Saturday, February 05, 2011
This morning I weighed in two pounds lower than I did yesterday, so I only have another two pounds to go in the next five days to get back to "normal," which is something I can't accurately define. I actually weighed the same last Thursday, but lost a couple of pounds during the day. I did do a lot of eating at supper and afterward, but it was food I prepared.
There is one woman in Michigan who has snow drifts burying her house - 15 feet out in front and 8 feet in back of the house, with just the mailbox lid and flag showing. I would feel guilty complaining that it has been raining most of the day - not very hard but constantly. The blossoms are about all gone from the peach tree - for a while it looked as if some branches were going to turn into a cluster like the grapes make. If they do that again the branches are going to break.
I did take pictures of the grape vines this morning, starting with the first red and going down the line. Here they are.
As you can see, the first red was the biggest vine, with the first bud, first leaf, and a huge shoot sticking up now. It shot up about three inches yesterday morning, and a bunch more today. The smallest and slowest is the second red, which has only two leaves so far and no runner at all yet.
The peach tree has shed most of the blossoms - the petals are covering the ground under it, but the leaves are springing out to get on with the new season. It looks like this how:
Because of the rain I walked on my manual treadmill. It is much more demanding that the sidewalk because I have to bend forward to make it run and I worked up a sweat after only 10 minutes. It gets my heart rate up too. It's more than just walking uphill because of the bending, so it seems to be more of a strain on my legs. I think it might be an improvement of outdoors if I can get used to it.
Friday, February 04, 2011
When I got up this morning I weighed in 3.5 pounds lighter than I did yesterday morning. I didn't do anything to make it happen, so it must have been a lack of sodium from salt, soy sauce, baking soda, baking powder, MSG, sodium nitrate, sodium nitrite, etc. I really didn't do anything to drop that three and a half pounds. I just hope it continues.
The carpet looks like it was just laid. It's too bad we didn't have it cleaned before the company, but on the other hand Annie and Jerzy dripped a lot of things on it, and I still haven't got the stove as clean as it was before they got here. Maybe it was just as well.
I took Jack to lunch today, and my lunch was just two Michelobes. I'm hoping for another loss tomorrow morning. If I get one, I can claim that it was because I ate less, but the two beers substituted for a nice lunch. I'm not sure, but I think I'm spoiled.
While the BW was gone this afternoon, I started a pot of soup. I had to use our largest soup pot because I used three pounds of carrots, a bunch of celery, three pounds of onions, a few garlic cloves, a pound and a half of smoked turkey wing, a couple of bay leaves, and a couple good shakes of crushed red pepper from a large container. No salt. It's on the stove now, and in about an hour I'll fish the turkey out, discard the skin and bones, and dice the meat before throwing it back in. Then I'll have to cool it down. I would have put in a cup or two of barley, but the BW is avoiding barley. She plans to avoid certain foods, one at a time, and see if that makes any difference to her digestion.
All four grape vines seem to be growing, so it looks as if I'll be putting up a grape arbor. I just hope they don't all catch some terrible disease after it's up. The Concord grapes were like a weed, but they won't grow down here.
Thursday, February 03, 2011
I couldn't walk in the morning Tuesday and Wednesday because I had to be at Coral Oaks so early, and I was busy later in the day. Today I walked nearly four miles by myself, stayed home while the BW took the dogs to the dog park in Dunedin and went shopping. I was keeping the carpet cleaners company and paying them. She came home with problems, and then I mixed up a sprayer of weed killer and treated the ones I had missed the last time. I would cut the back yard, but I want to let the big weeds have a chance to croak. I pulled the really big ones by hand, but there are a terrible number of small ones in patches.
Then I went to TOPS and weighed in. I was four pounds under my top limit last week, and three and a half over this week. It has been a hard week, with too much eating out, too many treats at Coral Oaks, and I take Jack to lunch tomorrow, drive down to Venice Sunday, and party at the reunion Tuesday and Wednesday. I come home for Monday, attend a Kiwanis meeting Tuesday before driving back to Venice, and come home again Thursday to weigh in again. Meanwhile, I need to reread the Weight Recorder's Manual and check for updates online, because it looks like I could be out of leeway two weeks, but only be dropped on the third weigh-in if I am still out. I'll do my best to get back there by next Thursday, but I'm a little worried.
