Captain’s Log

The Bees Knees

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Clumsy is my middle name. I had hoped to clean up our training room at home so that I could start working out again with Daily Burn. Sometimes the best plans don’t work out. Last week I was at work and went downstairs to pick up some food I had ordered and decided in my infinite wisdom to cut underneath the stair case to meet the delivery guy. The flooring under there is the color of marble and there is a planters ledge, without plants, surrounding the stair case that’s the same color. When looking at the floor, the colors all blended, not giving a sense that it wasn’t all flat. I didn’t see the ledge and ran right into it, sending me flying in slow mo, across the floor and landing directly on my knees. The pain was insane. A few people witnessed it, including the delivery guy. I quickly exchanged a tip for my food and went back upstairs to deal with the pain.

I hadn’t felt pain like this since breaking my toe years back. Worse than the pain was the embarrassment that I felt. People asking me if I was ok and my work mates seeing me like that was hard. The thought that maybe this fall wouldn’t hurt as much if I weighed less started plaguing my mind and still does as I write this. I don’t want to be in a situation, at my age (47), where I fall and can’t get up because of my weight. That just isn’t acceptable.

The doctor checked me out and I should be ok to work out in a week. Right now I can’t kneel down or put pressure on my knees. My work needed volunteers to help move computers this weekend and I wasn’t able to help out. This situation is not the bees knees. I haven’t had much good luck this year so far but I have to keep going. I think I can get the training room ready this week while I continue to heal so that I’m ready to get going again with working out soon. I’ve been thinking about training for a bike ride in May. A goal is always a good thing for motivation.  I need to see how working out goes before I commit.

Wish me luck on getting the room ready and for my knees to heal quickly.

See you soon! Eat well and prosper!


It’s Been too Long

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January begins a new year, and like many people, I’m starting fresh for 2018. It’s been too long since I’ve posted. I hit several road blocks that discouraged me and limited what I could do exercise wise. The flood waters of Hurricane Harvey caused a lot of deconstruction, I suffered another relapse of BPPV, and then right after I was beginning to get better I got the flu shot and had the mini flu. I know, the flu, doesn’t give you the flu, its not live, but the effects of my body building anti-bodies because of it felt very flu like. By the time I felt better the habit of working out was gone. Then I lost my damn mind during the holidays. Sheesh. But this is a new year and I have plans. I have a new job that has lifted a huge weight off my shoulders and feel very optimistic.

For Christmas my husband bought me a Fitbit Charge 2. I’m not into the community aspect of it, maybe one day, but I’m really enjoying the goals that I can set and achieving them. I’m starting with goals that I know I can achieve and then setting them higher. My workplace is very healthy minded, they even have their own community site that support the fitbit, and you commonly see people out walking. It’s really refreshing to work there.

Blogging is going to also be a regular thing for me. Hopefully I haven’t lost too many of you due to my disappearance.  My goal is to blog every Sunday at the very least so that my blogs are regular. I know that this is important and it’s my sincerest hope that my journey will bring hope, encouragement and the feeling that you are not alone.

My husband, daughter and I also have plans to get out and have more fun this year. Last year felt like a constant series of chores and very little fun. We hope to get our dogs to where they don’t pull on the leash when walking so that we can explore trails. I recently found out that there are some trails very near our neighborhood. Natural Bridge Caverns is on our list too as well as a trip to Corpus to see the aquarium and the beach, and a deep sea fishing trip as well. I’ll be blogging about those trips as well. I believe that getting outside and being active will help with our attitudes about living a healthy life.

I’m no longer doing the Hello Fresh plan. I did save some of the recipe cards of the meals that we loved, and I highly recommend it to those who want a boost of eating well. Instead we are shopping online with HEB and doing the curbside grocery pickup. We’ve done the delivery too but this is where it gets costly. I’ve noticed the few times we’ve done it that it not only saves us time, but it also keeps us from seeing the unhealthy items in the aisles and keeps us on track. I’m really liking it!

I fully believe that 2018 is going to be a great year and I look forward to sharing this year’s journey with you.

Eat Well and Prosper!



Captain’s Log 5-8-2017

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“Don’t look back. You aren’t going that way.”

That’s an amazing quote I found online when I was thinking about last week, and the weekend, when I stumbled and fell off my healthy band wagon. I completely agree. It’s a new week and I plan to get back on track. Tonight I’ll be doing some food prep for the week. The items on the menu that we’ll be using in our food prep are some grilled chicken quarters, quinoa, boiled eggs, zucchini, and cauliflower. On the way home I’m picking up some fresh blueberries, bananas, spinach, cheese and some grapes.

I want to add some walking at lunch time but the area where I work is kind of sketchy so I’m trying to figure that out.

I’ll update with my progress. I’m feeling good about the new start!

Captain’s Log 5-5-07

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This week has been a bad one for my health. I wish all of my posts could be upbeat and full of inspiration and drive, but the truth is, sometimes I need that myself and in my group of two (me and my husband) I’m the cheerleader, the motivator and the one who keeps us on track. But who puts me back on track when I fall off?  I guess if all of my posts were great then I’m not being honest and my blog would be a bunch of fictional fluff. With all that said, what the heck happened?

Well, there were a series of days where I wasn’t eating right, in fact eating pretty badly, and as a result I gained two of the four pounds I lost. I know part of the battle is to understand what drives you to eat badly, address the issue and fix it. I’ve been thinking on it ever since I stepped on the scale today. What went wrong?

On the go eating- we had a few days where we were out and about after work and made bad choices in fast food. We have to make better choices…Period!

The “I deserve it” mentality- Well that doesn’t make sense- I deserve to be fat? The guys at work were out two days working at another location leaving me all alone and wanting to eat anything I wanted because I didn’t have to compromise. So what? Making bad choices is ok? Uhhhh… No

No workouts- I’ve been sick with bronchitis for two weeks and I no longer have the rattle in my chest when I breathe so we are starting back in the mornings on Sunday- excuses gone!

Following the leader- My husband loves to eat and I find myself following his lead when it comes to food- I have to be strong for myself and if I don’t want to eat that chocolate bar he so lovingly bought me, then that’s ok.

Remember the knees- I ask myself sometimes just what is it going to take to convince me to commit? My knees creak and hurt when I go down the stairs and it will only get worse the longer I stay heavy- isn’t that enough to make me want it? *shakes head*

I haven’t eaten those healthy vegetables I bought this week – why on earth why? *shakes fist in the air*

I’m going to make a commitment to work out at least four days a week next week, eat those beautiful farmers market vegetables (which are still gorgeous somehow?), take my lunch to work at least four days, and make better choices if I’m out and about.

I can turn this around. I know I can. Let’s take a look at those veggies again for motivation! Ah yes….so yummy.