Sunday, August 12, 2012

Disappointed in myself

I am so disappointed with myself right now. I takes soo sooo very much to lose any weight on me at all. I am stressed and busy right now and have had a hard time keeping up losing weight. I have not had money to get any healthy foods right now and i am trying to do well in eating anyway but very hard. I also have been swimming but, it is not burning very many calories or doing anything that I can see.

I am holding on very hard to keep on going but, feeling so down that my hard efforts are not paying off right now. sigh.

at same current weight 200lbs.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Jam packed day

I worked my behind off yesterday to burn off some calories. I did my 5K virtual walk on a trail close to my house but, I was not wise to listen to advise and went on the hottest part of the day. It was soooooooo burning hot even with some shade. It slowed me way way down. I was proud that I finished it though even if it did take me an hour.
I then was so burning hot that I went to the pool and WOW it felt so wonderful!!! My family and I spent like two or three hours there enjoying the cool water and for the first time many neighbors who came down. I got to talk to some cool new neighbors. I paid hard for my day in the sun though with a blazing hot burnt face and arms and chest. Ouch. I learned that for me vasaline was a life savor--quickly took away pain but I had to cover up since it was oily.
Anyway cooked a new recipe and turned out so tasty. I loved it.
Feta Chicken with Green Beans

photo credit: KimShay.2012

We then enjoyed some tv. I went to relax in my room in front of the fan and watch some netflix shows. All in all it was a great day and continued into today when I weighed myself and see that I have burned off 2lbs of the 3lbs I gained from my birthday. whoo hooo.

lost 15lbs. so far current weight: 200


I loved the recipe I tried today. I probably could have made it more healthy but, I was okay with it. My family loved it also.

I made a video of it but, I am having trouble uploading it. I can add it once I work the issues out.
I mainly stayed indoors today because of the heat but, I am still working at changing my lifestyle. smiles.

I have the recipes for each thing I make so if anyone ever wants to try it I can give you the orginal recipe or my version whichever you like.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Birthday break

I had a blast celebrating my birthday the last few days. I am hoping however, that I did not gain back all the weight I have lost. lol. I gave into temptation with many foods and drinks. I received some very touching and fun gifts. I am now jumping right back into eating better and my exercise though because I don't want to go backwards. Here is the last meal I made before my birthday. It is a simple one but, still good.

                                              The Finished Meal

I will have to look up and do exercise inside while watching television because I don't want to miss The Glass House or The Olympics but, I have to keep burning fat and calories. I am sorry I missed some days on my blog but, I was busy having fun. I am back on track now.

Just weighed and WOW! Just three days of eating not so great with sweets and
I gained: 3lbs. whaaaaaaaaaaaaa back in 200's --not happy with that but, more determined.
13lbs lost

Monday, July 23, 2012

A lap in time

I am celebrating my birthday on Tuesday. I have already warned my daughter no baked goods. lol. Yesterday I did rest and watch some of my shows like the bachlorette, Glass house feeds, and Dollhouse. I plan to watch Pretty little Liars and Glass house today also. However, I did go and swim some laps at the pool while it is open. My shoulder is paying for it today but, I got some exercise in.

For dinner I did not plan out anything because my hubby has been so sweet to help out a lot lately and I got a long massage and then he made dinner for us. We had an African (part American style) dish called Ugali and beef stew. I love it. I know it has white cornmeal in it but, I ate fruit and other healthy things earlier and I did not eat too much of it. Yummy. Here are some pics of dinner as it was cooking.

    photo: Kim.Shay. 2012 you may use as long as you credit me or link back here.

The day before I did ok with eating but, I did indulge in a cake pop --The name fits it to a tee. Here are some pictures.
I am suppose to do my virtual 5K at sometime this week and am pondering where I should to it and if I will be up to it.

How are you coming along? What is going on with you?

Lost 16lbs.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

A Fun Exercise Day

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Today was a great day for me. I started off having stomach pain and feeling bored but, things changed around. I ran my son around to his friends and drooled over all the pools by their houses wishing I could jump in just to come home and find out they finially opened our pool. Whoo Hoo. We went and had a blast in the refreshing pool. It was so fun and I got exercise.

