Sunday, July 31, 2011

slimmer summer wrap up

New Goal thanks to Tanya. Last week she did a no sugary treats for the week. So Im going to 'copy' her but Im doing it a bit modified. Im going to start with no sugary treats Monday. AND then go to Tues. etc...Id say its for the whole week. BUT, Im so afraid of failure. When I fail, I fail big. When I see Ive messed up, so mess up BIG.

Example: My BFF has leukemia and my son and I drive 1.5 hrs every week to mow the yard at her rental house. This week when we went down, I had forgotten the cooler of snacks and after we mowed, we were SO HUNGRY!! This rental is in a small town with a Sheetz, thats it, no places to eat, just Sheetz. So after browsing, I ate a Krispy Kreme donut, along with some apple wedges. YUM!! It was so good!! Its been so long since Ive had one, and I wanted it so bad.  So I gave in. Then on our way home we both were still hungry. (donuts dont hold you very long). As we were going thru another small town, we came to a McDonalds and a BK, and KFC. Son chose McDs. I ate French Fries, and im not talking a small either!! But, again, it was so good!!! And I know, deep down I was feeling a bit guilty, cause I got a bottled water to go with it.

Weekly wrap up: 212 (up one pound)   I cant get on my livestrong account for some reason, so i dont have my calories for the rest of the week. I do know that they were all between 1000 and 1400 daily. AND I got my water in every day but one. I have a 25 oz bottle and i make sure I have 5 of them in before I go to bed.

I really really miss the gym!! The variety I can get there. I dont have weights at home, and I miss working on my jello giggly arms!!

Have a blessed week.
Deb


Sunday:
Calories 1200
Water: 60 oz
Movement: 6 miles walked/jogged
Sleep: no
Moisterize: no
Vitamins: yes

Monday:
Calories 985
Water: 120oz
Movement: 6 miles walked/jogged
Sleep: no
Moisterize: no
Vitamins:yes

Tuesday:
Calories 1610
Water:  120oz
Movement: 2 miles walked
Sleep: no
Moisterize: yes
Vitamins: no

Wednesday:
Calories 965
Water: 120oz
Movement: walked/ jogged5 miles
Sleep: no
Moisterize: yes
Vitamins: yes

Thursday:
Calories
Water: 120 oz
Movement: Walked/jogged 6 miles
Sleep: no
Moisterize: yes
Vitamins: yes

Friday:
Calories
Water: 60 oz
Movement: 3 miles
Sleep: yes
Moisterize: yes
Vitamins: yes

Saturday:
Calories
Water: 120
Movement: walked/jogged 4.1 miles
Sleep: yes
Moisterize: yes
Vitamins: yes

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Virtual Half Marathon



Have you ever thot of running a half marathon, but youre sure you just cant do it.  How bout breaking it up in to several days? They provide you with an excel spreadsheet to track your time. When youre finished, you email the spread  sheet back to them and then have a chance to win several prizes. Check out the Hotter Than Hades Virtual Half Marathon.

Deb

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Week 7 Slimmer Summer WrapUp

WOW I cant believe its been 7 weeks!!

This week I started my 'walking to Atlanta' journey. I cant wait til this heat/humidity breaks so that I can do some more outdoor walking!  I keep talking about getting a treadmill for here at home, but so far I havenot found one in our price range that has the 'qualities' Im looking for.
Im signed up for a 5K next Saturday and Im hoping to get some more intervals in this week.

I would really like to get back to the gym. (Its a 20 minute drive) My days off have been filled with running children to docs appts (2 hrs away) and mowing yard for a friend who has cancer (1.5 hrs away) My life will get back to 'normal' here soon! (I hope) But, I am very thankful for my friends and children, and Im enjoying their interruptions!!

Have a blessed week!!
Deb


Weekly wrap up:

Weight: 211 (down 2) Im 3 pounds away from my 50 pound goal!! Next week!?!?!? MMm that would be so awesome!!

