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I need to start tracking again!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Well, I reached my weight loss goal of losing 10 pounds a while ago and I've been exercising alot, so I stopped tracking my food. I find that I am eating more sugary foods than I would like to and I think I've really lost the good eating habits that I established while I was regularly tracking. Soooooo it's time to start tracking again. I am proud of myself for the regular exercise!

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READNKNIT 10/26/2010 7:44PM

    I'm proud of you, too! And it's nice to see you back!

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GAILRUU 10/26/2010 10:09AM

    I think even if you track several times a week it will keep you alert to how much you are eating. Good luck!

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KRISSIEJ 10/26/2010 8:36AM

    I fall on and off the wagon of food tracking, too. Sometimes it gets overwhelming and I forget to enjoy the food I am eating. Kudos for staying on top of exercise! :)

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Warning! Do not ride bikes with someone who has ADHD!!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

So today was my 4th day back on my bicycle after the "Great Crash" 4 weeks ago. My husband was riding behind me and things were going along well...until I felt something hit my back tire! Oh my gosh! All of a sudden, I saw my husband veer off to the left and crash his bike. He had some minor scrapes on his knee and a huge dent in his ego! Turns out, he was looking off to the right at some construction that was being done and ran right into me! For the rest of the ride, I kept him in a distance...where I could keep an eye on him. Sheesh! This exercise thing can be hazardous to your health. I still have a little fear on the bike, especially after the close call tonight...but it feels so good to be back out exercising again.

Before SparkPeople, I would have just been sitting on the couch knitting or watching more. I just love the feeling of being active and I have so much more energy now. Yay SparkPeople!!!

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CSIENK 8/24/2010 11:00AM

    I'm glad neither of you was seriously hurt (except for his ego). And emoticon on riding together. My own Mr. Wonderful has gotten up to walk with me the last two mornings. I'm very excited about that - but trying not to let on to him.
emoticon for spouses who want to be healthy too!
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CELLO23 8/19/2010 7:02AM

    I'm enjoying the new bike rides too. But your story... hmm... my OH always keeps me in front for the same reason. emoticon Also, if he's in front, he hares off into the sunset and I'm left puffing miles behind. He doesn't even notice I'm gone! But I'm getting fitter so maybe I'll be able to cut the distance, give him a run for his money... emoticon emoticon

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ALECIA0823 8/18/2010 9:12PM

    I have a brother in law with ADHD, I can totally see him doing the same thing! Good job getting back on your bike!

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CHEVY63 8/18/2010 9:10PM

    Congrats for keeping up the activity. I need to get on my bike - it's such a fun way to get in some exercise.

I can relate with your husband running into you. There's a reason why my husband is not allowed to push a shopping cart behind me!

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WooHoo Back on my Bike!!

Monday, August 16, 2010

It was 4 weeks ago today that I wiped out on my bike and sprained my ankle and got a beautiful case of road rash! Yesterday morning my husband and I went for a bike ride for the first time since it happened. Wow! It was awesome. It was so weird though, I kept thinking my bike was in a really low gear because it was very easy to pedal, but it was actually in one of the highest gears. Who knew that taking a month off due to injury would make it easier? I'm thrilled that I only gained 1 pound during the 4 weeks....I was petrified that I would gain the 10 pounds back that I had lost since I started SP in April. Life is good and I'm getting ready to go for another bike ride after I log my breakfast.

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ANNCHER 8/19/2010 2:46PM

    Good for you! Like to hear the positive after your sprained.

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ILOVELIFE2012 8/16/2010 8:21AM

    good for you! Biking is my favorite too. I took a couple of falls off my bike recently and now (gulp) my nickname is CRASH. LOL! I can relate to the highest gear as well. Isn't it awesome? Good for you!!!!

