- Monday Apr 30, 2001
Hey, everybody! It's a beautiful day here today, 80 degrees already & it's only 9:45 right now. I couldn't find the time to get here the last few days, I've been SO busy! So here I am now. Things are going well. I just walked 4 miles this morning on the treadmill. It took me 68 minutes with the warm up & cool down. Then I did my 100 crunches & took a shower. I ate breakfast (oatmeal & 2 pieces of toast) while I watched Regis & Kelly, I kinda like that show. It's still on so I'm sort of watching it while I write this. I'm going to leave for Wal-Mart when I finish here to pick up a few things, so more walking in the store. We haven't seen any more snakes here lately. The one we saw climbing the house turns out to be a Rat Snake. My sister saw the picture of it I took & she knows a lot about snakes. She used to own a couple of Boa Constrictors. We saw a coyote in our front yard the other day, I got pictures of that too. We see a lot of woodpeckers here, they tend to get on our hummingbird feeder. This morning I saw one taking a bath in my birdbath. Well, tomorrow is weigh day & I just know I have put on a couple of pounds, so I'm going to be good today & see if I can make that go away. Oh, I've already had 1 liter of water too. Well, I gotta get going to Wal-Mart before it gets too hot out there, going to 95 today. Hope you're all doing great, I'll try to get on here later to check up on you, I'm so far behind. Oh, if anyone can tell me how to put digital pictures on here, I'd be grateful. Thanks for listening.
- Thursday Apr 26, 2001
Hey, everybody! How's everyone doing? Hope you're all doing well. I slept in a little this morning, I woke up at 5:10 & got up to turn off the ceiling fan cause I was cold, & couldn't get back to sleep until 6:30, then I got up at 7:30. I'm usually up by 7. Anyways, I got out that new yoga video I bought the other day & tried it out. I didn't do very well but it looks pretty good so I'll keep trying. Afterward, though, I did feel taller & more stretched somehow. And I already feel like I'm sitting up straighter. And it's a pretty good workout, not aerobic but you do work at it. I may do it again Saturday morning. But I'll do it at least on Tuesdays & Thursdays. My eating still isn't too good but I'm not worried about it yet. My new bed comes today so I'll get a good night's sleep tonight, I can't wait. My old, twin-size bed sunk in the middle so not very comfortable. Anyway, I haven't seen any birds in the birdbath yet, just a dove sitting on the edge, checking it out. It should get to 95 today & the pool water is up to 80 now, so I may just jump in this afternoon & take my first swim in it. We're having the family over this weekend for a pool party so that should be fun. Okay, yous guys, have a great day & it's 10:30, do YOU know where your water is? Glug, glug, everybody! Thanks for listening.
- Wednesday Apr 25, 2001
Hey, everyone! I'm back--again. Just took a day off, is all. I had a bad sinus headache most of yesterday & just didn't feel like getting on here. Feeling fine today.
Yesterday--no exercise, but I went real early to weigh-in at WW, before 9:00AM, to beat the crowd. Their scale said 148.8 but I'm still posting 148.5 since that's what my trusty ole scale said again. I'm not really losing but after the month I had with the Prednisone, I consider myself fortunate to have maintained. I didn't stay for the meeting, like I said, I had that headache, but I did manage to force myself to go to Super K-Mart & Super Wal-Mart, my favorite stores, haha. I found a yoga video for only $6.99 (I've wanted to try yoga) "Yoga for Dummies", haven't tried it yet. I thought I might make Tuesdays & Thursdays yoga days without the walking, I don't know yet. I've also added on Mon., Wed, & Fri. my 100 crunches & some arm exercises with weights, sometime after I do the walking. Then on weekends, I'll probably just walk. Yesterday afternoon, hubby & I went to my Mom's so he could spray her weeds & Mom & I just sat & talked. After that we went to Home Depot, where we bought the birdbath (for the birds, herb, not the cat, haha), then stopped at OfficeMax to pick up some large calendars cause my hubs likes to write everything down that is important everyday, such as the things he did around the house, repairs & yard work & such, so he can keep track. Anyways, we didn't get home until after dark & he needed to take the trash cans out to the road for pickup this morning. So, taking a flashlight, he set out the front door. A minute later, he came back in, saying "come out here, there's a snake climbing up the front of the house", so I did & there was. It was about 3 feet long, but thin, & didn't have a rattle on it's tail, so it wasn't a rattler but I was still afraid it could be something poisonous. I did go get my digital camera anyway & shot a couple of pictures as it crawled away. I'm surprised I didn't dream about snakes last night, haha. So I guess we'd better be careful around here, especially at night. I read that rattlesnakes are nocturnal & I guess other snakes too. My hubby killed a small rattlesnake in the front yard a few weeks ago. Oh, the adventurous life in the desert!
