SHAWFAN's SparkPeople Blog SHAWFAN's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Day 41 it is Happy Saturday! And Day 41 for us, Gaye and Ginie! <BR> A very busy day had me going today, with a lot of walking, then the elliptical this afternoon for 30 minutes. I'm done for the day. Exhausted. <BR> We're doing so well, ladies! I'll try to be more chipper tomorrow. Am hoping for some relaxation. <BR> Have a good night everyone. <BR> Hugs and Love to you, <BR> Julie Sat, 22 Nov 2014 22:29:27 EST Day 40 Hello everyone. It's been quite a day, and I did make it to an hour's walk this morning and ate well also today. I'm at 10,152 steps for today, which is good. We'll see what I can do tomorrow, even though I won't be able to go to the gym early as we usually do on Saturdays. <BR> I'll get it done one way or another. <BR> Still avoiding resistance training because of my knees. I'm hoping that I'll be able to get back into it Sunday, when I have my next appointment with my personal trainer.... Fri, 21 Nov 2014 20:32:58 EST Day 39 then... It's been a long day so this will be short tonight. <BR> I took an hour long walk this morning and was pretty active all day, so I consider this day a success. I made it to almost 11,000 steps. Looking forward to doing it again all over tomorrow. Although I do need to start working early to make up some time since I have to leave work 45 minutes early for a physical therapy appointment. We'll see what happens. <BR> Thank you to Gaye for the motivation to keep on going through this strea... Thu, 20 Nov 2014 21:29:39 EST Day 37? Thank you all for your support on my blog yesterday for my continuing on with our streak. <BR> I did continue on today by walking for 30 minutes this morning. In all, today, I moved for almost an hour. Took nearly 8000 steps total for the day. <BR> Didn't make it to the gym yet. I just don't think it wise to push my knees too quickly. They are both bruised, one more than the other, and getting worse. I expected that with as hard as I landed on them. <BR> Miss Gaye and Miss Ginie, we're... Wed, 19 Nov 2014 21:58:28 EST Day 35.... It was suggested to me that the streak go on, since the fall wasn't something I could have controled. I didn't stop intentionally, and in fact, have continued on, in a small way, except for one day. <BR> So, I'm going to continue on and today would be Day 35 for me, since I missed one day. I did walk a bit yesterday and did do a bit of band workout for my arms, chest and a bit on my shoulders today, so technically, today is day 36 really. <BR> I did contact my personal trainer, thoughl, a... Tue, 18 Nov 2014 21:21:58 EST Quote for the Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Thank you all for your kind comments on my fall and beginning of a new streak. Today will be day one once I get home and can get my resistance bands out and my training session pages. I'll do Something today to get some kind of exercise in. <BR> My knees may hurt and are bruised, but I can still work my arms and core, to an extent. Don't know why I didn't think of this yesterday, except that I was in so mu... Tue, 18 Nov 2014 09:16:41 EST Having to start over.... Unfortunately, I didn't make it to Day 35 of my streak. Not through my own fault, I had an accident yesterday and fell. I didn't break anything, thank goodness, but skinned my knee and leg good, and boy does it hurt. I ended up just going home and putting ice on it to take the swelling down. <BR> After my fall, the store that we were just going in to called non emergency paramedics to come check me out. Probably because of my age. They agreed that I didn't break anything, but were concer... Mon, 17 Nov 2014 21:36:45 EST Day 34 and a good day I'm sure everyone has days that they just can't get anywhere near a computer, for whatever reason. Today that was my day. I had some chances, yes, but my family beckoned me to stay with them so I did. I didn't, however, break my streak. <em>244</em> <BR> We did so some heavy cleaning, so that added in to it all. But we went to the gym and had a good workout also. Only for an hour, but that's all we needed. And the whole family went. <em>104</em> <BR> Tomorrow we'll go again and ... Sat, 15 Nov 2014 23:12:39 EST Day 33 Almost didn't make it today. It's been a stress filled day. I was almost