As you can see, I have not blogged for a long time on EP. I am in a tail
spin of sorts. I cannot seem to lose any weight, track my calories,
exercise (because of the foot pain), and a little depressed. I went to
the doctor on Thursday because I was hoping that he would be able to
tell me if my ankle pain was the result of my tripping down the garage
door steps...he didn't even look at that. I am not sure if he was in a
bad mood or what, maybe not a morning person...but I am totally not
happy with the appointment. I have a physical appointment on Wednesday
and I am going to have them look at it too. It isn't swollen or
anything...it just hurts almost like I strained a muscle of something.
Anyway, as soon as my foot starts hurting, the ankle starts more too.
Making it REALLY hard to walk on my left foot.
The garage sale Saturday was not very productive financially. I think I
made $130...and spent $130. Most was on stuff that I really needed and
could use (except the Little Tykes car for DS), but it is still
frustrating. I do have about 12 boxes to donate, but now I just need to
load them in my car. After I do that, and take the 8 bags of aluminum
cans to the recyclers, the garage will look much better. I probably
should do that while DS is sleeping! LOL
I am trying to look at this as a new week. A new week of goals, vision
(if I can get one), and motivation. Can I lose 50 lbs by December????
Let me do the math....50 divided by 5.5= a little over 9 lbs a month.
LOL...I cannot lose 9 ounces a month. CRAP! I really need to do it
though. I will be happy if I can lose the 50 by January 1 too, because
in December it will be more vanity pounds as Jillian Michaels calls
I just do not know HOW to get a focus. I have sooooo many irons and
plates going that I seem to only be able to run on ER mode. I know and
understand that there are people with bigger obstacles than me. We are
all in different "boats", but our goal is the same. Lose weight, become
healthy. With that goal in mind...it should at least be 'easier'. But,
alas, it is not. Exercise is a part, eating is a part, emotions are a
part, commitment is a part, what I am trying to say is that there are
MANY parts. Some parts are not a problem for some people, other parts
are bigger for some than others. I guess I just need to find out what
parts are MY problem (I am thinking ALL of them)!
With all of that, 900 interruptions, and eating lunch right now (tomato
soup made with milk with a slice of Pepperjack cheese). Probably not
the best of lunches...but better than the Big Don's sub from Donato's
that I wanted!!! LOL ;)
I have a lot of things to do this week and today. Here is a partial list. I know that I will be adding more.
Take out van seat
Load yard sale stuff (Tuesday)
Take yard sale stuff to drop off place (Tuesday)
Take cans and chairs to recyclers (Wednesday)
Take chairs apart for recycling (Tuesday)
Get stuff for Mary
Take TV from KM's room to curb
Take out bulk pickup stuff
Take can to curb
Change our bedding
Change Brianna's bedding
Write out questions for doctor visit
quick pedicure-DONE (myself..so not a good one even) LOL
New shoes (Tuesday)
Drop off Dad's bag of stuff (Wednesday)
CR ONeal about rental-DONE
Call about jewelry buying-DONE
PT places-holding off til July after insurance changes
PT appointments-holding off til July after insurance changes
Call Urban Active about summer rates-DONE
reserve library books-DONE
write customer letter-DONE
Finally getting my part from NordicTrack. Good thing I am not using it right now due to the injury. I did learn something from all of this...just like DH always says...don't buy new technology the first year! ;)
If I didn't have a migraine it would be even better. I really never understand why *I* get excited because it is Friday.
Being a stay at home mom...Friday really doesn't mean that much, other
than I will be even busier! I have more people to attend to for the
next 2 days. I have church to go to, horseback riding lessons shuttle,
volunteering to do, and the normal chores that are here Monday
through...well, Friday. The spark just isn't there.
Now, don't get me wrong, I love it that my husband is home on the
weekends. It is just that even he says that the weekends are just too
busy. He has things that he needs to do to like lawn mowing. I did the
first one of the season, but I just really do not do a good job. Our
mower is long and heavy and I just cannot control is like him. I do try
though. If I get a chance today...that might be something that I do for
him just so he has a free hour. Now, I cannot do the trimming because I
have no idea what the mixture is that is needed, and both of our
trimmer leak... YUCK!
Last night I made lasagna for dinner. About 10 years ago, Prego
pubished a recipe in the coupon section of the Sunday paper that I
clipped out. I had made lasagna before this recipe, but found that is
was way too time involved and sort of messy. After this recipe was
published, I make it a few times a year. The only thing different with
this recipe is that the noodles are not cooked beforehand. That made me
a lifetime lasagna maker! When I told this to our Italian friend, he
about died! WHAT?? Not cook the noodles? And, HE makes his sauce from
scratch! Then, I explained that the noodles soaked up the residual
water and flavors making it taste even more awesome. Next time he made
it...no cooked noodles. His parents noticed the difference right
away...and it was a good response. Look, just shaved 30 minutes off his
time too! (And his lasagna is the BOMB!!)
