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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Don't you just love it when you think you're doing lousy on your goals and you put on a pair of jeans that were too tight and suddenly they're loose? I was floored this past week by two pair of my jeans. The other day I had my usual pair of jeans on and boy were they loose - I mean seriously at the start of July they were still tight when I put them on. I thought well okay, they do have some spandex in them so maybe they just finally stretched out. Well, today I put on another pair that fit perfectly back then and guess what they're loose too and they don't have spandex in them. So I guess I have lost some of those inches.
The other day I was switching my summer tank tops & all for my cooler/colder weather clothes. I had this sweater that I just loved - bought it a little over a year ago and it was too small. So since I was washing clothes I though well, I'll try it on. I was floored it actually fit. I was amazed.
I had noticed some of the clothes I wear around the house were looser but I figured that was because they were the larger sizes. So I've had a pleasant surprise.

My fitbit and I were having major problems on the charging front. Silly me forgot to check the connection points for charging. They were dirty, no wonder the crazy thing wouldn't charge. Normally that's the first place I'd check but I guess I was a little brain dead and all every time I charged it. So I got a soft toothbrush and brushed them off. Bingo! when I put it back in the charger it lit up to show it was charging. Sometimes the obvious gets overlooked when we're in a hurry or stressed out.
Also, I guess I'll give the fitbit more credit too. I mean since I've started using it and working on 10,000+ steps a day that's when I started noticing a difference in my clothes. It motivates me to move it more (unless it's like yesterday when I was sick, then we had severe thunderstorms for hours) and seeing those "very active" minutes on my app serves to remind me to move it, to step up the pace. All in all, very pleased with my fitbit. Now to get into the fall/winter mode. As long as we don't have icy or real deep snow I should be fine walking. I'm going to look into getting some boots for winter walking. They would serve me better since our street rarely is cleaned off. Being in a really small town doesn't help with clear walking paths in the winter - sadly it's difficult to find a safe place for this klutzy butt to walk her dog.

Now that I feel better I'm hoping to get back on track with my other exercises again. I know I've said it a million times and something always derails me but I'll get back up and dust myself off and say okay here goes (again). That's the thing, if you get de-railed on your journey: Stop, evaluate where you are, dust yourself off and start again. You haven't failed. You're human. Things happen. Life happens.
Case in point, last summer I gained about 20-25 pounds, depending on when I looked at the scale. My lowest weight was 202. I'm almost back there. Last weigh in was 205. Am I excited? Oh heck yeah! I'm finally getting my butt in gear and working to get down below 200 finally. Last time I saw the 190's was back in 1978. That was when I started all sorts of meds for my migraines. The assortment that doctor gave me, drug me down in the ground. Then I really didn't pay attention. No I didn't get regular exercise - some walking but nothing to write home about. That was it. Long gone (6 years) were the PE classes, the bicycle riding, the attempts at running, and walking all over the place. The pounds came on and I really never paid them much attention. Sure there were several attempts at diets but they were short lived. Then I moved, got married, had my son, became a widow, got remarried, got divorced and bam! my gallbladder decided it wanted out and I nearly died from complications. That was at my highest weight of 278. I was given a second chance so in 2008 I joined SparkPeople and lost about 30-35 pounds. Thought it was great and then quit. Come July 2011 and by then I really didn't care about anything, I was depressed yet again. I weighed about 250 pounds and the doctor told me my A1C was a 10 and I was going to go on insulin. Hold the phone! Can you give me until September's appointment to try and get it down? He agreed and yes it started coming down. What changed? I walked - not much at the beginning but I made myself get out of the house and walk my dog. My doctor said walking was the best thing I could do, so I did it. Didn't cost anything but my time because I had shoes I could wear. I'll be the first to admit that even though I walked, it wasn't what people would call fitness walking. I watched what I ate. Nothing major there just didn't eat as much. I still eat what I want but it's the portion size that I really watch. Some days are terrible, some days are amazing. It's all on my moods - you see I'm bi-polar and even though I'm on meds my moods stay on the depressed end of the scale. Lately I've been really depressed - it's that time of the year. October 7th was the 10th anniversary of my first husband's death from a massive heart attack and the 9th was his birthday/the day he was buried. (Not my idea but his Mom's who went behind my back and made all the arrangements) So anyway I get really depressed this time of the year. I'm better today though. The depression is lifting.
So what are my goals? Get back on track. Do more than just plain old walking my dog. I've got a recumbent exercise bike that I need to get back on, then there's my Leslie Sansone videos I love to do, then there's the resistance bands/stretch band routines I seriously need to do. Plus I need to find those crazy dumb bells I had and use them until I can find some new ones that I like. I'm seriously lacking in the strength training department. My excuse is my neck (pinched nerve) plus the fact that I've had my collar bone cracked and separated more than once (yes, I'm a total klutz) and that causes me problems big time. Should it stop me? No...I should work around it.
I need to quit making excuses. What about you? Is there something that you need to be doing that you're not? What's the excuse you're giving yourself? Is it a valid concern? Or is it something you can work around? I know the holidays are on us and this is the hardest part of my year because I love to bake and I bake a lot of things and make lots of candy/cakes/pie to give to family and friends over the holidays. No, I'm not planning on stopping. They tell me that it's the only time they get homemade goodies. So I'll keep spoiling them. Just won't make any extras and munch my way through the goodies. I've learned over the past couple of years not to eat a dozen cookies as I'm baking when they're fresh out of the oven. I allow myself a couple and that's it. Now I don't want to eat myself sick (which I've done) on fresh warm cookies. I put a limit on what I will allow myself and I generally stick to it. I mean when you allow in your calories for it and see what's left for real food, well it kind of puts things in a fresh perspective. Moderation in all things food. Since I rarely have a drink - my splurge is an occasion Pepsi. Hey that's better than my 6-8 cans a day habit I had when my gallbladder decided to leave me. I have one on occasion. That's more than enough. Moderation.

