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Christmas eve, personal training begins

Friday, December 24, 2010

This week I joined a gym and hired a personal trainer. Today, I had my fitness evaluation and my first training session with the trainer, and I couldn't be happier about it. I have already learned so much from him; stuff about my nutrition and my target heart rate. After a year of sitting at my desk and backsliding physically, it's such a happy, satisfying feeling knowing that I have a plan, a recipe, and a roadmap to finally get me to my goal, and KNOWING that I have SUCCESS in my hands!
My father in law has told us that he plans to give me and my spouse the most generous gift of all: help remodeling our kitchen - a gift I have been wishing for, for many years. Because he'll be in town at least a couple of months, he also expressed curiosity about month-to-month gym membership at my gym, a hint which did not go unnoticed. I'll buy him a gift membership this afternoon.
I tried to leave the gift shopping to my spouse this year, and in case you're wondering how that went, we'll be spending the afternoon at Target so I can last-minute bail him out. It would be nice if my spouse wanted to work out at the gym with me, but he doesn't, so I'm glad that his dad wants to. He also likes to spend the same amount of time at the gym as I do (about 2 hrs per visit) which makes a perfect incentive.
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Merry Christmas, happy holidays, and heathy, fit new year!
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_UMAMI_ 12/24/2010 6:51PM

    My husband is the same way! He was out all day in the rain, doing last minute shopping. We should be home in front of a fire, as a family, but he's still running around. (Yeah, I'm p'd off.)

And he also won't set foot in a gym. I have a treadmill on my wishlist for 2011, though.

Merry Christmas, and your FIL will be STOKED!

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SECRETFUN 12/24/2010 5:02PM

  FIL I like you! Hope the remodels (at home and at the gym) go well!

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MBSHAZZER 12/24/2010 3:52PM

    Wow, what a great way to end the year! I'm glad your PT session went well and that you will have a workout buddy in your FIL. And so generous to help with the kitchen remodel! Fingers crossed that all goes well and you are enjoying your new kitchen before you know it!

Happy Holidays!

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PHEBESS 12/24/2010 2:47PM

    Wonderful holiday present to yourself!!!!! And yay for your FIL's gift to you, too!!!!!

And trust me, Richard has bought nothing for anyone - and Chanukah has been over for 2 weeks!!!!!

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Could sugar be making you crazy?

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Many of you know about my love of scientific research and my obsessive need for "proof".
This study really makes me wonder if Christmas cookies could exacerbate seasonal depression:

WOW. Sugar-induced, self-destructive behavior in mice? Of course, you already feel bad if you overindulge, but what if there's more going on than guilt?

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_UMAMI_ 12/21/2010 9:34PM

    Ok, now I want to see the same study, with half the mice on sugar, and half the mice ON THE WHEEL! I know which mice would stop self-barbaring! (And argh....I need to back on The Wheel.)

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MBSHAZZER 12/21/2010 1:08PM

    Interesting. I totally believe it. Sugar is a drug, for sure. Messing with one's blood sugar definitely effects mood. Thanks for the link.

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PHEBESS 12/21/2010 10:20AM

    Wow - interesting! The potential for far-reaching prevention and "cures" could be pretty amazing.

Sugar makes me happy when I eat it, but then the sugar low kicks in later - not that it makes me depressed, but certainly lethargic to the point of "I need a nap"!

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KJBUZZARD 12/21/2010 9:55AM

    I know what you mean. I have been eating ice cream at night for 3 to 4 days and have had serious depression and lethargy. It's finally out of my system and I feel much better. I'm switching to sugar free jello for my late night fix. emoticon

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Deciding on a gym

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Winter has descended upon the east coast, locking us all in a frigid embrace. Looks like it will be a while before I get to tear up the streets on my new recumbent.

Man, that thing is fun.
So anyway, because I've spent an entire year with my butt glued to a chair (at least I made the dean's list), I'm out of shape. And because the inlaws are about to descend upon my house, I need a gym membership (I refuse to cater and clean).
Almost by coincidence, Sparkpeople emailed me a coupon for a free week at Curves. I bit, making an appointment on the Curves website. Today, as the snowstorm started, I cleaned off the car and traversed the icy roads to meet with my Curves representative. Except, when I got there, the storefront was cold and dark and had a 'FOR LEASE' sign in the window. Um, so much for my complimentary week at Curves.
I fueled up the car and headed home. The snow fell most of the day, so I cleaned the oven.
My inlaws should be here... any day now, so I will definitely have a gym membership within another day or so. I'll keep you posted.

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MBSHAZZER 12/17/2010 12:01PM

    My one requirement for a gym is that it be close to where I live and / or work, to make it completely convenient to go there. Enjoy the in-laws visit!

