Step Challenges

Update on my step challenges. Some months I have done great and others I fall back. I can say it has helped my health a lot. I feel good and motivated. I’m not losing much weight, which sucks, but I am keeping it level.

I purchased a good scale a few months back that should be in line with the doctor’s scale. It is in our kitchen! LOL  Perfect spot! Funny thing is it gives the difference in weight from each time someone steps on it. Too bad it doesn’t log each PERSON and then the difference but it is still fun. We give each other crap a lot when someone does their weight before the other. 🙂

I have a cheap normal scale in the bathroom and it is always about eight pounds off in the good direction of loss! Once in a while it is a great boost to the ego to step on it and see way lower. LOL

 

I have completed a few months! I have even improved on the ranking as well. It is a great way to keep the motivation going. 🙂

83ac19f6a2d65ee45bf7a3e6ca27c6f7 June I made all the step challenges along the way on time or before the deadline! First time. 🙂

Sadly, this month I got way behind. I say due to my part-time job. Good excuse. 🙂 I’m ready to make the August challenge!

Anyone else do step challenges? This one is Samsung and I have a Gear watch to go with it. Sometimes the watch doesn’t count the steps. Thinking that is when I need to clean the sensor on the watch. 🙂

Isn’t technology fun?!

I would really like a watch that does the correct measuring of the blood pressure. I know of only one that is working on it, Omron. Lot of the watches claim they do but it doesn’t track accurately. What I have found out you must have a cuff like thing on the watch for it to correctly measure.  It is a bit pricey for me but I think it would be worth it. 🙂

Have a good day! 🙂

Updated The Blog

Decided the blog needed a new look.  🙂

A work in progress, but so far I am liking it.

It has been a hot last few weeks around here. Today we are finally getting some good rain. I hope it cools things down. Our grass is starting to turn brown.  😦

Oh, the A/C is running nonstop lately even with it on 80 degrees!

All the flowers I planted are done and gone. I do not have a green thumb. I am sure I will keep trying though.  LOL

I have not read or wrote lately. I had goals this summer to get a lot done there. Darn it. I have had some fun with the family so that is ok.

I did start a new part-time job working at home. I have been enjoying that. I am still figuring out the schedule. When you can do it anytime during the day that makes for chaos at times.

I am a HUGE procrastinator!

Not a good combo when you want to get things done. A calendar and list helps but still too easy to put things off. The only thing I hate about the new job is having to take care of the self-employment taxes.

Ugh.

I’m not sure how long it will last. I’m a ‘independent consultant’, so no definite time frame. I work for a data company so whenever the business that hired them is done with us then the job is done. Or I do crappy.  😦  But so far so good. 🙂

I believe once school starts again it will be a bit easier. Right now, too easy to lay in bed or sleep in.  LOL

I am enjoying while I can is my theory.

Welp, I need to get to work! Good thing I don’t have to go too far. 🙂 Ah the perks.

Have a great weekend!

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No Write May

The title says it all! I completely failed to blog or write all month so I have to write this one today. 🙂 LOL

Every month I print out my Google calendar and it has stuff to do all month. Or rather stuff I would like to accomplish all month. 🙂 I still love paper and pen and markers. 🙂 It also goes to my phone of course, Google, you know. 🙂 Well, there is not a lot of marking on it. 😦

Maybe I can justify it with being outside more. Maybe. I did plant flowers but half are already dead. No green thumb here! I do have a neat deck to sit on and have done that more. We are working on our fire pit area which have not used. Dang it. Add that to the list, need to make smores!

I see by my yellow highlights that I only cooked at home half the month. That is not good. In defense on that, we did travel a bit so the weekends we were eating out more. The school week was ok, normally eat out once. 🙂 I can come up with so many excuses! 🙂

I did win my step challenge this month and ahead of schedule! I was exercising! The scale doesn’t say it but I feel good. 🙂

My car decided to break, minor break, but still cost money. It is still a good car. I won’t bash it yet. 🙂

I did make the six-year mark for blogging this month! Yay me! 🙂 Like, every month, I pledge to blog more! Hope everyone has a great month of June! It has already hit high 90’s here, ugh. I think Spring is no longer a season for here. Double ugh.

