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Journal of Healthier Living – Week 6

Welcome my friends.  I’m tweaking my weekly journey with my healthier living.  It’s a step in the right direction for sure.  I hope you come along for the ride.  Instead of day-to-day comments, I’m going to post something from my personal journal to share.  Hope you enjoy.  Remember all of us go down this path and we are all in it together ❤


Week of 02/11-02/17/2018 – Week 6

“Dear Journal – Sometimes I think we beat ourselves up too much.  There is a line between challenging yourself to do better and pushing yourself over the edge.  If I push myself too much, it becomes something I *have* to do, a chore if you will, and my OCD gets tested.  If I leave it at the pace I’m going, I can fit it into my life where it becomes a habit in the end and not so much as a chore.  Shaking my head.  Life is full of complications – LOL.  But so far, I think I have this right now.  I do want to pick up the pace a bit more.  Now I’m trying to turn a 24 hour day into 36 hours.  Do I really need sleep?  Just joking – I love my sleep.  It’s hard to believe how things these days in the form of moving around is so much easier.  I’m so grateful that I had breast surgery.  I think I need to send the doctor a thank you note.”


This week walked: 9.12

TOTAL 2018 Miles:  53.30

TOTAL 2017 Miles:  541.06

  small goals turn into big accomplishments ❤


 

Okay my friends – another week with using the air fryer at the Hotel Thompson.  One of my biggest weaknesses foodwise is fried chicken.  It might be a southern thing.  It’s a huge comfort food here in the south.  And it’s something I was never able to work around with trying to lose weight but yet keeping my favorite food in the mix.  Who needs all of that grease that it’s deep fried in, right?

Well, I think I found my heaven.  Let me present to you Exhibit A – fried chicken (skinless and boneless) that was prepared in air fryer.  I put it on on the white napkins straight from the air fryer so that you could see – absolutely NO GREASE.  Look at the crispy outside and the inside was so juicy.  Better yet, I’ve found with the air fryer that you actually taste your food and not the grease that it is cooked in.  I seasoned my chicken before hand with salt/pepper and some pepper flakes.  I then dipped it in a seasoned egg mixture and then dipped it in a seasoned flour mix.  I then put the chicken in my air fryer.  The basket held five chicken thighs at one time.  I set the timer for 20 minutes on chicken at 380 degrees.  At 10 minutes, I stopped the timer and turned the chicken.  It came out this beautiful.  It was a HUGE hit here at the Hotel Thompson.

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Journal to Healthier Living – Week 5

Welcome my friends.  I’m tweaking my weekly journey with my healthier living.  It’s a step in the right direction for sure.  I hope you come along for the ride.  Instead of day-to-day comments, I’m going to post something from my personal journal to share.  Hope you enjoy.  Remember all of us go down this path and we are all in it together ❤


Week of 02/04-02/10/2018 – Week 5

“Dear Journal – I had intentions of having a perfect week this week with all of my circles completed.  It didn’t happen.  Six days out of seven I’m taking and doing a high five to myself.  Even God rested one day. I have to work out something I couldn’t do the rest of my life – not a quick fix.  If I take one or two days off, good for me.  I love my Apple i-Watch.  It gets me up/going and reminds me to do such.  However, it also brings out the OCD in me and being perfect.  I have to find an equal balance.”

Dear Journal – I broke down and found a pair of jeans that actually fit and didn’t seem like a family had moved out of them.  So from a size 26 to now a size 22.  And I actually bought my first ever button up shirt.  I have *never* worn button up shirts for obvious reasons.  With my breast size they way the were, button up shirts did not stay buttoned up.  My shirts were a 3XL and now I’m down to 1XL.  Small changes but it’s working this plan of mine.  I keep on walking.  Who knows what this summer will bring.”


This week walked: 12.54

TOTAL 2018 Miles:  44.18

TOTAL 2017 Miles:  541.06

  small goals turn into big accomplishments ❤


Update on my Air Fryer.  Let me introduce you to Elite – my air fryer.  Fits nicely on the counter and has little suction cups to keep it stable.  One of the meals we prepared this week was steak and waffle fries – both done in the air fryer.  The steaks came out awesome.  We cooked two this size at one time around 5 minutes.  Next time, I will take the time down a bit for more our liking.  The waffle fries cooked 4 minutes and came out perfect!  They were crunchy and awesome!!

