Saturday, September 22, 2012
The sun was shining when I got up and it was a cool 70F with fluffy white clouds in a very blue sky -- gorgeous, and it felt warmer. After feeding Amber I decided to go out and water my flowers, strawberries and peach tree. The apples don't really need additional water as it's time to be picking them.
HaHa -- pulled a little joke on you. That's Buchart Gardens in Canada. Don't I wish!!!
Next thing on the agenda is a light breakfast, some mornings it's a bagel with cream cheese or maybe a smoothie. This morning the bagel won, along with coffee.
And then, naturally, it's SPARK TIME! Have to see what all my friends have been up to, record my weight and what I ate, track goals, send on the good forwards, you know the routine. I'm not overjoyed to see that my weight stayed the same as yesterday, but not unhappy either, as it is in the 130 range, and since getting there, I have not gone back to the 140's. Very important!
Yesterday I got in two walks with Amber, both 1.1 miles long. The neighbor lady walked with us last night, she's younger and faster but she commented that for a short-legged dog Amber can hold her own. She doesn't stop and sniff nearly as much as most dogs do. It was good for me to have a friend along, made me push up the pace just a bit. Today I'll try to do the same thing, it completes my goal for walking when I get in the 2 miles, and it's nice to see I even went over.
Lunch will most likely be a veggie type of soup, sometimes with a bit of chicken breast added in and possibly a slice of whole wheat bread. Bread tastes sooooo good with soup -- maybe it is just reminiescent of my childhood days, but I love it. I must have had quite a variety as a kid because I like nearly all foods.
We actually have a sit-down together dinner only 3 or 4 days a week. Otherwise it's every man or woman for themselves -- we do this mainly because our tastes don't tend to move along the same lines. DH likes fat and heavy on the protein, forget the veggies. Mine is the opposite. We solved this by making our own dinner at times, makes us easier to live with. lol
Right after dinner, or sometimes just before, it's walk time again. If it weren't for the bugs that bite you it would be most pleasant. If I wasn't for the fact that I'm borderline Alzheimer's I would remember to put on bug spray to keep the little critters at bay -- but I seldom remember. (that was one of my sick attempts at joking -- so don't concern yourselves about me) Regardless, the walk is enjoyable, and many times we are blessed with seeing a deer, or a the very least a rabbit or two. Sometimes we smell the skunks -- whom I would rather not see!
Evenings I spend reading, working on my quilt, and/or watching TV. A rather quiet life, but one that suits me for the summer. Winters are back to the big city, and more activity.
Have a great week-end, Spark Friends!
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Early this morning my DH found that the new Sony camera he ordered was scheduled to be delivered today! Exciting!! Except -- it was being delivered to our home in the Phoenix area -- and we were 1-1/2 hours away in our mountain home. Hmmmm! What to do? We knew the Fed Ex would probably leave the box sitting by our front door, and even though we feel we're in a "good" neighborhood, a small box containing an expensive camera is a big temptation.
Being a Sweetheart, I offered to drive down. The only string attached to that offer was that I would spend the night in our home down there -- no back and forth trip for me and it would give me a chance to watch some of my recorded movies -- maybe paint a bit, and just generally have a 'change of pace' for my day. Not liking the "overnight" part of that,my husband wailed "But I'll Miss You! I'll be lonely!" I just smiled.
Next problem came when Amber saw me getting out my cosmetic case -- it meant a "trip" and if Mom was going, then SHE must be going. There was lots of running back and forth, tail wagging and little talky noises. Big excitement, going for a ride. When the word "no" came out of my mouth, she couldn't believe it -- Mom was going without her!
DH told me she spent the afternoon laying with her nose pointed toward the front door, patiently waiting for Mom to come home. Hmmm, I wonder how the evening walk went?
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!
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