Thursday, November 08, 2012
Yesterday I wrote that today, I would blog about thankfulness. Then the day came and I had a real hard time figuring out if it was the right time for it.
Today in our community...the coalmining community, and right here at home. Right around 200 men were laid off. Not all at one operation, but several.
This doesnt just include coalminers, but tipple workers, those who work the load outs and the train cars, etc.
Truck drivers who haul the coal from the mine to the tipple.
Along with mechanics, etc.
It is a trickle down effect, and the trickling down hasnt even begun.
This area is served by coalminers....what I mean is...coalminers, and their families, spend their money in local stores, go to movies, eat out, shop, shop online, etc.
When these men are laid off, and drawing unemployment....the basic necessities are barely met.
There is no wiggle room for spending frivilously or for entertainment, etc.
This in turn hurts the local shops. Hair and nail salons.
Dads are home now, so no need for daycare or a sitter.
You see where I am going.
It is all just a rolling rock down hill, taking out so many others as it rolls.
And so so so many other businesses work directly with coal companies....diesel and tire sales...etc.
I personally know a few of these men and their wives. I know it bothers me a great deal that the way I see it is that this is just a down turn in the coal market and that eventually, hopefully it will pick up again.
So far honey is still working and I am just keeping up hope that he will continue to be.
I do have things to be thankful for.
But I will save that for a later date.
Right now, I am just trying to rid myself of this horrendous cough.
I am no longer sick, however, I believe I might have made a mistake walking in the chilly air the last couple of days.
As my right ear is clogged and popping......I cant rid myself of this dry hacking cough.
The vaporizer has been working overtime and the house smells of vicks.
But still I hack on.
I feel good, I walked an hour today and maybe I didnt get my veggies, but I got my water and I got my protein and I had an ok day.
Trying.....struggling to make sense of the coal companies decision to do this right before the holidays.
I do believe it is politcal power play to run up the demand for coal and set the price in the market.
But I am no expert in these things.
Me and my son are going to soon come to blows over the use of the home computer.
So, today I had planned to buy a laptop.
Maybe tomorrow, if the dry hacking is gone and I feel more secure about spending a little money.
Hope everyone is having a good night.
Wednesday, November 07, 2012
Yes, this is my second blog today. But I had to share something that happened to me today.
I went into my local convience store to pick up a lottery ticket and a bottle of water.
And there was a man there talking to the women behind the counter, and I picked up on the conversation was about colder weather.
The girl behind the counter was saying she couldnt stand hot weather "because big girls and heat dont mix"....now, I know the lady and she is a good person, I know she didnt mean anything mean, cause we are friends and shes cool.
But, she looked at me and said aint that right?
I said, "what"?
She said, that big girls and heat dont mix....I kinda just stood there thinking about how to answer....when the man said..."what are you asking her for, shes not a big girl"...hahahaha
I was avenged!!!!
I said THATS RIGHT!!!...well, at least not AS big as I was 6 months ago.
Today, it is official, I have reached the 50 pound lost mark.
I am not going to change my weight on here, as it isnt my official weigh in day.
That is a full six days away.
I might come to regret this decision. Because what happens if in the next 6 days I gain back the 2 lbs I needed to make it to 50 pounds gone????
Well, I sure hope that doesnt happen.
The weather is supposed to pick up some warmth and maybe I will be able to amp up my walks this week.
Doing two a days instead of one.
Either way, for a few hours I have been able to say that I LOST 50 FREAKIN POUNDS!!!!
And who knows, if I keep working hard and keep trying this week, I might be able to say its OVER 50....
thanks friends......tomorrow I plan to blog about Thanksgiving and how I truly feel like giving thanks this year, and it doesnt involve stuffing or any sweet cakes.
Saturday, November 03, 2012
Ok, so I decided to go ahead and get this blog in today. Boy when I am wrong, I am wrong. In my blog from yesterday, I found two things I was wrong about.
First, we are getting rain today, not alot, I got to the track around 12 and walked an hour and fifteen minutes, did the dollar store, post office and coffee run...and got home just as the sprinkles began.
I will not be going back out today, if nothing happens and so, I am happy I made it home and all my errands are finished.