late for work this morning and had a lot of work to do before leaving for a birthday luncheon at 11:30. Then I came home only to leave after changing to get groceries and go in for physical therapy. <BR> I don't think the physical therapy helped much today cause my shoulder is really hurting tonight. I know the therapist was working out the kinks, but may have been working too hard at them. I'm going to have to ta... Fri, 14 Nov 2014 20:30:48 EST Day 32..... Another good start with a 50 minute walk this morning. Couldn't quite do chair squats this morning after my trainer worked my legs last evening. Oh boy, did she work them hard! Could barely feel like walking today! But I did, and I'm feeling a bit better for it. <BR> Don't know if I will make it to the gym this evening with my daughter and grandchildren. Depends on how late she has to work. But I'll make it tomorrow, hopefully. <BR> Safe travels to you, Gaye. Hope you and your Dh have ... Thu, 13 Nov 2014 08:43:17 EST Day 31 and another good start! I walked for 50 minutes this morning, plus did 3 sets of 10 chair squats! <em>244</em> <BR> A good start to another busy day! <BR> Went to the physical therapist for my shoulder and received some good exercises to do twice a day that will relieve some of the stress in my shoulder. She did a nice massage and added something to my shoulder to help keep it loosened up somewhat. <BR> So, Day 31 of our streak, Gaye and Ginie!! We're doing great! <em>386</em> <em>381</em> <BR> Thank you... Wed, 12 Nov 2014 08:51:56 EST Day 30 and the beginning of a better day I walked for an hour this morning! <em>244</em> That's the beginning of a better day already! <BR> It snowed here in KC last night. Not a lot. Just enough to remind us that it is November and to get ready for the winter. <BR> Today is the first day for physical therapy for my shoulder. While the injection helped for the first couple of days, back to work, I'm feeling the pain again. Not quite as bad, but it's there. Hopefully the therapy will help. Although, I can't go 3 times a ... Tue, 11 Nov 2014 09:03:33 EST Day 29 Thanks Gaye, for the motivation to keep going. And I did keep going. <BR> I'm going to have to find a different time of day to post blogs. It seems to be getting later and later in the day for me, and that's not good. Family time is good. It just cuts into my time. <BR> I didn't get to walk this morning as family again cut in to my day. Oh, I'm not really complaining. I just don't have the time that I could use. <BR> I did make it to the gym for my 6th session. Had a good workout and ... Mon, 10 Nov 2014 22:19:52 EST Day 28 I didn't do much today. I'll admit that right off. I needed a day off from everything. So I took an active rest day. Went for a walk through some stores getting a few things then came home and relaxed the rest of the day. Tomorrow is a new day and I'll be meeting with my personal trainer tomorrow evening for a good workout. I'll also walk tomorrow morning, once I get to work. <BR> My eating was good today and I stayed well under my calorie range for the day, even being sort of inactive.... Sun, 9 Nov 2014 21:25:34 EST Day 27 and short workout I didn't get to go to the gym until late this afternoon. When I did, I was only able to get in 45 minutes worth of good exercise. Didn't sleep well last night, so I'm hoping tonight is a better night and the kids don't wake up early like this morning. <BR> Gaye, you're doing fantastic on the Beck Diet Solution! I applaud your efforts! I know you can do it! <BR> The need for sleep is on my plate right now, so I'll post more tomorrow. And hopefully, I'll have more to say. God bless and ... Sat, 8 Nov 2014 22:37:43 EST Day 26 and what a day Today was a better day than yesterday. I did make it to the gym this morning, even though I really had to talk myself into going. Just wasn't feeling it this morning. Once I got there and got going, it was a different story. Spent an hour on the elliptical then spent about 20 minutes doing some resistance training. Specifically for my legs and abs. And boy, do I feel it now. <BR> I did have 2 doctor appointments also today, being that I took the day off for those. I received an injecti... Fri, 7 Nov 2014 22:40:15 EST Day 25 and almost a bust Today was not a good day. I did manage to get some