Sunday, January 23, 2011
And because if my friends jumped off a bridge... Christurtle did this one, and now I'm doing it.
Feel free to copy and add your own answers...
Survey about me.
1. What time did you get up this morning?
5:44 am. I slept in.
2. How do you like your steak?
3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema?
The Time Travelers Wife. I don't get out much.
4. What is your favorite TV show?
NCIS LA. What can I say? Eye candy? Plus I LOVE the Heddy character. I want to be like here when I grow up.
5. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?
6. What did you have for breakfast?
Haven't had it yet, but it will be steel cut oats simmered in skim milk, with whatever flavoring strikes my fancy and a banana this morning.
7. What is your favorite cuisine?
Italian? Today, anyway. This changes regularly. I like variety.
8. What foods do you dislike?
Lima beans and asparagus.
9. Favorite Place to Eat?
10. Favorite dressing?
I dislike salad dressings, as a rule, so will go with a little crumbled Feta cheese, some olives and dry spices: black pepper and oregano leaves.
11.What kind of vehicle do you drive?
1998 Mercury Mystique. My son considers it boring. I was going to replace it this year, but the furnace trumped that plan.
12. What are your favorite clothes?
Jeans and tee's.
13. Where would you visit if you had the chance?
Australia and New Zealand.
14. Cup 1/2 empty or 1/2 full?
Definitely a half full kind of gal, here.
15. Where would you want to retire?
In my own bedroom, at night. Seriously, I expect to work for a long time, and when I get closer to that decision, I still think I'll hang around here, unless my son moves and wants me closer.
16. Favorite time of day?
Morning, either seeing the stars before sunrise, or watching the sun rise.
17. Where were you born?
Small town Nebraska, USA
18. What is your favorite sport to watch?
19. How many siblings?
Four - three sisters and a brother.
20. Favorite pastime/hobby?
Reading. Sparking. Some TV.
21. Bird watcher?
On the side, but not proactively.
22. Are you a morning person or a night person?
Morning! See the chipper grin?
23. Do you have any pets?
Geriatric dog (German Shorthair who turned 15 last Monday).
24. Any new and exciting news you'd like to share?
25. What did you want to be when you were little?
My siblings tell me I wanted to be a horse, but I don't believe them. I remember wanting to be the next Joan of Arc, Marie Curie or Elizabeth I of England. I read biographies at a young age and at that time had little clue that I wouldn't be at the top of the world class female thinkers and doers. No wonder I struggle with not being "good enough"!
26. What is your best childhood memory?
In the darkroom with Dad. He was a photographer... the smell of the chemicals, his voice calm in the dark counting seconds in the process... knowing he was there even if I couldn't see or touch him.
27. Are you a cat or dog person?
More dog than cat, but I like kitties, too.
28. Are you married?
29. Always wear your seat belt?
30. Been in a car accident?
Two, both minor, and both over 30 years ago.
31. Any pet peeves?
Intolerance, those who judge by appearance, rudeness....
32. Favorite Pizza Toppings?
Mushrooms and peppers!
33. Favorite Flower?
34. Favorite ice cream?
Coffee with dark chocolate chips
35. Favorite fast food restaurant?
36. How many times did you fail your driver's test?
37. From whom did you get your last email?
Sparkpeople automated e-mail. Oh, from a real person? One of my sisters.
38. Which store would you choose to max out your credit card?
In my dreams? Best Buy. In reality: car dealer or kitchen appliance place.
39. Do anything spontaneous lately?
All our free time last weekend was spontaneous: trip to the outlet malls and the swim in that gorgeous pool, mainly.
40. Like your job?
The secret to true happiness lies not in doing what you like, but in liking what you do. As an inveterate people pleaser, I, too, have liked all jobs that I've held. But my current carrer, in that it lets me play with technology and please people at the same time? Priceless.
42. What was your favorite vacation?
I don't take "real" vacations, more like day trips from a business destination. I'd have to say the tour of Mt. St. Helens ranks right up there. As does the jet boat ride up the Snake River through Hell's Canyon... both in the Pacific Northwest of the USA.
43. Last person you went out to dinner with?
My son and daughter in law.
