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Returning from Vacation

Monday, May 28, 2012

My family and I just returned from an incredible experience. We finally took our much anticipated trip to Walt Disney World, and what a whirlwind 8 days it was! So much fun, very tiring, but totally invigorating. My feet were so sore every day from so much standing and walking. We managed to go to all four of the Disney theme parks, but opted to pass on the waterparks. The first two days we went to Hollywood Studios, then to Animal Kingdom for two days. On Wednesday we spent from open to close at Magic Kingdom and returned for half of Thursday as well before popping into Epcot for half of the day. Friday we returned to Hollywood Studios to soak up some more Star Wars weekends so we could get a couple of much wanted character autographs and then back to the hotel for a swim and a rest before heading Downtown Disney for dinner. We spent 45 minutes getting there as a result of a fire and car accident which closed Highway 4, but we were grateful to get there safely. We had meals at lots of different places and went on lots of rides not to mention all of the shows we watched. What an incredible experience, one we will always treasure.

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FEBRUARYROSE1 5/30/2012 12:46PM

    I am so glad you finally got to go, the boys must have been in their glory with all the fun things to see and do! I am glad you had such a good time!!! emoticon

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AGINGDAISIES 5/29/2012 10:24AM

    What a great trip!

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RUNMELLY 5/28/2012 11:33PM

    Sounds like you need a vacation from your vacation! Looks like you had an awesome time though :) That's one place I've never been. Glad you enjoyed it!!

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Wednesday, May 02, 2012

So, things are changing around here at my house. We as a family have made some decisions. Previously a two vehicle family, we agreed that putting more money into our second vehicle was no longer worth the value of it so we sold it to the junk yard and will make do with 1 vehicle. Bikes are coming out! Also, the kids and I are all 3 of us going to start walking a lot more. This includes walking to and from school and getting out in the evening and on the weekends. I posted it in my status a while ago, we are canceling our internet, also our cable. As of May 31 we will be free of those services. I have a laptop now so the kids and I will go to the library about once a week to get online, not sure when as far as day, we will just play it by ear. With those options reduced, I expect to get more done around the house and get more active as a family. My eating is all over the place right now, I did some cabbage soup diet last week, it went okay for what it was worth, and I will definitely incorporate cabbage soup into my lunches, but it is not a smart long term plan. So, I am trying to keep myself motivated to be healthy and eat right, but I don't always sustain it. I did join a learn to run program out of our local running store. It is nice to meet folks interested in running, and I am enjoying the cardio fitness. I have noticed some big improvements already in Week 7 even in terms of my abilities in the warm ups. I am so happy to be getting out and being active in a group setting again!

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AGINGDAISIES 5/31/2012 6:21PM

    What great plans!!! :) I wish there was a walking trail that connected to our school so I could bike to the school when I am headed there!

We got rid of our cable & tv channels 4 years ago, it has been great!

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    WOW! those are big steps! I am in awe and very proud of you for ditching the internet. We haven't had cable/tv in years and don't miss it one bit.
Enjoy all the biking and walking-how far are ya'll from school?

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Why do I always have to complicate matters?

Saturday, February 18, 2012

So, just when I thought things were going good to get back to running shortly after dealing with my sinus infection, I had to go and make matters worse. I will start at the beginning.

My oldest child went on a downhill ski trip with the school the other day. I decided to chaperone, and the night before we went, I decided that I would ski as well. Due to only downhill skiing once before and 15 years ago, I decided to take the lesson with the kids and spent the entire morning on the bunny hill. I got my check mark to move on to the bigger hills then went in for lunch. After lunch I decided to attempt the easy street hill which required riding up on the chair lift. This is the part I was worried about so I rode up with one of the teachers and a couple students. Maybe I should have gone up with less people on the lift with me, I'm not sure how things went wrong, but next time I will ask an instructor to teach me how to get off of the lift properly. When I attempted to dismount at the appropriate time, I ended up dismounting onto my left hip. At the time I wasn't sure, but I think I must have at some point actually gotten my skis to touch the hill, because my right ankle was pretty sore the day after. The ski patrol had the lift shut off and made me lay down on the snow for a while. After they got me up on my feet, they turned the lift back on. I was trying out my leg, trying to get myself ready to ski down the hill. I really wanted to go down the hill at least once! However, the pain was radiating down the top of my left leg, and I knew there was no way I could turn with it hurt like that, so I took their offer and rode down in the patrol toboggan right to the patrol hut to get looked at. I was there for a while and then was able to feel well enough to walk over to the equipment return and get my boots on. I spent the next hour and a half in the chalet waiting for the trip to be done so I could ride home on the bus with the school. The evening was filled with kid stuff, so after getting them both all settled in at home to get ready for bed with Daddy-O, I dragged myself off to the emergency department at the hospital. They X-rayed my hip and learned that nothing is broken or dislodged, YAY! I bruised the area quite badly so they gave me codeine for the pain. When I was first assessed, they discovered that I had a fever! During the consultation with the doc, he decided to stop the Biaxin I was on for the sinus infection and prescribed a more effective antibiotic. I stopped on the way home to get my scrips and went home to bed. The doctor told me that I need to keep moving so it doesn't stiffen up, so I didn't rest a whole lot yesterday, and I was so tired last night I fell asleep on the couch. Waking up today I am not feeling great at all. Both my ankles hurt, my right leg is quite tired from compensating for the sore leg, and my ribs even hurt. I had a pity pig out on the couch yesterday afternoon, so I have some serious damage control to do before Wednesday weigh in. I need to make sure I am eating lots of produce, low on the carbs, high on the lean protein. Drink my water and try to get up the gumption to do some sitting shadow boxing to get some cardio going on.

