Who Is Walkerlady?

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is originally from Minnesota, did 'time' in California, and is currently sentenced to doing a few years in Arkansas. :D
She's the "Lazy Quilter" who often doesn't take time to try to achieve perfection. She's "Walker Lady" who changed her lifestyle and lost over 100 pounds in the process! She wears the hats of a Quilter, Artist, Crafter, Musician, Life Coach, Wife, and Mom, all rolled up into one crazy eccentric woman!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Who, me? Worry?

This saying is SO me! I need to work on not worrying so much about stuff. 

Thursday, July 10, 2014

If you can't see beauty in yourself, get a better mirror.

Have you heard of "TED Talks"? There are a lot of interesting and inspirational stories on their site. I was listening to a recent one and I LOVE this quote from it:
Isn't that a great thought?!? If you click on the 'Abby cartoon' it will take you to the whole video that I got the quote from. 

Doing GREAT here!

Saturday, July 05, 2014

Here we go!

Well, who'd a thunk it? The scotch was messing me up much more than I realized! My system is back to normal. I am not craving a drink. I didn't have any alcohol on Monday. I had three glasses of wine on Tuesday as we had gone out to eat and to play music at an open mic night. I had nothing on Wednesday or Thursday, even though both days were stressful.
I am still going to have wine on the weekends. I have for years and just don't feel like worrying about it now. One step at a time as I get my head screwed on right again.

I just finished those two thirty day exercise challenges and started new ones. They are going quite well! I do leg lifts:
I am repeating the squat challenge, adding two five pound hand weights. I am doing the knee to elbow twists too. My knee and elbow don't get too close together though. Not yet anyway. I am still walking at least ten minutes a day too!
The other exercise is called Starfish. You lift opposite leg and arm to each other while laying down.
I am also still teaching yoga on Monday and Friday. I think I will make that Friday class a permanent one. I get lots of feed back from it that makes me feel so good about myself!

Things are looking up! Let's go for a walk!

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

It's not easy being me..(at least I am not a frog!)

It's not easy to love myself. I have no excuses. It is not easy to write about some things … like admitting I have a drinking problem. Or admitting I weigh 220 pounds (up twenty pounds from January). It isn't easy admitting I spend a lot of time sitting in my rocker recliner while watching old episodes of Thriller and Alfred Hitchcock. My head is not on as straight as I'd like it to be, but then, was it ever?

I have not figured out the why of everything. I keep trying. I have upped my yoga to three times a week. The next thing will be to add strength training after the Monday and Friday yoga. Once the weather cools down, I plan to walk more.
I did a lot of research and have decided to pass on being certified in yoga. I am not comfortable with where the money goes and what you get in return for it. I would do better by taking classes from different teachers, by reading more books, and by researching online. Right now, I am teaching two days a week. I am substituting for our regular yoga leader on Mondays. I started offering a Friday class after several people expressed an interest. Eventually, I will be leading just the Friday classes. I keep getting this awesome feedback from my fellow practitioners! I feel this is the right step to take.

Last night was the first night in a LONG time that I didn't have anything to drink. Magically, the IBS cleared up. Gee, do you think two or three scotch and waters might mess up your gut? DUH! I plan to allow myself a little more time to be sure the drinking is back under control and not an every night thing before seeing my doctor too. If I continue to be a lump for most of the day, I will be talking to my doctor about the meds I am on. Perhaps they are making me sleepier than I thought? Right now, at this point, I do not plan to be alcohol free, just alcohol sensible. That means not drinking every night and definitely staying away from hard liquor! It seems like I go through this drinking crap every ten or so years. At least for today, I am confident that this latest binge is over.

In an easier topic to talk about, I finished the two thirty day challenges yesterday! That means I did 125 sit-ups, 200 crunches, 65 leg lifts, and a two minute plank. and 175 squats yesterday for my last challenge. My form was questionable. I didn't do sit-ups and crunches on the floor. I did them on my bed. I DID do them though! I seem to enjoy challenges. I am still walking ten minutes (or more) per day and still have not smoked a single cigarette this year. Yay me!

My next 30 day challenge is to repeat the squat challenge and add five pound weights to make it harder. I am also going to add this Muffin-top challenge:

At the same time, I am working to cut back on the alcohol. I am also working to watch my portions and to keep eating healthy. I will NOT give up.
Thank you to so many that take a moment to comment on my blog postings. There are a few of you that email me directly too and for that I am also grateful. I don't think I could do this without you and my support group. THANK YOU!
And now it is time for me to do a ten minute, Walk On y'all!!!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Fail … NOT

So ya, I have been ignoring you. I don't like to blog when I am not performing up to my own standards. I am still not back on track. My current downfall has been that I've been drinking too much. WTF is it with addictive personalities??? If it isn't food it is alcohol. If it isn't alcohol it is cigarettes. If it isn't cigarettes it is food. If it isn't alcohol it is shopping. What AM I searching for? What is lacking in my life? I have not figured it out just yet.
However, kudos to me for not giving up! I may not be doing as good as I should, could, would, want, hope, wish, to be doing, but I am not giving up. I would have given up long ago if I hadn't changed at least some part of my personality and life.

Believe it or not, my eating is still mostly clean and healthy. However, after a MONTH of having a bottle of wine a night, my tummy has expanded a full SEVEN inches!!!!!!
I know I have to cut this out and I am working on that. I am down to two bottles of wine over the weekend. I have NOT smoked at all this year, though I have come close. I am also still walking ten minutes per day. 
Now that summer is here, my 13 year old son and I will go out biking more. Our first outing was this week. We got to the trail and headed out. I noticed my tire was low. We stopped at a repair station, on the bike trail and tried to pump air into the tire. We ended up making the tire flatter than it was! I had no choice but to walk the 2.5 miles back to the van; and it was so hot and humid!!!
I've been practicing yoga for over three years now. It is the one exercise that I have kept up, out of all the exercises I've tried. For the past several months I have been substituting as a volunteer yoga teacher at our local senior center. Our regular teacher has been out with knee surgeries. I have found that I rather like teaching. I get a lot of kudos from my fellow practitioners. 
Perhaps, instead of fighting the thought of being recognized as "That woman who lost all that weight" and someone who knows all the answers for exercising and eating right, perhaps, I should embrace this newer version of me?

This in mind, I am toying with the idea of becoming a certified yoga instructor. The biggest thing that is holding me back is the expense. It costs about $3,000 for the classes and materials. It takes nine months to complete. I am tripping up over the expense of taking the classes. It isn't that I am not worth it. It is more that it is a hardship to afford that much money. I am not sure that this is a path I should take. The money is the negative part. We could carpet several rooms in the house. We could buy a new dishwasher. There are so many practical things we could do with that money. 
There are many positive aspects to becoming certified. I could be an advocate for heavier people and people in their senior years who think yoga isn't for them. I might even be able to get paid a little for my services. Of course having a bunch of people bowing down before me, has nothing to do with it!
That is the latest from this crazy house. I really am doing well, other than not working as hard as I should to figure out how to take off the weight I've gained. I am more happy than not. We've been playing music at the tavern and that makes me feel good. OH! I have also kept up with that Abs challenge and a squat challenge for June. NOT easy!!!! But I AM doing it. GO ME!!! hahahaha

Walk-on dear readers…it is the least we can do!