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Monday, September 30, 2013

This is a new one, I havent shared.....I suppose 46 could be alot worse....

Woke up to an early foggy chilly fall morning. Got a late start on the track, but I got that hour in and loved it.
Feet are a little achy today, not sure why, but maybe shoes???

So, as some of you may know, today I turned 46!!!
Yes, 4 6....I know its hard to believe!!
I met a Facebook friend a few weeks ago for the first time in person, thru my employer, he was talking about people from our high school and he kept saying names and I told him I didnt recognize the names, then I told him I was a few years older than him and his classmates, he said, no, you graduated when...90 91???
LOL, I am unsure if he was just yanking my chain or being nice or what, but I said nooooo, I was class of 85.
He said no way!!!
Well that is my being bragged on, or bragging on myself moment for the day.
Maybe I am delusional, but I know friends who are my same age and they look alot older than me, so I feel I am doing pretty good.
The lady I work for told me the first time she met me that my skin is flawless.
I was unsure if she needed glasses or if she had been into the wine.
But I feel pretty good about it, I dont smoke, dont drink, often, and I guess now that I am eating healthier foods, drinking lots of water, sleeping better and exercising, getting alot of fresh air and sunshine, when I can....I guess my skin is in good shape for 46 years of sometimes rather rough living.
I got my walk in and went to Subway and treated myself to one indulgence I know I need to make a very rare thing, A blueberry redbull!!!
I dont drink them often, and not for energy, but I like the taste.
And I came home, and that has been my birthday so far. No plans. The walk was great, added some new songs to my player this week and really enjoyed being out in the sun.
Now if I can just start seeing some progress on the scale!!
I know, I know!!!
Dont put all our eggs in that basket, but some of them right?
I mean, come on already, I am walking as much as I can, trying to work on my abdominal and stretch band workout as often as I can.
Eating pretty good, staying pretty well within my calories daily, no alchohol, lots of veggies, lots of water.
Come on????
I cant take this much longer!!!
Every Tuesday I get on that scale and sometimes I am down a pound or two, but by the next week, its right back.
This is my one contentious issue for the day.
I just want to continue to lose weight, I want to get some pounds off me.
I hit a wall back in about Feb, after I had to stop walking due to the foot, and it has just stuck, I knew I had slacked, I knew depression played a role in my not eating so healthy.
But I am feeling good, I am not dwelling on the past or the negative thoughts, I am upbeat and I am trying really hard.
But I am seeing zero results!!!
So, blah, now I have gotten bad thoughts in my head and I feel like I am missing something, somewhere, like theres a big secret I am not in on it.
Well, anyway.
Turning 46 isnt too bad. If I were down another 30 pounds as I had really hoped to be by now, I would be alot happier, but overall, its not been depressing.
I feel pretty good, and I dont look too bad...oh there I go bragging again, lol.
I mean, just imagine how smoking hot I would be if I had continued on my weight loss thru this past year. emoticon emoticon
When I do my end of the year review in December, I know my focus is going to be on how bad 2013 was....from start to finish, it was just an overall depressing year, wrought with anger, sadness, loss of hope, loss of physical ability.
But never once loss of determination, or desire!!!
Thanks to all friends who take the time daily to comment on my blog.
It is nice to know someone is listening.
Here is one of my new songs on my player, I listen to it when I walk and I ponder the meaning, most of these songs were probably written about lost love.
To me, they often hold different meanings and this one me, FOR ME...WHEN I AM HEARING IT....THRU MY EARS, MY is about finding ones self again, I say, I am not leaving ME behind.
I am not giving up on ME!!! So, my birthday wish, I make WITHOUT a cake, Is to lose another 80 time, and to just feel as good or better on my next birthday and that I can keep on working on me, physically, emotionally, just find time for me and workout. My wish is to be where I want and need to be.
Hope everyone is having a fabulous last day of Sept.

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GOGETUMX2 10/1/2013 7:39AM

    Happy Belated Birthday!!!

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HOpe you had a good day yesterday, & hope you have a good one today, too:)

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FRENCHSEAMS 10/1/2013 12:30AM

    Well Happy Birthday to you! emoticon

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IAMBIZI 9/30/2013 7:54PM

    happy birthday val! This is a great blog post from you today.
keep at it!
keep pushing we can do it!
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BAREFOOTGRL 9/30/2013 6:55PM

    You look beautiful! I'm glad you're having a good birthday.

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    emoticon 46!- you're just a baby emoticon

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CAPECODBABE 9/30/2013 3:57PM

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PLUGINALONG 9/30/2013 3:44PM

    You are looking good. Keep on trying, never give up. emoticon

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MELISSIMAUS 9/30/2013 2:03PM

    You look pretty gorgeous (and fierce) in that photo. emoticon


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LOTUSBURGER 9/30/2013 1:29PM

    WOO HOO!!!
Happy Birthday!!

