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Off the Bike and the Wagon

Thursday, April 04, 2013

Sunday my best friend and I rode our mountain bikes along the river trail. I was having a great time; we saw osprey and deer. On the way back, though, I suddenly lost balance and realized that I was going to fall. Luckily, there was a patch of dirt and weeds on the side of the trail, so that's what I steered for and crashed on.

A lady walking on the trail had just stepped to the side for me and came running to my aid; the poor woman probably thought she made me fall somehow. I didn't really know what happened, because I grew up riding bikes, and I hadn't fallen since I was 12 and tore a big hole in my brand new jeans, upsetting my mom very much.

I knew right away I wasn't hurt, other than scrapes and bruises, but all joints were functional, so I jumped up and saw the lady pick something black up off the trail. At first I thought my cell phone had fallen out of my pocket, but then I realized it was a pedal. The crash wasn't my fault at all, the pedal had broken off!

While my friend inspected the bike and bent the front wheel back where it was supposed to be, I started feeling woozy and sat down for a while. Then, I was okay to walk the bike back to the truck. I was thanking God and St. Anthony for keeping me from getting hurt any worse; I could have easily broken or sprained something.

My friend tried to fix the pedal, but it was completely stripped. While I was at home putting neosporin on my scrapes and ointment on the bruises, he went to Walmart and exchanged it for me; it was still under warranty, and the model was discontinued, so he was able to get a brand new Schwinn for me (purple to match my bruises), only having to pay $26 for the difference instead of the $50 something it would have cost.

The last three days, I went to work, even though my neck, left shoulder, elbow, hip, and knee were bruised and hurting, but at least I had a story to tell my students when they asked what I did during spring break. Afterwards, I just went home, put more ointment on, and slept, then vegetated on the couch.

The last two days, I craved fast food, so I went to Sonic. I knew I wouldn't be able to resist less than healthy food, so my fous was damage control. I managed not to order the footlong coney dog, even though it called to me; I stuck with the small one. Yesterday, I opted for the breakfast steak/egg burrito; way too much fat and calories, but at least low carbs. Both times, I ate the sweet potato tots; sweet potatoes at least are better for blood sugar control than regular ones. (I can only recommend them, they are addictive.)

I decided not to feel guilty; a few days without much movement and too many carbs and fat are probably part of the overall thing, if I'm into this healthy lifestyle thing for the long haul.

Today I made up for it. Oatmeal, blueberries, glucerna bar, lean cuisine, spinach/egg soufflee, lean pocket. Granted, it was mainly packaged food, because I don't feel up to shopping/cooking yet, but it's a big step up from the last couple of days. Then I walked around the lake behind the apartments. 3 miles in 1 hour. It was fun, and my hip didn't start hurting until the last half mile. I did get a couple of blisters somehow, but they're not too bad.

My bruises range from yellow to purple now, but they're slowly healing. And I'm back on the wagon.

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MPETERSON2311 4/6/2013 7:27PM

    feel better soon!

You are listening to your body and it is saying to rest- no guilt in that!

Comment edited on: 4/6/2013 7:27:43 PM

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OBIESMOM2 4/5/2013 3:13PM

    OUCH! Glad you weren't seriously hurt.

I took a tumble on my bike. I didn't realize those disc brakes stop FAST! I came out of a mostly deserted subdivision a bit too fast; a guy in a pickup was pulling in a bit too fast; over the handlebars I went. Scared that poor guy half to death. I was more embarrassed than hurt, but I do have a nice road rash scar on my elbow.

Sonic? Oh, I just have to have a Chicago Style dog every few months!

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MOVEITMARY 4/5/2013 3:03PM

    I'm glad you are feeling better. Might as well get back on the bike, you won't be due for another big fall for another 20 years or so... ;)

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PATSYB7 4/5/2013 5:53AM

    Glad you weren't seriously hurt! Heal quickly and keep Sparking!
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Spring Cleaning!

Friday, March 29, 2013

I've finally tackled the bedroom closet! It is now empty, waiting for my dust-induced asthma attack to subside so I can vacuum it and scrub it down.
By the way, does anyone have a tip for getting dried jelly off kitchen drawers and shelves (wood)?
I'm really proud of myself; a year and a half ago I could have appeared on an episode of Hoarders. Now, most of the apartment is presentable, I just have to finish up the bedroom. By summer, everything should be nice and organized, and that should coincide with my weight loss goal.
I think cleaning is exercise. I'm already tired!

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DUSTYPRAIRIE 4/1/2013 10:35PM

    What a great feeling when the chores get done. You did great!


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MPETERSON2311 3/30/2013 1:00PM

    great job!

I usually use a butter knife to scrap off jelly, or a razor blade if its REALLY stuck on. I got the tip from my husband who worked in the food industry for awhile.

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SUSANBEAMON 3/30/2013 12:17AM

  that's something I have to get started on. my family laughs whenever i say i'm gonna get organized. maybe for me the weight and the stuff can go together too. keep it up.

