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walking with Leslie? not so much

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

So this week's update is a weird one....another camping weekend was upon us - and a BEAUTIFUL one at that!!! OMG what a great weekend!

So as some of you may know - camping = movement....LOTS of movement for me this time around, for I was with 4 little boys on the beach a lot of the time and walking them constantly to the bathroom from our camper to the loo at all hours of the day...up a flight of stairs no less!

We went looking for shells and I think I stood in many a yoga pose, contracting my middle, for at least a full hour during the length of the weekend....and then walking on the sand, making sand castles, etc...etc....and then bike riding....well, you can only imagine the soreness I felt the day we got home!!! Oh, my inner thighs!!! Oh, my shoulders! I forgot about those muscles!

The flies were horrendous by Sunday (probably due to the higher temps), so after dinner, we decided to quickly pack things up and head home...and we rolled out just as the sun was setting. This decision was a blessing...yesterday was a true day of rest (aside from doing 10 loads of laundry) and I actually read a real book! Nothing like a good read to calm one's brain. I missed reading for pleasure.

Anyway - my camping pants were ridiculous - old 6's that kept needing to be pulled up...and I finally have decided to retire my most favorite pair. They will stay in the camping bag one more week, but after that, they are hitting 'the pile'. This means that I need to go shopping for new favorite jeans. Eesh, not my favorite thing to do, but a necessary thing because I live in my jeans!

But I digress.....

Back to Leslie - I have not turned the tube on to visit her this past week, but my activity level was ok...once again. I do miss her, so I think a visit is in order. Right now, as I am typing this, I am wearing my workout gear and I KNOW I should get moving, but I'm just not in the mood. So that being said, on the headphones will go and I will take a quick walk around the block...no excuse not to....maybe I need to get out of my house and out of my own way! LoL

As for my dress....I will try it on tomorrow.....post camping bloat it still in the process of going down - ah, knowing one's body cycles is truly a blessing....after a while, it's clockwork. For example: It takes 2 to 3 days for camping bloat to go down.

OK - time to pull of this bandaid and get moving!!!!!!
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OAKBORN 10/25/2011 4:01PM

    The good thing about Leslie is that she is always there, waiting for you and never judging you! Just get back, you will be fine... as you always are!

Hang in there girly whirly!!

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DWEXCEL 10/12/2011 7:17AM

    Good Morning Girlfriend!

I love it because you are so real! I can only imagine the exercise you got keeping track of and keeping up with your boys!

You can stop it with the ....gotta pull up my six 6's...LOL (just kidding...)No, really, good for you. That is awesome!

It's been soooooo nice outside....Save Leslie for the winter days that you don't want to go outside :)

Luv ya!
Donna

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REBECCATKD 10/11/2011 10:35PM

    I just love reading your blogs! I smile every time.
Thanks for reminding me how much movement one can find in the simplest pleasures -- I may have to hit a downward dog before I curl up for the evening.

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MRE1956 10/11/2011 11:24AM

    I just GOTTA get that VCR/DVD player working so I can get back to my tapes of LS - for now I've had to use ExerciseTV On Demand to get my "fix" (when it works - sometimes it doesn't).....



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Week 4 - walking recap

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

I almost forgot to do this today!!!!

130.9 on scale - feeling uber-thin the last 2 days...post-camping de-bloating is a good thing!!!LoL

Just tried on dress ( a true vision - with pulled down jeans and sneakers on underneath - what a look!) - no contorting once again to zipper it, went up slightly better than last time (lots of pleating makes for a tough zip - I don't care who you are! LoL)

As for walking with Leslie Sansone....um, not so much this week because we went camping on Wednesday (tried to at least - the rain was terrible that night). Previous blogs also shows a cathartic day of backboniness and a reduced level of stress. Glad to say that THAT level of stress is still low (nice huh?) and even though there are a ton of scouty things involving meetings of the future of certain people..I am happy to say I am maintaining my backbone and stress level nicely. I have ideas for the pack....whether or not they are implemented is up to a larger group...we shall see.

