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Thursday, December 31, 2009

Day 365 (day 1 / week 52)

Well I did it. Today was a workday and I forgot my pedometer at home again (doh!). It was much busier than last week so a safe estimation of 13000 steps wouldn't be pushing it. My arms are also still a little sore from Wii Baseball yesterday...which I love.

So there you have it.

365 days of exercise.

I did it!

It wasn't a great feat because it was a bunch of small "make it counts" in a row. That's all you gotta do with anything big. Break it down into smalls. Think of it like a huge hunk of meat. You don't just inhale the entire thing. You break it down and work on it piece by piece.

You can totally do it if you are wondering.

I have a toddler, a job (a very physical one at that!), I work 12 hour shifts, I used to be a stay at home mom, and have a busy life. I even moved across state and sprained an ankle. I got a dog, had to give her up and was adopted by a strange pizza eating cat. I suck at replying to emails, comments and everything else that is bloggy related, I have issues managing my personal time, and I procrastinate BIG TIME, so this totally proves that I am just like everyone else (although you might be waay better at these things, than I am! sorry again!), with a normal life. I also heart sugar. yummy yummy sugar. *drool*

I have learned a lot and I had a vision of writing down a ton of things/goals that I had achieved throughout the year, but I'm tired.

I will tell you however that I am going to continue and focus on the things that I brushed aside or didn't try too hard with this year, because I didn't want to get overwhelmed and quit. I can totally do more than 10 mins a day now, so that will change. I also want to focus on strength training a lot more and my eating. I did HORRIBLY the past 2 weeks w/ my diet, but the rest of the year wasn't as bad as it could have been. This proves to me that focusing on what I eat is a must, if I want to lose weight. MORE weight. I probably gained 10 lbs in the last 2 weeks just eating whatever I wanted. I don't feel like I was owed it, but I spent a good portion of this year being "good" so I just let lose. Tomorrow that will change. Back to focusing and back to the basics. I also want to lose more weight in 2010 than I did in 2009.

That being said, I (really want to cry) decided to commit to something for 2010 that I have been dreading, but it is inevitable. I have issues w/ it and it needs to stop. I am in total denial and think "why the heck would I do this," but I need to. It's an addiction talking. I'm talking about sugar...again.

In 2010 no more sugar. Anything I see as a threat to this, I won't eat--including diet soda *cry*. I keep reading that there is a relationship between sugar cravings and diet soda, so I am just going to cut them both out. I know I am not strong enough, but I realize that God has given me HUGE amounts of strength and determination to do something hard for 365 days in a row (I'm not stopping people!) that I know that with His strength, I can do this. No sugar for 2010. I ate a good-bye brownie at work. It's going to be hard, but I know I can do all things in Him who gives me the strength to do it (Phil 4:13)! So can you!

My work schedule is crazy for the next few days. I work on the 1st, 3rd, 4th and 6th, until I get back to my usual Sunday, Monday, Tuesday schedule. I do have a 1 day off in there, twice, but it's not enough for me to rest up, do measurements and all of that and get stuff done to be ready for work the next day, so I probably wont be posting any results until the 8th. I will post results for the entire year and all of that good stuff :). I don't think I did my first measurements in January until the 10th or 11th anyway, so it's all good.

Have a good night and a safe new year.

Thank you all for your support and patience with me. You all have blessed me in so many ways. I wish I could hug you all--including all of you lurkers! You bless my socks off!


In 2009 I exercised 365 days in a row.

I CAN do this. I am a star!

Day 364 (day 7 / week 51)

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

It was a day off and I got exercise in w/out even realizing it (sweet and thank you Monkey Boy!). By the end of the night I was panicking that it was bedtime and I hadn't done anything. My arm felt a little sore and I kept playing w/it not even realizing why it was sore.

The Monkey Boy got some game accessories for the Wii for Christmas: a steering wheel and a golf club for the Wii remote. He wanted to golf but kept swinging it like a bat, so I put on Wii Baseball and he just bugged me. I played many years of softball and I guess the game got the best out of me and I ended up playing it for an hour. My left arm is sore from "pitching" so long story short, I got in a little "exercise" but it's definitely better than nothing. I was so happy that I had played, because if I hadn't, then I would have done forearm curls or something in bed to make up for it. Two days before the end and I blow it now? pssht.

Anyway have a good night.

I can do this. I am a star.

PS i am noticed that I messed up on my numbers somewhere. It turns out I dupelicated day 292 (day 5 / week 41)--October 19 & 20. I started to fix those days and went through a few weeks, but I am just too tired, so I fixed today's number. Sorry for the goof up (it was bound to happen, right? lol).

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Day 362 (day 5 / week 51)

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

I really am grateful for sparkpeople. For all of the tools it has given me, including the fitness tracker (which I am super grateful for now), nutrition tracker and all of the other bells and whistles that comes along w/ the free membership. I still can't believe it's FREE! If you haven't joined already, you should just poke around. It's free and has been a huge blessing in helping me with my 2009 resolution. I have learned so much, and there is SO MUCH support there out there in sparky land.

Anyway, I walked 1.5 miles in 25 minutes (getting better) and did some sissor kicks. I really need to start utilizing the quickfire challenges again, so I guess I will make that a goal for 2010 as well. I know it seems like I have been mentioning a lot of goals for 2010 but all they really are are just guidelines for me I guess...things that I know will help me to achieve my 2010 resolution--730 days of exercise (in a row) as well as some other stuff.

I have more goals in mind, some that I have been pushing away since they popped into my mind, but I keep going back to "no, that's ridiculous" because I really don't want to do it. It's not about want. It's about need. I need to do them, and I still keep saying "naw, not gonna happen." I was watching Joyce Meyer this morning, and she was talking about faith (my favorite subject). I was thinking about faith and my resolutions, and I decided to follow through w/ those goals, because plain and simple, faith without action is dead (James 2:17). She didn't say this, but it was one of those things that God put into my heart as I was listening to her, and I just have to do it. He will help me through it (if I let Him). Watching her put me in the place to "do what I gotta do," "make it count," and recieve His word.

I can totally do this. I AM a star!

Day 361 (day 4 / week 51)

Monday, December 28, 2009

I did my normal work thing, but forgot my pedometer (grumble). I reset it, and just forgot to bring it with me. I estimated 12,054 steps because it was busy, but not a busiest day for me, and it wasn't slow either. On these types of days I usually get at least 12,000 steps in (gotta laugh at the random 54 steps--I don't know where that came from lol).

I also decided for 2010 that on my workdays I am going to make them mini strength training days. I am going to do at least some push ups when I get home. I know now that I can work and exercise, but I want to go just that extra mile next year, now that I know I can do it.

I can do this. I am a star.

Day 360 (day 3 / week 51)

Sunday, December 27, 2009

I was supposed to work today (normal work day) but I switched schedules with someone at work so she could go to a doctor's appointment.

My sparkpeople fitness log says that I walked 1.5 miles in 30 minutes (a little better). Even though I have been really bad at blogging, I am proud of myself for getting my fitness minutes into my tracker on sparkpeople. It just makes everything else so much easier. Maybe that's why I procrastinate with blogging, because I know I have that backup that I can crutch on. Interesting...

I decided for the new year that I am going to put a goal on my blogging and exercising. I am naming it so now I have to do it. I am going to get my exercise AND blogging done before 2pm, with the exception of my workdays. I need to think about how to do that, because at 2pm, I am at work and I still don't know my total steps for the day. Either way I need to make that a bonafide goal, or I will never do it lol.

I can do this. I am a star.

Day 359 (day 2 / week 51)

I can't believe I let it go this long w/out posting something. tisk tisk. The time really did slip away from me. Thank goodness for my sparkpeople fitness tracker.

Saturday December 26, 2009

I really don't remember the day after Christmas. Again, thank goodness for my fitness tracker. I logged 2.5 miles in an hour. Man that's slow. I also did 30 minutes of heavy cleaning, which makes sense.

This year for Christmas I didn't get my weights. I got a food processor instead (which is nice). Having weights is a huge part of my goal set for 2010 so I will have to go get some before my birthday (Jan 23), when my hubby plans on getting them for me. It will be an early birthday present :).

