Readers Workout

I missed joining in last week.  It started gangbusters and then my old yoga injury flared up,  locking my leg into a straight position so…..hardly any walking.  I also had to get a temporary crown on a broken tooth.  Once the numbness wore off the injection sites were a dull pain in my mouth. Wah-wah…….this is me indulging in a little pity party.


The good news is I manged to have a great week of walking prior to the revisitation of the leg injury.  I am doing the stretching exercises and slowly I will be back to my old self, walking fast and long distances.

According to my FitBit stats I walked 45 miles and 111,621 steps between January 30 – February 5. My steps are greatly diminished after that.

The menu:

Baked Cod with avocado, cherry tomato salsa

Chinese Takeaway

Shakshuka  (with fresh eggs from a local farm!)

Tortellini with Spinach (Click on link for recipe)



How was your week?

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Readers Workout

This week of walking has been much better than last week. Of course, you can’t help the rain and that kept us in a bit last week. Plus traveling….no walking when you are cooped up in a car.

I walked an average of 12,000 steps a day. The meals have been better, healthier I should say, with the exception of Mexican restaurant food and a few beers to wash it down.

The weather is still up and down – so very cold some days (we had frost this morning) and then it will get warm. Maddening. But with the warmer weather comes yard work and let me tell you, we have quite a bit to pick up. A tree was down from the last big storm and the branches littering the field need to be hauled into a pile. I expect i will get lots of activity and calories burnt there.

So, here is the Meal Plan

Garlic Scallops

Pasta Bolognese, garlic rolls and salad

Mexican at El Jalisco restaurant (dinner with the kids)

Spinach Ricotta Pie


How was your week?

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Readers Workout

Good morning to my fellow bookworms and workout partners! It’s a lovely 47 F here in North Florida and the walking has been good….but not great. We had very bad storms run through here over the past several days which meant walking outside was straight out.

This weekend was a bust for outside activities and we even had a very scary moment on I-10 headed home from Crestview. The rain was coming down so fast and hard that we hydroplaned over several lanes and slid sideways into the median. It was very muddy and once the vehicle started sliding, the mud built up a wall on the driver’s side tires, thus keeping us from rolling. Very scary!


I’m pleased our Subaru has all wheel drive (they all do). We were fortunate and able to get out of the median but that mud washing over the Forester once it came to a stop was like something out of a movie.

So………..the storms….that’s why we didn’t walk on the weekend.  But the rest of the week wasn’t too bad.  I had an average of 12,000 steps a day overall.  My weight went up a bit due to indulgences like apple pie, Mexican restaurant food and some pizza.

Yeah, I know better and it wasn’t a stellar week for eating but I am back on track now.

This past week’s menu:

Swiss Linguine Tart

Pizza from Oscar’s Restaurant in Havana (Roma tomatoes, mushroom and spinach)

Vegetarian platter at La Rumba restaurant in Crestview (very good!)

Grilled grouper, baby red potatoes and sauteed veggies (zucchini, garlic, mushrooms, cherry tomatoes)

Fall River Vegetable Soup

How was your week?

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Readers Workout for January 10

Hello there, fellow bookworms and exercise partners!

Last week I walked 88,514 steps. This is according to my FitBit report. This week, so far, has been harder because of the cold weather. It’s much harder to walk with a heavy coat.

Despite me being in Florida I can assure you it’s not sunny all the time, nor do I have a sweet view of the ocean. This week brought us very cold temperatures of 27 F and ice in our field. So, the walking was harder but still….we both got out and did some.

I may have reached a plateau with weight loss.  Sadly, I never made my weight goal but I did manage to lose 12 pounds and I’m in a smaller pant size – yea!

Meal Planning

North African Couscous

Grilled Fish, potatoes and veggies

Homemade Vegetable Soup and bread


Pizza from Oscar’s Restaurant in Havana (Roma tomatoes, mushroom and spinach)

How did you do this week?

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My Readers Workout Report before Christmas #exercise

This past week I have walked more steps than ever. As far as I know, this step count of 101,564 is the best I’ve done. Despite that I picked up some weight but I need to make better choices.


For starters – I like wine and I like bourbon. I don’t drink it every night but honestly, it’s empty calories that are aren’t helping me get to my goal weight.

My best week for loss was coincidentally the week my husband had a stomach virus. I pretty much ate the same things – lots of soup and oatmeal. And no booze. I’m not overweight, I’m not fat, but I would like very much to get back to a size 8 or 10. Even after pregnancy I was able to get into my jeans again in a short amount of time.

That was many years ago and I know my 60 year old body has changed as has my metabolism.  Well….here comes the new year and resolutions will be made for improving myself.

Meal Planning

Swiss Linguine Tart

Pan Roasted Salmon with brown rice and broccoli

Gumbo (using shrimp instead of sausage or TVP)

Vegetable and Rice casserole

Shepherd’s Pie

How is your week of exercise going ?

