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My daily step average for past week was and I averaged more than 10 floors climbed. I would like to average 20,000+ steps daily for the coming week and at least 10 floors.

For the Week ending

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Rhonda
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Eat healthy.. Exercise daily.. repeat! and Consistency.. that is the secret!


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Eat healthy.. Exercise daily.. repeat! and Consistency.. that is the secret!


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Eat healthy.. Exercise daily.. repeat! and Consistency.. that is the secret!


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Monday, February 8, 2016

Was up about an hour before the DH this morning. Sometimes that is just kind of nice.. you know? (psssst.... don't tell him lol) Made a fresh pot of coffee and enjoyed the morning solitude. The cat however thought she should be part of the program. Speaking of Scamp, she had a relapse last week and started throwing up 2-3 times a day again. Called the Vet and took her back in for another shot. Viola... the last two days she has been great. It is scary however to see her go downhill. The Vet had said the first shot should last a couple of months and it actually lasted maybe 3 weeks at best. We will see how she does this time. When they did a blood test last month the Vet indicated she has an issue with her pancreas that is causing the problem. She is 13 1/2 so getting up in years ... but when she feels good she runs and jumps like a kitten. Our fur babies... what would we do without them.

Did my 30 minutes on the treadmill this morning before breakfast. Afterwards, I headed to the gym for spin class. Things were pretty subdued at the gym today. Everyone feels the loss of Jason (the officer who was shot and killed Friday). This Friday there will be a procession before the service with officers from all over the State. The route will be published so people can line the route. My DH and I plan to be on the route and will be holding a flag. I'm sure that the turnout will be huge so not sure if we will be able to attend the service which is being held at the Convention Center.. but I plan to try.

The weather today was fabulous. I came home, washed the car and did a few other household chores. Something about sunshine just makes me want to have the inside of the house sparkle also. After lunch, I had a 4-5 mile walk on the schedule. I had a little over 11,000 on the FitBit already so decided a 4 mile walk would be fine. I put on a light jacket and headed out. In no time at all the jacket was off and even then I was warm. No wind and I'm guessing that it was in the low ... maybe even the mid 70's.

The UPS man stopped by with a package for me from Amazon.. Usually, it is my DH that gets all the packages so it was my turn for once. I got us each a waterproof iPhone case so that we can take pictures when we are on our cruise without worrying about getting our phones wet. It will also work when I'm out walking/running. The cases came with a neck cord as well as an arm band. I ruined an iPhone one time because of moisture so having extra protection in inclement weather is a good idea. The other item I ordered and received was a pair of wireless bluetooth earbuds. So cool! I am always getting my cords tangled up when I'm running in my hands so having no cords to hassle with will be a treat. The sound quality is good and I also can answer calls and adjust volume easily. The retail price was posted as $99 but they were on sale for $19.99 with a 12 mo guarantee and a 4 1/2 star user rating.

I got one box cleared on my de-clutter project. It is slow going. I originally estimated that I had about 12 racks of stuff and if I cleaned off 1 a month I would get through them all in 2016. I'm working on rack 4 and I counted I had 6 more on just the South side of the room. I also have racks on the North side so looks like this project will take me at least a year.. probably more. sigh... the honest truth is that when I finish this project I then need to work on the basement.

emoticon Breakfast
Oatmeal with raisins, brown sugar, cinnamon and almond milk
1/2 sliced apple

emoticon Morning Snack
Small bowl of raisin bran with almond milk

emoticon Lunch
Avocado Omelette made with 1 egg, 2 whites and 1/4 c mozzarella
English muffin with butter and SF jelly
1/2 c grapes
3/4 c warmed applesauce with 1/4 c berries and dollop of FF whip

emoticon Afternoon Snack
Protein Shake with banana and almond/coconut milk

emoticon Dinner
Large green salad with turkey, avocado, onion, tomato, celery,
Rosemary Cracker with wedge of laughing cow cheese
3/4 c warmed applesauce with 1/4 c berries and dollop of FF whip

emoticon Evening Snack
5 oz red wine



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Edited by: GOING-STRONG at: 2/8/2016 (22:50)
Rhonda
Seaside, Oregon

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Eat healthy.. Exercise daily.. repeat! and Consistency.. that is the secret!


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2/3/16 10:33 P

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Sunday, February 7th

Today, we had some what can only be described as glorious Winter weather. No wind, Sunshine and very moderate temperatures that actually got into the mid 60's. We have a lot of Summer days that aren't that nice! I had 11 miles on the schedule today so I was happy I wouldn't be fighting the elements. Mid morning, I headed out with the plan to do 6 miles, take a lunch break and then do another 5. I actually ended up doing 7 miles before lunch today as conditions were good and then finished up with 4 miles in the afternoon.

In March, when the lottery opens, I'm going to try for a spot in the Marine Corp Marathon. I'm really hoping I get in this year as my body is not getting any younger! If I do; it will mean a Summer of longer week-end runs. The event is held in October so I have plenty of time to get ready. The plan would be to add one mile a week to my long runs going from my current 11 miles up to 22. I would continue with 3 additional runs during the week. I haven't checked the training schedule but those runs would probably be 5-8 miles. I told my DH that the Marine Corp Marathon is the only full that I still want to do (I really like the half distance)... but if I get in and it goes well I may also want to try for New York in 2017. We will see. One of my Spark Friends is trying to plant a seed for running the Great Wall of China Marathon in 2017. That one scares me as it has a lot of stairs and elevation changes... but then again I do want to go to China someday lol.

After Dinner, the DH and I walked to a nearby park to be part of a candlelight vigil for the police officer who was shot and killed here in our community on Friday night. The turnout was huge particularly considering that it was held at 7:00pm during the Super Bowl. The weather was perfect with stars in the sky and no wind. We also had a beautiful fiery sunset over the Pacific.



emoticon Breakfast
Oatmeal with raisins, diced apple, brown sugar, almond milk
1/2 Sliced apple
Few Grapes

emoticon Morning Snack
Single Serve container of carb control yogurt
few almonds

emoticon Lunch
Bowl of Homemade Chicken, Veggie and Rice Soup
Rosemary Cracker with wedge of laughing cow cheese
3/4 c warmed applesauce with 1/4 c berries & dollop of FF whip

emoticon Afternoon Snack
Protein Shake with banana and almond milk
Few Food Good Chips

emoticon Dinner
Bowl of Homemade Chicken, Veggie and Rice Soup
Rosemary Cracker with wedge of laughing cow cheese
3/4 c warmed applesauce with 1/4 c berries & dollop of FF whip

emoticon Evening Snack
5 oz glass of red wine

Here is my stats for the week posted on the Fit Bit team

My daily step average for past week was 20,794 and I averaged more than 10 floors climbed. I would like to average 20,000+ steps daily for the coming week and at least 10 floors.

For the Week ending February 6, 2016

emoticon Sun - 29,917 /18 floors / 195 active minutes
emoticon Mon - 18,637 / 18 floors / 150 active minutes
emoticon Tue - 20,897 / 24 floors / 118 active minutes
emoticon Wed - 20,334 / 20 floors / 164 active minutes
emoticon Thur - 20,999 / 18 floors / 120 active minutes
emoticon Fri - 19,336 / 54 floors / 156 active minutes
emoticon Sat - 15,436 / 16 floors / 114 active minutes

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Edited by: GOING-STRONG at: 2/7/2016 (23:26)
Rhonda
Seaside, Oregon

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Eat healthy.. Exercise daily.. repeat! and Consistency.. that is the secret!


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2/3/16 10:33 P

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Saturday, February 6, 2016

Today has been a hard day to wrap my head around. I was up early this morning and was reading through my Facebook feed when I saw a news bulletin that a police officer in our little town had been shot downtown last night. I know a lot of our officers and the article really didn't give any details on his condition or the circumstances. It did say that a 2nd officer fired and hit the shooter and both had been taken to separate hospitals. Last night, the DH and I had heard Life Flight landing at the hospital about the time we went to bed. The hospital is just down the street so we hear the helicopter when it comes in for a landing or a take-off. By 7:00am or so, more details were released indicated that the Officer was 39 yr old, had been on the force for 13 years and he had been killed. No name was released. OMG... I immediately texted my daughter to find out if she knew who was involved. Within a minute she called and she was sobbing. It was Jason... a wonderful guy who had lived across the street from her for years. I had just waved at him at the gym on Friday. This can't be! I am still reeling from this news and I can't even imagine what his family is going through. My DD was with his wife last night and watched the kids while she was at the hospital. It is just tragic.

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I have had a hard time concentrating on anything today and have tried to just keep myself busy. Your World can be tilted off axis in the blink of an eye.

One thing that I did accomplish was I planted some flowers in the planter outside our bedroom window. I needed flowers in that box rather than weeds. I watched 3 stellar jays in the tree outside our window and gave thanks for life.



Sending you my Spark Friends warmest wishes that your day will be blessed.

emoticon Breakfast
Oatmeal with diced apple, raisins, brown sugar, cinnamon, almond milk
Grapes

emoticon Morning Snack
Single serve container of carb control yogurt

emoticon Lunch
2 Tostadas with refried beans, tomato, onion, lettuce, salsa & FF sour cream
Small handful of Food Good Chips
3/4 c warmed applesauce with 1/4 c berries and a dollop of FF whip



emoticon Afternoon Snack
Protein Shake with banana and mix of coconut milk/almond milk
Few almonds

emoticon Dinner
Large green salad with turkey, onion, tomato, avocado,
Newmans Balsamic Dressing
Rosemary Cracker with wedge of Laughing Cow Cheese
3/4 c warmed applesauce with 1/4 c berries and dollop of FF whip

emoticon Evening Snack
5 oz Red Wine



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Edited by: GOING-STRONG at: 2/6/2016 (22:32)
Rhonda
Seaside, Oregon

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Eat healthy.. Exercise daily.. repeat! and Consistency.. that is the secret!


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2/3/16 10:32 P

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Friday, February 5, 2016

I'm feeling much better today... got a good night's sleep and it did wonders! In fact, I got up a little late today and barely had time to get in my 30 minutes on the treadmill before breakfast. After breakfast, I headed to the gym for a one hour spin class. Friday is "Power Spin" and we do a lot of hills. My legs are sore from yesterdays lifting session so I didn't crank on as much tension as I might have otherwise.

Came home and did a few chores before working a little on my big project. Today I dealt with some odds and ends that my DH took off my hands thinking he might be able to use it for his projects. That is fine with me... got it out of my sight!

I decided to try and make an omelette for lunch today. Usually my omelettes turn out to be scrambled eggs. When we were on the cruise last month you could get a "made to order" omelette made right in front of you... so I watched carefully what they did thinking I might work a little on my technique. I made an avocado omelette and it turned out pretty good. I think the key is to spray the pan well (3-4 seconds), cook on medium heat, and as the eggs cook angle the pan so that the uncooked middle is transferred to the edges. I have some eggs in the fridge that I need to use up before we leave for Orlando later this month so I'll keep practicing.



After lunch the DH had some errands to run and I decided to go for my run. I had 4 miles on the schedule today but was a bit concerned as it was really windy outside. The pavement was dry and temps were mild however so decided to give it a go. At about mile 1.5 I realized I may have made a mistake. A few BIG raindrops started coming down and the wind was really whistling. The route I take is an out and back and when I started back the wind hit me full face... enough to make running out of the question. Then the rain started in earnest and with the wind those drops felt like I was being sand blasted. I couldn't even call DH to come and get me because he wasn't home! I walked as fast as I could and took a short route so I only did 3.3 miles. I was drenched when I walked in the door... my luck didn't hold out today. When I got home I checked the weather app on my phone and it showed 22 mph sustained winds.. the news reported gusts up to 40 mph



One of my Spark friends commented earlier this week asking about the technique my DH uses to take all the meat off a roasted chicken. I looked on YouTube and found a video that is very similar to his method. One thing he does that makes it a little easier is microwave the bird for a minute to warm it up. Makes it easier to work with. Here is a link. If you can't get it to work check my Facebook page; Help Help Me Rhonda. I have the video posted.

www.youtube.com/embed/5eTykJuFLZU

emoticon Breakfast
Oatmeal with diced apple, raisins, brown sugar, cinnamon & almond milk
1/2 sliced apple
grapes

emoticon Morning Snack
small bowl of bran flakes with almond milk

emoticon Lunch
Avocado omelette with 1 whole egg, 2 whites
grapes
Rosemary Cracker with wedge of laughing cow cheese
3/4 c warmed applesauce with 1/4 c berries and dollop of FF whip

emoticon Afternoon Snack
Handful of almonds

emoticon Dinner
Sauteed vegetable omelette with 1 whole egg and 2 whites
English Muffin with butter and SF jam
Grapes
2 slices bacon
3/4 c warmed applesauce with 1/4 c berries & dollop of FF whip

emoticon Evening Snack
5 oz glass of red wine





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Edited by: GOING-STRONG at: 2/5/2016 (23:02)
Rhonda
Seaside, Oregon

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Eat healthy.. Exercise daily.. repeat! and Consistency.. that is the secret!


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Thursday, February 4, 2016

I have felt a little down today... everything seems so hard sometimes. I didn't sleep well last night and that might have something to do with it. I woke up a little after 4am and then tossed and turned for an hour. My brain just wouldn't get quiet and finally my DH said "just turn on the light and let's get up"... so we did. I have felt tired today and am looking forward to getting a good night's sleep tonight.

Before breakfast, I did go up and do 30 min on the treadmill. I listened to some upbeat music and turned on my party disco light... so did my best to feel more festive. After breakfast, I headed to the gym for my Thursday weight lifting class. Today was lower body and we did the same format as we used Tuesday on upper body. Two sets of eight reps with 30 sec rest between sets, then a set of ten reps, then a set of 15 reps followed by another 15 reps using a variation. We did wide leg deep squats, side lunges, dead lifts, and a few others. I left sweaty.

After the gym, I ran a few errands then home. I really didn't feel like doing anything but forced myself to work on the de-clutter project. I am currently working on a rack with a LOT of misc stuff and today it just seemed overwhelming. I told myself that all I needed to do was sort a little so that is what I did. I know logically that every little bit makes a difference but emotionally I wasn't feeling it.

My food choices today were also a little off. I felt snacky and it was uncomfortable. After lunch, I felt like I wanted to graze. The morning rain had stopped and I had a 5 mile run on the schedule today so got myself psyched up to go do it. I usually feel better after a run and fortunately today that was also the case. It was really windy today and I was a bit chilled so I made a cup of tea when I got home. I recently bought this new "Sweet and Spicy" tea at Costco and just love it. Bonus is it is caffeine free. I sometimes make a big batch using the coffee maker. I put 6 tea bags in the coffee filter and run through 12 cups of water. Turns out perfect and I put the leftovers in the fridge for ice tea later.



emoticon Breakfast
Oatmeal with raisins, brown sugar, diced apples, almond milk
1/2 sliced apple

emoticon Morning Snack
Single Serve container of carb control yogurt
Handful of almonds

emoticon Lunch
1 1/2 servings of Food Good Chips
2 cups homemade chicken, veggie, rice soup
3/4 c warmed applesauce with 1/4 c berries and dollop of FF whip

emoticon Afternoon Snack
few almonds
Kind Bar

emoticon Dinner
Sauteed mixed veggies (sweet potato, onion, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, tomato, 1/2 avocado) with 5 oz roasted turkey, and 1/4 c shredded mozzarella
Rosemary cracker with wedge of laughing cow cheese
3/4 c warmed applesauce with 1/4 c berries and dollop of FF whip

emoticon Evening Snack
5 oz glass of red wine



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Edited by: GOING-STRONG at: 2/4/2016 (22:51)
Rhonda
Seaside, Oregon

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Eat healthy.. Exercise daily.. repeat! and Consistency.. that is the secret!


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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Good productive and fun day today. Up early as the DH had to leave by 8:00 for a Dr. appt in Portland. He made us our breakfast before he had to leave and then I headed upstairs to put in 30 minutes on the treadmill. Afterwards, I did a few chores and then headed to the gym for my Wed Spin/Circuit class. I mentioned yesterday that I was expecting to be sore today and I was. We did upper body yesterday and my biceps and triceps in particular were feeling it today.. but it was sore in a good way.

After the gym I worked on putting together a big pot of chicken, veggie and rice soup. My DH has a great method that he uses to get all the meat off of a roasted chicken. In fact, I can't believe how much meat he finds. We had six meals using the chicken and at least 3 cups of scrap meat left for the soup.



After lunch I knew that there was NO way I would be able to walk outside today. It was raining and blowing sideways outside. I decided that I would do house walking so I watched TV and power walked for 45 minutes. I still needed another 45 minutes of walking in order to get my 5 miles in, however I knew I needed to do a little work on my de-cluttering or it wouldn't get done today. I didn't spend a lot of time at it but made some progress. Baby steps. I now have almost 3 racks sorted and have a big pile of stuff to sell. I'm going to have to get started on that next so I don't end up with a bigger mess than what I started with.



Did another 45 minutes of house walking and almost was at goal; but had to cut it short as I had to get ready for a dinner out planned with a girlfriend. We had a great time and fun catching up. I'm pretty excited as she and her husband just bought a used motor home and may be able to join us for some of our camping trips. I have a Half Marathon in the CA Redwoods in early May and we are planning on taking the camper and stopping along the way at Crater Lake and a few other places. She is going to try and pencil it in... Hooray! This is a pic she snapped at dinner... also, we had the most AMAZING appetizer. Brussel Sprouts with sprinkled Parmesan and balsamic reduction. To die for!





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emoticon Breakfast
Oatmeal with diced apples, raisins, brown sugar and almond milk
sliced apples

emoticon Morning Snack
Single serve container of carb control yogurt

emoticon Lunch
Serving of Food Good Chips (I ate some before I snapped the photo lol)
Tuna Salad Burrito - this was experiment and it was good!
3/4 c warmed applesauce with 1/4 c berries and dollop of FF whip





emoticon Afternoon Snack
Protein Shake with banana and almond milk

emoticon Dinner
Brussel Sprouts with Parmesan and balsamic reduction
Wedge salad with balsamic dressing, mandarin oranges
Grilled chicken breast
3/4 c warmed applesauce with 1/4 c berries and dollop of FF whip

emoticon Evening Snack
5 oz glass of red wine



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Edited by: GOING-STRONG at: 2/3/2016 (23:08)
Rhonda
Seaside, Oregon

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Eat healthy.. Exercise daily.. repeat! and Consistency.. that is the secret!