What did I learn from this whole experience? I learned another reason to lose weight. There were so many embarassing moments on the ski hill caused by my weight. I believe that if I weighed less, the injury from falling would have been much less severe. My body was not designed to carry 213 pounds around, much less sustain a fall with that much weight coming down on my hip. Getting me up took a lot of effort on the part of the ski patrol, and even getting down on the ground to get in the toboggan I needed help from a teacher and I was very worried that I would hurt him! I will probably go skiing again someday, but not this winter, and not until I lose this weight!

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BRIGHTPENNY 2/25/2012 12:52PM

    Wishing you a speedy recovery! Soft tissue injuries can sometimes take a bit of time to heal so be patient with yourself! jan emoticon

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IVY56044 2/22/2012 11:53PM

    Hope you are feeling better now that a few more days have passed. I bet your hip is lots of pretty colors by now! I had to chuckle to myself as I read your post, not because it is funny, but because I can totally see myself having the exact same experience. As others have said, we need to keep getting out there & trying!

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AGINGDAISIES 2/20/2012 1:50PM

    it is such a hard place to be! "I weigh to much to do this" BUT we can't sit around and watch life go by... that why we are hear on sparkpeople to begin with! we were sick of watching life go by! SO kudos for even being willing to ski, I can't say that I would have done it, I think I would have brought a book and sat on my butt and sipped hot chocolate.... {hugs} for not letting life go by and sitting on the sidelines! :) I hope you heal quickly! You deserve a break! ;)

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BEFIT014 2/20/2012 5:48AM

    I agree-at least you were out there and not sitting around watching!
I, too, hope you recover quickly!

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HDHAWK 2/18/2012 10:33PM

    Your experience sounds like my one and only time skiing. I hope you heal quickly!

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CINDYTW 2/18/2012 7:02PM

  emoticon Hope you feel better soon!

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SMILINGTREE 2/18/2012 11:29AM

    That's terrible! But, as ANTI_M said, at least you were out there. Plus, you didn't complicate anything...accidents happen. Maybe the trip to the ER will turn out to have been a good thing, since the doctor wrote a prescription for a more effective antibiotic. Don't punish yourself, whatever happens.

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ANTI_M 2/18/2012 10:14AM

    Hey, at least you out there on skis!

Hope the hip heals quickly and you can get back on track soon.

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Goal # 1 for 2012

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

I saved the most important for last.

I will reach my goal weight this year. I am at 211.8 right now, and my goal weight is 135. In order to reach this goal, I need to lose 1.7 pounds a week for the rest of this year.

Baby steps for right now: Walk daily for minimum 30 minutes, run on two of those days. I will make 1 day a week rest day.

I need to consistently write down everything I intake.

I will have to build from here, and make sure I stay healthy.

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PJ2222 2/15/2012 10:17PM

    It's 99% attitude and the rest will fall into place! Best wishes for your success!

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TORDINE 2/15/2012 10:16PM

  Good luck to you

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Focus on Goal # 2 for 2012

Monday, February 06, 2012

Since I started with my Goal # 3 in my focus blogs, I will go backwards up the list.


I put this goal in caps, because it seems really huge to me. I am really not sure I believe I can accomplish this, but I am going to try. Completing my half marathon in 2010 was such an inspirational feat for me, and it really made me feel like an incredible role model for my children. I want to do the full for myself, for my kids, for my husband. I have a plan that will keep me focused during the event which is in October. I am going to ask 26 people to sign my arms. As I run each mile, I will focus on that person. Obviously I will have my 2 kids and hubby sign for a mile each, I will run the last mile for myself, and I have various ideas for additional folks to ask. I got this idea from my running buddy, and I am totally excited about it. I will need to start training on June 10 to follow the program set out in Running by John Stanton. I am going to follow the program to Complete set out in Miles. I have actually decided to start the training on April 29 which is 6 weeks early in order to build in some flexibility to repeat weeks or take a rest when I need to. I am going to reach this goal, and if this year it doesn't work out for whatever reason, I will strive for a Spring event instead.

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AGINGDAISIES 2/7/2012 6:16PM

    I love that Idea! and I love that you have built into your goal the ability to be flexible when life happens! you can do it!

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    AWESOME!!! I really think you can do this! You will succeed in this. How do I know? Because you are being smart about it. You are building time in as part of your preparation. Also, you are being kind to yourself. You understand it might not work out right now but you know at some point it WILL! emoticon

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