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Following your nose ... and a lucky troll

Sunday, April 11, 2010

This Saturday I set out as usual to go to Massachusetts to visit with my son. It was a gorgeous, sunny day, and I was enjoying “Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me” on NPR. Before I knew it, it dawned on me that I was driving down a country road that I didn’t recognize. I’d driven straight ahead at a spot where I usually bear left. So I said, okay, I’ll just turn left here and get back on track. Well, that detour took me through the most lovely rolling farmlands with barns and fields and old NH clapboard farmhouses with porches. I came eventually to a dead-end stop sign, and not knowing which way to go, said to myself, “Hell, it doesn’t matter. Whichever way I go, I’m lost anyway.” I turned left, and ended up at the summit of a farm hill that I usually gaze at while driving by, thinking, “Gee, one of these days I’ll drive up there. It looks interesting.” And there I was, rolling down that same hill, going, “Whoopeee! I’m on that hill!” (Okay, okay, it doesn’t take much to entertain me sometimes.) Then I was back on track.

(At about this point, DDHEART or RWETHAIRYET would use this experience as a stunning metaphor for slipping up on your Spark plan and eventually getting back on track. I’ll leave the metaphor making to you, though, because I’m too lazy for that today.)

Then, at the other end of my drive I’m running late with 10 minutes more to go before meeting my son. What does the car decide to do? Take the wrong left-hand turn, one stoplight before the one I usually take. So, I go with it, and once again am treated to rolling farmland and a drive through an area by the Concord River where the road was closed in the flooding last week and declared part of a federal disaster area that President Obama visited. I’ve never seen that river look so magnificent! It was rolling well beyond its banks over the Nashawtuck Golf Course, submerging stuff that looked like it was once outbuildings, and it had WHITECAPS! The bridge I crossed was heavily sandbagged, which told me that it had gotten higher than I’d ever seen it, in all my years of living in that part of the country (I was born there). Another emoticon moment!

For the rest of the day, my son and I proceeded to follow our noses and see what serendipitous fun we could have, which we did well with very little money spent and very little driving around. First off, he wanted to return a library book and pick up another that was waiting for him. Lucky us, the library just happened to be having a Book and Bake Sale. We passed on the baked goods, but he left with $3 worth of reading and VHS viewing. Then, even though it was only about 55 degrees out, we bought Subway sandwiches and had a picnic on a park bench, then went to see “How to Train Your Dragon” (highly recommended, if you’re not too proud to take in a Pixar movie, which I’m definitely not) and later got ice cream at a farm-based ice cream stand that had opened up for the year and was packed with natives. Their “kiddie” size is so immense that you can forget whatever healthy eating plans you might have had for the day. I ate an entire kiddie-size key lime sorbet cone. Early on, the sorbet fell entirely off, I caught it in my hand like a left fielder, and I stuck it back on the cone before polishing off the entire thing in spite of myself. Remember the old Alka-Seltzer ad? (NOTE: I finished the day only a little bit over my calorie limit.)

I also had my son rolling on the car floor laughing when I told him a story that a young friend of ours told us. Think about whether you believe it or not. He doesn’t. And both he and I are intimately familiar with the syndrome involved in the story, because his sister/my daughter has it.

A young NH man with Asperger’s syndrome, a “gentle giant” in his twenties who has his own apartment, reports to his mom that he’s all excited because he has happened upon a lucky troll.

“Oh, that’s nice, honey,” she says.

The next day, she’s over at his apartment visiting and asks where the lucky troll is. She’d love to see it.

“Oh, he’s in the closet. Why don’t you go knock on the door?” replies the young man, grinning happily.

Humoring him, she does so … and hears an answering knock from the inside!

Astonished, to say the least, she opens the door and finds a dwarf in the closet who, it turns out, is the door-to-door U.S. Census taker, whom the young man has apparently seized in delight and stored for posterity.

Believe it or not, but I know for a fact that my dear daughter would never imprison a U.S. census taker, dwarf or not, believing him to be a troll! Still, our friend insists the story is true and can tell it over and over with a straight face, despite our eyeing her closely for telltale signs of lying or of perpetuating an urban legend.

May all of you follow your noses to a delightful Sunday afternoon!

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RWETHAIRYET 4/12/2010 2:25PM

    Heehee, no metaphors from me today....just a quote by Douglas Adams..."I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be."
Sounds like a perfect Sunday to me. Some of my favoritest outings have been from just letting the car decide which way to turn. Glad that you had such a wonderful day.
Don't think I believe it though about the troll in the closet...seems to me he would have been yelling bloody murder once he ended up in that closet. I do, however, believe that it might have been a troll, considering who the employer is. emoticon

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LADYIRIS313 4/11/2010 8:33PM

    This was an utterly delightful read! Isn't it wonderful, what you see and experience, when you can exhale and let life just guide you. It also sounds like you and your son have a great friendship - what a joy. Did you scold your car after it decided to take a wrong turn, or did you give it a nice hood pat! I vote for the later.

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LINDAKAY228 4/11/2010 3:23PM

    I just love exploring something I've never seen and many wrong turns have lead to some beautiful sights! That is living!!

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 4/11/2010 2:50PM

    What a happy day! Thanks for sharing!
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    What a wonderful day - just goes to show what can happen when we're not so fixated on planning everything to the last degree! Cute troll story, too.

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BETHGILLIGAN 4/11/2010 1:53PM

    Love your story and the troll story!!! What a great day!

