Tuesday, June 28, 2011

WHAT A WONDERFUL MAN

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I HAVE A WONDERFUL MAN, AND TODAY I WILL SHARE WITH YOU HOW SPECIAL HE IS. IF YOU READ MY BLOG YOU WILL KNOW THAT I AM PARTICIPATING IN THE 400 MILE CHALLENGE FOR 2011. OF COURSE YOU KNOW THAT , BECAUSE IT SEEMS TO BE THE ONLY THING I BLOG ABOUT.  (DARN RUT)

A COUPLE OF WEEKS AGO I PASSED THE GOAL (YAY ME)
TODAY I AM BLABBING TO MY GUY AND I TELL HIM HOW I AM NOW AT 450 MILES AND MAYBE I SHOULD SET A NEW GOAL. 

ME:   HOW ABOUT I DOUBLE THE ORIGINAL GOAL AND MAKE IT 800?

(this sounds very logical to me)

I LOOK OVER AT HIM AND I CAN SEE HE IS DOING MATH IN HIS HEAD (oh no)

HIM: YOU CAN DO 150 MILES A MONTH. 

ACTUALLY, HE SAID "WEEK" AND I ABOUT FELL OFF THE COUCH, BUT HE MEANT MONTH.

I am really good at fibbing  math, so I say...

ME:  OK... THE GOAL IS NOW 1200. I HAVE 750 MORE TO GO.

He is better at math than I am and corrects me. 
My new goal is 1350 miles by the end of the year, which means that I have only 900 more to go. 

ISN'T HE WONDERFUL  ????

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WITH THAT SAID..HERE IS MY UPDATE

LAST WEEK I LOGGED 20 MILES
TOTAL MILES TO DATE = 450

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I SPEND MY MORNINGS ENTERING GIVEAWAYS INSTEAD OF CHASING THE SUNRISE LIKE I USED TO DO. IN ORDER TO GET THE BEST VIEW THIS TIME OF THE YEAR, I HAVE TO WANDER OVER TO AN EMPTY LOT AROUND THE CORNER. 

THANK GOODNESS I WEAR MY SHOES (LEARNED THAT LESSON QUICK)

CAN YOU SEE THOSE THORNS??? IT MUST HAVE BEEN QUITE THE SIGHT ON DAY ONE WHEN I WENT BAREFOOT AND I HAD A FOOT FULL OF THESE THINGS. LET ME TELL YOU, IT IS HARD WORK STANDING ON ONE FOOT WHILE PULLING STICKERS OUT OF THE OTHER FOOT. I REALLY DON'T LIKE WEARING SHOES, SO THAT'S ONE REASON THAT I DON'T GO OVER THERE TO GET PICTURES. ANOTHER REASON IS THE BIG SIGN THAT SAYS NO TRESPASSING


THIS WATER IS CALLED THE "SOUND". I AM SURE IT HAS ANOTHER NAME. I AM ANXIOUS FOR THAT SUN TO GET BACK OVER TO OUR SIDE OF THE STREET. 


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IT HAS BEEN HOT..BUT BEAUTIFUL

I'LL BE BACK

Monday, June 20, 2011

Hello Rut, it's me again.

THIS IS ME .... STUCK IN A RUT


I DID A QUICK SEARCH OF 'STUCK IN A RUT' AND THE FIRST THING THAT I READ SAID THAT WE SHOULD SET CHALLENGES TO HELP IF YOU ARE IN A RUT.

1. Set Challenges

My challenge this week is to finish the pile of product reviews that I have been telling myself that I will do. Some of them have been waiting for over 3 months to be written. I want to let these companies know how we liked or disliked their food, but secretly I am hoping for coupons to come pouring in.


RAMBLE MOMENT....

IT WAS A REALLY GOOD WEEK FOR ME FOR WINNING THINGS. HERE IS THE LIST.

$200 gift certificate to Sports Authority
 Redkin treatment for sun exposed hair which sells for $45-$60
 $50 EdensFantasys Gift Card
Kidorable Dinosaur towel that sells for $33
Dinosaur Train Collectible Train Car with Buddy that sells for $10 
FOUR LARABAR  ENERGY BARS
Dr. Scholl's orthotic inserts that sell for $50
pair of Fruit of the Loom socks
Used coupons and saved $25 at Commissary, $21 at JCP, and $10 at CVS
 and I found one beer on the beach

WOW..WHAT A WEEK !!

