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Monday, June 16, 2014

I decided, since my son borrowed my pedometer, to start counting my laps on the track. But I can never keep counting, after about 3 or 4 laps I lose count.
I usually walk one hour no matter how many laps that is. But today I think I walked 13 laps in an hour, maybe it was 12. I know it was somewhere right in that neighborhood.
Then once I had finished the hour, I walked around the park to the steep cemetery road and I went down the hill on the other side and back.
Adding an extra ten minutes of steep incline walking to my routine.
Hoping to help strengthen my feet and ankles.
So far today has been the best day for me calorie wise.
I might not be counting precisely right, but as closely as possible and I havent snacked at all today.
So, I still have calories left for a snack of yogurt or raisins. But I am not at all hungry.
It has been a pretty successful day and I feel pretty good, I hope tomorrow goes as well because I plan on getting back on the scale on Wednesday.
3 weeks til vacation starts. I really hope to build up my stamina for walking so we wont have to drive so much and so I wont hold everyone else back on sight seeing.
I remember some years back, maybe 10, honey and I had gone to the Smoky Mts in Tennessee and I had made up my mind we were going to walk up Klingmans Dome.
The highest peak and it has a bridge that goes out to an observation deck, it is said you can see, Ga, Ky, Va, Nc and SC all from atop the deck.
I cant be sure because I didnt make it.
Never took into account that it is a 2 mile, all uphill, very steep walk to the top and being so high up in the altitude, breathing is harder.
It was very early in the morning and the air was still damp and cool out so I thought it would be the best time to go.
Anyway, only made it about half a mile and gave up.
One day I will make it to the top of that dome.

Anyway, got a little side tracked there reminiscing, and I plan to stay focused on the here and now and keep working really hard.
I know I can and should step it up and get busy working a little hard with my workouts.
Toning and weights need to be more a part of my routine.
For now, I am just going to celebrate todays success and remember how good it felt, when I am struggling tomorrow.

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GORDON66 6/17/2014 8:37AM

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CAPECODBABE 6/17/2014 5:56AM

    I had a similar experience climbing in the White Mountains in New Hampshire. I was huffing and puffing and it was why I started to walk every day.
emoticon I can't wait to see pictures of that dome
when you make it to the top emoticon

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day 8, not bad but not great

Sunday, June 15, 2014

The weekend was so so.
I did pretty well thru the day yesterday, had a nice salad for lunch.
Snacked a little too much last night, but it was yogurt and jello. Today was so so as well, I decided to skip my walk because my feet were hurting last night, I soaked them in epsom salt and this morning they were very sore.
Think maybe I had overdone it on the track, and maybe its the shoes.
I am going to stay on track this whole week and walk when and if I can.
Overall, I would rate the weekend 50/50.
I didnt have any junk food, but I did eat too many carbs. I finally got to go grocery shopping yesterday, and stocked up on oranges and grapes, strawberries, spinach, tomatoes, peppers, chicken breast, tuna, etc. I have been trying to get my veggies daily, and the only bread I have eaten is whole wheat rounds.
But I know deep down I could be doing alot better, and I didnt spark much at all today.
Tomorrow starts a new week and a new chance to stay on the right track.
Hope everyone had a good weekend and Fathers Day.

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GORDON66 6/16/2014 9:15AM

  I'm not a person who broils a chicken breast to eaten with a side of vegetables. I like to make soups, stews, chili, etc., and I have found that to be the best way add veggies to my diet. Anything with winter squash is excellent and very tasty. If a recipe calls for a cup of carrots, I'll use at least two. I figure the more the merrier. I feel the same way about garlic. emoticon

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HOTPINKCAMARO49 6/15/2014 11:43PM

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day 6, hang onto your head!!!