Cheers to your June! 🙂

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Bucket List

Far fetched, can only dream of.

  1. Visit Castles in Europe
  2. Visit Pyramids in Egypt
  3. Own a cabin in the mountains.
  4. Travel every month to somewhere new.
  5. Awesome backyard swimming pool.
  6. Own a bookstore.
  7. Own a cabin on the lake.
  8. Go up in a hot air balloon.
  9. Highly successful Author.
  10. Have my own successful stationery line.

As you can see all of this would take lots of money! I would have to win the lottery and considering I don’t play enough to increase my odds, it will not happen. But it is fun to dream about it. 🙂

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Realty list.

  1. Visit castles in the U.S.
  2. Build my own pyramid. (miniature that is. LOL)
  3. Visit the mountains every year.
  4. Travel once a year.
  5. Blow-up pool in the backyard. LOL
  6. Keep buying books for my personal library. 🙂
  7. Rent a cabin on the lake.
  8. View a hot air balloon festival.
  9. Keep blogging. 🙂
  10. Keep buying stationery that collects dust. 🙂 

Now realty is more likely to happen. It will still cost money but something that can be saved up for. 🙂

Do you have a bucket list?

Notice I didn’t put any real death-defying things on mine. I don’t know if I want to sky dive but it is a thought. 🙂 I am one that loves to travel and that is my main goal. We will see if time and money allows it. So for now I will do small travels close by. There are a lot of interesting sites to see that are within my own state. 🙂

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To The Women

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Wanted to thank all the women blog people who follow me and that I follow. I appreciate every one of you. I know if I am having a bad day, I can look up your blog and there is always something that can make me smile or laugh. 🙂

Women reach for the stars, there is no limit. We have come a long way and there is always room to improve. Don’t give up. You can do it!

I can’t leave the men out, thank you too. Some of our blog posts wouldn’t happen if it were not for you men. LOL

Happy Women’s Day to women all around the world! 🙂

That Thing…..Health

We all have our issues and if you don’t than you are darn lucky! 🙂 I do have to say for most of my life I have been healthy. The only thing I have broken is my nose, sigh. Glad that is all, just a bit crooked. 🙂

I think I can thank my grandma’s good cooking for my health. I grew up with her and she made me eat 3 meals a day and I took my vitamin everyday since second grade. She cooked everything from scratch pretty much. In fact, I didn’t know what Kraft Mac & Cheese was until college when a friend began to make it. She was shocked I had never had it. Told her my grandma made hers! The best!

I was a big fruit eater. Not so much sugar other than ice cream. 🙂 Pop was a thing once in a while. I drank a lot of tea. I need to get back to that. I carried most of the habits into my early twenties but then I picked up the bad habit of pop. Sigh. I worked in a grocery store and it was too easy to get. Sometimes I would reach for an orange juice but it was normally a pop. Once in a blue moon I would bring water from home but usually I forgot it. I hate spending the high dollar on water, I might as well have a pop. My thinking back then. 😦

Well, some of these habits have created some health issues I am sure. If only there was a time machine and I could go back and redo that part. Darn.

I have had issues for some time with that dreaded woman monthly thing. I would say I began that whole perimenopause around 37, I am now 47. I am so over it. I wish I would have had a doctor that shook their finger at me and said exercise REGULARLY and eat better. Because I didn’t do good on my own.

