The long and winding road to fitness, day 133

I had a much-needed and well deserved day off work today.  I slept in…until 6 am, if you can believe that!  Then I just stayed in bed reading until closer to 7 am.  Finally got up and fed the cats, made toast and juice, took that upstairs and read Sunday’s newspaper while eating breakfast.  What a pleasure to be able to take my time getting ready for the day.

I did walk for 20 minutes.  I went to a little park in the neighborhood.  It’s hard to believe that I’ve lived here for ten years and have never stopped  at that park.  I’m definitely going to go back, with camera in hand.  There was a lady playing with two large dogs in a field, nice walking trails, playground equipment, tennis courts, picnic tables, shelter houses.  I had no idea that the park was so nice.  So that was a fun experience.

I also did some lower body strength training and range of motion exercises for my shoulder.  I was surprised that my shoulder wasn’t bothering me more today.  I did a lot of heavy lifting over the past couple of days at work…and the boxes are often too big for me to comfortably wrap my arms around (yes, that’s because I’m short…not much I can do about that).  But my shoulder didn’t feel any worse today than it does any other day.

I eventually went out to the gas station to spend way too much money on gas.  How is it that gas prices can jump over 25 cents in one day?  Oh, I don’t think you want me to get started on my answer to that question.  I also ran into CVS to pick up a couple of things that were on sale…

With coupons added to the sale prices and a $2 ECB, I ended up spending less than $1 for these items.  Don’t you love saving money on things you use anyhow?

I did finally bake the squash I bought a few weeks ago.

I also cleaned and baked the squash seeds…

Makes for a quick, easy, salt-free treat.  Have you ever roasted pumpkin or squash seeds?  What seasonings do you use?  I used a little olive oil and garlic powder for these.  I also like Cajun seasoning.  Okay, now I’m off to eat some squash for my dinner.  Hey, how about that…that’s a vegetable…or is it a fruit?  Well, no matter, at least it’s healthier than fast food, right?

The long and winding road to fitness, day 131

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Whew…thank goodness this day is over.  I only worked twelve hours today…still didn’t get everything done that I wanted to get done.  But someone once said that tomorrow’s another day and I guess they were right.  Another early, 5 am, day.  But I have Tuesday off work, so that’s going to keep me going tomorrow.

I did do strength training and range of motion exercises this morning and walked for 35 minutes.  But I’m feeling the pain tonight.  I did a lot of lifting at work today and my poor shoulder is telling me about it.

My eating wasn’t filled with the highest quality nutrition, but I did come in under my goal as far as calories are concerned, so that’s something.

My eyes are just about to close and who knows what kind of writing that might lead to.  So I’m going to wish everyone sweet dreams and I’ll talk to you in the near future.

The long and winding road to fitness, day 126

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Today was a pretty good day.  I had a lot of work to keep me busy (now that’s funny, when don’t I have a lot of work to keep my busy?) and was able to accomplish a few things on my list…you know, that list that just keeps growing and growing.  As soon as I cross one task off, I end up adding three more.  But we’ll get there, yes we will…

I ended the day with five servings of fruits and veggies, so at least I hit my minimum goal for the day.  I also did core exercises and walked for 20 minutes before work…and then, at work, oh my…up and down that ladder a million times…okay, maybe not quite a million, but quite a few trips up and down the ladder.  It’s kind of sad really, that I’m so short I have to climb at least two steps on the ladder to do things that most people can do from the floor.  It’s not fair, I tell ya!  But really, who told me life would be fair, certainly not my mom.  How about yours?  Did your mom kind of sugarcoat everything or was she more of a realist?

The long and winding road to fitness, day 117

Oh my goodness, was I ever glad to get out of that mad house this evening…crazy place!  It felt so good to walk through my front door and be greeted by that  silly little Spooky girl…

Now, before you go nuts thinking I left that poor sweet little kitty wearing a dress all day while I was at work, this picture was taken a while back.  No clothes on the cat today (that I know about…who knows what she gets up to while I’m gone).

Eating today?  Ooh…not so good…did a lot of eating in response to stress today…did I mention how stressful this day was?  I know eating isn’t the best way to handle that stress, but it’s what I did today.   I ended up with only 2 fruits and veggies for the day.   Tomorrow will be better…

I did do core exercises and range of motion exercises this morning before I left the house.  And I did walk for 20 minutes..so at least there was some exercise involved.

