Sunday, February 27, 2011
Yesterday when my daughter and I made a run to Wally World, we noticed that it was trying to snow... By the time we headed home it was doing just that ... All day it was that sleety kind of snow, no big flakes and little gathered on the green lawn in front of my apt building. By 9 pm it was changed and a winter wonderland out there. This is unusual for where I live so for those of you who have a full winter season of snow this may not be a big deal for you. For here, it is... enjoy the pics, I tried to get unusual shots:
In the pic above, the first two windows on the side are my apartment ...
The above pic is our lilac tree - which really needs a good pruning - it never gets done so the fragrence is not as strong as it could be...
The pic above is Kartmen sniffing the air - he so wants to go outside but he is not allowed. That street is just to busy with the school at one corner and the community centre a couple of blocks down the road is constantly being used, so he is not allowed out. Thank goodness he has not learnt to push on that screen LOL
You know journey to health is not always about the ups and downs and in and outs, what works what is not, how we feel about ourselves an what not, sometimes its just about you and your furbaby watching out the window together - in this case me and Kartmen watching the snow!!!
Thanks for dropping by, and this next pic will show you what we are usually like !!
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
NOT today anyway.
Woke up at 6:50 and thought it was 5:50 and I could get some exercise in. When I realised it was so late, I went straight to the shower, ran the water and got in.
Now earlier in the week I received a gift of two cloth shower curtains and not knowing which to use first, I put them up one faceing out of the shower and one facing IN the shower, after all I like a lil scenery. NO PROBLEM... so there I am showering along and the inside curtain keep flashing up at me when I am trying to lather... so I turned the nozzle of the shower toward the curtain to keep it away from me, which worked. KINDA... it worked a little TOO good. When it was time to get out, I not only kept the shower curtain from flashing up at me, I kinda .... WATERED my bathroom floor. WELL I had to take 15 minutes to mop up the water. Then I had to rewash the water splash from the wring mop off me ... and then dry my hair, and get dressed.....
Now its 7:50 and I have not even had breakfat, no time to spark, no time for anything, well no biggie I'll pick up breakfast on the way to work, I can spark via the Iphone on my lunch break, sorta. I pack a lunch for my Meatless Monday and head off to work.
Everything seems to be going fine, till lunch. I had a bowl of instant noodles, now I don't eat these very often, but no msg and I have been wanting some, so I added some cooked peas to it rather then use their little packet of 3 peas and 2 corns and what looked liked shriveled carret.
I open up the flavour packet and guess what? I WIND UP WEARING HALF OF IT... Ughhhhhh well what could go wrong next ???
I get off work, walk up to Winners to buy a shower curtain liner, only to find they don't have any, walk over to London Drugs, buy what I think is the better quality one for 9.99 rather then the 3.99 - the packet seemed heavier, only to find out when I put it up, no magnets to keep it in place and prevent it from flashing up .... ughhhhhhhhhhh....
Anyway I pick up some Alfredo to bring home to have for dinner and getting home around 5:45, my son opens the door to his apt and says oh your home now. I go into my apt and there he has brought dinner - PIZZA and NAKED GRAPE wine, oh yeaaaaa Monday Monday .... then I looked at the counter, and sure enought the newly opened large container of cottage cheese was LEFT OUT all day ... well we know where that went.
Gene, my son took the bathroom mat and used his carpet cleaner to suck up all the moisture and the mat is no laying across my hand clothes dryer till its dry.... the glass of wine I am still working on....
So, how did your day go ?????
Sunday, February 13, 2011
This morning I looked on spark to find a challenge team that I could join. I was looking for weekly or daily challenges where I coul net work with people my own age and in my own area. I made a team, then deleted it, I don't really want to be a team leader in this but just want to be somewhere to get ideas for challenges.
I reviewd a lot of the teams, from Canada and the states an considered a couple, but saw people doing unrealistic challenges - or at least they were to me - so I decided that was not the team for me.
In the end I just reverted back to my own thread that I have on another team.
I was really hoping to find a group for challenges to help me reach and meet my weight loss goals this year, but I guess I will be doing this on my own.
