Saturday, June 23, 2012

JUNE 23rd Tweakin Insanity!

By now we've all heard the definition of insanity, accredited to Albert Einstein... "Insanity: doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results."

When I got slapped in the face by Mr Reality on Monday (for that little melodrama, click HERE) I had to do some honest evaluating.  And I decided it was a time for some changes. Time to try some tweaks here and there.

Tweak Number One: for the duration of the summer, I am sending my daily calorie totals to a friend. Accountability. And a little peer pressure doesn't help, either. Just KNOWING that I'd have to report in has saved my hide several times this week. "Nuh uh... not eating that. I'd go over my limit, and I wouldn't want to have to fess up!" So far, it's been a helpful tweak.

Tweak Number Two: I am investing a lot of money (gulp) in buying and installing a little pool for my backyard. Can we say... EXCITED!?!?!?!  

It's dinky sized, and called a therapy pool. I was originally going to get a simple cheapie from Wallyworld, but my sweetie pie husband decided that wouldn't work here in Oregon. I wouldn't get to use it most of the year. So, he orderd me this little therapy pool with a HEATER, and is going to build a pool hut around it to hold in some of the solar heat. He's going to insulate under it and around the pool, and build a little ramp so I can park my wheelchair at the bottom, and be able to get up and in (with a little corresponding step on the inside). 

It's called an iPool 2, and it's 54 inches deep (about 50" of actual water). Deep enough for all kinds of exercise. Also, it has a gadget that you wear around your waist that attaches by cord to the edge, and you can swim and swim... not going anywhere. :-D

Wanna see it? Here's a picture, with a link below:

For as many years as I can remember, I've tried sooo many different kinds of exercise. And no matter how careful I am, or how slow I start, I have always ended up injured. EXCEPT FOR THE WATER. And there is now no place around here for me to go to a pool that doesn't use chlorine, to which I am allergic. I can use a salt filter for my little iPool2. 

This little pool is a big deal to me! We aren't rolling in dough, and also just had car repairs. So for my hubby to tap our savings and pay out for this little pool, the hut, and to install it... well, he's earned Brownie Points FAR into the future! :-D

I'm positive that doing these things DIFFERENTLY will give me different and better results. It's time to do whatever it takes... and for me that means making some changes. 

My book quote for today: "Joy is not a distant destination at which you arrive; rather, it's a path you choose to travel each day." --Tommy Newberry, The 4:8 Principle

My verse for today: "Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge."

My quote for today: "Every day of our lives we are on the verge of making those slight changes that would make all the difference." --Mignon McLaughlin

Enjoy the Journey,


DAY 1035


The Brown Recluse said...

Wow, Loretta! That's really cool! I've always heard that swimming is one of the best exercises because it works everything. I'm expecting the best results for you!! (and I'll be jealous!)

Anonymous said...

Tweaking is good! :D The therapy pool sounds like an act of love from the hubby. :)


MargieAnne said...

That therapy pool sounds just right. I'm feeling a little green as I read, heated, private Hmmm!

I love swimming but have not done much for years.

Excuse #1 water too cold

Excuse #2 I wouldn't be seen dead in a swim suit.

Extremely hot weather and great bravery has overcome the excuses once or twice.

I'm looking forward to next summer. We don't have any heated pools in our area so it's the ocean or nothing for me.

skinnyhollie said...

It's an INVESTMENT! I just blogged about this yesterday... we are worth it!

Love that quote at the end!

Rettakat said...

I love exercising in water. I can work hard in it, and not get injured. So I'm expecting progress, too. Hey, maybe you should get one, too. :-)

Rettakat said...

I agree... sounds like a message of love to me!

Rettakat said...

Ha ha ha... I had to get over the swimsuit thing about 4 years ago. I joined the YMCA and wore a swimsuit in public at 398 lbs! Talk about "die to self", LOL!
Hey, they have free shipping on this pool... I wonder if that extends to the other side of the world! You could have your very own heated private pool. :-)

Rettakat said...

I agree, that's just how I see it, too, as an investment.
I'll have to go and read your post. Thanks for visiting, Hollie!

Anonymous said...

Yippee Loretta! Love that you will have your own pool! What a blessing for you.

Judy W said...

Oh that is just tooo tooo! I am so thankful for your husband because I have one like yours so I know just how much he loves you! I am so happy for you hon...truly!! Two thumbs up to the hubmiester!

Jennifer said...

I just found your blog, thanks to my friend, Lisa Marshall, who included 2 lovely recipes from you for Low-Carbing Among Friends, vol. 2. I'm just busy editing them. :) Then I got curious and now I've spent time browsing on your blog and will go look at your art too - still curious! LOL You're a sweetheart through and through and by the sounds of things so is your hubby. The pool sounds great! I'm sure you are going to enjoy it a lot! Congrats on your amazing weight loss and also for how candidly you share to help others. Adding your blog to my blog listings. Blessings, Jennifer.

Rettakat said...

Thank you, K, I'm excited and can't wait til it's up and running. :-)

Rettakat said...

Thank you, Judy, I appreciate that. Today I told him he was the "hubmeister", and he laughed. :-D

Rettakat said...

Thank you, Jennifer, for such a lovely comment!! I'm so glad you stopped by. And I love my first edition of Low-Carbing Among Friends, so am totally thrilled to have a couple recipes actually IN the next one. I know I'll love it, too.

Anonymous said...

Hi Loretta, thanks for the CPAP info. Mine actually came with that chip...and the great news is our sleep studies are free. I did have to have my pressure lowered...from 10 to 9. Progress!

E. Jane said...

The therapy pool sounds like a wonderful idea, Loretta. I had never heard of it before. I'm going to look into it!

Rettakat said...

Oh, you are ahead of us here then. :-) That IS progress to have it lowered. :-)

Rettakat said...

I am excited, and can't wait til hubby finishes installing it. Right now he's leveling the spot in the yard, putting in sand and insulation. It I didn't live where it's cold so much of the year, I would have purchased the one without the heater, and wouldn't need the little pool hut. But at least this way I can use it year round.

If you look it up, be sure to read the reviews on the sites. They are a wealth of info. The inventor/manufacturer is at the Fitmaxipool site (link is in post). He's real nice, and has spent lots of time on the phone with hubby, answering questions. The other place where they are sold, has the same prices, but the kidlet who answered the phone didn't know squat. My husband wanted good customer service and follow up, so he chose the guy who invented it and sells it thru Fitmaxipool. ha ha ha, no I don't get paid to do advertising for them. I'm just excited about it. :-)

'Yellow Rose' Jasmine said...

Wow, this is amazing! What you call some 'little tweaks' sounds like the major keys that just might be the answer to what works for you. I always applaud your willingness to work so hard at really finding what it is that you will need for long term success. So many in your position would just keep looking for the "magic fix". Instead you are doing so many the favor of seeing that hard work is truly the only way and finding what is right for YOU is the only thing that will actually change things permanently.
It is a noble fight and everyone appreciates what you offer to that fight. Your attitude and resiliency help everyone who reads you.

Jean said...

Hahaha. Excited for your pool!

Marion Shaw said...

Hi Loretta! So sneaky me left you a comment at *this* linked post. :D

Anyway, I'm super glad that you're doing so well with your exercise. Really really happy.

Further, your art for Josh was kind and means so much to him. You are a powerful person in your own way, and I'm glad your ripple touches mine. :D

:-) Marion

Rettakat said...

LOL! I love to hear from YOU, Marion, anytime. :-D
Ponytails rule!

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