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by moi  January 30, 2013 12:44 pm

I don’t like being sick!  I ended up with an infection when a pimple went rogue on me.  They tested it and I had MRSA.  Woot, great.  I ended up at home 3 days last week taking antibiotics and painkillers.  Needless to say so glad to getting better.  My sleep was all off and my eating… well I made sure I ate well enough to tolerate the medication.  Somehow I lost a few pounds when I slept for nearly 3 days.  Bounced back around the 184lbs range.  Next week is another week.

by moi  January 16, 2013 1:03 pm

Even after a weekend of drinking and eating poorly the scale still seems to be crawling in the downward direction.  This is good.  I’ll take a crawl down than a crawl up.  I could do a number of things to help it along if I’d just get my ducks in a row.  My shake diet is working slowly.  I need to drink more water. 

I posted on Monday that I needed to whip out the Flylady timer for some decluttering.  I need to do much the same for some exercise.  15 minutes scanning papers, 5 minutes shredding them and then perhaps 15 minutes of some exercise.  That’s only 35 minutes in my day.  I can do this.  What interesting things can I do for 15 minutes this week?

by moi  January 9, 2013 12:47 pm

I decided a very long time ago that one can only really support one charity well.  You can’t support them all or you’ll go broke.  It feels good to give and it feels good to support a cause.  My charity choice is the fight against breast cancer.  If it sounds as if I’m coming up on a dilemma you would be right.  Its time to decide if I should walk the Susan G. Koman 3-Day this year.

One might ask what the dilemma is and I would reply there are a number of small ones that lead to the final answer.  I’ve done this walk before in 2007 – Seattle.  I learned a good number of things from doing it.  I became the fittest I ever have been since having children.  I walked more that summer than I ever thought I could.  I had a  small support group that included a friend or two to walk with me and a husband that made sure I had time away from the kids to get my walk time in.  This time would be a little different.

I learned that you can raise $2,200 through hard work and the help of friends.  Walking in the rain is necessary and wet.  Good friends will help you through thick and thin.  After raising the money to be able to walk, walking or not walking isn’t an issue.  Pacing yourself during the walk to preserve your own health and well being is not a crime.  Being tired at the end of your day is not an excuse to skip an awesome dance party on Saturday night.

I walked as a single walker with no team.  I think I would change that this time around.  Because I am short and have very short little legs, I walk slower than most people.  I’m slow and steady.  I walked with people as my pace and their pace came in sync.  I would want to find a group with which to walk should I do it again.  A team is better equipped to fund raise.

My dilemmas.  I thought about doing this walk last year while I wasn’t working.  I wasn’t feeling it.  Part of me doesn’t feel quite right raising money for a charity when I am in debt or not working.  It might appear that I would pocket money for my own expenses.  I’m working now so that perception has essentially gone away.  Fund raising is hard.  I wasn’t in the frame of mind to get fit.  This is an undertaking not to be taken lightly.  Either you decide to do it and DO IT or you do not.

The final dilemma I had over this walk, especially last year, was the stance Susan G. Komen took with Planned Parenthood.  It was a complete deal breaker for me last year.  I may make a post of its own on this dilemma another time to explain in depth my feelings.  I came to a conclusion that the only real player in the world for the cure for breast cancer IS Susan G. Komen.  If I want to support research for a cure for this particular kind of cancer then I need to get over my own politics and get behind SGK.  Its the right thing to do.

Pondering all sides.  I will make a decision by March 1st.

by moi  January 2, 2013 6:20 pm

While out Christmas shopping I saw a FitBit.  I have owned many pedometers in the past, mostly the little cheap ones.  The problem I have with most pedometers is that they do not gauge my stride correctly.  This is what happens when you have short little child like legs.  Because of this little problem, they do not count mileage properly.  The step count may be correct as most seem to run on hip motion but if it thinks my stride is 2.5 ft/30in (the average) then I’m in trouble.  My stride is something more like 18 inches or about half of average.  Can you imagine when I walk with tall people….. I’m practically running.

Anyhow, the newer, more expensive FitBits will also track your sleeping.  I know I have apnea (haven’t been able to get into the doc for a long time to be re-examined) so I’d like to see what it says.  It looks interesting and also a small investment.  It also tracks in wirelessly with SparkPeople which is kinda cool.  No more guessing on calories or mileage.

I guess I need to do a little research on it.  No matter what, it will have to wait until after my first paycheck and my actual bills (not debt) are all caught up.   That includes child support.  I’ll get back to this in about a month.

by moi  December 19, 2012 6:00 pm

My diet.  Well I don’t think I actually mentioned the company by name so here goes.  I ordered shakes from Isagenix.  It’s a program like just about all the Health & Wellness type things out there.  It’s been mighty slow starting however I have started to see a few minor changes.  This morning I saw 186lbs on the scales.  Might not sound like much but it IS some movement.

The first few weeks, nothing.  I ignored my sponsor (as one ought not) and finally went to talk to her.  It’s not that I really wanted to ignore her, its just that time of the year and I’ve really been inside my head too much for my own good.  I told her about it being a little slow and she asked what I was doing (exactly what/how) and gave me some suggestions.  She asked if I had been using/drinking purified water?  Nope.  Have I been drinking enough, of course not!  I went out and bought a filtering system and a slim jug to keep water in the fridge.  I think those 2 things might be helping however I am trying to track my excess (outside of the shakes) calories on SparkPeople.  I think that will also help.  Only time will tell.

 

by moi  December 5, 2012 4:01 pm

I stepped on the scale and it said,

187.3lbs.

No idea how I managed to lose that weight but I did.   Mondays are my fast days so perhaps it was that or all the water I drank.  I have no idea but that makes me happy enough.  I logged some time at the gym yesterday as well as a geocache.  Not much else to say my friends.  Boring day.

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