Thursday, June 24, 2010
When I joined Gold's Gym in May, a big reason was the call of the swimming pool!
I do love to swim, and you would think that living near a lake would be great! But the lake level is 4 ft low and I can't get my mind/body past the vision of swimmer's ick. It's a nasty microscopic creature whose life cycle circles around duck poop, and lake snails. If there were a dock or boat in my life that enabled to get into the lake without walking on the snail ridden lake bottom, I would be OK.
As I may have mentioned before, I don't like getting water in my eyes or up my nose. For many years I have gotten around that problem by wearing my old scuba diving mask and snorkle. Alas, several years ago it finally bit the dust and started leaking unstoppably.
In the past several weeks I have looked around many large box stores and even sport's stores in hopes of finding a mask that I COULD TRY ON FOR FIT, before spending more of my limited funds. I don't need a new snorkle or swimfins, I JUST NEED A NEW MASK! Every stor carried a bundle of some sort, sealed in plastic, and with other stuff I don't want. I JUST NEED A NEW MASK!
I needed to find a scuba store, one that understood that simple need! The one that I was knew about was no longer to be found! I 'googled' a store in a nearby suburb that needed to be found off of the nearby Interstate 694, which was, naturally, down to one lane each way.
I finally got there, and saw that it was new to the location and still stocking it's shelves. No matter, They had what I wanted in a choice of 3 colors! and two sizes! Eureka! The new masks today are not made with or in the old material a black rubber like material. Back in the early days of my scuba adventures in the early 1970s, almost all the equipment came in the same color choice (like the much earlier Model T Ford) , black. I tried one on, it fit, I chose green and about $58 later, I was the proud owner of a clear silicone mask, with neon green trim that comes in it's own plastic carrying case!
It turned out that this shop was the same one, twice removed, that had previously been quite close to me. My quest was now completed!
Now all of a sudden I was nearly in tears thinking about what it had been like years ago when I was actively diving. We had two 'nearby" dive choices, fresh wate rfilled stone quarries in Pennsylvania or a 2 hour drive through the neigboring state of New Jersey, to the Atlantic Ocean. Our scuba club would charter boats to take us off shore to explore underwater ship wreckage.
I have always wanted to warm water dive. A warm water dive to me is anywhere that a wet suit is not required. (Think Jacque Coustou) I find that desire is still with me on my own 'bucket' list. Diving is a feeling of comfortable, weightless wandering underwater to look at the sealife below. Just like all of those National Geogarphic or Nature TV shows.
Now, if I could figure out how to fufill that dream on an almost$0 budget, I'm ready to go!
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Along with my Whining, I forgot to mention that while I was doing a little multitasking, never a good idea, I was filling my bathtub to take a mind-soothing bubble bath. Suddenly I remembered the bath and rushed to the door to see the bath water starting over the rim of the tub. Augh! I got the water turned off and the tub plug pulled and then threw every towel into the flood to keep it from the wall-to-wall carpet in the hallway. Did I mention that the house is built on a slab of concrete? I saved the hallway, but every towel was sopping wet which I threw into the tub because I had forgotten to replace the plug and the tub was empty and so was the hot water heater!
As the Pennsylvania Dutch say, "We get too soon old and too late, smart!"
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Bah Humbug! I'm starting to grow gills.... Enough with the clouds and rain already!
I got the washer installed last Friday. Who knew that between the old washer and the new, the standard width had increased by 3 inches! The washer and dryer no longer fit evenly in my cramped utility room! And when I went to run the washer they hadn't turned on the cold water! So until I hang upside down behind the washer to turn it on, no washing for me!I did try everywhere to find a slightly narrower machine but am unable to find the $$ It would require more than double the price!!!
Since I needed to remove about half of my pantry shelves in the utility room to allow the installers to work, shelving and canned goods are all over the place in my kitchen and garage. Untidiness gets on my last nerve. Sometimes the life of a single senior woman is vastly overrated.
Last week, when I reinstalled my central air, (ie a box fan in the LR,) I dislodged the old wooden storm window, which fell on the corner and sprung the frame. My attempts to reinstall it have met with no success as the wood is too swollen. I will have to repair it when we get some dry weather.
I will get to Curve's and Gold's today which is my only link (actually a slim thread) to sanity. The good news is that my eating is under control since something has to be!!! My is still at 155...
Did I mention that although I have my lawn mower out of it's winter storage, it has still been too wet to even try to start, let alone cut grass.
Monday, June 07, 2010
6/6/10 Oh my, I forgot to talk about the treat part!
Sunday, June 06, 2010
6/6/10 Oh my, I forgot to talk about the treat part!
When I get back to 155#(my low in 2009) I will treat myself to a salon haircut in downtown St Paul, MN. I only have 0.6 lb to get to that one! Whoops!, I gotta make that appointment, that was 1.4 lb ago!
When I get to 150#, a manicure at a local salon.
When I get to 145#, a pedicure at a local salon, my first ever, I think!
When I get to 140#, a Bottle of champagne to share with my friends!
Lower than that? New clothing for my slim bod!
Thursday, June 03, 2010
When I started this weight loss journey in February of 2009, my goal was to go from 187 pounds to a fitter and healthier weight of 125 pounds. Because I'm a lifelong asthmatic, depressive, 70 years old, and you name it, I was told I couldn't/shouldn't do it.
To quote an old poem I memorised many years ago,
Somebody said that it couldn't be done,
But she with a chuckle replied,
That maybe it couldn't, but she would be one,
who wouldn't say so till she'd tried!
So she buckled right in, with a trace of a grin on her face,
if she worried-she hid it!
She started to sing as she tackled the thing........
That couldn't be done
aaaannnnnnnnndddd SHE'S DOING IT!"
No, I'm not there yet! Last year I was eating better and less and piling up fitness points! I joined Curves, walked up a storm and began to loose weight. Slowly and steadily, but not perfectly. The progress continued to 30 pounds and to November. There I stalled and the struggle seemed almost overwhelming. Because I suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD and live in Minnesota, my will to continue was being sapped.
I had to drop back and regroup. Then I decided instead of giving up I would take a hiatus and try to maintain the weight already lost ( or at least most of it). The lowest weight I had hit was 155 pounds and I reached spring at around 160(+/- 2#) depending on when I got weighed.
I've been slowly ramping back up as the days get longer again and joined a gym ( in addition to Curves) for more fitness options. My weight is back to 156.2 and I'm sure it will continue downward. I've even joined the C25K team and am now repeating week three. I'm geeking up,I got an iPod, a Nike+ system and some reflective armbands so that I can 'wog' during the cooler night time summer hours(the backup to that is the air conditioned gym)!
Will I get to 125 lbs or be happy at 130 or 135? I don't know, but I'll know when I get there!
(This was composed as an entry in Spark's "I Deserve a Treat Because..." contest. Because it is also a declaration of intent I decidedto post it so that my Spark 'peeps' will hold me to it!)
, Before Photo
Wearing my old "fat pants" with my arm inside the waist band.
Still a work in progress.................
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