Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Football practice for my son started this week. Even though he is not released to play/hit/block/tackle/etc., he can do most of the warm ups and running. His practice is every night (for the first two weeks) from 6 to 8. I prefer to stay at his practice the whole time. Partly cos I like to watch him practice. Partly cos I like to talk to the other parents. Partly cos I'm worried he'll hurt himself and need his mommy (not that he would admit that!). LOL!
Before this week, that 6 - 8 time would be used in coming home to make dinner, eating dinner, getting ready for and heading to the gym. Now, I eat dinner when I get home. Monday night, I headed to the gym after dinner and didn't get to bed until 11:00. I got up at 4:20 to meet a friend at the gym (and then I didn't have to go tonight!). The thought process is that I will go early in the morning so I don't have to try to go after dinner.
It worked so far (one day). Of course, that was one day AND I was meeting my friend. Tomorrow will be a true test of my mettle (meddle?). Not meeting the friend. Planning on the gym. Wish me luck!
So, not only is my exercise rut rerouted, but so is my food rut. I used to have a snack around 3:30 or 4:00 and then eat dinner no later than 6:30 or 7:00. NOW, I don't eat dinner until after 8:00. I have to work a second snack in there that will keep me satisfied without blowing my calorie budget. I think I'm going to try carrots tomorrow. I can eat a lot of those for very few calories.
Sunday, August 08, 2010
for about an hour today. Maybe longer. It was really cold (to me) in my house and it is my weekend so I decided to take it easy. I could have cleaned, but I didn't. I could have done laundry, but I didn't. Could have organized, but I didn't.
Instead, I read my book. I played Words with Friends on my phone and I relaxed! I deserved it! After all, I took my daughter, her friend and my son shopping for school stuff today. Oh...and football cleats. It was tiring, but we got some stuff done.
Wishing it was still sunny so I could be outside again. Next weekend!
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!
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