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My dog walked more than I did today...

Friday, December 30, 2011

It has been a long day. I have been up since before 6am, which is very unusual for me. I did get my friend to the airport in plenty of time this morning though. I got home by 11am, because my lunch date got canceled. It worked out fine. Cooper had just gotten back from his walk with the dogsitter. She had to give him a bit of a bath because she took him on some dirt paths after it had rained. She walked him about 3.5 miles. I ended up walking him about 5.5 miles this afternoon. So, he walked about 9 miles today. I wish I had gotten to go on that morning walk too. The weather is supposed to be warm over the weekend before heading for the deep freeze next week. Next Tuesday is forecast to be in the teens. We will take short walks if it does get that cold. I don't want him to get frostbite on his ears or anything.

It is late and my brain is slow tonight. I hope everyone has a safe New Year's Eve tomorrow night! I am staying home with my dog.

  
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NSTARSMITH 12/31/2011 10:36AM

    Happy New Year to you and Cooper from me and Penny!

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LGAR519 12/31/2011 10:13AM

    Happy New Year to you and Cooper!!

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RG_DFW 12/31/2011 8:59AM

    Happy New Year... Don't let Cooper party too much!

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ELISOS 12/31/2011 12:00AM

    Enjoy your Saturday!!! hugs

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New windows

Thursday, December 29, 2011

They installed two new windows in my apartment today. They are nice, but the third either didn't come or was the wrong size, so they will probably be back another day. So, Cooper and I spent the morning and part of the afternoon out at my parents' farm. He had a good time. My nieces were there so he got to play with them. He also barked at the cat for a while. We only walked about 2 miles today. It was sort of cold and miserable. We have a few more months of Winter still to get through and already I want to hibernate. I have been walking despite snow and wind, but today I ended up doing a bunch of ST, because I just didn't want to go outside.

Tomorrow I take my friend to the airport. She has been a good friend, but it is a good thing she is leaving. If she stayed with me much longer we would have issues. I don't do well with someone else in my space. If I make a mess then it is my problem to deal with it. If she makes a mess it seems it is also my problem to deal with it. Drives me up a wall! This is one of the reasons I am single. I am just not patient enough to deal with the foibles of others.

My neighbor is watching Cooper for me while I drive to the airport. I had hoped to go to an early lunch with a friend from high School, but that is looking doubtful. I will probably just turn right around and come straight home from the airport if I don't hear from my HS friend fairly soon. It is a good thing Cooper is such a gentleman that my neighbor enjoys dogsitting him.

  
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KARIDIAN1 12/30/2011 9:15PM

    Enjoy the New Years holiday! Sometimes it is just nice to be by yourself.

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LGAR519 12/30/2011 8:26PM

    Pity that you didn't get all 3 windows at the same time! But I'm glad you're getting them.

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GLORYANDME 12/30/2011 11:02AM

    It is always good to mix up your exercise. Good job on the ST! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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RG_DFW 12/30/2011 7:52AM

    Patience with others is a difficult thing to master... but in any event, Happy New Year!

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ELISOS 12/29/2011 11:12PM

    HAVE A GREAT WEEKNEND. HUGS

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Getting in a better mood...

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?

  
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LGAR519 12/29/2011 9:20AM

    I'm not sure about our malls. (VA.) Glad you will soon have your new windows!

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RG_DFW 12/29/2011 9:19AM

    Yep, it's marketing at it's finest. They open early (they're there anyway) to allow the hoards of folks to come in and walk. I've seen floor markers for distance in some and others have "walking clubs" for the regulars. They make use of space and get you in the habit of coming to the mall because it's a friendly place. Brilliant.

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PURESTILLWATER 12/29/2011 4:08AM

    Some of our malls here in WA state allow that too so it is truly from coast to coast. Pretty cool I think. We even have a mall here that was designed around walkers with a round structure enabling you to just keep going in laps and wood floors to allow for absorption of shock.

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SKIRNIR 12/29/2011 12:27AM

    It is done here in Waukesha, WI too, so looks national now. Only first heard about it a year or two ago.

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KARIDIAN1 12/28/2011 11:47PM

    I know it is done here in some malls in MN. We have walked inside local malls a few times, but during regular shopping hours.

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A busy and crabby sort of day

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!

  
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HEALTHYOTTER 12/28/2011 7:25PM

    Ranting is good, releasing frustration. I don't think I've ever helped anyone move that it wasn't stressful. I always hope I've learned something from other people's moves (like I really don't want to have to move!)

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RG_DFW 12/28/2011 8:49AM

    This too shall pass...

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DOGLADY13 12/28/2011 5:31AM

    I don't like moving at all. Helping some one else move is even worse. Even if you were cranky, you were a good friend to help her out.

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KARIDIAN1 12/28/2011 1:06AM

    Hang in there- at least you know that Friday will come eventually.

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TABBYJO88 12/27/2011 9:47PM

    Sorry you didn't have such a great day. I hope you feel better tomorrow. emoticon

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HDHAWK 12/27/2011 8:25PM

    Moving makes most people crabby. No fun! Very nice of you to help though!

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LGAR519 12/27/2011 8:03PM

    Sorry you had to do all that in the rain!

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RR1_RR1 12/27/2011 7:55PM

    Crabby days happen, its true.

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Down to 240!!

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!

  
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DOGLADY13 12/28/2011 5:27AM

    I am going to think of you as I drag myself out for a walk later today. LOL. You are an inspiration.

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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 12/27/2011 3:23PM

    You are doing great!!!

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TABBYJO88 12/27/2011 12:03PM

    You are truly amazing. You are doing so great. Keep up the good work.

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You're making fantastic progress !!

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RG_DFW 12/27/2011 9:16AM

    You're doing great
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GEMSTONE1952 12/26/2011 11:33PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonfantastic!
Well, I just noticed that the comments I thought weren't posting just showed up. Not sure why that happened. My computer has been a bit wonky of late and my daughter just repaired it for me. It's working, just a bit slow uploading I guess. Well anyway, ya know I'm really impressed with your accomplishments and am celebrating with you!

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GEMSTONE1952 12/26/2011 11:32PM

    emoticon emoticonm emoticonFantastic!

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GLORYANDME 12/26/2011 10:07PM

    You are doing wonderful! Keep up the good work!
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LGAR519 12/26/2011 8:52PM

    80 pounds!! Outstanding!!!

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SKIRNIR 12/26/2011 7:31PM

    I love the numbers myself. I track my mileage too, and cardio minutes. Really adds up. :)

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MAGGIEVAN 12/26/2011 7:21PM

    Fantastic!!! I love the numbers too. Jut keep on keeping on. You are getting there, and that is wonderful! emoticon

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LIVINGFREE19 12/26/2011 7:20PM

    You are doing such a wonderful job!
I love to hear stories like this!
You are so inspiring, friend!
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KARIDIAN1 12/26/2011 7:13PM

    80 pound lost is huge! Bet your doctor will be happy.

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