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100 Happy Days -- Days 75-78

Friday, June 27, 2014

I've been doing pretty well this week, back on my journey. I'm eating less and moving more--the old tried and true formula for weight loss! I got my Fitbit re-synced (took some doing), and now I can access my stats on the computer dashboard that is part of the Fitbit. I also downloaded a couple of Apps for my phone: Map My Walk (which I already had signed up for evidently--just never used), and Pedometer. It's interesting to see the differences between my Fitbit, Pedometer, and Map My Walk. Of course since Map My Walk is guided by GPS, you need to be sure to turn it off when you are driving somewhere, plus I don't always carry my phone around with me all day, especially if I have no pockets. Tuesday, I walked 1.5 miles down the road, before Chris (son) got home from work. When he got home, he wanted to go out again, so I walked with him. I continued to stay active throughout the day, grocery shopping, etc. and ended up with over 10,000 steps that day on my Fitbit. The next day wasn't as good, with only 6,000 steps, then yesterday I got over 6,000 again. I didn't "formally" take a walk yesterday, but spent two hours at the local enclosed mall, (I went out there specifically so that I could walk in the heat of the day), and the steps added up. I had heard that exercise when you have arthritis is the best thing--seems to be working for me. However, sometimes at night in bed, my knees are very painful after a busy day, so I take a couple of Tylenol/acetiminophen in the middle of the night. I try not to take too many, since all the aspirin I used to take gave me an ulcer, and I know Tylenol can do bad things to your liver. So I am very careful.

Today will be a busy day--Lunch with Du, which we do every Friday, then this afternoon, my niece is coloring my hair. The roots are showing way too much, and I have put it off for too long. With our Fourth of July party coming up, I need to get my hair done. I wish I had time to lose the 30 lbs. for July 4, but I'm on my way. Back at our party in 2010, I was on my journey, and had already lost close to 100 lbs., but no one could really tell I guess because no one said anything.

I remember being so proud that I could fit into this 3X top I found at Shopko. It was my first experience in years, being able to find clothes at a store that FIT!

The following year, I was happily at my goal weight, and stayed there for the next two years. This year, I am in the process of getting back to that goal, after losing my way for a few months. Losing the weight has sure made preparing for the party and hosting it much easier, when every movement no longer leaves me gasping for breath. I'm still putting off the cleaning I need to do however, losing weight won't change the fact that I hate housework!

Rain today, so not sure how I will get my steps in. I bought some clothes at Penney's yesterday and although I liked how they looked on the hanger, I didn't try them on, and when I got home, didn't like how they fit, so I'm going to take them back sometime. Perhaps I could go today, between my lunch and hair-do appointment, and do some walking out at the mall again. It is really a good place to walk! Plus I got to see some sand sculptures of local buildings and people!

I liked the print on this top, but when I put it on, the stripes are crooked, and I didn't like it. They also had this style (which I love) in solid colors, might exchange it for a solid, turquoise or orange.

Like my grandson Duncan, I am a fan of the color orange and liked the lace on the sleeves. But it's tight on my batwing arms and I'm afraid those sleeves will ride up, exposing all that excess flesh up there. I thought it would look good with this long skirt.

There's some orange at the bottom of the skirt. I thought I would try one of these long skirts, I see them in ads all the time, but haven't seen really seen that many women actually wearing them, and not really sure that I would ever wear it. This skirt is slit up the sides, which I didn't notice until I got home and tried it on, clear up to the knees, so it wouldn't cover up my fat upper legs all that well anyhow. Plus, since I am so short-legged, it is too long. I can't shorten it, because then you wouldn't see the orange at the bottom, which is what I liked about it. When I tried it on, I rolled it up at the waist, but then you can't tuck the blouse in. Do you wear blouses tucked in with long skirts? I don't even know, but I'm afraid it's going to have to go back too. Maybe I can find a different style...I am still intrigued by these long skirts.

This is the one top I liked after I tried it on. It kind of combines feminine with sporty, with the knit fabric and stripes and the lacey insets on the shoulders. I'm a big fan of lace! I think I'll keep this one.

Day 75 -- Du got a new cell phone, a SMART phone for the first time. My oldest son put the MLB app on it for him, and now he can check on his KC Royals, no matter where he is at. Plus he installed the Map My Walk app, and in just one 4-hour period at work, he walked over 4 miles. WOW! He always said he has to walk a lot at work, now I believe him. I knew he was on his feet all day! I hope all the activity he gets at work helps keep him healthy longer.

Day 76 -- We went out for dinner after bowling Monday night with son and his family. I had the chicken fajitas at Chili's. It's what I always get when we go there--I don't eat the tortillas, or sour cream they serve with it, and only use the pico de gallo on my chicken, onions and peppers. It is delicious and pretty healthy I think. Amber (DGD) was playing with Noah, and leaned over and gave her little brother a very sweet kiss. It was a lovely moment, glad I had my cell phone camera ready!

Day 77 -- I had to brag about my steps, so posted a picture of my Fitbit!

Day 78 -- Today I posted a picture of Du in his new Bulldog shirt. I ordered it on-line and LOVE IT! When Juno saw it, she went crazy. She was sure we had gotten a new dog for her to play with. It was great!

It's been a good week. Du is starting to feel better and I am back in the groove and taking this weight back off. I feel good about losing weight--proud of myself again--instead of embarrassed by my lack of self-control. #100HappyDays
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    Love the bulldog shirt! Glad things are looking up for you and your family. emoticon
    1421 days ago
  • KERRYG155
    Great job on all the moving about. I understand about the clothes. I hate trying things on at the store but I also hate taking things back-it's just a case by case decision. Usually I just don't buy. Keep up the good work-but don't mess too much with that knee. Some say to use a brace or band but finding one to fit is a pain and then I felt like it actually made the muscles weaker. Hope you find something that will work for you.
    1425 days ago
  • LINDAK25
    Good for you for getting back on track again and getting in all those steps--Woo Hoo!

    I hate clothes shopping. It's so hard to find something that's well made that I like. Many of the tops have almost no sleeve. I don't mind people seeing my arms, I just don't like my arms to be cold. I really suffer with air conditioning. So many places are just too cold. I'm always the one carrying a sweater around all summer long.

    Glad your husband is feeling better. He looks so happy holding your dog.
    1425 days ago
    I understand why you mean about the batwing arms and the flabbiness of the upper legs. When I was losing my weight, I hoped that all of this would disappear and no one would ever know that I had been morbidly obese. When I lost weight and I had these badges, I thought about them as punishment, now I realize that they are my badges of honor, even if I don't like them. I would say that you are having a very good week and DU is looking great.
    1425 days ago
  • TERRYT55
    I always love your positive blogs! Thanks for the smile......

    1425 days ago
    Keep up the good work.
    Very cute shirt!
    1425 days ago
    So glad you are having the happy days!! I understand about the weight creeping back on--I have the same issue. And it is so hard to get it off again--for me, anyway!!
    1425 days ago
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