Evening everyone!  I’ve had a busy week. I’m keeping up with my elliptical workout.  My goal has been to complete 45 minutes on Level 9 and go at least 3 miles.  I always feel so great when I’m done working out, so, why do I stop?

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On Monday Al & I visited a new corn maze. We walked, mostly fast paced, for 2.5 hours. They had a “clue” game where you had to find 6 clues and punch your card at the 6 stations. We went round and round and round and round and could only find 4 of them. After 2.5 hours and about 4 miles, we called it quits. Our bodies had had enough. It didn’t help that the ground was very uneven which is a workout for my hips, and not always in a good way. All in all it was a great day and great exercise. The baby pig kept leaving the pen but didn’t go far. The owners said she is a smart one and loves to go in and out. She was rather cute.

Tuesday was a complete rest day. I was really sore from the maze adventure due to the fact that I was using muscles that haven’t been visited for awhile. The elliptical uses totally different muscles. I hit the elliptical yesterday and did 3.3 miles burning 390 calories.

I’m still trying to get back in the habit of tracking. It’s slow in coming but it’s coming along. I am getting a lot more water in, about 8-10 glasses a day. That’s an accomplishment in itself.

I’ve put a couple applications for work online at Fred Meyer (large grocery/department store; LeRoy and Rachel work there in Spokane) and Starbucks. Both stores offer medical, etc. after working a certain amount of time, 20+ hours a week. Fred Meyer has more room for advancing if I choose to do that. I need to work for several reasons. I need to get back out and about and around people and, medical is killing us ($1000/mos/6350 deductible) every month. It would be worth it just for the medical.

I had a group interview on Tuesday and it went well.  I received a second call yesterday for an interview on Monday with the Grocery and maybe, the Deli manager. Wish me luck.

SophiaAlDotSept2014Collage2Our neice, Sophia, came to visit with her parents the other day. She is now two months old. My, they grow up so fast. We had a nice visit with the kids and Sophia was such a joy.

Dannon Light Fit 80 RaspberryChocolaterain7I finally found the Dannon Light & Fit Greek Yogurt, Raspberry Chocolate!  YUM and only 80 calories.  I haven’t found the Cherry Chocolate yet.

We are having great fall weather and I’ve enjoyed opening all the windows and door letting the fresh air in. The rain has finally arrived and it was most welcome.  We’ve been in a bit of a dry spell so it was nice.

button3up As for my Journey, I am feeling more in control each day as I return to my healthy lifestyle routine. I’m doing well on the habit of journaling.  I’ve missed a couple days but am journaling for the most part.  Exercising has been going well and I’ve been getting a lot more water every day.  I’m listening to my Enjoying Weight Loss Hypnosis CDs again to help keep me motivated and focused. They never fail me when I take the time to listen to the different tracks on the CDs. Why I quit, I’ll never know.  I love Dr. Roberta Temes.button2up


ValentinesDayAlDotPOSTMy sweetheart Al has always been the most thoughtful, loving, kind man I’ve ever known.  He’s been my sweetheart since September 1974.  I was 17 (almost 18), graduated from high school and he was 23, in the Navy.  We celebrate our love for each other every day.  We always put the other one first.  On our wedding day Al gave me a double heart pendant which read, “Our Hearts Beat As One”.  We are each others’ soulmates.  I’m so glad we found each other and created a wonderful life together.  DotsNewsletter

I stayed up much too late finishing up the newsletter but it’s finally ready to go out today. That’s a good thing since it’s a Valentine issue.  I think you’ll like it.  If you don’t already get our free monthly newsletter, you can sign up here or by clicking on the graphic.

I’m tired today and my head is killing me.  I think it’s time to grab some aspirin.  I’m hoping to get something cooking in the crockpot today.  It’s been a little while since I did that.  Al and I love the meals I cook in the crockpot and I make enough for other times.  Love the “just grab & heat” way of cooking.

30lbsGone As for my Journey, I am listening to my Enjoying Weight Loss Hypnosis CDs and staying on track. I have been a bit under on my eating but I’m plenty satisfied at the end of the day.  Drinking my water is a priority.  Sleep is still off but when I do sleep I feel rested.button2up