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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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Will You Be My Valenpig?

Roses are red – Violets are blue – My heart has led – My love to you.

Will you be my valenpig?

Today is also an anniversary of sorts for my mom/dad.  Dad actually popped the question to mom years ago by asking her to marry him on Valentine’s Day.  So today has a special place in their hearts.  I think they are actually going out on a date night tonight to celebrate.

Hope everyone has a wonderful day!!  And I have to ask my friends.

Will you be my Valenpig? XOXO – Bacon

P.S.  Let me tell you a little diddy I read on some mythology lore.  According to Greek mythology, humans were born with four arms, four legs and a head with two faces.  Fearing their power, Zeus split and separated them into two parts.  He then condemned the two parts to spend the rest of their lives in search of their other halves.  Knowing this, it makes sense that humans are looking for their other half in love.  I like to think mom/dad found theirs.

 
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Posted by on February 14, 2017 in 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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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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Journey with Friends – Week 5

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!


January 29, 2017:  Thank goodness Sunday is my day of rest.  We did absolutely nothing today.  We went to the grocery store, ran some other errands and basically chilled.  There wasn’t any football on television and me and the hub actually felt a little lost.  Miles Moved: 1.54

January 30, 2017:  I’m finding that when I get back into my routine on Mondays, I kind of miss it.  What do they say about a body being in motion, stays in motion?  That never really made sense until now.  I enjoy my walking. It has made a HUGE difference already in my legs.  I walk taller for some reason which is weird.  Miles Moved: 1.62

January 31, 2017:  I’m mixing my walk up around the parking lot these days – people don’t know if I’m coming or going and that’s hilarious.  I think a lot of people in my normal route were getting used to me and have started waving at me now.  I’m still doing the same route but just in different directions.  It makes it feel new which keeps it exciting.  Miles Moved: 2.02

February 1, 2017:  No matter what kind of day you can be having, I’m *loving* taking my lunch by walking out my frustrations.  Frustrations of not balancing my work numbers, having a huge workload – you name it.  It’s great to get out and pound the pavement to see what I can do.  And it feels better when I come in and hit the paperwork again.  Even better.  I spoke with the hub and we are moving the weigh in until this Saturday since it falls in the middle of the week.  Hopefully, something is starting to show up on the scales as well.  Miles Moved: 2.21

February 2, 2017: Something is going on with my exercise ring on my i-Watch.  It doesn’t hardly move – LOL.  I mean I’m literally exercising 30 minutes a day.  My activity ring is running circles, some days doubling my movement.  But the green exercise ring doesn’t make it around.  It infuriates me.  But never fear, my sister is looking into it to see maybe if I’m doing something wrong.  And today for work, I went on a VERY long walk all around where I work.  These surrounding people in other offices are going to start recognizing me – giggles.  Miles Moved 2.19

February 3, 2017: My day of rest from walking at work – this is good.  I use Fridays to get caught up with work from the week and if I get time, I walk but I don’t force it. I do this also because I know me and the hub unit will do our own walking together tomorrow.   2.33 Miles Moved

February 4, 2017:  Weigh day!  And we are running errands all.day.long and putting a nice walk in their somewhere together.  1.51 Miles Moved


Thoughts for the Week/Month:  We weighed in Saturday and I’m officially down 12 pounds for January 2017 – can I get a whoo-hoo!  I’m excited about that!  In years past, I would jump in and lose a lot of weight but then I struggled at keeping it off.  This time, I’m trying to change eating habits and learning to live healthier.  It’s a huge difference… slow but sure.  I’m walking more.  I’m feeling better about myself.  My pain levels are dropping – not gone but dropping.  I feel a huge difference in my body – especially my legs and butt.  And with making little changes, we are eating healthier.  I had one person ask me, “How much did you lose?”  When I told them 12 pounds, they responded with, “Is that all?!”  I smiled and shook my head.  It’s okay.  It may not be something to you but to me, it’s TWELVE pounds and that 12 pounds will snowball into more pounds and guess what I’ll be doing at the end?  I’ll be the one smiling feeling awfully darn proud of myself!


This week walked: 13.42

TOTAL 2017 Miles:  58.65


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

 
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Posted by on February 6, 2017 in Journey with Friends

 

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