Saturday, October 22, 2011

Even Though!!

Even though my computer is at the shop - that does not have to stop me!! So I put my thinking cap on and remembered I can do this on my IPhone. I know I'm amazing!!!

Anyway...I heard some thing the other day that has been mulling around in my beady brain. And here is is.....

There is a difference between trying.... And doing!!! Just do it!!!

Think about it!!

Keep focused!!!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Surviving Injuries Series #6 - Perseverance

This is the last post for my Surviving Injuries Series. However, I think this is the most important part of the journey to restoration and good health. Without perseverance I would have never gotten through!!

All during the journey, while dealing with injuries, there has been a lot of emotions....A LOT!!! I've been mad at myself because I got myself so fat that I've caused my body to fail on me. I've been mad at my body, mad at thin and healthy people....especially the ones who smoke. That really makes me mad. I see these beautiful women, thin women...sitting somewhere puffing on a cig. NOT ATTRACTIVE and not healthy at all. I'm like, geez, if I was that fit I would never do that to myself. (I know...I know I'm sure people think things about me...but come on....smoking?.....)


Then there have been times that I've been mad at my trainer for pushing me so hard and of course.....I've been mad at God. I know He did not want me to be like this.....but He could have zapped me a little earlier to get rolling with the program. (No Lord....don't do it now!) Whew!

There has been depression, sadness, frustration, IRRITATION, stalled progress, stubbornness, and crying....lots of crying (Do you know that it is really hard to exercise while you cry? The mixture of sweat and tears is not a good the same time! Plus what do you do with a runny nose.....YOU REALLY DON'T WANT TO KNOW!)

Anyway, lets just say there are a lot of emotions that go into this!


Have I thought about it? Oh yeah I have.

My reasoning is...I have pain, plus all of the above emotions now....and I had all of that when I was 66 pounds heavier....what's the difference. Pain is pain right? "So lets just quit so we can COMFORT ourselves with food". (This is me talking to myself......Bad me....Bad!!)

Fortunately the sensible me did not follow that dreadful advise. No I kept on with my plan.

I did not quit!

I listened to my body!

I made adjustments in my plan!

I adjusted my attitude!

I strengthened my body!!


Today I'm about 90% back to normal. I can do most everything I did before. A couple of things kind of give me some problem, but each day, I can do a little more!!

Here's a little information I found, not sure who it belongs to, but it helped me get through this injury...

Energy matches energy in this world. It's a law. It's stated in many ways...

  • Like attracts like!
  • What you focus on is what you get!
  • What goes around, comes around!
  • As ye sow, so shall ye reap!
You are an EXTREMELY POWERFUL person, whether you have figured this out or not. And you are always using your power ~ use it wisely!

If you want to change, you have to change your pattern or model of living that you learned in your life.

Because whatever you focus on is what you move toward.

So during this process.....I thought of good health, I saw myself active again, I saw myself thin, I focused on getting well and I changed a lot of things. And you know what? I'm moving forward!!!

How about you? Are you moving toward your goals?

Keep focused!

PS: My brand new computer is now going back to the manufacture today. I will have limited access to a computer. Not sure how long it will be before it comes back. No matter what is going on in your life right now, do everything in your power to reach your goals!!!

Love love!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Surviving Injuries Series #5 ~ Strengthen Your Body

I never knew how really weak I was before I started this journey! I used to fall....I used to fall a lot! Going up stairs, going down stairs...I'd fall while walking, sitting on chairs, and while carrying stuff. One time I was be-bopping outside one of my favorite stores. I had just found a great outfit and I was so excited! So I'm strutin' my stuff back to my car and the minute I stepped off the curb, I fell flat on my face.