Let's get moving today! What will you do? Me? I've already took my dog for a brisk walk, thinking about another one too since the sun's out. After that I'll be digging for my "tools" to get my body moving in other ways too.

Here's to a happy, healthy fall! Let's rock this! We can do it! You know you want to!

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FROSTY99 10/14/2014 8:46PM

    Great blog. You are making progress and with that positive attitude you will keep moving in the right direction!

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MSLZZY 10/14/2014 12:08PM

Quite a history you had there but getting back on
track and finding your clothes are looser is an
excellent victory. You should be very pleased.
Keep on SParking!

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FINCHFEEDER80 10/14/2014 11:26AM

    emoticon For all of your NSV's! Keep 'em coming!

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I'm Home and trying to get back on track again

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

I made it home about 2am Sunday morning. Whew! That was one long drive - 860 miles. Glad I only do that once a year! I felt like I was vibrating up until Monday night. I hate that.
At any rate it's been busy here unpacking, doing laundry, shopping and all that. I splurged and bought me a new camera - Nikon Coolpix L830. I got so made at my little camera over vacation I was ready to throw it in the ocean! The camera I used on my last vacation in June/July made me even madder so I said no more using that one. I'll have plenty time to learn to use this camera. It's not as fancy as my son's but a definite step up from my old ones.
I had to get new bracelets for my fitbit flex as the old one separated and I wasn't too happy with it. So now I have three bracelets in different colors. My only problem has turned out to be charging the darn thing. It's not wanting to charge. I think the fitbit isn't fitting in the charger mount as snug as it should. My son's not happy with it since I've had so many problems. He's talking about getting me a different one. Don't know about that.
I'm trying to get back on the fitness kick and be consistent again. Being gone for a month at a time hasn't helped me any. Plus eating different food that is more high calorie and all definitely hasn't helped. So I'm trying to figure out what I want to eat so I can pick it up at the grocery next Monday when I go.
I lucked out on my jury duty so far. Monday's trial I was scheduled for was settled out of court. Woohoo! no sitting in a court room that day. Plus I got an email while I was on vacation that there were no trials scheduled in October. Love living in such a small county! So that leaves November and December left. Still dreading them because of transportation issues.
Consistency is the thing I'm working on right now. I mean I consistently get fitness minutes of 2500 a month since June but that's basically just all my walking. I'm talking about my Leslie Sansone videos, my exercise bike, the resistance bands and stretch band routines that I have myself doing and haven't been doing. So today marks the start of that since I don't plan on any vacations again until June 2015! Maybe I can get this going on the right track. I'm already feeling my workouts from today - 3 miles with Leslie Sansone, a resistance band upper body workout and a stretch band upper body work out plus my walking my dog.
Trying to catch up with my Sparking and everything else I do. Take care y'all! Remember one step at a time. Each step builds on another one. Keep up or start yourself on the way to better fitness.
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KLONG8 10/8/2014 7:45PM

    Welcome back! You seem to be describing what I'm dealing with too. You get your walking in but the other exercises? Not with regularity. Let's get back on track together.

