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It's one of those weeks

Thursday, May 17, 2007

I have no idea how I'm doing this week. I love to see the 180's tomorrow. I've been more active this week, working in some evening walks and bike rides now that's it light longer and warmer outside. On the other hand, I've been eating more, too. Tomorrow's weigh-in will be surprise. I cannot predict it, but then I usually can't.

  


I can bike!

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

First the good news--no wing'ed creatures during my exercise this morning. Phew!

And yes, all the windows were closed last night.

I was going for a walk yesterday evening, but K. said she would prefer to ride bikes and would I go with her? I'm not much of a cyclist. When I was a kid I rode a bike a lot, but now the bike seat hurts my butt, the pedaling hurts my knees, etc, etc.

But the little bugger is persuasive and wore me down. We went on a bike ride. We rode out to the edge of town to the girl's school. It's 1.9 miles on the car odometer but we avoided the more direct and busier route. It was fun! I can pedal with minimal discomfort and I'm not saddle sore. Yeah, another viable exercise option for me!

It was only two years ago I could barely get around a four-block square in our neighborhood without collapsing into a heap. I've come a long way, baby. And I've got a ways to go yet, too!

  
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VANBEE 5/16/2007 11:20PM

    Yaaaay! Good for you and K! I love biking, as long as it's not too hilly. If your seat is bothering you, you might take it to the bike shop and talk to them about something more comfy... with all us aging boomers on bikes all of a sudden there's a lot more wide, gel-padded seats around. Padded bike shorts help too.
--Van


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JIJJI1313 5/16/2007 2:39PM

    Congrats.... and keep up the good work!!! :)

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Increasing the cardio

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

I found an excellent way to increase my cardio workout this morning.

I was just starting out with my exercise this morning when I caught some movement out of the corner of my eye. The room was fairly dark except for the light from the TV. My first thought was that my shoe had come off and I'd kicked it into the air, but no, my shoes were still firmly tied to my feet.

It was a bat. Eeeuuuuwwww.

I got the room closed off before he flew out, found my tennis racket and sent him to meet his maker fairly quickly. The kids were still asleep upstairs and I did all this with a minimum of screaming. I had the advantage being already awake. It's when you wake up and find them circling your bed that is really gross.

But still. Eeeuuuuwwww.

And the really creepy thing is I have no idea how he got in the house. We had windows open, but all the screens are on.

  
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JAVAMAMA 5/18/2007 12:29PM

    Yeah, I think I'm going to skip that cardio workout!

You are a tougher monkey than I ever will be, J! When we have our commune someday, you will be elected BatSlayer.

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ASDISO 5/15/2007 2:36PM

    Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeuuuuuuuuuuuuwwwwwww
wwwwwwwwww indeed!

Glad you got the bugger!

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Weekend report

Monday, May 14, 2007

I had a mixed weekend. Lots of activity, but lots of good food, too. My friend was back in town and I hadn't seen her for awhile, so I made some of her favorite foods--steak on the grill and pasta salad. I also made a rhubarb pie for her, since I took the rhubarb from her yard it only seemed right to share it with her!

The activity involved washing walls in her house to get it ready to list. I spent significant time on a ladder with ammonia water and water running into my armpits--that's refreshing! We worked hard and got it looking good in about 5 hours of work. I put down two hours of 'painting' as an activity. I hope that's a fair enough trade!

Did you know if you type in "ribeye" on the food tracker you have choice for a 8 oz. ribeye that is 1,400 calories and another choice for a 14 oz. ribeye that is 1,092 calories? What gives? Guess which one I chose for MY food tracker yesterday!

  


Breakthrough!

Friday, May 11, 2007

I stepped on my scales three times this morning because it didn't seem possible. It said 190.0. That's down three pounds from where I've been stuck for several weeks and the least amount I've weighed in I-don't-know-how-long. My previous low weight was 191.8 in mid-April.

I am so pleased and awfully surprised. I was looking at my calorie counts for the last week and decided to average the week. I am averaging 1656 calories a day, which I thought seemed high, but it is well within my calorie range. Who loses weight eating over 1600 calories a day? I guess I do, but I would have thought my calorie counts were closer to 1400 a day.

I think one thing that has helped is that I'm measuring my portions this past week. If I'm hungry, my portion size creeps. A lot. I just don't trust that one portion is going to fill me up. So when does that trust kick in? It's like I'm scared I'm going to expire if I'm not stuffed full. When does my brain decide that one portion is ample for my body? For me, being overweight life-long, this is the hardest thing. Getting my brain, my eyes, and my stomach to all agree on what is enough and stick to it.

  


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