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Here comes Halloween

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

I survived the cookout. Actually, I'm so busy the day of the cookout, there's barely time to eat, let alone overeat. I was pretty hungry by the time I went to bed. I thought that was a good sign. What a releif.

Then....here come the leftovers. I did not have a plan for disposing of the unhealthy leftovers. We took several things to a birthday lunch Saturday. THAT's when I overate. Potato salad....I hadn't had potato salad in months. I did only have one serving. That was enough to whet the appetite. Cherry Pepsi. That was the surprise calorie counter. I had 4 cans of pop in three days. That's as much pop as I have probably had in the last 6 months. ....And the leftover dip keeps calling my name. With joy today I realized it's starting to taste old. It's time to throw it out. I gave all the leftover Pepsi away (except for one can of Cherry Pepsi that I will drink later this week.)

I am surprised at how yucky I feel, and not from guilt. Physically, I don't like how I feel, and I remember when I used to feel like this all the time, and I thought it was a normal part of aging. I think it's from the intake of sugar and starch. And praise the Lord, I am thinking at the next get together I am skipping the dip and the potato salad. (I can't say that about the Cherry Pepsi yet. Sorry.)

Now, here comes the Halloween candy. I bought it today, and I have snitched a PayDay snack size out of the bag.....It didn't taste as good as I remember them tasting.

  
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Neewollah Notes: The Cookout 2012

Saturday, October 27, 2012

I WAY overcooked. Overcooked as in too much food. Last year I started keeping notes on how much I bought, how much was left over, and projected how much I would need this year. 8 pounds of ribs TOTALLY gone. I'm glad I had a couple last night.

It was fairly cold, but we have had colder, windier cookouts. We were minus two families with small children and busy Neewollah weekends of their own. So, there weren't as many people here as we thought we might have.

Now, what do I do with all these leftovers? I have lots of hot dogs, smoked sausage, and a few hamburgers left. I don't think I'm going to have to buy meat for awhile.

Today it's on to the Grande Parade and standing in line at one of the food vendors for our once a year, giant cinnamon roll. We are talking about splitting one this year instead of getting one each. The band competition is this afternoon. Several of my friends and one former student are band directors. So I'm looking forward to it.

  
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THINAGIN2 10/27/2012 5:35PM

    It sounds like you might not have to cook for awhile! Maybe there is some family that has fallen on tough times and wouldn't mind having a meal sent to them. Enjoy the rest of the events!

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Neewollah 5K

Saturday, October 20, 2012

I walked the route in 48:52. Dh walked it in 43:25. Near the turnaround point I caught up with a small group of young walkers. I decided to hang with them for awile. The young lady I walked with is one of the area's high school drum majors. Her band director is one of my former students. We talked about the parade and band competition coming up next Saturday. I walked with them to the end.
We came home for a quick shower (or in my case soak in the tub), then we went back to the park for the chili cookoff. I must have tasted close to 20 kinds of chili, and none of them tasted alike. There were only a couple that I would say tasted similar. After we were full of chili and had cast our People's Choice vote we headed to the dessert contest. I had kolache (had never had that before), a Rice Krispee treat with coconut in it (interesting), and Grandma Vassoy's cookie. It had dates and cream cheese in it. (All of these were sample size.)
Yes, I am over my calorie limit for the day, but not by a lot. How do you track accurately on a day like today? I just took my best guesses, and I wouldn't change a thing. We saw and caught up with people we hadn't seen for awhile. We played on the swings in the park. It was a gorgeous fall day (high 78). We did not take pictures. Pictures will be posted on the official website- www.neewollah.com

  


Exhausted

Monday, October 08, 2012

I'm not sure why the fatique is hitting me today. We did increase the length of our Sunday afternoon walk 1/2 mile. My legs are stiff, but I have had plenty of rest since we got home. I think I'm going to take some ibuprofen and take a nap. I love retirement.

