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Heat plus Humidity = Treadmill

Saturday, August 10, 2013

I am visiting family at Virginia Beach for next 3 weeks and the humidity is brutal. Being from the Land of Oz I am not quite used to this high level of humidity. So ... I am using a treadmill to get my walking in everyday. As much as I prefer the outdoors ... until my body adjusts to change in weather I decided to stick with treadmill. I am not sure if the workout is as good, but at least I don't feel absolutely drained after 3 miles in 60 minutes. Plus, I am not wringing wet with sweat.i also decided to exercise with some of the SP videos to increase my workout. My granddaughter will turn 2 this month and she exercise with me. Her streching to the videos is adorable. She even has me doing some Yoga just so I can watch her moves. Too funny.

Well, time to get on the treadmill for my daily walk.

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SPINNINGJW 8/11/2013 3:45PM

    Unfortunately, I don't have a treadmill. Here in the Cornhusker state, it is humid right now. It has been cool, but today it is too hot to walk until evening. I just strip down and shower after.

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Just A Regular Cell Phone - PLEASE

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

My gosh, what a morning. My husband needed new cell phone. Old one won't hold a charge. He just wanted one that makes and receives calls. Not a Smart phone, nothing with extras. So off we go to the cell company store. Talk about interacting with employees. Getting them to understand that someone in this day and age can actually function without a Smart phone was quite amusing. They all looked under 30 years old. Finally, they show us the section of the store that still has something other then the newest technology. There is still a cell phone with larger buttons, no touch screen and it merely makes and receives calls. Whoo Hoo! Made the purchase and walked out of the store. I am thinking we might have provided them with a break and lunch topic. :) Guessing my husband might be considered a dinosaur. What I didn't want to tell them was he has an IPAD that is his lifeline to the world. He just doesn't like cell phones with extra "stuff." So now we are back home and he is thrilled to have a "plain old cell phone". One that he can actually use the buttons without hitting wrong keys (fat finger syndrome?) and can see the numbers without holding phone 5 feet from his face. The simplest things in life can make us so happy!

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SPINNINGJW 8/6/2013 7:13PM

    When my grandpa moved out of his house, my mom called the phone company from the phone in grandpa's kitchen to tell them they needed to come pick up their leased equipment. They kept telling her to unplug it and bring it into the store. She tried to explain to them that it was hardwired to the wall, and they just didn't seem to "get it."

I like some of the features on my "smart" phone, but the user is "dumb" about many of its functions.

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MNNICE 8/6/2013 5:34PM

    The elderly priest at my church still has a bag phone................. and it still works!

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CAKEMAKERMOM 8/6/2013 1:34PM

    I'll bet none of those youngsters know where the phrase "dial a call" comes from either.

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Clearing Clutter - The Journey

Sunday, August 04, 2013

Since retiring in May 2012, I have had a goal to clear clutter. From my home, body, life, mind ... you get the idea. Well, I am pleased to say I have not lost that focus. All rooms on the main floor are done. My husband and I are working on the garage and basement since those have been his "collection" points over the years. Although he is a pack rat at heart, he is on board with getting rid of excess stuff. We either donate it, give it away, sell it, or keep the items we need or hold true sentimental value. It is amazing how much we have been able to remove from the house. We have shelf and closet space that is now empty!!!

With the help of Spark People I am still losing weight, but more importantly have become fitter. Ridding myself of the excuses and rationale I previously used to justify eating junk I knew truly was not good for me. That does not mean I am perfect cause I still will have a treat once in awhile. Or a meal that isn't exactly "healthy". What is important is I stay on track more then derailed. Progress is fulfilling.

In this process, the past few months I have even been able to clear my mind. Much of the baggage I carried with me since childhood is gone. I have been making peace with my past. This is where the Serenity Prayer has been so true for me. At 56, it was time to let go of the ghosts, the bad memories and quit letting the past impact my present. Being retired gave me the luxury of even severing some very toxic relationships with past co-workers. I know it is often written that you can control those relationships, but for me the reality was that in the workplace I had no choice but to interact with some of those folks. My position dictated it. Meetings, committees, working lunches, etc. forced me to have contact with them on a weekly basis.