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My daily step average for past week was 20,794 and I averaged more than 10 floors climbed. I would like to average 20,000+ steps daily for the coming week and at least 10 floors.

For the Week ending February 6, 2016

emoticon Sun - 29,917 /18 floors / 195 active minutes
emoticon Mon - 18,637 / 18 floors / 150 active minutes
emoticon Tue - 20,897 / 24 floors / 118 active minutes
emoticon Wed - 20,334 / 20 floors / 164 active minutes
emoticon Thur - 20,999 / 18 floors / 120 active minutes
emoticon Fri - 19,336 / 54 floors / 156 active minutes
emoticon Sat - 15,436 / 16 floors / 114 active minutes

Edited by: GOING-STRONG at: 2/7/2016 (23:24)
Rhonda
Seaside, Oregon

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Eat healthy.. Exercise daily.. repeat! and Consistency.. that is the secret!


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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Today was a good day. Had an hour or so to myself before the DH got out of bed so I enjoyed some coffee and computer time. Put in 30 minutes on the treadmill before breakfast which gave me 4,000 steps before going to the gym. Woot. After breakfast, I went to Body Blast class. Today's lifting exercises were all about upper body strength. For each exercise, we did 2 sets of 8 reps, then a set of 10, a set of 12 and a set of 15+ to failure. It was killer. Will be interesting to see if I have any DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness) tomorrow.

Did a few errands and then home to do chores... vacuuming and such. The sun was shining so I did some outside sweeping and a little clean-up. So nice to have birds back and they were chirping up a storm. By lunch however, the cloud cover was too dense and the beautiful sunshine disappeared.

Today I had a 5 mile speed interval run on the schedule. I have mentioned before that speed intervals are not a favorite of mine.. but I know I need to do them if I want to see improvement. So, I plan to do speed work once a week. Today, I had another great run improving my time from last week by over a minute a mile. I did 5 miles averaging just over 11 min/mile. I was below 11 for the first 5 miles but the last part of my run is up the driveway which is a 75 foot elevation change. That slows me down. I'm excited however to see continued improvement. When I was doing my marathon training in 2013 I was averaging seven miles at under 11 min/mile so I'm hoping to see that number again. My interval was 15 sec power walk followed by 10 sec jog, then 20 sec all out, then 10 sec jog... repeat.



I worked a little more today on de-clutter project and sorting through boxes . I "found" some interesting things. The greatest find was a painting by my great grandmother. She didn't start painting until later in life (her 50's) and she lived to over 100. She mostly painted landscapes however this one is interesting because it looks so European and has a person in it. I had it hanging in my office at the bank and a client looked at it and told me that it was a photo that appeared in National Geographic! After I left the bank I had packed and boxed my office stuff so I knew the painting wasn't lost... but I couldn't find it. It is now hanging in my she cave so I'll be able to see it when I'm on the treadmill.



My grandmother also took up painting late in life. Like my great grandmother she did mostly landscapes. I have a gorgeous painting from my grandmother of the ocean and the Peter Iredale wreck. This is a shipwreck from the early 1900's on one of our local beaches. The shipwreck looked pretty much like this when I was young, however today there isn't a lot left.



My sister has a talent for painting and she likes to do flowers and still lifes. I can hardly draw a stick figure so that talent bypassed me big time.

While sorting I also found a box of old clothes... mostly from when I was a size 16. Those are going to Goodwill. I did find a new swimsuit and a pair of shorts that still had tags and my daughter may be able to use those.

emoticon Breakfast
Oatmeal with brown sugar, raisins, diced apple, a bit of granola, almond milk
1/2 sliced apple

emoticon Morning Snack
Single Serve container of carb control yogurt

emoticon Lunch
Baked hollowed sandwich roll with tuna salad and a bit of mozzarella cheese.
Serving of Food Good Chips
3/4 c warmed applesauce with 1/4 c berries and dollop of FF whip

emoticon Afternoon Snack
Protein Shake with banana and almond milk

emoticon Dinner
Large Chinese Chicken Salad made with cole slaw, mandarin oranges, roasted chicken, tomato, sliced almonds, salad toppings and Newmans Own Lite Dressing.
Rosemary Cracker with wedge of laughing cow cheese
3/4 c warmed applesauce with 1/4 c berries and dollop of FF whip



emoticon Evening Snack
5 oz glass of red wine



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Edited by: GOING-STRONG at: 2/2/2016 (23:15)
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Monday, February 1, 2016

So today is the "official" day that I record my weight and whether or not I lost last month. I am very pleased to say that YES, I lost a little over a pound in January.



I know that doesn't sound like a lot but I'm so pleased that I have this train going in the right direction..particularly with that 4 day cruise we took in the middle of the month. So plan for February is to take it down another pound.

I did some reflection today about what I accomplished in January and feel that it was a good productive month.

Fitness - For the most part, I did okay on this front... other than the 4 day cruise where I did absolutely nothing. I keep a calendar and jot down what I do fitness wise and this is what it looked like for January. I did get de-railed somewhat on my heavy weight lifting and will work on this in February.



De-Clutter Project - The plan was to go through one rack and sort into piles with stuff to get rid of and stuff to keep. I not only sorted through one rack but actually did two and also organized by fitness gear. I have a big pile of stuff to get rid of and will need to deal with that soon. I have pulled out rack #3 to work on in February. It is stacked full so I'll be lucky to get through it this month. I also did a little organizing in my closet and pantry... so I'm calling Jan a success on this front.

Blogging - I blogged every day... even when I was on vacation. I have maintained a two month streak so hopefully it is getting cemented as a habit. Blogging really helps me keep my focus and journaling my food does keep me from being so snacky. What I didn't do however was journal my food when I was on vacation and got off plan. I'm still going to call Jan a success however as I did get back on track.

House / Yard - Worked on outside debris clean-up and got all the plants cut back and ready for Spring. I also put some bark dust in the garden beds and have enjoyed having things look fresh. Still a LOT to do outside with our landscaping however it is in DH's hands now as he needs to clean up his stuff. He has a bad habit of finding things to put in areas that I clean up and that isn't sitting well with me.

Bucket List - Actually checked off a bucket list item in January. I wanted to do the Disney Star Wars Rebel Challenge and I did it! We also traveled to a couple of new places (Ensenada, MX and Catalina Island, CA). I didn't finish a book in January as I typically listen to books when traveling back and forth to work... and I didn't work in Jan. I did make some progress listening while driving to the periodontist. I'm currently listening to "All My Puny Sorrows" by Miriam Toews. The DH and I also went out to a movie in Jan so that now makes 2 months in a row.

emoticon Breakfast
Oatmeal with diced apple, raisins, brown sugar and almond milk

emoticon Morning Snack
Single Serve container of carb control yogurt

emoticon Lunch
Cole Slaw Asian Salad with roasted chicken
Newman Lite Balsamic Dressing
Rosemary Cracker with wedge of laughing cow cheese
3/4 c warmed applesauce with 1/4 c berries and dollop of FF whip

emoticon Afternoon Snack
Protein Shake with banana and almond milk

emoticon Dinner
3 tacos with corn tortilla, lettuce, onion, tomato, crumbled beef, low fat mozzarella, salsa and FF sour cream.
Serving of Food Good Chips
3/4 c warmed applesauce with 1/4 c berries and dollop of FF whip

emoticon Evening Snack
5 oz glass of red wine



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Edited by: GOING-STRONG at: 2/1/2016 (22:26)
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Eat healthy.. Exercise daily.. repeat! and Consistency.. that is the secret!


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Sunday, January 31, 2016

I mentioned yesterday that the DH and I were going to the movies to see "The Finest Hours". It was worthwhile and I give it 4 out of 5 stars. I really enjoy the true story type of movies and particularly where they involve people that overcome overwhelming circumstances and adversities. I live in the area where the Columbia River flows into the Pacific Ocean. The Bar is where the two bodies of water meet and it is one of the most treacherous in the World. The Coast Guard National Lifeboat School is located in the area and is the only school of its kind. Also, for any ships to cross the bar, they have to be navigated by one of the 16 bar pilots.. so it takes some skill. I have been across the bar before on a quiet Summer day and even then it was rough.

Today on the schedule was my weekly long run. To stay in Half Marathon shape, I do an 11 mile run once a week and 2 or 3 shorter 4-5 mile runs. The weather outside was a little drizzly and cooler... in the mid 40's. After breakfast, I did a few chores and then decided to get started. After a short distance, because of the drizzle I wondered if I should consider doing the treadmill. Decided to keep going and I'm glad I did because conditions improved a little rather than getting worse. I did 6 miles and then came in to warm up and fix lunch.

After lunch, it was raining lightly, but thought I would see if I could get lucky again. It was windier this time, but I pressed on and finished up the final 5 miles without incident.

The plan for the afternoon was for the DH and I to go do our weekly grocery shopping. We typically go to Costco and a grocery store nearby to get provisions for the week. While we were out we also dropped off a donation to Goodwill.

Still pretty slow at the restaurant so I won't be working this week. I don't have any big plans other than working on my de-clutter project and do a little cooking. Next week, we are planning on going to see friends in Central Washington. They have a lot of snow and invited us over to go out with them in snowmobiles. I have never done that before so hopefully I won't crash and burn.

Thanks for all the nice comments on yesterdays blog about the photo with my Dad. Really appreciate it and your support.

emoticon Breakfast
Oatmeal with diced apples, raisins, brown sugar and almond milk
Few grapes

emoticon Morning Snack
Protein Shake with banana and almond milk

emoticon Lunch
Bean and Cheese Burrito with Salsa
Food Good Chips with salsa and FF sour cream
Yogurt Fluff with dollop of FF whip

emoticon Afternoon Snack
Few almonds

emoticon Dinner
2 cups cole slaw with Light Balsamic dressing and salad toppers
5 oz roasted chicken
Rosemary Cracker with wedge of laughing cow
3/4 c warmed applesauce with 1/4 c berries and dollop of FF whip

emoticon Evening Snack
5 oz red wine

Also, here are the step stats that I posted on the FitBit team for the past week.

My daily step average for past week was 20,802 and I averaged more than 10 floors climbed. Hooray! I would like to continue to average 20,000+ steps daily for the coming week and at least 10 floors.

For the Week ending January 30, 2016

emoticon Sun - 35,329 / 26 floors / 217 active minutes
emoticon Mon - 19,623 / 16 floors / 169 active minutes
emoticon Tue - 21,172 / 18 floors / 140 active minutes
emoticon Wed - 12,906 / 6 floors / 109 active minutes
emoticon Thur - 21,760 / 13 floors / 129 active minutes
emoticon Fri - 19,610 / 18 floors / 162 active minutes
emoticon Sat - 15,217 / 15 floors / 106 active minutes


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Edited by: GOING-STRONG at: 1/31/2016 (22:40)
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Seaside, Oregon

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Eat healthy.. Exercise daily.. repeat! and Consistency.. that is the secret!


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Saturday, January 30, 2016

Today I'm posting a little earlier than usual because the DH and I are planning on going to see a movie after Dinner. We had considered seeing Revenant, however when I noticed that "The Finest Hours" was playing it won out. This is what the movie is about ~ . A heroic action-thriller, “The Finest Hours” is the remarkable true story of the most daring rescue mission in the history of the Coast Guard. Since we live on the Coast with a large Coast Guard base it sounded like a nice feel good movie to go see. One of my good friends husband is retired Coast Guard and they saw the movie earlier today and they gave it 2 thumbs up.

Had breakfast this morning before doing my usual 30 minutes on the treadmill. My DH fixes our morning breakfast and he does such a nice job. Thought I would show you how pretty it looked this morning.



After breakfast I worked on a little of my de-clutter project. I had 2 boxes to go through today and I got both sorted and done. One box was mostly work-out related items that I put away with my work-out gear. It also had a notebook where I had kept my monthly work-out calendars. They go back to 2009! It was fun to see how I have advanced with my fitness over the past seven years. The other box had some stuff in it from when I cleaned out my office at the bank. Things like old plaques, awards and such. I found a few places in my she cave for some of the stuff and have a couple plaques that I still need to decide where to hang. I feel good about what I accomplished on the project today.

The mailman knocked on the door just after lunch. We have a great mailman who actually brings our mail up the driveway to our door if we have a package that won't fit in the box. Today, he delivered the box with the photos I sent in last month to have digitized. They turned out great! The Company I used is Legacy Box and they had a groupon deal so I gave it a try. They put all the photos on a CD and I transferred the photos to my computer. I plan to upload to a folder on my Amazon Drive so I can share them with my Brother and Sister as several photos are when we were little. This particular picture brought me to tears. It is a picture of my brother and I with Dad on the beach. Can you tell I adored him? He drowned in a tragic accident almost 25 years ago and it is still hard.



After looking at the photos, I bundled up to take a 4 mile power walk. I was pretty weepy thinking about him and the events the day of the accident. He and my Mom were separated at the time of his death. One big reason (among others) that I currently have such a poor relationship with my Mother is she spends a lot of time berating him... even now. I'm sorry... but bad mouthing Dad isn't going to make me love him or think less of him... and I find it disgusting that she does that.

emoticon Breakfast
Oatmeal with diced apple, raisins, brown sugar and almond milk
1/2 c grapes

emoticon Morning Snack
Single Serve container of carb control yogurt

emoticon Lunch
Scrambled eggs with diced avocado (1 egg and 2 whites)
Leftover sauteed sweet potato, onion and chicken pieces
English Muffin with a little butter, SF jelly
Yogurt Fluff with dollop of FF whip

emoticon Afternoon Snack
Protein Shake with banana and almond milk

emoticon Dinner
Large Green Salad with tomato, onion, chicken, mandarin oranges
Newmans Own Dressing
Rosemary Cracker with wedge of laughing cow
3/4 c warmed applesauce with 1/4 c berries & dollop of FF whip

emoticon Evening Snack
5 oz Glass of Blush Wine



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Edited by: GOING-STRONG at: 1/30/2016 (19:39)
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Eat healthy.. Exercise daily.. repeat! and Consistency.. that is the secret!


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Friday, January 29, 2016

Not a lot happening here in my World today. It was rainy, windy and stormy last night and I didn't sleep very well so felt pretty "bleh" today. I did haul my behind up to do 30 minutes on the treadmill this morning. After breakfast, I went to the gym to spin class. I am lucky that I don't even think about these activities anymore.. they are just part of the schedule. If I only acted on how I "feel" then it would be a lot tougher. I didn't push myself real hard at spin as my legs have a case of delayed onset soreness from Thursday's weight class. Hopefully tomorrow should be better.

I got an e-mail that my April Half Marathon has been cancelled! Bummer. This was the Leather and Soles event and we were going to meet Sheriff Joe Arpaio.He is the Sheriff in Maricopa County AZ that is pretty outspoken and a celebrity of sorts. My DH particularly likes his tough stance on inmates. Did a bit of computer work looking for a possible alternative. Have one possibility in Phoenix. I want to keep my 1 half a month streak going.

I called my Dr. earlier this week as my 2 prescriptions were expired and found out that he is not in and another doctor is handling his patients. Arranged to have the new Dr. send me prescriptions and asked when my regular Dr would be back. They said they hope in March but weren't really sure. That doesn't sound good... makes me think he might be ill. He is in his late 50's - early 60's so hope I'm wrong.

After lunch there was a break in the rain so thought I might try a run. I had 4 miles on the schedule for today. I bundled up and headed out. Found out right away that it was going to be slow with my legs so sore. I ended up doing walk/slow run intervals... but I got it done.

I didn't get much else accomplished today. Looked through a few boxes on my de-clutter project and found some resistance bands and other work-out stuff I forgot I had. I will unpack it tomorrow, get it sorted and put away.

emoticon Breakfast
Oatmeal with brown sugar, diced apples, raisins, almond milk
1/2 c grapes

emoticon Morning Snack
Single serve container of carb control yogurt

emoticon Lunch
Baked hollowed sandwich roll with mixed tuna/greek yogurt
Serving of Food Good Chips
3/4 c warmed applesauce with 1/4 c berries and dollop of FF whip

emoticon Afternoon Snack
Protein Shake with banana and almond milk

emoticon Dinner
Large green salad with chicken, mandarin oranges,avocado, onion tomato
Newmans Own Dressing
Rosemary Cracker with wedge of laughing cow cheese



emoticon Evening Snack
5 oz glass of blush wine




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Edited by: GOING-STRONG at: 1/29/2016 (23:25)
Rhonda
Seaside, Oregon

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Eat healthy.. Exercise daily.. repeat! and Consistency.. that is the secret!


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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Did 2 miles (30 min) on the treadmill this morning before breakfast. It goes pretty quick when I turn on my disco party light and listen to my tunes. I am a member of Amazon Prime and one feature I use a lot is the free music. There are lots of pre-selected playlists, albums and songs that you can listen to as part of your membership. This morning I listened to a Zumba playlist. I usually like dance cardio tunes and songs with 140+ beats per minute and feel like that gives me a boost of energy.

After breakfast, I went off to the gym for my weight lifting class. We had a couple of new ladies this morning and I think they really enjoyed the challenge. We did mostly lower body today... things like lunges, skater lunges, sumo squats, deep squats, etc. In between sets we did 30 seconds cardio. Thought you might enjoy this photo I took as I was pulling into the gym parking lot this morning. Those are Elk... they weigh about 1000-1200 lbs each. There is a herd of about 50-75 that have been in the area for the past couple of months. A few years ago we had a few go through our yard. The divots they made were real ankle twisters. They are majestic animals and very hard on cars if you hit one while driving on the highway. I have come close but (knock on wood) never hit one.



