Well I didn’t keep to my no alcohol/no sweets pledge over the holidays. But I didn’t do TOO badly either. In December I kept up the exercise, drank my 8 glasses of water, and had plenty of fruits and vegetables. I logged food until I left for the holidays -- but then I did not. My end weight result was 1.8 pounds lost in December. I did not reach my goal of 4 pounds lost but I DID lose weight despite the final week and a half of indulgence. So I am pleased – I was afraid the needle on the scale would swing in the wrong direction.
My January goals are:
1. Log food daily
2. Limit sweets and alcohol
3. Increase exercise by adding the dance challenge (at least 10 minutes of dance daily) in addition to my regular exercise program
4. Cross country ski at least 20 hours (this should be doable with the weekends, and with the one week ski vacation). This is the most challenging aerobic exercise that I do!
5. Stretch/yoga at least 3 times a week
6. Lose 4 pounds by end of month
In the section below, I apologize that some of the photos didn't show up. My photos went automatically into DropBox (a cloud storage) where I couldn't preview them; when I tried to edit the blog to re-order the photos to match the text, they were replaced by little photo icons. Not sure what happened!
My trip to California went very well, time flew by! The trip down was harrowing – heavy snow and lots of ice through Oregon. But once I was there, it was a very relaxing visit. Mom was mostly in good spirits, but for her just walking to the bathroom is like climbing over the Alps. She does no other walking; she is exhausted and has to rest after just going 10 feet. I am afraid she will be totally bedridden in the near future. She is 93 and is mentally in fairly good shape; physically she is failing. Because of lymphodemia in her legs, she can only wear muumuus but she always puts on makeup and jewelry and looks quite elegant.
I enjoyed visits with my sisters and friends -- and we ate great food. I stayed with Mindy (my younger sister) for 3 days, which was very pleasant. She is following Weight Watchers so she mostly eats healthy food, and she also enjoys walking. One drawback: her house had been invaded by tiny ants that got all over me and crawled into my purse and luggage. I paid for an item at Macys and 8 ants crawled off my sleeve onto the counter. These tiny bugs shocked the sales clerk, who probably thought I had slept in the park! The rest of the time I stayed at a hotel which at least had no ants.
My high school friend Shelley and I went to Pescadero beach one day. Wow it was beautiful! Shelley brought her dog (which she inherited when her mom passed away earlier this year) – she didn’t realize that dogs weren’t allowed on the beach she selected. Poor Bella sat in the car for most of the outing.
Me at the Beach
There were billows of foam along one stretch of the beach. It was beautiful, but I don’t know if it is caused by a natural phenomenon or chemicals …
On the way home Shelley and I stopped at shop that had huge sculptures in their garden. In honor of the ant invasion I bought a great ant sculpture that now resides in my garden!
California was sunny and clear, if a little brisk in the temperatures. Here in Central Oregon it has been extremely cold, and we have had an air inversion resulting in freezing fog. My trees are lovely traced in the ice! Even though this is one of my least favorite weather conditions – bitterly cold and icy – it is beautiful.