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#2..... no matter what

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

I have decided to attempt to walk one mile on the treadmill tonight - no matter how slow - no matter what. I am beginning to feel like I am using not feeling well as an excuse not to exercise. The silly part is I can be so convincing to myself that sometimes I believe it! Going to give it a try. If it really is THAT bad, I will stop.

My eating habits have been dismal. Not feeling well and feeling a bit sorry for myself has taken me down that path of self indulgence - in things I really don't even want to eat, but am eating just because they are there, I am bored, and I can - after all, I can't walk because I'm sick, but a bowl of ice cream will make the throat feel better..... you get the picture.

This all has to stop - right now. So today after work, I am going to eat a healthy supper and walk on the treadmill. Even if the treadmill part goes poorly, I am NOT going to eat a bowl of ice cream. It will only make ME feel worse when I get on the scale and take me further from my true goal.

The month is one third gone and I have gone no where!

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LYNNIERN 9/12/2014 7:26PM

    You can do it! I'm going to walk on the treadmill tonight after we get home from the ball game with you!

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    Sounds like you are doing fine on the fitness, especially since you are sick. Ah, the food, those good ol comfort foods, I can't even have them in the house. No I just can't. If I want one as a treat I eat it out, 1 serving. No, not in the house, too easy to get too.

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ONTHEPATH2 9/12/2014 2:55PM

    OK - I got my 6,000 steps in --- which was 1,000 more than the day before. I did NOT walk my one mile. The reason I was walking indoors and not outdoors is because it has been rainy here.....

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JOANNANOW 9/11/2014 7:23PM

    Why are you walking on a treadmill? How come you don't take a little walk around outside? Just curious. emoticon emoticon

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MOM2ACAT 9/11/2014 6:11PM

    If you are still sick, I think that is very wise not to try for speed on the treadmill.

I hope you feel better soon!

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COMPCHIC52 9/11/2014 12:05PM

    you also don't wanna push yourself. Do what you only know you can. I walk slow not fast on the treadmill at like 2.2 sometimes no one said you had to be fast. slow gets ya there too. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Chicken soup will cure ya .

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SUZMANNIE 9/11/2014 11:03AM

    It is rough trying to avoid comfort foods when you are sick. I can't even buy ice cream. My husband and I used to have it every night (a few years ago), but that depends on who lives with you and how much they like ice cream.

Have you tried the frozen banana ice cream?


I've made this with frozen strawberries added to the banana to make it strawberry flavored.

Hope you feel better!

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CYND59 9/10/2014 7:57PM

    You Can Do it!

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NHES220 9/10/2014 3:56PM

    Good luck withe the treadmill and getting away from the comfort food! Hope our feeling better. And really, September is really 1/3 over, how did that happen??

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sick, sick, sick

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Hokey Pete...... It started with a sore throat which I had for a few days but never really got sick. Wednesday, my head started feeling a bit stuffy and I had this little annoying cough. Thursday my head was soooo stuffed up. I had the worst headache I have had in a long time. I couldn't focus my eyes to read! People on tv had 4 eyes and printing had shadows around it. I was so tired I could barely drag myself from my bed to the couch downstairs. I stayed in my jammies all day long! Friday I still had the headache and sore throat but not as bed. I thought I turned the corner towards wellness and went to work. I made it through the day, only to go home and curl up on the couch.

I have not walked in a week! I haven't even gotten 5000 steps on my fitbit most days! I'm still stuffy and congested. I have NO energy. I just want to sleep. Plus side, I don't really want to eat.

Anyhow this past week has been dismal in both the eating and exercise department. It is all I can do to walk from my car to the office each day.

Question - how long do you continue to just take it easy - or do you just push yourself and the strength returns? I just don't know what to do! I feel so lethargic and this is just NOT ME!!!! Not to mention it is perfect walking weather out there!

SO today my goal is to get 5000 steps on the fitbit. I know compared to the 20,000 I was logging that is nothing - but its a start. Maybe tomorrow I can shoot for 6000.

My other goal is to eat a real meal. I have been grabbing prepared and take out because I have no energy to shop and cook. UGH. I don't do sick well.

Feeling like a whiner on top of not feeling well! OK, I'm done!

Positive side - I am STILL HERE!

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COMPCHIC52 9/10/2014 1:42AM

    really if you do not get to feeling better go to the doctor there is some bad respiratory stuff going around. emoticon

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MOM2ACAT 9/9/2014 5:49PM

    I think the best thing to do now is to just let your body rest, at least til the headache and congestion go away.

And please don't feel you are being a whiner! I've been sick like that before and it just feels plain miserable!


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NHES220 9/9/2014 3:04PM

    What a drag Barb! Sure hope you are feeling better soon!

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    Eat a good meal. Drink plenty of fluids and rest. Hope you feel better soon.

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INSPIREDSOUL 9/9/2014 11:56AM

    Rest well. emoticon

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Day 2 again.....

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Well after my adventure to the UP - where I broke my streak - I am now home and working hard to get everything on the same track. While north, we did lots of hiking, riding in the car AND eating. One of the things I try to do is eat at local places for something different. Unfortunately when you do that it is REALLY hard to track your food!

