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12/7/16 9:46 P

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Spent day in San Antonio with friends. Had sensible cereal breakfast with 1/2 muffin, for lunch had a special Tex Mex meal of Puffy Tacos, beans and rice. Didn't have dinner but did have appetizers at Chart House and just ate a few nibbles. At home had a cup of applesauce and whip. Overall I didn't do bad considering all the opportunities to foul up.

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12/6/16 8:35 P

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Nice day in San Antonio. Had cereal/English muffin for breakfast, taco soup & roll for lunch and Kielbasa, eggs, potatos and roll for dinner. Also walked four miles in am and then walked around town in afternoon. Feel like I did okay today

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


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12/5/16 8:23 P

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Yesterday I ran the San Antonio R & R so today I took it easy and just did some walking. Made taco soup for dinner, cereal for breakfast, tortilla rollup for lunch with tomato soup. Day Six and feeling good.. not too hungry.

Rhonda
Seaside, Oregon

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


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12/3/16 9:12 P

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Raining hard today so unable to walk or run. Tomorrow is the San Antonio Rock n Roll Half so will be doing that rain or shine. Didn't struggle much with hunger today and feel that I have been consistent now for four days.

Rhonda
Seaside, Oregon

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


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12/2/16 7:57 P

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On the road. Did a 2.5 mile run this morning with thought that I would do another 2.5 in the evening. Unfortunately, it was dark and rainy and the hotel didn't have a fitness room. Did manage to get in 10k steps for the day. Food choices were okay I think. Hard to know for sure with restaurant food. Had cereal for breakfast, Subway for lunch and Dennys omelet with fruit for dinner. Snacks were protein bar and small gl of red wine.

Rhonda
Seaside, Oregon

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


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12/1/16 8:08 P

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Still traveling on the road. Had instant oatmeal with a Nature Valley Bar for breakfast, a flat bread Sub sandwich for lunch and a BBQ Pork Wrap with green beans for dinner. Feel like I did okay under the circumstances. Walked 2 miles on the treadmill at the hotel in the AM and 2 more miles around town (Ozona, TX) after we arrived.

Rhonda
Seaside, Oregon

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


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8/21/16 12:04 P

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After yo yoing literally up and down (50-80 pounds!) for over 30 years I have now maintained for the past 7 years. My weight still fluctuates about 10 pounds when I let down my guard but it is a whole lot more stable than previously. The key differences for me? 1) Cook and eat simple meals. I keep a notebook full of quick satisfying meals that I can make in less than 30 minutes. 2) I didn't diet. I ate sensibly like a "thin" person would. Yes, I still have my moments but I always go back on plan. 3) I exercise 60+ minutes every day. Walking, running, biking are are go to's. 4) I eat almost all meals at home. Eating out is always a big temptation for me to indulge. 5) I Spark daily. Reviewing articles and interacting with friends keeps my healthy habits front and center. 6) Halfway through, I left an executive banking position and instead of working 50+ hours a week I now had some ME time. 7) I usually always have an evening treat. My treat of choice is warmed unsweetened applesauce with berries and a dollop of whip and cinnamon. It satisfies and I don't feel deprived. I also have this when everyone else is having dessert after a meal.

I'm still a work in progress and certainly don't have this problem licked. The big challenges for me are now vacations. We travel a LOT so learning ways to eat and exercise when you aren't in full control of the situation has been tough. I am getting better at it and have found that taking an hour in the morning before breakfast to walk or run doesn't cause major inconvenience. When we cruise I eat a plate (1 cup or so) of mixed fruit before meals and limit bread to 1 piece a day.

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5/30/16 10:03 A

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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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5/25/16 8:19 P

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


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


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


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


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

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Rhonda
Seaside, Oregon

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


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5/19/16 11:39 P

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Monday, June 27, 2016

I came across something yesterday that I wanted to share with you, my Spark Friends. It has to do with habits. Have you heard of Gretchen Rubin? She has written a book titled "BETTER THAN BEFORE - Mastering the Habits of
Our Everyday Lives". She has also written "THE HAPPINESS PROJECT" and "HAPPINESS AT HOME". If you go to her website gretchenrubin.com/ you can download a sample. I read a chapter of "Better Than Before" and was impressed with her understanding of how important habits are in our daily lives. Establishing GOOD habits can be key to long term happiness. I encourage you to check it out and take a peek.


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Edited by: GOING-STRONG at: 6/27/2016 (18:08)
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Saturday, June 25, 2016

Hi Spark Friends!

I know it has been awhile since I have posted a blog... so I wanted to let you know I am still here! The DH and I have been on THREE camp trips over the past month and internet service has been quite spotty. I upgraded my cellular plan so I had more data capability, but using a cell phone to post a blog is nothing less than a lesson in frustration... so consequently no blogs. The good news is I have had time to read and I actually have finished two books... Hooray!

The traveling we have been doing has been awesome. The Tetons and Yellowstone were fun and I the friends we were with were great fun. I did finish the Grizzly Double Dare doing a Half Marathon in the Tetons and a Half at Yellowstone. The elevation was above 6,000 ft so I knew that would slow me down but I had time to acclimate and that helped. The Yellowstone half was a trail run and it was the most difficult event I have ever done. I literally had to watch every step. It was like an obstacle course. On top of that, I had a horrible back spasm when I got out of bed that morning and it took me a good 5 minutes just to put on my socks. I seriously thought I wouldn't be able to get to the starting line... much less finish but I was determined to at least try. Somehow, I made it through. My back is feeling 90% better now and hopefully will be 100% by next week when I run another event on July 4th.