 

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Journal of Healthier Living – Weeks 3 and 4

Welcome my friends.  I’m tweaking my weekly journey with my healthier living.  It’s a step in the right direction for sure.  I hope you come along for the ride.  Instead of day-to-day comments, I’m going to post something from my personal journal to share.  Hope you enjoy.  Remember all of us go down this path and we are all in it together ❤

 


Week of 01/21-01/27/2018 – Week 3 (MILES MOVED: 5.96)

“Dear Journal – Slow and easy wins the race.  Recuperation from my surgery is going well; however, my rheumatoid arthritis is deciding to flare up.  I went back on a different RA medicine.  It so hates me and is not agreeing with my body.  I will give it another week to settle.  If it doesn’t, then we will go to plan B… whatever that might be.  I want to get back into my exercising.  It’s true what they say.  Trying to get back into a plan is the hardest thing in the world.  I was really burning some miles and then I had to stop because of surgery.  It’s hard finding my way back.  But I will!  I am determined if not anything else.  At least my food choices have been on key – that’s definitely a plus.  Wouldn’t it be great if we could all eat anything we wanted with no consequences?  I’m not as young as I was once – LOL.”

Week of 01/28-02/03/2018 – Week 4 (MILES MOVED: 5.62)

“Dear Journal – This week started slow.  I had some type of virus going around the office.  I’m so thankful that we share everything – not!  I was home Monday/Tuesday which also led me to the point of coming off of my RA medicine.  It so was not agreeing with my body.  I’ve been speaking with my doctor back/forth about it and we both decided to stop it.  For the past three months, I worked on a pain management plan.  I think I’m going to stay on that for a while.  I need my body to catch up and even out.  It’s been hard these past three months going through so many physical changes.  I’m happy with the surgery.  I just need things to chill out now with everything else.  Can you believe it’s been almost three months since surgery?  Sometimes it just seems like yesterday.  I so should have done this years ago!  I feel like a new person in that aspect.”

 

Oh and by the way, I bought an air fryer for the house.  I’m going to be using it in the future and hopefully sharing with you some awesome recipes.  Do you have one?  If so, share some recipes.  An air fryer circulates heat  at a high speed around the items that you are cooking.  This produces a crispy top layer to what you are cooking.  It doesn’t use oil like you would if you fried foods.  And being in the south, we know our fried foods.  Using an air fryer will hopefully help our waistlines in cooking healthier and eating more at home.  I will keep you updated on what foods we cook.

 


These two weeks walked: 11.58

TOTAL 2018 Miles:  31.64

TOTAL 2017 Miles:  541.06

 

 ❤ small goals turn into big accomplishments ❤

 

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Journey with Friends – Week 03

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, January 14, 2017 –  Today is meant for rest and that is exactly what we did today.  Layed around watching football games and resting.  Miles Moved: 0.28

Monday, January 15, 2018 –  I was off today for the holiday from work.  Cleaned up some dresser drawers today and have a couple of bags for donations.  I think I’ll be having a lot of cleaning out in the next couple of months of old clothes that just don’t fit anymore.  I’m not sure at this point if it’s a good thing or a bad thing – LOL.  Miles Moved: 0.25

Tuesday, January 16, 2018 –  Back to work and actually got a good little walk in today.  It felt good to move a bit more.  Miles Moved: 1.15

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 –  Today was snow day.  Can you believe snow in the south?  It happens every once in a blue moon.  I’m trying to find my way back to walking.  It’s hard.  My doctor has put me on a new med for my Rheumatoid Arthritis.  Let’s just say it’s kicking my butt right now.  But I’m letting my system adjust to it.  Miles Moved: 0.25

Thursday, January 18, 2018 – Split between headache and nauseousness.  Which is worse?  I’m not sure but I’m determined to get through this!  Miles Moved: 0.83

Friday, January 19, 2018 –  I’m determined to start walking more next week.  This medicine is just going to have to catch up to me then.  Miles Moved: 1.09

Saturday, January 20, 2018 –  Errands on top of errands.  I think I need a keeper for sure these days.  Highlight of my day – talking to Phenny’s parents across the pond.  What an awesome way to start the day!  Thanks Katty and Mark! ❤  Miles Moved: 0.50


Thoughts for the week:   Life is life.  There is no race.  I’m taking one day at a time with everything.  My body will adjust and things will fall into place.  I’m sure of it.  Thanks my friends for supporting me along “our” adventures together ❤


This week walked: 4.35

TOTAL 2018 Miles:  20.06

TOTAL 2017 Miles:  541.06

 ❤ small goals turn into big accomplishments ❤

 
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Journey with Friends – Week 02