Another time, I was coming out of a store and I was feeling all benevolent and wanted to "help" out by carrying my packages so no one would have to retrieve my cart. So I decided I would gather all of my packages, on one arm....this is Christmas time, so I had a few......and my car keys in the other hand. So again, I'm struttin' to my car and just left the curb and all of a sudden I fall. This time, I fell on a glass bowl. The only thing I was worried about were my keys, oh and I was in the middle of the road, but my car keys flew across the parking lot and I did not want anyone to get them. I guess I was already in shock. Anyway, I try using my arm to get up and it feels all funny and wet. I look down and I see a gaping hole in my arm and blood is gushing everywhere.  I landed on the bowl, cutting my arm and a small artery!

You can see why I have a little phobia about shopping...

When I called my Hubby to ask him to come get me from the hospital he wanted to know why I could not drive myself...why did I need an ambulance to come get me. When I told him I cut an artery and they would not let me drive, that kind of calmed him down. When he went back to the store for my replaced packages, he was shocked by the amount of blood that was covered in kitty litter.


Other things about having a weak body. I did not know that my legs were so weak. Carrying extra weight and weak quads does not help your knees. That's most likely why I had my knee problems in the first place, then when I started exercising like a wild woman I aggravated the problem. The physical therapy tech advised if I would get more weight off and get my quads stronger this would help my knees and he was right!!!

Again....I was told if my core body was stronger, I would not have had this problem with my back.

So the bottom line is.....there are so many reasons to strengthen you body....

Because I'm stronger I've stop myself from falling. I cannot tell you the number of times that I've caught myself before falling down the stairs. Had I not had the strength I have now, I would have fallen. There's only been one time that I fell and that was this summer while I was carrying my grand baby. I had her in a football hold with one arm and I was walking along. The next thing I knew I was on my way to the ground. When it was all over, my daughter kept asking me if I was OK and I was like, "forget about me, how is the baby?" My daughter let me know that she was OK but she was worried about me. Apparently, I lobbed my grand baby away from me and did not fall on her. She suffered no injuries. Because I was strong enough, I was able to get her out of danger and I did not fall on her and crush her!

Because I'm stronger my knees don't hurt.

Because I'm going to get a lot stronger, I will avoid more injuries in the future!!

You know the thing I worry about I get falling and breaking a hip!! That scares me!!! I want to get this body in shape so this does not happen to me!

How did I get stronger?

First of all. I listen to and do what I was told by my physical therapy tech and my trainer. I also listen to my body. I work hard in the gym ~ consistently. I push myself and keep pushing my body to the next level. I do what I can and most importantly....I never quit!!!


How about you.....Are you strong?

Next up ~ Perseverance!

Keep focused!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Surviving Injuries Series #4 ~ Attitude!

Well first of all....I don't know if you've noticed or not....but attitude has a lot to do with everything! Our attitude matters in how we handle things at home, school, work, with our families and friends, especially how we handle our weight loss and fitness and then importantly how we handle injuries.

Now I've been all over the place with this!! When I got my knee injury, I was told by the physical therapy tech that I would never row or run. My attitude was..."Oh yeah? Watch me!!" and I did it! Then I got the chest wall contusion...that was just a blip on my radar. Kind of a nuisance mostly.  Then my knee started acting up again, kind of worrisome, but I kept pushing through. Then it was the tennis elbow injury. This injury kind of set me back. I'm like what the fig...Will I ever get a break? I could tell then, that my attitude was slowly going in the dumper.

Then came September...yet another injury...and frankly the depression set in. All the other injuries, I was sure that I would heal from and carry on. But for some reason, I thought this was the nail in my coffin ~ literally! I thought...."I've got back problems now....I'll never hurts too much to do what I need to do....I've got to stop my journey....there is no hope". PATHETIC I know!!

But you know something. I heard this statement from a radio program of this young woman who was born without arms. She was a determined little thing. I did not hear her whole story, but do you know that she does all kinds of things. She is even a pilot....she flies airplanes...without arms!!! Now she's traveling the world telling her story. She's amazing! 

