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Humidity -- How Can I Complain?

Tuesday, September 04, 2012


This is how I feel when I come back from our walks now! Maybe what I need to do is hide our weather indicators that tell me how high the humidity is -- what you don't know can't hurt you!
At least then I'd probably venture out the door. Like this morning it was a very pleasant 74F as I look at our gage! Great! But then below that I noticed it was 64% humidity -- our normal is around 16%

I can always whine about how the scale is creeping up cuz I'm not getting enough walk time in and it's the fault of the HUMIDITY! But actually, who wants to hear or even sympathize with that because it's happening in so many states -- some with a lot higher numbers than we are having here! What I NEED to do is formulate a plan to get a workout in right inside the house where I'm in control of the temperature!

Time to stop whining, Eve, and start planning! emoticon Remember those days when you were in the 150's, hoping to see the 140's? And then when you were in the 140's hoping to see the 130's -- get started or you'll be back where you came from! Then you'll REALLY have something to whine about!!

  
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KAYWEB555 9/5/2012 2:32PM

    We must be getting your weather here in NY a few days later. I'd about died with this mornings walk. Got home to see the weather channel tell me that it was 66 degress with hunidity of 98% knock me over will you !

You are right about finding something inside !

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OLDERDANDRT 9/5/2012 12:57PM

    Ok, I totally understand the humidity angle! My 1 mile around the block, even when the temp is uber nice, has me totally soaked by the time I'm back home!! But you know, a nice refreshing shower after is also very nice! Or go ahead and do a video workout right after that walk then take that shower! hehe
Here's my suggestion.....on your gauge that tells the temp and humidity, cover up the humidity reading. Really!!! If you don't have a pre-conceived idea of the %humidity, it may not "feel" quite so bad! Put on your bug spray (with deet) to keep the mosquitoes at bay, take water for you and Amber and get out there and get your walk early while it is probably as cool as it's gonna be for the day! Just my take, luv! The whole world is having "growing pains", it seems as it all is seeing unusual phenomena in these last couple of years and it doesn't seem to be "snapping back" into any kind of normalcy any time soon. (darn it emoticon)
Get your walks, my friend! There's plenty of other things you can do in a pinch, but......get your walks! You just gotta prepare a little and deal with a bit of perspiration. (or a lot as the case may be... emoticon

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JACK714 9/5/2012 7:08AM

    Strange weather in Arizona. That's moe like Georgia. Good for sweating.

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HEYITSJUDED 9/4/2012 7:57PM

    WOW I didn't think Arizona had humidity like that. I mean I know it is hot hot hot but no humidity! Make sure you drink plenty of water! By the time I finished my 4 mi walk today I was soaked all the way to my underwear with sweat! I got home and drank so much water! This is ridiculous, oh and do not even get me started on the mosquitoes!

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CATLADY52 9/4/2012 3:23PM

    Temps have been 90 degrees plus for the last month, with little rain so humidity has been high for several weeks. So much for any outdoor activitybetween the time of sunrise and 10 pm. It will be October before the weather let's me outside. I have a few DVDs to get me through. emoticon emoticon

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YOYONOMORE1 9/4/2012 2:49PM

    Yes, after our rain last night and this morning we are back to humid, so glad I got done what I did this morning. I am waiting for cooler temps so outside walking is more enjoyable and I don't come back looking like I had taken a dip in a pool, lol. Probably Amber doesn't care for the humidity either. Enjoy the rest of your Tuesday.

Hugs,
Shirl

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MELLY3183 9/4/2012 2:49PM

    ick, I hate fighting humidity. Sometimes its worse than the dry heat we have here. Find a good walking video for inside, netflix offers pilates and yoga videos too.

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LIS193 9/4/2012 1:54PM

    Humidity adds at least a pound! Your skin is like a sponge and soaks it up... I know I'm heavier in Mexico than in super dry Colorado and my measurements are the same... My face and skin love the humidity, the scale not so much

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VITCHY-VICKI 9/4/2012 12:29PM

    Sorry the weather is so humid you can't go for a walk but you should live here in NE it is really bad this summer but I will take the heat and humid over the winter here - hope you get a walk in soon for Amber will love you for it
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PICKIE98 9/4/2012 12:24PM

    I hear you on the humidity,, ours is 98% right now,, not raining!! It is extremely humid here all summer and every year it gets worse,, our pool used to be our saving grace, but it blew apart in the February blizzard, so now with central a/c we are indoors,, with tread and stairs, ball and bands..
I have major cardio at work, we walk in the marsh, but our asthma wipes us out very easily even with a/c!!
Try the stairs and just biting the bullet and power waling in the back yard and then a nice tepid shower afterwards.. rids the body of toxins too!!

