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Journey with Friends – Week 11

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!


March 12, 2017 –   I think the i-Watch needs to have housecleaning put in for one of the exercises you can perform.  Really I do.  The past couple of Sunday’s me and the hub unit have spent cleaning and moving things around here at the Hotel Thompson.  There’s no telling how many calories you are burning off while washing/drying/folding clothes, sweeping/mopping the floors throughout the home, cleaning the tub/toilet in the bathroom and taking trash out.  Are you with me on this?  LOL  Miles Moved: 1.10

March 13, 2017 –  Back to the hills today – how much fun can one girl have?  Today’s routine was this:  walk the entire parking lot, then do the cardiac hill up and down twice and then repeat with a total of four times around the parking lot in 30 minutes.  And let me add it was 40 degrees with wind outside today.  I bundled up, zipped up my hoodie and hit the ground walking.  Another day down for sure – what a way to start a Monday!  Miles Moved: 2.60

March 14, 2017 –  It’s cold outside.  Okay I said it. I’m not ashamed of that.  I live in the south for heavens sake.  It’s not suppose to be this cold like ever really. It was in the 30’s today and the wind was something wicked.  I emailed my sister that lives in Chicago.  She let me know really quick what cold weather really is and then sent me this weather warning… of course after telling me to bundle up before walking.  And I did walk.  In the cold.  Bundled up like a snowman.  Spring where are you?   Miles Moved: 2.22

March 15, 2017 –  Again with this crappy weather.  Our winter has been pretty mild so why Mother Nature are you being a witch this week?  Don’t you know I have walking to do – goals to meet?  I did 25 minutes outside until my face was frozen.  I did the last 5 minutes inside walking around the office making my own paths around desks and other obstacles.  But in the end, I got my 30 minutes in.  Please make the weather better tomorrow.  Miles Moved: 2.08

March 16, 2017 – Went to a friend’s restaurant last night with the hub unit. Let’s just say I ate a little too much of the good stuff.  But never fear.  The voice of my sister pushing me along was with me today encouraging me to do double time on the hills.  Heck, I walked so hard today – full 30 minutes outside in the cold 40’s weather – that my i-Watch gave me a medal.  See that and eating a decent dinner tonight – a delectable salad – who could ask for more?   Miles Moved: 3.54

March 17, 2017 –  Oh my goodness!  I have the worst migraine today.  Needless to say I didn’t move much.  I don’t get these often but when I do – WOWZER!  It’s going to be a low key day today. Miles Moved: 1.11

March 18, 2017 –  I feel so much better today!  Yesterday was so dark and today I’m back baby!  Gotta make up for a day missed from yesterday so today it will be errand day.  Miles Moved: 1.90


Thoughts for the week:  Let’s talk about encouragement this week.  Friends, you do not know how much help you are in encouraging me each and every week.  It’s like my little club encouraging me to walk five days a week.  Thank you very much for your support, encouragement and ideas  ❤

And my sister Tina.  She bought me my i-Watch for Christmas so I could get healthier.  I can’t thank you enough Tina.  Between that I-watch knowing you are always looking at my activity rings and you being in my head guiding me what to eat and do, I don’t know how I could do this.  You are totally awesome and rock!  Smooches to a better *US*.  


This week walked: 14.55

TOTAL 2017 Miles: 143.36


Weight Loss:  -12.00 pounds (88 more to go!)  *Scales aren’t moving lately.  I’m fixing to shoot them.  However, I can feel the changes in my body – which is better than the scales moving, right?

 
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Journey with Friends – Week 10

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!


March 5, 2017 –   A day of rest.. until you add in grocery shopping at the market.  How much fun can one person have – LOL?  But the groceries are bought, put up and it’s time to rest in the afternoon.  All to get ready for tomorrow.  Where did the weekend go?  Miles Moved: 1.80

March 6, 2017 –  Didn’t get my walk in this morning.  I went to the post office and stood in line for what seemed like forever!  So I had to postpone my morning walk to the afternoon.  It was a bit warmer outside but the wind was fabulous.  It was almost like the wind you would feel off of the water near the beach.  We have a huge storm brewing in our way sometime tomorrow.  Must get these walks in outside before the rain!  Miles Moved: 2.60

March 7, 2017 –  Got my morning walk in – YES!  For my daily walks during the week, I walk around our building complex at work.  I  have several different paths I have figured out for thirty minutes – that’s how long I walk.  The paths are ‘marked’.  They are just something I have walked in different areas around the building and one complex over.  It depends on how I’m feeling that day as to what “path” I walk. I put my ear buds in, crank the music and walk whichever path I decide.  The different paths keep it new and the music keeps me update.  Whatever works huh?  Miles Moved: 2.57

