Tuesday, August 24, 2010
For the past two months, we've had "air quality alerts" almost every day. Since I've just been diagnosed with asthma, my doctor advised I stay inside with the air conditioning during this extremely hot, humid weather. I've missed my two-mile walk in our beautiful Smoky Mountains area.
Today the hot spell has broken! I went for my walk this morning and enjoyed every minute of this 70 degree, sunny with cool breezes, beautiful blue sky day. The rains last weekend had cleared the air, greened up the grass, trees and flowers and gave new life to all nature, including me.
I wore my pedometer and logged 5452 steps and 2.4 miles, which will help me toward my goal of 10,000 steps per day. It's such a perfect day for drying clothes outdoors, I'll log more steps by hanging out a load of laundry on the umbrella clothesline out back and then more steps
gathering it in. It always smells so clean and fresh and the cool breeze softens each item.
Since I started Sparkpeople, I've discovered that all kinds of activities can be thought of as exercise - housecleaning, laundry, sweeping the sidewalk, shopping at the mall. As long as I'm wearing my pedometer, I know how many steps I've taken during the day and am really more conscious of the importance of staying active as I grow older.
Thursday, August 19, 2010
The summer of 2010 has been the hottest on record in many places, including where I live in east Tennessee. It takes me back to the summer of 1950, which I spent with my parents in San Antonio, Texas, sewing my trousseau. I was married on Aug. 19, 1950, so today my husband and I are celebrating our 60th anniversary together.
The summer before we married, my parents lived in a two-story house and I did my sewing in an upstairs bedroom. It was hot and humid and there was no air-conditioning. I was home from college for the summer and decided to save money by making my wedding dress. I practiced by making a sun-dress, a peignoir, and a nightgown. Then I was ready to make my wedding dress and veil. The fabric I got was washable organdy and the pattern featured a tight waist, very full skirt and scalloped trim on the sleeves and skirt. I must have sweated off several pounds that summer, working in that hot upstairs room. It's a good thing because that waist measured
about 25" and I had a tendency to be as my mother used to say, "pleasingly plump."
This summer, we've been preparing for a move by cleaning out closets and cabinets and have come across many old pictures. I found the picture of me in my wedding dress which accompanies this blog. I also found my wedding dress in the bottom drawer of a chest. As I looked at that tiny waist, I wondered, "Could I get into that dress, now that I've lost 10 pounds on Sparkpeople?"
Being cotton organdy, all I had to do was wash, starch, and iron it and it looked like new. I put it on and Hallelujah! I could zip it up! I got my husband to take a picture of me wearing my 60-year old wedding dress because I was so excited.
You can see when you look at the picture on my photo page that I look a lot older than I did in 1950, but wearing that wedding dress again made me feel just as excited and happy as I felt on my wedding day.
Ten pounds doesn't sound like much, but losing that much enabled me to wear smaller size jeans and slacks, skirts and even shoes. But best of all, I can still wear my wedding dress! For me, that's a great reward for my commitment to logging in and recording my food, exercise, 8 glasses of water and 8 hours of sleep every night.
Commitment and consistency work both in marriage and in weight loss.
Pictures of me in August 1950 and August 2010 are found on my photo page.
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