Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Yesterday at work, one of my co-workers started on a diet called the "Sacred Heart Diet" She raved about how well it worked and how full she was and how "you will lose 10-17 pounds in 7 days." I KNOW better than this, but what do I do? Three of us decided we'd try it for the one week. What could it hurt? I agreed to make the soup that is the mainstay of the diet and one girl was going to go buy the fruit and another the veggies. Today was to be all the soup you could eat plus all the fruit you could eat. Tomorrow, the soup and veggies only, except you could have a large baked potato at dinner. Then a large amount of beef the next couple of days and a day of nothing but bananas and skim milk!
I actually went home and made a HUGE pot of the soup. Then my senses returned and I realized this is nothing but an old fad diet with a newer name than I knew it by. Yes, you may well lose a large amount of water weight in that 7 days, but it would all come back as soon as we started eating normally again.
I can't believe for a short time I actually contemplated following it! For what, to be hungry and live on soup and fruit for a week, only to gain every bit of that false loss back the next??
I know how to lose weight, by eating well and exercising. There are no quick fixes. I've done remarkably well, losing almost 50 pounds from April to October last year...by eating good, healthy food! I can't believe part of me was ready to start this diet today. I reverted right back to my old ways....looking for quick fixes and magic formulas to shed the pounds...when I KNOW it's a lifestyle change and there are no magical powers to do it otherwise. I think it was the fact that I have gained some of that almost 50 back. I've had a rough couple of months. BUT, I've come too far to go back and am going to march ahead and reach my goal in 2010....the right way :-)
I still have a huge pot of soup...fortunately it is full of healthy veggies and I used no salt added tomatoes and fat free, low sodium broth. Now it will just be there as a snack if I'm hungry...not as the mainstay of my next week of meals.
Old habits do die hard.....but at least I caught myself!
Monday, February 08, 2010
A major community icon, the PW Ice Arena (formerly SkateQuest) is no longer. On Saturday afternoon, after well over 2 feet of snow, the ice rink collapsed. Fortunately the owners heard noises and saw beams in the ceiling twisting and evacuated the building. It was almost an hour later before it came down, so there were no injuries. HAZMAT had to be called in and they were there for hours due to the risk of an ammonia leak. Ammonia is used in very large quantities to keep the ice fresh.
A view inside on the public skate side of the rink:
All 4 of my children grew up ice skating here every week. My oldest son was Hockey Director and was employed by SQ for over six years.
This was the office where he worked:
and this was part of the back offices:
This is the what was the lobby and front desk:
This is what were the bleachers for people to watch the hockey games on the NHL rink:
It was not only a place for kids to come and have fun skating, but it also had a NHL hockey ice arena where many hockey games were played. On Saturday, there were people from all over the country there for a speed skating competition, including the "cream of the crop" skaters that were looking to qualify for the next Olympics.
and this is another view from inside:
This used to be the front entrance. Note the wreath still hanging that says: "We Love Snow". How ironic for a place that loves ice and snow to have snow be it's downfall....
My thoughts are with the owners and employees who are now without jobs. They say they will rebuild. Hopefully a place for many of the community to come to, will be once again....
Saturday, February 06, 2010
Well, I love snow. Before this year, we haven't even had our normal amounts for a number of years. My youngest daughter who is 14, hadn't seen what her older brothers and sisters had because in the last 10 or so years we barely got more than 5-10 inches in a whole season.
This season, in December, we had a blizzard. It was the most snow ever recorded in December for our area.
This year, we've had a couple of smaller storms, 10 inches just last weekend. But just about 3 feet yesterday into today! This pic was much earlier today, when it wasn't nearly over yet!
Somewhere in here is my car. I don't know how long it will take to dig out!
Here's my daughter sitting on a snow bank
and here's the front of my house
and here's the beginning of a LONG time of digging out....
I shoveled yesterday evening every couple of hours until I went to bed, trying to avoid having to shovel 2-3 feet of snow today. Unfortunately a large amount of our accumulation happened while I slept. The above picture was this morning while it was still snowing, and we got a lot more all day long, so this afternoon and evening I basically started over!
I figure if I do an hour or so several times a day, I might be out by Tuesday, LOL.
Hope everyone else in the area is warm and safe. So many people are without power, but fortunately ours has stayed on.
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