  


Reflections on traveling, eating and exercising

Saturday, October 06, 2012

Getting enough exercise was harder than I thought it would be. The driving days were especially the hardest. You would think 8 hours behind the wheel would make you crazy to exercise, but when we get to the hotel, all I want to do is veg out and watch TV. We seem to be morning exercisers when we are on the road. 2 of the 4 travel days we exercised before we left. The fitness room was a better option than the hotel pool. The pool is just not long enough to do laps. I used an elliptical trainer for the first time yesterday morning. I stayed on for 25 minutes. My legs feel like lead today. Good workout. I'm just not used to it. We swam 2 days and hiked one. 5 days of exercise on an 8 day trip. That's better than we usually do. We didn't always get to exercise when we thought we would. You're just on someone else's timetable, especially when you're visiting family. Fortunately, dh's family is supportive of staying active, so getting away to exercise wasn't awkward.

Eating went fairly well. Why do you feel so hungry when you're driving? You're doing NOTHING. Having a lot of fruit in the car saved us. We also had a container of spinach dip and Triscuits and carrots and hummus. We also had cereal bars and two flats of water.

Tracking my food was a problem. I had to guess a lot, and I know there were days I forgot things. There was one day I wrote nothing down, and another day is incomplete. The huge breakfasts were a surprise. They were delicious but calorie laden. The week went better when I started taking a packet of instant oatmeal from the hotel and just asking for hot water for my cereal and tea. Breakfast was definitely the big meal of the day most days.

A hotel room with a refrigerator is a must. We had a microwave in our room. One night for supper we went to the grocery store and got Healthy Choice dinners. I wish we had done that one other night. They were good, and they saved us calories and money.

I got frustrated on the way back. We had Campbell's microwave soup with us, and we had some trouble finding a convenience store with tables. They are pretty common where we live, but apparently that is not the case in other parts of the country.

I think the big thing I learned from all this is that I cannot always control the food that is set in front of me, or fit exercise into the day's schedule. I can stay focused on my weight loss and exersice goals and not beat myself up when I don't eat or exercise perfectly.

I did treat myself to a bigger meal at Ruby Tuesdays. I ate off the lighter menu and had salad bar. I had been hungry for steak for 3 days. It was time to indulge. I had the petite steak with grilled zucchini. I went back to the salad bar when I finished the steak, and I got a helping of fruit salad. I was 300 calories (best guess) over my limit for the day, but I'm glad I did it. It kept me from feeling deprived.

Hiking - If you're interested in hiking, wear your hiking boots once a week when you walk. We only hiked three miles, and I almost had a blister on my big toe. Also, I couldn't believe how heavy my boots were. It was like walking with ankle weights on!

I lost a pound on the trip, and I did enjoy the trip more than usual. (I don't like to travel.) Partially, that was because of eating healthier and exercising. Another reason the experience was better was because we found a hotel we enjoyed that didn't cost an arm and a leg.

And now it's back to my own bed, my own cats, and dh. (Not necessaily in that order.)

  
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SENIORSWIMMER 10/7/2012 8:53AM

    I have trouble with motion sickness too! There has to be a reason for the car munchies. I often feel genuinely hungry. There is no place like home. Really good night's sleep, and long. Enjoy your Canadian Thanksgiving Sunday.

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CAROLSYLVIA 10/7/2012 1:12AM

    I am so happy to hear about your trip, because we are taking one in a couple of weeks. We will be visiting some family and doing a lot of driving also. I like your attitude of doing what you can to exercise and eat healthy, but not stressing out about the days you weren't able to get exercise and/or ate a little more. Better to enjoy your vacation and the meals that others prepared for you than to try to be a perfectionist about it all. Also glad to have the tips about good things to have in the car to nibble on. I get really hungry in the car, too - why is that?? And if my stomach is empty, I get carsick. yuck.

Anyway, welcome home! There's no place like home after being gone for awhile, is there?
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