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ANOTHER ARTICLE SAID TO STAY IN THE MOMENT AND NOT TO THINK ABOUT THINGS OF THE PAST THAT CAN BRING US DOWN, OR THINGS IN THE FUTURE THAT WE CAN'T DO ANYTHING ABOUT. 
I AM REALLY GOOD AT THIS, BUT I HAVE NOTICED LATELY THAT I WASTE TIME WORRYING ABOUT WHAT OTHER PEOPLE THINK OF ME. IT IS THE PEOPLE THAT ARE CLOSEST TO ME THAT SEEM TO BRING ME DOWN, AND I AM GOING TO WORK HARDER AT LETTING THAT GO. I DON'T KNOW WHY THEY DO THIS TO ME, BUT I HAVE REALIZED THAT IT DOESN'T REALLY MATTER WHY THEY DO IT. I CAN ONLY CONTROL HOW I REACT TO IT, AND I AM CHOOSING TO LET IT ALL GO. THE SAD PART ABOUT THIS IS THAT I AM SPEAKING OF MY OWN FAMILY. IF THEY CANNOT BE HAPPY FOR ME THEN SHOO I SAY... AND LEAVE ME TO MY HAPPY LIFE. 

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MONDAY MORNING I TOOK A WALK AND THIS IS WHAT I FOUND 


MONDAY NIGHT I TOOK A WALK AND WATCHED THE SUN GO BACK  DOWN AGAIN


THURSDAY MORNING I WAS HEADING TO THE BEACH AND THIS VIEW MADE ME STOP


I DID MAKE IT TO THE BEACH


I NEEDED MORE STEPS, SO I WENT BACK FRIDAY



AND FRIDAY NIGHT 


SATURDAY I WAS JUST KICKING IT ON THE BEACH 


MY TOTAL MILES THIS WEEK = 22
MY OVERALL TOTAL = 430 MILES 


see you next week, if not sooner 

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

WOOT .. I PASSED 400

When I come to my blog and I realize that another week has gone by without an update, it makes me sad. 

Here is my fitness challenge update for last week

23 miles walking
8 miles on Wii bike
6 miles for workout time

total this week 37 miles
New total is 407 miles
 
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THE GOAL WAS TO LOG 400 MILES THIS YEAR
IN 21 WEEKS I HAVE LOGGED 407 MILES

I AM GOING BIG AND MAKING A NEW GOAL OF 1000 MILES TOTAL BY THE END OF THE YEAR. I KNOW THAT THIS IS EASILY IN MY GRASP, AND I WILL BE GIVING IT MY ALL.

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AS YOU MAY KNOW, MY BACK YARD IS THE BEACH, BUT SOMETIMES I WANDER. HERE IS WHAT THE VIEW LOOKS LIKE FROM THE OTHER SIDE OF THE STREET.
THERE ARE EMPTY LOTS FROM WHERE A HURRICANE CAME THROUGH YEARS AGO. YES, I TRESPASS,  BUT I ONLY DO IT SO THAT I CAN TAKE PICTURES.




OH YES.. I WENT TO THE BEACH
 
 

IT HAS BEEN A BEAUTIFUL WEEK HERE. WITH THE HUMIDITY IT 'FEELS LIKE' 100+, BUT I DON'T NOTICE SO MUCH WHEN I AM UP TO THE ANKLES IN WATER.

WANT TO VISIT?
I WOULD LOVE SOME COMPANY.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

I love my routine

  

400 mile fitness challenge
26.5 miles walking
plus 2 miles swimming
plus 2 hours on Wii Fit Plus = 8 miles
total for the week = 36.5 miles

Total this year = 370 miles 
My goal last week was to do the Biggest Loser workout on the Wii Fit. I did the Wii Fit, but not the Biggest Loser. 
This week I really would love to hit the 400 mark, but I am not going to make it my goal. I would rather get there and be excited instead of not get there and feel that I failed.
AND NOW I MUST RAMBLE
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Sadness on Sunday

  I am not sure if I have made this clear in the past, but I love my life ! 

