Friday, April 08, 2011
Tentative list so far: tomatoes (trying topsy-turvey method), spinach, lettuce (several varieties), broccoli (is this the season or not?), bell pepper & jalepenos, green beans;
then for herbs: basil, thyme, dill, chives, cilantro, ginger, rosemary & sage.
Spent over an hour weeding, plan to till, lay out the plot locations for everything, then plant.
Hoping the birds and rabbits don't think it's a buffet!
Wednesday, April 06, 2011
One major difference I have noticed in my daily activities since joining SP is that I am not spending nearly as much time on the couch watching TV. Since OWN bumped F'itTV's exercise schedule, I don't even have Cathe to watch during the day. The crime shows make my blood pressure rise so I avoid them anyway
Just saying... this is a good habit for me to develop - making time to be more active
(and not eat mindlessly in front of the boob tube).
What is something that has changed in your routine?
Tuesday, April 05, 2011
I've noticed a personal trend - whenever it rains, it's almost as if my body barometer also bottoms out. My energy and motivation are lower than normal, and I would happily stay indoors if possible. Today was one of those days, sigh. Now that I've identified this tendency, I can start planning alternative activities and make these days productive instead of losses.
I did meet with the trainer at the gym today for orientation, but it was really just to "get the lay of the land" and not to workout. This particular facility is associated with Duke Medicine, so there are a large number of rehabilitating patients and older seniors in attendance. I guess I was surprised, but I should not have been. What was a little disappointing is although they have both outdoor and indoor short tracks (15 laps indoors for a mile and 8 laps outdoors for a mile), it doesn't look like I will be able to run intervals indoors because of the patients using walkers to go around the track that I'd have to dodge. I may use the outdoor track for occasional speed work, but the scenery will be more interesting to do my long walks and runs on the trail or through the neighborhood.
There is a small pool, so I can do some water walking.
Still trying to put the pieces together to reach goal weight this year and maintain. Using all the resources at my disposal to the best of my ability. Most of all, need to DO things, not simply think about them or hope.
Tomorrow will be a fresh start.
Sunday, April 03, 2011
An Egyptian cobra was recently missing in the Bronx Zoo, and some interesting tweets started appearing... listen to the coverage by NPR and have a good laugh for the day!
P.S. The cobra has been located and apparently was never out of the snake house.
The SNL skit did not do this story justice this weekend. The tweets really are funny!
Here's the NPR link:
Thursday, March 31, 2011
Another month down, time to reassess.
I've exceeded my calorie range too many days this month, and will be adjusting my menus and spacing of meals so I won't feel so hungry. Need to continue cooking for myself rather than eating out, where portions and ingredients are less within my control.
Exercise was above average, with three events completed - a new experience for me. In the past, doing a 5K would involve a couple of weeks recovery. Now, I'm back at it within a couple of days, even after a half marathon distance. Using the 5k training programs on SP to transition from walker to runner with intervals. Looking forward to more events in the coming months.
Since I needed more help to lose weight, I've joined Duke integrative Medicine. Turns out the support far surpasses my expectations! I am going through orientation sessions, and will have lots to report in April. Took a Pilates class today, will try yoga tomorrow, and have the trainer show me around the gym next Tuesday. I fully expect to see weight loss and will practice my new skills in order to maintain the weight loss long term.
Spring is officially here, but the recent temperature drop and rain have prevented me from getting outdoors as much as I'd hoped. Looking forward to turning that around, and riding my bike more often. Will also be tending to the lawn and garden.
My daughter graduates in May, and even though I will not be anywhere near my goal weight, I can make progress between now and then so that I am not hiding behind people in the inevitable photographs. And with a huge smile on my face.
So come on, April - bring it!
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