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my new walking hat, and my 1 lb loss!!

Saturday, November 03, 2012

Ok, so I decided to go ahead and get this blog in today. Boy when I am wrong, I am wrong. In my blog from yesterday, I found two things I was wrong about.
First, we are getting rain today, not alot, I got to the track around 12 and walked an hour and fifteen minutes, did the dollar store, post office and coffee run...and got home just as the sprinkles began.
I will not be going back out today, if nothing happens and so, I am happy I made it home and all my errands are finished.
The second thing, I do have a cold. YUK!!! I took some alka-seltzer cold medicine last night and I slept ok. My throat is getting alot more sore, so I am just hoping to stay inside, under a warm blanket, with some hot tea with honey, and watch a movie or read a book later.
Winter is here people.
I have so so dreaded this winter more so than any other.
For several reasons. First of course, is the walking....getting out early in the frosty cold isnt my cup of tea, so my early morning walks will probably be pushed back, which means, blah blah blah, I will probably sleep in later.
I have gotten in such a habit of getting up, psyched about going to the track. and now I fear I will become a late sleeping blob!!!
But I also dread it for other reasons....I despise the time change...
and the cold.
I am beginning, in my older years, haha, to feel it more so.
I hate the cold.
But, I guess that gives me something to look forward to in the spring. I just hope I can maintain proper eating habits and staying away from tempting comfort winter foods, and stay on some type of exercise regimen that will keep me where I am or losing.
Speaking of losing...I lost a whole pound this week.
And I am not at all disappointed that it was only 1.
Because, last week, as some of you know, Honey's mom passed away, and with friends bringing food, and no time to really focus on my protein, etc...I relented and had fried chicken and even a glazed donut.
I also had potato salad and pizza. And carrot cake.
And finger, writing it all out like that, I wonder how I lost an ounce.
That and the fact, that I only walked a total of about 2 hours all last week.
But a loss is a loss and I am happy with it and really hoping to meet my November goal, against cold and wind and rain and frost and anything else Mother Nature throws my way.
Here is too a good warm dry weekend to all and keep Sparking and do the best you can.
Thanks for reading.
I am including a pic of me in my new walking boggan, last week with the wind, I think that is probably how I caught this cold....wind and rain and me with inadequate head covering.
So, yesterday I went to wally world and bought this and I am going back next time and getting either the Winnie the Pooh or Animal from The Muppets.....

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ARTHURTOM 11/4/2012 10:26AM

    The best way to avoid a cold? If you google it, you will find that most of the top results tell you to frequently wash your hands. I found the following at

Sleep for 8-10 hours
Eat a breakfast of Fruit and Nuts plus plenty of Water and Tea
Get your Zinc in!
Exercise light and early, get some fresh air
Eat Fruit high in Vitamin C

...seems that you are doing most of those but as with anything, too much is not good also. Hitting that balance that doesn't take you too high or too low should see you healthy most of the time. I have always heard that frequent hand washing is the best way to prevent the common cold and influenza.

I find it tough driving a taxi to wash my hands frequently as I'm constantly handling cash and in contact with others who may not have the greatest hygiene on the planet.

Keep up with the little things and the big picture will come into focus! :)

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CEKER9 11/3/2012 8:51PM

    Get well, give yourself the time and warmth to do so! Kudos on walking on a regular basis... those special items (like your boggan) are good personal kudos. I *really* like your picture in your boggan! Just like one step at a time gets you around the block... one pound at a time gets you to your desired weight!
You are doing great! emoticon

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CORTNEY-LEE 11/3/2012 3:24PM

    great hat!!!!

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MAGGIEVAN 11/3/2012 2:53PM

    Charming ... Your hat! I trust you will get over your cold soon. Congrats on the weight loss.

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burn burn burn, only not my throat!!!

Friday, November 02, 2012

First on this note just to get this out of the way. My SP tracker, for some reason says I have lost 35 pounds, but I have lost 45.
So, I dont know how I have messed that up, but 45 is the number.
Now, as for today. I felt so bad yesterday and last night, first started out as a kind of just ickiness, just felt run down and tired, and kinda sick to my stomach.
Then yesterday began feeling a little of a sore throat...and tired and achy.
Lack of sleep was a little part of it. Tonight I plan to get to bed earlier and maybe will help some.
I went today and bought some coriciden hbp for colds and some alka seltzer cold remedy....just in case.
Along with some orange juice.
I dont feel so bad today, throat isnt as sore and I dont feel like this is a cold coming on.
I was kinda scared, cause one of the little ones in the family had the chicken pox, and I have never had it.
I went shopping today, found some workout pants that just might work, they are still bootcut, which I despise, but they fit and arent dragging the ground.
So, I also bought me a boggan, with the long flaps that come down, cover the ears and tie under the chin.
Perfect for keeping the cold wind out.
Time will tell. I walked an hour today, for the first real solid hour in over a week.
The wind was a little swifter and chillier than I would have liked, but I ended up shedding my hoodie after about 30 minutes.
I am actually feeling really pretty happy today.
I feel good, with the small annoying exception of a back ache.
Some aleve and icy hot might help, or a half hour on the masssage pad.
The weatherman is predicting warmer temps and no rain for tomorrow, so I am hoping to double up my walks and spend the day, home alone, cleaning, and get in a good strength workout.
I havent been overly focused on the scale for about a month now, and its time to really get back to focusing on burning more calories and really working out harder and getting that scale really moving again.

