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ST goal for this week

Friday, August 01, 2014

The BLC this week is to get in 150-200 minutes of ST so that's my goal. Been a while since I felt like I should work hard at an exercise goal. The cardio was easier last week because I just had to walk or "bike" and although it was slow I was still putting in the minutes. I want to focus on a different body part every day but do some legs, arms and core every day too. I love the feeling of a "burn" and the rush it gives me.

I have to say part of today I was thrilled. I walked without a cane all around the house all day.. until I did some bending over to pull weeds. So that is not an activity I'm going to do without my leg supported. I do consider gardening ST so hopefully I'll get some of that done too but there have been a lot of thunder storms the past few days and more rain ahead. Have to be careful. Stairs and slopes just don't work and I end up with ice and back in my chair again. My knee seems to slip forward and something "gives" and it hurts like crazy and I want to throw up. At least I have definite feedback about the wrong position, lol.

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MSHEALTHYMEL 8/1/2014 9:27AM

  I can fully relate to the knee challenges, struggling also. I was really doing great...accepted myself in a bathing suit and started swimming... bought the Spark Activity tracker and loved increasing the number of steps I was taking just by parking further away at the store and doing "laps" inside the grocery store or mall and then 2 weeks ago I mildly sprained my knee...it was getting better and then 3 days ago a mis-step and now it is severly sprained. I am in a full leg immobilizer with a cane with pain on every step. This is my bad knee, repaired ACL and osteoarthritis (bone on bone) but with injections I keep the pain to a minimum ....I have been recommended for joint replacement for the past 15 years but am not a fan of surgery. Today I was feeling down and frustrated and in pain and while I am sad you have pain too it made me feel better to know I was not alone. I am fortunate they believe nothing is torn so I am trying to focus on the positive and rest (not my strong point as I am a very type A, constantly moving type of person). I hope you feel better and please know you sharing helped me today, thanks. emoticon

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CTUPTON 8/1/2014 8:34AM

    Keep babying that knee! I won't do any good to hurt it more. Chair exercises?


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DRAGON-CHICK 8/1/2014 7:47AM

    Ouch! :(
But congrats on the rest!!

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NASFKAB 8/1/2014 1:50AM

  keep at it all the best

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MCFITZ2 8/1/2014 12:30AM

    I have bone on bone and find that using the wide elastic wrap helps stabilize my knee.
Maybe something along that line would also help you. What BLC team are you on? emoticon

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144AUTUMN 8/1/2014 12:25AM

  You can do it!!

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God and exercising and getting outside

Thursday, July 31, 2014

I was talking with my daughter about the magical thing that happens when you walk or spend time outside..... you feel better.

So often when "we" have been depressed or in a funk we have looked outside and thought "I should but I don't want to". It is easier to stay indoors and play computer games or watch TV or sleep. Do nothing.

When I started SP and the 10 minute exercise streak I didn't really think it would make a dent in my weight. What I didn't realize was how it would open a crack in my shell of a body and let my soul soar.

They say that ten minutes will help get your blood moving. It will help the joints and muscles to clean out all the crap building up and inspire them to regenerate. It will help healing. New research has shown how the muscles are able to go and take sugar from the blood without using insulin after exercise.
Twenty minutes helps the heart have a workout, helps you think better and feel better.
Half an hour will do something else... lol, I guess not improve your memory because I forget what THEY say...

But my own experience is that I feel more grounded, more at peace.

When I was talking to DD I said, it is as though God has this gift to give us and all we have to do is go over and get it and it will be poured over us. As we looked out the window I said "see? God is waving butterfly fingers and clouds and birds to get our attention to say come outside because I have something over here to give you". It made me laugh but it also made me wonder. We close ourselves up in little boxes. Rooms and cars and houses.

I dont' know how other people feel when they get outside but I certainly feel closer to God when I am gardening or walking. The answers to questions come after 30 minutes. I can't explain it. I just know for me it is the right thing to do.

These people who run marathons or 5K are just as "smart" as the people who walk their pets or walk the kids to school or go fetch the mail from the post office on a bike. I think there are many many ways to get that "high" from exercise but it really helps motivate me to keep doing it! And for someone just starting... make it a streak. You may not notice a difference right away but it is making changes at a cellular level. Changes that can last. So keep at it and I hope you find that peace and good feeling that God wants you to have!