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Is Fall in the Air?

Monday, September 03, 2012


I remember the maple trees changing color along our roads in rural Minnesota. The air had a certain crisp feeling that made you want to jump around and enjoy those last days of summer! And the afternoons were still pleasant and warm, but dusk rolled around earlier and earlier. I would look around the garden and see the corn stalks drying up, and my Mom would mention that we should be picking the last of the veggies, like beans, peas, tomatoes (even if they were green) because the frost would get them. It was a busy time in the kitchen. Of course it also meant the beginning of school for me -- so I was usually called to help out only on week-ends.

By the time October rolled around it was "deer season." That added to our meat supply for the winter -- and many times it heralded the first snow fall. By this time we had dug out all of our warm winter clothing, as those Minnesota winters were LONG and they were COLD. Thank God Alaska became a state so we didn't always here Bemidji or International Falls as the coldest spot in the nation! And the little town that was closest to me was right in between those two!

Now that we are in Glendale, AZ during the winter months, it's almost like having summer year round. Winter in the Phoenix area is much like summer in some of our cooler states, such as Washington. That is the time of year you get to enjoy coffee on your patio, or have your outdoor BBQ's. We're a little turned around compared to most of the states -- but enjoy what you have because there is little that can be done about it.

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CINDYLUUU 9/5/2012 10:26AM

    I live in central Alberta and we do have all four seasons. We get some nasty winters and early falls. But I always enjoy spring and how can you enjoy spring if you don't go through fall and winter?

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VITCHY-VICKI 9/4/2012 5:49AM

    Love the blog and pictures
Love Spring - Fall - Summer
Hate Winter maybe I should move closer to you
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OLDERDANDRT 9/3/2012 7:28PM

    emoticonYou got that right! Might as well enjoy. Can't do anything about it anyway!! And, no......Fall is really not in the air as of yet and I don't think anywhere in our country! Yes, some leaves here and there my be turning color and even falling, but.......no, just doesn't feel like fall yet to me. Maybe in another few weeks? emoticon emoticon emoticon

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4_MY_LIFE 9/3/2012 6:20PM

    I love the change of the seasons. My daughter pointed out this is our first time in 10 years to be somewhere that there is a change in seasons. Looking forward to see the trees changing and feeling the crisp feel to the air.

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HEYITSJUDED 9/3/2012 12:27PM

    What a great blog! i love all your pictures! It looks like fall where I live in Illinois! I have been to Arizona at thanksgiving and everyone thought I was crazy because I had shorts on. They said I would get cold! i was like really this is summer where I live and it was snowing when we left. I loved Arizona but I also love watching the seasons change. thanks for sharing your story and beautiful pictures!

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VONBLACKBIRD 9/3/2012 11:57AM

    Lovely memories...I love the seasonal changes....

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My Tastes Are Changing, Along With My Habits!

Friday, August 31, 2012


Back when I first joined SP and had just barely made it into the high 150's, I was delighted to see the 100-calorie packs of snacks. I would make a special trip to Walmart and my basket was filled with a variety of munchies! I could tear into a package of little bite-sized cookies, or nuts or chips, whatever caught my fancy -- and not feel a twinge of guilt or regret. But I was also fond of the little Yoplait yogurts and their many tempting flavors.

Slowly as time went by I gave up some of my 100-calorie snacks, and thought I was being more "healthy" by indulging instead in some of the snack bars -- more protein, etc. and they would run between 90 and 170 calories. But one day I noticed that those, also, were not getting my attention the way they used to.

I've started to pay closer attention to what I'm scanning the shelves in my refrigerator for -- what is it, exactly, that my body seems to be seeking? Invariably my eyes will land on a bowl of cherries, cantaloupe, and less and less often on the pre-packaged little packs of pudding. I have become a healthier person without even realizing my tastes (habits) were changing!

And today I would probably go into shock if I stepped on the scale and saw anything even close to the 150's number! In fact even the 140's would put the fear of God into my heart and have me taking a very close look at what I'm eating!

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JACK714 9/3/2012 7:57AM

    Progress, don't you love it.

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CINDYLUUU 9/3/2012 12:02AM

    Isn't it great when we stand back and get out of our way. The body wants to be healthy. Good for you for listening!

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MARYELLEN301 9/2/2012 7:23PM

    Amazing what our bodies will communicate to us if we only listen!

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VITCHY-VICKI 9/1/2012 7:10AM

    Glad your taste buds have changed sure wish mine would
your doing great keep up the good work
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CATLADY52 8/31/2012 6:01PM

    I can't say I gotten to the point of only eating healthy yet. I still have chips, and that kind of snack but not as often. emoticon

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ROSGETSSERIOUS 8/31/2012 4:58PM

    Great changes - we just have to listen to our bodies - awesome.

