9-2-19 Starting a new journal. If you want to read my last 1, that will catch you up with my journey, through photos. If you do PLEASE comment,
!! Today the temps went down from 110 to 98! YEAH! I've been getting up a dawn to walk our dogie, LUCY
, do outside chores, (watering the plants that REALLY need it) trimming, etc. Then I swim.
. Once it gets too cold (yes, we go down to 30 degrees in winter) I will need to find another way to do cardio, for about an hour, every day. I do SP Nicole's 12 minute seated core workout. But that is just for stretching. Feels
. I might try the Gym again. Or hike more often. I am living a busy, lovely life with DH & LUCY. I am VERY blessed! I hope YOUR journey is going along fabulously, too. I keep my promise to myself & log into SP daily! Today is 2,627 days of doing just that EVERYDAY. I am over in my goal weight & I know what I have to do. More cardio, I use to Zumba 2 hours a week & that kept me at goal. But after the injury from leaping in Zumba, I'm a little scared to go back. It took a year just to be able to walk, correctly again. I eat VERY well & energizing foods, a little too much, but I'm happy with myself for keeping at it!
Here's a few photos to start my newest blog; THX for reading & commenting!
(my photo for Monet)
(hiking 8-12-19 with mom on an adventure.)
(picnic with Mom, shes 90 & fabulous!)
(with DH in April)
(my newest marionette, JANii, Mom made & gave me for Xmas, last)
9-3-19 My goodness,
to ALL of you who have commented on this blog. Each & every one of your comments, help me continue & move forward with my health! That's what SP
is all about, right???? I SO appreciate you sharing my journey with me!
About our pool:
The pool takes ALLOT! We have a pool guy, I can't do it alone & DH can't be walking around & up steps, anymore. It use to be his hobby. BUT I don't take it for granted for even a moment. We keep it up, it is our Staycation Paradise. We had solar for the autumn times, but when it broke down, since we only use the solar 2 or 3 times a year..... it wasn't worth the $5,000 to get it going again. I swim almost EVERYday. Until the pool temp gets down to 75 or so. IF it's hot outside, no problem. But if it is under 75 it's too cold to warm up, when we get out. I've been known to swim in 69 degrees, but took hours to warm up. I'm sure these temps sound high for you, but chilled is not my favorite way to swim!
Boy I'm sure chatty, today! Hope you are all having fun! THX for reading!
(This photo is from 2006, Lucy, a year after the pool was put in, by the spa)
(Lucy poolside 2006, she looks so young!)
Funny, just now I looked outside (after walking LUCY & swimming) & in the plants above our pool, was a blue parakeet! He looks like he is part of the 'sparrow' tribe. Playing with them, I think he's wild. SO pretty!!!! A nice surprise, not mine to bring into the house, but that is how I found my lovely baby bird I had for 8 years. Same yard, but scared. I took him & loved him for 8 years, before he passed over
he traveled all over with me in the car, still miss my LUCKY baby! He LOVED his cage!
I'm home & back to work while unpacking..... LOT's to do, but glad to have the energy to do it!!!! down 2.5 #'s I'll take it! Lots of exercising & walking & sweating!!!!!
A up date, confession about me: (This is a long writing) I'm not sharing with ALL of SP land...
9-19-19 DAY 2,743 of SP DAILY As many of you know, because you are my SP friends
.... I hurt my knee from doing Zumba 16 months ago.
I am FINALLY able to actually walk again without pain. I also stopped Pilates, because it is hard to get back up from the floor. I HAVE been walking & hiking & swimming ALLOT more, instead. Last week I went to my 50th High School reunion & danced my twinkle toes off. It felt WONDERFUL!!!!
Over theses past months I have re-gained back 25#, (so a total release of 30# now, instead of the 55# when I reach goal with SP. 2" in my hips & 2"in my waist. It's not as bad as I thought it might be! I always go on the thought it is better to KNOW, than NOT know, what the numbers are. This includes everything, weight, money,(we are FINALLY out of debt, except for our mortgage, thx to SP teachings) etc.
Yesterday I took DH in for his annual checkup. We love his doctor. He let's me come in & learn, too! He is where I found SP. Well, he could tell I had added weight & DH did too. I won't discuss DH situation here, not my business to share! But he said to me, that IF I don't let the extra weight go, I will be headed for MUCH more pain, as far as my joints go. Kinda, lose it or lose your life!
THAT WAS A HUGE WAKE UP CALL FOR ME!!!!
So today I pulled out my SP goal list, Photos of me AT goal & measured myself for the first time in 11 months! My lunch today was a plate of yummy raw veggies & a teaspoon of Peanut Butter. Breakfast was oatmeal & a few nuts. I've eaten 600 cals so far today, but they are VERY energizing foods. When I go to eat unconsciously, it will be with a plate of raw veggies. I have planned the rest of the meals & snacks for the next couple days. I've joined a 22 day food challenge, to help me focus on REAL foods, not empty calories. I'm doing this, because my life depends upon it! THX for YOUR support, I couldn't do it with out you!
9-20-19 Down 3# this month, so far! 21 back to goal! 1# back to wonderland! I've increased walking AND more raw veggies for lunch. I'm eating at least 15 servings of veggies & fruits.
IF I eat unconsciously, it WILL be veggies! Balancing with good carbs & healthy proteins.
(yesterdays lunch, dinner was my homemade veggie- chicken soup)
DH is turning our pool heater on, for a few weeks, to help us swim for a longer season!!!!!!!
