Thursday, September 01, 2011
I woke up early this morning and could tell by the amount of light hitting the window that the sun had not completely risen as yet. 6:06 a.m. the clock read.
I felt completely rested so I climbed out of bed and walked out into the living room. This is what greeted me:
Although she had toys to play with, I knew a real treat would be going for an early morning walk. So I walked over to check the temperature: 66F great!!
The flowers all looked good, and although this photo was taken a couple of months ago the plants have filled in and look more lush today!
I like vary our route a little so it doesn't get boring, and neighbors have warned me a couple of dogs in the neighborhood have been bitten by a rattlesnake, so I try to watch where Amber is sniffing. It's lovely out this early in the morning, not too many people are moving around as yet and the earth has a tranquil feeling of goodwill laying over it like a soft blanket. It makes me thankful to have a quiet summer home that is away from the busy traffic of the world.
Walking time is a time for meditation, if something is bothering you, now is a good time to sort it out in your mind -- gardening does the same thing for me. Rather than pay a psychologist buckoo bucks for a few sessions, I garden with my time, save my money and end up with veggies or flowers for my efforts. It is a win-win situation and I recommend it to everyone. It's kind of like: "Clean yard equals a clean mind."
I notice Amber is not walking as briskly as when we started our walk, so I know she is starting to tire out. When you consider how short those little legs are, it is like she has to take about 10 steps every time I take one step, plus she has 4 legs to keep going -- I have only 2. I decide we have gone almost far enough, and the sun is beginning to peek over the hills and I much prefer walking in the shade rather than in the sunshine. So we start our journey home!
Amber is aware of each home that has a dog and to signal me that a "friend" lives there, she makes her little noise, kind of like "mmmm - mmmmm" as we go past each "doggy" home. I tell her that her little friend isn't up yet, but of course she hasn't figured out all those words yet.
So have a good day, my friends, and if your mind is troubled -- go garden!
Saturday, August 27, 2011
If life was perfect:
I wouldn't have to worry about eating that cookie for fear it will make me gain weight!
I wouldn't have to sweat and feel uncomfortable as I take my walks, because the temperature would be a perfect 70 degrees!
I wouldn't have to change my clothes because the pair of pants I took out of the closet are just a bit too tight to be comfortable!
I could eat all my favorite foods and never have to worry about stepping on the scale because I would stay at my ideal weight!
My back would not be sore and tired at night -- my knees would be in good shape, and I would not have to take medication for high blood pressure or cholesterol!
In fact, if this was a perfect life I would not be writing this blog -- because life would be ........ well, just PERFECT!
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!
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