Monthly Archives: January 2020

That ain’t right…

No, I don’t want to.

Why should I?

What’s the charge–walking while brown?

No, I’m not trying to be a smartass.

OK, I’ll sit, but I can’t get up once I’m down.  I’ll need help.

I crawled over a fence?

What ever would make you draw that conclusion?!

I limp when I walk!

You’re out of breath.

Naw, I’m not the one you were chasing!

Didn’t hear anyone running.

Didn’t hear you say anything.

Didn’t even see you until you shined that flashlight in my face.

Yo! Bobby! Maria! Come join the party!

Looks like we’re having a sit-in!



Back to the Gym

We’ve been doing a massive renovation of our house. I was scraping wallpaper, painting, moving furniture, packing, reorganizing, tossing large quantities of the things that were really really important that I hadn’t looked at in 2 decades. I hurt in every muscle for about 4 months! I got cramps in my back, in my arms and shoulders, my legs (from going up and down the ladders and balancing on the rungs) and my feet! There were times my toes wanted to cross each other, or the sole of my foot wanted to bend in 1/2! But NOW it’s DONE!

Now I can go to the gym on somewhat of a schedule!  Yay?

I actually ran on the curve treadmill for 2 m. That’s two minutes, not two miles…and not continuously. I did 3 sets of 15 reps on the chest press (45 pounds), shoulder press (30 pounds) and lat pull machines (70 pounds). I did 3 sets of 15 woodchoppers on the rope machine at 15 pounds and 3 sets of 15 on the crunch machine at 90 pounds. Oh for crying in the mud. How can I still be sore if I was working all these muscles during the renovation?!!!

I tried Noom, but in the steps counter, I kept starting over because one day I’d be at 4500 steps and the next day at 185. I’m still at about 1200 calories/day–mostly yellow foods but sometimes I stray into the red zone. I’m allowed 350 cal of red food/day. A peanut butter and jelly sandwich is 378 calories.

So now, I’m back to hungry and sore. How do I keep my attitude positive? My friends with fibromyalgia somehow manage to smile once in a while. I’m in awe!

I started this blog March of 2014. I was 208 pounds then, I’m at 214 now. I should change the name of the blog from “Measurable Progress” to “Measurable Change” because although things are changing, I’m really not progressing.

Oh the Places you’ll go…

Real Life Fairytale Places

Edinburgh Castle, Scotland

Hotel at the top of Rigi Kulm, Switzerland

Glacier Park, USA

Prague Astronomical Clock Tower, Czech Republic

Salzburg castle and part of the town, Salzburg, Austria

Piazza San Marco including Catedral San Marco in Venice, Italy

The Sistine Chapel Illusions. | OUTLOOK

Inside the Sistine Chapel, Rome, Italy

Thun Castle in Switzerland

Angebot 3_Passeport Legende, Ort, Region: Vieille ville de Gruyères, FRIBOURG REGION Fotograf: Sandra Mumprecht Quelle und Entstehungsjahr: Sandra Mumprecht, 2012

Gruyeres Castle in Switzerland

Cathedral in Innsbruck, where everything that looks like silver or gold is silver or gold.

Yosemite National Park

Indian Cave State Park, Nebraska

These are the Fairy Tale places I’ve been to.  I am so blessed!  This is an abridged list.