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SECRETFUN 12/17/2010 8:44AM

  I think Curves might drive you batty, unless you just focus yourself and ignore everything and almost everyone else. They are good for some people but I am not sure it would easily fit you. Plus you need more than 30 minutes out of the house; maybe a curves 50 miles away would do it :-)

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_UMAMI_ 12/16/2010 9:11PM

    I've lost my passion for the gym, and don't know if I need a new one or just a new routine. I grew to hate the fluorescent lights and the non-stop chatter (i.e. rudeness) of people next to me. Oh, and don't get me started on the cell phone users on the gym floor.

I hope you find a gym/oasis that suits you.
You need respite from Winter, I need respite from Summer!

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PHEBESS 12/16/2010 9:01PM

    Yeah, our Curves closed too. Good luck!!

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Apparently, I spend a lot more time than the average person staring at my toes

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

I know this because I have never had and ingrown toenail, for one thing.
This past Saturday, a few of my classmates and I were talking as we waited our turns to be critiqued in art class. SOMEHOW, the topic of ingrown toenails came up (??!) and one of the students described the pain of having one.
I was lost in contemplation. I'm certain it's extremely painful to have one. But if it's so painful, won't the pain alert you to it's development before it grows in, as it does in my case? I know several times, the pain and swelling caused by my own unkempt toenail rubbing and pressing against my skin tells me that it's time to do some snipping and filing- end of problem. Once I cut the offending nail, the pain is gone instantly, the redness and swelling goes away in a few minutes, and the skin never breaks. Plus, there are the frequent grooming sessions, during which I scrutinize my feet and toes under magnification, to be sure they are absolutely pristeen. I don't allow my feet to go without care and maintenance... they're pretty spotless.
I wonder why that's not how it goes for everyone?
How DON'T you see it? How do you NOT know?
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_UMAMI_ 12/16/2010 9:08PM

    I've never had one, but it occurred to me that it might depend on the shape of one's nails? If one had a flatter nail and nail bed, maybe it's more prone to becoming ingrown?

My eleven year old son's nails grow at an alarming rate, and he has long, slender fingers that I envy. I'll never be a hand model! (more like Alley Oop)

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MBSHAZZER 12/15/2010 2:01PM

    Hmmm, never had one, but then again, my feet are in pretty rough shape to begin with. I once was dragged along for a "mani-pedi" session as part of being a bridesmaid and the pedicurist refused to touch my feet.

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PHEBESS 12/15/2010 10:49AM

    I've never had an ingrown toenail either - as you described, they sometimes start but the pain lets me know I need to do something before it gets worse.

My pedicurist says I have very tender toes. (The cuticle gets cut very easily, she has to be extra cautious with me.)

So - maybe you and I just have very tender feet?

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SKINNYPOWELL1 12/15/2010 9:47AM

    I agree with PARKERB2, you don't usually know til it's too late. Very painful. emoticon

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PARKERB2 12/15/2010 9:45AM

    I have had several ingrown toenails.They usually progress to the point of no return and I don't feel a lot of pain until it's too late. My toes must be tough.

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Electronics make me feel like an old geezer

Friday, November 26, 2010

The use of tiny "universal" symbols, instead of words, stumps me.
I always ask my husband to explain the symbols. I ask "what is this little thing that looks like a - ?" Then I'm usually surprised when I find out what the symbol represents, because I can't see the connection.
"What is this little thing that looks like two lines in a circle?"
"What is this little triangle thing?"
"What is this little thing that looks like an old TV set?"
Add to this the fact that I can't see any of the little symbols without my glasses on.
I am such a geezer.


Black Friday and consumer spending

I predict that this year, holiday shoppers will spend like crazy. I know this because the rest of the country does exactly what I do: when I spend money, so does everyone else. When I clamp down on my wallet, so does everyone else.
Right now, I'm spending, and there's no end in sight.
I predict that the rest of the country will spend so much more this year (than compared to previous years) that politicians will announce an unprecedented economic turn-around. Of course, they will all spin it to give all the credit to their own party, no matter what party they represent. In reality, they should thank ME.


It's no wonder the Post Office is bleeding money

I recently made a purchase on Ebay. The seller sent a shipping notice right away, but used USPS. Here's the joke: USPS sends a "tracking" number that doesn't track the package.
Have you ever tried to use a USPS tracking number? They email you the tracking number, and below that are two lines that say "estimated arrival" and "status". No matter what, both of those are invariably followed by the word "unavailable". As if that is not enough information, they include a clickable "details" link, which takes you to a very informative blank page. In other words, they PRETEND to offer package tracking in order to charge more money.
I don't use them for shipping packages at all, and haven't for many years. According to statistics, I'm not alone. Their "service" simply isn't competitive. In fact, it's so far behind the competition, it's 100% fair to call it substandard.

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MBSHAZZER 11/26/2010 10:47AM

    Thanks for helping the economy because my wallet is always clamped shut! If the rest of the US was like me, there would be NO economy!

And electronic devices baffle me as well!

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PHEBESS 11/26/2010 10:42AM

    Thank you for helping the economy! I plan to help this way too, LOL!

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