Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Took Gary (GWCANNON) to the Zoo today. He said he would go because "I don't mind hanging out with you". What Wife doesn't want to hear that from her Hubby?! LOL!!
It was very crowded~~as we expected it to be. But we got there early and got in fairly easily.
At first I thought that this Grizzly Bear was pacing. But then I decided that he was a "Spark Bear" and he was just trying to get in his 10,000 steps for today, LOL!
At first Gary didn't want to go to the Children's Zoo, but I convinced him to at least go in and feed the Lorikets. Once they started landing on us, and opening the little dishes of nectar, he really had a good time.
I didn't get a picture of the Ostrich, but the next time you think you are too 'Big' too run, think about the Ostrich. We learned today that Ostriches weigh over 300 pounds, but can run up to 45 miles an hour.
I loved searching out the Turtles. This Galapagos Tortoise was trying his best to get some leaves from the tree. Every time he opened his mouth, the wind blew the branch away from him. He kept at it until he finally got it!!
I am pretty sure this was a Red Eared Slider, but I have NO IDEA how he got out on that divider.
Gary took this picture of a fossilized Galapagos Tortoise shell to show the relative size of it.
We had Lunch at a café in the Zoo called the Canopy. The door is guarded by this Critter.
I was pleasantly surprised to find that they offered a small bowl of fresh vegetables which was enough to tide me over until we got back to the car where I had left my real Lunch--a Spinach Sandwich, an Apple, and a can of V-8 Juice.
We spent almost 4 hours at the Zoo, but my pedometer only registered a little over an hour and 'only' 6,577 steps. The most important thing is that we had a good time, and we did get in some Fitness Minutes.
And,of course, we got to see the Baby Elephant again!!
Friday, May 27, 2011
Today I took a client to the beauty shop. While I was waiting for her, the Stylist glanced out the window and said "Here comes Shirley. Can you believe she is in her 90's?" When Shirley (not her real name) came in to the shop, she was walking alone and without a Walker or a Cane. She had driven herself to the Shop, and she was as alert and sharp as any one here.
I almost wished that I had a camera so that I could take a picture of her. I would take it out and look at her when ever I wonder whether all the minutes walking,and working out, and eating 'right' is worth it.
The Biggest Non-Scale Victory I can think of is living a Healthy, Independent, Active Life for as long as possible.
Whenever I am tempted to skip a workout or a walk because it is too hot or too cold, or I 'Just don't feel like it' I hope that I will remember Shirley.
It is scary even today to think how close I came to this being my Future. Thanks to Curves and Sparkpeople--with the support of my Family--the wheelchair in my Life is part of my Exercise routine.
Sunday, May 22, 2011
We didn't have any severe weather here today, but it was in the upper 90's and humid so No Long Walks for me.
I did take several short, fairly 'eventful' walks, though. First I found a Quarter in the road about a block from the house. It may not sound like much, but I have found enough change--mostly pennies, nickels, and dimes--to pay for several cups of 7-11 Coffee.
It is kind of unusual to find Quarters though. I think this is only the third Quarter that I have found.
Then I saw a dog just standing in the center of an intersection looking dazed and lost. Normally I do NOT interact with loose dogs, but I couldn't just ignore her. I stopped and called her and she came to me immediately, although you could tell that she was as nervous about meeting me as I was about meeting her. She was wearing a collar and one of the Tags had her home address and phone number on it. The address was several blocks away, and as I was calling the number, a car drove up flashing it's lights frantically. It was a great reunion for 'Roxie' and her Mom.
When Gary got home from Golfing, we went to Chilis for Dinner. On the way though we stopped at the Park for another short walk (Gotta get all those Spark Fitness Points, LOL!!).
There is a small 'cove' on the Lake at the Park where I have seen Turtles several times. I call it Turtle Bay. Tonight there were two Baby Turtles sunning themselves on logs. I am pretty sure they were Red Eared Sliders, but they were too far out in the water to be positive. Even if I had my camera they were so little that I doubt I could have gotten a picture of them.
Dinner was DELICIOUS~~Grilled Salmon and Steamed Broccoli with Green Tea that I always carry with me.
Pretty soon it will be time to walk over to 7-11 for my Bedtime Snack~~Coffee and a Banana.
Have a wonderful week, Friends and Turtles!!!
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