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Saturday, April 30, 2016

Just wanted to post a quick note and let you all know that I haven't been blogging because we are on a camping trip. I haven't had internet service for days and tonight we are finally staying at a place that has it. Who knew I could survive such a thing? lol

We have been having a blast... all sorts of adventures. Tomorrow I'm running the Avenue of the Giants Half Marathon in the California Redwoods. The trees are magnificent. The RV park where we are staying actually has a tree on sight that is estimated to be 950-1000 years old. Some of the trees in the National Park are estimated to be 1900-2000 years old! The majesty of the forest is jaw dropping. I have been here before but it is still astonishing to see.

I will most likely be out of service again until this coming Thursday... will catch up with you then. Have a wonderful week. Hugs, Rhonda

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My daily step average for past week was . I would like to average 20,000+ steps daily for the coming week.

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


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Monday, April 25, 2016

For some strange reason, I was awake bright and early this morning. We got to bed about an hour later than normal so I was surprised. We had stayed up watching Episode 1 of Grace and Frankie on Netflix. My DD had mentioned that she loved the show and insisted we give it a try... and she was right... it is good. After finishing Breaking Bad last week we have several new series we want to watch but I hate to get going on one now as we are leaving to go camping and won't have unlimited internet. When you stream shows it can really eat up your internet allowance when you are on mobile so won't be doing that while we are out of town.

I still have my 20,000 step streak going. We are going to be on the road tomorrow so my plan is to do a run in the morning before we leave and try and do a walk after we arrive at the campground. It may be difficult to get it done ... we will see. This morning, I started with a 30 minute power walk on the treadmill before breakfast. After breakfast, I headed to the gym for Monday Spin class. I had to leave a little early because I had a nail appt so only did 45 minutes instead of 60.

Came home and did some household things and packed stuff in the RV freezer for the trip. Tomorrow, I'll do the refrigerator stuff just before we leave. When I finished, I decided to do a 4 mile power walk.. weather was nice and I had an hour before my Sis and her husband were coming over. I finished my walk about 5 minutes before they showed up. We wanted to get together for dinner before we left town as we haven't seen them in a month. They have been really busy and my BIL's mother has late stage cancer. She lives with them and my Sis has been helping with her care. We enjoyed a glass of wine and chatted before going to a restaurant downtown It was nice to visit with them and they hope to be able to join us for some camp trips this Summer.

emoticon Breakfast
Oatmeal with diced apple, craisins, brown sugar and almond milk
1/2 sliced apple
1/2 c mixed fruit

emoticon Morning Snack
Single serve container of Carb Control yogurt

emoticon Lunch
Green Salad with diced chicken, avocado, tomato, onion
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 Afternoon Snack
Nature Valley Peanut Butter Protein Bar
Handful of almonds

emoticon Dinner
Glass of Pino Grigio
Balsamic Brussel Sprouts with Parmesan
Green Salad with grilled chicken / balsamic dressing
One Bread Stick

emoticon Evening Snack
3/4 c warmed applesauce with 1/4 c berries and dollop of FF whip


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Edited by: GOING-STRONG at: 4/26/2016 (00:31)
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Eat healthy.. Exercise daily.. repeat! and Consistency.. that is the secret!


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Sunday, April 24, 2016

I hope my blogs aren't boring you all to death... it seems like every day is pretty much same ol same ol. Sorry... but that is my life lol.

I kept myself pretty busy today. In fact, I expected that I wouldn't have time to get in my 20,000 steps... but surprise surpise I did! The DH and I spent Saturday night in Portland in a Hotel and we got up a little later than normal. The hotel had complimentary breakfast so we took advantage of that. I don't know what it is about "free" food that makes me think I should eat more... but I do and I did.

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That is ridiculous! Fortunately, I didn't eat any of the pastries, waffles, link sausages, biscuits or gravy and stuck to cereal. But I did have two bowls of cereal when one would have been plenty.

After breakfast, we made a stop at Home Depot. I have picked out 3 potential paint colors for the exterior of the house and we bought samples of each. The painter is coming tomorrow to get started on power washing the house so I'm excited that one project on our to do list is moving forward. We actually have made a lot of progress on the "to do's" so far this year but with our current travel schedule we haven't been home much lately.

When we got home, we unpacked and I did a few loads of laundry. I worked a little on the RV and have everything completed inside other than putting in the food and packing the fridge / freezer. When I finished,I had a little extra time and the weather looked good so I headed out for a 5 mile power walk. I didn't think I would have time to walk today so I was delighted I was able to fit it in.

After my walk, I got started on Dinner prep. My DD and her hubby were coming over for dinner so I wanted to do something nice. I made a cute fruit salad as a starter... got the inspiration from a friends spark page (WATERMELLEN).

Now... taking a breather and doing a little Sparking! Sending you all best wishes for a wonderful week. Hugs, Rhonda

emoticon Breakfast
Raisin Bran with 1% Skim Milk
Special K with Dried Strawberries with 1% Skim Milk
English Muffin with margarine and jelly

emoticon Morning Snack
Nature Valley Peanut Butter Protein Bar

emoticon Lunch
Homemade pizza on flatbread with marinara, mozzarella, diced spicy sausage
1/2 c mixed fruit
3/4 c mixed fruit with 1/4 c berries and dollop of FF whip

emoticon Afternoon Snack
Nature Valley Peanut Butter Protein Bar

emoticon Dinner
Fruit Salad
Pork Chop
Bisquick Biscuit with butter
1/2 c sauteed potato medley
Corn on the cob with butter
3/4 c warmed applesauce with 1/4 c berries and dollop of FF whip

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Here are my Fitbit Stats for the past week as posted on the FitBit team page.

My daily step average for past week was 23,145!! This average is higher than expected because I actually did two long runs in one week.. one last Sunday and one yesterday (Saturday). Next week, I won't have a long run however I would like to average 20,000+ steps daily.

For the Week ending April 23, 2016

emoticon Sun - 25,863
emoticon Mon - 20,809
emoticon Tue - 20,272
emoticon Wed - 20,618
emoticon Thur - 21,518
emoticon Fri - 23,581
emoticon Sat - 29,357


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Edited by: GOING-STRONG at: 4/25/2016 (00:59)
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Eat healthy.. Exercise daily.. repeat! and Consistency.. that is the secret!


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Saturday, April 23, 2016

I'm late getting my blog posted.... Saturday was busy and I just didn't have energy left to Spark before falling into bed.

I decided to do my long run today as plans were to head to Portland for a show and then spend the night. That will cut Sunday short... my normal long run day... so if it is to get done that means do it on Saturday. I headed out for 6 miles before breakfast. My legs are feeling better and only my inner thighs were sore. It was lightly sprinkling, but no biggie and I pretty much had the street to myself. When I got back, the DH had breakfast ready to go and I was ready to eat! Gave my tummy some time to settle then headed out to do another 5 miles. We live on a hill and when I headed down the driveway my legs were feeling it. I just kept it slow and after 1/4 mile or so legs my were much better.

After lunch, we packed up and headed to Portland. We had several errands to run and the DH had some returns to make. I also still needed a few things for the RV We checked into our hotel and then got our errands out of the way.

For dinner, we decided on Olive Garden. DH and I each had a salad and we split our favorite... Chicken Parmesan. I kept to just one bread stick as those babies run 250 calories. They are delicious but my tummy looks a little like the Pillsbury Dough Boy so as much as I would like more bread I didn't indulge.

The show we went to see was "The Newsies". The production was part of the series in our Best of Broadway season tickets and it didn't disappoint. The dancing and acrobatics were incredible.

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We had decided to take Scamp with us to Portland. She is a good traveler and with her tummy issues I like to keep an eye on her. As I'm writing this she is curled up on the bed under the covers... really cute.

Enjoy your week-end friends...

emoticon Breakfast
Oatmeal, diced apple, craisins, brown sugar and almond milk
1/2 sliced apple
1/2 c mixed fruit

emoticon Morning Snack
Protein Shake with banana and almond milk

emoticon Lunch
Green Salad with diced chicken, tomato, onion
Newmans Own Sesame Ginger Dressing
One serving tortilla chips with salsa
3/4 c warmed applesauce with 1/4 c berries and dollop of FF whip

emoticon Afternoon Snack
McDonalds Cone

emoticon Dinner
Olive Garden Salad
1 breadstick
Split Meal - Chicken Parmesan with spaghetti/marinara

emoticon Evening Snack
Nature Valley Peanut Butter Protein Bar



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Edited by: GOING-STRONG at: 4/24/2016 (11:13)
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Eat healthy.. Exercise daily.. repeat! and Consistency.. that is the secret!


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Friday, April 22, 2016

Much as I expected... I was really sore today from yesterdays workout at the gym. My legs in particular. Let us just say that going up stairs is particularly tough. I do know however that if I keep moving that it feels a bit better.. so before breakfast I headed up to my she cave for 30 minutes on the treadmill. I'm listening to an audio book right now while I'm walking or running so that has been helping to pass the time. I'm "reading" Caught by Harlan Coben. Parts of it have been sort of dragging ... but I'm just about done and ready for the mystery to be solved lol.

After breakfast, I headed to the gym for a one hour spin class. Because my legs are sore, I didn't push it hard but still got a good work-out. Came home and worked a little outside spraying weeds and such. I still have a few plants and fall bulbs that need to go in the ground. Next week, we have a guy coming to start power washing the house to get it ready for paint. I have some potential colors picked out and will have them make up paint samples so we can see how it looks and then make a decision.

After lunch worked some more on getting stuff organized in the RV. The closet space is really limited and while I don't need a lot of clothes I do want to have what I need. I decided to use my packing cubes and wow... did that ever work out great. I put pants and shorts in one bag, shirts, tees and tanks in another, undies/socks/belts/ in one, jackets and scarfs in one and assorted work-out gear in one. The nice thing about these bags is you can stack them or hang them. I have them stacked and probably only used half the cabinet. I easily have enough clothes for 10 days including everyday wear, running, hiking and lounging. I also put my shoes in bags in the cabinet above the bed. The little bags they give you at races for checking your gear work great as shoe bags; and it is fun to actually use them for something.

Later in the afternoon, I headed out for a 3 mile walk. Can't really call it a power walk because I went slower to accommodate my sore legs. I did manage however to get in enough steps to keep my 20,000 step streak alive another day!

emoticon Breakfast
Oatmeal with diced apple, brown sugar, craisins and almond milk
1/2 sliced apple
1/2 c mixed fruit

emoticon Morning Snack
Protein Shake with banana and almond milk

emoticon Lunch
Omelette with avocado and mozzarella cheese
Rosemary Cracker with wedge of laughing cow
1 c mixed fruit
3/4 c warmed applesauce with 1/4 c berries and dollop of FF whip

emoticon Afternoon Snack
handful of almonds
Nature Valley Peanut Butter Protein Bar

emoticon Dinner
Green Salad with diced chicken, avocado, tomato
Newmans Owns Sesame Ginger Dressing
Corn on the Cob with Butter
Glass of Riesling

emoticon Evening Snack
3/4 c warmed applesauce with 1/4 c berries and dollop of FF whip


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Edited by: GOING-STRONG at: 4/22/2016 (23:41)
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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Had another busy day today. Scamp decided we were sleeping in a little too late so around 6:15am she started squawking to get us up. She doesn't give up either... so we got up.

I had a cup of coffee, relaxed, checked the market and my e-mails. Before breakfast, I put in a 30 minute power walk on the treadmill. Afterwards, I headed to the gym for weight training class. We worked pretty hard and chances are I will be sore tomorrow after slacking on the weights over the past month.

DH had a doctor's appt in Portland today and he left shortly after I got home from the gym. I headed to the grocery store / Costco to get groceries and supplies for our camping trip next month. Had a late lunch than headed out for a 4 mile walk/run. The weather today was perfect in the high 60's. Also spent a little time working on packing the camper. Still have more to do and I'm slowly chipping away at it. .I didn't have time to work outside and do some weeding so hoping the weather holds so I can get out and do a little of that tomorrow.

Now... sitting on my behind on the couch and I'm calling it a day.

emoticon Breakfast
Oatmeal with craisins, brown sugar, diced apple and almond milk
1/2 sliced apple
1/2 c mixed fruit

emoticon Morning Snack
Protein Shake with banana and almond milk

emoticon Lunch
Green Salad with chicken and tomato
3/4 c warmed applesauce with 1/4 c berries and dollop of FF whip

emoticon Afternoon Snack
Nature Valley Peanut Protein Bar

emoticon Dinner
3 Tostadas with lettuce, mozzarella, tomato and ground beef
5 oz glass of Riesling

emoticon Evening Snack
3/4 c warmed applesauce with 1/4 c berries and dollop of FF whip


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Edited by: GOING-STRONG at: 4/21/2016 (23:20)
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Eat healthy.. Exercise daily.. repeat! and Consistency.. that is the secret!


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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Managed to keep myself busy and out of trouble today.. lol. Started out with a 2 mile power walk on the treadmill before breakfast. The weather outside is pretty nice and I could have walked outside, but I actually am starting to prefer the treadmill for short walks.

After breakfast, I headed to the gym for spin circuit class. It was nice to see everyone and be back in group fitness. One of the ladies asked me if I had been in Boston running... that made me smile. I told her I am waaayyy to slow to qualify for Boston; but thanked her as she obviously thinks of me as a runner.

After breakfast, I did some household chores. I need to do some serious cleaning... I actually ran into some cobwebs! I also got a pile of stuff ready to take out to the RV. We are leaving for our "inaugural" trip next week and I have a lot still to do to get ready.

After lunch, I continued puttering on little projects then headed out to do a 4 mile walk/run. At one point, I thought it might sprinkle on me but I made it home dry. My 20,000 daily step streak continues. Today makes day 15.

My daughter and family are in the process of moving into their new house. She is pretty exhausted and has a lot of work in front of her putting the house in order. DH and I went to see how things are going and she has done a beautiful job. I am so proud of her and the decisions she has made. She and her husband have it figured out that if they adhere to their budget they could have their house paid off and be completely out of debt in less than 10 years.

I was more than a little disappointed when I stepped on the scale this morning. I'm hoping that the gain I saw was just water weight from traveling yesterday. I'm not making progress in that area. sigh...

emoticon Breakfast
Oatmeal, craisins, brown sugar and almond milk
1/2 sliced apple
1/2 c mixed fruit

emoticon Morning Snack
Protein Shake with banana and almond milk

emoticon Lunch
Green Salad with chicken, avocado and tomato
Rosemary Cracker with wedge of laughing cow
3/4 c warmed applesauce with 1/4 c berries and dollop of FF whip

emoticon Afternoon Snack
handful of almonds

emoticon Dinner
Green Salad with chicken and tomato
Rosemary Cracker with wedge of laughing cow
Corn on the Cob with butter

emoticon Evening Snack
3/4 c warmed applesauce with dollop of FF whip



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Edited by: GOING-STRONG at: 4/20/2016 (23:17)
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 23,145!! This average is higher than expected because I actually did two long runs in one week.. one last Sunday and one yesterday (Saturday). Next week, I won't have a long run however I would like to average 20,000+ steps daily.

For the Week ending April 23, 2016

emoticon Sun - 25,863
emoticon Mon - 20,809
emoticon Tue - 20,272
emoticon Wed - 20,618
emoticon Thur - 21,518
emoticon Fri - 23,581
emoticon Sat - 29,357

Edited by: GOING-STRONG at: 4/25/2016 (00:23)
Rhonda
Seaside, Oregon

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


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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Up early this morning... If I was going to do a run I needed to do it before breakfast. I had 5 miles on the schedule so after having a few cups of coffee, catching up on e-mails and checking the markets after they opened I laced up my shoes and headed out. I decided to do neighborhood laps instead of the out and back street route. While I was running the DH was doing some chores to get the house closed up... bringing in lawn furniture and the like. I'm not sure if Scamp was just anxious about the trip but she threw up all over the floor. She has only had a few incidents over the past few weeks so I'm really hoping that it isn't another flare up with her pancreas.

After breakfast, we finished our chores and made final preparations to leave. I actually have a checklist on my phone that we go through so we don't forget something important that needs to be done. Our friends arrived as we were finishing up to give us a ride to the airport. We fortunately had TSA pre-check today which means we didn't have to take anything out of our suitcase or take anything off to go through security. There were no lines and it was a snap.

We got to our gate and we let Scamp out of her bag (on a leash) while we waited. She is always a hit at the airport and people love to come visit her.

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While DH visited, I decided to do some walking and try and get in some more steps. I walked laps around the terminal for about 30 minutes so got in another couple of miles. The flight from Tucson to Portland was completely full. We got settled and then ate the lunch I had packed for us. The flight attendant was super nice and liked Scamp. She has two cats that are the same breed (bengals) as Scamp. Before we landed, she gave Scamp a set of wings which we put on her harness and I snapped a couple of photos.

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The drive from Portland to home is a couple of hours. Made a quick stop at the grocery store for dinner fixings before we got home. After dinner, unpacked and got things put away. The flowers and shrubs outside have really greened out while we were gone... so have the weeds lol. I definitely have some gardening to do this week.

I planned to do a couple of miles on the treadmill to get in my 20,000 steps, however it is too hot upstairs so I ended up doing some house walking. Whatever.. I got it done!


emoticon Breakfast
Oatmeal with diced apple, craisins, brown sugar and almond milk
sliced apple
1/2 c mixed fruit

emoticon Morning Snack
None

emoticon Lunch
Ham Sandwich
Fresh Apple
Cliff Bar

emoticon Afternoon Snack
McDonalds Cone

emoticon Dinner
Green Salad with roasted chicken and avocado
Newmans Own Sesame Ginger Dressing
English Muffin Toasted with butter

emoticon Evening Snack
3/4 c warmed applesauce with 1/4 c berries and dollop of whip

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Edited by: GOING-STRONG at: 4/19/2016 (23:56)
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Monday, April 18, 2016

Up early this morning... a little after 6:00am. The Sun was just coming over the mountains in the East (the Santa Rita's). In Oregon, our house faces West so we have beautiful Sunsets; but here in AZ we face SouthEast and see the sunrise. Nice.

After breakfast, I had a 5 mile power walk on the schedule. My legs are feeling good after the long run yesterday. The increased weekly mileage has made a difference and my legs are typically not sore. When I start increasing my long runs next month it will be interesting to see at what point my legs get sore. I'm guessing when I get to 14-15 miles I'll feel it.

I did 3 neighborhood loops then took a 2 mile out and back to the fitness center to do some strength training. I did a 30 minute circuit using 10-25 pound free weights. I only use the 25 pound ones for squats. The gym wasn't that busy which was nice. As I was finishing, the volunteer monitor, an older gentleman gave me a thumbs up and said "keep up the good work". Made me smile. I haven't been doing much strength training while here in AZ. It is difficult for me to get motivated to do it on my own and I'm much more consistent when I take the regular classes.

After lunch I did some household chores and started cleaning out the pantry and fridge. I put some stuff in the freezer that I think will keep and perishables go to our friends down the street. I really don't have a lot of perishables leftover and my DH complimented me on good planning. I had enough bread, ham and fruit to make us a lunch for on the plane tomorrow. I have been trying to stay off the chips so didn't put any of those in my lunch. I was getting to the point where I was eating WAY too many chips so best I just avoid them for now. In the pantry I had an unopened bag of cat food as well as some cat treats. Scamp can't have them since she is only allowed prescription food/treats with her pancreas issues. I asked the neighbor who has a small dog if she knew anyone who could use the cat food/treats and she said she would give it to the shelter... so went to a good place. Yay!

I went for a 2 mile walk this afternoon and that got me 4,000 steps. Each mile is about 2,000 steps. Still on my streak of 20,000+ steps daily! I have been listening to an audio book while I walk so that really makes time fly. Tomorrow may be difficult with traveling... but I'll give it a shot and try to keep my streak going.

emoticon Breakfast
Oatmeal with diced apple, craisins, brown sugar and almond mik
1/2 sliced apple
1/2 c mixed fruit

emoticon Morning Snack
Protein Shake with banana and almond milk

emoticon Lunch
Green Salad with diced ham, tomato, onion, avocado
White dinner roll with butter
Newmans Own Sesame Ginger Dressing
3/4 c applesauce with 1/4 c berries and spritz of whip

emoticon Afternoon Snack
Nature Valley Protein Bar
few almonds

emoticon Dinner
Omelette with diced ham, onion, avocado
Few bites of sauteed potato
White dinner roll with butter

emoticon Evening Snack
3/4 c applesauce, a few peach slices, 1/4 c berries with spritz of whip




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Edited by: GOING-STRONG at: 4/18/2016 (22:58)
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Eat healthy.. Exercise daily.. repeat! and Consistency.. that is the secret!


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Sunday, April 17, 2016

Was a little apprehensive when I got up this morning thinking about my long run. With the tummy issues I've had the past couple of days I just wasn't sure. I was up early (5:30am) and I enjoyed a few cups of coffee and caught up on my e-mails. Around 7:00, the DH was still in bed and I decided I would just head out and see if I could get in 6 miles before breakfast. I figured I would do neighborhood loops which takes me by the house every 7-8 minutes in case I needed to run in and use the bathroom. Fortunately, I had no issues at all. It was a beautiful morning, very quiet and pretty much had the street to myself.

When I finished six miles, I came in and the DH had breakfast about ready. After we ate, I let things settle a bit and then headed out for another 5 miles. This time, I felt pretty confident and did the 5 mile out and back street run. It was a bit warmer on this run and at one point I was thinking it was stupid of me not to have brought my water bottle. I have a nice running belt that holds two water bottles, but it can get irritating bouncing on your hips. I always run with my phone so I figured if I really felt I was overheating I would call DH to pick me up. As it was, I did fine and actually felt good when I got home. There is a great sense of accomplishment when finishing a long run.

DH and I decided to watch the an episode of Breaking Bad before lunch. We are down to the last two and are anxious to see how the series will end. We both have our theory about how we think it will end... but are sad to see it finished. Sort of like finishing a good book... you don't want it to end. We watched the final episode after lunch and for the most part it ended as we expected.

This evening we went out to Dinner with our friends who live down the Street. The Italian place we originally planned to go to was closed (thank goodness DH called before we drove out there) so we decided to go to Olive Garden. On Veterans Day, in appreciation Olive Garden gives Vets a free meal. We actually ate there on Veterans Day a few years ago and the DH and I split a meal. They wouldn't let us pay for 1/2 of it and comped the whole thing. That is so generous and it didn't go unnoticed. Our friends had never eaten at this location and we all had a good time.

emoticon Breakfast
Oatmeal with diced apple, craisins, brown sugar and almond milk
1/2 sliced apple
1/2 c mixed fruit

emoticon Morning Snack
Protein Shake with banana and almond milk

emoticon Lunch
Large green salad with diced ham, avocado, onion and tomato
Newmans Own Sesame Ginger Dressing
Corn on the Cob with butter

emoticon Afternoon Snack
Nature Valley Peanut Butter/Chocolate Protein Bar

emoticon Dinner
Olive Garden Green Salad with Italian Dressing
1 bread roll
Chicken Parmesan with Spaghetti

emoticon Evening Snack
3/4 c warmed applesauce with 1/4 c berries and spritz of whip

Here are my stats for the past week as posted on the FitBit team.

My daily step average for past week was 21,332... Hooray! I exceeded my goal and did over 20,000 everyday last week... Woot! I would like to average 20,000+ steps daily for the coming week.

For the Week ending April 16, 2016

emoticon Sun - 25,660
emoticon Mon - 20,150
emoticon Tue - 21,264
emoticon Wed - 20,814
emoticon Thur - 20,200
emoticon Fri - 20.096
emoticon Sat - 21,139


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Edited by: GOING-STRONG at: 4/17/2016 (23:06)
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Saturday, April 16, 2016

Today was pretty typical, but it started off with a really cool event. After breakfast, the DH and I were in the bedroom making the bed and we looked out the window. There were four different birds in our back yard flitting around... a female cardinal, a male cardinal, a dove and a quail. It was like a little aviary in our backyard! I wish I could have gotten a photo but my phone was in another room so I just had to enjoy the event as it unfolded.

After breakfast, I had a 5 mile run on the schedule (from yesterday) but was still having a little intestinal issue... so no running. I did go out for a 5 mile power walk looping the neighborhood. Weather was cooler and a little windy so it was comfortable. Tomorrow I have my long run on the schedule so really hoping that I'll be feeling okay and be able to do it.