So, anyway, I made lasagna and it was the best one I have done yet! I
don't measure well when I cook. I get that honestly off my grandmother!
And, I have a hard time cooking for under 6 people. Another gift from
her. I made a 13x9 pan of lasagna, heaping over the side, for 3
'adults' and a toddler. Can you say leftovers? LOL I sent home a huge
slice with my mom, called the neighbor and sent home a huge slice with
her, and still have 3-4 servings! But, like I said, it was the best one
ever!! The thing I did different is I cut up meatballs (into 1/16
pieces of a 1.5" meatball) and put in two layers. Then, I always use
two different flavors of sauce (3 cheese is a staple and last night was
fire roasted tomato), cottage cheese, and mozzarella cheese...baked it
for 1.25 hours...and done. Took 10 minutes to put together (not
counting the cutting time for the meatballs) and 1.5 to be on the
table! Wow, my mouth is watering discussing it. I better change the
As for my list, it went well yesterday, but I knew that I was not going
to get a lot done! I had things on it that are just not a priority.
Today, will be much of the same. I do have a few people coming to get
some things out of the garage, and that will help my efforts. I am in a
major dejunking (or what I like to call de-crapifying) spree. I truely
think that it would be much easier if I just take the stuff that I use
daily, the stuff that I really am attached too (husband, kids, dogs
included) and have a huge tag sale and let everyone else take the rest!
I just am sick of all the stuff!! I have slowly been decluttering for
years now! I am not a hoarder, but with homeschooling, you just collect
stuff. Stuff that you plan to use, want to use, looks interesting, and
then, you lose it and find it WAY after the fact. THAT is what I am
dealing with. Also, lets add that DH and I are recovering packrats
(more him than me and it is for stupid stuff). Like, for him, he thinks
he needs to save every computer part box that he buys for his computer.
We actually have a box of boxes for parts he no longer has...but we
cannot throw them out until he is SURE he doesn't have it somewhere
else. Good Grief!! LOL Me, I collect books, homeschooling stuff, and
"momentos". *SIGH* I also have collections...he does not. I did have a
shot glass collection that I sold a couple of years ago...so now I just
have my penguin collection that is on CraigsList still (has been for
about 9 months now). There are only a few I care to get money out of,
so that may be my next doantion! LOL
Well, here is my list since I am just rambling...
Wipe off counters
Spray around house
Go through contacts for painting
meet people from CL
get gas for mower
make list for store
go to store
put away clothes
I think that is it. I am hoping to get something decluttered too, but if not, I will get some done this weekend!
Happy Friday everyone!!
Foot doctor, TO DO list, and Exercise...*sigh*
This is part of the list that did not get completed yesterday....
make a goal list for the challenge (HOW am I going to lose 18 lbs??)
make pages for sample album
change air filter in furnace
finish flower baskets (need more flowers)
plan backyard deck
put away clothes
write letter to self
unload dishwasher (DD)-DONE
figure out which pics I want where on the website (my site...not the homeschool site)
Here is what I am adding...
clean off island
dinner-planned (grilling out if not raining)
frame military awards for DS's room
clean up kitchen
That is it...however, I am thinking a lot of this may be a weekend list too.
I went to the foot doctor this AM...with good news and bad news (of course)...
**EVERYTHING is fixable without surgery (at this time)
**pain is somewhat gone because of the cortizone shot that I got
**prescribed prednisone for inflammation (which is good because I have
a pain on my right side that hurts every hour of every day...and that
will take that pain away for the time I am on it too)
**no walking/exercise for the next 3 weeks (probably longer according
to him, but we are going from this appointment to the next first)
**no barefoot walking (or for me sock feet walking and no Crocs)
**torn Achille's Tendon...so stretching exercises 1 minute, each foot, four times a day (the stretching part is a good thing)
**Prednisone (DH and I are TTC...sooooo, this med is not a good thing)
I am totally thankful that God put this doctor in front of me. I
learned a lot...like I have an extra bone in my left foot (that is not
the reason it is hurting...it is genetics and I guess a lot of people
have it), I was not totally stretching (AKA not stretching properly) my
calf and Achille's Tendon which did not help with the tear (but it did
help tear it on the treadmill), and that my foot structure is
excellent! Those are things that I would have never known if I did not
go and see him. For that...and what he is going to do for me to get me
well...if GREAT! He did tell me that my calf and tendon are not
flexible and that anyone that is as "unflexible" as I am should NOT be
working out...especially on an incline! Well then...tell me how you
really feel! LOL
So, starting today, I am going to work on the stretching exercises that
he gave me...just one. I will probably try to do a bunch of floor work
that will not require walking or even standing. I HAVE to do
something...#1- I am in a challenge! and #2- I do not want to turn 40
weighing 180...or really even over 150! *sigh* This is just Satan
trying to railroad my efforts into me going back to doing
nothing...eating unconsciously, and not even trying to make wise
decisions. SATAN...in the name of JESUS...LEAVE!!
