Archive | February 2011

3 more weeks

Are you wondering what’s going on…what’s so special in 3 weeks? Well let me tell you because I am really excited about it. I am like a kid at Christmas-time and yes I am crossing days off my calender.

My 25 year old son is hopping on the Greyhound bus in NH on March 17th (day after my birthday), and should arrive in Flagstaff,AZ on March 20th. He will be moving up to the Grand Canyon. His new job won’t actually start until April 4th. He is getting here early so he will have time for hiking and just learning the ropes around the park.
Seems like I remember he used to like running (before he broke his ankle), so maybe he will get me in the habit of running, or just going to the gym.

Ok, so I have today & tomorrow off from work. I need to do laundry and organize my closet.  I’m sure I still have plenty of stuff in boxes that I can throw out in the trash…stuff I have not seen (used or needed) for a year. He has already sent me boxes of his stuff in the mail; so he won’t have to carry everything around the greyhound bus stations….which is why I need to get offline now and  re-organize my closet.

Well this morning I had a “naked juice-mighty mango” flavor that I had brought home from work yesterday. Well I won’t be getting them very often anymore. Even though it tastes good. I checked on the weight-watchers site and it seems that 1 whole bottle of juice is 8 points. That’s more points then what I normally have for a breakfast.


How do you fit it all in?

I know we all have the same 24 hours in a day; but sometimes I still don’t finish everything I am supposed to..or want to.

I got up early today and was checking online for info that a co-worker wanted on the American disability act seeing as my co-worker doesn’t own a computer, then I was checking emails & facebook for messeges from my son…and of course that always takes longer then I anticipated, then I check a list of blogs I like to read and a couple forum sites I signed up for.

 As I type this, I’m sitting here with coffee & an apple smeared with peanut butter. I have to go jump in the shower soon so I can leave for work in an hour. By the time I get out of work, my feet and/or my back will probably hurt. But hopefully I remember to grab something from the salad bar to bring back home. (I left work yesterday without it).

I should really do laundry tonight but who knows if I will think of it then. I think I need a “to-do” list for just my normal everyday activities…and make sure to save all the stuff done on the computer for last. Activities like yoga, laundry, take out trash, shower, & eat has to be done first before I even turn the computer on. Course most of my yoga is from an online site or with DVD’s which means I have to turn laptop on in order to watch the DVD.

(will have to figure out WW-points for the peanut butter later…and I usually just guess at the amount of beans in my salad, when I am figuring out the points

Officially joined WW online

The weight watchers group that meets here every Tuesday was going to cost another $160 for 10 weeks. The new sign up date was around the 15th of this mon th but things come up in my daily schedule and I have not really gone to a meeting in a few weeks.

So today I officially signed up for the WW online program…for only $53 for 3 months. Thats less then half the price for 2 extra weeks…$107 less to be exact.
I had already signed up for the WW website and checked around at their groups and different member pages before today.

I decided to join the online program, because I still need to be accountable somehow, somewhere. The time since I left my local meeting up to today, has not been the best…I sorta stopped logging my food and not even checking points; which is why I gained almost 2 pounds. So I am jumping back on this WW wagon.

Now that I officially joined the online program; I have the option of tracking my food there and keeping track of my points. There is also an electric food scale that I could order from the site for $40 but think I will wait on that.

The Good Health Guidelines
1. Eat at least five servings of vegetables and fruits each day, (nine servings if you weigh over 350 pounds.)
2. Choose whole-grain foods, such as brown rice and oats, whenever possible.
3. Include two servings of milk products – low fat (1%) or fat-free – each day. If you’re a nursing mom, teenager, over 50 years old, or weigh more than 250 pounds, you should have three servings of milk products each day.
4. Have 2 teaspoons of healthy oils (olive oil, canola, sunflower, safflower or flaxseed) each day.
5. Ensure that you are getting enough protein by choosing at least a serving or two of lean meats, skinless poultry, fish, beans, soy products, and lentils.
6. Limit added sugar and alcohol.
7. Drink at least 6 8-ounce glasses of liquid a day. Water is the best choice.
8. Take a multiple vitamin-mineral supplement each day.

(a problem with those reccomendations is that I don’t have milk products every day…sometimes a week will go by without a milk product)

Put 1 foot in front of the other

Yes, even in February parts of a tune from a christmas show is going through my head, and its not the first time.

There are times, that I have to be dragged out the door kicking & screaming, in order for someone to get my butt outside to go walk anywhere (addiction to my laptop causes this). But once I am outside then I am loving the fresh air & loving the ability to watch whatever wildlife is around. In fact I am loving it so much that I am usually the last person to suggest going back inside.

Now if it’s snowing, raining or in the middle of the night then I probably won’t go outside which is why walking DVD’s were invented.

The problem I have with most walking programs…(walking for fitness) is that they suggest >>>>
Intensity: Walk at a brisk—not leisurely—pace.
Sorry, but I live at the Grand canyon….if I am outside I want to slow down enough to enjoy the view!!!!
If I ain’t allowed to enjoy the view then I might as well have stayed inside.