After lunch, the DH and I made a trip to the grocery store for a few things. He also needed to go to the Hardware Store and while he was there I went in to Jo-Annes to see if by chance they might have some sparkly camouflage fabric. I'm thinking I want to make a camo skirt and accessories to wear for the Marine Corp run. As it happened they did have some interesting fabric that wasn't exactly sparkly but was something I thought might work. It was marked $24.99/yd (yikes) but on sale 30% off. I wanted 2 yards and decided that was just too much... I would wait until I could get it 50% off. My DH said GET IT and picked up the bolt to take to the cutter. He is that way. I sighed and followed him. The lady cut it and we took it to the register. It was on sale for $6 a yard and they gave us a 10% military discount on top of that. I was a happy camper. Now I just have to figure out what I'm going to do with it.

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

emoticon Morning Snack
Bowl of Bran Cereal with almond milk

emoticon Lunch
3 pieces of french toast with SF syrup and topped with a banana
3/4 c warmed applesauce with 1/4 c mixed berries/peaches and a spritz of whip

emoticon Afternoon Snack
Protein Shake with banana and almond milk

emoticon Dinner
Hamburger with pickles, mustard, tomato
Corn on the Cob with Butter

emoticon Evening Snack
3/4 c warmed applesauce with 1/4 c berries and spritz of whip


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Edited by: GOING-STRONG at: 4/16/2016 (23:35)
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Friday, April 15, 2016

Planned to do a 5 mile run this morning, but had a few intestinal issues so that was out of the question. After breakfast, I decided that I would instead just do a 5 mile walk looping through the neighborhood so I would be close to the house. It wasn't fast, but I did get it done. Tomorrow I'll try for a 5 mile run and see how that goes.

After lunch, the DH and I had a meeting in Tucson and then planned to run some errands afterwards. The meeting ran a little late, so we didn't get everything done we had hoped.. so probably more running around tomorrow.

I have managed to get in 20,000 or more steps everyday for the past week. It has been pretty warm outside in the afternoon so to get it done I have been doing some "house walking" while watching TV. The DH and I are almost through Season 5 of Breaking Bad... will be sad to see that series end. Riveting!

emoticon Breakfast
Oatmeal with diced apple, craisins, brown sugar and almond milk
1 c mixed fruit

emoticon Morning Snack
Protein Shake with banana and almond milk

emoticon Lunch
3 egg Omelette with avocado (1 whole egg, 2 whites)
Diced Watermelon

emoticon Afternoon Snack
Fresh apple
a few almonds

emoticon Dinner
Large green salad with cole slaw mix, avocado, chicken
Newman's Own Sesame Ginger Dressing
Whole Wheat Roll with butter

emoticon Evening Snack
3/4 c applesauce with 1/4 c berries and spritz of whip


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Edited by: GOING-STRONG at: 4/16/2016 (00:59)
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Eat healthy.. Exercise daily.. repeat! and Consistency.. that is the secret!


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Thursday, April 14, 2016

Up early this morning... 5:00am to be exact as I had to be out the door by 6:00am to meet up for the hike.. Had my hiking stuff laid out so got dressed in my gear and ran a comb through my hair. Nice thing about hiking is you wear a hat so my bed head hair wasn't a big problem today. lol

The DH made a nice breakfast while I was getting ready and checking my gear. He didn't go on the hike today as it was rated a little more difficult than last weeks hike and he didn't think he would enjoy that. As it happened, I would say it was a little steeper, however the pace was slower. He could have done it and in fact he did do this same trail with me back in 2009. He enjoyed his day at home puttering in the garage.

The hiking club meets in a big parking lot in town and people line up next to the numbered hike they want to do. Since the birding hike is only done once a year, I needed to be plenty early to make sure I had a spot. I pulled into the lot around 6:15 and lots of people were already meandering around. I got in line for the birding hike (whew... only four people ahead of me) and we all chatted a bit. For some reason I had missed on the info sheet that the birding hike had a maximum of 10 people. Usually each hike group is 25. The leader however limited it to 10 in this instance so everyone could have a better experience.

We left a little before 7:00am and car pooled to the trailhead in the Canyon. Todays hike was estimated at about 4 1/2 miles with elevation gain of 1,250 ft.. On the road to the trailhead, we ran into some wild turkey. The driver was kind enough to slow so I could snap a picture. Wild turkey are pretty common in the area but I saw it as a good sign!

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The hike leader was a very knowledgeable birder and when she heard a bird chirp, she usually knew what it was before we could even spot it. My eyesight isn't all that great and when birds were flying around it was hard to see distinguishing features. If they landed on a branch and I was lucky enough to be able to zero in with my binoculars, then I could see pretty good. In all, when we finished we listed 18 different birds that our group spotted on the hike. It was definitely a fun informative adventure.

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emoticon Breakfast
Oatmeal with diced apple, craisins, brown sugar and almond milk
1 c mixed fruit

emoticon Morning Snacks on the trail
Banana
handful of almonds
Natures Own Chocolate/Peanut Butter Bar
Cliff Bar
Small baggie of chips

emoticon Lunch
Bowl of Tomato Soup
Spicy soda crackers

emoticon Afternoon Snack
handful of almonds
Fresh Apple

emoticon Dinner
Green Salad with Avocado, Tomato, Chicken and cheese
Newman's Own Sesame Ginger dressing
Dinner Roll with coconut oil

emoticon Evening Snack
Tortilla Chips
3/4 c warmed applesauce with 1/4 c berries and spritz of whip


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Edited by: GOING-STRONG at: 4/14/2016 (22:38)
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Eat healthy.. Exercise daily.. repeat! and Consistency.. that is the secret!


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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Another beautiful day here in Southern AZ. I had a 5 mile run/walk circuit on the schedule for today and did it after breakfast. I probably should have started before breakfast as it was plenty warm when I finished.

After I showered and cleaned up the DH and I headed into town to visit The White Elephant. This is a thrift store where most everything is $2... and every day certain classes of items will be half price. Today it was women's pants and capris. They are only open until Noon as they are staffed by volunteers. I really don't need any clothes so I just browsed. I did find a book by Jeff Galloway on walking 5k, 10k, Half and Full Marathons for 50 cents. It includes various plans and tips on hydration, nutrition and strategies so I thought I might pick up a few pointers. The other thing I found was an electric burrito cooker for $2. I already have one but I got it for the camper.

After the White Elephant visit, we went to the Wednesday Street Fair. Every Wednesday there are various vendors that set up tents in a big parking lot in town. We have been there a number of times and most all of the vendors are regulars. We bought some homemade "spicy crackers" from a couple who make them by marinating soda crackers. They gave samples and roped us in lol. DH also bought a loaf of bread, some copper coins made from copper mined locally and a belt with a ratchet buckle (supposedly as seen on "Shark Tank").

After lunch, we worked on a few household projects and I started getting my stuff out for tomorrow's hike. I'm planning on doing the "birding" hike which I think will be very popular.. so I have to get there early to sign up. DH won't be hiking this week as last week was really hard for him. I enjoyed last week but after the fainting episode I need to get my confidence back! One thing I will do for sure is watch my water intake closer. I'm not going to use the hydration pack for water and will drink bottled so I can see how much I'm getting. DH got me a pair of really slick Nikon binoculars... so if we see any of the elusive Trogans I'll be ready for them. The guy who has been renting the house next door for the past 3 months is a birder and he said he had identified over 150 species of birds here so far. He must be good. Hopefully I'll see something have something to report to you all tomorrow.

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

emoticon Morning Snack
Nature Valley Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Bar
Handful of almonds

emoticon Lunch
Steamed Veggies with Mushroom Rice Gravy
Dinner roll with coconut oil
Corn on the Cob with coconut oil
3/4 c warmed applesauce with 1/4 c berries and spritz of whip

emoticon Afternoon Snack
handful of almonds
Fresh Apple

emoticon Dinner
Green Salad with tomato, diced chicken, cole slaw
Newmans Own Sesame Ginger Dressing
Dinner Roll with coconut oil

emoticon Evening Snack
3/4 c warmed applesauce with 1/4 c berries and spritz of whip


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Edited by: GOING-STRONG at: 4/13/2016 (22:24)
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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Another day without too much excitement. It was raining when I got up but in true Arizona fashion it didn't last long. I waited until after breakfast to go out for my run. I had a 5 miler on the schedule for today.. by the time I started the pavement was for the most part dry.

Several of you asked...so here is the recipe for the spaghetti squash Lasagna Boats I made last night. It is pretty easy and you really can't mess it up. Just give it a try. Once you have it you will see that you can do a lot of variations.. for instance you could make it a Mexican Taco Boat.

This serves four
2 spaghetti squash - cut in half lengthwise.
1/2 lb Italian sausage (we like to mix spicy & sweet)
4 cups of your favorite pasta sauce
2 T basil / oregano mixed together
2 cups cottage cheese
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese or other cheese of your choice
1/2 cup parmessan cheese
Cooking spray
salt & pepper

Roasting the squash
Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees. Wash spaghetti squash and slice it lengthwise. (I use a serrated steak knife to cut it) Scoop out the seeds and gunk. Season with salt and pepper. Place cut side down on foiled and sprayed cookie sheet or roaster pan. Roast for 60-75 minutes, depending on squash size, or until inside is soft and easily “fluffs” with a fork.

While squash is roasting, brown Italian sausage in large skillet over medium heat.
When squash is tender, remove from oven and using a fork, fluff, flake, scrape, whatever you’d like to call it, to get the inside of the squash to look like spaghetti noodles. Now FILL THEM! Start with a layer of cottage cheese, followed by a layer of the marinara, then the sausage and top with cheese You can repeat the layers until you’ve over filled your squash if you wish. Sprinkle the top with your mixture of basil and oregano.

Put the squash back in the oven at 400 degrees to heat until bubbly.. about 15 min.

EnJOY.



emoticon Breakfast
Oatmeal with diced apple, craisins, brown sugar and almond milk
1 c mixed fruit

emoticon Morning Snack
handful of almonds
fresh apple

emoticon Lunch
Omelette with sauteed vegetables and cheese
Tortilla chips with salsa and sour cream
3/4 c warmed applesauce with 1/4 c berries and spritz of whip

emoticon Afternoon Snack
handful of almonds

emoticon Dinner
Baked Chicken
Steamed Vegetables with mushroom gravy
WW roll with coconut butter

emoticon Evening Snack
3/4 c warmed applesauce with 1/4 c berries and spritz of whip


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Edited by: GOING-STRONG at: 4/12/2016 (23:15)
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 21,332... Hooray! I exceeded my goal and did over 20,000 everyday last week... Woot! I would like to average 20,000+ steps daily for the coming week.

For the Week ending April 16, 2016

emoticon Sun - 25,660
emoticon Mon - 20,150
emoticon Tue - 21,264
emoticon Wed - 20,814
emoticon Thur - 20,200
emoticon Fri - 20.096
emoticon Sat - 21,139

Edited by: GOING-STRONG at: 4/17/2016 (18:55)
Rhonda
Seaside, Oregon

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


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Monday, April 11, 2016

Didn't really have any big plans for today... so figured I would just putter for a while before breakfast. Enjoyed the relaxed pace, and then after breakfast I did a 5 mile power walk and stopped at the fitness center to do some weights. I looked at the calendar and it has been over a week since I did any strength training... so not doing all that well on that front. I did a circuit of about 7 or 8 different exercises. As I was finishing an older gentleman came over and told me I made him tired. I had to laugh.. then I wished him a good day. Made me smile.

Did a few household chores after lunch and then another 2 1/2 neighborhood laps so I will hit 20,000 steps for the day. It was a little cooler today, in the 70's so I was able to do the walk and it was pleasant. Came home and set the table and started prepping for dinner. Our friends down the street came over for dinner and I made spaghetti squash lasagna boats.

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Dinner went well and we had a nice visit. They are enjoying living here in the desert after living in New Hampshire and dealing with harsh Winters for the past 25 years. I have to admit that Springtime in the desert is nice.

emoticon Breakfast
Oatmeal with diced apples, brown sugar, craisins and almond milk
1 c mixed fruit

emoticon Morning Snack
Fresh apple
handful of almonds

emoticon Lunch
Omelette with cheese and sauteed vegetables
2 slices WW toast with coconut butter
1 c mixed fruit

emoticon Afternoon Snack
Nature Valley Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Br

emoticon Dinner
Tortilla Chips
Spaghetti Squash Lasagna Boat

emoticon Evening Snack
Handful of nuts




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Edited by: GOING-STRONG at: 4/11/2016 (23:31)
Rhonda
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Eat healthy.. Exercise daily.. repeat! and Consistency.. that is the secret!


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Sunday, April 10, 2016

Weather report today gave a 70% chance of rain this afternoon. I really wanted to go golfing... and usually the DH is after me to go.... but couldn't talk him into doing it. He is working on a project out in the garage and that has been a priority for him. It is really too bad since I found a tee time at 12:32pm for 2 for just $12 each.. The tee time at 12:40 was $46 so not a bad deal. Probably just as well that we didn't go because in fact it poured this afternoon.

Today I had a long run.on the schedule. My weekly long run is currently 11 miles, however with the Marathon this Fall I'm going to have to start increasing my mileage ... so will probably start increasing by 1/2 mile or so starting next month. I also do two or three five mile runs during the week and I'll slowly increase those also up to seven or eight miles. I decided to do 6 miles before breakfast, then take a break and finish up the last 5 miles mid morning. I did the 6 miles in the neighborhood doing 6 laps. For the last 5 I did the out and back route. Both routes are rolling hills and my FitBit is showing 48 floors for the day.

This afternoon, I did some household chores and that is about it. I pulled a book out the bookcase to start reading, however didn't get started. It is called "Marathoning for Mortals" by John "The Penguin" Bingham. As you might guess, he is not a fast runner; but he has run and finished a number of marathons. I also plan to re-read "Marathon" by Jeff Galloway. That is the book that gave me the confidence to try a full Marathon. Jeff uses the Walk-Run Method which is what I'm planning to do. Basically, if you follow the training plan anyone can do a Full. The Marine Corp Marathon requires that you maintain a 14 min/mile in order to finish. If you don't maintain that pace then you can't finish as they raise the bridge at mile 20 and you can't get through. That would be devastating! My Walk-Run pace is about 13 min/mile so I should have a little wiggle room for contingencies.

Tomorrow we are having friends over for Dinner. Their typical evening meal is stir fry veggies ,, so with that in mind I thought they might enjoy the Spaghetti Squash Lasagna Boats that I have been making. That will be the plan!


emoticon Breakfast
Oatmeal with diced apple, craisins, brown sugar and almond milk
1 cup mixed fruit

emoticon Morning Snack
Fresh apple
Handful of almonds

emoticon Lunch
Sauteed veggies with sausage and cheese
Tortilla chips
3/4 c warmed applesauce with 1/4 c berries and spritz of whip

emoticon Afternoon Snack
Protein Shake with Banana and almond milk

emoticon Dinner
Large Green Salad with croutons, cheese, nuts and salami
Newmans Own Sesame Ginger Dressing
Whole Wheat Dinner Roll with coconut oil

emoticon Evening Snack
3/4 c warmed applesauce with 1/4 c berries and spritz of whip

Here are my step stats for the past week as posted on the FitBit team page.

My daily step average for past week was 18,521. Didn't make my 20,000 daily average goal but I would like to average 20,000+ steps daily for the coming week.

For the Week ending April 9, 2016

emoticon Sun - 17,127
emoticon Mon - 13,823
emoticon Tue - 14,182
emoticon Wed - 20,818
emoticon Thur - 20,762
emoticon Fri - 21,351
emoticon Sat - 21,582




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Edited by: GOING-STRONG at: 4/10/2016 (22:32)
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Saturday, April 9, 2016

It just dawned on me that we fly back to Oregon in just 10 days! I can't believe how quickly the time has passed while we have been here in AZ. Every day just seems to whiz by. I really like to get up and out of bed by 6:00 or 6:30am to fully appreciate the day. My neighbor mentioned that she doesn't like to get up early and stays in bed as long as possible. I hope I never feel that way.

This morning, like most mornings the sun was shining and it was a beautiful day. We are in Green Valley and I have been told that the sun shines here at least 300 days a year. I think that is accurate. We have had one overcast day in the past couple of weeks but even that day was nice. After breakfast, I put on my headphones and headed out for a 5 mile power walk. I did a three neighborhood loops then finished with a 2 mile loop over to the fitness center and back. More desert plants are blooming and this one in my friends yard down the street is just stunning.

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After my walk the DH and I worked on getting the pots that we bought yesterday arranged along the walkway. One pot is a slightly different color than the others so that one is closest to the front door which has the most shade. This side of the house only gets morning sun from the East and is shaded the rest of the day. The lavender info indicated that it takes full sun so hopefully it will be fine with partial. Here are a few photos of the process... the pots themselves, then they were filled 2/3 with rocks and covered with a soil retainer, then filled with potting soil and the plant. Each pot also has a water tube so that they get watered automatically with an irrigation timer. During the Summer months, there are heavy monsoon rains here, however the 95-105 degree summer heat typically dries everything out quickly. I am pleased with how they turned out and will be excited to see how much they grow when we get back here in October.

After lunch, I relaxed for a half hour or so on our back patio.... then ran a few errands. I still needed to get in a few more miles so did two more neighborhood laps and hit my 20,000 step goal. That now makes 4 days in a row!

Tomorrow it is supposed to be a little cooler so it should be a good day to do my weekly long run... and maybe I'll try to talk the DH into going to play 9 holes of golf in the afternoon. I can't believe that we haven't been out once yet to play since we have been here!

emoticon Breakfast
Oatmeal with diced apple, craisins, brown sugar and almond milk
1 c mixed fruit

emoticon Morning Snack
Fresh apple
handful of almonds

emoticon Lunch
Bowl of chicken, rice and veggie soup
Tortilla chips with salsa
3/4 c warmed applesauce with 1/4 c berries and spritz of whip

emoticon Afternoon Snack
Nature Valley chocolate/peanut protein bar

emoticon Dinner
Large green salad with chicken, parmessan, croutons, craisins,
Raspberry low fat dressing
french roll with coconut oil

emoticon Evening Snack
3/4 c warmed applesauce with 1/4 c berries and spritz of whip



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Edited by: GOING-STRONG at: 4/9/2016 (22:46)
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Friday, April 8, 2016

Got a GREAT night's sleep last night... thank goodness! I was up early but felt rested. Scamp (our cat) slept out in the living room in the chair instead of on the bed so she didn't crowd me out like normal lol. After breakfast, I had a five mile run on the schedule. Today, I decided I would do an interval walk/run. I took the out and back route which has the rolling hills. It went well and I felt good when I finished.

Later in the morning, the DH and I went into Tucson to the SABRA Home and Patio show. In particular, I was interested in looking at clay pots for my outside walkway. The Javelina tear up the young plants and I have never had any luck keeping little plants along the walkway. A few days ago, we actually had TWELVE of them in our front yard. We had the front door open however the security gate was closed. It was dark outside and we heard this rustling and scratching in the rocks...We looked out and a whole herd of them were right there. When they saw us they didn't even run... just stood there and held their ground. If you have ever been around Javelina... they smell... like a skunk. We turned on the lights and eventually they left. Anyway, I need to put tall heavy planters in the walkway that they can't reach. We went to the show and the entire convention center was full of vendors and NO pots. It was all stuff like hot tubs, beds, pots and pans, and vendors that you would see at a fair selling creams, cleaners etc. It was disappointing.

After we left the show, the DH asked if I wanted to go out to look for something at the big the pottery dealer. It wasn't that far out of the way so we went and looked around. I actually did find some pots that were reasonable and the right size. They had several different colors available and we went with sort of a multi colored copper look. Later we stopped at Lowes to get some soil, and bought some English Lavender (thank you Fredie for that suggestion!) to put in the planters. The DH is going to go get some rocks to put in the bottom of the pots before we plant.. hopefully we can do that tomorrow. I'll take a photo when we get that little project finished.

After we got home, I did a quick mile and a half power walk. This is day 3 in a row that I have managed to get in 20,000+ steps!

emoticon Breakfast
Oatmeal with diced apple, craisins, brown sugar and almond milk
1 cup mixed fruit

emoticon Morning Snack
Fresh apple

emoticon Lunch
1/2 Costco Chicken Bake
1/2 Costco Swirl

emoticon Afternoon Snack
Honey and Oats Bar

emoticon Dinner
3 Tostadas with refried beans, black beans, chicken, tomato, avocado, cheese
Tortilla chips and salsa

emoticon Evening Snack
3/4 c warmed applesauce with 1/4 c berries and spritz of whip


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Edited by: GOING-STRONG at: 4/8/2016 (23:18)
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Thursday, April 7, 2016

For some reason, I didn't sleep worth a darn last night. Up several times, tossing and turning... it was the pits. I kept blowing my nose however my cold (or allergies) hasn't really gotten any worse... just nagging sore throat and runny nose. We had set the alarm for 5:00am to get ready for today's hike, however were up a little earlier. Had a quick breakfast, coffee and got everything organized and packed to go. This is our first hike with the hiking club so I really have no idea what to expect. We meet up in a big parking lot and then sign up for the hike we want to go on. If a hike is full (usually 25 people) then you have to find another group... so everyone gets there early. The hike we wanted to go on is a class C hike and rated moderate. The hike is in the Santa Rita Mountains to Bog Springs and Daniel's Mine, has 1000 ft elevation gain and is approx 5 miles round trip.

We got to the parking lot at around 6:15am and there were probably 100 people milling around. We found the leader of the hike we wanted and were #15 and #16 on the list. We waited around and visited with others for about half hour then the leader gave us instructions on where we would meet up. We volunteered to be a driver so two other hikers joined us for a ride to the trailhead. Weather today was great... mid to high 60's no wind, overcast however some humidity. The weather forecast is for rain in the afternoon and you could feel it in the air.

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We started off down the trail and it wasn't long before I could see my DH was having some issues... breathing heavily. He soldiered on and the leader stopped every 10-15 minutes for water and to make sure the group was all together. There is a "sweep" or assistant leader at the back of the line to make sure that no one is left behind. I'm very impressed with the emphasis on safety. We made it to Bog Springs and stopped for a 10 minute snack break. The DH was tired but doing okay.. must be the Marine in him. He told me that it is a fake smile in the photo.

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We sat down on a fallen tree trunk and had a protein bar and some water. I had taken off my light jacket on the way up and everyone was sweaty. When the break was over the leader gave us a 2 minute call to get ready to go and when I stood up I felt very dizzy. I sat down and told my DH I was dizzy (what the heck??) and ... here is the kicker.. I fainted! OMG... I'm in a group of 20 people... I'm sure I'm one of the youngest in the group... I would say I am fit.. and I pass out? One of the hikers had a full 12 oz bottle of gatorade and the leader had me drink the entire bottle before we could start. After about 5 minutes, I was feeling much better and felt like we could go. We didn't have far to go to Daniels Mine and then it was mostly downhill from there. Here I was worried about my DH... go figure. I think the problem was a combination of factors... lack of sleep, being a little sick, probably got dehydrated and over heated, and I think I should have kept moving around rather than sitting down. When we got home, I asked my DH how he felt and it said that the experience was excruciating for him. I really feel bad as he did it for me and didn't enjoy it at all. I'm not sure if he will go on the birding hike with me next week or not.

After we got home we rested for a bit and then I fixed lunch. I checked my FitBit and I was at almost 15,000 steps and (drum roll) 99 floors! No way was I going to stay at 99 floors and I also wanted my 20,000 for today... so after lunch I headed out for a 2 mile walk around the neighborhood. We also have rolling hills.. and when I finished I had over 19,000 steps and 117 floors.

We had dinner tonight with our neighbors at a restaurant in a nearby town. They have frequented the place for years but it was our first time. They serve Italian food and DH and I shared the Chicken Parmesan. The 1/2 portion was more than enough with a salad and bread. We enjoyed the evening and now I'm looking forward to getting some sleep tonight!

emoticon Breakfast
Bran Flakes with almond milk

emoticon Morning Snack
Protein Bar
Gatorade
handful of trail mix

emoticon Lunch
Bowl of Homemade Chicken, veggie and rice soup
Tortilla 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
small handful of almonds

emoticon Dinner
Green salad with Italian Dressing
Chicken Parmesan with side of spaghetti
Garlic Cheese Bread

emoticon Evening Snack
None


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Edited by: GOING-STRONG at: 4/7/2016 (23:33)
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My daily step average for past week was 18,521. Didn't make my 20,000 daily average goal but I would like to average 20,000+ steps daily for the coming week.

