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Back to strength training

Sunday, November 29, 2009

During the busy holiday week, I didn't get my strength training in. I did get yard work and housework done. I did get at least 30 minutes of walking a day, in, and I still count this as a win for the week. But when life gets busy, something has to give, and what gave for me at times was tracking the food.

I've been back on track since Friday with the tracking. Today I did a total body strength training session. Can't slack off now... got to keep up the routine.


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KALIGIRL 11/30/2009 4:57PM

    Great you're back on track.
PS - I think yard & housework can be just as good + you can see the results faster!

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CONCHA77 11/30/2009 9:16AM

Keep it up!
Hugs, Connie

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MSLZZY 11/30/2009 8:09AM

    Way to go! Back on track-good for you! emoticon

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SUNNY332 11/29/2009 8:31PM

    Good for you.

Keep up the good work.


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NELLIEC 11/29/2009 7:47PM

    Well, once in a while I miss a strength training session. Thankfully, not too often!!!

It is good that you are back on track!!!

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Bunny Sitting and observing animals with food

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

The kids have two rabbits. I only have a photo of one. His name is Sir Angst. His younger companion, the one I don't have a photo of is Lady Ire. Proving that my son and daughter in law have a warped sense of humor and fit in with the rest of the family.

He's much bigger now, he was a little nipper when the skull picture was taken. Grandma (me) is taking in the mail and feeding the bunnies for the weekend. The first time I dropped in on them, they cowered in a corner of their cage. That was yesterday after work.

I wondered if they would warm up sometime over the course of the weekend. I left work early today and went over to check on them. This time I got the expected behavior, storming the food dish as soon as I cracked the cage door. My d-i-l forewarned me, they are not really starving, they just act like it. They seem to have little control, eating whatever is set in front of them.

Hmmmm... who does that remind me of?

My dog, on the other hand, an athletic breed, can take three days to empty her bowl of kibble. She self-regulates her food intake based on how her body tells her its needs.

Now which breed do I want to emulate?

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LINDAJOYWK 11/28/2009 6:38PM

    Funny! I used to have a bunny,and a dashound-they played together-bunny would
growl at the dog-dog thought the bunny was her own personal "raisin"despenser!
By the way,love your pets!-Linda

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KALIGIRL 11/27/2009 9:03AM

    I'd say the dog - beautiful.

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VSWINGLE 11/26/2009 8:26AM

    Cute blog...thanks for giving me something to think about!

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SMARTIEBEE 11/25/2009 5:48PM

    Your dog is just beautiful! And she looks so very fit! My Sammy would eat anything left within reach (and often tries, even though some of it isn't really edible - Like tissues, I don't know what it is with him! I think it is the thrill of stealing it, and trying to get away with it!) I too, would rather be the self-regulator, It is a constant goal to strive for!

Have a Wonderful Thanksgiving!


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NELLIEC 11/25/2009 4:45PM

    It is good that your dog is a self-regulator. Some dogs are piggies!!!

I definitely want to be a self-regulator!

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Holiday week

Monday, November 23, 2009

emoticon I imagine that many others, not just myself, will be posting a little less this week, being busy with the US Thanksgiving holiday.

My week will feature "Mom's Taxi Service". Tomorrow morning my daughter in law will show up at my doorstep at 3. Yes, 3 a.m. She will probably have been up all night. I'm a morning person, so my plan is to go to bed early tonight. I need to get D-I-L to an airport about an hour away for a 6 a.m. flight, and in the process, she's also delivering my son's car to me, to store in my garage while he's overseas. The extra time? Weather paranoia--there is a chance of rain/snow mix in the overnight hours.

Her trip is to spend my son's last leave before deployment with him. We have known this day was coming for a long time, and there were times when I could put my head in the sand and pretend it would not actually arrive, but here it is.

How does this affect a "healthy habits" progam? Hahahah! Yes, that's a hysterical laugh. I was asked about my motivation on Saturday: what is my motivation right now? I had to say, with a little tear growing in my eye - "My son. I want to be healthy and strong so that he doesn't need to worry about me."

That, my friends, is at least a portion of my truth: I need to stay strong, but I will also need safe times to feel weak and experience the sadness, the anxieties, and get past them. Stuffing them with excess food is not a solution, it merely transfers the bad feelings to the lapse, instead of dealing with them.

Here's to today. We can only live one day at a time. Let us make the most of it.

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KALIGIRL 11/24/2009 4:57PM

    You will stay strong and become healthier every day. Our thoughts are with you.

