Walking the dog, An Adventure or Workout

My dog Bear is a Great Pyrenees. He’s about seven. We had him on a shock collar but he got where he couldn’t hear it over vehicles and take off after tires ,four wheelers, anything really loud. Don’t worry he didn’t feel the shock due to fur. The noise is what he always went by.

Then we left him loose and if you know the breed they like to make a large circle. He always came home and that was good until he started harassing neighbors lol. Most people fear him because of his size and bark but he’s just a big baby.

Our next thing is trying to get a long cable put up. Hopefully, he won’t break it.

I thought it was time to leash train him. I tried yrs ago but it didn’t work well. I got leash burn. This time I bought a two handle padded leash.

Today, we tried it out. It was a bit of a struggle due to him wanting to run. I managed to keep a hold of him. He actually let me for the most part. He jumped on me a few times but not with full force or I’d been on the ground. He’s taller than I ham when he’s on two legs. He really is a gentle giant.

I just had muddy paw prints all over me by time I got home lol.

I know this dog could of got away if he really wanted to and there was a few times I had to hold on and pull back to keep from being dragged. I took treats to give him when he was being good and listening. Then our trip ended in a small adventure lol. My workout today ended up being walking the dog. The cardio version would be jogging down the hill due to the fact I had my cat follow me halfway up the mountain. Then I see two dogs (thankfully, my dog didn’t see or hear one growl) because he’s a little older and slower than he used to be. I hollered NO twice they turned and went the other way and I slowly turned to go home. Trying not to show fear until I couldn’t see them anymore. Then I decided we should jogged our butts home. While my dog and cat remained clueless lol 😂 I should mention he did great jogging down the mountain!

Need a workout? I suggest get a big dog or walk someone’s for them lol.

My Fitbit registered it as a elliptical workout and I burned 352 calories 😊

Thanks for reading and God Bless!

It’s February ( how’s the resolutions going?)

It’s a month into the year and by this time most people have forgotten the resolutions they made or gave up because they couldn’t stick to them. There is still the few that remains that hate to give up and be considered a failure.

I’m still sticking to mine with a few bumps in the road. I hate giving up. I also try to not make any resolutions out of my comfort zone in fear of failing.

I’m still trying to see the good in everyday no matter how bad it was. This week was quite the challenge but I managed to find the silver lining. Sometimes right before midnight but nonetheless found ways to be grateful.

My exercise/diet challenge is a little harder. When it comes to cardio I’m great but eating is another story. I did good last week till the weekend. My youngest had a birthday on Saturday, my husband on Sunday, and there was homemade cookies my youngest had to bake for 4h. It was sugar-land at my house.

Eating good some days and very bad the other days has sent my body into turmoil. My IBS/C has been excruciating the last few days. Excuse me for this topic but if you have it then you’ll understand. I don’t remember having this much pain (feels like knife in side) for more than a few days. It will be a week tomorrow I’ve been dealing with it. I’m going to give it a few more days then I guess I’ll have to go to the DR.

The weather has been quite crazy here too in Tn. One minute it’s raining the next snowing. I am ready for spring. I don’t really believe in Groundhog Day but it’s fun to watch on TV. However, in case he could be right, I hope Punxsutawney Phil doesn’t see his shadow tomorrow.

I’m trying to get back to jogging but this weather is not making it easy. I am doing Zumba classes again on Mondays. It’s supposed to snow this coming Monday. I hope it waits till after class. No matter how hard I try I can’t seem to make friends with winter. Maybe we will get along better the last few weeks before spring comes. It’s like having a house guest you can’t wait to get rid of. Like how before they leave you get excited and get along with them knowing they will soon be gone. Which to tell the truth, Summer is the only season I hate to see go.

I guess I’m starting to ramble so that should be my cue to wrap things up.

I hope February is a great month! I love a Valentine’s Day. I try to make treats for my family. Then my oldest has a birthday this month. I think every month has a couple days where dieting is out the window. Problem is, we can take one holiday or birthday and celebrate it more than once. We’re crazy like that.

Have a great night! Thanks so much for reading and God Bless!

January 22 ’18 ( Time to diet/exercise again)

This month is almost over!

I feel pretty good about how this month has gone so far. Considering that every time I turn around something needs fixed. If it’s not the central heat n air it’s a vehicle needing worked on. Least I have a home and transportation. That is how I’m trying to refocus my thoughts. Otherwise , I’d be mad and stressed all the time. Kinda like last year!

Today, I started back dieting/exercise till I reach my goal weight again. I somehow made a wrong turn over the holidays and stayed lost with the cold weather and stress as my navigators. I was pretty bummed about gaining weight back. I didn’t gain all of it back thank goodness. I was still pretty bummed though. However, I was not alone. Many people even famous people have gained some weight in the last few months. They too are working at getting back to their best self.

That’s how I’m looking at it. I’ve got to get back to my best self. My goal is to be there by Easter. Which is April 1 this year. I really do not like the idea Easter being on April fools day but it’s just how the moon phases. Seriously, it goes by the moon. Lol

My diet has been really good today. Exercise was good too but that’s really not my weak area. Eating is my weakness. I planned out my menu yesterday for today. It really was a big help. The rest of the week will be about the same. On the weekends I do plan to do moderation and eat what I’d like. My youngest and husband both have birthdays this weekend.

I resisted eating goulash and rolls tonight. Instead I had cauliflower and kidney beans with a slice of whole wheat bread and a boiled egg. Breakfast was easy I just did a protein shake with a cup of spinach. You can’t even taste the spinach. Lunch was raspberries and yogurt. For one of my snacks I made a mixture of baked chick peas, Cheerios, cashews, and 7 dark chocolate chips. It sounds weird but it was good. I ate it while waiting on the kids to get out of school. It was approximately 225 calories. Then for doing so good before I closed the kitchen I had a fiber one brownie for a treat. I’ve not been hungry all day. I had no mindless eating either. Now, if I can get through the rest of evening today will be a success.

