Monday, March 04, 2013
Last week found me at the beach again. I went down to do a "little" painting a few days before the rest of the family joined me to celebrate our son's birthday.
I have a tendency to be overly ambitious, coupled with the tendency to underestimate how long things take - be it errands, projects, chores, etc. When packing for my trip, I estimated that I could accomplish all my painting (2 pieces of furniture, a hallway and a bedroom) in 2 - 1/2 days, leaving me a free day to play before the family arrived. I also figured in some good breaks for getting in my exercise, making sure to pack my wogging clothes.
WELL..., I majorly underestimated the length of time the projects took! I barely made it to the grocery store to get something quick and easy to fix for supper before they drove in. (I called them at one point to see how close they were, and was then selfishly happy when they called me about 45 minutes later to say they were in a traffic jam due to an apparent accident on the highway. I did pause to pray for the victims in the accident!) I jumped out of my painting togs, into some clean clothes, ran to the store, bought ingredients for stuffed potatoes (pre-washed and wrapped baking potatoes, pre-shredded cheese, broccoli), an already prepared rotisserie chicken, some pre-chopped fresh fruit and was unloading it when they walked in.
We had a wonderful time together - 5 adults and my precious Sophie in our 47- year-old tiny beach cottage my father built. We cram in and have a ball!
I was ruing the fact that I didn't get my exercise in. However, remembering how exhausted I was at the end of each VERY LONG day, I thought I would check to see if painting was listed as exercise on SP. Low and behold, it was! With the hours I put in, I was happy to see the number of expended calories allotted for the task. After all, I was on my feet all day, climbing up and down a ladder when painting the walls, and bending frequently to paint furniture ( 8 coats including the primer, paint and sealer - whew!).
The moral of the story is: when in doubt, check it out! Be careful not to sell yourself short! If you aren't sleeping, lounging on the sofa or in the recliner, you're probably burning some cals!