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Journey with Friends – Week 29 

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, July 16, 2017 –   Day of rest.  We did absolutely nothing this day.  We rested.  We slept.  We watched television.  We took our medicines and played nice.  We spent time between the sofa in the room and taking naps in the bedroom.  I think this really paid off.

Monday, July 17, 2017 –  I’m feeling so much better today.  I think we may live!  I think I only had a coughing fit one time today.  That is a great improvement for sure!  I broke my walk into two walks today in/around the office.  I didn’t do the walk outside.  The humidity is still horrible and we had showers on/off all day.   Miles Moved: 2.52

Tuesday, July 18, 2017 –   Finally I’m feeling like human again – it’s a miracle! LOL.  Feeling better physically and then what hits me?  A toothache.  Whoever could think that something so small as a tooth could cause so much havoc and bring you to your knees?  I can not win lately – shaking my head.  I’ll just see if I can walk away some of this pain.  I think by having RA, I’m used to having some type of pain every day.  But I think I’ve had my share lately.  Miles Moved: 2.71

Wednesday, July 19, 2017 –   When life gives you lemons, find a friend with Vodka is what I say.  I’m just going to keep walking.  My body is going to have to do more pain than this to keep me down.  Here that Karma?  Find another friend.  Must keep swimming!  Miles Moved: 2.09

Thursday, July 20, 2017 –  Today there were lots of doctor appointments – walking not so much.  It seemed like one continuous test after another.  Give me a break is what I said by the end of the day. I was ready to close my eyes and sleep off everything.  (More about tests/results next month when everything comes back – just pray for me.)  Miles Moved:  0.60

Friday, July 21, 2017 –   Must get lots of things done at work.  It seems if you turn your back to the ocean, the ways seem to try to overcome you.  Not going to happen.  I am the queen of paperwork.  I will survive! Miles Moved: 2.37

Saturday, July 22, 2017 –  Spa Day I don’t think I’ve ever needed you as much as today.  Come to me sweet Chow and take care of me like you always do ❤ Miles Moved: 2.51


Thoughts for the week:  I find that when life keeps throwing things at you, the best thing to do is be kind to you.  I live with constant pain.  It’s not a matter if, “Are you in pain today”.  The more adequate question is, “How bad is the pain today?”  I think living like this rises my threshold of daily obstacles that gets thrown at me constantly.  Never underestimate what you are capable of handling.  You would definitely be surprised ❤


This week walked: 13.80

TOTAL 2017 Miles:  353.00

 ❤ small goals turn into big accomplishments ❤

 
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Journey with Friends – Week 28 

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, July 9, 2017 –  For the most part, I’m over this summer cold.  But this hacking cough still persists.  At times its like I’m trying to cough up a furball.  This cough has to go.  I wonder if I can sweat it out?  Miles Moved: 1.67

Monday, July 10, 2017 –  I’m going to have to find a solution to this heat outside.  It is way too hot to be walking outdoors in the heat.  Diablo my treadmill has gotten some workout but I just can’t seem to get into the groove of things with my chest and this cough. Miles Moved: 1.82

Tuesday, July 11, 2017 –  Moved a bit more today.  I put a call into my doctor and who said that something is going around with this hacking cough.  The only thing she knows to get rid of it is cough syrup with codeine.  I’m picking it up after work.  I really hope that works. Miles Moved: 2.57

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 –  I’m feeling so much better this morning!  The doctor told me to take it easy for a couple of days and to take my cough syrup.  Hopefully by next week I can be back into the swing of things all the around.  I hope anyway!   Miles Moved: 1.78

Thursday, July 13, 2017 –  Arrgh – this summer cold is killing me.  At times I have absolutely no appetite and the smell of food makes me sick – yay.  Then there are times that my stomach won’t stop growling.  Then my voice goes and then comes back hoarse as all get out – which I think the family enjoys – LOL.  I have no energy.  My energy got up and left without me it seems.  I’m taking it easy the rest of this week to see if I can’t shake it off.  Miles Moved: 1.07

Friday, July 14, 2017 –  I definitely am not filling my Apple i-Watch rings today.  My chest feels heavy (more than normal – giggles) and the codeine cough syrup is making me sluggish like I’m drunk.  It’s so weird.  But my cough is going away.  Cough or sluggo – which one should I pick, right?   Miles Moved: 1.23

Saturday, July 15, 2017 –  Today’s goals – get REST.  And that my friends is basically what I did all day.  Please make this crappy cold go away and find another home.  Karma where are you?  Miles Moved: 0.62


Thoughts for the week:  Life is not a race.  Sometimes we have to take a breath and be okay with yourself.  I’m sick.  I must take care of myself and get over this.  If I can’t take care of myself, I can’t take care of the family.  So I shall put myself first this weekend and come back strong on Monday.


