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Allergy Fit, Meteor Showers, ISS and a Walk...

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Went to bed before midnight last night (SHOCK!).... woke up around 3 or so just coughing up crud and in general acting like an allergy fit. While sitting in the bathroom in another coughing fit, my lungs seemed to be reacting to the stench of the fumes still out-gassing from my brand new, never yet been set up rebounder (Urban Rebounder). I decided to turn the electronic filter fan thingy off, because it just seems like all it does is stir it all up and make it more obvious...

So I thought well, talking a walk usually helps when I have an allergy fit. Then I thought, hey, today's the day that the Perseid Meteor Showers are supposed to be at the peak, in the early pre-dawn hours. At 4 am, it was "pre-dawn" alright! Then I remembered that the ISS was supposed to be flying by. I checked my iPhone Satellite FlyBy app with the GPS turned on and it said we get to see it around 5:02 am (I'm not looking at the app now, can't remember what it said.). But countdown was showing like 47 minutes away. YESSSSSS!

That sealed the deal, time to get my workout clothes on (okay, well just clothes that are already stinky and I don't mind walking in. Too fat for really glamorous high-tech workout gear that's cheap enough for me to buy on the sales rack!!), and I was OUTTA THERE! Drank a big glass of water (my big blue Gevalia Tall Iced Tea glass made of blue plastic, 24 oz), grabbed and washed my Gala apple, got it eaten while getting some other things taken care of, researching exactly where I was to look for the ISS (took a screen shot, because once it's happened, it rolls off the screen.). At some point in all of this, I set my timer at the 20 minute mark when the ISS app was counting 21 minutes or so to go, because the native Apple clock/timer app can run in the background while I go back to the Satellite FlyBy or other apps.

Got outside and the moon was pretty bright in the west, not yet set, and not yet lower than my neighbor's house, so I walked on downhill north from my home and found a nice dark place in the driveway of my other neighbor's house and just kept waiting, and looking... instructions said WNW and there was a nice clear place in those ranges, now that the moon was blocked by my house and my southern neighbor's houses farther uphill. And what's that funny star? it wasn't there just a few seconds ago! Yep! There it is, getting brighter and closer and BRIGHTER and oh wow! what a cool sight as it streaked on overhead, going eastward over the sky and finally fading back out the way it came in.

Not just real positive that I saw this, but as ISS was overhead, I *think* I caught the end of a meteor streaking by. It was already starting to get a bit cloudy in the west and south, and I couldn't remember where the particular star cluster is where the showers were supposed to "be coming from", so to speak. But I wasn't gonna quibble too much - the showers continue for a few days but it just "peaks" last night and pre-dawn this morning. 60 an hour is only one a minute, and they aren't all the long big streaking "Walkt Disney Falling Stars" kinda deal. Some are short, like a fast bug zigging by caught in the moonlight so one isn't sure if it was a bug or a star. However, it's been too dry for too much in the way of bugs (we've had rain recently but takes a bit more and a while longer to get the bug lifecycle restarted...).

ISS over, one falling star seen, time to head for a quick walk. Got my iMapMyWalk app on tracking my route and took off. Felt good so I thought I'd try running a bit just to speed things up, but gave myself permission to not feel like I had to run for an hour. I've not trained up to that point yet. And I don't have a really good laps type timer that I can actually SEE in the Dark, WITHOUT my glasses (ooooh that's a story for another day) I gave myself permission to run as far as I thought I could without stopping and stop when I felt I needed to, and none of that tricky "run 30 seconds rest walk 15 seconds run 30 seconds rest walk 60 seconds." or however those training schedules go... I would just run, walk fast (recovery, yea, that's the word!), and run, etc.

Of course, "run" to me, in my dreams, is the graceful slender long legged Olympic runners I see loping along on TV - that's kinda what I see in my mind's eye. But what I FEEL is this plod plod ((wiggle)) ((waddle)) and I think I need to find one of those "WIDE LOAD" signs I see on the back of Pilot Trucks accompanying the semi's that carry modular homes and other WIDE LOADS, and put it on the back of my pants. That way drivers can have something to laugh about while waiting for me to pull it over to the side of the road so they can pass me. My rear end isn't small enough for those cute tiny little workout shorts that have "PINK" or "HOT STUFF" or "GO TIGERS" on the backs... so "WIDE LOAD" will likely do just fine.