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CTUPTON 8/1/2014 8:35AM

    Improve the memory--- ha ha!! chris

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DRAGON-CHICK 7/31/2014 7:17PM


Great blog! Very inspiring.

You're doing SO well!!!

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DEWAND1 7/31/2014 3:20PM

    I agree wholeheartedly.....I feel so much closer to God and much more appreciative of all our blessings when I am out in His great wide open world. I too, have found the benefits to be very surprising from walking whether inside (I mall walk in the winter) or outside. For me, I get much more than just exercise - peace, joy, I can listen to His still small voice so much better, I can pray without interruptions. I can see other people in the world and pray for them too. For example, I see just how many kinds of green there are out there....beautiful sun risings and sun settings. and on and on. emoticon And because I have a very sedentary job it really helps with the loss of inches on my waist and hips and chest areas. I haven't measured my legs really but I know the three bags of clothes I gave away is proof that walking - basically my main exercise - really works. I really enjoyed your blog! (PS the well done emoticon was supposed to be better placed, but I do mean it. I really enjoyed your words!)

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NASFKAB 7/31/2014 11:10AM

  thanks a lot wish could walk outside

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1CRAZYDOG 7/31/2014 11:06AM

    I couldn't agree w/you more and that's why I will not miss my daily outdoor walks, with my fur baby.

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OURELEE1 7/31/2014 10:41AM

  Thanks a great blog

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AALLEY2 7/31/2014 9:42AM

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Back and heading back into

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

My holiday in northern BC was great in many ways. Multiple celebrations, visiting, nothing went wrong. ....

However I got way off track with food. Buffets and leftovers and desserts all over and then I carried that home when I was trying to impress our guests this week (the bride and groom for their honeymoon here with us). They are now gone and I thought that was the end... but DH and I just had a picnic at Rideau Hall which is the governer general of Canada's residence and grounds and it was very nice. I had eaten a good breakfast and packed a healthy lunch. They have wheelchairs so I had one to do the tour and then DH pushed me around the rose gardens. It is nearly 85 acres in downtown Ottawa of thousands of trees and rocks and plants. But I could not walk it. It made me sad. Darn. So I gave in to even more bad choices. 30 years ago we honeymooned by taking a wee little boat my grandfather had built when my eldest cousin was born (hence calling it the "Debby") on the canal to Ottawa so we drove along the canal appreciating how little has changed... and stopped at a lovely restaraunt overlooking the water to watch the boats go by. A plate of pasta and a zuccotto later (we did share both) I am still stuffed. It was all memories related to good times and good food. On the plus side I have been back into the water to exercise each day. I have the week's menus made and one meal is already in the crockpot. I have no stresses ahead. After so much time away I really appreciate how GOOD our water is. No wonder people do not like drinking water. Ours is delicious and cold from the well with nothing added but nothing taken out either.

So I am looking at this as a week of action. A week to step the right way on my journey step after step after step. No matter how small I know I will get there. The next 3 weeks are MINE to do as I like. Postive thinking. Woo hoo! No looking back just heading right into action.

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JUST_BRENDA 7/30/2014 5:14PM

    I'm glad to hear that you had a good vacation. It's really hard to stay on track during that time, but the important thing is to get back on track when you return to your regular life. It sounds like you are already doing that! emoticon

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EILEEN828 7/30/2014 4:36PM

    All things in moderation, is a very good plan of action. You had a great meal and times that may have been more than you feel you need to lose, but you won't continue that way everyday. That's what gives the quality of "special" to the foods and times that ARE special. Don't think of it as a failure, it is only a moment in time that was special to you and deserved some extra attention. Something to be enjoyed and cherished. Life is way too short to not treat yourself once in awhile. Don't forget too that good food can be had in a healthful way and still be decadent. Enjoy the goodness life has to offer.

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IMNOTSTOPPIN 7/30/2014 4:30PM

    You sound like you had a wonderful time and able to enjoy such awesome surrounding and now you're back with a great plan (menu for a week). Still haven't done that one.

BTW: Thanks for visiting my activity feed.


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DSJB9999 7/30/2014 2:57AM

    glad you had a good time and have a plan to enjoy the next few weeks, I agree with positive thinking

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NASFKAB 7/29/2014 10:20PM

  so happy you enjoyed that was a good break but you are back to healthy life again

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1CRAZYDOG 7/29/2014 8:29PM

    This is the week that is! Focus on it. Glad you had a good time. HUGS

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See you next Tuesday!

