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Journal to Healthier Living – Week 18

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 05/06-05/12/2018 – Week 18

“Dear Journal – Life is better with a plan.  I think I finally found a plan that I can work with and do every day.  I’m a planner like that.  So what is the plan you ask?  I’m glad you asked Journal.  So for part of my lunch during the week, I’m doing 15 minutes of light stretches/yoga.  This has been giving me a solid rock during the week.  I don’t feel as pressured or stressed when I get home.  Another 15 minutes I do a solid walk.  And then I’m watching what I’m eating.  And the big one – no soda’s.  I did it once for almost six months.  I can do this again – no soda’s.  And more water… water is your friend.  Be one with your friend.”


This week walked: 6.26

TOTAL 2018 Miles:  129.65

TOTAL 2017 Miles:  541.06

  small goals turn into big accomplishments ❤

 

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Journal to Healthier Living – Week 17

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 04/29-05/05/2018 – Week 17

“Dear Journal – Things are good.  I think I’m controlled of the stress these days pretty well.  I’m trying my breathing/relaxing tips and they seem to be working.  I’m also trying to work through my pain.  Some days I do better than others.  I’m also trying to pick up my walking more.  I’ve been doing a little at a mile a day.  This week goal’s is 1.5 miles a day.  I’m picking it up daily to get back where I was before surgery.  It’s hard but baby steps.  I see Summer finally getting here… yep that’s right – Summer.  It seems we might be skipping right over the cool months of Spring and jumping right into the hot days of Summer.  I’m so happy – NOT.  I’m not hot kind of person.  I didn’t complain about the cold – LOL.  Baby steps, right?” 


This week walked: 6.10

TOTAL 2018 Miles:  123.39

TOTAL 2017 Miles:  541.06

  small goals turn into big accomplishments ❤

 

 

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Journal to Healthier Living – Week 8

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 02/25-03/03/2018 – Week 8

Dear Journal – We’ve had stumbling blocks lately.  I admit that I got a little frustrated… okay maybe a lot frustrated.  Before my surgery, I was in a great mind spot in working out and exercising.  Being down for three months without being able to do much, I lost my mojo.  Then work has been so loving in sharing multiple colds/viruses the past month.  I get over one thing and then BOOM I get the next cold.  My immune system is so challenged that someone with a cold can just look at me with a stink eye and I get sick. It sucks but the challenge is real.  So Monday, I start again for the gazillionth time.  It’s not how many times you start… it’s that one time that you finish.  So back to baby steps and one day and one meal at a time”

 

 


This week walked: 7.09

TOTAL 2018 Miles:  68.66

TOTAL 2017 Miles:  541.06

 ❤ small goals turn into big accomplishments ❤

 

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Journal to Healthier Living – Week 7

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 02/18-02/24/2018 – Week 7

“Dear Journal – It seems like food choices are beginning to become easier in decision making.  That’s a great and awesome thing.  If you would have told me this time last year I would be choosing water over a soda, I would have laughed at you.  I was so addicted to fully leaded soda!  It’s such a relief to break myself of that addiction.  I don’t have to worry about diet soda… I would much rather drink water anytime.  And I think water is so much better for my skin as well.  This was definitely a good week of eating.  I need to pick up the exercise a bit more.  I’ve been doing a combination of walking and exercise.  There are seven exercises that I’m trying to incorporate into my routine everyday.  It’s working for me and that is what matters.  I think I’m going to rope the hub unit in doing those seven exercises with me every evening.  It may make things go faster and it would certainly help to boost both of us for sure.”

 

 


This week walked:  8.27

TOTAL 2018 Miles:  61.57

TOTAL 2017 Miles:  541.06

 ❤ small goals turn into big accomplishments ❤

 

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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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