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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Tuesday, May 25, 2010 (Blame it on SIMPLELIFE4REAL!!!)

This one is sort of fun so I decided to do it!

If you've are reading this, you also have the honor of copying all these goofy questions and writing your own responses! Paste these instructions in the body of your blog.

A - Age: 71 in Aug

B - Bed size: Full

C - Chore you hate: Vacuuming
C-1 Cat's name(s)Blue, Callie, Rusty

D - Dog's name: Dont have any, am severely allergic!

E - Essential start your day item: caffine

F - Favorite color:Mango/peach

G - Gold or Silver: Gold

H - Height: was almost 5'4"; now - 5'2"!?!

I - Instruments you play: Used to play tenor ukulele Sp?

J - Job title: retired; was engineer, later school bus driver

K - Kid(s): Three daughters:-Suzanne, Donna, Judy (born in Mar-61; June 62; Sept 63) [Then I figured out bc]

L - Living arrangements: White Bear Lake, Minnesota

M - Mom's name: Gwendolyn, also my sister's name. Mom called Gwen, sister Lynne

N - Nickname(s): Sunny

O - Overnight hospital stay other than birth: lots of times...more than you want to hear about!

P - Pet Peeve: People playing loud music in a public place!

Q - Quote from a movie: It had to be snakes, from Indiana Jones

R - Right or left handed: Iím ambidexterous

S - Siblings: 1 sister -Phila. area, died at age 59. 1 brother - Maine

T - Time you wake up: I'm retired!

U- First word that comes to your mind for "U": Usually....don't know why...just popped into my head.
V - Vegetable you dislike: brussel sproouts

W - Ways you run late: gardening, getting on computer and forgetting about the time (doing surveys like this!)

X - X-rays you've had: more than I want to think about.

Y - Yummy food you make: Healthy, Simple food now. As a bride, learned to cook from Julia Child's books and TV.

Z - Zoo favorite: Polar Bears

And you? What are your ABC's?

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

NELLIEC 5/25/2010 8:11PM

    On the height, I have shrunk also. Used to be 5' 2", but am now just 5'. I was told it is because the cushioning things between the bones of the spine shrink.

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MNNSAIDE 5/25/2010 7:44PM

Sorry your allergic to Saide emoticon
E - Ditto!
I - for me would take a long time since I play most all!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 5/25/2010 6:08PM

    Don't blame it on me! It was fun to read yours. My undergraduate degree was in engineering. I guess that's where we get our love of technical do-dads for our weight-loss journey!

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There is Still a Full Moon Tonight

Monday, March 01, 2010

I went to Curves early in the evening.

Last night and tonight, I took my walk along the lake in the moonlight! The moon was shining through the bare trees and across the ice. The bustle of the world was almost lost in the beauty of the night........................ That is why I so enjoy my nightly walks there.

Here is my GWF info from Feb,17 - Feb 23, 2010:

Here are my Stats for Feb 17-Feb 23, 2010

Avg calorie burn per day = 2040 (goal = 1850)
Avg calories consumed per day = 1522 (goal = 1350)
Avg carbs per day = 237g (55.9% of calories)
Avg prot per day = 92g (21.7% of calories)
Avg fat per day = 41g (22.4% of calories)sat fat = 7g
Avg calorie deficit per day = 502 cal.
Avg physical activity per day = 4 hours 10 min
Avg vigorous activity per day = 7 min (set at 5.0 METs)
Avg steps per day = 3297
Avg sleep per day = 6 hours 54 min

Jan. 26 weigh in at Curves = 4# gained
Feb. 23 weigh in at Curves = 2.4# of 4# lost!

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SUNNYWBL 3/2/2010 11:09PM

    For the time of Jan 27, 2010 through Feb.23, 20010, roughly the same period above where I reported a loss of 2.4 pounds, the average calorie deficit per day was 369 calories. Over 28 days, that is a total of 10,332 calories. At the calorie equivalent of 3500 calories burned for each 1 pound lost, I should have lost 2.9 pounds. I actually lost 2.4 pounds!

Since this is an imprecise science, 2.9 versus 2.4 is , as some would say-"Close enough for government work"! emoticon

Comment edited on: 3/2/2010 11:10:55 PM

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SUNNYWBL 3/2/2010 10:43PM

    There was a calorie deficit of 502 Cal per day or 3514 cal for the week which is one pound of fat. I lost 2.4 lb for the month! It is working fine, just the way it should. The previous 1 week period I had an average deficit of 200 cal per day or 1400 cal, less than a half pound.I will run a report for the whole time and report theoretical loss vs actual loss. Stay tuned.

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NELLIEC 3/2/2010 3:09PM

    I am wondering if perhaps you are so active and eating a low amount of calories that your body has gone into starvation mode and is not letting you drop the pounds. Of course, eventually you would lose, but you might also lose your health in the process.

Take care of yourself!!!

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DIDMIS 3/2/2010 1:10AM

    Goodness with all the activity and your calories burned you should have lost. Not fair is it?

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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.

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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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SUNSHINEGB 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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