Saturday, December 31, 2011

Recommit Yourself To A Walkabout In 2012

I must say it has been fun creating Walkabout The Flylady Way Closed Group and also  Walkabout The Flylady Way Page Health/Wellness.  This all started by Shining My Sink each day.  What does shining a sink got to do with a Walkabout?  It got me "Moving!"  My main focus has been on Getting Dressed To Shoes, Hair & Makeup The Flylady Way.  It is very important to me to continue this journey.  I understand how doing thiese habits each and every day can benefit a person in many avenues of their life.   There is lots of indirect blessings happening that are like icing on the cake.

How Walkabout The Flylady Way came about was because of my addiction to two slices of butter and peanut butter toast each morning.  Flylady's Monthly Habit for May is "Moving In May".  You see part of Flylady is to create monthly habits to practice each day of a particular month.  By the end of the year, a flybaby can be flying high as a result of this.  I started practicing this habit in May.  Somehow it didn't become a habit.

One day, June 16th in fact I stepped on the scale and did not like what I saw.  The weather was finally getting nice in South Dakota after a very long hard winter.  If I wanted to get some weight off and focus on Health and Wellness I am going to have to move each day.  I also need to have it fun.  Most of my adult life I have walked.  My first dog Meg loved to go walking.  I knew Lily did too.  She was a bit of a handful at first.  Daschunds are very strong.  I started out with a regular collar.  She would pull me and gag at the same time.  I thought that has to be hard on her neck.  In any event we started by simply walking around the block.

I decided my walks are going to have to have a fun name.  That is why I call it "Walkabout."  Since this started, members have called everything about.  Walkabout, Bikeabout, Stepabout, Danceabout, Rockabout, Leafabout, Weedabout, Gardeningabout, Grocery ShoppingAbout, Mall Walkabouts.  You get the idea here.

I was having fun with my new camera when I got the idea to take pictures along the way.  I know I was saying we were going on walkabouts but how would anyone know?  This was such a success that other flybabies joined the group and started to do the same thing.  It was like taking a mini vacation.

Now, I am ready to step up a bit more and really focus on what types of food I put into my mouth.  I am a bit scared because I don't know how it is all going to work and keep Flying like I have been.  I started juicing again and eating salads.  It is interesting on how your tastebuds change.  I think before they had a coating of gluten, creams, etc that blanketed my taste buds and dulled them so I wanted to eat more to get satisfied.  This was the approach on a Dr. Oz show one day.  He also talked about the number of taste buds each person has is like a fingerprint.  No two are alike.

What Is My Mission For 2012 And This Blog?
Some of this I have already discussed.  One thing that so many of us are great at is making the lists of things we want to do and eat.  Where we falter is implementing them.  I have a great start to this by starting this blog, creating a Facebook Page Walkabout The Flylady Way Health/Fitness and also a closed group called Walkabout The Flylady Way .  Now, I feel it is time to take it a step further and to begin to record when I exercise and what I eat.

I already know I will stumble and fall.  I also know I have the tools and lessons from Flylady that I will be using and now I found my own motto "I Always Make Progress When I Jump Back In!"

I also have my main blog The Flylady Way.  I know there is going to be some crossover to this blog.  I am trying my best to keep it separate.

 I have been juicing for 3 days now working this into a Habit.  Last year in March is when I started taking photos of Getting Dressed To Shoes Hair and Makeup.  I published my first photo on the 10th of the month.  Well, I have 10 days of eating healthy and doing some form of exercise each day.  So why not today?  I have found an exercise partner and we will be starting to go to town to the Field House in Clark on Friday.  Today I will do some light exercises.

I also have Fibromyalgia and my body is in a flare today.  This is from changing my eating habits.  I need to increase my water intake to flush out the toxins from all the Christmas Goodies I consumed.  It is natural for a body to react this way.  It is like quitting drinking alchohol if you are used to drinking every day.  Mine has been toast.  I haven't had any for 4 days. I just have to ride this out.