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, January 7, 2017 (Day 5) –  There really needs to be a way that your Apple i-Watch tracks when you do housework.  We ended up doing three loads of laundry, folding, making the beds, cleaning the house, etc.  But does any of this track?  No really.  So Apple i-Watch if you listening, work on it.  LOL  Miles Moved:  1.10

Monday, January 8, 2018 (Day 6) –  This weeks goal – finish closing out 2017 at work.  I’ve got to get this finished and done.  After that, I will feel less stress… not no stress but less stress – LOL.  So today might just be a lot of paperwork at the desk.  Miles Moved: 0.80

Tuesday, January 9, 2018 (Day 7) –  Next goal this week – send out certain packages – looks innocent.  I’m so sorry my friends.  I am *SO* behind.  Packages are now mailed out.  More stress gone – LOL Miles Moved: 1.05

Wednesday, January 10, 2018 (Day 8) –  Close to being done with 2017.  Shaking my head.  There are so many numbers to configure.  Someone kill me now – LOL.  I’m determined though.  This year end will be done this week! Miles Moved: 0.93

Thursday, January 11, 2018 (Day 9) –  YAY!  Goal completed.  Goodbye 2017 and hello 2018.  Finally eleven days into 2018 and I can now start thinking about 2018.  Too funny!  So glad that it’s finished now.   Miles Moved: 1.26

Friday, January 12, 2018 (Day 10) – Must open up 2018 and start January statistics.  Notice how when you do the same thing every month that your months just run together and you have no sense of time?  That’s me these days for sure.  This year though, I’m going to try to be on top of these things.  Honest – quit laughing at me – LOL  Miles Moved: 0.83

Saturday, January 13, 2018 (Day 11) –  Football, anipal store run and chili is what today brings.  I’m planning on sleep and relaxation this weekend.  I think I need it after this week – LOL.  Miles Moved: 0.92


Thoughts for the week:   You must repeat after me.  This is not a fast fix.  This is a LIFETIME change.  Baby steps my friends – baby steps


This week walked: 8.09

TOTAL 2018 Miles:  15.71

TOTAL 2017 Miles:  541.06

  small goals turn into big accomplishments ❤

 
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Posted by on January 15, 2018 in Journey with Friends

 

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Journey with Friends – Week 01

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, December 31, 2017 –  The last day of the month.  Goodbye 2017 and hello 2018!  Lots of rest today, laying around and watching football.  Miles Moved: 0.15

Monday, January 1, 2018 – Did you see any football games?  WOW – what a day to watch the Georgia game.  Awesome game too – lots of back and forth with the scores. Resting today as well.  My 100 days starts tomorrow – Joybells 🙂  Jim wanted to compromise and delay the start by one day to have today for football.  Life is all about compromises.  Miles Moved: 0.11

Tuesday, January 2, 2018 (Day 1) –  I have a lot of energy today for some reason.  Pent up time from not being able to exercise these past couple of months?  Don’t worry.  I’m taking it slow this week.  My goal is to do 30 minutes of non-stop exercise a day.  This week, I’m breaking it up into two installment of two 15 minute exercises.  Gotta build up my duration again. Miles Moved: 1.98

Wednesday, January 3, 2018 (Day 2) –  Its funny sometimes how one pain can outweigh another pain.  I’ve been in so much pain from breast recovery that my arthritis doesn’t touch it. Now that I’m feeling better and I start exercising, what happens.  Rheumatoid wants to flare it’s ugly head.  I kept going today but I know I will pay for it dearly tonight.  Miles Moved: 1.95

Thursday, January 4, 2018 (Day 3) – And I was right.  Hello flare. I really don’t have time for you right now.  I need you to go away. Please and thank you.  Miles Moved: 0.99

Friday, January 5, 2018 (Day 4) –   I have a lot going on at work with end of the year but I’m still getting my walk on. At work, I was walking outside around our buildings. I don’t have to do that anymore. We have now a full gym at work equipped with a treadmill. Can you say thank you sweet Jesus. No more freezing my butt off outside!  Miles Moved: 1.26

Saturday, January 6, 2018 – I admit it. Today was a scheduled cheat day. LOL. So soon huh?  Well today is my hubs birthday so we have to celebrate that, right?   But look I did get some walking in today. That’s a plus. Miles Moved: 1.25


Thoughts for the week:   Here we go with a new year and a new day.  Starting January 2, 2018 – I will start a 100 day challenge to eating clean and daily exercising.  The challenge will end on my 100th day – April 12, 2018.  I’ll take a week off and then do it again for another 100 days.  Little challenges inspire me and give me a goal to work towards.  I’m hoping this gets me back into my routine.  100 days of consistency will also – hopefully – make a habit and break some habits I’ve picked up in the past couple of months during recovery.  Which brings me to my surgery.  I’m still recovering from it.  The doctors says it takes between six months to a year for a full recovery.  In some ways, I feel totally whole.  In other ways, I know I’m not anywhere near it.  I take things day to day.  


