Sunday, August 08, 2010
In my status, I mentioned that the neighbors at the end of the cul-de-sac had a fire early this morning. I wanted to go see how they were, offer my assistance and (of course!) find out what happened. But I also didn't want to be a nosy neighbor or pain in the buttooski!
I decided to go down there. I introduced myself and we talked...for almost an hour! First, the fire started in the semi truck that was parked in the driveway. Apparently the ACM (brains of the truck...yeah, I had to ask too.) had a short and started the fire. Someone driving along the road, the main road behind my house, not the cul-de-sac, saw the fire and banged on the door of the house to wake them up.
That person's quick action actually saved the house! The tenants got out, called 911 and called the owner of the truck (he was in a nearby town). He almost beat the fire fighters there! LOL! If they had been 10 minutes later, the house would have been engaged and there would have been so much more damage.
As it was, the semi is a complete loss. But since it was diesel, no explosions (I didn't know that diesel doesn't explode!) But, the owner was not in the sleeper. Otherwise, he wouldn't have been talking to me today...or ever. The siding above the garage and to the side melted from the heat. (Melted siding looks really cool!) The boards under the siding are blackened, but never actually caught fire. The firemen did cut a "man hole" in the garage door...from the inside! Not sure why they had to do that, but they did!
That's it! No structural damage to the house. No injuries to anyone! And, I met my neighbor. Really nice guy too!
Kind of an odd side note. He had a 4-year-old who asked him not to park the semi in the driveway yesterday. The child actually got mad when Daddy didn't listen! Did that kid have a premonition? I prefer to think so.
Friday, August 06, 2010
Last night, DH and I went to the gym. I decided that I really need to vary my workouts, so I got on the treadmill instead of my beloved elliptical. I started with a walk to warm up and after two minutes started running/jogging. To me it was running. To you runners out there, it was a jog.
As usual, it was hard to run. But, I told myself that I hadn't even run two minutes yet and I knew I could run at least 10 minutes and make a mile. So I did. At 10 minutes there was a really good, upbeat song on my playlist. Well, I HAVE to run through the end of that! And then there was another one and I HAD to run through that one too. THEN...I was really close to having run a full 20 minutes and I really needed to hit that 20 minutes. It wasn't that much longer.
So I ran. For a little more than 20 minutes. I'm thinking close to 23...to the end of another good song. Stopped and walked for a little bit...short song...and then another good song came on. Had to run again!
By the end of that song, I HAD to walk. So I walked for awhile. I did run for one more song and ended up with a 50-minute workout (with cool down) that was more than half running! I would not have run as much or as far had it not been for those tiny, incremental goals. Only one more song. Three more minutes. To the end of this mile.
Imagine, thought I, if I applied this strategy to everything I wanted to accomplish? Tiny incremental goals. Huh? Is that just another way of saying "one step at a time"? If so, I like "tiny incremental goals" better cos I get to say "incremental."
I'll let you know how it goes.
Thursday, August 05, 2010
I am not a big fan of green beans. The flavor is okay, but, meh, I could do without them. When I was a kid, I used to put ketchup on them so I couldn't taste the green beans. I could eat heaps of them then! LOL!
Now i eat green beans as one of my staple veggies because they are very low in calories, are better for me than corn and DH and I can share a can for dinner. (The kids get corn.) I have found that the "fancy sliced" beans taste better than the other kinds. Yes, I know. They are all green beans. And, yes, I buy the same brand so I know they are all processed basically the same. Green beans taste like green beans, right?
NO! The fancy sliced ones are more like slivers of green beans where the fancy cut ones are chunks of green beans. The slivers taste better. Seriously! And I just realized the distinction tonight when I opened two different cans. I started checking all of the cans in the pantry and I have six cans of green beans...all the wrong kind. And what will i do with those six cans? Eat them, of course! That would be a waste of food otherwise. However, DH may be getting slightly larger helpings of green beans than he has in the past.
And I may have to break out that ketchup bottle!
Wednesday, August 04, 2010
Since the last time I blogged about rules that I could (or couldn't) break, I've been keeping a running list of other rules that MUST be followed. No, really! Or ELSE!
When I fold clothes (on laundry day), my clothes go on the left of the pile. DH's go to the right. DD's go to DH's side of the bed and DS's go to the foot of the bed. If laundry baskets are available for the kids, I will use those. If I had to switch mine and DH's clothes, it would take me much longer to get laundry done.
When I put food in my tracker, it HAS to go in the correct category and in the correct amount. For example, if I have broccoli for more than one meal (happens a lot!), I need to put one cup (or however much I ate) in each meal. I can't just enter two cups for the day. Why? I don't know. It's not like I go back and look at my tracker and look for trends. I could put everything in as a snack...but that would destroy the symmetry of the tracker. Oh...AND break the rules! LOL!
I have two planned snacks each day. An apple and string cheese between breakfast and lunch and a Fiber One bar in the afternoon. I do not switch those two. Ever. Cos if I do, the apple and cheese might get replaced with cookies.
When I'm putting my stuff in my truck to go to work in the morning, my lunch pail goes on the seat first, closest to the seat back. Then my purse in front of it. My drink goes in the little hole made by the lunch pail and seat back. I think that's part of my problem with carpooling...if someone is sitting there, where do I put my stuff?
Lastly, I eat the least favorite item on my plate first and save the best for last. This includes eating around the outside of a sandwich or hamburger and saving the middle for last. On the surface, this allows me to save the best for last, ostensibly to savor it. However, I've found that I will often be full from the least favorite stuff but I will continue to eat because the best part is still there! Seems like this would be a rule I could break, huh? Sure. If I remembered! I usually think about it when I'm already full and my favorite food is staring at me, chanting "eat me, eat me, eat me." And then I HAVE to eat it just to shut it up, right? LOL!
More "rules" are currently rolling around in my head. Expect another update.
If you missed it, here's my first "rule" blog. And if you did miss it, you really are missing out. LOL!!
Sunday, August 01, 2010
How many ways can I say it? I have recommitted (again! LOL!) to losing that last five pounds. I would then be in a healthy BMI range (instead of just at the bottom of overweight) and my clothes would/should fit better...or at least still fit! According to certain charts, since I am only 5'1" (and my family swears I'm stretching for that full inch!), my weight should range between 110 and 128, sometimes lower! I might be able to get to 110, but no one would want to be around me, not even me! LOL! (I would be a cranky (er!) wench than I am now!)
So, anyway, back to this time. Five pounds. First thing...check the foods I normally eat to determine how much high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) I've been eating. Second thing...find replacements for those foods.
Five minutes pass....
I just checked a bunch of stuff that I thought might have it. None of it does...or at least none of it says HFCS. So, either I'm already eating fairly "cleanly" OR I need to research what the other names for HFCS are and then look for those. I'm guessing it's the second!
On that note, I need to research whether maltodextrin has gluten. I could have sworn that it was just a sugar, but some of the stuff I've been reading says differently. My son can't have gluten and he's been eating stuff with maltodextrin in it. Hmmmm...gotta go look!
SPark ya later!
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