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Reached every goal

Thursday, April 08, 2010

I reached every one of my daily goals today (except, so far, for posting a blog!). I don't know what set me up for such success, but in recording it I've reached my last goal!



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RWETHAIRYET 4/9/2010 11:15AM

I fell a little short on my goals this week...but I suspect I got the priorities done, so I'll feel good about that. Sadly it was the exercise ones that got set aside...but then again all that dusting and scrubbing (and steaming and fuming) must have been worth something, huh?

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LADYIRIS313 4/8/2010 9:36PM

    Look at you go!

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BETHGILLIGAN 4/8/2010 9:33PM

    YAY! for you!! emoticon Now you deserve a good night's sleep! emoticon

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There Are No Mysteries

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Now that I’m walking at least an additional mile a day, if not two or more, I’ve been fretting about not seeing the weight melt off like I’d expected. I keep thinking, “Geez, my summer clothes feel tight, and I’m up 7 pounds from last summer’s weight. And I don’t know why, ‘cause I’m doing all this walking! Wah! Wah!" emoticon

Well, my friends, there is a rational explanation for all things ...

I ran a calorie differential report, over time, starting with last summer and ending now, and guess what? At some point along the line, I consciously decided to maintain at a higher weight by increasing my calorie consumption, and then I proceeded to get nice and comfortable with that. Meanwhile, I forgot that I did it. However, the calorie differential report shows the calorie increase as clear as day.

Moral of the story: There are no huge mysteries to weight gain or loss. Everything comes down to calories ingested and calories burned. And Spark can help you solve any apparent mysteries, as long as you keep using the trackers faithfully.

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FROGFRIEND 4/7/2010 8:53PM

  I love the way tracking helps me know when I've had enough to eat and then I see some weight come off as a result of that and some good activity!

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SHIRLEYSAUL 4/7/2010 5:34PM

    Less eating, eating healty foods, and moving the body all help to at least maintain. emoticon

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RWETHAIRYET 4/7/2010 3:51PM

    Having some thyroid issues...sometimes the mystery is a little harder to solve than calories in/calories out. But you're right, if I'm struggling with weight gain, either A. I'm eating too much...or the wrong things or B I'm slacking on the exercise and need to get back to the program or C. time for a blood test to get my thyroid levels/meds adjusted. So I just go right down that list, pretty much in that order.

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A big thank you to my SparkFriends!

Friday, March 26, 2010

If it weren't for several of my SparkFriends reading my weight-loss rants and gently urging me to look at more than just my weight on the scale, asking me how my clothes fit, how I felt, how my muscle tone was, I don't think it would have dawned on me that, even though I eat healthy, have a low weight, walk three miles a day, do pushups, weights, and flexibility exercises, I'm not aerobically fit. Every once in a while, one needs an attitude adjustment, with a little help from your friends and a new routine. I might even stop worshiping the scale so much now, and start looking at overall aerobic fitness and muscle tone.

Many thanks especially to the intrepid DDHEART, RWETHAIRYET, MORTICIAADDAMS, CATHERINEW3, HJFOGARTY, and YARDWALKER. You might not have known you were pushing and motivating me, but you were! (I nominated those of you who weren't already "SparkPeople Motivators.") All my other friends, I love you dearly, too. We're in the same boat together, and if you ever need a boost, those ladies should be among your go-to girls!

Now I'll stop before this becomes an embarrassing Oscars moment like Sally Field's! It's only a pedometer, after all.

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JOHAL52 4/2/2010 10:29AM

    Wow you are learning all that from your pedometer?? I must be missing something with mine....

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RWETHAIRYET 3/29/2010 3:43PM

    That's why I tune in and visit....can you hear me singing "I'll get by with a little help from my friends"?
I know I'd be in way worse shape...literally and figuratively, physically and emotionally, if it wasn't for the friendship and support I find here at Sparkpeople!

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 3/26/2010 4:19PM

    emoticon Pedometers are great tools. All that feedback is both motivating and rewarding.

I remember my ah ha moment when I started using a heart rate monitor to make sure I was exercising aerobically as I got fitter.

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BETHGILLIGAN 3/26/2010 1:56PM

    Good for you on your self discovery!! The people you mentioned and many others like them are exactly why this site is so amazing, encouraging, and comforting. emoticon

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A Blowout Exercise Day!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Well, today was my first day wearing a pedometer, and the dang thing prompted me to make some BIG changes in my routine. This week, I was aiming to walk just 1 more mile a day to give my metabolism a boot in the patoot. By the end of today, wearing the pedometer, I was aware of a lot more than just that mile. Mainly, I realized that I wasn't getting ANY aerobic activity. After checking recommended daily aerobic activity for weight loss or maintenance, I set myself a new goal of 45 aerobic minutes, 5 days a week. So I both walked the dog AND had aerobic walks, for a (shockingly astounding!) total of:

14,682 steps
10,034 aerobic steps / 90 minutes
7.4 miles


It helped that I was working at home today and had that little bit of extra time!

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SUZYMOBILE 3/26/2010 11:09AM

    Update: And I wasn't sore last night as a result. I was a little worried about that.

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BETHGILLIGAN 3/26/2010 8:34AM

    Geez Louise!!!! That is amazing!! You go, girl!!! I'm struggling to get more than 5000 steps a day (in addition to cardio workout). emoticon

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LADYIRIS313 3/25/2010 10:20PM

    Holy moly... you did a LOT. Well done!

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FRIENDOFBACH 3/25/2010 10:11PM

  Great! Keep at it!


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