This week walked: 7.69

TOTAL 2018 Miles:  7.69

TOTAL 2017 Miles:  541.06

 ❤ small goals turn into big accomplishments ❤

 
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Journey with Friends – Week 52

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, December 24, 2017 – Last minute shopping anyone?  We are taking the next couple of days and doing absolutely nothing but laying around.  Must get rest – 2018 will be here before we know it.  We went out today with mom.  Weird thing happened.  The Jeep stopped running right in the middle of traffic – totally conked out.  What a scary situation.  It did crank right back up though.  Weird?   Miles Moved: 0.10

Monday, December 25, 2017 –  Merry Christmas my friends!  We hope that everyone had such a wonderful holiday.  We enjoyed it with family and friends.  Did some errands throughout the day. The Jeep was fine but the check engine light came on.  Miles Moved: 0.10

Tuesday, December 26, 2017 – Took the Jeep to get an oil change/air filter and cabin filter.  Thought maybe it needed some TLC.  Poor baby.  Afterwards the check engine light was off.  YAY… right?  Nope.  Got on the expressway where the Jeep conked out on me again in the middle of traffic!  Thankfully I was in the right lane and eventually I was able to get to the side.  I’ve never been more scared in my entire life!  Jim was with me and I was literally shaking.  I was less than five minutes away from the dealership at the next ramp.  By sitting for a few minutes and then cranking the Jeep, I was able to inch by inch get to the exit with my emergency lights blinking.  It took us over ONE hour to get less than what five minutes away from the dealership.  I could see the dealership from where we were on the expressway!  Got to the dealership and they go by appointments only.  What?!  I need to be a psychic now to know when my car is going to break down?  I think they felt sorry for me.  They told me to leave it and they would fit it in – okay.  What else could I do, right?  I had my neighbor come pick us up.  What a nice guy he is!  It’s so bad how we get used to these items like having a car at your fingertips.  We didn’t have a car tonight and it was somewhat scary.   Miles Moved: 0.48

Wednesday, December 27, 2017 –  Let me tell you a story about my childhood.  We didn’t have a lot of money, there were seven of us kids and our car was *always* breaking down.  Everywhere!  I don’t care if it was to the store, to school or even on vacation.  ALWAYS breaking down.  Now back in the day, the cars didn’t have all of these electronics and computers like they do today.  My dad taught me early on how to tinkle with a car and change it’s oil – even to change my tires and give my own alignment.  That’s why today I have to have a new car that RUNS.  Yesterday totally brought back all of these old feelings. I was totally in the dumps of what to do/not to do.  Here I am recovering from surgery still and I was in a predicament I couldn’t control.  I don’t like that.  The dealership called and told me that it was a crankshaft sensor that needed to be replaced AND that there was a recall on my Jeep with the airbags.  Lovely.  I told them to fix it all, make sure that baby runs.  I think they felt sorry for me.  I had the sweetest person working with me at the dealership.  They had everything fixed in a couple of hours.  Yeah, it cost me.  It wasn’t earth shattering and if it makes the Jeep WORK and run another couple of years, I’m good with that. And the Jeep was cleaned.  Did I say that?  When I picked it up, they had detailed it spotlessly. ❤ What awesome people they were. And yes I thought about getting rid of it but…I kept going back to no not yet.  But I did change it’s name… doesn’t everyone name their cars?  The Jeeps name is now Diablo – LOL Miles Moved: 1.43

Thursday, December 28, 2017 –  The Jeep is running beautifully – YAY!  Like a brand new car.  I had a long talk with it this morning.  If it behaves and takes care of me, I’ll take care of it.  Miles Moved: 1.72

Friday, December 29, 2017 –  Another long weekend.  Good.  I have some last minute shopping and mailing out to do.  Always late to the game I am.  Miles Moved: 0.63

Saturday, December 30, 2017 –   Last weekend of the year.  Today calls for watching television and boxing things up to be mailed.  My last weekend of rest.  January 2 starts the new me in 2018!  We got this my friends!  Miles Moved: 1.47


This week walked: 5.93

TOTAL 2017 Miles:  541.06

  small goals turn into big accomplishments ❤

 
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