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I'm standing on the tracks of an oncoming train.....

Monday, April 14, 2014

DH & I are on the last leg of our " brutal-weather escape" trip. After many weeks of home-cooked meals, exercising as much as dr. allowed, avoiding the fun touristy culinary spots, our brains/hearts seem to "know" that Paradise will soon be a distant memory. Soon we'll return to our "Sat. lunch out" routine.
The bad part is we have enough time remaining to do some really serious damage to all the good work done in the last 2 months! NOOOOOO!

The last piece of "fun" seems to be trying all the unique, outstanding dining opportunities --and they're NOT famous for their salads! I was successfully ignoring, with no problem-o, all the temptations. Did you notice the past tense in that last sentence? "WAS". Where did all that discipline go?

Perhaps the key is to drill into my brain that this is NOT my last chance at eating well. Great food TRULY IS available at home...even if I have to drive 100 miles one way to get it. I can get it...I don't have to eat it all NOW or never.

Your suggestions (besides shouting"Grow Up, Woman!" ) are welcome! I think you've already helped me see how self-destructive this is. Action, not words, that's what I need.

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 4/16/2014 7:01AM

    I don't know what to say....I think there is a time and place for everything.

If I try to be overly strict with my eating, I start to feel sorry for myself. On the other hand, I don't like feeling like I'm not caring for my body when I eat something I consider "bad".

Lately, what has been working for me is to take a bite or two (or three) of the "bad" foods when I feel like I want them, but stopping when I find I'm not really savoring/enjoying the food. If I'm not really getting true enjoyment out of it, it's just not worth it to me to eat any more of it.

I don't know if that helps any. I think we each have to find our own way.


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VISUALLYRICS 4/14/2014 10:22AM

    Moderation is your key word....::::let the fellowship be major, and the consuming of food take a minor place in your last special occasions.
ENJOY the unusual cuisine! emoticon Just be mindful that it is, after all - simply just food....which in turn is fuel.

Have a grand time, and I hope you enjoy any food your heart desires...mindfully.

Have fun! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SANDRALEET 4/14/2014 8:09AM

    Nothing is not out of your life in moderation once in a while Then easier not to go overboard

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A Day on Columbine's Roller Coaster!

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

After burying myself in genealogy research for days, I finally forced myself to the gym today. I'm n-o-t a "gym rat." But I always leave feeling bubbly, refreshed and proud. Next was my "yoga for active seniors" class. What a great workout wrapping up with 10 minutes of unbelievable relaxation.

Then....DH wanted to try out a new pizza place. I haven't had pizza in a year, soooo .. you guessed 'er, Chester! And then, because it was sooo spicy, we really "needed" something cool down. To the ice cream joint. I had raspberry sorbet.

Then I walked a mile home.

Tomorrow: Lunch out en route to meeting friends to visit beautiful gardens and then.....dinner out w/ friends. H-E-L-P ! Does Dramamine help on a roller coaster ride?!!

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KANSASROSE67 4/10/2014 8:40PM

    It sounds like you have lots of wonderful fun planned...enjoy and do the best you can to eat well. Life is for living!

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READNKNIT 4/10/2014 7:57PM

    Good for you on the gym and yoga! And hey -- if you haven't had pizza for a year, you've gotta be OK with that! You're not supposed to DEPRIVE yourself! Same with the ice cream! My kids and I stopped for ice cream after school today after I made my daughter practice parallel parking. (she did a great job!)

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SANDRALEET 4/10/2014 6:23AM

    Eating out is hard for me to

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LIS193 4/10/2014 12:27AM

    Way to go getting to the gym and doing yoga!!

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VISUALLYRICS 4/10/2014 12:12AM

    I'm stompin' proud of you for heading to the gym, eating pizza in moderation and choosing the lower fat sorbet over a banana split! . .That's my perspective. Lol! emoticon Go Nancy! . . . : : : emoticon keep the fitness coming and enjoy life! emoticon

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Gratitude.....nothing but gratitude!

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Phooey! I want to exercise (I never dreamed I'd EVER in my life utter those words!)

This started out as a moany, groany blog..but I've deleted it twice. Sigh.

What if we lost everything we have, but take for granted? Think about it. Vision, hearing, breath, legs, arms, health, family, jobs, friends, roof over our head, food (even if it's not our favorite ice cream!), freedom, shoes, M&M's, flowers, teeth, natural beauty, sunsets, the Rocky Mountains, elk in the yard....

OK, so I don't get to exercise until my tendon heals. And then I'll have 4 toes operated on & won't get to exercise. Think of how lucky I am to have 2 feet and 10 toes...even if they are crooked!

I'll exercise my body later...for now I'll exercise my gratitude & track it, too!!

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READNKNIT 3/6/2014 6:26PM

    You are absolutely correct, Nancy! I hope your tendon heals soon! My husband has terrible bunions, and he has been putting off surgery on them for years. He finally had to quit P90X because it aggravated them so much!

Anyway, I hope the surgery will heal whatever ails them and you'll be back riding bikes and exercising before long!

Keep up your good spirits!


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    Attitude is everything. I like that quote that says it doesn't matter what happens, it's how you react to it. I truly believe that. No one likes a Debby Downer, lol!

Good for you for remembering the silver lining in this situation.

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KANSASROSE67 3/5/2014 9:27AM

    You are so right! I've tried to keep that thought in mind ever since my dad was diagnosed with ALS and lost the use of almost every part of his body.


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SANDRALEET 3/5/2014 8:21AM

    True my friend

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    This is so true about how much we take for granted.

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VISUALLYRICS 3/5/2014 12:33AM

    emoticon emoticon My sentiments exactly! You are a dear!