One really is the loneliest number when your wanting someone to do challenges with who will actually suport you rather then ignore you..... back to me and my shadow...
Saturday, January 29, 2011
That's Kartmen, he's playing HIDE and SEEK with me, right now he's peaking to see if I am paying attention. Now why Would that have anything to do with the title of my blog? LOL
I couldnt' find another pic that was not copy rite proteced on google... so KARTMEN it is.
I have several goals I want to meet this year. In order to do that I am creating or participating in several challenges to meet those goals. Challenges are a good way to help keep you on target, and keep you honest, but ONLY if you actually participate.
Here's my challenges so far:
1. 15 minutes of ME time - I can't tell you how many times I read in posts that people are over worked, over taxed with doing for others and although that's comendable, its also very selfish that they do this at their own expense, and all that, its also not healthy for them. While they are busy tending to this and that, they are neglecting the ONE person they should be putting NUMBER ONE -themselves. SO in an effort to ensure I come first - 15 minutes a day of ME time, devoted completely to me.
2. Exercise at least 30 minutes a day. I have a streak for this and I've reset it so it will show on my spark page because you just never know who will be PEAKING at me an my goals.
3. Track my foods - OK this one might get away from me because to be honest, I find tracking foods that I pretty well eat the same day in and day out to be a bit of a nuisence and a waste of my time, I already weight, measure follow portion control, and pretty well stay in caloric range. The problem is every time I change my fitness minutes and goals, my caloric range that spark thinks I should have changes too, so while I have no consistendy with the fitness minutes, ie if I am sick, I change it to 15 min a day or what have you, then my caloric numbers change and I loose what I had preset. SO I dislike using the tracker. It is the best online tracker there is, it could be better.
4. speaking of food, I've been enjoying too many of starbuck's buttermilk blue berry muffins lately so back to making my own and keeping the caloric count for that down.
5. This goal pertains to the Vancouver Sun Run ( I'll be walking with my poles) to get me in shape for the 10 k - the recommendation is 30 minutes of walking a day, and increasing at a steady pace weekly. I'll be doing that as well as riding the recombend, and time at the gym to get my muscles in shape for that.
Building strong muscle is important to me, strong healthy muscle burns calories, fat does nothing but make me sick. BUT in order to have strong healthy muscles, I need to eat the foods necessary to build those muscles. I'll be reviewing what I am eating as well.
It won't be easy, some will be easier to do then other's but I'll pull my biggie gurl pants up and just getter done !!
Thanks for peaking in on me an Kartment. Wishing you all a spark smart evening.
Sunday, January 23, 2011
That's me, with a gift from a very thoughtful spark sister. I cherish that gift as I cherish all gifts from special friends.
This week I lost one of my very special spark friend, Kathy, and the loss was harder to take then I thought possible.
I was all alone, no one here but the cat, no one to give me an actual hug, my son was working, my sister sleeping, and my daughter engaged elsewhere. No one was here, just the cat...and the cat could have cared less.
I found myself reaching for certain foods to eat, to comfort me, and then I remembered, food is for fuel not for comfort, so why am I turning to this food? I did so because I could. Because in my mind's eye I needed these foods. Or did I?
No I did not need these foods, foods, can't hug me, tell me its going to be ok, and hug me again. So that is not what I needed. What I needed was for someone to hug me, tell me it was going to be ok, that these things happen in life and will no doubt happen again. I just was not prepared for this. NO ONE WAS ....
I remember once she said she disliked spelling mistakes, and suggested I use the spell check. My response was that I was a phonetic speller and if I had to use the program, I might as well be at work because it was too much like work. She never said another word about it.
Kathy was a wonderful person, full of life, loved to travel, and sky dive when younger !! Kathy loved people and loved to help them and in the end, even in death she had something to teach me. She showed me an appreciation of why people turn to food for comfort, and why this journey can be so hard for them.
I won't be turning to food for comfort, but I certainly have a better understanding of why people do. Thank you Kathy, rest in peace, dear spark sista.
Thank you to those who drop in to read this blog, your comments are well appreciated. Lindie
PS Spell check done !
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