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Journey with Friends

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!


For the new year, I’m going to keep a diary here on my Journey with Friends on my week.  I hope it makes you smile, laugh and if the occasion arises, inspires you to kick me in the butt to get me off my butt.  I’m also using Apple’s i-Watch technology to keep track of my movements throughout the day.  I hope you enjoy it friends!

January 1, 2017 – Today is the day.  The first day of starting this new way of eating and living.  I’m excited.  But isn’t everyone the first day of the year?  I’m not sure what the year will bring but I’m taking it one day at a time.  I’m hitting the treadmill at the house.  Miles Moved: 1.25

January 2, 2017 – Second day and you know what?  I’m still feeling good.  Not hurting half as bad as what I thought.  Although my RA still likes to say who is in charge.  I’ve got this.  I walked the treadmill again.  I really need to give him a name.  How cute huh?  I spoke with a friend (Joanna) and she told me that she named her treadmill Toby.  That’s cute and I like it.  I’ll think about it.  Miles Moved: 1.59

January 3, 2017 – First day back to work.  I went with a great attitude – a positive attitude.  This is the new year and I got this.  I’m loving the i-watch that my sister gave me for Christmas.  This think rocks!  It tells me when to get up and move for a while which is awesome.  Sometimes I work at my desk and get too involved in what I’m doing and forget to move.  I know that’s silly but it happens.  I also made myself do a ‘quick’ exercise twice while at work – walking to the back of the building and around three times – all in heels at that – go me!  I even had enough energy to walk the treadmill when I got home.  I’m doing random hills at 20 minutes right now.  When I got off the treadmill, I was a pile of sweat.  The treadmill hates me – LOL.  For some reason, I thought of the perfect name for the treadmill – Lucifer.  Miles Moved: 1.81

January 4, 2017 – Boy can some days be trying?!  Not a really good day but you know what, I just keep swimming.  There will be stumbling blocks – stumbling people that enter your life.  I have to learn to shrug it off and let it go.  Stress doesn’t live here.  There’s an awesome app on my i-Watch called breathe.  Trust me, I used it a lot today.  Tonight, I’m skipping my date with Lucifer.  I’m being good to myself due to my day.  Miles Moved: 1.48

January 5, 2017 – I’m much better today friends.  Thank goodness for that!  If only my brain would have shut down last night so I could have slept more firmly 😦  But this morning when the clock went off, I jumped up and went for a walk on Lucifer.  Okay, maybe I didn’t ‘jump up’.  It was more like a drag me from the bed to get ready.  But hey, once I did it, I felt so much better.  And tonight we are celebrating the hub unit’s birthday a day early due to the incoming ‘snow’ we are suppose to get.  Don’t you love that.  In the south, we see one snowflake and we shut down – LOL.  Miles Moved: 1.85

January 6, 2017 – Last night I way overdid it.  Doesn’t that always happen when you go out to dinner?  Jim wanted to go to a buffet and well that’s enough said there.  It was a special occasion and both of us had a little too much eat.  On the up side, my calorie intake has been low this week and I did meet my goal of walking on Lucifer 4 times.  I feel good about that.  And even though I’m not walking Lucifer, I’m still getting up and moving during the day.  Miles Moved: 1.38

January 7, 2017 – It’s really strange how your mindset changes about getting healthier.  After we ate breakfast this morning, we looked outside at the great Snowmaggedon 2017 here in the south – insert rolling eyes.  My first thought was it’s way too cold outside and I didn’t walk the treadmill today but I wanted to move.  What to do… what to do.  So me and the hub unit went to our local Target to do some window shopping and walking.  What a perfect combination, right?  Miles Moved: 1.35

So bottom line – how do I think I did this week?  Not bad.  I have some improving to do.  I’m still balancing exercise and moving with counting calories.  I’m trying to keep our meals exciting.  The big thing is getting into a routine that I can live with – it’s all a learning experience.  So how did YOU do last week my friends?

TOTAL 2017 Miles:  10.72

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Posted by on January 9, 2017 in Journey with Friends

 

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Journey with Friends

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!


Hello sweet friends.  Here we are at the beginning of 2017.  A new year for a fresh start in the right direction.  This is going to be our year – I just know it!  I was off last week which gave me plenty of time to prepare everything for my new way of living.  All junk food and sugary snacks have been evicted from the Hotel Thompson.  The key thing is going to be preparation and me keeping  stress at bay.  We got this.

So today I will leave you with my start pictures.  In a couple of months, I’ll show a comparison.  Who is with me on this adventure? ❤️



 
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Posted by on January 2, 2017 in Journey with Friends

 

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Journey with Friends

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!


Hello friends!  How was your week?  I can admit it.  Mine had more downs than ups but the weekend was great.  Who could turn down extra snuggle time with the boys here at the Hotel Thompson, right?  And what was the down last week?  Let me tell you the conversation:

Me:  “Hey, honey.  We have a slight problem.

Hub Unit: “What’s wrong?”

Me:  “Well, I’m at work and I parked my car.  I went inside and put my things down and that’s when it happened.”

Hub Unit: “What happened?”

Me: “Well… stutters.”

Hub Unit: “Say again?”

Me: “Well, I locked my car up.”

Hub Unit: “Okay and…”

Me: “Wwweelll, my purse is in my car…. along with my keys.”

