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Healthy Habits! One Added Each Day!

Monday, October 25, 2010

emoticon emoticon Reading a friends blog, I can see that writing a blog about doing something healthy is kind of like making a New Years Resolution -- by writing it down and putting it out there for the world to see, it sort of commits you into DOING IT! At least that's my theory. I'm going to start today and run this through the end of the month. Each day doing the same and adding one more.

So, for Day 1 - drank 8 glasses of water

Have a good day while I ponder what to add for tomorrow! emoticon

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MYRTLEBEACHWINS 10/26/2010 12:02PM

    Great plan, I can't wait to see what you do and if those are changes I need to make also. Go healthy you!

Be the reason someone smiles today!

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THPEAKY 10/26/2010 8:16AM

    I know it has helped me a great deal: I travel throughout the day from facility to facility and keep "home water" with me. When I feel like I am ABOUT to turn into a fast food place (I carry my own lunch most days) I grab the water and drink drink drink! I have 2 1 liter bottles plus an insulated stainless steel bottle so like the girl scout I used to be...I'm prepared!

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ROSY_TIAMO 10/26/2010 5:38AM

    Great plan emoticon

I think I'll add "More Veggies" for my emoticon

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BLESSED2BEME 10/25/2010 11:29PM

    Can I join too? Still working on getting my 8 glasses of water down though. I used to love water but lately I've had to force it and I'm not doing so well:(

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PSMITH3841 10/25/2010 9:36PM

    Great idea....I think I'll join you....Thanks! emoticon
(Hope you don't mind...OK?)

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OLDERDANDRT 10/25/2010 7:49PM

    Great idea!!! Looking forward to how you do and the great results you will see!!!

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Sore Muscles!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Oh! My aching back (legs/arms/butt) -- yes! we've all been there. Do some new exercise or some type of work that targets those unused muscles and wham! you know they are there because they're so sore you can hardly move!

And here you thought you were doing a thorough workout! It just goes to show that even the most diligent exercise and training can leave us with unworked muscles. Did you know that swimming is considered one of the best exercises you can do? It seems to exercise MOST of the muscles in your body. I don't happen to be a good swimmer, and as my gym doesn't have a pool and we don't have one at home, it's just not a theory that would be easy for me to test.

It doesn't take much to find those unused (or maybe under-used) muscles. Any movement that is repeated several times can bring it on. Yesterday I planted a little over 100 tulip bulbs. Sounds easy enough, even the soil was soft -- but after using the little bulb planter, which seemed to work best when pressure was applied and a sort of twisting motion, I found that later that day I had sore muscles in my right arm and all the way down my rib cage. Looking for the "silver lining" which I always try to do, if you get sore muscles you can just imagine those inches floating off into space!

A good night's sleep, a hot shower or a soak in the tub can do wonders! I'm back among the living today and ready to tackle another job for my "unused" muscles.

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STILLFLYIN 10/27/2010 1:24PM

    Coach Nicole talks about what you have to do to keep your muscles in shape in some of her blogs.

You have to keep changing things up. It sounds like you did a surprise change. Be nice to yourself and keep on keeping on.

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VITCHY-VICKI 10/25/2010 8:10AM

    I love to swim that is why I love summer for I swim a lot - Sorry you was sore but glad the hot shower helped and a good night sleep now move around and you will feel fine.
Can't wait to see the pretty flowers
Have a great day

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BLESSED2BEME 10/24/2010 9:14PM

    I love the sore muscles I get after a good long hike. Its a good kind of hurt for some reason. Congrats on getting those bulbs planted. We still need to winterize the yard and house...sigh...

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LIS193 10/24/2010 8:36PM

    Auch! Hope you feel better after a hot bath with lots of bubbles :)

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PSMITH3841 10/24/2010 7:21PM

    I have that work to do next weekend, I absolutely MUST get the yard and garden, ready for winter, and I always seem to find those muscles I never knew I had...I'll be all achy and stuff next weekend.....Oh boy! We just need to continue to think "calorie burn!" emoticon

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DHSPARK 10/24/2010 6:23PM hurts so good! You'll enjoy the fruits (flowers) of your labor next year. We CAN feel it when we do movements we're not used to doing.

