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into the wild (for walking and good health)

Sunday, September 16, 2012

I have lost 32 pounds, and I know I have still a long way to go. But today, I got what was probably one of the best compliments anyone could get. A request to help someone begin walking and try to improve their health.
Now, keep in mind, I do prefer to walk alone and except for the occasional girlfriend to join me, mostly for gossip and socializing, I do walk alone.
But this person is a young neighbor, whom I have known since they were a very young child.
Also, not just wanting to lose weight or get in physical shape, but, wanting to find a natural way to overcome frustration and anxiety.
Dealing with work issues and family life issues...and really just wants someone to help them get started and keep them motivated.
What I like best about it is, they live right near me and their family owns this huge piece of land that winds up into the mountains overlooking my house and there are trails and side roads that are mostly used for 4 wheelers, etc.
But this is just what I have been wanting to do, get off the track and onto some trails, I have even been looking into buying some trail hikers or trail shoes for the upcoming colder weather.
I think we might just be able to help each other out. I have often wanted to ask if I might walk along their back roads, but I know I cannot walk up the steep hill that leads to the roads, so taking a car would be necessary til reaching the top and then there are miles of trails to be walked.
I would never want to go alone either and having a friend along who knows the area would be so great.
Dont know when this is supposed to take place, hoping soon, they said they would text me tonight about possibly hitting the hills first thing tomorrow morning.
If not, oh well, there is always the track.
But it made me feel good to have someone say to me, """you are inspiring me!!!"""
To have someone say, """I want to walk cause I see you losing weight and I see you getting healthy, and I see how determined you are, even with a foot injury to not give up""""
This person is dealing with the recent miscarriage of their first child and also just general anxiety, I told them I cannot tell them what to do to treat that, but I can offer to walk with them to see if that might help them clear their head a little with the other issues.
They dont want to treat the problem with drugs, but I did suggest they discuss it with their doctor to make sure that they understand that walking, especially trail walking can lead to a fast heart rate, which might be mistaken for anxiety.
I sure as heck dont want to get back into the mts with someone having a panic attack!!!
I sure hope this does come to be maybe one or two days a week, I really think walking in the fresh mountain air, away from traffic and along incline paths will be just the thing I need to help me overcome some of my own cluttered thoughts and feelings.
As well as help with leg muscles. Also this friend also has an issue with a weak ankle due to a childhood injury, so they told me they might slow me down, haha, well I had to let them know that I am not a speed walker and mostly I go slow. But once I get going I really want to keep on going, this is one reason I dont walk with anyone, some walk too fast for my pace, or others want to walk 20 minutes then sit and chat.
So, I will update on this, but I have done good today, have finally eaten a little more, some chicken and beans and banana and yogurt and later I will have a snack.
I do feel good and I just hope if I have anything to offer someone that might help them find their own road to good health, that I can.

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RG_DFW 9/16/2012 6:35PM

    Stay with it and you will inspire so many others... WooHoo!!!

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SLUNDQUIS 9/16/2012 4:38PM

    You should get used to the compliments as it will happen again and again. For this person you will be walking with, have her focus on relaxing her whole body while doing your hike. That should help a lot, I work with the elderly and people with psychiatric disorders. Another thing you can do is if an panic attack comes, have her breathe in her nose and out her mouth and then purposely slow it down. This actually has a massage type effect on the hypothalimus, slowing the heart rate and breathing of the person and calming them. Try it for yourself, it really works. I've walk many, many people through this and they are even surprised by the results. I hope you have fun and are able to help her.

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DORIAN4182 9/16/2012 4:25PM

  It always makes you feel good to help someone else. God Bless

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i guess i should eat/concert pics

Saturday, September 15, 2012

I know that eating too few calories can cause a set back, our bodies will begin to rebel and store fat.
But, I cant seem to help it, the last week or so, I just dont feel like eating. Some of it has been excitement, from hanging out with a really great friend and just enjoying being out and talking and laughing.
Part of it has been from excitement building up to the concert I attended, and maybe just a little saving up for alcohol consumption....and I did very much consume.
And part of it, I know the biggest part is stress and worry.
I am just really having a hard time dealing with this move. Honey knows this and we just seem to butt heads, whenever I try to voice my concerns, etc, he takes it as an assault and wants to become defensive and argue.
I am finished arguing. I really just dont know what my next move is going to be, either choice I make is going to be a big big change.
I dont know if I am ready for either, or.
But I am going to try to get back to the walking track every morning this week, no rain or zombie attacks will stop me.
I havent walked since Thursday, and I go to the ortho specialist on Tuesday to get fitted for my insert.
My foot does feel a little better today....I just need to purge my body of some toxins, both from the alcohol, and stress and just get a good sweat going.
I am also, once honey goes back to work dayshift on Monday, begin doing my tummy toning that is long past due.
This is the ugly side effect of weight loss that no one shows in the fitness magazines or even on the Bloser....
the droopy sagging of the tummy....I have only lost 32 pounds, and I can really already begin to see it, I personally havent noticed much else.
My clothes are somewhat looser, and I really havent even seen any significant inch loss anywhere except maybe my hips....I have had a few people begin to tell me how I have lost SO MUCH weight, HA!!!
Well, it does make me feel good, but heck I know I have a lot more to lose and alot harder work outs to get some toning done.
Here are some pics from the concert.... Me and my best friend for life, Pam....
my son and his date.... refreshing refreshments... the band Lynyrd Skynyrd...