I then came home and showered and jumped on making dinner. I made chicken fingers, mashed potatoes and salad. click on the link above to watch and learn how to cook it. 

We then stretched out and relaxed and watched an episode of "Dollhouse" and an episode of "King of the Hill"

How are you goals going?
What shows do you like to watch when relaxing?

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Slow progress

I feel like I would not safely cross this bridge today---lol.

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                                         photo credit Kim Shay. 2012

This week was pretty much a wash. I did not eat well (a lot more meat and a couple soda's). I was having that wonderful women's time out. ANYWAY, I think that and bad news I got of my blood tests and stress made me less motivated to do well this week but, I am jumping back in there and not going to give up. 
My Blood results:
               Blood count abnormal --anemic. My cholesterol was 207mg. very high. My HDL 36 and LDL 137. My triglyceride is 169. My blood sugar was moderately elevated. 

Why am I sharing the numbers --well... because I want to see how the numbers may change with lifestyle changes. I want to share it with you as well as cheer on your goals.

             Photo copyright.Kim Shay.2012 please do not use without permission

Coming soon!!!!!!!! Keep following my blog new interactive content to come on multiple topics!!!!

Thursday, July 5, 2012

We do like order

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Making choices

  I have found that with getting healthier or any goal it has helped to have a plan for each day. When I have a plan I am much less likely to get distracted by random interuptions or temptations. I still am tempted--believe me however, I have learned that less really is more. For example, studies have shown that people are more likely to look around at a store that has a very wide selection of items but, more likely to buy from a store that gives fewer selection of items. I find I am the type of person who likes a lot of choices but, I do not make the best decisions or fast decisions with a lot of choices therefore, I have been able to use that knowledge and limits the choices I give myself to make decision making easier and healthier. I used this on fourth of July by not giving myself the excuse of eat and drink what you want because it is a holiday instead I ate a lot of healthy watermelon (was wonderful) and drank tea instead of the tempting soda. I did allow myself to choose to eat a piece of my daughters chocolate cake she made but, I went back to my healthy foods after and did not stuff myself. I had planned ahead of time what to do because I knew the food would be an issue.

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Another part of my planning was to make sure I did not sit around during the holiday eating so I purposely brought outdoor balls etc... to play around and be active. We made up our own games which was fun (especially since my mom could play with us) We played kickball frisbee, and orange cone volleyball. I had a lot of fun and we all got some exercise. I have now made a plan to walk or run a 5K at the end of July and The Run 4 change 5K in October for Children affected by Aids in South Africa (see above flyer to get in on the runs) and the free run is at

Lost 10 lbs.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Burning outside

It was so very hot that most of my day had to be spent inside. I did get some cookbooks to check out some new recipes. NOTE to those who want to PUBLISH a cookbook--please make them with photos of the food or even better photos of the steps. It really does not help much to have tons of cookbooks at my fingers but, not really be able to follow them by just reading --I have to see how to do it. Anyway, I found a few to look through.
                           The many cookbooks lining the library selves.

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I did okay eating today but, we did go to Wendy's for lunch. I had a small burger and baked potatoe (yes I had the horrible sour cream-lol)
                   My son flipping through a skateboarding magazine at Wendy's

                                      Photo copyright @KimShay.2012

Since it was too hot to go out and walk during the day I waited until the sun went down and then my husband and I went out for a walk. I loved how the street lamps on the route we took seemed to light the trees up green. It was a very peaceful walk.
                                                 The green lit up trees

                                          Photo copyright.@KimShay.2012

After getting a little hot walking we came home to a nice cool treat of cantalope. Yum!
                                                      Melon Kabob

What did you do today?

