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walking at noon

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Today I took a nice walk down to the river at noon. I found a new path that took me along the river to an interesting spot where there was an art sculpture that also acted as a mister. That will be so nice in the hot summer temperatures. Of course thereís always the chance that once I get there I wonít want to go back to work. Not that once I get out of the building now do I always want to go back to work. But it does help make the rest of the day possible to get through.

After a busy Ďmeeting fullí day at work, I stopped at the gym and worked out on the treadmill. Today I managed to do a little jogging again for 2 minutes at a time. I canít do it every day, but once in awhile I can. If I can get through the 1st minute, the 2nd minute is easier, but sometimes itís not possible to make that first minute. Today I did. Someday Iíll make three. But today, my shoes are coming off as soon as I can get them off as my feet are burning and my lump is making itself felt.

  
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LEWISCA1 6/22/2010 9:31PM

    Hope the referral to the podiatrist can help!

Where is this misting sculpture?? Does it use river water?

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TERJEGOLD 6/17/2010 10:40AM

    I love discoveries such as yours. There are these punch bowls (deep, bowl-like rock formations that fill with clear water) near where I used to work and we would run there at lunch time, take a quick dip and run back, drying before we made it to the office. Nice way to spend a lunch hour.

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Habits

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

First day of the work week and as usual Iím tired. But only two more days to go. And so much to do in those two days. I expect by Thursday night Iíll be exhausted and more than ready for two weeks off. The months are going by quickly, only a few more left. Glee.

Habits are so hard to break. Even the small ones that donít really matter. I bought a new water bottle the other day and it has a straw built in. Iím used to lifting my water bottle like a cup, lifting it high to get the last few sips. But when I do that with this new bottle, no water comes out because of course the straw is out of the water. It always takes me a second or two to figure out whatís going on. Youíd think Iíd remember that, and yet I keep lifting. As I said even small habits are hard to break. So itís amazing that Iíve done as well as I have in learning some new exercise habits or breaking the habit of eating everything in sight. But I guess 6 months of trying have started to pay off. I only hope that it doesnít take 6 months to break the water bottle habit.

  
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LEWISCA1 6/16/2010 2:01PM

    That 21 days quote is widely cited but lacks real evidence. Some people say 30 days, some people say 6 weeks. And a cursory thought about it shows it doesn't really pass the sniff test. It really depends on the habit, what elements of your environment support the habit, how much the habit is one of thought or action, how many of the brains pleasure centers are activated by the habit. However, if you do manage to go a full 21 days, you've made an excellent start. Fall off the wagon though, and depending on the habit, you may have start all over with a 21 day period of abstention. There's nothing easy about breaking habits -- and that is why your acheivement is so awesome!!

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FANORONHA_14 6/16/2010 1:08AM

    Studies have shown that breaking a habit takes only 21 days replaced by consistent action.

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Monday, Monday

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

It was hot today, but we still had to go grocery shopping since we didnít go yesterday. I did pretty well on keeping to my shopping list. But we still managed to buy a few extras as usual. Then I came home and cooked. I had to change my planned meal around a little since I found a good buy that required that I cook it today. But thatís what Iím learning on my challenge. Be flexible with your plan to take advantage of last minute details. Now I have leftovers for the rest of the week. My lunches are going to be great. I also cooked up what I should have cooked up last week. That, I froze for future meals. My freezerís looking pretty full with healthy meals now. But Iíve got to get better at labeling them. Today I took something out that I have no idea where it came from. Well, thatís not really true, I figured it was beef stew, but it was only the vegetablesóno beef. Which is okay because I didnít like the beef anyway, just the vegetables. I had it for lunch and it was pretty good. From now on I will be labeling my freezer food. Itís too difficult to remember or recognize one ice encrusted goodie from another.

The rest of the day was spent, you guessed it, with digital scrapping. I got another few pages done and I think Iím finally ready for the first port of call. But it will have to wait as I go back to work tomorrow for three more days. Then its retirement time again so Iíll work on my pages next week, in between cooking healthy and exercising daily. Hopefully the weather wonít be too hot because I think I might like to get some walking done outside. I go to the doctor on Friday to discuss my feet and that lump that isnít really there. Maybe he will have a solution that will make the walking outside a little better. I have been avoiding it because my feet always hurting after walking on the streets and the lump always feels bigger, but the aerobic videos donít affect them as much. But I miss the sunshine on my face and the fresh air. Hereís hoping I get a chance to take a walk to the park. I need to take some pictures of the trees in full blown splendor to go with the winter pictures of bare trees.
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LEWISCA1 6/15/2010 9:20PM

    Good thing you are becoming a morning person since the triple digits are just around the corner and morning will be the only tolerable walking time. Remember when we tried to walk at lunch time in the Summer!? Yikes!

Its flag day. Am I supposed to take Dad out for that too? haha!

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PEACEFULHOME 6/15/2010 12:20AM

    Your attitude is so positive and I like the way you are being flexible.