For the Week ending April 9, 2016

emoticon Sun - 17,127
emoticon Mon - 13,823
emoticon Tue - 14,182
emoticon Wed - 20,818
emoticon Thur - 20,762
emoticon Fri - 21,351
emoticon Sat - 21,582

Edited by: GOING-STRONG at: 4/10/2016 (20:42)
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Eat healthy.. Exercise daily.. repeat! and Consistency.. that is the secret!


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Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Had a busy morning planned so up early and did a four mile power walk before breakfast. The DH had a routine appointment at the VA Hospital in Tucson mid morning so didn't have time to mess around. The VA Hospital is located in a pretty unique compound.. what used to be a convent. The buildings have been connected by corridors so you can get around without going outside... but there is a lot of walking involved. We had an issue finding a parking spot today and ended up at the end of the lot...so more steps.

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After we finished the business at the Hospital, we had lunch and did some shopping at Costco. More steps! Then we made a stop at Home Depot. The DH needed to get some odds and ends so I went to the plant department and looked at plants and containers so I could get an idea what they had on hand. I didn't find anything exactly right but they had some that were possibilities. I'm really hoping that I see something better at the home and garden show on Friday.

It was still plenty warm out when we got home but I did want to get in another 2 miles so that I would hit 20,000 steps for the day. I haven't hit that number all week and today it was looking like a possibility so I did 2 neighborhood laps for a total of 2 miles...and hit 20,000... Yay!

emoticon Breakfast
Oatmeal with diced apple, craisins, brown sugar, almond milk
1 c mixed fruit

emoticon Morning Snack
handful of almonds
Fresh apple

emoticon Lunch
1/2 Costco Chicken Wrap
1/2 Costco Ice Cream Swirl

emoticon Afternoon Snack
few almonds

emoticon Dinner
3 eggs scrambled (2 whites 1 whole)
3 oz lean ham
1 c mixed sauteed veggies

emoticon Evening Snack
3/4 c warmed applesauce with 1/4 c berries & dollop of FF whip


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Edited by: GOING-STRONG at: 4/6/2016 (22:42)
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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Pretty quiet and uneventful day today... other than I have been struggling with my eating. Why... I'm not sure why.

Woke up this morning with a slight sore throat that has stuck with me all day. Also have a slight headache and a bit of a runny nose. Maybe I'm coming down with a cold or maybe allergies. Hoping that I can fight it off as I really want to go on the hike on Thursday with the hiking club. I spent some time today working on organizing our supplies and getting our pack ready. We have a smaller backpack with one of those water bladders that holds 2 liters of water. I'm not planning on bringing much else as that little dude is heavy. I don't know how sanitary these type of packs are so I added a little bleach and gave it a good rinse.

Had breakfast this morning and did a 5 mile slow run afterwards. While I was on my run, I stopped at a little mall and made an appt for a hair cut. I won't be back in Oregon for another couple of weeks and there is no way I can make it that long without a trim. I'm always nervous going to a new stylist.

After lunch, I headed out to my hair appt. I asked her to be conservative and just trim off 1/2 inch or so. She was conservative . so much so that I'm not sure I had a trim lol...but I should be fine until I get home.

emoticon Breakfast
Oatmeal with diced apples, craisins, brown sugar and almond milk
1 c mixed fruit

emoticon Morning Snack
Handful of nuts
Fresh Apple

emoticon Lunch
Bowl of homemade chicken, veggie and rice soup
Serving of tortilla 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
Handful of nuts
Tortilla Chips with salsa and FF whip

emoticon Dinner
Tostadas with chicken, refried beans, black beans, tomato, avocado and cheese
Tortilla Chips with salsa and FF sour cream

emoticon Evening Snack
Popcorn with coconut oil



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Edited by: GOING-STRONG at: 4/5/2016 (22:25)
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Monday, April 4, 2016

Today was a pretty awesome day. I woke up and checked my e-mail and had a lot of activity from friends congratulating me on the featured article on Spark People. Of course, I had to go check it out! What an honor and the feedback has been positive. My story isn't unique at all and there are lots of people out there in Spark Land with similar ones. If it inspires just one person to get started or keep trying that is a success. Everyone needs a helping hand and I'm grateful for the help and support I received.and continue to receive. Thank you all so much. If you haven't seen the article, here is a link.

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It has been one busy day today. Up early, had breakfast and then headed out to the Hike Orientation meeting. There were five people at the orientation and the speaker who gave us an overview of the club and how it works. She also told us about the gear requirements and then discussed optional equipment that we might want to consider. It was very informative and DH and I are excited to go on our first hike with the group this Thursday.

After the meeting, we headed home and I did a few quick chores before our friends came by to pick us up for an outing to the Desert Museum in Tucson. We haven't been to the Desert Museum before and it is an awesome experience. I would say that 75% of the exhibits are outside along trails. There are a lot of markers explaining various plants and then areas where you can see underground creatures, birds, mountain goats, various cats and the like.. all in a desert habitat. There are also inside exhibits of other animals including snakes, reptiles and aquatic creatures that are found in lakes or oceans bordering the Sonoran Desert. We couldn't begin to see everything and plan to go back again in the Fall.

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After the Desert Museum, we made a stop at the Saguaro National Park which was only a few miles away. We watched a short film and walked around a bit. Saguaro is one of the most recognized cactus species and is only found in the Sonora Desert. It is very slow growing and can live up to 150 years.

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It was a pretty warm day today (in the 90's) so everyone was pretty beat when we got home. I re-hydrated and then decided to do a quick neighborhood walk to get in a few more steps.

Overall a lovely and adventurous day!

emoticon Breakfast
Oatmeal with diced apple, craisins, brown sugar and almond milk
1 c mixed fruit

emoticon Morning Snack
apple
honey and oats bar

emoticon Lunch
Patty Melt with small fries

emoticon Afternoon Snack
McDonald Cone

emoticon Dinner
Green salad with tomato, craisins, 5 oz roasted chicken
Low Fat Raspberry Dressing
WW roll with coconut oil

emoticon Evening Snack
3/4 c warmed applesauce with 1/4 c berries and dollop of FF whip



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Edited by: GOING-STRONG at: 4/4/2016 (23:27)
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Saturday, April 2, 2016

Up a little after 4am this morning. I had set my alarm for 4:30am however the DH was up and it woke me so I decided to just get up and get going. At about 4:35am I realized my alarm didn't go off and checked my phone. During the night sometime, my phone started to update and it froze up. Good thing DH woke up or I may not have made my event. We had some cereal and coffee, got ready and headed out.

We stayed at a nice hotel in Mesa and had about a 30 minute drive to the start line. The start was at a Mall and they had every entrance to the parking lot blocked off... wanted to collect $10 for VIP parking. DH and I drove around a bit and finally were able to find an opening into the parking lot that wasn't manned on the other side of the mall. We had plenty of time so had no problem finding the start. It was a pretty small crowd which was surprising. I figured an event in Phoenix would draw a lot more people... but I like small events so that was a plus. The start was at 6:30am which was good as it was going to be a warm day.

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After we got started, I fell into a pretty good rhythm. There were a couple of people ahead of me that I sort of used to keep pace. The course was along streets that had been partially blocked off so we did have some traffic to watch out for. A few cars even went through the barricades and were stopped by the police. For the most part the course was flat and paved... so a good running surface. What it really lacked however was energy. There were virtually no spectators and just not much enthusiasm. I had my earphones and music so relied on that to keep me going.

It was pretty warm when I finished and I noticed that my time really slowed the last 3 miles. I was ready to be done. I picked up a snack when I finished and we headed to the car and back to the Hotel. I took a hot shower which was fabulous and then we went out for lunch.

On the way home, we stopped at the Casa Grande Ruins. It is a National Historic Monument and wasn't too far out of the way. We watched a film about the history of the place and then walked around to see the ruins.

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It was a nice day but we were both pretty darn tired when we got home. I think I'll sleep good tonight.

emoticon Breakfast
Bran Flakes with almond milk

emoticon Morning Snack
Fruit and Nut Bar
Banana
1/2 c chocolate milk

emoticon Lunch
Veggie Skillet with 2 egg whites
3 bites of oreo cookie sundae

emoticon Afternoon Snack
1/2 Costco Swirl

emoticon Dinner
Cole Slaw salad with 5 oz roasted chicken
Whole Wheat roll with coconut oil

emoticon Evening Snack
3/4 c applesauce with 1/4 c berries and dollop of FF whip


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Edited by: GOING-STRONG at: 4/2/2016 (22:54)
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Hi Nancy, Thanks for contacting me... I feel honored! Believe me... I know how you feel. Some days it can be a white knuckle struggle to maintain this lifestyle. I do pretty good with fitness however my eating can be a problem... particularly portions. I get sugar in my system and have a hard time keeping it under control. That being said... this is what I found to be helpful for me. May not work for you but hopefully it will help.

1) When I joined WW I committed to go to meetings for 2 years gain or lose. I figured that would give me enough time to form some healthy habits. I didn't have to be motivated to go because it was like a job. I was obligated.
2) I weighed daily... gain or lose and kept track in a small calendar book. Some months I only dropped a couple of pounds but it is motivating to see the numbers add up.
3) I don't like to track either.... so now I blog daily and include my meals. It does help keep you accountable.
4) I keep a small book in my kitchen and use it to jot down meals that I make that are easy and satisfying. When I am pressed for time I can refer to my book to see what might be a quick easy meal.
5) I keep a lot of fruit and veggies on hand. I snack on fruit whenever I want without restriction. I take an apple with me to work or when I am out and about so I can eat it in the car and don't come home ravenous.
6) I try and exercise every day... something. I wear a FitBit. I joined a gym and when I am home I take a class everyday... either Spin or Strength Training. Again, it is like a job. I don't have to be motivated... I just do it. This is EXTREMELY important as I can be eating off plan one day... and then going to the gym the next day gets you back on track mentally.
7) I started exercising by jogging on a mini trampoline for 30 minutes twice a day while watching TV. I also did the Leslie Sansone Walking videos. From there I progressed to walking outside and slowly adding in jogging intervals. I now do running events every month as it keeps me training and on track. If I have events "out there" that I'm committed to do I have to keep at it.

So... that is how I do it. It is hard for me to stay on track when I'm in social situations, travel or can't be in charge of the cooking... but I keep trying.

Don't think of it as a "diet". You are changing the way you live. You are doing it for your long term health and to be able to enjoy life. You are becoming a better person and a role model for your family and friends. You have the power and you can do it.

I hope this is helpful for you in some way. I'll be thinking of you and feel free to stop by anytime. Thank you for reading my blogs.

Big Hug,
Rhonda


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Sunday, April 3, 2016

Today has been a pretty uneventful day... nothing really planned other than going to have my nails done and a pedicure. I had a gel manicure early last month and actually, it still looked decent; but my nails had grown out so I had to have them re-painted... now I'm all spiffed up. The place I go does an awesome foot and leg massage along with the pedicure and after the run yesterday it really hit the spot.

After breakfast, I headed out for a 4 mile walk with a stop at the fitness center to do 20 minutes or so of strength training. Typically, it is really slow at the center on Sundays, however today there were 6-8 people inside working out. I claimed a weight bench and went through a small circuit targeting legs, arm and abs. I'll try and make it over to the Center at least a couple more times this week.

After lunch, I went into town for my nail appointment and then stopped to get groceries. Came home and went out for another 4 mile walk. I want to average 20,000 steps a day but it has been really tough to do when I'm not working. After my walk, I did a few chores, fixed dinner and now the DH and I are watching TV. We will probably get to bed early tonight as we have a lot planned for tomorrow starting with the hiking club orientation meeting at 8:00am

emoticon Breakfast
Oatmeal with diced apple, craisins, brown sugar and almond milk
1 c mixed fruit

emoticon Morning Snack
handful of almonds

emoticon Lunch
Homemade veggie, chicken and rice soup
Serving of Tortilla chips
3/4 c warmed applesauce with 1/4 c berries and dollop of ff whip

emoticon Afternoon Snack
Fresh Apple
Few almonds

emoticon Dinner
Large green salad with 5 oz roasted chicken
WW dinner roll with almond butter
glass of red wine

emoticon Evening Snack
3/4 c warmed applesauce with 1/4 c berries and dollop of FF whip

Here are my step stats for the past week as posted on the FitBit Team page.

My daily step average for past week was 19,348... again a little light especially considering that I did a long run of 11 miles on Tues and ran a Half Marathon on Saturday. I would like to average 20,000+ steps daily for the coming week.

For the Week ending April 2, 2016

emoticon Sun - 16,577
emoticon Mon - 16,069
emoticon Tue - 26,586
emoticon Wed - 14,166
emoticon Thur - 15,477
emoticon Fri - 13,150
emoticon Sat - 34,412


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Edited by: GOING-STRONG at: 4/3/2016 (22:44)
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Friday, April 1, 2016

Happy April Fool's Day! I could tell you I lost 10 pounds last month.... but I think you would all figure out quickly that was a joke. I stepped on the scale this morning knowing that I would be up for the month... but was disappointed anyway. In February, I lost 4 pounds but in March 2 1/2 of those pounds re-found me. I did have several days off plan during the month and so no surprise. I'm hoping that April will find me going back in the right direction.

I also didn't do as well in March with my fitness. I won't go into all the details and bore you, but again I'm planning on seeing that reversed in April. I did participate in a Half Marathon during March so that was #13 on my streak. I'm actually in Phoenix right now and will be doing my Half Marathon for April in the morning..so will make 14 months in a row. I have HM's on the calendar every month (TWO in June) all the way through September. I'm planning to run a full in October (the MCM 26.2 in Washington DC) but will still find and run a HM to keep my streak alive.

Had lots of fun excursions during March. The annual trip to Depoe Bay with my Sis/BIL and their friends is the reason I got off track on my eating and fitness. Once you head down the wrong path it takes a bit of effort to get back on plan. Fortunately, when I'm back home I can rely on my regular good habits and routines to guide me back.

As I mentioned, I'm in Phoenix and will be running a Half in the morning. The DH and I drove in this afternoon so I could pick up my packet. On the way, we stopped in Tucson to have lunch with one of my old grade school friends. He had contacted me when he realized (from Facebook) that we were in the area and suggested we get together. I haven't seen him in person for 45ish years. It was fun to visit and hear what he had been up to.

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I'm heading to bed now.. a little earlier than usual. Have a 4:30am wake-up call so have to get an early start. Flat Rhonda is all laid out and ready to spring into action bright and early.

Sending you my Spark Friends best wishes for a wonderful week-end and don't forget to look for some new adventures.

emoticon Breakfast
Oatmeal with diced apple, brown sugar, craisins and almond milk
1 cup diced fruit

emoticon Morning Snack
Handful of almonds

emoticon Lunch
2 scrambled egg whites
English Muffin - dry with jelly
2 slices bacon
1/2 c grits

emoticon Afternoon Snack
Cliff Bar

emoticon Dinner
5 oz salmon
1/2 c steamed broccoli
3/4 c steamed wild rice

emoticon Evening Snack
chocolate chip cookie



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Edited by: GOING-STRONG at: 4/1/2016 (23:16)
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Thursday, March 31, 2016

So I was up early this morning all excited to check my email and see if I had made the cut on the MCM Lottery. Emails were being sent out starting at 6:00am EST ... so with much anticipation I looked and nada... nothing... goose egg boo hoo. I even checked to see if my credit card had been charged because sometimes they are tricky and charge you and send out the email afterwards. Nothing... My hubby is a Marine Vietnam Vet and I really want to do this marathon in part to honor his service to our Country. Had breakfast and discussed with the hubby alternate things I could do and decided to go with Plan B. Plan B is to do the MCM Historic Half next Spring which would guarantee me entry in the MCM Marathon. Okay... I'm good. Plan B it is. I had a 5 mile run on the schedule today so mid morning I headed out and all the while am thinking about the situation and feeling just fine about implementing Plan B. I get home from my run and I'm on the computer and WHAT!!! I have an email from MCM saying congrats... I'm in!! They sent my confirmation 6 hours late! I'm in I'm in! Woot! Back to Plan A!

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After the shock finally wore off, I started to think about the logistics involved in a Fall trip to DC in late October. We will take the RV and try to do some sightseeing along the way. Our friends want us to go with them to a Hot Air Balloon Festival in early October in New Mexico... so maybe we will take a Southern Route and spend some time at our place here in AZ before heading to DC. Lots to think about.

After lunch, I did a little work on the computer and then checked my e-mails. Another surprise! I had an e-mail from a Spark Coach saying they wanted to feature my half marathoning story in April on Spark People! I'm so honored that they want to share this with the whole community. Wow.

The DH and I had made a plan earlier to get out this afternoon and drive down to Tumacacori to see the mission ruins. There is a National Historic Park with 3 old missions... two dating back to the 1600's and one to the 1700's. It was very interesting to see and they had a few artifacts on display. The missions were originally started by the Jesuits and later the Franciscan Monks. It was a very hard life as they were often attacked by the Apaches that lived in the area. One sight I want to eventually go visit is the place where Geronimo surrendered. I mentioned yesterday about the hiking club I'm joining. I noticed that some of the hikes take place in these historic places and in the parks, so that will be fun.

Hope you all had a great day... and remember to keep that adventurous spirit fed.

emoticon Breakfast
Oatmeal with diced apple, craisins, brown sugar and almond milk
1 c. diced fruit

emoticon Morning Snack
handful of almonds
Fresh Apple

emoticon Lunch
3 eggs - scrambled (1 whole eggs and 2 whites)
1 cup sauteed vegetables
small serving of chips
3/4 c warmed applesauce with 1/4 c berries and dollop of FF whip

emoticon Afternoon Snack
Small serving chips
Fresh Apple

emoticon Dinner
Large Green Salad with 5 oz chicken, tomato, avocado, lettuce and cabbage
small dinner roll with coconut oil
Newmans Own Sesame Ginger Dressing

emoticon Evening Snack
3/4 c warmed applesauce with 1/4 c berries and dollop of FF whip


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Edited by: GOING-STRONG at: 3/31/2016 (22:17)
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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

For some reason, I woke up before daylight this morning. Maybe I am feeling rested... I don't know.. but I couldn't get back to sleep so I got up. Didn't have any running plans today so I just relaxed with coffee and the computer. Today it is beautiful and sunny out; but pretty cool for Southern AZ.

After the DH got up, we had a nice breakfast. My fitness plan for the morning was to walk to the Fitness Center, do 30-40 minutes of strength training and then walk home. When I got to the Center, I was informed they would be closing in 15 minutes for maintenance. What?? okay... I would work out for as long as possible and finish up with some exercises at home. There were about six people working out and they had us all corralled in one area which made things pretty tight. A new machine was being delivered and installed and they wanted lots of room to maneuver. At that point, they decided we didn't have to leave after all however the whole experience wasn't real pleasant so I just finished up and left. I'll try again later this week. On the way home, I stopped and took a few photos of some of the desert plants that are starting to bloom. In another month or so the desert will be full of flowers. It is a beautiful time of year.

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After lunch the DH had an appt to have the car serviced. I left for a second walk at 2pm and then realized that he still hadn't left. I called him and reminded him... he had forgotten. He didn't have the telephone number of the place he was going and was already was quite late so he decided he would just go down and see what he could do. They ended up having him wait and got him in... however... and this is funny... they did the wrong thing! He wanted his tires rotated and they changed the oil. So, he ended up getting a free oil change and a discount on the tires since he had to wait.

After my walk, I sat down and read through the area news. One thing that caught my eye was article about the hiking club. There is an orientation next week (which you have to take if you want to participate) and then there are about 10-15 different organized hikes every Thursday. I talked it over with DH and told him I was interested and he said he would go with me... so yip! I love hiking, however I don't feel comfortable doing it by myself and DH doesn't exactly make it a priority. So now, I'll be able to go without feeling at risk and if DH doesn't want to go then that is fine.. it will be his choice. Everyone will be happy! So next week is shaping up nicely.

emoticon Breakfast
Oatmeal, diced apple, craisins, brown sugar and almond milk
1 c mixed fruit

emoticon Morning Snack
Fresh apple
handful of almonds

emoticon Lunch
Open face melted ham and cheese on 1 slice of WW bread
Few Chips
1 c sauteed veggies
3/4 c warmed applesauce with 1/4 c berries and dollop of FF whip

emoticon Afternoon Snack
handful of almonds

emoticon Dinner
Large green salad with 5 oz roasted chicken, tomato, avocado,
Small French Roll with butter

emoticon Evening Snack
3/4 c warmed applesauce with 1/4 c berries and dollop of FF whip


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Edited by: GOING-STRONG at: 3/30/2016 (23:12)
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My daily step average for past week was 19,348... again a little light especially considering that I did a long run of 11 miles on Tues and ran a Half Marathon on Saturday. I would like to average 20,000+ steps daily for the coming week.

For the Week ending April 2, 2016

emoticon Sun - 16,577
emoticon Mon - 16,069
emoticon Tue - 26,586
emoticon Wed - 14,166
emoticon Thur - 15,477
emoticon Fri - 13,150
emoticon Sat - 34,412

Edited by: GOING-STRONG at: 4/3/2016 (21:58)
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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

It was definitely a little cooler out today. That was just fine as far as I was concerned as I had a long run on the schedule. I had planned to do it yesterday but changed plans with the trip to Chiracahua National Monument instead. So it actually worked out fine as I probably would have been too warm yesterday.

I had a few cups of coffee and checked to see what was happening in the market. I have had my eye on Hertz lately as it has been trending down and when it made another downward blip I made a pretty good option trade. That put a smile on my face. My friend asked a lot of questions about options trading when we were in the car yesterday so I sent her a link to a book on Amazon for beginning traders that she can read. I told her that it will help her get familiar with the lingo. She has a pretty good sized stock portfolio and tends to have a more optimistic market outlook than I do. That does affect how you feel about certain trades so will be interesting to see what option strategies appeal to her.

I decided to start my 11 mile long run with 6 miles before breakfast... I laced up my shoes and headed out. I did a one mile lap in my neighborhood then left and did the 5 mile street loop that I did yesterday. Today there no one passed me...and I even passed a few... but they were walkers lol. It was pretty windy; but again that was fine as it kept me cooled off. The DH had breakfast ready when I got home which is always a treat. He had diced up a big bowl of fresh fruit and boy is the Honeydew melon good right now. I'm not sure when it is in season but the last two honeydews we have bought have really been good.

After breakfast, I let my stomach settle a bit and then headed out to do the last 5 miles. I noticed my knees were a little sore when I started but after a mile or so I felt pretty good. I did another neighborhood lap and then headed out over to the fitness center, golf course, hotel and back home. I was tired but overall felt good and feel ready for the Half this week-end in Phoenix.

After lunch, the DH and I didn't have any plans so we decided to watch another episode of Breaking Bad. We typically don't watch TV during the day (okay... sometimes I do!) so it was fun and it felt like we were playing hookey ha ha. Afterwards, I did spend a little time doing some household chores, but other than that have been pretty lazy. Tomorrow we are thinking about making a quick sight seeing trip in the afternoon... it is supposed to be cool tomorrow so we will play it by ear.

emoticon Breakfast
Oatmeal with diced apple, craisins, brown sugar and almond milk
1 c diced fruit

emoticon Morning Snack
handful of almonds

emoticon Lunch
Mixed Sauteed veggies with 5 oz Ham
Few Tortilla chips
3/4 c warmed applesauce with 1/4 c berries and dollop of FF whip

emoticon Afternoon Snack
Handful of almonds

emoticon Dinner
Mixed sauteed veggies with avocado, diced chicken and shredded cheese
whole wheat roll with butter
5 oz glass of white wine

emoticon Evening Snack
3/4 c warmed applesauce with 1/4 c berries and dollop of FF whip


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Edited by: GOING-STRONG at: 3/29/2016 (22:44)
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Monday, March 28, 2016

Started off the day with a 5 mile run. I had actually planned to do a long run today, however our friends wanted to go on a little adventure with us and were only able to do it today...so I have postponed my long run until tomorrow. Our friends are leaving town Wed and have plans tomorrow so today it was. After my run, we had breakfast and then I put together a sack lunch for all of us. We have a mini fridge in our vehicle which really comes in handy for road trips. With all the leftover ham I have in the refrigerator, I figured a ham sandwich would be a good choice for lunch. Unfortunately, the only bread I had on hand was hamburger buns in the freezer. Went ahead and used them and no one complained!