I can do this. I am a star.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Day 358 (day 1 / week 51)

Merry Christmas everyone!

I hope everyone spent precious time with their loved ones or doing whatever it is you wanted to do.

Today was a lot like yesterday. Push-ups before bed and all. I think I am going to start doing them daily. We'll see.

This morning we did the Santa thing for our 3 year old. He scored and loves his drum set. I know all parents say this about their toddlers, but he is so talented! He has rhythm and he is already playing to his favorite songs (A-B-Cs, Happy Birthday and Old MacDonald).

While he was unwrapping presents, the cat came back. It meowed loudly at our front door until my hubby opened it and then it walked right in, like it lived here.

I won't let myself get attached to this cat. It's someone's pet. I feel stuck because we fed the cat and she probably isn't going anywhere now that we did, but it's like one of those situations that you can't win from. We couldn't turn our backs on it and just let it go out and die in our yard (the poor thing is so skinny--all you feel is bones when you pet it) and we fed it because of this, so it's not going away. She ate 3 cans of tuna and a bowl of milk. If we just take her to the pound, no one will take her (she is SO horribly skinny) and they would probably just put her to sleep. We still can't find her owners so I am going to venture out a little farther away tomorrow and put up posters. She has this distinct orange sweater on her that would make it easy to identify her with, and a really long tail, so that might help too. I can't help but wonder if God brought her to us because He knows we will care for her and that my hubby will tolerate her (he is a cat person), if her family didn't want her anymore and that my heart still aches from Pebbles. Logan has been really good to her too (very gentle).

My MIL says there is a cat hospital up the street that will look at her for free to see if she is chipped and/or sick. I am not sure how I feel about adopting this cat if it is just a stray and if in the end, no one turns out to want her, but in a way she already adopted us! We got a litter box in the meanwhile until we find her family, but she won't use it at all. I know nothing about cats (I'm a dog person) and my hubby says that it could be a sign of illness. She was a house cat at some point, so I would think she would know how to use it. *shrugs* Anyone got any tips, comments, suggestions?

Here is a picture of her.

That is my son's blankey she is chillin on. He is VERY territorial with it (understatement of the year) but he is ok w/ her laying in it ???. Strange boy. Strange cat. (thank goodness for washing machines! lol). Off to bed.

Merry Christmas. God bless!

I can do this. I am a star.

Day 357 (day 7 / week 50)

Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house,
not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.

The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
in hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there.

The family was nestled all snug in the bed,
and mommy was still awake,
doing push-ups and reverse crunches instead.


Seriously though. It's hard to do the exercise thing during the holidays with lots of family and a little kid, so I ended up doing something before bed. That's what I did for exercise. 3 sets of 10 push-ups and 2 sets of 25 reverse crunches.

As you all know, I miss Pebbles (my dog that we had to give back, that now has a happy home with someone else). Deep in my heart I want a pet, but I won't ever go find one. I was talking with God yesterday and in my heart I said that I would never go looking for a pet again. I thought the only way I would ever end up with a pet is if one found us (what are the chances of that happening, right?).

Today (Thursday December 24, 2009) a cat found us. The poor thing was skin and bones and just begging for attention. We were going to the grocery store and this cat approached my hubby and practically jumped in the car. It was the funniest thing. This was someone's family member at some point, because it's wearing an orange sweater, has been de-clawed but is totally emaciated.

When we got home from the store (45 mins later) the cat was still there. My son fell asleep in the car so I got him out and put him in his room, and as I came out of the hallway this cat was sitting in the middle of the living room. I have never seen this cat before today--it just totally welcomed itself into our house and home.

We went out searching for posters of this lost cat, looked on craigslist and local classified ads, but we haven't found a thing. She used to be someone's family member and it hurts me to think that she could have possibly been abandoned (so many animals in this area are being left behind w/ the foreclosure of homes). She stayed in the house and purred at our feet.

We ended up leaving again so we gave it some tuna, put it outside and left for the night. When we got home a 4 hours later, it was gone so we just went to sleep, somewhat relieved (and missing Pebbles). Funny cat.

Anyway Merry Christmas!

I can do this. I am a star.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Day 356 (day 6 / week 50)

Today was a good day. I got a lot accomplished. My son went to Arizona with his Papa and Nana to do the Polar Express thing, which is why I got things accomplished today lol.

I got up and exercised for 40 minutes. Cardio and balance (I've been feeling a little off lately) and I also walked 3 miles. Man it's cold and windy today! After that I cleaned my kitchen for 30 minutes--spotless. Love it! Then I did some more errands, went shopping, made some Christmas cookies (thanks Erin!), dropped them off at work, picked my son up and then drove to the dealership to sign some more paperwork w/ my hubby. I got a lot done and got home late. Glad I took advantage of the morning, becuase it would have been hard to do anything at this point. Gotta make that time count, ya know?

I'm bushed and off to bed.

Tomorrow is Christmas Eve. In my in-law's family, we do the Christmas thing on Christmas Eve (church/presents/dinner/etc). In my family we do it on Christmas day. Although I will be busy the next 2 days, I am going to make it a point to blog first thing, just so that I don't end up posting close to 11pm, like I am now. I still don't know why I procrastinate blogging. At least I am logging my minutes and stuff on Sparkpeople so that I don't have to remember what I did when I am blogging a few days in a row--I can just look at my log and type that in. *whew!* I heart that part of accountability. Kinda neat that I can look back on this entire year at any day and see what I did for exercise :).

Blessings to all of you throughout this holiday season! ((hugs))

I can do this. I am a star.

Day 355 (day 5 / week 50)

10 days to go till the new year...

Tuesday December 22, 2009

A busy workday. 15,024 steps (7.11 miles). Man it was cold and windy. I was glad that it was my last workday for the week. Woo hoo!

I can do this. I am a star.

Day 354 (day 4 / week 50)

Monday December 21, 2009

It was a scheduled workday but I didn't go in. I ended up walking only about a mile and doing strength training--overhead tricep extensions. I just did them until my muscles fatigued (about 3 sets of 25-30 w/ 10lbs). I just remember walking all over the house doing them hoping that I wouldn't knock myself in the head. I didn't, thank goodness lol.

I can do this. I am a star.

Day 353 (day 3 / week 50)

oh em gee...

I can't believe I was going to go to bed w/out blogging for the past few days.

Sunday December 20, 2009

It was a work day. I walked 11,950 steps (5.66 miles).

Sorry these are going to be short! I'm tired and want to go to bed.

I can do this. I am a star.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Day 352 (day 2 / week 50)

Today was a long day.

I woke up early and hit the treadmill for 20 minutes (I think--I can't believe I forgot how long!) @ 3.6 mph. Then I walked around with the fam.

I read somewhere recently that food wasn't a good reward system when it comes to exercise (it leads to unhealthy stuff) and that's what I have been doing. We had brunch at my hubby's Gram and Papa's house, and then we hit a few dealerships. Yes, I said dealerships. Reward... dealership... reward... see where I'm going here? I bought a new car today. My (old) car is fine, but my son is growing out of the backseat. The kid can literally kick me in the head, sitting in the middle of the back seat if he wanted to. Every once in a while he would put his foot on my shoulder. He wouldn't even fit behind either of the seats, so in the middle he stayed.

So anyway, I decided that I wouldn't mind trading in my car (2007 Toyota Corolla S), if my payments were the same or lower (they are like $20/month lower). I really like the new 2010 Scion XB RS in purple (which is what started it all), but the only dealership in town that has one (just one and no one else) wouldn't make a good deal w/ us. They didn't really want to sell it I guess--horrible horrible deal (my credit is good too), so I ended up buying a new 2008 silver Scion XB--I jumped on the XB bandwagon (my hubby and his father both have one).

Anyway this was my reward for sticking to my resolution all year. There is no change for us financially as I was able to put my car payment for the month down as a down payment, and the payments are a little less. I'm happy, my hubby is happy and so is the Monkey Boy. I'm mostly happy because I just really traded it in evenly (financially) and don't have any extra expenses. *whew.*

I walked a total of 3.45 miles (7292 steps) including my 20ish minutes on the treadmill this morning.