walking in however, so I consider this day 25 and still on streak. Tomorrow will be better. <BR> Sorry so short. Just so tired and need sleep. <BR> I will post more tomorrow. Please pray that my doctor appointments go well for me tomorrow, and I can get rid of some of the pain that I've been in for awhile. <BR> Thank you and good night. Thu, 6 Nov 2014 21:28:26 EST Streak Day 24 We're doing it, Gaye!! We're really on a roll and we're going to do this and meet our goals!! <em>381</em> <BR> I started out today with an hour walk and did as much walking through the day. Then once off work, we went to the gym for my training session. While there, I made it over my 10,000 steps mark. Woohoo! And I did 50 minutes of resistance training. Boy, do I really feel it now! <BR> I know you're going strong with the Beck Diet Solution. And that's wonderful for you! I che... Wed, 5 Nov 2014 21:49:08 EST Day 23 and still going "The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be." <BR> <BR> That quote really spoke to me this morning. So I had to share. <BR> <BR> Today is streak day 23 for me, Gaye(Gabi1948) and Ginie(Ginieme), and we're doing great! We'll have those days when just about nothing will get us going, and I've had those days already myself, but we're still going and that's wonderful! <em>381</em> <em>386</em> <BR> I walked for 45 minutes this morning. That was just over ... Tue, 4 Nov 2014 20:32:36 EST Day 22 We're on day 22, Gaye, and doing great! Started the day with 30 minutes of walking this morning. Then this afternoon had a 50 minute session with my personal trainer, who really worked me till I was sweating hard. Had a great day for exercise! <BR> Looking forward to another good day tomorrow with at least 45 minutes of walking tomorrow morning. Then about an hour on the elliptical or recumbent bike after work. Good cardio day. <BR> And, to make matters even better, I'm under calories bo... Mon, 3 Nov 2014 21:52:43 EST Just a short one on Day 21.... Today was an active rest day, although we did do a lot of cleaning. I consider this day done and am moving on to day 22. I'm thinking of starting a new goal. Something that I can do every day. It doesn't have to last an hour. It can last only 20 minutes. Walking a mile a day. Every day until my next birthday. I realize that I should have started this yesterday. Nothing says I can't start it tomorrow. Let's see how it goes. That, plus my daily streak will keep me going. <BR> We are ... Sun, 2 Nov 2014 21:55:28 EST Day 20 and a good day... Today was my birthday and we all had a good day with it. Eating wise, I could have done better, but I did watch what I ate, for the most part. Exercise was a breeze this morning. I am proud of myself for completing an hour and a half doing cardio AND working for 15 minutes on my core. <BR> We'll see what tomorrow will bring. Hopefully more of today, without so much eating. Tomorrow is a new day, and new days are good for new beginnings. <BR> Blessings to everyone for a good night. And... Sat, 1 Nov 2014 23:22:16 EST Day 19 and I'm beat Will blog more tomorrow, when I get a chance. Just suffice it to say, I am so with this streak and am not about to give up any time soon. We're on it, Gaye! <BR> Keep up the great work! <em>381</em> <em>386</em> <em>380</em> Fri, 31 Oct 2014 22:49:04 EST Day 18 is done That's about all the energy I have to say about that. I'm very t <em>247</em> ired and need bed very soon. But I had a relatively good day, with walking this morning and eating healthy all day. <BR> Today was my Friday, so am looking forward to some down time tomorrow, into Saturday. <BR> Hugs and blessings to everyone. Have a good night. <em>381</em> <em>386</em> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 21:37:12 EST Day 17 and a busy day It was a very busy day today and I'm glad to be home and about to head to bed. <BR> I did make it to the gym and had a session with my trainer, who worked me pretty hard. I'm worn out and sore. Tomorrow is an off day, but I'll be walking in the morning. <BR> So today is day 17 of our streak, and we're doing good, Gaye. Let's keep it going! <BR> Have a good night everyone. Thank you for the encouragement and inspiration. <BR> GO ROYALS!! <em>306</em> <em>244</em> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 22:08:13 