Wednesday, April 29, 2009
The service on Sunday afternoon was fully packed at Mom & Dad's church. Well over 200 people attended and they had to put extra chairs up in the back, on the sides and in the aisles. We had 3 full pews for family and the dear friends who traveled from Iowa. It was a very nice service with Mom's favorite hymns. After the service, we stood in a receiving line in the fellowship hall for a full 45 minutes. Several of her older friends couldn't stand in line that long so didn't come through the line, so that was probably a blessing for us, especially my feet in new shoes! We received many nice flower arrangements and many, many cards and memorials. Dad continues to get several cards every day.
My husband and I would walk from the house where we were staying to Dad's every morning, 1.7 miles took around 30 minutes, so I did keep up some activity and did pretty well with my eating except for the night of the funeral and a close encounter with a bag of kettle cooked sea salt chips and a few cookies. Couldn't seem to stop myself, but I'm not kicking myself over it. I think emotional eating is allowed during some difficult times. :-/ I was really proud of myself eating healthy during the travel back and forth to Arkansas. My son and I drove back last night and got home at 3am. I had a cleaning crew come at 9am, I went back to bed for a few hours and I'm thrilled to have a clean house now! My hubby turns 50 on the 1st, so we've got a big party planned for that. Whew! I was surprised that my weight was up only one pound from last week (185 this morning) and I haven't really readjusted after travel, so I'm sure I'll be back in the game next week. The scale at the house where we were staying kept saying 175 and I KNEW that couldn't be right. My dad's digital scaled ranged from 176-184, so I wasn't ready to count anything until I got back to my own scale.
I stayed an extra day to help my sisters go through Mom's clothes and jewelry so Dad wouldn't have to worry about that kind of stuff. It was emotional, but also filled with happy reminiscences. We were grateful we had the past 5 months and we know that the process would have been much more difficult if Mom had passed in November as all the doctors expected she would. We all had a chance to spend time with her recently. God is good. And Mom constantly reflected the love of Jesus and affected all who knew her. She had a daycare in her home for 19 years before she retired and some of those at the funeral were kids she'd kept when they were little. One thing my aunt said was "I wish people would stop saying 'Sorry for your loss.' We didn't lose her, we know exactly where she is and we'll see her again!" So I started telling people that while still in the receiving line. :-D And when people would mention how much they enjoyed her cinnamon rolls, I let the secret out that it's Dad who has been making them for YEARS, but Mom always got the credit. LOL
Now, I need to get off my butt and get sewing. I'm supposed to make skirt overlays for those of us dancing the waltz in the showcase this weekend!
Hope everyone is having a fantastic week.
Oh, and this happening right before Mother's Day with all of the ads and focus in the stores being on gifts for mom - definitely not helping the occasional overwhelming moments of grief and missing her! :-(
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Will be in Arkansas all weekend, no doubt being buried in comfort food. Not sure if I'll be able to get in any exercise, but am going to try. See you all next week. I probably won't be getting online at all over the next several days.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Love this photo of Mom with my daughter Kisa from November 2008.
Monday, April 20, 2009
The hospice nurse told my Dad and sisters that she thinks Mom will be gone in the next day or two. So I'm making plans to travel. We'll probably leave on Thursday and come back Monday if that happens. My heart stops every time the phone rings. :-P
For those of you who are new to my blog, my mom has advanced ovarian cancer. She's been under hospice care since November, when they found it. The doctors thought she was dying a couple times that month, but God gave us the gift of more time with her.
I've been continuing to do the strength workouts from Prevention, but missed cardio yesterday. Today we waltzed for almost an hour this afternoon. Will get back on the treadmill tomorrow.
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Here is a photo of my new "ultimate stability ball." It's made by Danskin. And I found it at Walmart. Definitely works the abs!
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Figured I would add a little to this post. I have to admit, I LOVE living here and love the snow. I know it won't last long at this time of year. We lived in San Antonio for 7 years before moving here (check out these photos of my PARADISE!) and I absolutely hate heat and humidity. So I'll take the snow in April over the months on end of triple digit heat. I LOVE the view out back, especially when the clouds come down to join us and our mountain disappears from view. I love the hummingbirds that flock to our feeders in May, continuing into the summer. I love having a fox under my deck (the reason our kitties are NOT allowed outside.) I love going out in the hot tub on a clear night when you can see billions and billions of stars. I love breathing the clean, thin air when my hubby and I walk around our neighborhood. My husband kept getting pressured to go back to TX and he told them no because he loves me and knows I'd pitch a total fit if we had to move back there. :-) There is a job that says if he's offered it, we'll have to go, but I will continue to pray that God's will is that we stay HERE! LOL And check out this place where I go scrapbook with friends.
Here's a health tip for today.
