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Working hard

Monday, October 13, 2014

For some reason it is difficult for me to get my steps in lately. I understand Saturday. I was in a conference all day, then had a 3 hour drive home. Rich met me and we had dinner. It was then 8:30pm.

Today I got my 23000 steps in, but not until almost 8pm. Tomorrow, I *must* do some walking or elliptical early am to get the steps in earlier. I hate this! Must refocus!

  
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JANTHEBLONDE 10/14/2014 11:16AM

    Wow! I think you're doing awesome! 23,000 steps is spectacular! I hope you have a wonderful day!
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BUTTONPOPPER1 10/14/2014 5:05AM

    You ARE working hard! I hope the numbers soon meet your expectations! Good luck!

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NEW-CAZ 10/14/2014 3:06AM

    12,000 is an average for me. Sneaking more in can be hard emoticon emoticon

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SAL1512 10/14/2014 12:20AM

    I too am trying to get more walking in earlier in the day. It has really helped me move up to 12,000 steps per day to do that.
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Happy Birthday, Dear Daughter!

Wednesday, October 08, 2014



Today was Molly's birthday so we started the day making Dutch Brother rounds to get her free birthday coffee. Then we headed to Denny's for her free breakfast. Have you tried those awesome pumpkin pancakes?



480 calories of pure cinnamon, pumpkiny heaven. Then I dropped her off at work, and I went to work.

Lunch time meant thrift store shopping. I picked Molly up and shopping we went! after dropping her off, I went home to take care of the dogs and grab some lunch.

She wanted Tiramisu for her birthday cake, so I picked one up and took it to the restaurant where we were going for dinner. I picked her up and headed back. It took us 25 minutes to get our first beverages. It took almost 1-1/2 hours to get dinner because they had 3 parties come in at once. Because of our delay, the waiter bought Molly a drink and they gave us a free salad bar. Her dinner was free already since it was her birthday.

After dinner, they brought the cake out. Molly was enjoying it until she felt something crunch in her mouth. Thinking it was a tooth, she spit it out in her napkin. It was glass. Several shards. The cake went back to the store and I was refunded my money.

Overall we had a great, fun, memorable day.

  
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SPARKASAURUS 10/9/2014 1:07AM

    You know- the attitude is just amazing! You're a good mama, and HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOLLY!!

Pumpkin pancakes-mmm!

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JANTHEBLONDE 10/8/2014 1:32PM

    Happy Birthday Molly! Sounds like Molly had a wonderful birthday until she bit into her birthday cake! Oh my gosh! I can't believe there was glass in her cake! I'm so glad she's okay!
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SEATTLE58 10/8/2014 11:07AM

    emoticon to Molly and I'm so happy that 99% of her day was happy and sad that the 1% was sad because of glass shards. Ugh! That could've been more nasty! I'm glad that you got a fresh one. emoticon emoticon

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TERI-RIFIC 10/8/2014 6:27AM

    emoticon To Molly. Mom gave her a great day.

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NEW-CAZ 10/8/2014 3:27AM

    emoticon Molly

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NOWYOUDIDIT 10/8/2014 2:04AM

    emoticon Molly!! emoticon

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GRANDMAFRANNY 10/8/2014 1:22AM

    THIS IS FOR YOUR DAUGHTER.
emoticon TO YOU, emoticon TO YOU, emoticon MOM'S GIRL emoticon TO YOU.

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JIBBIE49 10/8/2014 1:16AM

    emoticon The Libra girl was the peacekeeper in the family. She needs to watch for illness of the skin such as psoriasis and problems with her kidneys. She is not meant to be a fat person, as she needs to keep balance in her life. Her best exercise is yoga, dance, pilates, riding horses, or playing golf. She is a Team player and enjoys activities like volleyball or swimming. Libra is often said to be lazy, but that couldn't be further from the truth. She often "over goals" and takes on to much so she can't finish it all. She needs to learn to say NO and mean it as she often forgets to make herself first. After she works hard she needs to have rest and time alone. This isn't being lazy. Libra is very smart and can do well in math, if she doesn't let other students put her down. She can work in any job where she is the Negotiator. She makes a good lawyer, Judge, furniture salesperson, decorator, beautician, wedding planner, greeter, dance teacher, or financial adviser. She is frugal with money, but wants quality. She'd rather have one expensive purse than a closet full of cheap ones. She gets along well with Sagittarius, Aquarius, Gemini, Aries and Leo. She should avoid Scorpio who is really her opposite, as he is secretive and controlling. She must have a FAIR and equal partner and she is very open in all she does.

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Oh, my aching body!