I just hope I can sleep tonight. I’m trying to work on getting at least seven hours of sleep a night. Seems like no matter how tired I am I can’t rest. I’m hoping exercising in the morning instead of evening and no late night eating will help with that.

Hope you have a good week!

Thanks so much for reading and God Bless!

January 16th 2018

The month is a little halfway over. My life feels busy but when I dissect it and look at it, it’s kinda boring lol. Don’t get me wrong, I love my life for the most part. Other than paying bills and things tearing up. I don’t like that part.

I am going to start teaching Zumba classes at the end of the month again. Just going to do one class a week for now. So, when I’m not cooking or cleaning I’m practicing new songs for my class.

Doing great at getting in my Fitbit step goal in. I aim for 12,500 steps at least. My eating has been very bad. I made the best homemade chocolate chip cookies last week. Big mistake! I think I ate almost two dozen in three days. I wasn’t the only one, not that it makes it right. It just makes me feel better knowing I wasn’t the only one who made a pig of themselves.

I took my youngest to get her ears pierced for an early birthday present. Then we had a girls lunch with my oldest at the Cheesecake Factory. I knew my calories would be outrageous but I had know idea how outrageous till I came home and put it in my Fitness Pal App. We had pasta, bread and cheesecake. We were celebrating remember. Good thing we don’t celebrate like this a lot. I had so many calories that my app told me if I ate like that everyday for five weeks I’d gain 14 pounds. First time it ever told me that I’d gain weight lol. This is why I should have kept track of my food during the holidays. Maybe, I wouldn’t be needing to shed a dress size now.

I don’t regret going but I should of only ate half and brought the other half home. I’ve not ate much today. I’m trying to break even on the calories.

The kids had a snow day today and they have another one tomorrow. I think we have enough snow to go sledding tomorrow, if it isn’t too cold. If it’s too cold to play outside I guess we will have to play board games indoors.

Have a great night!

Thanks so much for reading and God Bless!

January 8th 2018…..How is your year so far?

I’ve been trying to make this a great year.

It is definitely going to be challenging but I am sticking to at least trying. It can’t hurt to try.

I have a calendar in my room. Each day I color code how the day went. I have Red for great, Pink for good, Blue for okay, and Black for bad. The first week of January I’m happy to say it has five pink and two red.

How awesome, right? Well, not really. It actually comes down to how you look at things. I’m sure if I took the same days and put them in 2017 there would be two pink and five blue. It sounds as though I lowered my standards this year. I’m actually just am trying to be more grateful. Being grateful and being more thankful for what God has given to you changes your outlook. It’s kinda like the glass half full verses the glass half empty.

I know with a lot of prayer and changing my attitude. I can have a great year. Is it going to be easy? No, it’s going to take a lot of work. However, just like anything else. The harder you work for something the more you appreciate it in the end.

Here’s to another week!

Thanks for reading and God Bless!

Thoughts about today

First thought today was…..it’s too cold!

Today, I started out my regular routine. I had laundry, cleaning and cooking to start off this new year.

I did have a good day even though I had plenty of work to do. Finding happiness in a day can be hard sometimes, but today was pretty easy.

I got a Instant Pot for Christmas. I’ve already used it three times. I really like it so far. I’ve made beans, meatballs, and today chili. I love that you can sauté before pressure cooking all in one pan.

My younger kids are still on Christmas break till Thursday. My oldest is home from college/work till tomorrow. I really enjoy having all my family home.

Today, I feel amazing compared to last week. I either had a very bad cold or flu and on top of that pink eye. My son had been sick and he passed it on to me along with the pink eye. Which he got from school before break. It took me five days before I got it.

My husband and I had our 17th anniversary yesterday. I was so happy to feel well enough to go out to eat. I only had runny nose and slightly red eye. My symptoms are almost all gone. Which is a good I was afraid I was going to start this year sick. Many prayers and zinc was the best medicine.

I still love my Fitbit. My old one died and I didn’t get a new one till after Thanksgiving. I bought it online on Black Friday. I was so happy to have one again. I got the Alta this time with heart rate. I like it so much. Last week was the first time I fell below 100,000 steps for a week. I only got a little over 40,000 which was very bad. Today, I am back on track and I reached my goal of 12,500.

Nothing exciting for the first day of 2018. It’s just been a good, ordinary day. Which is fine by me! Because, my goal is to find something good in every day!

Thanks for reading and God Bless!

Happy New Year!

Well, it been four months since I last blogged.

I thought for sure a yr of blogging about dieting and exercising was enough.

Then I learned my life didn’t stop, just my writing. Writing that seemed to help me if no one else.

I reached my weight goal and I thought everything would be easy from there.

That was my first mistake. I’m so happy 2017 is behind me. It was a very hard year. It was so rough that I am having a hard time to remember the good things that happened.

I know there was many blessings but my eyes are blinded by the bad. So much sickness, loss of loved ones, and everything seemed to keep falling apart causing more financial strain.

This lead me to gain ten pounds. Actually, too much eating caused the ten pounds. However, stress leads me to make bad eating choices.

I am not going to be doing a diet/exercise blog this year. I’m going to just blog when I feel like it. I also just want to blog because it helps me see things a little more clearer. I do know that I want to blog about happy things because I don’t want this year to end with me thinking I’m so glad it’s over. I want to end it thinking I hope next year is great too.

So, here’s to the best year ever! May God Bless Us Everyone!