After the gym, I did a number of computer things that took the rest of the morning. I worked on hotel, shuttle, car rentals, etc. for our upcoming trip to Orlando. The airline changed my flight and it messed up my schedule... so had to figure out how to make changes to reservations and such. We actually will be in Orlando an extra day now. I think we will manage. lol.

After lunch, I did a 5 mile very slow run... almost a walk. Temps were in the mid 50's and no wind or rain. It was actually quite enjoyable. Tomorrow I'm planning on a 3-4 mile run and will speed it up a bit. I will continue to do my fast interval run on Tuesdays.

Spent the rest of the afternoon getting things ready for a family dinner. We had my Sister/Bro in Law and Daughter's family over. We have a pretty small place so had to rearrange the table and dig 3 extra chairs out of the attic, To get to the attic I had to move the pile of stuff I'm planning on getting rid of... one more reason to get that done!

Dinner was a success. I made the Spaghetti Squash Lasagna Boats and they turned out great. This is about the 4th time now that I have made them. DH is going to plant spaghetti squash in our garden so we can grow them. My Sis and daughter had never had spaghetti squash before and they really raved. It was fun. It is so important to get together and take time to visit. My daughter in particular is so busy with work that it is really a treat to do stuff like this.

emoticon Breakfast
Poached Egg
English Muffin with coconut oil and SF jelly
slice of bacon
1/2 c grapes

emoticon Morning Snack
Single Serve container of carb control yogurt

emoticon Lunch
Breakfast Burrito with eggs, sausage, onion, cheese and salsa
Serving of Food Good Chips with salsa and FF sour cream
3/4 c warmed applesauce with 1/4 c berries and dollop of FF whip

emoticon Afternoon Snack
Protein Shake with banana and almond milk

emoticon Dinner
Few carrots, chips, salsa
Spaghetti Squash Lasagna Boat
3/4 c warmed applesauce with 1/4 c berries and dollop of FF whip

emoticon Evening Snack
5 oz blush wine


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Edited by: GOING-STRONG at: 1/28/2016 (23:38)
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Seaside, Oregon

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Eat healthy.. Exercise daily.. repeat! and Consistency.. that is the secret!


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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

DH was up again this morning EARLY with his headache and cold. He said his nose was running and it made it impossible to sleep. Hopefully, this is the worst of it for him and he gets better from this point. I'm feeling almost back to normal and so happy that I haven't had a relapse.

I knew today was going to be a busy day for me. After coffee and a little computer time I headed up for 30 minutes on the treadmill. Then after breakfast headed to the gym for my Wed Spin circuit class. Our instructor set things up a bit different this week which made for a nice change. She did 15 min on the bike then we got off and did a circuit of 5 different exercises (1 min each) rotating from station to station. Then back to the spin bike for another 15 minutes and off for another circuit. It went fast. I had to leave early however because I had to shower and fix a quick snack before driving to see the periodontist. I go every 6 months for a deep cleaning and check-up... but the place I go is an hour and a half drive (one way) so it basically takes the day. I also see my dentist every 6 months for a cleaning so I get professional cleaning every 3 months.

Before leaving for my appt, I made a protein shake to take and sip on the drive up and packed a protein bar and apple for the drive home. I didn't want to stop anywhere for lunch so figured this would get me through... and it did. Once at the office, I mentioned the issue I have been having with my tooth and they took an X-Ray. Sure enough, there is infection and I need a root canal. No surprise. What was surprising is that there has been some additional deterioration in my gum health... despite daily flossing, sonic brushing twice a day and antiseptic mouthwash. This is the 2nd appt in a row with deterioration. Got to get this turned around. We made some changes to my daily routine eliminating the antiseptic (sometimes you can kill off good stuff) and adding irrigation (water flossing). I have done that in the past with good results and for some reason got out of the routine. Dental health is so important as we get older and I want to do everything possible to prevent more damage.

It was raining when I got home, so no walk outside. I did walk inside for 30 minutes while watching Dr. Phil so got in over 10,000 steps for the day but not much more.

emoticon Breakfast
Oatmeal with raisins and diced apple, brown sugar and almond milk.
1/2 sliced apple

emoticon Morning Snack
Protein Shake with banana and almond milk

emoticon Lunch
Protein Bar
Medium Apple

emoticon Afternoon Snack
Few almonds

emoticon Dinner
Large green salad with tomato, onion, avocado, mandarin oranges, diced chicken
Newman's Own Sesame Ginger Dressing
Rosemary Cracker with wedge of laughing cow cheese
3/4 c warmed applesauce with 1/4 c berries and dollop of FF whip

emoticon Evening Snack
5 oz blush wine

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Edited by: GOING-STRONG at: 1/27/2016 (22:58)
Rhonda
Seaside, Oregon

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Eat healthy.. Exercise daily.. repeat! and Consistency.. that is the secret!


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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Had a good day today.. for the most part. I finally had the guts to step on the scale this morning. I have avoided that little bugger since getting back from vacation. Well, no surprise... I'm up... two pounds since before vacation and one pound for the month. I still have a few days left in the month so I'm going to do my best to get those 2 pounds off so I have at least a one pound loss for the month. Why is something so simple so difficult? I feel like I'm retaining water so going to cut the evening popcorn out and maybe just have a small glass of wine.

Did a 2 mile walk on the treadmill this morning. It is sort of becoming a habit for me. After breakfast, I headed to the gym for a 45 min strength training class. Today was arms/shoulders/triceps. The trainer had us doing just 8 reps so suggested we go heavy. We then did 30 seconds of cardio and another 8 reps for a total of 5 sets. Then we moved on to another exercise with 5 sets of 8 reps with 30 sec of cardio between sets.. etc. etc. I felt like I got a good work-out and expect to have a little soreness tomorrow.

Today, I told myself that I WAS going to get something accomplished on my de-clutter project. The rack looked daunting, but even if I just did a couple of boxes it would make a dent. Here is what I am working on.

Opened up a box and "viola".. it was the personalized Christmas stockings we had made that went missing 2 years ago! DH and I were delighted to finally "find" them and I put them in a Christmas Box for safekeeping until next year. I went through some other stuff and made a few decisions about what to keep and get rid of. One project currently in process is we are having a new bathroom put in downstairs off of our bedroom. I found a few things that we will be able to use like soap dishes and a nice wicker canister for garbage or maybe magazines.

While I was up working on the rack of stuff, I took a photo of how I mounted my Disney medals on the wall. Don't really like how I rolled the ribbons but not sure what else to do with them.



Here is one last picture for you. I have a drawer insert that is now FULL of shirts from events. I have started filling a 2nd insert and already have six shirts in it. I rarely wear event shirts... but think they are fun to look at. See how easily I accumulate all this stuff?



After lunch, the weather looked okay so I decided to do my run. I typically do 4 miles on Tuesdays, but I'm going to take it up to 5 miles. I also decided to start working again on speed intervals.. not my favorite thing to do but important if I ever want to see improvement. The payoff? Today when I looked at my stats on Smashrun I was informed that I had my fastest run in a YEAR. That felt good. I'm going to see if I can now beat todays time in February. If you are a runner (or walker) Smashrun is a fun way to analyse your stats. Here is a link if you want to check it out; and best of all.. it is totally FREE.

smashrun.com/rhonda.wills/invite

sorry... having problems getting the link to work properly. You may need to copy/paste the following.
http://smashrun.com/rhonda.wills/invite




emoticon Breakfast
Oatmeal with diced apples, raisins, brown sugar and almond milk
Few grapes (they were huge!)

emoticon Morning Snack
Single serve container of Carb Control Yogurt

emoticon Lunch
Baked Hollowed sandwich roll with marinara, ground beef and low fat mozarella
Serving of Food Good Chips
3/4 c warmed applesauce with 1/4 c berries and dollop of FF whip

emoticon Afternoon Snack
Protein Shake with 1/2 banana, grapes and almond milk

emoticon Dinner
Large Green salad with tomato, onion, craisins, chicken, avocado
Newmans Own Sesame Ginger Dressing
Rosemary Cracker with wedge of laughing cow
3/4 c warmed applesauce with 1/4 c berries and dollop of FF whip

emoticon Evening Snack
5 oz blush wine



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Edited by: GOING-STRONG at: 1/26/2016 (22:28)
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My daily step average for past week was 20,802 and I averaged more than 10 floors climbed. Hooray! I would like to continue to average 20,000+ steps daily for the coming week and at least 10 floors.

For the Week ending January 30, 2016

emoticon Sun - 35,329 / 26 floors / 217 active minutes
emoticon Mon - 19,623 / 16 floors / 169 active minutes
emoticon Tue - 21,172 / 18 floors / 140 active minutes
emoticon Wed - 12,906 / 6 floors / 109 active minutes
emoticon Thur - 21,760 / 13 floors / 129 active minutes
emoticon Fri - 19,610 / 18 floors / 162 active minutes
emoticon Sat - 15,217 / 15 floors / 106 active minutes

Edited by: GOING-STRONG at: 1/31/2016 (14:29)
Rhonda
Seaside, Oregon

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Eat healthy.. Exercise daily.. repeat! and Consistency.. that is the secret!


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Monday, January 25, 2016

Today was a pretty non-descript day. I certainly didn't get anything note worthy done. I had planned to work on sorting through some clutter and spraying weeds outside and I did neither. I pretty much fiddled around. Sometimes that is okay but I really want to take advantage of the time I have off work to get some stuff done. I know when things gets busier I'll wish I had more time to work on projects so hate to waste opportunity.

My DH was up early this morning with a sore throat. I know what he is going through and feel bad for him. He still isn't doing any walking (I'm sure hoping he hasn't given up on it permanently!) so I headed up to the treadmill and power walked for 30 minutes. After breakfast, I headed to the gym for a 60 min spin class. I am sneezing a lot less today but I still didn't push myself. I would say I gave it moderate effort. Afterwards, I ran some errands and took a few files to the bank to have them put in their shredder pile. I don't like putting certain financial or medical records in the garbage or recycling so having them shredded feels safer.

I made a few phone calls this morning that I had been putting off so that felt good. I didn't get everything resolved so will have to follow-up tomorrow, but made a little progress. I have started using the "reminders" app on my iphone for little "to do"s" and I think it is effective. Every time I look at my phone the reminders for today are right there if I haven't completed them. It can be annoying so I try and get them deleted! lol

After lunch, I decided to do a 4 mile power walk. The weather looked mild so good day to go outside. It actually was a lot warmer than I thought as I had to take off my gloves after 2 miles and could have taken off my jacket. I think it was in the mid 50's. We have seen a few little birds flying around the past few days and it feels like Spring is around the corner.


emoticon Breakfast
Poached Egg
English Muffin with coconut oil and SF jelly
2 slices bacon
1/4 c grapes

emoticon Morning Snack
Single serve container of carb control yogurt
few almonds

emoticon Lunch
Breakfast Burrito (scrambled egg, onion, bacon, cheese) with salsa
Serving of Food Good Chips with salsa and FF sour cream
3/4 c warmed applesauce with 1/4 c berries & dollop of FF whip

emoticon Afternoon Snack
Protein Shake with banana, grapes & almond milk
few almonds

emoticon Dinner
Mixed sauteed veggies with roasted chicken (sweet potato, onion, white potato, garlic and carrots)
Rosemary cracker with wedge of laughing cow cheese
1/2 serving Food Good chips
3/4 c warmed applesauce with 1/4 c berries with dollop FF whip

emoticon Evening Snack
Popcorn



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Edited by: GOING-STRONG at: 1/25/2016 (22:37)
Rhonda
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Sunday, January 24, 2016

I went to bed super early last night... before 9:00pm! I think it helped because I am feeling a bit better today. I haven't taken any pain killers today and my tooth isn't hurting... just sore. I'm not sure how long this relief will last but I'll take it. I have a regular appt with the periodontist on Wed this week so I'll mention the issue. Maybe an x-ray will show what is causing the problem.

I did a 30 min walk on the treadmill this morning before breakfast. I wasn't sure if I would do my long run today so thought it best to get some walking in just in case I didn't. It is strange, but as soon as I start walking I feel better. Maybe taking deeper breaths or getting more oxygen. After breakfast, I worked on my de-clutter project and actually made a little progress. I have the first rack finished and have now pulled out the second rack. I have a big pile of stuff on the floor to get rid of but decided I would start work on the 2nd rack first. I also organized some of my exercise gear that I had basically just tossed in a heap. Now that I can better see what I have maybe I'll even use it lol.

Mid morning I decided that I was going to go ahead and do my long run. I planned to do 6 miles before lunch; take a break; then complete the final 5 miles after lunch. Temperature outside wasn't too cold (upper 40's) and not much wind so conditions were good. Slightly sprinkled but no big deal and I didn't get wet. I took it slow and did fine. When I started again after lunch my legs were feeling it but I feel fine now.

Did some grocery shopping this afternoon so feels good to have the fridge stocked up. I have been buying the cooked rotisserie chickens at Costco; usually every week and it sure makes for a quick meal. Later this week I'll use the end of the chicken to make a pot of soup. I won't be working this week so should be able to continue work on my project and I may even pick out a new recipe to try.

emoticon Breakfast
Oatmeal with raisins and diced apple,, little brown sugar and almond milk
1/2 sliced apple

emoticon Morning Snack
Protein Shake with frozen grapes and almond milk

emoticon Lunch
Bean and Cheese Burrito
Food Good Chips w/ Salsa
3/4 c warmed applesauce with 1/4 c berries & dollop of FF whip

emoticon Afternoon Snack
Few pretzels
Handful of almonds

emoticon Dinner
6 oz chicken
1 cup mixed sauteed sweet potato, white potato, onion, carrots, garlic
3/4 c warmed applesauce with 1/4 c berries and dollop of FF whip

emoticon Evening Snack
Popcorn

Here what I posted on the Fit Bit Team for my step statistics over the past week.

My daily step average for past week was 13,189 which is pathetic but is actually more than I expected. With my vacation last week, I did very little walking and I think this is my lowest average week in over a year. I would like to take the average back up to 20,000+ steps daily for the coming week and at least 10 floors. I didn't track floors for this past week as I was on a cruise ship and when you are at sea the swells somehow register as elevation changes.

For the Week ending Sunday, January 23, 2016

emoticon Sun - 39,409 - 252 active minutes (Disney Star Wars Half)
emoticon Mon - 8,743 - 14 active minutes
emoticon Tue - 10,317 - 49 active minutes
emoticon Wed - 4,806 - 0 active minutes
emoticon Thur - 5,700 - 0 active minutes
emoticon Fri - 11,555 - 87 active minutes
emoticon Sat - 11,793 - 76 active minutes


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Edited by: GOING-STRONG at: 1/24/2016 (23:31)
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Eat healthy.. Exercise daily.. repeat! and Consistency.. that is the secret!


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Saturday, January 23, 2016

Today was a pretty low key day. I woke up a couple of times during the night but was happy that I was able to sleep for the most part. I took a few pain killers and that really helped the headache as well as the toothache. I can only take 2 pills every 6 hours and I definitely keep an eye the clock.

I wanted to get at least 10,000 steps in today but didn't think going outside would be a good idea...even though it did quit raining this afternoon. I did 30 minutes on the treadmill before breakfast and then busied myself with housework, laundry and a little de-cluttering. I spent a lot of time on the couch and even was able to catch up on the last 2 episodes of Downton Abbey. I'm going to miss that show! Late this afternoon I did another 30 minutes on the treadmill so I did manage to get over 10k steps today. My weekly numbers tomorrow are going to look pathetic. I think this is my lowest step week in at least a year.

I have pretty much run out of room to hang my running medals on the rack my DH made me a few years ago. I came up with a new display idea and nailed them up in my she cave. Turned out cute. I'm going to basically do a border around the room with the medals. I'll take a photo next month after I add the glass slipper medals so you can get an idea. I picked up 3 pretty awesome medals at the Star Wars Event. One for the 10k, one for the Half and then one for the Rebel Challenge which has a neat center spinner in it. Here is my official Disney finishers photo.



Since I was on the couch for a lot of the day I had a chance to read some interesting articles. One article that was quite interesting was on bullet journaling. It is an interesting concept with calendar, to do list, ideas, etc. all in one place. If I was more artistic I would definitely consider something like that. You can find several versions of bullet journals on Pinterest. Unfortunately, my hand writing is awful so I'll stick with blogging on the computer. I have managed to blog DAILY for the past 2 months. That is an all time record for me. Nothing earth shattering but just the mundane day to day events.

Hope you my Spark friends are having a great week-end. I have a long run (11 miles) on the schedule for tomorrow. Not sure if I'll be able to do it but if not.... I'll defer and try on Monday.

emoticon Breakfast
Poached Egg
English Muffin, Coconut Oil and SF jelly
2 slices bacon
1/2 sliced apple

emoticon Morning Snack
None

emoticon Lunch
Spaghetti Squash Lasagne Boat with Italian sausage, marinara and cheese
3/4 c warmed applesauce with 1/4 c berries and dollop of FF whip

emoticon Afternoon Snack
Protein Shake with 1/2 banana and almond milk

emoticon Dinner
Hollowed baked sandwich roll with marinara, onion, cheese and shredded chicken
Serving of Food Good for you chips
3/4 c warmed applesauce with 1/4 c berries and dollop of FF whip

emoticon Evening Snack
Handful of almonds
Popcorn

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Edited by: GOING-STRONG at: 1/23/2016 (22:56)
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Eat healthy.. Exercise daily.. repeat! and Consistency.. that is the secret!


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Friday, January 22, 2016

Still not feeling well at all today. I did take a couple of Tylenol after I got up this morning and then after a cup of coffee did 30 minutes on the treadmill. I actually felt a bit better afterwards. I think that moving helps loosen things up. After breakfast, I headed to the gym for a one hour spin class. I was going to get back on track today no excuses... and I did.

After the gym, I called the hospital to talk with my brother and make arrangements for a visit. He wasn't able to come to the phone as he was in a meeting, however I spoke with the nurse and told her I would be there at 1:00pm to see him. I asked if that would work and she said yes. My DH had to go to Portland today for a Dr. appt and had another errand to run, so he planned to drop me off at 1:00 and pick me back up at 1:30 to make his appt on time. I arrived at the hospital about 10 till 1 and checked in at the front desk. I waited and waited and waited. Finally, at 1:25pm I had to leave without seeing him. I did have a voice mail on my phone that he was trying to see me but for whatever reason he wasn't released for visitors. I tried... but it made for a pretty wasted day. Because I was feeling so icky I was able to just sit and vegetate without getting antsy.

