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Monday, June 07, 2010

I got out by 6:00 this morning, and it was 86 degrees and humid, but light enough to see. I was day-dreaming and walked by 15th street, and didn't realize it until I was a long way past, so I wound up with 3 1/4 miles in 70 minutes. When I got home at 7:10 it was 88 degrees, and I had a shower and shaved before breakfast. Fortunately I didn't have to cut the grass today, because it was really miserable.

I went along with Ace to the Walmart - she picked up a prescription and I got another set of rubber band exercisers. I had a set, but the last time I cleaned up I realized that I hadn't used them for a long time, probably never would, and dropped them in the trash. Now I'm willing to go back to the rehab exercises, but not the weight ones. It takes too long to recover when you mess up your joints.

For no good reason I was tired today, but I did get everything ready for the safe driving class tomorrow, and called all the prospective attendees to remind them once more of their responsibilities. With luck they'll all show up. I also put everything in the trunk of my car, so I'm ready to go over and set things up tomorrow morning. Now I'm done for today.

Oh yes - I was just below the minimum number of calories that SparkPeople think I should have if I eat another container of yogurt, so I need to have a snack before I go to bed. Then I'm done.

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MS.ELENI 6/7/2010 10:31PM

    Bill said it was too hot today. I love looking at the sunshine but it is hard to breathe out there now.
I think you do great with your exercising and your eating. I wish I could do half as good.
Hope you get some good rest tonight.

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Yard Work II

Sunday, June 06, 2010

I slept in today and didn't get up until almost 7. According to my thermometer, it was 86 degrees at 7 AM, the sky was overcast, and the grass was completely dry. I decided that today was the day to cut it, and the earlier the better because both yesterday and today had a 50 per cent chance of rain. I got started at 8:15 and finished at 9:50, so I got it done a half hour early. The saved time was because I didn't stop to dig up any sand burrs that I saw - just kept cutting the grass. When I finished everything I was wearing was soaked - sweat band for the head, shirt socks, and pants (except for a few dry spots on the legs). Then I finished off by picking up stuff and putting it back in the shed, letting Ace run the weed eater, cutting up a couple of old 30 gallon garbage cans, and doing a few more chores Adrienne had. I had another shower and shaved and put on all dry clothes before lunch. After lunch we went to Home Depot for wing nuts, pails, spray bottles, and lime remover.

Then I caught up with the SparkPeople entries. Now I'm getting ready for supper. I feel better now, but I was really tired when we bot back from Home Depot. A while in a recliner with a book is a good refresher, I guess.

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MS.ELENI 6/6/2010 8:34PM

    Couldn't help but smile at sleeping in late til 7. To me sleeping in late is any time after 10.
Once again you have had a busy day. It has to give you a good feeling of accomplishment. Makes me tired reading it. emoticon
Hope you are resting this evening.

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Yard Work

Saturday, June 05, 2010

I started the day with a three mile walk - at 78 degrees. It's 78 inside, but felt so much warmer at 6AM that I had to look at the thermometer on the front porch. I showered and shaved after the walk, and put on all clean clothes because everything I wore outside was soaked. After breakfast and the paper I considered mowing the grass today because the sun was shining and by 11 or 12 the grass would be dry. We have a 50 per cent chance of rain today or tomorrow, so picking a dry day is sort of a chancy thing before the fact. As it was, I just sent out and dug up sand burrs for more than an hour, and changed my clothes again because I was really really soaked that time. I'll have a go at the grass tomorrow, which is my normal day to cut it.

I made "Crockpot creamy rotini and chicken" today - started it before I worked on the lawn, and did everything right except read the part about putting the pasts and flour in an hour before it is done. I let it cook the full time, and THEN added the other stuff. It came out good, but sort of dry, probably because it cooked for an extra hour. It's still a good recipe for Bill and he needs lots of something to feed his two boys, and the recipe is for 12 servings. The directions say it's 215 per serving, but when I entered it in the food groups I got about 270 calories. Whatever it is, the chicken shreds to fibers, and it tastes good, both to me and to Ace.

