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Haircuts, Plumbing, and De-Accumulating

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Before I woke up this morning, I was dreaming that Thurl Bailey was singing to me while I was in the bathroom. Now Thurl Bailey is a former basketball player for the Jazz, who is a very good singer. So, yes the dream was a bit strange, but it was, indeed, a pleasant way to start my day.

I got my hair cut, today. The last time it was cut, that sweet young thing left my bangs too long. Hair in my face drives me crazy. This time I let the bald guy cut my hair, and he chopped it too short on the sides. I think he was just jealous.

My husband had suggested that I do the plumbing job in the bathroom with his supervision. I was all for the idea. I got the faucet handles off and then went seeking his advise. Somehow, his idea of teaching me these tasks usually ends up with him doing it. Today was no exception. Oh well. The taps are no longer leaking. So, even though I didn't get to do it, I got the job done.

I spent some time de-accumulating this afternoon. I think there is a common thread between overeating, over-accumulating and budget problems. We simply cannot say, with conviction, "ENOUGH!" So, I boxed up some games and jigsaw puzzles that we aren't and won't be using. Now, the challenge is to make sure that more of the same don't show up to replace them.

After dinner, nutritional tracking showed that I did not have enough calories, carbohydrates, and folate. So, I went back and had three tablespoons of hummus on crackers with a glass of soy milk. Came back and updated my tracking. Perfect. All my numbers were within the parameters.

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REXTINE1 7/25/2010 12:51PM

    I'm glad you had a good day (except for the hair) and you got your faucets fixed. There's something safisfying about having all the numbers fit.

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LIGHTENUP72 7/25/2010 12:38AM

    I think you are absolutely right about the link between overeating and over-accumulation (which usually leads to budget problems). Some of it, I feel, is a lack of effective coping mechanisms. Buying items gives you a temporary rush and takes your mind off of whatever is stressful to you at the moment. Emotional eating does the same thing. Unfortunately, they also both have negative side effects that cause us future stress and around and around we go...

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How to get 18434 steps in a day

Friday, July 23, 2010

I'm very tired tonight. When I got up this morning, I previewed my plans for the day and decided to walk my half hour route instead of the more normal hour. Came home and stretched and then pondered what to wear on a hot day outing with a bunch of kids. I decided on capris and a t-short.

At school, we gathered up the kids and took them for a walking field trip to some nearby wetlands that are being restored. At our first stop, we were offered refreshments of fresh fruits. Then they were given a list of items for a scavenger hunt. So we went tromping off across the weeds. I was picking up all sorts of seeds on my new socks. The path eventually led us to a ditch. The organizers had improvised a bridge across it. We crossed as expected. My little group started following the ditch and eventually decided to cross back to the other side. Kids being kids, they just took a running start and jumped across it. I didn't trust my flying leap so I followed them from my side of the ditch for a while, hoping to find a better place to cross. It didn't get better, so I decided that I did not want to risk my relatively new shoes. I walked all the way back to the bridge, recrossed it and caught up with my group. Eventually, though, we meandered back to the bridge area. The volunteer teacher was planting trees there, and the children were to participate. In the meantime, boys being boys, they tried to re-engineer the bridge. It got wetter and muddier on both sides of it until, several of us determined that we could not cross there anymore. We forged as straight a path as possible through the weeds to get back to the paved pathway. But that wasn't without its own built-in hazards. We came back to the first stop, had some more fruit; the kids each got a popscicle and we returned to the school.

I stopped at the gym on the way home and used the elliptical. I'm not sure why. I already had over 10,000 steps. I guess you'd call it a compulsion.

Came home and did nutrition tracking. Had rice salad for dinner for dinner because it could be eaten without any preparation. At 4:00, I got in my car to go back to the school for the honor of chaperoning the little darlings at a roller skating and water slide amusement center. It was very loud, crowded, with some disturbing lighting effects. I don't think I'll volunteer for this next year, if the opportunity arises.

Did I mention that I'm tired tonight?

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QUEEN56 7/24/2010 9:28PM

    Wow, what a day--I call that an incredible heap of stepping!! You go girl!!

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SUNNYDAZE9 7/23/2010 9:56PM

    That was quite an excursion. I can see how you got in all those steps!!! emoticon

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S3XYDIVASMOM 7/23/2010 1:30PM

    It was Thursday night after I got back from the roller skating rink. About 10:00 MDT.

