Friday, August 24, 2012



It is cold and damp here today and everything is extra ouchy.  I still did my workout, but just about every movement hurt.  I am only able to do 2 laps around the parking lot here at work and I am back on the cane.

Let me give you a word of advice.  If you have arthritis, and you are at a point in your exercise where you are loosening up and moving along pretty well, DO NOT SLACK OFF.  I speak from experience. I WAS at this point, got lazy and backed off.  Boy do I regret it.  I am having a very tough time trying to get back to at least where I was.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Our Mothers


While surfing other blogs, I came across one that talked about her mother and their relationship.  At least that part of it that related to diet and weightloss.  Boy is that a loaded topic!  The comments on this post all ran along the same lines as this post.  I had no idea other people had "stuff" when it came to their moms and their bodies.  And I am no different.  My mom has been almost obsessed with hers and other peoples weight for as long as I can remember.  I remember her and my stepdad telling me at 17 (and 105 pounds) I was getting fat.  But that is a topic for another time, when I am ready to talk about it.

The point of this post is:  the other blog I mentioned and the comments all ran along the lines of the mothers (and some fathers) not taking care of themselves and the moms were all around my age.  The health issues mentioned kind of scared me and opened my eyes.  I have been just kind of skating along with blinders on for the last few months, making excuses for myself that I was just too busy with my move to L.A. to think about it.  Gotta look for work, fill out apps, pack, organize and clean the house, go shopping, on and on and on.  I have come up with just about every excuse you can think of.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Should You or Shouldn't you


Today is leg workout day and I am still sore from Monday.  Very sore.  I had always heard, read, etc.  to not workout when you are sore.  To give your muscles time to recuperate.  I did not skip today, I guess like I should have.  And you know what?  My tushie and legs feel better.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012



Boy oh boy!  I am sore!  I added an extra set to my routine yesterday and I can sure feel it.  I stretched before and afterwards, but it still hurts.  That's ok though.  At least I know I am making a difference in those areas.  It'll only last another day or so anyway.  I'll just do a little extra stretching in the meantime.  And that feels good anyway.  They say that stretching is what helps keep you young.  If you are stretched and limber, there is less stiffness and soreness overall.  I can attest to that!

Have a good day.

Monday, August 20, 2012

My Workout


I do my workout at 4:45am.  This morning was just lovely.  There are no other words to describe it.  I workout on a yoga mat in a little 6 foot long hallway that is an offshoot of the main hallway.  There is a door at the end of this little hall, that leads to a bathroom, that has another door leading to my room.  All the windows were open, a barely there soft breeze was blowing through the house, it was dark except for a dim, distant light in my room.  I could hear my grandson's cricket CD just barely playing.  The whole thing was just so peaceful. 

What a wonderful way to start the day, and a Monday no less.  I hope you have a wonderful, peaceful, successful week.

Saturday, August 18, 2012



My grandson and I went to the fair today. I had a corndog, coconut cream pie, 2 cups of coffee (it was freezing out) and a BBQ lunch of chicken, beans, cole slaw and a bun.  I wanted another piece of pie, but was too full after lunch.  I had a lot of fun.  They had something called Apple Pie Fries, but I forgot to get some.

Thursday, August 16, 2012


So, I was poking around on the blogs earlier this afternoon.  I came across one I used to follow, quite some time ago.  It seems the owner of this blog has regained a significant amount of weight.  YIKES!  I am not judging and I did not have time to go back through to find out why.  I, myself, have lost and regained significant amounts of weight myself.  I was younger then and still of the mindset that I could just re-lose it anytime I wanted.  I am older now and it has become very difficult.  I was talking earlier in the week of possibly giving up.  Now I know I don't want to.  I have worked too hard this time around to lose the amount of weight I have, only to regain it again?  NO THANKS!  Fear will be my motivator.    



There is a book I have had for many years.  It's called Stretching, by Bob Anderson.  It is similar to the one at the left, Getting Back in Shape.  I don't know how to use this new Blogger set-up, or I would insert a photo of it (I really, really dislike the new Blogger!!!).  Anyway, I highly recommend Stretching. 

My favorite one is to sit on the floor or your bed, bring the soles of your feet together, then GENTLY bend forward at your hips.  Do not bend at the waist or round your back.  Go only so far as is comfortable, with a SLIGHT stretching feeling.  Hold for 30 seconds or until you can feel just a bit less tight.  Then, move just a bit more forward and hold for 20 seconds.  When moving forward, pretend there is a string attached to your chest, pulling you forward.  It feels wonderful in your hips and lower back.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

More Misc.