Our day trip today was to a place about 2 1/2 hours away... so I figured we would be gone for 6-7 hours. I recently bought a book with detailed maps of Arizona and it includes photos of places of interest. I really want to visit National Parks and such so today's journey was to Chiracahua National Monument. The park has some unique rock formations which they say were created from an immense volcanic eruption. The weather was good and I got some photos, however the scenic drive through the park was closed! What?? I guess the road needs some repair so we weren't able to drive through the formations.. just view from a distance. My luck with visiting parks is sort of like that. We visited Crater Lake National Park a few years ago and after driving for MILES when we finally got there it was totally fogged in. I could have been anywhere USA and you would never have known the difference. I could see nothing... not a thing. We are going to Crater Lake again next month so wish me luck.

Here are a few of the photos from today.




We plan to visit several other sites in the next few weeks so I'll share as we go. Hope you all had a great day too.

emoticon Breakfast
Oatmeal with diced apple, craisins, brown sugar and almond milk
1 c mixed fruit

emoticon Morning Snack
Handful of almonds

emoticon Lunch
Ham Sandwich on hamburger bun
1/2 sliced apple
Cliff Bar

emoticon Afternoon Snack
Fresh Apple
Small DQ Vanilla Cone

emoticon Dinner
Large Green Salad with chicken, tomato, 1/2 avocado, few nuts
Bite of Leftover Easter Dessert

emoticon Evening Snack
3/4 c warmed applesauce with 1/4 c berries and dollop of FF whip


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Edited by: GOING-STRONG at: 3/28/2016 (23:07)
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Sunday, March 27, 2016

Had a wonderful Easter. Woke up early this morning and per normal, the sun was shining here in sunny AZ. Had some coffee and dinked on the computer a bit... then laced up my shoes for a 5 mile run. I took a different route today which takes me out of the housing area. There were a lot of runners and walkers out this morning and I actually had 2 people zoom past me... one with a jogging stroller. It is unfortunate, but true, that I almost never pass anyone.

After I finished, had a nice breakfast that the DH fixed. He made a lovely fruit platter and my favorite oatmeal. I felt energized and spent a couple of hours getting the house cleaned and dusted. I'm actually amazed that the house wasn't all that dusty being we hadn't been here since December. The DH washed the windows and everything looked sparkly. I worked on setting the table for our Easter Dinner and did a little Easter basket at each place setting. It was fun and it turned out cute.

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The ham I bought yesterday at Costco is pre-cooked so I only needed to heat it and add the glaze. Easy peasy. I cut up some onions, sweet potatos, baby carrots and a couple of white potatoes and made a nice vegetable medley. One couple brought a lovely fruit salad and deviled eggs and the other couple brought a bottle of wine and dessert. We had a lovely time.

After everyone left, I cleaned up the kitchen and then we walked down the street to say hello to P & P. We had invited them to dinner also but they had other plans and couldn't come. I took them a little Easter treat and we had a nice visit. It has been a nice, quiet day and I did okay overall with my eating.

emoticon Breakfast
Oatmeal with craisins and almond milk
1 cup mixed fruit

emoticon Morning Snack
Fresh apple
handful of almonds

emoticon Late Lunch
mini quiche appetizer
2 deviled egg halves
4 oz slice of ham
1/2 c mixed sauteed veggies
1/2 c fruit salad
1 whole wheat roll with butter
small serving of lemon pudding shortcake

emoticon Afternoon Snack
None

emoticon Dinner
None

emoticon Evening Snack
3/4 c warmed applesauce with 1/4 c berries and dollop of FF whip

Here are my weekly step stats as posted on the FitBit team

My daily step average for past week was 19,725... just shy of the 20,000 average I was aiming for. I would like to average 20,000+ steps daily for the coming week.

For the Week ending March 26, 2016

emoticon Sun - 28,747
emoticon Mon - 20,674
emoticon Tue - 20,612
emoticon Wed - 20,156
emoticon Thur - 20,215
emoticon Fri - 8,221
emoticon Sat - 19,447


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Edited by: GOING-STRONG at: 3/27/2016 (23:11)
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Eat healthy.. Exercise daily.. repeat! and Consistency.. that is the secret!


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Saturday, March 26, 2016

Had a better day today. I woke up to a gorgeous sunny day and had a 5 mile run in mind. It is more difficult to run here in AZ than it is in Oregon. I'm a sea level girl and the elevation here in Green Valley is 3000 ft... so harder to run. I have a Half Marathon in Phoenix next week-end so I have a week to get acclimated. I decided to run before breakfast as it warms up by mid morning and can be too hot to run. It was tough but I did it.

After breakfast the DH worked on setting up a blue tooth DVD player to our TV. It includes connectivity for Netflix, etc. and makes it like a Smart TV. He got it hooked up and we connected with a minimum of hassle. That was good luck as stuff like that can be an all day project. We got hooked on watching Breaking Bad on Netflix so after the player was hooked up we watched another episode. It is about a high school chemistry teacher who has cancer and gets involved in cooking meth to raise cash. He is like the Columbo of drug dealers and we find it hilarious.

This afternoon we headed to Costco to get groceries and supplies. We are hosting Easter dinner tomorrow so I picked up a nice Ham. Came home and enjoyed some late afternoon sunshine. The weather is absolutely stellar.

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This is a photo from the Pioneer Church in Oregon close to where we live that puts a huge daffodil cross on the lawn every Easter. The photo was taken by my cousins wife who is a professional photographer and takes a lot of landscape photos. You can follow her on Facebook if you like her page Linda Fenton Mendenhall Photography. Also feel free to friend me at Rhonda Mendenhall Wills. Sending you my Spark Friends wishes for a very Happy Easter.

emoticon Breakfast
Oatmeal with craisins, brown sugar and almond milk
1/2 c canteloupe

emoticon Morning Snack
Handful of almonds

emoticon Lunch
3 Tacos with lettuce, hamburger/black beans, tomato, salsa, cheese and FF sour cream

emoticon Afternoon Snack
1/2 Costco FF Frozen Yogurt Swirl

emoticon Dinner
Large Chinese Chicken Salad made with coleslaw, cilantro, poppy seeds, 5 oz roasted chicken
Newmans Own Sesame Ginger Dressing
Sara Lee Whole Wheat Roll with Butter

emoticon Evening Snack
3/4 c Applesauce with 1/4 c Berries and FF Whip



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Edited by: GOING-STRONG at: 3/26/2016 (22:43)
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Friday, March 25, 2016

Today was a travel day... and again I haven't done well with my eating. I'm in a funk right now and for some reason feel "entitled" to eat whatever I want. It is really stinkin thinkin and it is stressful. I have stayed within a 10-15 pound range for the past 7 years but I have this fear that when I eat off track that I won't be able to stop or control the slide. For years I yo yoed with my weight by 70-80 pounds so you can see why this concerns me. I do okay with fitness, but eating is the issue for me.

We were up early this morning. Had a quick up of coffee at the hotel before catching the shuttle to the airport. We checked a couple of bags and made our way through security without too much of a hassle. We traveled with our cat so she adds some stress to the mix. Taking her out of her bag at security is always a little disconcerting for her and of course she doesn't like the noise of jet engines. She has traveled with us since she was a baby so she does know the drill and really is a very good traveler.

The flight from Portland to Tucson is about 2 hours. We had time at the airport for breakfast and then caught up on our e-mail. I should have used that time to do some walking but I didn't. Our flight was uneventful and we actually landed 20 minutes early. Alaska Airlines does a great job and they also give a 20 minute luggage guarantee. We actually had our checked bags in hand less than 15 minutes after we landed.... certainly a much better experience than Frontier last month when our luggage took over an HOUR.

Our friend, Paul, picked us up at the airport. He and my DH were in the Marine Corp together and served in VietNam. They reconnected about 7 years ago and have rekindled a great friendship. Paul and his wife lived in New Hampshire for years but recently moved to AZ and now live just down the street from us. They are here full time and it is great as he keeps an eagle eye on our place. He leaves behind freezing temps, snow, bugs, and more and thinks AZ is paradise. I have to agree, it is a nice place particularly in the Winter when it is rainy and stormy at home.

When we were here in December, we arranged to have a custom security door made for our front porch. The guy sketched out by hand what I was looking for and then made it in his shop. They installed it in February and we got to see it today... it turned out fabulous! We can now open our front door and get some air circulation. The cat loves going and looking out the screen. You can see out the door from the inside, but from the outside you can't really see inside the house. The door also locks so you have an extra bit of security which will be nice when we are gone or have the front door open. It is a nice improvement and hopefully the added air circulation will save a little on air conditioning.

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We are going to be here in AZ for about 3 weeks. The weather is usually sunny and warm getting up to the 80's during the day. We have a fitness center close by so if it gets too warm to run outside I can go there and use the treadmill. I'm going to try and keep up with my strength training while we are here and go to the center every other day if possible.

emoticon Breakfast
Oatmeal with raisins, brown sugar and skim milk
English Muffin with butter and jelly

emoticon Morning Snack
None

emoticon Lunch
Bowl (2 cups) tomato soup and Food Good Chips (way too many)

emoticon Afternoon Snack
McDonalds Cone
Few pieces of Easter candy

emoticon Dinner
3 Tacos with beef, black beans, lettuce, tomato, salsa and light sour cream
Tortilla chips (again... way too many)

emoticon Evening Snack
Popcorn


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Edited by: GOING-STRONG at: 3/25/2016 (23:06)
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Thursday, March 24, 2016

Have to admit I'm pretty darn tired tonight. It has been go go go all day long. I did do a 30 min run on the treadmill this morning to get a jump start on the day.. and while it was hard it felt good when I finished. After breakfast I headed to the gym for weight training. Our regular trainer is out of town so Michelle, the gym owner led the group. She was a tough cookie and did a pretty advanced routine. I'm hoping I can move tomorrow lol. Had to leave a few minutes before the class was over in order to get ready and make it to work on time.

My OLCC service permit is expiring on April 1st. You have to renew it every 5 years. I mentioned to my sister that I was amazed that I had been working at the restaurant for 5 years already. She didn't believe me! Time does fly. I worked the section close to the kitchen again today. I had a few larger groups and one group of nine wanted separate tickets. That can be tough when you are busy because you have to run nine separate transactions with credit cards, have everyone sign, then close out the bills. Takes time and fortunately I didn't have any screw-ups putting the wrong food/drinks on the wrong bill.

After I got hone, it was more go go go. The DH had cleaned up the entire mess from his recent project and that was a delight. He knew it bothered me. He had done most of the packing for our trip and I only had a few things left to do. I cleaned out the fridge, took out garbage, ran the dishwasher, changed my clothes, etc. etc. We are now on the way to Portland and will have a late dinner before heading to the Hotel.

emoticon Breakfast
Oatmeal with sliced pear, raisins, brown sugar and almond milk
Mixed fruit

emoticon Morning Snack
Handful of almonds

emoticon Lunch
4 soda crackers with tuna mixed with FF yogurt, dill and pickles
cup of tomato basil soup
French Fries

emoticon Afternoon Snack
Protein shake with banana and berries

emoticon Dinner


emoticon Evening Snack
Food Good for you Chips



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Edited by: GOING-STRONG at: 3/24/2016 (22:40)
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My daily step average for past week was 19,725... just shy of the 20,000 average I was aiming for. I would like to average 20,000+ steps daily for the coming week.

For the Week ending March 26, 2016

emoticon Sun - 28,747
emoticon Mon - 20,674
emoticon Tue - 20,612
emoticon Wed - 20,156
emoticon Thur - 20,215
emoticon Fri - 8,221
emoticon Sat - 19,447

Edited by: GOING-STRONG at: 3/27/2016 (22:56)
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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Decided to go ahead and do a treadmill run again this morning for 30 minutes rather than a power walk. I'll probably continue to do that tomorrow also until I'm able to get back on schedule... most likely next week after Easter. I also usually do my long run on Sunday but will wait to do it until Monday as I'm hosting an Easter Dinner with friends.

After my run this morning, had breakfast and then off to the gym for spin/circuit class. I left after 45 minutes in order to get home and ready for work. I drive about 30 minutes to work and use that time to listen to audio books. I just finished a short book called 7th Month by Lisa Gardner. It was a murder mystery and a very light story but good for a drive. I just started listening to Caught by Harlen Coben. It has a 4 1/2 out of 5 star rating so should be good. I usually get my audio books from Amazon as an add-on. When you buy the kindle book you can sometimes add the audio for just a few bucks. Good to listen to while driving, running, doing housework.

Had a busy day at work today. My section was the one closest to the kitchen so I didn't get as many steps in as yesterday. In a typical 5 hour shift I'll usually get in 10,000 steps or about 5 miles. Today it was closer to 8,500.

After work, we went to my Sis/BIL's for CL's Birthday Dinner. She is my BIL's mother who has cancer. It was very nice and my Sis fixed a dinner that she requested. She wanted pot roast with potatoes, carrots, onions and rolls. She made a good choice! She also wanted the chocolate birthday cake that her mother always made her when she was a girl. She still had the recipe. I had a piece and it was less sweet than the cakes we have today. It was a chocolate yeast cake and you leave it in the refrigerator overnight and then bake it the next day.

Tomorrow will be another busy day. I work and then we will be driving to Portland as we are catching an early flight Fri morning to AZ. We will be at our place there for 3 weeks. DH would really like to move there and have it as our home base however that would be difficult for me with my family all here in Oregon. I did tell him that I would be okay spending more time there next Winter. DH is going to be 71 so I am really doing my best to support his wishes. Getting our new travel trailer was a BIG wish of his and he so deserves it. My daughter was over tonight to see it and was totally blown away with how nice it is inside. She was really shocked at the quality features particularly the cabinets. I have to agree. That was also what caught my eye. Some of the cabinets you see in travel trailers look so cheap.


emoticon Breakfast

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

emoticon Morning Snack
Handful of almond
Fresh Pear

emoticon Lunch
4 soda crackers with tuna mixed with pickles/FF plain yogurt and dill
French Fries

emoticon Afternoon Snack
Protein Shake with banana and almond milk
2 T clam chowder

emoticon Dinner
5 oz glass of white wine
Pot Roast with carrots, onions and potato
Cresent Roll with butter
Chocolate cake with ice cream

emoticon Evening Snack
None

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Edited by: GOING-STRONG at: 3/24/2016 (00:19)
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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

This morning, instead of walking 30 minutes on the treadmill I did a slow run for 30 minutes. I typically do a 5 mile run on Tuesday but working I knew that there was no way I could get that done.. so did the best I could. 30 minutes is better than nothing. After breakfast, I headed to the gym for a weight lifting class. We lifted heavy with multiple sets. I had to leave after 45 minutes but again.. better than nothing.

It was pretty slow again at the restaurant until 12:30 or 1:00... then we had a little surge. I had a 5 table section again today and that keeps you hustling when it gets full. I did get out a half hour earlier than yesterday so had a chance to stop by and get a bouquet of flowers for CL's birthday tomorrow. CL is my brother in laws mother. She is in her 80's and lives with my Sis and BIL and has for the past 5 years or so. She had a bought of cancer (pancreatic) a couple of years ago and had surgery to remove a tumor. She is very active for her age and regained her health quickly... however last month she found out it has come back and has spread. She has a choice to have chemo but has decided not to go that route and let nature take its course. She wants to spend what time she has left being able to enjoy life rather than being sick. My BIL arranged for hospice to come visit and they have given her information and a package of drugs to use if she happens to be out of town and is in pain. Anyway, tomorrow is her birthday and we are going over for Dinner. She doesn't want gifts but flowers are always in style.. so that is what we got her. I put them in a vase and you can actually see them in one of the photos I have below. They are a beautiful coral color and I hope she likes them.

When I got home from work, the DH had finished putting up the 3 pendant lights he started on yesterday. He still has work to do in the closet and wall with the switches before we can finish the clean-up... but he did a good job on the installation. I was really pleased with how they turned out and I know we will really enjoy them. It is hard to capture the beauty of the glass with the lights on but I did the best I could. The colors and pattern are similar to the floor lamp we bought last week, but each piece is hand made and unique.

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emoticon Breakfast
Oatmeal with diced apple, raisins, brown sugar and almond milk
Sliced Apple
1/4 c mixed fruit

emoticon Morning Snack
Single Serve container of Carb Control Yogurt

emoticon Lunch
3 soda crackers with tuna yogurt mixture
Few french fries

emoticon Afternoon Snack
Protein Shake with berries and almond milk

emoticon Dinner
Large green salad with coleslaw, tomato, onion and diced chicken
Newman's Own Sesame Ginger Dressing
Rosemary cracker with wedge of laughing cow cheese

emoticon Evening Snack
3/4 c applesauce with 1/4 c mixed berries and dollop of FF whip


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Edited by: GOING-STRONG at: 3/22/2016 (23:10)
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Eat healthy.. Exercise daily.. repeat! and Consistency.. that is the secret!


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Monday, March 21, 2016

Been a busy day today. I slept just a little late so felt a bit rushed all morning. I did do 30 minutes on the treadmill before breakfast, and then afterwards I headed to the gym for Spin class. I was only able to stay 45 minutes (rather than an hour) in order to get to work on time.

This week is Spring break for most of Oregon. Unfortunately, it is raining cats and dogs outside. I always feel bad for the kids when that happens. The restaurant was pretty slow until about 12:30pm when people just started streaming in and we filled up in about 15 minutes. It stayed busy until 3:30pm or so and then started to taper off. I didn't have a chance to eat lunch and finally around 4pm I made myself a protein shake. I'm expecting that is pretty much how it will be all week.

After work, I ran a few errands and got home to find DH had the house in a mess while he was working on a project. He is putting up three pendant lights over our kitchen counter and he had to move a lot of stuff around upstairs to get access to the ceiling... and then move everything out of our hall closet for access to wiring. Coming home tired to a mess is no fun... but I survived. Hopefully he will be able to finish tomorrow and we can put stuff back. Right now I have a pile of jackets on the couch which is driving me nuts.

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

emoticon Morning Snack
None

emoticon Lunch
A few french fries

emoticon Afternoon Snack
Protein Shake with banana and almond milk

emoticon Dinner
Large Green Salad with tomato, onion, 1/2 avocado and 4 oz diced chicken
Newmans Own Sesame Ginger Dressing
Rosemary Cracker with wedge of laughing cow

emoticon Evening Snack
3/4 c warmed applesauce with 1/4 c berries and dollop of FF whip



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Edited by: GOING-STRONG at: 3/21/2016 (23:29)
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Sunday, March 20, 2016

Got an early start this morning. For some reason our cat decided to start yowling around 5am and she didn't give up. Usually she will settle down but she wanted us up this morning so we finally gave in and got up.

Today I was scheduled to do my long run. The weather looked pretty iffy outside with intermittent rain. After breakfast, I waited to see if things would improve and spent a couple of hours working on setting up the RV. When we unpacked the old camper everything just got put in a jumble and so most everything needed to be washed and sorted. I have a big pile of bedding / towels that still needs to be laundered.

I was seriously thinking that I was going to have to get started on the treadmill so that I could get at least 6 miles in before lunch. Fortunately, the weather seemed to improve a little so I decided to chance an outdoor run. I put on my light rain jacket and a ball cap and got started. It was sprinkling lightly but not windy at all and temp was perfect in the high 50's.

After lunch, I planned to do an additional 5 miles... but weather had deteriorated. I continued to do some set up work on the RV and after a few hours got another break... so headed out to finish up the run. Didn't rain on me this time but the wind had really picked and for a couple of miles I was headed directly into it. That slowed me down considerably.. but I kept at it and got the full 11 miles finished! My legs are pretty sore. I missed two runs of 5 miles and two walks of 4-5 miles this week with the trip to Depoe Bay. It does make a difference. I'm working at the restaurant the next four days so will have to try and figure out how to fit in my Tues and Thurs runs. I'm not real fond of running after work.

emoticon Breakfast
Oatmeal with diced apples, raisins, brown sugar and almond milk
1/2 diced apple
1/2 diced pear
1/4 c mixed berries/grapes

emoticon Morning Snack
Single serve container of Carb Control Yogurt

emoticon Lunch
Bowl of Tomato Soup
Serving of Food Good Chips
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 1/2 banana and almond milk

emoticon Dinner
Omelette with 1 egg / 2 whites / 1/2 avocado and 2 oz mozzarella
1/2 c mashed potatoes
2 slices bacon

emoticon Evening Snack
3/4 c warmed applesauce with 1/4 c berries and dollop of FF whip
handful of almonds

My FitBit stats for the last week as posted on the FitBit team page.

My daily step average for past week was a pretty dismal 11,736 . I would like to average 20,000+ steps daily for the coming week.

For the Week ending March 19, 2016

emoticon Sun - 8,665
emoticon Mon - 23,650
emoticon Tue - 10,678
emoticon Wed - 8,652
emoticon Thur - 8,331
emoticon Fri - 6,211
emoticon Sat - 15,967


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Edited by: GOING-STRONG at: 3/20/2016 (23:06)
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Eat healthy.. Exercise daily.. repeat! and Consistency.. that is the secret!


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Saturday, March 19, 2016

Today has been a good day.. on several fronts. First I am back on track with fitness and nutrition. Yay! I'm feeling so much better. I was telling my DH how I had fun on our 3 day trip, but I came home in a funk. I couldn't understand why and he reminded me that I'm an endorphin addict lol. Without a work-out I don't get my "fix"... and it leaves me in a funk. Makes perfect sense. Anyway, I'm back on my drug of choice and feeling just fine.

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Got up early this morning and gave some thought as to how I would work-out today. I typically do a 5 mile run on Saturdays, however we were heading to Portland around 11:00 so it really didn't leave time.... unless we had breakfast early and I went for a run afterwards. That is what I did. The morning weather was good without any wind and by the end of mile one I had to take off my light windbreaker as I was too warm. Finished the rest of the run in a t-shirt.

Took a quick shower after I got home and we headed into Portland to pick up our NEW Wildcat Maxx 24' Travel Trailer. This is really a dream come true for DH. He is absolutely on cloud nine... and really so am I. When we got to the dealership they had everything all set up and ready for us. They went through and showed us how everything worked. There are switches and remotes for about everything. It is very high tech with a full bluetooth entertainment package that includes TV, DVD, CD, and AM-FM. There are even USB plug in ports in the bedroom so you can keep your gadgets charged.

We finished up the paperwork and they gave us a one year complimentary membership to Thousand Trails Campgrounds. There actually is a TT campground just a mile from where we live and it is very popular. I'm excited because they have a facility in the Bend (Central Oregon) area as well as several up in WA. There is also one in Leavenworth, WA down the road from where our friends live.

We did have a minor blip in the process. The towing connection didn't fit our Tahoe so we ended up having to buy one. They had given us a $40 credit to use on parts/service so that helped offset the $100 cost. We made the trip home without incident and DH indicated that it was a comfortable drive. We live up a hill with a pretty steep and narrow driveway. That was a little stressful and it took quite a bit of back and forth to get it parked. We have decided that from now on we will park it in the lower area of our property rather than up by the house. Less chance of having an accident or getting something scratched. DH is quite good with driving and pulling a trailer thank goodness. We had a little celebratory toast to commemorate the occasion.

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Hope you my Spark Friends are having a wonderful week-end. Thank you for dropping by and I appreciate your continued support.


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

emoticon Morning Snack
Single serve container of carb control yogurt

emoticon Lunch
McDonalds Oatmeal Bowl

emoticon Afternoon Snack
Medium Fresh apple
McDonalds Vanilla Cone

emoticon Dinner
3 egg omelette (1 egg, 2 whites) with 2 oz mozzarella cheese
Rosemary Cracker with wedge of laughing cow cheese
1 c assorted fruit

emoticon Evening Snack
3/4 c warmed applesauce with 1/4 c berries and dollop of FF whip



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Edited by: GOING-STRONG at: 3/19/2016 (22:17)
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Eat healthy.. Exercise daily.. repeat! and Consistency.. that is the secret!


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Friday, March 18, 2016

Today we headed back home from Depoe Bay. Had a wonderful time with family and friends but I can't sustain that lifestyle. I came home and found myself in a real funk.. both physically and spiritually. I didn't do any time on the treadmill because I was in charge of breakfast so didn't feel I should take the time. That just sets the stage for me to be off the rails... and I was. We packed up mid morning with a plan to stop at the Outlet Mall and then continue home. Here is a photo of the six of us saying goodbye to Depoe Bay until next year.

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DH needed to be back home early afternoon as he had an appt at the car dealer to have his Tahoe checked because of a small leak in the sunroof. Speaking of the Tahoe, we used the back row of seats on this trip when the six of us went for the drive down the coast. Was that ever nice being able to fit everyone into one rig. This is the fourth Tahoe that DH has owned and this newer model has a 3rd row of seats that fold down in the cargo bay. Very handy. The older Tahoe had a 3rd row of seats but they weren't built in and you had to put them in / take them out. I don't recall ever using them.. too much hassle.