Saturday, October 04, 2014





Molly and I walked today. 7-1/2 miles to a 'local' restaurant. Each way. It was 88 degrees today and we both ache from head to toe. Molly has some wicked blisters on her feet. I have a simple one. But then there are the leg cramps. I already took Calcium/Magnesium/Zinc supplement for the cramps in my legs.

BUT!!!! We saw too many deer to count (and on opening morning for deer season, yet). We saw lizards and squirrels and numerous birds. It was wonderful walking through the forest and mountain roads and listening to the birds and animals scampering about. The smell of the fall leaves and the pines transported me back to the nature of my childhood.

We had a delicious brunch at Treats Hwy 42 café. They were vendors that sold my product when I owned my jalapeno business. It was so nice to be called by name (immediately before being called crazy for walking over there) and treated like family. I ordered my usual senior breakfast of 1 egg, bacon, pancake and sugar-free syrup. After a leisurely breakfast, we headed back.

Have you ever noticed how the trips home seem twice as long as the trip over? It wasn't. It just seemed like it. I went through a case of giggles first. Then the whinies...

We finally got home, pulled the shoes off, showered and drank gallons to rehydrate. Now 3 hour after getting home I am considering getting on the trampoline to hit 40,000 steps for the first time... I already hit my first 35,000.

Today I started a challenge called "Portland to Portland" to walk across the country in 12 months. This challenge requires an average of 17,000 steps daily. This is doable!

  
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SAL1512 10/9/2014 9:19PM

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JANTHEBLONDE 10/5/2014 10:39AM

    Wow! You and Molly are totally amazing! That is fabulous that you too walked 15 miles today! You are such an inspiration to me! Thanks for sharing all your beautiful pictures on your walk today!
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TERI-RIFIC 10/5/2014 6:36AM

    Except for the blisters - an awesome day! Beautiful scenery. Portland Maine was the site of my first 5 K. The virtual walk sounds fun. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BUTTONPOPPER1 10/4/2014 11:24PM

    That's just amazing! And I love the photos. Despite the temp, looks like you had a lovely deep blue sky. What a great way to spend the day! Congratulations on all those steps!

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Ok, then......

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Too much to do today. I had Bible study before church service, then a pot luck for Relay for Life, then a breast cancer tea and fashion show. I left the house at 8am and got home at 5pm. And I ate wayyyyyyy too much junk. I stayed at my maintenance goal for calories, but it was lousy quality food. Ugh....

So my body rebelled. I was trying to get my steps in tonight, but the bathroom kept calling, suddenly and violently. Needless to say, my walking kind of took a back seat to my body tonight.

Oh, well, I got in my 13,000 steps. I can get back to 25,000 tomorrow, There was a day that I would have been thrilled with 10,000!

Sleep well, dear friends!

  
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SAL1512 10/11/2014 11:04AM

    You are inspiring me! I used to do 10,000 steps. Now I am getting in more 12,000 step days and it is doing me good! Guess I was in a rut!
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JANTHEBLONDE 10/3/2014 9:16PM

    It's awesome you got some steps in today! I hope you feel better tomorrow! Sending you lots of hugs today!
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TERI-RIFIC 10/2/2014 7:36AM

    emoticon On getting your steps in. Even if you ate junk it's great that you didn't really like it!

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SPARKASAURUS 9/30/2014 11:02PM

    it's so weird- I never had the bathroom troubles 'til I started eating better. I guess my body had no idea?? now, whenever I eat poorly, it rebels like a mofo! it's good though, to see how it knows now what I'm doing to it.

tomorrow will be a better day!!

oh, and maybe it wasn't the food. maybe it's you over-extending yourself?? dang girl, you got lots going on !!!

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EMILYB8379 9/30/2014 11:00AM

    I hate days like that, but they happen. :) I had just 2 pieces of pizza one night and felt AWFUL the rest of the night! There is something to be said for eating healthy!!! It's amazing how quickly your body can adjust to a new way of eating and suddenly the old ways aren't tolerated anymore. I have only been doing this since 7/14/14 but I can definitely tell when I don't eat right.

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DONNABRIGHT 9/29/2014 10:11AM

    We all have days like that now and again.

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BUTTONPOPPER1 9/29/2014 4:36AM

    Yeah, sounds like too much casserole and cake, and too little salad and fresh fruit! Healthy eaters don't often get lucky at potlucks, don't you think? But you have a good attitude--ready to move on after accepting that it wasn't a perfect day. Have a good day tomorrow!