Sunday:
Calories: 1020
Water:  120
Movement: walk/jog intervals for 90 mins
Sleep: yes
Moisterize: yes
Vitamins:  yes

Monday:
Calories: 1082
Water: 140
Movement: walked/jogged intervals for 45 mins
Sleep: yes by 10
Moisterize:  yes
Vitamins: yes

Tuesday:
Calories: 120 (I had a major migraine and couldnt eat anything!)
Water: 75
Movement: Turning over in my bed.
Sleep: ALL DAY
Moisterize: no
Vitamins: no

Wednesday:
Calories: 850 (still a bit nauseated from the migraine)
Water: 125
Movement: no
Sleep: yes BY 10!!! YES
Moisterize: Yes
Vitamins: Yes

Thursday:
Calories: 1250
Water: 120
Movement: Walked/jogged  4 miles
Sleep: not by 10
Moisterize: yes
Vitamins: yes

Friday:
Calories: 1510
Water: 160
Movement: 15 minutes I tried to do walk run intervals but it was SO hot and humid. I got lightheaded so I stopped.
Sleep: yes BY 10!!
Moisterize: yes
Vitamins: yes

Saturday:
Calories: 2010
Water: 150
Movement:  Still very hot, I donated blood this AM and, I didnt want a repeat of yesterday, so I did some light cleaning, but nothing that took a lot of engery.
Sleep: not by 10
Moisterize: no
Vitamins:yes

Loud obnoxious woman

OK!! I hate to complain about things people. Im a roll with the punches, roll off your shoulder kind of gal.

BUT, today I got really really frustrated an was taken over by an alien!!

Today I was sitting in a church basement surrounded by men and women in white coats, voluteers with cookies, juices, water, lengthy reading material, and a helping arm. Approx 10 people sitting on hard chairs with stickers on their chest that said, "I donated".  The people several rows behind me, Amish, were passing the time talking away in Pennsylvania Dutch. The young girl behind me was listening (and humming) to her ipod.   Then this rather large, obnoxious, loud lady  beast (and her very young granddaughter) walked in and after reading her material, sat down right beside me. After several loud harumphs and sighs she looks at me and says rather loudly, "My appointment was at 11AM and its now 1110 and Im still sitting here. Why would they call me to make an appt when they arent even going by appointment times. Followed by several swear words and derogotory remarks.  The Amish men became very quiet, the Red Cross worker at the table dropped the ice he was using, and the volunteers gasped.

At first, I was rather taken aback and wanted to rebury my nose in my book.(this is my normal behavior AVOID AVOID AVOID)

BUT, instead of ignoring the statement, some alien took over my body and started talking. I said something like, Isnt it wonderful that there are so many people who want to give blood to save a life. Im sure thats why they are behind and Im sure they will do their best to get you back there as soon as they can.  Why dont you QUIETLY walk over to the table and speak KINDLY to the volunteer, and ask how long it will be? Im sure they can give you an approximate wait time.   She proceeded to tell me that theyll just tell her to sit down and they will call her when its her turn. AND why should she speak quietly? Everyone needs to know that they are behind and not doing their job right.

So I replied, Im sure if you change your attitude and do it with a kind tone of voice they will be happy to help you. And everyone who is already here, knows that they are behind. Yelling it out isnt going to inform anyone who doesnt already know.  Its more likely for you to have a positive outcome if you speak in a kind tone and dont come across as rude. 

Then she said, Wait, are you saying Im rude?!?? And I just wanted to crawl under my chair. Everyone was watching me. Where was the Red Cross person in charge?!??!?!
And again this alien voice, told her that in my opinion, I thot her actions, words, and tone of voice were very rude. Her mouth fell open and before she could start, I asked, 'If your granddaughter would have said what you said, would you have punished her or would you have rewarded her by giving her what she wanted? You reminded me of a child who wanted a toy in Walmart and the mom told him no.  If the Volunteers take you back now before the rest of us who had appts before yours, its like rewarding your inappropriate behavior.  I have a lot of things to do today, but if you wouldve politely asked if you could go first because (insert good excuse) I wouldve said yes. BUT, when you act demanding and use foul language Ill keep my time!