But I digress... back to the outlet mall. The two places I wanted to go were to The North Face and Under Armour. I like both brands and they have good quality work out gear and outerwear. Last year, I bought a North Face jacket that is called a 3 in 1 jacket. It is water resistant with a hood and has an inner jacket lining that you can remove and wear as a light jacket... so you can wear it 3 ways. The outer jacket alone, the inner light jacket alone or both together. I mostly wear the inner light jacket alone. We did stop at both places but neither of us bought anything. (Ha ha... can you believe it?) I didn't see anything I couldn't live without.

After we got home, I did some laundry and chores. I really needed to get out for a quick run (the weather was great!) but couldn't shake off my funk. When I get off plan with my nutrition and fitness it really sends me into a downward spiral. I know I am happiest when I take charge and make wise decisions regarding what goes in my mouth.

DH did take time to put our new lamp up.. It is a beauty. It is also has a dimmer switch on it which will really be nice.

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Still no tracking today....back at it tomorrow FOR SURE!

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emoticon Lunch

emoticon Afternoon Snack

emoticon Dinner

emoticon Evening Snack




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Edited by: GOING-STRONG at: 3/19/2016 (10:20)
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Eat healthy.. Exercise daily.. repeat! and Consistency.. that is the secret!


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Thursday, March 17, 2016

Had another great day filled with family and friends. The weather has been stellar and today it was all sunshine with little to no wind. My sister and I were sitting outside on the patio in the afternoon and actually got a little too warm!

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Before breakfast this morning, I did manage to get over to the fitness center for 30 minutes on the treadmill. After I finished that and I got back to our condo it was time for breakfast which was a beautiful spread of fruit, granola, toast and smoothies. It has been a real food fest.

After everything and everyone was cleaned up we decided to drive South down the Coast to Yachats. As we meandered down, we browsed through a few antique malls and such. We had lunch at a charming restaurant which we had also eaten at last year. On the drive back North, we stopped at a glass blowing factory where beautiful glass pieces are made right in front of you. We bought a gorgeous floor lamp. My DH has this ugly lamp next to his chair at home, He really loved the glass floor lamp but I said the beauty of it would be marred by the lamp next to his chair. I have tried to get him to get rid of it before but he refused. Not today... he agreed so we got the new piece. Double score!

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No food tracking today - It is an embarrassment!

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emoticon Afternoon Snack

emoticon Dinner

emoticon Evening Snack




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Edited by: GOING-STRONG at: 3/18/2016 (10:49)
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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Sorry I didn't get this posted last night. Had a busy day and then we played dominoes after dinner until almost midnight so I just ran out of gas. I was up early and did manage to go to the fitness center for a 30 minute power walk on the treadmill. That is really the only activity I got in for the days.

Meals today were a bust. I didn't do any of the cooking and being with a group it is tough to manage eating on a plan. Let's just leave it and say I'll get back on track in a few days.

Spent the afternoon out and about. My Sis LOVES to gamble as does one of the others in our group... so we went to the casino. There are a few Indian casinos here in Oregon and while they aren't the mega resorts you see in Vegas they are nice. I noticed that they had a top notch entertainer booked in July. Overall, it was a fun day and we had sunshine... but a real cold wind so couldn't spend time outside more than for a few minutes. I did manage to get a few photos. This is the OUTSTANDING view out of the living room window in our unit at Depoe Bay.

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Here are a couple of DH and I outside the Casino. This is in Lincoln City, OR

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Today, we are going to do a little shopping. We each got a $150 Amex card yesterday for attending the Wyndam breakfast meeting yesterday. Of course they tried to sell everyone points in their system. We didn't bite... can you believe it lol.

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Didn't track today. It was pointless.

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My daily step average for past week was a pretty dismal 11,736 . I would like to average 20,000+ steps daily for the coming week.

For the Week ending March 19, 2016

emoticon Sun - 8,665
emoticon Mon - 23,650
emoticon Tue - 10,678
emoticon Wed - 8,652
emoticon Thur - 8,331
emoticon Fri - 6,211
emoticon Sat - 15,967

Edited by: GOING-STRONG at: 3/20/2016 (10:37)
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Eat healthy.. Exercise daily.. repeat! and Consistency.. that is the secret!


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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Up early this morning with lots to do before leaving for 3 days. We are going down the Coast to Depoe Bay and staying in a Condo (Wyndham) with my Sis/BIL and 2 of their friends. I put in my 30 minutes on the treadmill before breakfast and then headed to the gym for Weight Training class. Today was Upper Body with 5 sets with reps of 12, 10, 8, 6, and back to 12. The idea is to try and increase weight as the reps go down, but the reality is your muscles are more fatigued as you progress. I was able to increase on a few of the exercises .. the chest fly and the overhead triceps.

After the gym, I finished up a few household chores and got packed for the trip. Before heading out, we all met for lunch at a nearby Chinese Restaurant. I didn't do too bad with my eating, but Chinese food in general is not the best choice for me.

Spent the rest of the afternoon in the car. I am responsible for making a Dinner for Six and a Breakfast for Six. Also packed some snacks and drinks. When we arrived, everyone started unpacking stuff and the refrigerator was full in no time at all. It is an all out food fest with snacks out everywhere. I had a glass of wine (mistake #1) and that was unfortunately followed up with way too much food and a full dessert. Word for the day is ... oh oh

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

emoticon Morning Snack
Single serve container of carb control yogurt

emoticon Lunch
2 oz BBQ pork, 1/2 c pork fried rice, 1/2 c vegetable sub gum chow mein, 1 oz Sweet/Sour Chicken

emoticon Afternoon Snack
Food Good Chips
Medium Fresh Apple

emoticon Dinner
2 pieces of bread with butter
Small mixed green salad with Italian Dressing
Bowl of Beef Stew
Dish of Ice Cream with chocolate/caramel hard shell

emoticon Evening Snack
Assorted Snack Mix




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Edited by: GOING-STRONG at: 3/15/2016 (23:57)
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Monday, March 14, 2016

I am so frustrated! I just spent 1/2 hour working on my blog and was literally on the last few lines and my computer froze up and I lost everything! Sigh.... It has been one of those days.


emoticon Breakfast
Oatmeal with diced apple, raisins, brown sugar and almond milk
1/2 diced apple
1/2 diced pear
1/4 c grapes

emoticon Morning Snack
Single serve container of carb control yogurt

emoticon Lunch
2 cups mixed sauteed veggies with polish sausage
Rosemary cracker with wedge of laughing cow cheese
3/4 c applesauce with 1/4 c berries and dollop of FF whip

emoticon Afternoon Snack
Large apple
Handful of almonds

emoticon Dinner
Omelette with 1 egg, 2 whites, mixed veggies, mozzarella
1 1/2 Rosemary Cracker with wedge of laughing cow cheese
2 slices bacon

emoticon Evening Snack
3/4 c warmed applesauce with 1/4 c berries and dollop of FF whip

Here are my FitBit Stats as posted of the FitBit team page.

My daily step average for past week was 21,974 . I would like to average 20,000+ steps daily for the coming week.

For the Week ending March 12, 2016

emoticon Sun - 17,329
emoticon Mon - 21,711
emoticon Tue - 22,957
emoticon Wed - 20,541
emoticon Thur - 22,638
emoticon Fri - 13,415
emoticon Sat - 35,226


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Edited by: GOING-STRONG at: 3/15/2016 (00:08)
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Sunday, March 13, 2016

Today has been another super busy but very exciting day... it has been go go go. Got up a little later this morning due to change to daylight savings time and I was just fine with that. We stayed at a nice hotel in Portland that had a complimentary breakfast so after we got up we headed downstairs for breakfast. Our plan for today was to go to the Portland RV Show, then do a little shopping, have an early dinner and head home. The National Weather Service issued a High Wind Warning for the coast that was in effect from 11am - 6pm so we didn't want to drive home during that timeframe in what might be hazardous conditions with the possibility of trees falling.

After breakfast, we packed up and checked out. I had considered doing 30 minutes on the treadmill at the hotel gym but time was short so I gave myself a break today. Looking at my Fitbit I'm not even going to make 10,000 today. We will call this a rest day.

First stop was the Portland RV Show at the Expo Center. It was about 1/2 hour drive from the hotel and then cars were backed up to get in the parking lot ... so got in a little later than we had plan'ned.. but no biggie. The Expo center was busy and there were literally 100's of RV's that you could tour. We started out looking at every one, but after going in and out of about 20 we just looked at models that were in our size range. The really little ones were cute and not real expensive. I wish I had considered something inexpensive when I was younger but it wasn't even on my radar. It would have been fun to go camping on week-ends and we have a lot of parks along the coast. I just tell myself I have to be happy that we are camping now as it is something I really love to do. It is a quality experience. Around 1:30 I found I was absolutely famished. One of the salespeople told us about different concessions throughout the building and we walked through about 3 buildings full of RV's to get to the food court. We had a quick (and expensive!) lunch but I felt re-energized. While walking through the other buildings to the food area we spotted some RV's we wanted to check out. We stepped into one and were immediately smitten. The layout was just beautiful and the workmanship and materials seemed to be better quality. I think you can guess where this is going. We are beyond excited about our new RV! My DH has worked so hard on our used RV (1992 model) to get it fixed up and he has done a wonderful job. It is cute.. but it isn't like the new ones lol. We have several big camping trips planned over the Summer and in the back of our minds we have been worried about taking a 25 year old RV on a long hard trip. What if an axle breaks... or the tires, breaks, etc has an issue. When you are 1000 miles from home that can be stressful. The new RV includes full roadside assistance for a year so that will give us enough time to shake out any issues. We also received a 1 yr membership to Thousand Trails and a lifetime pass to Neskowin Creek RV Park. Neskowin is down the coast about 2 hours from where we live so I think that will be fun too. We pick up our new RV next Saturday in Portland.. Yip!

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After we left the show, we headed to Costco to do some shopping. We are going with my Sis/BIL and 2 of their friends down the coast for 3 days later this week. We each will be cooking one breakfast and one dinner so I needed to get some supplies however will still have to shop for additional groceries tomorrow.

We then headed to Cheesecake Factory for dinner. I had my favorite skinnylicious veggie burger with green salad and just one bite of DH's red velvet cheesecake dessert. Yay!

Headed home around 6pm and we had no issues with wind. There were a few trees that had come down but highway was clear. When we got home the clocks were all blinking so we had lost power but it was back on. Needed to change the time on the clocks anyway lol.

Sorry.. but I'm behind on all my e-mail and blogs... I haven't had a chance to read and comment on blogs but should be caught up in the next day or so. Thanks for stopping by and sending you all best wishes for a wonderful week.

emoticon Breakfast
Bowl of Raisin Bran with 1 cup skim milk
Hard Boiled Egg
Slice of WW toast with butter and grape jelly

emoticon Morning Snack
Small fresh apple

emoticon Lunch
Baked Potato with 1 tsp butter, 2 T sour cream, sprinkle of cheese and bacon bits

emoticon Afternoon Snack
None

emoticon Dinner
Cheesecake Factory Skinnylicious Veggie Burger
Green Salad with Balsamic Dressing
1 small roll with butter
1 bite Red Velvet Cheesecake

emoticon Evening Snack
3/4 c warmed applesauce with 1/4 c berries and dollop of FF whip
small handful of almonds



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Edited by: GOING-STRONG at: 3/14/2016 (00:18)
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Saturday, March 12, 2016

Sorry I'm late getting my blog up. I had a very full day and just ran out of gas before I got it done.

Started out the day early ...up at 5am as I was restless all night. We stayed at a very nice Hotel in Gig Harbor, WA but the pillows were those really puffy kind and I just couldn't get my neck comfortable. Kept me restless all night. To get to Gig Harbor you go across the Tacoma Narrows Bridge. My DH lived in Seattle for years but had never been across the bridge before.. which I found interesting. The bank I used to work for had headquarters in Tacoma and I attended a meeting in Gig Harbor so I had been to the area. The bridge has an interesting history and was nicknamed "Galloping Gerty".. In 1940, the bridge literally broke apart and fell during a windstorm It had only been in service for 4 months and 5 days! This "new" bridge has fared better lol but it carries a pretty steep $6 toll.

We checked out of the hotel around 6:30am and they gave us a snack box "to go" as we were too early for the lobby breakfast. What a nice gesture. It was full of stuff I really didn't want to eat (pastry, juice, mixed fruit cup, granola bar) but was right up DH's alley. We arrived downtown Tacoma about an hour before the race start and they were setting up tents and such. We found a good spot to wait as it was raining lightly. The weather report said it would be dry 7-11am but didn't look like it got the memo.

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I was surprised how few people were around. I did the Shamrock Half in Portland last year and that attracts about 35,000 people with 6 different races. I actually like the smaller races so it was a nice surprise. The half marathoners lined up and we were off at 8:15am. Boy was the course hilly... much hillier than I expected. I enjoyed the scenery around the waterfront and while it was sprinkling the rain wasn't really a problem. Around mile 3, it actually stopped raining and by mile 6 I took off my jacket as I was getting a little too warm. The course was an out and back route so I always like seeing that midway turnaround. The costumes some of the folks were wearing were just outstanding.

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After the turnaround, I was running into the wind... which was cold. My clothes were slightly damp so that was a little chilly... but the wind dried me quickly. The last 1/2 mile was really fun as they had started a kids run and little kids were passing me left and right. They were adorable and it was great to see them get a medal at the finish line.

My DH was waiting for me at the finish line. He did the 5k and came in 1st in his division. He is always happy when that happens... there was only one in his division lol...and he got a blue ribbon. His time wasn't bad at just over a 16 min/mile pace considering his foot is still injured. I was at the back of the pack and didn't place... but I did finish with a smile on my face. Since that bout of bursitis in my hip I have been keeping my pace at around a 13 min/mile. I have come to the conclusion that it was speed intervals that triggered the issue rather than the shoes.

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After the event, we headed out of Tacoma with a drive to Portland. We made a quick stop for lunch and it was slow going on the freeway because it was an absolute downpour. I guess the weather did get the memo after all because by Noon it was raining hard.

Got to our hotel in Portland and had time for a quick shower before heading into the City. We have season tickets to the Best of Broadway series and tonight's stage show was the Wizard of Oz.

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We actually had seen the Wizard of Oz on stage about 20 years ago. Mickey Rooney played the part of the Wizard and Joanne Worley was the Wicked Witch. The show and the special effects were just great. We got back to the hotel around 10:30pm and I just fell into bed. Like I said earlier... it was a full day!

emoticon Breakfast (before race)
Cup of Raisin Bran with almond milk
Kind Bar

emoticon Morning Snack (after race)
Banana
Cup of chocolate milk

emoticon Lunch
2 egg whites with tomato
cup of mixed fruit
English muffin with grape jelly
2 slices turkey bacon

emoticon Afternoon Snack
cup of fresh blackberries

emoticon Dinner
Salmon Skillet
(5 oz salmon with roasted vegetables)

emoticon Evening Snack
Peanut butter cookie


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Edited by: GOING-STRONG at: 3/13/2016 (23:43)
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Friday, March 11, 2016

Didn't do so well with my eating today... bummer! I started off pretty good but things deteriorated later in the day. I let myself get too hungry and that set off some not so good choices.

I was up early this morning and put in my 30 minutes on the treadmill before breakfast. I spent a little time finishing up packing for our trip to Tacoma and then went to the gym for a 60 minute spin class. After I got home I finished up chores and got ready to go. I packed the DH and I a lunch so we could eat on the road. Tacoma is about a 3 1/2 hour drive and we wanted to get there before the traffic really got horrid. That seems to happen earlier and earlier and especially on Fridays. We did make it without encountering a lot of traffic back-up so that was a relief. We went to the place to pick up our race packets and they didn't have a T-shirt for my DH in his size. That was a disappointment, but they sent him over to a person who handles problems and they gave him an upgraded shirt in his size. Problem solved. He is doing the 5k and was supposed to get a cotton shirt and instead they gave him the tech shirt the 10k runners are getting. He left a happy camper. I also had a nice surprise. I am a member of the "Half Fanatics" and they gave me a bracelet so I could go to the VIP tent at the event. Nice! For you sparkers that run Half Marathons be sure to check out the Half Fanatics website. You pay a fee to join and a small annual fee but you also get discounts at various races and other perks. I like that I can log all of my race statistics in one convenient place. Here is a picture of Flat Rhonda all ready to jump into action.

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

emoticon Morning Snack
Single Serve Container of carb control yogurt

emoticon Lunch
Tuna Sandwich made with 2 slices of Ezekiel Bread, lettuce, and Tuna mixed with plain greek yogurt, diced pickles and dill.
Serving of Food Good Chips
Apple

emoticon Afternoon Snack
Food Good Chips (about 4 servings)

emoticon Dinner
Cup of French Onion Soup with cheese
Chicken Dijon with mashed potatoes, gravy and broccolini
1/2 serving apple craisin cobbler

emoticon Evening Snack


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Edited by: GOING-STRONG at: 3/11/2016 (22:45)
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Thursday, March 10, 2016

Well, we survived the storm last night. The power did go out twice and the stuff blowing around outside looked like a scene from Wizard of Oz. We didn't have any damage, just a lot of debris to clean up. We looked out the window this morning and the neighbor down the hill wasn't as lucky. A tree split and fell on his car. There were a number of trees that came down, one unfortunately on a car and the driver was killed. The winds South of us were clocked at 73 mph and North of us in the 90's... we probably had gusts in the mid 70's... not nearly as high as the super storm of 2007. Wind gusts topped at 123 mph and there was a lot of damage. The wind actually leveled an entire hill with hundreds of trees. All the tree limbs were stripped and then the trunks were toppled. The hillside looked like it was covered in lincoln logs. Very strange but certainly spoke to the power of nature.

This morning, it was still a little windy but calmed as the day went on. I put in 2 miles on the treadmill this morning and finished just before the power went out again. It eventually came back on and after breakfast I headed to the gym for Body Blast class. Today was heavy lifting for lower body. I didn't overdo it as I have a half marathon to run on Saturday. After I got home, I did a few chores and then FINISHED the tax prep work I needed to do. Yip! I'm ready to take the paperwork to the CPA; who is my brother in law.
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He is uber generous and does our taxes for free because I work for them at the restaurant. I try and do nice things for them throughout the year as that really saves us money. I also worked on the de-clutter project and have another rack done and I put up my last batch of finishers medals from Disney. I took off the ribbons and just hung the medals and I was pleased how it turned out.

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This afternoon, I had a 5 mile run on the schedule. It wasn't raining and winds weren't real strong so I did it outside. I only had to wear a light jacket so that was nice. I checked the weather report and it looks like there is a 50% chance of rain when I run the half. Hoping for the best, but preparing for rain.

All in all, I'm feeling pleased with progress today and looking forward to a fun week-end. Sending best wishes to all of you... my Spark Friends.

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

emoticon Morning Snack
Single serve container of carb control yogurt

emoticon Lunch
2 cups of homemade chicken, veggie and rice soup
Rosemary Cracker with wedge of laughing cow cheese
1/2 c assorted fruit
3/4 c warmed applesauce with 1/4 c berries and dollop of FF whip

emoticon Afternoon Snack
Fresh apple
Handful of almonds

emoticon Dinner
Large Green Salad with Cabbage, Tomato, Onion, 1/2 Avocado, 5 oz chicken
Newmans Own Sesame Ginger Dressing
Rosemary Cracker with wedge of laughing cow cheese

emoticon Evening Snack
3/4 c warmed applesauce with 1/4 c berries and dollop of FF whip



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Edited by: GOING-STRONG at: 3/10/2016 (22:54)
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Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Things are really rocking and rolling here on the Oregon Coast tonight. We currently are under a Hurricane Force Wind Warning and the power has been popping on and off for the past hour. It is possible that I may lose power before completing my blog so I'm going to go ahead and post.. and will update with the complete version when it is finished (and power remains) So far we have had wind gusts up to 68 mph and things outside are blowing around. We have seen garbage can lids, pop cans, and other little stuff and the canvas cover on our camp trailer is pretty much torn to shreds. The winds are supposed to continue for another six hours so most likely we will have trees down and probably a few houses/businesses will lose their roofs. It has been blustery and rainy all day. I had a 5 mile walk on the schedule so as you can imagine, there was no way I could do it outside. What I did do was 30 minutes on the treadmill this morning before going to the gym for a 1 hour spin circuit class. We do 3 rounds of 15 minutes of spin followed by 5 minutes of strength. It was a good work-out.

After coming home from the gym, I did a few household chores and worked for a bit on our June camp trip to the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone. I am working out a route and where we will potentially stay. As I make progress, I check for availability and make reservations. It is amazing how many places are already sold out for the days I'm looking for. I thought planning 3 months in advance would be sufficient but for popular places it looks like you need to reserve sooner. We took our first camp trip last September and I'm really a newbie at it.

After lunch, it was storming so I headed up to do another 30 minutes on the treadmill. I downloaded an audio book to listen to while walking so that helps pass the time. Afterwards, I worked a little on the de-clutter project. I found a tin box full of photos from a trip to Paris. It was fun to look through. I have a friend who has been scanning her old photos and they are turning out great. I sent her a message to find out what type of equipment she is using and may look into getting a photo scanner. I did send in a batch of photos to a digitizing service in December and they turned out great.... but I have a lot of photos and if I got them all digitized it would be expensive. The thing I didn't get done today was finishing the income tax prep. I have to do that tomorrow for sure as I plan to deliver the paperwork on Friday.

To get the rest of my walking done I did house walking while watching TV. The cat loves when I do that because she thinks it is a game and she is being chased. She gets her exercise too when I house walk!

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

emoticon Morning Snack
Single serve container of carb control yogurt

emoticon Lunch
Omelette with 1 egg, 2 whites, assorted veggies, 1/2 avocado and 1 oz mozzarella cheese
1 serving Food Good Chips with salsa and dollop of FF sour cream
Soft serve frozen banana "ice cream" with dollop of FF whip

emoticon Afternoon Snack
Fresh Apple

emoticon Dinner
Large Green Salad with cabbage, tomato, onion, diced chicken
Newmans Own Sesame Ginger Dressing
Rosemary Cracker with wedge of laughing cow cheese

emoticon Evening Snack
3/4 c warm applesauce wtih 1/4 c berries and dollop of FF Whip



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Edited by: GOING-STRONG at: 3/9/2016 (23:38)
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My daily step average for past week was 21,974 . I would like to average 20,000+ steps daily for the coming week.

For the Week ending March 12, 2016

emoticon Sun - 17,329
emoticon Mon - 21,711
emoticon Tue - 22,957
emoticon Wed - 20,541
emoticon Thur - 22,638
emoticon Fri - 13,415
emoticon Sat - 35,226

Edited by: GOING-STRONG at: 3/14/2016 (23:27)
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Eat healthy.. Exercise daily.. repeat! and Consistency.. that is the secret!


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Tuesday, March 8, 2016

I did it again... I overslept this morning. I like to be up by 6:30am but I refuse to set an alarm unless I have something that requires it. I was blasted awake by an alarm for too many years to put myself through that if I don't have really need to do it. So, no time for the treadmill before breakfast. I did do a few household chores before breakfast and then afterwards went to the gym for a 50 minute weight training class. Today, was upper body/arms. We started with a set of 12, followed by a set of 10, 8, 6 and then another 12. The goal is to start light and get heavier as you go, then go back light for the final set and hopefully really fatigue the muscle. It worked lol.

My DH had to go to Portland today and left shortly after I got home from the gym. After he left, I headed up to the she cave to do my 30 minute treadmill walk. While I was up there I worked on our tax prep for awhile and did a small amount on the de-clutter project. My reward was to watch the final episode of Downton Abbey. I actually watched half while I had lunch and saved the final half for after my afternoon run. I had 5 miles on the schedule today and it was lightly raining. I decided to go ahead and do it outside and just get wet... which I did. At about mile 4 I pass the Outlet Mall and that is always a good place for a bathroom stop. The problem now however is EVERY time I see the mall coming up I HAVE to go to the bathroom. My body is like Pavlov's Dog. It reminds me of when I was going through chemo (25 years ago) for breast cancer. Toward the end of the treatment regime I would walk in the room and when I would see the nurse I would have to run to the bathroom to throw up. I was nauseous just seeing her before they even started. I told her it wasn't personal. Yep, I'm like Pavlov's Dog.

