Saturday, February 13, 2010
I was very eager for my walk in the sunshine today, so I used that eagerness to get a "tuit' job done.
It was to repot a variegated philodendron that I have been abusing off and on for several years. The latest abuse involved my dining room window, the DR curtain and one of the cats, fortunately unidentified! The curtain rod and curtain were found in a jumble on the floor. When I started to untangle the mess, I found the large pot upside down in the folds. I also noticed blackened stems and leaves on the plant. I was so depressed by the whole thing, I did my SAD response: 'I'll worry about it later.'
Later became more than a week later. The one action I did take was to buy a new hanging basket for it at Walley World.
So today, before my 'sunshine' walk, I got a round "tuit"! Now the philo is hanging up in it's new pot, pruned and with new soil! Some of the salvaged stems are in water to root before being put back in the pot with the rest. On second thought, I'll use my new rooting hormone on the stems after they dry and carefully bury about 5" of stem with several rooting nodes directly in the basket.
The curtains will need to be washed before rehanging. Another 'tuit' for me!
The walk along the lake on the snowy walkway was beautiful and sparkly with the fallen hoar frost. As I neared my turnaround spot, I heard the roar of racing snowmobiles. They were having a race on the lake, I walked closer to watch. It was all on the ice, the racing track, the spectators, the support vehicles in the pit area, and even the flags, green and checkered. After watching for a bit, I started my walk back to my car.
As I walked I was thinking about boys and their toys. More specifically about what I call motorheads. The kind of guys that like to race almost anything as long as it makes a lot of noise, has a element of danger and makes a lot of women want to be anywhere but with the guys.
Back east, we didn't have a much ice or snow cover for racing snowmobiles. Come to think about it, this was the late '70s; were snow mobiles even invented then? What the motorheads raced in the winter was lawn mowers, riding mowers. There were two classes, stock and modified stock. Their nod to safety was helmets and removing the mower blades.
Stock was the one you used to cut your grass, modified stock was any jumped up, tricked out and very noisey former riding mower.
Back in that day the riders weren't plush like today, but closer to the ground with metal tractor type seats. They also lowered the seats as much as possible so they wouldn't roll in sharp turns. The races were held indoors in a warehouse and involved a large amount of the smokes of choice and beverages; usually beer or peppermint schnapps. The air usually became rapidly unfit to breathe. I went once with a guy friend. All further invitations from him were emphatically declined.
Sooner than I expected, I was back at my car with 46 aerobic walking minutes clocked and the sun setting. A wonderful time was had by me!
Friday, February 12, 2010
I read PINKCOCONUT's blog, "A Valentine's Day Gift to MYself" and was making a comment to her blog: 'I wrote - Going to school is a big deal and takes a lot of time AND energy to do it well. I'm glad you figured it out and cut back!
For me, it is different and yet still the same. I lost almost 30 pounds in the summer and early fall. But with the effects of SAD I was beating myself up when the loosing slowed down and stopped . By November I was beginning to realize that it would take all of my physical and mental energy just to maintain during the 'dark' months......
At that moment, I realized that I was figuring something out for myself , too. I had gained 4 pounds between Thanksgiving and the third week of January. (This was documented by the monthly weight and measurements taken at Curves.) I then resolved to gain no more weight.
Maintaining my weight, my healthy diet, and enough exercise was all I could reasonably expect to do. That included keeping up my 3-5 Curves visits, which is a great social outlet for me. That also meant that I needed to keep up my weekly friends meetings for social and intellectual stimulation. I would need to do my best to get outside and walk when weather and conditions permitted.
I could not afford to let myself lie in bed to read and sleep all the time as I have done in the past; and for sure - NO MORE HALF GALLONS OF ICE CREAM to gobble down. Since my calorie burn was going down slightly, I need to eat healthy, nutritious meals.
How can I measure this?T he next several weigh in and and measurement sessions at Curves. I will see how successful I can be this time..............................
Tuesday, February 09, 2010
I'm hanging in at 160, and exercising, sparking, chatting with friends, eating right(??), I'm even out of dark chocolate, but 2- 6 oz cups of light ice cream and 1 bag of spearmint jellies have gone between these lips since my last blog , only 4 days ago?On That same grocery trip, I bought a package of fig bars, Cheesits , and Store brand woven wheat crackers. The smallest size was surprisingly the best per oz. value on all of these and I had coupons! None of the boxes will be opened until I sit down to weigh them out into snack bags.
According to SP I'm eating too much fiber. An oxymoron, too much fiber! No gastro consequences so I'm thinking it's all good.
I'm still tracking on GWF and eating less than I burn. I started doing modified(knees) planks. and modified pushups every other day in addition to Curves and walking when I can and thinking good thoughts. I'm feeling the effects of pushups and planks above my collar bone and in my mid-section. Not pain, just those muscles saying, ' what are you doing? and I'm saying "shut up and tone up!"
Friday, February 05, 2010
Other than admitting that I gained 4 pounds between the end of November and the end of January, I have had very little to say concerning my weight loss journey and the info I have been getting on my GoWearFit armband. I did post on my status on 1/7/10 that "SUNNYWBL is working hard to push herself out of the dumps and back on track." That kind of sums it all up, even today .
Two days ago, the sunrise here in MN was 7:28AM and the sun is setting at 5:25 PM Central Time. Which means that we now get 10 hours of sunlight/day and that is an increase of over 1.5 hr, I think, since the shortest day of our year on 12/21.
By 'The Dumps', I mean the effects of SAD on my mental state. Exercise helps! Getting out of the house helps! Being around other people helps! And probably the biggest help is Sparkpeople and the cyber friends that I can 'talk' to there every day! So "Thank You Again, SparkPeople!!!"
I am a 'work in progress' and I won't be back on the weight loss trail until March at the earliest. But it is all good. If I can drop weight, maintain, and work on loosing weight again, I'll make it to my goal in 2010!
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