"Healthy" foods to skip
Weight today - 184.2 on digital scale, 183 on the challenge scale. Woot! Oh, and I made my goal of weighing LESS than my skinny hubby who lost over 100lbs in one year. Doing the happy feet dance. :-D
One of the unsung advantages of a healthy lifestyle - LOOKING YOUNGER!!!! LOL
New strength training is quite the challenge and I've got some screaming muscles! Guess that means it's hitting some I hadn't been working on, so it's all good. :-D
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Monday, April 13, 2009
Gotta go with my favorite breakfast - a Cherry Chocolate Waffle. I know it's not anything homemade, but this is my favorite meal. :-)
One Nature's Path Flax frozen waffle
1/4c chocolate chips - I use Dove Dark Chocolate. It comes in 2 oz bars that have 4 sections. I chop up either 2 or 3 sections (they are 1/2 oz each) It's actually a little less than 1/4 cup.
1 c dark sweet pitted cherries - defrost them for one minute, then put them on top of toasted waffle. Put chopped chocolate on top and microwave for a minute or so.
From a Men's Health Abs Diet email
Get Out of a Rut
3 ways to start seeing results again
Dear Online Reader:
There's nothing more frustrating than working out and not seeing results. You have to wonder: How do I bust out of this slump?
You could do curls for eternity, but it won't make your muscles any less stubborn. What you need to do—whether your goal is to drop the last few pounds or keep your muscles growing—is focus elsewhere. Here are three ways how:
Do something every day. It seems like a lot of work, but how serious are you? A brisk walk with your dog or a half hour of light cardio can be the sore muscle relief—and endurance boosters—that you need.
Find your weaknesses. Isolating a muscle doesn't always work. Strengthen other muscles surrounding your problem area—for example, if you want bigger arms, try working these muscles.
Add weight. Crunches every day won't carve a six pack. Instead, add a few pounds to your current abs routine—which you should only do 3 times a week to allow downtime for your abs to grow.
And from Denise Austin:
Go at Your Own Pace!
You have your own healthy-weight range, based on your height and metabolic rate, which determines how quickly your body burns calories. Furthermore, different body types respond to exercise in different ways. If you're pear-shaped, which typically means that you carry most of your weight in your hips and thighs, you may never achieve the same athletic tone as someone who's naturally lean. It's just not physically possible. And you know what? That's perfectly fine!
The last thing you should be doing is comparing yourself with others or obsessing about the number on the scale. Focus on achieving your weight-loss goals on your own timeline. Do what's right for you, and relish each and every accomplishment!
Saturday, April 11, 2009
The May edition has a "2 week Total Body Turnaround" workout schedule I'm going to try and here is something Chris Freytag said in answer to the question: Can this help women who already exercise but aren't losing weight? "Yes. Many active women plateau because they're not strength-training or doing cardio at a high enough intensity. This program requires you to do both, which is the only way to boost metabolism and burn more calories long-term."
Stay Sharp with Healthy Carbs
In one study, women 22 to 55 followed either a low-carb Atkins-style diet or a low-calorie diet rich in fruit, vegetables, and whole grains. After ONE WEEK of eating very few carbs, the women on the Atkins-style diet performed, on average, 50% worse on memory tasks than those on the low-calorie diet. Once the women started eating carbs again, their scores improved.
WOW! That's pretty significant.
Think natural and organic is too expensive? Check out the websites of Stonyfield Farm and Organic Valley for coupons or visit mambosprouts.com for coupons.
And here's my favorite tip of the month:
Control cravings with chocolate
Trying to lose weight? Eat some dark chocolate. It may help you feel full, according to a new study from Denmark. Researchers gave 16 participants 100g of either dark or milk chocolate, and 2 hours later offered them pizza. (Where do I sign up for this research?????) Those who consumed the dark chocolate ate 15% fewer calories than those who had milk chocolate, and they were less interested in fatty, salty, and sugary foods. Try a chocolate with 70% or more cocoa. Two tablespoons of dark chocolate chips alongside fresh berries as a midafternoon snack should give you some of the benefits without breaking your calorie budget.
The Flat Belly Diet that encourages a MUFA at every meal has 1/4c (4Tbsp) of chocolate chips as one of the MUFAs. Using Dove dark chocolate satisfies those chocolate cravings without eating too much. It's soooo rich and creamy, I usually just have 2 Tbsp. 100g is around 3.5 ounces. Not sure if I could eat that much in one sitting!
Friday, April 10, 2009
I had my rescheduled 1 hour massage and chiro adjustment yesterday and that felt really good!
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Burger King's Sponge Bob rap. Seriously, I will never give money to BK again. If my kids want to eat there, they'll have to use their own money. (They are both underweight, so they can afford to eat high calorie crap!) ;-)
But for good stuff, here's a great link from Women's Health. Check out all of the best and worst lists. They are awesome.