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MANDIETERRIER1 9/30/2013 1:15PM

    Happy Birthday!

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who knew? i bet all of you did, with some new pics.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

It is without a doubt a wonder food.
As many of you know who follow my blogs, I broke my foot in Jan and was diagnosed with EXTREME low vitamin d levels.
I began researching foods that will help increase vitamin d, and found that cereals are almost all highly fortifed with vitamin d.
And more surprisingly, Frosted Flakes are ranked as one of the highest.
Yes, the sugary cereal we all would normally stay away from, is one of the best sources of vitamin d.
Of course vanilla instant oatmeal seems to be the highest.

So, today I was sparking my food and I was noticing how low my iron was, again, and I did some research and realized, DUH!!! CEREAL!!!
I had a bowl of raisin bran crunch and my iron went from like 20 to 122, wow!!!
So, back to cereal.
I was eating alot of it in the past, and I guess its about time to start again.
If it helps increase my fiber, vitamin d and iron...
I got in a good long walk this morning, I was just pushing along, putt putting along.
I dont know if its where I havent walked as much or what, but I had no energy, after 20 minutes I had to sit down and take a little break.
Then I had my second wind and finished an hour. Felt really great, it was 10am and only in the mid 60s.
Fall really is a new time for me. I drove yesterday to the interstate park, now there is a place to walk, its nearly too far to drive to walk it daily, but a couple times a week.
Trails for walking, hiking, biking and running.
Not to mention that this time of year, the park is officially closed so there isnt as much traffic and miles of roads, mostly natural one lane roads to walk on or beside.
This weekend hasnt been too bad.
I hope I see a drop on the scale this week and I am working toward that goal.
Getting my protein and water.
Just doing the best I can to get back into losing mode.
Now its time for some BRONCOS FOOTBALL BABY!!!!
And tonight, sadly the final episode of Breaking Bad, sniff sniff, I hate to see it go!!
But look forward to The Walking Dead in 2 more weeks.
I love it!!!!
Breaks Interstate Park...Ky/Va stateline, where I am going walking this week!!

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TINY67 10/3/2013 10:25AM

    Thanks for the info, emoticon

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JODROX 9/29/2013 9:52PM

    I'm a big fan of cereal :) but try to look for the lower sugar ones... well, lower than the really bad ones anyway. Lately I've been eating Kashi Toasted Berry Crisp. It's high in fiber and protein (not sure about the nutrients you're looking for).

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BAREFOOTGRL 9/29/2013 8:31PM

    Awesome pictures. Looks like the parks around here where I walk.

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CAPECODBABE 9/29/2013 8:16PM

    Beautiful pictures. What a great place to walk.

Enjoy your cereal!

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BARBANNA 9/29/2013 5:34PM

    Great park picture! Glad life is treating you kind and you are doing great! emoticon emoticon

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IAMBIZI 9/29/2013 4:33PM

    my vitamin d3 was low so I take a supplement, 5,000 units brought mine up to 50 which is a good level. IT is a small little gel capsule, easy to take and not expensive. I also take magnesium oxide phillips caplets for regularity issues. does the trick.
have a great rest of the day!
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love the pictures!

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EWL978 9/29/2013 4:13PM

    If it works, why fight it?? Just keep on keeping on and good luck!!

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get up get up get up and go

Friday, September 27, 2013

Today my mom and dad came by, they gave me some birthday money, I wasnt expecting it.
But it was really very nice of them.
Now what to do with this found money???
Put it in the bank, use it toward my new walking shoes, toward the tattoo I have been wanting, toward my new phone fund, pay my electric bill, use it to get my hair did?????
So many options....the bank it is!!!!
My electric bill was 90 bucks, in Sept!!!
Makes me seriously dread seeing it in Dec and January!!
I know I dont use that much electricity, since my son moved out, I am doing less laundry, and never ever turn on the oven.
It makes one wonder. Probably has to do with the fact that they no longer come out and read the meters, they estimate usage based on previous months, which is fraudulent in my opinion.
How do they even know if anyone is living at a residence????
I tried some new coffee today, its clover valley (or dollar general store brand), generic Dunkin Donut coffee, called Donut Shop Blend.
and it is great!!!
At least 3 bucks cheaper than DD or SB bagged coffee.
But in my opinion, when it comes to coffee, I havent yet found one that can beat Bob Evans.
So, other than that, I went to Subway for my turkey sub, did a load of laundry and collected the mail.
That has been my day thus far, no walk this morning, I just couldnt pull my self together early enough to go.
This is going to end today!!!!
Starting tomorrow, I am setting three different alarms, where I have no choice but to rise and get up.
No more laziness for me, the cooler mornings are the best time for me to go walk and I used to know that.
Back to the groove!!!