Deb :)

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THEWINNER33 10/24/2010 5:43PM

    How motivational you are! That is great positive thinking and I am a great believer in that. I can see those inches and pounds of fat floaring away. Unfortunately for me, thay are yours and not mine emoticon Glad those muscles are OK today. Enjoy thosr tulips next spring

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OLDERDANDRT 10/24/2010 5:17PM

    I heard that gf!!! I tried to clean up the garden this afternoon and I am sure I'll feel it tomorrow. I did sit-ups with my DGD last week and the third day, it was really hard!! Man! Those muscles said "OOooooooowwwww!!!!"
Yep that nice hot shower or bath helps tons!!! Glad you are back among the living today so you can get out there and do it again!!! Let's dothis thing!!! Hoping to get enough practice to get it all right soon!! hehe


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Sunday, October 24, 2010

I finally got the tulips all planted in our new flower bed. I can't guarantee they will look like the photo I posted -- probably even better! lol

But seriously, it took a lot of time and effort, and my arm really feels the effects of using the bulb planter -- taking out a plug of dirt for over 100 bulbs doesn't sound all that hard but it evidently used muscles not used in my normal activities. So I'll feel it tomorrow. If that wasn't enough, when we drove back down to Glendale I still had a little energy left so I filled up the new pots I got as a birthday present, so now have a beautiful pot of red mums on one side of the entrance door, and a beautiful pot of yellow mums on the other side. Back to Home Depot for more tomorrow.

My backside is really dragging tonight -- must have eaten something that didn't agree with me 'cause I've had some severe stomach pains. For a minute it made me forget how my back feels. emoticon

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VITCHY-VICKI 10/24/2010 8:57AM

    Want pictures when they all come up next year
Have fun planting

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ROSY_TIAMO 10/24/2010 7:39AM

    I love to see all the beautiful tulips in the spring, because summer is just around the corner! I hope you're feeling better.....

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Big New Refrigerator

Friday, October 22, 2010

emoticon Although he did not consider it to be my birthday present, I did. We went shopping for a new refrigerator on Sunday (after my geek BF had done a ton of comparison shopping via the Internet). As for me, I just go to a store that handles several different brands and I do some comparison shopping as far as what features I want. I told my BF all the features that I wanted our new refrig to have, and armed with that he started on his search.

When he told me the Samsung, which I had chosen had a much shorter warranty time than the LG; I just looked at him and said, "What's an LG?" I don't think I have shopped for any appliances since 1995 when I was involved in remodeling my home in Sedona -- and I went with all KitchenAid Superba products except for the cooktop. How things change. LG may have been a new name on the market as far as "I" was concerned, but checking it out we discovered it is rated #1 on the Consumer Guide. It touted a warranty period of 10 years to boot.

We checked out Lowe's, Home Depot, Sears and the Maytag Store. We ended up with the best deal at Home Depot -- who gave us a whopping 20% off, and said they would deliver already TODAY, plus hauling our old one off. With an ice maker that didn't work, and having worked hard for 15 years -- I think it was time for the old one to be hauled to the dump.

Enter my new, 28 cu ft. shiny black refrigerator, sporting French Doors, an enormous tray that extended across the double width of the refrigerator so I can lay out all the cheeses and cold cuts we so love, ice maker in the door, with ice and water dispenses in a 10-inch high dispenser -- tall enough for a pitcher to fit into. It is just so gorgeous and roomy and as everything was placed into bags and ready to be put back in, I spent the time to have everything organized. First my BF's choice of TV dinners/breakfasts on the left of the pull-out drawer, my own selections lined up on the right-hand side. Below the pull-out drawer I placed the veggies and bulk meat packages, which in our case consist mostly of shrimp, pork chops and chicken.

I will probably tweek my choices a bit in the days to come, but so far it's a real joy to open up those two big doors and just gaze at all the good stuff spread out before my eyes! Oh -- by the way, if you gaze too long it beeps at you. Kind of a gentle reminder to "Shut the Darn Door!"

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ROSY_TIAMO 10/23/2010 6:13AM

    Happy birthday, and enjoy your new refrigerator! emoticon

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MYRTLEBEACHWINS 10/22/2010 11:19PM

    Gosh maybe I can copy your comparison shops. I am buying a stainless steel one for the Fl condo we are anticipating a move too. They stole all the appliance's before they were evicted. So glad your happy with your choice. I may be January before I get mine. Life without a refrigerator should be interesting.

Oh and don't think we forgot it wasn't that long ago since you did your foyer. LOL

ps.......... Yea, I am keeping track. Lucky you being spoiled as well deserved. I love men. hehe Can you toss me the blinders when your done.

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PSMITH3841 10/22/2010 7:35PM

    I have one in are going to LOVE it!...I got mine for my birthday last December, my gift from me to me!! By the way, that handy little beep can get really annoying when you're cleaning the fridge...just thought I'd prepare you for that, but otherwise, the LG is tops! Enjoy!