That just brought to mind a story...a writer once wrote (I am thinking
CS Lewis, but I am not positive) that he heard something when he went
to bed and lit the lamp so that he could see what he was hearing. When
the light came on, the devil was standing at the end of his bed. He
said he was about one inch tall, so all he said was, "Oh, it's you" and
rolled over and turned off the light. His point being that if we all
knew that the devil or Satan was only an inch tall, we would squash him
like a water bug instead of giving him so much 'credit' for the bad in
our life. Not saying that he is wrong...I try not to give Satan anymore
power than he deserves...which is none...but, he is right in the fact
that I have stepped on bugs, spiders, etc bigger than 1". So, when I
say that it is just Satan trying to railroad my efforts...it doesn't
mean that he is going to win...or that he is winning. It just means
that I am a little derailed at the time, but I will bounce back with
God's grace and be able to combat his efforts! Christian/believer or
not... we all need to get up, dust ourselves off, and keep moving
forward. I tried to do this with my foot, but felt that it needed
attention, prayer, and *I* needed education as to what *I* was doing to
afford this result....and now I know. I have been empowered. Reminds me
of a song...
i'm trading my sickness
i'm trading my pain
i'm laying them down for the joy of the Lord
i am pressed but not crushed
persecuted, but not abandoned
struck down, but not destroyed
i am blessed beyond the curse,
for His promise will endure
and His joy will be my strength
though the sorrow may last for the night
His joy comes with the morning.
So, I am pressed but not crushed, struck down, but not destroyed, and I AM BLESSED BEYOND THE CURSE!!!!
With that...I am going to go and work on my list! Blessings everyone.
PS...anyone have any good ideas for floor, non feet needing exercises?? LOL
Hi. I am Ronda...and I love lists!
I make a list everyday...for the weekends...I make one on Friday. I
don't usually get those done because of all the weekend commitments
that we have, but at least I know what I need to do if I DO get the
I sometimes put things on my list that I didn't plan to do but did
anyway...just so that I can cross it off. I even put my shower, DD's
chores, and eating. I am a little (OK, maybe a little more than a
little) OCD (or CDO for those who like the letters in order!). LOL
I have a spring/summer goal list (which may not get done since we are
on a major debt reduction kick). I have a list that I titled "List of
Eternal Things To Do". That is more like a major spring cleaning list!
I am having a HUGE difficulty losing weight. I cannot seem to keep
track of my food, I injured my foot doing the treadmill and was ordered
by the doctor to see a foot specialist and do not do my 'exercise' for
at least a week or two. (It has been almost 2 weeks...tomorrow).
It is getting nicer here in Ohio, so I have been getting my minimum of
7500 steps in...that is good. However, without the tracking of food...I
am not losing. I keep going on and off soda. I bought a 24 pack of Coke
yesterday just so that I have it if I want...and I won't go out to get
a soda fountain one. (I love the fountain ones better...so cans will
satisfy, but I can 'regulate' them).
My goal for the 8 week challenge that I am hosting is to lose 10%
(18lbs). I need to make a plan for that though. As I have posted
before, my goal was 50 by June 15th, and now I have made the deadline
August 17th...my 40th birthday! However, I must be crazy because I
cannot even reach the 10% mark!!!!
Sorry I haven't posted in a while
I don't know what has gotten into me. I have not completed a list in
days!!! But, today, I WILL get this list done! I have too...I have no
clothes to wear #1...
So, here it is...
put away laundry from last week-DONE
put away laundry from today
gather baskets and hangers (DD)
unload dishwasher (DD)
clean off island
Sam's Club to pick up pics
work in office again?
change flowers in pots
I did get a few things in my office done today. We have an online
curriculum sale going on for the homeschool group for our past church,
and I have a few things that I would like to get rid of. I am hoping I
can...but if not, I will sell them at the yard sale or save for DS. The
list is due by Friday! *sigh*
Not sure if I will get to my treadmill again today. My foot is acting
up, and I was actually told not to do it for a week or two to see if it
would heal. I really do not want to do that...but I may have to anyway.