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L1ZB3TH354 11/3/2012 11:03AM

    Hope you are feeling better soon. Don't over do it. emoticon

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it was a good one

Thursday, November 01, 2012

I have had a pretty good day today. Have stayed on track, with the exception of one small cookie. And I am not even going to stress over it.
I had a great lunch of salad and a great dinner. Took a short walk, the wind was so cold and blustery.
It seems our local weather man missed it today, was supposed to have been in the 50's...and warmer and a little sun.
Well, anyway, I had a good day.
I sure am hoping to get to walk more tomorrow and maybe twice....getting things ready for my sons return.
I am not going to stress out over that either....but, I guess I will be making adjustments and might as well face it.
Going to really try to enjoy tomorrow, walk, eat healthy, drink my water, and shop...all alone and by my happy lonesome.
Might even get my nails done...or buy a new purse, or maybe just put that money in my bank account.

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i missed it be this much!!! (4lbs)

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

So, today being the final day of October, I get on the scale to see how far off I am from my goal to lose 10 pounds in Oct.
Well, I am a little disappointed to say I missed it be a full 4 pounds.
However, with the last few days, no walking, and eating alot of unhealthy foods brought by well meaning friends and neighbors, I am really surprised I didnt have a gain.
I stayed the same as last week and that was good enough for me.
Cause I had totally expected a gain.
But new goal has been set for November and I am determined, bad weather be make this goal.
I am back to my healthy eating and I will walk, regardless of the cold, rain, slush, ice, etc, etc.
The next two months will be a test for me I know.
With the holidays approaching.
But, I say let them come, I am not scared and I know my mind is back on the right track and my feet will be soon too.
This week has really taught me a lesson. Outside forces will tempt us, and stress and lack of sleep and even just the togetherness that eating can bring in times of sadness and loss, or times of happiness and joy.
I asked someone why is it, here in our region, most especially, that people bring unhealthy greasy chicken and sweets to feed people with when someone dies???
Why doesnt anyone bring a fruit or veggie platter???
I guess its comfort food, fast to get to in grocery store deli's....
One of the older sisters and her husband, are both diabetics, she just had her gallbladder out, isnt really terribly overweight, but doesnt exercise at all and they are sitting there eating this greasy fried chicken and mayonnaise based salads and sweets.
I sat there shaking my head and then asking myself, is there where you want to be in 20 years????
It is not. So, I went back to my fruit and veggies and protein and water and set aside the sandwiches and other calorie laden foods.
I went and walked an hour, in the cold rain....didnt really feel like I had accomplished much at the end, but at least I did it.
So, now its just the fact to be faced. Cold weather has arrived, days of walking at 6 am, will maybe be pushed back an hour, or two, or three.
And walking in shorts and short sleeves will be replaced by bulky sweats and headwear.
But I will stil be walking and focusing alot more on at home workouts.
So, everyone have a nice Halloween and a nice Wednesday and watch out for ghouls and goblins bearing candy.

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FENWAYGIRL18 11/1/2012 12:14AM

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NATNOEL 10/31/2012 11:16AM

    Wow , you are doing really great. Six pounds in a month is awesome.
I have not lost 6 pounds in a year.

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secret numbers and fat bas***d belly!!!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Sometimes I need a reality check. Probably more often than, there is this one song I play when I feel life is spiraling out of control, or when I just need a slap back to reality.
Or when I just want to be reminded, that we are all human and make mistakes and learn, hopefully, and move on.
Walk on.
Today I got on the scale again, not my regular weigh in day. I know, I am getting back into that bad habit of weighing too often, but this week its been for good reason.
That wall I had hit, is beginning to slowly crumble.
It took three weeks, but I am finally beginning to lose weight again.
I have lost 5 pounds. Today when I got on the scale I seen a number that a month ago, four months ago, seemed impossible to achieve!!
I never dreamed when I first gave up soda and began walking daily, and adding weights, and gave up junk food and began really sparking and journaling my food, that I would reach this number.
I am no where close to where I want to be, but its just beyond the horizon, I can see the forrest thru the trees now.
Nothing is impossible to achieve, look at the dude who jumped from outerspace last week!!!!
I know that I have a long road ahead, and I plan on walking that road daily, learning the scenery, and figureing out new paths!!!
Methaphors....but this is real now.
So, I have been asking myself when I am going to share my number. I read a friends blog recently on this subject and I think its silly that I say to myself, "wait til you lose a little more".....of course, when I share how much I have lost, everyone, who can do math that is, will be able to figure out how much I weighed to begin.
So, I am still a number sharing virgin!!!
I guess I will be ready to admit it soon enough....if the scale keeps going in the RIGHT direction that is.
I got to thinking about my blog about not losing inches and sizes quickly enough.
I went out to lunch with my mom, son and sister yesterday....(plans for my friends bday lunch got postponed, will blog on that later)....and we also did a little shopping.
All day my pants were so baggy.
Here is the thing, my pants are lose in the butt, and around the upper thigh area, so I know that I am losing, but in the waist they are still about the same.
I can wear a smaller shirt size, and fitted shirts, however, my tummy is still there and there and here and a little over here too.
So, no matter how well they fit, and make me look thinner in the waist and chest, cause they arent loose and baggy shirts, they still fit snugly around my stomach.
This damn stomach. The pain in my side!!!
Guess I will just keep doing my best and work it and accept what I cant change.
Hoping everyone has a great weekend.

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RG_DFW 10/20/2012 5:49PM

    The body doesn't gain (or lose) everywhere at once. You'll notice it soon enough after the body moves on with the orderly process.

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CORTNEY-LEE 10/20/2012 2:07PM

    my waist is the LAST place I lose weight... *sigh*

You are doing such a wonderful job!

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YELLOWDAHLIA 10/20/2012 2:06PM

    Don't worry about the stomach goes away too, I promise. Our bodies decide where the weight will come off first and it doesn't always choose it to be the tummy.
You'll be pleasantly surprised when you get closer to your goal weight.

Take care, Linda

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