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Dvorak Keyboard update

Sunday, January 27, 2013

A couple months ago I changed my "language" to the Dvorak keyboard and I am finally getting comfortable with the keyboard so that I can actually type without having to use so much effort thinking about where the letters are on the keyboard.

I cannot believe how much easier it is on my fingers. the keys that are used more frequently are placed in the home row. My fingers do not need to travel up and down and the reaching is less.

I am still working on the lessons in the textbook "College Keyboarding and Document Processing" I am only on Lesson 7 and typing 21 wpm. Not bad considering I was doing less than 30 wpm on the qwerty.

It is a good brain exercise and since most of the vowels are on the left side, there is a lot of switching right brain, left brain. It is a mental workout when I do the lessons.

The thing I do not like about it is the key board I bought from Wal-mart (I bought a cheap one and rearranged the keys). The backspace is too far away and I have a hard time reaching it. But when I get better at typing. I won't be using that key as much.

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RHEYNKLW 1/28/2013 11:30AM

    I love my Dvorak keyboard. I use it on my phone, and will never go back. Glad to hear you're adjusting!

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MNNICE 1/27/2013 6:18PM

    Didn't even know there was such a thing! Never too old to learn something new, right?

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Recovery 2 minutes

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Ahh, those words were sweet to my ears as I was doing the Worth the Weight workout in the Nike Training Center App. 280 calories. I am really liking that app. It is my plan to do the same workout for about a month and then I am going to switch it up and try a different routine.

I already noticed an increase in my strength on some of the exercises. I do have to modify some of the exercises because I have an injured wrist and if it is ever going to heal I have to stop aggravating it.

After that workout, I got on the recumbent bike and did the interval routine. I log in a bit more mileage this time. I am feeling better because I have been paying attention to what I am eating and am making a huge effort to limit some of the junk I have been eating. I wish DH would get on board because then it would be so much easier in two ways: support and less junk food being accessible.

I feel good after the workout and now I am going to repeat in my head : Relax and go to sleep emoticon

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Are We Downplaying Obesity or Accepting it as the Norm?

Friday, January 25, 2013

I just read Becky Hand's blog about Down Playing Obesity Harms Public Health

She is referring to the recent articles that seem to indicate being overweight is a better choice, especially the one that suggested that being overweight would give you a longer life. Well, you might live longer but what will be the quality of life?

I am currently watching an older season of the Biggest Loser Australia and as I watched the week 8 episode, I realized that the contestants now look "normal" and yet they are still obese.

Perhaps, it is not so much that we are downplaying obesity but rather we are now accepting it as the norm. During the make over week, the female contestants commented on how they were able to go into the store and buy something off the rack. Ahhh, vanity sizing is such a marvelous thing to our egos.

When I first started gaining weight, my jean size grew with me. I gained 25 pounds and kept buying the same size jeans. However, it was when I started to outgrow the next two sizes that I realized I needed to take control of my destiny.

Are we becoming too complacent with our size and health that we love to hear good news about our bad habits? I have a problem with eating too much junk food and while I know the consequences of eating too much of it, I still do it. The only way that will change is for me to take the steps I need to overcome the desire to eat that junk.

Candy, chips, donuts are everywhere we go. I went to an auto parts store and the first display that I had to walk around was a candy display. Who would expect to see candy in that type of store? Now, it appears to be a common display and no longer seems odd.

As I started to lose weight, I started to feel so much better. I had less aches and pains and my step became lighter. I am currently working on losing those last ten pounds, again! I signed up for a half marathon to be run in April. The change begins with what is going on inside my head.

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LINDSEYJ 1/25/2013 5:11PM

    I definitely think we are just used to it. When I read Dr. Fuhrman's book last week, it said my ideal body weight is about 111. I couldn't believe it! If you had asked I would have said between 125-130. So, instead of needing to lose 35 pounds, I'm actually needing to lose 50-55!! Just the shock of thinking I"m 50 pounds overweight was quite a wake-up call.

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JIBBIE49 1/25/2013 1:45PM

    You should watch the BBC Documentary on YouTube "THE MEN WHO MADE US FAT". That candy in the autoparts store is in that as they SELL US ANYTHING TO MAKE MONEY.

And the CLOTHES, you are SO right. What use to be a size 10 for a woman in 1984 is now a size 2, because a 10 now really fits what was an 18. You have it down.

These articles downplay obesity so we keep buying JUNK FOOD and all that things that go with it.

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Down almost 2 pounds since I rebooted

Thursday, January 24, 2013

I finally feel like I am moving in the right direction. Although I have not eaten exactly how I know I should, I am finally starting to think of the consequences of what I put in my mouth.
I restarted at 140.2 and this morning I was 138.6. Yesterday, I actually stayed within my allotted calorie range and I managed to get through the evening with NO snacking.

My training for the half marathon is no running this week due to the cold. I don't even want to drive to the gym; so, I have been doing Nike Training Center app workout (which I found out I need to modify some of the exercises due to a wrist injury) and the recumbent bike. I think I should be OK til I get to the gym or head down the road. Not for sure about the outdoor run due to the canine tracks in the yard. I do't want to be something's meal. I am not sure if it is wolf, coyote, fox or a neighbor's dog.

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ROSALIEESTHER 1/25/2013 1:49PM

    emoticon weight loss! Congratulations!

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LINDSEYJ 1/24/2013 3:28PM

    2 pounds is amazing!!! Keep it up!

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SNOWJESTER 1/24/2013 12:55PM

    emoticon Wolves and coyotes...where do you live???

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I am not a frog!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

I was trying to give my page a face-lift and was uploading some photos because I was attempting to add photos that were of a particular color (green) and somehow my profile changed to the frog photo.

I left it even when I changed the color theme I was going for. It did make me think of you have to kiss a lot of frogs before you find you prince. It is sort of like this weight loss/maintain journey that I am on. One day I'll wake up and find that I am really a princess.

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JIBBIE49 1/24/2013 12:21AM

    You will. You run YOUR life.

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