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I'm home!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

It was a fun time visiting everyone in Wisconsin, but it wasn't the healthiest trip. I didn't bring my bike, but if I had, there probably wouldn't have been too much riding. It was cold and dreary most of the days we were there.

I did do some jogging while I was there to train for the 5k I signed up for next weekend. I am able to run an entire 5k, and that was my goal. Hopefully, I will do it with no issues when it counts!

Here's a picture I took one day while I was jogging. It's a view of the locks along the Fox River in DePere, WI.



The Fox River Trail is a beautiful trail to run on and I used to enjoy biking on it when I lived there.

Now, running burns about the same calories as biking, unfortunately, I can't run for 3 hours at a time! I think that fact, partnered with the poor diet choices I made on my vacation, led to the 8 pound weight gain I had in 2 weeks. Holy Wah! Things are going to get back to normal now that I'm home. As soon as the rain passes through, I'll be able to get back on a riding schedule and my regular eating routine. (That started this morning!!)

While we were gone, some good friends stayed at our house to take care of our dogs and cat. I expected all to go well, but our little old kitty has taken a turn for the worst. She's 18 years old (comparable to a 90 year old woman) and she's been hanging tough. Well, about 2 days before we came home, our friends said she appeared to have a bad mouth infection. I told them just to make her as comfortable as possible till we got home. Oh, she looks so pathetic! She;s skinnier than usual (she's had hyperthyroid disease for years) and she's drooling bloody spit. It's all over her fur, too. She has been drinking milk and water, and she is able to walk around the house, but she just looks miserable. Tomorrow, I'll take her to the vet and get his opinion of what steps to take. It will be sad if we have to say goodbye to her. We've had her since our kids were little. She's just always been there...



We had a nice time on Thanksgiving with the boys. It's so hard to get them together, but we did it. We met at a restaurant and then hung around to watch the first half of the Packer game together. The surprise we had for them is that we have to return before Christmas for another doctor's appointment. We will be able to have a little Christmas celebration with them! That's so much better than having to ship presents and open them alone. They both are still holding a grudge since we moved, and they're still young enough not to have started families of their own, so us coming back means a lot to them.



Hope you all had a nice Thanksgiving and enjoy the upcoming holiday. (Whichever you celebrate!)

For me, I look forward to getting back on a healthy track so I look and feel better than I do at this moment!

  
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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 11/28/2011 9:28AM

    Praying for your kitty. emoticon

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PASTORMIKE7 11/27/2011 10:42AM

    What a blessing of a family!! I just love all of the pictures that you shared!!

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BRTRAINS 11/27/2011 10:31AM

    Very nice picture of the locks... Handsome family also..

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1CRAZYDOG 11/27/2011 10:28AM

  Kids! You start out being the world to them, then in the teen years the world is just NOT large enough to create space between them and you. Gradually it starts shifting back to you at least being in their worlds! Hope you had a good visit and hope Christmas is wonderful for you all being together.

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Still cold, but feeling better

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Okay, so first of all.....

YEAH, PACKERS!!! Another winning week!! Hope they can keep it going as long as it takes for another Superbowl win this year!!

Here's a picture I snapped as I drove past Lambeau Field the other day:

Just thought I'd share that.

Now, as far as my boys, I have seen both of them this week. It took a little maneuvering, but I pulled it off. Our next meeting is set up for Thanksgiving at a restaurant, unless I can snag them before that, too. Wish me luck!

As for the training for the 5k, I officially ran an entire 5k on my own yesterday. I went out on the Fox River Trail while my friends did the "I'd Rather Ride My Bike Than Deer Hunt Ride." It was only about 40 degrees, but I warmed up quickly and just kept running. I think I will have no problem doing it on December 3rd.

Today, we drove up to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan to visit my BIL and SIL. BIL has been battling esophogeal cancer. He went through chemo and radiation this summer and surgury this fall. Now, he is working on gaining weight back. He said he is on absolutely no medications. Other than being very thin, he looked really good. It was so nice to see them. It's been too long!

Sitting in the car with my husband for 6 hours today was challenging. Between PMS and him being crabby, things were tense! Oh, well. It happens. We survived.

So that's how the last few days have been. More later.

  
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BOBINVA 11/21/2011 11:41AM

    Love the post. Life is good.

