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Monday blues

Monday, August 17, 2009

I'm not sure how or why this started but I've been starting my week off tired and grumpy. Not getting to bed on time and trying to do all those little last min. things to try and get my chores done. It makes for a really awful Monday.

We got behind MIS traffic this morning so didn't make it to the park in time to do our walk. I knew I needed to try really hard to do the walk in the morning so I took a chance and walked up the hill by work. No one swerved to run us down so I was relieved. It's a challenging walk as it's up hill almost the whole way and then the pups wanna go real fast coming back down. Um, no, this ole' girl don't run... not yet anyway. LOL

So for all you Nascar fans attending MIS, could you wait until after rush hour to head home on Monday? I really would appreciate it. Either that, or try to pull into the slow lane so we can get to work, or the park, or whatever the case may be, on time. To the one in front of me this morning, no offense, but your RV was too stinky and way too slow. I know you might be tired from a fun weekend, but 35 mph in a 55 mph zone is, shall we say, a bit on the slow side.

Now, about working in a nap...

  
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MISSIFELTNER 8/17/2009 11:46AM

    Oh my gosh! I would have been about ready to choke someone. We headed home yesterday. I didn't get your message until this morning but I wasn't too far from Toledo actually. We were in Gibsonburg which I think is closest to Fremont. It was such a short weekend anyway, I am not sure that I would have had time. Hailie and I popped in at least one walk each day though!

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Walk 11 of 22 - August goals

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Aug. 2009 Goal: walk 22 out of 31 days. Get one shiny star for each walk. Trade 22 stars for Pedicure.

Half way to our August goal. I think the best thing about this goal is that now, I can't NOT walk. I have a desire to accomplish that and actually feel bad if I don't get it done. In the beginning, it was something I had to push myself to do. I'm still not back to my compulsive feeling of needing to walk, but I do hope it comes back.

We walked on the bike path today and went way past the bridge, our normal turn around point. I actually wore the puppies out this time! Of course, it's warm and they don't do too good in the heat but they were having a hard time keeping up with me on the way back. I loved that feeling. They are getting stronger too and this feeling of triumph will be short lived. I better enjoy it while I can.



Using red ones (they look pink on here) until they are gone and then I use the gold ones. I have a thing for the color red.

Everything that I've read on goal setting says to reward yourself with something you really desire. Um, I'm truly not seven years old, but what I really want, what makes me get out there and walk, isn't the idea I'll get a pedicure, it's those #$@! shiny stars. LOL I want my star so I can stick it on the calendar. Now, the cool thing is that those stickers are way cheaper than the pedicure but if I'm really honest with myself, if I want that pedicure and I haven't completed the goal, I'll buy the pedicure. So, is it really a good reward? I don't think so but haven't found anything, except the stickers, that really feels like a reward. What I worry about is what that says about me. I guess when people say I'm a kid at heart, it's really true.

Here's a emoticon for me for walking today even though it was a bit warm.

  
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SUSAN134 8/15/2009 12:26PM

    *standing up and clapping wildly!*

Very inspiring post...I think reward goals are great and if stars do the trick for you, then that is what you should stick with. I love the simple things (like stars) - it is a visual daily reminder that I have done good!

Keep up the wonderful work - you will do great!!!

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Green tea - who knew it'd curb snacking?

Friday, August 14, 2009

Last night, after dinner, I was still very hungry and I only had a few calories left. I tried my standard procedure of drinking more water and waiting to see if it would go away. It didn't. It was in my tummy and not just a wanting in my head. (See "Ignorance is bliss... " blog)

While I was in the kitchen doing the math, trying to figure out what I could best spend those calories on, I saw a box of green tea sitting on the counter and I remembered reading in Tosca Reno's "The Eat-Clean Diet" that she supplements her food intake with green tea. Ok, that's free so I can have that. I promptly brewed a big pot. Now, I should preface this by saying, I don't like green tea. I like black teas. Dajeeling being my favorite and Earl Gray running a close second.

I drank two big cups of the tea and surprise! surprise! not only did I enjoy it, it really filled me up. I felt comforted and relaxed. Very good for bedtime feelings. The act of taking the time to make the pot of tea and take care of myself was a lovely gift to me. I have been working on taking care of myself in kind and loving ways and that was something that really made me feel good. I will definitely be doing it again.

I went to bed feeling satisfied instead of hungry and slept really well. I would highly recommend it!

