Saturday, December 20, 2014
On Saturdays I walk the dog, then head out to my parents' house to make lunch for everybody. Today we had baked haddock with onion and mushrooms, soybeans, applesauce, and a salad. Normally I drive myself, but their driveway is still sheer ice, and dad had to go to the grocery store anyways, so he picked us up in his 4wd truck, which can make it up the driveway with only a little slipping and sliding. After lunch I do the dishes, then head home. This afternoon I went for a long bike ride, did some yoga and danced around like a crazy fool. I also took Cooper out for his second walk of the day. I will take him out for his third and final walk in just a few minutes.
I am meeting Jeremy at the gym early tomorrow morning for another kickbutt workout. I can't get to the gym on Monday, but I think I can make it on Tuesday after I walk Cooper in the morning. When we meet for our early morning workouts Cooper has to wait for his morning walk until I get home, but it doesn't seem to faze him any. He is such a flexible dog! I really lucked out when I adopted him.
Friday, December 19, 2014
Went to the gym early today to workout with my brother. Two hour workout, came home, ate breakfast, and waited for my niece to show up to go walking. When she was 15 minutes late I gave up and called... and she was still asleep. Good thing I called. It was icy, so instead of our usual 6.5 miles we made do with 2.6 miles. Sidewalks were very slippery today. Did you know that ice is slippery? It is seems to be a continual surprise to me. LOL! When Cooper and I got home I had a little lunch (bowl of soup and chips), then read for half an hour before deciding to go pick up my mother. As I was headed out the door my dad called to let me know their driveway was completely iced, and he had already rescued two people off it with his tractor when their cars slid off. His suggestion was for me to park at the bottom, and he would drive mom down in his 4wd truck. Sounded like a good idea to me. I took my cell phone with me and called when I got there and dad drove mom down, we made an exchange... my dog for mom. I won't leave Cooper in his crate for more than 4 hours, and we were sure to be gone longer than 4 hours, so dad agreed to dogsit. Cooper and dad seem to enjoy each other's company so it works pretty well.
So, I drove mom to Jamestown and sat and read most of a paperback while she was busy at the courthouse doing a mediation. I did take the stairs in the parking garage, rather than the elevator, but that was about the extent of my afternoon exercise. Good thing I got in so much exercise in the morning. The drive was quick and mostly painless. We did see one near accident in Jamestown, but other than that and some tailgating on the way home (yes, I will drive the speed limit, if you want to go over the speed limit feel free to pass me!) it was pretty uneventful. We had to meet dad at the bottom of the driveway once again and transfer the groceries and mom to the truck and the dog to the car. I got home around 7pm. Decided to do some yoga and some crazy dancing. Had some supper. I made the mistake of buying mint oreos at the grocery store. Ah well, I can ration them (I think I can anyways).
I will get on the bike, rower, or elliptical in a little while. (Probably the bike so I can read while I exercise.) Jeremy and I made another gym appointment for Sunday morning. I am so encouraged that he seems to be getting into this exercise thing. He said he is losing weight so far this Winter instead of gaining, which is not the usual pattern for him. I, on the other hand, have gained a couple of pounds. I know it is diet, because I can't do much more exercise than I have been. I have said it before, but I need to eat more for breakfast. I have slipped back into the habit of just grabbing a banana, and calling that breakfast. I think I need something more substantial like oatmeal. I like oatmeal, I could even learn to enjoy it in the morning. I am not functional enough in the morning to cook anything more complicated, but I could probably manage oatmeal or cream of wheat. Anyway, I think if I ate more at breakfast I would eat lighter the rest of the day. And I find that if I eat breakfast I have fewer cravings for junk food in the evening.
It is almost time for my next fitness assessment at the gym. I will be interested to see if my body fat % has gone down, even though my weight has not gone down.
Anyways... long day for me. (And I forgot to make coffee this morning, so I am currently completely uncaffeinated. ) I am going to go eat a sweet potato then hop on the bike and pedal and read, then maybe do the bedtime yoga and call it a day.
Thursday, December 18, 2014
I went to Trivia Night tonight, and once again our team won. The food tastes better when we win. LOL! We still haven't achieved a perfect score, but we try. It is an interesting group of people.
Took it a little easier today, but I am meeting my brother at the gym early in the morning, then walking the dog with my niece at 10am, then running out to my parents' house to pick up my mother to take her to Jamestown so she can do a mediation. Afterwards we will go to the grocery store, before heading home to pick up Cooper. I imagine tomorrow will be a busy day. I have trouble with food tracking on busy days like that. I often forget to add what I have eaten while running around. And my food choices tend to be a bit odd, as it is hit or miss.
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Early morning to meet my brother at the gym before he had to go to work. Decent workout. Ran 4.4 miles in 46 minutes on the treadmill, and did all my normal weights, including the squats on the leg press machine. It seems that right now 220 pounds is my maximum weight for the leg press. The only problem with going on a weekday morning is that it is more crowded and sometimes I actually have to wait for machines. I guess I have gotten spoiled from going during their off-peak hours. After we went out for breakfast. We went to our favorite restaurant and I just got a bowl of steel cut oatmeal with raisins. They serve it with brown sugar on the side, so I can add it or not, depending on my mood. I ate a banana before leaving for the gym, so I wouldn't drop my blood sugar to low working out. And we drank a lot of water with breakfast. I mean a LOT! We asked the waitress to just bring a pitcher, and she had to refill the pitcher 3 times!
I walked home from the gym and freed Cooper from his crate and took him for a walk in the snow. Then after that my neighbor wanted to try out the same restaurant, so guess where I had lunch? Yep, at the same place I had breakfast. LOL I guess I am kind of predictable. After lunch, which was a simple chicken pita wrap with tzatziki sauce, tomato, lettuce, and a sprinkle of feta, I finally finished my Christmas shopping. I had two people I had forgotten... and had no luck deciding what to get... but I made a decision and finished up. I had wanted to be done by Thanksgiving, but then I remembered a few people... so I had to think about what to get. I only have one present wrapped though. I always seem to put off wrapping presents until the last minute.
When we got back from lunch and shopping I once again freed Cooper, then hopped on the bike for an hour, before heading back out into the snow for Cooper's afternoon walk. He really doesn't seem to mind snow. It is just rain he can't stand. When we came back in I did another yoga routine from one of my yoga DVDs. I usually end up laughing at myself when I do yoga. I think I look like an epileptic stork. Of course I don't have a mirror, so I might possibly be exaggerating... maybe.
Since I am already over 22 miles tracked already today I think I might just take it easy this evening. I have a book to read and a cuddly dog to snuggle with in the recliner. Reading is much easier since I got a new floor lamp. Gee, it is amazing what illuminating the pages can do for reading speed. LOL!
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
It was a good day to take things a little easier with the weather so damp and dreary, though I did get out for a run in between showers. We did our usual three dog walks, a little ST and yoga and that run. That was enough for me today. I am getting up early in the morning to meet my brother at the gym.
My niece calls this weather cumulo-yuckis. Not quite cold enough for snow, but too cold for comfort, and the clouds are low and looming. It was a good day to sit and read... all curled up with the dog.
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