So ... I am continuing my Journey of clearing the clutter. I read a quote that truly has helped me, "if you can't carry it in your heart, or on your back, you probably don't really need it." I don't know who originally said it, but this saying keeps me moving forward. So, if I ever find the author of that quote, I will let them know what a true inspiration they have been for me.

Well, enough written for the day. It is raining outside ... so it is a perfect day to clear some more clutter.

Blessings your way from the "Land of Oz".

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BRADMILL2922 8/5/2013 7:11PM

    I love that de-cluttered feeling, no matter the aspect of life that you are de-cluttering! Best of luck as you continue your journey!

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HAPPYBAT 8/4/2013 12:23PM

  Oh, good luck with the de-clutter! I too find it such a mentally healthy thing to do, and it sounds like a great target for retirement.

Blessings to you from Scotland!

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PICKIE98 8/4/2013 11:59AM

    Doesn't that de-cluttering make you feel fantastic?? We have done it with our garage, 25 years worth of stuff,,gone.. we took every single thing out and I power washed the floor, built workbenches and cabinets for storage.. tons of space left and I fell great!! Ditto on our kitchen and my new "cabin lodge" room emptied of junk!! It is now an office/guest room!! You are doing great!!
Your old treasures are making somebody else happy now!!

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Family Crisis

Monday, July 08, 2013

As I type this I am sitting at the Nashville Airport waiting on next flight to Norfolk. Just arrived from Kansas City a few minutes ago. Life sure can go upside down sometimes. Earlier today I had my week all planned out. Then came a series of phone calls. My 33 year old son was at the hospital with a blood pressure of 172/110. Just 2 weeks ago we helped him move across the country based on Navy orders. His wife who had never been away from her family (until the transfer to VA)was suddenly faced with a husband in the hospital, plus a 23 month old toddler and 5 month old infant. No friends or family and military and medical jargon coming her way. After a series of phone calls I was able to get some direct information. My son's blood pressure had began to stabilize and I had been able to book airfare for today (thank you Southwest Airlines). So here I sit. Time to catch my breath and contemplate today's events. Life is unpredictable. That is why I always tell my family how I love them each time we talk. My son has stabilized although the cause of his high blood pressure is not yet clear. They did find signs of infection in his lab work. Maybe from a hernia surgery a couple of months ago. My daughter-in-law knows I will arrive in a few more hours to help with the babies. I know some bloggers end with a inspirational message. All I can say is thank you Jesus for watching over my son and his family today. My apologies in advance to anyone reading this as I have most likely been rambling. The adrenaline which had been pushing me forward these past few hours is subsiding ... Being replaced by a little fatigue.

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NYARAMULA 7/9/2013 7:11AM

    It will be well. You are in my thoughts and prayers. emoticon

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JSTETSER 7/9/2013 5:53AM

    You and your family are in my prayers today.

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TRYINGTOLOSE64 7/8/2013 9:40PM

    I betcha the infection raised the blood pressure!! It can do that!

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Yes, I am at my "Happy Weight"

Saturday, July 06, 2013

Just finished watching the Happy Weight video from Spark Coach. While watching it I wanted to stand up and shout, "YES, finally someone gets it!" I am so tired of all the charts telling me what my BMI should be and struggling to reach the numbers predetermined by others. My happy weight is at 155. Exactly where I am at right now. As I exercise and eat healthy the scale seems to stay on that number. My goal has been to reach 150, but I do feel terrific at 155. My heaviest weight had been 190 and at 155 I have felt so much better. Thank you SP Coach Becky!!!! You put into words how I have been feeling, but unsure how to express. At 5'6", most charts reflect I am still overweight. I wear a size 10 or 12 depending on the brand. Recent photos taken of me in Virginia Beach brought compliments from my family and friends at how healthy I am looking. At 56, I am happy with my weight, but have continued to feel badly because I did not fit into the charts definition of weight for my height. While I will still work on reaching 150 ... I am no longer going to be so frustrated with my weight at 155. Thank you SP for keeping it real! Especially a big thank you to SP Coach Becky!! Your nutrition tips and videos are an inspiration to me.


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