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..............
Friday, November 06, 2009
This weight loss thing for me is more difficult than I had imagined. Weight seemed to have come off faster in the beginning. ( A look back over my data didn't confirm my memory of it.)
I need to be more content with the slow pace of this weight loss effort. During this two week report time period I have lost 2.2 pounds. OK, I'll take it. In previous times, I would have been back to slowly gaining again!
So, NOTE TO MYSELF: My new mantras will be: 1. Slow and steady wins the race. 2. Every day in every way, I'm getting better and better!
Data for this two week period:
My Avg. calorie burn per day=2013 Ineed to keep improving this rate!
My Avg. calories consumed per day=1407 ( about half from carbs, and about 25% each between fat and protein)
Avg. Total fat per day=42g, Avg. Sat fat per day=12g
Avg total sodium per day 1759mg (upper limit=2300mg)
Avg carbs per day=201, Avg fiber per day=38g.
Avg protein per day=92 grams
Average daily calorie deficit=606 cal.
AND a big thank you for my two companions in this journey - My Omron Pedometer which I continue to wear and my GoFitWear armband which keeps me honest about what I'm doing!
My average Physical activity per day=3 hours 11 minutes (per GWF), vigorous activity(per GWF)= 19 minutes per day.
Average steps per day=4670(GFW), 6847 steps(Omron)
Avg. aerobic min per day=38.5(omron)
Average sleep duration= 6.2 hours perday ( GFW) I need to work on this!
I did it! I finished this report!
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Due to the concerns that I raised in my two previous blogs, my Goals have been revised.
My calories burned - old goal=2250 cal; New goal=2100cal
My calories consumed - old goal=1500; New goal=1350 cal
My goal weight - old goal=130lb; new goal=125lb. I will be revisiting these goals as the journey continues... They seem daunting to me but I need to keep remembering - One day at a time! (BTW - Mid April 2010)
My average calories burned=1887 (This needs to increase.)
My average calories consumed= 1378 (So far, so good)
My avg T fat =34g; Avg Sat fat=9g
Avg sodium=1541mg(upper limit 2300)
Carbs per day=194g; tot fiber per day=33g
Protein per day=96g
Alcohol per day =3g ( the wine had to go. No empty calories)
Avg calorie deficit per day=509 ( this needs to increase to nearer 750.)
My physical activity= 2hr 50 min per day, vigorous activity= 19 min per day.
My number of steps per day= 2878 Should be a minimum of 5000 per day.
My sleep duration=almost 7 hours per day
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