I'm tired and have to go to work in the morning. I'll post a picture of it soon.

Take care everyone!

I can do this. I am a star.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Day 351 (day 1 / week 50)

Holy cow ravioli. I was sore this morning. My feet, ankles, hips, legs, even my arms were a little sore from yesterdays walk.

Today I decided to take it easy. I walked a very slow mile (30 minutes) and did strength training. I did 3 sets of 15 overhead triceps extensions (5lb weights) and 3 sets of 15 Single Arm Front Raises with 5lb dumbbells too (it took about 10 minutes total).

One of the things I want to focus on next year is listening to my body more w/ strength training. I know that if I can do so many reps w/ a selected weight, and by the end of the set, I am not feeling a little tired or muscle fatigue, then I am not lifting enough weight. Today I did. It was only 5lbs, but I can feel my arms and chest muscles jiggling. Ho! Ho! Ho! Merry Christmas! (jiggling arms instead of a jiggling belly lol).

See you in the morning!

I can do this. I am a star.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Day 350 (day 7 / week 49)

I am so proud of myself today. I used to say "make it count" at the end of my blog posts, and I guess that kind of lost translation for me after I started working.

Today I made it count.

This morning I did 62 Wii minutes (took me like 2 hours though) focusing on strength training again (squats, lunges, ab work, etc) and then I did what the previous me (the fat me before this resolution), never thought that I would do. I walked to my mom's house.

It's like 7.5 miles (15,823 steps). I did it in 132 minutes (2 hours and 12 minutes). Boy, I thought my feet hurt yesterday and the day before... lol. I've walked distances like this at work before, but it's been spread out throughout the work day. Today I did it all in a matter of a few hours. Let me tell you, it's different.

It wasn't windy at all and it was quite nice (it's how it's been lately). I had the Monkey Boy bundled up, and I walked the busy streets of Las Vegas, all the way to my mom's house. I started to speed things up when I saw the sun going down and that I wasn't in a great area. I didn't think that part out too thoroughly. No one (including my hubby) thought I was actually going to do it. They should know by now that I am a different person than I was last year. Maybe this will prove to my mom that I have been serious the entire time and not just lying about my resolution (she thinks that anyone that says they do something that she can't conceive of doing is just lying). I would have laughed at the thought of doing it before. It's totally doable (if you tell yourself you can't do something--you won't). Now I can say that I did.

Make it count. You can totally do this, whatever this is!

I can do this. I am a star.

Day 349 (day 6 / week 49)

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

It was my day off and I walked for 30 minutes and did the Wii Fit for 20, focusing on the strength training they have on there. My feet were so sore when I woke up in the morning.

In the evening we went and got The Monkey Boys picture taken with Santa (waited in line for like an hour).

He looks so cute, although it's a total fake smile--the camera lady didn't seem like she understood children and lost like every child's "moment" that was in line before us (very slow).

I don't ever remember Santa ever looking this real (he always had a fake beard when I was little). We've been lucky to get real Santa pictures with our son since we started taking him :).

I can do this. I am a star.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Day 348 (day 5 / week 49)

The last work day of the week (thank goodness). Busy-busy, just like yesterday. I forgot my pedometer at home today after I reset it. Don't know how, but I did. My day was pretty similar to yesterday though. My feet really hurt (they always do on Tuesday night after work). I can barely walk (also common for the 3rd day on :)).

I can do this. I am a star.

Day 347 (day 4 / week 49)

Monday, December 14, 2004

Workday. Busy-busy. 16,059 steps (7.60 miles).

I can do this. I am a star.

Day 346 (day 3 / week 49)

I am beyond exhausted so I am going to make this quick--for Sunday, Monday and today.

Sunday, December 13, 2004

Workday. Busy (duh) 14,892 steps (7.05 miles).

Hope everyone is well!

I can do this. I am a star.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Day 345 (day 2 / week 49)

Another shopping day. Almost done (1 person left). I can't believe how fast this year flew by. Crazy fast.

Have I mentioned that I hate shopping? I really do. The only plus is all of the unconscious exercise (walking, lifting, pushing). Definitely better than sitting on the couch, although after a long day it's nice. Even during a lazy day it's nice. Oh who am I kidding. I heart my couch. Dare I confess that it's because it gives my hubby static electricity and he shocks himself every.single.time he gets up lolol. Even the monkey boy notices, because it's one of the make believe games he plays. He pretends to shock himself when he gets up to go in the kitchen lolol.

Anyway I walked exactly 2.5 miles (5292 steps) and then went Christmas shopping w/ the hubby and monkey boy. It amazes me how much he is understanding. He sees toys in our cart and I tell him they are for his friends and cousins, and he understands. HE UNDERSTANDS. That just blows my mind.

Still no 30 day shred. I remember to do it like right before bed. I feel like I might be boycotting it in some way (I feel a tantrum coming on...I don't wanna do it! I don't wanna! I don't wanna! no. No. NO! I just don't want to do it!), but am SO proud of Erin for doing it. She's almost done! Like practically done pretty much. Today is day 27 if I am counting correctly. I really can't believe how fast the time flew by. You go girl! Go give that girl a high five. She's awesome for sticking to it and getting her entire family envolved. (sorry Erin! I will still finish my 30 days if it kills me though. It might take me a few months but I'll do them!)

Work in the am. *sigh*

I can do this. I am a star.

Day 344 (day 1 / week 49)

Friday, December 11, 2009

Friday I did some last minute Christmas shopping, and some walking w/ the Monkey Boy. I walked a little over 2 miles in 40 minutes. Not much, but better than nothing.

It feels like I am just going through the motions to get it done (exercise), then looking forward to doing it. I wonder if it's because the end of the year is coming up fast? Maybe boredom? (probably) *shrugs.* It's kind of funny how Jan 1 always feels like a clean slate, although all it is is another tomorrow, today and yesterday. No big deal. Just another number, right?

I can do this. I am a star.

Day 343 (day 7 / week 48)

Thursday December 10, 2009

I don't know why I let myself get so behind on my blogging. I didn't do much on Thursday. I walked 1.5 miles and did about 45 minutes of heavy cleaning. It must be a challenge for toddlers to see how messy they can get things, when they know someone is just going to clean it up.

I'm a little disappointed in myself that I have been doing the bare minimum with exercise and that I haven't been doing the 30 day shred. I have been talking to hubby about moving the Wii into my exercise room, now that it's clean, so that I can utilize it again, since that's what it is there for. I find myself not doing so much when he is around--I'd rather spend time w/ him, and I hate when he leaves the room when I exercise (I'd rather leave the room and go somewhere else to exercise lol--don't know what that's about). When I use that room, I find myself not caring if he is home or not to exercise. Now that it's clean again (yaay me) I need to use it.

I'm still a little sick but it's easy to ignore now. yaay :).

I can do this. I am a star.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Day 342 (day 6 / week 48)

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

I looove me some days off, especially after a doozy the day before (who talks like that?? oh ya, me!). My inner voice lately has been redneckaliscious. I don't know what stemmed it, but I crack myself up. I really do. I'm High-larious.

Anyway I slept in b/c the Monkey Boy spent the night at Nana and Papa's house and I got A LOT accomplished. I did like 2-3 days worth of cleaning in 2 hours, split up into about an hour each time. Between that I did about 20 minutes on the Wii Fit focusing on strength training and my arms, and boy they are sore today! This just proves to myself that I don't really need weights to do strength training. I just really want them.

I also wrapped Christmas presents for over an hour on the pool table (that thing came in handy for something!). I assembled my son's mini drum set that we got him for Christmas and wrapped that. My hubby came home to me doing it and he said, "boy honey, getting creative w/ the wrapping?" I wrapped the tom-tom, snare and the cymbal all separately, attached to the set lol, and then wrapped the whole thing letting the wrapped cymbal stick out. I am going to have to video tape this Christmas, because it's the first one that The Monkey Boy has any sense of what's going on with and he REALLY loves drums. He wanted a Cars backpack too, and he is going to be SOO excited to see one. Christmas will be fun with him, but I can't wait until I can teach him about Jesus. I wish he could grasp who Jesus is. I don't even know if he understands what I say most of the time, so I don't know if he understands when I talk to him about God. I can't wait to tell him about his best friend and know that he gets it.