Friday, June 13, 2014

One thing I still dont understand is the sudden change in my calcium. It is ranging upwards of 450 and I know that makes no sense, when months ago I would spark the same food and it would be around 120 or so.
Even drinking 3 cups of milk a day its still higher than ever.
Oh well, who knows.
Day 6 started out pretty good, got a late start on the walking track, but walked an hour regardless, was feeling pretty good, but today has been the highest in calories, I went over by a couple hundred.
I am guessing I could have left the slice of cheese off my dinner, maybe done without the extra container of yogurt for a snack.
But the day is done and it wasnt a bad day.
It was a learning day.
I really need to go grocery shopping, today at lunch I walked into the kitchen and opened up the fridge and thought maybe I could have a mustard sandwich, but I had no bread lol.
So, shopping tomorrow.
I am going to stock up for the whole week and hopefully wont have to do alot of running back.
Fruits and veggies are hard to keep long.
Well anyway, I had an overall ok day, I did eat too many calories, but I am not beating myself up over it.
I will just try harder tomorrow.
Happy Friday the 13th!!!
Have fun slashing-----fat and calories!!! hahaa

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SUNSET09 6/13/2014 11:43PM

  Love shopping at the grocery store and although fruits and veggies don't retain long, it encourages you to eat them! emoticon If your calcium is off on the Spark tracker, you have the option to update the count to the right one. Just a thought! emoticon emoticon Keep up the good work. emoticon

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GORDON66 6/13/2014 10:47PM

  I have to agree with you. It's time for a trip to the grocery store. emoticon

Take care of yourself!!!

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day 5, the rainy day.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Day 5.
The rainy day. I knew when I awoke there was no chance of walking, so I rolled over and listened to the rain and fell back to sleep for yet another hour.
It actually felt kind of nice to sleep. It rained and stormed here all day, and I wasnt out of the house all day.
I did pretty much nothing, but watch Netflix, and do a load of laundry, lay in the tanning bed and watch more Netflix.
Then I cooked soft chicken tacos for supper, I added some spinach and lettuce and tomato and a tablespoon of light fat free sour cream.
I had a protein shake with banana for lunch, and oatmeal with raisins, dates, walnuts and added prunes for breakfast.
I had some turkey breast, cottage cheese and a peach for a snack.
I feel pretty good about the day, despite the lack of exercise and the fact that I did have some carbs.
I have noticed I am coming up low on my fiber, yet, adding the oatmeal and prunes still did very little to increase it.
But it was an ok day.
I feel content with my day and while I do want to decrease my carbs, I am still tweaking things. Looking for the right combo of foods to get my nutrients, which I find impossible, thankfully I have my supplements. And, to stay within calorie range.
It has been a pretty good 5 days overall.
Now the weekend is just around the corner and I really need to go grocery shopping.
and on a tighter budget as we have alot of bills going out next month.
Taxes due on all the automobiles. And due to storms here Honey missed yesterday due to now power at his job and NO they dont get paid for that.
I have to tighten the purse strings a little more the next few weeks, so I have to find foods that fit into the budget. But the good part of all that is that means no eating out, so I can cook at home and make sure to make it healthy.

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GORDON66 6/12/2014 10:32PM

  In spite of everything, not a bad day!!!!! Good for you!!! emoticon

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countdown day 4, why am i beating myself up?

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

This day has been an up and down kind of day.
First, I did go walk this morning. But I was so slow, tight, sore, achy and was just dragging.
But I got my hour in and started out doing really well.
I came home and for the first time in awhile I got on the scale and according to mr. scale, I have lost 5 pounds.
I was jumping for joy.
I just felt so good, I dont want to jinx it, I dont want to plan ahead and say next week I will......
I just want to savor the day and the loss and how it felt to know that hard work has paid.
Thats pretty much where the day took a turn.
Now, I didnt fail, I didnt eat any junk. In fact, I ate pretty well.
But I know I did go over calories a little.
I snacked a little, picked I guess its called, I ate a couple pieces of bacon that honey left on his dinner plate,
I had two bananas which is one too many for me.
I had some raisin bran, applesauce, and peanut butter.
I feel like I had way too many carbs. I have been trying to stay on the low side of carbs.
But, overall, it was a good successful day.
I know this deep down, so where this feeling of let down is coming from, I dont know.
I got one whole closet almost cleaned out, 2 garbage bags and a box of old clothes and junk tossed away.
I feel good about cleaning this closet and tossing away this unneeded clutter and next is going to be another storage closet.
So, overall, I had another good day. I am going to stay focused and not dwell on one or two little bites here or there.
Hopefully the rain will pass on out and I will get to do some more walking tomorrow.
So, day 4 countdown was pretty good.

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GORDON66 6/11/2014 10:12PM

  Sounds like a great day! emoticon

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SQUIRRELMOMMA1 6/11/2014 8:42PM

    Congratulations on the closets! Eliminating unneeded clutter is a very positive thing to do on a rainy day. emoticon

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