So, on to today--walked 3 miles in 49 minutes--I remembered to add some 4mph sprints today. Does anyone know if this is good, or should I just try to go faster & keep my heart-rate up for most of the workout? I thought I'd try to make a tape for my Walkman that would have like 5 minutes of music at 3.6mph, then 5 mins at 3.8mph, then 20 mins at 4.0 & then back down, know what I mean? What do ya's think? Anyway, most of the time now, I'm walking at 3.6mph but I think I'm ready to move up to 3.8 & 4.0. We'll see. I haven't been real good with my food choices again, I seem to want to "reward" myself for a couple of days after weigh-in, since I have a whole month before I need to go weigh-in at WW again. But I could be doing worse & I WILL get back to doing better. After all, I really do like feeling thinner & wearing my smaller clothes, so I certainly WILL NOT go back to being as fat as I was when I started.
Confession time--call me crazy, but this morning while walking on the treadmill, I talked to you all in my head (at least it wasn't out loud) thinking what I was going to say here today. Do any of you do that? If it's only me, I will head straight to the mental hospital, okay? I rely so much on this site & all of you. We all make a really good team, don't ya think? Okay, I've run on long enough for one day, huh? Thanks for listening.
- Monday Apr 23, 2001
Good morning, everyone! And it is a good one here. 70 degrees already & the sun is shining. It's only 10:00 AM here. I'm having a great day so far. I got up early, as usual, & got right on the treadmill & did my 3 miles in 51 minutes. We moved my treadmill in front of the bedroom window yesterday, so I can look out on the front yard & watch the birdies & bunnies while I walk. It sure beats looking at a blank wall. After we moved it yesterday afternoon, I felt inspired to take a nice walk on it then so I did 3 miles then. My cat sat in the window looking out too & a little bunny came along &, I swear, he stared right at us for about a minute, you know how they freeze when they see something, & then he just went on eating the grass (yes, we do have some little patches of grass in our desert front yard). So I hope to see lots of animals while I get my walk in. I think I'll buy a birdbath to set out there too. Yesterday, not only did I get in plenty of exercise, I did stay within my point range for the day. And I drank 3 liters of water. So it was a very good day. Do you notice how, when you have a really good day like that, it makes you feel so good about yourself, instead of how bad you feel when you don't eat right or exercise? Why can't we remember that when that urge to binge strikes us? I guess we're not perfect, huh? Yesterday I was up a half pound (which I forgot to report) but today I'm back down again. I guess that's what you get when you weigh everyday. I swear, from now on, I will only weigh-in on Tuesdays, unless I start going to a different meeting on another day of the week. Tomorrow is my once-a-month weigh-in at WW. I'll let you know how it goes. Also, I wanted to tell all you WW members out there, if you haven't heard of it, www.dottisweightlosszone.com is a great place to find food points & she has all kinds of restaurants listed. Also, her story is inspiring. So check it out. Well, I gotta go get my hair trimmed. I'm going to Supercuts, I've never been there, since I just moved here 2 months ago. Wish me luck, the last time I got my hair cut, it was a disaster. Okay, rash update: it seems to not be itching quite as much this morning, so maybe it's getting better. I just wish I could get rid of all the scabs on my legs. They look horrible & my legs were always my best area. And I have to wear shorts because long pants make me itch more. So people probably think I have some awful disease, but I don't care, really. And I haven't been able to shave them for a month now, yuck! I think I'll scout out some of that aloe plant if there is some in my yard, as pushedtothewall suggested. So I'd better get going, I'll come back & read all your entries later. Hope you're all doing great. Thanks for all the comments, friends. And thanks for listening.
