Sunday, August 26, 2012

SSSDS update and lots more….

I don’t know if you guys like long post or bunch of short ones but tonight just to get caught up I’m going to do a long one. You can read what makes you happy and just skip the rest, it’s up to you. So first because it’s due…

So this week we were suppose to do better then we did before. Well I didn’t do that all, I know I said I’d walk/jog 20 miles and lose 2 lbs. I surpassed the miles, 32 miles this week. Between hiking, Valleyfair, the airport and my last two days of jogging I made this goal. I however did not make the 2 lbs loss goal. However starting tomorrow I have joined another challenge (which I am not going to share or post about, it’s just going to be me getting back to where I was when I couldn’t run anymore, where I was when Mike told me he was leaving and where I was before all the hardships happened this year) and I will get back to 175 and than see where life goes from there.

Week 13 - (begin August 26) - LOW CARB WEEK & NO EATING OUT
Skip the bread, pasta, cereal and rice this week. Stick to fruits and veggies and lean protein. While we're at it, let's ditch the restaurants, too. Make it a double challenge and hope that it pays off big next week!

Dinner out isn’t on the challenge I’m now starting so that will be a good thing. There is a little bread and rice allowed so I’m going to stick with the menu that’s available but everything is in small portions with lots of fruits and veggies and lean protein so I think that will all work out for the best. I am so hoping to get back into the swing of eating right. I have always said meal planning is hard from me.

So good luck this last week to everyone that has joined in on Rochelle’s Summer Sizzle Slimdown Challenge. It has been awesome getting to know you all and learning something from each and everyone one of you.


You all know Mike came home for last week and I was in heaven. We had a great visit, a great bunch of days to visit family and friends and lots of time to just enjoy the three of us together.


Wilbur waiting for me to come home to stay.


This was taken by our game camera in the garden. Can you guess what it is?

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Valleyfair. I took one of my daycare families and Scott and Mike to Valleyfair. Really when I say I took, I drove their suburban and we went our own ways for a bit, met up and played together, went our own ways and met up again 9 hours later. It was the perfect day to go. The sun was shinning, there was a tiny breeze and we had a blast. I am so glad we went.


On our way home we stopped to “visit” great grandpa. We had a picnic dinner and explored the cemetery. The oldest headstone was 1755, Edgar Parker. It was really hard to read and we’re not positive that what it said but tracing the letters and number it looks like that. Grandpa would of loved the kids playing and visiting with him. I still cry thinking about and missing him.

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We have a few spots where are trees are starting to turn. I am not ready, at all, for fall or winter. I really prefer summer time.

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Mike and I went hiking and stopped for a picnic at Portsmouth mine campground.


We stopped and played in the water on Wednesday before we headed to the Hasskamps for dinner and a wonderful visit.


Mike took our 1 ton out for a ride and was all smiles. He’d really like to own this truck or one like it one day soon.


We went to Music in the Park on Thursday. It’s the last one of the year, I’m going to miss taking daddy to this each week.


We went Geo-caching on Friday. We found 3 out of 3. This one was the coolest. It was in an old cow culvert with a little stream running through it. We took our shoes off and padded through the water and found it. It was really the coolest we’ve ever found.

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Friday night we had game night and dinner at mama and daddy’s. We played croquet and as you see the goose that is in love with me followed me everywhere.


And Saturday I sent Mike back to school. We have never been in an airport, never flown, never any of this so for the first time Mike flew in a not to big but not to small airplane from Minneapolis to Denver. He said it was like a rollercoaster ride. Not a fun ride but much faster then driving or riding a bus.

This wasn’t any easier sending him away this time then the first time. Also this one is for 4 months, not just 2, a visit from me, and 2 more. I won’t get to have and hold and see him until December 21st. That is forever!!! I have not come terms with it yet but know it’s a must and I know he’s doing great and something he wants to be doing however he’d love to be home too but school is where he needs to be. I love that boy so much and am so proud of him.

So there, you guys are caught up. If you made it to the end, congratulations, I know this was a bit long. But you know me and wanting to share. One more week of our SSSDS challenge, a new challenge beginning and so much uncertainty in the job part but I will do this, I will make it, I have too.

Take care my friends. Blessings!!


Sarah G said...

So glad mike's visit was filled with so much fun!

PlumPetals said...

Looks like you had a great time together!
Good luck with the final week of the challenge :)

deanna said...

Lots of happy faces, so glad you had a good visit with Mike.

Betty WSch. said...

It looks like you are having a lot of special moments with Mike and that is priority right now. If I can go 2 years without seeing my daughter you can do 4 months. Just think of the great time you'll have come Christmas and it will be there in no time. I know it's not easy, but like you wrote, it's something he needs to do right now.
I will keep you in my prayers!

Baby Sister said...

I'm glad you had a good time. :)

Debsdailylife said...

What an amazing week!! Loved he pics. And the trees are so brilliant!! Im not ready for fall either, but I guess itll come whether we want it to or not.
Blessings in the new challenge!

Michele said...

Dear Julie,
It looks like you had a wonderful week with Mike!! You two certainly packed in ton of activities during that week. How fun that you went to Valley Fair with him and some of the DC kids.

As our kids grow up, our time naturally becomes less with them. You are giving Mike the wings he needs and all kids need. Our time with them becomes different as they become solid adults. Our relationships change, too. We are always the parent, but as they grow into who they are as adults, we become more like good friends, too. There is nothing like spending time with your grown children as adults. You have much to look forward to as Mike continues to realize his own potential. You have given him a solid start and he knows that.

So glad that you did so much walking and exercise last week. Good for you. You can crush this new challenge! Thank-you for your continued support of my own fitness and health journey and your very kind comments about the Venus de Miles. It was quite a milestone for me and I appreciate your cheering me on, Julie. Michele

E. Jane said...

I'm so happy that you had Mike home last week. It looks like you had a great time. Michele is right about having less time with our kids once they become adults. It's a transition that can be a bit challenging sometimes, but as one who has been through it three times, I will tell you that the natural progression of life will bring you wonderful happiness in the future. Kids get married and have kids, and then they come to see Grandma, and life is a wonderful circle of love. You're doing a great job with everything!

Ronalee said...

This was a great update. Congrats on your miles !! It looks like you had a wonderful time with Mike. :)

Pam Lofton said...

What a fantastic way to spend the week! That was GREAT! I guess if I lived up your way I wouldn't be looking forward to winter either. But fall? Or is your fall really cold too? Mike looks great- seems school really agrees with him. Now, if we can just get it to agree with you. :) Hang in there mama! It goes by way faster than you think!

Rochelle said...

Great post Julie - it looks like you are having a tremendous amount of fun with Mike being home.
The past 2 weeks of the challenge have been hard for me too. I do some of what i set out to - but not all. Maybe 13 weeks is just too long to do a challenge? Hope you are having a great week this week! Sorry I am so late with stopping by!