Friday, July 18, 2014

It has been a very satisfying week. I got down to 200 lb. and got a lot on my list done that HAD to get done. Hurray for lists and planning and accountability.

But now I need a few ZZZ's before our flights and drive to northern BC. DD is all set with her plans to have the place to herself (and friends) and will look after the pets. The fridge is stocked for her with healthy foods... which gave me a lot of joy because I did not shop with her, just loaded the foods into the cleaned out pantry and fridge. Very proud of her choices. I've done a little decorating for when we come back with the bride and groom. Not as much as I'd like... but we can continue when they get here... sneak some in while they are settling into the guest suite. Yes.. rambling...

Just want to tell you all that I have faith in you and you will do fine. I look forward to your blogs next week. Yawn... hugs to you all!

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JUSTME9898 7/24/2014 6:22PM


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STRONGNFIERCE 7/23/2014 2:10PM

    Enjoy yourself! Remember to take care of YOU also ;)

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CTUPTON 7/19/2014 7:25PM

    The BIG DAY is here. Last year you thought it was so far off! Congratulations emoticon for your weight loss in preparation for the wedding. I know you will be beaming and beautiful! Can't wait for the photos! chris

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1CRAZYDOG 7/18/2014 10:16PM

    Travel safely! HUGS

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EDWARDS1411 7/18/2014 8:27PM

    Enjoy your trip!!!

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EILEEN828 7/18/2014 3:07PM

    Congratulations on making your goal. Enjoy your trip.

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AAAACK 7/18/2014 12:46PM

    Have fun!

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NASFKAB 7/18/2014 11:08AM

  have a great time

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CAPECODBABE 7/18/2014 6:58AM

    Have a wonderful trip!!!

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DRAGON-CHICK 7/18/2014 5:27AM

    YAY! Congrats!
And good job, DD!

Have a great weekend.

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Tuesday' progress on the week's goals

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

It is so worth while putting things in writing. I then know what I have to do, I get ideas about how to do it either through getting organized or my spark friends come to the rescue!

Yesterday was very successful.

I have not finished the list but took "bites" of each item.

1. Cleaning out my freezer, fridge and pantry. I went through my deep freeze and pulled out the buns and perogies and things we are not eating any longer and took them to my brother's place. They have a house full and sure appreciated the food. We are slowly eating up things in the pantry and fridge. I am trying to menu plan to make that happen. My kids want to swap things around and have frozen meals in the inside freezer. It has always been the "breakfast" freezer so I would have items available for B&B guests but since I don't have guests for a while they think prepackaged meals are a good idea. At first I balked. I don't like change. They pointed out though that after my knee surgery it would be easier for me to access meals we make ahead. True. Plus the leftovers are quick to grab by people working to take for lunch. True again. It occurs to me too that since they have come up with this idea they may inventory and clean out the rest of the deep freeze! We'll see. Today I will clean out the fridge.

2. Make a menu plan for the next 2 weeks. I made the menus for the next 4 days and enjoyed looking through the menus on "Real Healthy Recipes" which are all gluten and dairy free (except cheese as a condement). I printed out a few new ones to try. I am learning that I can collect a LOT of ideas and then never try them so it is better to start small. Last night was sweet and sour pork. It was an hour to prep, cook and serve from start to finish but that was too long for my knee so as we sat down I was hoping it would not be very good. Unfortunately it was very good. It got 3/4 yes votes and my DD who does not like pineapple said it was OK but not a favourite. On the negatives it requires deep frying the pork coated in batter. I had not realized that when I chose this recipe. I can see DD23 really enjoying it because it resembles "chicken balls" which she can no longer eat and it could be made with chicken, shrimp or even veggies. Comfort food. You can certainly just do a pork stir fry using the same "sauce" but it would not have that same effect. My goal today is to make the strawberry cheesecake cobbler from the same site which uses raw cashews in place of creamcheese. I like the carb, protein and fiber values and we can have it with Grilled chicken and salad for dinner tonight. The alternative was a brownie recipe my DD23 sent me made from sweet potatoe that she claims is the best brownie she has ever had... again high in fibre and low in sugars... but the site (eatdrinkpaleo.com) does not list nutritional values. not get the carb values to see how it will fit into my dinner plan as the "dessert" will be my carb and I'd have to put it in the food tracker to figure out how big the servings should be. We seem to be finding good recipes that she can eat though at paleo sites, although she can eat rice as well.

