Thursday, May 07, 2009
On what do I give up? I give up on trying to find fruits that I like...I can handle one serving of cantaloupe, or pineapple once a month, maybe...but definitely not on a daily basis...even tried juices with the different fruits and I'm definitely not a fruit person...alternative: haven't found one yet...any suggestions?! I did find that I like one kind of berry...chocolate raspberry mousse cake...hehehe...very decadent...and I will eat a raspberry popsicle...but the actual raspberry I don't care for much.
And vegetables...well, I've stayed away from the potatoes lately...yea, for me....because I love mashed potato and gravy. Ate some broccoli (only fresh), had some corn, peas, green beans, cabbage and salad goodies...but, I really have to watch how much vitamin K I eat, so greens are only a weekly thing...so, my diet is mostly pork and chicken....and with the weather warming up, I'm again not even hungry, so am finding it hard to even choke down one meal let alone 3-5 little ones...
So, I give up on trying to find those foods that will excite me to eat...
But...I won't give up on the exercising or the hope that it always gets better...
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Our most active Volcano, Mt. Redoubt has decided to become very active since late Sunday night. Getting prepared for eventual ash fall is stressful. And one tends to want to eat...Chocolate!
Until today, the ash has passed us by, but she erupted at 9:28 a.m. AKDST this morning, and I can see the cloud of ash moving this direction. She's been unseeable for the last few days for the overcast weather...and we had new snow fall yesterday. Today, I have watched her in all her glory...kind of spooky...but a spectacular site nonetheless...
So for the next few days, even going outside or letting the animals out is going to be eventful.
I have done this before back in '89 and '90 with Redoubt, and again in '92 with Mt. Spurr...so, I know what to expect.
But who would have ever thought Kansas girl meets the rigourous life of Alaska...LOL
Thursday, February 26, 2009
On January 23, 2009, I lost my best friend. Though she was a cat doesn't lessen the impact of her loss.
She came into my life at a time when I was bedfast and feeling as though life was pretty lousy. It was the first warm day of March. So I had opened the front door for some fresh air.
In walked this gray, skinny, rag-a-muffin of a cat. She walked all around the apartment. Very nosy she was being. She jumped up on my bed and walked up on my chest, and started to bump me on my chin with her head about a hundred times. She then layed down and began to purr on my chest. That's where she stayed for 3 days. Everywhere I went, bathroom, kitchen, she stayed on me riding my shoulder until I lay down again. She was in such bad condition that I had to hand feed her until I hit upon the right combination of food that her stomach could tolerate, and I had to feed her water through an eye dropper for those 3 days.
When I took her to the vet, she was only 3 lbs. The vet couldn't determine her age, her teeth were in such terrible condition. He figured she had been on her own for about a month. How someone could have abandoned such a beautiful, loving animal I'll never understand. The vet gave her about a year to live. And was very shocked everytime I brought her in for her shots every year. For 5 years, she lived the life of Queen Bee around my house. Even when Batman, Asia, and LoveBug came into my life she made sure they all knew that she ran the house and was not to be bothered by them. During this time she did gain 2 lbs, but never was over 5 lbs 4 oz, no matter how hard I tried.
She always seemed to know when I needed a loving bump on the chin. And she was always there waiting to let me know she loved me and missed me when I returned from shopping etc.
There is a lonliness about the house. Even the other animals are feeling her loss. Batman watches the door, and has taken up the job of sleeping with me. WildChild, a new addition, has taken on the job of bumping my chin, and laying on my chest purring.
Bumpers is sorely missed...but I am so honored that she had found me a worthy owner, and that I could make her happy for those 5 years that flew by just way to fast.
Friday, September 19, 2008
Whoo Hoo!!! I am in jeans. A size 16 at that. I haven't worn jeans in almost 9 years. Sweats, and big shirts were the days clothing choice. He he makes for easy choosing.
In July, my granddaughter and one of my best friends took me shopping. They bought me a pair of Gloria Vanderbilt jeans...and a South Pole shirt. Oh! My! Goodness! I'm 55, and they were trying to make me look 35. What's funny, is it actually made me feel younger. I looked good! 70 lbs gone, and the not so firm starting to firm up...I was in jeans, again.
Now, 3 months later, I am so excited. The scale didn't change...but...the tape measure said volumes. Another inch in all the right places. And I no longer have wrap around breasts. So, for my birthday, I bought myself a sexy bra. YEA!!!
There are many days that I can't exercise, and my nutrition isn't always right on the money. Being disabled, I'm not always feeling up to par. But thanks to friends, and inspirational pages by others here on SP, and SP, itself; I can keep my spirits up by reading a blog from another Sparker. I can adjust my food intake if I blow it one day. I can find some exercises that I can do even while lying in bed. Without SP, I probably would have gained those 70 lbs. And I woldn't be able to wear these wonderful Jeans.
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