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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 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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Journey with Friends – Week 4

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 22, 2017 – The day of rest.  Today calls for cleaning, laundry and FOOTBALL.  Too bad the i-Watch doesn’t keep up with the day-to-day activities that we do.  You know what I mean.  For example:  shaving aerobics.  It has to account for something twisting yourself like a pretzel to shave your legs.  Or scrubbing the toilet/shower/tub areas.  All of that moving around, grunting and groaning.  What about cleaning the litter box?  Or making a king size bed by yourself.  LOL – some things just don’t get counted.  Miles Moved:  0.70

January 23, 2017–  Back to work – back to grind of things.  I think I like taking a walk during my lunch ‘break’.  It gives me energy to survive the rest of the afternoon.  I’m kind of ticked though because my walk didn’t make my exercise circle – it did make my activity circle though.  It’s weird.  I’ll look at it again tomorrow to see what’s going on.  Miles Moved: 2.08

January 24, 2017 –  Still feeling good and motivated which is awesome.  I can’t remember ever changing my eating habits and feeling this good.  Totally weird for sure.  I like to take my walk between 11-11:30am at work.  This is before people start going to lunch so there’s still a lot of people in their offices just in case I need someone.  Funny how we think about that huh?  But I’m a safety girl – LOL.  And again, my walk didn’t make my exercise circle on my i-Watch.  Stomping my southern feet 😦  I’ll give it one more shot tomorrow to see what I’m doing wrong.  Miles Moved: 1.79

January 25, 2017 –   Still walking the parking lot.  I feel good afterwards.  Do I want to before hand – absolutely NOT!  But in the end, I know it’s good for me.  And it’s only been since the beginning of January, but I feel my body changing in good ways – my legs are getting stronger – my pain levels are not so high lately.  That’s totally awesome.  Miles Moved: 2.27

January 26, 2017 –  I almost have a perfect week in my activity rings.  As long as I’m pushing it and my activity ring circles, I feel great about myself.  From going completely sedentary to moving, it feels good.  Yep, I can’t believe I said that.  🙂  Miles Moved: 2.05

January 27, 2017 –  Friday!  Can I get a YES!  Of course, Friday wouldn’t be Friday without something happening, right?  I don’t walk on Friday’s at work because I want to walk on Saturday with the hub unit.  We shall see how this works for sure.  Miles Moved:  1.43

January 28, 2017 –  Well, one of the appliances decided to quit working at the house (we will post about that later).  Stress is a wonderful thing – ha!  Lot’s of waiting today for the delivery man… I mean lots of waiting.  Miles Moved: 1.47

Thought of the week:   I think I finally found my groove.  I walk at work Monday thru Thursday.  Then I pick up one day on the weekend to walk with the hub unit.  It’s taking me the entire month of January but I think I have a system now – yay!  My next weigh in is 02/01/2017.  Hopefully there will be a good change going south on the scales.  I hope so… I really hope so 🙂


This week walked: 11.79

TOTAL 2017 Miles:  45.23


Weigh In 01/15/2017:  -6 pounds

 
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Journey with Friends – Week 3

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 15, 2017 – And on the seventh day, God rested.  Thank goodness for Sundays.  Sundays are my do nothing day.  No workouts.  It’s a me day to do what I want/need, like catching up on my blogs and watching some television to see what’s going on in the world.  I like to refer to it as my no worry day.  I don’t have to watch the clock for time.  But on the other hand, it’s also my catch up day with cleaning and laundry.  So no workouts but these other activities do count too, right?  Miles Moved: 0:41 (which is not really accurate because I didn’t wear my i-watch for most of the day)

January 16, 2017 – We were off from work today in honor of MLK.  This gave me lots of time to get up and move it – move it. I persuaded the hub unit if I took him out for breakfast he would then do my errands with me and then walk the stadium down the street.  I think he enjoyed it although he’s not admitting to it – LOL.  When we got home, he said he wouldn’t mind walking the stadium again.  I’m sure Lucifer misses me but hey the great outdoors was calling my name today and I grabbed it.  This is going into my third week.  Last week was up/down.  This week will be so much better.  In fact, I’m pushing hard between now and the end of the month to step it up a notch.  In fact, on my i-Watch today, I completed all of my rings on my activity!  Miles Moved: 2.06

January 17, 2017 – Back to work today!  Today was a busy day with being off for the holiday yesterday.  I did manage to get in a quick walk outside and around the building.  Unfortunately I wasn’t wearing my tennis shoes so guess what I got.  Yep – nods head – two blisters under both feet.  Joybells – I’m so excited.  But you know what?  When I got home, I put on two pairs of socks and my tennis shoes and hit Lucifer – go me!  I felt so much better.  I’m not going to let some blisters get in my way – no way!  And today, I filled all of my rings again – go me!!  That’s 2 days in a row.  Miles Moved: 2.61