My food has been pretty on on track today. In addition to my cold, sore throat and ringing ears I have a toothache! The sore tooth makes it pretty hard to eat some things so it has slowed down my pace. Not sure what is going on with the tooth. A month or so ago I thought I needed a root canal but couldn't get to the dentist for 2 days because I was traveling. By the time I got home the tooth felt fine! Anyway, the problem is now back. Hopefully it will go away again and soon but something is obviously going on. My DH mentioned that he has also had this happen on occasion. Weird! Sorry if I sound like I'm whining.. I'm being a whimp!
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emoticon Breakfast
Poached Egg
English Muffin with coconut oil and SF jelly
2 slices bacon
1/2 c grapes

emoticon Morning Snack
Protein Shake with 1/2 banana, grapes and almond milk

emoticon Lunch
McDonalds Oatmeal with diced apples and raisins

emoticon Afternoon Snack
McDonalds Oatmeal with diced apples and raisins

emoticon Dinner
Baked Hollowed Out Sandwich Roll with marinara, onion, diced chicken and cheese
Serving of Food Good Chips with salsa
3/4 c warmed applesauce with 1/4 c berries and dollop of FF whip

emoticon Evening Snack
Popcorn


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Edited by: GOING-STRONG at: 1/22/2016 (22:17)
Rhonda
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Eat healthy.. Exercise daily.. repeat! and Consistency.. that is the secret!


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Thursday, January 21, 2016

I have had this nagging sore throat for the past week that I have been fighting off... and today it reared it's ugly head and decided to invite friends. So now I'm fighting a sore throat, ringing ears and a low grade head ache. I always wonder about the air in airplanes and if it is unhealthy. It makes sense that it would be so maybe I picked up something on the flight last week. I don't know... I just hope it takes a hike and soon.

Tomorrow, I'm planning on getting back to the gym and take a spin class. Afterwards, I'm going to Portland with the DH (he has a Dr.appt) and then I'm going to go see my brother who is in the hospital again. For my newer blog readers, I have a brother who has been hospitalized on and off for the past several years due to mental issues. He hears voices and thinks that we have surgically implanted a monitoring device in his head. He has had drug problems and just can't seem to break the awful downward spiral. He has alienated his friends and family with his awful behavior. Anyway, he called last week and said that he has started back with AA and is feeling much better. He wants to make amends and re-establish himself with the family. My sister actually has a restraining order against him so she doesn't plan to see him. I want to see him and keep hoping for a miracle. I know my sister is hoping also... but she wants to see some stability in his behavior for at least 3 months. He goes through periods where he is all sorry and then a few days later he leaves profanity laced rants on our voice mail. It is a roller coaster. I'll let you know how this goes in my next blog.

On the eating front, the cruise did de-rail me. I did fine for a few days and then succumbed to all the tom foolery going on around me. Today has also been hard because of the travel situation and my physical issues. I haven't been journaling my food the last few days and will get back on track with that tomorrow.

One of my big goals is to learn how to eat healthy and in moderation in all situations. There is absolutely no reason that I need to go off the "deep end" just because I am out of town. For some reason, vacation is the most difficult time for me. It isn't because I expect perfection in my diet, but I should be able to enjoy without abandon. That is what I'm striving for.

Next month, I'll be running the Disney "Glass Slipper" challenge in Orlando and then the DH and I are going to the Bahamas on a cruise for 3 days. I'll have another chance to try again.

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Edited by: GOING-STRONG at: 1/21/2016 (21:29)
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Eat healthy.. Exercise daily.. repeat! and Consistency.. that is the secret!


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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Today was a "Fun Day at Sea". We left Ensenada MX late yesterday afternoon and have been cruising very very slowly all day with expected arrival back in Long Beach, CA in the morning. Went to pack our suitcases after Dinner and the floor in our cabin was wet in the corner. My DH noticed when he picked up his shoes that they were all wet on the bottom... so currently we are hosting plumbers, etc and they have a huge fan in our cabin trying to dry out the carpet.

We will be spending the day traveling tomorrow and should be back home tomorrow evening.

For the most part, my day has consisted of sleeping, playing cards and eating. Looking forward to being home, getting back on my normal eating and work-out routing and cuddling with my kitty!


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Edited by: GOING-STRONG at: 1/20/2016 (23:42)
Rhonda
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Eat healthy.. Exercise daily.. repeat! and Consistency.. that is the secret!


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My daily step average for past week was 13,189 which is pathetic but is actually more than I expected. With my vacation last week, I did very little walking and I think this is my lowest average week in over a year. I would like to take the average back up to 20,000+ steps daily for the coming week and at least 10 floors. I didn't track floors for this past week as I was on a cruise ship and when you are at sea the swells somehow register as elevation changes.

For the Week ending Sunday, January 23, 2016

emoticon Sun - 39,409 - 252 active minutes (Disney Star Wars Half)
emoticon Mon - 8,743 - 14 active minutes
emoticon Tue - 10,317 - 49 active minutes
emoticon Wed - 4,806 - 0 active minutes
emoticon Thur - 5,700 - 0 active minutes
emoticon Fri - 11,555 - 87 active minutes
emoticon Sat - 11,793 - 76 active minutes

Edited by: GOING-STRONG at: 1/24/2016 (16:32)
Rhonda
Seaside, Oregon

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Eat healthy.. Exercise daily.. repeat! and Consistency.. that is the secret!


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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Well Spark Friends... I didn't do so well on the eating / drinking front today. Remember when I told you that my guard goes down when I get too much alcohol in my system. Well, today I had a Margarita and the poo poo hit the fan. I'm not feeling too well as I write this because of what I ate... but you know what? Nothing I can do about it but move on and that is what I will do.

I did have a really fun day. After a leisurely breakfast in the dining room, we left the ship and found a bus at the dock that would take us into town (we are in Ensenada, MX) for $3 round trip. Decided to do that and while we were on the bus the guide told us about different tours we could take. One of the tours was across the bay; about 45 minutes away to a large outside market that was next to a "world famous" blow hole. We decided to take that tour and it was a blast. Our guide was very knowledgeable and fun and he gave us a lot of inside tips... including where to find an awesome Margarita. The Margarita was invented in Ensenada so what was a girl to do? If you are going to have one you should have one here... right? So I did. I asked for a weak one but I think it must have been a double (maybe even a triple) because I was buzzed. I hadn't had lunch yet and that was a mistake as having a drink on an empty stomach really took effect. There was a highly recommended locally owned fish taco place where we had lunch and the tacos were good. I asked what type of fish and they were Shark!

They open air market was very interesting with lots of clothes, leather goods, purses, silver, jewelry, toys, and of course food. The samples were free and abundant. We walked through the market to get to the blow hole which is a rocky beach. When the seas are rough (they were today), the water enters an underwater cave with a lot of force that causes an explosion like a geyser. It was awesome. After viewing the blow hole we headed back through the market and then back to the bus for the 45 minute ride back to the ship. The weather was nice today and it was a fun festive day.


emoticon Breakfast
Oatmeal with milk, 1 tsp brown sugar and raisins
1 Chicken Sausage
English Muffin with butter and SF jelly
Fruit plate

emoticon Morning Snack
None

emoticon Lunch
Food samples (churos, candy nuts)
Canteloupe Margarita (it was big - at least a double)
2 Fish Tacos with guacamole
Candied nuts (a cup?)

emoticon Afternoon Snack
Soft FroYo Cone
Glass of Moscato
Piece of Pepperoni Pizza

emoticon Dinner
Appetizer - 2 vegetable egg rolls
French Roll with butter
Roasted Strip Loin with veggies and baked potato
Blueberry Pie with ice cream

emoticon Evening Snack
None

Okay - so today was a disaster eating wise. I'm sure my body is in shock from the overload. Should kick it out of starvation mode for sure lol.

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Edited by: GOING-STRONG at: 1/19/2016 (23:31)
Rhonda
Seaside, Oregon

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Eat healthy.. Exercise daily.. repeat! and Consistency.. that is the secret!


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Monday, January 18, 2016

Went to bed early last night. I really wanted to go to the showroom after Dinner as they had entertainment, but just couldn't do it. Both the DH and I were feeling the effects of the last couple days and needed some sleep. When you are tired, I don't care what is going on it just isn't fun... so sleep it was. Woke up this morning feeling refreshed... hooray!

We are on-board the Carnival Imagination. It is a smaller ship which has some pluses and minuses. They don't have as many staff to handle to passenger load and we felt the impact when checking in and boarding (very slow and tedious) and also today when we disembarked to go ashore. DH and I have been on several other cruises and cruise lines and we actually do like Carnival. I know that people are very opinionated when it comes to Carnival... they either love them or loathe them. I have noticed this trip that the food portions in the dining room have been downsized. I'm totally fine with that. Up at the self serve buffet the plates are HUGE... really they are a platter and boy do people load up. It is sad to see people take huge portions, get seconds and then leave a lot of waste. That really gets to me. I hate to waste food and try to manage my food at home so that it gets eaten before it spoils.

Today we are at Catalina Island off the coast of San Diego. We have never been here before and it is a charming island. Sort of reminds me of Key West only with mountains. We walked around lon-shore and unfortunately it started to drizzle which put a damper on things lol. Made a couple of stops for drinks and decided to just head back to the Ship for lunch. I feel good about how I handled the drink stops. While everyone else was having beer or cider I stuck with tea or water. I also skipped the homemade pretzels that were on the table however I did have a bite.

I'm hoping to stay out tonight after Dinner and see the entertainment, so most won't have my Dinner info posted until later. The plan however is to have one glass of wine, order a sensible appetizer and dinner, and stay with fruit for dessert.

emoticon Breakfast
English Muffin with butter and jelly
1 chicken sausage
Cup of Oatmeal with raisins / tsp of brown sugar
1/2 c melon wedges

emoticon Morning Snack
Few hard pretzels
Bite of homemade pretzel and sip of cider

emoticon Lunch
3 oz roasted chicken and 3 oz roasted turkey
3 small pieces of corn on the cob
Fresh Pear
2 bites of DH's dessert

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Here are my fitbit stats for the past week.

My daily step average for past week was over 21,000 and I averaged more than 10 floors climbed. I would like to average at least 17,000+ steps daily for the coming week which is down however I'm on vacation! I also won't be tracking floors as I'm on a cruise ship and the rocking and rolling makes the floors wonky.

For the Week ending Jan 16, 2016

emoticon Sun - 27,720 / 26 floors / 183 active minutes
emoticon Mon - 20,053 / 18 floors / 167 active minutes
emoticon Tue - 20,413 / 21 floors / 150 active minutes
emoticon Wed - 21,776 / 23 floors / 165 active minutes
emoticon Thur - 10,791 / 34 floors / 83 active minutes
emoticon Fri - 14,781 /6 floors / 89 active minutes
emoticon Sat - 25,808 / 8 floors / 153 active minutes



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Edited by: GOING-STRONG at: 1/18/2016 (17:48)
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Seaside, Oregon

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January 17, 2016

Had another great day today... but it has been a long one. Got up at 3:30am to get ready for today's Star Wars Half Marathon at Disneyland. Took the 4:30 shuttle to the Park which actually was a hoot. Have you ever been on a bus full of people that looked like Star Wars characters. It was funny and a little surreal. Didn't have a lot of extra time to diddle after getting off the bus as it is a bit of a hike through Downtown Disney to the staging area. Walking through Downtown in the dark with no crowds and all the lights and music is a nice experience.

Made it to the staging area and had time for a quick pit stop before heading to my corral. The wheelchair athletes started first at 5:30am and then Corral A at about 5:35. I crossed the start line at about 5:42am. Today I didn't stop and take photos as I was going through the park however there were several areas where I had to walk because of bottlenecks or congestion. There were a lot of spectators today, dance and cheer squads and in one area there were Storm Troopers along the curb for about 2 blocks. Lots of spectators dressed up in costumes and runners were stopping for photos. It was fun. I felt good however about mile 10 I was ready to be done. My legs were more tired than normal and I'm sure it was from running the 10k yesterday. Normally I only run every other day. I powered through however and did some walking. Fortunately there were no hills!

Crossing the finish was epic. Got my medal as well as a 2nd medal for running two races and completing the "Rebel Challenge". The Rebel Medal has a spinner in the middle and that is my first medal with that feature. Had photos taken and then we hoofed it back to the shuttle area. I ate some snacks as we weren't going to have time for breakfast. We had to get the rental car back and meet my Sister/Bro in Law at the airport. We managed to stay focused and on schedule.

After meeting up at the airport we shuttled to the Pier to get on the cruise ship. That was a bit of a hassle as the lines were long to check in. I think it took us about an hour... After boarding we headed up for lunch. I tried to make good food choices and didn't do bad today. Wish I could have had breakfast rather than snacking but not much I could do about that.

At the lunch buffet, there was this huge table of desserts... oh my. Interestingly enough, I wasn't all that tempted even though everyone else had 2 or 3 pieces of something. I felt good that I skipped dessert. We spent the afternoon resting and had a nice dinner in the dining room. There is a show going on tonight with entertainment but we are passing. It isn't much fun if you feel exhausted... and with that I say goodnight.

Sorry, not posting photos in the blog tonight. The internet connection is really slow and I think it might take forever to load.

emoticon Pre Race Snack
Banana
Small Cliff Bar

emoticon Post Race Snack
Banana
Snack Size Bag of Goldfish
Snack Size Bag of Trail Mix
Snack Size Bag of Fruit Chews
Piece of Jerky

emoticon Lunch
Mongolian Stir Fry with veggies, chicken, rice noodles and sauce

emoticon Afternoon Snack
None

emoticon Dinner
Whole Wheat Roll with butter
Shrimp Cocktail
Grilled Pork Chop with stewed apples
Steamed Broccoli (I think there was butter too.. it was good!) - About 1/4 cup
Whipped Potatoes - About 1/4 cup
Fruit Platter

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Edited by: GOING-STRONG at: 1/17/2016 (23:29)
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Saturday, January 16, 2016

Had just an all around awesome day today. I will be checking an item off of my bucket list and I always love to do that.

Started off the day at 3:00am. That is pretty insane but actually I was awake and so was DH at 2:45am. We both felt pretty good too as we were in bed by 7:00pm and rested until going to sleep around 8:00pm. Anyway, up early; had a cup of coffee, got dressed in my running outfit, ate 1/2 banana and a small Cliff bar. I don't like to eat too much before running and prefer to eat a real meal after I finish.

The shuttle picked us (myself and DH who is my cheer squad) up at the Hotel at 3:46 sharp. What an efficient system they have here in Anaheim for transport to Disney. Made a couple of stops and then the bus dropped us off just outside Downtown Disney. We made our way through Downtown which was all lit up and just beautiful. The experience they give you is just awesome. When we reached the staging area they had great music, Star Wars videos on a big screen, photo areas and announcers. We milled around, had some photos taken and then it was time to head to the Corrals. Again, Disney's organization was great and I loved that they started with the National Anthem.

The running experience itself was awesome. You run through Disney park, California Adventure, some nearby neighborhoods and then make your way back to the staging area / finish. All through the course they had photographers and music and in some areas really awesome lights. Here are a few selfie photos. I won't see the professional photos probably until later in the week.

In the Staging Area



On the course





The lines to get photos with characters were SUPER long. I waited in one for probably 5 minutes and then the photographer that used my camera turned on the flash and the photo didn't turn out. Bummer. After than I decided not to wait in lines and just stop for photos along the way. That worked a little better but not ideal. Hopefully the photos the pros take on the course will be better.

In no way was I doing this event trying to meet or beat my previous times. With so many people and many walking in front of you at times that would have been impossible. I just wanted to enjoy and savor the experience and that is what I did. The heavy metal they give at the finish was pretty awesome.



Sorry about the funky photo orientation... drives me nuts.

Tomorrow, I'm doing the Half so you will be hearing more about the Disney awesomeness lol. Here is what I have laid out to wear.



After the race was over, we took the shuttle bus back to the Hotel and had a nice breakfast. The plan for the day was to go see some old friends who live in Palm Desert. Both of them are in their 80's and have some medical issues so we wanted to take advantage of the opportunity to see them. It is a 2 hour drive but I'm so glad we did it. Had lunch with them and made it back to Anaheim in time for dinner.



emoticon Pre run snack
1/2 banana
Small Cliff Bar

emoticon Breakfast
Small banana
Bowl of Raisin Bran with milk
1 slice sour dough with SF jelly
2 scrambled eggs
1 link sausage

emoticon Lunch
Pulled Pork Salad with 1 T Ranch
Small slice of corn bread

emoticon Afternoon Snack
None

emoticon Dinner
Grilled Salmon Skillet with mushrooms, broccoli and roasted potatoes

emoticon Evening Snack
None



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Friday, January 15, 2016
Today has been one long day.. but a fun day I must say. Had to get up at 4:00am to get to the airport for an early flight to LongBeach. Had breakfast at the airport after getting through security and then I did a little walking for a few minutes while we were waiting to board. The flight was full and we (myself and DH) didn't have a seat assignment (we were confirmed) so it made me a bit nervous. Just before boarding they assigned us seats and we were able to sit together in an exit row with extra leg room. Score! It has been awhile since I flew Jet Blue and they have free wifi so that made for a nice diversion.

Once we landed we got our rental car and then took a drive to the Port where the cruise ships dock. We will be taking a 4 day cruise starting Sunday so wanted to get an idea of how far it is from the airport. About 15 minutes.. maybe even less. We will be taking our rental car back Sun morning to the airport and then sharing a cab with my Sister/Bro in law to the pier. Should work out fine.

Next up was the Health and Fitness Expo to pick up my packet. We drove to Disneyland and figured out where to park. My DH was wearing his Marine Veteran Hat and the parking attendant thanked him for his service and then let us park in an awesome space. Nice way to start things off! The Expo was held at the Disneyland Hotel Convention Center. Here is a picture of the welcome mat going into the Expo.



