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Journey with Friends – Week 25 

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 18, 2017 –  Today’s plan – get this awful cold out and get rid of this migraine.  Of course somewhere in there involves cleaning the house and doing laundry.  A woman’s job is never done, right?  Miles Moved: 2.02

Monday, June 19, 2017 –  Okay so it’s 12 weeks until “D” day – you know the revealing of the mystery.  So game plan tragedy.  That’s 12 more weeks of hard walking, no sugars/sweets/sodas.  I need to step it up a notch and kick some ass.  Today started out well 🙂 Miles Moved:  4.67

Tuesday, June 20, 2017 –  Yesterday was a great start for my 12 week plan of taking over the world.   Okay maybe not taking over the world but doing something for myself on this journey – snickers.  I’m not walking as much as I did yesterday but I will still be kicking it today.  The last couple of mornings it has been rainy outside so it’s not hot-hot but it’s humidity hot.  I guess you can’t win either way huh? Miles Moved: 3.68

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 –  I can really tell this week with stepping it up on my walking (no pun intended-LOL) that my body is feeling it.  My thighs and butt are really getting some great workouts.  I’m doing my main exercise/workout in the morning before work.  Then throughout the day, I do spot walks from anywhere between 5-15 minutes at a time.  You know to stretch my legs and to give myself a break from sitting at my desk.  It seems to be working.  Miles Moved: 3.92

Thursday, June 22, 2017 –  Sighs.  It’s raining today.  Big time here in the south.  I think we are going some of the effects of Hurricane Cindy.  It’s been so bad this week with the rains that I believe I need to wear my floaties to work… just in case I get caught outside in the rain.  I didn’t walk outside today for obvious reasons but I think I moved pretty good inside.   Miles Moved: 2.37

Friday, June 23, 2017 –  I wore my “I can’t adult today” t-shirt.  That tells you everything I’m feeling today – LOL.  I need the weekend, some rest and relaxation.  Maybe some wine.  Wine fixes everything – LOL 🙂  Miles Moved: 2.18

Saturday, June 24, 2017 –  I’ve earned it this week.  Today I’m walking my 30 minutes but I’m not pushing it.  I’m doing a small walk and then me and the hub are heading to the spa.  It’s time for us to get some pampering – my nails need it desperately, a little chair massage and relaxation.  Bring it! Miles Moved: 1.21

 


Thoughts for the week:  Make a goal and shoot for it.  For me that’s working.  Every week I make a challenge for myself.  That gives me something to look forward to with the week.  Sometimes it might be small and sometimes it might be something big – like this week.  I’ve ‘trained’ my body for six months now in walking.  I was determined to hit 10,000 steps in one day.  And it’s a juggle.  You have work.  You have home.  You have to take care of the kids/cooking, etc.  It really doesn’t leave much time to walk 10,000 steps in one day.  I’ve been close before but this week I hit it on the nail!  

So I hit it.  Is 10,000 steps over now?  Of course not.  Now I challenge myself to do it again.  Remember small goals turn into big accomplishments. ❤

 

 


This week walked: 20.05

TOTAL 2017 Miles:  313.79

 
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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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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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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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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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Journey with Friends – Week 16

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 16, 2017 – It’s been a tough past couple of weeks my friends.  I’ll be honest in saying that I’ve been totally overwhelmed with getting my car straightened out and getting my body back to where it was before this awful ordeal.  I have an appointment next Wednesday to get the car looked at one more time to see if they can finally get it fixed.  And hopefully my body is at the point now that it will let me walk without feeling constant pain.  Miles Moved: 0.44

Monday, April 17, 2017 –  I’m starting it off slow but today was the first time I have walked for exercise in 12 days – it felt like a lifetime!  I took it really slow and could feel towards the end of my 30 minutes that it was beginning to be a bit too much.  I can honestly say that I’ve missed walking.  I just feel so much better moving.  Miles Moved: 2.53

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 –  What makes it worth walking?  Getting high five’s from perfect strangers who have been watching you walk for months now – LOL.  I was walking today and the offices across from us had a couple of guys outside.  They came up to me and said they had been missing me and was glad to see I was back.  Then they all gave me high fives.  Now, they didn’t slow me down one bit.  They walked and talked with me!  How fabulous was that?  Miles Moved: 2.46

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 –  The weather was perfect today – 70 degrees.  Awesome – felt like walking near the beach since the rains are still in our area.  What makes great upbeat walking?  Upbeat music.  I have 16 songs on my iPhone titled ‘workout’.  When I walk, I hit the shuffle button that way every day is different.  Out of the 16 songs, there are only TWO slow songs.  When they come on, I can take my walk down a notch.  But when the upbeat songs are playing, I’m hauling it on my path that I’ve created around my office building.  Miles Moved: 2.29