January 18, 2017 –  Icky – it’s trying to rain outside today.  I really enjoy getting my walks in around mid-day to break up my routine.  I did bring my umbrella into the office in case I can get out.  And yes, I brought my tennis shoes today 🙂  I thought I would tell you more about the ‘rings’ on the i-Watch.  The red is your ‘move’ activity.  Currently, my red is set to burn 320 calories a day (this goes up/down weekly according to what you are doing).  As you get closer to your goal of 320, the red line circles around.  The green is your ‘exercise’ activity.  It is set for 30 minutes a day.  You can set your workout clock on your i-Watch and exercise throughout the day – you don’t have to do everything at once.  All of your exercise adds up to your day .  And the blue is your ‘stand’ activity.  This one really comes in handy with me because at times, I forget to get up from my desk and move around a bit. I hope that helps you understand more about my activity rings.  Miles Moved: 2.74

January 19, 2017 –  There’s a lot to get done at the worky place today.  I’m feeling kind overwhelmed.  I got in one quick walk around the parking lot and that was it.  I think with the work that I have to complete, my lovely blisters and things that I have to get done at the house in the next couple of days, I need to distress tonight.  Walked Lucifer when I got home.  Didn’t get all of my rings filled on my activity levels, but I can live with that.  Got so much done at work.  Miles Moved:  2.56

January 20, 2017 –  Woke up with a migraine.  Don’t you hate those?  Stayed low key today and tried to take care of me – my head and my feet.  Didn’t move too much.  Miles Moved: 0.87

January 21, 2017 –  Today is a new day!  Feel so much better.  Got the hub unit out with me and we ran so many errands together.  Miles Moved:  1.80

Thought of the week:  In the beginning, I was thinking that I just *had* to move ever day and work out.  I’m just starting.  You can’t take someone that is so sedentary behind a desk and blaze through life.  It’s about finding a balance that works for me.  So next week, I’m focusing on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday during the week working out hard.  Saturday I will do the same with the hub unit in tow.  The other days (besides my day of rest Sunday), I will still move but not focus on the working out.  I’ll see how this works out.  I’ll keep you posted.


This week walked: 13.05

TOTAL 2017 Miles:  33.44


First Weigh In 01/15/2017:  -6 pounds

 
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Journey with Friends – Week 2

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!


For the new year, I’m going to keep a diary here on my Journey with Friends on my week.  I hope it makes you smile, laugh and if the occasion arises, inspires you to kick me in the butt to get me off my butt.  I’m also using Apple’s i-Watch technology to keep track of my movements throughout the day.  I hope you enjoy it friends!

January 8, 2017 – And today is a day of rest from everything.  Sundays will be my day – a day that I don’t have to push myself.  A day that I don’t have to count calories per say.  It’s me day.  The day I will kick my feet up and not monitor anything.  I like that.  It gives me a break for sure.

January 9, 2017 – This morning I was going to roll out of bed and into the workout room to Lucifer.  It didn’t happen so much – giggles.  However, I did take two small walks at work and then after dinner, me and Lucifer did meet up.  I’m doing random hills on the treadmill.  Doesn’t sound too bad but let me tell you, I’m on program 2 and building my way to program 10.  Those hills come out of no where and kick your butt.  And last night I kicked it on Lucifer.  I guess screaming out, “Who’s your mommy”, to the treadmill was a good thing – LOL!  Miles Moved: 1.93

January 10, 2017 – For some reason today, I woke up yucky.  I hope I’m not coming down with another cold.  I really don’t have time for this.  I didn’t keep my date with Lucifer tonight; however, I did walk at work a bit during a couple of breaks.  My food intake today was not the best.  Lowers my head in shame.  Miles Moved:  1.14

January 11, 2017 – Again, I skipped my date with Lucifer and I admit that tonight I was not on plan with my new way of eating.  I did take a really LONG walk at work during break.  That made me feel good.  I’m still having issues with my nose – it keeps running.  Maybe it’s the weather?  Maybe it’s my sinuses?  Maybe it’s just my body trying to stall me out from this way of eating?  Miles Moved: 1.25 miles

January 12, 2017 – Enough is enough! I have been such a slacker this week.  Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither was this new way of living.  I made my date with Lucifier and we had a hot date – really hot.  In fact, I almost made all of my circles today.  It was a proud moment!  Miles Moved: 2.12

January 13, 2017 – Finally it’s Friday!  Thank goodness for that.  What a long week.  I think it is really helping me to take a little walk for lunch.  Even if it is not a treadmill day, this walk helps me to get in some of my time.  Miles Moved: 1.37

January 14, 2017 – Saturday’s have been interesting.  It’s not my normal treadmill day but yet I still feel the need to get a walk in doing something.  So today was errand day and trust me there were a lot to do  at the end, I was worn out in a good way!  Miles Moved: 1.86

Thoughts of the week:  This week was not as good as last week.  There were some stumbling blocks and no my food was not as clean as it should.  And this was weigh in week.  Can I get a drum roll please?  I am down 6 pounds – ❣️ I will take it!!  The next weigh in will be in two weeks.

