Thursday, October 06, 2011
... that I didn't do before I developed healthy habits for life.
1) If it is close enough, I walk. Close enough is a mile or so.
2) If it is too far to walk but too close to drive, I ride my bike. Three miles is good.
3) I run because I enjoy it.
4) I measure everything I eat.
5) I drink water.
6) I drive past fast food restaurants.
7) I eat some fruit before we go out to eat.
8) At restaurants I order water, salad, and soup.
9) If there are appetizers that are not fried or drowned in cream or butter, I order that for my entree.
10) If I order an entree, I first cut it in half; right away.
11) I pay attention to what I eat by tracking. Tracking is not just for the points or Calories. It's for accountability.
12) I eat breakfast everyday. EVERY day.
13) I watch less television.
14) When no one is watching, I dance. I dance badly, but I dance.
15) I treat myself now and then, but not all the time.
Wednesday, October 05, 2011
One day a farmer's donkey fell down into a well. The animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do. Finally, he decided the animal was old, and the well needed to be covered up anyway; it just wasn't worth it to retrieve the donkey.
He invited all his neighbors to come over and help him. They all grabbed a shovel and began to shovel dirt into the well. At first, the donkey realized what was happening and cried horribly. Then, to everyone's amazement he quieted down.
A few shovel loads later, the farmer finally looked down the well. He was astonished at what he saw. With each shovel of dirt that hit his back, the donkey was doing something amazing. He would shake it off and take a step up.
As the farmer's neighbors continued to shovel dirt on top of the animal, he would shake it off and take a step up. Pretty soon, everyone was amazed as the donkey stepped up over the edge of the well and happily trotted off!
Life is going to shovel dirt on you, all kinds of dirt. The trick to getting out of the well is to shake it off and take a step up. Each of our troubles is a steppingstone. We can get out of the deepest wells just by not stopping, never giving up! Shake it off and take a step up.
Remember the five simple rules to be happy:
1. Free your heart from hatred - Forgive.
2. Free your mind from worries - Most never happens.
3. Live simply and appreciate what you have.
4. Give more.
5. Expect less from people but more from God.
You have two choices... smile and close this page,
or pass this along to someone else to share the lesson .
God bless us all!
found on Facebook posted by Hormuzd J Dadinath
Tuesday, October 04, 2011
They sure did. They broke for good and for ill.
First the weather broke.
I was up around 7:00 ... wow I slept in late this morning! As the sun rose higher, it proved to be a rain free day. Finally!
I fed myself ... strawberry, blueberry, & banana yogurt smoothie ... dressed in some grubbies, and headed outside before 8:00. It took some moving of stuff in the garage, but I was able to get some shingle bundles out to my work area. I found my roof nailer, plugged in the airhose, and climbed up the ladder to the roof (wasn't that a somg title in the 70s?).
And I was making some progress. Good progress. Took She(WMBO) to the airport around lunch then got back to work.
Then gravity had it's way. Not on me, thank goodness. But my nailer started to slide ... faster and faster. Over the edge. Crash! I heard the compressor go on and air hissing from the nailer. When I climbed down, it was clear that I was not going to get any use from that nailer ever again.
My nailer broke.
Off to Home Depot. They had the one I wanted, just not in stock. Over to Lowes. Grr. They had the one I wanted in stock, for $50 more. That nailer was, gulp, $250!
I took it home and found it did not have the plug required to connect the hose or a carry bag. $250 and no bag? Back to HD. Got the plug (and a tool bag), but I did not look at it closely, it was the wrong type; I reached in the right bin, but the plugs weren't sorted. Back to HD. Got the right part now.
By now it was 5:00. I was clearly not going to get as much done today as I had hoped.
Oh, well, tomorrow is another day.
And the weather is going to be warmer tomorrow.
Monday, October 03, 2011
... not climb an aluminum ladder (or a fiberglass ladder ot a wood ladder) in the rain. I have reached a point in my quest to finish this roof I have been toiling on all summer where I can finally start putting up shingles. But it was drizzly and chilly all day. The ladder would have been wet. The roofing felt (tar paper) would have been wet. Ugh! I might have slipped and fallen.
So I caught up on some TV On Demand and Hulu and Netflix.
I will run in the rain. I mean, why not? So I get a little wet and chilly, but that's what happens in the summer ... ok, not the chilly part, but I do get wet. Take a hot shower when I am done and I'm all better after that.
And! I ran 3.75 miles at a 8:59/mile pace. Wow!
And when I boasted that to She(WMBO), She gave me the old stinky eye and asked, "And exactly how much progress did you make on the roof?" It was raining. "But you ran? Wasn't it raining?"
She just doesn't understand.
Sunday, October 02, 2011
Tonight was the night.
It was so cool to meet all the folks I used to hang out with back in high school. Some changed a lot physically. Lucky for me, the first person I met was Anna Britt Hansen, a Norwegian foreign exchange student, and she was one who changed very little. And Anna Britt and I had been good friends 40 years ago. And She(WMBO) and AB had also been friends. So She was not sitting with any of my old girlfriend like 20 years ago. And Teresa was not there.
Another who was there was James W. James and I were both on the school paper and we had had some good times. When we got together on Facebook, he mentioned his partner Jim. That James was agy was one of those things where you go, "Oh, wow! James is gay?" at the same time another part of your brain goes, "Yeah, that's right. I knew that already." He was there with his partner of 22 years. And like any married couple, when I asked how long they's been together, one said 22, the other said 23. They agreed on 22 and Jim turns to me and says "It only seems like 30." I thought I was going to pass my beer through my nose. She(WMBO) and I have the same exchange.
Karen G was like always an organizer 40 years ago and still is to this day. And there she was running the show. Karen was also immediately recognizable, and always an "extra large," she always had hugs to match. Tonight was no exception. She has bee sick lately, waiting for a kidney translant so I just don't know where she got the energy to put this together. Talk about having the Spark!
I met Duffy and Jen G. They moved from the US to Panama and are living "off-the-grid." Wait a minute , how are they on the Internet and on Facebook? I forgot to aske that question. Next time I'm on Facebook, I must ask.
She and I are like a flip-flopped couple. I wanted to dance, and she wanted to go home when the music started. Isn't it usually the men who have to be threatened with forced-celibacy to get out on the dance floor? So we danced for a while and before we knew it, it was eleven o'clock. Some took the party elsewhere, but we came home.
Tomorrow is the picnic up at Rocks State Park. Fortunately, the pavilion is enclosed because the weather forecast calls for highs in the middle 50s, breezy and wet. I graduated from Bel Air High School, but my first year was at the Catholic high school across town, John Carroll. They had their 40 Year bash in nearby Havre de Grace and will have their picnic at Rocks SP tomorrow also. So maybe I will run across some of my freshman friends there.
Oh and diet-wise, I stuck to my plan and stay with my 1500 - 1800 calories range. As for Weight Watchers Points+ Values, I did dip into 9 of my 49 weeklies, but that is why you have them.
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