After I got home from my run, I showered and plunked myself on the couch for the final half of the show. The writer did an excellent job of wrapping up the story lines and everyone had a happy ending. Just like real life... ha!

emoticon Breakfast
Oatmeal with diced apple, raisins, brown sugar, almond milk
2 cups honeydew / watermelon

emoticon Morning Snack
Single serve container of carb control yogurt

emoticon Lunch
Veggie Omelette with 1 egg, 2 whites
2 cups honeydew / watermelon / blackberries

emoticon Afternoon Snack
Protein Shake with almond milk and 1/2 c frozen grapes

emoticon Dinner
Spaghetti Squash Lasagna Boat - 1/2 Spaghetti Squash with 1/2 c cottage cheese, 1 c marinara, 1/4 c diced sausage and 2 oz mozzarella
Rosemary Cracker with wedge of laughing cow cheese

emoticon Evening Snack
3/4 c warmed applesauce with 1/4 c berries and dollop of FF whip



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Edited by: GOING-STRONG at: 3/8/2016 (22:32)
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Monday, March 7, 2016

I wasn't scheduled to work this week so hoping to finish up the tax prep to get to our CPA before we leave for Tacoma on Friday. I really don't have that much left to do so if I give it a few more hours I should be good to go. With that being said, I didn't work on it at all today! I did do 30 minutes on the treadmill before breakfast and then afterwards went to the gym for a 60 minute spin class. When I got home, I checked the market and a few of my stocks were really showing some positive signs... so I spent the time I was planning to work on taxes doing a few option trades. The thing with options is that you are more successful if you wait for the optimal time to make a trade rather than try and force it. Sometimes that takes awhile to happen, but I actually had two hit today.. so good morning in the market and put a smile on my face.

After lunch, I had a 5 mile power walk on the schedule. The sun was out but we were having occasional showers... so sort of like yesterday. I wore a waterproof (more accurately water resistant) jacket with a hood and headed out. It did sprinkle on me but nothing like yesterday. It was however very windy and my DH was waiting for me to finish so we could do some shopping so I cut it short at a little over 4 miles.

We made a trip to Home Depot for some hardware and I wanted to get some paint chips for the house. We are going to have the outside painted and I have a color in mind... so picked up a few samples to bring home and compare. I also got six assorted violas to replace a few of the primroses I planted a few weeks ago. Even though I put out a good amount of slug bait they have been chewed on mercilessly. All the rain probably dissipated the slug bait and made it useless. I like the color of the primroses but I need to learn that they don't work as the slugs find them to be an irresistible delicacy. So, removing the worst ones and replacing with violas which do better.

emoticon Breakfast
Oatmeal with diced apple, raisins, brown sugar and almond milk
1/2 sliced apple
1/2 sliced pear
a few blackberries and grapes

emoticon Morning Snack
Single serve container of carb control yogurt

emoticon Lunch
Omelette with 1 egg, 2 whites, mixed sauteed veggies and chicken
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
Fresh apple

emoticon Dinner
Large green salad with cabbage, tomato, onion, 1/2 avocado, chicken
Rosemary cracker with wedge of laughing cow cheese

emoticon Evening Snack
3/4 c warmed applesauce with 1/4 c berries and dollop of FF whip
Handful of almonds



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Edited by: GOING-STRONG at: 3/7/2016 (22:51)
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Sunday, March 6, 2016

Up early this morning as the DH didn't sleep well last night. Usually, it is sort of nice to sleep a little later on Sunday but wasn't in the cards today. My DH has sleep apnea and uses a CPap machine. The face mask he used last night is a new one that is shaped a little differently and it really caused him some problems. My bet is that he won't be using that one again.

The good news was that the storm yesterday seemed to have blown over and it was nice outside.. just a little windy. After breakfast, I decided that I would do my 5 mile run while I had the chance. I started off and about a mile in it started to rain in earnest. This time, no reprieve... just got drenched. I decided to continue and slog through as it is possible that it will rain during an event and you can't stop for rain... so might as well train in it. The wind slowed me down a little but eventually, around mile 4, the rain let up and the sun came out again. Typical Oregon Coast weather. I can tell you that after I got home a hot shower felt really good.

After lunch, I did a few household chores and decided that I needed to do at least a little work on our tax prep as well as continue with my de-clutter project. I got out another rack of stuff and sorted through a few items. I found a couple of really cute tote bags, one from a trip to Capri about 20 years ago and another than my Sister gave me for my birthday several years ago. They are both nice enough to use as a carry-on, but I'm having a hard time figuring out if I should keep them. I'm leaning toward donating them to a local homeless shelter. I'm sure as residents move in and out that a tote might come in handy. I worked for about an hour and decided what I really wanted to do was watch last week's episode of Downton Abbey. I record the episode every week as DH doesn't watch it .. so I watch when he is doing something else. I'm so bummed that there is only one episode left. It is such a great show.

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

emoticon Morning Snack
Single serve container of carb control yogurt

emoticon Lunch
Bowl (2 cups) of homemade chicken, rice and veggie soup
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, grapes and almond milk

emoticon Dinner
2 cups sauteed mixed vegetables (onion, carrots, sweet potato, brussel sprouts)
with 2 oz rotisserie chicken, 2 oz mozarella
Rosemary cracker with wedge of laughing cow cheese

emoticon Evening Snack
3/4 c warmed applesauce with 1/4 c berries and dollop of FF whip


Here are my FitBit stats for the past week. as posted on the FitBit team.

My daily step average for past week was 16,818... short of my 20,000 goal. This is not surprising with the 3 day visit to see friends where I wasn't really able to get out and walk. In fact, my step count for 2 of those days were less than 5,000. I would like to average 20,000+ steps daily for the coming week.

For the Week ending March 5, 2016

emoticon Sun - 22,913
emoticon Mon - 21,239
emoticon Tue - 20,789
emoticon Wed - 9,234
emoticon Thur - 3,460
emoticon Fri - 4,788
emoticon Sat - 35,304 (I actually think this is overstated)


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Edited by: GOING-STRONG at: 3/6/2016 (22:04)
Rhonda
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Friday, March 4, 2016

Today has been another off day for me with most of it spent in the car. All in all, my eating today hasn't been bad but no activity for the most part. This week-end I plan to run both Sat and Sun so the plan is to get right back on track. I have a Half Marathon to run next week-end so can't let any moss grow under my toes lol.

We had a good time visiting our friends. We went on a cruise together last Summer and they are great companions. The four of us played Dominoes last night and Donna won one game and I one the other. Girls rule! This morning we went over our itinerary for the May camping trip. They won't be joining us until the later part of the trip and we will meet up in Southern Oregon. We are planning on going on a jet boat excursion on the Rogue River. That should be wild! I have done a white water rafting excursion on the Rogue River once about 30 years ago but have never done a jet boat. The company has high ratings on Trip Adviser so should be a good time.

emoticon Breakfast
2 egg omelette with ham, onion, cheese
1 slice whole wheat toast
1 link sausage
1/4 cantaloupe

emoticon Morning Snack
None

emoticon Lunch
1 cup grits
2 scrambled egg whites
2 slices bacon
English Muffin, dry

emoticon Afternoon Snack
Fresh Pear

emoticon Dinner
Large Green Salad with
tomato, onion, cabbage, 1/2 avocado and 4 oz rotisserie chicken
Rosemary Cracker with wedge of laughing cow

emoticon Evening Snack
3/4 c warmed applesauce with 1/4 c berries and dollop of FF whip


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Edited by: GOING-STRONG at: 3/4/2016 (22:34)
Rhonda
Seaside, Oregon

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


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Saturday, March 5, 2016

Today was my day to get back on track with both nutrition and fitness. I was really pleased to see sunshine out the window as I had a 5 mile easy run on the schedule. I have increased my normal weekly running schedule from 3 days a week to 4 and have found that my legs aren't as sore after a long run. The other 3 days I walk and then I also try and get to the gym for a class Mon-Fri if my schedule allows.

Right now, the pink trees are in full bloom. We have 3 flowering cherry trees in our lower yard that the DH planted 5 or so years ago. They have really grown from nothing more than a twig to this.



I really enjoy this time of year when they bloom and bring such beauty to the landscape. The downside is the blooms don't last long and are usually gone within a month.

Yesterday, I bought a vase of tulip bulbs that are just starting to bloom to bring a little color into the house. Tulips are one of my favorite flowers... simple yet elegant. This vase of bulbs cost about the same as a bouquet but will last longer.



After breakfast, I heard a weather report on TV that it was going to be rainy late today. I checked my phone app and sure enough, it indicated that we could expect rain around 4:00pm. I decided it might be smart to do my 5 miles before lunch so that I could enjoy the weather. As I was getting ready to head out, it came to me that I should actually consider doing my long run today rather than tomorrow. If it rained tomorrow, I would end up doing a long run on the treadmill and that didn't sound too exciting. So I flipped my week-end schedule and decided to do 11 miles today. I ran 6 miles and then took a break to start a big pot of chicken veggie and rice soup for lunch. While it was cooking, I made a trip to the nail salon to have my nails done. They were looking pretty bleak. I usually opt for a classic french tip but today I did a more trendy cornflower blue with sparkles. My granddaughter will love it lol.



After lunch, I headed out to finish the final 5 miles. It was definitely looking a little ominous out with skies clouded over. It looked like it could start raining anytime but I hoped to get an hour reprieve. As soon as I started running I felt a few big rogue raindrops... At mile 3, it started raining but stopped after about 5 minutes... just 2 miles to go... maybe I'll get lucky. It wasn't until the final 1/4 mile that it started raining. I made it home without getting drenched, but just barely. That was close!

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

emoticon Morning Snack
Single Serve container of carb control yogurt

emoticon Lunch
Bowl (2 cups) 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 and dollop of FF whip

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

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

emoticon Evening Snack
3/4 c warmed applesauce with 1/4 c berries and dollop of FF whip




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Edited by: GOING-STRONG at: 3/5/2016 (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, March 3, 2016

I really haven't done a thing today. We were up late last night visiting so I ended up sleeping late. It is slushy outside and hilly so not able to walk and have just sat around for the most part.

Breakfast this morning was a beautiful Peach French Toast Casserole. Definitely something I really shouldn't be eating but I tried to keep my portion in check. This is a dish that would be great for Christmas morning.

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After breakfast, we chatted, drank coffee and looked at various options for Summer camping places. We mapped out some potential campgrounds for our trip in late April/May to the Redwoods. We are making a 10 day trip out of it and will be staying at several new to me places. I'm very excited.

We decided to head into town and have lunch and walk around a bit. The stores in Leavenworth, WA are very touristy but fun to look through. We went through several trendy women's clothing stores that had some very nice merchandise. I really don't need anything and didn't buy... but wanted to! We had lunch out at a highly rated restaurant that serves crepes. Again, it was something I normally wouldn't eat but I scaped off all of the Hollandaise sauce that was on top. I had a Bavarian Ham and Cheese crepe that also had mushrooms. It was very tasty.

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We tried to take a walk along the Wenatchee River but it was snowy, slushy and very slick in places. It didn't work out so we called it a day and will try to do this again sometime later this year when it is nice and dry. We drove back to the cabin to play dominos which I haven't done in years. I think my FitBit has a total of about 4000 steps on it for the day. Thank goodness we will be heading home tomorrow as all this sitting around and eating would catch up with me quickly.


emoticon Breakfast
French Toast Casserole with Peaches and Maple Syrup

emoticon Morning Snack
1/4 diced canteloupe

emoticon Lunch
Bavarian Ham and Cheese Crepe with small green salad
One bite of chocolate cake

emoticon Afternoon Snack
None

emoticon Dinner
Cheese, Crackers, Salami, Pepperoni

emoticon Evening Snack
2 scoops homemade vanilla ice cream



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Edited by: GOING-STRONG at: 3/4/2016 (00:57)
Rhonda
Seaside, Oregon

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


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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Today is not going to be a typical day for me... in any way. We are driving to Eastern WA to visit friends for a few days and beforehand my DH has a Dr appt in Portland. What that means is today I'm spending about SEVEN hours sitting on my behind... and in addition I'll be eating outside my comfort zone. We do have a little refrigerator that is made for the car so I've loaded it with water and fruit for snacks.

I did manage to get in 30 minutes on the treadmill before breakfast. No gym class as we left early. While DH was waiting / seeing the Dr. I did some hall walking so was able to get in some more steps. I'm hoping to hit my minimum 10,000 and that will have to do.

I am excited to see our friends. They live in Leavenworth which is the Bavarian town in WA that is an extremely popular tourist spot during the Christmas Season. We didn't make it to see them over the Holidays but did the year before and the town was decorated beautifully. Donna loves to walk however she has had some back issues that really bother her from time to time. My DH and her husband John were inducted into the service together and that is how they met... so they have had a friendship for 50 years! They are the nicest peoplle and we have been on a couple of cruises with them over the past few years. Last year, they drove all the way to AZ to surprise my DH on his 70th birthday when I planned a party. That is above and beyond... and that is they type of people they are. I had a really nice photo of them I took when we were on the Alaska cruise last Summer that I had made into a luggage tag for them. It is just a little something; but I think they will be pleased.

emoticon Breakfast
Oatmeal with diced apple, brown sugar, raisins and almond milk
1/2 sliced apple
1/2 sliced pear
1/4 c grapes

emoticon Morning Snack
None

emoticon Lunch
Subway Chop Salad with turkey, ham, bl olives and sweet onion dressing

emoticon Afternoon Snack
2 cups diced honeydew melon

emoticon Dinner
(will add this later after we eat!)

emoticon Evening Snack


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Edited by: GOING-STRONG at: 3/2/2016 (22:03)
Rhonda
Seaside, Oregon

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


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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 actually lost over FOUR pounds in February. I am so excited to see some results and feel like I've really made some progress. In fact, at the gym this morning one of the ladies that hadn't been to class in awhile was there and said, "Wow... have you lost some inches!". That was a great way to start the day. February had some challenges and the trip to Orlando with a 3 day cruise was a real test for me. I made a plan for how to deal with vacation/eating out and came home with a small loss. Again, that is exciting as travel and vacations are my biggest challenge.

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

Fitness - For the most part, I did well on this front... even on the cruise I maintained a schedule of 30 minutes on the treadmill daily. I keep a calendar and jot down what I do fitness wise and this is what it looked like for February. We are continuing with our heavy lifting at the gym however I would like to do more in that area. I also hit a milestone in February with my Half Marathon in Florida. When I finished that event it made 12 Halfs that I have run in the last 12 months. I plan to keep that streak alive as long as possible and currently have events on the schedule through June.

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 re-organized my fitness gear so that it is easier to use. I still have a big pile of stuff to get rid of that will need to be dealt with. This makes a total of 4 racks and one bay (exercise gear) that has been organized so far this year. In March, I hope to get another rack sorted which will be challenging as we have a lot of travel planned. I also need to finish getting our income tax info ready for our CPA.

Blogging - I blogged every day... even when I was on vacation! Hooray! I have maintained a three month streak and it has really helped me keep my focus. I journaled my food every day on my blog and I also started tracking food on My Fitness Pal so I could track calories/nutrients. I really think that adding tracking in My Fitness Pal was instrumental in my weight loss as I did tweek a few things and got better results.

House / Yard - I did put out a few plants as well as slug bait, but that is about it. The DH made some good progress with projects and we should be ready to have the outside of the house painted later this Spring.

Bucket List - Checked off a bucket list item in February. I wanted to do the Disney Coast to Coast Challenge (run one race in Disney CA and one in Disney FL) and I accomplished that. We also traveled to a couple of new places (Kennedy Space Center and the Bahamas). I also finished a book in February "All My Puny Sorrows" by Miriam Toews. I am currently reading "JoyLand" by Stephen King which I started to read on the airplane so should finish that up in March.

Other - I haven't mentioned this earlier, but I did start a new streak in February. I absolutely LOVE Diet Dr. Pepper but the potential damage to my health from that habit has been troubling to me. I really couldn't come up with anything positive that drinking Diet Soda does for me. It is expensive, habit forming, and who knows what it really does to your body. So I stopped drinking it and have abstained now for the entire month of February. I am thrilled!

All in all, February was a great month and I'm looking forward to making a little more progress in March.

emoticon Breakfast
Oatmeal with diced apple, raisins, brown sugar and almond milk
1/2 sliced apple
1/2 sliced pear
1/4 c raspberries

emoticon Morning Snack
Single Serve container of carb control yogurt

emoticon Lunch
Sauteed Vegetables (onion, sweet potato, garlic, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots)
English Muffin (dry) with SF jelly
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
Omelette (1 egg, 2 whites)with sauteed veggies, mozarella
1/4 honeydew melon
English Muffin and SF Jelly

emoticon Evening Snack
3/4 c warmed applesauce with 1/4 c berries and dollop of FF whip



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Edited by: GOING-STRONG at: 3/1/2016 (22:44)
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 16,818... short of my 20,000 goal. This is not surprising with the 3 day visit to see friends where I wasn't really able to get out and walk. In fact, my step count for 2 of those days were less than 5,000. I would like to average 20,000+ steps daily for the coming week.

For the Week ending March 5, 2016

emoticon Sun - 22,913
emoticon Mon - 21,239
emoticon Tue - 20,789
emoticon Wed - 9,234
emoticon Thur - 3,460
emoticon Fri - 4,788
emoticon Sat - 35,304 (I actually think this is overstated)

Edited by: GOING-STRONG at: 3/6/2016 (16:36)
Rhonda
Seaside, Oregon

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


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Monday, February 29, 2016

Last day of the month... Woot! Tomorrow morning is weigh in day and I'm thinking I will have a nice loss this month. Don't want to count my chickens before they are hatched but based on this morning it should be good news to report.

I had to work early this morning so wasn't able to take my morning spin class at the gym. It wasn't raining out so I headed out for a 5 mile power walk after breakfast. My legs felt good today after being extremely sore on Fri and Sat after the Thurs "leg day" weight class.

It was one of those days at work where it was either busy or slow... groups of people came in at one time and left and then a little while later another group came in. It made it hard as staff was sent home and then when the next group came in we were slammed. The restaurant business is tough because it can be so unpredictable. On my way home from work I stopped at my daughters house to drop off a small gift my granddaughter had left at our house. They have been sick for days.. my daughter is finally feeling 90% better but her DH is still in bed. I think this is day 5 for him. I really hope I don't end up getting whatever it is because it is nasty.

emoticon Breakfast
Oatmeal, diced apple, raisins, brown sugar and almond milk
1/2 sliced apple
1/2 sliced pear
1/4 c raspberries

emoticon Morning Snack
Single Serve container of carb control yogurt

emoticon Lunch
Protein Shake with banana and almond milk

emoticon Afternoon Snack
Fresh apple

emoticon Dinner
Large green salad with cabbage, tomato, onion, avocado and diced turkey
Newman's Own Sesame Ginger Dressing
Rosemary Cracker with wedge of laughing cow cheese
1/2 c grapes

emoticon Evening Snack
3/4 c warmed applesauce with 1/4 c berries and dollop of FF whip



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Edited by: GOING-STRONG at: 2/29/2016 (22:00)
Rhonda
Seaside, Oregon

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


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Sunday, February 28, 2016

Woke up this morning to pretty stormy conditions... wind blowing, raining and just generally nasty outside. I had a long run of 11 miles on the schedule so didn't look like it would be happening outside. Had breakfast and did a few household chores thinking that things might improve outside... but no luck. Ended up doing 6 miles on the treadmill at a 12 min/mile pace. Interestingly enough, by the time I finished the sun was out! Maybe I would be able to do the 5 miles after lunch outside after all!

Had lunch and about the time I finished the skies open up and it started to pour. Things just weren't going my way today. I considered doing the last five miles on the treadmill and decided instead to finish watching a movie on Netflix while jogging on the mini trampoline. I started watching Silver Linings Playbook last night starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence. It had 4 1/2 stars and was highly acclaimed so I had been looking forward to finally watching it. I love both those actors but for the life of me I can't figure out why it had a 4 1/2 star rating. I thought it was average at best and was disappointed.

Trampoline jogging isn't all that easy. I haven't done it in quite a while and forgot how hard it is. When I first started exercising, I routinely did a 30 minute trampoline jog every evening... eventually adding an additional 30 minutes during my lunch hour. Today, I did 70 minutes while watching TV and I was ready to call it a day. I'm not sure about my mileage today but between the treadmill and the trampoline I put in 2 hours 20 minutes so that should do it.

Tomorrow, I am working early so won't be able to go to my usual spin class. I'm planning to do a power walk on the treadmill (or outside weather permitting) before heading to work.

Hope you all had a great week-end Spark Friends and enjoy your evening.

emoticon Breakfast
Oatmeal with diced apple, raisins, brown sugar, almond milk
1/2 sliced apple
1/2 sliced pear
small handful of raspberries

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

emoticon Lunch
1 egg, 2 whites omelette with 1 oz ground sausage and 1 oz mozzarella
Rosemary Cracker with wedge of laughing cow
1/4 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 milk

emoticon Dinner
Green Salad with cabbage, 4 oz sliced turkey, onion, tomato
Newmans Own Sesame Ginger Dressing
Rosemary Cracker with wedge of laughing cow cheese

emoticon Evening Snack
3/4 c warmed applesauce with 1/4 c berries and dollop of FF whip


Here are my FitBit stats for the past week.

My daily step average for past week was 19,237.. a little short of my 20,000 goal. I actually am surprised that my average was this high as I had a number of days that I fell short. I would like to average 20,000+ steps daily for the coming week.

For the Week ending February 27, 2016

emoticon Sun - 41,727
emoticon Mon - 12,822
emoticon Tue - 10,670
emoticon Wed - 11,517
emoticon Thur - 22,710
emoticon Fri - 16,028
emoticon Sat - 19,184


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Edited by: GOING-STRONG at: 2/28/2016 (21:55)
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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, February 27, 2016

Since I had to work today, I couldn't follow my typical exercise schedule. I usually do 30 min on the treadmill before breakfast and a 5 mile run later in the day. Today, I did a 5 mile run after breakfast before going to work. My work "uniform" consists of blue jean (or jeans skirt) and a restaurant logo shirt. For some reason today, I grabbed a pair of my "skinny" jeans just to see if I could get them on. They fit! I'm still up 7-8 pounds from when I would normally wear them.. the jeans were snug... but they looked fine. It did put a smile on my face.

It was busy today at the restaurant with the festival people in town, but there was a lot of staff so I wasn't slammed. When there are a lot of servers working it actually can be harder because everyone gets in everyone's way. I haven't worked a Saturday in months and can't say I really missed it lol. I have tomorrow off so I'm planning on doing my weekly long run. It has been drizzly outside so hopefully the weather will hold and I can get it done.

It is hard to believe that just one short week ago the DH and I were in Orlando for the Disney Runs. We had such a good time. When I finished the Half last Sunday it made the 12th Half Marathon I have completed in the last year. I have been scheduling one each month and hope to keep this streak alive as long as possible. This is one of my finish photos.



Another goal I have for is to run in nine different States over the course of 12 consecutive months. I am registered for runs through June and when I finish those I will have seven different States completed. I am thinking I may do the Rock n Roll Half in Las Vegas this Fall and that would make eight States. Another possibility might be something in New Mexico and that would make nine. Now I just have to run them and stay injury free!

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

emoticon Morning Snack
Single serve container of carb control yogurt

emoticon Lunch
Protein Shake with banana and almond milk
Few french fries

emoticon Afternoon Snack
Fresh Apple

emoticon Dinner
Green Salad with lettuce, cabbage, onion, tomato, 5 oz rotisserie chicken
Rosemary Cracker with wedge of laughing cow cheese
Newmans Own Sesame Ginger Dressing
1/2 c grapes

emoticon Evening Snack
3/4 c warmed applesauce with 1/4 c berries and dollop of FF whip



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Edited by: GOING-STRONG at: 2/27/2016 (22:04)
Rhonda
Seaside, Oregon

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


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Friday, February 26, 2015

Boy, that workout yesterday did kick my b*tt. My legs are super sore... the kind of sore where it is painful when you sit down. I took a couple of aspirin after I got up and then headed up to do 30 minutes on the treadmill. I felt stiff when I started but eventually limbered up. After breakfast I headed to the gym for spin class. I had to leave a little early in order to get ready for work so cut it short at 45 minutes.

We were semi-busy today at the restaurant. Nothing exceptional however it was hard to work and move between tables because there were more tables on the floor in preparation for an event tonight and tomorrow. I'm expecting that tomorrow will be difficult also. Thank goodness this event only happens once a year.

I received an e-mail this morning that the event pictures from the Disney runs last week-end were ready. I had pre-ordered the package so we saved 30% right off the top. I also get a good deal because I used the same bib for the run on Sat and Sun... so I get photos from both events. I thought these photos of the 10k on Sat with DH were really cute. It was fun to do the event as a couple and we have some great memories together.

