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Beach Walking

Sunday, July 20, 2014

After a smooth flight from St. Louis to San Diego, I headed to the beach with my sister and bil for a sand sculpture competition. We saw some incredible sculptures and I made my 6,000+ steps including lots of sand walking. It's great to spend time with Dianne, Denny and my nephew Doug. A good day!

  
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GODSCHILD2_2011 7/21/2014 7:13PM

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LAURIEMN 7/21/2014 10:16AM

    Sounds like a great start to your trip! Hope you are having a wonderful time!

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LUCYCAN7 7/20/2014 9:25AM

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BMCC488 7/20/2014 8:14AM

    Beach walking is the best!

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LAURELSPARK 7/20/2014 7:13AM

    Have a blast!

Does your sister live in San Diego? I have one sister living in SD County and another living about an hour north of LA. We usually get out there every year.....great walking beaches!

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(Oops.......can't go to CA without having a burger and shake from Ruby"s.)

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BABYSOX 7/20/2014 6:31AM

    That sounds like a great way to get in your exercise. Good for you!

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California Bound

Friday, July 18, 2014

As some may know, my sister had a stroke in May that left her unable to speak or swallow. About 1900 miles separate us ~ she lives in CA and I am in MO. Since she was in the hospital and then rehab, I felt I'd wait to see her till she got home. She's amazingly determined to get back to where she was before her stroke....and she's definitely on her way! She's been home for several weeks now, with a feeding tube, and receiving therapy at home. I am SO very proud of her. She is now able to speak and is even getting some inflection back to her voice. Her swallowing is improving little by little. Just got great news a few days ago ~ she is able to swallow soft foods and is not using her feeding tube at this time! Next week, she'll have a swallow test that will determine if she can have the tube removed. She has the most difficulty with water ~ I guess because of the consistency ~ so has to use a teaspoon. Wow!

emoticon I'm California bound tomorrow! So excited to spend some time with my sister and brother-in-law. My nephew lives a few hours away from them and he's coming down for the weekend, too. It'll be great to see him.

I hope to get some walks in while I'm there ~ they live just 4 miles from the ocean ~ so I know some will be done on the beach! How's that for incentive to walk! My focus will be on spending time with my sister though, so that will be my guide to how my days are spent. I'm hoping to get some good seafood while I'm there for sure! Not sure how much I'll be able to check in to Spark ~ hopefully every day.

Have a happy, healthy weekend!
Susie

  
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GODSCHILD2_2011 7/18/2014 11:24PM

    Susie, I'm truly stoked to hear about your sisters progress. It does my heart good to hear some good news. Have a wonderful trip and don't worry about getting on spark while out there with your family, we will be right here when you get back.

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Give your sister a big hug and just know that we will continue to pray for you and your family.

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BABYSOX 7/18/2014 4:32PM

    Have a wonderful visit with your sister. Our health is so important to us, we need to value it highly.

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BMCC488 7/18/2014 2:11PM

    Wow that's great that your sister is determined and working at a great pace to getting back to normal. It's the determination that's most important in those situation. My stepdad had a stroke 11 years ago, but not quite to that extent. He still has difficulty walking around with a cane. I think he didn't have as much luck as some with rehab though. It sounds like your sister is making great strides and it'll be good for both of you to be able to visit with one another! Have fun :)

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WORLDSERIES11 7/18/2014 12:49PM

    Have a safe trip!! And a wonderful time with your sister, so glad that her recovery is going well! The beaches here are beautiful, so happy walking-when you can!
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LAURIEMN 7/18/2014 11:45AM

    Here's hoping you have a wonderful trip! Your sister is a living miracle. I know how important your family is to you. Live in the moment with your loving family, enjoy every day you are there! Sending some extra hugs for you to throw in the suitcase for all of them! We can't wait to hear all about your trip when you get back!

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LUCYCAN7 7/18/2014 11:03AM

  Totally great news about your Sister!!!Sisters are Special.Hope you
have a safe trip and enjoy your time with your Sister.We are never
promised a tomorrow.You both wil be in my thoughts and prayers.
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That Didn't Work!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

So I learned something about myself. I still need to go overboard with my planning! (reference to my last blog) I did so much better when I planned my meals, AND wrote down my daily plan for fitness. That is such a helpful tool for me. I also realize how much more I enjoy a meal I actually make rather than just grabbing a can of something and some chips! Not healthy and doesn't satisfy me either. The fast-food I've had recently left me with the same result. The flavor wasn't as good and had me craving more food. When will I learn?

I'm so happy to be back in touch with my Spark friends, and have been friended by some newbies as well. Here's hoping we can help one another on this lifelong journey to good health.
Commit and carry through once more!
Susie

  
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GODSCHILD2_2011 7/16/2014 4:07PM

    Susie, It looks like you have found out what works for you and so all you have to do is take one day at time until you're back on track consistently.

I feel the same way about fast food that's why I rarely eat out anymore.

What I have been doing is taking one day at a time. I am back on track and It feels good.

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MIAMEOWS 7/16/2014 8:52AM

    Hurray for Newbie Friends!!!

I also do much better when I plan. I make lists throughout the week for groceries, and then each night we decide: is tomorrow leftovers? or do we take something out of the freezer? Then I can plan my day "I'm have xyz for dinner, so I can eat "abc" for lunch". It really helps. Also making sure I have room for dessert! Very important!