This week walked: 9.67

TOTAL 2017 Miles:  20.39

 
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Journey with Friends

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!


For the new year, I’m going to keep a diary here on my Journey with Friends on my week.  I hope it makes you smile, laugh and if the occasion arises, inspires you to kick me in the butt to get me off my butt.  I’m also using Apple’s i-Watch technology to keep track of my movements throughout the day.  I hope you enjoy it friends!

January 1, 2017 – Today is the day.  The first day of starting this new way of eating and living.  I’m excited.  But isn’t everyone the first day of the year?  I’m not sure what the year will bring but I’m taking it one day at a time.  I’m hitting the treadmill at the house.  Miles Moved: 1.25

January 2, 2017 – Second day and you know what?  I’m still feeling good.  Not hurting half as bad as what I thought.  Although my RA still likes to say who is in charge.  I’ve got this.  I walked the treadmill again.  I really need to give him a name.  How cute huh?  I spoke with a friend (Joanna) and she told me that she named her treadmill Toby.  That’s cute and I like it.  I’ll think about it.  Miles Moved: 1.59

January 3, 2017 – First day back to work.  I went with a great attitude – a positive attitude.  This is the new year and I got this.  I’m loving the i-watch that my sister gave me for Christmas.  This think rocks!  It tells me when to get up and move for a while which is awesome.  Sometimes I work at my desk and get too involved in what I’m doing and forget to move.  I know that’s silly but it happens.  I also made myself do a ‘quick’ exercise twice while at work – walking to the back of the building and around three times – all in heels at that – go me!  I even had enough energy to walk the treadmill when I got home.  I’m doing random hills at 20 minutes right now.  When I got off the treadmill, I was a pile of sweat.  The treadmill hates me – LOL.  For some reason, I thought of the perfect name for the treadmill – Lucifer.  Miles Moved: 1.81

January 4, 2017 – Boy can some days be trying?!  Not a really good day but you know what, I just keep swimming.  There will be stumbling blocks – stumbling people that enter your life.  I have to learn to shrug it off and let it go.  Stress doesn’t live here.  There’s an awesome app on my i-Watch called breathe.  Trust me, I used it a lot today.  Tonight, I’m skipping my date with Lucifer.  I’m being good to myself due to my day.  Miles Moved: 1.48

January 5, 2017 – I’m much better today friends.  Thank goodness for that!  If only my brain would have shut down last night so I could have slept more firmly 😦  But this morning when the clock went off, I jumped up and went for a walk on Lucifer.  Okay, maybe I didn’t ‘jump up’.  It was more like a drag me from the bed to get ready.  But hey, once I did it, I felt so much better.  And tonight we are celebrating the hub unit’s birthday a day early due to the incoming ‘snow’ we are suppose to get.  Don’t you love that.  In the south, we see one snowflake and we shut down – LOL.  Miles Moved: 1.85

January 6, 2017 – Last night I way overdid it.  Doesn’t that always happen when you go out to dinner?  Jim wanted to go to a buffet and well that’s enough said there.  It was a special occasion and both of us had a little too much eat.  On the up side, my calorie intake has been low this week and I did meet my goal of walking on Lucifer 4 times.  I feel good about that.  And even though I’m not walking Lucifer, I’m still getting up and moving during the day.  Miles Moved: 1.38

January 7, 2017 – It’s really strange how your mindset changes about getting healthier.  After we ate breakfast this morning, we looked outside at the great Snowmaggedon 2017 here in the south – insert rolling eyes.  My first thought was it’s way too cold outside and I didn’t walk the treadmill today but I wanted to move.  What to do… what to do.  So me and the hub unit went to our local Target to do some window shopping and walking.  What a perfect combination, right?  Miles Moved: 1.35

So bottom line – how do I think I did this week?  Not bad.  I have some improving to do.  I’m still balancing exercise and moving with counting calories.  I’m trying to keep our meals exciting.  The big thing is getting into a routine that I can live with – it’s all a learning experience.  So how did YOU do last week my friends?

TOTAL 2017 Miles:  10.72

 
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Journey with Friends

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!


Hello sweet friends.  Here we are at the beginning of 2017.  A new year for a fresh start in the right direction.  This is going to be our year – I just know it!  I was off last week which gave me plenty of time to prepare everything for my new way of living.  All junk food and sugary snacks have been evicted from the Hotel Thompson.  The key thing is going to be preparation and me keeping  stress at bay.  We got this.

So today I will leave you with my start pictures.  In a couple of months, I’ll show a comparison.  Who is with me on this adventure? ❤️



 
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