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MSLZZY 11/23/2009 2:30PM

    Only a mom knows the heartache of having a child so far from home and in harm's way.
Other family members, especially spouses, also feel the hurt but it is different, all the same.
Your son is doing what he feels is his duty and I would not subtract from that. Rather, I wish for you the comfort of knowing he has the opportunity to spend time with his wife before his
long deployment. It is their time now. Stay strong and lean on others if you need. We are here for you and I will keep you and your family in my prayers. emoticon

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SUNNY332 11/23/2009 8:34AM

    Bless your heart. Know that I will be thinking of you this week and praying as your
son deploys.

Huggers, Sunny

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Pick yourself up, dust yourself off...

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Ginger Rogers may have sung it to Fred Astaire in the movies, but it applies to so many things in life. If there is anybody out there living the perfect charmed life with no slips, falls, or detours, please raise your hand now. OK, now everyone else, LAUGH!

Last night I had "one of those incidents" with my food and exercise plan. Or should I say "*another* one of those incidents". I seem to have them about once a month.

Today was another "food day" at work, too. The binge urges continued throughout the day today, but somehow, by the grace of God, I managed to white knuckle my way through it. I did not indulge. I ate my planned foods (which included a modest treat), telling myself that if I still wanted to continue the binge behavior, I could stop at the grocery store on the way home and get something I really craved! I took three break-walks outside at my scheduled break times.

And funny things sometimes happen on the road to a healthy life... by the time I drove home? I was feeling so accomplished for having made it through a day where cake, doughnuts, sausage, cheese, hors d'oerves, chips, etc. were spread across the reception area... that I didn't want to undo that. I ate my planned supper, and am now headed for the treadmill.

I'm grateful for making it through today. And I look forward to a good night's sleep!

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SMARTIEBEE 11/20/2009 11:10AM

    Good thoughts to keep in mind with the "Treat" season upon us! I don't have the cravings as much as I used to, thank goodness, but sometimes they sneak up on me!

Thanks for posting this!

Spark ON!


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BESSHAILE 11/20/2009 6:00AM


Hooray for you girl! If only we could always remember that ... there will always be another opportunity to eat a treat.

And now I'm going to be humming that song the rest of the day. emoticon

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MEDDYPEDDY 11/20/2009 1:03AM

    Great! I can do the same sometimes but sometimes it is just impossible and I still havenīt found what makes the difference...

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MSLZZY 11/19/2009 11:59PM

    emoticon Good for you!

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NELLIEC 11/19/2009 9:25PM

    Sounds great! emoticon

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SUNNY332 11/19/2009 7:40PM

    Good for you. We are approaching that time of year where the seasonal treats at work can sabotage our every efforts.

Keep up the good work.


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The Holidays: writing it out

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Traditionally for my family the holiday season began with my mother's birthday. That would have been yesterday. Had she lived this long, she would have been 80 yesterday. Swift on its heels comes my own birthday. Then Thanksgiving. Then the whole lead-up to (for me) Christmas and New Year's, with two more family birthdays sprinkled in the mix, my youngest sister's when we would put up the tree, and my brother's between Christmas and New Year's day.

I'm still tied in many ways to that cycle, even though traditional celebrations changed over the years as the nuclear family moved on. I grew up and married, raised a child, and have since seen him off as a married man. This year the thought that my only child will be on foreign shores before that traditional cycle is over brings a catch to my throat.

I know I'm not the only one for whom maintaining healthy habits over the holiday season is a challenge. There are only 24 hours in a day. One activity replaces another. May we all be kind to ourselves in the choices we make and in how we talk to ourselves about those choices.

May this holiday season be one of special grace. emoticon

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NELLIEC 11/18/2009 12:37PM

    While my second son is in Germany, he is hoping to be able to be here for Christmas.

This season is also busy for our family with several birthdays in the mix!

May God bless you!!!

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MSLZZY 11/18/2009 9:51AM

    Grace and peace to you this holiday season! May your burdens be light! emoticon

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CHRISTARTIST 11/18/2009 8:17AM

    Having my daughter in Germany with her soldier husband brings a catch to my throat....and a tear to my eye - and traditionally, I eat all the traditional stuff to feed the emotional hurt.

Her birthday comes a few days after Thanksgiving, too...and this will be the first year she's been so far.
But I've lived through three others being away for their birthdays....but this year, I want to live and eat wisely....Let's do this together!
In His hands and under His wings,

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SUNNY332 11/18/2009 8:15AM

    Our lives are full of tradition and for some reason, your son's deployment in the middle of all of these long standing traditions just seems to be perfect. Think of all the good memories you have associated with these traditions and wrap those memories around your Son.

I will be praying for God's Grace as well, my friend. Be Blessed!

Hugs, Sunny

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