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It's been a good weekend

Sunday, July 27, 2008

I have enjoyed this weekend off, but it has gone by too fast. My vacation is flying by too fast also, I go back to work on Thursday.

Yesterday I slept in a little, and still had plenty of time to finish up my housecleaning. I did one of my 15 minute Denise Austin workouts also. My parents came over for dinner, it was nice; we had a very nice visit. I got out for a 25 minute walk around 8pm.

I slept in again this morning. Just stayed in my pjs most of day, being lazy and relaxing, though I did do some laundry. That is not a chore I mind doing though. I took my breakfast when I got up and settled into the recliner to watch Tori & Dean on Oxygen. Later on I read my Sunday paper.

I got another walk in tonight, 30 minutes, though it was a slow and easy walk, still kind of hot out.

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PATRICIA441 7/28/2008 10:14AM

  You are sounding good Girlfriend. So glad to see it. Hope your week is a super one!! Pat

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MARTHA-ANN 7/28/2008 3:16AM

    At least you are still walking, that can only be good for you.
I think you do really well with all the different shifts you work and you live alone so could so easily slip, foodwise, when there is no one there to catch you.
You inspire me. emoticon

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Article: Measuring Weight Loss

Saturday, July 26, 2008

This article is from Yahoo Health.

Measuring Weight Loss

Posted Wed, Jul 02, 2008, 12:35 am PDT
Provided by: Johns Hopkins University

For those of you who are obsessed with the scale, you know that your weight fluctuates every day. Even if you aren't scale crazy, you can notice these daily weight changes by how your clothes fit. No, you didn't gain 5 pounds from overindulging in pizza last night—but what is happening inside your body to cause the pounds to ebb and flow?

The answer is simple—fluid changes. Remember learning back in school that our body is about 60 percent water? This means that changes in fluid content can really affect body weight. Think about the weight of water: 1 gallon of water weighs 8 pounds, 1 liter of water weighs 2.2 pounds, and a pint's "a pound the world around," or 16 ounces. So whenever you drink about 2 cups (16 ounces) of any fluid, you will immediately weigh in at about 1 pound heavier.

Of course, this isn't the bad type of weight gain. We need fluids because our bodies are constantly using them. And conversely, when we breathe (exhale), sweat, or go to the bathroom, we lose fluids. Some days you do more of these things than others. You also drink different amounts each day. You can see how your weight is going to change every day (even every hour), based on the fluids you take in and get rid of.

So when it comes to measuring weight loss, don't get too hung up on these daily fluctuations in water weight, especially since the experts caution that losing more than 1 to 2 pounds per week is unsafe and unhealthy.

This may seem like a slow rate of weight loss, but now we're talking about losing more than just fluids. This slower process involves losing fat as well. Very rapid weight loss, say 10 pounds in a week, usually involves dumping fluids, and that's dangerous for your body.

Know that your weight will change every day based on fluid intake and excretion. To keep track of weight loss, it may be better to step on that scale once a week instead of every day.

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TOOTSBABY 8/2/2008 6:44AM

    This is good....I step on the scales every morning and man do the numbers roll up and down....I drink a lot of water but I only go by the once a week (scale day) to keep track of my loss (or gain). This just put it all in perspective....Thanks MOM2ACAT for the info and the encouragement......

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MOM2ACAT 7/26/2008 3:08PM

    I weigh myself daily also, but I don't get upset if it's up 2-3 pounds; usually the next day, it's back down again without me trying to do anything different.

I just thought this article was interesting because it explains why it happens.

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RENA1965 7/26/2008 2:56PM

    Good point, but very few people listen to this information.. The professional weight loss organisation I use in combo with sparks explained everything, so nothing gets me upset no more..
Only use the scale every day on maintaince to see if I can allow myself my extra foods (not cheat foods) if my morning weight is not okay, I wait until it is ok to eat them again.. I never take my maintaince for granted it is so about using the scales for the right reasons..

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Tired tonight

Saturday, July 26, 2008

I finally got to sleep in this morning, but once I got up, I was busy doing something most of the day, so I am tired tonight. But I guess you could say it's a "good kind of tired".

