Sunday, October 14, 2012
= Hey! You're discouraged, you "thought" you ate the right food, you DID exercise and yet after a week -- the scale has gone up, not down!?!?!?
These are some of the Determined emoticons and you can see why. Maybe you didn't do quite as well as you had hoped. Sometimes those extraordinary weight losses happen in magazines, but when you get right down to it, that's exactly what they are -- EXTRAordinary. It doesn't happen every day to everyone! I can think back to days when the scale insisted on sticking to the same boring numer, day after day! It was enough to make to stomp your foot and say "Why do I even try?"
But you know what? Just when you think all is lost -- the scale moves down a whopping 1 or 2 pounds all in one big leap!
The truth of the matter is you should be just as proud of yourself when the scale IS moving as when it stays in one place. Now that may not be true is the scale keeps moving UP! YOU know what you ate, and no matter how you try to white wash it -- those desserts come back to haunt you. Or was it pizza, BB-Ribs, you know what I mean. When it comes to that I can easily remember the advice of an older brother "A Little of That Goes a LONG Way!" I was a kid back then, so it wasn't advice about food -- but if the shoe fits, wear it!
Let's all try the DETERMINED forget about being DISCOURAGED!
Friday, October 12, 2012
It's a beautiful fall day, and soon our hot summer will just be a memory!
Life is full of changes, just like the weather -- there are 4-seasons. It must signify that change is a good thing. Perhaps each "season" of our lives is there for a reason. When we are young our life is filled with learning. Some of us yearn for it, others detest it; but regardless of how you approached your 'learning' years, what you did manage to soak up has benefitted you.
I guess the next season in life is the "experiencing and productive" years. We are learning what life is all about in the big world. We are learning to love and be responsible adults. For some of us it doesn't go too well -- others seem to breeze through it like they had a horseshoe in their back pocket! You get your first job, the first ring of the ladder that you will continue to climb.
You fall in love, get married, perhaps have children. For some it is the fairy tale of "forever after" -- others experience the heartbreak and bitterness of divorce. They say every experience is not wasted if you learn from it. Looking back on some of the things I have experienced I'd say, yes, I may have learned from them -- but I wish I could have just skipped that lesson.
I don't believe that anyone just jumps from young to old -- there are those wonderful years in between where you no longer have a job that uses up your time, the children have moved out of the house, and you are pretty much left to do as you please. For some it is a time of lonliness, others cherish the time as a time of freedom. If money is not an issue we can travel and indulge in our hobbies. In short life is good! It can also be a time of sadness as we begin to experience the first pangs of sadness over the loss of a loved one. First it is usually parents, then friends.
When you are young, you seldom think of death -- you are immortal -- nothing can hurt you! But as you age you begin to notice friends who are the same age as you, or even younger, have fallen prey to cancer, to heart attacks, or they die in accidents.
Our final season, of course, is our last few years -- I hope when my time comes it is quick -- perhaps with a heart attack. Here today -- gone tomorrow! It would be a shock for my loved ones; but for me, selfishly I would like to avoid the suffering I've seen friends go through.
I don't mean to be morbid or cause worry to anyone with this blog. It is just the seasons of life that we all go through. Birth to Death. Look at it as the cycles of life. Like they always say, there are only two things certain in life: Death and Taxes!
Tuesday, October 09, 2012
Regardless of what type of exercise you choose to do, the important thing is to DO IT! The last couple of days I have not gotten in my usual amount of walking. This morning it caught up with me and the scale went up an entire pound.
Excuses don't count -- we all know that. However, a "reason" is another matter. In my case, my dear little walking companion has developed a sore foot. So the first day that I noticed it, I had her stop and I checked the bottom of her paws. There was a bit of a ball in the space between her toes & heel (if you know where I mean - lol) so I did the best I could. We walked on and she seemed fine -- otherwise I would have turned back. It's a short loop of 0.6 miles -- and by the time we were on the last couple of blocks (if there were any up here) she was starting to limp once again. I did a better job on her once we got home, but found she had also irritated her paw due to chewing and licking. Dogs think they can cure anything by licking!
Next Day (yesterday)! She seemed better, but just to check we did the short loop again, instead of the 1.1-mile loop that I like. She's much to heavy to carry -- so what would I do if her paw really hurt and we were over a half mile from home? So, her foot is getting better, but she is not quite up to the 1.1-mile loop yet. Yes -- I know I could go alone -- but then I'd have to face the guilt and the looks I would get from her. YOU LEFT ME AN WALKED ALONE -- you know that look on their face and in their eyes! It's more than I can handle, she's my Best Buddy!
So there's my REASON -- not an excuse. My "excuse" is that I was too lazy to do other types of exercise in the house to make up for the shorter walk. And you know what? It doesn't matter what the excuse is -- the scale does NOT take pity and it goes up anyway!
in other words, sitting around =
Friday, October 05, 2012
Long before the picture out your window looks this cold, folks in Minnesota, Wisconsin and other "cold winter" states are packing up and heading to Arizona. We call them SNOWBIRDS!
In Phoenix, and all it's many suburbs you will see the motor homes, sometimes pulling a little compact car, heading into the area. Mesa is extremely popular, so is Sun City, Sun City West, and Sun City Grand in the West Valley region. Of course Yuma and Tuscon get their fair share also! Suddenly the churches add an extra Mass or Service to accommodate all the extra people. Arriving at restaurants for the "early-bird specials" you will see a long line waiting to be seated and businesses are thriving!
I suppose, looking at the financial end of this, it's a big boon for the businesses in Arizona. And seeing longer lines in restaurants don't really bother me, we don't eat out that often. And as I have many friends who fall into the SnowBird category you see a certain trend. Once they reach their late 70's to early 80's many will decide they are "too old" to make that long trip each year and they settle down full-time to whatever their particular area of Phoenix may be. On the other hand, they decide to "give up" their warm winters they enjoy so much, and stick it out in the cold country, choosing to be with their loved ones, just in case their time is up.
To all the SnowBirds -- welcome to the land of Warm Winters!
If you tough it out in the "COLD" country -- get lots of sleep!
Hey! I'm from Minnesota -- I KNOW!
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