Anyway, that's it! I'm still sick but getting better. Yaay! Off to exercise for today :).

I can do this. I am a star.

Day 341 (day 5 / week 48)

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

I was still sick but went to work anyway. I took some Claritin for the sneezing, runny nose and eyes and some cold medicine (Vicks cold and flu) for the coughing, body aches and everything else that I felt. They masked my symptoms pretty well for the most part (I forgot to bring the Vicks to work with me), except for losing my voice.

At about noon, I started to feel pretty crappy but I sucked it up because another CNA actually went home early because she wasn't feeling well and I didn't want to cause two times the drama. I figured I didn't have to work on Wed, so I would just finish and get the day over with.

I ended up getting 1/2 of her workload, which was hard, but great for exercise! I walked 18,711 steps! I think that's the most I have ever done in a workday since I started tracking steps (that's 8.86 miles!). I did all of my normal work things, including taking the stairs (my butt burns every time I take them!).

I was glad when the day was over and done with. Exhausted, but glad. I even finished on time thanks to His awesome graces.

The Monkey Boy spent the night at his Nana and Papa's house, so I will get to focus 100% on exercise in the morning. Yaay!

Hope you had a great night!

I can do this. I am a star.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Day 340 (day 4 / week 48)

Today was another workday, but I called in sick again. I feel worse today than I did yesterday. I forced myself to go to the grocery store and pick up some basics and a few Christmas presents (Blu-rays at Walmart), and I forced myself to do something on the Wii Fit--get up and exercise.

There is a whole strength training section on the Wii Fit so I focused on that today, as well balance (my balance is WAY off) and yoga for relaxation. I did 42 Wii Minutes total and walked 3474 steps at the grocery store (1.64 miles). It poured today. I love the rain when I'm not sick lol.

I feel super crappy but am going to attempt to go to work tomorrow. I hope it doesn't bite me in the butt. I have stuff to help w/ my symptoms so hopefully I won't feel this way tomorrow. At least I'm off the next day so I can focus on getting better again w/out having to worry about work. The monkey boy is feeling better so that makes me feel hopeful too (his didn't last long so mine might not either :)).

Have a great night!

I can do this. I am a star.

Day 339 (day 3 / week 48)

Sunday, December 6, 2009

It was a workday but I called in sick. I did some walking, at the store, looking for cold medicine. My pedometer clocked 2440 steps (1.15 miles). Definitely better than nothing being sick. I feel yucky.

I can do this. I am a star.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Day 338 (day 2 / week 48)

I see a lot of green today. Not in my environment, but in my measurements. My first reaction is to always be bummed, but I figure that I have still come a long way from this time last year, and I am human. Things change and things will--especially these numbers, so I'm not so worried.

One of the things that I wanted to prove with this blog was that I am just like you. I am your average everyday person. I am a Christian mom, wifey, sister, daughter, friend, employee and big-fat-hairy-nerd. If I can do this, so can you. I am not any better than anyone else out there, I am not perfect, and I wanted to document my journey to prove to anyone out there struggling like I am, that this is doable, with all of the potholes that come along the way. One of the things that comes along with being just like everyone else is that I stumble too.

This month I gained pounds and inches, but that doesn't matter! I can definitely say that earlier this year, I would have been upset, more than I would have let show, but now it's just a number that I will look back on. It means nothing ultimately because I don't plan on keeping these numbers. I plan on trading them in for even better ones next month, and the months to come. I wont stop just because I had a bad month (or 2 or 3). I hope you don't either.

The other thing I realized doing my measurements is that accountability is HUGE. I bet my numbers wouldn't be so green if I had posted my measurements/picture from November. I did my measurements, but lost them! Can you believe that? lol. I can't for the life of me remember where I wrote them down, what I wrote them down on or where I stashed it. Oh well. Such is life.

The other thing that I am slapping myself around with is something I have been having problems with for a while. Sugar. For some reason I have it in my head that it's all or nothing. I can't find a good compromise in my head, and that, I think, is the addiction talking.

I am TOTALLY making excuses and finding loop holes so that I can justify having it. This is a big problem for me. I don't see it so much, but my hubby calls me on it ALL THE TIME, so every once in a while, like this morning with my measurements and my hubby saying, "it's because of all of the sugar you eat," I get that light bulb that brings me to this place of reckoning.

I think it was last month (the last time that I had talked about it here) I had decided that because my fiber bars had sugar, and my shakes and all of the things that I eat/drink to promote my healthy lifestyle, had a small amount of sugar in it, that I couldn't eat/drink these things, in order to do my "sugar free 100 days." I decided that it wasn't fair to myself or healthy to cut those things out, so I allowed sugar again, just so I could eat those things, and only those things (my fiber bars, meal replacement shakes, etc). That is fine and all but I totally blew it. I baked cookies for Logan yesterday. Chocolate chip cookies. With real butter (I NEVER use real butter!). They are chalk full of calories. The worst part? They aren't that great but I ate them anyway. It wasn't even a minute of bliss worth. It was like, "it's there, so I am going to eat it."

Speaking of bliss, we were at Target a month or so ago and I saw for the first time Hershey's Bliss, Raspberry Meltaways. OMG those are yummy, but so evil! I didn't eat the entire bag. I never over indulge. I always eat the recommended serving size and always count my calories, and I never go over my calories, but it is still a huge problem for me. Can sugar be a bad thing, when you eat it in moderation (liks everyone always says to do) and are accountable for it? YES. For me DEFINITELY YES. Oye. I know I need to give it up, but it's hard. It's my addiction. I will lose that just like I did with all of the inches I have lost throughout this year. I guess next year it will be focusing on these types of things, now that I am hugely aware of them.

My measurements:

Measurements: (day 338 / day 275 / day 10) (- "/# lost in current month)

Wt: 193.0 / 187.8 / 215 (+5.2) (total lost 22 lbs)
Chest: 35.5" / 36" / 43.75"(-0.50") (total lost -8.25")
Waist: 32" / 31.5" / 41.5" (+0.50") (total lost -9.5")
Hips: 41.5" / 41" / 47.75" (+0.50") (total lost -6.25")
Neck: 12" / 12" / 14.25" (-0") (total lost -2.25")
Under bust: 30.5" / 30.5" / 36.75" (-0") (total lost -6.25")
1" below belly button: 37.5" / 37" / 47.5" (+0.50") (total lost -10")
Above my thigh: 38.5" / 36.75" / 44" (+1.75") (total lost -5.5")
R Thigh: 18.5" / 19" / 27" (-0.50") (total lost -8.50")
L Thigh: 18.5" / 18.5" / 27.5" (-0") (total lost -8")
R Calf: 13" / 13.75" / 14.5" (-0.75") (total lost -1.50")
L Calf: 13.75" / 14" / 14" (-0.25") (total lost -0.75")
R upper Arm: 10.5" / 10" / 14" (+0.50") (total lost -3.50")
L upper Arm: 10.5" / 10.25" / 13.5" (+0.25") (total lost -3")
R wrist: 5.50" / 5.50" / 6.25" (-0") (total lost -0.75")
L wrist: 5.75" / 5.75" / 6.25" (-0") (total lost -0.5")

Jan 2009
Feb 2009
March 2009
April 1, 2009
May 1, 2009
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July 1, 2009August 1, 2009

September 1, 2009
October 3, 2009
December 5, 2009

I don't really have much to say. I am surprised about the calves. I measured them three times because I thought it was some sort of fluke. I am also more disappointed for not being accountable to November with my measurements then, cause now I can't find them. I don't care about this months numbers. They are just numbers. They won't always be these numbers so I don't care. This is what 338 consecutive days of exercise does to your mentality :). Nothing changes, nothing stops. It's doubtful that I will make a loss of 10lbs by Christmas though lol. I'm gonna keep trying nonetheless! lol.