As it turns out, no one was up driving around (yaaay, no exhaust fumes to choke on!). I just made one longer loop, got past my house and the MapMyWak app said I was only at 19 minutes. I ran on past about half a block until I hit my 20 seconds and headed back home.


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DOTSLADY 8/30/2011 2:33PM

    That is so weird to read that about the Urban Rebounder, cause I just bought an old one at a yard sale for $5 and wanted to know more about them. I looked up amazon reviews and that's what some were saying. One reviewer even got a new one sent to him by the Pres of the company, said it was a tad bit better, but still had the odor. Mine doesn't smell - must've worn off. Nothing like a lil toxin to start your day (with a meteor thrown in)!

While I understand the humor in the 'wide load' (as I'd have done it myself when I was heavier), I can't help but hope you find the love in what you're doing for your body every time you share your wide load with others on the road. ;0). It does a body good to move, and I'm just glad you're honoring that.
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    WOW! I sure enjoyed your blog! emoticonWhat a treat you had, and if it had been me, I'm afraid I would have grumped and humphed about having to be awake and coughing in the night like that! It seems you completely forgot about the allergy attack with such wondrous things to see and do! Fantastic! emoticon

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Friday, August 12, 2011

So much to do, and instead I sit here on the computer and play all the games and write emails and rack up points, but NO EXERCISE. Yet.

I keep seeing cool photos in other people's blogs and had never really paid attention to the orange boxes above here, one of which says, (duh!) "Add Picture". Then "Add Emoticon", "Add Link" and of course, "Spell Check".

Sooo I shall practice uploading photos in my blog! Don't know why it seems new because I have uploaded a few photos into the main page. Hmmm.

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"You can do it" really wasn't what I wanted. The emoticon "TA-DAAAAH!" sadly seems to be missing from the available choices.

Okay, time for me to take the canning jars out of the dishwasher and fill the dishwasher up with our dishes.

Have a great weekend!


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    Ta Dahh! is a great one! I tried and tried to get SP to add emoticons, but nothing ever came of it. I guess they have other things to do first. emoticon

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GETUP-N-GOGIRL 8/12/2011 4:29PM

    Oh wow! I would LOVE a "Ta-Dah!" emoticon! I wonder if Spark accepts suggestions?

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Friday, July 29, 2011

I GOT RAINED ON in the parking lot at Target earlier this afternoon. I had parked clear out farthest away from the door so I could have a hike in, right?

Just a few minutes earlier, I was at a new Japanese grill & sushi place and about the time I finished eating, it had rained but it was a nice business like straight down rain, and then stopped just before I left. I took a photo of the rainclouds reflected in the parking lot puddles. (wish there was a way to upload via email from iPhone to SparkPeople, like using TwitPic or whatever.). When I got outside, it was steaming and hot even though it had rained, kind of like getting out of a hot shower (like summer rains in New Orleans or Florida - just enough to drive the tourists away!).

Then drove the 2 or 3 miles south to Target and most of that road was completely dry! Well, I figured, that's par for the course, very often we get these spot specific downpours where the next block over gets nothing.

I was in the parking lot for awhile, checking some stuff on my iPhone and just fussing about something, I forget, watching the rain farther south of me and the lightening and thinking I needed to get my stuff found and get into the store. I had already seen a cart that was out even farther past me and had it in mind to grab it and bring it in - it was a long ways past the farthest cart corral and I might as well walk more, right?

It started to rain and was just gentle ploppy drops and I thought, well time to get going. Got out of car, walked over and got the cart and THEN it just OPEN UP AND POOOOURED like buckets, but at a 45 degree angle, gusty winds, and kinda hurt to open my eyes. I was kinda leading with my left side. Target is on the west side of road, parking lot is east of Target, so I'm walking kinda crab-ways angled into Target just to avoid getting so much of it in my eyes, as the storm is south west moving northeasterly. So I was in it full scale head on!!

Had to gasp for air at times struggling with the cart and the wind and the sheer deliciousness of cold wet rain on my hot muggy body (there, I'm said I was "hawt" but only cause it had been nearly 100 degrees, not because I've lost 100 pounds, because I haven't YET! haha!)....and sort of mentally bracing myself for what I know will be freezing cold air conditioning once I get in out of the rain...

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and another family pulled in closer to Target and their kids spilled out, delightedly shrieking about the rain and the one girl looked at me incredulous at how wet I was getting (because I just walked in as dignified as I could, rather than running, even thought I got wetter and wetter because I was walking instead of running.)

