Wednesday, May 18, 2011
I wasn't sure what to write as a title for my blog but I think I just might have caught your attention by it! I've had the weirdest day and it all started when......................................
Actually, I'm going to make you wait (unless you scroll down) to tell you what happened to me. First of all, I ate breakfast at home!!!! Yeah!!! I ate a really healthy organic cereal that is full of nuts and seeds. I had that with a lukewarm coffee (I told you I was lazy), a banana, and one cup of skim milk.
Then I actually at lunch! Another first in a long time! Wasn't the best as all it was was water and 2 boiled eggs but the point is I ate something. Mid afternoon I sat out on our patio and had some saltine crackers and a well-deserved cup of tea.
Okay, I have you all wondering what happened to me. Well, I went for a walk across the river with the two "beasts". For some reason I bought capri pants with no pockets and since today was warm enough to wear them, off I went. As I was getting out of our truck I thought, I should just leave my cellphone hidden instead of taking it with me but on second thought decided to take it along. Not wanting to hold it (duh), I stuck it in the front of my bra!!! Oh, I forgot to tell you, I was expecting a call from the vet about Lou's condition which is why I actually decided to take the blessed thing with me for a walk. Anwyay, every so often it would beep (usually notifying me that somebody had left a message on my SparkPage...thank you!!!) but then it stopped and I decided to check it in case I had boob-dialed anybody. Well, when I took it out, it was covered in sweat...such a charming image for all of you....and the bloody thing wouldn't turn on!!!!
I don't know if it was just a coincidence but the thing definitely is kaput! I took it to the mall where we had bought them for Christmas and they said they were going to have to send it away. At first they said it would take 8 weeks and they didn't have a phone to lend me. Added to that, I would have to still pay for service when it was being repaired and for the weeks it wasn't in my possession. Oh, and I needed to give them $45 which wouldn't be refunded if they determined the phone had been dropped or exposed to moisture!!! Since I didn't have the money with me I went home and called my husband. I was pretty upset but proud that I didn't get mad at the customer service reps.
It was while I was sipping my cup of tea that I realized this is such a small thing. Nobody is shooting at us, nobody is dying, and we have plenty to eat so why worry over a silly ol' Blackberry. I think it was about then that I started to laugh about the whole thing. Then when my husband arrived home we sat back and laughed and laughed some more. I said do you think I should tell them where I had the phone to which he replied, "I'd love to see that written on a work order....phone won't work after being exposed to boob sweat". Oh dear, I hope you are laughing while you are reading this and not thinking I am disgusting!!!!
So the long and short of it is, I will be without my phone for a few weeks and I will live without it. I won't die and I gave myself another reason to laugh at myself!!!!!
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
I've just checked out the new nutrition tracker and so far I like what I've seen and used. Yes, I'm back to tracking and I pledge to track the good, the bad, and the very ugly! Today, I decided not to have my usual bagel and xl coffee from Tim Hortons. BUT, that plan sort of went out the window when my two friends called to invite me to breakfast of bacon, scrambled eggs, and toast. So here I am at lunch time, with no fruit in me and very little water. Of course, it is still early so I can remedy that.
I walked twice yesterday, one of which was for 5km. The other was just a late evening stroll for about 1.5 km. Not much but I'm determined to take advantage of those baby steps. I have supper planned out, BBQ pork chop, caesar salad (with very little dressing as I'm not a dressing kind of person), baked potato and some steamed broccoli with carrots.
This week's new food (remember I stated that I was going to try to expand my food options) is going to be Quinoa. I've heard that it is a complete protein and thus very good for us but have yet to look for a recipe. Any suggestions? Would you serve it like you do rice? Anyway wish me luck. My husband would eat just about anything and is eager to change things up with his ``diet`` too so I have it easy with regards to that. I know a lot of you cannot change things too drastically as you have picky eaters.
Thank you for all of your kind words regarding yesterday`s blog. Peaches will always be very close to my heart and it is something all animal lovers have to face at one point or another in their lives.
Also special thanks to my esteemed friend _Linda who unknowingly gave me just the kick in the pants that I needed right now. See, something good did come out of your comments!!!!
Monday, May 16, 2011
Today, I dedicate my blog to the very fond memories of my dear little furball who left this earthly life a year ago. Although I did have a dog growing up, it was Peaches who stole my heart and made me the animal lover that I am today.
For those who have followed my blogs, you know that my Sparkname is her initials and the date of her death...051610. Nothing complicated but just another way to keep her in my thoughts on a daily basis.
I thought I would be sad today but instead I'm filled with enough funny memories of her and her exploits that I can laugh and miss her in a good way. She was a funny old broad and only did what she wanted to do. She would go off to bed when she felt tired, she would eat when she was hungry and not on some human's schedule, she would play with squeaky toys at all hours, and most of all she knew she was loved by many.
Her vet marvelled at her! She lived a long life (17.5 years) mainly because she was walked 4 times a day, was taken for car rides at least once a day, was played with, was cuddled and was fed a balanced diet. She was loved and she loved us back. She taught us how to love a dog so much that a year later we still talk about her and can laugh. We have no regrets about her life.
Now, how does that relate to my journey? Well, I've got to give that same dedication and compassion to myself. Right now, I know what to do to make this program work for me but I'm afraid of it. I don't know how to be any different that who I am right now. I'm used to shopping in plus-sized stores, I'm used to being overlooked and I'm comfortable in my own skin. The only thing is, I'm not happy.
I have to make some small, yet attainable changes. So for this week, it will be breakfast. No more eating little throughout the day and gorging at night. I am going to have oatmeal for breakfast and I pledge to get 6 glasses of water in this week as well. I will still walk the dogs as per usual. The oatmeal works for me because it a) fills me up, b) makes me ultimately consume less calories, and c) gets me back into a routine.
So Peaches, although I wish you were still on this earth with me, I know you are out there somewhere painfree and cheering me on. I love you "Little Miss" and was so blessed to have you teach me what is really important in life cannot be bought or bargained for. Woof-woof! xo Susan
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