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The unplanned 4, a crash, and a compliment!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

I am getting excited because I am more than halfway to my first weight goal of 199. I weighed in yesterday at 249...putting me up to 61 pounds total lost....50 to go!

My allergies have been acting up for a couple of days now so I haven't been moving much...not moving as in I usually work late because my sister comes late to pick me up, well, on Tuesday, I clocked out at my scheduled time and laid on the bean bag for 3 hours in the breakroom until she got there to pick me up, lol! The beanbag was uncomfortable after about 10 minutes, but I didn't have the energy to get up and move. The timing couldn't have been worse...we had bigwigs in from corporate and I had to force a smile all day even though the physical act of speaking made my stomach roll. I think it was a victory all on its own that I managed not to throw up on anyone!

I hadn't eaten much that day, came home and ate about 4 bites of supper an went to bed. I took a benadryl that kicked my butt....I was hungry after I laid down and my beau came up to grab me some crackers and hummus and I was half asleep by the time he got back downstairs (8pm, lol). I ate some while I was fighting sleep and was out for nearly 12 hours.
Some strange dreams occur when I take benedryl, lol!

I weighed in yesterday morning and even though I felt better I was still shaky and needed a chance to rest so I put off bike riding until today....

My plan was to go to the store, we were about out of tp, lol, so it was sort of a necessary trip! I planned on walking today, I decided that I would head to the library first because there were a couple of books I wanted... I stuck a water bottle in the side pocket of my empty backpack and headed out...but I got a quarter mile up the road and my hip said nope.
I came back got my bike, put the water bottle inside my backpack because the side pockets aren't very deep and took off.
I got to the end of the road and my water bottle was leaking down my butt so I stopped and tosses it in someones recycle bin, emptied the water out of my pack and went the 2 miles to the library. I locked my bike up at the library and started walking inside...opened my backpack to grab my wallet (library card inside it) and it wasn't there...checked my pockets....NOPE! OH HOLY (*^&^$R^%!!!!

I figured I either dumped it when I dumped the water from my pack or I left it here when I went downstairs to put my biking shorts on...I tried calling my beau and of course his phone is dead!!!! ARGH! I raced back 2 miles and sure enough my wallet was laying on the street...having been run over a couple of times by the looks of it. Everything was in it and its pretty durable leather so its all good.
I thought about coming home and waiting til my sister got home and just using the car, but figured it was such a nice day out, I may as well do what I planned.

I headed BACK to the library (hence the unplanned 4 miles), found 3 of the 4 books I was looking for, went to Walmart, bought the tp, and a basket for the front of my bike, my stomach decided that it NEEDED a bit of energy so I got a 6 inch sub and raspberry tea. I also picked up the tools that were listed to install the basket onto my bike so I could carry all this stuff back, lol!

It took me a good 30-45 minutes to figure out how to mount the stupid bracket on the bike, and I have since decided that I don't like it up there....I need to figure out a way to put it behind my seat because my aim and steering is bad enough without extra weight hanging on the handlebars! Fast forward a little bit when I am almost home and brake before coming to the last major intersection....enter stage left.....a bright green chain link fence!
*Le Sigh*

Nothing damaged or broken. The basket popped off as I rammed the fence and my seat dug into my thighs and nether-regions, and I whacked an ankle on my pedal as I was trying to get out of the fence and feeling like the village idiot.
By the time I made it home, I had already decided to figure out how to stick the basket behind me.

My total miles riding for today was about 11.5.

And now....for the compliment! From my operations manager of all people! Not that it is a bad thing, he really is a very sweet guy, I think he is married and he is a giant nerd....he actually has star wars things tattooed on his forearms, lol!
I was talking with a co worker Tuesday and saying that I didn't think that I was really sick sick, but I think it was my allergies and being worn out at the same time, I had ridden 10 miles the previous day and 5 the day before that, my ops manager was walking by and asked if I was riding a lot more lately? I said I was and he said he could tell.
I usually brush off compliments...especially anything about my body and said that yes I had, but it was just weight I had been losing, that it took me like 2 years to lose 60 pounds but its been a lot since March, and he said that he could tell especially within the last few weeks.

I thought for a second and just gave him a smile and thanked him!

I have been working very hard lately and it just made me feel nice that someone (other than my family) noticed.
I wasn't embarrassed...probably for the first time in my life, it just felt ...nice!

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DDOORN 7/21/2014 9:44AM

    I share your "sigh" regarding all things mechanical...all thumbs here! :-)

But kudos to prevailing through your allergies! Mine kick up a fuss now & then also.

Keep 'er Sparkin'!


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EMMACORY 7/17/2014 7:37PM

    Your day was one adventure after another. Celebrate the NSV from your manager. Keep up the good work. emoticon

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KAREN608 7/17/2014 6:38PM

    Oh my goodness! compliment, yay, and crashing into a fence.... oh no!

Hope you got the basket in a better location. Hubby has saddle bag metal ones on his bike. He has not used it since we moved to country on gravel road. I have a rusty worksman trike, too, and can't ride it out here. What a waste.

Hope you didn't get too hurt. Glad the weight is getting lost and you exercise all you can.

Allergies: I agree, they can make us feel ill. I've had them all spring/summer this year. Not like me at all.

Wallet: glad you found it. Even it had a bad day!

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Lots to catch up on!

Monday, July 07, 2014

I haven't blogged in forever!
I have been trying to keep busy and pick up any extra hours that I can at work. I also had more injections in my hips for the bursitis. It did make my blood sugar jump up, but it was to the point that I couldn't stand the pain any more. On the right side, I had one in the outside of my hip and one in the backside...on the left they did the outside and then went into the joint from the front side which HURT!
They even gave me extra whatever in my iv because I lost my breath and couldn't hold still for that one. Sad part is that it only helped me hold myself still and didn't really help the pain of the injection. I stayed hugged up to my ice packs for a few days, I even brought them to work with me, lol!

