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.
Merry Christmas, happy holidays, and heathy, fit new year!
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?
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.
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?
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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