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Getting Back on Track After Having a Not So Great December

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! emoticon( according to GoFitWear) emoticonThe 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.

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MNNSAIDE 12/28/2009 12:23PM

    Good Sunny - guess it's my turn to find Leslie?

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YJNANA 12/28/2009 10:36AM

    Way to Go Sunny :) But I do have my thoughts on Curves. The arm band can't pick up the resistance of the machines you are using and so movement and jogging on the platform counts but it doesn't feel the wt resistance. So I would trust the what Curves says and if you find the Sparks fitness on Curves i think they take Your Wt. and calculate a 30 min workout for calorie burn? We know curves is working for you and glad you are doing Cardio with LS at home as well.
How are you liking your Sun lamps now? Do they really make a difference?

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JANNIE-D 12/28/2009 10:23AM

    Good for you! I need to follow in your footsteps.

...Jannie. emoticon

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A Christmas Day Adventure with Many Occasions To Say Drat!

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!

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    I'm behind on my blog reading. Sorry to hear about your Christmas adventures. I'm glad everything ended well.

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YJNANA 12/27/2009 2:00PM

    Poor Sunny AND Rusty.
You may have wretched your neck with that POW to the head.
If you getting headaches go in for an adjustment.
I had a kitty trapped between the walls for 3 days. When I heard its meow while calling him in the garage. I thought OH NO, we will have to cut a hole in the wall to release him, but DH got up over the rafters and moved a piece of cardboard that covered the edge where he fell in.
Tigger climbed up his arm and over his head and ran across the beam in the garage. I can still remember how scared we all were. But a happy ending. As with Rust :) Keep us posted on your head. Smart to notify the neighbors so they can watch for you.

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JANNIE-D 12/27/2009 1:19PM

    You and Rusty DID have quite the adventure!! Poor scared wee kitty. emoticon and husgs to you and your injury... emoticon


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SUNNYWBL 12/26/2009 6:27PM

    I talked later in the day to my (physical therapist) daughter, Donna.
She agreed with my conclusion.

Today, Saturday, I slept well and awoke as usual, but I do have a very sore spot above my left eyebrow! Last evening I DID drown, er, dampened my sorrow with 2 small glasses (4 oz each) of wine, a bag of M&M's (210 calories), and a Hershey's Special Dark choc. bar (180 cal)! . emoticon emoticon emoticon

Quite a splurge, I know......... That is the downside of having my car inside the garage, no coat or boots required!

On the bright side, no Christmas cookies , pies etc in the house. This is a huge advantage of living alone...

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FREEDOMSTAR 12/26/2009 4:39PM

    Sunny- you sure youre ok? get yourself checked out by Dr. just in case

be careful and take care


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Another Series of "Drats" About my Auto

Sunday, December 06, 2009

OK, I got towed on Friday! emoticon Spent megabucks on a new ignition and towing! Life does go on................. emoticon

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! emoticon 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!

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RASCALSMOMMA 12/19/2009 8:13PM

    GOOD job Sunny! Ya pulled er thru! Laurie

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YJNANA 12/10/2009 9:00PM

    I Hate car troubles. Sounds like you made out OK.
Our truck battery is dead this week, maybe we should check when we bought it?
Fortunately we have 3 cars, so we just let it sit until its needed.
Take a pictureof your house for us

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FREEDOMSTAR 12/8/2009 10:46AM

    Ive been having car problems lately but mine didnt turn out as good as yours
all ends well

I never been to Sams club we have a Costco is that the same?

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 12/7/2009 5:47PM

    Sorry to hear about your battery on top of your other problems, but I'm glad that it turned out so well.

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About that 'Senior Moment' I Mentioned.............

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! emoticonThen 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 emoticon and drove away, I was well exercised. Actually much more than a trip to Curves, but going to Curves is much cheaper. emoticon


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. emoticon emoticon

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RASCALSMOMMA 12/19/2009 8:10PM

    Sunny I am much calmer. I have a plan. If you want the "gory details" be my guest I blogged about it. Take care of yourself and stay safe... Hugs! Laurie

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CHARHUNT1 12/6/2009 11:48PM

    Sunny... now we know why your nickname is "Sunny"... your blog is sooooooo funny. And guess what? We can all relate! You don't have to be 70 to "behave" like this, but it helps. You and I are having fun and they just don't know what they're missing, right?

Keep sharing with us, we love it!

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FREEDOMSTAR 12/6/2009 11:31PM

    Sunny- this is a fun to read blog, and I like your new spark T photo


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JANNIE-D 12/6/2009 6:47PM

    You story telling abilities shine through!! This was so well written it wasnn't bothering me about the cost...I was laughing too hard!


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DIDMIS 12/6/2009 4:57PM

    That would be so funny if it wasn't so expensive. Hope you could get everything fixed without too many drat's.

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MNNSAIDE 12/5/2009 10:38PM

    Wow! What an adventure!

By the way - like your new picture!

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Putting up my Christmas Lights

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! emoticon

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.............. emoticon

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RASCALSMOMMA 12/19/2009 8:15PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon
You are too much!
Just drape em on the bushes and call it a day! Stay safe!

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FREEDOMSTAR 12/8/2009 10:52AM

    can you just put them along the railing and window some thing easier than the roof?
just an idea

be careful

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JANNIE-D 12/6/2009 6:48PM

    What a hoot - the story AND the poem!

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DIDMIS 12/6/2009 4:59PM

    I sure wouldn't put them back up and Marcy that is so cute also.

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MNNSAIDE 12/5/2009 10:42PM

    Sounds like my little singing Santa!

On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me:
12 burnt out fuses
11 ouch that's hot
10 missing clippings
9 broken gutters
8 hammered fingers
7 stappled gloves
6 (I forgot)
5 golden rings
4 extension chords
3 trees on fire
2 degree burns
and another year of tangled light strings


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