44. What are you listening to right now?
The dog, grooming herself on her cushion behind me.
45. What is your favorite color?
46. How many tattoos do you have?
47. How many people will fill this out?
48. What time did you finish this quiz?
49. Coffee Drinker?
Oh, yeah. More so since giving up soda. I mix caffeine-bearing and decaf so I won't overdo, or at least I like to tell myself that.
Saturday, January 22, 2011
I'm glad to say the snow has started falling. I think one of my least favorite times is waiting for the forecast storm(s) to arrive... not knowing if they really will. You see, since I shovel by hand, I try to adapt my formal exercise to allow energy for that particular form of activity... and it's hard to tell ahead of time just how much I'll need. It's a relief when it starts falling, because then I know that part of my exercise is all planned for me!
Friday, January 21, 2011
My pre-training for the half marathon called for 3 miles last Saturday and 5 miles last Sunday. Since I wasn't in a position to measure, I simply adapted to where I was and what was available. I certainly got enough steps in to add up to those miles, but it wasn't in a consciously continuous session. On Sunday I cross-trained with half an hour in that heated swimming pool, doing laps. Loved every minute.
Tuesday got back up on the treadmill for the scheduled 3 miles, still trying to exercise off the stress of the trip. Monday was supposed to be an "off" day, but had been an over 20,000 step day even without formal exercise (airport pacing... up and down the concourses while your flight is delayed may not be "formal" but it does add up). Aside: Did you know NOBODY in the Orlando in the gate area sells chewing gum? Lots of mints, candy, etc., but try to find a pack of Trident and you are out of luck!
Knowing there was snow on the way I declared Wednesday a rest day. I shoveled that off before work Thursday, and then last night did the scheduled 4 miles on the treadmill. Now I'm ready to get back into the rotation, keeping in mind to allow for the snow shoveling cross training sessions.
In short... I'm back and readjusting. Here's to adaptive cross-training!
Thursday, January 20, 2011
Remember how excited I was to get my new techno-tool, the BodyMedia Activewear Fit arm band? Well, folks, I am allergic to base metals. Costume jewelry doesn't have to have much in it to make me break out. Turns out the sensors on this little gadget, while fairly high grade, still caused my arm to break out by Friday. I started wearing it Wednesday, wore it for the bulk of the day. I took it off for the travel, as it says NOT to wear it on airplanes where it behaves like one of your "electronic devices" that they want you to turn off, just by being on your arm.
Halfway through leg one, I became conscious of my arm itching. When I undressed later, I saw the beginnings of a rash. I have not put the gadget back on. I'm dosing my rash with cortisone cream, and it is clearing, bit by bit. But for those of you considering this, the instruction book DOES say if you have known metal allergies to consult with your doctor. Too bad I bought it before I read the instruction book. Sigh.
Anyway, I'll probably be looking to sell it used. I'm sure there is SOMEBODY in the world who does not break out, or they wouldn't have a market! In any case, I've been doing fine with my little pedometer and Spark, and I'm sure that's enough... just the geek in me is a little bummed out.
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
The military uses this term to describe the time period when a deployed service member returns and takes up life "at home".
Extending WalkingAnnie's concept of "home weight", is not the transition to maintenance, once we've figured out what our "home" weight is, a little like bit like this? Some readjustments are easier than others. A shorter trip might require only modest adjustments. A year-long deployment? Maybe more.
How long did it take you to get to "home weight?" Was it over a year? Several months? How different was your life before you started this change to a healthier lifestyle? It is a matter of learning what works in the changed world "at home". The journey has changed you. It has also changed those around you. It may have changed your home environment, too.
Some self-checking may be in order: Have I become hyper vigilant around food? Do I surround myself with the dietary/exercise equivalent of loaded weapons? Do I get really stressed out away from a scale? Have I tipped over into the OTHER side of unhealthy, under eating, over exercising and fear of food?
As with the skills of a person who was deployed, the skills of a "dieter" may have been extreme, but they also may have saved his/her life, allowing him/her to drop the excess pounds and maybe some disease symptoms in the process. "At home", finding a comfortable balance and level of vigilance is what our own version of "reintegration" is all about.
Here's to balance and re-integration, here at "home"!
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