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First Swim in New Suit

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

I hope every swim I have for the rest of my life is like today's workout - just longer. I think I am on the verge of FINALLY getting these injuries behind me. The ribs are healed, just weak. The heel spur doesn't hurt. My heel just feels strange sometimes. The stretches the podiatrist gave me to do help more than anything. My stroke was just so smooth and even, and my intensity was good.

Today was my first swim in my new suit from Land's End. I love their suits, but they rarely have the style suit I wear. I like a higher neckline, and I'm picky about what kind of straps I have. Tanks, X backs, and keyholes are about all I will buy. Those skinny little straps just don't work for lap swimming.

I am still doing 20 minutes of water walking and then swimming 1/4 mile. Next week I'm going to decrease the water walking by 5 minutes and add 200 meters to the swim.

My suit is black with purple trim. (I will NOT post a picture.) My old cover up matches it. The suit is size 10, and it fits perfectly. My destination size is 8. I'm just one size away.... I'm so excited.


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HEALTHY-SPARK 8/8/2013 11:56PM

    Wow -- this really inspires me to get back to swimming! I used to be on a competitive swim team when I was younger -- but haven't really done much swimming in many years. There's a pool at my gym too -- so it would be easy to work that into my routine one of these days. New workout clothes (including swimsuits) are so motivating and fun! Glad you are on the mend and doing so well.

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TXGRANDMA 8/7/2013 11:30PM

    Wow! I am impressed that you are swimming 1/4 mile! That is quite the workout! A size 10 is nothing to be embarrassed about! How about a picture? You can wear your cover up if you want........ emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SHOAPIE 8/7/2013 10:51PM


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    Congrats on your swim, new swimsuit and on feeling better!! I can hardly wait until I feel comfortable in a swimsuit again! You are really doing great! emoticon emoticon

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Canning in My Kitchen

Saturday, July 27, 2013

(to the tune of “Sunshine on My Shoulders)

Canning in my kitchen makes me sweaty.
Canning in my kitchen makes me tired.
Canning in my kitchen makes my back hurt.
Canning, almost all the time, makes me whine.

If I take the day, and spend it canning,
I start the job with lots of zest and zeal.
Hours pass. My feet hurt and my neck aches.
All that food has somehow lost appeal.

Thank the Lord for all this wondrous bounty.
He watches over us with tender care.
Someday I will can for Him in Heaven.
I won’t need Tylenol up there.

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    Hahaha! I loved it (and sang it all in my head as I read.) Did you write this?

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LALATIDAH 7/27/2013 3:10PM

    This is emoticon !!

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Size 8

Sunday, July 21, 2013

I had DH pull down the tub of size 8 clothes from its top shelf in the garage yesterday.

I can get into everything except one dress. Now, would I want to be seen in public??? Probably not. I am not a fan of super tight clothes. 10 more pounds, and everything in the tub should be wearable.

I do have on a pair of shorts that was in the tub. "Small." They are very comfortable. Love those elastic waists.

10 more pounds....Oh yeah. I forgot. I'm stuck at 143!

Part of the problem is my Sundays. I do think I'm getting it figured out. I think my appetite has been so out of control, not because of the 2 A.M. alarm, but because I wasn't going to bed until 10. The last two weeks I have hit the sack between 7 and 7:30. Today was a very normal day. I am just now beginning to run out of gas.

I have a shopping trip to Wichita planned for next Sunday and Monday. I will be looking for a few size 10 things to tide me over until I am back into my old stash.

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3016DEBRA 7/23/2013 11:22AM

  I'm super happy for you...Good Job! emoticon

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    Don't forget that snug clothes actually make you look smaller than you think!
A size 8. That's plumb amazing! I bet just 5 pounds will have you into them more comfortably. Way to go!

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GAYLLYNNE 7/22/2013 7:02AM

    Good for you!! Love, love, love those single digits!!!

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TXGRANDMA 7/21/2013 11:27PM

    Great job! Size 8 is wonderful! You will be there soon! emoticon

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HEALTHY-SPARK 7/21/2013 10:39PM

    Awesome! You must be super psyched -- I am psyched and it's not even my box of clothing. lol. I am so tired of the clothes in my closet (and there is quite a bit that doesn't fit all that comfortably -- but I'm stubborn and haven't wanted to buy anything new until I get to where I ought to be.) Guess I need to work a little harder at it. :-)
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Spoke Too Soon

Thursday, June 13, 2013

OK. I should have known not to post I wasn't hungry in my SP status. This morning I got up early, fed the cats, got dressed, and I headed to the garden at 6:30 A.M. No time for breakfast. I wanted to beat the heat. There was also no wind, and I wanted to RoundUp the fence row by the garden.

I came in a little after 9. FAMISHED. I was actually feeling lightheaded. My stomach had been growling for awhile. I just ate a 600 calorie breakfast. The good news is this is a swimming day, and I do feel like I had a fair workout in the garden.

I'm planning on making homemade pizza tonight, if my energy level holds. Yesterday was the pits. The first words out of DH's mouth last night were, "Wow! You look AWFUL." I went to bed at 9.

I think mostly it's the heat. The cottonwood trees are also dropping their seeds. That's always a rough time for my allergies. A couple of more weeks of itchy eyes and drippy nose, and I should be set to enjoy the summer weather.


Spark Menu Isn't Working for Me

Friday, June 07, 2013

I'm not one to give up easily. If a project isn't coming together, I usually blame myself, stop working on it for awhile, and I come back to tackle it with a new angle. I'm slow to accomplish things, but I usually do get the job done.

The Spark Menu. There are several problems. As I mentioned before in blogs, I won't use the menu in the winter time because there are too many days of no hot food. I thought it would be the perfect summer menu. Wrong.

It's just not taking advantage of the fresh produce we have coming out of our garden and the organic farm we get our fresh vegetables from. I guess not everyone loves turnips, but we do. Turnip greens, raw turnips and hummus, steamed turnips, turnips in salads. We use them like carrots, and they are WAY easier to grow.

Jalapeño peppers. They are just now starting to produce. We will have buckets of them in a couple of weeks. (Note to self: Wash canner....Uh....Find canner.)

I just printed the grocery list for this next week. I thought it would only print the foods on the menu I checked we were going to eat. Wrong. It printed all the food needed to use the Spark Menu. Now, I have to sort through what it is we're using and what we're not. I don't have time for this! And I'm retired!

And then there's the wasted food issue I mentioned in another blog recently.

Plus, I just miss my own recipes. We have many healthy family recipes. I want my chili, not some vegetarian version made with carrots. We buy extra lean ground beef, and I need the protein.

There are some Spark Menu recipes I love. I just took some Oatmeal Applesauce Muffins out of the oven. They are delicious.

I guess what I have learned from this experience is that no one can plan your menu for you. I'm still going to keep the Spark Menu showing. I'm still going to eat partially from the menu. I have learned some things. I've tried some recipes and meals I wouldn't have fixed for myself otherwise. It's all good

Sorry. I really didn't mean for this to turn into a rant.

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THINAGIN2 6/9/2013 4:04PM

    I have tried to use the Spark menu and it did not work for me either. I like my own way of eating and planning besides, DH wouldn't put some of the things on the menu in his mouth!

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    This didn't sound like a rant at all. It sounded like a lesson you learned and shared despite being a little sad it didn't work out like you had hoped. I am very thankful that you shared this. I agree that our family recipes, tweaked or used in moderation, often work best for us here also.
You made me laugh at " um... find canner." I know exactly where mine is. It's in the corner of the shed under the bins of plumbing supplies and Beanie Babies.

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