Hub Unit: “Oh.  Well calm down.  Call Triple A and eat your breakfast while you wait.  Everything is okay.”

Me: “Ummm…well… I’ve called Triple A – but I umm… my breakfast and drink are in the car.”

Hub Unit lowers head and tries not to laugh because this is so his wife… “It’s okay honey.  Things will be okay.”

So that was me last week.  But at last the car was unlocked, the breakfast warmed up and the day went on as usual.  Valleys and mountains are in our lives.  This just happened to be a bump in a valley.  I shook it off by the end of the day.  It just shows us that we are all human and make errors in our ways.  This week is off to a great start.  I have to keep reminding myself.  Get through to Friday and then I have TEN glorious days off from work – time to be with the babies here… time to get myself together for the new year.. time to rest and relax.

So my friends – how was your week?!  ❤

 

 
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Posted by on December 19, 2016 in Journey with Friends

 

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Journey with Friends

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!


img_8846Hey friends ❤  How was your week?  We survived another week and I’m proud of that.  We got everything wrapped and mailed out for Christmas – yay!  And this past Saturday we had one last time shopping adventure on a different side of town.  We spent the entire day store hopping, having a blast and laughing.  Isn’t that what the holidays are about?  It was a blast.  Of course, one of the funny things that happened (there’s always more than one with us, right), was that we were shopping on the ‘country’ side of our town.  I guess you could say it was redneck land – LOL.  Well, I’m in a store and I asked the lady at a jewelry counter if they sold nose rings.  OMP!  The look on her face was priceless.  I personally was laughing my butt off at her shock that I had one.  Priceless my friends – priceless.

So this week friends, I leave you with some important information from nephdog Sherlock Bones – If you are going to jingle jangle make sure your jangle jingles.

How was your week?

 

 
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Posted by on December 12, 2016 in Journey with Friends

 

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Journey with Friends

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!


Hello sweet friends.  I won’t start this week about asking how your week was last week.  Last week was one of the weeks that we just want to skip right over.  So much loss in one week – heck let alone so much loss in 2016.  This is definitely been a year of grief.  Which brings us to eating – let’s just skip right over that this week – LOL

This past weekend was another working weekend.  Sunday we did rest which was awesome but the day seemed to go by so fast.  And then you sneeze and there you go – Monday all over again.  Funny how that happens so quickly.  This week though holds hope.  I must finish packing up presents and get them mailed out on Friday… that is if the anipals here at the Hotel Thompson will give me a break.  We *tried*  to work on packages last week.  Certain anipals here think they have to take all of the items for a test drive on their own before giving them to any of their friends.  Funny how that works, right?  So, if you get any presents from the Hotel Thompson, just disregard the stray hair here/there or heaven forbid a small tooth mark on anything – LOL.

So what are your plans this week my friends?  I am trying to be nice to myself, trying to take care of myself and trying to watch the things I eat.  It is the holidays and I’m watching but not watching – does that make sense?  Now come January 1st, it will be full force.  I promise that. ❤

 
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Posted by on December 5, 2016 in Journey with Friends

 

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Journey with Friends

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!


Hello friends – how was your holiday?  Did you get enough turkey?  It was probably one of the best holidays we have had in a while here at the Hotel Thompson.  We ate, slept, sat around watching a LOT of football – screamed at the games and cheered for the players, slept some more and chilled.  I was off of work for FIVE entire days and did not think about it one single time.  It was as close to heaven as I could get for sure.  I finally did hear back from my doctor Friday for the additional blood tests.  Everyone was right.  I’m in a major flare up so some of my medicines have been tweaked.  I’m feeling so much better today so YAY for that!  Over the holidays, we also worked on Christmas Cards.  We had a little line going trying to get everything taken care of during this break.  Some of you may have gotten emails/texts from us inquiring about your address.  Please check your emails and those that responded back – thanks!  We will be putting everything in the mail in the next couple of weeks.  We *attempted* to work on some packages to be mailed.  But -cough cough- some anipals (Bacon, Houdini and Hemi) thought everything was for them.  It’s hard to explain that not every toy bought into this house is theirs.  Funny how life works that way, right?  So if you receive a package from us, overlook the added hair.  Just think of that as more love – LOL.

And while you are addressing your Christmas cards this year, we would like to ask for you to do one thing.  Please remember our soldiers.  If you can, please send a card or two to the recovering soldiers.  I’m sure that it would brighten their day.  Thanks my friends – have a great week.  Only FOUR more weeks until Christmas!



 
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Posted by on November 28, 2016 in Journey with Friends

 

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Journey with Friends

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!


Hey sweet friends!  How did you do this past week?  I was able to walk more thanks to having a gazillion errands to do during the week.  By the time the week was over, I had done 6.63 miles.  Not bad and I’ll take it.  My hip is still bothering me but not as much so that’s a lot better.  I’m still having to try to get back into the swing of things of making better food choices.  That’s the most difficult thing at this moment.  Well, that and this awful heat.  Tell me it will be over soon please.  I am so not the kind that will complain about the cold.  I can take the cold.  The heat no.

So my friends.  How did you do this past week?

Miles Walked Since 06/13/2016:  58.84 miles

 
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Posted by on August 1, 2016 in Journey with Friends

 

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