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Didn't Plan for the Rain!

Sunday, July 22, 2012

emoticon emoticon Got rained out on my walk last night -- we did manage to get in 0.6 miles, but the last .1 was in the rain. Tonight DH said to me at about 6:00 "Amber is ready to go for a walk." I noticed it was already getting quite dark and stormy outside. I don't usually go until about 7:00 to 7:30; but as it was already so stormy looking, I agreed to go now.

We only made it to the gate, which is about 75 feet from the house. Large raindrops started to come down; so it would have been stupid to go on unless we had a real desire to get soaking wet, which I didn't. Walked back around the house, took the time to check the strawberry plants to see if there were any ready to pick, and within 5 minutes of coming in the house it was really coming down!

I told DH it didn't sound like rain -- it sounded like someone throwing something at our home, so he went and looked -- sure enough it was HAIL! Burr! It only lasted a few minutes and now it is more of a gentle rain, but I was glad I hadn't been caught outside in the hail!

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CATLADY52 7/23/2012 5:47PM

    Getting rained on is not too much fun, depending on the amount I suppose. But you were lucky you missed the hail. emoticon

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LYNETTEMOM 7/23/2012 2:19PM

    My girls always loved dancing in the rain but I'm not too keen on being out and getting wet. I do love to be inside listening to rain. It is the best lullaby!

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GENESIS2012 7/23/2012 1:18PM

    Wow, sounds like you turned around just in time! I heard the thunder the other night - DH was trying to convince me it was the planes from Luke emoticon He must really think I'm gullible! We got very little rain but a friend in Apache Junction said they got so much rain it came in under the doors of their church and flooded the narthex. Another friend said her son lives in Happy Valley and his backyard was completely flooded. You've gotta love AZ during Monsoon Season emoticon

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PSMITH3841 7/23/2012 11:38AM

    Zoey & I got caught in a Hail storm once....When we left the house is was sunny, but the sky had a greenish/gray cast to it....we got half way down the block and the heaven's opened up. Those hail stones HURT!!! Thank goodness they were pea sized....poor Zoey didn't know what was going on, we couldn't run fast enough to suit her! Watch out for that greenish cast to the sky...the weather forecaster happened to mention it in his report, AFTER we got back from our walk....wish I had known that before we started.! LOL emoticon emoticon

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STILLFLYIN 7/23/2012 10:20AM

    An exciting time! How much precipitation did it wind up being?

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OLDERDANDRT 7/23/2012 8:21AM

    Thank goodness you didn't get caught out in the hail!!! But, hey........6/10ths of a mile is certainly better than no walk at all!!! I have gotten myself used to getting up early and getting at least 1 mile in ahead of the heat! We've been getting occasional rain, but so far, it's been afternoon and/or evening when we need the cool down.
Anyway, good for you getting a little walk at least! emoticon emoticon

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JACK714 7/23/2012 8:02AM

    I don't think anyone plans for rain in Arizona, expecially not hail in July.

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VITCHY-VICKI 7/23/2012 6:23AM

    Hail and walking is not good so glad you decided to wait but now send us some of the rain NO Hail please just rain
Hope you get to walk today with Amber

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It all adds up to SPARKPEOPLE

Friday, July 20, 2012

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    Bravo!!!! Very clever, my friend! emoticon

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It Just Gets Easier

Sunday, July 15, 2012

emoticon June was a tough month for me and I didn't think I would be saying "it just gets easier" but here I am, just two weeks into July, and it's true! Walking is finally starting to be a habit with me

emoticon I like to eat, and I think I might have sabotaged my healthy lifestyle by sneaking in snacks now and then that were just putting me over the top. Over the top on fat and sugar, but causing me to fall short on nutrition, like proper protein and carbs. Sodium was also a downfall at times, and of course things like chips are loaded with sodium. But sodium can sneak up on you in places you aren't aware of also -- like canned soups and some of the TV dinners. It may look like a good deal on first glance, when you see it's only 280 calories; but read ALL the statistics and you'll see the sodium is usually in the unhealthy range.

emoticon By walking both morning and evening I found the steps added up so much easier and so much faster. Sometimes I add in a few things that I can do around the house. Now the arthritis doesn't bother me so much, and I'm figuring out when to space in my pain meds so it does me the most good.

emoticon It's definitely "happy dance" time for me. My loss the first week was 1.6 pounds and the week that just went by sees me down 2 pounds. WooHoo!

