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Journey with Friends – WEEK 7

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!


February 12, 2017 –  I love my Sundays.  I still keep my i-Watch on and track my activity but I don’t push myself on Sundays.  It’s my day of rest.  The scheduled I finally found that works for me is pushing it Monday thru Friday, Saturdays are a bonus if me and the hub workout and Sundays I rest.  This schedule I can maintain for sure.  Today, I kicked up my feet and watched movies on television while cuddling with the anipals.  Now those are great times.  Miles Moved: 1.33

February 13, 2017 –  Coming off of the weekend, it feels good to move and take my daily lunch walk chasing my shadow.  I always bring a jacket in case it’s too cool outside but most of the time the jacket comes off midway.  And I finally found a great walk to do.  I walk all the way around our work complex, through the parking lot making a circle, going back around the complex and then ending up back at my office.  It’s a great walk full of hills.  It does make me feel good afterwards.  Miles Moved: 2.30

February 14, 2017 – Do you know what gets my goat?  Bullies.  Pure and simple.  And they are everywhere – not just in schools.  I’ll tell you a secret that I haven’t told many people in my life.  When I was in middle school, I was bullied.  Why?  For being overweight.  Then in High School, I was bullied for a different reason.  Why?  For being smart.  And let me tell you something.  It doesn’t stop there.  There are bullies everywhere – in the gym, in the church, in stores and Lord forbid in the workplace.  The little bullies just grow up to be big jerk bullies.  I guess from being bullied from a young age, I learned to block a lot of feelings in my youth.  Now that I’m older, I’ve learned that I don’t care what people think about me.  I know that I’m a good person.  Get to know me and I promise you will like me… really 🙂  But some people in this day and time still look at you and assume you must be lazy.  It’s like people that judge a book by the cover.  You never know what you have until you get involved.  So for all those bullies out there – kiss my southern grits.  Now 🙂 I feel better.  That was my soap box issued for today.  Miles Moved: 2.56

February 15, 2017 –  Well we didn’t do too bad last night.  We did split a dessert but also  means half the calories, right?  And hey, we do still need to live and celebrate special occasions.  Got my walk in at work before the date so that counts too.  This week, my i-Watch is set for 400 calories to be used for exercise.  At the end of this day, I did 889!  That’s a personal best so far this year.  Go me!  Miles Moved: 2.03

February 16, 2017 –  I’ll be honest with you.  I sure didn’t feel like walking outside today.  It’s in the 50’s which would be awesome if their was no wind and the sun was fully shining.  That was not the case here today.  It was in the 50’s with LOTS of wind and the sun kept ducking behind the clouds. I took a small walk around the warehouse at work for 10 minutes this morning before work.  Then for my lunch break, I zipped up my jacket, put on my hoody, put in my bluetooth with my music and hit the streets.  Brrr and chilly willy!  But today was a good day and I’m glad I walked.  Not just for the obvious I’m moving and I did 20 minutes outside.  But because one of the other tenants in our work complex was going to their car and stopped me for a minute.  They told me how proud they were of me, that they had seen me outside every day and they had to give me an atta boy for walking in the elements I’ve done.  ❤ Now, hey – that makes everything better.  Miles Moved: 2.18

February 17, 2017 –  Today I realized that I’ve been changing my way of living for 7 weeks.  What have I accomplished?  I’m definitely eating a lot better.  My food choices have some kind of thought behind them.  And if I know we have something special coming up, I definitely make sure we eat better and work out more.  Makes sense huh?  Why didn’t I think of the years ago?  LOL.  And one day this week, I really didn’t want to workout but I did anyway.  I was talking to my sister about this and she said that’s when you can tell things are changing with my mindset.  I don’t want to but I know I need to.  There’s a big difference.  It definitely helps walking at mid-day and gives me a little refresher for the rest of my day. Miles Moved: 2.32

February 18, 2017 –  Today is my moms birthday. With that being said, not much is going to happen today besides a birthday dinner. We still have to live and celebrate life 😀 Miles Moved: 1.26


Thoughts for the week:  Life is a work in progress.  I don’t expect to make changes overnight.  But I do expect to live each day – day by day working towards a goal.  And YOU my friends don’t know how helpful you are or how much I appreciate your support during this change.  I really love each and every one of you for sticking with me and reading my thoughts every week.  I hope I don’t bore you ❤


This week walked: 13.98

TOTAL 2017 Miles:  87.03


January Weight Loss:  -12.00 pounds (88 more to go!)

