Wednesday, December 28, 2011
I am definitely less cranky today compared to yesterday. Cooper and I managed to walk 6 miles despite wind, snow and cold temperatures. I just kind of hung around the house today, reading and visiting with neighbors in my building. One of the side effects of being more active is that more people know who I am and want to talk to me. Some days I like that, but some days I feel tempted to start hibernating again. There are some conflicting personalities living around me and that can get kind of tense. When it gets to me I take the dog for a walk or lock my door and cuddle with him.
There is talk about the windows (finally) getting installed tomorrow or Friday. The installers finished on the 2nd floor today. They have about two apartments to go back and do on the first floor, and then they will be up here on the 3rd floor! I haven't finished clearing my windowsills, but I haven't accumulated much junk on them yet, so it might take a minute to finish clearing them. (Mostly plants and stuffed animals. lol!)
I might be having lunch with a friend from High School on Friday. We have very tentative plans set up for after I drop my other friend at the airport that morning. I will probably go to the mall and walk for an hour before lunch. Otherwise I would have trouble getting my 2 hours of fitness in. The malls near here usually open an hour earlier than the stores for people to come in and walk. I have never taken advantage of it before, but I know people who walk the malls on a regular basis. I wonder if that is something most malls do across the country, or if it is just a local thing? Does anyone know?
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
First off let me just say that I live in a studio apartment, and I have a friend staying with me for a few days. I don't share my small space with much grace and serenity. (There is only one recliner... and it's mine, darn it all!) But I am trying. She leaves Friday morning for California, so there is a definite time limit on her occupation of my couch. She is a good friend, but today she just drove me up a freakin' wall!
We had to finish packing her up, moving her out and cleaning her old apartment today. Granted, she has been working a tone of hours, but she had very little already taken care of, which drew the process out more than it could have been. We did it though. Of course, the weather today was a nasty, cold, pouring rain, which didn't help my perspective much. Especially since I was the one that kept going out in it to load up the truck. I did a lot of stairs today. She was pretty irritable herself. It was also TOM for me, which makes me cranky even when my life is just cruising along.
I ended the day just telling her to throw out whatever wouldn't fit into the truck. She must have seen it in my face that I meant it, because she threw that stuff out. I don't know how I would do if I were packing everything up after 6 months and moving across the country, but I would probably be pretty irritable, too. She could have taken a half day off to make it easier on herself, but instead she has been accepting extra hours at both of her jobs.
Gee, I guess I am starting to rant. Told you I was crabby! I am very tired now, so I am going to go cuddle with my dog and read a book... sitting in my recliner with my feet up. Hopefully, I will be in a friendlier mood tomorrow!
Monday, December 26, 2011
My father has an old doctor's scale that is very accurate (he has tested it), but it only goes up to 250 pounds. I realized today when I was out at my parents' farm that I can now use his scale! So, I tried it out, and according to his scale I have lost another 3 pounds, putting me at 240 pounds. I will weigh in on the scale I usually use later in the week, just for continuity, but seeing 240 on the scale made me smile. If I keep this up I will have lost more than 80 pounds between doctors appointments.
I managed to stay on track with my food and exercise over Christmas, which makes me happy. Today I have already walked 6.5 miles, and I still have to take the dog out one more time. Last week's mileage total was over 37 miles, and this week is already up to almost 15 miles.
I like seeing the numbers, because it gives me something concrete to visualize. I keep myself motivated mostly with intangibles, but numbers are countable, and can be plotted and mapped, so it gives me something to hang onto. There is also the number of days in my fitness streak. I am on Day 97 of my streak. That is 97 days of at least 2 hours of fitness each day! I never would have thought that would be possible 7 months ago.
I hope everyone had a great Christmas!
Sunday, December 25, 2011
I walked the dog for 2.5 hours this morning, then took him to brunch at my brother and SIL's house. I was put in charge of cooking the bacon, much to my dog's delight. We had a lovely meal with plenty of delicious food for both vegetarians and omnivores alike. My sil baked a lovely cheese souffle, that even my picky niece liked. After brunch I came home and Sparked for a short while, then left Cooper in his crate to go to my friend, Jennifer's parents' house. I got to pet her puppy, Gatsby. Her parents put on a fancy spread with prime rib, mashed potatoes, sweet corn, and various other side dishes. I practiced restraint, even though prime rib is my absolute favorite thing to eat (well, that isn't made of chocolate). I drank lots of water, and stuck to a single cookie, instead of the rum cake. I got a lot of comments from her family about how marvelous I am looking these days. It was nice to get the positive feedback from a source other than family that the change is VERY obvious. I see her family a couple of times a year, but I hadn't seen them since July, so the weight and inches lost was most impressive to them. When I got home I took Cooper for another walk of about a mile. It tried to snow on us, and managed to do so for about a minute, but we survived. In all we walked just under 3 hours today, and covered 7.2 miles. Talk about a merry Christmas... good exercise, good food, and good company!
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