One statement I heard from her that helped change my attitude about my situation....Here it is.....

"It's our choice to use what we are given....and we have the choice to use it in a positive way!"

It's our choice. It is my choice to pick myself up and do what I can and use this situation in a positive way. 

That one statement helped snap me out of my depression and I changed my attitude.

This ole back problem is not holding me back!! I am not quitting my plan and I am moving forward. I'm pushing through!!!

How about you....are you pushing through?

Next up ~ Strengthening my body!!

Keep focused!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Surviving Injuries Series #3 ~ Adjustments

Obviously with just have to take the time to recover. And when you are takes longer....At least that what I seem to be experiencing lately!

So while I'm waiting...I just did not give up and not continue on with my journey. Nope!! I had to make adjustments.

There were days when I could only do my physical therapy exercises because of the pain. I could not beat myself up for that, that's all I could do. Then there were days I could walk and I did it. I have been able to lift weights and jump rope...on a good day. I do what I can!! But I've not given up!

I am not very organized with my blog...unfortunately, because I wanted to reference back to a post (but could not find it) about this person that I noticed in the gym. All I saw was a silhouette of a person in a darkened cycle room. This person was peddling with all their might. When I got closer, I realized it was a woman on the bike and she had her hand in a cast. You see this athlete, did not let her injury stop her. No she just made an adjustment.  She pushed through!

The other thing that needed to be done was I needed to reduce my calorie intake. Seems I could not have the same calories as I did when I was doing higher activity. I had to shave off about 300 calories just to stay even. Fortunately I have not gained anything during this injury period. I have not lost any either.....

Each day...if I allow myself to rest, adjust my exercise plan and lower my calories I have a little success. I'm feeling better and getting stronger!!!

Next up Attitude.....How to push through!!!!

Stay focused!!!!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Surviving Injuries Series #2 - Listen to your Body!

If your are like me, you hear the cry of everyone else's needs before you hear your own. A lot of how I get myself into trouble is I don't hear the first pang of pain. No I hear it when my body says, "I'm not going anywhere!!" This even happens with illness. I feel a sore throat coming on and I just keep pushing until it's the full blown in the bed, sick for 3 days deal.

When what I should have done is to listen to my body and taken care of myself....EARLY and before it blows into a real / major problem.

So when my back first started hurting....I got my first jolts of pain...but I did not listen...I just kept pushing through my workout. Then after that it was a flurry of activity to get ready for camping. So here I have a small pain in my back and I'm lifting heavy boxes, bending, twisting and doing everything I should not have been doing. Then the whole week, I'm lifting and toting my grand babies everywhere....ALL GOOD THINGS....BUT WHAT I SHOULD HAVE BEEN DOING IS TAKING CARE OF MYSELF AND RESTING!!

The neglect of myself has turn into almost 2 months of pain and physical therapy. And a big fat delay in my fitness program.

Right now I don't think it was worth it. A couple days and maybe even a week of rest most likely would have helped me a ton!! I know what I did do, pushing through or more like bull heading my way through, did not help me!

So I'm learning to listen to my body.

I'm even starting to think about the following.....

  • Got a headache ~ Take an aspirin
  • Got a cut - Put on a band aid
  • Sore tooth ~ Go to the dentist
  • Need a hair cut & color ~ Get it done!
  • Need clothes & shoes ~ go shopping!
  • Hungry? ~ Eat something
  • Full? ~ Stop eating!
I need to keep asking myself "Do you have a need? If so, do something to take care of it". Looks like I need to listen to more than just my body. I need to learn, if I have a need.....I can and should take care of it right away. No more putting myself on the back burner. I'm important and deserve to be taken care of!


How about you do you listen to your needs? Do you do something about them?

Next up discipline & attitude!

Keep focused!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Well Duh!

Can not help myself. I will not be posting the next item in my Surviving Injuries Series ~ Listen to your body! This will follow shortly....