Next Weigh In MARCH 4, 2017

 
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Posted by on February 20, 2017 in Journey with Friends

 

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So You’ve Got What!?

What the cream cheese?!   I’m serious.  My mom and dad do not find trouble.  Trouble finds them.  I’m serious.  You don’t believe me?  Okay.  Let me show you.

This is exhibit A.  This is a real book in the book store written by Ira Alterman. You see it was all innocent.  Mom and dad went to a vintage book store to find us anipals some new reading material for our bedtime stories.  That is when dad found this book.  Mom and dad had a fit and laughed like little kids.  I mean I don’t know what the big deal is really.

And no they didn’t buy the book.  Can you believe it was $100.00?!  Mom said they could keep the fat pussy.  Snorts!

What at is the craziest book title you have ever seen?

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Posted by on February 19, 2017 in Bacon, Hemi and Mouse Girl

 

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Travels in the South

Hello sweet friends.  How was your Valentine’s Day yesterday?  In honor of the sweetest day of the year, mom/dad shared a little love yesterday as well.  They went out to dinner and afterwards enjoyed this delicious concoction.  And hey, splitting a dessert means half of the calories, right?  But who’s counting calories on Valentine’s Day – snorts.

This lovely creation is called a Margarita Cheesecake which is seasonal special at a local steakhouse called Logan’s Roadhouse.  Now, it’s like other cheesecakes made with cream cheese but it has Logan’s signature margarita blend on the graham cracker crust.  And don’t forget about the sliced strawberries all over the place.  Mom said it was – what was the phrase she used – delightful to the fullest!

So, if you are near a Logan’s Roadhouse, make sure you check it out for this wonderful dessert.  You won’t be disappointed.

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on February 15, 2017 in Travels Around the World

 

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Dear Bacon

Dear Bacon – Hey there.  Our names are Chill and Squeal.  We are pleased to meet you piggy.  We would love to meet you one day and have some fun. It sounds like we have a lot in common – play, eating, hiding, eating, rolling around, eating, hibernating until Spring, eating.  See, don’t you think?  And don’t worry about Chill’s sharp teeth in his picture.  He doesn’t use them much.  Signed Chill and Squeal

Dear Chill and Squeal – Well don’t ya’ll look like hospitality charm.  I say if you are in the area, check me out.  I’m all for new adventures – especially when eating is involved.  Perhaps we can give the purr thing here Hemi a run for their money.  Just sayin’.  And what cute little sweaters – adorable!


Dear Bacon -ssshh – don’t say a word.  We are playing hide and go seek from the purr things.  I think we found *the* spot.  We have been under here for almost two hours and the purr things haven’t even been in the room.  Awesome huh?  Signed Hide and Seek

Dear Hide and Seek –  Playing with the purr things, huh?  First, let me commend you on your hiding spot.  It is most excellent indeed.  Secondly, let me tell you something about pesky purr things.  They put you up to hide – are you ready for this? – to get rid of you.  And to think, they succeeded for two hours in not having you around.  My friends, this calls for payback.  Go hide their kitty boxes.  I dare say *that* would be the ultimate pay back in hide and seek.  And maybe that would teach them not to mess with the dogs!.


Dear Bacon – I just had *that* surgery where the aliens came down and kidnapped my best friends if you know what I mean.  The only great thing is they sent me home all drugged… which I highly recommend.  Thank goodness I read about this procedure from when your Houdini had his so I knew what to expect from the alien invasion.  Dude, those little green guys can be vicious can’t they?  Signed I’m a Happy Dog

Dear I’m a Happy Dog –  Happy huh?  I know that’s the medicine talking pal.  Just think in a couple of days, the aliens will have erased all of this pain and discomfort from your mind.  Until then, enjoy the drugs 🙂


❤ Remember friends – Dear Bacon can’t happen without YOU.  Please continue to email me your pictures/letters ❤

 
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Posted by on February 14, 2017 in Bacon, Dear Bacon

 

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Journey with Friends – WEEK 6

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!


