Thursday, July 07, 2011
Started out on Sunday at 147.4 and as we went to watch fireworks, we also decided to eat out that night. Splurged on fried chicken.
Monday was the actual 4th of July , however we had already seen the the night before. But we did BBQ hamburgers with cheese, I made potato salad and baked beans -- and I had a gin/tonic.
Tuesday the scale still said 147.2, and we went to Prescott to get more stone for the patio area I had been working on. Loading/unloading the stone was a work-out, but my main one was after getting home when I started working on the patio area again. DH went back after the rest of the load.
Wednesday the scale said 146.6 so the stone laying was doing me some good, and I even got in my one-mile walk in the evening!
Thursday the scale was even better at 145.8 . Still doing bits and pieces on the patio, but it's 95% done and I'm starting to haul the leftover stone down by the flower beds in front so I can do something with it there. It will provide a pretty little spot for our bench and table in front of one of my favorite flower beds:
Can't you just picture how good it will look with a little stone-paved area in front of this?
Who knows what my weight will be tomorrow morning -- and Friday will be a busy day too! It's my turn to water at the Community Garden, plus harvesting that evening, and then doing a bit of selling at the Farmer's Market on Saturday morning!
Wonder what the next 4 days will bring? See you on the Friday thru Tuesday blog!
Tuesday, July 05, 2011
This morning as I did my "bonus" spin after having acquired 25 spark points the hard way -- I watched as the wheel spun around and stopped at 3 just for a moment, then went two more numbers to the much nicer 10! That's when I knew the spin fairy was being especially nice to me today, and it made up for the lousy "2" I got on my regular spin!
Have a good day -- and look for the silver lining in all your clouds!
Monday, July 04, 2011
It started out with a quiet day at home doing the usual. There were flowers to water in the front yard -- even though they are on a drip system, I like to give them extra and also mist them. Then the same treatment for the flowers and veggies in the backyard. The weather was just a bit cooler from the sizzling weather we had the day before, so it felt wonderful.
Naturally all my stuff on the computer, that's an every day thing -- saw on Facebook how my daughter and grandaughter were doing on their vacation in Canada. Then at 5:00 p.m. it was the weekly meeting of the Community Garden Club. That was fun! From there we decided to eat out as we were heading down to Wickenburg to see the fireworks sponsored by the City. DH said he had attended 2 or 3 years ago and it was quite good, besides that, Wickenburg has supermarkets (full-sized) and we needed some fresh produce not available in our tiny little community.
So we stuffed ourselves at a favorite restaurant -- I ordered fried chicken and knew the scale would be tough on me the next day. We did our grocery shopping and put all the stuff that needed it into the ice chest, then off to find a good spot to view the fireworks. Although they only last for a matter of minutes (maybe 20 or so) it was a fun thing to watch, and as we did not park where the crowds of people were, we escaped the heavy traffic when it was over. All in all it was a very nice day.
Today is the actual 4th of July, and with the fireworks being over, today will be quiet and we will enjoy a BBQ for just DH and myself. 97% ground beef, grilled, add a slice of American cheese on whole wheat buns, top it off with all your favorites, lettuce, tomato, onion -- and with it I'm making potato salad and baked beans. If we feel we need an dessert later it will be watermelon or cantaloupe.
Happy 4th of July everyone!
Yes, when we returned home (about 20 miles away) we saw we had had a soft rain.
Sunday, July 03, 2011
A Lifestyle change is all about YOU! Now what does that mean exactly? Does it mean you're on another of those diets that take off a few pounds, then gain them back when you back to your regular style of eating? I think the keywords here are: lifestyle change -- it means you are willing and ready to change something about your life that will result in a more healthy YOU! Not just more physically fit, but mentally sound as well.
When a person decides to go on a "diet" it's generally because the scale is showing them a number that is so horrible (to you) that you know you have to do something. Or you may have had a life-threatening experience, like a heart attack, and it has really hammered home the fact that you need to lose some of the weight you're carting around. But regardless of the reason you are thinking "diet" -- if it is diet instead of lifestyle change, you know going in that it will be a temporary thing. That's right, admit it. Deep down you know you'll only stay on the straight and narrow for a matter of days or weeks, then it's slowly easing back into your old way of eating -- ya, the unhealthy way of eating. Maybe sooner if you've talked yourself into one of those crazy fad diets where you eat nothing but bananas all day long, or grapefruit, or whatever the latest scheme is. Deep down you know what you really need is less food, but still a balanced eating plan. I hate to even use the word "diet" as it conjures up images of bread and water (lol) and hunger pangs all night long.
So let's look a little closer at this lifestyle change everyone talks about. No, it's not like a mystical or religious feeling that comes over you so that suddenly you know all the right choices to make in life. More like wading out into the ocean, one baby step at a time, when at first the water feels ice cold, then your legs kind of get used to it, and it's fine. Then when it starts to cover your belly -- wow! cold again. But eventually when you are completely immersed in the water -- it's pleasant and invigorating! Same thing with the healthy lifestyle we hear about. It's not just healthy for your body but for your mental outlook on life.
You no longer beat yourself up over indulging in a banana split and see that it resulted in gaining 2 pounds. It's part of life, and your weight is going to fluctuate now and then. You can't expect to enjoy your life if your food intake is regimented so strictly that you NEVER get to indulge in favorites, but surprisingly as you continue on your healthy journey you will find yourself craving the rich, fattening foods less and less. I know this is true because right now I have a dish of chocolate covered raisins in a bowl in the top drawer of my office. Normally they would be beaconing me to "come and get me" but I haven't had that feeling for over a week now. I like to keep a few on hand just to keep me in check. I may reach in and eat one or two once in awhile, and then I wonder to myself what the big attraction was.
Lifestyle change is about YOU, what you want your life to be, how you want to look and feel. It's not even about just being healthy, but more about feeling confident, energetic, having a kind of "I feel wonderful and the world is great" type of feeling. Try it, you'll like it!
Saturday, July 02, 2011
That's about how I feel too, as the temperatures rise! Just turn on the A/C and let the cool breezes blow over me as I have no energy to cook, clean house, can't hardly even type anymore!
So now that I've drank about a gallon of water and various other nice cold drinks, and my appetite has diminished to ground zero, I'm wondering what I'm going to do as far as my daily exercise goes. Feel too drained to put on a workout video, and even turning on music and dancing around the house doesn't turn me on. I put on my tennis shoes and my dog came running in to see if it was "walk time." Ha! Silly girl, but I did decide to go outside as the temp had gone down to 92 and it was cloudy outside and looked cool. I gave all my flowers a drink so they could recuperate as we got our cool night-time temperatures in the mid-60's, and it didn't feel too bad. I hooked on Amber's leash and we decided to brave a little walk. But after going around a half mile we decided it was enough, maybe in another hour it will have cooled off a little more and we'll try it once again!
Stay Cool! Stay Happy! Stay Safe!
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