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Journey with Friends – Week 24 

Welcome my friends to our weekly issue of Journey with Friends.  This is a time that we come together for support, for encouragement, for fellowship – all with one single goal in mind – to live better.  Welcome to our journey to share our goals and our accomplishments and our disappointments and frustrations.

Together we can do this!


Sunday, June 11, 2017 –  Another day of running around until late at night.  One of these weekends, I have got to slow down and just get some rest… yeah right. I think it should be three day weekends and four day work weeks.  I like the sound of that.  What about you?   Miles Moved: 1.65

Monday, June 12, 2017 –  I’m stepping it up a notch for the next 12 weeks.  I’m changing my walk routine for the early morning hours so that it might be a little cooler outside on the hills.  My next goal is to hit 10,000 steps in one day.  I’ve gotten as close as 8,000 steps but never 10,000.  I’m going to get it though in the next 12 weeks – you just watch and see!  Miles Moved: 3.19

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 –  It’s going to happen.  I’m telling you – 10,000 steps will be mine – LOL.  Yesterday I did almost 7,200 steps.  Shaking my head.  It’s a personal challenge now.  And you do know me.  I’m always up for a challenge and I will get it.    Miles Moved: 2.79

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 –  Thank goodness I’m walking in the mornings and bringing a change of clothes.  I really feel like I’m stepping it up this week and boy does my body feel it!  But, never fear it’s a good feeling 🙂  Miles Moved: 2.94

Thursday, June 15, 2017 –  And there you go – hello Summer Cold.  aarrgghh – I don’t have time for you germs.  Please go elsewhere.  Heck, I can even give you some forwarding names just not me okay.  Not doing a huge walk today but I will definitely will be doing some walk during the day for sure.   Miles Moved: 1.99

Friday, June 16, 2017 –  And there it is.  A summer cold with a migraine hanging on the horizon.  Yay.  Awesome.  Great news.  I’m so excited – NOT!  I’m being nice to me today and this weekend.  I will be filling those Apple i-Watch rings but I will not be running any marathons.  Miles Moved: 2.40

Saturday, June 17, 2017 –  I tried to be nice to me today with this cold. I think I’m feeling better. I hope anyway. Tomorrow starts another week. I will do housework and errands tomorrow.   Miles Moved: 1.31


Thoughts for the week:  Kicked it up a notch this week by changing my walking.  Still these scales are being stubborn and sticking to the same number.  See normally, I would be frustrated and give up at this point – heck I would have given up weeks ago with the scales not moving if I’m being truthful.  But this is not a quick weight loss.  This is a journey in getting healthier.  I look in the mirror and see a different body than I did six months ago.  I look leaner.  Heck, I’m still overweight but my doctor recently told me some information that really sticks to me.  Healthy is healthy.  It doesn’t mean healthy is skinny.  There are skinny peeps that are not healthy.  There are some bigger peeps that are healthy and vice versa.  It’s about how you feel about your healthy.  I feel pretty good at this state.  I’m never going to be skinny.  I’ve accepted that years ago.  I would like to be smaller and I have a size in mind.  It may not be what others think of but it’s my happy and healthy.  


This week walked: 16.27

TOTAL 2017 Miles:  293.74

 
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Posted by on June 19, 2017 in Journey with Friends

 

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Journey with Friends – Week 23

Welcome my friends to our weekly issue of Journey with Friends.  This is a time that we come together for support, for encouragement, for fellowship – all with one single goal in mind – to live better.  Welcome to our journey to share our goals and our accomplishments and our disappointments and frustrations.

Together we can do this!