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BABYSOX 7/16/2014 6:01AM

    I am always more successful when I plan. Finding a balance between planning for success but not over planning and feeling to inflexible is the key I struggle to find.
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SAPHRAEL 7/15/2014 11:46PM

    Maybe you needed to try it out to show yourself what works. It's all progress, baby! Way to go!

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BMCC488 7/15/2014 9:57PM

    Live and learn, trial and error. Sometimes it's important to remember those two things. Glad you're back to planning! It really does help a lot.

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LAURIEMN 7/15/2014 9:17PM

    I'm back to planning and keeping track with you, Susie! We keep learning about ourselves and finding what works for each of us. Tomorrow is a new day and a fresh start!

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Not Going Overboard with Planning

Monday, July 07, 2014

My spark friend, SAPHRAEL's blog today sparked my thoughts today. I'm not going to go overboard with meal planning. I just won't do it if I try to do a whole week, and I usually don't stick to it anyway because my mood for certain foods change. I do better when I have a meal plan for a few days and with writing my fitness in my planner for the week with having the flexibility to change my mind on the type of exercise, but still actually doing some sort of fitness.

I've decided to see how I do with some planning, but without tracking. I tracked for so long and hope I can manage to lose without it. If not, I'll add it in again.

Today, I'm working on cleaning out my fridge of expired dressings and other condiments I rarely use. I'm also rearranging my pantry so I can get to things more easily, and so I actually know what I have in there! I should mow again, but it's too hot and humid. I'll see about later this evening.

Overall, I had a good week last week, and am looking forward to having a happy, healthy week this week, too!
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I feel so much better already as I'm not stuffing myself with unhealthy foods. I really do enjoy my water workouts, and will get a few in this week. Not much going on till Thursday and Friday evenings, and Saturday lunch, so no excuses for not working out and cooking for myself.


Here's to a healthier US! Commit and carry through!
Susie

  
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LAURIEMN 7/15/2014 7:41PM

    Go get 'em, Susie!
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SPICEMWE 7/11/2014 10:13AM

    Sounds like you're on the right track. It's all about learning what works for us as individuals. You'll get there!!

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SAPHRAEL 7/7/2014 5:46PM

    We are off and running! I love it!
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BABYSOX 7/7/2014 4:40PM

    Definitely do what works for you. The most effective approach to weight loss is a program that is designed by you and sets you up for success.
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Tip for the Day

Saturday, July 05, 2014

As I was browsing through some Spark articles I came across a tip that may help me. I thought I'd share in case it may be helpful to you, too.

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"We all have food weaknesses. That food that you can't resist. The food you can't stop eating once you started. The food you have trouble saying no to, even if you're not hungry. The food you think about even when it's not in the vicinity. Maybe you'll never shake the grip this food has you on, but the first step is recognizing it. Take a minute to think about your food weaknesses. Once you know what they are, you can take extra measures to prevent overeating these particular foods, whether you avoid repeated exposure to this food or plan the rest of your day's intake planning to enjoy a bit of this favorite food.

ACTION TIP: Make a list of your food weaknesses and the places you encounter them. Come up with solutions to avoid those encounters, like not venturing down the snack food aisle in the grocery store or choosing a different route to bypass the co-worker who always offers free doughnuts. Stick with your plan of avoidance until you build up the strength to face that food without giving up your control." emoticon

I already have a few foods swirling in my head! How 'bout you?

On another note, I had a great Independence Day yesterday! I ran a few errands in the morning and ended up stopping at a bbq place to pick up lunch/dinner. My plan was to buy a meal, divide it in half, eat half for lunch and half for dinner. It was definitely a little way to trick myself into not feeling deprived of some yummy holiday food and it worked! I took a 50 minute walk after lunch, and another to meet friends to watch fireworks since I had to park 20 minutes away from my destination :) I brought a cooler with 3 bottles of water, some cherries, and pretzels. Although I made the pretzels dipped in almond bark with red and blue sprinkles, I didn't over-do my portion. I made them to share as a festive treat and they were a hit! So were the cherries! Overall, I had a good day with my nutrition and fitness for a holiday!

Check out this beautiful setting where I met up with friends for the Riverfest ~ great music and fireworks. It's on the Missouri River in St. Charles, MO. We had a festive time!

  
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SAPHRAEL 7/7/2014 4:12PM

    Look at you, blogging more often! I'm going to have to subscribe so I don't miss you!

Good thoughts, by the way. I do know my weaknesses: pasta and chocolate. I also have done a little trial and error to figure out appropriate strategies. I'm sad to say the one that works is "Hands Off!" I hope to have these items in moderation one day, but I'm not there yet.

So good to see you Sparking!
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P.S. Where can I find your cabbage unrolled recipe? I bought cabbage and turkey this week!

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BABYSOX 7/6/2014 9:14AM

    You are doing so well and making such great decisions. I love the idea of the pretzels and cherries!
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MCJOYFUL 7/5/2014 4:27PM

    Great tip! Thanks for sharing. Looks like you had a beautiful setting to enjoy the fireworks!

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BMCC488 7/5/2014 2:50PM

    emoticon And the location does look amazing! Knowing your pitfalls is a good tip. I know my main one, which is pretty much it. That one food can get a hold on you and it's hard to resist. I do have it pretty often, but control my portion.

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GERIKRAGH 7/5/2014 1:08PM

    Great tip.

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