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DWYER1952 8/16/2010 8:12AM

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I've mastered the fine art of the "step and drag"!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

I had to get up at 2:30am to take more ibuprofen for my injured ankle and I had forgotten to put some by my bedside. Mr. Wonderful (husband) is out of town so I had to get to the kitchen to get it. I didn't feel like putting my aircast on, so I started to hobble to the kitchen on our tile floors when I discovered that I could just step with my good foot and then drag/slide my bad foot along. I got this image of Igor from the movie Young Frankenstein shuffling along and I got the giggles. My son suggested today that I wrap my foot with a swiffer cloth to make it easier to slide...then I can clean the floor at the same time!! Genius!

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READNKNIT 7/21/2010 11:52AM

    Better idea: Strap two swiffers to your son's feet and have HIM clean the floors! emoticon

I'm sorry you're still hurting! I hope you feel better soon!

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CJSARGENT1 7/20/2010 7:41PM

    How cute. You made me laugh. How inventive to step and drag.

I've often thought about putting a duster on my dog's tail and let him sweep the floor. After all, he makes some of the dirt. hoho

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Wwwwwwwipe Out!

Monday, July 19, 2010

emoticon Well...I did it. I wiped out royally on my bicycle this morning! I've been so good about exercising and I've thoroughly enjoyed riding my recumbent bike around town. This morning I got up an hour early so that I could ride before work and I was enjoying the beautiful sunrise. There were occasional puddles and the grass was wet due to a drenching summer rainstorm last night. I was speeding along at a pretty good clip when I decided to cross over a little strip of grass about 8 inches wide to get to another sidewalk to avoid a puddle. Bad....move! (there was a little voice in my head that said...don't do it....but I didn't listen!) My bike slid on the grass and I went down on my left...totally shaving the skin off of my left shin and my left elbow. I couldn't put any pressure on my left foot and my ankle started to swell. Not to mention that my pride was were stopping to ask if I was ok as I sat there, dripping blood onto the sidewalk! I called my husband, who had to come get me, and I went to the doc. Thank goodness there are no broken bones, but I likely tore some little somethings in my ankle. So here I sit, with my foot elevated and wrapped in ice, an air-cast thingie to stabilize it when I get up, and a prescription for Vicodin. I will not fill the prescription..ibuprofen will have to do. I'm lucky, because I didn't hit my head and I was not wearing a helmet! I have been saying for weeks that I need to get one and I just haven't gotten around to doing it. I absolutely won't get back on my bike without a helmet. I know that it could have been sooooo much worse.

As I was sitting in the xray department, waiting for my scan, it hit me like a ton of bricks....OH NO...I won't be able to exercise! How will I keep up my new lifestyle while my ankle is healing? I don't want to gain my 10 pounds back! I really love riding my bike and walking! How long will I be "couch-ridden"?

My doc said to get this hand-pedaling thing called an upper body ergometer. It's a pedaling machine for your upper body and I guess you just sit it on a table. I may have to look into that....I will not let this injury set me back on my journey.

So, boys and girls....always wear a bike helmet and never, I mean never, try to ride across wet grass to avoid a puddle.

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TWOCANS 7/19/2010 11:40PM

    Oh no!!! I hope you have a speedy recovery!

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READNKNIT 7/19/2010 4:13PM

    I'm so sorry you got hurt! I hope you'll get better soon! I think it's very smart not to use the vicodin. That's extremely addictive. I'm glad you're going to get a bike helmet, too. Our kids know they can't ride without one. It's second-nature to them. Once, I forgot mine until I was about a quarter-mile away from home, then I had to turn back and get it. They patiently waited for me! They knew it was important. Don't ask me why they didn't say, "Mom, where's your bike helmet?!" It would have saved me doubling back. But, oh well. No harm done. Just a little extra biking!

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PARKERB2 7/19/2010 3:32PM

    Sorry to hear about your fall. Maybe you won't be down for long. Hang in there. emoticon

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-POLEDANCEGIRL- 7/19/2010 3:24PM

    emoticon emoticon I hope you feel better soon!!!

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