I will post an update later for what exercises I did today. I am feeling a tad under the weather but that won't change anything.

UPDATE: Being sick is no excuse, but in a way it is. I just walked with my hubby and the monkey boy. In doors and around a store a few times for 2 miles. It took us about 50 minutes. Off to bed early. I have to work in the morning. Good night!

I can do this. I am a star.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Day 337 (day 1 / week 48)

I can't believe how fast this month is going by. I also can't believe that this year is practically gone. Next year I want to incorporate more strength training into my exercise. I hope Santa brings some weights, or my hubby gets them for my birthday (late January).

The Monkey Boy was even sicker today than he was yesterday. I feel bad because it's totally my fault. I should have just gotten on the treadmill. He almost went through an entire box of tissues today, all by himself (and he can't even blow his nose yet--any tips? lol). The poor thing keeps whining, "my nose, my nose!" It's cute, funny and sad all at the same time.

I tried to put my video on (30DS) and he whined. I was able to get the Wii Fit on, but only because he wanted to play too. I did 62 Wii Fit minutes, all spaced out throughout the day. I did some golf, yoga, cardio and balance games. I also cleaned the living room for about 20 minutes (you wouldn't know it looking at it now though lol). He hung on my leg for the majority of everything that I did today, and he refused to take a nap. I hope his cold passes soon, and that he doesn't get us sick.

Off to bed. I hope to get my measurements and picture taken for tomorrow. *fingers crossed*

I can do this. I am a star.

Day 336 (day 7 / week 47)

Thursday, December 3, 2009

I woke up this morning to a sick monkey boy. It's my fault too. The walk we went on the previous day wasn't a good idea and I guess I wasn't thinking he would get sick from it. We live in Vegas and it can get cold here. Not like snow cold, but it's dry and gets windy. When we went walking it was no more than 50F and it was windy that day. Anyway, he is sick.

When I wasn't comforting him, I was cleaning. I actually tackled my "room of doom." It's the Billiard Room which is really our storage room. It was a total mess. There was not a whole lot of walking room due to the boxes, and the table billiard table had stuff on it. Now it's beautiful. It was an all day effort because The Boy was sick, but I think it was about 2 hours of solid work. Man he was cranky/needy all day.

I did 3-5 minutes on the Wii Fit also (right before bed).

That's it I guess.

I can do this. I am a star.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Day 335 (day 6 / week 47)

1) 95 minute walk w/ the Monkey Boy, 10,251 steps/4.85 miles

2) heavy cleaning, 63 minutes

3) 30DS, level 2, day 5.

I mapped my route today and got the same distance (off by .01 miles) that the pedometer/step website that I use got (thanks again Loree!). That somehow makes me feel a sense of freedom that my steps/numbers correlate with that site. That confirms work as exercise in my head (lol).

After I got home from the walk I did some heavy cleaning. My kitchen needed it. I even relining all the cupboards w/ grip it mats--a very frustrating task. I am glad this isn't our house. The cupboards aren't perfect squares (I'm very symmetrical and like my lines straight). They are crooked! I'm totally anal about this stuff, so I know it's the house and not me lol. I don't want to jinx anything, but there is some talk in the air that my in-laws may try to help us buy a house in the beginning months of next year. How exciting, but I don't want to get my hopes up in case it falls through (nothing good ever happens to my hubby, according to him--isn't that sweet of him to say?). I will not end up in a house like Lily and Marshall's apartment on How I Met Your Mother lol.

I promised Erin I would do the 30 Day Shred with her, and I will keep it, although it will be well passed 30 days when I actually complete it lol. I need heavier weights. I have 5lb hand weights but my son hid them at some point in the last week and I have no idea where they are(???). My hubby and I checked the most obvious hiding places, but can't find them. Maybe they are in the back yard? He started bringing things out there like Pebbles did not too long ago lol. On a side note I still miss her but it doesn't hurt so much--I'm very happy for her now :). So that being said (missing 5lbers) I had to use my 3lb hand weights. Not so effective with this workout. The Monkey Boy worked out with me, and used spoons for his weights. I might as well have used spoons also, because that's what it felt like anyway lol. He kept up with me until the 3rd set thingy (brain fart--can't remember what it's called).

My ankle is a little sore but I want to get on the Wii Fit. My hubby is cranky and needs his TV time. If I get on I will update, unless it's just a body test. I should probably just stick to that.

I met my protein goal for today and didn't throw everything else off terribly (only by like 100 calories!). 139 grams of protein. Stick a fork in me, I am done.

Have a great night!

I can do this. I am a star.

P.S. Hubby said he will help me with my picture/measurements on Saturday morning. Stay tuned for a horrible update! (lol)

Day 334 (day 5 / week 47)

Tuesday Dec. 1, 2009

Yesterday was another busy workday. I don't know why I say that. It's ALWAYS busy. It's a rare day when it's not busy. They send me home or call me off when that happens lol. I walked 16,734 steps! That's almost 8 miles (7.92 to be exact)! I left on time as well. Because I prayed. I couldn't leave on time without Him. I've proved that too many times to get called in to the Boss Lady's office to have it addressed.

My ankle still hurts. It is traveling to different parts of my foot but it bugs me. Gotta be careful and mindful of what I am doing. Posture is key I'm sure.

This night (Monday night to Tuesday morning) was the best that I have slept since Pebbles left. It was the best sleep I have had in a long time. I slept through a lot it turns out. I slept through a thrashing toddler in the bed. I was out as soon as my head hit the pillow. I don't even remember my hubby getting in bed. I slept through putting him in his room--my hubby is always very loud when he does this, because he HATES doing it (I don't blame him, I hate it and it's my job). I slept through the Monkey Boy waking up at 4 am and standing next to me lol. How I slept through that, I have no idea--the creepy feeling of someone up in my face watching me sleep ALWAYS wakes me up lol. It woke my hubby up and I slept through him trying to put the boy back to his bed and failing, and through him putting the boy in our bed again. It was a good sleep. I hope Pebbles found a happy home.

Anyway I am in shock that the end of the year is right around the corner. It's in less than 30 days. That scares me! I didn't meet my 175lb goal, but I have 28 days to do it. I am glad I am carrying my resolution onto 2010, but am excited that I took full advantage of this entire year. What a blessing. I decided to join Fit Lizzio (aka Nerd Girl) on a challenge to lose 10 lbs by Christmas. I am also trying to eat more protein. Like double what I have been eating (I got a chance to talk to a real live dietitian at work!). This entire year I haven't lost that much in a months stretch, or even a 2 month stretch, but I am going to try. Did I just set myself up for failure already saying it's pretty impossible? *shrugs* Maybe I can do it. Afterall, I am a star! (lol couldn't say that w/ a straight face). We can do all things in Him who gives us the strength to do it, so I can if I try!

I am planning to have measurements and pic up in the next 2 or so days. Scary. I'm sure there is no improvement at all. I have to get w/ hubby, and I hate how it gets so dark so early now, because it makes it hard to get it done after he is off from work--not enough light in our house to take a decent picture.

Hope everyone is well. How are you goals coming along?

I can do this. I am a star.

Day 333 (day 4 / week 47)

Monday Nov. 30, 2009

Monday was a typical workday. I did the stairs and walked 15,252 steps (7.35 miles).

I started out on the cushy A pod with no isolation rooms and then helped to open the C pod which was closed due to low census (it's the crazy/hard pod we call "area 51"). I helped to admit at least 6 patients. It was a hard day but I prayed before work (like I always do now cause it's the only way I get anything done there on time) and made it out on time. Really surprising, but God is watching us *sings* from a distance.

I told a few of my coworker/friends at work that we gave Pebbles back and I ended up crying at work (such a drama queen). I was on the verge of tears all day and God blessed me with a phone call that I got to find during my lunch break. The man at Friends for Life followed through with his promise to call me when Pebbles was adopted. It was a message telling me she had been adopted late Sunday as they were packing up to go back to Pahrump. He told me to call back for more details so I did. I still really miss Pebbles feel like I finally have some closure with having to give her up. I was so afraid she wasn't going to get adopted. She went to a single woman in her 30's who has 100% time for Pebbles (who knows how true that is, but I am blessed just to know she has a home in a warm house now). I felt so blessed that he called. He should too, because I would have called him again to find out (I had been calling on the adoption days but forgot to call on Sunday).

