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Late October Already!

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Fall is coming to Central Mexico. Evenings and early mornings are crisp and the rainy season is winding down. Soon the house will be cold, and I'll be glad to get to Pennsylvania and heat for a month this winter.

My weight has not been moving - down, anyway. In fact, it's been nudging up. Just enough to be annoying. My goal of the moment is to fall below 80kilos, or about 177lbs. 80k is the number at the very top of my scale. I think it'll be good for my psychologically to be looking on the left side of that number.

I've discovered some winners in the Spark People Cook Book. At the moment I'm very into the Herbed Lentil and Bulgur Salad. Very tasty. I add red/orange/yellow bell peppers for color and crunch. Also, the Minestrone is quite good. I leave out the potatoes and add cauliflower. I also like the Stuffed Eggplant and the Slow-Cooker Vegetable Curry.

I've also been spending time on the treadmill (5 miles so far today), playing with interval speeds and incline. I'm still walking. I need to get to the US and go to The Finish Line in Emmaus, PA and have them analyze my gait and get me in some proper-fitting sneaks before I try running. The owner has 2 Burnese Mountain Dogs, which makes shopping there a special treat.

I still haven't gotten the iFit for the treadmill yet. I've called the number in Mexico City that iFit US gave me, and no one has returned my calls. I guess I'll just get it when I'm in the US. To tell the truth, I'm not even quite sure what the iFit is. Something about being able to see maps of where I'm walking/running as well as terrain views. I think there are also additional workouts. I'd like to get a couple of walking workouts with variable speed/incline. My sister has implied that she's getting me a tablet for Christmas, but apparently iFit only works on iPads. Does anyone know if it'll work on the iPad Mini?

Then there's the FitBit. I'm eyeing the One, which is also only compatible with the iPad at the moment, though they're supposed to be working on that issue. I'm thinking the FitBit could be a great motivator for my sisters, too, though one of them bikes a lot, and I get the impression that the FitBit isn't accurate for that movement. Is that correct?

Technology, gadgets. Unnecessary, but I find they do motivate me. I like being about to watch TV programs / films while on the treadmill, but my laptop is off to the side, creating a strain in my neck. A tablet could rest right there on the console. I've just finished rewatching all 7 seasons of The West Wing, a lot of it while walking. Time flies when there are no commercials. I do forget to do intervals, however.

I was going to bathe the dogs today, but my husband is out of town, and he's handy to have around when I'm trying to bathe them. I like to put down the door on the end of the pick-up bed and bathe them there so I'm not bending over. The truck is parked on a slope so all the water runs out and waters the roses below.

To those of you reading this who might be along the East Coast, please be safe as Sandy Frankenstorm passes by. My thoughts are with you.
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68ANNE 10/28/2012 4:36PM

    I enjoyed reading your blog. Yes I live in the east, too but am prepared and it wont be too bad. I know you are saying about the technology. I only have a pedometer and mp3 player but keep thinking that the gadgets would help me do better.

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