Are you ready to start this journey with me?  I am afraid because I don't want to lose all of my habits and routines I have developed through Flylady.  Maybe Flylady would say that is natural to feel this way.  The best thing to do is Tell myself I am never behind and not to try to catch up.  Just jump in where you are!  Today I have established that I will go to the Field House on Tuesdays and Fridays.  I have a partner that is willing.  It is Jenna West.  I called her and asked her and she was very excited about it.

 I used to belong to gyms most of my adult life until I moved in a more rural area.  I did great working out and enjoyed it.  The flip side was I was living in chaos in my home.  So am I going to be able to do both?  This is the question I am asking myself and am sharing with you.  So, if you are interested in joining this journey with me in some form, here we go!  Enjoy the ride!
Here is my starting point.  5'7"  185 lbs  52 years old.

Today is Tuesday and light exercises are what I will be doing to wake my muscles up.

Friday, September 23, 2011

The Walkabout That Almost Turned Into A Skunkabout!

My day started with plans to go to Sioux Falls to spend the night in a sleep study lab.  I got the call late morning telling me they did not have a technician available tonight.  They asked to reschedule for the coming Monday and I agreed.

My day then became very unstructured.  I just had not planned on the change.  So, I wondered outside to check on my tomatoes and pick ones beginning to ripen.  I also visited with the boys next door.  I gave them some split tomatoes to feed their chickens.

It was just so beautiful outside.  The past few days were cold and rainy.  I have been in my fibro-flare and thought I can't go on a walkabout.  I haven't gotten as much done this week as I wanted to.

Lily had been restless all day.  In fact something woke her up very early this morning where she was barking.  I believe I had about four hours of sleep in.  Then the phone rang.  Then Lily started to bark at something outside again.  By now, you get the idea that I didn't get a very restful night.

Finally, it was around 5 o'clock in the afternoon.  I just wasn't getting anywhere.  All I was having were many SHE (Sidetracked Home Executive) moments.  What was it that I really wanted to do?  I wanted to go on a Walkabout!  A year ago I would have had to MAKE myself go for a walk.  Now, all I want to do is a walkabout.

I have a great walkabout partner, Lily my half miniature dachsund and half sheltie.  I put her on a training leash that I wrap around my waist and put an anti-pull harness on her.  It works great.

Last time we were out at the farm I took lots of pictures so my pace wasn't very fast.  Today I wanted to speed it up some.  We head out clipping right along.  I am still feeling distracted and decided that this was just how it was going to be and just go with it.  There is always tomorrow.

That is when I spotted a skunk out of the corner of my eye.  I wasn't distracted anymore!  There was someone that needed to be distracted fast and that was Lily!  She has already had the experience of getting sprayed by a skunk a few years back.  My neighbor was babysitting her while I went into town.  Mom and I had just finished eating when I got the call.  My neighbor told me I had better come home instead of spending the night.  Lily got skunked.  You know how they say tomato juice is supposed to take out the skunk smell?  It didn't with her!  Now she smelled like a red skunk! (tomato juice and skunk)  The only way this smell was coming off is by wearing off!  As hard as it was, I had to make her spend a few nights outside until the smell went away.

All of this is flashing back as I see the skunk.  I turned around and pulled Lily to head back.  I am so glad I saw the skunk before she did.  It may have been a repeat outcome!  She did pick up the scent of something out there.  That was also the time the skunk realized he wasn't alone so turned around and went back into the weeds.

In town, I have to worry about peoples' dogs that aren't on a leash.  At the farm, I have to worry about skunks and racoons.  As much as it scared me, the confrontation of the dog that attacked Lily earlier this year was worse.  With skunks and racoons, one would have to get very close to their dens to be threatened.  I am so glad I saw the skunk before Lily did.  She went on to try to chase birds as they get up to fly.  Now it will be me dreaming of skunks tonight and not her!   I guess I will accept that I do.  At least I won't be having to smell that smell!

Until Next Time.......
Marilyn and Lily

Close Call Today!

Monday, September 19, 2011

The Seasons Are A Changing

I have been wanting to go on a walkabout out by the farm for some time now.  Finally, I had to tell myself to drop everything, get Lily and go.  It has been a beautiful fall day and soon the season will change again.  Winter is not my favorite time of year and so I best be making the best of the nice weather now.

