Friday, September 07, 2012
This afternoon I went grocery shopping. That's not unusual, I know, but we're getting company Sunday evening. DH's cousins (2 couples) are coming from Kansas City and will be staying until Tuesday morning. I can't even remember all the things I bought that I haven't had in my grocery cart for such a long time: ice cream, crackers, summer sausage, chips and dip, a lot of cheese, etc. I also bought plenty of fresh fruit and veggies, but the problem isn't over-eating those things...it's all the other stuff I know is in the cupboard, fridge and freezer!
Right now at this very moment it doesn't seem to be a big issue, but by tomorrow I'll be thinking about those blasted crackers and chips and dips. I expect I'll be busy enough for at least part of the day to not get into trouble with them, but as the day winds down...hmm...that might be another story.
This is a test, SparkFriends! We will see what I'm made of, as my plan has always been to not bring it into the house in the first place. If it's not here, I can't eat it. I do have to feed these people yummy stuff, though...they're awfully nice! So, I'll do my best and make sure that I don't get overly hungry, stay on my plan as much as possible and just enjoy their company! I've come too far to give in or give up at this point!!!
Note to self: Suck it up, Jeannie, and just deal with it! Nobody ever told you it would be easy.
Sunday, September 02, 2012
YES, I'M SHOUTING!! My teammates on the Over 60+++ Team know what has me up so early and yelling my head off. I MADE IT TO ONEDERLAND THIS MORNING!!
Since I weigh every day, I didn't think it would happen this week, much as I've wanted it to, but never say never!!! I tipped the scales at 199 this morning! I know most people have pictures of the scale reading to prove it, but we're staying with the Grandsons for most of the weekend and I didn't bring the camera. I'll snap a picture in the next day or so and post it to prove it IF it's fit to print. There would be a lot of real estate between my camera and the scale and I'm thinking some of it would show up in the pic.
Anyway, it's PARTY TIME for my Over 60 TEAM and all my SPARK FRIENDS!! I wouldn't be at this point without you!!! C'mon over--like I said, I'm with the Grandsons, but it's a great party house! There's a private back yard pool (lots of landscaping and trees to protect us from neighbor's eyes), we'll have lots of healthy snacks...all kinds of freggies and whatever else you want, plenty of music and talking, laughing and hugging!! It's a virtual party, you know, so no matter where you are or what you're doing, there's no reason to not be able to come!!
Saturday, August 18, 2012
My teammates on the Over 60++ Team know what Iím referring to, but for anyone else who might be reading this, you might be wondering. A little background: a year ago, I was pushing myself to be able to walk a mile at one time. It was one of my short-term goals and by Labor Day of 2011 I managed to get it done. Later, I got the distance up to 2 miles, stayed in that distance range for a long time, but by mid-summer of this year I finished the SP 5K Your Way Walking challenge.
Iím easily bored with exercise. Itís not one of those things I ďhaveĒ to do every day (before you start telling me all the reasons I should, I will tell you I do know all thatóI just donít really care for it, thatís all). A couple weeks ago I was out for one of my ďmust goĒ walks. You know what they are: you must go or you wonít shed any pounds this week, or your heart wonít be getting stronger, or your legs will fall off, etc.! Anyway, it suddenly occurred to me that if I could go faster Iíd get done sooner. Why not try a little slow jog from this electric pole to the next and see what happens. Wow! Did that ever feel strange! And, oddly enough, I did get to that pole a little faster! I tried it a couple more times on that 1.5 mile walkópole to pole alternating mostly walking with very, very slow ďjogging.Ē
The second week (just finished) I changed it up a bit and started counting pole-to-pole steps or jogs and did 250 jog/steps four times during my 1.6 mile walks. Next week I think Iíll keep the routine the same before increasing the jog steps. I typically walk every other day and bike for 20-30 minutes the opposite days. Fortunately, I live in a rural area and the paved road is a good route that doesnít get much traffic. Thatís the other thingóI donít want anyone to see me so I have to keep an eye out for any vehicles that may be in my line of vision!
What have I learned? Several things, of courseónothing we do is without learning something!
1. There is no word describing this exercise of mine, which is how I decided on SLOG (all caps) with the help of my teammates. It is a very slooow jog/walk and should probably be a Walk SLOG since I do more walking than SLOGGING, but SLOG Walk sounds better, I think. Look up the definition of the word slog and youíll see that it fits perfectly!
2. Lots of body parts jiggle and bounce when Iím SLOGGING. Who would have thought Iíd need a sports bra and spandex girdle thingie at my age (69 next birthday)? Both belly and boobs flop without some kind of restraint.
3. You really can get there faster! It isnít pretty, but it is faster.
4. I can still walk and talk after vigorous (for me) exercise.
5. My artificial hips are fine! Five years ago when I had them replaced the surgeon warned me against running. Like that was ever going to happen! LOL!!! But, he also told me that I could play tennis. Again, like that was ever going to happen. But, since I am now carrying around ľ less of me than I was before starting this job of getting slimmer and healthier, a little SLOGGING is not going to do any more damage than all that weight bearing was doing every day in every way. Everything feels just fine, nothing hurts and I might be a bit stronger. Hard to tell after just 2 weeks, though.
Iíd love some company on one of my SLOG Walks, but Iím sorry I wonít be able to talk. Iím too busy breathing! Have a great weekend, my dear SparkFriends!
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