About my eating... I didn't do so well on the camp trip last month with my DS. When I got home and was up FIVE pounds I had a serious talk with myself. I love camping but I couldn't continue down this road... so I made up my mind that I had to find a way to make it work. I'm proud to report that the last two trips I have stayed on plan even though everyone else was indulging. I am reading Becks Diet Solution and applying the principles. It is working for me. I still want to take off 10 pounds before I do the Marine Corp Marathon October 30th. That is going to be challenging to find a workable eating plan to lose while training.

Thanks to everyone who has stopped by my page and left comments. I really appreciate hearing from you and am trying to keep up with blogs. Lots of times I can't say much because of the internet situation and hope you understand.

Hugs to all,
Rhonda


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Edited by: GOING-STRONG at: 6/25/2016 (13:14)
Rhonda
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Eat healthy.. Exercise daily.. repeat! and Consistency.. that is the secret!


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My daily step average for past week was 13,796 . I would like to average 20,000+ steps daily for the coming week.

For the Week ending May 28th

emoticon Sun - 7,404
emoticon Mon - 10,186
emoticon Tue - 6,869
emoticon Wed - 18,033
emoticon Thur - 17,602
emoticon Fri - 17,393
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Edited by: GOING-STRONG at: 5/30/2016 (10:11)
Rhonda
Seaside, Oregon

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


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

My daily step average for past week was 23,461 . I would like to average 20,000+ steps daily for the coming week.

For the Week ending May 21st

emoticon Sun - 31,188
emoticon Mon - 21,959
emoticon Tue - 20,302
emoticon Wed - 20,150
emoticon Thur - 20,143
emoticon Fri - 20,157
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Edited by: GOING-STRONG at: 5/25/2016 (20:14)
Rhonda
Seaside, Oregon

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


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5/15/16 10:44 P

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Saturday, May 21, 2016

Today was long run day... and it wasn't raining.. hooray! I headed out and was able to get in 6 miles before breakfast. After breakfast, I had a nail appointment (priorities!) and got the last appointment so took a break to get my nails done. DH had some errands to run and I still had 5 miles to run so after I got home I finished up. The interesting thing about doing a long run is when you finish you feel very accomplished. It sets a good tone for the rest of the day.

After lunch, I decided to continue with the outside clean-up project. I made some good progress and the front of the house now looks like a house... Woo Hoo. I also did some bark dust around the entry and around some of the little plants I planted last month. The bag of bark dust is actually rubber... not wood. It looks like bark dust but it is made from shredded rubber.. tires I think. It looks good and I think it will probably last longer.

I did a little packing in the trailer and will finish up in the morning. We want to get on the road around 10:00 and are meeting my Sis/BIL for lunch at the Tillamook Cheese Factory. I have been there a couple of times but BIL has never been there. It is quite the operation and they also have a ice cream counter. Tillamook Ice Cream is pretty rich so the plan is to have one scoop only. Hold me to that.. okay!

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 with dollop of FF whip
Few almonds

emoticon Lunch
Baked Open Faced Tuna Salad Spread on English Muffin Topped with Mozzarella
Potato Chips
1/2 c mixed fruit
3/4 c warmed applesauce with 1/4 c berries and dollop of FF whip

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Fresh Apple
Hard Boiled Egg

emoticon Dinner
Spinach and Cheese Ravioli with Marinara topped with Parmesan
Rosemary Cracker with wedge of laughing cow
Glass of Pino Grigio

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


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Edited by: GOING-STRONG at: 5/22/2016 (00:38)
Rhonda
Seaside, Oregon

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


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Friday, May 20, 2016

Well, I didn't get the windows washed today.. and the weather was even decent! I had good intentions but after I got back from the gym, I went outside and decided to continue with the clean-up project started yesterday. It went well and I ended up getting the patio completely cleared and hosed down. I also hosed the adjoining walkway and it now looks like something that we actually might be able to use! Tomorrow the DH plans to take a load to the dump while I do my long run. I usually do my long run on Sunday, but need to change it to Saturday this week as we are leaving on a short camping trip Sunday. I haven't gotten in much running mileage this week so I'm hoping that weather conditions stay okay tomorrow and that my luck doesn't run out.

I have managed to keep my 20,000 daily step streak alive this week.. In fact, I was shocked to see how many steps I got in today just working outside. We have a pretty long drive-way and carting the wheelbarrow up and down the driveway to the garden shed really adds up. I got in 20,000 today without even doing an afternoon walk!

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

emoticon Morning Snack
Protein Shake with banana and almond milk
few almonds

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Open face baked tuna sandwich on english muffin
Serving of chips
3/4 c warmed applesauce with 1/4 c berries and dollop of FF whip

emoticon Afternoon Snack
Fresh apple

emoticon Dinner
Spinach and Cheese Ravioli with Marinara and Parmesan cheese
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: 5/21/2016 (00:58)
Rhonda
Seaside, Oregon

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


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Thursday, May 19, 2016

The DH and I really outdid ourselves today working around the house. The weather was spotty.... sunshine, then rain, then sunshine... you get the picture. We have a lot of outside work to do and after I got back from the gym we headed outside when we saw a break in the rain. We worked loading up stuff to move to the garden shed and piled stuff in the trailer to go to the dump. My DH is a REAL packrat. We have stuff that has been sitting waiting for him to get to a project for 10 years.. I'm not kidding! Anyway, once we had the house painted I talked him into letting us have the concrete re-surfaced so that it would look new. He had so much junk stacked on the patio next to his garden that there was no way we could use it as a patio. Today, we got started on getting that cleaned up and I really feel like things are moving in the right direction. He bought a portable fire pit at Costco last week-end and once we have a patio we will have a place to put it. I wasn't thrilled about the fire-pit; but if it makes him happy and gets the patio cleaned up it will be worth it.

