!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

emoticon Some people like to escape on a tropical vacation when the thermometer creeps up into the triple digits! emoticon emoticon
and that's probably a good idea -- but for me it isn't possible right now.

So. . . . . what's a good way to work out, and save money at the same time? Why DO YOUR OWN YARDWORK OF COURSE! The home I used to live in before I got married is still empty, and that requires trips over there for yardwork. We've finally got it emptied out and ready to rent, but today I headed over to get it in shape for showing again. Trimming the front shrubs, blowing the gravel, and maybe cutting the lawn.

emoticon Wonder why there is no icon for doing yardwork? No mower, no hedge trimmer, oh well -- I got those things together, and arrived at my other home just minutes after 6:00 a.m. Decided to trim the hedges first. Boy, and they needed it too. Already I could feel moisture at the base of my hairline, I wonder why I sweat there? And usually that's the only place! But time for a nice glass of ice water. That will be my 3rd for the day!

One side of the front yard done -- OK it was the smallest side -- time for more ice water (#4) and I'm accumulating all these steps on my pedometer too! Yard is looking much nicer already! Time for glass #5 of the water -- and while I'm at it I make an iced coffee too, cause my energy is getting pretty low. By now my entire head is wet!!

I get all the leaves and stuff raked into piles and start to load up the big garbage can. Wow! It is almost full, didn't realize there was so much to cut off. I should mow the lawn in the back but the grass is too wet as the sprinklers were going as I arrived. I get out the blower and soon have all the little missed leaves and twigs next to the gutter. Now . . . . . how to get it all in the garbage can, as I forgot that there is no broom over here any longer. Doesn't do my hands much good, but it's the only "tool" I have handy. I'm sure my neighbors wouldn't appreciate me just leaving it.

Now I have an hour to kill until I leave for an appointment. Although I'm tired there is no furniture in the house, so I can't really sit down or take a nap. So, I grit my teeth and decide it wouldn't hurt to clean the tile on the floor. Although tired, I will admit it looked very nice when it was all finished.

10:30 a.m.: A little over 4 hours of work, and I'm on my way to an appointment. How many calories did I burn? Wish I knew, it feels like a LOT!

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    emoticon Take it easy in that heat. Gald you drinking that good cold water! Go healthy you!

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OLDERDANDRT 5/16/2011 10:50AM

    You can bet it was a ton, gf!!! Not to mention the sweating!! Good for you keeping hydrated!!! Well, at least that's a big job done again!!! Good for you!!!! emoticon

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CATLADY52 5/15/2011 1:51PM

    Good for you!! I'm sure it will rent quickly. Enjoy the day now. emoticon

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STILLFLYIN 5/15/2011 10:14AM

    Good for you! Now enjoy the sense of accomplishment.

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MARPET44 5/15/2011 7:28AM

    You did really great working in that heat. Smart lady to keep drinking that water. I hoped that all of the hard work pays off for you! emoticon

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VITCHY-VICKI 5/15/2011 6:48AM

    One busy girl and what great exercise hope the scale says you did good in the morning and your not to stiff - now enjoy the rest of the day off

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