  
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4EVERBEUTIFUL 8/18/2009 10:50AM

    I have that book too and I love it. Green tea is a good substitute especially if you use a little stevia in it so that if feels like a sweet treat without the calories. emoticon

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DEELOVE31 8/14/2009 8:53AM

    I have used tea as my hunger attack substitue. It fills me up and with some sweet and low it taste great so I get that sweetness I crave for sometimes. Glad you found something that works. Keep up the great work and keep on sparking!!

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New pedometer shipped!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

I did a great deal of searching online for the best pedometer for the money. I found one that I liked really well and it got high marks on the reviews. The cool thing is that I only ordered it yesterday and it was shipped that same day! Another reason to love the internet.

I have had several over the past few years and the one I loved the most had a broken clip and was constantly falling off, even with a safety clip. I finally found it on Tuesday and was so excited. I thought I'd try to limp along with it. Um, it's dead... D-E-A-D dead. Yes, it's an older one but how come I can't pop it open and put in a new battery??? This is nuts. More plastic to discard. Poor mother earth. Wonder if I can recycle it?

The new one says what kind of battery it has and that the battery lasts a long time so I took that to mean that when the time comes, I can buy a new battery and keep going. I hate our throw-away world.

So, I'm hoping it's there tomorrow (please-o-please-o-please) and I can be more official with my steps. My goal is 10,000/day. That use to be easy. Let's see how I do now. LOL



Ain't she pretty?! LOL

  
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AJFAVEGRL 8/13/2009 1:01PM

    congrats on getting a pedometer. i always forget to put mine on first thing in the morning and since i have 2 kids its hard to remember how many steps i did before using it so i stopped but good luck getting in all your steps

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EWESFLUFFY1 8/13/2009 12:44PM

    I bought the Omron Aerobic hip pedometer about 2 months ago. It's my first one, so I have nothing to compare it with. But it has all the basic features I think I'll need for a while. (including a removable back to change the battery. lol)

The biggest complaint I've read is that it doesn't have a safety strap and has a tendency to fall off. But I never had that problem. I wore it while golfing and it never fell off, between jumping in & out of the cart and bending to tee up the golf ball.

I hope you have better luck with your replacement!




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MUSTANG_SALLY2 8/13/2009 11:49AM

    Yes, that's the one I bought. It got good reviews on amazon.com. If I bought amazon stock instead of stuff... oh well. It got good reviews, good price and the shipping was reasonable.

It's called, Omron HJ-113 Walking Style Step Counter Pedometer. I'll review it when I've used it for a couple days!

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SA_GRANZOW 8/13/2009 11:47AM

    I am so glad you posted this because I too have been looking for a good pedometer. Is the one in the photo the one that you purchased because I am would like to purchase one in the next couple of days.
TX

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MYCUTEGIZMO 8/13/2009 11:45AM

  The first pedometer I had I actually dropped it in the toilet bowl...and since I never manage to come across another..

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Ever try to eat dinner while being watched by vultures?

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Well, stop by my house one night and I'll show you how it's done. The kitty sitting up in the window next to me, he's the smallest in size but the most demanding. Watch as he tries to paw my arm to remind me that he's waiting for his next serving of MY dinner! And the two brown lumps on the floor, they are more polite, but don't kid yourself, they are waiting for their bites too. It's so unfair that I carefully weigh my food and put it in my nutrition tracker when a portion of it goes to these hairy beasts... ok, I know, that's my fault. I should tell them no. I bet Cesar would have a fit if he knew. I use to be so strict... when did I become an old softie??? Ugh!



Nicholas, demanding vulture #1.



Toby, slightly less demanding vulture #2.



Maureen, even less demanding because she spends most of her time complaining about Nicholas getting bites before her!

Well, we're off to be bed potatoes and watch another episode of "The Dog Whisperer" DVD. God bless ya Cesar!

  
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RHINODOG 9/3/2009 12:12PM

    Oh yes, we have called ours vultures, piranhas, the Black Hole. Sounds like yours are ever so much more polite than our crew - no drooling, wet lips on table right next to the plate paws on the armrest.

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MUSTANG_SALLY2 8/13/2009 10:58AM

    Thanks! I feel so guilty because I didn't put my girl kitty, Daisy up there but she doesn't act like a vulture. Maybe I'll have to write about living with a princess one day and put her up there. LOL

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EWESFLUFFY1 8/13/2009 9:59AM

    Cute kids!! How can you say 'no'?
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