I have noticed when exercising, that sometimes my perspective is different.  Most of the time my attitude is "UUGGGHH!  Gotta go exercise!"  But sometimes, it is the opposite.  It feels good afterwards.  Sometimes I am crying through the whole thing because the pain in my joints and connecting tissue is so great.  This isn't coming out how I had it figured out in my head.  I enjoy taking a hot bath because it makes me feel better.  I take my pain pills because it makes me feel better.  I LOVE laying down because it feels better.  That is how I need to look at exercise, because it feels better.  I need to look at exercise with the same anticipation as I do my hot baths or lying down.  And occasionally I do.  But it needs to be all the time.  On Monday, Wednesday, Friday I do leg exercises.  On Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday I do arm exercises.  On all the days I do 2 planks, 20 seconds each.  Or at least, this is the goal.  Planks are the hardest things I have ever done.  Also, I intersperse a little yoga in there.  I highly recommend Cat/Cow for a stiff and achy back.  Do it slowly and gently, and don't stretch as far as you can.  Just do the slow, easy movements.  And then I finish the whole thing off with Downward Dog.  It just about always feels so great.  I don't know why I dread and put it off.  As I said, it does hurt sometimes, but not always.

I took the whole Ambien last night.  I have been awake since 1:30am.  Not working.  Going to sleep is not the problem.  Staying asleep is.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012


I have gained some weight.  I have been without my blood pressure pills for a few days, that probably has something to do with it.  I have them now and the weight will probably start coming back off in a few days.  I'm sure it's just water weight.

For the past several months, I have been getting only about 5 1/2 to 6 hours of sleep per night.  It is starting to wear on me.  I have read many times, lack of sleep affects your ability to lose weight.  But, not only that, it seriously affects your health.  I have a prescription for Ambien, but I have heard some horror stories about the things people do while taking it.  My doctor said one of her patients pulled out all of his toenails.  YIKES!!!  I have had the pills a little over a year and I have taken a few, split.  I recently started taking them again, but the half pills are no longer working, I am waking up around 2:30 again.  I am so tired.  I am taking a whole one tonight.  Another problem with this is, I take pain pills for the arthritis in the mornings. About an hour after I take the pain pills (after taking the Ambien the night before) I am so very groggy.  But lack of sleep is also painful.  It just hurts all over when I don't get enough sleep.

Magic Potion
I wonder if any other people feel like they are just trying to find their own, personal magic potion.  I know that it all boils down to calories in vs calories out, but in what combination, how much of each?  Why is it when I eat a lot of bad,  unhealthy food I lose some weight and when I eat a proper amount of good, healthy food I either stagnate or gain (sometimes)?

This weight loss seems to have come to a screeching halt.  I have been moving between 202 and 198 for MONTHS.  I have become very discouraged. It has become very hard.  I thought it was hard before, while everything was new and the weight was coming off.  But it was nothing compared to this.  I wonder if this is what is meant by, "This is where the rubber hits the road"?  Do I just resign myself to the fact that maybe this is as far as I am going to go (and lighten my stress load in the process)?  Is that a cop-out, an excuse to quit because it is too hard? I have not had a period since May.  Could this be part of the reason I am stuck, hormones?  If I do decide to quit, what will happen?  Will it be like people that are trying to concieve, that when they stop trying so hard and relax, it happens?  Probably not, HA! Just wishful thinking.  And by quitting, I don't mean eat and eat and eat (I never did that anyway).  I don't really know what quitting would look like.  What would I do any different?  I don't really know.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

A Helpful List and Some Other Stuff

Here's a thought.  I think I'm gonna TRY to choose my foods from the list below. 

Here's something else.  For a while there, I was doing pretty good at following a resistance training routine.  And then of course I stopped.  Just got lazy.  I didn't think it was working.  I couldn't SEE any results.  I thought I was too far gone for it to do any good. Etc, Etc, Etc.  Welllll, it was working.  The reason I know this is because...after about a month after QUITTING, I could REALLY feel the jiggle in my upper thighs WHEN I walked.  Fat in motion is not a pretty thing.  And not very comfortable, either.  If I could feel it wiggling when I walked, could other people see it wiggling too?  HORRORS!!  How embarrassing!  Soooo, this week I am back at it AGAIN.