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The canoe's maiden voyage

Monday, August 03, 2009

We went camping this weekend....a trip that is actually worth writing about because Murphy was with us the ENTIRE time. His law WAS the law. Nothing went according to plan and it includes the following:

- set up camp in the rain
- went to a state park with our friends on the one good day of the weekend they went 1 hour earlier and we got turned away at the gate b/c they were at capacity...friends couldn't even come out even though they had a pass b/c then they wouldn't be let back in....dumb state park
- the river was overflowing it's banks, so we had 36 campers shoved into a tiny spot NEXT to our camper...that was fun
- mud mud mud everywhere
- we spent $200 extra at an indoor water park to kill a rainy day...go figure that one. The kids had fun at least.
- our car battery died right before we hooled up the trailer...had to get a jump from a gearhead next to our site. Thank God they were there... God bless them!!

The best time of the trip, besides spending quality time with our long distance friends was the 20 MINUTE CANOE TRIP we had while our friends were enjoying themselves at a park beach without us. We found the boating pond down the road from the park entrance and decided to just do it. The water was still, the time was right. We needed to get in the boat b/c we trekked the damn thing all the way up there to use it.
We got the gear on the kids and us, and then we got the boat down. Not too bad of a thing to do - in fact, very easy. We got to the water, where I got in first, then my middle son, then my oldest, and behind him (hidden from cameras, but controlled by my husband) was our youngest. Hubby jumped in after push off and away we went!!

SOOooooo quiet. Not a peep from the kids for the first time in DAYS. So still. So wonderful. It was perfect. The ONLY THING that went right the entire trip. No joke.

We spend 20 minutes on that pond, going up and down, around and around. I didn't want to tempt fate & my motherly instincts was saying that this could only last so long, so we turned back and had a perfect landing as well.

This was the best thing we did all weekend. Mission accomplished. Kudos to my husband for getting the canoe. He was right. We needed that canoe, even if for those perfect 20 minutes.

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DWEXCEL 8/4/2009 3:07AM

    Some of the best memories are from trips like this. It sounds awesome, and the pics are fantanstic! What a nice thing to do as a family.

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OAKBORN 8/3/2009 11:41PM

    Loved your post! It just shows what I learned this weekend... that life often gives you lessons sent in ridiculous packaging!

My life has been hanging constant 'ups' all this year... mostly good, mostly unexpected, all confusing.

Hang in there! I'm hanging with ya!


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Treadmill ponderings

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

It is soooo humid here it isn't I workout and sweat more....why not!

I weighed myself's been a steady week of exercising differently and eating waaaay better and I'm still at 150 (just fine by me). I've noticed the body changes that come with exercising more consistently and the energy and things aren't as sore. I'm using this as a point of takeoff so I don't get discouraged about the scale not moving. I think sometimes losing 5 pounds is more daunting than losing 25.

Anyway, while on the treadmill, I noticed that my rings were really tight & my fingers puffy the last few days. I know humidity plays a part in body expansion...I was wondering just how much? and does the humidity effect or correlate with the weight on the scale?

Ever get dressed real pretty and the dress fits great, and by the end of the night, after dancing, sweating and not eating to much, you swell up like a tick? It's kind of what I'm talking about. I remember that happening during my wedding....couldn't wait to get the dress thing off of me & I barely ate b/c of nerves and the high heat & humidity.

Maybe I'll see if my cookee pondering are on the fitness boards...or maybe I'll post a thread if noone answers here... like the song goes..."Things that make you go Hmmmm...."

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MKPQ51 8/1/2009 4:10PM

    By all means, humidity certainly can cause you to retain water, causing puffiness in your fingers. Try drinking more water to see if you can flush out that water retention.

In Arizona, there's no humidity unless it's the Monsoon season and then compared to the east coast (Remember, we have a home in Florida.), that's nothing! We get a good laugh at the Arizonians when they'd complain about the humidity during the rainy weather. Gee, can you imagine what they'd have to say if they had to move to an area with high humidity?

Oh, by the way, you look great in your anniversary picture.


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DWEXCEL 7/29/2009 11:32AM

    Hey Girl!

I know what you mean about the HUMIDITY. It is awful over here in Michigan, but it just got that way in the last week. Just a couple of days ago I mentioned to my husband that all of a sudden my fingers were swollen up, and that I could feel all the inflammation in my body. Even a couple of mornings, it was so muggy that I thought I was going to throw up during my workout.