9-23-19 I'm back to work today. I've been walking LUCY, but she can only handle about 1/2 an hour. So I drop her off at home & go out for another 1/2 hour. Today I went on the swings.....
It felt so great & fun!!!! DH & I swam yesterday, for our "date night" & then we BBQ chicken & asparagus.... OMG my favorite way to eat it!!!! It was a little late for us, but yummy. I went up a pound, DH salted the meat. Too full for desert! It's ok, I still logged it & am adding green tea, today. I ALWAYS get at least 10 cups of water a day..
(This is ALFALFA, mom & DH made him about 1969. I've redone him several times, he's getting ready to perform in my show, Oct. 5 @ nature preserve. FUN!)
9-26-19 It's been a busy 1 for me today, too! I'm FINALLY seeing the bottom of my desk, since August 16! Hope to finish ALL the project before I go to sleep tonight, but I'm dreaming!!!!
Walked Lucy, Pilates & hope to swim later!
(ON SP today!)
for me! I'm down 3# & have kept it off, I'll take it! Off to swim
& date night!
Have a great weekend, everyone! Hiking tomorrow!
It's going up to 87 today! I'm off to hike, after I walk LUCY & swim, lucky me!!!!! Just finished working, have a FABULOUS weekend & I will too!
9-30-19 today ALLYLIZZY asked a question about moderation, here is my reply:
GREAT question, wonderful SP friend! For me, I try to find substitutes. My BIG one was cinnamon rolls. Raised yeast & gooey, etc. At 1 time in my life I weighed 100# more, than I do now because I would eat 4 of them. I AM talking about the huge ones. NOW I buy sprouted raisin bread. I toast 1 piece, put about 1 teaspoon coconut oil OR real butter on it, cinnamon & 1/2 teaspoon granulated xylitol . It is warm & satisfies my craving. I serve on the prettiest tiny plate, a lovely tea cup AND truly sit down & in-joy & I'm ready to go. Also, I do buy the pre packs of things, popcorn, etc. Or I NEVER bring into the house, donuts. Different things for different foods. I usually don't think of foods like cake or??? as food, but poison. As always it is a process! You are doing GREAT!!!! THX for the inspiration!
i'm catching up with my desk! I can almost see the bottom!
Happy October!!!!! Off to swim!
(photo from SP land)
Responding to RUTHIEBEAR's blog today:
10-2-2019 I'm taking the time to IN-Joy the little things instead of thinking of them as inconveniences. It IS the inconveniences that are the most FUN in my day! (A hug from DH,
our dog, LUCY wanting to go for another walk
, someone coming to the house, unexpectedly, like the gas guy, yesterday to check on all the pipes outside swinging
, an organic small apple just off the tree
etc.) When I was swimming in our pool yesterday, a tiny sparrow
came by our now flowering orange
beautiful desert plants 2 stories high, & sang & looked at me & just was SO playful, I was so happy to interacted with me. I Love nature! I am so blessed!
10-3-19 Yesterday we found the PERFECT handyman, company. The owner was here for over 2 hours, just to get a bid going. Truly a great man. We've been looking for several years. He fixed many things on the spot & wouldn't take any money for it. We have a list of over 50 things... keep adding to it. He does EVERYTHING. I am just so happy I could burst with enthusiasm!
Today the air guys come to check our systems. We run it almost daily, in summer. I change filters, monthly. I'm a VERY happy camper today! So now we have the pool guy, the Gardner & handy man. DH use to be able to do ALL of it, himself, but glad we can afford having help! We are truly blessed & I am VERY grateful! Happy day everyone, LUCY had her walk & I'll swim later, feels fabulous to be able to swim, even though the temps have dropped!
(from 2B page)
10-4-19 I get another
in my goal book for staying between 80-100% a day. Includes exercise, eating, & taking care of me; mentally; emotionally & spiritually. It's been a
week! down 5# since I have 're-focused' on my goals, starting 9-17-19!
Yesterday was a HUGE
day, I had some stress about our dog, LUCY's health from the vet
she's OK, but surly getting older. (She's 15 in November)A new medication for her. DH wanted Burger King on our way home & I DIDN'T GET ANYTHING!!!! I was thinking of an IMPOSSIBLE burger, but can't find the ingredients & won't eat if I don't know, came home & eat my homemade veggie chicken soup & "naked" brand Popcorn. I am down another # today. I always KNOW when I am doing GREAT, because I am excited to weigh in (on Fridays & tell my SP friends)
to EACH of you for supporting me,
Couldn't do it without you!!!!
I'm volunteering, performing my marionette show, tomorrow at Nature Preserve, adding autumn marionettes. Sure to be a blast!
(THX 2B for photo!)
10-8-19 Have a FABULOUS 1 & I will too! Down 6#
since my re-focusing 9-17!!!! Woo Hoo! Performance on Saturday was fun!!!!
(Children participate! )
10-11-19 Down a total of 6# since Sept. 17 AND maintaining it!!!
Be happy & I will too! YES! Find your joy, Friday!
(Lucy & I on our morning walk, this week, I love her so!)
9-12-19 I'm off to hike & play!!! How about you?
for keeping to my goal of 80-100% days! Includes EVERYTHING, mentally, spiritually & physically!
(My plan is to do it for a month! 9-17~10-17-2019
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! My re-focusing (since 9-17-19 is REALLY helping with my confidence!!!!!
Off to swim in our amazing backyard pool, heated to 80% for a few more days, highs today outside will be about 65 degrees!