Sunday, January 10, 2010
One of my biggest battles this time of year is dealing with SAD; thus one of my new goals is walking for my paper regardless of weather. I must now confess that I didn't go out yesterday, It was -12F and windy, too! What a wuss, right?
I went out for my daily newspaper fetching walk today, though. For a while there was no traffic, (which is unusal for a snow emergency route) when Whoops! Plunk! I was grounded? Iced? at my street corner! Now, there was traffic! Of course there was! Just in time to witness my less than graceful butt-fall! But I was back up and dusting off my buttful of snow by the time they got close.
I guess I had gotten a little careless during my weeks of walking, fall free, in the ice and snow up here in the frozen northland. No damage except to my fall-free record.............
The weather folks here are promising a 'Heat Wave' in the coming week. It is going UP to the freezing point, 32 F! Every January we have a January Thaw and here it comes. This will be a big change from our long spell of BELOW ZERO nights AND days.
Maybe, I'll have to break out a pair of shorts. Then again, maybe not.................
Thursday, January 07, 2010
"SUNNYWBL is working hard to push herself out of the dumps and back on track."
I have dysthemia and SAD, aka Seasonal Affective Disorder. I take daily medication and do 'talk therapy' at least 2x/month , more as needed. (There are a few medical problems as well, but they are much, much easier to control.)
I have also written and comitted to the following trackable events on SparkPeople:
-Wake up every morning at 9AM and be out of bed by 9:15AM
-Be dressed and finished a healthy breakfast by 10AM
-Go to Curves a minimum of 3x/week and on all other days complete a fitness CD.
-Get a minimum of 6000 steps/day
-Continue to drink 8 glasses of water/day and a minimum combo of 5 fruits/veges every day.
-Take a daily walk to get the newspaper regardless of the weather(i.e. dress for it!)
-Keep a radio playing light rock 24/7.
-Log food every day, consume NO simple carbs.
-Be in bed with lights out by midnight.
Add more' though shalts' as needed
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!
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