We hit rain almost every day - but not enough to keep us inside. However, it did make it a little more difficult to hike the muddy, slippery paths! We saw some great waterfalls and lighthouses along the way. The Michigan UP is an awesome place to explore nature!

My splurge - Chicago style popcorn (caramel and cheese popcorn) and a slice of fudge.

I have to put a note in here about the couple we met on our last day. They stopped at the coffee shop where we were having breakfast. They were riding bikes with packs on them. I had to ask where they were going and they said "Bar Harbor, Maine"!

Well Bar Harbor Maine is quite a distance from the upper peninsula of Michigan. The girl said they were hoping to get to Mackinaw Island that night and then take the ferry to the lower peninsula in the morning and make their way towards Ohio. I commented on that being a long distance and she said the worst was behind them - they had started in Seattle Washington and had gone through the mountains already! WOW!

On our way home, we passed them about 35 miles outside of town on US2 making their way towards the straits. It was pouring rain but they were pedaling towards their destination. I couldn't help but think what a slacker I can be - no walking in the pouring rain for me! Talk about dedication!

It made me ponder - what am I willing to do to get to my goal. Hmmmm, eat Chicago corn? ummmm, no Barb that won't get you there!

Time to get a little more serious. However, I must admit - they were an inspiration. I was jealous they were able to just leave the jobs and life behind them for a summer to make this trek. I was jealous they had the passion and the commitment to do it.

Yep, time to get passionate about my journey. After all - this IS my journey!

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JENNIFERKCM 9/7/2014 11:04PM

    Sounds to me like you had a great time, and met a good inspiration when you needed it. This is a journey and you are trecking toward YOUR destination! Some days you may ride through the rain with determination, and some days you may get a hotel! But as long as you keep going, keep moving, you WILL get there! emoticon

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NHES220 9/3/2014 4:48PM

    Wow, that is crazy. Biking all the way from Seattle?? That is some commitment. I actually run in the rain now. Usually I would not go out or would turn around and go home, now I do keep going. That is a big step for me.

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SPARKNB 9/3/2014 12:31PM

    The UP is gorgeous; was thinking about making a trip up there this fall sometime. Your picture is very pretty. Glad you had fun, and don't beat yourself up for enjoying a bit of tourist food! emoticon

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JENNEINAZ 9/3/2014 12:05PM

  You can get there!

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Day 2 laugh!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Well, I made it to day 2!!!

yesterday I met a friend after work and we played a round of mini golf. It was an old course - like 1950's style! On the very first par 2 hole it took me 6 shots to get the ball into the cup! My friend was laughing so hard. The next hole she couldn't hit the ball up the little hill - it kept rolling back down to the starting point. Now I was laughing!

I won't tell you how many over par we were on that silly little course! After we got done, we noticed on the back of the scorecard there were "rules". Who knew? I think our scores could have been much better if we read the rules!

By the time we were done, our faces were hurting from all the laughter. Sometimes in life you just gotta roll with it and laugh at your shortcomings!

Looking forward to the holiday weekend and a short get away! Enjoy everyone! I hope you have a good belly laugh sometime this weekend! It's good for the soul!

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JENNEINAZ 8/30/2014 12:07PM

  Great attitude! Mini golf is a fun game.

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NHES220 8/29/2014 5:26PM

    How fun was that! I'm sure the laughing probably burned some calories too! Have a great weekend.

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LEXIE63 8/29/2014 1:48PM

    Love crazy golf. It's the only way to play. LOL

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COMPCHIC52 8/29/2014 12:46PM

    Laughter good for the mind body and soul

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LALATIDAH 8/29/2014 12:15PM

    Laughing is very good for you! With all the bad that's going on in our country, it's nice to hear someone being happy! emoticon fjor sharing your story!
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Day 1?????

Thursday, August 28, 2014

I'm not really sure what happened to my streak! I was on here yesterday. I logged in. I tracked, blogged - did I not spin the wheel???? Not sure. Oh well that almost double digit streak is over. Not to mention I probably will be out of touch for the weekend as I am going up north to the UP and wifi/phone service is difficult. If I get lucky, I WILL login!

Anyhow, been doing lots of self examination - and evaluation. Changes are coming in September. I will blog more about them later!

The virtual walk is going well! On track! Have gotten my 11 miles per day! the next 3 days will be a huge challenge because I will be traveling. Our motel will not have a workout room with a treadmill. I will do my best to figure out something even if it is jogging in place and dancing in my room! Not to mention I will have some days where we are hiking and I may get some steps in!

Looking forward to a break - AND to a fresh start in September!

Have an awesome weekend everyone!

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COASTAL6 8/29/2014 8:52AM

    emoticon Your doing great!
Have a peaceful Holiday my friend!

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JENNEINAZ 8/29/2014 12:24AM

  I messed that up recently too. I had a streak of 130+. Oops!

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COMPCHIC52 8/28/2014 5:06PM

    you can do everything on spark but if you did not spin the wheel you are not counted as a log in. I am sorry. I had posted that on the Team so all would know. I really want your log in streaks to count. emoticon emoticon have fun on your vacation will miss you.

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NHES220 8/28/2014 4:53PM

    Oh well! Best intentions!

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