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
How many of you said "I only lost xx this week."???? Go read Roni's post! :-D
Hope everyone else had a fabulous week!!
MizFit has a post about the scale. My thoughts were confirmed by this info I posted near the beginning of my blog.
Here's helpful info from Denise Austin:
Master the Six Diet "Dos"
- Eat so that you're satisfied! Believe it or not, if you want to lose weight, it's important to eat! Skipping meals can leave you feeling weak and hungry, which leads straight to overeating. Eat when you need to, but make sure you limit yourself to nutritious, strength-building foods!
- Include a variety of foods! You've heard of diets that focus on one food, or that exclude whole categories of food from your life. Go for balance instead! Sweets, pasta, and breads have a place in your eating plan. The key is moderation! Make healthy foods the foundation of your meals.
- Quench your thirst! Water helps you burn calories, boosts your metabolism, and fills you up. How's that for multitasking? Bottoms up!
- Concentrate on your health! Diet pills, , and products that promise instant results are never a good idea. A slow, steady, balanced weight-loss plan like mine is the most effective and the safest. You'll feel great, and you'll protect your health too!
- Teamwork helps! Staying motivated is key! Find an exercise buddy at your office, ask a friend or family member to help you stay on track, or take advantage of my amazing online community!
- Get moving! If you're already eating healthy, exercise can tone muscle and give you lots of energy. Even just a few minutes a day can make a huge difference. Give it a try!
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
I'm supposed to go get a chiropractor adjustment and massage today, but not sure if it'll happen. I'm really nauseous and trying to figure out what I can eat.
5pm - so far I've eaten some applesauce and one piece of toast. Stomach is roiling. Canceled appointments I had for today. Not up to going out.
Monday, April 6, 2009
B-Frosted Mini Wheats
L-Tomato, mozzarella, olives, artichoke hearts salad, popchips, dark choc cov almonds
D-2 slices thin crust Papa Murphy's herb chicken Mediterranean pizza - the commercial got me! Skinny cow ice cream sandwich
Stomach is still feeling a little weird.
Had to go to occupational therapy for my wrist today. I have to do some hand stretches every hour, ice it twice a day for 20 minutes and use a little vibrator to massage it for 5 minutes twice a day, too. Hopefully it will help me get full mobility back after my surgery in Feb.
OH, OH, OH, I forgot to post the best news of the day! This morning, my hubby's boss called and said, "Would you be OK with delaying the trip to Korea for a couple weeks?" HOORAY! I'll be able to dance with hubby on the night of the showcase. I'm very, very happy. :-D He said he's 80% sure that he'll be here for the showcase.
Fit Fitness Into 15 Minutes!
Has missing workouts got you down? Don't beat yourself up! On those super-hectic days, take just 15 minutes to do something active. If it seems impossible to accomplish anything worthwhile in 15 minutes, think again! Even on days when you're pressed for time, you can do the simplest things to squeeze in some physical activity. Any workout is better than none! Try these ideas and feel great knowing that you're making progress toward your goals:
Take the stairs! Climbing a few flights will be just enough activity to get your heart pumping and leg muscles warmed up. Plus, you'll feel satisfied because you made the effort!
Go for a walk on your lunch break! Choose a lunch spot that's a few blocks away so you can take a brisk walk. If you packed a meal, reserve some of your break time to go outside and stretch your legs. Can't get out? Stroll the office!
Get a jump on things! No time to fit in a full-blown cardio session? Grab a jump rope for a quick one, or do a set of jumping jacks before hitting the shower in the morning.
Deskercise! If all else fails, you can still do some great stretching and aerobic moves while you're seated at your desk. Try a series of side-to-side head rotations, shoulder shrugs, arm circles, glute squeezes, and knee lifts. It's so easy, and you'll be done in only 15 minutes!
Sunday, April 5, 2009
Weight is going up, so I know it's PMS bloating. Blech. Not sure if the nausea is just the start of a bad case of cramps or what.
Oh, and we DID get quite a bit of snow throughout the day and evening last night. The highway was pretty dicey last night as we went into town to dance. The ride home was a little nerve-wracking, too. Lots of blowing snow. When we got into our little town, someone had gone into the ditch by some townhouses and the car was almost vertical! Our hill is steep, but my awd Journey made it just fine. And it plowed through quite a deep drift across our driveway, but the snow piled on the deck in back was even higher! Ken said when he shoveled the driveway this morning, there were places of 10 inch deep snow. So it didn't miss us completely! My son was in Denver visiting friends and he said they didn't get much there at all.
Friday, April 3, 2009
B-Rice Krispies w skim milk, 2 dried plums, 1/4c sunflower seeds
L-tomato n mozarrella salad again, deli turkey
D-Amy's Teriyaki bowl, skinny cow ice cream sandwich
Snack - dark chocolate, unsalted peanuts
Good weather news - we might be spared the blizzard this time. It looks like it will be taking a more northern route through Denver and southern Wyoming.
