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Thursday, September 18, 2014

I had another week of not wanting to throw the scale out the window!! I lost 0.7 lbs. I view every loss, even if it's small, as a victory. Even better, I'm down 2 inches also. emoticon

My hip has been giving me problems this week. Especially on Monday when I was barely able to walk and had to have everyone get things for me. It was not fun. I ran on Sunday and it probably aggravated it. I took it easy on it today and walked instead of ran. It still feels pretty good.

My kids are both sick this week. Just a bad cold. They both sound awful, but are not sick enough to stay home from school.

I will be taking my daughter shopping for her first homecoming dress this weekend. It's hard to believe she's old enough to be in high school. She's going with a group of friends. She's not allowed to date yet, we are thinking maybe when she's 35, lol! emoticon

I hope you all are having a good week and even better tomorrow starts the weekend. Thanks for reading. emoticon

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EDLEAR 9/20/2014 4:17AM

    Everyday that you don't feel like throwing the scale out the window is a day bathed in sunshine! I'm glad that that's going well for you. emoticon
Wow, is it homecoming already?
I remember shopping for the dress, glad that you're getting to share this with your daughter. Does your town have the traditional parade through it, and will the marching band be a part of that if so? I'm a sucker for the small town parade.

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LINDA! 9/19/2014 8:53PM

    I hope that your hip feels better. I remember m emoticon y daughters getting all dressed up for homecoming and prom. I took a lot of photos and still like to look at them, Hope your kids are feeling better. Good for you with the weight/inches lost.

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BMCC488 9/18/2014 10:05PM

    Sorry about your hip and the kids being sick. Hip or any joint pain can be a pain all around, the inconvenience and sheer discomfort. I hope it continues to feel better and that your kids feel better soon!

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Taking it one day at a time

Sunday, September 14, 2014

It's been quite a week. As you may know, my grandma passed away last week. It's been hard, but she is no longer suffering and that makes me feel better. Although I'm still sad, each day that passes, seems a little better. I have enough going on to keep me busy to help keep my mind off of things.

I can't say I've had a good week when it comes to eating. I think I ate pasta four days in a row! Don't get me wrong, I love being Italian!! Although I wasn't able to get a really good workout during the week, I was mindful to still make sure I tracked my steps. Every little bit helps, I guess.

I got an unexpected four hours off from work today. I may have to go in at 7 pm, which is fine. I can use the money as I got cancelled on Friday and my hubby was off 1.5 days this week too. The only problem is that they called after I had already showered and was ready for the day. If I get cancelled the rest of the day, I will get my workout in today too.

My daughter had her first marching band clinic yesterday. I think they did a great job. Ok, I might be a little biased!! Although they had to perform in the chilly air. My son is doing well too. He will finish up his last physical therapy session this week and his foot looks great!!

I'm looking forward to getting back to routine. School is keeping me busy, but I'm able to get my workouts in too.

For any of you who work out with kettle bells, how do you know how much weight to start out with? I would love to try it.

Here are some goals for the week:

1. Track all food and stay within my calorie range daily.

2. Get at least 90 min of exercise (I have to be realistic with studying)

3. Get ready for my clinical presentation next week (nervous!!)

4. Study for my test (it's not til next week!)

5. I will be really excited if the scale moves any amount in the right direction!!

I am finding that listing my goals, whether large or small, really helps keep me focused. What are some of your goals for the week?

Thanks so much for reading. I hope you have a great week! emoticon

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KRYSSCOTT 9/16/2014 8:06PM


All things considered, i'm glad your doing so well. I know you said you didn't have the best week eating or the best workout but you've been very busy and you've tracked your steps so i'm sure you did alright.

Good to hear that your son's foot has healed well and that your daughter is still having fun with marching band, but what about you? Meet any interesting crazies during clinic the last two weeks?

I like your goals for this week, they are very doable and with all you have going on your not pushing yourself to hard. Sorry I can't help with the kettle bells, I have never used them before.

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BIGSISTRUCK 9/16/2014 9:22AM

    I'm sorry to hear about your Grandma. :( Sounds like you have a lot going on but good for you for staying focused on your goals!

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EDLEAR 9/15/2014 3:12AM

    Sometimes it's best to be uber-busy.
I'd say it would be a little suspicious if you weren't a lit bit biased about your daughter's marching band, lol, and I'm glad that your son's foot is continuing to improve.
When I first used a kettlebell with my trainer we used a 20# bell for k.b. swings. Now we're up to using two 53# bells together for farmers' carries and k.b. dead lifts. We also use them for goblet squats, alternating lately between 35# and 53#.
I enjoy k.b.s as they're easy to hold onto.