Tomorrow, we will continue to work outside weather permitting. I'm also hoping to get the windows washed. I like to wash them inside and out twice a year.. once in the Spring and once in the Fall. Our last house had 44 windows (I'm not kidding) and this place has 10 so it isn't such an overwhelming project.

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

emoticon Morning Snack
Protein Shake with banana and almond milk

emoticon Lunch
Open faced baked tuna fish on english muffin topped with mozzarella
Yogurt fluff with raspberries and dollop of FF whip

emoticon Afternoon Snack
Apple
few almonds

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Hard boiled egg
Chop salad with tomato, chicken, onion, avocado
Newmans Own Dressing
Rosemary Cracker with wedge of laughing cow
Corn on the Cob with butter
Glass of Pino Grigio

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: 5/19/2016 (23:54)
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Eat healthy.. Exercise daily.. repeat! and Consistency.. that is the secret!


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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Well, the mindless beast appears to have gone back into hibernation... at least for today.. Hooray! I don't especially like those episodes when it raises its ugly head. I tried to reflect on what caused the problem yesterday and I came to the conclusion that it was thinking about my ex-husband. We were married 42 years ago today and thinking about it just stirs up a bunch of crazy emotions. I was married to my first husband for 11 years and that was about 10 years too long. On the positive side, I did get a beautiful daughter who means the World to me. My ex was a drinker, I'm sure an alcoholic (although he didn't think so) and was emotionally abusive. He is deceased now, so I shouldn't let these feelings still get to me; but they do. I was 18 when we got married and even though I was way too young I did have an inkling before we married that his behavior wasn't acceptable.

Here are a couple of photos that I dug up from the archives... one with my Dad (I love this photo!) and one with my two Grandmothers. One of my Grandmothers passed not long afterwards and this was my last photo with them.





Today, I did feel more in control and for that I am grateful. I did my normal 30 minute treadmill power walk and then after breakfast headed to the gym for Spin circuit. I had to leave a little early because my DH had a Doctor appt in Portland and I was going to have a badly needed hair cut/color while he was at his appt. I got home and he told me that we didn't have to hurry as his Dr appt was cancelled. He still needed to go to Portland however to get some materials he bought last week and planned to pick up today, so I didn't end up having to drive myself.. Yay!

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

emoticon Morning Snack
Protein Shake with banana and almond milk
few almonds

emoticon Lunch
Avocado Omelette with sauteed veggies
Yogurt fluff with dollop of FF whip

emoticon Afternoon Snack
McDonalds Cone
Fresh Apple

emoticon Dinner
French Toast made with 1 egg and whites topped with banana and raspberries
SF Maple Syrup
Few potato chips

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



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Edited by: GOING-STRONG at: 5/18/2016 (23:27)
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My daily step average for past week was 23,461 . I would like to average 20,000+ steps daily for the coming week.

For the Week ending May 21st

emoticon Sun - 31,188
emoticon Mon - 21,959
emoticon Tue - 20,302
emoticon Wed - 20,150
emoticon Thur - 20,143
emoticon Fri - 20,157
emoticon Sat - 30,328


Edited by: GOING-STRONG at: 5/25/2016 (20:17)
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My daily step average for past week was 21,675 . I would like to average 20,000+ steps daily for the coming week.

For the Week ending May 14th

emoticon Sun - 28,052
emoticon Mon - 20,809
emoticon Tue - 20,145
emoticon Wed - 20,154
emoticon Thur - 22,171
emoticon Fri - 20,106
emoticon Sat - 20,285

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


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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

I really didn't want to blog today.. not that I had a bad day; it actually was okay. What wasn't okay was my eating. I've really been struggling again and I don't like how it makes me feel. I prefer to be in control and sometimes I'm just a mindless beast.

I did get in my 20,000 steps today; so that is positive. I didn't break my streak. If I break the streak because of things outside my control; then that is okay. Life is that way and sometimes you have to consider those factors. But today I had the time to make sure I met the goal and I pursued it.

Other positives today were I boiled a batch of eggs. I haven't done that for awhile and it is always nice to have boiled eggs on hand for a quick snack or to add to a salad. A few years ago I finally learned the trick to cooking perfect boiled eggs. I put the eggs in a large pot, add a little salt and baking soda (helps to peel the eggs a little more easily) and bring the water to a boil. After the water comes to a boil, turn off the heat and cover the pan. Let sit for 10 minutes (set the timer). When the timer goes off, dump the water and add cold water (and even ice) to stop the cooking process. When the eggs are cool, peel them and store them in the refrigerator in an airtight container or baggie.

I also made a batch of yogurt fluff. I have had some fat free yogurt in the fridge for awhile and it is getting close to the expiration date.. so time to use it. Yogurt fluff is sugar free jello and yogurt. I use the 6 serving jello box, add 2 cups boiling water and stir for a few minutes until well dissolved. I then add 2 cups of mixed ice/cold water and stir. Add a teaspoon of vanilla extract and 1 1/2 cups of fat free plain yogurt. Mix in blender or with a hand whip. Pour into individual serving cups. I also made some in plastic disposable cups for our camp trip this week-end.