3. Planning my schedule. It sure helps to be organized. By having a menu I was able to get all the ingrediants in as well as plan to use foods up. This used to be so hard. I guess I was working and had some obsessive qualities coming up because I didn't want to have meals repeated. Anyways... got to the 2 stores I needed to go to and picked up things I need to take to the wedding and things for the people staying home. I have not planned into the week we come back with the bride and groom yet. However I have everything I need to bake some GF snacks to travel with. DD23 put in a request that I fedex her some of the GF bread I made while she was here. It was .... incredible... I admit. However I was using up leftover flours and am not sure I can recreate it. DD24 tried to make the original recipe earlier this week and it was not nearly as good. Mine was chewy and moist and you had no idea it was gluten and dairy free. Hmmm. Fedex? REally???? I'm not sure I have time before we go... and Fedex.... really... I don't KNOW. You'd want to send it after it cools but as soon as possible.... have to think about it. Tomjorrow is my hair appointment. I'm excited. Maybe adding colour? Definitely a new cut. Time with DD so hoping it is fun. This morning was fasting blood work and an EKG so that is DONE. Made appointments for DD25 with the neuologist. Picked out bright blue nail polish to match my dress.

4. Filing is done so the office is ready to CLEAN. As it is raining today it seems like a good task to do. I don't know when the last time it was cleaned even was!

5. Exercise. I DID do the garden yesterday. Well, I did part of 2 sections. It was HARD on my knees but I only worked until my knee would not tolerate it and then sat for a while. It really is magic because I am down another pound today and that probably was the reason. I need to MOVE. I also did my ST. I also did physio which is a whole other ballgame. I'd planned to do more garden today but if the rain does not let up I'll do some aquafit.

6. Something to do with my hands. Even though I "overdidit" yesterday I find I am recovering quickly. Sitting helps. Whether it is doing my nails or reading or sparking. But I need to have more. I thought about some comments I got and while I don't think I want to start scrap booking I think going through photos would be a very good project. We will want to downsize in the future and there are boxes of memorabilia and photos that will have to be organized, scanned or ... scrapbooked, lol. So I think I'll try it. I do enjoy looking for recipes but that puts me in the office more. If I set up a little table in the main room then I will be in there when people are reading or cooking. I also got a new sodoku book. I think one sudoku is just the right amount of time to "recover" and then get back to chores. It feels strange not booking B&B guests and all the whirlwiind of preparation involved... but we do have people coming over the next 2 months, some family and some guests. I don't want to start anything that might become too cluttered or too much work. And I do want it to encourage being around everyone. Yup, I think the photos will work.

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STRONGNFIERCE 7/23/2014 2:07PM

    Awesome progress! Always so inspiring :)

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LADYBUG1943 7/16/2014 1:01AM

    An alternative to "artsy" scrapbooking.... You can find online a company that sells archival albums with plastic sleeves for the pictures, then right beside them, a smaller sleeve for a description or memory of the picture. Much faster with less angst that scrapbooking, and you've got your photos in albums, ready to view. I know you can make online albums as well which are fun for your online friends, but there's nothing like family members going through albums of great grandparents and previous houses or pets.

We are just moving, and I have two boxes of photos and scrapbooking supplies even though (in my mind) I threw a ton of it away. There's additional photo boxes snuck into other boxes to spread out the weight a little bit.

Yvonne - 7000 steps today, and no walk. That means little sitting for me today!

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1CRAZYDOG 7/15/2014 9:38PM

    You did a good job!!! You will be happy that you've gotten organized as time gets closer to the surgery.


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IMNOTSTOPPIN 7/15/2014 8:24PM

    Wow, you had some super productive time. You're very organized.

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DSJB9999 7/15/2014 4:35PM

    emoticon Thats progress emoticon

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NASFKAB 7/15/2014 11:14AM

  great idea freezing food

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DRAGON-CHICK 7/15/2014 11:04AM

    Good luck switching things up!
It's a good idea to have some [healthy] meals ready.

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