Tuesday, April 22, 2014
No outdoor walking for me then. Not more than a month ago we had a dusty time of it and I wasn't careful enough to avoid the dust and I felt like I was expelling dust for 3 days afterward so no thanks with the outdoor walking today. I'm going to do my treadmill and elliptical and a Leslie Sansone video for my exercise and I'll break it up so I may get in enough exercise yet.
So since last Saturday these are my walking stats
4/19 15,059 steps; 6.48 miles; 90 active walking minutes
4/20 14,633 steps; 6.30 miles; 101 active walking minutes
4/21 16,134 steps; 7 miles; 104 active minutes
I've done 60 minutes of elliptical, 120 minutes of yoga and about 45 minutes of stretching as well. Sunday & today are Leslie Sansone video days, which works out well with the dust so heavy today! Strength Training almost ought to be today but its Wednesday and Saturday this week! I'll go back to M/W/F next week.
Its supposed to be round 92 degrees today. Its noon right now and I went to bed at 630am and went right to sleep but noise and being a little too warm was working to wake me up. (Plus my stomach is being a pest so I needed to drink some carbonation which helps!) Next door they are having their carpets cleaned which is kind of noisy since homes are so close together here. They are going to have a baby in a few months so they are preparing accordingly. They know they are having a boy!
Paolo was having a discussion with the neighbor and I caught a glimpse of 2 guys talking serious shop. Paolo is in the business world but the guy next door is a chef for a hotel over on the tourist drag. Anyhow, last week the house on the end had a party and quite a loud one at that. It didn't bother me and most people it seems. They were playing loud music and all that which may have bothered the next neighborhood over the brick wall but they quieted down round 10pm I believe. Paolo was annoyed with the party since he was trying to rest but I know he remembered what it was being in his 20's. I do think if you are going to throw that kind of soiree then you may want to warn your neighbors since we have homes very close together. (If we were any closer you may as well call it Brownstone living.) They went round many topics and Paolo let me know what they were talking about with the house on the end and some guys are worse than a sewing circle with talking story and trash :)~
So the SO was expressing that he wanted to have a baby with me. (We've had this discussion before & sometimes he gets to longing for another one, sigh) He likes babies and he is good with them. I like children but if I can have one and its already 4 years old I'm fine with that. I've been through the infant and pre-toddler stage with 2 nieces and I really don't want to go there again. I technically could have a baby but I've never found a man I wanted to have a baby with until now and I am getting toward Halle Berry territory so taking care of a baby human being isn't really my idea of practicality or being reasonable. Paolo knew my feelings ever since we've known one another so it isn't a surprise for him. He basically said its really that he wishes he had his two with me instead of the ex. I said so why didn't you wait then lol. (I know impractical because he didn't know me when he had his two with his ex) I think its somewhat that his two are growing up and the young male is almost in University territory and the young female is going to be in middle school in the fall. We're pretty careful we don't have a baby since I don't want to deal with that.
I usually don't watch TV but House Hunters Where Are They Now is on so I am listening in the background to distract me from my stomach issues. Its improving though since I had some carbonation. I don't know why that helps, it just does.
My hair is in a pixie cut so its pretty short, when I have my shower later I'm going to wash it. I have this strange idea that after I do my hair I must wait at least 4 days before I wash it lol. Its time though to wash it and then I can just let it air dry and style it with my hands and be done with it. Paolo likes it he said but he met me when I had short hair so he's used to it. He jokes the time I don't bother with my hair and makeup means I have more time to devote to him. (A sense of humour he has.)
So it looks like in August we'll take 2-3 weeks and go to Italy while the young ones are with their Mom back East. We like to take active holidays. I'm not much for shopping, food and that type of vacation. I want to walk, hike, see historical sites that kind of thing but I'll eat there as well lol. Of course I will, just reasonably. We are going to use that time as our wedding trip because we never have taken one yet. We knew it may be some time before we had a block of time to go away alone together so we are making the plans now. Paolo wants to hit Rome but I'm more of a Verona, Florence type of girl so we'll see how it turns out. He's going to make the plans so I'm okay with that. He says to me you make the plans when we are in the states but in Europe I'll make the arrangements. Makes good sense!
