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Is exercise considered a perk?

I was recently transferred to the big city of Nashville!



Anyway, along with much better working hours, I have the option of putting my two work breaks together for the purpose of having time to exercise in the workout room located on the first floor at the rear of the building… they even have showers in the ladies restroom.

I decided this was too good an opportunity to pass up, so a week ago, I began using some of the exercise equipment — mostly an exercise bike.

Although I determined to start out slow and not overdo, I have already suffered from leg cramps/muscle spasms. But I am happy to report that did not stop me!

I reported to work every day, and spent at least 10 minutes a day on the bike. I will admit there were times when it was being used, but I didn’t give up. I spent the time walking around the hallways (or outside) to get my exercise.

And it’s beginning to get easier… even with adding a minute each day to my routine.


A few months ago, I reported that I had set a goal of 75 pounds to lose… well, so far I’ve lost 5 pounds, so I’ve got a long way to go…

God bless you and good night.


Happy St Patrick’s Day…


… and I QUIT!

My family is decked out in green today… there’s nothing my grandchildren enjoy more on St. Paddy’s Day than to do a little pinching! So I pick out my clothes the day before and thankfully get up before they do.


Now I guess it’s time to share my weight loss progress…

I quit!

Yep. I quit.

I will share one reason on today’s blogpost… and I plan to discuss other reasons for my decision in the future on this blog.

Oh, I still plan to walk every day – and watch my carbs (to control my diabetes).

But any weight loss will be purely accidental… and I’ll proudly proclaim it as such to anyone who mentions it.

Lately I’ve noticed several people in my life who have mentioned their need (or desire) to lose weight. They are very concerned about it. One might even say “obsessed” about it.

But the strange thing is… these are healthy, active people. But even more strange is their appearance… all of them look as if they have little – or no fat on their bodies.

I will even go as far as stating that two of them look as if they need to gain 10-15 pounds just to look healthy!

Their faces and bodies remind me of people who… well, I can’t think of a nice way to say it, so I won’t go there, but they are way too skinny. One person admits to weighing less than 130 pounds. And that might seem a lot to you, but to someone who’s close to six feet tall, it doesn’t “look” like a lot of weight to me!

These are professional people who have successful lives and families. So I am guessing that it’s the world’s opinion of how much a person should weigh that is pushing them to lose weight, even though their bodies exhibit just the opposite!

Therefore, I am going to stop stressing about how I look, and concentrate on how I act. After all, my “job” is to make Jesus look good. I need to smile more, while doing my best to follow His lead. If someone thinks I make Jesus look bad because I’m overweight, they’re certainly entitled to their opinion… and that is not my opinion. I’ve listened to the world for far too long.

As I mentioned yesterday, March is a difficult month for me.

If you knew you only had six months to live, would you really worry about dieting, or would you live every day doing what makes you happy?

If I live past April 30th, I will have lived seven years longer than my mom… and ten years longer than my sister.

So I hope you’ll encourage me to stop worrying about my weight, and to enjoy each and every day that God blesses me with.

God bless you.

March 11 – Wham! Ouch! Did you ever?

OKAY… so who else survived Monday besides me?

Good morning!

Actually it’s not such a “good” morning, since I started getting sick yesterday. I thought the horrible headache was because my blood sugar was out of the safe range, but by last night my grandson looked at me, felt my forehead, and declared me “sick”.

But not too sick to walk for 30 minutes with my daughter, which got me into trouble and almost a trip to the emergency room!

Has this ever happened to you? You’re playing with your children… or grandchildren… and it doesn’t go exactly as you planned…

That’s what happened. I was going to throw the stick towards my grandson, just to tease him, but my daughter was walking right next to me, and her wrist got in the way. Honest, I wasn’t aiming for her or my grandson… the stick wasn’t supposed to hit anything but the grass.


Fortunately it didn’t break… at least we don’t think so.

But she posted it on facebook… for everyone to see!

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Can you believe it! I would never do that!

….. well, maybe I would.

March 10 – Day 10

Good morning!

Since it seems normal for everyone to dread Mondays, I say “Let’s embrace today… and be thankful that we have another Monday to enjoy!

I hope you remembered to move your clocks forward and you are getting used to the new time. It usually takes me at least a week to get used to the time changes – gaining or losing an hour.


Saturday I had a “comfort food” day… Sunday was a nice, restful day, with my daughter trying to write several thousand words on a novel she has begun, so I entertained the grandchildren. We planned a picnic… just up the hill from our apartment, under a big tree. We didn’t have the picnic; we took the kids to ride bikes while we walked.

It was a beautiful day!

Now… today… I need to remind myself of my goal: 75 pounds…

I’m going to walk… and write down what I eat… and eat healthy food… and weigh every day…

Until I reach my goal.

(I only wish it were as easy as it sounds)…

March 9 – Day 9


Did I mention how awesome my wonderful daughter is?

She did everything for me yesterday! I don’t know how she puts up with me, but I am blessed with her love and support.


Apparently my pupils are difficult to dilate, so I got twice the dosage and while waiting, we checked out possible frames at LensCrafters.


Wow! It didn’t take 5 minutes to find the perfect frames!



After I was done, we went back to LensCrafters to order new eyeglasses. My prescription is very strong, so it takes 7-10 days to get them back. I also have to go back to have a more intensive test done sometime in the next two weeks (not looking forward to that).

We stopped to pick up lunch and headed home…

The comfort food was great!

Now it’s Sunday… our day of rest. Tomorrow it’s back to work.

Have a nice day.

God bless you.

March 8 – Day 8


But not especially this one… this morning I have an eye appointment. I do not enjoy getting my eyes dilated… it’s such a weird feeling until it wears off.

Thank the Lord I have my wonderful daughter to drive me and bring me home, fix my food and take care of me! She’s a blessing!

Although I plan to continue to watch my portions (somewhat)… I’ve told my family today is a great day for “comfort foods” and naps.


The joy in ordering a burger at “5 Guys” is that you can add stuff you don’t usually get… such as mushrooms and A1 sauce – YUM! We always get just one order of fries… because they give you enough for 4 people!

I’m going to have my daughter cut up my burger into 4 sections and eat one with a few fries. Then wait an hour or two… and eat another section… (repeat as needed).

OK. Now let’s go out there and get blurry!

March 7 – Day 7

Finally… after eating vegetable fried rice with soy sauce and gaining some water weight back, I’ve gotten the salt out of my system and I’ve lost the water weight.

Now it’s time to lose more than just water!

As shown below, my daughter fixed homemade chili a few days ago, and we enjoyed some of the leftovers last night. It was really good! But I was careful with my portion.


On another note…

I just want to stop and take time to tell my friends how awesome you are!

It’s really nice when you can call a friend to chat, only to be interrupted by calls from your family, and they totally understand… thanks, Cris!

And it’s even nicer when you call a friend because you’re upset over something you just read and you need to talk about it, and they patiently give you all the time you need, and you hang up feeling SO much better… thanks, Cindy!

Good night and God bless!

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