I have done really well keeping my steps past 7500 without it...except
yesterday...I only made it to 5700 about. I guess the muscles and
tendons are swollen (doesn't look like it on the outside) and I guess
the bone is irritated too (never heard of that one). If it doesn't heal
on its own, then a foot specialist will have to come into play.
Whatever, I will just go through the pain then. He said he didn't
*think* I could injure it to permanent damage, but he wasn't 100% sure
since that was not his specialty.
I have trouble sitting still though. Not ADHD
kind of active, but I know that I have stuff to do and cannot rest
until it is done...OCD is more my 'disorder'!
I am hoping that it heals soon!
Today though, I played outside with DS...well, he played and I watched
mostly and then tonight DD, DS and I went out in the dark to swing
because someone was setting off fireworks. DS loved them since they
were far enough away that they were 'quiet'. He will love the fourth of
July this year...as long as we can keep the noise down. All and all, it
was a good day...at least I think it was.
Well, I am needing to go to bed. I usually cannot sleep after DH gets
there because of his snoring...and, when I try to get there first...he
follows...I am going to try to get there first now and get to sleep!
Yea for Me
Down another 1.8 yesterday during the WI. That is a total of 5 lbs the month of March. I will post a month end review Thursday!
I hope everyone is doing well. I find it hard to keep track of 2 'blogs' but know that I am lurking even if I am not posting!
Just tooting my own horn...
I did two rounds on the treadmill today!!! Burned 500 calories...and am way under my daily allowance today! I have lost about 1 lbs since Mondays WI!!!
This day is flying by. Of course, it may be because I didn't get up
until noon. DS has been waking up a few times a night, and since
quitting all the sugar...my butt is dragging!!!! I feel good though, no
headaches from not having sugar (still getting caffeine from the tea),
and I WI again today....8 gone (but not recording that since it is not
WI day). I am loving this!! I will have to admit that SpaDiva said that
the soda is too much calories to waste...and countless others have said
the same...but it just took time to really get in the mindset (and lots
of prayer) to finally make the leap from sugar. And, I am loving it. DH
wanted me to pick up some Orange Crush last night at the store (that
crap has 50 more calories that Coke!!!). I ALWAYS just crave a soda
when I even see the package...last night...nothing. It didn't look
gross, but I didn't start salivating!
I got it for him, but told DD that I did not want her having a ton of
it or even one a day...one a week, I may be able to approve.
On the home front today, I have a ton to do. Do I want to do it...no.
But, I want the steps from doing it to show on my pedometer. LOL Here
is my TO DO list for today...
change address with gas company
Load bags of trash in car
Check mom's bank account
Order checks for FIT
restock diaper bag
call Atty-DONE (left message)
That is it. Nothing really major, just the usual stuff. But, at least
my house is not a disaster area. So far today, I have had 200 calories.
I really need to eat something else...like lunch...it is 1:30!! LOL
Happy Tuesday....OH...THE BIGGEST LOSER is on tonight!!! I still have 66 minutes to watch of last weeks episode!
I only watch it while I walk on my treadmill now...so one episode lasts
about 4 days...and then I have Undercover Boss that I DVR, and
sometimes Doctors...I get my crap in that is for sure. And, the
treadmill is much easier if I am watching something that I enjoy!
Weekly wrap up
Last week I did more and accomplished plenty. Obviously, I did not lose
ALL of my weight, but I did lose something...which I am extremely proud
jumping jacks- 175 (goal 175)
treadmill- 155 minutes (goal 150)
weighted bar- 3 days (goal-3)
steps- 53,867 (goal is 52,500)
no sugary drinks- 3 days (goal is 6) (I don't want to not be able to have one if I want...just not one a day)
WI- -2.2 (goal -3.3)
Not bad...and I did my weighted bar 3 times last week. I gave up the
sit-ups for the weighted bar. I really need to build muscle so that I
can burnt he fat faster! I, also, went 3 days last week (I started on
Thursday) without drinking any sugary drinks. I want to be able to have
a soda if I want one, but I don't want it controlling me or my weight.
I am happy with the loss, so I will be doing it again this week. I am
not seeing any changes in store...so I will have the same goals this
So, at least with the work I did last week, I saw a reward!!! THAT is
what I really needed... some number feedback that shows on the scale
(not that I am not happy with the 3.5" loss, too).