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Day 11

Friday, October 12, 2012

Tonight after work, I tried playing my first CD about pilates. I was able to workout to level 4 out of 7.

The entire workout will take 60 minutes when I get strong enough. It is well explained which is necessary because I am a rank beginner.

I look forward to more of this workout in the coming days.

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GOSPELCLOWN 10/12/2012 11:01AM

    The activity is very 'mindful'. When the video told me to move, I was supposed to think of every vertibrae. I want to try it again after work tomorrow.

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L*I*T*A* 10/12/2012 9:30AM

    many enjoy the PIlates......
i haven't yet tried it.....
looking forward to hear how you find it!!!
blessings and hugs.........lita

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SHERIO5 10/12/2012 7:57AM

    I hope you enjoy pilates! I do! I think it cinches in the torso and makes me feel stronger. emoticon

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Day 10

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Have I hit a road block? Am I lazy or just not very inventive?
Today I walked a bit here and there... a low average number of steps and after supper we walked for another 10 minutes. Hmmm.

We have spa music on right now. It is calming and I don't want to put in a palates CD to change the tempo.

I forgot about using the smaller plate at dinner also. Turkey leftovers. Tasted very yummy but not low-cal, if you catch my drift.

Tonight is so harmonious and mellow that I have decided to time shift the CD until tomorrow. I'm going to knit on my Harvest coloured striped afghan tonight. I shall be quiet and peaceful for bedtime in an hour.

Tomorrow.... my activity shall be doubled or tripled! Just not tonight.

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L*I*T*A* 10/11/2012 9:52AM

    keep on keeping on..................... emoticon emoticon

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SHERIO5 10/11/2012 9:06AM

    You are doing well with the small plate idea!

emoticon Maybe yoga would have fit the peaceful vibe you had going on at your house?

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Day 9

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

I strapped on the pedometer again and walked around a neighbourhood trail. I took a green garbage bag inside a plastic trash can which bungee-d it to a collapsable dolley.

I wear gardening gloves, a brimmed hat and good footwear! I AM the Litter-Picker-Upper!

My steps added up to 1,037 and I was only out on the trail for 25 minutes or so. But, I was able to completely fill (stuff, pushed down, cram) that plastic trash bin. I estimate it as a 20 gallon can.

I got out in the sunshine to do some activity and do a little neighbourly act. Luckily I returned home just before there was trash pick up today!

I am often embarrassed by my untidy surroundings. That litter will start accumulating tomorrow and the next day... it is a disgusting, irresponsible habit. I sometimes feel as if I am one against 200 others.

I am still enjoying my supper on a luncheon plate for portion control too. emoticon

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IUHRYTR 10/17/2012 6:52PM

    It may be frustrating knowing that many people are slobs but you have the satisfaction of knowing you're doing your part to make the area cleaner for those who pass by after you have tidied up. Be proud of what you're doing. -- Lou

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L*I*T*A* 10/10/2012 11:19AM

    what an awesome thing to do!!!
soon others will follow.......
blessings and hugs..............lita

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SHERIO5 10/10/2012 10:59AM

    I do the same thing in my neighborhood! I like to think that it may inspire someone to do the same thing.

Good work on getting in your fitness and controlling your portions!

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DEB912 10/9/2012 11:18PM

    keep up the good work cleaning your community and also with your walking. That really gives me a good idea. emoticon

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SH9719 10/9/2012 11:16PM

    Great job. You are the green hiker in more ways than one. Just think of the extra calories you burn bending over each time to pick the liter up.

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Day 8

Monday, October 08, 2012

This is a long weekend for Canadians. We are celebrating the harvest and Thanksgiving.
Think about it... we have to bring the crops in sooner than the states before the snows hit. (Sorry Winnipeg. You got snow yesterday.)

I don't have the pedometer on today. Instead, I got on the bicycle and peddled 20 minutes south of my house and marvelled at all the autumn colours. The leaves are a 'given' but I saw beautiful blue, red and orange berries throughout the trek. Some of the ferns were already turning burgundy. The sun and temperature has been lovely all day.

I should get on the bike more often. It was a fun way to be active.

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SHERIO5 10/9/2012 9:43AM

    I like riding my bike too! Good job staying active!

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CAROLJ35 10/9/2012 9:34AM

    Your Thanksgiving is really at a more appropriate time than ours as the pumpkins and squash and the last of the crops are being picked now in the States. Some areas have had frost and even some snow. That also leaves a nice span of time before Christmas.
Cheers for the exercise and hope you had a great holiday!!!

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KINEPS 10/9/2012 8:35AM

    I agree -- biking is so much fun. I wish I lived in a rural area -- I would ride more often! This time of year does make it more fun. The weather is cooler, the colors are breathtaking and riding can be so relaxing. We usually take some healthy snacks with us as well as water bottles. This way we keep our bodies fueled and hydrated.


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L*I*T*A* 10/8/2012 9:57PM

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BLUENOSE63 10/8/2012 5:09PM

  That's an excellent alternative to the Pedometer.....yes it is a beautiful day here in Ottawa as well!

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Day 7

Monday, October 08, 2012

Sunday was busy enough to be a blur.
I was making a family favourite cake for a Birthday Boy. I got out to visit a neighbour and she wanted to talk and walk. That was OK with me.

When I was home again I prepped for a Thanksgiving dinner that I hostessed. Everything came together like I cooked Thanksgiving all the time.

The birthday cake was a hit. I watched my portion control and decided not to wear the pedometer for the day.

Before I went to bed, I filled our crock pot with steel cut oats, a mix of quinoa flakes, a tablespoon of barley, some leftover grouts and some apple slices from a neighbour's tree. I threw in 2 dried apricots, a prune, a chunk of papaya (dried) and 3 tablespoons of cinnamon. In went 5 cups of water and I set it on low.

We had hot cereal for a frosty morning!

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CAROLJ35 10/9/2012 9:41AM

    Sounds great!!! We love Steel Cut Oats and in winter I often do them in crockpot following recipe of the Russell Family here on SP. Cooked in milk with a cinnamon stick, etc. and is so creamy and good.
I always put craisins in any oats, but will try the apricots as I love them, too.
Thanks for posting your ideas.
Glad your dinner was a success!!!

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KINEPS 10/9/2012 8:29AM

    Well that was clever! I never thought of doing breakfast in a slow cooker. See . . . you can learn something new every day :-)

Great job on the portion control -- when you have a goal in mind, it's easier to say no. I'm lucky that my family is helping me, so sometimes I'll share a dessert with someone, or just take 3 small bites. It's enough to get a taste -- without consuming the whole thing!!


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