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  Welcome back, Ramona! Good luck getting back on track!

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DANCINCAJUN1 10/1/2014 7:23PM

    I have had my Fitbit one for 2 years and have had no problems .... I just put it in m pocket or bra if no pockets .... that rubber case keeps it from moving in my pocket .... good exercise program ... you did a lot on vacation for sure .... I LOVE your new picture ... gorgeous ...rocie

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MSLZZY 10/1/2014 4:53PM

    Excellent plan to start the new month out right. I am sure you will get back into the swing of things now that you are home. I would so love just ONE day of vacation and not come home to tons of work but that is not the life I lead. Have a great day and set yourself up for success tomorrow. HUGS!

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CLAIREINPARIS 10/1/2014 4:48PM

    Happy 1st October to you too, and GOOD for you for being back on track! Travelling is difficult that way, I know what you mean. And vacations are full of temptations.
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D_4RECOVERY 10/1/2014 4:45PM

    Glad you make it back okay. You will be back on track before you know it. Off to a great start with Leslie. Many blessings to you for a successful October.

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FINCHFEEDER80 10/1/2014 4:31PM

    Glad you made it home all safe and sound! sorry about all your troubles with FitBit. I don't have any experience with the Flex, mine is a One, but I have put that thing through the wringer and it's still counting away! It's been run over by my pick-up truck, dunked in the ocean, sweated on, color run-ed, dropped, and the cats bat it around at night! (I have no idea why they like to run off with it!) The display no longer works, but I have the app for my phone, so that lets me check my progress.

Enjoy getting back into your routine and I look forward to seeing you around on here. Take care, and happy October!

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Hello from Florida

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Hey y'all! Hello from soggy New Smyrna Beach, Florida. We've had about 8 inches of rain in NSB the past 24 hours. Needless to say there's been a lot of localized flooding in the area. All over the Space Coast and even further south we've had a lot of rain lately.

I've enjoyed walking the beach out front of the condos where we've stayed. The past couple of days, the Atlantic Ocean has been really rough. This photo was Shawn & Rhonda on the beach this afternoon trying to fly kites.

Some of the sunsets have been interesting and some really pretty.

We've gotten drenched several times when the rain has come out of no where and rained hard and fast. Yesterday my shoes were sloshing when I walked from getting caught in the rain at Seminole Rest in Oak Hill, Florida.

At any rate we've had a great time just being together and relaxing. Yes, last week I was in the pool. I can't find the photo right now so I must not have it transferred to my laptop yet.

Lots of walking on the beach. Today we went to a different beach and looked for shells. Shawn, Rhonda & I got a bit wet because it was raining but not hard. We laughed about it but kept on walking. It wasn't the first time this week we got wet so it wasn't a big deal.

We watched two rocket launches at Cape Canaveral from the beach. We're 35 miles from the launch pads and the first launch was marred by all the cloud cover. Last Sunday morning's launch was nice because the sky had cleared out pretty good. While we were waiting we watched the meteor shower, so it was a bonus. It's amazing to hear the rockets 35 miles from the launch pad. My Dad and brothers said when the space shuttles went up they really lit up the beach. I would have loved to seen that.

Only two full days left to enjoy Florida. Saturday my brother and I will head back to my house. A nice long drive of about 800 miles. Always fun. By the time I get home, my body vibrates for days.

Thankfully, I received two emails from the circuit court clerk this week. I have jury duty until December 31, 2014. Next Monday's case was settled out of court so I don't have to go - yay! I was dreading that. Plus the other email said no trials were scheduled for October so that is fantastic too. I can breathe a little easier for a little while anyway.

Hope y'all are enjoying this fall weather. It's always a change going from Florida back to Kentucky - it's like summer here in Florida and late fall sometimes in Kentucky. From almost 90 to low 60s (or lower) in less than 24 hours.

I'll keep y'all posted on things. Once I get home it's back to a more normal diet. I'll definitely miss the walks on the beach though. I'll have to work to get my 10,000+ steps in daily. I've enjoyed some 20,000 step days down here. Today, last time I checked was 17,777 steps so far. My back is feeling the bending down to pick up shells tonight. Think I'll heat my rice sock up and get some warmth on it tonight.

