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Sandstorm in Jeddah

Monday, January 18, 2010


This is a short video clilp of our sandstorm in Jeddah today. It doesn't really capture the blowing sand and blowing trees well.
It will be a couple days before I can go for an outside walk again, all this sand will be in the air for days.

  
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MANAL.HOUSSINI 2/3/2010 6:34AM

    yes it was really bad this storm.
the wind had a scary sound

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AMYRWATSON 1/19/2010 6:30AM

    At least when it snows here it at least drops to the ground to deal with the sand flying around for days in definately something I would not want to do. Hope it clears up fast and have a nice day.

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JAVAJO47 1/18/2010 2:32PM

    wow! That is something else. I think staying inside is a good thing during a terrible storm like that.

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HJFOGARTY 1/18/2010 10:50AM

    wow all that sand and wind - it must cause so much damage - thanks for sharing - today we have something similar but it is all snow - not having fun here either! remember to take care of you!

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2LABS2LOVE 1/18/2010 9:09AM

    Wow...makes you appreciate your own kind of weather! The poor people and animals caught outside. The sound is amazing. Stay safe!



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GRAMMYEAC 1/18/2010 9:00AM

    Robin, What happens to cars left outside in a sandstorm? Does the wind blow hard enough to pit the paint job? Hard enough to blow sand into the engine compartments?

I know here a driving snowstorm can put enough snow under the hood to wet down the electrical system and keep a car from starting.

e

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Bootcamp Day 14

Saturday, January 16, 2010

I finally got back to doing the bootcamp workout today and it was good. I did the ab workout video. I couldn't quite do all of them but I modified a couple moves. I also did the bonus challenge of a brisk 15 minute walk but only walked for 13 minutes which was one lap or .78 miles. That felt good too!

I also did 38 minutes of Walk Away The Pounds video, 30 minutes additional core and strength training exercises.

My foot is ok but I still have to be careful with it, I did ok with the walking and the WATP video. I do keep it elevated when I'm sitting.

  
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AMYRWATSON 1/17/2010 1:21PM

    Keep up the good work.

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PAULASTRAS 1/16/2010 9:12PM

    good for you, am cheering you on my friend :)

love and hugs, paula :)

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Daily desk calendar note

Friday, January 15, 2010

Today's entry on SparkPeople's daily desk calendar is:
Post your written goals where you'll see them often--on your comp;uter, in a picture frame on your desk, as a bookmark, and in your wallet. These reminders will help you stay focused and on track. That is just what it says in The Spark book!

My foot is better today thank goodness. I don't think I could have sat on this couch another day! I will get in some form of exercise today too!

Let's all have a GREAT day!

  
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SANDYSKY1 1/16/2010 9:36PM

    I'm going to do that right now. I love this idea. I'm going to add it to my computer so it pops up immediately when I log on. Thanks for the tip. I'm reading SP too.

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PAULASTRAS 1/16/2010 9:14PM

    glad to hear your foot is better, trying to catch up on spark blogs, doing yours first.
have a great weekend,
take care,
love and hugs, Paula :)

God Bless You :)

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ILOVETOCRUISE 1/15/2010 10:36AM

    I like the picture frame idea. emoticon

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MEYLOSE 1/15/2010 8:58AM

    Terrific way to give yourself a boost when you can see what you wish to get to!!!!! A great way to get moving towards success, SPARK ON!!!!!!!!!!!

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WINNIEATWELL2 1/15/2010 8:21AM

    Visual reminders do help. Thanks for the reminder to post reminders..:) emoticon

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CHRISSYD7 1/15/2010 8:08AM

    That is a wonderful idea! That is what I've just started doing. Thanks.

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Bootcamp progress, sprained foot & other bits

Thursday, January 14, 2010

I am not keeping up with the bootcamp very well but that is water under the bridge. Like the Spark book says, don't beat yourself up over small things. I am trying to keep up. I did the video yesterday and I had plenty of fiber. I did the cardio and that how I got my sprained foot. I will try and keep up as much as I can now.

I was happily "walking" along with Leslie Sansone yesterday, doing the power boosted part of the walk, forward and backward walking and took one step too far backward and twisted my foot. I saw stars, it hurt. I stopped for a minute until the stars went away then checked the toes and the range of motion. It stopped hurting and felt ok so I went back to walking. later on in the evening it hurt a bit and it was swollen so I put ice on it. Today it does hurt a bit so I wrapped it but I am so uncomfortable trying to keep it elevated.
Sounds like a day to lay around and do cross stitch while I keep the foot up. It's one thing to sit around all day and do nothing when you have no energy, but it's another thing to HAVE to sit around when all you want to do is get up and move!

