Saturday, April 16, 2011
Having a lazy weekend with Mom. So close to earning my next level trophy in SparkPoints! It's fun to see the new trophies and medals.
We had tornadoes in the state; my BFF's home had some minor damage, but others in her neighborhood were not so fortunate. Y'all be careful out there!
Saturday, April 09, 2011
What did Coach Nicole say in one of her recent Daily Spark blogs about exercise?
- make it fun, make it easy, make it social.
The Pilates class I went to stirred up my lower back pain. NOT fun.
So Friday I decided to take another approach. The sun was shining, the lawn had been mowed, and my garden bed was beckoning to be weeded. Taking a large plastic bag out to collect the refuse, I geared up with the gloves, wide brimmed hat, shovel and rake and spent the next hour and a half pulling anything I couldn't identify. Last year I planted something that grew large woody stalks (never did figure out what it was SUPPOSED to be), so the shovel was needed to uproot those. In the end, I was quite pleased with my progress.
MAKE IT FUN.
The red tulips I planted have bloomed beautifully, so I was inspired to go pick up some additional floral packs to place around the mailbox - ended up choosing yellow dahlias.
Add in some multicolored petunias, and the front of the house says "welcome." I also found some pretty blue plants that will find a home.
Then for the seedlings - tomatoes, spinach, jalapeņos & herbs-rosemary, basil, cilantro, parsley, sage, thyme, dill, & stevia. Then throw in some other options (artichokes) and pick up some seed packs for beans. Lavender just for the smell.
MAKE IT EASY.
While I was filling my cart with little seedlings, a guy my dad's age stops by and tells me I don't look like a gardener. I laugh and tell him I plan to do my best. He gives me some pointers, like how to spot two tomato seedlings in a pack for the price of one, and explains how he was finally able to grow pineapples at home despite the climate. I chit chat with the salesperson over the flower options and prices, and thank him when finally heading out to the car with my booty. When I get home, I call the neighbors and ask them if there are any special requests to the planting season.
MAKE IT SOCIAL.
All in all, a good day!
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.
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