Monday, September 26, 2011
At least that's what my husband says, and he could be right -- I'm taking my bathroom scale with me on vacation.
OK, I'm hooked on weighing myself each morning as soon as I get up. When you're on vacation you can't do that. Even if they have a gym with a scale it's not the same, cause then you have clothes on. So, yes, I'm packing it along with me. We're driving so there is plenty of room, and it will give me that little edge that keeps me going.
Obsessive behavior? Could be -- we all have hang-ups about something, don't we?
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?
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