Sunday, June 4, 2017 –   Whoever said that Sunday’s were a day of rest were lying.  It seems like I’m busier on Sundays than any other day during the week.  You know – housecleaning, laundry, errands, etc.  I think I need more than one day to catch up on all of these things.  Really – who’s with me on this?  Miles Moved: 1.38

Monday, June 5, 2017 –  Have you ever thought about how much time you can fit into exercise here/there.  It’s a little crazy at work this week with the schedule.  So instead of getting stressed over it, I just penciled in and walked 15 minutes several times during the day.  You get your time in and relieve some stress and all is well at the end of the day.  Good to know.  Who would have ever thought I would be penciling in exercise?  Miles Moved: 2.30

Tuesday, June 6, 2017 – Today started with yearly biometrics for our insurance.  Me and the hub went together and did blood work and other vitals.  Everything should come back in a couple of days.  I’m interested to see if my changes are making a difference.  Miles Moved: 1.97

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 –  This week can be over now with the end of last month.  I’m to my throat with numbers/statistics and I’m done – LOL.  On the other hand, we made some more plans for our mystery surprise in September.  Squeals – it’s getting so exciting now.  I can’t wait to share with you. Miles Moved: 2.26

Thursday, June 8, 2017 –  Can’t we skip over Summer?  I’m just sayin’ – LOL.  It’s so hot outside.  I’m much more of a fall/winter person for real.  But I still got my walk in today – yay!   Miles Moved: 2.17

Friday, June 9, 2017 –   Do you ever have one of those days that you are just tired?  I mean deep down bone exhausted?  That’s me today.  I’m done.  Color me over.  I’m getting through the day, my walk filling those circles on my Apple i-Watch and then I’m getting some rest.  Miles Moved: 1.69

Saturday, June 10, 2017 –  A woman’s job is *never* done, is it?  We did a lot of errands today and a little bit of shopping for the mystery in September.  September needs to go ahead and get here now okay.  Wishing my life away – LOL. Miles Moved: 1.79


Thoughts for the week:  Well my blood work came back this week from the earlier yearly biometrics I had earlier in the week.  Everything came back awesome – squeals!!  I’m so excited.  My A1C is down to a 6.8 and my HDL – WOW!  I could never get my HDL (good cholesterol) over a 32.  This time, it came back a 58!  So bottom line, I started this journey to get healthier and it’s paying off.  Go me!


This week walked: 13.56

TOTAL 2017 Miles:  277.47

 
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Posted by on June 12, 2017 in Journey with Friends

 

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Journey with Friends – Week 22

Welcome my friends to our weekly issue of Journey with Friends.  This is a time that we come together for support, for encouragement, for fellowship – all with one single goal in mind – to live better.  Welcome to our journey to share our goals and our accomplishments and our disappointments and frustrations.

Together we can do this!


Sunday, May 28, 2017 –  Crappers!  It finally happened.  I had 27 perfect days on my Apple i-Watch.  My rings were full of exercise, move and standing… every single day.  Until today.  Lowers my head.  I failed 2 hours on my stand.  Out of the entire month, if this is all I didn’t make, I’m good with it!  🙂  Miles Moved: 1.39

Monday, May 29, 2017 – From walking every day now, I don’t have to look forward to my Monday’s anymore to walk.  Funny huh?  Now walking every day is an every day event.  I never thought I would make that change.  It’s awesome for sure.  Miles Moved: 1.86

Tuesday, May 30, 2017 –  It is getting way too hot outside.  Oh my gosh.  By the time I get back in, I’m soaking wet these days.  That’s definitely one of the downfalls from living here in the south – the humidity and heat will swelter you for sure!  Miles Moved: 2.48

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 –  It’s always a little hectic in my life the end of the month and at the beginning of the month.  I have to close out one month completely to reopen the next at work.  It involves lots of numbers – lots of digits – lots of calculations.  It keeps me busy and walking helps keep the stress off of my shoulders.  Miles Moved: 2.36

Thursday, June 1, 2017 –  I have to admit that I’m a little stressed right at this point.  I have things going on at work and things going on with our surprise in September.  I’m a little flustered at the moment.  I  have to keep reminding myself to breathe and that everything will fall into place.  And you know what.  It will.   Miles Moved: 2.20