I also get very winded real easy (always have)…and it don’t take long to get me huffing & puffing to the point where I stop to catch my breath. Now for most people walking is something you learn to do at a very young age while wearing diapers. We continue to do it everyday in our daily life.

I was reading some articles today about walking & hiking…and well it wasn’t about sitting on a couch, laying in a bed, splashing around in water. They were about: moving 1 foot in front of the other. Sounds like walking to me. Walking and/or hiking– what’s the difference???

~*~discovered that “hiking…is just walking”.
The term “hiking” implies an activity that occurs in the midst of nature, specifically on a trail, in a creek bed, on a mountain, or through the woods. Because of the terrain, hiking is almost always more physically challenging than walking, and burns more calories.
In addition to all of the physical benefits it offers, hiking can also be a profound spiritual experience. Hiking gives us the chance to reconnect with the natural world, and ourselves, during a much-needed break from the daily grind. Hiking supplies the space to ponder, contemplate, and dream while awake. For all of these reasons, everyone should try hiking at least once. So, I mean it in the nicest way possible, when I say, “Go take a hike!”
(someone’s video of a Grand Canyon hike)

Variety is the spice of life

I bought these items the other day when I went to Wal-Mart in Prescott,AZ. There will probably be other spices/herbs that I forgot to get and will need to buy later. I hardly ever get everything I need in 1 shopping trip. But this is a good start.

Now I don’t have a kitchen but do own a microwave, crockpot, rice cooker, blender and a mini-George Forman Grill. I also need to replace my juicer.  Anyways I like adding a little spice to things, otherwise food can get boring & bland tasting.  Living without a kitchen is also one way to put your wallet on a diet because without a kitchen…rent is cheaper. Why pay a couple hundred dollars more just to have a room with a stove/oven in it? And why do people think I must starve just because I don’t have a kitchen…I don’t know?

The reason I got the book: “The G Free Diet”  is that I suspect that my love for pizza, bread & way to many crackers might be the cause for my rash & the gassy, bloating feeling and some other minor complaints. Course Brenda thinks that is all silly nonsense and that there must be another reason for it all.  I agree that giving up pizza & crackers might not be easy at first, but since when is anythin g easy when you first try it? Will giving up certain foods be any harder then dealing with my rash all over my arms, or whatever stomache problems I have had….I doubt it.

There is actually 3 different conditions that make it necessary to give up wheat/gluten.

Celiac Disease:

Gluten Intolerance:

Wheat Allergy:

And do you think any doctor at the clinic here would test for any of them….oh hell no! Doctors think of prescribing meds to stop itching and thats about it. And now the clinic charges $25-$50 just to walk in and see the doc. So to hell with the clinic here.

My healthy-fitness shopping

Can you tell that I love the show “The Biggest Loser”? I got 4 Jillian Michaels DVD’s & 1 of Bob Harper’s books.  I am like a kid in a candy store, when I go into Barnes & Noble, there were HUNDREDS of books & magazines that I wanted.   At WalMart I bought 5-pound weights in my favorite color…PURPLE and got a new outfit to workout in. Course most of my clothes shopping was at a new shop that just opened last June.

Well after I was done shopping, I noticed that there was a Dairy Queen in the mall so I bought a strawberry shake to take outside while I wait for my ride and the rest of my group.

Herd of Turtles

This morning I woke up with the energy that a herd of turtles must have. I assume that wouldn’t be very much energy.

It’s almost 5:00am as I am typing this. Seeing as I fell asleep early yesterday, I have been awake for a few hours and think its about time I got up to make more  coffee. I don’t like the taste of any of the canned “energy” drinks that you can buy in stores, so I never get those.

What I probably need to do is get back in the habit of taking vitamins again. Now I know my brother would disagree with me about vitamins and in a way he is right. I just know that my eating habits are not that great this week. One of the cooks made a special pizza for me yesterday and I had 2 slices, so maybe the extra carbs made me tired.  I fell asleep last night eating grapes and when I woke up this morning, the grapes were still sitting next to me. I took a break from my WW tracking book this week and I really need to get back to it.  Maybe this morning I should have some instant oatmeal mixed with protein powder & peanut butter for breakfast, just to make sure I have energy at work today.

Yes I know, the so-called experts tell us not to eat in the bedroom. Well I live in a 1-room dorm-style building.  So eating & using my laptop has to all be done in my bedroom. Experts will tell us not to watch TV in bed, which I have no problem with as I don’t own a TV. But I am on my laptop until I go to bed though.

I have heard that simple stretching is good before bed or also in the morning…which I have been trying to do recently. Now I said stretches (like as in yoga) before bed. Save the dance workouts for the morning if you need help wake yourself up. Last Fall I bought a couple new “yoga for scoliosis” books and I really should start forcing myself to get into a routine every night.