DS knows what his situation has done to me.  At least he knows some of it.  He’s over here a lot.  Spends many nights.  He’s not used to being home without his family.  He works so hard to try to make it up to me.  My car is washed and waxed weekly.  He cooks, he cleans, he does laundry.  Finally, yesterday, as he was cleaning and detailing the inside of my car, I told him I had a job for him.  I said, “You know how crummy I feel.  I have to get motivated and get back to eating healthy and exercising.  Your job is to be my personal trainer.  Make sure I have something healthy to eat and don’t let me get by without exercising.”  He took up the gauntlet.

He went to the store and got me lots of yogurt and a couple of lean cuisines.  He already has dinner planned for tonight.  Vietnamese dry pork rolls.  Seasoned strips of pork loin and fresh homegrown tomato slices wrapped in lettuce leaves with a spicy dipping sauce.  He says we’re either going bike riding this evening or I’m getting on my treadmill.  It’ll give him something to take his mind off everything and it may help me get back to a healthier style of living.  Otherwise, I’m afraid he’s going to polish the paint right off my car.

I joined Sparkspeople a long time ago.  Get a list of those emails every week and I delete them.  Never really took the time to figure out how to use the site.  I’m going to start working with it today.  All about that accountability.

4:30 – I’m struggling with exercise.  I came home and changed clothes.  Went upstairs and my treadmill was buried under luggage and boxes again.  Cleared it off but I couldn’t find my headphones.  Someone must have borrowed them and didn’t put them back.  Finally found a pair of earbuds (which I don’t like) but then the battery in my MP3 player was dead.  So were the next four batteries I tried.  Now I’m sitting here waiting for them to recharge.  I will exercise today.

Alrighty then!  I walked on the treadmill for 30 minutes.  I know…that’s not much but I’m celebrating anyway.  Took the incline up to 4% at 5 minute intervals and kept the speed at 2.8.  Well, hey!  It’s better than nothing!  I burned up 123 calories.


Randy Pena says 24th August @ 5:28

Where did you get your blog layout from? I’d like to get one like it for my blog.

Randy Nichols says 24th August @ 5:30

I discovered your homepage by coincidence.
Very interesting posts and well written.
I will put your site on my blogroll.

shallweshrink says 24th August @ 5:35

Awwwww he’s a good son. I hope it helps jump start your motivation!!

As for driving here, OMG! I know, just what you mean about Okinawa. I am driving a Honda van, and it is next to impossible to make these turns. We went down to Naha today, and there were so many times I had to backup and then try again just to turn! Especially in the parking garage. UGH. Did you enjoy your time here? I love it so far…

Joy says 24th August @ 6:41

That is wonderful Patty! I hope this helps both you & your DS. Have a wonderful day teaching today!

susan says 24th August @ 8:42

Great idea to get DS involved, bless his heart.

Ha! I went back to Sparkpeople last week. The nutrition page is very helpful ~ after every day of entered food, a report is generated that tells you about your nutrition for that day.

beerab says 24th August @ 11:54

Sparkpeople is the BEST! I use it and I love how you can find pretty much anything there (if you hit the options to find what other members have put in and select all words also).

You can do it 🙂

firefly says 24th August @ 14:30

Sounds like you two will make a great team! Nothing like having your own personal trainer and chef… even if you did have to give birth to him! 😀

brseay says 24th August @ 19:33

This plan sounds like just what you need to get moving on a regular basis. And since he’s a chef you should have healthy and yummy food. It’s a great time of year to get into a healthy routine b/c if you do it now it should last all year.

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