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Driving to Walk.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Adrienne wanted to walk in the cool, and on the Dunedin Causeway, so last night I set the alarm for 5:55, got up a little earlier, and was in the bathroom while it went off. We did get out where the water is on both sides of us before the sun came up, and she was amazed at the speed at which it moves. We only walked a half hour. It was very bright on the way back to the car. She had sunglasses, I didn't.

I cut the grass and sprayed today, then had a fit and picked all the peaches left on the tree. The ones with bugs went in the trash and the rest are in the sink. I just finished washing them and left them to dry. They will have to ripen on the counter. When a peach gets ripe on the tree, the beetles and snails colonize it. I never saw anything like this in Ohio or Indiana, but they actually poke a hole in the skin, then eat it from the inside out. Spraying weekly doesn't even slow them down. I finally concluded that the only way to get peaches is to pick them while they're hard as a rock, then wait for them to ripen enough to eat. It's disappointing, but I guess that's going to be the rule here from now on.

Tomorrow I will take Ace with me to the causeway, but we will split up. She will walk her own path and I will do mine. It's sort of silly to drive somewhere to walk around, but it should get her out again. Her rehab is supposed to be walking. This morning it took us 30 minutes to walk 8 tenths of a mile, and I normally walk three miles in an hour, then take the dogs out for another mile in 30 minutes. We'll see how this goes - there were a fair number of people on the trail this morning, but I don't know how busy it will be on a work day.

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ROWINGFOOL 6/16/2010 3:22PM

    I don't think its silly to drive somewhere to walk; you do whatever you need to motivate yourself!
(or your wife in this case)

If that means some new scenery, then so be it. After all, it's not any worse than someone who drives to the gym or an exercise class.

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MS.ELENI 6/13/2010 8:25PM

    Dunedin Causeway is a great place to walk. I use to fish there a lot years back. Fred Howard is another good place to walk out on the causeway. It has bathrooms and water fountains too.
Bugs get in everything it seem around here. Hope your peaches ripen ok.They should.
I got back to my chair exercises today. My hats off to both of you for getting up so early.
Years ago we walked at Howard park and always split up as Bill was a fast walker like you and I was a slow poke.

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S3XYDIVASMOM 6/13/2010 7:47PM

    I think it's somewhat ironic to take a drive so that you can walk. Then, again, it is nice to have a change of scenery. I walked to the gym today to use their elliptical machine. Felt very self-righteous about it.
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Big Kiwanis Meeting

Saturday, June 12, 2010

I put in my four miles this morning before it got too hot - from 6 to 7:40. There was a 10 minute delay while I got a had and put leashes on the dogs for the last mile. Then it was picking peaches for a while while my laundry worked itself, and later (4 to 6 PM) a visit to Wall Springs Park. I hadn't been back since they opened the picnic shelters, observation towers, and walkways. I need to go back by myself and climb one of the observation towers - it looks as if we have water on both sides of the walkway, and I don't know whether it's salt or fresh. You might be able to tell from the towers. The only resolution of the meeting was that both clubs will ask the membership to vote next week, and if they do both decide to go ahead, to appoint committees to work on acceptable solutions to some of the problems listed.

When I got home Ace had eaten her steak, and there never was any pizza. I drank two of my NA beers in the park and brought two home, so I drank another while I had chips and salsa, then made a pot of decaf to have with an avocado for supper. If I can believe the spark people numbers, I'm still about 370 calories below what I burned today. I hope they[re right. All the salt from the corn chips makes me gain weight that may (or may not) be temporary.

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MS.ELENI 6/12/2010 10:05PM

    They did a nice job on Wall Springs. Bill likes a nice cold NA beer during the hot summer.
It was super hot today. It is raining now and we sure need it.

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ALEXTHEHUNN 6/12/2010 7:53PM

    Sounds like you're doing very well. Keep it up.

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Flexibility Test.

Friday, June 11, 2010

This is a test to see if I can write a blog separately, off line, and then just add it to the SparkPeople program. If I can, I can work on it from time to time during the day, and then copy and paste to get it on the pages, both S.P. and the other.

I just did that, so I guess it is one of the things I can do. I walked three miles in an hour today, then walked the dogs another mile. That was great, and I had more than 8,000 steps to start the day off, and I saw it at about 11,000, but again I somehow hit the reset button because I looked and it read 331. I said "Shucks," or something like that.

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MS.ELENI 6/11/2010 11:17PM

    LOL shucks you say. . emoticon I bet it was something else. I never had much luck with pedometers back when I could walk.
Great job on the walking.

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See the doctor.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

It was a beautiful morning - I walked 3 miles form 6:09 to 7:14 today, which doesn't quite qualify as 3 miles per hour, and it was 72 degrees on my front porch when I finished. The sun was up, but not too far. I set of a few motion detector lights in the beginning, even though it was light enough to see.

This afternoon I found out that the ulcers aren't that serious - I had some in 2006 but not in 2008 or in 2004. I did have to go for a couple of blood tests, partly to see if I'm anemic again.

I need to be at TOPS in an hour to set up the scale and weight people, and then later we will go to the super Walmart in Oldsmar for Pupcorns. The dogs need their treats and we're about out.

I'm at 670 calories for today so far, and I'll wait for supper until after the meeting. There's no problem with my weight, but it's too early to have eat now. Tomorrow is free, and Saturday I'm OK until the 4:00 meeting at Wall Springs. I'll have to get ready.

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MS.ELENI 6/10/2010 4:47PM

    Glad to hear the ulcers are not bad.
I love the Walmart in Oldsmar. I get in trouble when I go there. I always find other stuff to buy in addition to what I go for. And their scooters have plenty of zip. People see me and they run.
My calories are great for now.It's always after supper that I get into trouble. You are so discipline. I keep working at it.
Glad to hear tomorrow is free.You can take more time to relax and read a book or something other than working in yard.

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Second Day at Coral Oaks

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

I finished today. I picked up the last 8 ;minutes that I had left from yesterday, zipped through the program, skipped the recruitment part (no one would consider it), and finished 15 minutes early. I also ate two cake donuts and two chocolate chip cookies. Then I had a couple of peanut better cookies. I can't say it was a vary healthy day, but I finished up at 1270 calories for the day. They were just the wrong 1270. No aerobic exercise, and after I finished the reports and mailed everything off, I was totally shot. It was only 72 degrees and very cool when I got up, so it would have been a good day to spend an hour outside in the morning.

Tomorrow I'm going out without the dogs, then have a shower and shave and have breakfast. I see my urologist in the early afternoon, TOPS in the evening, and probably pick a bunch more peaches sometime during the day. In spite of the spraying, we still have tiny beetles eating some of the peaches. I finally figured out that when they get ripe some bird pecks the peach, then the bugs go for the really nice fruit. I picked up five more peaches today (the ground was clear yesterday) and started feeling the peaches on the tree. Some of them come off easily, and I got four more that are probably ready to eat. We ate both of the ones I picked two days ago today - the rock hard one was as good as the ones from the store after a few days, so I guess we just have to pick them while they're hard and wait for them to finish getting ripe inside. They're as big as the Florida peaches from the grocery (not as big as the Georgia peaches) so I just need to adapt to the south a little more.

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MS.ELENI 6/9/2010 8:59PM

    It is hard to beat a real Ga peach. I love it when the pick-ups show up from Ga. Bill and I could make ourselves sick eating too many. I got a couple from grocery store but I always have to wait and let them ripen. They should be ready to eat soon.
Birds love fruit like that. You are lucky to get any before the pests get to them.
You still did great with your calories. Congrats.
Sounds like you have another busy day tomorrow.

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