After making two boxes of jello fluff, I still had a little yogurt left so I mixed it with tuna and diced pickles. Makes a great high protein sandwich spread. You can use it for grilled tuna sandwiches or as a spread on crackers. I also add a little dillweed to the mix which enhances the flavor.

I'm not going to go into what I ate today. It was sad.

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Edited by: GOING-STRONG at: 5/18/2016 (00:16)
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Monday, May 16, 2016

Another day up at 5:30am... I'm really not complaining though.. I would rather get up early than late. Had time for a leisurely cup of coffee and computer time then headed up to the she cave for 30 minutes on the treadmill. After breakfast, I headed to the gym for spin class.

When I got home, it wasn't raining so I had the DH get some weed killer made up for me. I sprayed weeds and did a little outside clean-up. We had wanted to spread some gravel over the week-end but the place was closed so had to wait until today to start that project. We need to put down weed guard in a number of areas and plan to cover with gravel or barkdust closer to the house. Today, we worked on the area in front of the new garden shed. After graveling the front we put together a couple of planters with Dahlia bulbs. We won't see those flowers until later this Summer but I just love Dahlias and they do well in this area. Tomorrow I'll need to put out some slug bait because they love dahlias also. Here is a photo of our cute garden shed... Darn, I wish I had taken a before photo. The DH still needs to remove the paper from the little windows.



Tomorrow, I expect we will do more work outside as it is supposed to be nice. We are really trying to get as much done as we can while we have the opportunity as we will be gone so much this Summer.

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

emoticon Morning Snack
Protein Shake with banana, cocoa powder and almond milk

emoticon Lunch
Chop salad with turkey, onion, tomato, and avocado
Newmans Own Sesame Ginger Dressing
Rosemary Cracker with 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
Few crackers with chicken dip
Chop Salad with chicken, onion, tomato, avocado, Parmesan cheese
small wedge of biscuit with butter
Corn on the cob 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: 5/17/2016 (00:04)
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Sunday, May 15, 2016

I slept an extra hour yesterday... but today strangely enough I was up an hour earlier than normal... go figure. I looked out the window and could see that it had rained lightly overnight but was currently calm. I had my coffee, did a bit on the computer and prepared for a long run. Today, I had 11 miles on the schedule.

Before breakfast, I set out and did six miles. It was early with little traffic. Came home for breakfast and waited awhile to let it settle before setting out to do another five. I actually like running with both an empty stomach and with food, as my body is adapted and able to handle both situations. I'm starting to get a little nervous about the two Halfs that I'm running next month... one in the Grand Tetons and one at Yellowstone. Both are at elevations of 6,600 ft +. That is going to be challenging for me. Fortunately, they allow ample time to finish as I have a feeling that I will be doing a lot of walking.

After I finished my fun, I worked a little on our Fall RV trip. A spark friend recommended I check out RV Trip Wizard which calculates a route for you based on your start point and ending point. It also suggests stops along the way based on how much time you want to spend on the road daily and has a nice directory on nearby campgrounds. I looked at the demo which looked pretty good and plan to read some reviews and see what other users have to say.

After lunch, the DH and I did a few household chores then went and did our weekly shopping. Stocked up on essentials and bought a couple of planters to put in front on our garden shed. Now that the house and the new shed are freshly painted things are looking spiffy and a couple of planters in front of the shed will look charming. I'm hoping to get a little work done outside this week weather permitting as I'm not scheduled to work at the restaurant.

Hope you all had a great week-end!

emoticon Breakfast
Oatmeal, diced apple, craisins, brown sugar and almond milk
1/2 sliced apple
Sprig of grapes

emoticon Morning Snack
Protein Shake with banana and almond milk

emoticon Lunch
Sausage and Cheese pizza
3/4 c warmed applesauce with 1/4 c berries and dollop of FF whip

emoticon Afternoon Snack
Potato Chips

emoticon Dinner
Roasted Chicken
Mixed Sauteed Veggies
Bisquick Biscuit with butter

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

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

My daily step average for past week was 21,675 . I would like to average 20,000+ steps daily for the coming week.

For the Week ending May 14th

emoticon Sun - 28,052
emoticon Mon - 20,809
emoticon Tue - 20,145
emoticon Wed - 20,154
emoticon Thur - 22,171
emoticon Fri - 20,106
emoticon Sat - 20,285



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Edited by: GOING-STRONG at: 5/15/2016 (23:08)
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Saturday, May 14, 2016

Enjoyed myself a lazy morning today. Got up an hour later than normal and didn't hit the ground running. Had a leisurely breakfast and did a little couch time.

I had been considering running the Rock n Roll Half in San Antonio this December... and the DH and I decided today that it would work. My goal for 2016 was to run at least one Half each month and cover nine different States during the year. The Texas event will be the ninth State for 2016.. Yay! I booked us a condo and we will fly (don't want to use the trailer in December) and take extra time to enjoy the area. I visited San Antonio for 5 days many years ago on business and the DH and I thought it was a lovely City. The San Antonio RiverWalk is a great concept and I'm hoping there will be more water this time around.

Before lunch, I motivated myself to get up off the couch and do 30 minutes on the treadmill. I needed to get going if I wanted a chance to make 20,000 steps today. I broke my last streak while we were on our camp trip and now with my new streak I'm on day nine.

