Tuesday, April 19, 2011
I would like to tell you I'm a rollercoaster type of gal, but on average I'm not! But planned roller coaster ride,s I like! When I was in my 'formative' years, we sometimes went to an amusement park near Willow Grove, PA. It had three levels of roller coaster rides - easy called the ___?_, medium called the Alps, and a scare you to death - The Thunderbolt. I was born logical . I pondered how to achieve The Thunderbolt. I longed to ride The Thunderbolt, but it scared me spitless!
I decided to started on the small one until it became ho-hum, I then started riding the Alps until it also became NBD. Then I rode The Thunderbolt, yes I DID! But just once was plenty - enough plenty!
There is an old poem called, "Somebody said it couldn't be done."
Ever since I saw a movie called, "Beneath The Ten Mile Reef" I had dreamed of seeing that for myself. When my eight year younger brother joined the Navy. I was kinda jealous, then he went into the submarine service and I was even more jealous! The last straw was when he became a Navy scuba diver. But I was a girl. Girls were never allowed to have THAT much fun.
In the '60's, civilian scuba diving became doable. Then my DH decided to take a class. In those days obtaining diving certification required 12 weekly classes of 3 hours each. And so in my early thirties I found myself taking the scuba diving class along with my DH. Oh, and by the way I needed to learn how to swim! I only knew how to hold my breath and swim underwater and how to do the 'doggy paddle'.
Saturday, April 09, 2011
Whether you noticed or not, I reset my weight tracker - again. Sigh...
I have not been logging my food and getting enough exercise and we all know where this always leads - Repeat after me - We gain weight!
The first thing I did was take all my LARGER slacks , jackets, jeans, and blouses to Good Will! That gives me NO LARGER CLOTHES TO GROW BACK INTO!
I recently mentioned that my Omron was not tracking well and sometimes not working. I took it apart several days ago and used canned air to blow it out. It didn't help. Although the new tether that I bought has arrived, the new Omron still has not! I am walking every day, again, and soon I will restart logging my food again. I will get there again.
All of this goes to prove yet again that , "I am a fallible human". Then again, aren't we all?
One great thing I did this week was be healthy enough to donate a pint of my blood to the Red Cross.
Sunday, January 30, 2011
Last year my area was blessed to see the start of a Senior Chore Service. The program originated with funds from a one year grant. The purpose was to help seniors stay in their own homes longer with help for chores they either couldn't do or could no longer do. Although the chores are done strictly by volunteers, there is a sliding fee based on income. The fees collected will enable the Service to continue to operate. The volunteers are fully 'vetted' by background checks before starting.
I signed up for the program last year. The process started with a home visit from the Chore Program Co-ordinator, a lovely lady named Sallie. She fully explained the program, cost, and what the volunteers can do and what they are not allowed to do. After providing my income information, we walked around my house talking about what I wanted done and making a list.
Her job is to find volunteers with the needed skills, schedule them, come with them for the first visit to make sure they felt comfortable doing the work required. They Never do anything that requires professional licensing, ie plumbing, electrical work, etc. The senior is expected to supply all the needed materials. (The red tape and documentation required precludes the
volunteer from getting the supplies needed themselves. They can give you a list.
I had some very pressing wants:
1. Connect my living room's analog TV to a digital converter and HDTV antenna. I had tried several times to do this and never was able to get it to work.
2. Finish installing the woodwork in my entry (foyer), inside trim around the front door, trim on the entry closet, base boards in the entry, shelving and clothes pole in said closet and a folding door for the closet.
3. Reconnect the vent hose on my dryer to the outside vent. I was taking my clothes to the Laundromat for drying to prevent my house from being eaten by mold.
4. Install smoke detectors in house.
(2. was part of the leftovers from my previous encounter with a very crooked contractor. I got a lawyer, took crooked contractor to court, I won, he lost his contractor's licence. I was left broke, depressed, and with much work undone. The entry was just the most obvious of the undone work.)
Within two weeks, I could again watch TV in my living room, the smoke detectors were detecting, the dryer was again vented to the outside,and all the trim was installed in my entryway. The closet work will happen as soon as I have more funds available.
This chore program (and the local meals-on-wheels program) needs more funding to continue. Sallie approached me to help with a fund raising video. My part was a video interview describing how the chore program was helping me. I was glad to help. She and the photographer/videographer (another volunteer) came to my home last Wednesday. It was a very comfortable process. When we were done, I jokeingly asked the camera guy if he was willing to take a few still photos for me to use here on Spark and on Match,com. He was willing and these three photos arrived in my e-mail the same night...................
I think the fundraiser is scheduled for sometime in late February.
Sunday, January 30, 2011
This morning I got on the scale and saw a number I had not seen for a long time - 157 pounds!
Chasened, I sat at my computer and logged part of the last 7 days of food. I have been writing it down, but not logging it! NEVER a good idea!
All of the days I logged in were showing surplus calories eaten. The worst day was yesterday - I burned 1633 calories and consumed 2361 calories! (data from logging and my GoWearFit armband). Only 11% of those from protein, (I aim for about 25% protein), 17.4% from fat(I aim for about 25%from fat), and a whopping 71.6% from carbs( I aim for 50% from carbs). SODIUM = 3711mg (I aim for 1500mg)
Total Fat 68 g
Saturated Fat 16 g
Cholesterol 29 mg
Sodium 3711 mg
Potassium 3256 mg
Total Carbohydrate 406 g
Dietary Fiber 48 g
Sugars 162 g
Protein 72 g
There was only one food item yesterday that caused most of the damage, a package of Jiffy Corn Muffin mix. Since I haven't indulged in this item in a long, long time; I had never run the numbers. What a shock. If I had only done this last night before I made them, I wouldn't have done it, and I would have ended the day with 172 calorie deficit instead of a 728 calorie surplus!
Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix
Total Fat 27 g
Saturated Fat 12 g
Cholesterol 24 mg
Sodium 2040 mg
Potassium 0 mg
Total Carbohydrate 162 g
Dietary Fiber 2 g
Sugars 42 g
Protein 12 g
My other packages of this mix will be donated to the local food shelf!
I also have not adjusted to the loss of Curves workouts in my life. I must refocus on upping my other activities...................
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