Thank you again everyone. I love you guys. ((Hugs)).

I can do this. I am a star.

Day 332 (day 3 / week 47)

Sunday Nov. 29, 2009

It was a scheduled workday that I got called off from. At around 5 am my work called me and canceled me. At 6:15am they called me again and asked if I could come back in. Do you think I went? Pssht. No, but mainly because when I saw my work calling the second time, I just rolled over and went back to bed. I checked my message at 7:30 and called and they had found a replacement by then.

I walked only about 1.5 miles that day and walked around to do more Christmas shopping. and I did some heavy lifting. I put our Christmas tree up. The monkey boy helped put some ornaments up. He put them all on top of each other and in the same spot lol. I left them like that. He thinks that the ornaments are all tiny drums so is always slapping them to hear the noise when it clangs against the wall, tree or another ornament. Thank goodness we got him a drum set for Christmas (doh!). I just hope my ornaments make it through till then lol.

Thank you guys so much for your comments and concerns with how I am doing with Pebbles being gone. I really appreciate you guys and I apologize that I haven't responded to the comments yet (I will, I promise!). I haven't been sleeping well because I am so worried about her in the cold. I still cry and I miss her :(. My hubby doesn't care or even notice how upset I am. If he does, he is ignoring it. That makes me angry, but what can I do? Gotta love marriage.

I am a bad girl. I haven't been making much of an effort to exercise as much. I have been doing the bare minimum, which I guess is better than nothing, because at this point I just want to do nothing at all. I've experienced a lot this year, and it's surprising to me that a dog sparked this reaction in me and not injuries, moving to a different state, finding a job and working or any of the other high stressers in my life. *shrugs*

I can do this. I am a star.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Day 331 (day 2 / week 47)

I haven't kept up with anything that I said I would (sorry Erin, I'll get back on track next week). I ate more mud pie today for breakfast and I am still not happy. Ridiculous. I had pumpkin pie for dinner, too. Whatever.

Today and tomorrow Pebbles will be down the street at the place that we adopted her. I pray she finds a home. A good home, if it's not too much to ask for. She didn't get adopted today (I called to find out), so she has to go back to the cold kennel, outside where it's raining. I hope she isn't too cold. The jerks also aren't going to give her stuff to her next owners (they "forgot" to bring it, which means that they will probably always "forget" to pack it). A crate, blanket, toys, food, treats--lots of stuff we paid for to waste. I am angry about that too, but whatever. I gave up my right to be angry when I gave up my right to give Pebbles a home. I am angry that I miss her so much and that I still cry about it (so stupid).

I did squats today and walked 2 miles. I have to go to work in the morning and I am angry about that too.

I can do this. I am a star. (the more I say this, the more it looks stupid)

Day 330 (day 1 / week 47)

Friday, Nov. 27, 2009

Still not happy. I did 42 Wii minutes on the Wii Fit. I also walked a mile. I did something else but I can't remember what it is, and I am too tired to turn the Wii on to see what I logged into it. I miss Pebbles.

I can do this. I am a star.

Day 329 (day 7 / week 46)

Thursday Nov. 26, 2009

I didn't do much. I am still upset/angry about Pebbles. I walked about 2 miles. I also ate Mud Pie and mashed potatoes and turkey. I never usually eat when I am upset, but I guess there is a first time for everything. It was also a holiday.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

I can do this. I am a star.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Day 328 (day 6 / week 46)

Today was a sad/angry day for me. I don't talk about much of the drama because it's boring. I may touch on it but I don't think I ever led on to how bad it is. My hubby hates my dog Pebbles. He hates her so much that we fight about her. Everyday. I got her into training, but he still isn't happy. He doesn't have the patience to wait for the potential I see in her. I had to give her back :(. She deserves better. She's a good dog.

I have been bawling all day, and when I haven't been, I have been on the verge of tears. I am so angry at the same time that my head hurts. My son knows she isn't around, but he keeps calling for her like she is going to come running. She won't :(.

I did some heavy cleaning, gathering her things, to give to Friends For Life (the people adopted her from and have an agreement with, that if we ever can't keep her anymore we would give her back to them so they could guarantee her a good home) and packed it all up in the car along with Pebbles and The Monkey boy. I drove 40+ miles to Pahrump (where it's colder), and said my good byes (the boy was sleeping so he didn't get to, which is probably a good thing...he loved her so much--at night before bed he always says, "i love you mama, i love you dada, i love you pebbles."). They told me she would be in an outside kennel with the rest of the dog until she is adopted, which breaks my heart (she is an inside dog). They didn't even put her blanket down for her to lay on (the concrete is so cold).

I have no right to be upset. It's my fault. I should have known better with my hubby. He is just like that and will never change. I told him that we will never again get another pet, although I grew up with them all around me and love them so much, but I just wont do this again. It's not fair, and he doesn't even care. Besides, to give her up like that, makes me feel like we don't deserve another pet. Ever. I just pray that she goes to a better home. Not like this one. I miss her and see traces of her everywhere. :(

*waah* *waah* *waah*

I did only 20 mins on the Wii Fit and walked a mile. I am just not in the mood.

I forgot about the 30DS. Oh well. 30 days will still be done. Just not in a row.

I can do this. I am a star.

Day 327 (day 5 / week 46)

Workday. Stairs, patient transfers, 13,757 steps (6.51 miles), busy day, etc, etc. I managed to do 10 minutes of Wii Fit after I got home from work. Yaay me.

I can do this. I am a star.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Day 326 (day 4 / week 46)

Man, I thought Sunday was a hard day. Today was worse, but I got in 15,065 steps. That's 7.13 miles! I transferred patients, took the stairs and did all the same workday stuff that I do.

The stairs are becoming easier, and I am noticing squeezing and stretching is becoming easier thanks to yoga. Gotta love yoga.

God also blessed me. Lately I haven't been praying like I used to. I used to pray for all things. When I needed help, and when I didn't. I forget that I ALWAYS need help. Work is so stressful and hard, that I always just thank God for helping me, but I never ask Him for help, or invite Him along with my day.

I did today, and I got on time. That is huge. Today was a lot busier (the step count shows it!) and I finished early. I needed this. My supervisors are not happy that I have had to stay late to finish. I asked, "what can I do to fix it?" I was told, "you are a smart girl. You will figure it out." (biggest cop out answer ever.) I honestly have no idea how to fix it. I gave up, left it in His hands, and I finished. On time. I honestly don't know what I did differently today to finish early, but it was all Him. Same pod (the section that I work on)... mostly the same nurses... same patients...He helped me. He had to have. Nothing else makes sense. What a blessing.

One more day left. I pray He is there with me again, helping me. He will. God is faithful.

Make tomorrow count! It's gonna be the end of the week before you know it! You know what that means, right? Black Friday. Don't wait until then to get the walking in! You'll be glad you didn't!

I can do this. I am a star.

Day 325 (day 3 / week 46)

Sunday 11/22/09

It was a typical busy workday. Crazy busy. I did my typical workday exercises. Working for 1. 10,857 steps and on my feet for 12.5 hours. Did the stairs, and transfers. Working is always a great "leg day."

Regardless, I am glad Sunday is over and done with.

I can do this. I am a star.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Day 325 (day 3 / week 46)

Last night was the first night that the Monkey Boy spent the night somewhere else (with his Nana). It was different. I was able to exercise this morning and focus 100% on that. That was nice :).

Today I did Day 4 of the 30DS and I did level 2, because I am bored with level 1 (yes only after 3 days lol). I modified the cardio again, doing shadow boxing instead of the jumping (high knees). I also followed Anita with the other jumpy ones that they were able to make low impact through her.

I also did 36 Wii Minutes focusing on balance and core stuff .

This is Mii (Meli). Isn't she cute?