After lunch, the DH and I spent some time working outside. He has been cutting back and clearing some of the blackberries growing along our driveway. I used the wheelbarrow and raked and picked up the debris. We worked a couple of hours and then stopped as I needed to get in a power walk. It had started to sprinkle and looked like a good probability of rain so needed to get it done. Did a 3 mile loop and it was sprinkling; but lightly. Made it home without getting drenched.

Tomorrow, I have my weekly long run (11 miles) on the schedule. Haven't looked at the weather report but would like to get it done before lunch as we need to do some shopping in the afternoon. Fingers crossed!

Have a great week-end Spark Friends.

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

emoticon Morning Snack
None

emoticon Lunch
Green Salad with cole slaw, diced turkey, tomato, onion, avocado and mozzarella
Newmans Own Sesame Ginger Dressing
Rosemary Cracker with wedge of laughing cow cheese
3/4 c warmed applesauce with 1/4 c berries and dollop of FF whip

emoticon Afternoon Snack
Fresh Apple
few almonds

emoticon Dinner
Green Salad with smoked salmon, onion, tomato and avocado
Newmans Own Dressing
Rosemary Cracker with wedge of laughing cow cheese
few potato chips

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: 5/14/2016 (23:43)
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Friday, May 13, 2016

Busy day today. Did my usual morning routine with coffee and a little computer work... then up to the treadmill for a 30 minute power walk. Thank goodness my FitBit seems to be working okay.. no problems with it this morning. While I was upstairs I brought down a box of collectible glassware that I'm getting rid of. Stuff that I uncovered in my decluttering earlier this year. My DH looked the stuff over and decided on pricing. My Sis has a large building on the river adjacent to the restaurant that is used for events and she is starting a Sunday market. She needs stuff to sell so I'm providing some inventory and getting rid of some stuff at the same time. Win-Win.

After breakfast, I headed to the gym for my Friday one hour spin class. Only a few people this morning but we got a good workout. Fortunately, I'm barely sore after yesterdays gym session.

After the gym, I worked a little on our Fall schedule for the trip to Washington DC. My DH wants me to change things a little so we can meet up with friends in Durango, CO. It means leaving 3 days earlier than we were planning, but it is doable. It is important to him so I want to make it work. He supports me with all the traveling I do to participate in running events... so I think accommodating him a bit is in order. We are going to be gone a little over 6 weeks this Fall... a real mega trip. I hope it goes well as next year we want to do a mega trip to Niagara Falls. Living on the West Coast and traveling to the East Coast takes a lot of time and planning with a trailer... but we have a lot of country to see and this is a good way to do it. In addition to running events in nine different states this year, we are also starting our quest to visit all the National Parks and State Capitals. That should keep us busy for awhile lol.

I worked a four hour shift at the restaurant today. I had the poorest section so I wasn't as busy as the other servers... but in the end I still had a good day and it was worthwhile.

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

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

emoticon Lunch
1 c vegetarian chili with soda crackers
French fries
Protein shake with grapes and almond milk

emoticon Afternoon Snack
Fresh apple

emoticon Dinner
Hollowed Baked Sandwich Roll with crumbled ground beef, marinara, cheese
Mixed Fruit
Cole Slaw Salad with Ginger Sesame Dressing
1/2 Rosemary Cracker

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: 5/14/2016 (00:58)
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Eat healthy.. Exercise daily.. repeat! and Consistency.. that is the secret!


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Thursday, May 12, 2016

Up at my normal time this morning... although the cat thought that we should get up at 4:00am. She came in the bedroom and loudly announced herself... and didn't let up for about 10 minutes. I know what she wanted. She wanted me to get up and turn on the bathroom faucet so she could have a drink of "fresh" running water. The glass of water I left for her (in a crystal glass no less) just wasn't good enough. I didn't get up and bend to her demands lol.

When I did eventually get up, I did a little computer work and had a cup of coffee.. then headed upstairs for 30 minutes on the treadmill. When I finished I checked my Fitbit to make sure I had 4,000 steps in and "horrors"... it was dead! I had just charged the battery the night before last so no way should it have been dead. I took it off and put it on the charger while I had breakfast. The battery was showing completely drained... so I let it charge until I left for the gym. Hopefully, this was a fluke and won't be an on-going problem.

Class at the gym this morning was killer. We did a weight circuit and I'm hoping that I won't be so sore tomorrow that I can't walk.

The weather was great today and when I got to work I noticed some people out and about walking on the River Walk. I started off with a group of six right away and stayed busy for most of the shift. I didn't have time to make my protein shake until a little after 2pm. I also will be working tomorrow.

When I got home, the DH was working on a project so I decided to go for a run. I took it slow and did a shorter 3 mile route rather than the 5 miles I usually do on Thursdays. I figured that working 4 hours on my feet today made up for shorting 2 miles on my run :-).

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

emoticon Morning Snack
Handful of almonds

emoticon Lunch
Few French Fries
Couple of cookie wafers
Protein Shake with frozen grapes and almond milk

emoticon Afternoon Snack
Handful of almonds

emoticon Dinner
Sausage and Cheese Omelette
Rosemary Cracker with wedge of laughing cow cheese
Corn on the Cob with butter
Glass of Pino Gris

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: 5/13/2016 (00:33)
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Seaside, Oregon

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


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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Better day today... Yay! I was apprehensive to do my treadmill walk but it went okay. Got in 30 minutes and wasn't looking at the clock every minute. After breakfast, I headed to the gym for Spin circuit class. I'm still slightly sore from yesterdays class but mostly in my abs... so not a problem.