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DDOORN 11/21/2011 10:58AM

    Love those sentiments: I'd Rather Ride My Bike Than Deer Hunt Ride"...! :-)

I did the same thing last year in prepping for my first 5K...got in the habit of running it on my own first for a while. Sounds like you've got it in the bag!

I lived in Michigan until my early 20's and d'ya know I NEVER made it to the UP...? Adding it to my bucket list...longer and longer...lol!

Don

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BILL60 11/21/2011 7:25AM

    Congrats on your 5K and surviving with hubby. I had a similar episode driving back 5.5 hours from North Texas. Luckily, Cuchi slep[t most of the way and son played with his I-Phone. I just listened to my music. Hang tough!!

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Stress, anger and sore legs

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Okay, so I'm up in Wisconsin right now and there is so much going on it's crazy.

Where do I start....

First of all, I came up here to see my kids. My husband had to come up for business, so I came with because I really miss these boys. I don't know how much they really miss me, though. On the way here, my oldest son (25 years old) was texting me, telling me how much he missed us. He said things in his life were messed up and he really needed someone to listen. (Nothing new...lol) When we arrived in town, I texted him to let him know that we were here. No reply.....no reply....no reply.... Finally, later in the evening he texted and said he was sleeping all day and he was hung over and sick. "But I'll call you first thing Monday morning." Monday morning...nothing...Tuesday morning....nothing...Finally, Tuesday evening he asked if we wanted to meet for lunch on Thursday. Hmmm...

Number two son (22 years old), who didn't want us to stay at his apartment, seems to have some sort of chip on his shoulder. I asked if he wanted to meet us to watch the Packer game last night, but he already had plans. Okay....but nothing was said about any future plans except Thanksgiving.

I'm really tired of waiting for my kids to throw me a bone when I'm here. This is definitely NOT the relationship I expected to have with these guys. So sad...

Background history of accident: In April of 2010, my husband was struck from behind on his motorcycle. He has an injured back and remaining problems from a severe concussion. He has been seeing doctors in Tennessee, but the process seems to be moving too slowly. His attorney suggested he move his care to this area, hoping things get resolved quicker.

We had to go to the general practitioner that he recommended to get a referral to a neuropsychologist. I have never met such a rude doctor! He was short with us most of the appointment and then the sparks started to fly. He started telling my husband that by riding a motorcycle, he is just asking to be injured. He also said that my husband should "grow up" and quit trying to act young by riding a motorcycle. His words: "You were 52 years old and riding a motorcycle. What did you expect?" I was in shock! He was insulting my husband!! I tried to calm the situation by saying, "Well, everyone has a different hobby." He then turned on me and criticized my role as his support system for letting him ride. Okay...this is when my face turned red and I could feel my pulse in my ears... I was just starting to blast on him, when he talked over me and said our time was up. I was seething!

We need to use this man as a gatekeeper to the specialists in this area, but already plan to lodge a complaint when we're sure it will not affect my husband's care. We have a family doctor in Tennessee who rides both motorcycles and bicycles and has no problem with our lifestyle. I can't believe how unprofessional this doctor was. I work with patients in my career field. I don't always agree with their hobbies or habits, but the correct thing to do is not force your opinion on them. And for sure not insult them!

Now, for the sore legs. As I said in a previous blog, I'm training for a 5k on December 3rd. I didn't bring my bike up to Wisconsin because the weather didn't look too promising. It's a good opportunity to train. I have walked/ran 3 miles two days in a row. Definitely have to take a couple days off now. I can barely walk!! Ouch!! Maybe I overdid it...

Enough whining! All is not bad. I have been able to spend time with my northern friends. There's been a lot of laughing and, of course, eating. I guess as long as I can keep from going too overboard, I'll worry about the results when I get home.

I'm hoping that the rest of my visit has more good times than bad. I came up here for a break, not drama!!

  
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DDOORN 11/16/2011 9:19AM

    So sorry to hear about your sons...it's such an adjustment when they move away...both for them AND for you.

That doc is WAY outta line...but I hear you, re: waiting until there are no repercussions before you let 'er rip. Keep notes, don't rely on memory alone!

Amazing how different the muscles involved with running / walking are from cycling...no? Been there, done that! Kudos to keeping active!

