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I Didn't FALL -- I Jumped!

Saturday, December 03, 2011

I did do a few things right yesterday, but entirely scrubbed them out of sight by my behavior starting at dinnertime!

I went to the gym, did the stairstepper, treadmill and bike.
I racked up a good number (for me) on my pedometer.

THEN -- we went to our favorite Mexican restaurant for dinner. Last time I ate there I didn't gain an ounce. Perhaps it would be the same this time. And it might have been, but I didn't leave well enough alone. I walked the dog and then I guess I rewarded myself with a dish a ice cream and 2 small sugar cookies. But that's not the end of the story. It's like those sugar cookies were calling my name and I went back and ate 6 more. Each one is small in calories, but added up those 8 cookies just cost me 260 calories! I sat down to my computer and tried to get the feeling of absolute DESIRE OF FOOD out of my head. A small bowl of Quakes "rice snacks" were sitting to one side of my computer. I mindlessly gobbled them all down; probably another 120 calories. OMG I just ate 380 cal. and they were all EXTRA.

My scale sneered at me this morning as I stepped on and showed an 0.6 increase in my weight. Reality hit me full force! This is NOT the road to a healthy lifestyle. But I'm human, I'll try again -- time to hide the temptations!

  
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PSMITH3841 12/6/2011 9:46AM

    Oh Boy, I feel your pain....I do the same thing, more times than I care to admit! I think they call that being human. emoticon

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VITCHY-VICKI 12/4/2011 8:00AM

    Like you have told me from time to time we all have a set back but we are to dust our self's off and start over again today - NOW be good or I will come over and kick your back side
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HAPPYGRAM11 12/4/2011 12:05AM

  I know if you don't let one days slip-up go into another, you will be fine. emoticon

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ARTJAC 12/3/2011 7:38PM

    WE ALL HAVE DAYS LIKE THAT AFTER ALL WE ARE ONLY HUMAN BUT I HPE YOU ENJOYED THEM JACQUE emoticon

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LIS193 12/3/2011 11:06AM

    Don't beat yourself up, we all get days like that. Today is a new day and you can make up for it.
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Dear God,

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Dear God,

My prayer for 2012 is for

A fat bank account & a thin body.

Please don't mix these up like you did last year.

AMEN!

  
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LYNETTEMOM 12/5/2011 2:05AM

    hahaha ---I like this!

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OLDERDANDRT 12/1/2011 7:40PM

    emoticon I hear ya, girlfriend! emoticon

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CATLADY52 12/1/2011 3:52PM

    emoticon but so true.

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STILLFLYIN 12/1/2011 8:03AM

    So cute - and true!

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VITCHY-VICKI 12/1/2011 7:02AM

    emoticonand so true
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ARTJAC 12/1/2011 3:17AM

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SDAWNW 11/30/2011 11:17PM

  Amen!

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OMG! I Lost Weight On Vacation!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

emoticon Miracles do happen! How many of you have actually LOST weight while on vacation. I couldn't do my daily weigh-in, which really bugged me at times, and I decided to just relax and eat the way my body told me to. I wasn't always good. In Mexico you could drink only bottled water, so with certain foods I decided to splurge and have a beer! I had enchilada's, pizza, a big sundae for dessert one night, dessert 2 or 3 times -- and actually did not worry that much about exactly what I ate. One day I even ate a whole, regular size Snickers!

Of course on the other hand, most days we walked our butts off. My pedometer was stuck on kilometers and I couldn't change it, so I could only keep track of my steps, but there was a lot of up and down climbing -- and you know that's a LOT harder than walking on a level area. Archaeological sites don't have the word LEVEL in their vocabulary!

There were a couple of days when my knees and hips felt the stress of it all, and I thought I might not last another day, but all in all this vacation had just the right amount of activity and the right amount of "me" or rest time. Our evenings were almost always free and we'd take turns being on the computer, and while DH was on, I'd get in my much-needed "read" time.