Since then, I have been doing lots better, little to no pain in my hips when I walk and riding my bike has been awesome (since I adjusted the seat and everything!)
I even made it halfway to my goal of riding my bike to and from work...half out of necessity, lol, my bro in law had to make a trip up to the U.P. this weekend and we only had one car, normally, I take my sisters car to work on the weekend but she needed it. I told her I would take my bike to the bus for work and then ride home because the bus doesn't run as late on Saturdays. She gave me cab fare and was griping that I could ride my bike some other time, I finally took the money and told her that I would lock my bike up somewhere and use it if I HAD to.
2 miles to the bus, popped my bike on the rack, worked my shift and rode my bike ALL THE WAY HOME!!!!!
My gps said 8.5 miles. I was so surprised when I made it, even more surprised that I could walk afterwords! The next day (yesterday) I was sore when I got up, but after some caffeine and excedrin, I loosened up about halfway through my shift at work and have been feeling pretty good since then.
I haven't pushed myself too much with the walking, I am just afraid that I will hurt a hip and they said no more steroid injections for me for at least 6 months!

My brother got married on Friday the 4th and it was lovely! It is a second marriage for both of them so it was very casual. My niece was there with my baby button so I got to cuddle with him all day long! The weather was awesome, very sunny out and not too hot, the only drawback was it was over an hour ride to get there and there are a lot of parades on the 4th, lol!
He and his new wife have been together for a couple of years, they go together like cake and ice cream! They both have kids and they all get along as well.

I will say that as much as I hate the job situation here in Illinois, I am glad to be back home with my family!
I was worried that this summer was going to be brutally hot because the winter was so frigid this year, but so far it is tolerable...although my time spent down south may have helped it not seem so bad, lol!

I have been trying to stay caught up on reading blogs, I am so wiped out by the end of the night, I am usually out cold around 9:30...10 if I push it, lol! I don't comment often, but I do keep up with y'all!

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KAREN608 7/7/2014 2:51PM

    Wow, shots, biking, wedding, babies... your blog has it all.
Our humidity has been brutal this past week. So glad you are in less pain now and enjoying life!

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ARNETTELEE 7/7/2014 2:50PM

  Welcome back!

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I totally had a meme moment!

Monday, June 16, 2014

I was walking in to work yesterday and saw a (blood glucose) test strip laying in the crack of the sidewalk and thought about this meme....and yes, I pronounce it me-me!

I know I must have had a big, dorky grin on my face because I almost laughed out loud!

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LOLATURTLE 6/17/2014 12:11PM

    hahaha! I love Fry. I love Futurama. I love memes. :)

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ALICIA214 6/17/2014 12:36AM



Good one...

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KAREN608 6/17/2014 12:17AM

    Glad you had a happy moment!

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ADARKARA 6/16/2014 10:30PM

    emoticon That's a good one!

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I hate pictures! But I am posting them anyways!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

These are my comparison pics from 2012, on the left, to today, on the right. Front, back, left, and right sides.

While I CAN see the improvement, especially in my belly and the lumpiness of my butt, I still hate my general shape. I know now that my hips have a lot of swelling (hence all the injections recently), and there isn't much I can do about that. I take an anti inflammatory and have been getting steroid injections for a few weeks now.

I keep telling myself that I know I won't be happy with my general body shape when I reach my goals, but I am 42 and don't have to impress anyone in a bikini. MY beau loves me for me and I am doing this for my health first and foremost. Any aesthetic improvement will only be icing on my cake.

Now that I have blah blah'd to put off the inevitable (if you have a weak tummy, turn back now!)....here goes.

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KAREN608 6/13/2014 12:13PM

    Small improvements are still improvements. You go girl! You do such amazing amounts of exercise with your job and walking etc. You inspire me.

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LOLATURTLE 6/13/2014 7:56AM

    I hate pictures of me too! they are a great way to see progress though. hope to see a third set in a few months! :)

Take some inches measurements, too. It's fun to see how much your inches can change, especially in places where you might not notice in photos!

You can see in your photos that you have built some muscles! Keep at it!

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BILL60 6/13/2014 7:27AM

    Well done!! Keep it up.

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Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Tonight was the first time I was able to bike 5 miles at once. (5.5 to be exact)
I think it will still take me awhile to build up to biking to work though. It is 10 miles one way, then I will have to work a shift on my feet, then 10 miles back...my goal is to be able to accomplish this at least once by fall.
In the meantime, I am going to make some adjustments to my bike seat and see if I can take some of the stress off of my knee...I am pretty sure that I just need to raise the seat so I can get a full extension on my knee.

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APONI_KB 6/12/2014 6:46AM

    Good luck with the goal. I think you're right about raising the seat. It seems like I read somewhere that if the pain is in the front of your knee the seat is too high and if its in the back of your knee the seat is too low. I'm not sure about that though.

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LOLATURTLE 6/11/2014 8:17PM

    What an awesome goal to work towards! I wish I could bike to work... It's over 15 miles, but mostly the issue is bridges/highways, no bike friendly route.

I'm looking forward to celebrating with you when you get there!!

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TADZIO 6/5/2014 10:50AM

    I bike commuted one summer -- but my commute was only 4 miles each way.

Good goal though!

Here we have buses that have racks on the front for bikes--- if you had that availability you could decide where you wanted to start your commute :)

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    emoticon You can do it!

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BILL60 6/4/2014 7:37AM

    The seat adjustment that you mention should do the trick. Good luck

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KAREN608 6/3/2014 11:49PM

    Ooh a new goal!

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