March 8, 2017 –  I have to share this my friends. Both of my hips were hurting today – like something wicked more than the normal.  So I decided to go for my walk.  A few minutes into my walk, they stopped hurted.  What?!  Tell me that my body has not gotten adjusted to walking and now craves it?  LOL – the thought huh?  Miles Moved: 2.44

March 9, 2017 –  The entire time I walked today I repeated to myself, “I so don’t want to do this.  I so don’t want to do this.”  Isn’t that funny?  But I kept on walking – one foot in front of the other determined that I *was* going to do this.  And here’s a little bit of something for you.  There is a hill where I walk.  It’s not totally bad but it does have some elevation to it.  I walk it 2-4 times per walk.  Now I hate that hill.  There’s no other words for it.  It’s elevated and I get hot and sweaty walking it.  However, as much as I hate it personally, my butt loves it.  Giggles – that’s something to think about huh?  Miles Moved: 2.44

March 10, 2017 –   Now that is too funny.  I was called to a co-workers office in the afternoon.  She advised me to look out her window.  What did I see?  I think I’ve started something.  There were two other people outside who have started walking.  Ha!  Im bringing healthy back.  I don’t think those two people knew each other but isn’t that great?  Miles Moved: 2.28

March 11, 2017 –   Errands.  I really need a weekend and a day of rest. Miles Moved: 1.57


Thoughts for the week:  Persistence.  I think I’ve lived by the word lately.  And also the phrase never give up, never surrender.  The scale is not moving but my clothes are fitting differently.  Even my shoes are fitting differently.  I must not give up.  


This week walked: 15.70

TOTAL 2017 Miles: 128.81


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

 
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Journey with Friends – Week 9

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 26, 2017 –  With the stress of the washer/dryer delivery and having a couple of asthma attacks over the past several days, today I just treated myself nice.  You can’t beat someone when they are down.  And trust me friends.  I was DOWN today.  Thank goodness that the delivery is behind me.  The asthma is behind me (I feel so much better now).  The errands are behind me.  Now I can concentrate back to normalcy tomorrow.  Today, I didn’t even get dressed for most of the day let alone put on my i-Watch.  I’m not even beating myself up today, which I would in the past.  This is a lifetime change, not a six month or year change.  I’m okay with myself for letting go today.  I think we need to do that every once in a while anyway.  Tomorrow though – back to the grind!  I promise! ❤

February 27, 2017 – Back to work, back to normalcy and back to walking.  Yeah baby!  It really felt good after missing the past several days.  You don’t think my body is adjusting and starting to – gulps – love walking, do you?  LOL  Miles Moved: 2.47

February 28, 2017 –  Let’s be real shall we?  This is life.  Life happens.  I like to say that I take stress pretty well but with all that happened over the weekend, I failed.  Not just failed but failed miserably.  Okay the hub unit says I didn’t but we all know ourselves better than anyone else, right?  So let’s get it out there and admit to some things.  I’m human.  I didn’t walk (exercise) for FOUR days. I didn’t monitor what I ate like I should.  No I didn’t overindulge or pig out but my food choices could have been better.  And here’s the big admission.  I drunk a soda.  A real fully leaded Coke.  Sigh – it’s out now.  I broke and broke terribly especially when the asthma attacks started happening Saturday.  Was it as good as I remembered – HELL YEAH!  Am I over it now so I can move on and get back to living clean?  YES-YES-YES.  I was beating myself up and I thought twice about posting.  Then it dawned on me.  Some of you actually do read my journey on my weight loss.  I refuse to sugar coat my life.  So with that being said, you get the truth – the real me.  It may not be wonderful every week.  But the good news is I’m back baby!  Miles Moved: 3.11

March 1, 2017 –   The rains are moving in today.  Hopefully they will tend to happen during the nights so I can get my walks in outside.  I mean I do have my treadmill Lucifer but I really enjoy getting outside and feeling the sun on my body which might I add I’ve never wanted before.  Strange huh?  And I’m happy to say things are back to their old selves.  I’m on a mission friends.  ❤ Miles Moved: 2.24

March 2, 2017 –  The rains waited last night until after I got home.  I’m loving this sunshine during my walks.  Before when I worked through lunch, I would never see the sun.  That’s a crying shame!  And with my walks, I’ve created a playlist for music to listen to while putting in walk time.  It has some fabulous upbeat music from all generations.  It’s fabulous!  Miles Moved:  1.96

March 3, 2017 –  I weighed this morning.  The scales has not moved.  However, I *know* my body is changing and that makes me happy.  I’ll go with the way I “feel” anyday over that stupid scale – giggles.  And today during my walk, it was cold and windy outside.  But that was okay.  I dressed up in a coat with my hoody looking like a snowman doing my 30 minute walk.  Call that determination you stinking scales – LOL!  Miles Moved: 2.37