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CLAIREINPARIS 9/28/2014 5:42AM

    Lovely pictures! And all that walking, WOW!!! Thank you for sharing your vacation with us!

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BARB4HEALTH 9/27/2014 8:18AM

    Sounds like you are getting your exercise in. emoticon

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SPARKFRAN514 9/27/2014 12:09AM

    emoticon for sharing looks you are having a great time and making memories to get you thought winter .

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DANCINCAJUN1 9/25/2014 7:34PM

    thank you for sharing ... have enjoyed your play-by-plays .... have a safe journey home....roc
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    I'm glad you have had such a great time! Keep us posted on the fun! emoticon emoticon

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FINCHFEEDER80 9/25/2014 9:19AM

    I'm glad you're having a wonderful vacation! Safe travels home and enjoy your last two day!

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MSLZZY 9/25/2014 9:09AM

    Enjoy the beach as much as you can but stay safe and dry when you can! HUGS!

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PICKIE98 9/25/2014 5:32AM

    Keep that in mind when I blog that we got 8 inches of snow in a few hours..that should be in about three months..Trade places with me in MIchigan!

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  It sounds like you are having a wonderful time!

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Fishing off the beach in New Smyrna Beach, Florida today

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Shawn taking the hook out of the shark my brother, Scott caught this morning.

My brother's shark

Shawn's little shark

another view of Shawn's shark

We are staying on the Atlantic Ocean in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. This morning Shawn and my brother, Scott, decided to go fishing. They caught a couple little fish and then they caught sharks. They're ready to head out again and fish off the beach tomorrow. I was teasing both of them that since they were small sharks, their Mommas were out there watching them. We generally see the sharks and dolphins out past where the waves break. Plus New Smyrna Beach is known as the Shark Capital of the World but where the sharks are the worst is up the beach in the Ponce Inlet. That's where most of the shark bites occur because of the surfers there.

Hope everyone's having a fantastic day.

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    It looks like you are having a great time! emoticon emoticon

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FRAN0426 9/16/2014 2:38PM

    Hope you are enjoying your time in Florida. From the looks of the catch of the day there won't be any ocean caught fish on your menu this evening

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JENSTRESS 9/16/2014 1:28PM

    I used to go there 3 times a year! So beautiful!

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Update before I leave on vacation

