Wednesday, August 19, 2009
I got it all set up last night and did a smidge of testing and it counted the steps the same as I did so I was excited about testing it out today.
We're going to go with the theory that I'm a new user and that's why when I moved it from my PJs to my blue jeans, it reset to zero. Even the steps from yesterday are missing. Um, that's not a very good sign!
I had almost 200 steps just doing my morning routine and will add that to the end of the day's totals. I can tell you already that I've been guessing way too high on my steps I've been recording. I thought my puppy walk was way longer. The Up-the-Hill one by work is less than 2000 steps! It feels like 100,000 sometimes! Ok, so I know I'm going to have to move way more if I'm going to get even half my steps today but I'm still excited to see how it does.
Let's just hope the resetting to zero isn't a common thing or someone's getting a pedometer shipped back to them! LOL
Update 9:45am - So, ok, it's not counting my steps as I move around the building. Each one of those steps are going to be crucial since my job is tech support and I sit and answer the phoned in questions all day. I can't just get up whenever I want and wonder around. It needs to count every single step I take! What's up with that!!!
update 10:45 am - Ok, so keep in mind that I said this problem could be due to new user issues. On puppy break, I had come nearly to the end of our short walk and was frustrated to see that it hadn't counted even one step. Nearly in tears and frustrated to have spent so much money, i ripped it off and started pushing buttons. Um, yeah, there's this one button called mode... Ha! I had it in the wrong mode. When I found the right mode, it showed 2800+ steps. Not as many as I hoped but a lot better than 1700!!!
I guess I should read the stupid manual after all. ugh! LOL
update 1:24 - I only have 3900 steps and I'm basically done with my major walking of the day. That's a bummer! At least it's tracking now! Have to rethink this. I need more steps!
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
I don't often go to the movies. I'd rather, for the money, see a live production at my local theatre but on Saturday, I agreed to go with a friend to see Julie & Julia. I loved this movie. I wasn't a Julia Child fan although I've seen her a few times on PBS back in the day. Ok, I admit it, I kind of thought she was scary. LOL
Meryl Streep is one of my favorite actresses. I have believed for years that she's beyond amazing. In the role of Julia Child, she simply takes my breath away. If I didn't know better, I'd say it WAS Julia. Wow! I'd like to be that good at something... Stanley Tucci as Julia's husband makes me want to believe in ever lasting love. He's so good to her! I hope her husband was like this in real life, but I don't know anything about their relationship.
Anyway, the movie is sweet and kind and loving, just my kind of thing. But, sistah, let me tell you. DO NOT GO TO THIS MOVIE HUNGRY! They are constantly cooking incredible dishes and the chocolate cake they didn't even bother to cut and serve on plates made my mouth water. I'm going to do that one day... I'm going to bake a chocolate cake, hand out forks for any honored guest allowed to attend and say dig in. No cake plates, no need to ask for seconds... just go for it. I better start saving calories now. ha!
Now, I know it's just a movie, but it's based on a true story. How come that Julie character isn't signed up for sparkpeople? You know good & well, if you ate french cooking like that every day for a year, you'd be needing some serious help. At least, I would... maybe I no longer like this Julie-who-can-eat-anything-person. But alas, I do like her, at least, the character in the movie. I don't know the real one.
Even though the movie was full of incredible looking food, I was really proud of myself. I usually sneak in a small bag of low calorie snacks (Yes, I know it's against the rules, but as soon as they sell something in the snack bar that isn't $500 and 5,000 calories, I'll begin to follow that stupid rule!) but was running late and didn't grab anything. The popcorn smelled soooo good! I wanted a bag really bad - well, actually I only wanted two hand fulls as I don't like it once it's cold - but I resisted. I had a Diet Pepsi (yuck! Shoulda been Diet Coke!) and luckily my friend bought swedish fish which tempt me not so I didn't use any of my calories on junk. You did get that I was at the movie when I didn't have junk, right?! LOL
So, if you need a feel good movie, this is an excellent choice. I hope to buy it when it's released on DVD. I need to feel this good all the time.
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...
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 for me for walking today even though it was a bit warm.
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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