Thursday, December 12, 2013
My niece had a doctor appointment this morning, so I didn't have to wait for her today. Instead I took the dog for a walk, then spent ten minutes scraping ice off the car, so I could drive out to my parents' house. Thankfully dad had already plowed, so I got up their driveway without much trouble. Then my brother, Jeremy, and I decided to go snow shoeing. Fun, fun, fun! He tired out faster than I did so we were only out for about an hour. After snow shoeing I had lunch with mom and dad (lamb stew and cabbage with apples). I took Cooper for a walk on the trail we had just made with the snow shoes. Jeremy gave me my Christmas present... a homemade balaclava and hood hat set. He said I have to wrap it and bring it to our family Christmas dinner, so I can open it. I think gaiters go on my want/need list for clothes and assorted gear. My pant legs got completely caked with snow when we were snow shoeing, which is fine until... it melts. Cooper slept on dad's lap wrapped in a blanket while we were out. Came home and did my Spark stuff, then paced over 1.5 miles in my apartment, after taking the dog for a short walk. Did some yoga, my abs challenge workout and 10 minutes on the elliptical. Now I am going to curl up with Cooper and read. I have to scrub the pot I used to make dinner last night before I can make dinner tonight. I have plans for a healthy meal of cabbage, onions, mushrooms, tomatoes and chicken. I had basically the same thing last night, and really enjoyed it. It bears repeating. I have some habanero hot sauce to pep it up.
Overall, it was a nice day and I get to do it all again tomorrow, including the snow shoeing. The forecast calls for another 3-5 inches of snow overnight, so there will be plenty of snow. LOL! The windchill is about -3F, and it will probably get colder overnight. I have a feeling Cooper's walks tomorrow will be short.
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
My brother and I both went along to take my mom to the wound care clinic today . I had planned on being the one to take her, but Jeremy wanted to stop and get some more yarn for his knitting projects... and the best place for that is near the clinic. Being my OLDER brother he just assumed he would be driving. Turns out it was just fine that he was the one driving because we had Lake Effect snow squalls today and the first 10 miles we were creeping along at 35mph (normally we do 55 through that stretch) due to the greasy roads. Snow on top of ice feels like grease under the tires. I was just as happy that he was responsible for getting us there in one piece! Of course near our destination there was hardly any snow. Gotta love that Lake Effect snow!
We had left early, so we had time to stop at a farm stand before dropping mom at the clinic. Then Jeremy and I went to pick out yarn. He is making everyone in the family hood hats and balaclavas for Christmas. I am looking forward to that as I could use something warmer for my head now that Winter is decidedly here. I have been wearing two knit caps, but that gets bulky. After buying lots of yarn in interesting colors we decided to stop at the outfitter and sign up for the snow shoeing excursion on the 21st of this month. While we were there the owner admired Jeremy's head gear (he was wearing stuff he had made), and offered some space to sell them on consignment. I hope it works out. That would be so cool. Anyways, we chatted for a while with the owner then went back to get mom, who was just getting off the elevator as we pulled up. Then the three of us made the usual rounds of produce stand/deli and grocery store. We all needed stuff so it worked out great.
The drive home was much faster as the snow had tapered off and the road crews had been out clearing the roads. Our parents' driveway was an adventure though as no one had been home to plow. They have a long driveway, and I think we went up about half of it sliding sideways.
I checked the forecast and the windchill tomorrow is supposed to be about -3 degrees. I have the feeling that Cooper will NOT be interested in long walks tomorrow. I just came in from taking him out for his evening walk and it was quite windy and snowing once again. I though he was either going to take flight or disappear into a snow drift. He wanted to run most of the way, but I was worried about ice under MY feet, so we kept to a trot rather than a run. He led the way the entire time.
I have errands to run tomorrow and appointments, so I am not certain where my exercise will fit in, but I will manage it somehow. I have found that the Spark activity tracker works best for me as a pedometer. It doesn't track and sync all the time I spend walking the dog, because we stop to let Cooper sniff and pee. It is interesting to see how many more minutes of non-workout activity I do each day. I burn about 400 calories (on a good day) over and above what I burn during workouts. That means I must stay pretty active, even when it doesn't count as a workout per se. I am not certain it was worth $60 though. Maybe I will change my mind when I start running again.
Monday, December 09, 2013
I am sitting here petting the dog who is curled up in my lap and I am thinking of all the changes that have happened in the last couple years. The dog is one of those changes (and an important one). I think back to May of 2011 and what I would have done on a typical day. I was pretty pathetic. I would have been locked in my apartment, eating candy, reading for hours on end without getting up and moving even once. Today, I walked the dog three times, walked to the library (the long way around), did some yoga, visited with family, cleaned up a little in my apartment, baked cookies, read a book, and it is only 7:30. I will probably bake another batch of cookies, or maybe some muffins, and read another book. It is still a relaxed day, as I require my life to be low stress for health reasons, but it is much more active than before I joined Sparkpeople. Those are just the obvious changes...
I also lowered my cholesterol and blood pressure. And I completely control my diabetes with diet and exercise. I am happier. Even on my bad days I am pretty content with my life. I am in a good place over all. It is such a relief!
Sunday, December 08, 2013
Not feeling inspired today. Cooper and I both slept in, then we went for a nice long walk. I have been sorting books in my library, with an eye to getting rid of some. Problem is I keep stopping to read the books. Slows me down. Anybody want some trashy romance novels? I have got plenty!
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