Thursday, April 2, 2009
I changed my plan for lunch when we went to Safeway. My kids were getting lunch at the deli and I saw a tomato, mozzarrella, olive and artichoke salad tossed with olive oil. YUMMMY! Not sure on the calorie count, but it's all healthy calories, so I won't worry about it. Also had to pop into the Vitamin Cottage to get some PopChips. Darn you, prior fat girl!!!! LOL They only had BBQ and Original flavor, no salt & vinegar. So I had a 130 calorie serving of those with my salad. They are pretty good!
Later edit: I did 30 minutes on the stationary bike and my weight-lifting routine of 2 sets of 15 reps. Have only had 2 meals and once snack so far since I stayed in bed until after noon. My bad! ;-)
B: Cream of wheat+2T pecans+1/2oz dark chocolate, 2 dried plums
L: Tomato, mozarrella, olive, artichoke salad, BBQ Popchips, 2 Lowfat Fig Newmans
Snack: yogurt, dk choc covered almonds, apple, clementine, herbal tea
I'm about ready to go to bed, so I probably won't eat anymore today. It's so cold! We didn't get too much snow last night, but may get 6-12 inches Friday night/Saturday morning.
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Oh, and if you want to see photos of today's blizzard, go check out My Family Blog. The snow was blowing around and sticking to the windows, so it was hard to get a good photo today. Current temp, 19! May get an even bigger storm this weekend. NOOOOOO, not on ballroom dance night! Saturday night is our monthly dance.
I'm borrowing Annalisa's idea to post a recipe. I'll do some that I use, not my family. Though my daughter saw my Cherry Chocolate Waffle one morning and immediately wanted her own. She weighs 120lbs, so I made hers with milk chocolate, her favorite.
Today's Lunch was a Turkey Wrap - Total - 278 calories
I kind of modified this from the Flat Belly Diet recipes (FBD get used to those initials! LOL)
Whole grain tortilla (50)
5 slices deli turkey (45)
2 wedges Lt Swiss Laughing Cow wedges (70)
2T pine nuts (113cal - I just love pine nuts!)
Plus 1/2 can Amy's Black Bean Vegetable soup. (130)
I had to get up early for a doctor's app't, so my weight is higher than yesterday. Up 1.4 from yesterday to 187. :-P I stayed up way too late last night trying to get stuff together. Will post my 2 week menu when I get back from running errands.
2 Week Menu (mostly recipes and recommendations from the Flat Belly Diet - each meal or snack is 400 calories)
B-Frosted Mini Wheats, banana
L-Turkey Wrap, Black Bean soup
D-Grilled chicken, red potatoes, green beans
B-Cream of Wheat, pecans
L-Deli turkey, low-fat string cheese, grape tomatoes, olives
D-Amy's Organic Teriyaki Bowl
B-Cherry Chocolate Waffle (best breakfast of ALL TIME!) ;-)
L-Strawberry Smoothie, dark chocolate
D-Garden burger, grape tomatoes, avocado
B-Apple Cinnamon Waffle
L-Deli chicken, lf string chees, yogurt, macadamia nuts
D-Amy's Black Bean Enchilada
B-Rice Krispies, 2 dried plums, 1/4c sunflower seeds
L-Smoothie, Dbl chocolate Vitatop
D-California veggie burger with avocado
B-Cherry Chocolate waffle
L-Deli turkey, string cheese, grape tomatoes, olives
D-Grilled chicken, red potatoes, green beans
B-Rice Krispies, almonds
L-Blueberry smoothie, raisins, pistachios
D-Kashi Southwest Chicken
B-Cream of Wheat, walnuts
L-Deli wrap, green olives
D-Roasted Chicken, brown rice, steamed carrots
B-Apple Cinnamon Waffle, walnuts
L-Peach smoothie, almonds
D-Kashi Mediterranean Pizza
B-Frosted Mini Wheats, pistachios
L-Deli turkey, fat-free cheddar cheese, olives
D-Grilled chicken, red potatoes, steamed veggies
B-Cherry Chocolate waffle
D-California veggie burger, avocado
B-Slimfast High Protein Smoothie
L-Strawberry Fields Salad at Zio's
D-Kashi Chicken Pasta Pomodora
B-Peanut Butter Toast, yogurt
L-Exotic turkey roll-ups
D-Grilled Chicken, steamed veggies, roasted red potatoes
L-Spinach & black bean wrap
D-Lashi Black Bean Mango, pecans
My snacks are usually 2 Tbsps of some kind of nuts, fruit, and dark chocolate. Each snack is supposed to be 400 calories each, too. I usually eat 3 or 4 times a day. I strive for 4, but sometimes I just can't fit it in.