February 5, 2017: I’m definitely living for my Sundays – the day of rest from all exercise.  The big game is on tonight so I’m sure I will get some exercise from jumping up/down and screaming at the television.  That counts, right?  Giggles.  Miles Moved: 0.95

February 6, 2017: I’m so excited!  I finally got my green exercise ring to move and I am kicking it like you won’t believe.  My goal this week is to have perfect circles in everything – activity, exercise and stand – all week long.  I think I can do this.  Some people have asked what the circles do.  I have an Apple i-Watch that does everything ❤ .  On the Apple i-Watch, you have an activity app that keeps up with three things – your activity, your exercise and your stand.  Your activity ring is the red ring.  That tells you how many calories you are burning for that particular day.  For this week, my calories are set for 370 calories therefore my goal is 370; however, as you can tell from the picture, I’m normally doing twice as much as that – yay me!  Your goal calories changes from week to week.  It can be higher or lower and gives you something to shoot for.  The exercise ring is the green ring.  It is recommended that you do some type of exercise for at least 30 minutes a day and that is your goal.  If you do more, the green just keeps wrapping around like the red.  And then there is the blue ring.  That is your stand goal.  The app is set up that it wants you to stand 12 out of 12 hours.  Which means, if you sit too long not doing anything, your watch will buzz to let you know you need to get up and move.  Neat huh?  I hope that explains more.  I’m in LOVE with this i-Watch and can’t thank my sister enough for the gift.  It has really helped mt to be more aware of what I need to do everyday.  And the stand reminder is awesome at work because sometimes I get too involved in paperwork and forget to move.  Miles Moved: 2.23img_9123

February 7, 2017:  My RA in my hip has really been giving me a tough time today.  It may be the wetness in the air due to some rain we are suppose to be getting.  Do your bones/joints let you know when rain is coming?   It’s the pits for sure.  But still, during lunch at work, I got up and moved it around the parking lot.  In fact, I think I kicked it really well 🙂 Miles Moved: 3.06

February 8, 2017:  The rain did come in – thank goodness!  But my hip is still giving me problems.  It *hates* me moving.  Regardless, I hurt if I move and I hurt if I don’t move.  So what am I going to do?  Walk of course – LOL.  Miles Moved:2.34

February 9, 2017:  People around my office complex are starting to recognize me from walking so much.  I think it’s cute.  If they are outside of the building when I come around, they now wave and tell me how proud they are of me getting out there and moving.  Crazy huh?  It really does inspire me to keep going at it especially when my hip is yelling.  Miles Moved: 1.96

February 10, 2017: YAY!  I never thought Friday would get here.  I have to say that I almost had a perfect week.  I was so tired last night that I went to bed early missing two hours of stand time.  But I’m good with that.  Today I felt really great so I kicked it up a notch on my lunch walk. Felt awesome!  Miles Moved: 2.70 miles

February 11, 2017:  Today’s agenda is to run errands in the morning, movie in the afternoon and then rest.  Lots of rest.  Miles Moved: 1.16


Thoughts for the week:  As time has went by, there has been several changes that I’ve seen.  My body is one.  My tastes is another one.  I use to be a huge potato chip fan.  I loved them – all of them.  But these days, I don’t want any of them at all.  Just thinking of them, turns my stomach.  And I’m also happy to say that I still have not had a single soda.  It has been 43 days now since my last one last year.  Some days are easier than others.  Some days I struggle and realize that this is a lifetime change.  So how did you do this week my friends?


This week walked: 14.40

TOTAL 2017 Miles:  73.05


January Weight Loss:  -12.00 pounds (88 more to go!)

 
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Posted by on February 13, 2017 in Journey with Friends

 

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Silent Sunday

 
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Posted by on February 12, 2017 in Bacon

 

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Travels in the South

Welcome my friends to another week of Travels in the South.  Today we wanted to share with you one of mom/dad’s favorite appetizers.  A couple of weeks ago, mom/dad was craving this delicious dish and went to the restaurant ordering and splitting just this plate.  What is it you ask?

Let me present to you Carrabbas Italian Grill Calamari.  It’s hand breaded to order and normally served with a marinara sauce.  But mom/dad, they like to get the lemon butter sauce on the side with the sliced peppers for just a little heat.

For those that don’t know what calamari is – it’s squid.  Now before you go eeww, don’t know it until you try it.  Honestly.  Even I have tried it and I like it.  Like in this dish, it’s fried crispy and is wonderful.  Sometimes it can be a little salty but for the most part it’s an awesome dish.

So the next time you are at  Carrabbas Italian Grill, give it a try.  I bet you will fall in love with it as well.

 
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Posted by on February 8, 2017 in Travels Around the World

 

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