OH, and I forgot how HEAVY my clothes would feel once I got wet!! Soaking Wet!!

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In other news, the National Weather Service just kicked off another emergency message - not sure what they said, but it has the red light on, not the orange light. Guess I better read my email and see what they just talked about (probably another Heat Warning because they've been saying that anyway.).

Oh, it was saying severe thunderstorm warning for the county where my mom lives, next one over.

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Have a great weekend! I hope the weather is nice for everyone else!

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IDLETYME 7/30/2011 8:26AM

    I remember RAIN! In the DFW area of Texas, it's only a memory!
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JANNEPERRY 7/30/2011 6:47AM

    They said Wichita got 1 inch of rain--at my house it was more like one little sprinkle! Hopefully we'll get some ore! emoticon

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PROVERBS31JULIA 7/29/2011 9:05PM

    Carol, it sure could have! I was there roughly between 1:30ish to almost 4 - were you leaving the store when it rained? or just coming in as I was?? ha!! I came in the north door (closest to electronics etc, although the first thing I did coming inside was heading south to the grocery area.).



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GETUP-N-GOGIRL 7/29/2011 9:04PM

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Goodness! Julia, you write so descriptively, I almost felt like I was right there with you getting rain in my eyes!

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    Oh, MAN! Am I ever JEALOUS!!! ENJOY that RAIN! emoticon

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AWESOMECAROL55 7/29/2011 7:39PM

    Okay..I got rained on in the parking lot of Target on North Maize road this afternoon!! No..It couldn't have been the same Target at the same time could it??? that would be a coincedence!!!LOL

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Spring Cleaning as "Indoor Exercise"...

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Yesterday I did about two hours or well more like three hours of cleaning inside, but I only counted 2 different chunks of time as "heavy cleaning" - busy cleaning out the little room where the porcelain throne resides. The "master bedroom bathroom" is kind of odd the way it's quasi-attached to our bedroom. (I think the guy who built the house was huffing something funny 25+ years ago when it was built - we only bought it in 1995.). It has its own door, separate from the area where the tub and sink are, and I took 2 boxes of debris on the floor - gobs of papers, many of which need to be thrown out or put in recycling bin, plus spiderwebs (you know, the brown recluse kind that look like dangling dust bunnies?). vacuumed the carpet...cleaned the throne...just spiffed it up, a long overdue spring cleaning! I wasn't running air conditioning very much - only set to about 78 degrees, but upstairs it was more like 83 degrees and I was sweating like a stuck hawg. As a result, that was my exercise, the antidote from sitting semi-comatose in front of the computer.

Today I need to vacuum up the stairs, as our long haired cat has shed about half of another cat's worth of fur (long black fur) up and down the staircase. Guess she thinks the staircase is her own personal masseuse!!

Plus my rebounder arrived yesterday - so I need to shovel out more debris from my bedroom, including the piles of clothes (SUSYINKC and I have already challenged each other to a "Take Five Garments To The Thrift Store" exercise, sort of like FlyLady Baby Steps, ya know??).

Time for me to get busy!!

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XFITSTRONG 7/29/2011 7:41PM

    Oh YES! I think it is SO worth it. It really gives me the encouragement that I know I am doing something right. I track my calories I eat and compare it to how many the BodyBugg says I burned and when I see the deficit I know I am on the right track.

When I bought mine a yr and a half ago, there were only 2: BodyBugg and GoWear Fit (which is now called Body Media Fit). When I did the research, I found they were both the same price, both made by the same people, but the GoWear Fit tracked your sleep efficiency: which I think is a COOL feature. So that is the one I got.

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PROVERBS31JULIA 7/29/2011 7:15PM

    @VOICEOFTRUTH1 so you think the BodyBugg is worth it then? I wondered if I didn't burn more calories than I gave myself credit for? Which one did you get - the cheaper one? or the one with all the extra goodies? seems like there were 2 or 3 major models the last time I looked at their website (nearly a year ago I'm sure.).


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XFITSTRONG 7/28/2011 6:05PM

    Good for you! I know from my BodyBugg that heavy cleaning can burn more calories than the gym, LOL!!!!

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Creating a Vision Board - with thanks to one of our own Sparkers

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

I read this article that M77355 had quoted on her blog - and I wanted to copy some of this down for my own use - especially since some of the three points seemed to apply more pointedly to me than other points...