I worked the lunch shift today at the restaurant, so before I left I packed stuff to make a protein shake. It was only semi busy today so I actually had time to put together the shake around 1pm. I was sort of disappointed that it wasn't busier because I didn't get in as many steps as I expected. Tomorrow will most likely be busier as we have a cruise ship docking. If the weather is sunny tomorrow we will have a lot of people out and about. If it rains.... well.. the passengers stay on ship and eat in the dining room.

When I got home I did a few household chores and we had dinner. I still needed to get in some more steps so we watched a little Grace and Frankie on Netflix. Pretty funny. Check it out if you have Netflix.

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
Protein Shake with grapes and almond milk
Few french fries
2 small cookies

emoticon Afternoon Snack
Fresh Apple

emoticon Dinner
Handful of nuts
Omelette with avocado
English Muffin with butter and jam
Glass of Pino Gris

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: 5/12/2016 (00:13)
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Eat healthy.. Exercise daily.. repeat! and Consistency.. that is the secret!


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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Beautiful day today... but for some reason I have felt like I'm dragging and low on energy. I started with my usual 30 minute power walk and again, like yesterday, I had a hard time finishing. I even had my disco light going to see if it would perk me up, but no go.

After breakfast, I headed to the gym for my weight training class. There were a lot of ladies there today and the room was pretty full. We did a circuit of five exercises of 20 reps each... and did four rounds. By the end I was using pretty light weights and I could tell my form wasn't that great.

Came home and did a few chores and made a few option trades. The market has been pretty up and down lately which makes for some good premiums. I kept my maturities short (in June) as the "experts" think the market will probably soften over the Summer... which is typically does. Now that earnings season is about wrapped up the market will probably be a little less volatile. We shall see.

After lunch I worked a little on the trip planning. We recently became a member of the "Good Sam" club which gives a 10% discount when staying at RV parks that are member of Good Sam. The park we stayed at in the Redwoods was a Good Sam park. Anyway, I found that they have a trip planner on their website. You enter the starting City and the destination City and it will map a route for you and let you know of RV parks along the way. I like that the parks have member reviews and a member rating from 1-10. I looked at several different parks along the route we have mapped out and found some parks rated 9-10 that looked like good possibilities for us. I am enjoying looking at the different options. I may have even found a park that is close to Washington DC and within walking distance of the Metro. That would be a big plus as we will need Metro access to get to the race start.

This afternoon, the DH had some chores to do so I decided to go for a 5 mile run. I typically like to do 5 milers on Tues, Thurs and Sat. I got started and about a mile in I was feeling pretty tired. My pace was slow and it was windy so I had a little resistance, but it seemed more difficult that it should have. Maybe my body is trying to tell me something. I decided to continue but just walk. I probably also won't be able to run on Thursday as I am working at the restaurant the next 3 days.

Think I'll try and get to bed a little early tonight. Maybe that will help get me out of this energy funk.

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
Cole slaw salad with Newmans Own Seseme Ginger Dressing
Corn on the Cob with butter
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
Cole Slaw Salad with chicken breast, Newmans Own Dressing
Rosemary Cracker with wedge of laughing cow cheese
glass of Pino Gris

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: 5/10/2016 (23:34)
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Monday, May 9, 2016

Got up a little late this morning and felt like I was behind the 8 ball from the get go. I had some coffee, read my e-mail, checked the markets, then headed upstairs for a 2 mile power walk. The whole time, my mind was running overtime and I kept thinking about all the things I needed to do. Sigh... I tried hard to talk myself out of continuing and just get off the treadmill... but I powered on and finished. Hooray!

After breakfast, I headed to the gym for a one hour spin class. The weather today is outstanding... sun shining and birds chirping. The spin room has a garage type door and it was open wide. Felt good.

Made a trip to the grocery store for a few odds and ends. Took my time as DH was running errands until lunch. Afterwards I did some little projects at home and got a few things accomplished.

After lunch, I worked outside and got a few plants in the ground that have been in containers waiting for over a month. I planted some dahlias outside our bedroom window and hope that they do okay... the soil has a lot of clay in it and is very rocky so not sure if they will make it. Put in some potting soil so keeping my fingers crossed.

emoticon Breakfast
Oatmeal, diced apples, 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 coleslaw, avocado, tomato and onion
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

emoticon Dinner
1 c mixed sauteed vegetables
Baked chicken breast
3/4 c warmed applesauce with 1/4 c berries and dollop of FF whip
glass of Pino Gris

emoticon Evening Snack
Handful of almonds

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Edited by: GOING-STRONG at: 5/9/2016 (23:42)
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Sunday, May 8, 2016

Had a fabulous Mother's Day today... and hope you Mom's out there in Spark Land did also!

After I got up this morning and looked out the window, I decided that I would go ahead and do my long run today after all. The pavement was dry so figured that I should take advantage of that as it could rain tomorrow. I did a six mile run before breakfast and while it was a bit cool I warmed up in no time. After breakfast, I waited a bit for my food to settle and headed out for another five miles. I couldn't believe how heavy the traffic was... it was bumper to bumper all through town much like we usually have in Summer.

After my run, in honor of the day, I decided I wouldn't plan to do any big projects. I enjoyed a little couch time and started working on the plan for our big cross country trip to Washington DC this Fall. I have a rough schedule put together and tried to keep our daily driving less than 300 miles. I wanted to have enough time every day to be able to enjoy some sights along the way and not feel rushed every minute. It is going to be a long trip but I'm expecting we will have some awesome adventures.