What I want to talk about today....because this seems pressing to me! that....

It has come to my attention...that if I keep doing the same thing over and over....

and then....

I keep getting the same results.....


I know it's coming.....

then it seems quite obvious that....

what I'm doing....


That's where the DUH comes in!!!

So what this means to me is....

  • Obviously the calories that I'm taking in are too many and I don't have enough variety.
  • Obviously all of the exercise I'm doing is not enough....not hard enough...
  • Obviously my attitude it not on track
Things are not work!!!


What does that mean?



So that's what I'm going to do.

More to follow...

Keep focused!!!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Surviving Injuries Series #1 ~ Don't Quit!!!

Injuries happen....They just do. For me prior to January 1, 2010, if I got an injury I would quit any health and fitness program I was in. I tend to get a lot of injuries. Prior to my focus on my health and fitness I had shin splints, leg cramps, feet problems, back problems, and of course the Hemi Facial problem. Plus all kinds of ailments and pains. So each time something would happen I would quit my program.

Since I've started my health and fitness program, that wonderful day in 2010, I have still experienced some injuries......

March 2010 ~ Knee Injury...Chest wall Contusion...& Feet Problems....
November 2010 ~ Tennis Elbow...
December 2010 ~ Back Pain...
September 2011 ~ Back Pain...

The good thing is...I have not quit!! I'm still here and I'm fighting to get well!!

A while back my trainer said, "You know, all athletes get injuries." I was really taken back by that, first of all, because she thought "I" was an athlete! And second of all, I did not realize that this happens to athletes. Never thought about it.

It even happen to the greatest well trained and fit athletes of all times. So I was wondering who is the greatest athlete and what happened to them ~ what kind of injuries did they suffer?   According to Greatest athletes of all times, Michael Jordan is their number 1 pick. According to their source and after doing some research, I found that Michael broke his foot the 2nd year into his 18 year basketball career.

If this athlete would have quit because of that injury, he would not have been able to go on to do...


  • Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2009
  • 6-time NBA champion: 1991, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998 (all with Chicago Bulls)
  • NBA Finals appearances: 1991, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998
  • First team: 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998[8][9]
  • Second team: 1985[8][9]
  • First team: 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998[10][11]
  • Runner-up in 1985


This is to only name a few things he did. I also think he played baseball and probably accomplished many other things!!


What if I quit now? Geez I have had way more injuries than him. I think the only other thing, that I could find quickly, is that he suffered from a knee injury (which I don't doubt).

Thank goodness he did not quit!!!

Thank goodness I'm not going to quit either....Because even though, I may not be the athlete that Michael is, I still have some things that I need to do and accomplish. If I quit, I will never get there.

So I am fighting to survive this injury.

Next in the Series ~ Listen to your body!

Keep focused!!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Surviving Injuries Series

Look forward to My Surviving Injuries Series ~ ~ coming soon to your computer.

Keep up the great work and as always.....Stay Focused!!!!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Pushing through.....

Even though......

Whatever it is for me and for you.....we need to push through!

This morning I got up...not prepare for the day or the week. I don't really feel good and my back is smarting (for those too means it hurts like heck!!!) My house is a mess, I have part of my fall decorations up. My check book is a mess and I have bills to pay. There is no food in the house...we are almost out of toilet paper - now that is a near emergency!!! I have invitations to make....about 30 to go! I have daffodil bulbs and pansy's to plant.....Plus I need to work, exercise, take care of my family and myself...all the while not feeling 100%....with a bad back and I have a cold coming on.

Whew!! I'm tired just thinking about all of this.

Wah wah wah....that's all I hear!

But you know what? None of that matters, because I'm still pushing through! I've decided to have a fabulous attitude about all of this busyness. I guess this all means I'm alive....I've got things to do and people to take care of. I have purpose and exciting things to look forward to. This is awesome!!!!