EST Day 16 and feeling better I had a good workout yesterday at the gym, and in fact am hurting a little from it this morning. Enough that I really want to do it all again today! LOL But I know it's a good idea to take a rest day in between, so I walked for 50 minutes this morning instead. Nothing like getting moving to improve your mood. If only I can just remember this when I get down on myself. <BR> Day 16 for us, Gaye, and we're doing great! I like hearing about your experience with the Beck Diet Solution also. ... Tue, 28 Oct 2014 08:57:30 EST Onward Day 15 and I'm still not giving up It's been a busy day here, but that's usual for Mondays. <BR> I didn't manage to exercise much at all today. That is until after work. That's when I hit the gym and had a workout with my personal trainer. And boy did she work me. I'm really feeling it tonight. <BR> We didn't get home until late this evening and still had to eat dinner, so this will be pretty short. <BR> I want to thank you all for your encouragement and support yesterday when I felt like quitting. I didn't and I'm gr... Mon, 27 Oct 2014 22:41:10 EST On Day 14 and I'm not giving up. I'm close, but I think I'll keep on going. At least I can give my doctor an honest report of the past few weeks. I really think that one of my medications is what is keeping this weight on me. <BR> I'm not going to get worked up about it. I'm just going to keep taking this day by day. If I give up too much, I'll be binging whenever I can. And that can't happen. <BR> I'm excited for Gaye, who is doing great on the Beck Diet Solution. I know she can do it! Blessings to you, my friend. ... Sun, 26 Oct 2014 21:42:34 EST Day 13 and what a busy day.. We're doing great, Gaye, on Day 13 already! And you started the Beck Solution plan yesterday. Will be watching to see how you're doing day by day. <BR> It was hard getting to the gym today. We didn't start out there this morning as we usually do. We started with running errands and getting groceries. Did a lot of walking with that. When we finally made it to the gym, I spent almost an hour on the elliptical. Made it to over 10,000 steps today. The first day in about a week that I've m... Sat, 25 Oct 2014 21:42:10 EST Day 12 of my streak and still going strong.... Today was a good day. I managed to walk for 45 minutes this morning, instead of only 20 minutes as originally planned. Felt better for it too. I didn't get to 10,000 steps, but my activity level was over 90 minutes for the whole day. <BR> Tomorrow will be another busy day with taking the grandkids for a special trick or treat on main street of town in the morning, then going out to the lake for a photo shoot with dh. Looking forward to seeing the fall colors. <BR> Thank you for the encour... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 21:36:27 EST Day 11 and Day 12 Yesterday was a very busy day, and I didn't get a chance to post. I did, however, get the chance to exercise for 30 minutes. So I got a workout in, and worked on it throughout the day with every chance I had. <BR> Today, I'm starting with a 20 minute walk. Will get to the gym this evening, if all goes well. If not, then I'll make it tomorrow. <BR> <BR> "Choose your goal and keep your eye on it. Never give up. <BR> Perhaps you will need to change your plan <BR> and approach your goal fro... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 07:39:29 EST Day 10 and a much better day... I thank you, Gaye for the sweet goodie and message. Yesterday was just not a great day for excercise, although I did make get a bit in. <BR> Today was much better. I didn't walk this morning, only because I had to work early to make up for the 2 hours that I missed yesterday. Tomorrow I should be able to walk, for at least 30 minutes. Hopefully longer. <BR> I had a workout session with my trainer today, so that counts. She really worked me and showed me other exercises that I can do fo... Wed, 22 Oct 2014 20:58:24 EST Day 9 by the skin of my teeth... I did make it through today without cheating and with the minimum of exercise. Didn't make it to the gym because I had to give my dh some moral support for an appointment that he had today. Once that was done, we had dinner to make and get ready for tomorrow. <BR> I did get some walking in today though, so I don't feel that the day is a loss. Day 9 is done and I hope that Gaye is doing well also! WE CAN DO IT, GAYE!!! Let's Keep It UP!!! <BR> Thank you all for your encouragement and ins... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 21:34:59 EST Day 8 and still going strong... I honestly didn't know if I was going to make it today and would have had to have started all over again. I didn't want to do that, but being that today was Monday and it wasn't exactly a great day either, I just wasn't feeling up to walking this morning. And throughout the day, I had to write a lot of letters so I didn't get up away from my desk as much as I should have. <BR> But this afternoon, after work, dh and I went to the gym and I had a meeting with the personal trainer that I had a... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 21:45:19 EST And Day 7 is done!! Very short blog tonight as it's late and everyone has to get up early in the morning. But Day 7 is done! Went to the gym and had a session with a personal trainer and got a good idea of some exercises that I can do with my physical limitations and did some cardio on top of it all. Had an amazing day! Hope everyone had an enjoyable Sunday also! And have a good night. Day 8 tomorrow!! And the streak goes on!! WE CAN DO IT, GAYE!!!!! Sun, 19 Oct 2014 22:00:42 EST Day 6 and still going And no, I didn't make it to the gym today. We took the kids to the zoo again today and walked for over 4 hours there. Then my daughter, my granddaughter and I went shopping for dresses that my granddaughter could wear over the boot she has to wear and the cast that she's sure to have come Tuesday. We won't be able to get pants on over the cast especially. So we found discounted dresses for now. With summer over and fall having begun there was an abundance of them. She will need to wear ... Sat, 18 Oct 2014 21:58:23 EST Day 5 and still going strong... Boy, did I have a hard time getting started this morning. I just didn't feel like doing anything but laying my head down and sleeping. I hate getting up so early and being to work so early in the morning. <BR> I did manage to talk myself into walking this morning for almost an hour before work started. I'm keeping it relatively slow since my knees still hurt. I don't want either of them to go out on me. That's too painful. If I can keep it up every morning and keep with any kind of ex... Fri, 17 Oct 2014 22:55:31 EST Day 4 of my streak.... First of all, please pray for my granddaughter, who got hurt at school and is now at urgent care getting her ankle x-rayed. We're hoping that she didn't break it. Will let you know tomorrow. <BR> Day 4 of our streak is done, Gaye and Ginie! We're doing great! <BR> My day was filled with walking and exercise so I'm not surprised. If all goes well with my granddaughter tomorrow will be a good day as well. We'll see though. <BR> Have a good night all. Blessings being sent out. <em>247... Thu, 16 Oct 2014 21:41:46 EST Day 3 and on to Day 4 I couldn't post yesterday as I just got too busy after work with the gym....yes, I made it...and then with helping my daughter fix dinner. We had pizza since that was the only thing that was quick and easy to fix, and I'm afraid I over did it, just a bit. But I did have a salad for lunch yesterday so I think the calories were worth it. Just haven't had pizza in a long time. I still count yesterday as done. <BR> Started with an hour long walk this morning, so I'm off to a good start on Day... Thu, 16 Oct 2014 08:36:56 EST Thought for the Day Life is a riddle. <BR> We cannot expect to understand life's twists and turns as they occur each day, <BR> and we greatly frustrate ourselves in the futile attempt. <BR> Be content to appreciate that there is an overarching purpose, <BR> though that purpose be known only to God, and to history. <BR> Choose service. Choose joy. Accept the unknowing. <BR> <BR> <BR> Blessings to all for a great Wednesday. <em>247</em> <em>386</em> <em>381</em> Wed, 15 Oct 2014 07:33:40 EST Day 2 and not exactly what I had planned... Today wasn't a bad day. I did walk this morning for about 45 minutes. My plan this morning was to get home and work out using my exercise ball, bands and dumb bells. <BR> The work day was very busy and I did get a lot done. Tomorrow is going to be worse because I kind