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HEALTHY-SPARK 3/29/2013 1:39PM

    Way to go -- sounds like you are making great progress on that closet. I'm not sure sure about the jelly -- but you could try using an iron on top of an old towel over the jelly spots to warm it up so you can peel it off. (Tried that with wax on a cloth couch once, but be careful not to make it too hot.)
Cute cockateal (sp?)

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Healthy Eating without Cooking

Monday, March 25, 2013

I've finally figured out how to eat healthy at home without having to cook too much. Generally, I enjoy cooking, but most of the time, I'm too busy or just not in the mood. Plus, a bunch of my favorite foods don't require cooking. Here are my favorites:

- Fruit. I figured out that berries have less carbs than bananas or apples, so I've been eating lots of berries. I like to stir them into oatmeal or Greek yogurt.
- Greek yogurt. I get it plain, then add my own fruit.
- Veggies. I love carrots; I can eat them by the bag, raw. Same goes for snap peas. Raw spinach leaves make a great salad or topping for a sandwich.
- Sandwiches. I compared dozens of breads, and I found that rye bread seems to have the lowest number of carbs so far, so that's what I've been eating. It has a stronger taste than regular bread, so I even enjoy it more.
- Sugar free jam or jelly in combination with Simply Jif peanut butter (less sugar than regular). Or, Elvis' favorite: peanut butter and sliced bananas on the sandwich.
- Lean ham or turkey - I always check for carbs on the label. Meat is carb free, but a lot of times the processing adds sugar.
- Nuts. I like to switch up on the kinds of nuts I eat. Walnuts are expensive, but the best choice because they have Omega 3 oils. I finally figured out that I can save a lot of money if I buy a bag in the baking aisle instead of the snack aisle. I also like to buy nuts in the shell, unsalted; it takes a while to shell them, so that keeps me busy, and I end up eating less.

If I feel like cooking, I will, but a lot of days, I just have quick and ready healthy foods.

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MPETERSON2311 3/29/2013 10:35AM

    what a great idea! Thanks so much for sharing.

I used to do this in college (for obvious lack of kitchen reasons), we called it "carpet picnic dinners"

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PATSYB7 3/26/2013 6:14AM

    I like toasted Ezekiel bread with all natural peanut butter (just peanuts) for breakfast. I also add chia seeds to my yogurt/berries. I also add some ricotta cheese. (1/4 c) for a different texture and more protein. I don't like Greek yogurt--too dry for my liking.

Keep up the good work!

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MOVEITMARY 3/25/2013 8:04PM

    I often eat like this, supplemented by large batches of one-dish meals frozen in portions for my lunches.
I like to add a tablespoon of chia seeds to my yogurt (if you add right before eating they will be like poppyseeds, but if you add them too far in advance they absorb water like tapioca).

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Spring Break!

Saturday, March 23, 2013

I finally made it to spring break. The kids and I were all exhausted. I gave them a big homework assignment: eat healthy, exercise daily (outside if possible), do something enjoyable (but safe and legal!), and get enough sleep.

I can't complain about my students this year, other than that a lot of them don't do their homework and a few tend to fall asleep (too much electronics at night, I'm sure). Overall, they're nice, respectful, and interested, but the last few days, they were fidgety and didn't want to do anything. I think all the teachers felt the same way, lol!

As much as I love my job, I'll be happy if I don't see anyone under 18 the next few days.

I finally got over my plateau; for over a month, I was stuck at the same weight. Last week, I lost 2 pounds, to make it a total of 17. One more, and I'll be halfway to my goal, almost on time with the goal line! Today, I'm just making it a lazy day, though, albeit with healthy food.

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MPETERSON2311 3/29/2013 10:35AM

    what an inspiration! WAY TO GO!

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PATSYB7 3/24/2013 7:01AM

    Congratulations on making it to Spring Break! Enjoy and keep up the good work--two more pounds down! Yay! emoticon

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Obituary for Pound 15

Friday, March 15, 2013

After a month long heroic battle assisted by the pounds that have gone before him, Pound 15 has finally left this world for good. He is not mourned or missed by anyone.

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MPETERSON2311 3/23/2013 12:12PM

    lol, good for you!

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KATI5668 3/15/2013 10:58PM

    emoticon emoticon ...


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KATIWONT 3/15/2013 1:30PM

    I would like to say the same thing, but can't!! Congratulations!

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1CRAZYDOG 3/15/2013 8:53AM

    Fantastic! Way to go! Kicked to the curb like the garbage it is! Congrats!!

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NSPIXIE 3/15/2013 5:06AM

    I would like to say the same thing...

RIP pound 15


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PINKEUROGIRL 3/15/2013 1:39AM

    Well done! RIP pound 15 :-)

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REDMOUNTAIN 3/15/2013 1:33AM

    I hope I can say the same thing Sunday, weigh day for me.


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