Late this afternoon, the DH and I took a trip to Costco to get some provisions. Loaded up on fruits and veggies and some other essentials. Our fridge was looking a little bare and I want to make sure I have good food available so I don't end up eating a bunch of junk. Been doing enough of that lately.

My DD had us over for Dinner tonight... it was wonderful. She is still getting settled into the new house and it is such a joy to see how she has put things together. I had to smile as all her canned goods are arranged meticulously with the labels facing out... she is a chip off the old block lol. She made Steak Dianne for Dinner with sauteed veggies and a small salad. Everything was just excellent. I'm a very proud Mama.

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

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

emoticon Lunch
Spinach and Cheese Ravioli with Marinara Sauce sprinkled with Parmesan
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
Few bites of demo food at Costco

emoticon Dinner
Glass of Pino Noir
Deviled Egg
Small salad with balsamic dressing
Sauteed zucchini
Steak Diane with mushrooms
Small wedge of bread
Small wedge of Strawberry Cheesecake

emoticon Evening Snack
None


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Edited by: GOING-STRONG at: 5/9/2016 (01:39)
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Wednesday, April 27, 2016
No time really to blog today… already past my bedtime. Had an awesome day camping here at Silver Falls State Park and spending time with our friends. We went on a 5 mile hike that circled an area with SEVEN fabulous waterfalls. Two of the waterfalls had trails that also went behind the falls so you enjoyed seeing them from the front and back. The scenery along the trail was awesome with moss, ferns, and huge trees. We all have a great time. Really glad I wore my hiking boots and wool socks. The weather was cool and we didn’t see much Sun but comfortable for hikin.g
emoticon Breakfast
Oatmeal with Splenda, diced apple, raisins and almond milk
½ sliced apple
emoticon Morning Snack
Fresh apple
emoticon Lunch
Hot Dog with bun, mayo and mustard
Chips and salsa
Bite of brownie
emoticon Afternoon Snack
Kind Bar
emoticon Dinner
Chicken Sausage / Bun / Mustard and Mayo
Chips
Fresh Asparagus
Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Pie
emoticon Evening Snack
100 calorie bag of caramel popcorn



Rhonda
Seaside, Oregon

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


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Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Up early and decided if I was going to get in a run I would have to skip the gym… couldn’t do both and be ready in time to leave to go camping. Had a quick breakfast and then did a 5 mile loop run instead of my regular out and back. I actually think I liked this new route better. When I got home I did a few quick household chores, and then started packing the refrigerated stuff in the trailer. Had a number of interruptions and unfortunately I ended up forgetting items that were in the deli drawer…. Arrggghh…. Now I am short some critical ingredients for the trip and the food I left will probably be spoiled by the time I get home. Oh well… not much to do about it at this point. I’ll be fine for a few days and then we will need to look for a grocery store.
We left just a few minutes behind schedule. We were due to have lunch with friends in Portland and she is a busy realtor.. so didn’t want to be late or we wouldn’t have much time to visit. When we got to their place, we walked over to a restaurant maybe ¼ mile away. It is in an area with all new construction and everything is beautifully landscaped. The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and is set up like a French Bakery with all sorts of beautiful pastries in a display cabinet. Charming. I actually ordered breakfast for lunch which was fun.
After lunch, we said our goodbyes and hit the road. We made another stop at a new Cabelas store to take a look at what they carried. The store was HUGE. It is DH’s birthday on the 29th and he has been wanting a particular gun which they happened to carry… so we made the purchase. That took quite a bit of time as they do a lot of paperwork and a background check. While we waited, I did some walking outside around the complex to get in some more steps.
After finishing all the rigmarole associated with the purchase, we again got on the road. The first campground we are staying at is Silver Falls State Park outside of Salem. We pulled in around dinner time and first priority was to get everything hooked up and going so I could fix us something to eat. Just as we were finishing, our friends who are making the trip with us pulled in. This is also their first camp trip in their Motor Home. They bought used but DH and I were very impressed with what great shape it is in for being 20 years old. It is a big rig.. 30 ft I think.. and they have a lot of space and storage. The downside is it is harder to maneuver; and while it won’t be a factor for them on this trip they don’t have a vehicle for side trips.
We don’t have internet or cell phone service at this campground so I won’t be able to post this blog until we are in an area with a connection.
emoticon Breakfast
Oatmeal with diced apple, craisins, brown sugar and almond milk
½ sliced apple
½ c mixed fruit
emoticon Morning Snack
Nature Valley Peanut Butter Bar
emoticon Lunch
Risotto Cakes with 2 poached eggs
1 slice sour dough toast with butter and jelly
½ c mixed roasted potato / squash

emoticon Afternoon Snack
McDonalds Cone
emoticon Dinner
Green Salad with diced chicken, onion, tomato and dried cherries
Newman’s Own Sesame Ginger Dressing
Small Slice cornbread with butter
Glass of White Wine

emoticon Evening Snack
Tortilla Chips / Salsa


Rhonda
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My daily step average for past week was 15,875 . I would like to average 20,000+ steps daily for the coming week.

For the Week ending May 7th

emoticon Sun - 34,328
emoticon Mon - 10,559
emoticon Tue - 5,502
emoticon Wed - 6,669
emoticon Thur - 11,445
emoticon Fri - 22,338
emoticon Sat - 20,281

Edited by: GOING-STRONG at: 5/15/2016 (22:33)
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Eat healthy.. Exercise daily.. repeat! and Consistency.. that is the secret!


