Saturday, September 15, 2012
So many of you made comments about not knowing what a javalina is. I didn't know either until I moved to Arizona, but that's the name given to this wild pig. While their features are definitely "pig like" there are some differences. Here's what they look like, and they weigh about 60 pounds.
The other photo I have been very slow at getting on here is a painting that I had done. It is not the last one I painted, but is actually the first one -- I was experimenting, and decided to paint four different flowers on one canvas. I finally got it on my computer (I'm an illiterate)
It's kind of hard to read the writing and in case you don't know your flowers, from top left they are as follows: yellow tulip, pink carnation, under the carnation is a lavender pansy, and to the left of that a poinsetta.
Friday, September 14, 2012
It seems to be the story of my life to constantly go up and down. I don't mean that I would lose 40 pounds and then gain back 50 -- I'm just speaking of 2 or 3 pounds here. The only positive I could find in my yo-yo behavior was the fact that after starting with SP I would yo-yo in lower and lower numbers. I finally made it into the coveted 130's and it just struck me this morning as to what my problem is!
Take this example: the other day I weighed in at 139.2 (getting painfully close to those 140's)
So of course, I did what any logical person would do, I tracked my food carefully and resisted the temptation of my trigger foods. Not one peanut square crossed my lips. If I gave in and ate any almonds, they were carefully counted out and the rest were put away. I ate the foods that were good for me, and the ones I knew my body would love. And the scale would go down. I couldn't make it do that without throwing in some exercise, naturally -- so that was always a factor too. I'm a true procrastinator, but I would get up in the morning and walk, knowing I would take another walk in the evening. I would throw in a little gardening -- anything to keep me moving and NOT plopped down in front of the computer or TV. And sure enough, in a day or so I was rewarded with a nice (low-for-me) 137.2 and I'd be happy!
But what would happen then? Why didn't the downward trend continue? I'll tell you why. I would feel so complacent with my low weight I would tell myself -- "You're at a nice low weight, so go ahead and enjoy __________ (you can fill in the blank)" And so it would go, until within a couple of days the scale would be creeping it's way back up toward the 139 or 139+.
It's like having the devil and an angel on my shoulder. At different times of course!
or You'll know who's on my shoulder by looking at my weight!
Thursday, September 13, 2012
Amber started growling about an hour after we arrived at our home in the mountains. She was so aggitated that we finally looked to see what had her so upset. That's when we saw the javelina (it's a wild pig) wandering around in our front yard. They do not have very good eyesight, and she (or he) was rapidly walking up and down the line of the chain link fence, seeking a way to get out. They can be pretty harmful to dogs, so I kept Amber inside but DH grabbed his camera and took a few videos, as the javelina got more upset and tired out by the minute. Can't blame her, it was probably the equivalent of a 2-mile run!
She just couldn't figure out that when she got down near the road she had to jog around my bed of mint and then there was the gate. She would hit the chain link fence for all she was worth about every 5 or 10 feet -- so I'll bet somebody has a really sore NOSE today. When I saw that this little scene could go on for a
L O N G time, Amber and I went for our walk, and we left DH to handle it.
DH finally chased her out, and she was still huffing and puffing as she went down the road. She was spotted by a couple who were out walking, and they said she looked like she was in a hurry to get away. Lucky she didn't have a heart attack. Well, at least SOMEONE got their exercise for the day!!
Saturday, September 08, 2012
My scale moved up a wee bit today and I knew that I had not exercised enough yesterday. Plus I did a little mindless nibbling in the evening. I didn't write it down, but you know how those "bites" add up!
So today I figured I'd better get out in the yard and do some raking, there are always a few leaves that have blown off the oak trees, plus acorns and miscellaneous little weeds to pull.
I think it took me about 30 or 40 minutes (it was actually really nice out so I'm not sure of the time). Then late in the afternoon I walked one mile with Amber. Her tongue was hanging out the whole way. We had a funny little thing happen to us too!
Looked in vain for an emoticon of a goat -- there were two of them along side the road, one black and one white. Amber had never seen a goat before, so we walked toward them. When they noticed we were coming their way, they quit eating grass and began to walk toward us!
When they were still about 30 feet away, Amber decided it was close enough and we started walking in the other direction. She's a brave little dog when there is a fence between her and the "other animal" but when it's coming right toward her, it's another story. I was laughing my head off, and Amber kept looking over her shoulder as she headed up the road. After about a fourth of a block the goats stopped, and Amber was relieved! Big Adventure!!
She's recuperating now -- and I'm proud that I got more exercise today!!
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