Wednesday, May 23, 2012
The doctor looked at my arm yesterday and liked what he saw. He still doesn't want me doing weight lifting, though I have been doing a few weight bearing exercises. The rule is if it hurts even a little, I tell the trainer and we stop.
I told him about my concussion on the bike a couple of weeks ago. He begged me to please park them in the basement for about the next six months. Frankly after my last accident, I over a month ago, I haven't gotten back up. I am understandably gun shy. So I will lock one of them in the trainer and just be happy with that.
But the good news is, he told me I may start swimming again. No freestyle, no butterfly, only only only breast stroke. That/s OK because I cannot do butterfly though I have tried and I get a pain in my right shoulder after a lap or two of freestyle. So I have been a breast stroke swimmer exclusively.
Limitations are, start slow, only a couple of slow laps at first. Then build my time a little at a time. Two slow laps will take about three minutes. Then rest, then two more slow laps. I will feel like a beginner again
But I will be back in the pool. But do not worry, no one will ever see this because of me:
Oh and yes, my swim gear is Speedo Jammers. No not those itty bitty bikini briefs.
Not this. Those days are long long gone.
But this ... ok a little older ... a lot older, a little softer, but still ssssexsssay
Monday, May 21, 2012
SparkPeople had a blog that listed the 10 best and 10 worst breakfast cereals.
Post Spoon Size Shredded Wheat - Straw
Kashi 7 Whole Grain Puffs - Styrofoam
Kellogg's Unfrosted Mini Wheat Bites - Straw
Uncle Sam Flakes - Soggy
Fiber One - Original - Make you fart, no flavor
Nature's Path Synergy 8 Cereal - Never tried it, but I would bet ....
Weetabix - A whole bale of straw
Kellogg's All-Bran Original - These will make you poop ... very soon
Cascadian Farms Multigrain Squares - More straw
General Mill's Cheerios - I don't know about you, but these make me poop. These almost have flavor.
Kellogg's Froot Loops
General Mills Cinnamon Toast Crunch
Kellogg's Corn Pops
General Mills Lucky Charms
General Mills Reese's Puffs
Kellogg's Choconilla Cocoa Krispies
Kellogg's Special K Blueberry
Kellogg's Special K Chocolatey Delight
Belgo & Bellas YogActive Chocolatey Pillows
Quaker Cap'N Crunch Berries
Kellogg's doesn't quite have a monopoly here, but ... aw c'mon ... my faves are number 2 and 3. And Cinnamon Toast Crunch! I love Cinnamon Toast Crunch. And the Box says it has a shirtload of whole grain goodness (See? Right there on the label "It must be good for you because we put in a whole shirtload of whole grain goodness in every spoonful.")
And and and It's just about my favorite cereal on the entire blog.
But NOOOOOOO. They only "good for you" cereals on this list taste like straw. In fact the "best" one IS straw. In fact so are 3, 7, and 9.
And it looks like no matter how blech a cereal tastes, if you add any kind of confection to it, it goes on the bad list. Special K with blueberry and with Chocolaty Delight are bad cereals, just above Chocolatey Pillows (get me some of those!) and the ever lovin' Cap'N Crunch Berries.
Oh well. I can save the Cinnamon Toast Crunch for a treat.
This makes me very sad indeed.
Sunday, May 20, 2012
Four weeks ago, David and Carolyn took us out to dinner. Over dessert David casually said, "And Carolyn is pregnant."
Dave often says some stupid stuff so I shot a glance at Carolyn and she, being Dave's compliment, a woman of few words, just smiled and raised her eyebrows.
It was true! She is due on December 24. She(WMBO) always has a big dinner on Christmas Eve. I wonder how that will work this year? Will Carolyn's parents be our guests? They are from NYC and will certainly be down for the big event.
But we were sworn to secrecy until they were more sure. This week they gave us the OK to tell others.
I did tell my Mom last week. She has been suffering a series of strokes, but has not had an incident in over four months. She is looking great and expressing herself better. When I told her, it was like someone (me!) lit up a 100 watt bulb inside her. She quickly did some counting and announced "That will be number 7? Or is it 8?" My sister counted for her: "Marty has 4. Andrea has 2. And Dom just had Gabe. So David's will be 8." Not bad for someone who could barely talk four month ago.
I wanted to tell that story about Mom last week, but it would have meant telling about my son's news before I was allowed.
Tim and She(WMBO) are going to be Abuelos for Christmas!
Saturday, May 19, 2012
They have tricks that will get you buying those high cost and high calorie stuff. Some, only a few, tricks actually are in your favor.
When you walk into the store, usually the first thing you see is the produce. That's because it's close to the door where the light is best. That's it. The one trick that works for you.
But then you want to get your dairy products. Now you have to roam all the way to the back of the store. That way, and I use the Giant chain in the Baltimore-Washington area, I have to walk through the yogurts, and cheese, and butter/margarine, etc before I can get to the milk.
That bakery, also in the back of the store, is pumping a fresh bread smell all through the store, making me hungry. And before I even get there, I have to pass the deli where they are cooking those rotisserie chickens and ribs. They smell delicious and they keep the price so low. Buy a little of that Amish Potato Salad (expensive) and a salad bar (expensive) and you have dinner. A dinner high in calories and sodium … they brine those chickens to keep them moist and salty.
To get to the stuff in the aisles that I actually have to cook … pasta, dry beans … I have to pass by prepared ready to eat canned goods. And don't get me started on the end caps.
Other trick: 10 for $10. Guess what? I can buy 1 for $1. Even in the produce area: pre-cut vegetables and fruits. Guess what? My knives are not broke. And that salad bar. Yikes! $6/pound!
And here is my favorite trick they do. About every year or so, they rearrange whole parts of the store. I thought I knew where everything was, but not anymore.
And in my local Giant, the pasta and rice are in the same aisle. But not the couscous. It's two aisles over. And the pork and beans are the aisle marked "Chinese, International, Mexican, Jewish" Really? What is wrong with the vegetable aisle.
"Boss, where do you want the baked beans?, there's no room with the veggies."
"Beans? That's a Mezcin food. Put them in with all the foreign foods."
I don't use the self check-outs. Why? Aside from the fact that they don't work that well, if I have a cashier to chat with, I am less likely to grab a York Peppermint Patty or a Payday bar.
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