Saturday, March 15, 2014

Walker caddy

Whew, I feel SO much better after writing about my current struggle with staying on track amidst the stress I've been dealing with. I don't know why I get so nervous to write when I'm struggling, because you all make me feel so much better. I hate to see anyone struggle with it, but it sure does help to know that I'm not the only one!

I did really well today, thanks in part to my Kitchen Safe. I hadn't used it in a while, but I got it back out yesterday and locked up the peanut butter, chocolate chips, Clif Bars, and a bag of Cadbury Mini Eggs. I bought the mini eggs so that I could have a few as a treat in the evenings, but I definitely have to keep those in the Kitchen Safe! I was surprised at just how small the serving size is, and for so many points. A serving of 12 mini eggs has 6 PointsPlus. Each one is only about the size of a peanut M&M. So this morning, I counted out 6 of them for 3 PP. They're really good, but I don't know if I think they're worth that many calories.

Today I had a six-mile easy run on the schedule. I really wanted to go outside and run! Jerry was working, though, and I didn't have anyone to watch the kids if I went outside. I tried calling my parents, but they weren't home, so I decided just to get it done on the treadmill. I changed out the battery in my foot pod, to see if that was what was causing the issue yesterday (apparently, it was--because today, it was back to normal).

I set the treadmill at 6.2 mph (9:40/mi) and just left it there. I was feeling really good, like it was nice and easy, when I noticed that my heart rate was sky high--89-91%! Normally, it's about 75-79% during an easy run. I was debating whether I should slow down, because I felt really good, but I didn't want my heart rate to be that high.

While I kept running, I pressed the heart rate strap to my chest kind of hard, to make sure that there was good contact, and then my Garmin showed my heart rate lower from 91% down to 77% almost instantly. I adjusted my sports bra a little, so that it wasn't interfering with the strap at all, and my HR stayed at 75-77% the rest of the run. That was kind of weird!


I'm just going to have to make sure that my sports bra strap is just under the heart rate strap, so it doesn't interfere.

This afternoon, I worked on a project for Mark. I need to buy him a walker for when he goes home on Tuesday, and I found a pattern for a walker caddy while browsing patterns online. I thought it would come in handy for him, since he'll be using the walker everywhere he goes. This first picture is what it looks like now that I'm done, but it doesn't look like much without the walker!


Here is what it will look like on the walker (this photo is from the pattern's site):


It was easy to make, and working on it helped me stay out of the pantry today ;)

Jerry's off work tomorrow, and the kids are staying at my parents' house tonight, so we're going to have a date night. Nothing too exciting, however--just take-out from Panera for dinner and catching up on some of our favorite shows we've been missing!

14 comments:

  1. I have been having so much trouble with my heart rate monitor lately. I just can't get a reading that feels right. Um and I totally need to invest in a kitchen safe!
    It's supposed to snow here tomorrow, so I have 8 miles on the treadmill. I'm bored just thinking about it!

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  2. I feel your pain about snacks that are way too high in PP values. I ordered some Girl Scout cookies, but I haven't even wanted to open the box yet because a single cookie is 2 points! That's a lot of points for one cookie.

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  3. Katie - be sure to check out thrift and consignment stores for a walker, Also, Medicare/Medicaid shold cover the cost of walker for Mark, Best to you and our big, big heart.

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    1. Yes, his Medicare/Medicaid ended up covering it! When I saw him yesterday, he was very proud that he "bought" his own walker :)

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  4. I don't know if all walkers fold these days but it sure is nice when the sides fold inward so it's flat when you go somewhere in the car. The caddy should be fine when the walker folds. Did you also make the water bottle holder? I've never seen one of those but it's a great idea!

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  5. oh those Cadbury eggs! The walker cover looks great!

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  6. You are amazing...that little caddy is BEAUTIFUL! I wish I had half your talent for sewing!

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  7. That is such a great gift Katie! Mark will love it and it will be so helpful for him to have everything close. You are so thoughtful!

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  8. My mom has a walker that has a basket, a drink holder and a padded seat for when she needs a rest or long waits. Thank God we had it it since we needed it to get her from her bed to the car the day she had the perforated ulcer and couldn't move a muscle without pain.

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  9. http://www.walmart.com/ip/Hugo-Elite-Rollator-Walker-with-Seat-Backrest-and-Saddle-Bag-Blue/20440155?action=product_interest&action_type=image&placement_id=irs_top&strategy=PWVAV&visitor_id=70533413765&category=0%3A976760%3A1005860%3A163878&client_guid=9cc20ef8-3f1a-40f8-a4ff-928c2976e5c4&config_id=2&parent_item_id=15423367&guid=dcb02acb-d14e-4cf8-a02e-9cb9eddbf4b6&bucket_id=irsbucketdefault&findingMethod=p13n

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  10. Glad to hear you are feeling better. That Kitchen Safe is such a great idea. I was telling my husband about it last night.

    My grandmother was in a nursing home for several years and those walker caddies are very helpful. I like the colors you chose, too.

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  11. Great run. Good to know that you are getting back into it. I've never had a Kitchen Safe but it sounds like a good idea. Loving the walker caddie you are making its a great design.

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  12. The caddie is really cute. My grandma has to use a walker. How much would you charge to sew one for my grandma?

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    1. Aw, I would be happy to sew one for your grandma (no charge)! Just email me your address so I can send it to you.

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