Anyway, back to Leslie....so not realy Leslie stuff going on - but camping yields constant moving and walking and bike riding! SO YAY!!!! As a family, we walked a mile & a half on a hike and we also BIKED over 2 and a half miles! THAT is a victory all OVER the place according to me! The kids were constantly on their bikes riding and since we were far from the bathrooms, there were numerous times to take walks back & forth when the bikes were not the mode of transportation to get there quickly.

Not only was I moving constantly...my family was too!!!!!!! Sweet huh?

As for eating....so help me.
Not a great eating weekend.
- Vegetables? What are they???
- Meat? Oh I got to eat enough of that to last a long while! Oh the gassiness that came about!!!! between my hubby & I...eeesh. emoticon emoticon the tears right there....use your imagination! Goes to show you what an overabundance of something will to do a person!
- Got Goodies? donuts, and bagels, and wine - oh my!!!! chips, and pie, and more - oh my!!

Yeah - it was one of those weekends.....hey - they happen.

Honestly, I can look back over YEARS now and see the same thing happen each year. Cyclical eating events show that they are just a drop in the bucket...the key to losing and keeping it off is getting right back on track when you get back to your normal reality...whatever that is! LOL

So I am back on track...water, exercise, freggies (oh how I missed them!).....at least for a few days until our next camping trip this weekend! LoL This weekend is tradition at this point - we have been going there for 4 years straight - on the beach, apple picking, pie baking on a camp oven, listening to the football game on the radio, riding bikes, walks....all good things that we are looking forward to as a family.

So Leslie - you might be visited only once or twice this week....sorry about that. But I am moving it in other ways! Have no fear of that!!! and I GOT OVER THE HUMP!!! I can honestly say that my activity is AOK to say that I have gotten over the 4 week hump!!! Yaaaay!!!

Now...time to get this day started!!!

  
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AMJSATURN 10/17/2011 8:00PM

    I love the comment about the gasiness.. I think everyone with a partner understands that one.

Nice that the weight is coming off. Look out classmates here comes Annie.

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OAKBORN 10/6/2011 6:23PM

    Hey lady!! So glad to see you making it work no matter what is going on! But of course you are!!

Hope life is rolling along well for you!

It's all about playing ball on running water!

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So this is what a backbone feels like!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

I have about 2 minutes to type this...I have to go back to work...but I just got off of the phone and the last thing I said was "Imagine that, I have a backbone!" and then I started to get teary-eyed.

Even now I am a bit while writing this.

I have finally made a decision on where I stand with scouts...and I even verbalized it to the head of the pack...I WILL NOT take over as the leader of this organization. Period.

The last few weeks have been horrible when it comes to stress about this organization. The stupid misconstrued emails. the drama over organizing things and keeping people happy, the crazy blow-ups that the cubmaster has because she is who she is and she is a stressed hot mess herself. I understand where people come from - and I also understand that sometimes...things are just not worth it.

That being said, I drew my line in the freshly poured concrete and that is where it is staying.
- if the organization folds- even as early as Decemeber, then so be it.
- a volunteer organization is just that...and should NOT make people stressed out.
- if the organization folds, then guess what? people will get over it. Oh yes, they will. A couple of "Awww, how sads" and "Awww, too bads" will be muttered, but hmmm, I think that is about it.
-if someone happens to step up, then great, I might stick around to support them under MY terms.

I spoke up today. I am standing firm in my decision, because this is MY life. I have other things that take precedence over this...and you know what? they deserve more respect than what I have been giving them, as of late.

My soul rejoiced yesterday when I made this decision. I am so happy that it is made.

In the meantime, I will continue to be supportive, but also with the focus that OTHERS should step up and NOT JUST ME. If someone wants to do something for this organization, then guess what - well, just do it, because this woman is not crossing that line that she just drew....with a big giant smiley face right next to it! emoticon

  
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AMJSATURN 10/17/2011 7:48PM

    You go. Backbone you do have.

Love that you keep it real.

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REBECCATKD 10/2/2011 10:03PM

    Good for you! You know, we had a slew of people leave our PTA last year, and everyone said, "Oh, they won't have any support now." Instead, an entirely new group of people (including me as a new kindergarten parent!) stepped up, and the organization is thriving.

If you're not enjoying it, then you need to step back. Kudos to you for making the right decision.

