Thursday, June 2, 2011

Healthy Thinking

Well- I completely fell off the healthy thinking wagon while I was on break.  I had some issues at  home and work that were causing me stress and when I'm stressed I tend to turn to sugary treats.  I'm pretty much back to where I started from- but I am continuing to feel stronger- so that is a positive.  When we first started working outside in the gardens and trying to finish up outside chores we neglected last year I felt like I was not going to survive it.  The first week I was in so much pain- I think every muscle in my body hurt.  It's getting so much better every week- if I can get my strength completely back and do things effortlessly again I have vowed to never ever let myself get weak again.  It's funny, but every time I accomplish something new I feel so darn proud of myself.  The strawberry patch looked like a hay field, but I kept pulling weeds and moving plants to a new row and finally putting down straw for the path and my goodness I was sure proud the day I was finished and I could see the pretty rows of plants again.  We've started to eat healthier again- for some reason it's so much easier to eat better in the summer months.  Maybe because it's not the focus anymore- there's just so much to be done that who has time to think about eating all the time?  I don't know- but if I can keep up the exercise and good eating I'll hopefully be back on my way to losing again- and being STRONG!  Yesterday I finished cleaning the room the treadmill is in- I can actually walk up to it now- so I think I might start walking/jogging on the treadmill for a little bit each week too.  Strong muscles definetely feel better than weak ones :)  So how about you- are you on a healthy thinking mission?  How is yours going- do you have as many self imposed set backs as I seem to?  I'll be back in 2 weeks to tell you how I've been doing again :)


Laura said...

I've been off the rails for about 2 months now. I think that I've regained about 10 - 15 pounds. Not good.
Of course, I *just* made some banana muffins (with chocolate chips so don't try and make me feel better by saying they're healthy)..
I really need to get my act together though. Everything is beginning to get tight on me! :(

Now, enough about me me me!!! :P

I'm so happy that you are feeling stronger and better. I know how low you were last winter and I hope that you're never like that again. You're right, it is easier to eat better in the summer. I think that for me, in the winter, I really want all of those heavy comfort foods, not so much in the better weather.
Okay, ok.. I know, I know! I made muffins.. comfort food!
Be quiet Kim, I can hear you from here... ;p


Christine said...

Wish you a happy birthday tomorrow, Kim ;)

Tallulah Belle said...

Hang in there'll get there and summer is a much better time for better eating and exercising...esp in MN :-)

And besides which, you looked pretty darn good to me a couple of weeks ago ((((( )))))

Hope everything sorts it self out on the home front soon

Have a great day tomorrow xxx

Unusual Girl Studios said...

Hey! Happy Birthday! Don't beat yourself for falling off the wagon, congratulate yourself for getting back on! We all slip up!

Mandy said...

Happy Birthday! I fell so far off the wagon it left me behind (a big one)! Just re-upped with WW online 2 days ago, but haven't done anything yet. Your are going to inspire me!

PonderandStitch said...

Kim!! I totally forgot you were in Minnesota- Oh, man, I could've visited you! YES, I was up by Brainerd! I've never been to Minnesota, but we drove through Brainerd. We were in Pequot Lakes at Lake Ossawinnamakee. It was lovely! I did have quite the scare getting ticks all over me and finding them still on me in the middle of the night... that was my only icky thing. Otherwise, LOVELY place! I'll be posting more pics soon. :D

Kim said...

Amy- we could have met for coffee! Pequot is only about 20 minutes or so from Brainerd! I knew when you said Minnesota and I saw that beautiful view that you might be close :) I hate the ticks too- my hubby has to take them off me- they kind of freak me out. If you come to visit again we'll have to meet for a quick coffee or iced tea or something :) I'm glad you enjoyed your stay in Minnesota! It hasn't been very warm- you didn't swim in that lake yet did you??!

Kim said...

Laura-you make me laugh girl- thank you for always being there for me. We'll start again together :)

Christine- thank you :) It's been the best day ever so far :)

Jayne- thank you- you are so sweet! I was thinner last year than I was when you saw me and I think that it's hard to have those skinny clothes hanging in the closet and not be able to fit into them. I'm more concerned about the strength part right now though- it's so hard to go through getting stronger again-but I'm pushing on and I feel it more and more each day :) I hope things are going well for you too ♥

Thank you Chris- you are awesome :)

Mandy-lol! I better get cracking and get serious if I'm inspiring you! Thank you :) ♥

PonderandStitch said...


Actually, the reason we went this past weekend was to drop my daughter and my boyfriend's son and daughter. They are all staying at the lake house with the grandparents for a fun little mini-vacation! My bf and I are going back on Thursday, June 9th to pick them up. We won't get there til really late, though, and then we leave on the 10th at like 8am in the morning. That's too bad! I would've loved to meet up for a cup!

PonderandStitch said...

Omg, why did I say 8am in the morning? Redundant much?!!


