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.
Sunday, September 04, 2011
Today I spent time with my mom. She's been out of state visiting my brother and his in-laws for the past three weeks. So we had lunch, got a froyo for dessert at Yogurt Xplosions, hung out at Target and World Market, went to see the open captioned version of "The Smurfs (2D", and had dinner at Jose Peppers (not my favorite place but Cheddars parking was too full for my mom to find handicapped access parking)..
Since I was up until 3 am, and slept in until about 10, I had an apple for breakfast and then just had lunch. It was light enough. Just took about 3/4 of it home. And after I got home, I realized I'd forgotten to ask them to substitute the black beans for the pinto beans (pinto beans have lard in them. I got a lardy butt already, I don't need to eat more!). So I guess most of this will end up being trashed. Oh well.
Enough yack and preamble... and on to the subject at hand. I keep thinking I want to, need to..change my SparkPeople handle to something more positive. For starters, the DrPepper company isn't paying me a stipend to advertise their name for free, right? Otherwise, eh well, who knows whether I can be bought for a price?? I can't say I'd never do it for even a million bajillion gazillion dollars, because I've never been put in that position. And the DrPepper company hardly knows or cares whether I exist, or that I want to recant from drinking so much DrPepper in years past, which has contributed to my current pathetic state of body. (not the sole cause of, obviously - much more in the pot than just DrPepper!!)
So then... I thought, what does "Julia" mean??
Looking at my baby name books and scads of online reference, most of them seem to agree that it is of Latin origin, which has trickled down through the various countries and languages into a variety of variations (isn't that redundant?)...a variety of alternate spellings - Yulia, Gillian, Galia, on and on.
Plus, the supposed meaning of Julia (or Julie, but I always liked Julia better and that's my legal name), since it was name of the girls in the Roman family Julius - could mean downy-haired, youthful, soft-haired (which mine is), vivacious (hmm, that's debatable!), or beautiful (I found only exactly ONE website that claimed it meant 'beautiful'). Most sources said "Youthful" or "Downy-haired". I wouldn't necessarily consider the hair on top of my head to be "downy" but I'm a bit squeamish at the idea that they might be referring to other body hair as "downy" - um what? armpits? my legs? gack!! what were they? perverts?!
Next, I looked for SparkPeople user names using "Julia" as all or part of their name - hundreds of user names, most have first name last name, first name middle name, but quite a few have numbers after them. I'm guessing most were variations of birth dates, anniversary dates, or other special dates in their history/herstory. Could also be SAT scores, their area code, secret astrology codes, who knows? I don't think I want to go there with tagging my name with a number.
I looked for SparkPeople names starting with "Beautiful" - well there are hundreds of them, I couldn't go through them all, even at searching 100 names per "page". Beautiful!! That's terrific.
I looked up Youthful and no one has selected "Youthful" to be a part of their name... Hmmm
So I'm kicking around ideas that could reflect a future goal.... JuliaIsYouthful ... YouthfulJulia ... etc (need to research what the maximum number of letters and characters allowed? I counted 15 on some of what looked like the longer names, and msdrpepper is only 10 characters.
Gotta do this right.... no rush.... and I need to rebound or do something to shake a leg here before I go to bed (again, much too late, but I was not home all day!!).
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