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JACK714 7/20/2012 7:44AM

    Good for you. Consistency is the key.

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NEEKEPOO 7/18/2012 8:21AM

    Yay! I think Ill log in a few fitness points today doing a happy dance for you! I always LOVE a reason to celebrate! Keep up the good work!

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PSMITH3841 7/17/2012 10:26AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon Good for you! It won't be long now..... emoticon

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LYNETTEMOM 7/17/2012 2:07AM

    good for you! I hope to be hot on your trail again soon.

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VITCHY-VICKI 7/16/2012 7:22AM

    Glad your doing so well keep up the good work and thanks for the blog

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VETTRANGER 7/16/2012 1:18AM

    Thanks for the note on my page too. I just try to pick out blogs for my 5 daily points where I think I can make a helpful suggestion. The grape tomatoes were a big part of my getting over the "bad snacks" LOL, so I recommend that often.

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KISAKATT 7/16/2012 12:45AM

    Way to go!! Those are some great habits and it's good to hear you're feeling better too!

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VETTRANGER 7/15/2012 11:43PM

    For snacks, the key for me were to keep grape tomatoes on hand. Good ones are as sweet as candy, but are only 2 calories each. Great progress on the walking!

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Exercises for Inside the House

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

emoticon You hear the weather forecast and learn the temperatures will be 100+ for the next several weeks! That's not surprising if you live in Arizona, and lots of other states are too hot to get out and enjoy outdoor exercise. The temperatures may not be as hot but add humidity and it makes exercise an unattractive option.

I'm basically pretty lazy when it comes to exercise. I'm forced to do it or my arthritis will win, and I won't be able to move at all. Now it's super hot outside, but I know if I stop exercising I will suffer even worse. I've come up with a plan.

1. I do 25 push-ups by the sink or by a chest of drawers. I try to do this about 3 times each day, and that's 25 each time. Build up to that number if you have to.

2. I do leg lifts, which work the muscles in my legs and stretches them at the same time. I do about 10 on each leg, and try to do 3 reps.

3. Nothing to do with exercise, but it's a good idea to drink a glass of water after each of these.

4. Squats are a great exercise, and even if you just do a few at a time, you're up there moving. Try doing a few during the commercials on TV.

5. Develop your own set of stretches. Reach for the sky, one arm at a time, then both together.
Stretch down to the floor. When you touch the tip of your fingers to the floor you're a winner; when you can place your whole hand on the floor (without bending your knees) you are really awesome! Don't forget the side to side twists --keep that waistline trim.

6. I make a game with myself. I can read 10 pages of a book. Then I have to get up and walk 150 steps to help out on my pedometer. I can read 10 more, then do my push-ups. 10 more and I do another exercise. It all adds up --you'll see the difference on the scale, and also when you try on those skinny jeans.

These are just a few of the little movements you can get in. You will come up with many of your own. I like to keep a list of these small movements I can make during the day -- I read an article telling about moves like I've mentioned, and I think "why didn't I think of that -- it's something I can do."

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RAWHIDE64 7/19/2012 2:29PM

    Fantastic tips. That's a great way to work the program.


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PSMITH3841 7/17/2012 10:22AM

    Good tips....occasionally, when I feel I've not exercised like I should have, I have Zoey chase me up and down the stairs....Just a couple times gets us both panting and ready for some water! Plus, we've both burned excess calories. Most of the time, when a good tune comes on , we will Dance! Zoey loves to dance and she usually gets a "treat" after it's over. emoticon emoticon

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OLDERDANDRT 7/16/2012 1:04PM

    Great ideas, all!!! Thank you!! emoticon

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CATLADY52 7/13/2012 6:28PM

    That is the kind of routine I like. Unstructured workouts I think woud be the way to describe them. emoticon

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4_MY_LIFE 7/12/2012 2:18PM

    Great ideas!!