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DWEXCEL 10/2/2011 7:35AM

    Good for you, my friend! I am so proud of you. You are soooooo right. You don't need that kind of stress in your life. It takes a lot of "backbone" to say NO, and I'm sure you feel so much better just having done that.

It's too bad that volunteer groups cause that kind of stress.....that's a terrible way to say Thank you to the volunteers; and heaven knows it's so hard to find volunteers, too.

You've got it together Girl! You don't need that kind of crap!

Love ya!
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OAKSHAVEN 9/29/2011 11:32PM

    Been there, and you know what? If the organization is worth having, someone will make it happen. Good for you for standing up and stating what YOU need. It is the only way to survive and stay sane. emoticon

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TYME2BME 9/29/2011 6:27PM

    emoticon Good for you. Do what is best for you. I am so happy for you.

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SUZYWM 9/29/2011 4:32PM

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Yay!! Great job! What a terrific example for your kids! I'm proud of you!

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TASOGAREBAN 9/29/2011 2:38PM

    Good. It's always mentioned in those self-help articles and How to Deal With Stress articles that you should learn the word No. Not only do I know the word, I wield it every dang day. That and I Don't Care but that one's a bit more heartless, LOL! However, that one also has helped me manage the burdens I normally carried. It doesn't all fall on you. Let things go if they're too much and leave room for things you actually ENJOY.

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OAKBORN 9/29/2011 1:56PM

    You Go Girl!! emoticon

Empowerment make you strong in the backbone and gives you greater intestinal fortitude as well! You are amazing and you are doing the right thing for you and your family!

Keep on keepin' on! If people want it bad enough, they will step up. Period. End of Story.

Very proud of you!

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ASUPERCOOLCHICK 9/29/2011 1:40PM

    Awesome, way to stand up for yourself!
I have about less than a minute to post a comment, I'm in the same boat as you trying to work and spark. I crept on here at lunch and voom, all time gone just like that. Anyway life itself is stressfull enough to add a big stinky pile of more stress on top of it. Stand your ground and you'll feel so much better because you did what you thought was right.
Plus there will always be the one person who is never happy no matter how you bend or twist just to try to please them. :))
Good Job girlie, wayyy proud of you!
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Week 3 walking recap

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Ahhh....I have been blogging a bit haven't I.

Anyway, this isn't about stress (which has decreased) or venting about a particular group (that I am setting up distinct boundaries with).....this is about me & Leslie and walking....and a silly dress that I try on every week!

So the weight today was 131.2 - not bad.

The dress I tried on after I exercised for an hour - a little bit of circulation puff going on for sure, but over all, as soon as I adjust the 'girls' in their pushup bra that I wore with the dress in the first place....the thing zipped up once again, maybe even easier than last week....less contorting for some reason.

Trying to figure out if there was any difference from last week. Hmmmm....maybe the back spilllage (which we all have) was lessened a bit? The arm pit area was definitely a bit better. so there ya go.

It was a rough week for exercising and walking - I will not lie. There was one day that I was just NOT in the mood to do ANYTHING. But on a good note, I still got 3 days in...which is very consistent for me - even when I am not trying to be consistent. Does that make sense?

I am happy about this week because I am now officially on the precipace of "blowing my usual streak of 3 weeks and then life getting in the way" - as per my lovely cyclical exerise past. So, as you can see, for me, THIS upcoming week is a big week to get though.

One thing Leslie has taught me is that it is just important to keep moving...and since I have taken up walking outside (yeah baby....I even did it again today! The confidence of being alone on the road is building!) I am really looking forward to going camping and boogying around the campsite with my headphones on for a half an hour a day at least! I did Leslie today as well....a new video that included toning - how exciting!!!!! LoL

So that is about it......this week is about keeping up the consistency. I would like to see my walks become a habit that I "need" instead of "want". Again, does that make sense? LoL

OK - I am off and running....lots to do today!

Be well everyone!!!

  
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DWEXCEL 9/29/2011 6:26AM

    Good job my dear! Good Job! Fall really is a beautiful time to walk outside.

Enjoy the camping trip!

Luv ya,Donna emoticon

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OAKBORN 9/27/2011 1:41PM

    I so get what you are saying! Keep up the good work!!

Here's a special cheer for you: emoticon

RAH RAH RAH SIS BOOM BAH!!

