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A Round Tuit and Random Musings on 'Motorheads'

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!

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NELLIEC 2/23/2010 10:06PM

    I'm with you on having "tuit" jobs! And I'm glad I have missed out on motorheads racing!!!

You had me sympathizing with that poor plant which was upset by the cat. I've had a number of those!!!

May God bless you!!!

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FOXXYROXXYD 2/23/2010 10:01PM

    I love the pictures you paint with your words - I felt like I was on the walk with you as well as strolling down memory lane.

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DIDMIS 2/23/2010 7:01PM

    Sunny I loved your blog. I voted for it and subscribed to your jobs. No wonder you do so good at Trivia. I had to look up tuit. Had no idea what it was.

Comment edited on: 2/23/2010 7:01:50 PM

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 2/23/2010 6:38PM

    Hi Sunny,
I did read this blog, but just didn't comment on it at the time. I don't always comment on every blog I read. Sorry about that. I do care.

I'm glad you had a great walk.

Hope things are going okay for you.

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GLORYB2014 2/23/2010 6:22PM

    Sorry Sunny, wish I had read this on Saturday! You write extremely well and I'm going to subscribe to your blogs.
What a beautiful walk you had and I love your expression of 'tuit' ~ love those 'when I get around tuit!' lol
Your cat knew enough to keep it's identity a secret, hehehe. That is so cute, what a way you have with words.
Glad you got your plant tended to also! I'm just about to re-pot a Jade plant here.

Warm wishes, Gloria

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RASCALSMOMMA 2/23/2010 12:01AM

    Sunny I hope youre doin ok... and I have some "round tuit" jobs waiting for me tomorrow! hugs Laurie

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And Then Came My Enlightenment!

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..............................

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 2/13/2010 11:56PM

    Just making it through the winter is HARD. Fortunately, we are on the upside now and the days are getting longer. The more sun the better! I could never live in Seattle.

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RASCALSMOMMA 2/13/2010 1:13PM

    To quote our teammate on Life's unanswered questions: If the two of us, at the same time, have an epiphany do we have to bash our brains together?!" LOL Glad you figured it out for yorself. Since Ive been eating better the "sun" has been shining more! Hugs Laurie

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FOXXYROXXYD 2/13/2010 9:46AM

    Awesome! You WILL do it!

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This Winter of My Discontent, SAD Rampant!

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 emoticon emoticon, 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!" emoticon emoticon

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MNNSAIDE 2/10/2010 6:59PM


I heard that Sunny!!!!!

Okay so your right - I don't eat right - Guilty as Charged.

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FOXXYROXXYD 2/10/2010 2:47PM

    Hey Sunny - you're really doing great. Many folks would just scarf down all those snacks and go to the store for more. You're staying focused and you know what you have to do. Longer days will be here before you know it - hang in there and just keep moving along... and have a fig bar for me:)

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SUNNYWBL 2/10/2010 1:02PM

    Yes, I am eating a well balanced diet and pelnty of calories. I'm not Marcy!

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YJNANA 2/10/2010 10:24AM

    Talk to your gal at CURVES too :) They can be helpful with suggestions.
Plank is an excellent one, I sure see a difference from a year ago when I did it. I thought I would die
Put on those Oldies and crack it up, it sure insprires for some dance moves :)
I hope your eating enough Calories?

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 2/10/2010 5:54AM

    I hate SAD. It's so hard to get moving with it. Way to go on tracking the food!

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SUNNYWBL 2/10/2010 12:48AM

    All this essentially means that I'm still controlled by SAD but I'm holding my own and looking forward to longer days so I can get back to my weight loss journey!

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RASCALSMOMMA 2/10/2010 12:04AM

    Sunny, I'm sorry I'm not helping you as much as I should. I honestly don't know what id do in your situation.You are: eating regularly Are you eating healthy? Are you supplementing with vit D3? YOu really are making great strides! (so am I from my chair, my legs are EVERYWHERE tonight!! lol)Spark mail me your concerns and goals. and I will try to help. Right now my body is saying "Enough, we're done!"TTYTomorrow! Hugs from Laurie and Ras.

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How did I Do on The 1/7/10 To Do List?

Friday, February 05, 2010


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
-Get a minimum of 6000 steps/day
-Continue to drink 8 glasses of water/day and 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.

2/5/10 - How did I do since 1/7/10?

-Wake up every morning at 9AM and be out of bed by 9:15AM
Maybe about 50:50 on this.

-Be dressed and finished a healthy breakfast by 10AM
Maybe about 50:50 on this, too.

-Go to Curves a minimum of 3x/week
Yea, finally something that I can say I accomplished 100% of the time!

-Get a minimum of 6000 steps/day
Almost never!

-Continue to drink 8 glasses of water/day and 5 fruits/veges every day.
Yea, another thing that I can say I accomplished 100% of the time!

-Take a daily walk to get the newspaper regardless of the weather(i.e. dress for it!)
Maybe only 2-3 times a week!

-Keep a radio playing light rock 24/7.
Another 100%!

-Log food every day, consume NO simple carbs.
Logged at least 90% of the time! No simple carbs, does dark chocolate count? I have had 4 - 6 oz servings of light ice cream during this time period. The worst thing was those 1 lb bags of fruit slices and /or gum drops.

-Be in bed with lights out by midnight.
It is really easy to fall off of this wagon! I had success about 1/3 of the time.

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    We are works in progress like you say. You are doing great to be tracking all of this. Thanks for letting us know how you are doing.

Do you get about 8 hours sleep a night even though it's not in the time frame you want to be doing it?

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CHARHUNT1 2/6/2010 9:34AM

    That is wonderful to set your goals. Makes me think I need to do the same thing.
Thanks for sharing. To make "some" of them is an accomplishment. Keep trying ~ I know you'll achieve them all!

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MNNSAIDE 2/5/2010 11:19PM

    A reminder that I need to keep my goals.


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Thank You Again, SparkPeople!!!

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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ESHTEMOA 2/11/2010 4:30PM

    Sunny your posts are so inspirational and encouraging!
Keep at it,you are putting me to shame for sure!LOL!

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    SAD is tough. I get it too. I didn't realize you live in Minn. where the days are even shorter than they are here in the Chicago area. I'm glad you are talking about it.
Here's a little emoticon for you!

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CHARHUNT1 2/6/2010 9:32AM

    You'll make it, Sunny! I completely understand the winter blues. Though I am doing much better this winter.
You're on the right track... busy and getting out of the house.

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LJCANNON 2/6/2010 12:12AM

    I know many people suffering from SAD, but so few of them are open to recognizing it and doing the things that fight it's effects.
I have tried to explain that exercise and socializing would help, as would getting outside when the weather permits.
emoticon emoticonYou have recognized the problem and--instead of curling up in a ball in a dark room--you have chosen to FIGHT. It isn't the easy choice, or the fun choice, but know that you have my undying respect for the choices you make and the attitude you carry in the face of a miserable disease.

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MNNSAIDE 2/5/2010 11:05PM

    Good spirit Sunny - and I wish I could send some emoticon your way - but you send sun to us with your love and support.

God Bless you....mnnsaide

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