Cindy Adkins said...

Hi Kim,
I am your newest follower and it's so nice to meet you!

Julia said...

I am always in a healthy "thinking" mission, it's the healthy "doing" mission that I keep slipping out of. I am DETERMINED though. I have seen some recent photos of myself and am flabbergasted by the flab I saw in them. I am really, really, really serious about this mission this time. I am glad you remind me every Thursday to stay on track.
My husband has lost 10 more pounds, but I can't eat like he does: almost all protein and very little in the fruit and veggie department. My cholesterol is way down from where it was in Sept. though! Yea!
Thanks for your inspirational posts!!!
It's good to be back on line with my dear friend.

Julia said...

Today must be your BIRTHDAY!!!! I sure hope it is a BLESSED DAY!!!!

Lucille said...

So nice to see you back, Kim. I just got caught up on your latest blogs. After seeing the size of your garden and hearing of all the work you have done, I'm not at all surprised to hear that your muscles are sore. That is one huge garden and so lovely.

Daniella said...

Thank you so much for your lovely comments! You seem awesome! eating right and getting strong, good for you!!

If someone tells you they NEVER eat anything bad, i would think them a liar..Everyone can only do their best.

i'm following you right back!!

Kim said...

Amy- ahhh, too bad- but there may be another time- ya never know, right? It is HOT and muggy today so I bet those kids are having a blast in the water today- I hope they have tons of fun :)

Cindy- thank you! It's nice to meet you too :)

Julia- Keep at it my friend- as long as we don't completely throw in the towel we're still in the race :) It's frustrating how easy it is for the men, isn't it? My hubby eats sweets constantly and he's thin- but her works physically a lot harder than I do too :) Woo Hoo for lower cholesterol!! I think any step in the right direction is cause for celebration :) Thank you for the birthday wishes- I am having an incredible day :)

Lucille- I am so happy to see you comment- I have missed you! Thank you for your sweet comment about my garden. The weeds are still slowly disappearing :)

Daniella- thank you- and thank you for coming over- you are so sweet! I look forward to reading your blog and getting to know you :)

Minnie Kitchen said...

I had hamburger last night, but I'm starting breakfast with watermelon. pretty healthy i think!

Theresa said...

Strong is good! We always eat healthier in the summer too, I like to think of the difference as the way our bodies tell us that we need to store some extra fat for the long cold winter ahead. But if I move somewhere warm, what will my excuse be? Thanks so much for the visit, I'll be back soon to see what your up to, your garden looks great! t. xoxo

Cinderella Moments said...

Happy Birthday! Working in the garden is so good for you and you get that instant sense of accomplishment.

Sans! said...

I am 3 days late to wish you happy birthday, dear Kim but my wishes are no less sincere and heartfelt :). This year, all of us will work together for a healthier and happier us :).

My weight is going up and down like a seesaw. I suspect my weighing machine has gone bonkers because my weight can be different by as much as 3 kg in a matter of 1-2 weeks, sometimes, 1-2 days?

I am still pretty good with exercising but I also indulge more on unhealthy food which explains why my weight is not going down despite the exercise.

I am starting the diet part AGAIN this week. :)It's lunch already and so far so good :)

Keep at it KIm and when you are happy, everything else will sort itself out :)

Eileen Bergen said...

I'm definitely on a get healthier mission. I've been sick with one thing after another for about nine months. I finally broke out with shingles and the doc said your immune system is compromised. You've got to eat healthier.

So it's lots of fruits and veggies, active yogurt, along with special supplements. I've lost five pounds and am getting my energy back.

Each time something like this happens, I think, this is just part of getting old. Someday maybe there won't be anything I can do to reverse it, but today there is!

Thanks for all the inspiration, Kim.

Your garden looks amazing!

Belated Happy Birthday :-D

dale's dreams said...

I've always thought that gardening is excellent exercise, you really do get a full body work out. :)

You know what they say about falling off a horse, best to just get back on. I'm sure everyone slips up from time to time.

Kim said...

Minnie Kitchen- hamburger is healthy too- just not if you eat 2 or 3 at one sitting :) Watermelon....yum!!

Theresa- thank you for the sweet words about my garden :) I'm glad I'm not the only one that seems to eat more when its cold!

Caroline- thank you for your sweet words about my garden too ♥

Sans- thank you! I am starting to think that being healthy is something I will never "finish"- but you know what- being aware and trying to get there is part of the battle, right? Good luck on eating better- and I think your scale must be a bit wonky too :) I think how we feel is so much more important anyhow :)

Eileen- thank you!!! You know- your statement is part of what got me started with all of this. I am afraid that someday there may be nothing I can do to change things too- so I really want to stay as healthy as I can to prevent that. I'm so sorry to hear you have been struggling- but glad to hear that changing your diet has already helped a bit! I hope it continues to help!!

Dale--true words and as long as I keep getting back on that horse it must count for something, right?