In a tone just slightly less aggitated than the first time, she asked me what my appointment time was supposed to be. I explained that I didnt think that was important. (My appt was actually 1030 and I figured shed get rather upset knowing that they were already 45 mins behind.) I did tell her that after she spoke to the Red Cross lady, Id be happy to let her borrow my book if that would help her pass the time. She refused. (for which I was thankful for, cause I really wanted to keep reading)

She got up, spoke to the Red Cross lady, who took her to the kitchen.

As I was leaving my donation table she was being take back to the cubicle to be 'interviewed'. She apologized! and gave some 'lame' excuse about having her granddaughter all weekend and being tired, etc.. I shook her hand and told her Im glad she was able to stay and donate, and I hoped the rest of her day would be blessed.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

IM walking to Atlanta Ga

Thank you to  Tanya with Right to Bare Arms for the great inspiration.  Shes walking to Boston. 
Im walking to Atlanta GA. Ive always wanted to visit Atlanta, and see the beautiful architecture and explore the gorgeous gardens.

I have 508 miles to cover.  To do this in 4 months (before my cold winter sets in) I need to walk 4 miles per day. Im sure I wont walk every day. But, I like having a goal!!

We are having a step contest at work. We each track our steps for the week, and the winner gets a prize. The grand prize at the end of 5 weeks is a Kindle. Id LOVE to own a Kindle!!
Unfortunealty, I work for a company that employs aprox 1000 people, and the chance of each of them being honest is pretty unlikely. Two years ago was a fiasco!!! In our office (of which 7 people are competing) we are having a second contest. We each put $5.00 in the envelope, and the winner among us will take the envelope. Im our team captain, and Im hoping to get a few small prizes to award during the six weeks leading up to the finale.

Time to head south!!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Weight: 213 Stayed the same.

I feel like I screwed this one up. I left myself down. GGGRRR at myself.

I 'got busy' with life and kids, and getting called into work, driving 2 hrs (both ways) to doctor appts, volunteered at Missions sale, 4 hr meeting for church. 

I ALWAYS find time for exercise! Always. When I hear people say they dont have time, I wonder if they really really looked for it. This week I tried to find time on the calendar and there literally wasnt any. So at work I stood instead of sitting. I paced around the docs office instead of sitting in a chair, I walked up and down my stairs for 15 mins.  I want so bad to do some kind of exersize and this week i just couldnt do it.  Next week is 'back to normal' for the most part for my schedule, and I see some daylight.

Both of my long gym days were interupted! Not once did I make it to the gym this week. I did do two walks after work, but nothing else structured.

Twice, I even forgot to track my food. So very not like me!!! It takes a month to make a habit, and only 2 days to break it.

Sunday:
Calories: 1310
Water: 60
Movement: swimming
Sleep: no
Moisterize: yes
Vitamins: yes

Monday:
Calories didnt count
Water: 120
Movement: none
Sleep: no
Moisterize: no
Vitamins: no

Tuesday:
Calories: 510
Water: 120
Movement: pacing at docs office. (ok, I know, that doesnt count)
Sleep: no
Moisterize: no
Vitamins: no

Wednesday:
Calories didnt count
Water: 100
Movement: walk after work 45 mins
Sleep: yes
Moisterize: yes
Vitamins: yes

Thursday:
Calories 1320
Water: 120
Movement: no
Sleep: no
Moisterize: yes
Vitamins:no

Friday:
Calories: 1100
Water: 90
Movement: no
Sleep: yes
Moisterize  yes:
Vitamins: yes

Saturday:
Calories: 995
Water: 75
Movement: no
Sleep: no
Moisterize: yes
Vitamins: yes

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Slimmer Summer Week 5 Wrapup

Weight: 213   Back down to where I was two weeks ago!! Was kind of secreatly hoping for a bigger loss, but this is so very ok. I didnt cheat myself and eat foods I shouldnt have, I did my excersize, So this is very much ok.