I have been doing good though, with my workouts. I am very consistent with them. I've been doing the Biggest Loser Cardio Max, The Biggest Loser Bootcamp, which is a great circuit training workout, and Jari Love's Ripped to the Core. I've been mixing these up, so I don't get bored, and I'm working out at least 4, maybe 5 times a week. When I'm done, I don't have a dry spot on my body. I should be pretty darn skinny from all the buckets of sweat my body sheds!

However; I have held under 150 pounds ever since I got back from Florida, which is awesome. I was struggling to break 150 for a LONG time. I would hit it, but never seem to be able to hold it. Right now I've been right around that 147 to 148 mark, since I've been doing these workouts.

I was looking at how similar our stats have been; I'm about 5'4". I thought I was 5'3" all my life and I was just measured at the Dr's at 5'4". I think doing this exercise stuff for the past 4 years, has really worked on my posture, too, and straightened my back out some. I don't think I really grew in height; I think it's my posture. My highest weight was 177, probably in 2005/2006. It's been slow to come off, but it's been coming off! And it's still coming off!

My Dr has told me 135 to 138 would be an ideal weight for me, but when that was 40 something pounds ago, I never thought it was reality, but now that I'm getting down to maybe only 10 pounds away, I'm so excited, and I KNOW I'm going to make it. It may take me another year, at the rate I'm going, but as long as it doesn't go the other way, I'm fine with that.

I was so excited when I got down to 155, because that was my normal "overweight weight". I used to get so disgusted with myself when I would get up to 155, it was "sickening" to look forward to hitting it from the other side. But I did it. I truly remember a time when I thought I was fat at 135 pounds. Now I would kill for that. Ha!Ha!

I does seem that the 150 mark is a turning point in my body, where I don't look fat to me anymore. I start to see that I do have collarbones when I hit 150. It's funny though, I never really saw myself as fat, even at 177. The image I held of myself was probably at about 135, but when I saw pictures, the reality would come crashing in, and it would be depressing. I couldn't even believe it was me.

On top of all that, I was suffering with severe disc problems in my lower back. I could hardly walk, stand up straight, or just plain function. I was 46 years old, and it felt like I was 80. And I wondered what the hell I was going to be like at 60........and it didn't look too good.

My husband wasn't very supportive at that time either. He couldn't understand my back pain, and he was very critical of my weight. It would really hurt, because he was gaining the weight, too, right along beside me. We both gained 40 pounds in the 15-16 years, we had been married. I guess he just didn't see himself as gaining, just me.

I would try to go for walks, and attempts at other types of exercise would just wrench my back even worse It was a vicious cycle. Finally, after probably 4 tries of physical therapy, I got a therapist who was awesome. He loved what he did, and he was sooooooo good at it. He taught me so many basic things, and I learned how to take care of my back, so that I could improve. And one of the biggest keys, is exercise. Not that exercise had not been part of the PT routines before. There was just something that opened up in my brain. He told me no matter what I do, don't stop moving. That really goes against everything you know about back pain. Because the first thing you do, is do nothing. You sit, you lay down, you do nothing, because everything you do hurts so bad.

When I finished that 2 weeks of physical therapy, I decided to join the gym. I signed up with a personal trainer, explained to her that I had back problems, and she was very in tune with helping me to continue to strengthen my back. I would never have believed I would be able to do some of the things she had me do. Also, I would never in a million years believed that I could eventually move the 70, 80, 90, and 100 pounds weights. When I started at that gym I weighed 168 pounds.About this same time, I got really serious about portion control. I haven't really changed that much about what I eat, it's how much I eat. I learned to stop when I get full. I lost 10 inches in my thighs. And when I really started doing strength training (not body building), but just making my body functionally stronger, that's when the inches and the pounds really started coming off. Along the way; however, I had to listen to my critical husband saying...."I don't know why you keep doing this stuff, it's not doing you any good." I will never forget those words. Thank God, I didn't believe them.

Now at 50 years old, and 147 pounds, I have a much stronger back, I have good muscle tone, and I'm in better shape than I was since I was in my 20's! I feel good, and I feel good about myself. And I'm on my way to being a sold size 8, which I will be thrilled to no end.

And, don't think my husband hasn't noticed that is definitely done me some good! He asks me all the time about exercise, and how to do this and how to do that. And I see him trying to do something about his weight, and that makes me feel good too.