Friday, June 2, 2017 –  I ordered some new glasses a couple of weeks ago.  They came in this week and I’ve been wearing them a couple of days now.  I have to admit – I love these new specs!  I *hated* my old glasses.  Everything was so dark but with these they are awesome.  Everything is so well lit.  I absolutely dig them!  Miles Moved: 2.28

Saturday, June 3, 2017 –  Houdini off to the spa, mom/dad off for some shopping, pick up Houdini and then off to work for a couple of hours.  A family that works together, stays together – giggles.  Miles Moved: 1.70


Thoughts for the week:  As you can see above, all but for 2 hours of stand time on the 28th of May, I had a *perfect* month.  Go me!! ❤  Now, I’m shooting for a perfect June.  I never thought I would be doing this in my life.  Me – exercise = no way.  That used to be my calculation – LOL.  Nowadays, it’s where can I fit in some walk time – some me time to think about life.  It’s definitely been a bonus for sure.  And no, the scale hasn’t moved but you know what.  I’m good with that.  I feel healthier in my choices.  I feel healthier in my exercises.  I could do more I’m sure.  But for now, I’m feeling great!


This week walked: 14.27

TOTAL 2017 Miles:  263.91

 
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Posted by on June 5, 2017 in Journey with Friends

 

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Texts from Bacon

Oh friends, here’s another Texts from Bacon that you can’t miss out on.  The things that are communicated here at the Hotel Thompson never stop.  It’s like living in a circus sometimes!  Hope you enjoy.  My texts are in blue and mom’s are in white.  Have a great weekend – I can almost see the light from here on the couch!

 
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Posted by on May 19, 2017 in Bacon

 

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Journey with Friends – Week 19

Welcome my friends to our weekly issue of Journey with Friends.  This is a time that we come together for support, for encouragement, for fellowship – all with one single goal in mind – to live better.  Welcome to our journey to share our goals and our accomplishments and our disappointments and frustrations.

Together we can do this!


Sunday, May 7, 2017 –  The good thing about challenging myself to a perfect month is committing to exercise every day for at least 30 minutes.  Once upon a time, it sounded so foreign to me to want to do this.  These days, it’s normal talk.  Funny how things change like that.  Miles Moved: 1.47

Monday, May 8, 2017 –  The best things about Monday is the start of a new week.  Normally coming off of a weekend, I am so ready to walk some stress off.  But with walking on the weekends now, it’s the fact that I *need* to really walk in a workout.  Your life changes so quickly it seems.  Just to think I use to be a couch potato that sat at my desk all day and on the sofa at night watching television.  What have I become? Miles Moved: 3.20

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 –  The days are getting hotter here.  Soon I’m going to have to start changing clothes before I hit the streets during my lunch break.  But it does seem like I’m seeing more and more people outside now as I walk.  There was more people watching me over the winter months than I knew.  People are watching me and that makes me feel safe in my walks through the neighborhood and building complex.  You just never know who is watching.  Miles Moved: 3.06

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 –  I’m extremely busy this time of the month with preparing some monthly statistics.  My mind is mush.  So it really does feel to get away from my desk for a short period of time and walk off some steam.  Too bad my mind doesn’t shut down while I’m walking.  How can I walk and still configure numbers in my mind?  Giggles – nerd never shuts down.  Miles Moved: 2.26

Thursday, May 11, 2017 –   Okay, I think I have this new way of living down pact with exercising and moving.  Next week, new food choices will be put in effect.  Of course my hub will act like I’m starving him to death – LOL.  Must shop this weekend for all foods and restock the house with healthy choices.  Miles Moved: 2.64

Friday, May 12, 2017 –  I’m exhausted today.  I feel wiped out like I’m trying to come down with a summer cold.  Really Mother Nature?  Please don’t do this to me okay.  I really don’t have the time.   Miles Moved: 2.40