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I'm working tomorrow so will try and do a quick run in the morning. I have Sunday off and then will be working on Monday also. Later next week, we plan to go visit friends for a few days in Eastern WA. We had hoped to visit them when they had snow but it has warmed up and they may not get snow again this season. I still want to go snowmobiling (never done that!) but may not be able to do it this year.

emoticon Breakfast
Oatmeal with diced apples, raisins, brown sugar and almond milk
1/2 sliced apple
1/4 c berries/grapes

emoticon Morning Snack
Single Serve container of carb control yogurt

emoticon Lunch
Protein Shake with banana and almond milk
Few french fries
Couple of sips of chili

emoticon Afternoon Snack
Fresh Apple

emoticon Dinner
Green Salad with 1/2 avocado, onion, tomato, 5 oz rotisserie chicken
Newmans Own Lite Balsamic Dressing
Rosemary Cracker with Laughing Cow Cheese

emoticon Evening Snack
3/4 c warmed applesauce with 1/4 c berries and dollop of FF whip


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Edited by: GOING-STRONG at: 2/26/2016 (22:30)
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Thursday, February 25, 2016

Got home last night, unloaded the suitcases and I was ready for bed. It was good to be home and there is nothing like your own bed. We have a temperpedic type mattress and it hugs your body so you don't have pressure points... I love it! My hip has not flared up or caused me any problems since the issue last week so hopefully that problem is behind me. I have enough other body parts that are high maintenance without adding a chronic hip issue to the mix.lol

Scamp (our cat) was pretty vocal last night and was happy to have us home. She threw up a couple of times while we were gone but she seems to be doing okay and has gained some weight. Tonight, a paper tag fell on the floor when I was unloading groceries and she was batting it around like a kitten. Pretty cute for a 13 year old cat.

This morning I was up a little early and it may take a few days to acclimate back to West Coast time. I felt refreshed so I was fine having a little extra time this morning. I caught up on some computer stuff and then did a 30 minute power walk on the treadmill. After breakfast, I headed to the gym for Group Training. Today was leg day and we are lifting heavy. My legs feel sore tonight so hopefully I'll be able to walk tomorrow!

After the gym I did some household chores, laundry, mail, etc. The DH had an appointment in Portland today so he left shortly before lunch. I had a 5 mile run on the schedule for today so I had a lunch then headed out. The weather was great today in the low 60's so I wore a t-shirt and was just fine... that was fun for February. I wore a pair of new Scott shoes. I have a couple of pairs that I bought on sale and have had in reserve. I'm retiring the shoes I wore the day before my hip flared up so had to take out another pair to get in the rotation. They don't have as much cushioning as my Brooks and have a more minimalistic feel to them.

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Spent the rest of the afternoon going to the grocery store and Costco. We now have a refrigerator full of food. I made us a big salad for dinner topped with rotisserie chicken. It was great.

I'm working tomorrow (and Saturday). There is a big festival in town this week-end but it is supposed to rain so will be interesting to see if we are busy at the restaurant.

Have a great evening Spark Friends and thanks for stopping by.

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

emoticon Morning Snack
Protein Shake with banana and almond milk

emoticon Lunch
2 egg white omelette with 1 oz diced sausage and 1 oz mozarella
Rosemary Cracker with wedge of laughing cow cheese

emoticon Afternoon Snack
3/4 c applesauce with 1/4 c berries and dollop of FF whip

emoticon Dinner
Large Green Salad with lettuce, cabbage, tomato, onion, 4 oz roasted chicken
1/2 pear
Rosemary Cracker with wedge of laughing cow

emoticon Evening Snack
3/4 c warmed applesauce with 1/4 c berries and dollop of FF whip





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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Today is going to be a very long travel day.. so I'm starting my post a little earlier than normal. Up early to get breakfast on board the ship at 6:30am. No dining room service this morning and went to the Lido buffet. We packed up most everything last night so it was easy peasy to finish up and be ready to disembark at 7:15am. After customs cleared the checked luggage, we were escorted off the ship and were through customs before 8:00am. This was the easiest, quickest most organized disembarkation we have been through. I really was impressed.

Our shuttle driver arrived around 8:00am and we waited for a few stragglers until 8:15... then off to the airport. We didn't have any traffic issues and were at the airport by 9:00am; well before our 11:00am flight. I had some anxiety over all this working smoothly and it went without a hitch. Our luck even carried through the TSA security check and we were put in the line and didn't have to remove shoes, jackets, computers or anything (my DH had to empty his pockets). What a blessing that was!

I had no time at all to hit the gym this morning with the early flight. I did however have some time at the airport before the flight and in Denver while waiting for our connecting flight so figured I would be able to get in some steps. I haven't managed to come close to 20,000 daily steps this week. I will be working Fri and Sat so that will also put somewhat of a crimp in my running schedule. I'll just have to do the best I can.

I was able to find some healthy food at the airport for our lunch and dinner. I felt good with the choices and it will be interesting to see if I gained this past week on vacation. I'm keeping my fingers and toes crossed.

emoticon Breakfast
Raisin Bran with skim milk
Mixed Fruit

emoticon Morning Snack
None

emoticon Lunch
1/2 Turkey / Swiss Sandwich on whole wheat bread
Fresh Apple

emoticon Afternoon Snack
McDonalds Fruit and Raisin Oatmeal

emoticon Dinner
Turkey and Swiss Chef Salad with Balsamic Dressing
(greens, turkey, shredded cheese, onion, tomato, olives, bacon)

emoticon Evening Snack
3/4 c warmed applesauce with 1/4 c berries and dollop of FF whip


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Edited by: GOING-STRONG at: 2/24/2016 (23:11)
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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Today was a relaxing "sea" day with no Port stop. If you like to lay around and just vegetate these days are perfect... and I pretty much did that. I did go put 30 minutes in on the treadmill before breakfast but that was all. After breakfast, I had an appt for a shellac pedicure at the spa. This is something new for me. I have had shellac manicures but never a shellac pedicure. It makes sense though as the polish is much more resistant to chipping so it lasts longer.

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Our cabin boy left a complimentary card in our cabin for $50 off on any spa procedure. I was quite excited when I went to the spa and found out that you could use it on ANY service or product they offered. Now that is a deal. Not a buy $100 get $50 type of a thing... just $50 toward product or service. I was sold and it was fun. I did buy some extra product for my dry heels that they swear will make them baby soft. Ha! That will be a miracle. I'll let you know how it goes.

Spent some time in Serenity sunbathing on deck. The weather was great and temps in the mid 70's... just a bit windy but not a problem for me.

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I have to admit, I did eat more today than I should have. Nothing crazy, but wasn't spot on. Tomorrow is a travel day back to Oregon so it will be challenging. I'll have breakfast on board before disembarking and will look for a salad or something healthy at the airport to take on the flight. It worked last time so hopefully Orlando airport will have some options for me.

emoticon Breakfast
Egg White Omelette with Ham, Onion and Swiss cheese
Mixed Fruit Plate
1/2 English Muffin with sugar free jelly

emoticon Morning Snack
Fresh Pear

emoticon Lunch
Small Popover roll with a little butter
1/2 cup tomato soup
Grilled Salmon Fillet
Breadstick
Fresh Fruit Plate

emoticon Afternoon Snack
Fresh Pear

emoticon Dinner
2 Dinner Rolls with butter
French Onion Soup
Crab Cake
Grilled Mahi Mahi
1/4 c roasted potato
Orange Sherbet

emoticon Evening Snack
Fresh apple




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Edited by: GOING-STRONG at: 2/23/2016 (22:00)
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My daily step average for past week was 19,237.. a little short of my 20,000 goal. I actually am surprised that my average was this high as I had a number of days that I fell short. I would like to average 20,000+ steps daily for the coming week.

For the Week ending February 27, 2016

emoticon Sun - 41,727
emoticon Mon - 12,822
emoticon Tue - 10,670
emoticon Wed - 11,517
emoticon Thur - 22,710
emoticon Fri - 16,028
emoticon Sat - 19,184

Edited by: GOING-STRONG at: 2/28/2016 (11:29)
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Eat healthy.. Exercise daily.. repeat! and Consistency.. that is the secret!


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Monday, February 22, 2016

First off, I just want to say how much I appreciate all of you, my Spark Friends. Thank you so much for stopping by day after day, reading and commenting on my blog. It just means so much to me. I blog about my day and what I do as it really helps me stay focused on living a healthy lifestyle. Knowing you are all out there rooting for me helps me keep my mindset on what I need to do. Again, thank you!

Can I say that I had another GREAT day? I did for sure. I slept like a baby last night even though the ship was rocking and rolling. Got up only once to visit the little room and then right back to sleep until 7:30am. It was wonderful. The DH and I had breakfast this morning in the main dining room. I always like to go to the dining room (versus the buffet) as it is easier portion control. I love getting a made to order omelette up in the Lido restaurant but all the stuff that is next to the Omelette station just keeps calling my name so best to stay away from it.

After breakfast, I went to the gym for a 2 mile brisk walk on the treadmill. I told you all last week that was my plan and see how you helped me stick with it? The gym on the ship is very nice and the view isn't bad either lol. The only downside is the room was a little warm and the treadmill doesn't have a fan like the one I use at home. I endured... ha ha

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Before we docked at Nassau, Bahamas; the Fun Shops had a big sale. Today they had tables set up in the Hallway with lots of stuff for $10 each. Carnival had given DH and I each a $25 credit voucher to spend anyway we wanted at the Fun Shops so I bought 3 items and he bought 3 items. We ended up with 6 items which will only cost us $10. That put a big smile on my face.

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The one thing I really wanted to do in the Bahamas was the Dolphin Encounter. We have never been here before and OMG the water is beautiful. I hope we make it back this way again someday because I now want to go snorkeling. The waters are just so clear. We left the ship and then were taken by boat to a nearby island for our Dolphin adventure. It was simply outstanding and a great experience. Our dolphins name was Mickey... I thought that was ironic... our Disney magic continues!

We made it back onboard just in time to get ready for Dinner. My goal was to eat on plan while on vacation and so far I'm managing to do that. Everyone at the table ordered the Chocolate Lava Cake with 2 scoops of ice cream... I love that dessert but I know if I ate it I would feel terrible afterwards and have a problem sleeping.... so I ordered the fruit plate. It was beautiful.

Tomorrow is a "sea" day so hopefully the weather will be nice and we can spend some time on deck. I might even read a little.

Have an awesome day and will see you tomorrow.

emoticon Breakfast
Oatmeal with a little brown sugar, raisins and skim milk
1 cup mixed fruit

emoticon Morning Snack
Grits with honey
Fresh pear

emoticon Lunch
2 - Mini Cliff Protein Bars
Packaged Power Protein "Ball"

emoticon Afternoon Snack
None

emoticon Dinner
3 grilled scallops
Green Salad with Italian Dressing
Grilled Jumbo Shrimp
1/2 cup Mashed Potatoes
2 pieces steamed broccoli
Large Fruit Platter

emoticon Evening Snack
Fresh Apple



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Edited by: GOING-STRONG at: 2/22/2016 (21:49)
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Eat healthy.. Exercise daily.. repeat! and Consistency.. that is the secret!


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Sunday, February 21, 2016

Today was such a GREAT day. It started off with another early alarm at 3:15 am to get to the Disney Princess Half Marathon. My DH is such a good sport. He never complains about any of my hair brained ideas..lol. We packed up our stuff last night and figured we would check out of the hotel before we left and just go directly to the airport after the event. I didn't have a chance to take a shower but did a quick change of clothes afterwards in the parking lot. hahaha

We drove to Epcot, parked and then made it to the event staging area about 5am. I headed directly to the long lines at the Porta Potties and then off to the starting corrals. I couldn't believe how far it was to the start line. It took me over 15 minutes of walking so it was at least a mile. In fact, the faster runner started before I scooted into my area. The energy level was high. I'm not sure how many participants but it was a LOT. I heard around 20,000 and I believe it. I really love how they shoot of fireworks as each corral starts. A nice Disney touch.

My hip was feeling fine this morning but I figured I would just take it nice and easy and try not to aggravate it. The miles went by fast as there was so much to see. All the costumes were amazing. Along the course were the usual character stops for photos. There were also a few bands, some cheerleaders, and just before the finish an outstanding choir. It was amazing. We ran through parts of Epcot, then on to Magic Kingdom... ran all through that then headed back to Epcot. If you have ever been to Disney World you know how HUGE that area is. I saw a lot of it lol.

After I finished I received some amazing bling. I got a medal for the Half, another medal for the Glass Slipper Challenge (doing the 10k and the Half) and a medal for completing the "Coast to Coast". You get that one if you do a Disney event in both CA and FL during the calendar year. Put those 3 with the 10k medal from yesterday and hopefully my suitcase won't be overweight!



After the event, we made our way back to the airport to return the rental car. I usually like to eat afterwards but no time for a meal so I ate the snacks they provided. That was fun.. but not real nutritious. We returned the car then made our way to ground transportation to catch our shuttle to the Port. That all went smoothly and we just relaxed and enjoyed the 45 minute ride. The boarding process on the Carnival Sensation was extremely smooth and our room was even ready when we boarded. Dropped off our bags and headed up to lunch. Lots of yummy Italian food in the buffet (like Lasagna) but I stayed on plan with a green salad and fruit.



After lunch, we changed into our swimsuits and headed to the hottub. Oh, that did feel good on the ol bones... yessiree



Dinner was good and again I feel I did okay with my food choices. We have been seated at a table of 10 and the other four couples are all around our age. It will be fun to get to know them.

All in all, a great day and tomorrow should be a fun one also.

PS - This little guy was on our bed when we got back to our room. So cute!




emoticon Breakfast
1 cup Raisin Bran with 1/4 c skim milk

emoticon Morning Snack
100 calorie pack of goldfish
mini luna bar
100 calorie pack of caramel corn
small pack of fruit gummies
snack bag of trail mix

emoticon Lunch
Green Salad with vegetables, a few sunflowers and lite balsamic dressing
1/2 cup mixed fruit

emoticon Afternoon Snack
Fresh apple
Fresh pear

emoticon Dinner
Dinner roll with butter
Shrimp cocktail
Grilled chicken with melted cheese / mixed vegetables
Fruit Plate

emoticon Evening Snack
None

My FitBit stats for the past week as posted on the FitBit team.

My daily step average for past week was 18,400. I had a hip problem for several days which slowed me down a bit. I would like to average 20,000+ steps daily for the coming week, however I'm on a cruise ship and that could be tough as I like to just lay around lol.

For the Week ending February 20, 2016

emoticon Sun - 28,430
emoticon Mon - 20,125
emoticon Tue - 22,646
emoticon Wed - 13,232
emoticon Thu - 12,112
emoticon Fri - 10,111
emoticon Sat - 22,144


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Edited by: GOING-STRONG at: 2/21/2016 (22:07)
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Eat healthy.. Exercise daily.. repeat! and Consistency.. that is the secret!


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Saturday, February 20, 2016

As anticipated, had a VERY early start to the day today with the alarm going off at 3:10am. It was actually supposed to go off at 3:15am but for some reason the DH's phone decided we needed a 5 min head start. It was okay though, I was awake anyway. Didn't sleep well.. maybe a bit of anxiety mixed with noisy neighbors who chatted and laughed until after Midnight. We went to bed early at 7:30am and I slept until about 11pm... then it was mostly awake from that point. Hopefully tonight goes a bit better.

We had a quick breakfast then drove to Epcot where the event start are,porta potties and corrals were located. We headed West on the freeway when we actually should have gone East... but no biggie... took the next exit and made the correction. We arrived to a parking lot that was filling quickly with cars. We had at least a 15 minute walk to the start area... but again no biggie... had plenty of time and the music and atmosphere was full of energy. Disney does know how to put on a quality event. I'm not sure but I'm guessing that this event was bigger than the one last month at Disneyland in CA.

My plan was to walk the 10k with my DH. He has had an injury and has basically done NO walking the past few months. With Disney you have to maintain a minimum 16 min/mile or risk being swept and picked off the course. I had some concerns but his attitude was to just do it, try and just see how it went. We were in the last Corral so it took us 45 minutes after the event started for our corral to even get to the start line. There was a countdown and then a burst of fireworks shaped like a princess crown and we were off. I wish I could have gotten a picture as it was really beautiful.

The first couple of miles I set the pace to keep us on schedule. We mostly walked with a few jog intervals and kept our pace at about 15:30. Mile 3 was still on pace but things slowed down in Mile 4 and 5 to about 16:45 and DH was visibly tired. Thank goodness they had water on course at miles 3, 4, and 5 as he needed it. I could see the 16 min/mile pacers behind us closing in quickly and they eventually passed us around mile 5. We stopped only twice for a couple of quick selfies in strategic areas. There were probably a dozen or so stops where you could have photos taken with Disney characters but the lines were just too long and we had no time to spare.





When we were at Mile 5 I could see that there were a LOT of people behind us and I felt comfortable that there was no way we would be picked up. It would take them too long to get to the folks behind us first lol. We picked up our pace a bit and mile 6 was back on pace. Overall, we finished in about 1:43:00. DH said he was a bit sore and tired but he did it! I was actually amazed. I wouldn't try it without training for the past two months!



After we finished and picked up our medals; we made our way through the crowds to have finishers pictures taken. It will probably take another week or so for the official photos to be ready. We headed back to the hotel and were in time for breakfast. The hotel puts on a nice breakfast with cold and hot foods. DH splurged and had a 1/2 waffle and some biscuits and gravy. He was sure he had "burned" that much if not more lol.

We cleaned up and headed out to the pool area for a little R & R. The hot tub beckoned and I thought I would give it a try. It was really hot and felt amazing. Speaking of feeling amazing; my hip is probably 80-90% recovered. It is feeling much better so I'm really hoping things go okay tomorrow when I run the Half.

Had a nice relaxing day and I'm looking forward to tomorrow. After the Half, we are headed to the airport to take the rental car back and then will take a shuttle to the Port for our 3 day quickie cruise to the Bahamas. More fun and games to look forward to!



Flat Rhonda is all laid out and ready for tomorrow morning! Have an enchanting evening Spark Friends and thanks for following along with me on this adventure.



emoticon Breakfast Early
1 cup raisin bran
1/2 cup skim milk

emoticon Breakfast - Later
banana
1 cup raisin bran
1/2 cup skim milk
hard boiled egg

emoticon Lunch
Scrambled egg whites with tomatoes
1 cup mixed fruit
Dry English Muffin with 1 T grape jelly
2 pieces turkey bacon

emoticon Afternoon Snack
None

emoticon Dinner
Salmon Skillet with 6 oz salmon, roasted broccoli, roasted potatoes, mushrooms

emoticon Evening Snack
Fresh apple


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Edited by: GOING-STRONG at: 2/20/2016 (19:29)
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Friday, February 19, 2016

Got a pretty decent night's sleep last night. I would say my hip is maybe 50% better. I'm pretty sure it is bursitis. I googled it and the description sounded spot on. I really hope this doesn't become a regular occurrence. When I get home I'm going to retire my current running shoes just in case they are the culprit. I usually change out my shoes every 3-6 months and they should still be fine; but I'm not going to take any chances.

Did a 2 mile walk on the hotel treadmill this morning after breakfast. We then made another trip to the Event Expo so that I could change out my magnetic iphone case. The one I bought yesterday is a tad small for my phone when I have it in the case. I traded for the larger model which also is big enough for passports. That will be handy when traveling. While we were at the Expo we took advantage of the free Disney "Frozen" themed Photo opportunity.



After lunch, we decided to drive out to see the Kennedy Space Center. I had NO idea what a big deal that place is. It was about an hour drive from Orlando and we got there around 3pm. The admission fee was $50 per person (after paying $10 to park) and it gives you access to the entire complex. They didn't give any other mini option and we only had an hour before we had to head back. That just didn't make sense so maybe we will have a chance another time when we can spend the day.



Got back to Orlando and made a quick Dinner stop. We have to get to bed early tonight as the alarm is set for 3:15am. Yikes! I know... I'm crazy lol.



Oh, I also wanted to show you a picture of my granddaughter and her Mom (my daughter). The GD is going to be in a pageant this weekend and dress rehearsal was today. It should be good experience for her... however she sure doesn't look 13 with that red lipstick on!



emoticon Breakfast
1 cup Raisin Bran
1/2 c skim milk
1 hard boiled egg
Fresh apple

emoticon Morning Snack
none

emoticon Lunch
1 cup grits with butter
2 small slices bacon
English muffin, dry with grape jelly
2 scrambled egg whites

emoticon Afternoon Snack
None

emoticon Dinner
Salmon Skillet (mixed veggies, roasted potatoes, grilled salmon)

emoticon Evening Snack
None



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Edited by: GOING-STRONG at: 2/19/2016 (19:09)
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Thursday, February 18, 2016

Had a problem falling asleep last night... you know how you get over tired and then can't fall asleep? That is what happened to me. We had a very long travel day, had to wait an hour for our suitcase at the airport, then another hour in line at the car rental, then find our hotel. It was 1:30am when we finally got to the hotel. We do have a nice room though and the bed is pretty good so that is a plus.

This morning when I woke up the first thing I did was touch my hip. Owweee! It still hurts. Feel okay is I lie still but when I turn it hurts. After I was up and moving I felt a little better. We had breakfast at the Hotel then I did 30 minutes on the treadmill in the Fitness Center while looking out at the pool. Nice

The plan for today was to find our way to the Expo and get our bibs and packet. I also wanted to get one of those magnetic iphone holders as I didn't want to use my flip belt (on my hip). We were delighted to find that the Expo at the Disney Wide World of Sports complex was a simple drive from the hotel. In fact, the parking lot taking us to Epcot and the event start is an easy peasy drive also. Lucked out on that front.

Picked up my bib and packet and went to get my shirts. All are very nice. The DH will be walking the 10k on Sat and unfortunately his bib had my name and dob info. We went to see Race Relations and problem was fixed and solved in just a few minutes. We wanted to make sure DH was in the right age/gender group so he gets credit.





After we got the bib mix up fixed, we headed to the Expo. I found the magnetic cell phone holder and I also picked up a Disney Coast to Coast challenge t-shirt. Since this is probably the only year I'll do the Coast to Coast I figured I might as well get the t-shirt. Here is a pic of my 3 event shirts and the coast to coast shirt that I bought at the expo.



We had lunch at the Wide World of Sports Grill and I managed to stay on plan.. so yay for that. For Dinner, the DH wanted to go to The Red Lobster which is right by the hotel. I don't really remember ever eating at a Red Lobster, so this was a first. The menu was a little challenging but I finally decided on steak and shrimp. It also came with a salad which I didn't eat... just the tomatos... as I didn't care for the dressing. The bread however was to die for. Bread and rolls are really a downfall of mine. These were like seasoned biscuits which didn't need butter as I'm sure they were loaded with it. I only had one.

Tomorrow will be a free day for us. I'm not sure what we plan to do but we have talked about Kennedy Space Center. Both of us are pretty tired and hoping to do a little catch up on that front before we have the 3:15am wake up call Sat morning.



emoticon Breakfast
Bran Flakes with skim milk and tsp of granola
Hard Boiled egg
Fresh apple

emoticon Morning Snack
None

emoticon Lunch
Turkey Cobb Salad with Balsamic Dressing
1/2 c vegetable tomato soup

emoticon Afternoon Snack
Fresh apple

emoticon Dinner
Red Lobster Dinner Roll
4 cherry tomatoes
6 grilled shrimp
3 oz grilled sirloin
Green Beans / Broccoli

emoticon Evening Snack
Dark Chocolate Luna Bar


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Edited by: GOING-STRONG at: 2/18/2016 (19:43)
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My daily step average for past week was 18,400. I had a hip problem for several days which slowed me down a bit. I would like to average 20,000+ steps daily for the coming week, however I'm on a cruise ship and that could be tough as I like to just lay around lol.

For the Week ending February 20, 2016

emoticon Sun - 28,430
emoticon Mon - 20,125
emoticon Tue - 22,646
emoticon Wed - 13,232
emoticon Thu - 12,112
emoticon Fri - 10,111
emoticon Sat - 22,144

Edited by: GOING-STRONG at: 2/21/2016 (21:21)
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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

So I'm currently sitting at the Denver Airport with an hour to kill and thought I better get my blog going. When I board I won't have internet and we don't arrive in Orlando until midnight... so have to make the most of the internet time I have.