The graphic posters they used at the entrance were also pretty nice.



We arrived about 30 min before the Expo was scheduled to open. They had us organized into lines (isn't that just like Disney!) and then about 15 minutes early started letting people enter. It was great to be early as I was able to find where I needed to go without a crowd of people. Picked up my number and event guide then made my way to the area to get my 3 T-shirts. One for the 10k, one for the Half, and one Rebel Challenge for doing both events. Disney is an expensive race to run so it was nice that they gave 3 shirts. There were a LOT of exhibitors and we had a lot to see. Sparkle Skirts, Sparkly Soul Headbands, Pro Compression, Champion Work-out clothes, New Balance Shoes, etc. etc. I got a pair of arch support recovery flip flops (oh they feel good) and DH got slip on sandals. I also bought 2 sparkly soul headbands. We had lunch at the Hotel Restaurant which was good and wasn't as spendy as you might expect. Nice tropical chop salad with 3 HUGE prawns for $9.99.



After lunch I attended the orientation which was pretty much exactly what was outlined in the event guide.. so sort of a waste of time. Decided to go through the line to look at the Official Event Store. Disney does know how to merchandise that is for sure. Great looking Star Wars running shirts, hoodies, pants, cups, pins, magnets, hats, you name it. I'm working with two carry-on's only so really don't have room for any more extras.

Left the Expo and headed to our Hotel which is just a few minutes from the park. The Hotel is right on the City Transportation route that goes to the park so we won't have to worry about driving/parking etc in the morning. Downside is the shuttle pick-up is at 3:46am. I could take the 4:30am shuttle but with the race starting at 5:30am that might be cutting it close when I have no idea how crowded it will be or how long it will take to get to my corral. So guess who has a 3:00am wake-up call? Isn't that just insane!

Had an early Dinner at a near-by restaurant within walking distance. I didn't do any power walking today but did manage to get in over 14,000 steps for the day. I usually like to get 20,000 if possible but I'm counting today as a rest day. Dinner by the way was very good. A salmon and veggie skillet for $9.99. It had a lot of potato wedges (nicely seasoned I might add) but I was good and left about 1/2 cup on the plate. Didn't want to that is for sure.



All in all, I think I did okay with my eating today. We ate out all 3 meals and I did my best to make good choices... and I certainly didn't feel deprived.

Now this girl is off to bed. I'm telling myself that 3:00am is just like 6:00am on the East Coast. That sounds better. Flat Rhonda is all laid out and ready to get into action!



Oh, I also wanted to mention that Scamp did fine yesterday... the shot seems to be working. According to DD she is as loud and obnoxious as ever lol.

emoticon Breakfast
Oatmeal with skim milk, a bit of brown sugar and raisins

emoticon Morning Snack
Bag of Pop Chips and 1/2 serving Food Good Chips

emoticon Lunch
Chop Salad with Jumbo Prawns and Tropical Dressing

emoticon Afternoon Snack
None

emoticon Dinner
Grilled Salmon Skillet with roasted potatoes, mushrooms and broccoli

emoticon Evening Snack
None




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January 14, 2016

Hit the floor running this morning. I slept a little late and woke up when I heard the cat getting sick. Poor Scamp... she was fine yesterday and then this morning she was sick again. Fortunately, today was her Vet appt. and DH took her in first thing this morning. I didn't have time to get in a full 30 min on the treadmill so did what I could before leaving for my class at the gym.

When I got home, DH still wasn't back from the Vet. I did a few household chores and finally he walked in the door. The Vet ran a blood test and it indicated that she has an inflamed pancreas. He gave her a shot and said that she should do better for about 3 months, but most likely will need to take medicine for the rest of her life to keep it under control. She has lost 2 1/2 pounds (from 10.3 to 7.8) so hopefully things will improve quickly. I really hated to leave her today but my DD will be over daily and take good care of her. I'm just glad that the Vet was able to figure out the problem quickly.

Went for a 4 mile run before lunch. I have really been working to keep my daily average of 20,000 steps... which is about 10 miles. After the treadmill, the gym and my run I was at about 16,000 so I knew I should be fine by the end of the day.

I finished my packing and only had 2 items that I needed to put in DH's suitcase. He is a good sport. I bought these packing cubes for us during the Black Friday sale from eBags and was anxious to try them out. Boy are they slick. My suitcase has never been so organized! I also got this cute drawstring bag at my last event so I used it for my shoes. I bought an extra set as a birthday gift for my Sister (in April) and I think she is going to love them. The set I got for her is red polka dots. I got plain red and the plain black for DH.



After lunch, we got everything ready to go and then headed out for Portland. I had a pass for entrance to the Columbia Employee Store and it was due to expire.. so wanted to make a stop there. The employee store has all the great Columbia Sportswear, shoes, jackets, etc. but at about 1/2 the price. I bought a pair of Camo Hiking Pants, a pair of minus 32 degree ski leggings and a pair of minus 32 degree waterproof boots. We plan to go snowmobiling with friends later this Winter so I'm outfitted and ready to go. The Camo pants will be great for hiking in Yellowstone. Lightweight, rugged and comfortable.

I've been working on an eating strategy for the trip so fingers crossed that I can persevere in the face of all the goodies. Will discuss that more tomorrow. Have a 4:30am alarm for morning as our flight leaves early.

emoticon Breakfast
Poached egg
English Muffin with coconut oil, SF jelly
2 slices bacon
1/2 c grapes

emoticon Morning Snack
Protein Shake with 1/2 banana, grapes and almond milk
few almonds

emoticon Lunch
Green salad with onion, avocado and shredded chicken
Newmans Own Sesame Ginger Dressing
1 serving Food Good Chips
1 cup homemade turkey rice soup
3/4 c warmed applesauce with 1/4 c berries and dollop of FF whip

emoticon Afternoon Snack
Medium apple

emoticon Dinner
Cheesecake Factory
1 small whole wheat roll with butter
Skinnylicious Veggie Burger
Green Salad with Balsamic dressing
1 bite peanut butter cup cheesecake

emoticon Evening Snack
None




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Edited by: GOING-STRONG at: 1/15/2016 (00:02)
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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Started off my morning with a 2 mile walk on the treadmill. I usually listen to upbeat music while walking and it always makes me feel more energetic. I have had an idea running through my head the past few months and decided to give it a go today. My DH had to run some errands and while he was out I asked if he would be stopping at Costco and could look to see if they still had the "Party Disco Lights". I had seen them before Christmas and thought they were really interesting and not that expensive. He asked why... and I told him that I was going to go "Disco" up in the Cat's Meow while I was on the treadmill. Thought it might liven things up a bit. He thought I was pretty funny but said he would check it out. I was in luck. They still had them in stock. So here is the new atmosphere while I'm on the treadmill. All Spark friends welcome to come join my party!



After breakfast, went to the gym for Spin Circuit class. Every 15-20 minutes, we did 3 sets of exercises (5 minutes per set) for the upper body. I'm slightly sore from weight lifting yesterday, but didn't have a problem. Came home and worked a bit on my de-cluttering project. I went through two boxes of stuff that were mostly full of plastic storage containers, blender bottles, water bottles and more. I set everything out and DH and I decided what to keep that we might want to use in the camper and he thought he could use a few containers in the shop. Felt good to make a few decisions. My get rid of pile is growing!

Before lunch, I left to have my nails done and a pedicure. I needed both badly as it has been over a month. Feel better now and all spiffed and ready for our trip. We are heading to Portland tomorrow after lunch and will spend the night flying out early Friday. I'm hoping to get to the Expo at Disney Hotel Friday afternoon in time for the orientation talk. Not having participated in a Disney event in the past I think it might be a good idea to attend.

This afternoon, it quit raining and I decided to do a 4 mile walk. I have been really trying to get in 20,000+ steps daily so I have to keep at it. I felt a few raindrops while I was walking but it didn't rain and I made it home dry today.

We had dinner at my DD's tonight. She wanted to have us over before we left for the week. She is a great cook and made lasagne. I had mostly green salad and a small piece which was delicious!

emoticon Breakfast
Poached egg
English Muffin with coconut oil and SF jelley
2 slices bacon
1/2 c grapes

emoticon Morning Snack
Single Serve Container of Carb Control Yogurt

emoticon Lunch
Protein Shake with 1/2 banana, few grapes and almond milk
2 cups Homemade turkey /rice soup
Serving of Food Good Chips with salsa and FF sour cream
3/4 c warmed applesauce with 1/4 c berries and dollop of FF whip

emoticon Afternoon Snack
Medium Apple

emoticon Dinner
Green Salad with tomato, croutons and Lite Italian Dressing
Small piece of homemade lasagna

emoticon Evening Snack
Popcorn


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Edited by: GOING-STRONG at: 1/13/2016 (23:32)
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My daily step average for past week was over 21,000 and I averaged more than 10 floors climbed. I would like to average at least 17,000+ steps daily for the coming week which is down however I'm on vacation! I also won't be tracking floors as I'm on a cruise ship and the rocking and rolling makes the floors wonky.

For the Week ending Jan 16, 2016

emoticon Sun - 27,720 / 26 floors / 183 active minutes
emoticon Mon - 20,053 / 18 floors / 167 active minutes
emoticon Tue - 20,413 / 21 floors / 150 active minutes
emoticon Wed - 21,776 / 23 floors / 165 active minutes
emoticon Thur - 10,791 / 34 floors / 83 active minutes
emoticon Fri - 14,781 /6 floors / 89 active minutes
emoticon Sat - 25,808 / 8 floors / 153 active minutes


Edited by: GOING-STRONG at: 1/18/2016 (17:46)
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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Rainy outside again today so didn't even give it a thought... just went upstairs and did 30 min walk on the treadmill before breakfast. After breakfast, I headed to the gym for my Tues "Body Blast" class. There were five regulars and the trainer/instructor today. She wanted us to lift heavy and we were concentrating on upper body today so I chose a set of 12 pound and 20 pound dumb bells. For each exercise we did 8 reps, then 30 sec of cardio and repeated that 5 times. I'm expecting I will be a little sore tomorrow as we did chest flys and those always get to me.

Came home and worked for a while sorting through stuff on the rack. I looked through a box to see what was in it and put a several items in the sell pile. I found a Waterford crystal picture frame, 2 faux Louie Vuitton bags, several other leather bags, and then a TON of make-up / bathroom items. A few of the make-up items I'll keep but other unused make-up items I'll probably sell or give away. I used to wear full make-up every day when I worked at the Bank but now I wear very little. I guess I made some progress but doesn't feel like much. Tomorrow I have an appt to have my nails done and a pedicure so won't have as much extra time to work on the project. I will do something however as every little bit helps.

After lunch, it was still raining. I had a 4 mile run on the schedule and really didn't want to do it on the treadmill. Decided to run in the rain and just get wet. It wasn't cold so that was a plus. My running jacket isn't water proof, only water resistant so pretty sure I would get soaked... and I did. I have a heavier North Face water proof jacket but when you run and sweat you get soaked. That jacket works best for walks. When I got to the end of the driveway I saw that someone had hit and knocked over our mailbox (and the neighbors). We both have very sturdy locking mailboxes on steel posts that are secured in concrete on the sidewalk. Whoever hit the mailboxes must have done major damage to their car. Sure glad no one was hurt, but we have no idea who did it and our insurance deductible is $1,500. Looks like we are going to be out $500 or so and the DH has another project on his list. An earlier mailbox was hit about 7 years ago by a realtor talking on her cellphone that was distracted. It totaled her Cadillac.

Called the Vet today to make an appointment for our cat. She will be staying home while we are in CA and my DD will be coming over daily to feed her and take care of her litter box. My GD walks over after school and stays with her for an hour or two until her Mom picks her up so she gives Scamp some attention. Scamp needs to see the Vet however because she has been throwing up once or twice a day and has lost weight. She doesn't seem sick and she is still perky and playful, but something is wrong. We went through this with her a few years ago and the Vet didn't find anything wrong. He ended up giving her a shot (steroids) and it took care of the problem... so I'm hoping that is the answer this time also. Scamp is 13 and the thought of her being seriously ill ... like kidneys or something just makes me shudder.... so please send up a prayer that Scamp will be okay.

emoticon Breakfast
Poached Egg
English Muffin with coconut oil and SF jelly
2 slices bacon
1/2 c grapes

emoticon Morning Snack
single serve container of carb control yogurt

emoticon Lunch
Baked hollowed sandwich roll with ground beef, marinara, onion and cheddar
Serving of Food Good Chips with salsa and FF sour cream
cup of homemade turkey/rice soup
3/4 c warmed applesauce with 1/4 c berries and dollop of FF whip

emoticon Afternoon Snack
Protein shake with banana, few grapes and almond milk

emoticon Dinner
Green salad with shredded chicken, tomato, onion, mandarin oranges, avocado
Newmans Own dressing
Rosemary Cracker with wedge of Laughing Cow cheese
3/4 c warmed applesauce with 1/4 c berries and dollop FF whip

emoticon Evening Snack
handful of almonds
popcorn



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Edited by: GOING-STRONG at: 1/12/2016 (23:16)
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Monday, January 11, 2016

Sort of rainy and blustery out there today folks. Yesterday was calm and sunny but obviously things can change on a dime. Sort of like that with life isn't it?

When I got up this morning the DH had already been up an hour. He couldn't sleep and then the cat started yowling and he got up. She likes him to be in the chair so she can sit on his lap. Can you tell that she rules the roost around here? DH was hungry for breakfast earlier than normal so we ate and then I did 30 minutes on the treadmill. Afterwards, I headed to the gym for my Monday Spin class. With the New Year, classes have been busier than usual so we were a cozy group.

DH had an appt this morning so I asked him to pick up a few items including the bark dust I needed to finish the project I worked on yesterday. After he came home, he unloaded and dumped the bark dust where I needed it. Yay... no lugging around the heavy bags. I had them spread and project completed in about 10 minutes.

Fixed lunch and then worked on getting the HDM1 cable hooked up from my computer to the TV. I recently bought 2 classes from "Great Courses" and they are streamed from their website. I can stream to my computer and then use the HDM! hook-up to watch it on TV. I actually have a SMART TV so should be able to stream directly from the TV, but to figure that out I need to read the manual. It isn't easy to enter a web address without a keyboard. Anyway, the HDM1 cable worked and we watched the first lecture. The classes I bought are "Optimizing Brain Fitness" and "Scientific Secrets for a Powerful Memory". They have a huge assortment of classes (no tests!) that sound interesting. The two classes I purchased are shorter and less expensive than many. I wanted to get an idea how it works and see if it is something we enjoy before spending money that might just get wasted.

This afternoon it was still windy and blustery so I did a little power walking on the treadmill then some house walking while watching Dr. Phil. Multitasking lol. I also started a little work on my de-cluttering. Up in my she cave, (which is the attic) we have these rolling racks tucked between studs. I have covered up the clutter by hanging pictures and things on the studs. You can still peek through to sort of see what is lurking behind if you are looking for something. I think I have at least a dozen racks full of stuff. sign... some of it has been there for 10+ years. Probably not something that is really critical in the total scope of things.

Here is a picture of how I've disguised things so you don't have the junk staring you in the face.



Okay, I pulled out the first rack. Uggh.



This is the space where the rack goes between the rafters.



So the plan is to sort through all the stuff and make some decisions. Three choices... 1)Keep and re-store, 2) give or throw away and 3) sell. To sell, I usually take a photo, decide on a price and then post on "Goonieville Buy and Sell" Goonieville is a local area Facebook group with close to 14,000 members.... sort of like Craigslist only easier. (The name of the group comes from The Goonies.. a movie that was shot here in this area.) I have sold a lot of stuff in the past on Goonieville and it works really well, especially for big items like furniture / appliances. The key is to price it attractively. I see a lot of people price things way too high. Just because you paid $100 for a pair of shoes doesn't mean that you can sell them for $50. Not a big market for that. So, I think I have about 12 racks. If I can do just one every month I could have this project finished by the end of 2016. That sounds doable. Now to implement the plan!

emoticon Breakfast
Poached egg
English Muffin with coconut oil, SF jelly
2 slices bacon
1/2 c grapes

emoticon Morning Snack
Single serve container of carb control yogurt
handful of almonds

emoticon Lunch
Breakfast Burrito
Serving Food should taste good chips with salsa and FF sour cream
1 cup homemade turkey/rice soup
3/4 c warmed applesauce with 1/4 c berries and dollop of FF whip

emoticon Afternoon Snack
Protein shake with 1/2 banana, few grapes and almond milk

emoticon Dinner
Green Salad with chicken, craisins, onion, tomato, avocado
Newmans Own Sesame Ginger dressing
Rosemary Cracker with wedge of laughing cow cheese
3/4 c warmed applesauce with 1/4 c berries and dollop of FF whip
4 oz red wine

emoticon Evening Snack
Popcorn



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Sunday, January 10, 2016

Had 11 miles on the schedule for today. This is my last long run until we leave for Disney later this week. I'll be running the Star Wars Rebel Challenge which is a 10k on Saturday and a Half Marathon on Sunday. They e-mailed a copy of the event guide yesterday and that sucker is 31 pages! The races start at 5:30am and they suggest that you take the 3:30am shuttle to be at the start line and in your corrals on time. This is going to be interesting. I'm tired already! Anyway, the weather today was perfecto. No wind, a little on the cool side (high 30's) and sunny. I did 6 miles after breakfast and then took a break finishing up the final 5 miles before lunch. My runs the past few weeks have been slower than normal. Not sure why but maybe a little sore from weight lifting? I'm not planning on trying to set any PR's at Disney and expect to be slow and take advantage of photo ops with characters if possible. I have to maintain at least a 14 min/mile so I will have a little wiggle room.

After lunch I thought I would take advantage of the sunshine and do a little more in the yard. I had 4 bags of bark dust that needed to be spread. I expected that to be a quick and simple job but it was tougher than anticipated. For one, the bags were HEAVY. Each bag is 2 yards and I'm guessing 40 pounds... however they were wet so even heavier. It took a lot of jostling to get the bags situated, cut, and emptied. Unfortunately I didn't have enough to finish the job so will need to get a couple more bags... will tackle that another day.