Ive learned that one days that I work (3 days at 13hrs) I do great on my water. I have it there at my desk and I just keep drinking. On my days off, I stink at it. I run here and there and up and down, and Im not getting enough water. I have to figure out where to keep it, or how to remind myself to do it.

And my vitamins, Im forgetting them again. Id love to keep them with my toothbrush to remind me, but its a big nono to keeps in the bathroom. (the heat makes them less potent, etc....) I no longer eat a bedtime snack, so I cant keep them there either. HMMM, Ill have to do some thinking and figure this one out.

Im not doing very good on my being in bed by 10PM either. I work 3 13 hr days. So I get home by 830PM ish, eat supper, and then I have two part time jobs that I do from home.   They both take up about 30 mins every night. By that time its 10PM and I havent had time to relax yet.  Giving up these jobs is not an option at this point. 

Thats my week in a nutshell.
God Bless
Deb


Sunday:
Calories:  1210
Water: 160
Movement: Walked with family (leisure) 45 mins
Sleep: No
Moisterize:  YES
Vitamins:  YES

Monday: 
Calories: 1110
Water: 120
Movement: None
Sleep:  YES By 10PM WHOO HOO!! Finally, I did  it.
Moisterize: YES
Vitamins: NO

Tuesday:
Calories: 845
Water: 60
Movement: 45 mins treadmill, 45 mins free weights, 30 mins med ball
Sleep: No
Moisterize: NO
Vitamins: NO

Wednesday:
Calories: 1645 (ouch)
Water: 120
Movement: no
Sleep no
Moisterize: yes
Vitamins: no

Thursday:
Calories1210
Water:  155
Movement: walk for 60 mins around town (LONG one mile hill that I conquered!)
Sleep: no
Moisterize: yes
Vitamins: yes

Friday:
Calories:1400
Water: 65
Movement: 45 mins free weights, 7 mins elliptical, 30 mins med ball, 20 mins treadmill
Sleep:  no
Moisterize: yes
Vitamins: no

Saturday:
Calories: 895
Water: 55
Movement: no
Sleep: no
Moisterize: no
Vitamins: no

Friday, July 8, 2011

Reason or Excuse?!?!?!?

Plans were to go swimming today, but then it started raining. It started before anyone should have been out of bed, and it continued, nonstop til I left the gym.

Since we couldnt go the pool, my daughter and I went to the gym. I pulled into the parking spot and was sitting in my van, and the rain was coming down, and I just sat there. I didnt feel like going inside. I was tired. I looked at my daughter and said, 'Lets go to DQ and get some ice cream.' I knew that was wrong, but I just didnt 'feel' like getting out of the van and walking thru the rain the get to the front door. Would I melt? NAh, just clump. I knew I was making up excuses just because I was feeling lazy. After a scolding.

 I drug myself, kicking and screaming, thru the parking lot, up the steps, and in the door.

Once I started I felt GOOD!!! Sweat!!


On the other hand, I also believe there are days our body says, we are to just stay home! To sit on the couch, to enjoy the family, or just crawl in bed. This is not an 'I dont wanna' excuse. Its a 'my body cant do this today' reason. Twice I have disobeyed my body and pushed myself to walk, or go to the gym, and I have collapsed/felt worse and I couldnt finish.

Listen to your body!!! Your brain will tell you if its an excuse or a reason.

Blesssings
Deb

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Happy Birthday Baby DOLL!!

My daughter is 19!!!
Happy Birthday Amber!!
Love you bunches!
So very proud of your accomplishments!
One of the many seizure testing days!

Messing around with her dad

Her cousins

Our first 5K!! We both walked

Her brother showing her some love.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Ben does Life

Set your mind to it, and you can do it!!
Follow Ben, Jed, and Pa as they go across the US holding informal 5Ks. Its more than running. Its about telling life stories, and making friends.

