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Friday--check! (very quick blog)

Friday, June 13, 2008

I got to bed late a bit late last night because of unforeseen stuff, but I still got up after 7 hours of sleep & did strength training on the back porch. I love it out there, so that helps my motivation.

Made my reward smoothie for breakfast today--frozen mixed berries, frozen tamarind pulp, nonfat milk, & a bit of sugar. Yum!

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STEPHANIEDIAN 6/18/2008 12:38PM

    It's great to hear that you had a full 7 hours worth of sleep and no interruptions........

that smoothie sounds good too!

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SHANSHE 6/13/2008 11:12PM

    Good job Ruth! You must have wanted that smoothie, LOL!

May I ask,what is frozen tamarind pulp? I have never heard of it, the other stuff sounds familiar though, LOL!


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CTEMPLE 6/13/2008 5:33PM

    Happy to hear you're on a roll!! It's cool here today ( 46F) and I'm sore from weight training but I plan to do treadmill after the cats.

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Rest day

Thursday, June 12, 2008

I hadn't planned in a rest day, but that was silly of me. Of course every plan should include rest days.

Last night my husband didn't have time to cook, so when I got home I did it. Our weekly vegetables were due to be picked up later that evening (we're in a community-sponsored agriculture project for five months of the year), & I needed to free up space in the vegetable drawer of the fridge. So I made a big stir-fry with--let's see--onion, carrot, green pepper, broccoli, spinach, & firm tofu, with ginger-scallion sauce & soy sauce. VERY yummy over rice.

But the chopping had taken awhile. And then after supper I needed to edit some news blurbs for our Latin America solidarity work, & it took longer than I expected because the translation had a number of errors & I had to go back to the original sources. Then we needed to pick up the box of veggies & unpack it. It was past my bedtime when I finally went to bed.

On top of all this, my leg muscles were/are quite sore from the exertion Wed. morning. So I'm taking today as a rest day. Tomorrow it will be strength training again!

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SHANSHE 6/13/2008 3:15PM

    You are one busy lady! I need to check inot that agricluture thing and see if they have it aorund here! That would be awesome! All those fresh veggies!!!

Everyone needs a day of rest!

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CTEMPLE 6/13/2008 4:25AM

    Yes good idea! What's the Latin America solidarity work?

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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Getting up in time to exercise two days in a row! I am so impressed with myself. Today it was strength training on the porch. I do love hearing the birds.

Being next to my pots of flowers & herbs IS a hazard for exercise--it's easy to get distracted with the deadheading that needs to be done! But giving the plants some attention is very nurturing to me too . . . it brings a peace that is available to me only through gardening. I had really missed it since we moved to the city.

Anyway, I deadheaded AND exercised, showered & ate a good breakfast, & still made it to work a bit early! Tonight, per my reward plan, I'm going to put on some inspiring music while I work at the computer at home.

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SHANSHE 6/13/2008 3:13PM

    emoticon Ruth!

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SUPERMOM17 6/12/2008 9:20AM

    Good for you! emoticon

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PJBOKC 6/12/2008 7:07AM

    And I'm impressed with you too! You're doing great.

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Tuesday, June 10, 2008

I am inordinately pleased with myself for getting up & going out for a run along the lakefront this morning. emoticon The sun was pretty bright & I got hot but kept going--running (slowly) for about 26 minutes plus walking two short stretches.

So I am wearing my new vest & skirt today. I love the skirt--there was actually a Tall option for this outfit, so it's nice & long. The vest is very fitted & will look even better on me once I shed the last 10 pounds. emoticon

The "solution-focused approach" & my little reward plan are helping me function better, definitely.

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PJBOKC 6/12/2008 7:06AM

    You go girl!! Your plan is working. Thank for sharing your wisdom with us. emoticon

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CTEMPLE 6/10/2008 10:48PM

    Well done! I'm hoping to fit in the treadmill today.

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SHANSHE 6/10/2008 12:38PM

    emoticon Ruth!

I am considering working through this same approach once school is out and I can THINK!


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Off to a funny start

Monday, June 09, 2008

We had originally planned to go to the end of Chicago's Blues Festival in Grant Park last night, because it's free & B. B. King was going to be closing out the festival. On Sunday afternoon my husband said we shouldn't risk it because the weather was so volatile (storms & tornado warnings--a tornado had touched down just south of the city). So I made my reward plan based on the assumption that we wouldn't go.

At 6:15 he suddenly proposed going after all--the weather had cleared up & it would be good for his spirits to get out of the house. So we pulled together a quick supper, ate & went. There were lots of folks carrying their compact lawn chairs on the train, as we were, & Grant Park proved to be just packed. We found a spot, & despite the loud guys smoking weed & drinking beer around us, we enjoyed the show. King is 82 years old! He sat throughout his performance; he kept his singing short & talked a lot, sometimes even getting his band going on a few bars of a song & then stopping them & grabbing the mike to talk some more.

As my husband said afterward, the good thing was just to have seen him, since he likely won't be around much longer. To actually listen to the blues, it makes more sense to go to a blues bar (which we do on occasion) or just play CDs at home.

After we got home, I needed to take clothes & sheets & blankets out of the dryer & fold them, then put in the last two loads to dry.. It was about midnight when I got to bed--so no way was I able to get up to exercise this morning. That's OK--seeing B. B. King was special, & I can get my little reward plan going tonight/tomorrow. Now I'm aiming to wear my new outfit on Tuesday, after a good night's sleep & a nice run around the neighborhood in the cool morning air!

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PJBOKC 6/12/2008 7:04AM

    Good for you, Ruth. I'm glad you decided to take a break for such a special opportunity. That was certainly a reward, and can work on the future reward plan later.

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MINEGA 6/10/2008 11:30AM

    Wow - what a great opportunity - a lifetime memory, for sure!! Congratulations on going and braving the weather!!

Thanks for dropping by my page - my computer is back and up and running tho I have lots of work to do to get it back the way I had it and of course the improvements which were made - those I have to learn, but oh well, that'll keep my brain sharp!! :)

We had a great time in Vegas. We upgraded to a 2,000 sq ft. suite - 2 story with a HUGE spiral staircase. It had a jacuzzi AND a Steam room in it - plus a huge dining room, living room, kitchen, 3 bathrooms, 5 sinks, the bedroom was HUGE and the bed was the most comfortable I have ever slept in (and we have the best mattress money can buy).

We did gamble and Howard had a ton of luck - we ended up paying for the whole trip and coming home with money to spare. That will sure help with all this driving I'm doing to the grandson's house.

Speaking of him, they are coming down here today so I can take our DD out for a pedicure and manicure before she goes back to work this Friday. Then of course I start my babysitting the same day!! But only 2 days a week so I should have time to drop by here, too.

But so busy catching up after being gone -

Gotta fly - thanks for keeping in touch with me!!

Hugs and Love,

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CTEMPLE 6/10/2008 3:15AM

    Hi Ruth and definitely worth it, we need to have a life! and if it's any consolation to you, I also have late nights drying, washing and brushing cat bedding apart from our clothes.

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SHANSHE 6/9/2008 11:49PM

    Hey, that works! I would love to see BB King, so that is definitely worth messing with your plan some.

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