Wednesday, November 14, 2007
My daughter-in-law decided not to join the Chispa Chicks for now, as she is swamped with grad school & other stuff. But my friend Yizzle is in! I will let her disclose her real name when she wishes--maybe in an e-mail to team members. She & I know each other through another online community based on listing & working toward goals (43Things). I have come to love & respect her a lot--& she makes me laugh too! You'll see . . . Welcome, Yizzle! Chispa Chicks, you can find her among my friends on my Sparkpage.
My own news is only a slight variation on yesterday's. I set my alarm early enough to do some strength training this morning before getting ready for work, but I must have failed to push the final button, because this morning I woke at . . . 8:15! So once again I was an hour late for work.
I worked an hour later than usual this evening & fortunately had some yummy leftovers (multigrain spaghetti with flaxseed from Trader Joe's, sauce that I souped up last night, plus steamed broccoli) to heat up when I got home. (My husband wasn't hungry & was on a work call.) Added some corn (which I'm counting as a veggie though it's actually a grain). Then I had some soy ice cream (HALF the calories of "real" ice cream, & so delicious!) topped with unsweetened berries.
AND--I tallied my calories & am still a bit under 1200! I love having this problem! It's like putting on a jacket & finding a couple of dollars in the pocket. What shall I spend it on??
Maybe after I get some Colombia-related writing done I'll have time to do a few strength training exercises. If so, I'll include them in a points report to Paula later.
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
I ended up staying up late last night working on a Colombia project with my husband. That meant I couldn't get up early to exercise today. But I wanted to!
Today's fun thing: When I finished tallying my calories tonight, I saw that I was a bit below 1200. It was fun to think about what I should eat to complete my day. I was extremely low on fats for some reason, & just a bit low on protein, so I decided on an ounce of yummy baby Swiss cheese. Mmmmmmmmm . . . definitely a rare luxury these days.
Monday, November 12, 2007
"Running" looks freer & more accomplished than "jogging"; the truth is that what I do is jog, since I'm not fast at all. I have been running for years but have never built up capacity to go much faster than I did at the beginning.
BUT anyway!! I'm happy because I worked from home today & was able to go out for a nice jog/walk along Lake Michigan--total 37 minutes, followed by stretching. The day was quite warm, in the 60s, so in the second half of my run I had to take off my sweatshirt. (There was a T-shirt under that, don't worry.)
The reason I worked from home today was to make it to a dermatologist appointment without taking a sick day again. I really liked this dermatologist--she was new to me. She did a full body "mapping" of my moles & other skin irregularities so as to be able to compare in future years. She gave me a prescription for cream to moisturize my feet! Not something I asked for, but they have been very dry for years--my heel skin cracks a lot in the winter if I don't use lotion every day. My feet are going to feel very luxurious. She also gave me a couple of samples of Neutrogena sunblock, SPF 55. And I have an appointment to go back after Thanksgiving so that she can remove two iffy moles from my back.
Tonight my husband & I are going to a meeting close to the Loop with a small local political group that is interested in working with us on a Colombia-related issue. It meets at a pub, so to save time we'll eat a light supper there instead of cooking at home first. Fortunately I have more than half of my daily calorie allotment still at my disposal, so it will be easy to "be good."
Sunday, November 11, 2007
Before our church service started this morning, the pastor asked me if after her sermon I would read the poem I read for the conference last weekend; I had e-mailed it to her, & she had printed it out & brought it along. Her sermon was very thoughtful. People really responded to the poem, again, & there was some wonderful "sharing" afterward (during which people come up to the mic & make comments or ask for prayer).
For lunch I joined a group of friends from another online community I've been involved with for nearly 3 years. I was meeting all these folks for the first time in person, but we had plenty to chat about; it was fun.
Later my husband & I resumed our extended weekend date: we went to see the new Elizabeth I film & then to an Indian vegetarian buffet restaurant for supper.
Between these various places, I ended up walking quite a bit today, so there's some cardio. And careful choices meant that I went over my calorie allotment by just 100, even though it was all restaurant food. (Breakfast was leftover brunch food from yesterday!) No point for that in our new team system, but no disaster either. :-)
It was a very social but peaceful & satisfying day.
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