I want to focus on increasing my walkabouts.  This requires putting some thought into my day.  I would love to do this everyday.  I also want to keep a good balance between all that I do.  I am looking at trying out this walkabout at least twice a week going to the farm.  Maybe it will work and I can increase it to three times a week.

I know Lily will be all for it.  She loves it out there.  Today I took lots of pictures and so I didn't walk a fast pace like I usually do.  The thing is I don't care because I was enjoying myself and the countryside.  It is like meditating.  It is so peaceful.  Once in awhile you will hear a vehicle coming from a distance.  It gives me time to make sure I have a solid hold on Lily.  It always is someone I know and so I wave.

I am putting on a few pictures of my favorites I took today on our walkabout.  If you want to see all of them you can go to Walkabout Season Is A Changing

Hope you enjoyed this.  I also hope you can start going on your own walkabouts.  It really is good for the soul.

Until Next Time.........

Marilyn and Lily

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Who Said Walkabouts Can't Be Fun?

Have Fun!!!!!
Since I started my adventure of walkabouts began, the most important factor I wanted was to have fun!  I wanted to be able to take my dog Lily along and be open to my surroundings.  It has been a great move because I always feel refreshed and accomplished whether it is just a bout around the block or a couple miles.

Forget About The Distance!
Yes, I know it is important for weightloss etc.  But these walkabouts are about so much more.  I know myself.  Some days I can do a 3 mile walkabout.  Other days it is just around the block.  Yet there are days that end up being a mowabout because the grass is calling me.  Weather plays a large factor too.

What Are The So Much More?
Nature that surrounds you, sunshine that creates Vitamin D, attitudes turn positive, giggling is allowed!  These walkabouts can be with your neighbors, friends, and even strangers when your walkabout is grocery shopping or going to the mall.  Smile and someone may smile back!  I know this list is endless when you think about it.  These are your walkabouts and do what you may with them.  Afterall, it is your "Walkabout!"  Have fun and forget about the distance and enjoy the benefits it brings!

Walking On Down The Road

Halfway Point We Stopped And.......

Felt Like Jumping!!!!

My Neighbor Girls That Joined Me On This Walkabout

Heading Back.  The Sky Is Gorgeous!!

Lily Started Panting Pretty Hard So I Carried Her The Last Short Bout.

Friday, July 29, 2011

The Sunset Walkabout

I made myself a nice meal.  I have let it settle and now it is time for a Sunset Walkabout.  Lily doesn't know it yet.  She has been wanting to all day.  Poor thing is worn out with anticipation.

In order for myself to be accountable.  I will report back when we are done.  Who knows what kind of adventure we will have!  I am sure Lily will make me laugh at least once!

And we are off to take a Sunset Walkabout!

Drove To The Home Place For A Sunset Walkabout

Here's where we started.

Lily, go forward!

Looks like it could be fun in there!

The ears are forming nicely.

Looking back at the sunset.

My brother Tom hates weeds!

There, I pulled it out for him and it was really in there!

Moving on down the road.

Look how tall the corn is!

I am 5' 7'.  No weight number today!  I did lose 3 lbs.

Looking back to see how far we have gone.

Corn and sunset.

Bird on a wire.

We will walk to the gravel.

There, now let's turn around and go back.

Can begin to see the haze on the corn.  That is where we get the high dew points.

Must be a bird convention.

Heading back to our starting point.

There's my blazer.

Lily and I both worked up a sweat.  Lily is really panting.  Now, we head back home to some sparkling water!  Can't wait!
I hope you enjoyed this Sunset Walkabout.  Lily and I sure did.  I love the peace and quiet.  The sounds of nature come out and almost speak to you.  Now, I know why so many men like to hunt and fish.  It is peaceful out here.

Maybe these pictures will entice you to start your walkabout adventure.  Mine started with walking around the block.  Now look where we are!  Until Next Time......

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Why Walkabouts Make Make It Easier To Fly

I am so ready for our extreme heat wave with extreme high dew points and high heat indexes to be over with!  Why?  It is affecting how I fly using Flylady Lessons  How extreme has our heat been in the midwest?  One farmer lost over 600 cattle due to heat exhaustion.  Despite fire trucks spraying water on the cattle to keep them cool.