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BLESSED2BEME 10/22/2010 4:17PM

    Love the "beeping" part - that made me really smile!

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CATLADY52 10/22/2010 1:47PM

    emoticon on a good choice. Isn't it interesting what we want for birthdays as we get older? Or is it really getting wiser? emoticon

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TRISTAROSE 10/22/2010 10:31AM

    emoticon Your new refrigerator sounds wonderful .... enjoy.


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OLDERDANDRT 10/22/2010 8:33AM

    emoticon What a nice birthday present!! Happy Birthday!!!
Enjoy the new fridge!!!

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THPEAKY 10/22/2010 8:27AM

    I am SO happy for you!! Happy birthday, too!

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TAMSHAUMENO 10/22/2010 7:58AM

Fantastic Fridge!! Hehe, maybe you should name it that, lols!

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VITCHY-VICKI 10/22/2010 7:42AM

    emoticonI want a new one too but had to get a new freezer first the old one went to pot so enjoy your new one

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BRENDAGAIL9 10/22/2010 12:53AM

    I would love to have a nice refrigerator. I do have a new one but this apartment complex has all the cheapest appliances ever made. I bought a small chest freezer shortly after I moved here because the refrigerator freezer doesn't keep things frozen to my liking.

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FITANDFIFTY2 10/22/2010 12:45AM

    Oh your new fridge sounds "awesome"!! Congratulations!! I hope it gives you many years of great service! Happy Birthday too!!

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MKATE88 10/22/2010 12:42AM

    how fun! and happy birthday!

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A Glimpse of my Cruise

Monday, October 18, 2010

Here I am at the helm of a sailing ship we went on; this was a tour of Bras d'or Lake in Canada. The weather was a nippy 56 degrees that day, probably a little cooler out on the lake. One of the highlights of this little sailing expedition was when 2 (male and female) bald eagles soared by our boat and as the captain tossed a hamburger overboard they would swoop down and retrieve it. They did seem to understand just what he was saying as he would guide them to first one side and then to the other. After 21 years of doing this I guess they have learned how it does things. I also learned that eagles mate for life, and these two were judged to be about 30 years old. So they had lived a bit over half of their lives so far.

After turning over the wheel to me the Captain (John) suggested that I go to the far end of the boat (no -- I don't remember what he called it) and pose while his helper took my photo; he said it would break the ice and get people started doing it. So here I am up there, and it was a little windy, believe me! And even colder.

Can you see my lips turning blue? lol

Later on we took this photo to show a little of the scenery, but I'm afraid the photo just does not do it justice; sorry about that.

And then this last one was taken as we made a stop on the tour bus we were on. The water behind us was quite beautiful and I wish the person taking the photo had zeroed in on it just a bit more. We will be making web pages a bit later, and I'll clue you in as to locating them if anyone is interested.

All in all it was a lovely trip, and I gained only 2.2 pounds as I think we walked about 5 miles each day and also made it to the gym about every other day. But the FOOD we ate -- well, I guess it's best to gloss over that.

I'll do another segment of the trip later -- hope you enjoyed this.

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STILLFLYIN 10/20/2010 1:11PM

    Wonderful memories! And you can lose that little bit of weight again now that you are back to regular living.

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PSMITH3841 10/19/2010 9:23PM

    Great pictures,,,can't wait to see more.....looks like you had a great time, but it also looked like it was a bit nippy! I think that was one of those once in a lifetime trips, with the kind of scenery you don't see every day, not to mention the eagles...up close and personal...I've only ever seen them at the zoo...WOW! Thanks for sharing...Hugs, Penny

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CATLADY52 10/19/2010 4:48PM

    Way to go! You were probably just thrilled to be there when the eagles swooped in for their treat. There is nothing like being on the open sea.

I'll be waiting to see more. emoticon

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THPEAKY 10/19/2010 10:05AM

    What a wonderful "extra cruise!" A camera, I know, is no substitute for the eye BEING there. I am so GLAD you had a wonderful time.

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TRISTAROSE 10/19/2010 7:26AM

    Looks like you were having fun ... Can't wait to see more photos and hear all about it!


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JUDY1676 10/18/2010 10:29PM

    What a beautiful place to visit!

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    Wow, so fun! I know you will remember it forever. Cheers to many more! Keep having fun and enjoying life.

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BLESSED2BEME 10/18/2010 8:57PM

    What a beautiful trip you took. Can't wait to hear more about it.

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USFBULL 10/18/2010 8:44PM

    Looks like your having fun, way to go emoticon

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