The DH was working out in his shop today doing some clean-up and what not. He also put the new shelf in the closet for hats/shoes/gloves. Turned out nice. After I finished the bark dust project we decided to watch a segment of "Making a Murderer". It is a 10 part documentary on NetFlix and we have now watched 7 of the 10 parts. You may have heard about the series on the news. If you haven't seen it; it is definitely worth watching. There was a time in the past when I didn't think there was really such a thing as a police coerced confession. I thought law enforcement was sort of bigger than life. Ha! When I was in banking, I financed a commercial property for a client that was a professor at Stanford. He specialized in false confessions and I have since seen him on TV and quoted in news articles. I came to reverse my thinking 180 degrees and think police coerced confessions are more prevalent than we care to admit... and now this show further reinforces that position. Highly recommend you watch it and decide for yourself.

emoticon Breakfast
Poached egg
English Muffin with coconut oil and SF jelly
2 slices bacon
1/2 c grapes

emoticon Morning Snack
Protein Shake with 1/2 banana, grapes and almond milk

emoticon Lunch
Baked hollowed sandwich roll with chicken, marinara, 1 oz cheddar, onion
Serving of Food Good Chips with salsa and FF sour cream
3/4 c warmed applesauce with 1/4 c berries and FF whip

emoticon Afternoon Snack
Medium apple

emoticon Dinner
Green Salad with diced turkey, avocado, onion, tomato, mandarin oranges
Newmans Sesame Ginger dressing
Rosemary Cracker with wedge of laughing cow cheese
3/4 c warmed applesauce with 1/4 c berries and dollop of FF whip

emoticon Evening Snack
Popcorn

Below is a copy of my FitBit weekly post
My daily step average for past week was 21,377 and I averaged more than 10 floors climbed. I would like to average 20,000+ steps daily for the coming week and at least 10 floors.

For the Week ending January 9, 2016

emoticon Sun - 27,454 / 40 floors / 149 active minutes
emoticon Mon - 16,618 / 15 floors / 110 active minutes
emoticon Tue - 21,722 / 17 floors / 163 active minutes
emoticon Wed - 21,196 / 13 floors /184 active minutes
emoticon Thur - 22,199 / 25 floors /145 active minutes
emoticon Fri - 21,538 / 17 floors /181 active minutes
emoticon Sat - 18,631 / 14 floors / 142 active minutes



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Saturday, January 9, 2016

Pretty typical day today; although I did take it a bit easier since I didn't have to be at the gym for class at 9am. After breakfast went up and did 30 minutes on the treadmill and then some heavy lifting sets with the barbell. I have a pretty sweet home gym set up in my she cave. I call it "The Cat's Meow". When we lived in the big house, I had a room set up as a gym, however now I just have an area. Still gets the job done.







After the treadmill time, I started to work on cleaning up the interior of the DH's Tahoe. I filled up a cardboard box of stuff that was on the floors, seats and cargo area. He will need to deal with that. I brought out the vacuum and when I was in the closet I noticed that I couldn't get to the vacuum attachments because there were so many hats, caps, gloves, etc just piled. Hmmm... remember the decluttering I mentioned yesterday? Closet was a good place to start. I pulled out all the hats and gloves and figured the DH could go through them and decide what really needed to be in the closet. I also suggested that we put a small shelf at the back of the closet where there is extra space behind the vacuum and he could store hats and gloves there. He thought that was a good idea... so adding to the project list. Back to the car clean-up and after vacuuming went over the dash, etc with a rag. Finished and for just a quick once over it looked decent.

After lunch, I went out and did a 4 mile power walk. I have routes where I walk 2 miles, 3 miles, 4 miles, 5 miles or 6 miles. Usually, when I do my long run I just combine 2 of those shorter routes. Tomorrow, I have an 11 mile run on the schedule so I'll do my 6 mile route and then my 5 mile route.

emoticon Breakfast
Poached egg
English Muffin with coconut oil, SF jelly
2 slices bacon
1/2 c grapes

emoticon Morning Snack
1 c bran flakes with 1/2 c almond milk

emoticon Lunch
Breakfast Burrito (egg, crumbled sausage, onion, low fat mozarella)
1/2 serving Food Good chips with salsa and FF sour cream
1 cup turkey/rice/veggie soup
3/4 c warmed applesauce with 1/4 c berries and dollop of FF whip

emoticon Afternoon Snack
Protein Shake with 1/2 banana, few grapes and almond milk
Few almonds

emoticon Dinner
Green salad with roasted chicken, mandarin oranges, tomato, avocado, onion, Newmans Dressing
Bisquick roll with coconut oil
3/4 c warmed applesauce with 1/4 c berries and dollop FF whip

emoticon Evening Snack
Popcorn



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Friday, January 8, 2016

With Christmas vacation over and kids back in school; it has been really slow at the restaurant again. I didn't work all week and chances are I won't work next week either. Not that I'm complaining, lol... I am doing my best to take advantage of having some extra free time trying to get a few things done around the house. I worked outside this week and next week I think I'll turn my attention to inside. I have a lot of de-cluttering that needs to be done. It is just so hard to take action and sort through all the stuff.... sigh... but it won't get done by itself so even if I just chip away at a little bit it will help. After all, the stuff isn't infinite.. right?

This morning, did my usual routine and walked 2 miles on the treadmill before breakfast. After breakfast, I headed to the gym for a one hour spin class. We didn't have our normal Fri instructor and the substitute had a slightly different "spin" on the class. It was good and I felt like I got a decent work-out.

The Sun was shining when I got home with temps in the high 40's so I decided to wash and vacuum my car. Got it spiffed up and went ahead and washed the DH's also. He has a Tahoe and it is a lot more to wash, but I did it. Tomorrow, I told him I'd clean out the inside and vacuum it for him. We use his rig when we travel so will be taking it to the airport next week. Having it cleaned up will be nice.

After lunch, I decided to do an outside power walk. I have been trying to get 20,000 steps on the Fitbit every day and for the most part have done that. I usually record and post my stats on the Fitbit Team page every Sunday and I think I'll have a good average for the week. When I'm working, if I'm busy it is pretty easy to get 7-10,000 steps during a shift... so when I'm off I have to work to get those steps in.

emoticon Breakfast
Poached egg
English Muffin with coconut oil and SF jelly
2 slices bacon
1/2 c grapes

emoticon Morning Snack
Single Serve container of carb control yogurt

emoticon Lunch
Breakfast Burrito (eggs, onion, low fat mozarella, ground sausage
1 cup turkey, bean and veggie homemade soup
3/4 c warmed applesauce with 1/4 c berries and dollop of FF whip

emoticon Afternoon Snack
Protein Shake with 1/2 banana, grapes and almond milk
few almond

emoticon Dinner
Large green salad with tomato, onion, mandarin oranges, avocado, turkey
Newmans Own Sesame Ginger Dressing
Bisquick Roll with butter
3/4 c warmed applesauce with 1/4 c berries & dollop of FF whip

emoticon Evening Snack
Popcorn

Update - I realized today that there were two items I had for dinner last night that I didn't track. I had 6 oz red wine and a small green salad with raspberry dressing. Not sure how I left that out. I also tracked Popcorn as an evening snack and I skipped it. First week of the New Year and the scale shows a loss of 1/2 pound... I'll take it!



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Thursday, January 7, 2016

The DH was up early this morning, so I roused myself also. We had breakfast early and then I did a 2 mile treadmill walk before heading to the gym. Today was strength training and I went heavy. There were a couple of new people in class and one was a lady I hadn't seen in years. Nice to see a new face but a familiar one.

After class, I had lots of energy and decided to work on putting together some breakfast burritos for the freezer. I had nine flour tortillas so I figured I would make them all up. I diced and sauteed an onion, added a bit of garlic, a cup of egg beaters, 5 whole eggs and a cup of chopped crumbled Italian sausage. I cooked it until set and then divided among the nine tortillas. I also had six mozzarella string cheese sticks in the fridge so I cut those up and added them before rolling up the burritos. All in all I think they turned out fine. This is the 2nd new recipe for 2016 that I have made. Here is a link to a similar recipe on Pinterest if you want to check it out.

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I snapped a few photos as I was in the process of making the burritos so you can all see that I am such a cooking goddess lol.











After lunch, I did some work outside with the blower. The ground is still a little damp so it wasn't real effective, but it did make a difference. I picked up a lot of sticks that were broken off from tree branches and dumped a wheel barrow full. I got a little something done. The DH said he could tell it looked neater outside so I guess it is time for a storm to blow in again so I can do it all over!

I had a 4 mile run on the schedule for today so when I was done with the yard I headed out. My time was slower than average... again. Maybe it is because I usually run earlier in the day... I don't know. The good thing is I got it done.

After I showered I worked on making an appetizer for dinner tonight. We were invited to dinner at a friends house so I wanted to make a nice appetizer that was healthy. I found some Cilantro and Chicken potstickers at Costco that were only 12 calories each! I cooked those up and for a sauce I used Newman Ginger Sesame dressing. Turned out fine and everyone enjoyed. Dinner was fun and I feel like I managed portions well.

emoticon Breakfast
Poached egg
English Muffin with coconut oil and SF jelly
2 slices bacon
1/2 c grapes

emoticon Morning Snack
Single serving container of carb control yogurt

emoticon Lunch
Bean and Cheese Burrito with salsa and fat free sour cream
Couple of Food Should Taste Good Chips
1 cup veggie/turkey/rice soup
Jello Yogurt Fluff with 1/4 banana and dollop of FF whip
Few Almonds

emoticon Afternoon Snack
Protein Shake with banana, grapes and almond milk

emoticon Dinner
4 Cilantro/Chicken appetizers
2 Caprese Appetizers
3 oz baked / breaded chicken
1/4 c whole grain rice
1/2 c green beans with almonds
1 Rhodes Roll with butter
2 bites of Cherry pie

emoticon Evening Snack
Popcorn


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My daily step average for past week was 21,377 and I averaged more than 10 floors climbed. I would like to average 20,000+ steps daily for the coming week and at least 10 floors.

For the Week ending January 9, 2016

emoticon Sun - 27,454 / 40 floors / 149 active minutes
emoticon Mon - 16,618 / 15 floors / 110 active minutes
emoticon Tue - 21,722 / 17 floors / 163 active minutes
emoticon Wed - 21,196 / 13 floors /184 active minutes
emoticon Thur - 22,199 / 25 floors /145 active minutes
emoticon Fri - 21,538 / 17 floors /181 active minutes
emoticon Sat - 18,631 / 14 floors / 142 active minutes



Edited by: GOING-STRONG at: 1/10/2016 (09:54)
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Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Today wasn't as productive as I would have liked. I still got some things done, but mostly puttered. I didn't do a 2 mile walk before breakfast as DH needed to eat early and get on the road to Portland for a Dr. appt. The roads over the mountains are icy so he needed to allow extra time. We ate and he left and I went to the gym for a one hour spin class. After I got home, I paid a few bills and made some calls. One call was to the garbage company who charged me for service at the house we sold. I had called them prior to closing so they had the information. The customer service lady was really a twit and I had to get a little more aggressive than I would have liked. When I related the conversation to DH later I told him that it is no fair... that wouldn't have happened to a man!

One of my favorite TV shows is Downton Abbey. I watched the first 5 seasons on my Kindle (Amazon Prime) and am recording the current season on our DVR. The season premier was Sunday and since this isn't a favorite show of DH, and I had control of the clicker while he was in Portland, I took advantage and watched. I did however walk around while I was watching so I got in some steps I missed out on earlier.

Fixed myself a tuna burrito for lunch. I have this gadget called a GT Express that I love for making burritos. I got it at the thrift store in brand new condition for $1. Love those deals! Anyway, you plug it in, open the top and put in your burrito. It has a heated flat surface on top and bottom so it cooks quickly and you end up with a crispy baked burrito. I also put together a batch of 10 bean and cheese burritos in the freezer for a quick lunch. I'm planning on making another 10 breakfast burritos for the freezer... maybe tomorrow. I have a recipe I want to try and a breakfast burrito would also be a quick and easy meal we could have in the camper.

After lunch, I decided to go out for a 4 mile power walk. It has warmed up outside and so wanted to take advantage of the opportunity. I plugged in my tunes and off I went. I had planned to do some more yard work, but with DH gone I'm unable to manage getting the blower out and started... so I let that slide. Maybe tomorrow.

emoticon Breakfast
Poached egg
English Muffin with coconut oil, SF jelly
2 slices bacon
1/2 c grapes

emoticon Morning Snack
Single serve container of carb control yogurt

emoticon Lunch
Tuna Burrito (mixed tuna with greek yogurt, pickles and dill)
few Food should taste good chips
3/4 c warmed applesauce with 1/4 c berries and dollop of FF whip

emoticon Afternoon Snack
Protein Shake with banana, grapes, almond milk
handful of almonds

emoticon Dinner
Large green salad with diced turkey, onion, tomato, mandarin oranges,avocado and Newmans Own dressing
1 bisquick biscuit with butter
3/4 c applesauce with 1/4 c berries and dollop of FF whip

emoticon Evening Snack
Popcorn



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Edited by: GOING-STRONG at: 1/6/2016 (22:32)
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Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Had another decent day today and got some things on the "to do" list accomplished. Did a 2 mile walk on the treadmill this morning before breakfast. It is still too dark in the mornings to walk outside safely. The road I run on doesn't have sidewalks in areas and no streetlights, so I I played it safe and stayed indoors. I downloaded the Sparkpeople Best of 2015 Mix so I had a fresh playlist. I have bought the Best of Spark mixes since 2011 so I have 5 years now. It is $9.99 on iTunes and I obviously Spark must make a little something so I feel good about that.

After breakfast, I went to the gym for my Body Blast weight class. This month we are doing less reps with heavier weights. I felt stronger today. My weights weren't as heavy as the trainer, but in several cases she was only using 5 pounds heavier than me.

Got home and did a few indoor chores. My plan for today was to spray the weeds so that they don't get out of control. It was sprinkling out, but I found a window of time and gave things a once over. I'm not sure if it will be effective with the rain but hopefully I'll see some results. I'll check in a couple of weeks and if necessary do another application. If the weather cooperates, next up is doing some raking and blowing debris out of the landscaping and paved areas.

After lunch, I headed out for a 4 mile run. I took it pretty slow but felt good when I finished. I can't believe it is only one more week until we leave for CA. I will be participating in the Star Wars Rebel Challenge at Disneyland (10k one day / Half the next) and this will be my first time participating in a Disney run. My Sis and Bro in Law are flying in a few days later than us and we will all be going on a 4 day quickie cruise. I'm going to figure out a fitness/nutrition plan for that because I would like to be able to get to a place where I can go on vacation and not gain weight.

One thing I have had in mind for the new year is to try some new recipes. I have a lot of recipes on Pinterest that I have never tried. I need to make a effort to do that. I started a new board with recipes to try in 2016. I transferred over some of my previously saved pins and added a few new ones. Today, I actually tried a new recipe and was delighted with the results. The DH was too and we decided that it was something we would want to have regularly. I made spaghetti squash lasagna. I halved, seeded and then roasted the squash in 400 degree oven for 1 hour 10 minutes. I removed the squash from the oven, fluffed up the insides, topped each half with a few dollops of cottage cheese, 1/2 cup of marinara, 4 ounces of mixture of crumbled cooked ground beef/pork sausage, a slice of cheddar cheese (about 1 oz), and a sprinkling of Italian seasoning (I used oregano and basil). I put it back in the oven for 15 minutes until cheese was bubbly. Turned out great! I'm really glad that my first try at a new recipe for 2016 wasn't a dud. Here is a picture. It was very filling.


Speaking of pictures, I have to brag about my granddaughter. She just turned 13 and is in 7th grade. She is going to participate in the local Miss Teen pageant next month. This is her official portrait for the program. I am a proud grandma that is for sure. She is the youngest contestant and chances are that she won't win.. but it will be good for her to compete and also meet some great young ladies. Anything that will boost confidence in public speaking can only be positive for her in my opinion. She will participate in fitness, talent and interview.




emoticon Breakfast
Poached Egg
English Muffin with coconut oil and SF jelly
2 slices bacon
1/2 c grapes

emoticon Morning Snack
Single Serve container of Carb Control Yogurt with dollop of whip

emoticon Lunch
Spaghetti Squash Lasagne - Crumbled ground beef, marinara, mozzarella

emoticon Afternoon Snack
Protein Shake with 1/2 banana, grapes and almond milk

emoticon Dinner
Spaghetti Squash with mixture of crumbled ground beef/sausage, cottage cheese, marinara, cheddar cheese

emoticon Evening Snack
Popcorn



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Monday, January 4, 2016

Feel good about today. Did a 2 mile walk on the treadmill before breakfast and then off to the gym for a 1 hour spin class. Did a few errands afterwards and then home and worked outside for a bit. I did get the ferns clipped and trimmed. Again didn't really feel like doing it but I had set a plan for the day so I did it. Tomorrow I plan to spray some weeds so they don't get out of control. It rained a bit today but I also would like to use the blower and clean up some of the garden beds/graveled areas of the old leaves and storm debris.

After lunch, I worked on trying to figure out what was going on with my computer and why the printer wouldn't work. It seemed to have something to do with Windows 10. I upgraded a few months ago and for the most part have been happy with 10, however I have noticed a few issues. The biggest issue is my computer will freeze up on me for no reason. I can be typing mid word and it will freeze. The only way out is a restart. I hate doing that as it can't be good for the system, but I haven't found any other way. With this problem lurking, I have found it is really best to save my work often. I have lost my blog write-ups on a couple of occasions and the last thing you want to do is write all these ramblings again. But, back to the printer issue. I tried a few more things, googled for a solution and unfortunately I didn't really understand the solutions offered. It was really in tech speak and out of my league. I did however pick up a tid bit that made me think that I might need a new Windows 10 print driver. The printer is several years old so I went to the HP support website and downloaded a Windows 10 print driver. It took a bit to figure out how to download and install... but "Eureka!" ... I was able to print a document. Now, I'm keeping fingers crossed that I will also be able to print with other applications. Windows 10 is so different from what I had been using. I'm thinking that I may order myself a reference book with insider tips and secrets.