I have added pounds in my middle area since about 34 I am guessing. I can’t blame the kids, always lost the weight. 🙂 I am beginning to think I was estrogen dominant for a very long time. Things really went haywire about age 41. That monthly thing decided to skip around and do all kinds of weird stuff. For me, it was a shock because I had the greatest monthly since seventh grade that any woman would be jealous of. 🙂

The doctor I had been seeing was trying to figure out what was going on but then hubby retired from the army and they wouldn’t let me keep him for my doctor. They gave me a new one which I was NOT impressed with. I suggested doing hormone levels and he said I don’t do that. Ok. I did have an abnormal PAP that year but he didn’t seem concerned with. OK. So he decided to give me a low dose of birth control pills. Ugh. My tubes are tied I didn’t want this again. I faithfully took them. It made them regular on time but still didn’t solve the heavy problems.

Then they decided to build a clinic off base for those of us in the subdivision, I got a new doctor! YAY! Well, middle son ended up with some health problems, and like all moms I put mine on the back burner. His turned out ok, but it was a scare for a while.

Then unfortunately, that doctor passed away. I liked him. 😦

Gave me a new doctor, this is now my fourth one in five years. Ugh.

She ended up cancelling our first appointment when I was going to discuss my issues further and renew that dang blasted pill. I decided, I will try without the pill. I was happy to say it began and ended like it was supposed to for the next eight months, just stayed the dreaded heavy stuff. Ugh.

That eighth month I had to have my appendix out! Joy! I actually felt really good afterwards, like better than ever. But lo and behold it messed up my monthly thing. Ugh. It skipped and then it spotted. I thought oh, maybe I’m getting to the end! Yes!

Nope.

By December it was like opening the flood gates! I went to the ER. Found out I was anemic. Gave me some stuff in IV for my racing heart and the doctor got me an ultrasound for that morning, it was in the middle of the morning. No sleep that day. And he also got me a referral with a gynecologist! Yay! But it wasn’t going to happen for almost a month. UGh.

This doctor decided with what he was seeing he would do a hysteroscopy and D&C. Rule out any cancer. Oh relief. Procedure went well. Waiting for the dang results sucked. Nerve wrecking. Came back NO cancer! Yay! I was given options, pill, IUD, and Provera for six months. The pill makes my heart race so no. Heck no to the IUD, read too many bad reviews, plus did I mention my tubes are tied! lol

So I went with the Provera.

Well, the first ten days of taking it I still spotted. Then like it is supposed to after stopping the pill, you get that dreaded monthly. HOLY HELL! Pain, flood gates again…..so frustrating.

I tell you, why do women have to go through this? Not fair! You start out with monthly all over the place when you begin and now you have to do it again! Not fair I tell ya.

I will do it again next month but if there is no change I’m hunting that doc down and saying just remove the damn thing! Just kidding, see what else there is. I know there is a few other options.

In the meantime I am exercising more and eating healthier. Maybe just maybe it will help some.

How are all you other women handling this thing? 🙂

Not a very good picture but that brown dot, not a mole, is where the nurse put my IV for up above procedure. She blew my vein! Talk about hurting. I was lucky that it didn’t bruise more than it did. She made me a bit mad, she was training and the new nurse said my veins were too small and wasn’t going to try. I told her nicely that all other IV’s I have had were done inside of my arm. She wouldn’t listen. GRRRR. Luckily, she put some hot towels on it while I was waiting to go in. It helped a lot. All medical people, what is in those IV’s? The next day I am like full of energy and feeling like my twenties! I think I need my own supply of those. LOL

Steps Increased!

I improved for the month of January but still didn’t get the end goal. I am going to get there yet!

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Pretty darn close to 200,000 steps. I’m proud of my self. 🙂 I believe I would have made it if I hadn’t been lazy a few days. 🙂

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I’m aiming for a lot more of those high step days as well! My end goal is to make those every few days at least. 🙂 No reason why I can’t make it happen. 🙂

Do you do any challenges?

So far I have done them since November.

November = 91,548 steps, rank 829,232

December = 113,244 steps, rank 809,474

January = 180,833 steps, rank 540,379

Happy Tuesday everyone! 🙂