Don

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DAVEINSEOUL 11/16/2011 12:47AM

    I wouldn't have waited - I would have absolutely blasted the doctor - then filed a complaint with the proper authorities/agency. My doctor has NO right whatsoever to criticize my lifestyle. A doctor's first job is to heal - he or she does not have ANY say so in what lifestyle I choose to live - I wonder why the guy even in the profession?! I would be looking around for a new doctor - but I don't know if that is a real option.

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HKARLSSON 11/15/2011 11:25PM

    Ooooh, lordy! You must have the patience of a saint! If it were me, I'd already be in jail by now. And not just from dealing with the doctor (although that would be the main charge). I mean, that yahoo should realize that YOU are paying HIM, not the other way around. Also, if it were my kids pulling that kind of nonsense, I'd call them and say Thanksgiving was cancelled and spend it with having fun with my husband and friends instead. Boys that age are so dumb. They'll come around eventually, but it might help to light a fire under their asses (or threaten to write them out of the will, ha ha).

I hope you get all that stuff worked out with your husband. I have never had much luck with doctors in Tennessee, and I am really glad we are in Texas for my husband's health stuff. It is good that you have a family doctor there that understands, but the system sure seems slow in the Volunteer State, and not always competent. Just hang in there. They'll get it straightened out eventually. I'm glad that your husband is still in one piece after such an accident, and I hope he gets completely healed soon! It must be hard on you to see him hurt and not be able to make it better.
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P.S. That was such a sweet comment you left on my blog! Thank you! :)

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FENWAYGIRL18 11/15/2011 11:17PM

    First of all let me give you some hugs emoticon... we love our kids and then as they get older they have a mind of their own and don't realize what is important in life till it's too late....
I'm sorry you got blown off like that I know that must of hurt a lot, but you do need to speak up. Let them know how much they hurt you by their actions and that it's not ok to blow off mom and dad like that.
As for the doctor, I was seething just reading how he treated you and your husband!!!!! What a jerk he was and I'd go for help elsewhere , your only going to be butting heads with this very unprofessional ego maniac....
Your best bet is to find someone else , I wouldn't count on him being the one to help you with specialists if he thinks your husbands accident was his own fault for riding one...
Many people ride motorcycles and are not hurt, it's these people who text and talk on the phone that are causing so many accidents, if your hubby enjoys riding good for him and then to kind of blame you for supporting his decision to ride... this guy really thinks he's high and mighty to talk to you like that... I say don't let the boys(kids) or the doc walk all over you, your not a doormat! emoticon

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 11/15/2011 11:12PM

    That is a whole lot to deal with. emoticon Praying your week gets better.

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BILL60 11/15/2011 11:05PM

    You're a better person that I. If my sons did that to me, I would just ignore them during my total stay. I wouldn't even answer their calls. Get tough Ms Peggy or they'll walk all over you. You're too good a lady to be ignored and played as second fiddle.

Bill

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Trying something new

Friday, November 04, 2011

Well, there was a time that I stayed in my little box. It was safe there and I knew exactly what to expect. People would suggest things and my first reaction was, "I could never do that!" I'd like to tell you that that box was broken down and recycled years ago! Now, if someone mentions trying something, I say, "What the heck! It's worth a try."

A couple days ago, a friend asked if I'd be interested in running a 5k in Chattanooga. Well, I didn't hesitate. It will take place the first weekend in December, so I have a month to prepare.

Now, I bicycle thousands of miles each year. Riding 100 miles in one day is something that I've done many times. Running 3 miles is a completely different story! Last winter, I did run that far...once...after building up to it. I know I can do it. It's just going to take some work to build up to it. Yesterday, I started my training by just taking the dogs for a 2 mile brisk walk. Boy, my legs are stiff today!

I look forward to the cross-training aspect of it. My body is so conditioned to cycling that I probably don't burn that many calories doing it anymore. Maybe the added running will make me stronger all over. One thing that the bicycling has done for me is increased my endurance and improved my lung capacity. I'm able to get into that "zone" that's neccessary for the long haul. (Not that 5k is that long. Maybe a little over 30 minutes.) But my goal is to run the entire time, with no walking.

I'll be spending a couple weeks in Wisconsin this month. I hope the snow holds off while I'm there so I can continue to train. If I can run there, I can run anywhere! lol

This weekend is a biking weekend. I have 40 mile rides planned both days. The 5k training will have to continue next week.

On the nutrition side of my life, I have been kicking butt! I've lost over 5 pounds in the last few weeks. I owe it to holding myself accountable for what I put in the cake hole. It's pretty black and white. Funny how that works!