Right now a long soak in a hot tub sounds like just about the best thing in the world…and I’m going to be doing that in just a few minutes.  And then…ahh…sleep…I hope.  I woke up last night at 2 am and was awake for about an hour.  I don’t like it when that happens.  It makes it even more difficult to get up when that alarm starts blaring.  I hate my alarm…but I don’t hit the snooze button, isn’t that weird?  When that alarm goes off, I pull myself out of that cozy bed regardless of how much or how little sleep I managed to get.

How about you?  Are a snooze button pusher?

 

The long and winding road to fitness, day 116

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At least I woke up on time today.  Checked that alarm several times before I went to sleep.  It was another one of those days when I felt like I didn’t really get a lot done, but I guess I did.  Of course, there’s always so much to do at work that I never feel like I’m ahead. (And believe me, I’m not)

I had a nice little visit with a couple of long-time friends (how’s that, Margaret?  I didn’t say old friends.) today.  That’s one of the perks of my job, people can come in and chat with me while I work.  My best friend from grade school, junior high and high school(Cindy) was in the store today.  Oh my, did we ever get up to some mischief when we were kids.  She asked me if I remembered backing into the light pole at her parents’ house when we were in high school.  Well…no, I’d managed to forget that…until you reminded me, thank you very much!!  I didn’t realize that she was now living in the house where she grew up (man, do we have some fun memories associated with that house).  All of our parents are now gone, it just doesn’t seem like we’re that old.  But we are…and life goes on…we make the best of it and try to create new traditions while honoring the old ones.  She wanted to know what I was doing for Christmas…how sweet is that?  I’m truly blessed with good friends in my life.  Now back to the healthy living aspect of the blog (although I tend to think that having strong, loving relationships is also part of living a healthy life).

I did do strength training and stretches before work, walked for 25 minutes and then whatever I did at work.  I need to get back on that exercise bike sometime soon.  Seems like I’m always so tired and can’t manage to get enough sleep.  Bad habits…

I was thinking about what I can do to kind of kick-start my whole fitness, healthy living thing with the understanding that I’m going to be too busy for the rest of the year (working in retail does that to you) to make any commitments that are going to require a lot of time.  So my thought was to simply aim for at least five fruits and veggies every day and some form of exercise every day.  I think that’s do-able and won’t really involve any more time than I’m already putting into it.  Then, after the first of the year, when things calm down a little, I can focus more on other aspects of a healthy lifestyle.

So, obviously I managed to get the exercise in.  The five servings of fruits and veggies?  Hmm…not quite there yet.  I may drink a quick glass of V8 yet this evening to get me to five for the day.  No, not “I may”…uhuh…I’m going to do it.  Don’t want to miss my goal on my first day.  I’ve got a big Honey Crisp apple that I think I’ll take to work tomorrow.  I think an apple that size would count for at least two servings of fruit.  So have that with a little peanut butter for a morning snack and I’ll be well on my way to five!

Do you eat at least five servings of fruit and veggies every day?  Which do you like more, fruit or vegetables?

The long and winding road to fitness, day 115

Sometimes I’m such a dork.  I woke up this morning at 3:35, looked at the clock and thought oh good, I still have another hour to sleep.  I don’t know what I was thinking when I set the alarm last night.  I had to be at work at 5 am.  I don’t know about most of you girls (most guys can just skip this), but I can’t get ready and be out the door in 15 minutes.  By the time all of those thoughts swirled through my mind a few times, I realized I needed to jump out of bed and start getting ready.  I made it to work on time, but imagine what could have happened had I not woke up at 3:35.  Well, you don’t have to imagine much, I just would have been late, that’s all.  And I really hate to be late.  I’m one of those folks who manage to be early for just about everything, not obsessively early, just a few minutes early.

I didn’t eat breakfast before I left for work, but I did do some strength training and stretching.  How about that?  Then I did around 25 minutes of walking later, plus all of the walking and lifting I did all day at work.  I have to admit, I am exhausted tonight.  This is going to be one of those nights when I really do make it to bed early.  I’m struggling to keep my eyes open right now, not especially good when you’re trying to write.

