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Summer 5% Happiness Log

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Saturday
I did many things today that I enjoyed...a class on Centering Prayer in the morning, reading an interesting article while I ate my salad w/ grilled chicken at lunch, getting some things done at work, listening to James Taylor on a re-run of "Prairie Home Companion, supper with my husband, some quiet prayer time at the end of the day. The thing that made me happiest was probably GOING TO BED EARLY.

Sunday
A hard day. Work was "work." Lots of chores at home. "Fussing" with my husband. My right leg hurting. BUT. I watched a rerun of an old tv show, "The Bold Ones: The New Doctors" from 1973. I love medical shows -- the old ones (Marcus Welby, Medical Center) and the new ones (ER, Grey's Anatomy, Private Practice, Night Shift). AND I marched in place and did stretches while I watched tv. It felt good to move.

Monday
I FINALLY went to a store that specializes in running/walking shoes. This has been on my "to do" list for months. I walked on a treadmill and they analyzed my gait, etc., etc. They also measured my feet (of course!) and put me in a size 12 D (wide) woman's shoe (I had been wearing a 10 EE man's shoe). Anyway -- I hope this investment in a good shoe will bear fruit in much walking. I DID take a lonnnnggg walk tonight -- longer than I planned because I got lost! I found my way home, but it was a bit of a dangerous route (two-lane road, no sidewalk). Next time: I map out my route IN THE DAYLIGHT.

Tuesday
This is kind of a "double edged sword." My happiness today was stopping at a new restaurant in our neighborhood. It's a small Chinese place, owned by a married coupe with a 15 year old daughter (who also works there). I am so happy to see small, family owned businesses start. I hope they can survive and thrive! Of course, I have to learn how to eat HEALTHY at a Chinese restaurant: MEASURE THOSE PORTIONS!!!

  
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NHES220 7/29/2014 3:41PM

    I love the medical shows too! Very smart of you to go to a running store and get fitted properly. I am a big fan of that! I am hard to fit, flat feet, bunions. My advice to you now that you are using the right place - if these shoes are not comfortable after a couple of walks (3-4) bring them back. They will stand behind them and get you something else. That is how my store works. They are more interested in you as a repeat customer than a one time sale.

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SQUIRRELMOMMA1 7/27/2014 5:40PM

    One of my favorites too! The weekend is great for catching up on sleep. emoticon

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HOLLYM48 7/27/2014 9:50AM

    I do love it when I can go to bed early and sleep through the night! I always feel so refreshed in the morning! Glad you had a good day!

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What one thing...?

Friday, July 25, 2014

A little more than two years ago (June 21, 2012) I was at an inservice for work. One of the questions for reflection was WHAT ONE THING, THAT YOU AR NOT DOING NOW, IF YOU WOULD DO IT, WOULD HAVE A GREAT IMPACT ON YOUR LIFE? I wrote down "exercise and eat right" -- but I didn't share it with the group. I was too embarrassed. About six months later my sister MLH148 invited me to join sparkpeople. It has been verrrrrryyyyy slowwww and there have been a lot of ups and downs. But I am exercising more (yesterday I WALKED to a lunch shop a mile away instead of driving my car) and eating better (who knew that I don't need cheese and croutons on a salad or meat on a pizza?).

Sometimes it is scary to me... I have to KEEP DOING THIS FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE.

The other day a friend said, "be careful...you might be able to lose weight, but it's really hard not to gain it back...I lost a lot of weight on Weight Watchers and I look at me now." I don't think she was trying to be mean. Just realistic.

One day at a time.

  
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MLH148 7/26/2014 9:32AM

    I think you've got a realistic handle on lifestyle change. You take it slow, you get off track sometimes, you keep doing it for the right reasons. Too many people are looking for a magic number or a specific time frame. Remember, the past is gone, the future uncertain so be sure to open your present-to good choices

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SQUIRRELMOMMA1 7/25/2014 5:22PM

    Yes you do have to do it for the rest of your life. That is way it is a lifestyle change and not a diet. You are doing fabulous. 2 years in and you are still sticking to it. emoticon

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KATIBUG49 7/25/2014 3:20PM

    It's so hard to not listen tot he negative thoughts from with in us as well as those from others. You can do this - just take one day at a time & don't give up on yourself!

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COOP9002 7/25/2014 12:31PM

    Sounds like you're right on course. Blessings to you on your continued journey.

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4ANEWME2DAY 7/25/2014 12:14PM

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Dang!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

I weighed in at 206 this morning. 9 pounds UP since the start of the Summer 5% Challenge. And no -- this isn't a trick of the scale or water weight or "that time of the month." It's an honest reflection of n0t eating right, not exercising enough, not sleeping well, blah, blah, blah. Not sparking. I took the "lost 50 pounds" logo off my sparkpage.

At least I weighed myself today and posted my weight and I'm writing this blog. Honesty is the place to start, right?

And my muscles are sore from working out with weights yesterday -- and that feels GOOD.

Seven days 'til the next weigh in. Seven days to make good choices.

  
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4ANEWME2DAY 7/25/2014 12:17PM

    Focus on being positive. emoticon emoticon

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NHES220 7/22/2014 9:32AM

    Honesty is a great place ot start. Always good to level set and just get going again. We all have set backs and you have had some stress going on. Do not beat yourself up, just pick yourself up and get going again. You know how to do it!

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SQUIRRELMOMMA1 7/20/2014 5:22PM

    You and me. We're all in the same boat. Keep trying.

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MLH148 7/20/2014 7:55AM

    This is what it's about- I had a rendezvous with my old fridnds Ben and Jerry last night b/c it was on sale -- but I'll hop back on the program today

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TERI-RIFIC 7/19/2014 9:32PM

    Go for it! The past is past, you put it out there and now you can make those good choices!

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LAKE1957 7/19/2014 2:41PM

  emoticon Wow what a week. I agree honesty is the best policy. I am proud of you for being willing to keep trying instead of giving up. That takes courage and determination. With that going for you I am sure you will be back on track soon. Keep on keepin on.

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What a Blessing

Friday, July 18, 2014

I'm exhausted. Good stuff and bad stuff (like babysitting our adorable nieces and nephews last night -- fun, but WORK) combined to make this a hard week. What a blessing to log on to sparkpeople and see that the challenge for Week 5 of the Summer 5% Challenge is SLEEP. I am always tired. I never go to bed when I should. This is a great "push"' for me to GO TO BED. NOW.

  
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KATIBUG49 7/19/2014 11:20AM

    I so agree - SLEEP! emoticon

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FLUTTERFLI 7/18/2014 11:48PM

    I HEAR YA' !!! IT'S ALREADY GOING ON MIDNIGHT, BUT AFTER I'M DONE HERE, I'M GOING UP, DO MY TEETH AND TRY TO SLEEP !!!
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Back to the Gym

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

I'm taking a few days "off" -- and went to the Y today for the first time since... Well, it's been too long. I've been taking walks around the neighborhood in the evening and I've been doing my stretches in front of the tv, but... It felt really good to walk on the treadmill and pump up the mph. And then I did the stationary bike. And then went back to the treadmill. All the while watching a Grey's Anatomy episode I'd never seen. It felt good to sweat. I need to figure out how to do this when I'm working!

Tomorrow: back to waterwalking in the pool!

  
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NHES220 7/17/2014 2:38PM

    Sounds like a great workout day!

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SQUIRRELMOMMA1 7/17/2014 11:28AM

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SUNSET09 7/16/2014 7:27PM

  emoticon and emoticon ! Keep up the good work! emoticon emoticon

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