Monday, May 31, 2010
So, I had a slight repeat performance of yesterday's higher food count, except I really did eat a whole lot healthier today, and I burned way more calories than yesterday.
Yes, there was a picnic/cookout with church family. Our church family is made up of a great many military families from all over the U.S. Yet, I had made healthy choices, though the fat and calories were up, everything else was down, including the carbs. I ate lots of fresh fruit and veggies with my lean burger, and no bun. I ate chips, but no salt version. And I allowed myself a brownie.
On top of the eating, I actually did something I have not done in many years. I went on a hike with friends. Although I did not wear my heart rate monitor, I timed the walk and it was 42 minutes up and down over hill and vale, over rocky paths, and roots, avoiding poisonous plants( I didn't see any), and identifying local flora for all the out of state people.
Before I embarked on the trek, I had the choice: slather on anti bug stuff, or slather on sunblock. I opted for the latter. I still smell like sunblock, which is not a bad thing. I did not think I would encounter any bees, and left my epipen in my purse back at the pavilion, but I did tell the nurse in the group that was what I was doing.
There were no bees, and not really any bugs to speak of. I really enjoyed the experience. The weather was perfect, not too hot, and the shaded breezes felt lovely. I was proud of me for taking my getting over the fear of bees one step further. My husband, who cannot hike due to his severe ankle arthritis, stayed back with the majority at the pavilion.
My calorie count for the day: 1788 calories.
Activity count for my fitness: -790 calories. That does not count for my regular hourly burn, whatever that is. So I think I did pretty well today. I know my planned fitness was way over yesterday, as Sunday was a planned rest day and I only did my morning stretches, and some walking.
Right now I have that exhausted, yawny , warm sunshine feeling. It was a very good day. Even the scent of the sunblock is comforting. I will take a shower then get to bad earlier than usual.
Mmmm. Makes me want more days off!
Sunday, May 30, 2010
Ca-Ching! There it goes again.
It started with the leftover pizza for lunch, that went well with the leftover spinach lasagna.
Ca-ching! There it goes again.
Oh, but it is so hot, and frozen yogurt sounds so good!
Ca-ching! There it goes again.
Oh, oh, I still need to eat supper. The calories and the carb account are overspent.
Ca-ching! There it goes again.
Oh, oh. I need to eat. Yes, I have burned lots of calories this week. Yes, I am exhausted today. Yes, I need the fuel.
Now for the most sensible thing I did all day: a nice salad with spinach and lettuce, with 6 nice shrimp for protein. I boiled an egg, but put it in the fridge. The salad did nicely, followed by an apple chaser.
Not to worry.
Everything zero's out again in the morning.
Sunday, May 30, 2010
(a photo I took of a bee on a sunflower - despite what I am about to tell you.)
Sometime back around 2005, I got stung by some kind of flying insect - I thought it may have been a yellow jacket - due to the reaction I had. My hand swelled up, I got lethargic, it was hard to concentrate, and I had a severe upset stomach, and diarrhea. When I went to my allergist the following week, it was determined that I needed to get the series of tests to find out just which little stinging varmint I am allergic to.
Anyone that has had allergy tests knows just what fun all those little needle pricks are. Not! After that gauntlet, it was determined that I am in fact allergic to honey bees. I was told I had a systemic reaction with that sting, and the next step would have been anaphylactic shock. Not something I want to experience. So I began getting the venom injections to protect me and boost my body in case of future stings. I still get one injection monthly.
So I began having to carry an Epipen with me, and got myself a little bracelet that says "bee sting allergy." At the local hospital, they sold the little bracelets with interchangeable bands. I like that. In fact, I showed a friend of mind who makes beaded things, and she made me a couple. Then I learned how, and made several more. I have a whole wardrobe of them now to coordinate with my outfits and earrings. But, I digress.
Before discovering this allergy I was an avid gardener. I mean avid. I have planted gardens everywhere I have lived: Massachusetts, RI, Connecticut, Louisiana, and Pennsylvania. But, when we finally bought our own home, and I had a yard to garden, I was terrified to go outside and try. To avoid bees, I was told to not smell like a flower, or look like a flower. That means no perfumes, hairsprays, or the like, and definitely no flowered dresses, tropical shirts, or colors. I was being confined to tan, white, black, gray - colors that would not attract bees to me. Very very frustrating, and intimidating.