So for today, I'm planning ahead and I'm pushing to get things done, with joy! I'm going to get stuff done, I'm going to have a great food day and a kick butt exercise day. I can't wait!!!

I can do this!!!

How about you...Are you pushing through?

Keep focused!

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Challenge Results

Last Monday, I decided to do a mini Challenge  (from Monday - Friday) to finish out the month strong. Again, I was up a couple of pounds and weighed in at 213 pounds last Monday. I've been hovering around 210 all summer and was bummed that I was up at 213 again. My lowest over the summer was 208, but I've had trouble getting there again. So I wanted to put in some focus in last days of the month to see if I could make a difference in my weight loss. This is what I wanted to do and what I got done....

  • Exercise daily ~ I exercised Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday Thursday and NOT FRIDAY!
  • Drink 100+ oz of water ~ Got all my water in Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and NOT FRIDAY!
  • Calories under 1700 ~ Weekly average 1681
  • Blog daily ~ This should have been an easy one - as I love to Blog! ~ I got it done Monday, NOT TUESDAY, Wednesday, Thursday AND NOT FRIDAY!!
Not bad, I could be proud of this....But I'm not. I mean what's most important is moving more and eating less and I did that, and I lost 3 pounds this week, which I am grateful for, but what I'm disappointed about is I did not do what I said I would do. That's my frustration! These goals are not hard. They are things I really wanted to accomplish this week. But obviously  I let other things, again, interfere with my plan. Like what happened to FRIDAY? 

I spoke to my Daughter yesterday about reaching goals. I told her that I just have trouble getting things done. And she brought up something I thought was very insightful for me. She said, you know, when you are reaching for something, it does not have to be perfect! You just have to do it! CAN'T BE PERFECT ALL THE TIME! Just do SOMETHING toward reaching your goals. For example.....

On Friday, I knew I needed to do my exercise. The problem was I got up too late to do my regular things in the morning and I don't ever go to the gym on Fridays (so I did not even think about it) but I still could have taken a walk at my lunch time or in the evening with my hubby and I most probably should have done my physical therapy exercises anyway. I should not have given that up. So there are ALTERNATIVES I can do to get the goal done!
Water....Just get it done, it's not hard...just do it! 

Same with the calories. I just have to do this! 

Blogging....well I just got too wordy on one and could not get it out and then on one, I forgot to push publish, so I had to do it the next day. My daughter gave me some ideas on how I could have made this happen...I could have put out some little teaser of the ideas I had that would take time to write. At least I would have had something done and not missed a day.

So it does not have to be perfect and when setting seems I need to think ahead of  ALTERNATIVE things I can do in case my day gets away from me.

Soon I will be setting new goals for October and I am going to reach them!!

Here's last weeks Fitness Challenge Info:

Workout Summary:

Monday: Total 20 minutes 
20 minute~PT Stretches 

Tuesday: Total 115 minutes
40 minutes ~ Treadmill
20 minutes~PT Stretches
55 minutes~Water Aerobics

Wednesday: 20 minutes
20 minutes~PT Stretches 

Thursday: 57 mins
37 minutes~Treadmill
20 minutes~ PT Stretches

Friday: Rest Day

Saturday: Total 60 minutes
40 minutes~Treadmill
20 minutes~ PT Stretches

Sunday: Total 20 minutes
20 minutes~PT Stretches

Weekly Total: 4 hrs  52 mins   (292  mins)

Work Out Reflection
Really boring!! Still limited with my back, which is frustrating. I felt good some of the days and push a little and paid for it the next day. Will I ever learn? 

Work Out Goals for This Week:
Hope to be able to do more this week. We shall see :-)

Keep focused!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Leap of Faith Continued...

The other day, I could not spend my day like I usually do....Doubting, looking at things from the outside ~ not engaging in life, being frustrated, stingy or sad. That day I set myself up to live!