She was hungry, so we went to McDonalds for ice cream. She had two carmel sundaes, and I had two strawberry sundaes. Then I came home and looked them up - the sundaes are about twice the calories of the ice cream cone. I expected 300 calories but got almost 600. I'll remember that forever.

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MS.ELENI 6/5/2010 8:10PM

    I use crock pots all the time. I now use two small ones and have his and hers. That way I can put what I want in mine plus count the calories easier.
Be careful out in this heat. It is awful out there. Find something to do in the AC. You could hire someone to mow the yard.
I have gotten surprised at calories when I ate out a few times.

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Aware Plaque Continued

Friday, June 04, 2010

I did pick up the award plaque, and met Bob R. to see if he approved. His first question was "What happened to this line?" After discussion, I took him with me to the trophy store, and asked the manager if they kept the paperwork. It turned out that they did, and the missing line was clear on the paper I had given them. They will have another award ready for us next week. It was lucky that I hadn't goofed, but too bad that they had to make the same thing twice for one payment.

Today I walked three miles in 64 minutes, which is a little slower than three miles per hour. I thought that the route I took was about two and a half miles until I found out that Mapquest will give you the distance in hundredths of a mile (about 53 feet resolution). My two mile courses are all about 2 1/4 miles, and I have two three mile courses now. Before there was only one, that I had measured with the car's trip odometer.

Now I just did 10 actual strength-building exercises. It's depressing how little I can do now - so I guess it's good that I finally caved in. It was the Spark Points list that finally made me give it a try. They give you points for a lot of things that help you lose weight, and I need all the help I can get. The starting program that I got from signing up was something that I know I don't want to do, but they let you define a bunch of personal exercises, and I went back 60 years for some of them. They're all good, but I hope they won't screw up my joints (specifically my neck and knee).

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MS.ELENI 6/4/2010 8:24PM

    Doing good. Hope the new exercises help emoticon emoticon

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PAMELASUE60 6/4/2010 6:12PM

  Way to go on your exercises - it can be daunting to begin, I know, I'm in that phase right now! Do remember, as you begin your exercises that proper form, or technique is really important. Do your exercises slowly in perfect form for a while to train your body for the real work out to come.

Keep your body in alignment so you don't put undue stress on any particular joint. Watch out for undue stress in your neck when you do crunches (there shouldn't be any stress in your neck, but we do tend to transfer it there, just watch out for it) Make sure that your knees never go beyond your toes when you do squats.

I know it sounds kind of dumb, but it is a really important step to take if you are just beginning a program.

best of luck! I think you'll be really proud of yourself as you see improvement.



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Award Plaque

Thursday, June 03, 2010

I walked 2 1/4 miles in 46 minutes today, did the SparkPeople stuff, had breakfast, sprayed the entire house with flea spray so we should be good for six months (the jug promises seven months), and then took the dogs to the Pinellas County animal control center in Largo. We have been taking them to a clinic every year and paying $10 each for a cheap rabies shot, and the $20 for a license, so every hear we pay $60 just to keep two miniature Schnauzers legal. This year we paid $42 for two licenses good for three years and two three year rabies shots. That's a future savings of $132 just for driving about 30 miles. There was no waiting at the pound, and they recorded the ID chip number for both dogs - they had lost them when they upgraded their software.
On the way home Ace had me stop at a bakery, and she bought two Danish pastries and a twist donut, which we split for lunch. Then I sprayed the garage for fleas after getting both cars out, and picked up the plaque for Jerry and Millie, the two AARP instructors who retired after volunteering for 20 years. Now I need to deliver it to my AARP boss, who has the job I refused three or four times.

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MS.ELENI 6/4/2010 8:32AM

    Having pets can be expensive. Glad you got a good deal. You do great with your walking. I need to get back to my chair exercises. Going to be a wet day to walk today.

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FANTASTIC731 6/3/2010 2:47PM

    Quite the deal! Hope you have the same great return on your flea spray!

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