Saturday, September 10, 2011
I went to bed before 10 pm last night I think it was, and slep well enough until about 2 or 2:30 am. Got up for bathroom and drink of water, but seemed like I was up several more times after then (keeping in mind that the previous week I was only going to bed AT 1:30 or 2 am!!).
Finally woke up again around 5 am and felt sluggish and dull and achey as if I hadn't slept at all. So much for going to bed early...
Went for walk and stars were so bright. And then I remembered that I'd forgotten to go outside and see the auroras (or at least see if there were any this far south. I did get a YouTube link for a video shot overnight in Minnesota...
It's a lower resolution camera, so doesn't have that lush look like you see in some movies. It takes a fairly high resolution high powered camera and lots of $$$ to get those really super gorgeous shots... and places like Kansas there is usually so much atmospheric interference (haze? dust?) that the auroras were never that big and rippling, at least not the 3 or 4 I've seen - colorful, yes, but not like this one.).
But I digress... so I just got to enjoy a nice long walk...came home and ate some cereal and a few hours later was still hungry so ate leftover veggies from dinner last night.
Anyway I feel really tired, so I'm gonna go to sleep soon. Won't get all my possible points but oh well.
Friday, September 09, 2011
Did you see the Daily Spark contest for this week?
Think I'll put those down in my list of "prizes" or "gifts to myself" or whatever you call it when you reach some intermediate goal weight...
Got laundry going...ran some errands... need to do some other things... just taking a little break now... but thought I'd mention the link in case you haven't gone there and signed up to enter for a chance at a new pair of shoes!!
and in other news, okay so I'm a little nerdy this way, but there are CME's that have already hit the earth today (Sept. 9th) and will continue to hit earth - CME's are Coronal Mass Eruptions or something like that, where the Sun just kinda gets a little TOOOO gassy and rips this big huge CME, which... I'm not sure if this is like a big belch or a big fart... (sorry!!) but when it hits the earth, typically it results in seeing Auroras at the poles - which is something USUALLY only the people in higher latitudes like Alaska, Canada, Scandinavian countries, Iceland etc etc but occasionally people in the northernmost states of the USA or equivalent in Europe can occasionally see. We've actually seen them in Kansas 3 or 4 times in the past 8 or 9 years, probably might have been more often except I slept through them... heh.
So it's cloudy here right this very very minute, as we had some spotty rain earlier this evening (it rained at the grocery store, filled up all the low places in the parking lot and I got my pant bottoms wet, but at the post office, some 2.5 miles away, dry as a bone..cloudy... but dry.). But I'm hoping it clears out and I can poke my head outside and see some auroras. Maybe not, but one can dream. www.spaceweather.com
I'm sure I'm forgetting something else but hey, that's what the "EDIT" button is for!
Thursday, September 08, 2011
Was in town to get supplies at Sam's Wholesale Club, and the food tasters were there. I tried one that looked innocent enough - Chicken fried rice... didn't check the labels. But as soon as I started chewing and tasting, I realized it was higher in fat than I'm used to (it kinda hits my tummy funny), and it just tasted like bacon! I spit it out and grabbed the box and started reading it - sure enough, there was PORK bacon in the list of ingredients, nevermind that the box only said CHICKEN in big prominent letters. That's deceptive! I shouldda read the label first, before even tasting it.
Then later on, the DS and I went back into town to meet up with DH for dinner - he has to work late late late on a hot incident at work (works with computers and with big-name famous customers who also have computers, who live and die by computers, else their business would no longer exist!!). We thought we'd try out the new Mexican restaurant nearby but it's not yet remodeled and opened. So we went to the Noodles & Co. nearby.
There, I tried the new "Sandwich Duos" - specifically "The Med Duo" and the "Cucumber Tomato side salad". Both were loaded with veggies - tomatoes, onions, cucumbers, chilantro, mushrooms, on and on it goes, and there was also chicken in the sandwich, held together in a slab of flatbread.
But on the way home, I guess the cucumbers were just talking nasty back at me and my gut kinda ached, and I started craving ICE CREAM. Not sure why. And I was on my way to the local grocery store, since Thursday is Banana Day - at .18 cents a pound (can you say "loss leader"?), it's a weekly pilgrimage. (Close enough that I can go back on Friday for anything else I forgot, but thursday is the only day the bananas are that cheap.
Went by the ice cream area and thought about getting some, even though a) I was full from dinner, b) I need more ice cream plastered to my Wide Load like I need another hole in the head, and c) um.. well... I had a third reason but it left the station and I can't remember it now. Sorry. Guess I can make up a third reason, like, oh, having to deal with a bazillion fat calories and extra grams of sugar, both of which I also needed like a frontal lobotomy performed by a monkey, but that really kinda ties back into reason #2.
Anyway so I decided, NAAAAH I have some lovely Greek Yogurt (plain) at home, that I can pimp up with stevia, cinnamon, vanilla extract, and that thought got me out of the store WITHOUT any ice cream. As I drove home, I also thought about taking out a frozen banana and whirling it in the Ninja blender with the formerly mentioned Greek yogurt and really pimping it up into a nice frozen ice-creamish treat.
But I got home... collapsed in front of the computer, and I don't think I want anything cold to eat before bed. May just swill down a big glass of almond milk.
ARRRgh DS is making that annoying sound from "The Smurfs" movie.... (you know, where the Papa Smurf tells Crazy Smurf to "sound the alarm" and Crazy Smurf goes into an air raid siren mode....
I'm too tired...
Wednesday, September 07, 2011
Today was a busy day for me, exercise-wise...
it was also a short day, as my husband got home about 1 am and we were up till after 2 am talking. I got up in time to see our son off to the bus, but after a quick breakfast of tea and toast with vegetmite, I took a nap.