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REXTINE1 7/23/2010 11:57AM

    I understand the 18K steps - the story reminds me of a hike we took to visit an oasis in the Sonora desert - but today is Friday morning. Did you do this on Thursday?

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Wisdom of Eating Right

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

I'm on a year-long path to read the Bible from cover to cover. At the risk of sounding preachy, I wanted to share with you today's reading from the book of Daniel. Now, the scene is that Babylon had conquered Judah and carried many of the people into exile. From this group, they chose "young men without any physical defect, handsome, showing aptitude for every kind of learning, well informed, quick to understand, and qualified to serve in the king's palace." They were to be taught the language and literature of the Babylonians. "The king assigned them a daily amount of food and wine from the king's table. They were to be trained for three years, and after that they were to enter the king's service.

Now, Daniel was among this elite group. The diet they were offered was unacceptable to him and his friends. The text is not explicit why. Perhaps the diet included food prohibited by Jewish law or perhaps they simply did not want to take the first step toward depending on special favors from a pagan king. Daniel asked the man in charge of them for permission to not eat this diet. This official, while sympathetic, was afraid that they would not thrive and the king's wrath would fall upon him.

So Daniel asked that they be tested for ten days, given "nothing but vegetables to eat and water to drink." At the end of the ten days, their appearance and well-being was to be compared with that of the larger group. "At the end of the ten days they looked healthier and better nourished than any of the young men who ate the royal food." So they were allowed to continue eating as they had requested for the remainder of their training.

At the end of this period, the king found none equal to Daniel and his three friends. They entered his service. "In every matter of wisdom and understanding about which the king questioned them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and enchanters in his whole kingdom."

If I were to make a generalization, I would say that vegetarians are more intelligent than average. I would also say that, as a group, they are more peaceful and have fewer anger issues. I admire vegetarians for their commitment to their lifestyle. That being said, I'm not sure I really had a point in all this, other than that it was interesting. I have no plans to become vegetarian. We tried it and it just seemed to be an issue every time we went out and mixed with the rest of the world. I did learn some new tastes from the experience and I am the better for it.

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SUNNYDAZE9 7/22/2010 5:50PM

    I think being a vegetarian would be difficult. While I do enjoy some meatless meals, I don't know if I could do it full time. As far as being brighter--just look at the food the rest ate--wine will catch up with you as well as rich foods--think Thanksgiving meal. Thank you for the reminder on a wonderful story.

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S3XYDIVASMOM 7/22/2010 5:21PM

    I just watched "Jillian Michaels: No More Trouble Zones" and I have to say I find her more than a little bit daunting. You must be a lot younger than I am.

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LIGHTENUP72 7/22/2010 2:39AM

    I cannot remember if I already mentioned this (okay maybe it is senility) but I am reading a very interesting book called master your metabolism by jillian michaels. Your blog reminded me of it.

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REXTINE1 7/21/2010 10:56AM

    Dr. Dean Ornish advocates vegetarian, in fact Vegan, and I tried it for a while, but I had to prepare my own food. There was a vegetable plate available at a local restaurant, but in general it was too much trouble, and now we eat some chicken, fish, and once in a while pork. This is the first I have heard that it may help the brain - I was worried about the arteries.

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Waisting Away

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Wow. I did get to use that title. My pounds are coming off very slowly, but they are still coming off. I lost a half pound this week which brought me to an even 150 pounds. Maybe next week I will finally break that 150 pound barrier.

The reason for the title is that I also took my measurements. The only decrease was in the waist. Hence, "waisting away." I was really hoping for inches lost off the hips, thighs, and upper arm, but this is where body type determines fat distribution. I'm a pear and I will rejoice in a waistline that is now under 30 inches. emoticon Also at 150 pounds, I have lost an even 40 pounds. Another emoticon for me.

I guess I was dressed right today. A friend of mine suddenly noticed that I have lost some weight. She remarked that she did not notice it last week. I assured her that I did not lose this weight since last Sunday, that, in fact, I've been working on it for a good long time.

She can be forgiven for not noticing. She had a brain aneurysm surgery in March. Then in May, she developed a staph infection in the skull and had to have emergency surgery to remove the skull. Now, she is scheduled to have the skull replaced at the end of August. You might say that her mind has been on more important things than my weight loss.