This trip totally changed my concept of Mexico, as Mexico City was certainly nothing like the border towns I had been to previously. Back in 2002 I did fly to Cancun for a week at about this same time of year, but the area I was in was strictly condo's, timeshares, and very tourist oriented. I saw the pyramids there on Thanksgiving Day and that was the only time I saw anything other than the fancy timeshares where the tourists stay when they go to visit that part of Mexico.

I definitely liked what I saw of Mexico -- although I could never in a million years hope to drive a car there. You need to be able to drive 50 or more kph and maintain a distance of like 3 inches from the other car, and feel free to cut in at any time. Whoever has their front bumper in the front evidently has "right-of- way" so they have to be watching all the time, and you seldom see any "fender- benders" and very few cars with scratches or dents. Amazing!

Give me a couple of days to sort out some of the hundreds of photo's we took, and I will make up a blog showing some of the highlights. In the mean time I'm one Happy Camper with my new weight. emoticon

  
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PSMITH3841 11/28/2011 4:21PM

    YOU GO GIRL!!!!!! That's awesome, you had a wonderful time and lost weight too!!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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VITCHY-VICKI 11/27/2011 8:38AM

    emoticonyou had a loss when you got home can't wait for pictures
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4_MY_LIFE 11/26/2011 4:18PM

    That is great that you lost while on vacation!

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CATLADY52 11/26/2011 4:11PM

    emoticon and a nice surprise. I'm sure your pictures will be great too.

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SUGARSMOM2 11/26/2011 1:17PM

  wonderful things happen to wonderful people . see you are the getting the best payback from your input to life .

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FREESPIRITME 11/26/2011 11:12AM

    That is TOTALLY wonderful!
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LIS193 11/26/2011 10:00AM

    It sounds like you ha a wonderful time. Mexico is a great place!! (that's why we live there) Border towns are always a problem, once you get further from there you see the real country.
Way to go losing weight, just goes to show - your body knows best :)
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Mexican Experiences!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

While vacations always have many happy moments, it is quite likely there will be one or two things you can look back on and laugh about -- but while you were experiencing them, they weren't so funny!

Our first day I guess the highlight was attending the Ballet Folklorica of Mexico as it was spectacular! The choreography was outstanding, and the whole thing seemed happy and full of joy!

Highlight of the second day was the amazing archaeological sites we had the good fortune to visit. How they can look so good after all these thousands of years of amazing. And the museums are so interesting -- we have many photo's but they will not be available until after we get home.

The traffic is enough to make you shutter -- and the silver lining for the day is that you have a driver, one who is an experienced professional -- I do not wish to drive at 80 km with bare inches separating me and the car next to me. You need an excellent sense of distance perception so you aren't scraping your car up. It would be very wearing on my nerves to say the least. Plus the fact that for no reason at all the police will decide to block a road, and that means a detour. Fine and dandy is you are a native and well acquainted with the various routes. A true disaster if you are a foreigner like us.

Then yesterday as we were zipping along one of their freeways, suddenly the traffic came to a sudden stop! And I do mean STOP! As far as the eye could see the cars had come to a halt -- looking back as far as you could see the traffic was also stopped. Three lanes of traffic, all stopped. Why? We wondered. But with the language barrier we had no idea. Finally our tour guide found out from others who were stopped that there were protesters causing the blockade, and they were protesting the price of fuel. Can't blame them for that. The gas prices in Mexico are even higher than in our own Arizona! Would it help them to do the blockade? NO! After all -- what purpose would it serve? But we sat in line with every other car as there was no way out -- sat for a total of about 5 hours!

We can laugh about it now, but it wasn't the least bit comfortable or funny at the time. I was constantly worried that I would have to go to the restroom, of which there were NONE! Luckily nothing happened and we were finally on the way, and naturally my first request was for our tour guide to find us a toilet. I know the Spanish word for that (bano) -- because with IBS I always worry about problems like that.

Today there were no such problems. Our only problems today was to find a taxi get them to understand where we wanted to go, and what the cost would be. At the end of the day (actually about 3:00 p.m.) I was exhausted and more than ready to head back to our hotel.