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Well, my sinus and allergy problems are driving me insane but it's that time of the year. Almost time for the corn to be harvested in the fields around us which is really reeking havoc on me. I got a shot yesterday and I have an antibiotic prescription to pick up. A new problem was the chest wall pain - ugh! I was at my therapist office on Monday and my allergies were flaring up terribly and I had a bad coughing attack. Major pain hit almost immediately so I knew what I was going to have before it set in totally. Been there before so this isn't anything new for me.
My Aunt also had an appointment at the doctor yesterday and so afterwards we went out for breakfast. We only do this when we have a doctor's appointment so it's usually once every three months. I don't mind an old-fashioned country type breakfast on occasion but I certainly don't make it a habit. At least this local restaurant's idea of breakfast is a lot less than Cracker Barrel! So it's not too awful but when I do eat that the rest of my afternoon is a minor snack usually just to tide me over until dinner.
My body went in to a total pain state yesterday. First with the migraine which was triggered by the fact I couldn't eat anything until after the doctor's appointment because of blood work. Then, we got in road construction on the way down there - they were blacktopping the road - ugh! That stuff makes me physically ill. So by the time we finished with breakfast they were at our location. Needless to say my Aunt and I took a scenic back road adventure home - actually I think I took my 86 year old Aunt places she'd never been before. She kept asking where we were going to come out I told her and she wasn't sure she knew where we were but when we got to our last turn I told her which direction we were headed and where the others went and she finally figured out that she had been on that part of the road at some point in the last two years. So then she was worried where we would come out because she wanted to go to Dollar General and I said we'd come up behind it and then pull in the parking lot. She was happy to hear that. By the time we got to her appointment it was just after noon and this heat and humidity was starting to take a toll on both of us. I took her bags in for her and then we went to take me home and she drove back home. She said she made it just fine when my dog and I walked over later on in the evening. We cooled off and rested while visiting. Then it was starting to get darker out so we had to brave the heat again to get home. Aw but it felt so good to come in to a cool house. I collapsed in the chair and that's when my body went into full rebellion. I felt like every nerve from my neck down to my knees was hyper sensitive and sending millions of screams of pain through me. Cold made it worse so I heated up my "sock" in the microwave and got it just warm enough to feel and sat down with it behind my back. Slowly the warmth did it's magic. I slept fairly well last night too. Today I've felt pretty good. I've had several walks - this morning my son dropped me off at the local BBQ stand and I got him a sandwich to take to lunch and bought a pound of bbq for dinner tonight and a sandwich for me. Not exactly health food but filling and it's got me through my day. I walked back home from there. Then I was getting ready to head out to walk to get my hair cut and my Aunt drives up after leaving the senior citizens center where she had lunch and said she was driving me to my appointment that it was too hot out there. So I took her home and walked over from her apartment which is directly behind the building. Afterwards I walked back over to visit with her before walking home. I was so hot! 95 with a heat index of 109 at that time - thankfully part of my street was shady so I did get some relief from the sun for a couple minutes. That wind they keep telling us is blowing is non-existent. Any way I'm waiting for the sun to sink a little lower before I walk my dog again. We walked a little while before I went and got my hair cut.
Trying to catch up with some of my "computer" stuff and email before tonight. Not a lot I need to do today other than get the trash out since tomorrow's garbage day. I'm sure there's stuff I should be doing other than a load of laundry to wash my son's work clothes but I'll do that later.
Tomorrow I have to go to the drug store to get all my meds but other than that I"m enjoying the day with my son. Friday is going to be super busy. I'm taking my Aunt to the grocery store, maybe the farmer's market, to put gas in her car for her and maybe out to lunch, not really sure. Then come home and of course walk my dog and then clean on the house, change sheets on the beds, and of course get my stuff ready to leave - pack if I can remember where I put everything! Saturday morning I leave.
First leg of my vacation is back to my brother's house for the rest of Labor Day weekend and until we're in Florida on September 12th. We'll leave just before midnight on the 11th. Shawn, Rhonda in one vehicle and my brother and I in the other headed to New Smyrna Beach, Florida - shark bite capitol of the world (mainly two miles up or is it down the beach from where we'll be staying) right now it's jelly fish time - yuck! Last weekend there were over 400 treated for jelly fish stings. Not much telling how much higher the numbers were of those who treated themselves and didn't bother with the beach patrol. So it looks like I'll definitely be looking down while I walking on the beach again this year. I don't need a jelly fish sting. My brother jokes about the sharks and jelly fish - he's always ready to buy that peanut butter snickers to feed Rhonda and I so the sharks will come get us. Although he's the one that better look out. He goes out in the ocean more that anyone else but that's only when him and Shawn are fishing off the beach.
With that I'll say I'm sorry for being long winded today. My brain's just in overload right now. Too much to do and the pain is setting in on my back again so I'm just trying to decompress and relax. I'm playing with the dosages on my migraine meds - maybe she was giving me too much meds and it was causing the pain, so I'm backing off and trying to see how a much lower dose will do. Right now I'm trying half the amount to see what that will do. Wish me luck, I'll see the neurologist in October when I get back.
Oh yeah jury duty starts September 29th! I'll get home the 28th so I'll be vibrating still from all those hours in the car when I head up to the circuit courtroom! Should be an interesting rest of the year!
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MARICUZA 8/30/2014 2:51PM

    Ramona have a great and bless vacation! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MSLZZY 8/28/2014 2:10PM

    What a day! Hope the pain is better or better yet, gone. You want to enjoy the trip. Get those meds and have a pain free day!

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SPIRITSEEKER2 8/28/2014 11:06AM

    feel better and have a great vaca !!!!!!!!

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DUSTYPRAIRIE 8/27/2014 10:42PM

    emoticon Happy vacation! Hope you feel well and can enjoy.

(((gentle hugs)))

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DANCINCAJUN1 8/27/2014 8:54PM

    I know you will enjoy your vacation ... you are always so upbeat and see the light and beauty of the country ... have fun ...roc

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FINCHFEEDER80 8/27/2014 8:44PM

    Have a great trip! Hope you get back to feeling good soon! emoticon Safe travels and safe home.

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KNEEMAKER 8/27/2014 8:02PM

  Keep on keeping on! emoticon There will never be another Pat Head Summit but the Lady Vols will still rock ole Rocky Top. I bleed orange too.

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PRAIRIECROCUS 8/27/2014 6:30PM

    I hope that all will go well !

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