The second thing, I do have a cold. YUK!!! I took some alka-seltzer cold medicine last night and I slept ok. My throat is getting alot more sore, so I am just hoping to stay inside, under a warm blanket, with some hot tea with honey, and watch a movie or read a book later.
Winter is here people.
I have so so dreaded this winter more so than any other.
For several reasons. First of course, is the walking....getting out early in the frosty cold isnt my cup of tea, so my early morning walks will probably be pushed back, which means, blah blah blah, I will probably sleep in later.
I have gotten in such a habit of getting up, psyched about going to the track. and now I fear I will become a late sleeping blob!!!
But I also dread it for other reasons....I despise the time change...
and the cold.
I am beginning, in my older years, haha, to feel it more so.
I hate the cold.
But, I guess that gives me something to look forward to in the spring. I just hope I can maintain proper eating habits and staying away from tempting comfort winter foods, and stay on some type of exercise regimen that will keep me where I am or losing.
Speaking of losing...I lost a whole pound this week.
And I am not at all disappointed that it was only 1.
Because, last week, as some of you know, Honey's mom passed away, and with friends bringing food, and no time to really focus on my protein, etc...I relented and had fried chicken and even a glazed donut.
I also had potato salad and pizza. And carrot cake.
And finger sandwiches.....wow, writing it all out like that, I wonder how I lost an ounce.
That and the fact, that I only walked a total of about 2 hours all last week.
But a loss is a loss and I am happy with it and really hoping to meet my November goal, against cold and wind and rain and frost and anything else Mother Nature throws my way.
Here is too a good warm dry weekend to all and keep Sparking and do the best you can.
Thanks for reading.
I am including a pic of me in my new walking boggan, last week with the wind, I think that is probably how I caught this cold....wind and rain and me with inadequate head covering.
So, yesterday I went to wally world and bought this and I am going back next time and getting either the Winnie the Pooh or Animal from The Muppets.....
Friday, November 02, 2012
First on this note just to get this out of the way. My SP tracker, for some reason says I have lost 35 pounds, but I have lost 45.
So, I dont know how I have messed that up, but 45 is the number.
Now, as for today. I felt so bad yesterday and last night, first started out as a kind of just ickiness, just felt run down and tired, and kinda sick to my stomach.
Then yesterday began feeling a little of a sore throat...and tired and achy.
Lack of sleep was a little part of it. Tonight I plan to get to bed earlier and maybe will help some.
I went today and bought some coriciden hbp for colds and some alka seltzer cold remedy....just in case.
Along with some orange juice.
I dont feel so bad today, throat isnt as sore and I dont feel like this is a cold coming on.
I was kinda scared, cause one of the little ones in the family had the chicken pox, and I have never had it.
I went shopping today, found some workout pants that just might work, they are still bootcut, which I despise, but they fit and arent dragging the ground.
So, I also bought me a boggan, with the long flaps that come down, cover the ears and tie under the chin.
Perfect for keeping the cold wind out.
Time will tell. I walked an hour today, for the first real solid hour in over a week.
The wind was a little swifter and chillier than I would have liked, but I ended up shedding my hoodie after about 30 minutes.
I am actually feeling really pretty happy today.
I feel good, with the small annoying exception of a back ache.
Some aleve and icy hot might help, or a half hour on the masssage pad.
The weatherman is predicting warmer temps and no rain for tomorrow, so I am hoping to double up my walks and spend the day, home alone, cleaning, and get in a good strength workout.
I havent been overly focused on the scale for about a month now, and its time to really get back to focusing on burning more calories and really working out harder and getting that scale really moving again.
Thursday, November 01, 2012
I have had a pretty good day today. Have stayed on track, with the exception of one small cookie. And I am not even going to stress over it.
I had a great lunch of salad and a great dinner. Took a short walk, the wind was so cold and blustery.
It seems our local weather man missed it today, was supposed to have been in the 50's...and warmer and a little sun.
Well, anyway, I had a good day.
I sure am hoping to get to walk more tomorrow and maybe twice....getting things ready for my sons return.
I am not going to stress out over that either....but, I guess I will be making adjustments and might as well face it.
Going to really try to enjoy tomorrow, walk, eat healthy, drink my water, and shop...all alone and by my happy lonesome.
Might even get my nails done...or buy a new purse, or maybe just put that money in my bank account.
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