Thursday, April 05, 2012
I have had many pedometers. Perhaps too many. I've had largish digital ones that clip onto a belt or waistband. I've had tiny fancy ones with minuscule buttons that calculate much more than just steps. They also clip on. I have lost or broken more clip-on pedometers than I care to remember--one just the clip part broke. The functions were fine, but it was useless because it couldn't be worn with the pendulum aligned with my knee.
So the other day I broke down and thought, "I'm going to buy a GOOD pedometer, one that won't fall off when I sit down or stand up, one without plastic parts to snap and break." I picked one that was slim, metal, digital and could be tucked in a pocket or worn clipped to a lanyard around the neck. It has a calendar, a clock, and measures steps, distance, mph and calories burned based on my weight and stride length. Did I mention it was sleek?
I happily slipped it around my neck and set off with Little Dog. Our typical around the block was just over .5 mile. (We do it multiple times a day, with variations.) I kept the pedometer around my neck throughout the day. While sitting at the dinner table, all of sudden it falls to the floor. Did the quick-release doohickey break already? NOOO--the knot in the cord that attached it to its half of the quick-release latch simply let go--or perhaps was never knotted at all.
Should be a quick fix, right? Just thread the cord through the latch, knot it and snug the knot against the base.
Well, that was 8:00 pm last night. All of three of us have tried. There are a variety of tiny crochet hooks, beading needles and other fiber tools that have tried and failed to get the cords (2) threaded through the hole in the QR latch. One of the hooks snagged the cord and made it useless. So I thought I could just switch out the cord (it's not like we don't have a plethora of stringlike objects around here) and removed it from the little corner eyelet on the pedometer. They're set at a right angle--haven't been able to rethread it.
The pedometer itself works beautifully, but the hanging it around my neck part is a complete failure. So far, the pocket seems to be accurate, but I'd like to get it back where it belongs.
ETA: Also seems to work tucked into my bra, if I have no pockets. Maybe the lanyard is just too much to ask.
Monday, April 02, 2012
I thought I was so clever! Since we can access the Internet via our Wii, I thought I could workout with SP videos on the TV screen rather than on a laptop. Alas, the Opera browser does not support mp4 files. So then I tried to see if Netflix had comparable exercise videos. Their Sports and Fitness section featured a tiny bit of yoga and Pilates, and a whole bunch of professional wrestling videos. Good grief! So I did a yoga and strength workout on the Wii, in addition to my usual walk with the Little Dog. The Big Dog enjoyed some sunshine while I did a bit of weeding.
Sunday, April 01, 2012
Saturdays are so busy I often miss SparkPeople. At work I can't sit down for 6 straight hours. According to some of the health articles I've read here on SP, that's actually a good thing for my health--working while standing or moving is better than being in a chair. Then I had to accompany DH to the major social/fundraising event at this school, and much to my surprise, I actually had a good time! The food was outstanding--I did eat everything, but since I didn't have lunch at work and we walked to/from the event, I don't feel that guilty. It was good, small-portioned, beautifully prepared gourmet food, rather than big heaps of junk. I'd rather have one perfect scallop and one delicious beef short rib than a whole serving of mediocre pasta or rubbery chicken. Limited the drinks, too, so all in all, I feel pretty good about my choices.
Friday, March 30, 2012
Well, lunch turned out to be a lot of fun, and I found that ES is truly a friend who can be trusted. It's kind of handy to have a litmus test. When I tell my story, it's easy to figure out who my friends are. What I want in life is to have people stop asking me about it and to have it be my past and not part of my present.
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Got a call yesterday from a former mentor/colleague who had heard that I was on sabbatical this year. Now, I've decided I'm never going back to my old workplace, but the public story is that I am caring for my parents who legitimately have a host of health problems. He's very worried that my job will be gone if I don't go back next year, and is taking me to lunch on Friday to talk about it. Do I tell him my real reasons for leaving--that the workplace made me so ill I had to take this year off for my own well-being; and that having regained my health, it makes no sense to go back to a place that hasn't changed? He's a terrible old gossip; I have been keeping my mouth shut for so long, I'm afraid I might explode. I'm fine when I'm in the new world I have created for myself, where I am not confronted with things that remind me of my terrible experience, but when I have to interact with former colleagues/employers, etc, I feel the anger and anxiety rise within me. I really want to tell my truth, but don't know if I should.
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