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JACK714 7/12/2012 8:51AM

    Good suggestions.

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NONNAJEANIE 7/12/2012 7:57AM

    What a wonderful and timely post! It has been so extremely hot, just the heat has been de-energizing. But your ideas come to the rescue. Good ways to get the inertia going the other way. Thank you for being a great cheerleader!



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VITCHY-VICKI 7/12/2012 7:18AM

    emoticonIdeas will have to give them a try I do like the one read your book then exercise really like that one keep up the good work

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SHARPISTOL 7/11/2012 10:45PM

    emoticon I have a similar plan, that I do, when stuck inside, also! But, just to add to your list, I, also, jump all around, waving my arms, just acting silly, when I have a few minutes, like when I am microwaving something, waiting to let my dog back in, etc. I try to keep moving every second that I have, or find; just to burn a few calories. I find this more refreshing, and productive; than just sitting down, doing nothing. I see those as wasted minutes, or seconds; when I could have been doing some sort of exercising, or stretching! Keep doing what you are doing! More power to you!


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Poem about an angel

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

A drunk man in an Oldsmobile
They said had run the light
That caused the six-car pileup
On 109 that night.

When broken bodies lay about
And blood was everywhere,
The sirens screamed out eulogies,
For death was in the air.

A mother, trapped inside her car,
Was heard above the noise;
Her plaintive plea near split the air:
Oh, God, please spare my boys!

She fought to loose her pinned hands;
She struggled to get free,
But mangled metal held her fast
In grim captivity.

Her frightened eyes then focused
On where the back seat once had been,
But all she saw was broken glass and
Two children's seats crushed in.

Her twins were nowhere to be seen;
She did not hear them cry,
And then she prayed they'd been thrown free,

Oh, God, don't let them die!

Then firemen came and cut her loose,
But when they searched the back,
They found therein no little boys,
But the seat belts were intact.

They thought the woman had gone mad
And was traveling alone,
But when they turned to question her,
They discovered she was gone.

Policemen saw her running wild
And screaming above the noise
In beseeching supplication,
Please help me find my boys!

They're four years old and wear blue shirts;
Their jeans are blue to match.
One cop spoke up, They're in my car,
And they don't have a scratch.

They said their daddy put them there
And gave them each a cone,

Then told them both to wait for Mom
To come and take them home.
I've searched the area high and low,
But I can't find their dad.

He must have fled the scene,
I guess, and that is very bad.

The mother hugged the twins and said,
While wiping at a tear,
He could not flee the scene, you see,
For he's been dead a year.

The cop just looked confused and asked,
Now, how can that be true?
The boys said, Mommy, Daddy came
And left a kiss for you.

He told us not to worry
And that you would be all right,
And then he put us in this car with
The pretty, flashing light.

We wanted him to stay with us,
Because we miss him so,
But Mommy, he just hugged us tight
And said he had to go.

He said someday we'd understand
And told us not to fuss,
And he said to tell you, Mommy,
He's watching over us.

The mother knew without a doubt
That what they spoke was true,
For she recalled their dad's last words,
I will watch over you...

The firemen's notes could not explain
The twisted, mangled car,
And how the three of them escaped
Without a single scar.

But on the cop's report was scribed,
In print so very fine,
An angel walked the beat tonight on Highway 109.

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PSMITH3841 7/11/2012 12:33PM

    Oh my goodness! I have got a lump in my throat the size of Rhode Island! Beautiful poem ....I do believe, I do, I do, I do!!!! emoticon

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MEEZERMOM2 7/11/2012 8:20AM

    I've read it before, but it gives me shivers every time!

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VITCHY-VICKI 7/11/2012 7:22AM

    I had read that one before brings tears to my eyes emoticon
and after reading Heaven is for Real I do believe there are Angels watching over us
Thanks for the blog

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ONUTHIN125 7/10/2012 6:53PM

    How lovely, I do believe that angels are all around us. emoticon

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CATLADY52 7/10/2012 4:25PM

    That is lovely. emoticon emoticon

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