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Readers’ Workout – Thanksgiving Approaches fast!

I had a stellar week as far as walking.  I’m actually proud of myself. Over 100,000 steps accomplished in one week.  Lots and lots of walking, as well as some work cleaning up the house.  Now that burns some calories.


I am fairly determined to get through Thanksgiving without too much extra weight.  It’s all about moderation.  Now, if I could curb that desire for a bourbon and splitting a KitKat bar with my husband in the evenings…..weight loss would go quite a bit faster – LOL

How was your exercise week?  Do you have plans to stay on track with the holiday approaching and if so, how do you handle that? All suggestions are gratefully accepted.

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Readers Workout – exercise update

This past week we were on vacation. Our plans to go to Cedar Key had been canceled as the damage from Hurricane Hermine hit them hard. No matter, we had a good time eating, drinking, reading and riding.

My goal to hit over 10,000 a day was sabotaged by a powerful allergy attack. Between the goldenrod and cut grass in our area I was hit hard. So those days I didn’t get much walking in.

On a positive note I did get quite a bit of walking in the other days. And best of all, even being on vacation, I weighed in and have lost 7 pounds. Yea!

The eating plan has been going well and with mostly vegetarian fare my husband and I are both seeing weight loss. This is the last week of October and the plan is to continue walking about 4 miles in the morning before work. I’ll set some good goals for November – can you believe it’s almost here?

How was your exercise week?

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Readers’ Workout on Vacation

I’m on vacation this week so I wasn’t sure if I would be walking more or less. As it turns out, I have walked less so far. Our old Shiba Inu was quite sick on Friday evening and we were both up with her many times during the early morning hours.

Saturday morning we had her at the vet’s office as soon as they opened. Long story short and $750 later, Aja has pancreatitis.

Here she is sporting a bandage from the blood work and IV.


With very little sleep we just weren’t worth a darned as far as exercise. So, not much walking in that day. Yesterday we did manage to get a ride in so, no walking for a bit there as rode up into Georgia and sat on a motorcycle.

Here are my stats for the week ending Oct. 9th where I was hoofing it a bit more.

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Oh, I managed to reset my account with FitBit and instead of it showing I have lost 5 and a half pounds since I got the device, now it on;y shows .4 pounds.  Somehow I reset the date and can’t figure out what to do so, there it is.  No biggie as I know what I’ve lost and I’m keeping up the good diet and exercise.

How as your week? 

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Exercising Regularly with Readers’ Workout

This past week showed a bit of change in weight loss. We had avoided weighing in for a few weeks to see if there had been any progress.   Not big milestones but my husband lost 6 pounds and I lost 4.   My goal is to lose 12 pounds and he is aiming for another 6. We’ll evaluate further when that happens!

We have started walking regularly in the mornings, covering about 3 miles plus another mile and half (ballpark) with the dog.


If we’re lucky Aja will walk first so we can warm up. Anyone with a dog knows it’s not a fast paced exercise and that’s fine. We walk her over a mile, she does her business and then we pop her back in the house and proceed to cover the same territory, only at a faster pace.

We have also been eating better, cutting back on fattier foods and all but eliminated desserts.  Seriously, I am a sucker for a sour cream doughnut and I have had one in the last month so….not too bad.

We are eating less meat and more beans, grains and veggies.  Some of the delicious vegetarian meals we’ve had include:

Baked Ratatouille, Hearty Rice Skillet with Veggies and Vegetarian Cassoulet

I am also a sucker for a red blend – Dreaming Tree Red Crush is the top of my list and yeah, I know I could lose quicker if I didn’t have wine.  But I love it.

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That is all I have to share right now.  Still walking and eating better so, it’s a good start.  How is your week going regarding exercise?

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Readers’ Workout in October

It has been quite a while since I participated in Readers Workout hosted by Joy. I have to admit, I was discouraged for a while as my eating habits had changed but the weight wasn’t coming off.  I tried yoga and managed to hurt myself – yes, I tried to make some moves that my body wasn’t ready for and as a result, tore fibers in my upper leg.

Then I saw the Fitbit at Costco and thought, I really want to get one of those.  A work mate tried hers on me and I hated it.  So I went many months before thinking about getting one and trying it again.

I’m so glad I did.  First of all, when my friend tried her FitBit on me she latched it to my left wrist and she made it a little too tight for my comfort level.  Then I saw the Alta advertised and it’s thinner and slightly lighter than the Flex.

If you have ever shopped at Costco you’ll know they will take anything back except tobacco.  My feeling was, why not try it and if I hate it, it gets returned.



I latched it to my right wrist and have it at a comfortable fit.  After a few days I was used to it and I have to say, it’s a great motivational tool.  It reminds me to get up from my desk and walk or stretch.  Since I’m a Government Drone I sadly spend much time at a desk so the little reminders have helped immensely.

That’s all I have to share this week but hope to participate more and share what exercise and diet tips are working for me.


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