Monday, December 30, 2013

Out With the Old

Most likely this will be my last post for 2013. I have been enjoying a period of permission to lay off eating real well and have not been exercising. It is almost like daring myself to see how far I can go before I blimp-up again! Today was the last yoga class for this year. It is in the same building where I teach classes in weight loss and healthy living. I dared myself to get on the scale today, after yoga class. I haven't weighed myself for several weeks now because I just know I will go over 200 pounds. I was right and I weighed in at 202 pounds. There is no real excuse. I have just been lazy. I have also been struggling with the cigarettes, but only had half of one yesterday and none, so far today. I have my fingers crossed that I am on my way to come back to the body and lifestyle that I like better.

I have heard about 'weight creep' and today's weigh-in was part of that process. What does one do about it? This is how I am tackling it. I am working on goals that I will set for the new year. I guess it is something like the traditional New Year's Resolutions. It is almost 2014. I need to be ready to do something that has me going in the right direction, in the new year!

One challenge that I am considering is to walk every day for at least ten minutes. That would give me 3,650 minutes of walking for the year. Right now it is cold outside. Abby and I do not like walking in the cold. But what could we do? We could pace in the house. We could go to The Center and walk on the track. We could also go to The Center and walk in the pool. There is no end of possibilities. Always try to not say "I can't" but instead say "Well, what can I do?" Negativity is what often does us in.

I have doubted my continued success for this past year. I have felt that no matter how often I tell myself (and others) that I can do this well into my later years, I am saying in my inside voice, that I can't. I will be 60 next year. Can I really keep this up? I am not sure. But I AM sure that I am not ready to give up. I want the body I had about a year ago when I was in the 180's. I am just thinking that I need to give myself permission to do this, one step at a time!!!

So the new year will start out with the celebrations and partying. I am already feeling joy in the fresh start and anticipation of new beginnings, that the new year brings to one's heart.

I need to keep the momentum up as we head into 2014.

Even though I will wake up a bit tired from celebrating, I will get my coffee and start the new day with hope and plans for changing back into the healthier person I know I can be!

I will go back to the basics and rebuild the old me that was the new me, last January. I am even craving oatmeal again! I haven't had any for months. I think my body wanted to hibernate. Time to wake up and smell the coffee, and roses, and life!

Walk-on dear readers, in ... to the new year … with me!

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas - Part Two

Abby wanted to wish everyone a joyful holiday season too. These are just random thoughts she's had since Thanksgiving:


Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas

Or Happy Holidays! Ziva just speaks dog, so I am not sure what she'd say, exactly.
We have such pretty places to go for walks:
Above is in a neighborhood near here, called Lakewood.
Below is also near here:
 "Old Mill" is an interesting park. Part of the old movie, "Gone with the Wind" was shot here. Those bridge railings look like tangled trees, but are actually sculpted from concrete!

Hope Santa is good to everyone! Don't forget to walk-on!!!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013


Getting enough sleep is very important for weight loss as well as healthy living. Many of us do not get enough sleep. You would think that the more you are awake, the more you burn calories. Funny thing about that though, your body needs to rest and rebuild cells. A lot of that happens when we are at rest and our metabolism doesn't have to think about other things like laundry, dishes, cleaning the toilet, what to fix for breakfast/lunch/dinner, feeding the dog, feeding the cat, getting to class, getting to the gym, going for walks, sweeping the sidewalk, etc. The brain does a lot of multi-tasking! It needs that down time to renew and rejuvenate.

Abby, often has trouble getting enough sleep. I wonder what the problem is?
I wonder?

The weather is getting friendlier for walking again. I've been busy, inside, due to ice and snow and cold. Trouble is, part of that business was baking things for holiday parties that were cancelled. Now what will I do with all this pumpkin cheesecake???

Walk-on....yes, I shall walk-on!!!

Sunday, December 01, 2013

Abby has been busy during the month of November. She did her third Big Dam Bridge Full Moon Walk.

 She also was trying to figure out what to do to make her weight move back down.

  Should she workout more?

Did she need to eat
 more or less? 

She was not amused
 with her obsessing.


She did have a mammogram that had normal results. Her bone scan showed she was losing some bone density and had shrunk an inch!

 With her partner out of town for three weeks, she started smoking again. It is bad when you are in yoga class and wishing you could have a smoke.

She is doing ok though and has her patches ready to help her quit the smokes again. She has decided to relax and just increase her daily activity levels back to what she was doing around the beginning of the year. She'd slacked off a bit TOO much we think.

We hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend! Join Abby and I as we "Walk-On" into the rest of the holiday season!

After the frenzy

Abby is still around and about.  I know she's been pretty quiet though.  She kinda over celebrated the new year's arrival. A souther...