Last year, my allergist told me that my immunity had been built up enough that I could survive a few bee stings. Lovely! But, I was still afraid to go out in my yard, or putter in my garden.
This year, things changed. First, because of my back/neck injuries, I cannot pull weeds, or garden as much even if I wanted to; second, I am scared to do much with the flowers when the bees rule the land. So, I asked a friend that is a master gardener to help me with weeding, planting, planning the changes I wanted to make in my garden and yard. I wrote about that in a previous blog.
I actually worked outside two days with her. The first was overcast and the bees were not around. The second day the bees were there, and it was hot, and I was exhausted. I worked, but not as long or as hard. Then today, my husband and I went to the garden center at a local home improvement chain. That was a major event. Normally, or at least normal since discovering the allergy, I have avoided the garden centers. That is sad because I really truly love flowers, and the garden. This year I went. I chose some plants, and some flowers and brought them home to plant. While we were in the checkout line, it began to drizzle. That was ok. Drizzle meant the bees kept away.
When I got home, my son had unloaded all the supplies, and I changed into gardening gear that I would not mind getting muddy. Thus, I gardened in the rain. I only wanted to explain to readers as to why I actually chose to garden in the rain. It was because I knew I could plant flowers and the bees would not be there to threaten my life with their sting.
This year, I have actually walked around my yard and watered the flowers on sunny days! That is a huge accomplishment for me. Yes, I still jump and run in the house if a buzzy bee is too close for comfort, but I am not letting the fear of them totally keep me away from enjoying my yard, and my gentle return to the garden.
I have a healthy fear of the honey bee. I wear the right colors if it is a sunny day outside - tan, browns, etc.; I do not wear cologne, or herbal scented shampoos. I choose to garden after the sun is setting, or when it is cloudy, or drizzly. I am getting over the extreme fear, as the danger of severe anaphylaxis is lessened due to the monthly injections I receive: I could withstand a few bee stings, though I do not want to tempt fate.
Remember this, if someone you know, or meet, says they are allergic to something, whether it is a honeybee, fire ants, peanuts, shellfish, or something else. Please take them seriously. It is not a laughing matter. It is not a matter of like or dislike, it can affect one's life.
Maybe that is why I like ladybugs so much, they do not sting.
Saturday, May 29, 2010
Late this afternoon, after I got a snazzy new haircut (My hair grows really fast!), we went to a couple stores to get yard stuff. I picked out some seed - cosmos, hollyhock, sunflowers, pea, and lettuce, as we will pick up veggie plants after we put in our raised bed garden. My hubby came up with a great idea. There were 4 x 4 raised bed kits, we got one. His suggestion, put the square around the birdhouse pole in the back by the pond (see previous blogs for pictures). I think that is a great idea.
We brought my teen son to lift the bags of mulch, garden soil, etc. with the promise of an itunes card. While we were at the garden center, the sky got really dark, and I was beginning to doubt if I could get the plants in.
My son put the mulch bags in various locations so I can access it without lifting, then it began to drizzle. That's ok, I can plant the geraniums, the wax begonias, and vinca vine with a little drizzle. I changed into my grubby clothes, and put on my heart rate monitor and went out to plant the 18 little plants in my flower bed in the front. While I was at it, I opened one bag of mulch and delivered its contents around the beds in the front of the house. Just as I was finishing, It began to pour. I cleaned up after myself, and put the implements away. My hubby ordered thin crust pineapple and mushroom pizza, at the pleading of my son. I was originally going to grill shrimp. Since I was dirty, and soaked, and very hungry after all my working out today, I felt I could appreciate a little pizza tonight. I even will give myself a frozen yogurt chaser for the night, and I don't feel bad about it. I have worked hard today, and have been burning calories like crazy today.
The rest of the garden will have to wait for another day. Besides, it is raining, and getting dark, and I deserve a rest.
Friday, May 28, 2010
I am a block of marble
I am granite
I am wax
I am moldable
I am changeable
I am unique
I am my own chisel
I am my own tool to sculpt myself
by every move
by every morsel
by every moment
committed to change
I am change in motion
I am not who I was
when I began
I am who I am becoming
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