Wednesday, March 30, 2011
So, I was cruising along following a healthy meal plan when a disgusting little marshmallowy treat called my name. I bought the box for the grandkids, oops. What makes me think that if something is bad for me it will be any better for those little ones? Anyway, I ate one. It wasn't very big and it wasn't all that many calories in the great scheme of things. But, I realized it did put me slightly above my day's allotment...ouch! Not only that, but I feel so sick at the moment. I'm heading down to my gym to see if I can work a little of this sickness through my body. Did I learn anything? Not really too much new, actually. But, every so often I seem to need to veer off track to remind me of how much better I function and feel when I stay on course. But, the bigger wake up call today was the realization that just cuz I'm Grandma, that doesn't mean I should be feeding those precious little ones things that are so bad for them! Maybe I'll do better next time. Hope so.
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Work out, that is. Every time I think I will do more, I end up doing less or none at all. So, my goal of two a day work outs is on hold for now. Instead, I will get in some exercise at least one time a day and if I can do more, hooray! I think I've been bribing/rewarding myself with extra calories lately. They may be healthy calories, but extra never-the-less. So, time to get real again, toe the line, start the clock and rev my engine. Hmmm..... Let's see how far this plan with get me???
Monday, March 28, 2011
Well, my dh and I shopped for some hiking boots for me after I read a great recent blog about the 10 things to take on a spring hike. We found a great pair on sail at R.E.I. on Saturday and thought we'd try them out later that day. But, as often happens, we got distracted and never found our way to a trailhead. However, along came more snow that night so of course we sought out a new-to-us trail near our home on Sunday afternoon. However, instead of looking just a bit beyond where we hopped on the trail, we immediately headed up the hill in the mud. The higher we got the deeper the mud - sticky, suction making every step harder even as the huge buildup of mud made my one day old very light weight Patagonias feel like I was slogging through cement. Soon a couple with their dog met us coming down the trail. The woman called out to be careful because the dog might try to jump on me. Well, that's exactly what happened. I was covered with his mud from chest to shins...yuck. I laughed it off when I caught my balance, so glad not to have ended up down the mountain or on my butt on the trail in that mess. Next we caught up to where the snow had not yet melted from the trail. My dh ventured a bit ahead because a fit downward trekker had recently assured us that we would soon come to a clearing and we could cut back to the neighborhoods above. He found no such clearing and I was becoming fearful of sliding off the mountain if I went much higher. So, I caught my breath, turned around and caught a surprise sight. Way below was a paved trail! It was flatter and going in a similar direction, but that will be an adventure for another day. Too bad we didn't know about that before we started up the mud path. As we started down the steep trail I learned, or maybe it was relearning, I don't remember, a few hiking basics. I was coached to dig in my heels when my feet were pointed down the slopes and be more fully on my edge when I side stepped. Still there were many places where I shudder to think what would have happened if my dh hadn't taken my hand. I slid much too much for my taste and yet, it was somehow an amazingly fun adventure. I can't remember when last I worked so hard or laughed so much. My pedometer was a bit disappointing. It felt like we had done a marathon, but it looks like it was more like two miles...LOL! When we made it back to the trailhead we did wander over to the paved trail to see what was beyond the gate and look at the trail map. We also found some good puddles and snowbanks to work off some of the snow. A wayward stick helped the cause so we didn't track all that mud back home. Wow, my beautiful new boots look like they've been around more than two days and one outing! Still, it was a great start to the week. Today, I satisfied myself with some elliptical time. My comfy new footwear are stowed for another adventure. I know it won't be long. Spring is here and the trails and trekking poles are calling our names!
Saturday, March 26, 2011
This has been a lousy week. Or, at least that's what I thought until I actually recalled the good things and stopped stewing about the bad. Those bad did include stuff I'd rather not fess up to, like eating several servings of candies, caramel popcorn, some ice cream, and some real cream in my coffee a couple of days .... My exercise routine never kicked into gear as it should have. When I shopped for a hat for my 15 month old granddaughter I couldn't make up my mind and ended up buying eight! I gained back the few hard lost pounds from a couple weeks ago...ouch!
However, I also had some very positive moments. I took a long walk around town when I missed my train. I wasn't really going all that far anyway so when I realized it was either hoofing it or waiting for 20 minutes I decided the walk was a better choice. Unfortunately, my body didn't really agree and I could hardly move the next day. - still it was oh-so-much worth it! I got in some odd minutes of stretching and balance work standing first on one foot for as long as I could and then on the other. The blessing from doing more of this recently really hit me this morning when I caught my foot on a brass door stop as I was about to enter a building and though I stumbled forward several steps and was pretty sure I would end up on the pavement, I actually regained my balance. I can't remember when the last time was that I was able to do that (MS has been very challenging that way). I was so excited not to have fallen that I think I had a smile on my face for the whole next hour ...maybe longer!
Even though I bought far more hats than any baby needs, I know how much Ziva loves playing dress up already, especially with my and my dh's hats. I know she will love a basketful of hats that are not so much bigger. Can't wait to watch her play!
Yeah, I did gain some pounds, but I know that I also have lost some and will lose some again. In fact, if I can just find those bootstraps, I think I'll pull them up really hard and see if I can work off some extra calories this weekend. Maybe another little hike will fit in nicely. I've been looking for some lightweight hiking boots now that I can walk a little farther. Maybe I should look for a pair with some really sturdy straps so I can pull on them whenever I find myself stewing over poor choices!
Have a great weekend!
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Wow, I was so excited that I could earn up to 50 points each day for taking five quizzes. However, after taking five today I realized that now each quiz is only worth 5 points and we can only earn 5 point total per day. Oh, well, it was fun taking the tests. I learned some things. But, I sure do miss those extra 45 points that were there for awhile!
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