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NEW-CAZ 9/29/2014 2:54AM

    emoticon for getting your steps in I hope you feel better today emoticon

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SEATTLE58 9/28/2014 11:41PM

    We can always do better by learning the hard way at times. A hard pill to swallow but it can sure work. Glad it will work for you! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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All or Nothing

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Do any of you play "Panda Pop"?



This game keeps me going on the rebounder/treadmill/elliptical and the pandas are so darn cute. It bothers me every time I lose a level, though, when all the Pandas cry when I don't get every last one of them.



At first, it made me sad, then I started thinking about it and comparing it to our weight loss journeys. Isn't this how we look at it? All or nothing? Is that realistic?

If we 'save' 8 of 10 pandas, shouldn't we be happy about the 8 that we saved? Shouldn't we be happy with getting our exercise in, even if we had an extra hundred calories today? Shouldn't we be happy with walking 7500 steps when last week we only could walk 5000?

Why does it mean tears, frustration and 'failure' to not be perfect? The last I knew there was only one perfect person and I'm not Him!



It is time to cut ourselves some slack. It is time to focus on the positives in our lives instead of the negatives. Focusing on the negatives causes increased stressed. Can anyone relate to stress eating? Reduce the stress and success will come more naturally.

Try it! Focus on what you did right today and see how you feel. Toss the negatives and highlight those positives. C'mon! You can do it. Tell me, what did you do right today?



  
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JENFROG125 9/26/2014 11:22PM

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I have been working on this for quite awhile now ... I used to be a very negative person and I am definitely turning things around to 'accentuate the positive' :)

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DONNABRIGHT 9/26/2014 12:44PM

    I started the day off with a 20 minute bike ride, then painted the French doors on the lower level of the cabin. Next I went for a 45 minute walk while DH prepped the garage door. By the time I got back he was ready for me to roll out the paint for that door. The tracker shows me with 115 minutes of exercise so far today and I still have my afternoon walk to go. I think I may treat myself to a pedicure this afternoon!

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STILLMENEWBODY 9/26/2014 8:20AM

    Thank you for your blog. It was a great thing to start my day with. Since I haven
t been up long...what I did right was have a healthy breakfast, head straight to sp to get my morning fix....and VOILA...I read your blog! All is good in my world! Thank you!

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SPARKASAURUS 9/26/2014 8:07AM

    No, I don't play Panda Pop. I probably will now emoticon dang it Jaynee, I finally got rid of Candy Crush!!

I don't have an all or nothing attitude. I do, however, compare myself to others. Sometimes that's a bad thing, sometimes it's a good push in the right direction.

It's 6 am here, so as far as what I've done right so far...I bathed well? lol. drank coffee well! emoticon and I came to see you!



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TERI-RIFIC 9/26/2014 7:33AM

    emoticon All or nothing, perfectionist thinking has really been a problem for me and was very detrimental to me losing weight in the past.You are so right! I constantly battle this tendency.

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BUTTONPOPPER1 9/26/2014 2:19AM

    Thanks for this uplifting blog! I can see why you're attracted to that cute panda game, and it's touching that you were sad you couldn't save all the pandas. It reminded me of something that happened when my children were small. It was the time of the TAMGOTCHI craze, you know those little coin-purse-sized electronic devices with virtual "babies" that you had to take care of all day long every day or they would die. (I'm assuming you had those in America, too.) My kids each had one. You had to feed them, clean up their poop, play with them regularly throughout the day--you know, a parent's nightmare. Well, one day we went out for a day trip and FORGOT to take the two TAMAGOTCHIs. As soon as we realized we'd forgotten them, it was too late to go back and get them, so we spent the day in suspense, wondering what the outcome would be. Well, I'm sad to say the outcome was not good. The TAMAGOTCHIs went to heaven, and the kids were traumatized!

So glad Panda Pop's not quite so heavy, and that you're mature enough to handle the emotional ups and downs!

You asked for what we did right today. Okay, I listened for a long time to my daughter, who's upset that a project she's working on is going forward at a snail's pace because of the too-casual attitude of the person in charge. There were a lot of things I'd rather have been doing, but I listened to her, and she felt better after that, so that was good. Thanks!

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GRACED777 9/26/2014 2:13AM

    Just got a gym membership and am going to learn how to best use it. Enjoying walking these fall days.

I am still learning all or nothing doesn't work for me. emoticon

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SEATTLE58 9/25/2014 11:17PM

    Thanks and emoticon emoticon

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KRISTA987 9/25/2014 11:15PM

    Love your positive attitude! You are completely right, need to stay focused on the positives!!!

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RENATA144 9/25/2014 11:05PM

  I love Pandas too !!!
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