So while driving to work, with my blog post wording (from the other day - Leap of Faith) still ringing in my ears, I decided that I was going to extend grace and politeness to my fellow drivers on the road. You see...usually...I'm running on the edge of late and have my drive time, timed to the minute, and I cannot have ANYONE get in my way. If they do....well I become this woman that I do not want to be. I'm mean, think awful thoughts about the person, swear (under my breath of course!), and then I arrive at work frazzled, angry and a smidgen late. Not good for a manager to do!! Not setting the example I want and need to set. Then this makes me even madder and then the day goes on......Sometimes good, but a lot of times, if I start my day off like that, the rest of the day does not go well.

So that day, determined to be different, I set out for my mornings drive. Well can I tell you first of all, that it was a gorgeous drive? It was sunny and kind of foggy. The fog, was laying low to the grown and looked all dreamy. Then the sky was blue and super clear and the temperature was crisp and cool. It was the perfect fall morning. Had I not decided to relax, I most likely would have missed this beautiful gift from God! Anyway, I'm driving along....I'm kind of on my almost running late mode...But I'm determined to not let that ruin my day. So I see this person who needs to turn in my lane, so I let them in with a wave and a happy smile on my face. This persons presence in my lane, causes me to not get through the light, they did though, and I wished them a happy day. Because of the lateness of my morning, I hit two school zones and had to go 20 miles per hour. This day, I did it happily and did not edge toward 25 miles like I usually do...I know....that's bad!!!! Merging onto the highway, again, I was happy to let people get into my lane and I moved over to accomodate others. I also did the speed limit to work ~ ~ all the way. When I got there, I was actually 7 minutes early! Now when I usually leave at the time I left that day, I would be about 2 minutes late. HOW IN THE WORLD DID THAT HAPPEN? I parked in my usual spot, in the north forty, and semi walked and skipped to my office. It was a joyous time for sure!!

Now here's the fun part, when I got into the building, it seemed they put in new lights or more lights ~ or something....because it was so bright and cheerful!! I literally checked it out, because it was so different than the day before. Even in our suite, every thing looked cleaner and brighter.

Could it really be that my attitude could make that much of a difference!?!?!?!

It must because things were different. I was different!!

That was a great day!

Here's the daily devotional I had that day.

Risky Obedience Comes With A God-Guarantee
by Jon Walker

“Risk your life and get more than you ever dreamed of.” (Luke 19:26 MSG)

Risks of faith require us to take Step 1 before we see Step 2. God uses risks, large and small, to stretch us into a life of faith. The irony is that if we concentrate on the risks instead of God’s faithfulness, we fail to understand that the greater risk is remaining independent of God.

If we believe what we say we believe, then regardless of what we are able to see on the other side of a faith-related risk, the reality is that God is there. What may appear to be a no-guarantee situation actually comes with the greatest guarantee of all — a God-guarantee — that he is working everything out (Romans 8:28; Jeremiah 29:11).

With a God-guarantee, you can enter into the risky obedience of attempting things that are impossible unless God gives you his strength to do them.

With a God-guarantee, you can enter into the risky obedience of loving other believers so deeply and richly that you prove to the world that you are filled with God’s inexhaustible love.

With a God-guarantee, you can enter into the risky obedience of loving your seemingly unlovable neighbors, just as God loved you even when you appeared unlovable.

With a God-guarantee, you can enter into the risky obedience of changing your priorities to match God’s priorities, in faith sacrificing what you cannot keep for the things that can never be taken away.

With a God-guarantee, you can enter into the risky obedience of telling others about Jesus and teaching them how to faithfully follow him (Matthew 28:19–20).

God guarantees you will succeed when you take the risks of faith he asks you to take. What step of faith have you delayed because you’ve been uncertain about God’s guarantee?

Give God permission to clear any obstacles in your life that keep you from trusting his promise (that, in itself, is a risk that requires faith, isn’t it?).

Have a fantastic day - Stretch yourself!!!

Stay focused!!!!