Saturday, January 23, 2010
This story sparked a memory from about 35 years ago. At that time the kids were very young and Bob and I were on a scuba/skin dive trip somewhere on the shores of Rhode Island.
In my wet suit, I entered the water easily on a mega rocky beach through a cut in the rocks about 2 feet wide. I went to snorkle depth and looked. All over the side rocks and on the rocky bottom of the cut were starfish, too numerous to count. Starfish on top of starfish all busy doing whatever it is that starfish do. I hung suspended in the water in awe of the sight!
I had never before seen starfish in the ocean water before; only the occasional starfish washed up on the beach, never enough to prompt me to throw them back in the ocean as the little girl in the story did!
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!
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