of have a deadline to beat tomorrow in order to get some things done. <BR> Once work was over, we came straight home. I was planning to get started right away with the exercise. It didn't happen. We had an errand to run... Tue, 14 Oct 2014 21:15:34 EST A decent day for Monday Thank you all for you concern and comments on my migraine yesterday. I feel much better today. The migraine was my own doing by forgetting to take my medication before going to the zoo Saturday. Then spending the whole day at the zoo. By the time we got home, it was way too late to take any of my meds for that day. So, this is what caused the migraine. <BR> As for my is Day 1. I didn't walk this morning. Mostly because I didn't want to. Once work was over, and dh picke... Mon, 13 Oct 2014 21:17:28 EST Quote for the Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> God Bless everyone and have a wonderful Monday. <em>247</em> Mon, 13 Oct 2014 09:16:49 EST Not a good day... ...and I'm with you now, Gaye. I broke my streak today. I didn't sleep well at all last night. Tossed and turned all night, and actually felt, for the first time, what hot flashes are like. I had a huge headache, which I believe to have been a migraine, since light hurt my head and any sound hurt as well for most of the morning. Ugghh...was it bad! I tried to stay in bed, in the dark for as long as possible this morning. It was so bad that I got sick after taking my morning thyroid pil... Sun, 12 Oct 2014 18:22:29 EST Another exhausting day ....and I'm heading to bed very shortly. <BR> We took our grandkids to the zoo today and spent the whole day there. Quite a time was had by all and we took a lot of photos. Day 13 for me on this streak. My eating wasn't the best, but that was only because we didn't pack full lunches and the zoo doesn't have very healthy foods. Plus they are very expensive. Hoping that with the little food that I did eat and all the walking that we did, that I did lose at least a pound. <BR> After the g... Sat, 11 Oct 2014 21:30:52 EST Just a quick blog... I'm exhausted and need to get to bed. <BR> I managed to walk for about 30 minutes this morning and managed not to fall asleep at ny desk today. And I did a lot of walking around the building today. Not what I was hoping for, but it will do. Day 12 of my streak is done! <BR> <em>381</em> <em>386</em> Gaye!! Day 11 for you!! Woohoo!! <BR> Have a good night all. <em>247</em> Fri, 10 Oct 2014 22:01:15 EST Gratitude.... I want to thank all of you who have been so encouraging these last 11 days. My streak is on going and I'm on Day 11. I did want to mention that my streak is for exercising every day. And I'm doing it. Thank you too, to Gaye for your continued support! Today is your Day 10! Woohoo!! We're doing great! <BR> Another busy day is over at last and tomorrow is Friday. I'm looking forward to the weekend, excepting for Saturday morning when I have to watch my grandkids again until their mom co... Thu, 9 Oct 2014 21:05:55 EST Good day.... Had a pretty good day today, even with having to work early to catch up from the hours missed yesterday because of a dentist appointment. So I didn't get a chance to walk this morning, but I will tomorrow, for sure! Gym time this evening was great with just under an hour on the elliptical and another 15 minutes on a bike! I feel great! Very tired, but great! <BR> A Big Shout Out to Gaye, who's on this journey with me and keeping the motivation high!!! It's great to have a buddy to share ... Wed, 8 Oct 2014 21:41:42 EST Quote for the Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Good morning! Happy Wednesday! Smile today and make everyone around you wonder! It will brighten your day as well as theirs! Have a great day! Blessings!! Wed, 8 Oct 2014 11:30:23 EST Keep on keeping on.... It was a long day today and I didn't sleep well last night. So I wasn't able to get up early for the gym this morning. I did walk quite a bit while at work, and after work I went on a 20 minute walk, so I consider today to be Day 9 of my streak! Any little bit counts, and even though I didn't make it to the gym I did get some exercise in today. <BR> Tomorrow will be better. Tomorrow I have an appointment with a personal trainer, so it will definitely be better! An hour long training se... Tue, 7 Oct 2014 21:22:39 EST