When I woke up, I realized that it was Tuesday and I'd almost forgotten I'd said I'd meet my girlfriend for Water Zumba at the Y, so I set about getting changed, packing a change of clothes, getting a towel, my water, everything except my brains evidently - as I got there and didn't have a lock for the locker. So that bag just came on into the pool area with me and got hung up on the side wall hooks.
After class, we ate lunch. After lunch, I ran some errands...came home... and still felt tired and headachey and ringing (tinnitus), no matter how much water I drank or anything. Obviously I didn't eat too well this weekend and not enough sleep, and need to detox.
Finally I decided to rebound anyway, even if I felt cruddy. It was warm upstairs, about 75-80 degrees, but I had ceiling fan on fast enough that I was feeling a breeze and it felt good. Went through "Take on Me" "Forever Your Girl" "My Prerogative" and "Addicted to Love". Basically I just treated it as if running on the rebounder, with some jumping jacks and just generally pumping my arms etc, no fancy footwork or trying to follow along with an instructed video, none of that. Just wanted to get lost in the music and pound it out.
I was sweating good about 12-15 minutes and I went on for a total of 25 minutes. Then... in the process of trying to log the cardio minutes based on my Perceived Rate of Exertion and factoring in the calories, I was NOT happy with the low numbers for calories burned that SparkPeople's "Random Calorie Guesstimator" could spin out for me!
Sooo (I'll get it and paste in my notes in a bit...), I plugged in other Cardio "equivalents" based on how I've felt when I've done those types of exercises - you know, like the "rate of perceived exertion" (oh and I tried to take my pulse rate, but I keep losing track of the number of heartbeats while I also had music playing in my ear.I should have just taken earphones off and cut to silence to count - it's like watching the numbers count by and I'm counting my heartbeat at a faster rate and pretty soon I'm all discombobulated - rather like someone reciting the alphabet in random order while you are trying to spell a word or do some writing of your own. Jokesters!)...
What SparkPeople said:
Trampoline jumping (including rebounding, tramponline running) 25 (min) 160 (cal)
My other "guesses" based on how I've felt when I've walked or run at those speeds compared to how I felt after rebounding this evening...
Running: 10 min/mile (jogging) 25 (min) 500 (cal)
Walk 15 min/mile 25 (min) 225 (cal)
I was on the rebounder....basically in straight ahead running type positions, and was sweating good by 12-15 minutes (of course, my bedroom upstairs was like about 75 degrees (F), but we can disregard that little detail...). So why is there like a 400 point spread?? That's absurd!! And I was sweating, you know, dripping in my eyes, burning my eyes, (forgot to get me a sweatband because I didn't think I was gonna work out that hard!!).
In other news, my iPhone seemed to be fritzing out through my playlist. It's really disk 1 and disk 2 of a 2 cd set about 80's Hits (I forget exact title, but it's popular hits during the 1980's.). Basically my 25 minutes was largely made up by these 4- 5 songs, but there was a fair amount of skipping back as my biuetooth would chirp merrily to alert me that it was ditching the song at a random point and going on to another song. May be time to find a different way to play songs. I need a teenager to program my iPhone (one that actually knows how to change the library to my external hard drive and find the songs that are ALREADY there... oh, and I even won an iPod from SparkPeople a year or two ago but haven't been able to figure that out either.)...
"Forever Your Girl" 4:13
"My Prerogative" 4:32
"Take On Me" 3:46
"Good Thing" 3:19
"Addicted To Love" 4:04
You know how fast these songs are, right? (well, if you're familiar with 80's music!) So, you can imagine that for chunky little Wide Load me, I'd be working up a sweat. The 160 calories for all of that is total malarkey!!
Right now I have all 3 of those exercises on my fitness tracker - I'm thinking I may just pick one and delete the other two. And I'm thinking I'll pick a middle number...
But... I am seriously wondering though, for any of you who use FitBit or BodyBug, is this the kind of situation where a FitBit or BodyBugg would actually make a more accurate judgement call as to the number of calories you burned (more or less)?? I'm so IRKED!! There can't be a 400 point spread here... can there? Does the temperature of the room factor in on that too, even though the ceiling fan was keeping a bit of wind-chill going on so that I never felt like it was "too hot" while I was working out. I just sweated. (sweat is good, right Yoovie? like I just killed off some fat cells??).
I'm too tired to sort this all out... but need to get this posted and whatever other SparkPoints before the midnight witchin' hour when I'm just too late.
Monday, September 05, 2011
Last night, I tried out the Vegemite that I bought at World Market yesterday... very tasty! I was warned online to try a thin coating, not to slap it on like a thick layer of cherry preserves. NO kidding! But after eating some donuts the thin layer I had helped antidote the cake donuts. Yum!! Was really like eating beef bouillon (and in fact, one of the suggested ways to take it is in a cuppa hot water and about a 1/2 tsp of it and stir it like a savory "tea" drink, much the way my mom used to make us beef bouillon "soup" in a mug on cold winter days.). Then this morning, I spread it thin on some leftover pieces of Naan that my son abandoned here at the house when he went off to Oklahoma.
Allowed myself to just vacuum for about an hour in one corner of our cluttered bedroom. It was dussssssty and cob-webby, really nasty. Rome wasn't built in a day and my house won't be vacuumed in one day. But I estimate I killed off a bunch of baby spider eggs, and maybe a half-million dust mites or other allergenic particles, the stuff that makes my husband and I cough at night when we're trying to sleep - all sucked down in my Dyson! I can't gloat yet until I've emptied the Dyson into the trash (which should go out tomorrow, if they aren't held up a day because of taking today off.). We wouldn't want them to hatch inside the canister.
Sooo the guys are on the way home. Think I'm gonna put the bedroom back together for the night so we can sleep, and will have to work on it another day for more vacuuming.
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