Today I played this one game, that I hate. It's a balance game that I don't even know the name of. I hate it, because I absolutely suck at it. I can usually never get passed level 2 or 3 (I've been to level 3 like maybe 2 times in the last month) so I never play the game. I decided to today, though, just to see if I could do it.

I beat it! I finished ALL of the levels in the time allotted! TWICE!! Wow. I really amazed myself today. Just goes to show that all of the balance work I have been doing lately is paying off, and proves anything you put time into does pay off in some way or another (*cough* exercise).

This is level 1. You have to shift your balance to get the tiny Mii marble into the glowing pinkish hole.

(level 1)

Then it drops to level 2, it becomes more challenging with more marbles, so on and so forth. The very last level has like 10 (i'm guessing) Mii marbles and you have to get them all into the hole. It's shaped like a W with ridges and the sides are flat so that they roll of the edges (the entire board spins and knocks them all off when one of them falls off the sides). It was surprisingly easy. Some of the previous levels are much harder.

(level 2)

At the very end, all of the Mii Marbles form a circle, change into little Wii people at the end, and jump around excitidly. It's a small but fun reward.

On top of that fun reward, my Wii Fit age was 20 today! TWENTY!

Even the balance board was pretty impressed with that--it never says my body is in "great condition" (that means absolutely nothing except to a 31 year old fat chick lol).

Off to take a shower and go Christmas shopping for the boy and other family members. That is why we had him spend the night at his Nana's house. I hope he didn't drive her crazy. He probably didn't. He only does that to us. lol.

Make it count! The holidays are coming up!

I can do this. I am a star.

UPDATE: I also walked 2.12 miles.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Day 324 (day 2 / week 46)

Today I did a 2 parter. I woke up early, did day 3 of the 30 Day Shred (level 1) and then later in the day I spent 62 minutes exercising with Mii on the Wii Fit.

Today I modified a lot of the cardio on the 30DS. My ankle is really starting to bug me with all of the jumping, so I just limited the jumping. Jumping jacks are OK, I don't know why, but jumping up and down, straight up and down, hurts. During the butt kicks and jump roping I did the shadow boxing and jumping jacks. I just rotated those throughout the entire video. Whatever, I don't care. At least I'm doing it, ya know? lol. I hate to say it, but it's only day 3 and I'm already getting bored. Maybe I should move onto a different level for the sake of my sanity.

On the Wii Fit, my Wii Fit age was 29 (so glad I have been staying in the 20's although it means absolutely nothing) and I did a combo of balance, posture, relaxation, warm up, mind/body, arms and some other things. It mixed in yoga, strength training and the games that help w/ coordination and such. I love this thing. Here is my calendar. When I check in each day, I stamp the day with my star, cause ya know I'm a big-fat-hairy-star (it's appropriate) and you can see my Mii, with her new hair and color (light blue instead of black). Her hair is a little shorter than mine, but it's the same idea I guess (a bob).

(I guess she was kind of checking out her butt when I took this picture lol)

The Wii Fit also gives me tips, which I though I would share with you today:

I also walked 1.57 miles w/ the monkey boy and pebbles, trying to practice what we learned in puppy class.

Hope you all had a great night. Can you believe the month is almost over???? Gees. Make it count, the day's are flying by!

I can do this. I am a star.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Day 323 (day 1 / week 46)

Today was day 2 of the 30 day shred. I did level 1 again. I didn't have the monkey boy bothering me today, but this time Pebbles was. All good, I just put her outside and finished :).

I am sore and my ankle that I recently sprained is starting to act up. I noticed it during the jump rope part today and during the butt kick part. I need to be careful because I have to work regardless, so during those cardio segments, with the jumping, I am doing arm up/knee up and horizontal bicep curls/leg kicks, from Slim in 6. It's the only think I can think of to do, to substitute in. I'm sure throughout the next 28 days, I'll think of more, and my ankle will get stronger.

On top of the ankle my knees are popping all over the place. I stopped taking the glucosamine regularly (I forget a lot now) so it wore off I guess. I really need to start taking it again. I felt invincible. My popping knees make me feel old.

I meant to get onto the Wii Fit today, but only did the Body Test. Today we started Pebbles' dog training. If she doesn't quit jumping, biting and tearing up everything, my hubby is going to give her away, so I enrolled her in puppy school. The instructor said he hasn't seen a puppy as hyper as her in a long time and that I am going to struggle, but as long as I am diligent, she will eventually learn. Today we played the "name game" (to get her to learn her name--she already knows this) and limp leash walking, which she does ok with around the house, but as soon as we hit outside, she goes crazy. I took her to the dog park also, and brought the Monkey Boy, so I walked a mile, just in the time I was there (30 mins or so).

I'm tired and am gonna head to sleep. I have a pic of my Wii Fit age for today (26) but I'm too lazy to put it up. I changed my clothes (top color) and my hair to reflect my new(ish) hair. My Mii looks so cute :).

Have a good night. See you in la manana, unless I procrastinate a 2nd part of exercise all day again, like I have been doing lately. Don't do this. It sucks. It really does. lol.

I can do this. I am a star.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Day 322 (day 7 / week 45)

Today was my day off. I woke up with a work hangover and didn't want to do anything. I remembered the commitment I made to Erin to do the 30DS with her on my day's off, so I grabbed my video and put it in.

Not far into the video the Monkey Boy woke up so I had a difficult Day 1. He is very demanding of my time (aren't all toddlers?) so I couldn't focus 100% on the video.

After that I took him out to breakfast at IHop. I love the Blueberry Harvest Grain N' Nut Combo For Me with sugar free syrup. So yummy and only 570 calories for the entire combo (eggs, pancakes and bananas)!

After that we went to the store and came home. I walked 1.5 miles and then did some Wii Fit. I did a total of 76 minutes of exercise today.

Here is the selection of things I can do with the Wii Fit.

I also won a Sparkpeople exercise DVD on the sparkpeople points wheel this morning. How sweet is that? I will probably get it in the mail sometime next week.

Hope you had a great night. Make it count tomorrow!

I can do this. I am a star.

Day 321 (day 6 / week 45)

Tuesday 11/17/09

It was another crazy/busy workday. This time I did 13,280 steps (6.29 miles). I left an hour late (8:30pm) and got home late. I was too tired to blog when I got home.

Hope you had a blessed Tuesday!

I can do this. I am a star.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Day 320 (day 5 / week 45)

I'm beat.

I just got home from work and need to go take a shower and go to bed.

I walked 11,297 steps today (5.35 miles). I have been scratching my head for the last few days because I have been the busiest that I have ever been at work and I am seeing smaller numbers (stepwise). *Shrugs*

Gotta work again in the morning. *cry* (it's been such a hard week at work!)

I can do this. I am a star.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Day 319 (day 4 / week 45)

I am so tired, I can't believe I am posting this right now instead of being in bed.

Today was a work day and I did my usual stuff, and 10,936 steps. I got home late--after 9pm.

Tomorrow marks the beginning of a 30DS challenge that I am participating in with Erin @ Nagle5 News. I am changing it a little to accommodate my 12.5-13 hour work days (I am gone from the house from 6am until 8-9pm when I work) but I am still participating. Wanna join us? I am going to do it on my off days, along with whatever I do on the Wii Fit.

This morning I just did my weigh in and Wii Fit Age. Here is a pic.

(Mii jumping up and down excitedly)

Have a good night. See you tomorrow night! Stay safe, warm, happy and don't use any of the previous things as an excuse not to exercise (being safe is important though...) lol.

I can do this. I am a star.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Day 318 (day 3 / week 45)

Today I did 63 Wii Minutes. I focused on flying...b/c if it ever becomes possible, I want to be a seasoned pro at it lol (they are arm exercises lol), the snowball throw, which is core exercises/posture and balance in one, golf (again) and tilt city, which is balance with hand/eye/body coordination. Lots of fun.

I tried to do the Locust or the Lotus (I forget what it's called), where you sit as still as you can w/out moving (supposed to help you focus), but I can't make it passed like 60 seconds when I am doing good. On average I can't make it passed 20 seconds lol. Oh well, just gotta keep trying. I did that 4 or 5 times. I just can't sit still very well lol (I move all around on the stillness test too.