Did okay with my eating today. I also did a some heavy lifting with my barbell. I am a little disappointed that I haven't seen much movement on the scale, but hopefully something will break loose soon. If I look at the big picture even losing just a pound or two a month this year would be a huge success.

emoticon Breakfast
Poached egg
English Muffin with coconut oil and SF jelly
2 slices bacon
1/2 c grapes

emoticon Morning Snack
Single serve container of carb control yogurt with dollop of FF whip

emoticon Lunch
Bowl (2 cups) of turkey, veggie and rice soup (homemade)
1/2 c grapes
Jello Yogurt Fluff with 1/4 banana and dollop of whip

emoticon Afternoon Snack
Protein Shake with banana, grapes and almond milk

emoticon Dinner
Large Green salad with 4 oz diced turkey, craisins, onion, tomato, mandarin oranges, and Newmans Own Dressing
Jello Yogurt Fluff with 1/4 banana and dollop of FF whip

emoticon Evening Snack
Popcorn




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Edited by: GOING-STRONG at: 1/4/2016 (23:13)
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Name (Ideally we would like to use a first and last name, but we're happy with just your first): Rhonda Wills - Seaside, Oregon

Age: 60

Starting and current weight: 215ish at my heaviest and I now fluctuate between 138-145

When you started 1/2 marathon training: I ran my first half in Spring 2012 and started training for it in late 2011.

How did you approach nutrition and healthy lifestyle choices prior to getting healthy? I haven't had a healthy relationship with food or fitness for most of my life. I always considered myself a little chubby in high school, however now looking back at what I weighed then I was actually in the healthy BMI range. After a pregnancy in my early 20's my weight ballooned and until my mid 50's I yo-yoed between 140-210lbs more times than I care to admit. I worked a stressful desk job and my activity level was minimal. When I was on a healthy eating plan I considered it a "diet" rather than an on-going lifestyle...so of course when I went off the diet and back to eating "normal" I put the weight back on. I joined Weight Watchers in late 2007 making a decision that I would go to meetings and weigh in weekly for 2 years regardless if I gained or lost. I figured that if I stuck to it for 2 years that I would have a chance of establishing healthy eating habits that would become a lifestyle.

Tell us about the first time you heard about 1/2 marathons? I joined and started going to a local gym in late 2009. One of the regulars in my classes was a lady who I had known for years; but I had no idea that she participated in triathlons, half marathons and even full marathons. She is 10 years older than me and power walks events rather than runs. She encouraged me and planted the seed that I could do it..

What was your initial impression? Running is hard. I went through the Spark People couch to 5k program in 2010 and after completing that program thought that I would continue and train for a 10k. I have found that running clears my mind and when I finish a run I feel awesome both physically and mentally.

What intrigued you about starting the exercise? Health decision? Interested in the fun? I was intrigued by the challenge. My local gym hosts an event on the Beach annually which includes a 5k (walking) 5k (running) and 10k (running). I did the walking 5k and decided the following year I wanted to try the 5k running event. I also participated later that year in a local 10k and walked it also. I enjoyed being part of the field and found myself energized. It was fun!

Tell us about your first session. How did you motivate yourself? How did your body feel during the workout and the following day? What brought you back for the second session? At first I used walking as my primary exercise and then added a 30 minute jogging session indoors on a mini trampoline. It was hard but I did get a sense of accomplishment. To keep myself motivated, I used the "Walk it Out" game on the Wii and also used several Walk at Home videos by Leslie Sansone. When I found the Spark Couch to 5k Challenge I felt ready to give it a try. I have maintained a running schedule ever since completing that program.

Tell us when you noticed that you were improving. How did it feel? I actually am a pretty slow runner. I typically finish somewhere in the middle of division (age/gender). I am a now member of the "Half Fanatics" and keep track of my events and finish times so I can see how I'm doing. In 2015, I completed 10 Half Marathons and for 2016 I'm planning of doing at least 12. I have seen my finish times improve slightly in the past few years but haven't made it a priority to push myself harder. I want to enjoy running and don't want it to feel like a chore. I most likely will not see any time improvements unless I add some speed work to my weekly schedule. I am considering doing this in 2016.

What is your involvement like with the exercise today?
I am very active and make fitness part of my daily life. I typically go to the gym every morning and either take a Spin class or group weight training. I run 3 days a week with two four mile runs and one long run of 11 miles. On my non-run days I walk between 2-4 miles.

How does this exercise keep you committed to your new healthy way of living?
I have found that working out is now just a part of who I am. I can have bad eating days, but when I get up in the morning and work out I'm back on plan which sets the tone for the whole day. It has been very instrumental in maintaining my weight and I feel that I am doing everything possible to keep my health on the right track.

What advice would you give to others interested in starting 1/2 marathon training?
Take it One Step at a Time. Look at various training plans and map out a schedule that works for you. It isn't easy but trust the process and stick with it. I listen to music while running and find that really helps me get energized. I also subscribe and read several blogs with a running focus. Reading the blogs helped me learn the language of running and connected me with others. Participating in running events is also very motivating. When you sign up and are committed to participate in an event, you are more likely to stick with your training program. And they are just fun!

Edited by: GOING-STRONG at: 1/3/2016 (23:30)
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Sunday, January 3, 2015

Slept a little later than normal this morning... 7:30am!! It felt decadent. I seem to sleep more in the Winter when the days are shorter and the nights are longer. I'm just happy that I feel rested.

Today, I had an 11 mile run on the schedule... my weekly long run. The thermometer indicated an outside temp of 31 degrees but pavement was dry with no ice or moisture. Got outfitted in my cold gear compression pants and top from Under Armour and put on my DH's Alaska gloves and stocking cap (which are warmer than my hat/gloves). Decided to wear my light weight running jacket for a little extra warmth and set off. Thankfully, we didn't have any wind and after a mile or so I felt comfortable. Did 6 miles and then stopped for a snack. I decided to wait until after lunch to finish the final 5 miles. After lunch, we were getting a small amount of precipitation, but the temperature was up to 39. I decided to head out and hoped I wouldn't get caught in a rainstorm. It sprinkled off and on but I finished without getting drenched.

My other project for today was to finish trimming the hydrangeas so they would be ready for Spring. I didn't feel like doing it, but since I only had 5 to do I decided that I would get it done. Tomorrow, the plan is to cut back the ferns and do a little more debris clean-up. We have a lot of sticks and such along our driveway from recent storms that need to be raked. I also like to cut the fronds off the ferns so that the new growth in the Spring is fresh.

I worked on the information for Spark and should have that completed later tonight so I can send it off in the morning. Coach Jen had asked to have my write-up and information by the 4th so need to get that finished up.

I also have been thinking a lot about my brother. He spent most of December in the hospital (mental). We did have one conversation that was somewhat "normal". I decided to send him a quick e-mail today so we will see how that goes. I really hope that he has the strength to pull himself out of the deep dark place he has gone. He has so much life left and to see it wasted just tears me apart. He is a grown man however and his poor decisions are his responsibility. Hopefully he will see my contact in a positive light and will know I am thinking about him.

Put together a pot of homemade veggie, rice and turkey soup. Simmering on the stove now. Always nice to have soup on hand for a quick lunch or snack. I had considered making Taco Soup but I'm out of avocado (horrors!) so need to go to the store and stock up. I'll do Taco Soup next time.

All in all, feel good about what I accomplished today.

emoticon Breakfast
Poached egg
English Muffin with coconut oil and SF jelly
2 slices bacon
1/2 c grapes

emoticon Morning Snack
1 cup bran flakes with 1/4 banana and almond milk

emoticon Lunch
1/2 c mixed tuna with FF plain greek yogurt, pickle and dill on lettuce
1 cup carrot/ginger soup
Yogurt Fluff with 1/4 banana and dollop of FF whip

emoticon Afternoon Snack
2 corn thins with wedge of laughing cow cheese and SF jelly

emoticon Dinner
Sauteed veggies (sweet potato, onion, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower)
1 oz cheddar cheese
Couple of Food Should Taste Good Chips
4 oz sliced turkey
3/4 c warmed applesauce with 1/4 c berries and dollop of FF whip

emoticon Evening Snack
few almonds
popcorn



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Saturday, January 2, 2016

Got some things accomplished today, but also had some frustrations. First, the accomplishments. I did a 4 mile walk this morning even though I typically only do less. I was thinking about how I am going to beat my steps from last year and the only solution is to walk more when possible. So I did... I also did 30 minutes on the treadmill this afternoon. I wanted to get the Christmas stuff in the attic and I got it in and organized.

To get to the attic, you go through a little door that is up in my "she cave". I decided I also needed to do a little clean-up in that area and I made some good progress. I put some stuff away and re-arranged a little and now I have a nice area for when I "lift heavy". I need more room for that because I use a barbell and it is wide. If I swing it wrong I could end up hitting something so wanted to have a comfortable zone. I believe that the barbell weighs 40 pounds. I did 10
deadlifts, 10 chest presses, 10 rows, and 10 squats. 40 pounds is a little heavy for me to do an overhead press, so I used two 15 pound dumb bells for those.

I also cleaned up my desk area and put the 2015 receipts and other paperwork into a storage box. I was going to set up my 2016 files but couldn't get the printer to work. I tried to print off something yesterday without success, but the strange thing is the printer works from my husbands computer. We discussed various solutions but so far no luck. I deleted the printer from my computer and planned to re-install but now I can't get the printer disk to re-install it. sigh....

This afternoon, the plan was to work outside and trim some plants and do a little clean-up. It has been sunny but cold so I bundled up and worked for an hour. I accomplished what I had planned to do and will do more outside tomorrow. I need to take advantage of the weather while I can. I always feel better when the garden beds look tended to and debris isn't staring me in the face. When I was trimming the hydrangeas I noticed that some of them even had little buds.

Overall, I feel good about what was accomplished today. The plan for this evening is to work a little on writing up info for Sparkpeople. They are doing a feature on Half Marathons and contacted me. Not sure how the information will be used (an article maybe?) but happy to do it.

emoticon Breakfast
Poached Egg
English Muffin with coconut oil and SF jelly
2 slices bacon
1/2 c grapes

emoticon Morning Snack
Protein Shake with 1/2 banana, grapes and almond milk

emoticon Lunch
Bean and Cheese Burrito with salsa and FF sour cream
Couple of Food should taste good chips
3/4 c warmed applesauce with 1/4 c berries and dollop of FF whip

emoticon Afternoon Snack
2 corn thins (like a rice cake) with wedge of laughing cow cheese & SF jelly

emoticon Dinner
Sauteed veggies (sweet potato, onion, carrots, cauliflower, broccoli, garlic)
1 oz cheddar
5 oz turkey
Yogurt Fluff (jello made with greek yogurt), 1/4 banana & dollop FF whip

emoticon Evening Snack
Popcorn



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Edited by: GOING-STRONG at: 1/3/2016 (15:22)
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Eat healthy.. Exercise daily.. repeat! and Consistency.. that is the secret!


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Friday, January 1, 2015

A brand New Year with 365 days still in front of us .... it is a leap year after all! I've got lots of great adventures planned so want to make the most of it. I weighed this morning at 144.4... about what I expected. What I didn't expect was that I'm actually up 8.2 pounds for the year... not the 6-7 I had figured. I obviously was thinking my starting weight was 138 and it actually was 136.2. Bummer... however it is what it is and we move forward. I did see the upward trend reversed in December as I was down a pound from month end Nov.

I'm still feeling thrilled that my pre-planned eating and drinking for last night's party actually worked. It was a dress-up masquerade party and the food table was really awesome. I didn't pick up a plate and only had a couple of appetizers. Hooray! Here is a picture my DH took before we left. Sorry about the photo orientation. Hope you don't wrench your necks!



I also had a good day today fitness and nutrition wise so I'm off to a good start. I'm not sure if I mentioned in yesterdays blog that my Fitbit showed I logged in just over 7 million steps last year. I'm going to try and exceed that this year but it will be tough. I'm not working as much (working food service at a busy restaurant accounted for a lot of steps) and when I calculated out the daily average it was almost 20,000 daily. Right now I'm lucky to get in 18,000 so I'll have to "step it up".

My mantra this year is "Strong and Lean in 2016". I want to repeat and remind myself of that daily. I put together a strength training worksheet a few years ago when I was the TNT (tone and tighten) Coach for a Biggest Loser Spark Team. I will print that off again and work on lifting heavier. If you want to check out the training worksheet, here is a link.

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I had some items on my list that I wanted to get done today. Top priority was getting the Christmas tree and other Christmas decor down.
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Tomorrow I'll get the decorations back in the attic and organized. I also need to put the folding chairs and a few other items there so they are out of the way.

I wasn't sure if I would make it to Spin class at the gym this morning.. but I did! I was up at my regular time even though I didn't get to bed until after midnight. I am going to try and get to bed early tonight. I also had a 4 mile run on the schedule today. It was sunny but cold so I waited to do my run until after lunch. First run of the year done!
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emoticon Breakfast
Poached egg
English Muffin with coconut oil, SF jelly
2 slices bacon
1/2 c grapes

emoticon Morning Snack
Protein Shake with banana and almond milk

emoticon Lunch
Bean Burrito with sprinkle of cheese, salsa and FF sour cream
1/2 serving Food Good Chips

emoticon Afternoon Snack
Rice Cake with wedge of laughing cow and sugar free jelly

emoticon Dinner
Small handful of almonds
3 (corn) soft shell tacos
shredded cheese, onion, ground beef, tomato, salsa, lettuce, FF sour cream

emoticon Evening Snack
Popcorn



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Edited by: GOING-STRONG at: 1/1/2016 (21:57)
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Eat healthy.. Exercise daily.. repeat! and Consistency.. that is the secret!


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December 31, 2015

Chances are that I'm going to be back tomorrow to update this blog. I'm going to a party tonight and I do have a plan... but the test will be seeing it implemented. I am planning to drink white wine spritzers. If I have two, it will be the equivalent of one glass of wine. There also may be a champagne toast at midnight so I will probably have a glass of bubbly. As far as eating appetizers, I plan to stick with the veggies. I know that there will be caprese appetizers (I tried a few the other day) and those shouldn't be too bad... so maybe two. Send positive thoughts my way that I stay strong... okay?

Since today is the last day of the year, I have been doing a lot of thinking about what a terrific year it has been for DH and I. We accomplished a lot this year and had fun doing it. We have traveled to new places and participated in fun events. We sold our"big" house which is a huge relief for us financially. 2015 was a great year and we have lots of fun things planned for 2016. After having some really tough years in the past we are feeling that we are pretty well set for the future. Now, the biggie will be our health... and I'm going to do everything possible to stay in good health. DH on the other hand is a challenge. He has a tendency to drink too much (in my opinion) and he also needs to lose a good 50 pounds. He has lost some weight this year so the trend is good and I'm really hoping he sticks with a plan in 2016. As far as drinking, he doesn't see it as a problem. It isn't a problem really however I know with his artificial heart valve that he really shouldn't be drinking ANY alcohol. The fact is he drinks to excess several times a month. That is out of my control however and he is an adult... so all I can do is just hope for the best.

I have set some goals for 2016. My mantra for the year is going to be "Strong and Lean in 2016". So as you might figure, I want to stay focused on fitness and nutrition. I won't set a number on what I want to weigh... but I do want to see a downward trend. I'm also going to supplement my regular strength classes with lifting heavier weights and doing fewer reps to see if I can make some gains. Regarding running events, I'm planning on doing at least one half marathon each month (I did 10 in 2015), and will also do one sprint triathlon and maybe a few 5k's and 10k's. I have also decided to put my name in the hat for the Marine Corp Marathon in Washington DC. I have only done one full marathon in the past (Portland 2013) and felt good about it...however the training schedule is grueling. I am a slow runner and getting ready for a marathon requires quite a bit of time. I'm not getting any younger however and with my work schedule cut back to just 2 days a week I should have time for proper training. There is no guarantee I'll get in as it is a lottery (there are more people that want to run it than spots available) however I'm going to try for a bib. Fingers and toes crossed. If I get in, we would drive and take the camper doing a lot of sight seeing, etc. It would be an epic adventure!

Other goals for the year have to do with home improvements. We have a lot of unfinished work and DH and I have gone through and prioritized what needs to be done. We have even set aside money ... but the biggie is having the time as most of the work we (meaning DH lol) will do ourselves. Some things we will have done (such as exterior and interior painting) however before that can happen other things need to be done (finish sheetrock inside, replace exterior doors) Sigh... seems like a vicious circle. But the good news is we are getting started with the process. In fact today he drove me to my hair appt in Portland and then went and picked up a bunch of lumber that he needs. Hooray!

Okay, for the day I did a 2 mile walk on the treadmill this morning then went to a one hour spin class at the gym. I'm hoping that I'll feel up to going to spin class in the morning as that would be a great start to the year. It is still really cold and icy outside so the run I'm scheduled for tomorrow will most likely happen in the afternoon.

Have a great New Year's spark friends. Thank you so much for your support and looking forward to sparking with you in the coming year.

emoticon Breakfast
Poached egg
English Muffin with coconut oil and SF jelly
2 slices bacon
1/2 cup grapes

emoticon Morning Snack
Protein Shake with banana/almond milk

emoticon Lunch
Panda Express Mixed Vegetables and String Bean Chicken
Fortune Cookie

emoticon Afternoon Snack
Medium Apple

emoticon Dinner
Sauteed Vegetables (white potato, sweet potato, carrots, onion, seasonings)
with 1 oz cheddar cheese
3/4 c warmed applesauce with 1/4 c berries and dollop of FF whip

emoticon Evening Snack
Popcorn
2 White Wine Spritzers
2 Caprese Appetizers
crudites

Tomorrow morning is a weigh in so I know how I finished the year. My best guesstimate is up 6-7 pounds. Stay tuned!