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RG_DFW 9/16/2012 6:36AM


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CORTNEY-LEE 9/15/2012 11:50PM

    I saw Skynard in 2000 and something with my Mom and Dad - it was an awesome concert.

I am so glad you had a good time!

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ONMYWEIGH60 9/15/2012 11:33PM

    Val, when you are not feeling too hungry why not try to eat soup at least. YOu can even make your own home made soup adding lots of vitamin rich veggies and lean meat such as chicken or turkey.

It sounds like you are dealing with a lot of stress right now but when you get back to walking, you can let go of all the stress. This is the time when I de-stress and just listen to my Ipod music as I power ahead.

You can do it know you can . All the best on this healthy journey. You have come a long way already losing 36 pounds. That's awesome! Keep up the great work.

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gimme three steps!!

Friday, September 14, 2012

So, I went to the podiatrist the other day and he said I have plantar fascilitis...I guess I spelled it right, and he said mine was pretty bad, and that I was beginning to develop some problems in my calf due to the pulling.
So, I go back next week to have some sort of special mold made to get an ortho insert for my foot.
He didnt tell me not to walk and in fact I walked just that morning before going.
But, I do still have pain and am taking aleve.
So, I didnt walk today.
I went to the Lynyrd Skynyrd concert last night and had a blast, I dont know if I even checked in yesterday or not.
But, I know I sure didnt count the 8, or 9 beers I drank last night...or the two little debbie oatmeal cream pies I ate in a drunken midnight hunger prowl.
But its all good, once a year, or twice for a drunken bender isnt too bad.
I am so hoarse I can barely talk, from woooo hooooing and shouting, but mostly from laughing with my best friend and boy did we have so much fun.
I will put a pic on tomorrow.
I still havent been sleeping 4 days, I can say I have averaged about 2 to 3 hours per night.
So, so so tired today, I lay down around 2pm and still nothing...again at 930pm, and nothing.
I just have alot surging thru my mind...this upcoming and oh so dreaded and regreted move...I would rather not do it, but what choice do I have???
I guess I am searching my mind and heart for that answer.
And just dealing with emotions and fears and so on....maybe I will be able to sleep, if my body doesnt just kill over from stress and lack of sleep first.
So, heres to one more try!!!

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RG_DFW 9/15/2012 8:22AM


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JENNYD97 9/15/2012 12:18AM

    I have taken melatonin to get me to sleep when I have gone days with nothing. good luck!

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KATIBUG49 9/14/2012 11:40PM

    Did he tell you to get new shoes? I had that & the first thing my dt told me was to get a 1/2 size bigger shoes because our feet never stop growing & we don't seem to check shoes sizes as we get old. Then he said I needed new shoes because the old ones have adapted to my problem. Got new shoes in bigger sizes & problem stopped.
Good luck!

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one goal met, one goal to go

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Today was a good day for me, even though I havent slept enough to live, and I am about to remedy that here in a few minutes.
I had a good walk this morning and have stayed right on track with food, etc.
And when I got on the scale today I had reached a goal.
Well, kind of a milestone really. I now can say, I weigh less today than I have in 2 years.
I still have a long way to go, but since May 24th, I have lost 32 pounds. I still have 17 days left to reach my goal of losing 10 lbs in Sept, and I have 4 pounds of that left to go.
I am going to make a goal for the rest of September to do toning and strength training in some form daily.
And on that note, I am going to hit the bed.

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FENWAYGIRL18 9/13/2012 4:23PM

    Great job! emoticon

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CORTNEY-LEE 9/12/2012 11:49PM

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Great job! You are doing so wonderful!!

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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

The pain in my foot has subsided enough that today I decided to try to walk, after coming home from my hair apt, crazy right...get all dolled up then get sweaty.
Well, it didnt happen anyway, there was a ceremony getting underway to honor 9/11 and veterans and so, I didnt want to be walking past.
So, maybe, hopefully tomorrow.
I really want to walk again soon.
Tonight I am so tired, I can hardly go....
Had only about 2 or 3 hours of sleep last night and got up at 7am.
So, I think a 10 oclock bedtime tonight sounds amazing.
Goodnight to all.

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SOFT_VAL67 9/15/2012 11:37PM

    well i didnt get sleep that night, and not much since, last night was the most at about 5 hours i guess.

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CORTNEY-LEE 9/11/2012 11:29PM

    Good night! I hope you get a great walk in tomorrow!!!

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LEFTHANDLUKE 9/11/2012 8:42PM


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AGK3112 9/11/2012 8:34PM

    Hope your leg feel ok tomorrow and you get back to walking soon. Take Care & Good Night to you also

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