I took pics for yesterday and forgot to post, so I will do it now. This is what it looks like when I golf. You can see the little yellow area with the red line in it, that shows my shift of weight and my balance.

No matter what I do or how many times I move her, this is where she ends up when I am exercising. She loves her cow hoof (that's what she is chewing on) and will gnaw at it the entire time I am exercising. More often than not, she has her paw right up there on my balance board. lol.

Have a great day! Make it count! If you start now, you will be on track for any new years resolutions--it takes a while to create habits! It's very doable though, you just have to be committed! You can to anything you tell yourself you can! If you say you can't, you wont.

I can do this. I am a star.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Day 317 (day 2 / week 45)

I think I realized today why I procrastinate with blogging. I am not procrastinating with blogging so much as I am with a 2nd part of exercise. I always exercise early in the morning, but I have this intention to exercise a 2nd time in the day. I have mentioned a few times that if I don't exercise in the mornings then I have a difficult time in the afternoon. I think this is why I blog so late. I want to exercise late, but keep putting that off, essentially putting off blogging. :)

Glad I figured that out.

Today I did 30 Wii minutes (golf for 10, balance/posture for 10 and yoga for 10). I also did 25 minutes of yard work. I intended to do more and get back on the Wii but I procrastinated. lol. Oh well, at least I got something done. I was really sore today from yesterday (golf and flying). My shoulders and hip flexors and waist are sore. The good kind of sore :).

We are having the bug guy come out again tomorrow (he was just here like maybe 2 weeks ago and we haven't seen many dead bugs like we should have) and then it's my hubby's sister's birthday, so it won't be a late day (or a 2 parter) for exercise, like I intend most days. I will just be exercising in the am, and then I will blog about it afterward, since I have no reason not to. lol. We'll see how that goes lol.

Have a great night and an awesome weekend!

I can do this. I am a star.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Day 316 (day 1 / week 45)

So today is day 315. This year went by really fast. This week went by fast, but maybe that's because I blogged 3 days all in 1. lol.

I really need to stop procrastinating with my blogging. Sometimes it's just hard because of work, but I really have no excuse when I am off. Maybe because I am stuck with this commitment, I am finding some way to retaliate. *shrugs*. I've been bad with my food diary as well (on sparkpeople) but it's all good because although I don't write it down, I am still very aware of my numbers in my food bank throughout the day.

It's time for bed but I exercised this morning, doing 42 Wii minutes with Wii Fit. It's so much fun. I am focusing on my agility and balance. I have been able to keep my Wii Fit age in the 20's which I am stoked about. I have been doing the driving range "game" which I didn't like so much at first because the controller wouldn't work for me, but when it does, it's so much fun. My sides ache from doing it, so I must be doing something right. It makes me want to dust off my golf clubs and go golfing again. I just might have to once I fit into my golf clothes again. Not if, but when. Yes, I have golf clothes. I used to golf a lot when I was thin :).

Doh! I forgot to take a picture of the screen. I'll try to remember tomorrow for you guys.

Anyway off to bed.

See you in the morning.


Thank you again for all of your support :) :) :).

I can do this. I am a star.

Day 315 (day 7 / week 44)

I just realized that I forgot to post about Tuesday, 11/9. That means that Tuesday was Day 313, and yesterday was day 314 (today is 315 but I'll post about that later). It's all screwy but whatever. They are consecutive so I am not going to fuss about what day is what number (technically this post is for day 313, not 314).

Tuesday was a workday. I had written down a number from my pedometer yesterday, before I put it on to go to class, and today I couldn't remember for the life of me why. I had that feeling like I was forgetting to do something, and I didn't throw that piece of paper out for a reason. lol. It was the number of steps I took on Tuesday at work. The number was 11920 (5.64 miles). Sweet. Thank goodness that I don't have a desk job because if I did, I would have not succeeded with this challenge...well I would probably have an hour for lunch if I had a desk job so I would have tried to make something work, but it's just such a blessing that I am forced to exercise on the days that I do work. I exercise whether I want to or not!

I honestly don't remember much about Tuesday except for that it was a workday and I didn't get home until after 9pm (was a LONG day). After I got home, I had to pound out some strips and study ventricle rhythms, bundle branch blocks and pacemaker rhythms for my exam the next day, which I already posted about--see the days are all screwy and bouncing around now. I was stressin' because I only had 1 day to review something that I had previously had a week to do. Then went straight to bed.

Anyway that's it. This is for Tuesday's post. Did my same 'ol work thing.

I can do this. I am a star.

Day 314 (day 6 / week 44)

Wednesday 11/11

Yesterday (Wed) I had my final ECG class. I remembered to wear my pedometer this time. I walked 1.5 miles with an estimated 10lb backpack (thank you Loree for the conversion website! :)). It was in about 45 minutes or so split up twice throughout the day, because other than the time we were walking, we were in class sitting on our buts until it was time to leave or switch rooms. The fun part about class yesterday was that it was my LAST class, and I took my final. I passed with a 98%--I sped through one strip that was Sinus Tach with a PAC at the very end, and I didn't catch it YAARRR! (my pirate lingo). That took 2 points off my exam, hense the 98% (that bugs me so much lol). Anyway that class is done and over with so now I just need to see what the director of our unit wants to do with my newfound knowledge. Yaay :).

A little bit of exercise, mixed into a whole lotta life...exactly what I expected to achieve on a busy day.

If I can find ways to do it, so can you. I promise it gets easier as the days go on. I've had 313 days of practice. Someone at the very beginning of the year commented on my blog when I was struggling with exercising daily. She said something along the lines that soon it won't be about the exercise part (having to do it) but will be about "what am I going to do today for exercise." (sorry that thought came out very choppy...I hope you understand the jist of that thought). Very, very true. I can honestly say that I am there.

Thank you, thank you, thank you for all of your support and for all of the wonderful things that you guys say to me (in comments and emails) to encourage me and keep me going over the last 11 months. EVERYTHING you guys say sticks with me and I just want to thank you for helping to mold me into this new person who is more blessed, confident and active. You all have helped and blessed me more than you know!

Off to exercise for the day (Thursday).

I can do this. I am a star.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Day 313 (day 5 / week 44)

Today was a makeup day for my ECG class. We finished, and now we have review on Wed and I can take the test then, or if I choose to, I can take it later. I will probably get it out of the way and take it Wed. I think I am ready.

Today I walked about a mile. Maybe a little more, but not much more. That was it. You could have fooled me though, because my legs are sore. *shrugs*. I walked all over the hospital, going from the medical office building (where I parked and thought the class was) to the hospital where the class was moved, and all through the hospital looking for interesting ECG strips.

I promise I will get a picture up soon. I work tomorrow (Tuesday) and have class on Wed. Hopefully I will have that up Wed.

Everyone loves my haircut but my hubby. Go figure lol.

Have a great night and a great week!

I can do this. I am a star.

Day 312 (day 4 / week 44)

Sunday was a busy typical workday. I walked 12,081 steps.

I can do this. I am a star.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Day 311 (day 3 / week 44)

Today didn't go at all how I had planned. I wanted to post measurements and a picture for the 1st of the month, but just haven't gotten around to the picture. I also got another haircut that I thought I liked, but my hubby doesn't like it at all, so my opinion is starting to change about it too. All good, it will grow back.

I have my measurements, but am not happy about them (or my weight), so I am just not going to post them. There aren't any big excuses, except for Aunt Flow is visiting, and I am always bloated and usually gain weight when she is here. I did lose 2 inches total so that is better than nothing.

I will try to get a picture up soon, for at least a monthly comparison (maybe tomorrow after work if my hubby isn't crabby about taking it??). I will look different just because of my haircut. When I was thinner, I could pull this off a lot better than I am now that I am really over weight.

Anyway, off to bed. Sorry for making you wait longer for the picture. Life happen.

Oh! I almost forgot! I did squats today as my exercise. I did 3 sets of 10 squats. I need to start taking glucosamine regularly again, because my knees were popping. Lovely.

I can do this. I am a star.