I had a Cobb salad at the Kiwanis meeting last night, and was one more pound heavier this morning again. There doesn't seem to be any limit, and I'm not really doing that much wrong.
Monday, January 31, 2011
I started a new pocket notebook yesterday. I started the last one on March 5, 2010, and finished it January 29, 2011, so it lasted just less than 10 months. When I first started keeping one they were provided by the Navy, had a nice Naugahide cover, and opened sideways. I only put things in there that I really needed to remember, such as the name, location, and phone number of sponsors (alias customers - someone who sent money to have a job done). Because the information was entered serially, is was a miserable filing system, but because I always had it with me, I could look up the information I needed wherever I was, and it was there when I needed it, even after three to five years when I didn't. Of course, one of those notebooks lasted me a lot of years, and I only had a few of them.
After I retired, I found that I couldn't buy those pocket notebooks - they had a Federal Stock Number, but Office Depot and Staples didn' have anything like the books I had used. I ended up buying a cheap commercial version that had a spiral wire binding, which was not very satisfactory. The binding would get bent and unwind because I would write on both sides of the paper, and the bent wire would snag and tear the pages. After a few of them I switched to the ones with the binding across the top of the pages. That works fairly well if you can find the ones with a plastic cover, and is satisfactory even if you have just a heavy cardboard cover. The reason I use them up so fast now is that I have found that when I started trying to count my calories, I need to write down exactly what I eat at about the time I eat it - either before or immediately after. If I wait until the end of the day there is sure to be something, and usually a number of things, that I forget to write down.
When I first started losing weight, I simply did the Pritikin thing - no sugar, no salt, no fat, no caffeine, and very little meat - no more than three or four ounces per day. Also rove, which is just get out and cover ground. I ate all I wanted and automatically had the pounds drop away.
After I mishap, I got off the wagon for a couple of years and gained about 20 pounds back. That is when I joined TOPS, started counting calories, and charted my progress. To count the calories, I need a way to get them down immediately, and that is my pocket notebook.
Sunday, January 30, 2011
Yesterday I helped the BW clean up some of the landscaping in the front yard. It turned out that the tractor scoot didn't really help that much, first because everything isn't level and nice, and second because you still have to bend over to reach the ground. She was pretty frantic for a while, but eventually calmed down. She is particularly adamant about the hammock she has - the stand is just always in the way. I finally agreed to drill a hole in the back of the garage wall and set a post to get the hammock up. The cement blocks aren't as strong as solid concrete, and I'm not sure how to get a correctly sized hole in the wall, but I was willing to head for Home Depot yesterday - then she told me to wait until Monday and avoid the weekend crowd.
After that I spent most of the rest of the day getting ready for the safe driving class Tuesday and Wednesday. I inventoried all my pass-outs, and went to Office Depot to get more of the ones I was short. There are 23 people signed up, so I sorted out the two types of manuals and packed only 23 of each. Lately I have been just putting everything in the big plastic tub I carry, but a combination of 46 "magazines" and the rest of the stuff is too heavy for me.
Then I made up name tags for everyone, and will call them all once before the class to try to get most of them there early enough to register.
I also spent a while reviewing my teaching guide, and decided that I will try to see the maintenance people tomorrow, and try again to get a separate table for the pass-outs and name tags. The little one they leave me isn't big enough for either set of items by itself.
Last night my stomach didn't feel well. I let Ralphy out at about 2:00, and right after I went back to bed it started bothering me. It got worse until I finally vomited. At least I knew it was coming, and had a big bowl ready when I needed it. After three times around I was able to go back to sleep, and I didn't feel too bad this morning. As near as I can figure it, there was a peach that I ate yesterday morning which had a discolored area in contact with the pit, and which tasted a little different. I can't think of anything else that might have caused the problem, so I'm going to be very picky about food, at least for the near future.
I had a good nectarine and a good apple this morning. Then I read Garfield, who was lured by donuts. The BW was called by donuts, and I cracked and bought four big ones. We each ate two. I'm still not back in control.
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