Saturday, May 14, 2011
Some people like to escape on a tropical vacation when the thermometer creeps up into the triple digits!
and that's probably a good idea -- but for me it isn't possible right now.
So. . . . . what's a good way to work out, and save money at the same time? Why DO YOUR OWN YARDWORK OF COURSE! The home I used to live in before I got married is still empty, and that requires trips over there for yardwork. We've finally got it emptied out and ready to rent, but today I headed over to get it in shape for showing again. Trimming the front shrubs, blowing the gravel, and maybe cutting the lawn.
Wonder why there is no icon for doing yardwork? No mower, no hedge trimmer, oh well -- I got those things together, and arrived at my other home just minutes after 6:00 a.m. Decided to trim the hedges first. Boy, and they needed it too. Already I could feel moisture at the base of my hairline, I wonder why I sweat there? And usually that's the only place! But time for a nice glass of ice water. That will be my 3rd for the day!
One side of the front yard done -- OK it was the smallest side -- time for more ice water (#4) and I'm accumulating all these steps on my pedometer too! Yard is looking much nicer already! Time for glass #5 of the water -- and while I'm at it I make an iced coffee too, cause my energy is getting pretty low. By now my entire head is wet!!
I get all the leaves and stuff raked into piles and start to load up the big garbage can. Wow! It is almost full, didn't realize there was so much to cut off. I should mow the lawn in the back but the grass is too wet as the sprinklers were going as I arrived. I get out the blower and soon have all the little missed leaves and twigs next to the gutter. Now . . . . . how to get it all in the garbage can, as I forgot that there is no broom over here any longer. Doesn't do my hands much good, but it's the only "tool" I have handy. I'm sure my neighbors wouldn't appreciate me just leaving it.
Now I have an hour to kill until I leave for an appointment. Although I'm tired there is no furniture in the house, so I can't really sit down or take a nap. So, I grit my teeth and decide it wouldn't hurt to clean the tile on the floor. Although tired, I will admit it looked very nice when it was all finished.
10:30 a.m.: A little over 4 hours of work, and I'm on my way to an appointment. How many calories did I burn? Wish I knew, it feels like a LOT!
Friday, May 13, 2011
There are snacks....... and then there are snacks! One of my new favorites is Kellogg's Fiber Plus Chewy Bar.
Nutritionally is breaks down like this:
4 g fat
100 g sodium
19 g carbs
9 g fiber
7 g sugar
2 g protein
For me that's a healthy snack! And I LOOOVVVEEE the taste!
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Well I finally got my own door installed so I can go in and out of the house in Yarnell when I please, and I no longer have to wait for my owners to get out of bed, or decide to "put" me out.
At first I was a little confused because I knew this house didn't have one, even though I use them in the house in Glendale. But who would know that suddenly there would be another exit to the great outdoors -- and one that was just my size!
To get me used to it I received quite a number of Bacon Strips -- in fact it was so much fun training my owners to get on one side of the door and then coaxing me through with the treat, that I'll have to admit I played dumb for awhile at learning how to use the door. But can you blame me? I LOOOVVVVVEEEE those Bacon Strips!
I am now a very happy dog!
Saturday, May 07, 2011
I was looking through old photo's the other day and saw this one of me when I was 30! My weight was probably around 110 or less, I didn't weigh myself very often back in those days. I looked at myself in the mirror and felt totally disgusted with myself.
But as I studied how I look today I had to be logical, because that's the kind of person I am and I realize you can't look like 30 when you're 72!
Sometimes you have to let go of unattainable goals and be realistic! When my husband died of cancer in 2001 I weighed 162. He didn't mind, and it didn't seem too important to me either. We both ate pretty much what we wanted and had our little "cocktail" parties on a regular basis also.
About 3 years ago I decided it was time for a healthy lifestyle. And although I was overweight, my problems were not as bad as some peoples. I had never gotten the habit of smoking -- a plus! I had not eaten fast food for nearly more years than I can remember -- a plus! I drank maybe one diet soda per week -- a plus! And, while I had started taking medication for high blood pressure, I did not have any illnesses to contend with -- a plus!
I lost a few pounds on my own, and then I discovered SparkPeople -- a BIG PLUS!My starting weight was 157, and reading back in my journal I remembered how I struggled with losing a couple of pounds, then putting them back on. But now I find I'm horrified when my scale tells me I've gotten up to 145! So, although my progress is SLOW, it is still progress, so I'm taking credit for what I have done. The things I have not done are not relavent -- I will reach my goal. Not everyone moves at the same rate and it's important to remember that.
Look on the bright side, and smile and be thankful for finding a site like SP!
Monday, May 02, 2011
I've heard happy thoughts about plans for Mother's Day, and I've also heard the flip side. No mother -- no grandmother, kids pay no attention any longer, gas too high to go anywhere, no time, no money and of course groans about how you'll eat too much!
I lost my Mom years ago, but I cherish the memories of how I used to drive to her home in California (I lived in Las Vegas) and my sister and I would take her out for brunch somewhere along the coast. As she got older we noticed she wasn't really eating her food as much as pushing it around on her plate, and instead of worrying about putting on extra weight, we saw the weight slipping off her frail body, ounce by ounce. But the memories are bright in my mind even today, just to see the shine in her eyes at being taken to a fancy place and looking out over the spectacular California coastline scenery!
Although I stayed with my Grandmother and although she had a couple of her sons at home who had never married, I do not remember that there was any fuss on Mother's Day. For her it was probably a day just like the rest. She would cook huge, delicious meals, we would all sit down together as a family and enjoy them and then it was my job to clean up afterward. More wonderful memories. I'm sure my granddaughter would throw a temper tantrum if she had all the work to do that I had during high school years, but the funny thing is -- I volunteered my services for most of it. I loved rules and discipline.
I don't hear my daughter talk a lot about Mother's Day either, I think the normal thing is to go to a nice restaurant to eat. Times have changed in many parts of the world, and we must adapt and go on. If I tend to reminisce about some good times of the past I try to balance out the facts of today's world with the one fact that keeps me going. I'm alive and I'm fairly healthy!
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