Anyhow Have a Good Earth Day & I'm out for now~
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
It was round 93 degrees today and I got in just over 16,000 steps which I didn't expect but Brava to me. I'm back to my full exercise which is a relief and kindness to myself. I have done walking, elliptical, stretching, yoga and Leslie Sansone over 2 days and this week only I am doing 2 strength training days. I want to do the core alone one day and upper body one day and skip the lower body this week. I have been doing elliptical so my legs may be jelly this week and I don't want extreme over taxation lol.
Smokey says hello! He is outdoors a lot since its nicer outside and he loves to sleep in the planters where the trees and flowers are. I'll take pics since the back yard is complete now and you can see how small it is. The trees are just getting to bring their leaves in and there is a lot of rock back there since we live in the desert and must conserve water.
I was thinking about as soon as everyone is done with AT&T in terms of their contracts defecting over to T-Mobile. They have excellent coverage here and I am tired of having issues with AT&T. I may burst an artery and I am trying to keep my stress level down. Plus we are thinking about dumping Direct TV and just keeping internet. The only thing holding us on to satellite is live sports.
The young one has finished paying his dad (Paolo) for the truck. It is about 12-13 years old! A Toyota truck if you do the maintenance, change the oil properly and middle grade gas is used then the vehicle lasts for a long time. Its a 2002 Tacoma and it looks really nice and its kept up proper. Oh, I forgot to mention Paolo says thanks for all the well wishers from 2 weeks ago saying he was a good dad and he was doing the right thing about having the young one pay his way. He knew that he was doing the correct idea but sometimes he feels maybe he is too disciplined with the 2 young ones. I said no way, there never can be enough discipline when it comes to the cost of living; instilling appreciation and discipline so they know life is expensive and they can't take things for granted that we will always pay their way for them. Work is what pays for life. Food, clothing, extras and all that.
Thank You as well for all the well wishes and Spark Goodies over the past week, its lovely to have such fabulous Spark Friends who support and encourage one another!
In the articles section I found the section where it says "More Great Resources" the last section says "The Spark Diet" and you can earn 10 points a day for each section. I am in Stage 2, Healthy Diet Habits; I can use all the help I can get. A fair amount is reinforcement but to keep food, exercise, water, sleep, relaxation and stress relief in balance is a fabulous and wonderful idea!
Dinner was leftovers tonight and now I am able to cook food again since we had a fair amount of leftovers going on since last Thursday. I have to skip anymore beans because my Aunt put a lot of Tony Cachere in them and it affects my digestion and system too badly. Paolo and everyone else loved them. I did too but my system doesn't like red pepper so much. I think tomorrow I will make chicken, broccoli and a stir fry. I need to hit the market for fresh fruit and vegetables but otherwise we are stocked up for a week or two.
Right now I am having a cup of fruit salad and today I managed round 1500 calories and I'm good. My nutrition tracker wants me to have gotten in 1900-2200 cals but I can't eat that much its too hard to eat that much in a day. 1600 is usually the max out area for the day. I skipped another slice of lemon cake today but I had 2 smaller slices yesterday. That was enough yesterday. My Aunt said that I don't eat a lot and I said a lot of food doesn't agree with me but I don't eat continually no, just when I am actually hungry for food.
I'm signing out for the night Happy Tuesday~
Sunday, April 20, 2014
I have time to start an entry and to sit down for a little bit! I may make this a rest day from walking but I do enjoy my walking and yoga. I don't plan on having a lot for dinner but beans, quinoa and broccoli is a lot of protein and good stuff. I'll have a little slice of lemon cake later on this evening.
Paolo is a good man but I feel he needs to stop giving me things. He gave me a pretty nice fitted bracelet for Easter. (Its an overboard kind of thing to me and he knows it.) He says its a husband's privilege to buy me things. I have learned to accept gracefully. I was just letting you all know how I felt about it. It isn't even about not feeling worthy or guilty. I am just a practical sort, always have been in life. He was waiting for me to give him a protest but I declined to bite the dangling carrot. I said thank you my dear husband, its fabulous and lovely and I appreciate it. He looked like he was very surprised I didn't give him heck, lol. Its better this way, less drama and stress. I don't need something every Christmas, Valentine's Day, Easter...I would be alright with just my birthday honestly :)~
The 2 young ones received an Easter present of Amazon gift cards! They were grateful and no candy except for some jelly bellies and peanut butter eggs which Paolo bought them and they hide that from me, per my instructions as I am addicted so best to keep them out of my mind!
Oh its dinner time gotta run now. I will report more later here~
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