Here are excerpts from Christine Kane's blog, the parts that spoke the loudest to me. It's funny, because as I read through her comments, I have flashbacks to art classes 30-40 years ago and as a teenager where I used to create these collages of just my favorite things - of course, many of those collages were about Donny Osmond, and well, that just didn't work out, obviously!! *giggle*

By: Christine Kane
"My drawing was a kind of a vision board. Vision boards do the same thing as my drawing did. They add clarity to your desires, and feeling to your visions. For instance, at the time I did my drawing, I knew I wanted to play in bars and coffeehouses. (I have since left the that circuit, and I’m performing in theatres and at conferences. But in my early twenties, I wanted to play in bars and coffeehouses. I was pretty clear about that!) Taking the time to draw it out, even poorly, made it indelible in my mind.

There are several methods you can use for creating your vision board. I’ve written about each one below. You can choose which one works best for you, depending on where you find yourself on this path of creating your life.

1 - The “I Know Exactly What I Want” Vision Board

Do this vision board if:

- You’re very clear about your desires.
- You want to change your environment or surroundings.
- There is a specific thing you want to manifest in your life. (i.e. a new home, or starting a business.)

How to create this vision board:

With your clear desire in mind, set out looking for the exact pictures which portray your vision. If you want a house by the water, then get out the Dwell magazine and start there. If you want to start your own business, find images that capture that idea for you. If you want to learn guitar, then find that picture. I remember at the last retreat, one woman yelled out, “If anyone finds a picture of a little girl with red hair who looks happy, give it to me!” And someone else yelled out, “I’m looking for a Cadillac!” Pretty soon, a lively trading session began. Following the five steps above, create your vision board out of these images.

2 – The “Opening and Allowing” Vision Board

Do this vision board if:

- You’re not sure what exactly you want
- You’ve been in a period of depression or grief
- You have a vision of what you want, but are uncertain about it in some way.
- You know you want change but don’t know how it’s possible.

How to create this vision board:

Go through each magazine. Tear out images that delight you. Don’t ask why. Just keep going through the magazines. If it’s a picture of a teddy bear that makes you smile, then pull it out. If it’s a cottage in a misty countryside, then rip it out. Just have fun and be open to whatever calls to you. Then, as you go through Step 2 above, hold that same openness, but ask yourself what this picture might mean. What is it telling you about you? Does it mean you need to take more naps? Does it mean you want to get a dog, or stop hanging out with a particular person who drains you? Most likely you’ll know the answer. If you don’t, but you still love the image, then put it on your vision board anyway. It will have an answer for you soon enough. Some women at my retreats had NO idea what their board was about, and it wasn’t until two months later that they understood. The Opening and Allowing Vision Board can be a powerful guide for you. I like it better than the first model because sometimes our egos think they know what we want, and lots of times those desires aren’t in alignment with who we really are. This goes deeper than just getting what you want. It can speak to you and teach you a little bit about yourself and your passion.

3 – The “Theme” Vision Board

Do this vision board if:

- It’s your birthday or New Years Eve or some significant event that starts a new cycle.
- If you are working with one particular area of your life. For instance, Work & Career.

How to create this vision board:

The only difference between this vision board and the others is that this one has clear parameters and intent. Before you begin the vision board, take a moment to hold the intent and the theme in mind. When you choose pictures, they will be in alignment with the theme. You can do the Theme Vision Board on smaller pages, like a page in your journal.
Some things to remember about vision boards:

- You can use a combination of all three types of vision boards as you create. Sometimes you might start out doing one kind, and then your intuition takes over and shifts into a whole different mode. That’s called creativity. Just roll with it.

- Your vision board might change as you are making it. I was just talking with a friend of mine who said that she had been making a vision board for the new year. The theme was all about what she wanted in this year. Then, as she pulled pictures and began to lay them out, the theme changed into a simpler one about her everyday life and the moments in each day. It surprised and delighted her to experience that evolution. You might find that you have little epiphanies from making a vision board.

Another option is to use these same principles in a big sketch book. Get a large sketch book and keep an on-going vision journal. This is especially effective if you’re going through many transitions in your life.

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JANNEPERRY 7/28/2011 7:54AM

    Thanks so much for sharing this. I hope more people read this. I had never really thought about the different types of vision boards and their potential purposes. This is really helpful! emoticon

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LESLIELENORE 7/27/2011 6:28PM

    I especially like the second one. I think I will have to try that. My life is very much in limbo right now, and I am often uncertain how to proceed. This may help provide some clarity. Thanks.

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