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My "big" plans just got modified....

Friday, February 21, 2014

I was excited about temporarily living within a mile of a gym (instead of 40 miles round trip!). And riding many miles of paved bike paths under palm trees instead of 4' of snow. And walking miles by the ocean. I had a streak of exercising & eating well for 41 days out of 44.

A "scoped" knee that's not healing well and a broken toe (which has healed by itself because I didn't realize it was broken) didn't slow down my plans. But a torn tendon in my foot has.

I'm a very lucky girl! I don't need surgery or to wear a boot or a cast which would really mess up our plans! Just supportive shoes & a foot compression sock and "take it easy."

Dr. says "If you don't let it rest, it won't heal."

So... I won't be pedaling at the highest resistance possible on the bike or rowing harder every day. Or walking more miles with my SAT or doing leg presses for a few weeks. But I can do some activities if they don't cause pain. So all is not lost. Delayed, but not lost.

I'm grateful not to be on crutches going up to the 2nd floor condo! I'm a very lucky girl!

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JAZZEJR 2/26/2014 3:07AM

    Wow, Just seeing this. What's with the torn tendons for us active gals?! You're really working the exercise considering all this. Be careful not to overdue. There's inflammation in there that has to heal. Do you bathe you bathe your foot in epsom salt baths? Soothes the inflammation.

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TERESA159 2/25/2014 2:07PM

    I love how you treat any set back as a MINOR set back. Same old Nancy. Does the gym have a pool? Or wait, there's an ocean!

Enjoy the weather, cold here again today. emoticon

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THEVOW2013 2/22/2014 9:48AM

    Wow, you are a champion with a great attitude! emoticon

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CANNIE50 2/21/2014 9:21PM

    Oh, Nancy, I love your attitude and I am sorry about your injuries. I hope they all heal completely, leaving you free of pain and free to chase those endorphins just as hard as you want to. At least you should be rested, by the time everything heals up. Take care, doll.

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LIS193 2/21/2014 4:04PM

    So sorry about your foot - hope you can still enjoy yourself!

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READNKNIT 2/21/2014 3:24PM

    Nancy, I'm so sorry about your foot!! I hope you will still be able to enjoy your vacation, though! Take along a few good books! (Or, if you're like me, your knitting!)

We got dumped on by a bunch of snow again last night. No school again today. We've used up all our snow days, so this will have to be made up by losing one day of Easter break. I'm OK with that. We weren't going anywhere anyway.

I'm about to round up the kids and head out snowshoeing!

I posted a few pictures of the snow today. I have friended you, but have you friended me? Because you're not showing up in my friend feed. I just happened to click on you in my friends to see what was going on. Your blog wasn't on my feed at all.

Have a great rest of the day and take it easy on that foot!

Suzanne emoticon

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MEADSBAY 2/21/2014 11:46AM

    Oooohh..... I when a doctor tells me that!
Speedy recovery!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 2/21/2014 9:40AM

    You are lucky. Enjoy the good weather...just not the way you planned.

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VISUALLYRICS 2/21/2014 8:42AM

    Oh Nancy! sorry about your foot. Would you believe that I have nursed a "sore" (or I might guess that it is injured ) heel for 5 weeks?
Today I am headed to the running store to see what sort of shoe I need to wear. I've never been to a specialty store, but I am told it is high time....due to my sore heel.
I like your good attitude about your situation. I will try to imitate yours!
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SANDRALEET 2/21/2014 7:27AM

    The most important thing you can do for yourself is let it heal and take better care not to hurt yourself any more

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Gift to me: A "free" 4" wide cookie"????

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

After much consternation, I ordered the healthiest lunch on the menu. They brought me a warm "free" 4" wide chocolate chip cookie! Are you kiddin' me?

I immediately handed it off to DH & he discreetly ate it while we continued on Day 1 of our road trip.

Dark & cold when we got to the hotel room. The clerk said, "No exercise room, but you could have a warm cookie instead!" W-h-a-a-a-a-a-t??! No thanks.

So I walked 2 miles in the halls of a 2-story hotel to get the green circle of lights lit up on my S.A.T. Day 1 is finished & I'm ready for Day 2 tomorrow.

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CHEEKYGEEK 2/3/2014 10:07PM

    Wait. You resisted not just a chocolate chip cookie, but a WARM chocolate chip cookie? Saint Columbine. I might (a rather shaky "might") have been able to split it with someone, but to resist the whole thing? Nope. Impressive. Indeed. Most impressive.

I've been away for a bit (okay, too long), but I need to get back in the groove. If cookie resistance doesn't inspire me, what will? LOL

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KANSASROSE67 1/27/2014 12:59PM

    I'm very impressed...I'm afraid the cookie would have been the one thing I couldn't resist!

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SANDRALEET 1/23/2014 8:08PM

    The devil was busy today Keep on foiling his plan and win emoticon

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AWESOMECHELZ 1/23/2014 7:10PM

    Oh, I am SO proud of you! What you did is SO hard for me. Takes guts!! emoticon emoticon When you feel tempted, know we are here for you, my friend. Keep up the GREAT work!! emoticon

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MEADSBAY 1/23/2014 5:57PM

    The whole world is sabotaging your efforts!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 1/23/2014 5:02AM

    What's up with all these cookies!!!

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CANNIE50 1/22/2014 11:31PM

    Wow, good for you! I am impressed. You vs. cookies - you WIN!!!

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VISUALLYRICS 1/22/2014 11:06PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
...Oh, my word. . .you've got to be kidding probably had so much more self discipline than I would have had. LOL! How insane.
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Bravo!! emoticon emoticon emoticon You did it...and this is only emoticon Wowsers you are good!

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