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Saturday, May 7, 2016

Had a pretty productive day today... I was up early and after coffee and a little computer time I headed up to my she cave for a 2 mile treadmill power walk. It is starting to get warmer upstairs (my she cave is in the attic) and it didn't take long to work up a sweat. I may need to take my morning walk outside at some point.

After breakfast, the DH and I worked on household chores. I finished up the laundry and made a run to the Post Office to check on a missing package.
We had our mail held while we were gone and when we picked it up yesterday I realized that a package was missing. Usually stuff like that doesn't have a good outcome but they found it!

My project today was to re-organize the dishes in the camper. I did that and am pleased with how it turned out. Nothing is more irritating that having to move stuff to get to what you need. I now have dishes in a vertical rack so that they aren't stacked on top of each other. Bowls are smaller plates are on a portable wire stacking shelf. If I need to get to a large pot (to boil water or make soup) then I will have to move a few things... but that isn't going to be a daily occurrence so not a problem. I also re-organized the dry goods as well as the canned goods. The trailer also has one of those nifty vertical pull out drawers with 3 shelves that is perfect for canned goods and jars. I also repacked all the towels and washed the bedding. Our next trip is a quick 2 day venture to Cape Lookout State Park. It is about 90 minutes down the Coast from where we live so won't be a long drive. My Sis and BIL will be taking their trailer also so that should be a lot of fun.

The weather was great today and is supposed to cool down substantially tomorrow. After lunch, I went for a 5 mile run and I had to take it pretty easy because it was warm. I usually do my long run on Sunday but I'm thinking I will walk tomorrow instead and do my long run on Monday.

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

emoticon Morning Snack
None

emoticon Lunch
Serving of Doritos
Baked hollowed out sandwich roll with ground beef, marinara sauce and cheese.
Cole Slaw Salad with Oriental Dressing

emoticon Afternoon Snack
Protein Shake with banana and almond milk
Handful of almonds

emoticon Dinner
Spinach and Cheese Ravioli topped with Marinara and Parmesan Cheese
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: 5/7/2016 (23:21)
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Friday, May 6, 2016

Hello Spark Friends! I'm back from my camping trip... got home last night. We had a fabulous time and enjoyed lots of adventures. I didn't have access to the internet most of the time we were gone and trying to post a blog using my phone is just too darn hard. The big problem for me however is when I'm not blogging daily I also do not track my food intake. My eating while I was away could only be described as pitiful. I promise however to get back on track and today I did well.

The new camp trailer was really a joy. Everything worked well and we had no major issues. There are a few little items that we will need to have the dealer fix but that is really to be expected. I did find that I packed WAY too much stuff. My project for tomorrow is going to be taking all the dishes, etc. out of the cupboards and figuring out what I can live without. I figure if I didn't use something while we were gone for 8 days that chances are I can manage without it. I also took more clothes and shoes than I needed and I'm going to re-think that for the future. I pretty much just wanted to wear my camo pants as they were comfortable and perfect for hiking.

I'm not going to go into a big long description of what we did but I'll share a few photos of some of our fun adventures. Sending you all best wishes for a great week-end.




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

emoticon Morning Snack
Protein Shake with banana and almond milk

emoticon Lunch
Mini homemade pizza with spicy sausage and mozzarella
3/4 c warmed applesauce with 1/4 c berries and dollop of FF whip

emoticon Afternoon Snack
Nature Valley Peanut Butter Bar

emoticon Dinner
5 oz pork chop
Cole Slaw Salad with 2 T Oriental Dressing
Rosemary Cracker with wedge of laughing cow cheese
3/4 C Warmed applesauce with 1/4 c berries and dollop of FF whip
5 oz Chardonnay

emoticon Evening Snack
Popcorn



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Edited by: GOING-STRONG at: 5/6/2016 (22:23)
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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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Edited by: GOING-STRONG at: 4/30/2016 (23:34)
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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 16,883. I would like to average 20,000+ steps daily for the coming week.

For the Week ending April 30th

emoticon Sun - 20,309
emoticon Mon - 20,176
emoticon Tue - 22,309
emoticon Wed - 27,855
emoticon Thur - 10,960
emoticon Fri - 10,182
emoticon Sat - 6,387

Edited by: GOING-STRONG at: 5/7/2016 (00:47)
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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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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

emoticon Evening Snack
none

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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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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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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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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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)
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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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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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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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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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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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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)
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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)
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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
Seaside, Oregon

Remember...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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


Rhonda
Seaside, Oregon

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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)
Rhonda
Seaside, Oregon

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


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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)
Rhonda
Seaside, Oregon

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


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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)
Rhonda
Seaside, Oregon

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


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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)
Rhonda
Seaside, Oregon

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


 Pounds lost: 68.3 
 
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62.25
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3/27/16 10:49 P

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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)
Rhonda
Seaside, Oregon

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


 Pounds lost: 68.3 
 
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41.5
62.25
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3/25/16 10:39 P

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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)
Rhonda
Seaside, Oregon

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


 Pounds lost: 68.3 
 
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41.5
62.25
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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)
Rhonda
Seaside, Oregon

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


 Pounds lost: 68.3 
 
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62.25
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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)
Rhonda
Seaside, Oregon

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


 Pounds lost: 68.3 
 
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62.25
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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)
Rhonda
Seaside, Oregon

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


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


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


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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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Seaside, Oregon

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


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


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


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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)
Rhonda
Seaside, Oregon

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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)
Rhonda
Seaside, Oregon

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


 Pounds lost: 68.3 
 
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