We stayed at a Hotel in Portland last night. What a miserable night I had. I'm used to our Temperpedic mattress and pillow and the beds and pillow last night were terrible. I feel like my whole body is out of alignment! I'm not sure what is going on but I have some intense pain in my hip. I'm really hoping it isn't an overuse injury of some sort. Even lying on my right side hurts like the dickens. I took a couple of tylenol and I think it helped for a while. Because I wasn't going to have much time for activity today, I headed to the Hotel gym to put in 30 minutes before breakfast. My hip did okay but let me know it was still angry.

One thing that did go well was breakfast. I'm doing my best to eat healthy on this trip as I would like to come home without a gain. Right now I'm down one pound for the month and that is where I would like to be come March 1st. I ordered oatmeal for breakfast and the DH and I shared a fruit platter. Typically, I wouldn't spend the money for a fruit platter as it was darned expensive, but then I gave it some thought and figured I'm worth it! Yes I am. Look at this beautiful piece of deliciousness.



At the airport, I bought a sandwich for DH and I to share on our flight to Denver. The good news is I found a Starbucks gift card and it actually had enough on it for the sandwich. Score Now in Denver I have already taken a tour of the food places and found a restaurant that has salads (and whole fruit!) to go. I am going to order us each a turkey salad for the flight to Orlando.

Now I'm off to get in some more steps. I'm currently at 9,500 and I need to get to 10,000 before boarding. Have a wonderful evening Spark Friends.

emoticon Breakfast
Oatmeal with brown sugar and a little milk
Mixed Fruit Platter

emoticon Morning Snack
none

emoticon Lunch
1/2 Starbuck Chicken Chipotle Sandwich

emoticon Afternoon Snack
Fresh apple

emoticon Dinner
Turkey salad with greens, egg, beans, onion, turkey
Balsamic Dressing
Fresh apple

emoticon Evening Snack
Protein Bar


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Edited by: GOING-STRONG at: 2/17/2016 (18:49)
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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Today was a busy day... knew from the get go that I needed to stay focused and on schedule to get everything done timely. Did my 2 mile walk on the treadmill before breakfast, then off to the gym for Body Blast class. We are still lifting heavy and today was arms day. We did one exercise that aggravated an old injury from the very first try. I'm not sure what it is called but you are standing and hold weights in each hand with weights resting on your thighs. You then raise your arms without bending the elbows so that you are holding weights straight out in front of your chest. You then lower to starting position. I did one rep and my right arm (I think the deltoid?) was screaming. Had to modify. No other issues thank goodness and hopefully next time I try it will be better.

After the gym, I made the DH and I a Protein Shake and then I got ready to do a run. Usually I run after lunch but needed to do it early today. On the schedule was a 5 mile interval run... 15 second walk, 10 second slow run, 20 second run all out, 10 second slow run and repeat. This is week four doing a weekly interval run and today I was the first time in several years that my overall time was under 11 min/mile. It is pretty exciting to see results. Interval runs are hard so getting positive feedback inspires me to keep at it.



After lunch, the UPS man showed up. I ordered a couple of bar stools last week and was sweating bullets that they would come after we left town. I really don't like to have my daughter handle packages for us as it is just another issue she has to deal with. She has enough responsibility with her job, family, house, etc. so taking care of our stuff just adds to her stress. So I was glad to see him drive up and even happier that they fit perfect and are just what I was hoping for. The space where I have them is very tight so it was important that they not be so wide or big that they interfere with traffic flow.





Finished up some household chores then got the suitcase packed. I'm packing lighter this trip so we will see how that goes. The place we are staying in Orlando has a washer/dryer so I can do a load of laundry before we leave on the cruise if I need to. The DH and I are sharing one suitcase and each taking one carry-on. I have never flown Frontier Airlines before and it sounds like they are pretty picky about how big your carry-on bag is.. it needs to fit under the seat.

We headed out of town late afternoon and decided that dinner in Portland at Cheesecake Factory would be nice. I ordered my favorite from the skinnylicious menu.. a veggie burger with a green salad. The DH ordered a piece of cheesecake ... but I was pretty good and only had two bites.

Tomorrow morning should be pretty leisurely as we don't need to be to the airport until 10. I may even walk on the treadmill here at the hotel and try and get in some steps. We have a layover in Denver and then don't get to Orlando until midnight... so it will be a long travel day. Will try and post a blog but most likely will be short and sweet.

emoticon Breakfast
Oatmeal with diced apples, raisins, brown sugar and almond milk
1/2 sliced apple
1/4 c grapes

emoticon Morning Snack
Protein Shake with banana and almond milk

emoticon Lunch
Bean and Cheese burrito on whole grain tortilla with salsa and FF sour cream
Cabbage salad with mandarin oranges, tomato, avocado & Lite Balsamic dressing
3/4 c warmed applesauce with 1/4 c berries and dollop of FF whip

emoticon Afternoon Snack
Kind bar

emoticon Dinner
Cheesecake Factory Veggie Burger
Small green salad with tomato, onion and lite balsamic dressing
Bread with butter (small piece of french / small piece of whole grain)
2 bites of cheescake

emoticon Evening Snack
None



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Edited by: GOING-STRONG at: 2/16/2016 (23:41)
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Monday, February 15, 2016

Had to get up TWICE last night to visit the bathroom. Going up the stairs in the middle of the night to get to the little room is not fun. Boy am I going to be happy when we get that bathroom downstairs finished. That is one of my DH's priority projects but it keeps getting put off. Sigh.... he doesn't have this issue so it isn't front and center for him.

We were both up a little earlier than usual this morning.. so had breakfast early and then I headed upstairs to my she cave for a 30 min treadmill session. After I finished, I did a few chores then off to the gym for spin class. I was only able to stay 45 minutes (instead of 60) because I had to get home and get cleaned up before going to work. This is the first shift I have worked this year at the restaurant. Working certainly can put a crimp in the schedule lol.

It was busy today at the restaurant with lots of people in town for the 3 day week-end. My section was on the far left and the kitchen is on the far right... so I had an opportunity to get in lots of steps at work... right around 10,000. I didn't have a chance to have lunch but I did sip on a little soup and on the way home in the car I had an apple. I had a chance to visit with my Sister for a minute. Over the week-end my Bro-in-Law informed us that his Mom's cancer had come back. (His Mom lives with them) She is in her 80's and had a cancerous pancreatic tumor taken out about 18 mo ago. She isn't planning on doing any chemo and just wants to enjoy what time she has left. They have given her about a year. She has taken good care of herself over the years and walks every day. She also eats a diet primarily of vegetables.. but 80 years is a good life expectancy so not much else you can really say.

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

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

emoticon Lunch
Cup of chicken noodle soup
Few french fries
2 soda crackers

emoticon Afternoon Snack
Medium Apple

emoticon Dinner
Sauteed Vegetables with a few slices polish sausage
2 scrambled eggs
Rosemary Cracker with wedge of laughing cow

emoticon Evening Snack
3/4 c warmed applesauce with 1/4 c berries and dollop of FF whip
5 oz red wine



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Edited by: GOING-STRONG at: 2/15/2016 (21:58)
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Eat healthy.. Exercise daily.. repeat! and Consistency.. that is the secret!


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Sunday, February 14, 2016



Happy Valentines Day dear Spark Friends! I wish I could tell you that the sun was shining today on the Oregon Coast; but unfortunately that was not the case. Dang... with an important 11 mile long run on the schedule today I was going to have to make a choice between getting cold and wet or doing the run on the treadmill. After breakfast, I did a few household chores and it looked like the elements had settled down a little.... so I suited up and headed out. By the time I got to the end of the driveway I could hardly see as my glasses were steamed up and totally wet. I turned around... just too wet and potentially dangerous to be outside running.

My DH was surprised to see me back inside so quickly. Usually I don't give up so easily lol. I dried myself off and headed upstairs to the treadmill. My disco light seems to be working fine now that we have changed out the power source so I fired it up. My new plan was to do 75 minutes on the treadmill before lunch and follow-up with another 75 minutes afterwards. I figured that would give me a sold 11 miles, but sometimes it is hard to know for sure on the treadmill because the console doesn't display speed stats correctly. I set the incline at 1% and I got through the first round of 75 minutes without a problem.

Before lunch, I headed outside to plant some flowers the DH bought a few days ago. It was still pouring, but I needed to get them in the ground. We are leaving Tuesday afternoon and I'm working tomorrow so time is running short. Got them planted and put out some slug bait as they will be attacked in no time at all if I don't. We grow big slugs (and snails) here in Oregon and they love to eat tender new greenery.

After lunch, I headed up to do another 75 minute round on the treadmill. Again, no problems and it actually boosted my confidence a lot that longer treadmill running can be an alternative for me when needed.

The DH and I went out for an early Dinner to celebrate the day. It was actually 30 years ago today that I accepted his proposal. He had asked me a few days earlier but I didn't give him an answer and kept him in suspense lol. I thought telling him Yes on Valentines Day might be a nice touch and we both enjoy the day a little more because of the memory. Our Dinner was fabulous and we brought home enough leftovers for DH's lunch tomorrow. I'll be working and if he doesn't have something quick and easy he will just skip it and have peanut butter and crackers. I swear he could live on that!

emoticon Breakfast
Oatmeal with diced apple, raisins, brown sugar and almond milk
1/4 c grapes

emoticon Morning Snack
Few almonds

emoticon Lunch
Avocado omelette made with 1/2 avocado, 1 1/2 eggs, 1 1/2 white
Rosemary Cracker with wedge of laughing cow
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
Roasted brussel sprouts with balsamic reduction, bacon bits and Parmesan
6 oz grilled salmon
Wedge salad with balsamic dressing, diced apple, mandarin oranges & crumbles

emoticon Evening Snack
5 oz red wine
3/4 c warmed applesauce with 1/4 c berries and dollop of FF whip

Here are my Fitbit stats for the last week as posted on the Fitbit team.

My daily step average for past week was 20,898 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 13th

emoticon Sun - 29,883 / 27 floors / 182 active minutes
emoticon Mon - 21,545 / 17 floors / 192 active minutes
emoticon Tue - 20,661 / 22 floors / 147 active minutes
emoticon Wed - 20,458 / 18 floors / 159 active minutes
emoticon Thur - 21,260 / 15 floors / 131 active minutes
emoticon Fri - 18,320 / 15 floors / 166 active minutes
emoticon Sat - 14,161 / 21 floors / 82 active minutes


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Edited by: GOING-STRONG at: 2/14/2016 (21:59)
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Eat healthy.. Exercise daily.. repeat! and Consistency.. that is the secret!


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Saturday, February 13, 2016

Slept in late today... an extra hour, which did feel good. I was pretty tired last night and I'm sure it was just from the stressful sad day. I went to bed early and watched an episode of House of Cards on my Kindle Fire. I'm watching that series and in light of the election year it is certainly enlightening how dirty politics can be. I realize it is a fictional story however there is probably more truth to it than we would like to believe. I also have Wolf Hall (Masterpiece Theatre) on my watch list. It has a 4 1/2 star rating so should be another good one. I love historical dramas and when I watched The Tudors last year, the costumes, actors and story line was just spectacular. Wolf Hall also takes place during Henry VIII's reign so I'm expecting it will be another winner.

After breakfast, I headed upstairs to do 30 minutes on the treadmill. I listened to a new playlist on "Rock my Run" which is an app I have on my phone. You can download the app for free and stream and listen to running mixes based on your preferences. It does have some ads but I'm fine with that as the price (free!) is right. You can get ad free listening if you want to pay. The "active aging" mix is good and the one I listened to this morning was "For those about to run". It is a high energy re-mix of 60's, 70's, 80's music.

After finishing my treadmill I worked a little on my project. I sorted through some knick knack stuff that I decided to keep if I could find the appropriate place for display. I put most of the stuff on my office bookcase and a few things I hung on my she cave walls. My disco light is still acting up and I brought it down to have the DH take a look. He plugs it in and it works fine! We decided that the problem must be with the power source that I have been using so he is going to try and get that resolved.

After lunch, I had a 5 mile walk on the schedule. It is storming outside with winds and rain. An outside walk was out of the question. I watched an episode of Downton Abbey I had recorded last week and did some house walking. No way did I get 5 miles in but at least I did a little something. I spent most of the day just watching movies on Lifetime. Hopefully, tomorrow the weather will be better as I have an 11 mile long run planned. That will be the last long run until the Disney event next week-end! When I finish the Disney Half Marathon that will be 12 consecutive months of running a Half. I hope to keep that streak going and already have runs booked and on the calendar for March, April, May and June!

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

emoticon Morning Snack
Handful of almonds

emoticon Lunch
Baked hollowed sandwich roll with sliced turkey and mozzarella
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
Sauteed vegetables with few pieces of sliced sausage topped with parmesan
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
Glass of red wine




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Edited by: GOING-STRONG at: 2/13/2016 (22:21)
Rhonda
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Eat healthy.. Exercise daily.. repeat! and Consistency.. that is the secret!


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Friday, February 12, 2016

DH was up early this morning and turned on the TV... so guess that was my que to get up. I really don't mind getting up a little earlier... it gives me some time to chill in the morning before the day gets going.

First thing today, my FitBit put a smile on my face. I plug it in at night to charge as it bothers me to wear it to bed. For those of you that have FitBits (I have the Charge) have you noticed that a message flashes on the screen sometimes when you take it off the charger? This morning, my message was "heyhey". I have had a lot of other really cute messages flash like "bonjour" and "step geek". It does makes you smile.

Did 30 minutes on the treadmill this morning. I felt like I was just going through the motions and didn't really have the body/mind connection. I think because my mind was on the procession and funeral happening later today. After breakfast, I headed to the gym for spin class. Very small group class this morning and I think everyone was feeling subdued.

After I got home, I did a few little things and got ready to head downtown for the procession. We live about 10 minute walk from the main intersection which is where we planned to stand. I have a flagpole in my office where we have a flag that flew in Washington DC over the Capital. We have had it for years and I can't remember exactly how we got the flag... but I think our State Rep or Senator had something to do with it. Anyway, we took the flag with us to hold while the procession passed by. The procession was HUGE with law enforcement officers from all over the Northwest. I'm not sure how many cars but I'm guessing 500 all with lights flashing. There was also a Coast Guard helicopter flying over the procession that hovered. It was very emotional. This is a pic of my DH holding our flag.



After the procession passed, we walked home. There was no way we could attend as the convention center was filled with law enforcement, family and close friends and it only holds 1600 people. The service was being live streamed so we could actually watch it at home. It lasted over 2 hours and included some very heartwarming tributes.



I had a 5 mile run on the schedule for this afternoon but I just didn't have the energy to make it happen. I did do some house walking but left it at that. Tomorrow is supposed to be a walking day so I may do a run instead... maybe.

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

emoticon Morning Snack
Single serve container of carb control yogurt

emoticon Lunch
Breakfast Burrito with salsa and FF sour cream
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 and almond milk
Handful of almonds

emoticon Dinner
Large Green salad with cabbage, turkey, 1/2 avocado, mandarin oranges, onion, tomato
Newmans Own Lite Balsamic Dressing
English Muffin with butter and SF jelly
3/4 c warmed applesauce with 1/4 c berries and dollop of FF whip

emoticon Evening Snack
5 oz glass of red wine
1/2 serving Food Good Chips




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Edited by: GOING-STRONG at: 2/12/2016 (22:49)
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Thursday, February 11, 2016

Had a pretty busy day planned today with friends coming over for dinner tonight. I wanted to make sure I got my fitness activities in so started off with my morning 30 minute power walk on the treadmill. My disco light quit again mid-way so not sure what the heck that is all about. I've only had it a little over a month so I'm definitely returning it if I don't get the problem fixed. Tomorrow I'll use a different plug in to see if that makes a difference. Maybe I have too much stuff going on the circuit now.. but why the problem just recently. I don't know. I just plug things in and they need to work!

After breakfast I headed to the gym for weight lifting. Today was heavy lifting with exercises concentrated on legs and abs. I did increase my weights this week so will be interesting to see if I am sore tomorrow. This is week 3 of the routine and it is amazing how quickly your body adapts.

After the gym I did a few quick chores then off to get my nails done. I haven't had them done for a month so I needed to be spiffed up. I didn't get a pedicure but really need one. Maybe next week before we leave. I always feel better when the toes are professionally done. I don't have the talent to do it myself and have it look decent.

After lunch I had a 5 mile run on the calendar. Today was an easy run .. as slow as I wanted. It was raining lightly when I started but was coming down steady when I finished. Another day where I got drenched by the time I finished.

Tomorrow is the service for the slain police officer. The DH and I are planning on standing along the procession route and I'm hoping it won't be raining. We are going to bring our big flag to hold. Today on my run I saw a number of law enforcement officers drive by on motorcycles. They are streaming in from all over the Country and at this point they have announced that the entire convention center will be fully utilized with family, friends and uniformed officers, My DD and family were on the list for the convention center (they were neighbors of the family for years) so she will be at the service. There are also a a number of alternate locations that will be streaming the service. My DH and I have decided that we will stream and watch the service at home rather than add to the chaos.

Our friends came over for Dinner tonight and we had a nice visit. I made the Spaghetti Squash Lasagna Boats and it was a hit. One of them is pre-diabetic so he tries to eat a low carb diet. Everyone ate every bite so I figured that was a success!

emoticon Breakfast
Oatmeal with diced apple, raisins, brown sugar and almond milk
1/2 apple sliced
1/4 c grapes

emoticon Morning Snack
Single Serve container of carb control yogurt

emoticon Lunch
Sauteed Veggies with Scrambled eggs (1 1/2 full egg & 1 white)
Rosemary Cracker with wedge of laughing cow

emoticon Afternoon Snack
Protein Shake with banana and almond milk

emoticon Dinner
Spaghetti Squash Lasagna Boat made with squash, cottage cheese, marinara, mozzarella, Italian seasoning.
Piece of Corn Bread with butter
Frozen Banana soft serve with sugar cookie

emoticon Evening Snack
1/2 serving of Food Good Chips


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Edited by: GOING-STRONG at: 2/11/2016 (23:10)
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My daily step average for past week was 20,898 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 13th

emoticon Sun - 29,883 / 27 floors / 182 active minutes
emoticon Mon - 21,545 / 17 floors / 192 active minutes
emoticon Tue - 20,661 / 22 floors / 147 active minutes
emoticon Wed - 20,458 / 18 floors / 159 active minutes
emoticon Thur - 21,260 / 15 floors / 131 active minutes
emoticon Fri - 18,320 / 15 floors / 166 active minutes
emoticon Sat - 14,161 / 21 floors / 82 active minutes

Edited by: GOING-STRONG at: 2/14/2016 (14:48)
Rhonda
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Eat healthy.. Exercise daily.. repeat! and Consistency.. that is the secret!


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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Woke up to light rain and wind this morning... I knew the gorgeous Summer like weather we have been having wouldn't last; but hated to see it come to an end. Got in my 2 miles on the treadmill. While I was walking my disco light stopped working. What??? I finished up then checked the light to see if I could figure out what happened. Like most gadgets, my first attempt was to turn it off and turn it back on. It worked! lol

After breakfast, I headed to the gym for my Wed Spin Circuit class. We spent 15 min on the bike, then 5 minutes doing a 5 exercise circuit, then repeated that two additional times. It was a good work-out.

Ran a few errands then home to do some chores. We are having company tomorrow for Dinner so thought I would vacuum and start getting things spiffed up a bit. I have a black Grand Piano that the cat loves to sit on. Between the dust and the cat hair it usually looks like a mess if you get too close. I think I'll just keep the lighting low.

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I worked a bit on my de-clutter project. I have given myself permission to do just a little as long as I do something. It has kept the stress level down and I am making progress. Today, I sorted through a bag that had some drapery panels in it that I brought back from our place in AZ. I folded them neatly and put them in a see through blanket bag. I think I will be able to use them in our bedroom / master bath but will hold off doing anything with them until the interior painting gets done. Hoping that project will be completed before year-end.

After lunch, it was still lightly raining. I had a 5 mile power walk on the schedule and didn't want to do it inside.... so I put on my waterproof jacket and headed out. It wasn't cold but I did get wet. I was happy to finish.

I worked a little on our travel arrangements for next week. We are going up to Portland on Tuesday to spend the night and will be flying to Orlando on Wed. I'm going to be running the "Glass Slipper" challenge at Disney which is a 10k on Saturday and the Princess Half on Sunday. My DH is also going to do the 10k so I'm planning on walking with him so we can enjoy the experience together.



I also may be able to visit with a foreign exchange student (from Brazil) that we hosted in 1990. She is living in Ft Lauderdale now and she said she will drive down to see us as long as she isn't out of town on business. I'm hoping that works out. Here is a picture of us back in 1990... I was all of 34 yrs old then.



After the Disney event, the DH and I will be going on a quick 3 day cruise to the Bahamas. We figured if we were going to be in Florida anyway we might as well take advantage of it. Good logic don't you think? I have always wanted to do a Swim with the Dolphins experience so I booked us to do that when we are in Port. I hope the weather is decent that day as we will also have extra time to spend at the beach.

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

emoticon Morning Snack
small bowl of raisin bran with almond milk

emoticon Lunch
Sauteed Veggies with a little sausage, topped with a sprinkle of Parmesan
Rosemary Cracker with wedge of laughing cow cheese
Frozen banana soft serve









emoticon Afternoon Snack
Protein Shake with banana, almond milk

emoticon Dinner
Green Salad with cabbage, turkey, mandarin oranges, onion, tomato
Newmans Own Lite Balsamic Dressing
English Muffin with butter and SF jelly
3/4 c warmed applesauce with berries and dollop of FF whip

emoticon Evening Snack
5 oz glass of red wine
1/2 serving Food Good Chips

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Edited by: GOING-STRONG at: 2/10/2016 (23:02)
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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Today, the DH and I were planning on going to see friends in Leavenworth, WA for a few days and do some snowmobiling. The problem is that the weather has warmed up and all the snow is melting! We cancelled plans and will go see them sometime next month snow or sunshine. We most likely would have cancelled anyway because we both wanted to be here in town for the funeral of our local slain police officer on Friday.

Put in my 2 miles on the treadmill this morning while looking at the rack I'm currently sorting through. The box in play right now is full of bathroom items like shampoo, conditioners, make-up, hair products, sunscreen, yada yada. I threw out all the old nail polishes that were hardened and yucky and figured I will use the sunscreen on our upcoming cruise. The rest of the stuff...I don't know. I'll probably donate shampoo/conditioners to our local "helping hands". They shelter people and can probably use those products. Having all this stuff is WORK!

After breakfast I headed to the gym for my Tuesday weight lifting class. We are lifting heavy and doing 2 sets of 8, one set of 10 and one set of 15 followed by a similar exercise with a set of 15. Today was arms/shoulders/back. I'm betting my biceps will be sore tomorrow. This is our 3rd week on the heavy lifting so shouldn't be as sore as last week.

Came home and worked a little outside doing some general clean-up. I had DH fire up the blower and I went around the house blowing stuff around lol. I was able to get rid of some debris like leaves and needles. I then went around with the wheel barrow and picked up the sticks and twigs that the blower doesn't really move. With the stellar weather today it was hard to believe that last week we were in the midst of a heavy rain and windstorm.

After lunch I had a 5 mile speed interval run on the schedule. As my good friend CFMOSS would say "I don't wanna!". Speed intervals are hard! I put in my new cordless earphones and got started. I wore a tank top today it was so warm... in fact within the first half mile I was uncomfortably warm. I pressed on however. When the weather is too hot, too cold, too windy, too whatever I just remind myself that these are the conditions that I will also encounter at events. I was a sweaty mess when I finished.. and a little disappointed that my time was slower than last week by over a minute. I'm going to chalk it up to being overheated.

emoticon Breakfast
Oatmeal with chopped apple, cinnamon, raisins, almond milk
1/2 sliced apple

emoticon Morning Snack
Single Serve container of carb control yogurt

emoticon Lunch
Omelette with Italian sausage and mozzarella made with 1 egg and 2 whites
English Muffin with butter and SF jelly
Frozen Chocolate Banana Soft serve "ice cream"

emoticon Afternoon Snack
Protein Shake with banana and almond milk

emoticon Dinner
Baked Chicken Breast
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 and dollop of FF whip

emoticon Evening Snack
5 oz red wine
1/2 serving Food Good Chips

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Edited by: GOING-STRONG at: 2/9/2016 (22:09)
Rhonda
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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
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Eat healthy.. Exercise daily.. repeat! and Consistency.. that is the secret!


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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)
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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.

katu.com/news/local/seaside-police-officer
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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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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
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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