Travel is great, but it can really zap your energy level.

  
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LIS193 11/26/2011 10:04AM

    Mexican traffic is challenging even in our little town - I can't imagine driving in Mexico City! It's bad enough when we make a trip to Hermosillo (the state capital of Sonora)

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SUGARSMOM2 11/25/2011 4:11PM

  great to have you back .

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4_MY_LIFE 11/21/2011 12:44AM

    Enjoy yourself!

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ARTJAC 11/20/2011 11:03PM

    have a good trip emoticon

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VITCHY-VICKI 11/20/2011 7:48AM

    Good thing you have someone to drive you around I wouldn't want to drive there myself but have a good time
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DONNARAEJ 11/19/2011 11:43PM

    At least you can eat very healthy in Mexico without even trying. Lots of wonderful fresh fruits and veggies in the restaurants. Have a great trip!

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I Went To The GYM!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Tired of spending my time doing housework, I decided that going to the gym couldn't be any harder than what I was experiencing at home. So I went . . . .

I tried the stair stepper first. The first several steps made me feel like I could keep this up all day -- it was so EASY. I moved the level up to a "3" so the steps would come up a little faster. Now it was making me pant a little, my breath was coming much faster and it was much harder. I had gone 2 floors so far.

I'm getting out of breath and I think my pulse is about 115, the little indicator says I have now gone 5 floors! I think I can hold on to make a couple more.....pant, pant I know I must be losing a LOT of weight!

I finally see that I have made it for 7 floors; and I press the STOP button. I slide to the floor, grateful to be done with that one. Next exercise will be something a bit easier -- get my heartbeat back down to normal. So I try the treadmill. As I first start to walk at 2.5 the indicator says my pulse is 98, so it's already dropped a lot. I up my speed to 3.0 for a minute or two, then on up to 3.3 as the distance is accumulating. Whew! Walking is more my speed, that stair stepper could kill a person if they weren't in good shape. Like me! lol

My pulse went down to 90 and I increased the speed until it read 94 for my pulse, and as I am 73 years old, that still isn't what they want it to be, but it will do for now -- I'm just getting back into this exercise routine! I've been watching a thin little girl do a pull-down, which I figure must be good for the arms. As I usually concentrate on my legs I figure I'd better go try that one too. I leave it at 40 lbs. which is where she had it set. After all, we're both women, right? It didn't feel too bad, so I do two reps of 15 on that one. Now I'm starting to feel STRONG -- I don't know why my head is getting all sweaty, but it must be a good thing.

I go back to the stair stepper, remembering in less than a week I'll be hiking around in Mexico. I don't want to fall flat on my face. But as it's my second time on it, I keep the level at 2 this time, no use pushing it. After 8 more floors I see it is a total of 15 floors for me. I figure that's a good number and I move on to the bike.

The bike is sooooo easy compared to some of the contraptions you find at the gym that I use it as my "cool-down" and stay on it for 5 minutes just for that purpose, but it gives me another mile that I've travelled so I feel good about it.

Looking in the mirror:
Ya! You're looking good, babe! Keep going to the gym and you'll do OK!

See all of you at the gym! Workouts are wonderful!

  
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CATLADY52 11/13/2011 9:35AM

    Keep up the good work, and pretty soon you'll be going non stop to Flagstaff and back without stopping. emoticon

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VITCHY-VICKI 11/12/2011 8:00AM

    Won't pay to go to a gym for I have all the stuff I need in my house and I like to watch TV when I do my treadmill and ball but glad you enjoyed the gym time keep up the good work and you will see your goal soon
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ARTJAC 11/11/2011 10:59PM

    emoticon i have not been to the gym for years since i hurt my back but you keep it up jacque

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TRISTAROSE 11/11/2011 8:28PM

    You go girl ... I'm tired just reading what you did at the gym today!!

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KMCCRIGHT 11/11/2011 8:16PM

    Great job with going to the gym!!

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Sparkle on!

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STILLFLYIN 11/11/2011 8:03PM

    You are so cute! And you are doing fantastic.
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