Speaking of Leslie Sansone, I joined her Walk Club yesterday. I got an AARP discount on the membership fee so that was GREAT. She has some extra videos you don't get without the membership plus a walk journal.

That's my story for today.

  
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SAMANTHALEAHE 1/14/2010 2:51PM

  Sorry about your foot hope it heals fast so you can get back in the walking. Cross stitch seems a good thing to do when your not doing anything else do to hurting. I do plastic canvas and tried cross stitch once but didn't get it. Well hope you are having a great day. emoticon

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ILOVETOCRUISE 1/14/2010 9:36AM

    Take care of the sprain. I hate to give bad news but they can take time to heal. Look on the bright side, you will get to do a lot of needlework. Take care and take it easy. emoticon

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HOPE2BE 1/14/2010 8:17AM

    Sorry to hear about your ankle. Perhaps the cross stitch will be nice to catch up on while you're healing. You might also try some exercises that you don't normally do like crunches to stay off your feet. That's also mixing up the exercises which is a good way to lose by confusing your body. Work around it where you stay off your feet. Good Luck

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JAVAJO47 1/14/2010 7:54AM

    Oh Robin! I'm so sorry to hear about your ankle. Just rest for the next few days so it doesn't get worse. Cross stitching sounds like a great way to pass away the time.

Next week Tuesday I need to go for some minor surgery and was told I won't be able to exercise for at least 2 weeks so I'm sure I'll get a little frustrated with sitting. This is how life goes, right??? :)

Hope you are able to get up and around soon my friend!
Jo Ann

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SOFEDUPP 1/14/2010 7:10AM

    I am sorry that you got hurt walking. Hopefully it won't take long to heal.

That is great that you joined Leslie's Walk at Home program. I found one of her videos on-demand and have been doing that. I really enjoy it.

Here's to a speedy recovery.
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AMYRWATSON 1/14/2010 6:47AM

    Great preserverance. You kept going and that is important. If you can't use your foot try using the fitness ball and there are videos for this too. At least you can strength train and still feel good. Hope you get better soon.

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GRAMMYEAC 1/14/2010 5:51AM

    Ouch, Robin! I hope it's nothing more than a sprain that will clear up with a day's rest.

I, too, have found it hard to keep up with the Boot Camp workouts. It's very hard to do when you're away for a few days without access to a computer.

Get that foot well soon!

e

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Crockpot Oatmeal

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Who would have thought? This was on the SparkPeople Daily desk calendar for January 2/3
Apple Cinnamon Crockpot oatmeal:
Combine 2 cups oats, 1 chopped apple, 1 tsp cinnamon and 4 cups water in your slow cooker. Cook on low overnight and sweeten to taste. Servies 4, 170 calories, 2g fat.

  
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AMYRWATSON 1/15/2010 6:47AM

    That doesn't sound to bad we'll have to give that a try and it is warm good at this time of the year.

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MELTEAGUE 1/14/2010 1:07PM

    O my , thanks so much for this, I have been looking for a solution for oatmeal in the morning without the stress! thanks!

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LOSINWEIGHTJEN 1/14/2010 12:18PM

    sounds great!

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RWETHAIRYET 1/14/2010 10:36AM

    I love doing grains in the crockpot for breakfast. One recipe I have includes steel cut oats, barley, brown rice and dried fruit and it makes enough to get me through the week.
And best of all...that first morning it's all ready for me!

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KNICKGIRL 1/14/2010 9:11AM

    Sounds Yummy.. will definately try!

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JAVAJO47 1/14/2010 7:51AM

    This sounds pretty darn yummy! Did you make a full batch since it's just you and the hubby? My husband travels alot and I know that four is a bit much for one person. Maybe I'll cut it in half and give this a try. Thanks so much for bringing this recipe to our attention.

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HIGHBURY.HOUSE 1/14/2010 2:50AM

    This sounds lovely - going to give it a try. Thank you.

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DOLPHINFAN1334 1/14/2010 2:46AM

    I THINK I WILL HAVE TO TRY MAKING THAT. MY SON LIKES OATMEAL BUT I DO NOT EAT IT. I NEED TO GIVE IT A TRY JUST TO SEE IF MAYBE I CAN START TO LIKE IT. THANKS FOR THE INFORMATION AND HAVE A GREAT DAY!!! emoticon emoticon

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