- Sunday Apr 22, 2001
Hey, good morning (or afternoon) everyone! It's only 11:20 AM here now. I've already been out for a 30 minute walk with the hubster & had a nice breakfast (point-friendly). I'm on my second 1/2 liter of water right now, I'm a little behind this morning. I would have walked longer but he just keeps thinking of all the work he has yet to do today, so he cut us short. Part of our back yard fence got blown over last night because we had some really high winds, so he's out working on fixing that right now. We walked down the next street over from ours this morning & discovered "Jan's Iris Garden". This woman has a kazillion irises that are all different colors & in bloom right now, so beautiful. She welcomes anyone to come visit & enjoy her flowers. And we found out that growers have created every color possible except for true red with these irises. She has really put a lot of work into it & we enjoyed seeing them. Some of the cacti are blooming around here too, some are really pretty, hard to believe that of a cactus. Anyway, we had a good time out walking. I'll do the treadmill tomorrow so I'll get a better workout. Weigh-day is coming up Tuesday at WW. I need to go weigh-in at least once a month & this month is almost over, so I will definitely go Tuesday. So I'm trying to be very good, if my weight is more than 2 pounds more than my goal of 150, I would have to pay & I sure don't want to do that. I've paid enough, 1 1/2 years worth & that's a lot. And I don't want to quit WW because I worked so hard to become a lifetime member. The meetings I go to now aren't very good but maybe one of these days I will look for another one to try. This woman who leads it is very funny but all she does is talk about herself & the old meetings I went to in Cincinnati were really good, she talked about new, point-friendly foods to try & gave a lot of good recipes. People would bring in the empty package of something they had tried that was good, so I learned about a lot of foods I wouldn't have ever found on my own. I always left there feeling kinda renewed & ready to try harder. I miss it. It's funny, I just have to tell you, when I woke up this morning, all I wanted to do was go back to sleep, but, of course, I thought of my DD buddies & knew I just had to get up & get to that exercise. So you can see, you all help me here. I'm sure you all do the same thing, right? So it looks like a nice day here for me. The sun is shining & it should get to about 73 here today. They said it will get to 85 tomorrow, woohoo! My rash is still the same, at least it's not worse, & maybe it will go away by itself, I hope. Maria, I'm afraid to try anything on it as it may make it worse. Thanks for the advice anyway, you just may be right. I'll mention it to my doctor if I ever hear from her again, haha. Well, I've really gone on today, haven't I? Making up for the time I lost, I guess. Thank you all again for all you comments. So now I'll go check up on how you're doing. Thanks for listening.
- Saturday Apr 21, 2001
Well, here I am again! I've just been through a little rocky patch but I'm fine now. Nothing major, just depressed a little the last couple of days. I was eating all the wrong things & not exercising, except for Tuesday. But yesterday, I got back on the wagon & here I am. RASH UPDATE!! That darn rash on my legs & arms is coming back again since I stopped taking the Prednisone. The doc is supposed to be trying to get me in to see a dermatologist but I haven't heard anything yet. Maybe it will just go away by itself. The itching wasn't quite as bad last night so I was able to get a good night's sleep. I tell ya, it really depressed me to think it was coming back after all I went through taking the Prednisone. That stuff made me eat like a truck driver. I sure don't want to take it anymore. Anyway, that's my story & I'm stickin' to it, if anyone is interested. No exercise yesterday but I only went over my points by one, so I consider that a good day compared to what I had been doing. But even though I had been doing pretty bad, I always got my water in, I just don't have a problem with that part. And I did drop a pound since last I made an entry. This morning I walked 3 miles on my treadmill, cutting my time from 51 minutes to 49. I added 4 sprints of 3 minutes at 4mph. The rest of the time I did 3.6mph, with 2 minutes of warm-up & 2 of cool-down. So I'm off to a good start today. AND I WILL KEEP THIS UP!! I'm feeling really up, if a little itchy. I want to thank everyone who commented & wondered where I was, you know who you are. You people are the best! So, I'm going to spend the day here, catching up on how you all are doing & get my daily dose of inspiration. Thanks for listening.
- Saturday Apr 14, 2001
Hey, everybody! It's a great day today, hope you're all having a good one too. Dietwise, I'm not doing so good, but hubby & I did take a nice walk this morning, almost an hour, so I figure it may have been about 3 miles. It's so nice to walk around here in the quiet morning. We're pretty far out from town, a lot of dirt roads & desert. We always see bunnies & quail & it seems everyone has at least 4 dogs each house. Two of them practically attacked us this morning, loose. I'm glad I was with my hubby, he chased them off while I panicked. That's why I refuse to walk around here by myself, too many varmints wandering around. We also saw a dead rat, ewww. Like I said, pretty wild around here. But I like it, I guess. The pool water is only about 65 so still too cold to take a dip. We're going to run the heater during the day (solar heat) so maybe it should warm up soon since it will be in the 90's all next week. Well, my treadmill is under wraps in the bedroom that is being painted so I guess I won't be able to use it until that room is finished. The painter won't be back until Monday to do some more. Boy, did we make a mistake when we bought this house, we should have stipulated that they do the painting first so we shouldn't have had to pay for that. I think that's what most people do. Oh, well, you live & learn, right? I think he will be finished by the end of next week, let's hope. Well, I hope you all have a safe holiday & enjoy yourselves some. I plan to. Thanks for listening.
