Saturday, February 09, 2013
Attempt to lose weight. WOW. I remember thinking, way back 21 years ago, that since I could not lose weight (then 170 lbs), then I would just not worry about it. It took about 10 more years, but I climbed to 235 pounds in no time flat. Not to worry, just buy size 20 in everything, and get on with life. I should be about 130 pounds.
I got from 130 to 170 via three pregnancies and then apathy. Anyway, about three years ago, my middle daughter was working at Curves in town, and I eventually decided to join Curves because it was only for ladies and I only needed a bag of canned goods for the application fee. So, I have now been at Curves for over three years. I lost no weight at all, but have gained strength, flexibility, and some endurance. So, that is good. But not good enough.
At age 59, I know this is my last chance to get this done. Now at 216 pounds, after four months at Sparkpeople, I still need to lose about 80 pounds. I figure that will take 3 or 4 years to lose. I am within range on calories and exercise 2700 Kcal per week. It still is not enough. But I will keep on working the program, be mindful of the carbs (never get enough) and the protein (rarely get enough).
The reason that I want to lose weight is simple: I want to be able to captain a small sailboat by myself. That means that I need to be agile, strong, and have an ability to focus on the weather, the rigging, and the tiller. Being overweight, slow to move, and finding it awkward to get up from sitting flat on the floor, must be overcome.
I dance, walk, and do some more. I would like to skate again, and maybe, just maybe, ride my unicycle (!) again. I used to love to race skate (when I was a kid). I still like to go fast. That is why cruise control is my friend. I do not want to get any more speeding tickets!
Anyway, this topic is somewhat depressing to me, as I never thought I would be this big. I am ashamed, and want to hide somewhere, but I am too big to hide anywhere.
I will not give up, though. This cannot be the permanent state of affairs for me.
Friday, February 08, 2013
The thing about books: I am not joking when I say that they are my obsession/addiction. I always have two of three books in my car, just in case. I have one on the front seat that I can read while waiting for the train to go by. If I do not have a book with me, well, let’s just say that I GO CRAZY!! I have been reading since I was four years old, and I expect to consume books for many years to come.
One problem is travel. Books are heavy, even if they are paperback books. One time, at the airport, I had to remove some books (paperback) and put them in my husband’s luggage (thank goodness) because my luggage was overweight!! The books were the problem.
My husband solved that problem for me when he purchased me a Kindle. WOW! I was not sure that I would like it, because I really, really like holding the books, turning the pages, etc. However, I find that my fixation can be handled pretty nicely by the Kindle. That is, if I get some books on it. I expect that I will need 25 books for our next trip (gone 22 days), just in case. I may only ready 15 of the books on the trip, but, well, no one wants me to be “out” of books. Just say’in!
Thursday, February 07, 2013
My legal assistant and I were talking about a mouse in her house and its travels around the place. It is gone now, I think.
My mouse at home (the computer kind), is failing. It does everything except signal "drop down" linkages. I must replace it! I also noticed, just before I became frustrated, that it would not open any files at all on my computer. It is a mouse problem, not a computer problem.
Oh, well. Onward!
Tuesday, February 05, 2013
My desk: This is a beautiful oak desk. It is HUGE, and has glass over the whole top (to protect the wood). On this desk are the aforementioned books, a table lamp, and computer monitor, a ceramic bowl with potpourri, a statue of an elk, Ms. Liberty, a bear sitting in a large cup from Cooley Law School, a dog sitting on the Circa Calendar holder, a quart Mason jar with raw almonds, a milk jar with Riesen candy, the TV remotes, and the cell phone charger that belongs in the van. Oh, and my keys. The FitBit charger is on the desk as well. And, there is a small glass salt container that currently has my rings and earrings in it. Most important, I have a lovely pencil holder that holds all my useful writing implements, a letter opener, and a pair of paper scissors. This is where I spend most of my waking hours at home.
Monday, February 04, 2013
Sitting in front of the books on the book cabinet on my left are: Walker’s Shortbread, bubble gum balls, the case for my Philip Stein watch, the box from the Sprint cell phone, a three hole punch, and a collapsing purple umbrella. The writing books on my desk are propped up with two elephant bookends that I purchased a couple of years ago from Barnes and Noble. They do a pretty good job.
Across the room from me, in the television cabinet, are some more books. These books are the annuals/year books from my junior high, senior high, and undergraduate college. In front of those books are some family photos of the girls, a statute of an enlisted navy man, and a bear with a naval uniform. That cabinet also houses our DVD/CD/Video collection as well as my record collection.
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