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BMCC488 9/14/2014 9:55PM

    That is a lot going on but sounds like you're handling it all like a champ! emoticon emoticon

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Yesterday was a very hard day :(

Sunday, September 07, 2014

I am very sad today. This week has been really hard on me. As I have mentioned in my blog a few weeks ago, my 92 year-old grandma has been sick and was recently in the hospital. On Thursday when the doctor came to see her at the nursing home, he found that she had fluid on her lungs again. She begged and pleaded with him not to send her back to the hospital. At this point she was still in her right mind so he obliged her wishes. For most of that day she was still verbal and coherent. By Friday she was non verbal and moaning with labored breathing, but she was able to still eat some breakfast. I visited with her for a bit while she slept. It was then that we decided we wanted to put her in hospice.

We had a meeting set with hospice for 1:30 pm yesterday. The nursing home had called around 12:30 pm to say grandma had taken a turn for the worse and that we should come up there. We went up there right away and she clearly was looking worse than the previous day. Her breathing was still labored, but she didn't seem as in distress as she had been. We still had the meeting with hospice. We stayed with her all day, leaving long enough to eat. My mom and I cleaned out her old room at the nursing home as she had been moved to a private room. It was like she was waiting for us to finish because we loaded my car with her belongings, went back into her room to sit with her and within five minutes she was gone.

I'm glad I was able to be with her when she passed. I know she lived a good life. I'm sad that she is gone, but I am also relieved that she is no longer suffering and even more glad that she is with both my grandfather and my aunt, both whom she missed terribly. I will miss her terribly but I know she is in a better place.

Thank you so much for reading.

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SAJECHA 9/14/2014 11:07PM

  I'm so sorry for your loss I am a hospice care provider and I know how difficult it is for you to lose your gma. My thoughts and prayers are with you

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SROBINSON20 9/14/2014 8:42PM

    My heart breaks for you when I read this. It is a blessing to know she is in a better place but still so hard to say goodbye.

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DAPTHOMAS 9/10/2014 7:29PM

  I am sorry for your loss of your Grandma. May you find peace and comfort in knowing that she is in a better place and not in pain.

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EDLEAR 9/8/2014 6:42PM

    I'm so sorry that you 've lost your Grandma. emoticon It was very fortunate that you and your mom were there with her.

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DLYNN1113 9/7/2014 10:59PM

    emoticon So sorry for your loss. Sounds like you had a special bond with her, that she waited for you to finish up to be there with her. I know it's hard even though you know they are better off, and like you said, with your grandpa, but your heart still hurts... let it. Then remember all the happy memories and the times you shared that can never be taken from you. Keeping you and your family in prayer.

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KRYSSCOTT 9/7/2014 10:38PM

    Sweetheart i'm terribly sorry for your loss. Losing someone is always harder on the ones that must stay behind. I am glad she was comforted by your presence during her passing. I hope it sets your mind at ease that she made the decisions for her journey.

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BMCC488 9/7/2014 9:58PM

    I'm sorry for your loss. emoticon I lost my grandpa just after Christmas 2010, and I know it's tough but also makes you thankful they aren't in pain anymore.

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KRISTA987 9/7/2014 5:41PM

    I'm so sorry for your loss. emoticon

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AUDISP 9/7/2014 5:29PM

    So sorry for your loss. Remember her and take comfort from those memories.

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BROOKLYN_BORN 9/7/2014 2:25PM

    I'm so sorry for your loss. May you be consoled by your memories of her.

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SIOL55 9/7/2014 2:24PM

  emoticon How blessed she was to be loved so much.

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Glad to start a new week!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

I'm feeling much better today, thank goodness. I guess my allergies really weren't after all. By Friday, I was done for. After a restful day and some decent sleep (finally!!), I was feeling better. I'm just glad that being sick didn't affect either my class or clinical.

It sucks that I wasn't able to work out last week, but I was still tracking my steps so that helped keep me in a good frame of mind since I was missing working out. Although Friday I barely walked, I made up for it yesterday by finally tracking 10,000 steps. This was a great accomplishment for me. emoticon

I took my daughter school shopping today. We had a great time and she got some great stuff too. At one of the stores we went to, if you tried on jeans you got a $10 off $25 coupon. So I tried on jeans too. I had them bring me a size 14 and they were TOO BIG!!! I was so excited!! I didn't buy any because I don't need any new pants right now, I just really wanted the coupon!! But it was a great feeling. While I was waiting for her to try on clothes, I caught a glimpse of my legs and saw that I have some nice hamstring muscles forming. I was shocked. I guess the running is doing good things for me.

Now that the kids are going back to school, I'm hoping to figure out my working out schedule to coincide with my school/study schedule. I will still be very busy, but I know I can squeeze in the time to do it.

Here are my goals for the week:

1. Exercise at least 90 min. (I know the total is down, but I'm still a little congested)

2. Eat within my normal calorie range

3. Figure out my weekly workout schedule

4. Study for my first test, Ugh!!

Do any of you have goals that you would like to share?