Saturday, May 13, 2017 –  What happened to the old me and where did she go?  This was a day that did not end and I’ll tell you a secret.  I loved every minute of it.  I never would say that with the old me.  We took my mom out today for Mother’s Day and afterwards went shopping to a couple of places.  Then I went home and cleaned out my closet and dresser taking some items to Goodwill.  Then I swept and mopped the entire house.  Did a load of laundry and folded.  Cleaned out the anipal rooms.  What was I thinking getting all of this done in one day?  So weird having all of this energy.   Miles Moved: 2.85

 


Thoughts for the week:  Another great week behind me to full rings every days on my Apple i-Watch.  Go me!  When I first started this challenge, I though it would be difficult.  Yet I find myself having more and more energy instead.  So very weird – I’ll take it anyday!  My sister said that once you get on a row, you don’t want to stop.  I so see what she is talking about!  Let’s go for another perfect week my friends! 


This week walked: 17.88

TOTAL 2017 Miles:  216.55

 
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Posted by on May 15, 2017 in Journey with Friends

 

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Journey with Friends – Week 18

Welcome my friends to our weekly issue of Journey with Friends.  This is a time that we come together for support, for encouragement, for fellowship – all with one single goal in mind – to live better.  Welcome to our journey to share our goals and our accomplishments and our disappointments and frustrations.

Together we can do this!


Sunday, April 30, 2017 – So much for taking it easy on Sundays as my day of rest – LOL.  Me and the hub unit decided to take my mom to lunch and then shopping afterwards. Me and my mom walked so much shopping for awesome deals.  You know how you are looking for one thing and then it snowballs into another thing and then another thing.  Rolls eyes – that’s how it went today.  But I think I got a few things for the Hotel Thompson that I have been looking for.  And when we finally settled back at the Hotel Thompson, my mom told me that the Hotel Thompson finally felt “homey” after the renovation from a couple of years ago. It just takes a while to get everything just right, you know.  Miles Moved: 2.61

Monday, May 1, 2017 –  It’s so good to be back to work some weeks just so you can exercise more and move more.  I took a really good walk during my lunch break AND when I got home later this afternoon I took another walk on the treadmill.  I just felt like I had a lot of excess energy to get out of my system.  It felt great moving.  Miles Moved: 3.02

Tuesday, May 2, 2017 – Today marks 4 weeks since the car accident.  The doctor told me it would take 6-8 weeks to recovery.  I feel like I’m almost getting there.  I’m still having the occasional swelling in my sternum which prevents me from bending over.  But other than that, my body seems to be adjusting and getting better.   Miles Moved: 3.40

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 –  I was hurting a bit yesterday but today it’s like I have my second wind.  I’ve been sleeping like the pits the past couple of nights.  But today while walking, I kicked it up a notch and made some good timing.  It feels so good to move.  I just hate that this weather is getting so hot.  That I can’t take – LOL.  AND, I need to get my eating back to the way it was.  I’ve let that go a little for the past couple of weeks but now it’s time to eat clean.  I haven’t done that bad this week but I know there is always room for improvement.  Miles Moved: 3.25

Thursday, May 4, 2017 –    Mother Nature hates me.  LOL – Really she does.  I love walking the path I made for myself around my building complex at work.  But today, Mother Nature said, “Nope.  Not going to happen.”  It has been raining likes cats and dogs.  And usually I would grab my umbrella and get at it – if there is no thunder or lightening.  Well there was none today so I did just that.  Too bad the wind didn’t want to play.  It blew my umbrella inside out!  So, I went to plan B which is making the inside of my office my personal treadmill.  It’s not like the good walk outside but it does in a pinch – and in air conditioning! Miles Moved: 2.50

Friday, May 5, 2017 –   Mother Nature Part 2:  the rain continues.  Sometimes it’s so hard that I’m thinking of building a boat.  But it’s okay.  I continued making treads in the carpet and warehouse here at the office.  I even had a co-worker walk with me for a short time.  I got this!  Miles Moved: 2.51