I'm just renewing the plan that I made for last week.

1. Track fitness and Nutrition daily.
2. Blog only on Tues., Thurs., and Sat.
3. Respond daily to whatever "friends" have posted.
4. Use the elliptical on my "cardio" days for 40 minutes (gym restricts how much time we can use the equipment.)
5. Finish cardio with low-impact exercise. My ankle is feeling well enough that I might cautiously begin running again.
6. Read articles only on the weekend.
7. Fix a healthy dinner for Sexy Diva Queen on Friday.
7. 15 minutes of vigorous housework. Pretty pathetic, huh. But you've got to start somewhere.

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REXTINE1 7/19/2010 11:34AM

    Your plan sounds challenging to me. Tracking what you eat and how much exercise you get are key elements for anyone. I have had three doctors tell me (fairly vehemently) to walk, and not to run. When I couldn't help myself I guess I had the wrong shoes, but I was away from walking for 11 months when I trotted across a few six lane streets on the "walk" signal. Messing up your feet can make for a slow recovery, so I think you're doing just fine.

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S3XY_DIVA_QUE3N 7/19/2010 11:21AM

    you are doing so great! And I think the change is definitely noticeable. You need to get a current picture on here! not that I don't love the pic from san fran, but people should get to see your amazing progress! emoticon

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KISSATESSA 7/18/2010 10:48PM

  Your plan sounds great. Good luck with sticking to your goals. I know you can do it.

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Wasted Weekend

Saturday, July 17, 2010

I thought about entitling this, "Waisted Weekend," but I couldn't figure out how to play out the pun. I read a blog recently about underware. I thought the writer was making a joke about heavy-duty support bras (you know, those that use hardware). Wrong! She just didn't know how to spell underwear. I wonder, also, about those people who loose their weight. Where does it go? Is it flying around the room? Did it get out of the yard and is out, running unrestrained in the neighborhood?

Oh, well. What do you expect from someone who's old, majored in English a hundred years ago, spent seven years as a proofreader and now teaches spelling to kids?

Yesterday, Sexy Diva Queen spent most of the day here. Somehow, I used that as an excuse to not exercise. She didn't show up until afternoon so it really is a flimsy excuse. I thought that, perhaps, I'd make up for that today, even though today is a non-exercise day. So far I have not done so. At the moment, Watermelon Head is up on the roof "playing" with the swamp cooler. So, now is not a good time to go take a walk. If he falls off the roof, someone has got to call 911. That would be me.

I did get the rest of the cherries picked. This batch is even punier than the last. They really would be the pits to pit. They're cleaned and in the refrigerator. I guess, I'll decide tomorrow what I'm going to do with them.

My goal for the weekend was to finish sewing some shirts that I started in June. At that time, I felt I needed to supplement my hot weather wardrobe. Well, summer school is over next week. And I still don't have any new shirts to wear.

I guess procrastination is my middle name.

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REXTINE1 7/18/2010 12:02PM

    "Moderation in all things - including moderation" is the key to your day. Enjoy being naturally lazy once in a while.

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LIGHTENUP72 7/18/2010 6:01AM

    My dear, you gave voice to some thoughts that were flitting through my mind, also. That spell check is only a button away although we realize it will not catch the 'wrong word spelled correctly' errors....C'est la vie!

Anyways, let's call your day an "easy on me 'cause life never was" day rather than "wasted" to be as graceful to yourself as you are to others.

Your life is sounding pretty sweet right now--like a bowl of cherries:) I will hazard a guess that you perhaps have a small cherry orchard (or tree). How wonderful! And that wine you referenced in your status sounds amazing.

I stopped by to say, please don't deprive yourself of Zumba if it's available to you. My friend, who was very intimidated by it, finally went with me to a class yesterday then admitted to me that there was no reason to be afraid. The class and music both have quick tempos and everyone is so busy, no one has time to look at you. Besides, the type of ladies who attend are usually sweet-spirited women (and one elderly gentleman at my gym) who are there to have a good time-they are very friendly.

You will enjoy it and rightly so. Best wishes! emoticon

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SWEETLIPS 7/17/2010 10:53PM

    But you haven't been naked or neckit, whomever you are apeaking to. I liked reading this blogf today after spending time with several two year olds who say words anyway they want to. Have a nice evening.

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