Wednesday, August 24, 2011
It's hot out. . . . no way to get around it, yesterday was the hottest day so far this summer, and today looks like a copy of it. Knowing how hot it was yesterday, and realizing that it was just too hot to go out for a walk, even if I waited until almost dark -- I knew if I wanted to get any exercise by "walking" I'd have to bite the bullet and get up early!
6:05 a.m. Temperature a lovely 71F - walked the 1.1-mile loop at a nice brisk pace -- it still took about 25 minutes though, due to all the potty stops! But it was worth getting up early.
I really ate healthy yesterday and even though I missed a day of walking, my body still lost 0.2 pounds, probably because I tried to move around fairly often during the day inside the house. Moving from activity to activity, cleaning, and watching what I ate all paid off. I LOST INSTEAD OF GAINED! And although we reached a high of 96 here yesterday, it's still better than the 115 they were suffering in Glendale! Whew! Is it fall yet?
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
One of the things I'm thankful for is living in a state that has such beautiful scenery!
But, really, when you get right down to it, many of us have things to be thankful for that we don't even think about. I'll bet you could sit down right now and think of 10 things to write down. So instead of complaining, each night before you go to bed, think of 10 things that enriched your life today. Here is my 10 for today!
1. Having a meal out with friends and not gaining any weight because of it.
2. Having a dog that loves me even if it was too hot out to take her for a walk.
3. Going to the dentist! First of all I'm happy I can afford to have my teeth cleaned, and secondly, happy that I still have my own teeth (at 72).
4. Thankful I have a nice car to drive, money to spend shopping, and am healthy enough to enjoy doing both.
5. Although the temps are in the triple digits, I'm thankful I have A/C and it is in good working order.
6. Happy that I have only 10 more pounds to lose.
7. Thankful there is a site like Spark People where I can meet other people with the same goals, and I have so many friends on here.
8. Thankful to be retired and having enough money to live comfortably.
9. Thankful that I've found renters for both of my homes.
10. Thankful for my friends and family! (some of those friends are YOU!)
It's hard not to smile when you're writing all this good stuff.
Saturday, August 13, 2011
I'd like to have my husband urging me to go out for a walk with him -- or go to the gym with him. Not gonna happen!
Oh, occasionally he does go for one of my short walks with me, but he does have legitimate reasons to cut them short or not go each time. His feet hurt. His back hurts. And do you know how hard it is to lose weight if you can't exercise along with watching what you eat. And he does watch what he eats -- he looks at each and every mouthful before he pops it into his mouth.
So what do you do with a guy like that? I've tried. I've told all the benefits you get by living a healthy lifestyle. And when we returned from our trip to Peru, which was basically 30 days of hiking -- he had lost 12 pounds and felt great. It didn't last though, the computer is too big of a lure, and the American food -- well, let's just say he is a big fan of fast food establishments!
Sunday, August 07, 2011
I was reading over some past posts in my team "I Love Dogs" and came across this poem. Of course I'm a dog lover, and I think of all the good it does me to have a great dog like Amber. So in honor of all our wonderful dogs today -- here's something for them!
TRIBUTE TO A DOG
Senator George Vest, 1870
The one absolutely unselfish friend that a man can have in this selfish world, the one that never deserts him, the one that never proves ungrateful or treacherous, is his dog.
A man's dog stands by him in prosperity and in poverty, in health and in sickness. He will sleep on the cold ground, where the wintry winds blow and the snow drives fiercely, if only he may be near his master's side.
He will kiss the hand that has no food to offer; he will lick the wounds and sores that come in encounter with the roughness of the world. He guards the sleep of his pauper master as if he were a prince.
When all other friends desert, he remains. When riches take wings and reputation falls to pieces, he is as constant in his love as the sun in its journey through the Heavens. ~
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