March 4, 2017 –  Errand day – don’t you just love the weekend to catch up on everything – LOL.  Miles Moved: 1.57


Thoughts for the week:  9 weeks adjusting to a new way of eating and living.  There have been ups and downs but for the most part I’ve adjusted.  There’s a lot more to go one step at a time chasing my shadow one day at a time.  Thank you my friends for your support! ❤️


This week walked: 13.72

TOTAL 2017 Miles: 113.11


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

 

 
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Journey with Friends – WEEK 8

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 19, 2017 –  Today was a test.  A test of strength and dedication.  Yesterday we took mom out for her birthday.  I did amazingly good with my choices of food.  No problems there and I even got a little walk in with some errands we did afterwards.  Do you remember the dilemma we had last month with the refrigerator?  Well guess what went out today?  The washing machine decided it was done and called it turned in it’s resignation.  Shaking my head.  Of course it would do that when it was full of water and dirty clothes.  So after getting out all of the dirty clothes, wringing them and taking them to my moms to do, we had to go shopping for a new washer.  And while we were at it, get a new dryer.  Why the dryer?  Because the dryer is pushing 30 plus years and I know it will probably decide to quit next month.  That’s the way it works, right?  So I was tested this date fully.  And by the time all was said and done, I was craving a real Coke like something you wouldn’t believe.  I want to say thank you now to all the peeps who are on my Facebook page that helped me out in my time of need and talked me down.  You are the best ❤  I did not get a Coke.  I did not drink any sodas.  I drunk three glasses of water and called it that.  So, I’m still no soda’s since December which is a miracle.  Miles Moved: 1.28

February 20, 2017 –  Before I started changing my lifestyle, I tried on a pair of Levi’s that I used to wear.  Don’t we all do that?  I could barely get them over my bum and don’t even think about buttoning them.  One edge was far east and the other far west and they were never to meet again.  This morning, I tried them on again to test the waters.  Over my legs, over my butt with ease.  Shocker!  And the button side and whole side almost touched.  You can pass out now – I almost did.  Eight weeks and I can *almost* button them.  Now that is a feeling that makes you continue this path.  Miles Moved: 2.62

February 21, 2017 –  Do you ever have days that you feel short?  I’m 5’8″ and most of the time, I walk talk and feel tall.  But there are days when I walk that I feel so short like the ground is so close to my face.  Isn’t that funny?  I woke up this morning to a very high pollen count.  Pollen is so early here in the south!  Usually we don’t get pollen until next month.  My nose and my eyes were having a race to see who wanted to misbehave the most this morning.  I went for my walk and I think I dryed everything out.  At least I can breathe now for a while.  Miles Moved: 2.60

February 22, 2017 –  I had to get my walk in today.  I have a funny feeling that I will not get much exercise the next couple of days with everything that we need to get done. But today’s walk was good. Thank goodness for that. Miles Moved: 2.92

February 23, 2017 –  Yep I was right.  Today was a circus for sure. I do not recommend appointments for the accountant, lawyer, post office and nails all in one day.  And, I may not have walked per say but I did enough bending up and down cleaning out the laundry room in preparation for our new washer/dryer installation scheduled for tomorrow. Miles Moved: 1.32

February 24, 2017 –  I hate waiting for any delivery. There I said it. I waited all day for the delivery of our washer/dryer who didn’t get here until after 5:30pm. Then, the wrong cord was ordered for the dryer. They have to come back out tomorrow. Lucky me. And again I didn’t get to walk but while waiting for the delivery guy I cleaned the house all day.  Miles Moved: 1.62

February 25, 2017 –  Again another entirely day of waiting. The delivery got here finally after 6:00pm to change the cord. The guy was here for less than ten minutes. What a pain in the butt!  Miles Moved: I didn’t wear my I-watch today.  I was cleaning and didn’t want to hit it or get it wet


Thoughts for the week:  Persistence.  That’s a really hard word to come to terms with at times.  We all want instant gratification.  Trust me.  I’m no difference.  It’s taking me eight weeks to see physical changes and that is persistence.  So far technically, I’ve only lost 12 pounds (our next weigh in is scheduled 03/04/2017).  But everyday I feel changes and shifts in my body.  It’s happening and I have to keep working towards my goal.  That’s when we have to keep telling ourselves, “Keep going.  Don’t stop.”  Just when you think you can’t, you see or feel something different.  This is a blurry picture but you can see the difference.  See how lose the pants are?  Finally!  Something you can see that makes you feel like persistence is a good thing.


This week walked: 12.36

TOTAL 2017 Miles:  99.39


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

 

 
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