We had a nice lunch with my aunt today. She is doing well for being 88 years old, and stroke survivor. Her mind is still sharp and she still has a great sense of humor.

I had a couple of "clutter spots" in my living room which I took care of today, put everything back in it's place. I need to work harder on preventing the clutter from piling up in the first place.

On my last vacation, I repainted an old wooden chair that I keep outside on my porch. I bought stencils and acrylic paints to add a design to it, but never found the time to finish it. I finally started on the stenciling late this afternoon.

My mom and dad are coming over for dinner tomorrow. I did some of the meal prep for that tonight.

I am tired now, I am going to get ready for bed, and read til I fall asleep.


Busy day today

Thursday, July 24, 2008

I stayed up too late again last night, couldn't sleep in this morning, had to get up to get Timmy to the vet for his check up and shots. I had to drop him off for a few hours because he was checking urine and blood work too.

Went to Walgreens after that, then stopped at a small market to buy some chicken which I will need for Saturday, my mom and dad are coming over for dinner.

Tomorrow my mom, my sister and a family friend are going to see my Aunt Elinor at the nursing home and bring lunch to have with her. It's a belated birthday celebration. My sister was away on a camping trip on her birthday, that's why it's a bit late. My aunt had a stroke 5 years ago and is unable to live on her own. She gets very tired towards evening, and we found that when we get together for a celebration, lunchtime works much better for her. Anyway, I am bringing egg salad for sandwiches, (my aunt's favorite) so I mixed that up today, and also baked a batch of the Caramel Pumpkin Pudding cup cakes from the Hungry Girl cook book.

My dad also came over so we could use his truck to take all the things to Goodwill I have been wanting to donate. I had my couch full of stuff since I started sorting the clutter out of my spare bedroom a week ago, it's nice to see the couch again, lol!

I tried to stay busy all afternoon til I go pick Timmy up at 3:30pm. I knew he was in good hands, but I still couldn't really relax, things just don't feel right when everybody is not home. I even did the dreaded chore of balancing my checkbook I have been putting off.

At last it was time to bring Timmy home, everything was great! He could stand to lose a little bit of weight, but he's very healthy otherwise. Come October, it will be Kallie's turn at the vet.

It cooled off nicely tonight, so I was able to get out for a 35 minute walk tonight.


Farm market and work out today

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

I stayed up too late last night, and had a hard time getting up this morning. I could have slept in, but I made myself get up. There is a farm market held about a block from my house every Wednesday, and each week I tell myself I'm going to go check it out, but I always manage to find an excuse not too. Not today though! I got up early enough so I could walk over there before it got too warm out, and before things were too picked over.

I brought along a cloth shopping bag, and I came home with it filled with zuchinni, summer squash, tomatoes, and a pint of blueberries for $9. I forgot to buy cucumbers, I didn't remember those until I was back home unpacking my stuff and putting it away. I was disappointed not to find any strawberries, but I guess that season is over for Michigan anyway.

I tried the "swing" portion of my Joyce Vedral in home walking workout today. The steps were not hard to follow at all, and I didn't have any problems with the arm movements either. I couldn't do all the knee lifts, but I did kicks or just walking in place when they got to be too much; something I need to build up my endurance for. My arms and legs felt like they got quite a workout when I was done.

Worked a bit on my clutter today too. I cleaned up the mess on my kitchen table, it's great to see the top of it again, lol!

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MARTHA-ANN 7/24/2008 3:36AM

    I like our farmers market too but it's only once a month.

I grow my own veggies but was late with planting this year after all that was going on healthwise.

I picked my first courgettes just yesterday. I tried green and yellow varieties this year and did a mixture of both colours baked in the oven with a cheese topping...delicious!

The tomatoes are just coming too, we tried yellow varieties of those too for the first time this year. They are lovely and sweet so i will get them again.

We also have strawberries and two dwarf blueberry bushes in tubs on the patio, they are good croppers and I usually make my DH blueberry muffins from them.
They won't be ripe for another couple of weeks yet though so I am buying them to eat.

I love all fruit and veggies (I call them freggies!) except bananas and celery.
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IVYLASS 7/23/2008 4:55PM

    I love our local farmer's market too...which reminds me...we haven't been in awhile... emoticon

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