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All things pass/volunteer vent

Friday, September 23, 2011

So the outcome of all my stress this week was that I made a final decision that canceled a camping trip for our cub scout pack that I was basically in charge of....I think God intervened with a hail-mary pass because inclement weather has made me decide to cancel it officially.

Lots of lessons learned on this one:
#1 - if you SAY there is a minimum needed to go...then MEAN it. If I had just stayed firm on that one point, I would have saved myself a TON of aggrevation and stress. BUT I did not say NO because I am too nice....and then it all went downhill from there. Needless to say, some rules for camping are now going to be set in stone if I am to be in charge of this section of the program.

#2 - Redundancy of trained leaders is needed...not wanted...NEEDED. Why? because with only me & my husband as trained leaders for an event such as this, there is a TON of unnecessary stress put onto our shoulders because if one of us cannot go on the campout - then the whole campout has to be canceled. I started praying that I didn't get the flu a week ago...that is ridiculous to even think, but I thought it. If there were 2 more trained parents in separate families, then this would not even be a concern....AND it would help out with other decisions as well.

#3 - If, for any reason, a family/scout does NOT get the requirements done in time and the opportunity is/has been offered....it is THEIR responsibility - not mine - to fulfill them or figure out how to fulfill them.

#4 - If parents cannot get it in their heads after X amount of YEARS in this group that email is the most effective communication device that is used by its VOLUNTEER leaders to use...and if they do not check it regularly and MISS deadline because of it....IT IS NOT MY PROBLEM! Grow up people...use your computer, buy a new computer for $400 if you have to - it's an investment for chrissakes, use your crackberry ad nauseum...I do not care....but if I say 'reply' in an email, I mean it. If I say that this deadline is firm - I mean it. I will NOT hunt you down for anything....EVER. End . of. story.

Those were the major lessons learned from this experience...this might end up in an email to the pack, I do not know. I do know for sure that these points will be brought up in the next committee meeting....and written down on paper for the group to see. A post-camping review of the whole experience so to speak....hey, BSA wants that kind of thing done anyway...from now on, I am going by that book.

So that being said, and vented, i am happy to say that I am sitting here in my workout clothes and am going to go on the treadmill for a leisurely stoll today while listening to some new tunes I downloaded yesterday.

Next week is my own family's camping trip in our popup that has been sitting for months unused and lonely...in fact we are going with some friends we made while in scouts - they just bought their own camper! With all the stress of this new school year starting and this whole snafu I descibed above, a change of scenery will be very welcome! Now THIS is a campout I cannot wait to go on!!!!

  
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OAKBORN 9/23/2011 10:38AM

    Honey,
Rest assured that you have done what you needed to do, by the letter of the law, so to speak and for your own sanity.

I understand what it is to be a "fixer"... to want to fix everything for everyone, but you have to have your boundaries too... and when you aren't used to drawing them, it's a very hard skill to learn. And sometimes we have to practice a lot to get it down, ie. RELEARN and RELEARN and RELEARN... (I know this from personal experience).

It's sort of like learning that it's okay to ask for a little time by yourself or to do nothing once terwhile... find your space and claim it to keep yourself healthy and on a lower level of stress.

This asking for & occasionally taking what we need is part of the journey here, I think. To lose the weight, you have had to take time from family, but you have paid them back for their sacrifice in so many ways.

Also, if you make the rules & expectations clear, and they aren't followed, then it's not your fault if they aren't. That is perfectly okay. If they get pissed at you, then they really should look in the mirror, point at it, and see where the majority of their fingers are really pointing.

Take care and enjoy the weekend campout with your family and newfound friends! Sounds like you got some lemonade from the lemons you have gotten pelted with!

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STSCOTT11 9/23/2011 9:51AM

    Enjoy your new tunes AND your stroll. Its just what you need.
Your doing the best YOU CAN and that's all you can do.
And don't feel bad...cause perhaps what the other parents MIGHT SEE is they need to be MORE INVOLVED and lend a hand and not leave it all on the shoulders of one willing body.
Is the weekend BAAABY!
Let the stress of the week ROLL OFF your back like sweat does.
Things always work out AS THEY SHOULD even if we don't agree with it. lol
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