  A wonderful man swept me off of my feet eight years ago, and continues to make every day so special by being in it. He is everything to me and I am such a lucky woman that he stalked me (inside joke) online so many years ago. 
 After people find out that we started out in a long distance relationship they often ask how we met. I find it interesting that I am asked that question so much, especially since we did not meet in a traditional way. When I tell them that we met online they usually assume that it was a dating site, but I don't think I would have ever tried those and I certainly don't think I will ever need to. (right MJ?) We met in an AOL chat room and had a connection from the start. We are proof that you can find love online. 
 I have not only found love online, but I have made many friends from AOL. Sadly, one of my dear friends left this world on Sunday. He will be missed by so many. For over 15 years we laughed together and shared our thoughts. I called him Drk and he called me Rose. I don't think we knew each others real names or shared pictures until about 5 years ago, but it didn't make us any less friends then if we had grown up in the same neighborhood. In some ways, he knew me better than those people that I grew up with. He was an amazing friend to me and to so many others. 

RIP my dear friend; you left us too soon. 
My tears will fade, but my love for you will remain.
Drk Sir 

Memorial Day Monday
While MJ golfed on Monday I took my camera out for a stroll. The beach was crowded, because of the holiday, but I was able to find a few empty seats. These darn chairs are expensive and a lot of them remain empty. It is crazy to see how people will set up their own chairs right in front of these and they even use the shading from the umbrellas. People just crack me up. 

I am not big on crowds, so I wandered off to the other side of the street and ended up with a new friend. There I was, minding my own business (honest, I was) and he just flew right down next to me and posed.
bonus picture

Twice on Tuesday
I went out for a walk Tuesday morning and spent time at my favorite place on the beach. It is a broken barrier wall that I find very peaceful. Apparently I couldn't get enough of it, because I went back later that night. This picture was taken as the sun was setting.



I started talking to a lady on my way back home and ended up blabbing until almost 9. It was so dark when I finally got back to the condo. I won't be doing that again. (oops)

WE NEEDED FOOD ON WEDNESDAY

We literally had no food in the house and headed to the commissary today. Total before coupons = $180.80 (yikes) I handed over my pile of coupons and brought our total down to $136
Total savings = $44.80
I was excited at these totals, but I was even more excited later in the week when we went to a local store that offered double coupons, so that we could do some comparison shopping. We already knew that we saved a lot of money at the commissary, but I had no idea that we were saving anywhere from  .30 per item up to even more than $1 on other items. The same purchases at this store would have easily cost us an extra $100, even with the double coupon deal. (which only doubles up to 50 cent coupons anyhow)   cha ching !!
TELL YOUR MOM OFF THURSDAY
Thursday was not the best day for me. I will not go into details at this time, but I see a post in my future. 
I do not have a great relationship with my mother and our phone call ended Thursday sounding something like this.
"Mom, you say hateful things to me and I refuse to let you bring me down. I love you, but I don't want to talk anymore. Good-bye."
 I wrote her an email, explaining to her that I do not need negative people in my life, and that includes her. I deleted the letter without sending it. She tries to break my spirit, but I have fought too hard in my life to overcome that type of treatment. I didn't accept it from my ex's and I will not accept it from her, even if she is my mother.


 Friday ..  let's be lazy

MJ does not golf on Fridays, so we usually save that day for running errands. I cooked us a nice breakfast and we sat around the house watching TV until after noon. Our first stop of the day was at the Dollar Tree store. I was thrilled to walk out of there with 6 pair of socks, 36 hair scrunchies, 2 shower puffs,  an 8-pack of batteries, a bag of twizzlers (YUM), a dozen eggs, and paprika, all for $8.36

Our next trip was to Food World to check out this great double coupon deal. As I mentioned before, they can't touch the prices that we get at the commissary. We strolled up and down each aisle and tried to use up any coupons that we could. We were able to get our favorite orange juice, 2 bottles of Diet Coke, and 3 Propel waters for a total of $4.15

(sorry cashier that we didn't tell you that you accidentally forgot to ring up one of our Cokes, but we didn't notice until we were halfway home)

SIX MILES ON SATURDAY

YESTERDAY I WALKED...AND I WALKED...AND I WALKED
I GUESS YOU WANT TO SEE THE BEACH NOW?






See ya next week, if not sooner !!