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My burn

Sunday, July 15, 2012      3 comments

Six days ago, on Tuesday, I burned my forearm while removing a cookie sheet from a very hot oven. It was a 2nd degree burn - white in the middle. It seemed to be healing just fine. Then yesterday it suddenly swelled up and was red in about a... Read more

My heart has two holes in it (my emotional heart, not the cardiac one)

Saturday, July 14, 2012      4 comments

My husband and 15 year old son left yesterday for camp in Colorado. They'll be gone for 10 days. My husband has been working 10 hour plus days so it's not like I'm used to having him around all the time. And my son is quite independent too so he... Read more

Frustrating Frustration

Friday, July 13, 2012      1 comments

Frustration is the feeling you get when you cannot achieve a goal easily or your path is impeded. We experience frustration all our lives. And I doubt that it ever gets so easy to deal with that it isn't frustrating anymore. So how do you... Read more

Conquer Today's Mountains

Thursday, July 12, 2012      3 comments

My mountains might be your molehills but I'm going to conquer them one step at a time. How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. Get out those big girl panties. Or now that I'm trying to move into much smaller girl panties perh... Read more

She noticed

Wednesday, July 11, 2012      4 comments

Last night during a water break at Zumba, a lady came up to me smiling. "You come to the Y everyday!" she exclaimed. "Yup. Except for Sunday I am here everyday." I chuckled a bit as she went back to her spot. But as I thought about it, I re... Read more

Cardio Kickboxing

Tuesday, July 10, 2012      2 comments

Last night was cardio kickboxing night. We get a lot of people peeking in the windows at us. When I go out into the hall for a drink of water, people often ask me what it is like. Of course there are variations depending on instructors, but t... Read more

Oh the Stamina!

Monday, July 09, 2012      2 comments

I was very worried going into this weekend. Back-to-back outside commitments for 3 days in a row was a recipe for pain and exhaustion. Thanks to God and magnesium, I survived with flying colors. Friday started with trying out Aqua Zumba, ... Read more

The "ideal" body

Sunday, July 08, 2012      3 comments

I've been thinking a lot lately about our societal ideal of the perfect woman's body. I was getting a tire fixed recently and was stuck in the mechanic's waiting room with a pile of celebrity magazines. I picked one up to browse through and w... Read more

Exercising Less and Losing More

Saturday, July 07, 2012      4 comments

I've lost another pound. As usual, I seem to lose only after my exercise level has dropped off from usual and I'm not so careful on my food. I'm starting to think that perhaps the messages I get in red to up my calorie intake are right after a... Read more

Aqua Zumba!

Friday, July 06, 2012      7 comments

This morning I tried out Aqua Zumba. It was fun. I'm sure that there are variations depending on the venue and instructor but this is how it was at our Y. There were about 50 people in the pool - about 25 in the warmer "family" pool and about... Read more

Defiant Eating

Thursday, July 05, 2012      2 comments

My eating has changed. I no longer binge on chips and dip. I no longer graze all day mindlessly. I have regular balanced meals with some treats built in. 90% of the time that works for me. Yesterday we had a barbecue at the park. I had som... Read more

Happy Dance!

Wednesday, July 04, 2012      4 comments

After Zumba last night the lady who was behind me came up to me and told me how proud she was of me because I was losing weight. I think it is significant (and funny) that it is only people who see me from behind who notice that I'm losing! <... Read more

Eating Out and Carbs

Tuesday, July 03, 2012      5 comments

Even when choosing "healthy" choices I often get off track when I eat out. My biggest problem is eating too many carbs which then makes my blood sugar go too high even if my calorie count is technically on track. Just like there are hidden su... Read more

July Goals

Monday, July 02, 2012      2 comments

It's July already! Here are my July Goals: 1. Continue to try to keep my blood sugar levels 2 hours post prandial to 120 m/dl or less. I'm probably 85% successful right now. 2. Be dairy and sugar free due to allergies. 3. ... Read more

A Mish-Mash of Thoughts and "Stuff"

Sunday, July 01, 2012      2 comments

I lost 1 inch around my waist this month! The scale hasn't moved in 3 1/2 weeks but it was so nice to see that new number on the tape measure. My MIL is dying She won't eat or drink properly. My husband and I were talking last night and ... Read more


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