Saturday, May 6, 2017 –  It’s like it never rained here at all in these parts.  Got up this morning and everything was beautiful, the birds were singing and Mr. Rooster next door was doing his cackling.  But at last, I got up and out and me and the hub walked the stadium down the street from us.  Then we did bunches of errands moving around, lifting groceries, etc.  It really felt great after being holed up the past two days.  Miles Moved: 2.00


Thoughts for the week:  So in texting with my sister over the weekend, she had a perfect month for April.  What exactly does that mean?  It means that she completed all three circles daily on her i-Watch.  That’s a feat in itself.  No down days. She also logged 100 miles in April.  You know this means war, right?  LOL – what’s a little challenge between sisters.  She threw the gauntlet and I caught it firmly.  That’s the way we have always been together.  It’s awesome.  She keeps me in line and May I will rock!  Here is my first week in May – a perfect week!  I so got this Tina – you better watch out for my dust!


This week walked: 19.29

TOTAL 2017 Miles:  198.67

 
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Posted by on May 8, 2017 in Journey with Friends

 

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Journey with Friends – Week 17 

Welcome my friends to our weekly issue of Journey with Friends.  This is a time that we come together for support, for encouragement, for fellowship – all with one single goal in mind – to live better.  Welcome to our journey to share our goals and our accomplishments and our disappointments and frustrations.

Together we can do this!


Sunday, April 23, 2017 -Where does the weekend go?  It seems these days if you sneeze, the weekend is gone. Some days it doesn’t seem like The Weeknd is enough time to rest for sure.  Miles Moved: 1.33

Monday, April 24, 2017 –   It seems these days, Monday is my favorite day of the week. Why?  Because coming off of the weekend, I really crave a great walk.  It just seems to start my week in the right direction. Miles Moved: 2.57

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 –  Today marks three weeks since my car accident. For the most part, I feel almost normal. But there are times like today that I can move a certain way and the pain is so intense in my neck and sternum. The doctor said it was going to take 4-8 weeks and days like today feel like it will never go away. Miles Moved: 2.47

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 –   Today I wasn’t able to exercise my normal way.   Today was finally the day to get my car to the repair shop to fix it from the accident.  The accident really didn’t do much damage to my Jeep but the bumper and passenger tail light had to be repaired. It’s nice to have these things finally fixed.  So many obstacles I’ve had to jump through from this accident when I was minding my own business. I keep reminding myself that it could have been so much worse than what it was. I’m very thankful that it was minor and hopefully soon will be far behind me. Miles Moved: 2.43

Thursday, April 27, 2017 –  I really needed my walk today to help out with stress. Do you know how you turn your back to a wave in the ocean and the waves will take you down? That’s how I feel at times at work when I take a day off. 🤣 Thank goodness I can walk some of that stress off and then come back to work ready to hit the work some more.  Miles Moved: 3.16

Friday, April 28, 2017 –  I have so much work to get done today, I didn’t walk. Plus I feel like I’m coming down with something. The hub unit has something earlier this week and I do believe he shared it with me. Bless his little heart. Miles Moved: 1.43

Saturday, April 29, 2017 –  I don’t have to pull many weekends but today I decided to work to attempt to get caught up to the point that I don’t feel so stressed. I think I succeeded. After work, I took Jim to get pizza – maybe not the best choice for this way of eating but it was delicious. And the pizza joint had a singer. Great entertainment for sure tonight. I think we both needed a little fun. Miles Moved: 1.47


Thoughts for the week:  Life is not a race. Life has its ups and downs – mountains and valleys as I like to refer them. Just because I have a down day, it doesn’t mean that I’ve failed at this way of eating. I’ve come a long way in retraining myself in not beating myself up – which is hard. The old me would think I’ve messed up so I’ll start again Monday. These days, I might have not eaten as clean as I liked so I rethink the rest of my meals that day.  That’s the entire point – never give up. Keep on swimming or walking in my case 😀


This week walked: 14.86

TOTAL 2017 Miles:  179.38

 
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Posted by on May 1, 2017 in Journey with Friends

 

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