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TWNOMWE 8/31/2012 1:35PM

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I look forward to that day when I do not crave chocolate covered almonds!!!!

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NICOLED40 8/31/2012 1:07PM

    Awesome! Keep up the great work!

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DAJODU 8/31/2012 12:47PM

    Good deal! I have to admit I was pretty much the exact same way, and now people look at me funny when I unpack my lunch bag at work and its 90% fruits or vegitables. They almost seem saddened that I am struck with the "need" to eat healthy, all the while I'm thinking in my head its they who are missing out :)

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RIDLEYRIDER 8/31/2012 12:41PM

  Nice to see the changes, isn't it? Keep up the great work!

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SALONKITTY 8/31/2012 12:23PM

    That's great! Having fruit as a snack rather than the empty junk foods or protein bars is so much healthier for you, as you've learned. Congratulations on your healthier lifestyle and your success! emoticon emoticon

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I'm Happy to Be ME!

Thursday, August 30, 2012


It's true! I'm happy to be me! I look around at my life, and I see people in much worse shape than I'm in; I also see some you would consider to be much better off than I, both financially as well as medically. But I'm saisfed with where I am, and who I am. I'm not one of those people who say "if I could just lose 15 pounds I would be happy." I'm happy NOW!

Traveling in Mexico!

A month in Peru -- including our hiking Macchu Picchu!

I have my flowers!

BEAUTIFUL SUNSETS!

Even my scale is in a pretty good spot! Yes! Life is GOOD!

  
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OLDERDANDRT 9/1/2012 1:15PM

    How WONDERFUL!!! emoticon emoticon

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CATLADY52 8/30/2012 3:27PM

    You get back a portion of what you put in to your life. The happier you are the happier you will be. emoticon emoticon

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MELLY3183 8/30/2012 2:40PM

    Awesome news. You look pretty happy in your pictures. Thanks for sharing.

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MICHIGANLORI 8/30/2012 1:32PM

    'i have my flowers' emoticon

Flowers make me happy too! emoticon emoticon

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CHANGINGSAM 8/30/2012 1:16PM

    Woo hoo! It's important to be happy where you are!

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Happy Thought for the Day!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012


There will be days it will rain, there will be high humidity; other days will be hot and dry; or cold, perhaps with snow. And there are days when the weather seems absolutely perfect.

The thing is, there is all kinds of weather -- some states or countries get a lot of one type, others not so much. You live where you live, so just give thanks that you are alive and well today, regardless of what kind of weather you are in.


I'm AMBER -- I'm happy as long as I am near my Mom!

  
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OLDERDANDRT 9/1/2012 12:49PM

    Amber, you are so sweet!!! And you sound just like my Bruno who says the same thing about me! Your mom and I are very happy humans to have you both!!! emoticon

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YOYONOMORE1 8/29/2012 1:43PM

    The weather gives us something to talk about and we know no matter what we have to except what we get. Thank God we can't control the weather, wouldn't that be a mess, with some wanting it hot, others cooler, some sun, some rain, even snow, lol. Your Amber sure is a cutie and she looks very content in the picture. Have a wonderful Wednesday, regardless of the weather. We happen to be blessed with sunshine and 80's and low humidity, sounds good to me.

Hugs,
Shirl

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WHITNEYLD 8/29/2012 9:34AM

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TRISTAROSE 8/29/2012 9:21AM

    Love the picture and Amber looks very content. She is a cutie!

Yes I agree ... enjoy each day to the fullest no matter what the weather!

Have a great one!
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LIS193 8/29/2012 9:13AM

    Amber is beautiful!

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VITCHY-VICKI 8/29/2012 6:45AM

    emoticonAmber is one lucky Dog to have a good Mommy who will walk her in all kinds of weather.
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CHICCHANTAL 8/29/2012 1:24AM

    I once spent a week's holiday in Madeira and they seemed to me to have the perfect climate there. Rarely about 30C or below 18C.

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STEELKICKIN 8/29/2012 1:08AM

    Awww, Eve!! I love this! Very insightful! And Amber is just, well, only the cutest thing I've ever seen! Such a sweet baby. You can tell she's content being near her Mommy! So adorable.
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DEBBY4576 8/29/2012 12:46AM

   
Very true. I complain a lot this time of year, but it is what it is.

Love Amber. Soooo cute.

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SHOES17 8/29/2012 12:31AM

    I just love Amber...I loved today it was beautiful and I was blessed

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