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Edited by: GOING-STRONG at: 12/31/2015 (22:17)
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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Had a problem with eating mixed nuts last night. I had already posted my blog, but then DH got out the canister of nuts and I thought I would just have a couple. ha... I ended up eating about a cup. Really bothers me when that happens. I am going to try and go cold turkey with the mixed nuts. Having a few just doesn't seem to work. Let's see if I can do it.

Very cold out this morning. Went to the gym after breakfast for a 1 hour spin / circuit class. We spin for 15 min then pedal while we do a series of exercises with weights. We go through the circuit 3 times. I used light weights as I had done arms yesterday at body blast. Wasn't really sore but I could feel it particularly in my triceps.

About an hour before lunch, I decided to head out for my 4 mile run. It was cold and I could still see some icy spots on the pavement. I took it slow and it was slippery in areas. The sun was shining and I felt good when I finished.

Later this afternoon, DH and I went out and did some shopping. I bought some almond flour and plan to try a new recipe. I'm trying to minimize my white flour products so thought this might be something to try.

emoticon Breakfast
Poached egg
English Muffin with coconut oil, SF jelly
2 slices bacon
1/2 c grapes

emoticon Morning Snack
Protein Shake with banana / almond milk

emoticon Lunch
Tuna Salad (tuna/greek yogurt/pickles/dill) on lettuce
Serving of Food should taste good Chips
3/4 c warmed applesauce with 1/4 c berries & dollop of FF whip

emoticon Afternoon Snack
Medium apple

emoticon Dinner
1 c chicken/rice/veggie soup
Chop salad with lettuce,avocado,egg,onion,tomato,craisins, low fat dressing
3 baked chicken nuggets
3/4 c warmed applesauce with 1/4 c berries and dollop of FF whip

emoticon Evening Snack
Popcorn



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Edited by: GOING-STRONG at: 12/30/2015 (23:40)
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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Had to smile when I saw this on my Facebook feed this morning. There are days when I really consider taking out my earrings before stepping on the scale!



I am going to end the year with my weight about 6 pounds higher than I started. That was not the plan.. but I only have myself to blame. Vacations and Cruises were the primary culprits. It is tough to say no to food during special times. The thing I need to keep reminding myself is that there will ALWAYS be situations that call for restraint. I mean think about people that eat out or attend special events all the time. For instance, the Royal Family. None of them are heavy (okay maybe Camilla is packing a few extra) Just how do they do it? Obviously it is possible and I just need to find a way to deal with it.

Since my treadmill session worked out okay yesterday I decided to do it again today. I usually run 4 mi on Tuesdays, but since I'm working today and I want to take a class at the gym after breakfast, I deferred the run until tomorrow. I'll also defer my Thurs run to Friday. I did 30 min on the treadmill before breakfast and it was fine. After breakfast, I went to Body Blast (strength training) class at the gym. We did a circuit of 20 different exercises for 30 sec each and 10 sec rest between exercises. After completing one circuit, we rested for 2 minutes and then did the circuit again .. and then a third time. It was a great total body work-out.

After I got to work today, it was slow for the first hour ... and then all H*LL broke loose. We had a wait list for a couple of hours and unfortunately didn't have enough help. It made time fly but the downside was I didn't have time to eat lunch. I did manage to have a couple of baked chicken nuggets while it was slow but that was about it.

emoticon Breakfast
Poached egg
English Muffin with coconut oil and SF jelly
2 slices bacon
1/2 c grapes

emoticon Morning Snack
Single serve container of carb control yogurt
2 small caprese appetizers

emoticon Lunch
2 baked chicken nuggets
3 french fries

emoticon Afternoon Snack
Medium apple
Couple of almonds

emoticon Dinner
Bowl (2 cups) of chicken, veggie and rice soup
5 baked chicken nuggets
3/4 c warmed applesauce with 1/4 c berries and dollop of FF whip

emoticon Evening Snack
Popcorn



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Edited by: GOING-STRONG at: 12/29/2015 (22:41)
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My daily step average for past week was 18,607 and I averaged more than 10 floors climbed. Hooray! I had set a goal of 17,000+ and I exceeded it. Last year, I put just over 7 million steps on my fitbit and that is almost a 20,000 daily average... so if I want to beat that in 2016 I'm going to need to step it up! I would like to average 19,000+ steps daily for the coming week and at least 10 floors.

For the Week ending January 2, 2016

emoticon Sun - 26,836 / 19 floors / 154 active minutes
emoticon Mon - 17,208 / 7 floors / 92 active minutes
emoticon Tue - 17,696 / 7 floors / 71 active minutes
emoticon Wed - 19,156 / 14 floors / 129 active minutes
emoticon Thur - 13,563 / 12 floors / 98 active minutes
emoticon Fri - 17,798 / 26 floors / 126 active minutes
emoticon Sat - 17,993 / 30 floors / 120 active minutes




Edited by: GOING-STRONG at: 1/3/2016 (15:15)
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December 28, 2015

Today is my SEVEN year Sparkversary! I just want to acknowledge what a blessing this website has been to me. It has really helped keep me focused on health and fitness. SP has been the biggest factor in taking my fitness to a whole new level. I found such encouragement and inspiration and felt like "Yes, I can do it". So a great big Thank you to Chris Downey and his fabulous Spark staff.

It was dark outside and cold, but I wanted to get back into doing a walk before breakfast. My DH is still not walking but I think by the end of the week he will feel recovered enough to give it a go. I decided to do my walk on the treadmill which I usually try to avoid like the plague. I got it done! I listened to music and felt good about myself when the timer hit 30 minutes and I hadn't quit. After breakfast, I headed to the gym for a 1 hour spin class.

This week the schedule shows me working the lunch shift on Mon and Tues. I haven't worked for a few weeks so it was nice, rather than a hassle to work. The customers were in a good mood and for the most part everyone left happy. I did have one table who thought their fish and chips weren't cooked enough ... so I got them 2 more pieces of fish. I noticed she picked off all the breading so I'm thinking deep fried fish might not have really been what she should have ordered. I was pretty busy and just had a quick cup of soup for lunch. Feel good about my eating today. No crackers and I stayed out of the fries!

emoticon Breakfast
Poached egg
English Muffin with butter and SF jelly
2 slices bacon
1/2 c grapes

emoticon Morning Snack
Single serve container of carb control yogurt

emoticon Lunch
cup of homemade chicken,veggie,rice soup

emoticon Afternoon Snack
Medium apple

emoticon Dinner
Green salad with avocado, onion, tomato and 5 ounces baked chicken nuggets
3/4 c warmed applesauce with 1/4 c berries and dollop of FF whip

emoticon Evening Snack
Popcorn



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Edited by: GOING-STRONG at: 12/28/2015 (22:29)
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Sunday, December 27, 2015

Today, I had a long run of 11 miles on the schedule. I woke up to rain and thought... oh boy... I should have done it yesterday while I had the chance. I basically wasted a bunch of time, had breakfast, decided to make a big pot of chicken/vegetable/rice soup and see if the rain would stop. Checked the weather app on my phone and it indicated 75% chance of rain but should be okay this afternoon. Around 10:30am, the rain stopped so I decided to get the first 6 miles out of the way and then come home for a break and have lunch. I have finished Season 1 of the Serial Podcast on Pandora so I listened to one of my running mixes. Enjoyed the run and didn't get rained on.. yay!

Had lunch and looked out the window... raining again. Weather app was obviously not spot on. I needed to get the other 5 miles out of the way so decided to give it a go. Pretty much rained the entire time and I got soaked. While I was running, I just told myself that training in the rain is a good thing as you never know what type of weather you will have at events. It slowed me down, but I got it done and was proud of myself.

Fixed the DH and I a protein shake and took a quick hot shower. I have to work tomorrow and Tuesday so decided to prep some chicken. I haven't been happy with the bag of frozen chicken I got at Costco, but since I had the last 3 pieces thawed I didn't want to waste it. I recently had seen a recipe for baked chicken nuggets and thought that sounded interesting so decided to give it a try. I didn't have panko on hand so I subbed Italian seasoned bread crumbs and omitted the thyme the recipe called for. The chicken nuggets turned out really tender and tasty and I give this recipe 5 out of 5 stars. Next time I make chicken fillets I'm going to use this method. I think you could even get chicken prepped and breaded and re-freeze. Baking them on a cookie sheet (like a fish stick) would make a quick and easy dinner. Next time I'm going to dip the chicken nuggets in marinara. Here is a link to the recipe if you are interested.

www.gimmesomeoven.com/parmesan-baked-chick
en-nuggets-recipe/#_a5y_p=2228106


Did okay with my eating today. Managed to stay away from the crackers so that is a small victory. I've decided that my mantra for next year is going to be "Get Lean in 2016".

emoticon Breakfast
Poached egg
English Muffin with butter and SF jelly
2 slices bacon
1/2 cup grapes/blackberries

emoticon Morning Snack
None

emoticon Lunch
Bowl (2 cups) Homemade Chicken,Veggie,Rice Soup
Sliced Pear
3/4 c warmed applesauce with 1/4 c berries & dollop of FF whip

emoticon Afternoon Snack
Protein Shake with frozen banana / almond milk

emoticon Dinner
5 ounces baked chicken nuggets
1 cup mixed sauteed veggies (sweet potato, onion, garlic, carrots)
3/4 c warmed applesauce with 1/4 c berries and dollop FF whip

emoticon Evening Snack
Popcorn


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Edited by: GOING-STRONG at: 12/27/2015 (22:18)
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Eat healthy.. Exercise daily.. repeat! and Consistency.. that is the secret!


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Saturday, December 26, 2015

Well, the craziness of Christmas is behind us! Yip! I saw a funny on Facebook this morning. "Only 364 days until Christmas". haha... sounds good to me. The house is basically back to normal after the family Dinner yesterday and dishes, crystal, sterling, pots and pans washed and put away. This morning, I did a couple of loads of laundry because unfortunately our cat got sick in our bed last night. She has a pretty sensitive tummy and I think she overdid it on Christmas also. My nephew caught her yesterday on one of the dining room chairs craning her neck and licking the butter on the table. What the heck?? I don't think that would sit well for any of us!

Usually on Sat I do my long 11 mile run. I decided to walk instead today and do my long run tomorrow... so hopefully the weather cooperates. Today was actually nice but cold. As I was walking my 4 mile route I noticed a lot of ice in the ditches. It had warmed up a bit and wasn't freezing but probably still in the high 30's, low 40's. I kept a brisk pace and didn't have any issues.

After lunch, the DH and I had some errands to run and I also wanted to visit my brother and my aunt to deliver some photos. I had a pile for each of them from when I did my sorting and figured today would be a good day to drop by. My brother lives in the area (about 6 miles away) but he is pretty reclusive. When we stopped, he was happy to see us and was pretty chatty. A couple of years ago he divorced and his ex-wife was there as well as his son (who is 23). I'm pretty sure they have moved back in.

My Auntie and Uncle were happy to see us also. Two of my cousins were there and some of their grown kids so it was nice to get to say hi. Several of the photos I'm having digitized is from when we were kids and my cousins are in a few.. so I promised to e-mail copies. We had a good visit.

Then off to do a little shopping and check the schedule to see if I'm working next week. Schedule wasn't ready but they were happy to have me work a couple days next week. The restaurant is a busier during Christmas break when kids are out of school and we see more family groups.

Did okay with my eating today. I'm thinking I should eat less crackers as they really seem to stall weight loss. I'm lucky to only be up 10 pounds and if I really wanted to be skinny I'd only need to lose 20. That sounds so doable so why is it so hard in reality?

emoticon Breakfast
Poached egg
English muffin with butter and SF jelly
2 slices bacon
1/2 c grapes and blackberries

emoticon Morning Snack
none

emoticon Lunch
1 c carrot ginger soup
Bean, onion and cheese quesadilla with salsa
1/2 serving Food should taste good chips
3/4 c warmed applesauce with 1/4 c berries and dollop of FF whip

emoticon Afternoon Snack
Shared Costco Frozen Yogurt Swirl with DH

emoticon Dinner
5 oz Pino Noir
Sauteed Veggies (Sweet Potato, Onion, Avocado, Carrots) w/ 1 oz cheese
3/4 c warmed applesauce with 1/4 c berries and dollop of FF whip

emoticon Evening Snack
Popcorn



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Edited by: GOING-STRONG at: 12/26/2015 (21:29)
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Friday, December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas! The day dawned and what to my wondering eyes did appear... a ray of sunshine! Yip, it wasn't raining! The DH and I had coffee and breakfast and then before I started with getting Christmas Dinner going I headed out for a 4 mile run. The ocean was roaring! We live about a mile from the ocean and it sounded like a freight train. As I write this, I am inside with the TV going and I can still hear the roar in the background. It is so interesting how sometimes the noise is so overpowering and other times you hear nothing.

My run was thoroughly pleasant. The traffic was very light and it was quite peaceful with no wind. Temperature was moderate in the low 50s so I only needed a light jacket. I also wore gloves and a headband because if your hand or ears are cold it is miserable.

After I got home, I took a quick shower and got myself ready. Seems like if I leave that for later I never get myself put together so did that first. Then started with preparing baked potatoes and the prime rib. I really love having 2 ovens when I am preparing holiday dinners. Put the Prime Rib in the lower oven and the potatoes in the upper leaving enough room to add the green bean casserole later. Put together a couple of dips / cheese spreads and got them refrigerated so I could just pull them out. My DS asked if my niece and her boyfriend could also come and of course.. the more the merrier. Rearranged things a bit and with 9 people decided to do 2 tables rather than 1. Got the table set and everything was ready with 10 minutes to spare! Score!

Family arrived and we enjoyed the appetizers for 1/2 hour or so while drinking wine. I had a big pile of photos to give my Sis and they had a lot of fun looking through them. She has almost NO photos of herself from years back as she would never allow herself to be photographed. I also had several pictures of her and Dad which were really special and lots of my nieces and nephews when they were little. They had never seen any of these photos so were really excited to get them. I told her that when the photos I am sending in to be digitized come back that she can have digital copies of what I have made. Many are from when we were children and several include Dad (who we lost 24 years ago just before Christmas).

My eating today... don't even ask. Not pretty. I'm reminding myself that it is a HoliDAY, not a HoliWEEK or a HoliYEAR. Tomorrow I'll get back on track.

After Dinner, we went to see a movie. This is a tradition for us and something we really enjoy as we don't go out to the movies often. We decided to go see "JOY" starring Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper. I like seeing the movies based on a true story... and especially a success story. I give it 3 1/2 stars out of 5. Not stellar but worthwhile.

emoticon Breakfast
Poached Egg
English Muffin with Coconut Oil, SF Jelly
2 slices bacon
1/2 c grapes

emoticon Morning Snack
Misc appetizers

emoticon Lunch
Christmas Dinner
Prime Rib, Baked Potato, Rolls, Green Bean Casserole, Pretzel Salad

emoticon Afternoon Snack
Misc appetizers

emoticon Dinner
Some leftovers
Piece of Coconut Cream Pie

emoticon Evening Snack
Popcorn



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Edited by: GOING-STRONG at: 12/25/2015 (21:47)
Rhonda
Seaside, Oregon

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Eat healthy.. Exercise daily.. repeat! and Consistency.. that is the secret!


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Thursday, December 24, 2015

Merry Christmas Eve!

Today, if you aren't ready for Christmas... well... just "Let it Go". Fortunately, Christmas isn't a HUGE production at our house. I'm hosting dinner for 7 tomorrow but tonight it is just the DH and I. My daughter and family are at her ex's house and will be there through Christmas morning. I really have to give her a lot of credit. It is a modern blended family and she and her ex have always made decisions with the best interest of our granddaughter in mind. Both have remarried and everyone gets along great. They have even vacationed together.

Tomorrow, my daughter, SIL, granddaughter, Sis and BIL will be coming for Christmas Dinner. Afterwards, we will look into going to a movie. Gifts are very simple which really takes the stress level down. I did have a snafu today however that really set my frustration level up. DH comes home with a piano (basically a full size keyboard and bench) for the Granddaughter. It just spoke to him he said. I was upset. All the gifts are bought and I'm not feeling good about this huge add-on. GD loves music and when she cat sits for us she always plays our piano... and she is learning to play on her own quite well....but I don't think it is our place to buy her one! Anyway, I told DH he needed to speak to our daughter about this. He did and she basically said it would be overwhelming as her Dad was giving her a guitar for Christmas. Trying to do both would take away the excitement from Dad's gift. I totally agreed so we will store the piano for next year. Through all of this I was in the process of making a jello pretzel salad for tomorrow and I ended up eating my frustration. Bummer.

On the positive side, I did go to spin class this morning which ran over 10 minutes... so 70 min of spin at the gym. I usually do a 4 mile run on Thurs however with Christmas tomorrow I won't have my normal gym class so I decided to walk today and will run tomorrow. It quit raining this afternoon and I did a 3 mile power walk and listened to another segment of "Serial" on Pandora.

emoticon Breakfast
Poached Egg
English Muffin with coconut oil and SF jelly
2 slices bacon
1/2 c grapes

emoticon Morning Snack
Single Serve container of Carb Control Yogurt

emoticon Lunch
Bowl (2 cups) of Carrot Ginger Soup
Rosemary Cracker with wedge of Laughing Cow Cheese
3/4 c warmed applesauce with 1/4 c berries and dollop FF whip

emoticon Afternoon Snack
Protein Shake with Banana
Few almonds

Binged - Pretzel / Cream Cheese mixture
3 shortbread cookies

emoticon Dinner
Baked Hollowed Sandwich with ground beef, onion, marinara, cheese
Double serving of Food Should Taste Good Chips
Serving of Jello Pretzel Salad (individual in small canning jars)

emoticon Evening Snack
Popcorn

My stomach is aching from over eating and having too much sugar. I don't feel good at all about what happened, but nothing to do but move on.





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Edited by: GOING-STRONG at: 12/24/2015 (22:29)
Rhonda
Seaside, Oregon

Remember...
Eat healthy.. Exercise daily.. repeat! and Consistency.. that is the secret!


 Pounds lost: 70.0 
 
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62.25
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