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CAPECODBABE 9/27/2013 7:47PM

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found money should be used for a splurge! emoticon

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BAREFOOTGRL 9/27/2013 7:37PM

    Happy happy birthday! emoticon

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IAMBIZI 9/27/2013 5:50PM

    happy birthday!

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LOTUSBURGER 9/27/2013 4:47PM

    Happy Birthday!!!
What FUN, you can do it, get up and walk!!

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ARCHIMEDESII 9/27/2013 3:24PM

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Happy Birthday !!

I have a couple of elderly aunties that I love dearly, the keep sending me birthday money !! I've told them they don't need to send anything, I am 40+ now. LOL !!! It's a sweet gesture.

What to do with your new found wealth ? I would use half to pay any bills and half for a treat for yourself. It is your birthday. you should have some fun.

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for the friends who take the time

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Just wanted to say thanks to spark friends who always comment on my blogs and offer words of support, encouragement, amusement and sometimes kick my butt.
So for enquiring minds, Yes, I have stayed out of the poptarts.
I did bring my own snacks, honey crisp apple and honey yogurt, as well as milk, because my employer doesnt drink it.
I have walked the stairs quite a bit today and am feeling pretty good.
Getting my water and hoping I get a good long walk in real soon.
One thing about my job, they do keep healthy foods on hand as well, I have enjoyed a turkey bacon and tomato sandwich on double fiber wheat bread for lunch.
And as for the phone issue, partially resolved, AT&T has agreed to reimburse me for the minutes prepaid package I purchased, and they requested the local store to waive the restocking fee for the phone.
However, the local store manager was a, ummmmm, well, lets just say he was a very bad word to me on the phone and said theres nothing he can do.
I said, nothing???
Like maybe walk over to the computer and click a few keys and take it off???
So, I am going to sell the phone for 80 bucks, which I am losing 20, but thats better than taking it back and being charged 35.
Never ever ever again will I do business with AT&T.
Other than that, I have had a relatively decent day, the sun is shining and I have enjoyed getting outside as much as I can.

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IAMBIZI 9/26/2013 10:14PM

    sounds productive! good going!

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LOTUSBURGER 9/26/2013 4:42PM

    Woo Hoo

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MELISSIMAUS 9/26/2013 3:58PM

    Wow, that's very unprofessional. Glad you got some satisfaction from corporate, at least.

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KESTRYLL 9/26/2013 3:14PM

    I am happy for you that the sun is shining!

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put a lock on the poptarts please

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Back is aching this evening, havent done alot, but for some reason, its aching.
Pouring rain here and almost dark out.
Didnt get to walk today. Maybe tomorrow evening.
Scale still stuck, has been for weeks and weeks, a pound here or there, but nothing substansial to report.
Have started a streak (if it is such) on working on my abs.
Or, well, trying to actually find some muscle in that area. Doing squats, and crunches and side bends with the dumbbells.
Going to do some stairs tonight, even though it bothers my foot, its good, and I have the eliptical here as well.
Not much to report tonight.
Trying to keep busy and away from the poptart cabinet, lol, I call it that because thats what it is.
Nothing but stacks of poptarts, while my employer buys the oatmeal and unfrosted kinds, they are still carbs and sugar and not on my food list.
So, I am just sparking.
I am really realizing just how important getting supplements, such as iron and fiber and vitmain d and calcium are to me, because each day I spark my food and I am just staying way below the levels set for me by SP.
I tend to stay within my calories by a little, some days better than others, today for example, I am right on target.
But my supplements are way way low.
But at least I am staying out of the poptarts!!!

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YAGERMONSTER 9/27/2013 3:29AM

    Yeah, I don't buy them at the house because of the temptation. But occasionally they have them in the vending machine in front of my work station. emoticon
Those and Hostess Cup Cakes. emoticon

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JUST_BRENDA 9/26/2013 7:16AM

    Maybe bring your own healthy food

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FRENCHSEAMS 9/25/2013 10:17PM

    pop tarts....they don't even seem like real food to me.

you are wise to avoid those calories for sure.

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CHANGE4FIT 9/25/2013 9:08PM

    Poptarts are right up there with little debbie treats-public enemy #1 and irresistible. I guess at least poptarts are like a vitamin wrapped in a pastry-LOL

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FATASHNOMORE 9/25/2013 7:48PM

    Amen, sister, those PopTarts are hard to resist!!!

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MELISSIMAUS 9/25/2013 7:30PM

    Sometimes when I'm tempted by something really un-food-like, made of sugar and corn syrup and preservatives and little else, I imagine what my body would say to me if it could talk.

Go you for resisting, and for shaking up the workouts!

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