I know all about heat exhaustion.  My first bout of it was when I was a teenager and went to Iowa to De-Tassel Corn.  They had to give me salt pills.  They say once you have experienced it, it is easier to get heat exhaustion again.

One evening Lily and I went on a short walkabout because I wanted to go so bad.  Yes, I was getting Cabin Fever due to the heat wave!  Now, I am looking at "hindsight".  You know when you get 20/20 vision?  I haven't recovered from it yet.  Prior to this walk I was feeling so great!

Am I going to give this walkabout up?  No Way!  It is just another adjustment in this journey.  What kind of adjustments will I do?  I have been thinking about this these past few days and haven't gotten any answers I am ready to share with you.

What I will share with you is when I get those daily walkabouts in I found my flylady habits and routines were going soooo much better!!  I will tell you where it has benefited me the most.  It is has been in my "PERSPECTIVE" of Flylady.

This small amount of walkabout gets the blood and oxygen mixing and it makes the brain work better.  I found that when I am doing my walkabouts I drink more water, I make better food choices, and sleep better.
this all adds up to Great Flying Days!

What goes away? Perfectionism, procrastination, whining, and stinkin thinkin.  Let's not forget our martyring ways.
I know I will find solutions once Lily and I go on a walkabout again.  And you can be sure I will write it down in my control journal.

Sunday, July 17, 2011


I decided to start a blog for my Walkabout The Flylady Way adventure.  I am not sure where this journey will take me.  I know my other blog The Flylady Way has been great fun to write and share my experiences living The Flylady Way.

This blog will be more about activity and health.  I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia in 1989 and now HypoThyroidism in 2010.  I have battled with weight issues my entire life.  I have gone from extremely thin to extremely heavy and all the weights in between.  Through this blog I am determined to find the weight that is comfortable for me.  I am tired of all the different sizes of clothes harboring in my home.  I have been decluttering my clothes using Flylady's Lessons.

I turn 52 this month.  One of the things that I have noticed this past year is how much my body shape is changing due to periomenopause.  I can accept this to a certain degree.  I don't want to be perfect.  That is not what this is about.  I want to know where the line is between periomenopause and to be fit.

One thing I have noticed this past year is muscle tone and strength have diminished.  How can I get this back to where I am comfortable with moving around more freely?  My right knee hurts and so does my hip.  I have found by starting my Walkabout The Flylady Way Adventure, I can endure more.  We are all familiar with the saying,  "Use It or Lose It" quote.  Well, I still got a lot of living to do despite having Fibromyalgia and Thyroid Problems.  I spent a good ten years not knowing what was wrong with me in addition to Fibromyalgia.  I finally was referred to an endocrinologist where every test imaginable was taken.  The result hypothyroidism.  I have been questioning this for the past ten years.  Apparently the standard test to check for thyroid always showed up normal and I needed additional tests.

I could stay angry and feel cheated these past ten to fifteen years.  I did want to get married and have a family.  Being sick all of the time kept me from this.  I didn't want to burden anyone.  I have had pets as my family and they have been great for me.

Just like Flylady implements "No Whining Allowed", I concur with her.  You can do anything for 15 minutes except whine.  Our life is really made up of 15 minutes of moments at a time.  There is another saying, "Fifteen Minutes of Fame."

So, why can't we do a Walkabout The Flylady Way for 15 minutes?  Even walk around a couple of blocks? Walk around in our yard?  We can!  It is like anything else, we have to create the habit to get into the routine.  If we want to go on longer Walkabouts we can.  We can even do Bikeabouts!  It is all babysteps that get us to where we want to go.  Remember we all had to crawl before we could walk, and walk before we could run.  So why not try a "Walkabout The Flylady Way?"  After a few short days, you will be amazed at how you feel and how you feel about yourself and even others.  Take a 3 Day Challenge and see what adventures are brought to your world!  Until Next Time.....
Keep Flying!

If you are interested in becoming a group member of the closed group, Walkabout The Flylady Way, please contact me.  I have a page Walkabout The Flylady Way and a closed group through Walkabout The Flylady Way

Coming Up:  My next blog will be about nutrition and how that plays into keeping us active.