Blog: Bens Blog
Facebook: Bens facebook

Sunday, July 3, 2011

My Saturday Workout

I love playing in my flower beds. They are still small, but such great therapy!!  I havent had much time to pull weeds and deadhead lately, so Saturday I played some catch up. And boy are my calves and backside are sore!!

Thanks to my daughter for taking the pics.





I watered some of the spots. Makes pulling the weeds so much easier!!!  





Nasturtium. A great friend of mine, eats these. I havent gotten that brave yet.
Only one flower left on my vine.

You can still see my muffin top.

Slimmer Summer Week 4 Wrapup

Weight:  214  My first gain since May. But, Im not upset, I know I did everything right. (Well, not everything, noones perfect). But, I cant think of anything that I would change, except maybe change Wednesday and Fridays calorie intake. 
MotherNature came calling this morning and I am so very bloated.  In three days I will back down to 213 and maybe!! even lower. I am a woman, and theres no way for me to control it!! So smile, and accept it, and just keep going!!
Overall I think I had a successful week. 

Sunday:
Calories 1115
Water: 90oz
Movement: day off
Sleep: Not by 10
Moisterize: NO
Vitamins: NO

Monday:
Calories 1650
Water: 145 oz
Movement: walk around town 1 hr
Sleep: Not by 10
Moisterize: yes
Vitamins: yes

Tuesday:
Calories  950
Water: 65
Movement: 30 mins free weights, 30 mins treadmill, 30 mins med ball
Sleep:Not by 10
Moisterize: yes
Vitamins: no

Wednesday:
Calories:  1700 (someone brought us lunch to work, and I splurged! :( I shouldve gotten my packed lunch out of the fridge!!)
Water: 110
Movement: no
Sleep:Not by 10
Moisterize: yes
Vitamins: yes

Thursday:
Calories: 1205
Water: 120
Movement: Walk around town 1 hour
Sleep: Not by 10
Moisterize: yse
Vitamins: yes

Friday:
Calories: 2100 (OUCH!!!! Not good planning today!!! )
Water: 115
Movement: 45 mins free weights 6 mins elliptical
Sleep: YES Finally!! First one this week!
Moisteriz e: yes
Vitamins: yes

Saturday:
Calories: 1210
Water: 120
Movement: walk for 45 mins. Weedeated the flower bed
Sleep:  YES
Moisterize: YES
Vitamins: YES

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Not just a food thing

The other day I ran across the following blog: and this is a portion of what he had to say.

Heart on my (Gastric) Sleeve
Obesity is never JUST a food issue. It’s the manifestation of a vice – a bondage – an addiction, Obesity is never JUST a food issue. It’s the manifestation of a vice – a bondage – an addiction. When you see someone on the streets stumbling and slurring with a wine bottle in hand, their behavior and outer appearance is a manifestation of their condition. Their pain and torment caused them to take that drink and get to where they are today. It’s no different with obesity. What you see on the outside of me, was a feeble attempt to apply salve to my wounds in the form of food. Just because it wasn’t a bottle to my lips, or some powder snorted in my nose, or a needle in my vein – doesn’t make it any less harmful or any less deadly.

HMMMM.. after mulling this around in my head for several days.............What issues am I dealing with, or have I dealt with that caused me to turn to food as my comfort? And why turn to food? Why didnt I turn to excersize? Why did I harm myself instead of help myself? By hurting myself I hurt my family. I provided by choices for them, because thats what I wanted! This weight loss journey is so much more than 'just weight loss'.
Right now, Its easy for me to drag my lazy butt off the couch and take a walk. BUT, so hard for me to reach deep down in my innards and discover/deal with the real truth. The real feelings, the true problems. Ive buried them deep inside and want them to stay there!! If they come out, Im afraid Ill eat again. Im afraid of doing more damage to me and my family by offering poor food choices.
This is a road that needs to be traveled. Am I ready?

Blessings
Deb