Thursday, April 20, 2017 –   It’s getting hot here in the south this week.  By the time I get done walking, I’m a puddle.  Definitely I will have to start bringing my gym bag to work next week.  Miles Moved: 2.48

Friday, April 21, 2017 –   Did extra time today on my walk.  I’m definitely feeling so much better.  I would probably say close to 100%.  YAY!  Thanks ya’ll so much for your kind thoughts during this awful time ❤ Miles Moved: 2.59

Saturday, April 22, 2017 –  Today is Earth Day.  I must get outside and enjoy Mother Nature today.  And for working out today, I earned a cool badge on my exercise app on my i-watch/i-phone.  Cool beans.  It’s the little things that make me happy 🙂  Miles Moved: 2.54


Thoughts for the week: After the two weeks I’ve had with trying to recuperate, I needed some motivation.  So I did some picture comparisons.  I think that’s good – especially for times like now where you need to see where you are coming from.  It’s not a race to see who gets there the fastest.  It’s about getting more fit for life.  That took me so long to figure out.  I took it easy for the two weeks after the accident.  I was beat up – purple, blue, swollen and bruised.  For those two weeks, it seemed like my aches ached.  I ache every day because of my RA so it’s nothing new for me to hurt.  But those two weeks, I literally felt like I had been hit by a car… well I was hit by a car – LOL.  Finally getting back to walking, it was like coming home this week.  Slowly my body is adjusting.  There is still some tightness in my sternum area but the swelling is finally going down.  I can breathe now without feeling like an elephant is doing a tap down on my chest.  So the bottom line – I’m back my friends.  I wanted to share this picture with you.  I still have a LONG ways to go but hey I’m here for the rest of my life ❤  Thanks for listening and your support sweet friends.  HUGS TO YOU ALL!


 

This week walked: 15.33

TOTAL 2017 Miles:  164.52

 
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Journey with Friends – Week 15

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 9, 2017 –  Okay the pain is not good.  There seems to be something more wrong that what it should be.  I made an appointment with my regular doctor for tomorrow afternoon.  Hopefully I can get some answers.  I hope.   Miles Moved: 0.47

Monday, April 10, 2017 –   Missed a couple of hours of work this afternoon and went back to the doctor.  After many, MANY X-rays, poking and prodding, we are waiting for some results to come back.  In the meantime, the doctor has changed some of the medicines originally prescribed to me.  And with the whiplash, I have a wonderful new accessory in a neck brace.  I feel like that is my cone of shame – poor dogs.  I really feel for them now when they have to wear a neck cone.  And no walking this week.  The doctor also wants to get me into physical therapy when some swelling comes down in my chest.  Miles Moved: 1.32

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 –   Okay, note to self.  Do not take a full pill of the new medicine when going to work.  It threw me for a loop!  I actually had to lay down during my lunch break I was so dizzy and sleepy.  Felt much better afterwards.  The pain is still intense and the swelling is harsh on my chest.  I can breathe and feel the pain.  The neck brace does help.  By mid-afternoon, it is so hard to keep my head held up.  With the neck brace, it helps.  I’m trying to be nice to myself during this time and recuperate.  I feel kind of useless though.  I can’t lift anything or do too much right now.  Miles Moved: 0.96

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 –  The doctor called me today and asked me to go for additional x-rays.  NOTE to pain – you can go away any day now and you won’t be missed.  I’m just saying 😦 Miles Moved: 1.16

Thursday, April 13, 2017 –  Finally got some answers from the gazillion x-rays that have been taken.  It’s going to take 6-8 weeks to heal.  I have to take it easy but can finally start walking again Monday – slowly though.  I can’t believe how much I have missed my walking.  Maybe I am changing to the other side – LOL.  Miles Moved: 0.87

Friday, April 14, 2017 –  Finally the pain is starting to go down. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still there but I’m almost feeling human. Definitely I’ll try walking Monday.   Miles Moved: 1.36

Saturday, April 15, 2017 –  Crappers. I think there is more unseeing damage to the back of my Jeep. My back passenger tail light is not working nor the break light on that side. I’ll be calling the insurance company Monday. Joybells.   Miles Moved: 1.06


Thoughts for the week: There are obstacles in life.  I have experienced a mountain of one in the past two weeks.  With the pain, meds and not being able to hardly move, I gained some weight back.  I could be harsh on myself and give up.  But you know what?  I’m not a quitter.  This is life and life happens.  So what am I going to do?  As my awesome mother-in-law would say, “Pull yourself up by your boot straps sweetie and hold on – it’s going to be a bumpy ride”!  So by the time you read this on Monday, April 17, 2017 – I will be back STRONG!  Thank you my friends for the emails and phone calls – they have really meant the world to me ❤


This week walked: 7.20

TOTAL 2017 Miles:  149.19


Weight Loss:  -5 pounds (95 more to go)

 
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