This week walked: 10.76

TOTAL 2017 Miles:  340.20 

 ❤ small goals turn into big accomplishments ❤

 
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Journey with Friends – Week 27

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!


NOTE:  Sunday, July 2, 2017 through Tuesday, July 4, 2017, I took a much needed break from all exercise for my birthday.  It was a blast and I am now ready for 10 more weeks of hard dedicated commitment ❤

Wednesday, July 5, 2017 –  I didn’t think that taking off 4 days would be so bad when getting back to the exercise routine this morning.  I was wrong – LOL.  It doesn’t help that it was 80 degrees with 80% humidity outside as well.  I was purely miserable for sure afterwards.  I just need to get up earlier and hit my treadmill during these hot days.  Of course that would be easy … and we all know that easy is not in my vocabulary apparently – LOL Miles Moved: 2.76

Thursday, July 6, 2017 –  Why do short weeks at work always seem the longest?  It always seems that way here… especially the first week of the month when I’m the busiest.  It’s still so hot here with the humidity high.  I’m trying to walk Diablo the treadmill at home.  It’s not the same as outside but it dos the job, right? Miles Moved: 2.30

Friday, July 7, 2017 –   YAY!  I can see the light of the start of the weekend.  Happy Dance – here I come!  Of course walking will be involved this weekend – gotta get back in the grind!  Wish me luck.  Miles Moved: 1.62

Saturday, July 8, 2017 –  Errands, errands and more errands topped with Houdini going to the spa.  I’m not sure which one of us enjoys it more – me or Houdini – giggles.  It’ll be good to have my baby boy all smelly lovey dovey. Miles Moved: 1.89


Thoughts for the week:  I took a break this past week from all things exercise.  I still watched somewhat the items I ate but ate a few things I have been choosing not to have.  I think this helped me so much in coming back with more of a vengeance to do another 10 weeks of dedication.  Remember we can’t all be good all of the time.  We do have to live ❤


This week walked: 8.57

TOTAL 2017 Miles:  338.01 

 ❤ small goals turn into big accomplishments ❤

 
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Journey with Friends – Week 26 

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 25, 2017 –  So much for getting a lot done this weekend.  I think I need a vacation STAT.  Someone please send me to the beach until I get a better frame of mind okay.   Miles Moved: 1.69

Monday, June 26, 2017 –   Here it is again – the end of the month.  Yay!  Really I’m so excited.  I mean who else enjoys working with numbers all day long for a solid two weeks – LOL.  Hold me back.  Miles Moved: 2.13

Tuesday, June 27, 2017 –   Finally had to get out and stomp some pavement.  I feel better today for sure after working out a bit.  Of course it didn’t help that I was doing calculations in my mind while walking.  Lord help me.  Miles Moved: 4.05

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 –  Okay.  I admit it.  I officially need a vacation for sure…. or an extremely LONG weekend.  I’ll have to see what I can do about this.  Miles Moved: 2.10

Thursday, June 29, 2017 –  Yay me.  I’ve arranged a LONG weekend.  If I can get through tomorrow, I don’t have to go back to work until next Wednesday.  That sounds as close to heaven as I can possibly get right now – I so need a break!  Miles Moved: 2.30

Friday, June 30, 2017 –  I don’t think my desk has been this cleaned off in some time – giggles.  See what potential time out does for you?  I’m determined to get back full steam ahead next Wednesday.  I need a mental and physical break.  Miles Moved: 1.88

Saturday, July 1, 2017 –   Fun times today. Went and hung out with my mom today. Definitely needed some grown up time. Miles Moved: 1.50

 


Thoughts for the week:  sometimes you need a break. I’ve been going head strong for a while now. This weekend holiday, I’m going to take some time off for me. Then I can come back stronger. 


This week walked: 15.65

TOTAL 2017 Miles:  329.44 (Travel trivia.  I’ve walked far enough now that I can reach Fayetteville, North Carolina from Atlanta, Georgia.  Cool huh?)

 ❤ small goals turn into big accomplishments ❤

 
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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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