Monday, October 31, 2011

Mini-Challenge #1

I am working really hard on strengthening my knees.  I came across some knee exercises I have started today.  I have a chair aerobics dvd, that I can't always use, but I can always do the knee exercises...I can do them in bed.  So, with walking the circuits at work, taking the stairs, and now these I should be on the mend (well, not mend...I have arthritis, but improvement anyway) soon and moving closer to Onderland.  I just cannot wait.  I am trying to decide what to do for myself once I get there.  In the past I would have celebrated with food.  But like I saw on Pretty Pauline's facebook, we are not dogs, not to reward ourselves with food.

Have a great week everyone!  And Happy Halloween!!

***UPDATE*** Duh!! I forgot to say...the challenge is to make these knee exercises a twice daily habit.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011


It's official.  I have finally lost my first 25 pounds.  It has taken a year.  I am told these slow losses are more likely to be permanent.  Slow and steady wins the race, I guess.  Only 8 more pounds until ONEDERLAND!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Something Odd

So here is an odd thing that I have noticed occurring lately.  Whenever I eat any kind of sugary thing (or white starchy thing, for that matter), I start to itch.  Very badly.  It started with the palms of my hands.  Uncontrollable itching, yikes!  And now I itch all over.  But, thankfully, not all the time.  Just when I eat sugar or overly white stuff (saltines, white bread, etc.).

Hilarious!  How's that for incentive, huh?

I hope everyone's week is wonderful and successful!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Should You Eat?

Sometimes in the evenings, I am not hungry and I don't eat dinner.  I don't snack much, so that is not the problem.  I just am not hungry. 

My son gripes at me and tells me I should not be skipping meals.  So, my question is:  If you are not hungry, should you eat?

Monday, October 3, 2011

Cane, part 2

Boy!  That was fast!  I take MSM for my arthritis.  I bought a different brand and started taking them over the weekend.  What a difference!  I can walk relatively pain free.  I am back to walking my circuits today at work and have added taking the stairs, too.  And, bonus, cane not needed.  At all!

Thanks to Dawn's post, Just One Day Really, she has really gotten me to thinking.  I do not want to waste any more time.  Since I am able to walk easier, I want to start doing all I can from this point forward.

Saturday, October 1, 2011


Things are starting back on that slippery slope.  For the most part, I am back on my cane again.  The arthritis is getting worse.  As a result, I am exercising less.  When every step hurts, I just don't want to move.  I don't want to move at all.  I haven't really gained too much weight back, so that is not the cause of the added pain.  I got down to 209 and seem to gain and lose the same 4-5 pounds over and over (209-214).  I can't really figure out the cause of going back and forth.  I am doing the same things really.  One day I will be at 214, and the next 210.  Then back up to 214. down to 211, then down to 209, then back up to 213 and on and on.  I just can't figure it out.  The eating is pretty much under control.  I have a lot of nausea, so I don't really have much of an appetite (bonus I guess).  Sweets are not a problem, maybe salt.  Water retention you think?  Just don't know.

Getting enough fruits and vegetables is still a struggle.  However, with our fun, bento-type lunchboxes, filling in the little spaces makes it a bit easier.  Dinners are difficult.  I make a couple of main courses on the weekends, to be eaten during the week.  All I have to do is re-heat, cut up some fruit and vegetables and there you have it.  Seems simple enough, but by the end of the day, I am just done.

All of our computers at home have not been working, and I have not been able to keep up much with everyone (don't want to blog at work).  You are all very much in my thoughts, though.  Our desktop is now up and running again, so I hope to be able to start visiting my friends again.

I hope everyone has a lovely weekend.  I think of all of you often and am cheering you on.