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Back in the game

                                       Photo copyright.KimShay.2012

I have not posted for a few days because I was suffering from some extreme colon problems that were making me sick. I have set up appointments to have some test and had my blood taken so hopefully I will know if it is something unusual. I am still having some pain but, I got back to getting some things done.
Today I did not get done as much as I would have liked to but, I did go and volunteer at the fireworks stand. I probably sweated some gallons of water out of my system. smiles. It was fun though and I enjoyed my time there.
I hope in the next few days to explore another trail or if I feel good enough do my 5K walk I signed up for at

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I still have not figured out any plans for the Fourth of July but, it is not my favorite holiday and my food I can have is going to be limited so I am not sure what I will do but, I am enjoying summer even if it is burning hot. I was tempted to give up on goals and health stuff while sick but, I know it is sometimes hard to make decisions when you don't feel good. In all I had a nice day and hope the rest of the week goes well. Goodnight for now.

The moon today before the sun was down.
                                   Photo copyright. KimShay. 2012

pounds lost: 7

What are your plans for the fourth?
What is inspiring you today?

Friday, June 22, 2012

Dump the plastic

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I did not do so hot with food today. It is so so very hard. I ate one meal and it was Panda Express Chinese food. I did however have a unsweetened decaf tea. I was sleepy all day and my sleep cycle is taking forever to get back on track today. I did manage to get a little walking doing errands and comparison shopping at the store.

I am working for awhile tommorrow at the thrift store so hopefully I can get some exercise in there. I am going to take all the plastic water bottles I have to the store to donate and instead I will use and reuse my glass bottles that my current favorite bottled drinks come in. They are glass and have a top and I can easily clean them.

dump the plastic and in with the glass bottle below.

Question of the day:
What environment or health step should I take next?

What change have you made in your life lately that has made a difference for you?

Thursday, June 21, 2012

My first walking trail-on my way

This is my quick highlight video of my first walk on a walking trail. I had never done this and was excited to explore it. We walked 2.8 miles. It was so gorgeous! I enjoyed the people and nature and wild life. We got a good workout in mostly shady trails. I was more excited to have been proactive in getting healthier. Check out the video and share with me your progress in your goals. I did not do as good with the food. Hot dogs for dinner and tiny burgers and cottage cheese, and Tea for lunch ( I did not eat the fries). I had no breakfast because I am still trying to get back my regular sleep cycle.
With the hot sun I can not wait until our manager opens our pool. It will be easier on my joints and a lot cooler plus my mom and daughter may join us for extra fun. She said they have to fix it up first. Guess what I saw them working on it today. Yes! So happy to see it.

What did you work on today? What are your goals? Lets connect.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

I am free to go on walks with people if anyone wants to walk and hangout. I joined walking with Walgreens. I thought anything that helps me get inspired about making a healthy change will be beneficial. If you want to join just go to your local Walgreens store's photo center and ask about joining the walk with Walgreens program. You are not required to do anything for it and it is free to join. You then just go to a computer (at home or wherever  you get online) and finish registering. You can then plan walks and input the steps you took by using the pedometer that counts your steps. You can link up with groups to walk with and share stories etc... at the site. I think it looks fun. It is a very hot summer for me so I don't know how much outside walking I can do but, any will help. Come join me?
Tell me about what you are working on?
What is inspiring you right now in your life?

Get Healthy and connect with others

                             photo is copyright @ Kim Shay. 2012
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This is me with no makeup, wet hair, and baggy around the house clothes. Gorgeous huh? Not. lol. I am showing this picture because it is part of what my blog is all about. People are always saying "if I can do it you can"! I hate that saying because we are all different and have our issues to deal with. I created this blog to share with people my failures and successes with trying to live a healthier life (not just saying it but doing it), do what I can to be better to the world around me, stay spiritually connected and connect and relate with others. I love the arts and writing and expressions of people and I plan on having a wide variety of ways of showing my days and ups and downs. I encourage anyone who comes across this blog to subscribe to it and share it with others. I could use all the support I can and I would also LOVE to learn about you and travel in your adventures whether good or bad as well. I hope through this process I will learn to enjoy pictures of myself more and gain confidence as well as connect with many new people. we go.