- Friday Apr 13, 2001
Good morning, everyone! I'm feeling great today, finally. I think I'm almost back to normal. I got up really early this morning, the painter got here at 7. So I got right on the treadmill (he's not painting that room yet) & did 3 miles. I thought "let's try 2 miles, at least" but after I did that much, the rest was easy. I just kept thinking of you all & how great it would be to say I did the whole 3. And I feel so good for having done it. Then I remembered to do some crunches, 100, I always kept forgetting to do those & haven't done them for a couple of months. So now I'm off to a good start for today. I showered, had breakfast & made some chicken salad for lunch. I guess I might get to some ironing today that needs to be done, don't know what else I'll do. Maybe you didn't see but I weighed again this morning, up a half, not as bad as I'd thought it might be. I was really bad again yesterday but I think today will be much better. I feel a little more in control now. And I have lots of good, low-point foods to eat so there's no excuse. Just gotta keep busy. Oh, the weather here is great today too, so pretty. The sun is shining, it's warm & ,really, life couldn't be better for me. Maybe hubby & I will get out for a nice, leisurely walk later this afternoon, I don't know. It sounds good to me. I can't wait til it gets really warm so I can get out in the pool & do some exercise there. And my Mom can join me some too for the exercise. I know she would enjoy that. She's doing really well on WW, I'm so proud of her. Now my sister thinks she would like to try it too. So I'd better be doing better now to show them how well it works. I tell you, what a difference a day makes, I feel so much better. And all your comments really made me feel so much better too. You are all so great, I'm glad I can come here & it's so nice to know you all. I get so much out of reading all your entries here. I hope I can be a little inspiration to someone out there too. Well, you all take care, I'm going to go check up on you now. And thanks again for all the nice comments, it really helped me. Til tomorrow, thanks for listening.
- Thursday Apr 12, 2001
Good morning, everyone! I just feel like I don't belong here anymore. I had good intentions yesterday but didn't follow through. And the weight is just going up & up. We were gone out all day yesterday shopping for bedroom & patio furniture so at least I was moving, not just on the couch. My meals were not the best though. Both lunch & dinner was sub sandwiches & not the low fat ones, with fries. No excuse for that, I know. I vow that today will be better. I have to go out & shop for new sheets for my new queen bed & I will be making part of the Easter dinner Sunday, so I need to get some items for that. I didn't do any exercise again this morning either. We have a painter here today who will start on painting the inside of the house. So things will not be normal around here for a few days. I just keep in my mind that this will pass & I can get back into a normal routine again. I am such a creature of habit. You can all give me a big, swift kick if ya want. I'm still using that Prednisone for my excuse, I just don't feel like my normal self. But I'm not giving up & I'll keep coming back. I weighed 143.5 on Sunday morning & now I'm back up to 149. I'm starting to panic. I didn't get a chance to read your entries yesterday & I hope you're all doing great, as I'm sure you are. Thanks for listening.
- Wednesday Apr 11, 2001
Okay, I'm back! Vacation's over! I've been eating like a body builder on steroids. Cause of the Prednisone. I'm down to only 5 mg. twice a day now, so maybe it will wear off. Anyway, I'm going to do the program today, weighing & measuring my food & eating all the right, healthy things. I made a big pot of the WW veggie soup the other day & hubby says it's really good, so I have that to eat whenever I'm hungry. 0 points. No exercise this morning though. I'm still feeling jittery & worn out, I breathe hard just taking my shower. I wish I'd never gotten on the Prednisone, I think it was a mistake because of all the side effects. My blood glucose has been higher than it should be. I should have gone to a dermatologist, I think, I may have been put on a better cure for the rash. Too late now, I just have to wait for this stuff to get out of my system. I plan on doing some walking tomorrow morning. As you can see, my weight did go up some, so it's time to quit fooling around & get back to work. I'm glad that I can come here & see how you all are doing so well. It renews my faith that I can do it too. I've been reading your entries everyday but not commenting much, sorry. Thanks for all your kind comments. And thanks for listening.