Monday, December 28, 2009
With SAD rearing it's ugly head , expensive car trouble, and getting whacked on the head with a cooler I have less than gungho with exercises and walking, the exception being 11 trips to workout at Curves. The Curves works out my muscles but doesn't directly burn many calories according to my GoFitWear. ( Around 150-175 calories)
As a result of my slacker ways, I gained about 5 pounds from my low of 155 pounds. In the last several days, 1.8 pounds of those have slid off. But I have 3.2 more to go.............
Somewhere on a thread, someone mentioned needing to exercise more to earn the 1000 fitness minute trophy for December. Yikes! That was the swift kick in the pants I needed. So tonight I pulled out the Leslie S. 3 Mile Weight Loss Walk video and burned 406 calories! ( according to GoFitWear) The tape takes 45 minutes to do and includes some use of handweights. I used 2 pounders.
This is the first time in a long time that I did this video and I worked up quite a sweat. For the day, 6402 steps, with 19 minutes rated vigorus!
A few more days like this and I will be back with the program, or at least, that is the plan.
Saturday, December 26, 2009
Well. Yesterday, I had a mini-adventure! Rusty had gotten himself stranded again up in the storage area above part of the garage and had been up there for about 36 hours. After I had finished the shoveling, I pulled the car partially out so that I could get the extension ladder set up to retrieve him yet again. This time I was wearing a heavy coat and guantlet'ed gloves. I was nudging my large empty cooler away with the ladder when:-
You see this coming, right? A corner of the cooler crashed down onto my forehead and rang my bell! ( A few wavery Drats occur here)
Fortunately, the garage door was open and my neighbor, Joe, was out in his front yard. I called out to him and holding my head, I tottered out to meet him. At that point I didn't know if I had a serious head injury or not, so I invited myself to his house to sit a spell.( As you can imagine going back into my house alone didn't seem like a very smart idea.)
So I settled in with his wife Roxy and chatted a while. Remembering part of a e-mail I had read about stroke symptoms, I told her I was going to stick my tongue out and she was to tell me wether it was sticking straight out or off to one side. (Sticking to one side would indicate a brain problem of some sort) Fortunately, she affirmed it was sticking straight out and so I put my shoes back on and went home to deal with Rusty, who was still stranded.
He wasn't happy about being rescued and struggled out of my clutch (one of my hands was holding tight to the ladder), and leaped down to the floor. I said *drat* to him several more times!
Sunday, December 06, 2009
OK, I got towed on Friday! Spent megabucks on a new ignition and towing! Life does go on.................
Saturday I was busy around the house; out of money so no use going shopping. Late Saturday night I discover an overdue library book, (beginning to sound familiar?) so I hop into the car to drop the book off the neighboring town's library because mine is closed on Sunday . The car tries to start, then makes dying battery sounds.................
I leave the car and go make a late evening brisk walk to sooth my savage breast.
Now it's Sunday, the car still won't start, no battery sounds at all. I wait until the afternoon and then I knock on a neighbor's door hoping to borrow a battery charger or get my car jumped.
The car gets jumped and I head to my friendly Sam's Club, leave the car running and go into the auto shop to find out if I have the car's original battery in it or what! ( My car is a 2002 Saturn SL2 purchased in 2003, so if the battery is original it is very old.)
They look in their magic computer and sure enough I bought a battery from them in 2005. They spend some time looking for paperwork. consult with more other guys. In the mean time they tell two other customers they can't do any more tire installations, they are already booked until closing and to come back on Monday! This does not sound very encouraging!!!...
A frazzled guy comes back to explain ( a miracle occurs here) that they will give me a credit of 1/3 for my old battery and so the cost comes in under $50! (A Sam's battery comes with an 8 year guarantee, 1st 4 years - free replacement then prorated replacement the 2nd 4 years.)
A second miracle then occurs; they say they do have time to install it!
I leave the auto shop to pay the balance and wander around the wonder that is a Sam's Club.
I'm home, dinner is finished and the Vikings are ahead 7-0 (no miracle here).
Life is good!
Saturday, December 05, 2009
Yesterday, while stuck at my auto dealership, I walked around and around the inside of the dealership and up and down 2 flights of stairs! The plan was to drive to Curves to exercise; the plan was NOT to get my car towed! Then I sat down and read the whole newspaper, front to back. Then I read several chapters in my book.
Then I got bundled up in my coat, hat, gloves and hood and went out in their parking and car lot and briskly walked up one row and down the other until they drove my car out of the shop. What joy! My car was moving on it's own.........
Bye the time I gave them bundles of money and drove away, I was well exercised. Actually much more than a trip to Curves, but going to Curves is much cheaper.
Thursday evening I got in my car to drive to Curves. The car started fine, I buckled up, turned on the headlights, and moved my shifter into Drive, or at least I tried to. No go. Drat! (not the actual words that I used).Since It was out first serious cold snap(20 F), I finally decided to wait for the warmup the next day, it surely would start then! I went for my brisk 1/2 hour walk and called it a night.......
Now, here is when the senior moment hits! When I got up the next day I had totally blanked out the car problem.
In the afternoon I realised my laundry was piling up and I'd better get started! The dryer wouldn't start. Senior Moment # 2! Last week I had discovered the very same thing! checked the connections, reset the circuit breaker, made sure the lint filter wasn't clogged. Still wouldn't start! Drat! (ditto, see comment above)Now, think about what to do. Call the repairperson? Big bucks! The dryer is old, probably not worth fixing. Think about buying a new one. Look at my finances. Drat! I then do my best Scarlet O'Hara imitation - "I'll worry about it tomorrow"
Now we go to yesterday. Since I couldn't afford a new dryer right away, I better get a new laundry basket so that I could go to the laundromat to dry my clothes. So, early yesterday evening I jump into the car to go to Curves and to WalMart to get a clothes basket.
Go to the top of this blog to finish the story................. and don't forget to read my previous blog, Putting Up My Christmas Lights for what also happened while I was waiting for the tow truck.
Saturday, December 05, 2009
I may not have mentioned it before, but I was an active firefighter back in the 70's. I had extensive training in the set-up and use of extension ladders including aerial ones that were 100 footers! The truck-mounted ones were especially cool................. I also have a 1 story house. Lights were not a prob.
As I am not a spring chicken anymore, I was very careful.
Not only are the lights easy to put up with shingle clips, they come down even faster! As I was putting on my front light on to guide the tow truck to my house, I bumped one of the supply wires to the front door sections of lights. In a split second both strings of lights fell down, shingle clips and all!
As it is much colder than when I put the lights up, I'm not sure if I'll be putting them back up or not..............
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