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Sunday Play Day

Sunday, June 13, 2010

I am obsessed with digital scrapping. I spent all day in front of the computer having a ball. I found a photo album I had bought when we went to Alaska back in 2007, and it had no pictures in it. Obviously I hadnít finished my Alaska vacation scrapbook (or even started it for that matter). This is not a scrapbook, but a photo album for 4 x 6 pictures. I decided to make a mini scrapbook digitally. Since all my photos are digital itís easy enough to do. I am learning how to use digital paper and embellishments so I made some mini pages (only 4 x 6). I can only fit one picture on them, so I have to really pick and chose, but itís working out great. Iím finding it just as difficult to make decisions on these small pages as on the larger pages. I managed to get 8 pages done. Iím still on the ship; I havenít even got to the first port of call yet. An example page:


I found that while working at the computer, I didnít want to take breaks to eat. I had cooked up some dried beans in the crock pot and a Portobello mushroom casserole in the morning, so I really had no excuse not to eat. I had my choice. I just lost track of time and had to be reminded that I should eat. Of course I made up for it after dinner. Itís nice to be busy.

I made up my meal plans for next week, and itís got a lot of brown rice and beans on it because itís what I have in the house. Tomorrow is shopping day. But I will need very little this week since I planned it around what I had on hand. I only need a few fresh vegetables and fruit. And of course the usual like milk and onions, carrots and orange juice. The task of planning it out though keeps me from buying extras I donít really need this week. Thatís good.

  
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LEWISCA1 6/15/2010 9:18PM

    Great pages! One of the mags you let me borrow showed how to use albums as scrapbooks. Your pages are turning out fantastic. Are you printing on photo paper?

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EYEONGOAL 6/14/2010 1:43PM

    I like your pages. They turned out really nice. Don't you love it when you become so involved in something that nothing else distracts you? I do.

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Saturday Night Out

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Tonight I enjoyed a nice meal at Ruby Tuesday. I sampled their petite sirloin with steamed broccoli and brown rice pilaf. It was delicious. But Iím really confused as to the calories since the nutrition information at the restaurant doesnít match the nutrition information on their website. Iím assuming new information updated the details this year. Each of the Spark people entries was different as well. And I wish they would show other nutrients as well. I am trying to get in my calcium needs each day and I know broccoli has some calcium so I tried to add it as best I could figure out. It is very difficult to calculate the percentage when all you have is a variety of different mg per servings of differing sizes. No web site is the same. So I just winged it and still had to take a supplement. But Iím getting better at drinking my milk each day, even though milk (even non-fat milk) adds quite a bit of calories when I could be enjoying something else. It is so frustrating to try to figure out a balanced calorie intake, calcium levels, sodium amounts, carbs and fats and protein, and still enjoy eating. Sigh! At any rate, the meal was delicious and I enjoyed my night out.

Tomorrow Iíll need to plan my next week of healthy eating. I have a few things left from this week to make since I enjoyed leftovers instead of cooking a few nights this week. So next week I will plan for leftovers deliberately since we seem to enjoy them anyway. One of my challenges to cooking healthy is to try big batch cooking. So Iím going to plan on cooking up some dried beans that I can freeze and use for chili. I can freeze the chili in small containers and use for lunches next week. I also bought a rice cooker as one of my time saving tools. Iím beginning to enjoy brown rice but have difficulty cooking it, so Iím hoping the rice cooker will help. I hear rice casseroles make good frozen meals so Iím going to try one and see. I froze some Shrimp Creole last week and I hope it works out because that was a delicious meal and I would like to enjoy it again. So Iím off to Spark People recipes and maybe EatingWell or Cooking Light to find a great brown rice casserole.

  
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LEWISCA1 6/15/2010 9:16PM

    I will be curious to hear how it works out with the rice cooker. and with the frozen shrimp. Shrimp doesn't seem like such a great food for freezing. I never eat seafood as leftovers though -- I just don't trust it.

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EYEONGOAL 6/13/2010 12:49PM

    I can relate to the calorie issue. This week I went to the Yardhouse restaurant for lunch and I had them give me the nutrition info for my salad. I went home and recalculated it and their estimate was almost double what mine was. Granted, I put the dressing on the side and only used a small portion of it. Now that rice cooker. I adore mine (Krups). It not only cooks rice and grains, it is also a slowcooker. The rice turns out really fluffy and nice. It comes with a cookbook that tells you ways to flavor it also. My favorite feature (besides not babysitting the rice) is that when it is finished, it keeps the rice warm. My sister has a different one made by Zo?????rishi (don't remember the spelling) and hers is equally good.

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CARLANNIE 6/13/2010 10:04AM

    It is difficult trying to figure out how many calories are in the food you eat in restaurants! Ridiculously difficult. I admire your determination here to plan and follow through on your meal choices - awesome! Let me know how the rice cooker works out for you. I have always been interested in them, but never purchased one. I, too, have a hard time getting enough calcium since I was diagnosed with a true dairy allergy a year ago. I take supplements and hope it helps! Have a great week!

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