  
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1CRAZYDOG 11/7/2011 10:22AM

  AWESOME! If anyone had told me @ the beginning of this journey that I'd be doing HALF of what I'm able to today, I'd have thought, "Yeah . . . right!" Almost two years later, it's reality!

I am able to walk 12 miles or more/day and it feels wonderful . . . even with my knee replacement!! I am able to ride my bike, too, but I prefer walking. The most important point is to do what makes your heart, mind and body sing!

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W5VEOTX 11/5/2011 10:44AM

    You will do great - with the biking history I know you are motivated

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BILL60 11/5/2011 10:25AM

    That's by Buddy. She can do it all. You hang in there and make us even prouder.

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MYLADY4 11/4/2011 8:10PM

    Tomorrow is suppose to be BEAUTIFUL in WI. A bit windy but 60 in November, I'll take it.

Running and biking are way different. I like biking way more but I do run 5K's as well. I am not very good at running. Heart rate gets too high and I am not very fast. I do them with my sister so a little sister bonding time.

Good luck.

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 11/4/2011 7:06PM

    emoticon I bet you do great. I just ran my first virtual 5K the other day and was thrilled. It was huge for me. emoticon

Hope you have fantastic rides this weekend. emoticon

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DDOORN 11/4/2011 3:21PM

    Did my 1st official 5K last May. Planning to return again next year. I'm *NOT* a runner, but just like you I figure it's good to mix 'er up now & then. Running just doesn't come very easily for me at all!

Don

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2nd Annual Bike, Binge and Burn

Monday, October 31, 2011

First of all, I have had a great week of eating healthy and logging my food. It paid off and the scale went down. I had a fun weekend, and yes, I ate a lot of yummy things, but I'm still down from last week. Yeah me!

Now, for the fun...

My husband and I hosted our 2nd Annual Bike, Binge and Burn Party yesterday. It's a healthier way to have a party. This year, we had 14 guests.

The party started with a 30 mile bicycle ride at 3pm. My husband doesn't bike, so I led the ride and he stayed at home, waiting for the rest of the guests to arrive.


Here are six of us, ready to ride. We met up with 2 others about 1 mile into the ride.

It was a beautiful afternoon for a ride. Temperatures were in the low 60's and the sun was shining. The colors are just peaking here in southeastern Tennessee.



After we arrived at home, the rest of the guests were starting to show up. We binged on turkey sloppy joes, (which we told everyone was beaver meat, since we've been having a beaver problem on our property) Everyone brought a dish to pass. We had wonderful salads, fruit, casseroles and, of course, dessert! (I didn't take any pictures of the binge. I was busy eating!)

After dinner, we all went outside to enjoy the huge bonfire that my husband put together for us.



We all stayed toasty-warm around the fire. A few people roasted some marshmallows, but most of us were too full from dinner. The best part was when we started telling ghost stories. As the spookiness of the stories increased, the local coyotes started howling in the surrounding woods! Perfect timing!

It was another successful party with fun, food and friends. If eating at parties scares you, this is a great idea to ease your mind a little. Mix some fun exercise in your parties to burn some of the calories!

Can't wait for next year's party!

  
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1CRAZYDOG 11/1/2011 8:24PM

  Wow . . . that's a lotta bike miles! The burn I think should refer to calories burned! LOL Looks like everyone had a wonderful time. Good for you for combining fun and fit!!!

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HKARLSSON 11/1/2011 8:21PM

    That looks like fun! Wish I had my bike here in Charlotte!

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SURLYGIRL 11/1/2011 8:47AM

    What a great idea ! Looks like loads of fun !

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 10/31/2011 11:35PM

    How fun! emoticon

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DDOORN 10/31/2011 9:54PM

    Oh WOW does that ever sound like a SUPER time! We are already WAY PAST being able to enjoy the outdoors like that...40s & 50s during the day, most leaves are down, those left are pretty drab.

Kudos to you and DH for putting together such a great time for all!

Don

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BOBINVA 10/31/2011 9:43PM

    That sounds like a great time. Thanks for telling us about it.

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KA_JUN 10/31/2011 9:26PM

    Sounds like a great time! 60s. Man, so jealous.

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CHAOTICMOM4 10/31/2011 2:28PM

    That sounds like a lot of fun. Great Idea and the name would attract all of my friends for sure!

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