I ate my lunch in my car just to get away from everyone for a few minutes.  I had a couple of slices of that cute little loaf of multigrain bread I bought yesterday with some peanut butter and honey on it.  I also had a few PopChips and a V8.  At least I didn’t go out for a fast food meal (or fat food meal,as I originally wrote…I told you I was sleepy, although that’s a pretty apt description, isn’t it?).

Dinner tonight was a couple of bread sticks and a glass of oj (since I skipped my oj this morning). I know, I know, this is not healthy eating.  I could have, should have heated up a bowl of minestrone, but I just didn’t feel like it.  Tomorrow though, for sure.

So have you ever been late for work (or showed up on a day you weren’t scheduled) because you totally spaced what time you needed to get up to make it on time?

How do you like Jean Ann’s rooster in a pumpkin?  Nothing says fall like roosters sitting inside pumpkins, huh?

The long and winding road to fitness, day 114

A day off work, how pleasant.  I slept in until, oh I don’t know, a few minutes after 6.  Got up, fed the cats, made breakfast for myself, then got online for a bit.  Am I the only person who can’t keep up on her emails?  Where do they all come from?  Of course, I delete the ones telling me that I’ve been selected to help the person in Nigeria with their inheritance, or the ones that offer me too good to be true money-making opportunities, or the credit card offers, etc, etc…But I still end up with an awful lot of emails to try to go through every day.  Oh well…stop complaining, right?

I did some shopping this morning, went to CVS, Goodwill, and Wal Mart.  What fun!  I did find the cutest little long sleeve t-shirt at Goodwill (along with a lot of books).  The shirt is perfect for fall since it has little fall leaves all over it.  Wal Mart was Wal Mart…you know how that goes.  I did find a cute little loaf of multigrain bread in their bakery…

The package says it’s the perfect size for two people.  Well, it’s just me here, but I’m sure it’ll last a few days.

This was tonight’s dinner, two slices of that yummy bread with some pumpkin butter.  Do you find yourself wanting pumpkin everything at this time of the year?

I found this pumpkin pie spice creamer at Wal Mart too.  I’ve got tea in the fridge.  All I need to do in the morning is add some creamer to it and I’ve got myself a tasty pumpkin pie spice chai latte to take to work.  Mine will be just as good as the one you can get at Starbucks, but it’ll be a lot less expensive.

I walked for 30 minutes today, did strength training, range of motion exercises and stretches.  Not bad.  I also cleaned my patio garden up.  That was a chore, but now it looks like it’s ready for winter…and you know that’ll be here one of these old days.

Oh, speaking of old…when I was at Goodwill today, there was a new guy training on register.  When I went to check out, he informed me that today was the day for the senior citizen’s discount.  Unfortunately, I wasn’t quite old enough to qualify for that.  The girl who was training him apologized and said they had to tell everyone about that.  And she said she hoped I wasn’t offended.  Heck no, I wasn’t offended, I just wish I qualified for that darn discount!!  But it did explain why there were so many old folks there today.

If you’ve ever been asked about whether or not you’d like your senior citizen’s discount, did it bother you?

The long and winding road to fitness,day 113

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Oh my word, I am so tired…but I just can’t go to sleep right now.  I am watching Dancing With The Stars, of course.  Yes, I admit, I’m addicted to this show.  Some of the guys at work were talking about watching Monday night football, one of them asked if I watched it.  I looked at him like he was crazy (and I do like football, don’t get me wrong) and told him I watched DWTS.  I don’t think he had a clue what I was talking about.

It was a long, crazy, hectic day at work.  I don’t know why I plan what I’ll be doing over the course of the day.  It never works out that way.  This happens, something else goes wrong, etc, etc…But I have the day off tomorrow so I’m done worrying about work, at least until Thursday.

I had a decent day of exercise.  I did core exercises, range of motion exercises for that sorry old shoulder, and walked for half an hour.  And got in a lot of walking and ladder climbing  and heavy lifting at work today.  I told you I had a fun day!!

My eating was okay.  I ended up not eating my minestrone for dinner tonight.  I don’t know why, it just didn’t sound all that good tonight.  I did drink a glass of oj this evening though.  So a bit of nutrients there.

As I was finishing my daily writing earlier this evening, I realized that tomorrow will put me over 100,000 words…granted not all of them are publishable, but 100,000 words…not too shabby!

Are you sometimes surprised by the accomplishments that seem to sneak up on you?

