Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Today I had a lovely walk. I had a hard night sleeping, so got out a little later than normal, which meant it was pretty warm out - OK, HOT! I always like seeing the squirrels and birds. We have a beautiful Black Ibis that hangs around in our development, and seeing him is always a treat. I met a new friend - Charlie, a black lab who was orphaned as a result of Hurricane Charlie here in Florida 10 years ago. She was as playful as a puppy, but had a little grey hair around the muzzle. Talking with her owner, I mentioned a dog attack that had happened recently to another lab, and we started talking about the area. He did not know about my friend, Miss Piggy, a lovely pink pig I see most mornings. He did warn me about the wild boars in the area. As I was greeting Miss Piggy a few minutes later, I heard the distinctive grunts/snarls of wild boars. I cut my walk a little short and high tailed it for home. Think I need to get that pepper spray and carry it with me!!! I can never tell my DH, because he already hates that I leave the development for my walks. But there is so much more to see and I really enjoy it. I just need to be sure I can defend myself!
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
OK, I am clumsy. In a very dramatic way. There was the time I tripped in the SteinMart parking lot, did a double gainer and skinned my knee without ripping my pants or the brace I was wearing on my knee. My 3 BFFs stood there laughing while I was laying in the traffic lane. The gentleman who saw it happen got up and walked away. My friends did ask if I was ok once they stopped laughing. I guess it was pretty spectacular...
Then there was the day I was here in my home office and I heard my cellphone ring in the kitchen. My cleaning lady was here and had just washed the floor. I took a home run slide and tore my ACL that time. Not so good. I am really careful when those tile floors are wet.
When my first husband and I had our first home it was not quite up to code... the stairs were very narrow and steep. I cannot tell you how many times I fell down those darn stairs.. But despite that, all I really did was tear my meniscus a few times... and it mostly healed, didn't need surgery till I was 50..
So I do have this history.... But last night as I was getting ready to go to bed, I tripped over the rug in front of my sink, and did a face plant on the tile floor. I really thought my nose was broken, but it is just sore and swollen. I have a big goose egg on my forehead (thank goodness for bangs!) and my knees are bruised. I may end up with black eyes... Now it's funny, last night, not so much... But didn't feel quite up to the gym today, or even a walk this morning. Will be walking tonight when it cools down some.
Honestly, I do have pretty good balance - I do balance exercises and the yoga 'tree" pose. But sometimes.... I really am just a klutz!
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
I have to admit, I am not a fruit and veggie eater. Oh, I have a 1/2 cup of orange juice every morning, and always have at least one veggie serving (usually 2) for dinner, but 5 a day? Or 7? Not so much. Still, I have been working on this. At least one week during each 5% challenge is a "Freggie week" where your team gets credit for what you eat. I really try hard to get my full quota during those weeks. But I realize I have to do better. Last week I bought an avocado at the farmer's market, and made a guacamole. It was so good, I bought two more on Saturday. We had one last night - with my chicken burritos, and one for lunch today in a huge salad. I know that they are really good for me, but I just tracked and discovered how high in calories they are. Yes, good calories, I know. But my lunch is now a high calorie lunch instead of a low calorie lunch.
I know that avocado is good for me - but now I am second guessing my plan to pick up some more this week. There are only two of us, and I really don't want to watch the scale rising because I am eating something healthy! Anyone have any ideas? Can you save avocado for a day or two once you cut it? I'm kind of new to buying them, although I do love them. What do you think?
Monday, May 26, 2014
Today I honor all those who lost their lives in the service of our country, as well as those who lost their youth, their innocence, and are carrying the physical and mental scars of their service. Last night I watched the PBS Memorial Day show, which always moves me to tears. I got an added bonus though, because my nephew's fiancÚ is one of the Navy Sea Chanters, and I got a glimpse of her on-stage.
My father, my grandfather, my uncles, my cousins - most have served. One uncle served in WW2, Korea and Vietnam as a Navy Medic attached to the Marines. One cousin was a seal in Team 6. I have relatives that served in the army, the air force, and the marines. My DH served in the air force, but fortunately he was not sent to Viet Nam.
Yes, this afternoon I will get into my pool, and we will grill something for dinner tonight. But though it all, remember those we honor today.
Saturday, May 24, 2014
I have started doing a lot more walking in the last couple of months. I was diagnosed with beginning stages of heart disease, and the doctor said 30 minutes or more, 5 times a week. I have been sick twice, and not up to walking, but otherwise I have really taken this to heart.. no pun intended!
My Dad had a mild heart attack at age 46. He was always active, but from then on he walked every night. He would say 'I'm going for a hike", even though it was really a walk around the neighborhood! When I went to Yosemite, I bought myself a t-shirt that says "Take a Hike", and I wear it sometimes for my walks.
I am actually enjoying the walks. What I don't enjoy is getting up early every morning to either walk or go to the gym. Today I slept in. That only means I will have to do it later, preferably when it cools off this evening. I do not take my music when I walk. I have dogs to say hello to, birds to watch, bugs to observe and flowers to sniff! Sometimes I meet up with other walkers and we say hello and give each other that smile - you know the one that says we are taking care of ourselves because WE ARE WORTH IT!!!
Are you worth it? Put on those sneaks and just do it!
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