Thanks for reading, I hope you all have a great holiday and a great week!! emoticon

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KRYSSCOTT 9/2/2014 5:29PM

    Hey hey,

Glad your feeling better! Being under the weather sucks, but you handled it like a champ. Sounds like you got all good news this week, hamstrings, size 12, and 10,000 steps. emoticon

I know your going to have to study quite a bit and it's going to be more difficult getting those workouts in, so I was thinking.... Have you ever heard of a tread desk?
One of my writer friends turned me on to it... I can't afford one yet, but I'm considering one of the cheap models... They start at about $600, but I know some people have built their own using a regular tread mill..

Here is an article about them, incase you have not heard of them before...

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SARA-SMILE 9/2/2014 7:45AM

    Good luck with the test! emoticon Congratulations on your jeans-victory! emoticon And your walking steps milestone! emoticon Have a wonderful, and healthy, September! emoticon emoticon

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EDLEAR 9/1/2014 2:34AM

    I'm glad that you're feeling better. Sometimes with me anticipation-stress can mimic cold/allergy symptoms. But that's me, my mind is getting good at giving me "gifts".
Yah for the loose jeans! You have been working so hard at this, it's great to see results for you!
I think that your goals are totally doable for you. Go for it! emoticon

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BMCC488 8/31/2014 10:51PM

    I'm glad you're feeling better and congrats on the 14's being too big! I love when I notice more muscle definition, like I've noticed recently in my calf muscles this past week. It's a wonderful feeling knowing you're building muscles and getting stronger!

One thing I need to work on this week, that isn't necessarily a goal, is to relax a bit more. This past week was stressful and I need to focus on relaxing so I don't get too stressed. Thankfully homework this week is a little more structured and normal routine so it should be better than all over the place chaos.

Good luck to you for your goals this week! They sound like good ones. Sometimes figuring out how to fit things in is half the battle.

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Today started off pretty good!!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Yay, the scale is still moving in the right direction!! I lost 2 lbs this week!! I'm so happy about this. Definitely a good start to the day. emoticon

This week is still busy with me going back to school and clinical. The kids don't go back til next week and I've been busy running them around to different appointments and practice. Today is the first day that I'm at home for more than an hour at a time. I've even managed to throw some pepper steak in the crock pot, dinner done!!

My allergies have been kicking my butt this week too. I'm miserable mostly because of the headache that I have. I haven't been able to work out because I can't breathe!! I'm focusing on my nutrition to help out. I'm hoping to work out by the weekend.

I am noticing that I have really gotten a lot better about my portion sizes, which seems to be helping. Except for the fresh tomatoes that my neighbor brought over, I'm eating the grape tomatoes like candy!! I know that's not a bad thing, I love them!!

I'm taking my son school shopping later. I've been so busy, and he still isn't able to walk for a really long time, but each day he's getting better. I will take my daughter shopping over the weekend, she finally has some time off from practice!! I refuse to take both of them together, it gets really bad. Besides it give me a chance to spend time with each of them separately.

I hope you are all having a great day and are looking forward to the holiday weekend.

Thanks for reading emoticon

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EDLEAR 8/31/2014 4:16AM

    I'm glad that you are able to take each child separately. At that age alone time with mom is terribly important, even though they won't always let on. Glad that your son is progressing, That's been a long hard recovery for a teenage boy to endure.
Take care of yourself, cut you some slack! emoticon

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SARA-SMILE 8/29/2014 7:13AM

    Congrats on your pounds loss! emoticon
I'm sorry though that you're not feeling well. I also suffer from allergies. I hope you get some relieve soon. emoticon

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KRYSSCOTT 8/28/2014 5:09PM

    CONGRATULATIONS on your loss. I don't blame you for taking some time off of working out, no one has a good workout when they are sick and can't breathe. I don't know if you've been tracking all your steps but you might find that you're getting a workout just with all the running around that you've been doing. I don't blame you at all for wanting to separate the kids school shopping. I did that with my oldest children ( boy & girl) It gives each of them your undivided attention and saves you from an unwanted migraine.

Take some Allegra or your anti-allergen of choice, read a book, get some rest, and enjoy your long weekend.

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    Sorry your allergies are acting up so much!

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BMCC488 8/28/2014 3:34PM

    emoticon on the weight lost!

Allergies are awful! I hope you find some relief soon. Taking your kids separately can be a good thing all around then. All kids need one-on-one time with their parents no matter how old they are, it lets them be the center of attention for a short burst and really realize how loved they are (even though you show them all the time).

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LINDA! 8/28/2014 2:27PM

    I often have allergy outbreaks also. I am sending you a lot of hope for better health. Congrats on the 2 pound weight loss. emoticon

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ROBBIEY 8/28/2014 2:26PM

  emoticon I feel you pain with the allergies. I hope it clears up soon. Good Luck with the school shopping. Just keep moving forward.

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JAROL7 8/28/2014 1:55PM

    Starts are good. Now settle in for the long haul without deviating from your plan.

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