The long and winding road to fitness, day 109

National Lampoon's Class Reunion

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Ahh…the work day is done, the weekend has begun!!  As you probably guessed, I have the weekend off and I’m pretty excited about it!  Don’t really have a lot of plans, but I don’t intend to go in to work and that’s good enough for me!

I worked all day today, but didn’t feel all that good.  At one point during the day, I thought about just going home, but I stuck it out and managed to get quite a bit of necessary work done.  I had a lot of really nice customers in the store today, cute  happy babies, people trying on little Halloween accessories and taking their pictures (who would have thought, 20 years ago, that you’d be able to take pictures with a phone?  Technology is an awesome thing), people just generally feeling good and being cheerful…that’s what I like, makes my day much better~~

I had Cheerios and a banana for breakfast again today.  (Have you noticed that I kind of get stuck eating the same thing for several days in a row?) Lunch was a Lean Cuisine that I won’t be buying again…some kind of chicken, veggies and noodles in peanut sauce…not very good…ended up throwing most of it away.  I drank my V8 fusion with my lunch, so got a serving of veggies and one of fruit there.   I did eat this cute Little Debbie pumpkin snack thing…not bad.  I also had yogurt with cherries and granola for a snack this afternoon, that was pretty darn good!!  Dinner was some bread sticks (that I made) and some lite Ranch dressing…not bad, probably should have had some soup with the breadsticks…think that’s what I’ll be cooking this weekend…maybe minestrone, with kale?!  Hmm…farmers market, here I come.

Exercise was strength training and range of motion exercises and some stretching.  Walked for only 20 minutes, I still was feeling the effects from yesterday’s truck.  I think I’ll do some walking tomorrow and maybe get some good pictures.  I noticed how pretty the leaves were tonight when I was coming home from work.  I just love fall.  And right now we don’t have to have the heat or air conditioning on…pleasant…and frugal!!

I saw an old school friend in the store today…that’s one of the things that’s pretty cool about my job…I manage to see people who I may not have seen for a long time, get to chat a bit and catch up on what’s happening in their lives.  I really should go to my next class reunion.  Can you believe I’ve never gone to one?  What’s up with that?  I just never really had the desire to go, but now I’m thinking I wouldn’t mind it…we’ll see…

What about you?  Have you attended a class reunion?  How was it?

The long and winding road to fitness, day 108

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Whew!!  This was a day that could drive anyone to drink…fortunately for me, I only drank diet Pepsi and water…I say fortunately because I was at work and they tend to frown on you drinking anything, oh let’s say, alcoholic, while on the clock.  So at least I got that right.

We had an early morning truck, early as in 5 am…lovely~  I must admit, the weather was great for working outside.  We didn’t even need jackets at that hour of the morning (night).  This was a huge truck, took a long time to get it unloaded and staged.  I had to work upstairs for a while organizing some of the seasonal merchandise that came in….lots of lifting and running around all day today. 

I’ll be honest here, other than some stretching and range of motion stuff for my poor sore shoulder, working the truck was all the exercise I did today.  And I don’t even feel guilty about it.  I’m so tired and sore right not that I don’t even want to think about much of anything to do with exercise (at least until tomorrow).  I know this kind of work isn’t really aerobic, but it is a form of strength training, I do believe…don’t agree with me?  Well, come on down this coming Monday and help us work another big truck at 5:30 in the morning.  We’ll be waiting for you, just ring the bell and someone will let you in.  Then we’ll see what you have to say about it once we’re done.

My eating was a little odd today.  I did eat a bowl of Cheerios with a banana and skim milk before I left for work.  Once we finished unloading and staging the truck, I ate  some little lite frozen pizza bites (they weren’t really that good, not likely I’ll be buying those again any time soon).  Lunch was a chicken breast, cole slaw and a biscuit.  I had a small glass of oj this afternoon and that’s it.  I told you it was odd.  As far as calories are concerned, it was okay, but not really the best day nutritionally.  Oh well, tomorrow’s another day.

My step sister stopped in at the store today to give me some pictures of my mom and her dad from when they went to Hawaii…1985…unbelievable how young they looked.  It was so nice to spend a little time catching up with Kathy.  One of these days I won’t be working all the time and we’ll get together and do something fun and exciting!

So did you have a more exciting day than I had?