Boy, did I get sidetracked into a rambling rage! Hey, but that's my story, and I like how it came out, so I think I'll copy it and put it on my blog.

You keep going girl, because I know we both can do it. You have inspired me, and I admire what you have done.

Love to you emoticon emoticon

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IAMLION 7/29/2009 7:30AM

    I take off my rings and bracelets before each workout due to swelling and also because when I workout w/weights my rings hurt my fingers. And I don't know why we swell when were hot. Sorry, I'm no help for ya on that one.

Scale?? What is this thing you call a scale?? I've been so far off track lately I'm afraid to get on it! emoticon Maybe I'll give it one more week before I hop on it.

Have a great day! emoticon

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LEAVNTHEW8BHIND 7/28/2009 12:21PM

    I know my fingers swell when I get hot hence why I usually don't wear them when I know I'm going to be "active".

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OAKBORN 7/28/2009 10:24AM

    It makes sense that you swell up under different conditions! I know that my hands swell if I dangle them to the sides while I am walking...

I'm up to about 143, so I'm getting nervous... need to rebuild the exercise habit!!

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The stumpy sister

Monday, July 27, 2009

I'm just going to vent this to the world and get it off my chest:



I'm the short and stumpy sister out of 3...not to mention the oldest...which sometimes makes it seem WORSE that I am short and stumpy. AAARGH!!!!! emoticon My sister's wedding is coming up and I'm working my butt off to look better than the bride in my silly dress! LOL Hey, don't judge... It's motivation! ROFL

OK - I feel better now emoticon

Now back to my bicycle crunches emoticon

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IAMLION 7/29/2009 7:25AM

    Where is that darn staple button that makes life easier! Does it only work on office supplies?? I need it to overhaul my entire bollom half! It would be so awesome to be able walk into a regular store and buy jeans that would fit without all the extra material in the waist! I have a huge gap at my waist and my butt & thighs are packed into the jeans like a sausage and forget about bootcut!! I can't wear it. Has to be straight leg! My sister didn't get the "big bottom girl" syndrome that I got! Those dang little sisters emoticon

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OAKBORN 7/27/2009 8:13AM

    I have a ribcage from hell... so I GET that! (My mom's side of the family are all barrel chested and short)... you oughta' see my cousin Linda (her son would do chin ups on her arm when he was little).

You will look fabulous dahlink! Just keep using the motivation that you need!


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Venting is the key

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Sometimes all you need is a good cry, some time alone, a good vent, and sushi.

The dawn always brings a new day.

While waiting for work to begin, I did my crunches.
At lunch, I satified my sushi craving with my lovely sister-in-law and I held my beautiful little 4 month old goddaughter. That's all I needed. By the time the meal was over, even she saw that I was just fine....and was glad cause she was worried a bit. Hubby felt dissed, but he got over it pretty fast b/c I was only gone for an hour.

All better. emoticon

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IAMLION 7/24/2009 11:40AM

    I'm glad you're feeling a bit better. I'm sending happy healing thoughts your way.

Sushi huh? I'll have to trust you on that one (I'm not much on seafood).


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OAKBORN 7/23/2009 7:33PM

    Sometimes the smallest and simplest things can have the biggest healing powers.

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Completely out of sorts

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

That has been today. Completely out of sorts. Like someone is possessing me. I haven't had a July like this is a very long time. Came back from my anniversary trip and was not feeling well at all - had a headache for 2 days...part of which I blame on tequila (LoL)..but still something was not right.

So today on facebook, talking to my sister in law, it popped into my head.

Twenty years ago today, my mother told me she was going to die.

A week later, she was.

Pancreatic cancer.

No wonder I've been in such a funk. I'm not very good company right now, but my husband understands completely. Seems like my brother in Colorado is going thru the same thing...the annual funk. I wonder if the other 3 siblings are in the same funk. For some reason, this year it hurts more.

I guess crying is a good thing to do - It lets things out and then I can move on.

I cried a lot today.

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LEAVNTHEW8BHIND 7/24/2009 10:24AM

    Understand (also 20 years since I lost both parents) - no matter how long it's been, it still hurts and sometimes hits you at the most unlikely time.

With me, it seems like it's always at mushy movies where something happens with the parent.

Sometimes, I just want my mom.

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OAKBORN 7/22/2009 8:50PM


I so understand. Best to you my friend. I'll keep you in my thoughts and prayers.


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