Sunday, February 13, 2011

Yard Work

I have this one "bush" in the backyard that every year I tackle to try to make some sense of it.  I don't want to completely remove it, but I want to be able to walk under it without getting poked in the eye.  Well, I think I have accomplished that feat this year (so far)! 

It is supposed to be a bush, but by the time I moved in back in 2001, it had become a tree.  It's a good shady spot for the dogs during the day, but a bear to cut under since there are sticky vines all through it. Well, not anymore!   I only have hand tools for trimming so out came the pruning shears for the smaller branches and vines, the loppers for the bigger branches and the hand saw for the large branches.

After the branches were cut down, I ended up with 2 garbage cans full of branches and a big pile of branches by the roadside.  Then I had to figure out how to get the sticky vines out to the road without getting all cut up.  Well, I pulled out an old shower curtain and raked the vines and dead smaller limbs on it.  Then I started to drag it across the yard.  Well, I got halfway before everything was off the curtain. So...  out came the string and scissors!  I laid two long pieces of string on the shower curtain and raked everything back on to it.  Then I tied it all up and was able to drag it across the yard and to the road without losing anymore of the vines or limbs that were tied up in it.

That took three and a half hours to complete.  That should count for a good amount of calories burned today!! I hope the garbage men appreciate how I tried to make it a little easier to maneuver that pile.  

Saturday, February 12, 2011

A Restless Night

I started this earlier, but hit a wrong button and lost it all.  So... I am trying this again...

Last night I had my sleep study done.  I got there at 9:30 pm and was all hooked up with the goop in my hair and wires running in every direction by about 10:15, Luckily there was not a mirror in the room or I would have burst out laughing!!  My friend, whom I shall keep nameless, for her sake, had advised me that there would be a lot of goop in my hair and let me tell you... She was not kidding!!  She also said I would be out earlier than what was stated on the paperwork.  Once again... correctomundo!  I don't know what time they got me up, but I was home by 6:10 this morning!

By 7:00 a.m. I had showered to get the goop out of my hair, started the laundry, and was starting to put my dinner together to go into the crock pot.  My sister had given me a recipe for "Rotisserie" chicken a few years back and I decided that was what I wanted this weekend.  I guess I will fix broccoli and a sweet potato to go with it.  I may even try roasted cauliflower.  Sounds yummy to me!!  I need to explore more veggies outside of the realm of broccoli, green beans, corn, and potatoes.

I did weigh this morning and the results were that I lost 1/2 pound.  That may not be much, but at least it is a loss.  After reviewing my food journal, I know the biggest thing I need to cut out is the mindless eating of the M&Ms.  Even though I am measuring them out, I don't have to have them every afternoon at work.  I had bought a bag right after Christmas and have been measuring out the 1/4 cup serving daily for my afternoon snack at work.  Instead, when I go to the store tomorrow, I am going to buy some Extra Sugar Free gum.  I found that it also helps to curb that afternoon munchy time and at only 5 calories a piece, I can afford that!  (Dang, I sound like a commercial!)

I am tired from a restless night's sleep, but am fighting going to take a nap.  If I nap, I won't sleep tonight and will be extra cranky tomorrow.  I figure it is better for me to be tired now than to be cranky tomorrow.  So...

I did so-so with the recording of my food intake on the Lose It! site.  It seemed like I would get on there every other day to record my food intake.  However, when I did record it, I noticed that I was going over my daily recommended calories on all but one day.  That one day I did the Wii BL workout as well as walk the dogs and 2 other walks at work and it brought me in under me daily caloric intake.  So, as I already know, if I get up off my keister, I can lose this weight...

My goal for next week is to have lost 2 pounds and to have recorded more on the FREE Lose It! site.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Another week!

Well, I've done a bit better this week.  I took my sister's suggestion and bought a 6 pack box of the 100 calorie Oreos.  I am going to try this in place of the regular Oreos.  Right now, Oreos are what I am hooked on. 

I did weigh in and I lost an additional 2 pounds this week!!  I have been working out a little bit to the Biggest Loser workout on the Wii.  It's fun, but it also kicks your butt!  I am trying to make this more of a daily routine with Tuesdays and Fridays off.  Tuesday nights I usually have my grandson and Friday nights my friend and I get together. 

My sister told me about a weight loss site that is free to use.  It is  I am also going to try this site AFTER the Superbowl tonight... Go STEELERS!!!! 

Yesterday I went over to a friend's home and put together some Valentine's Day cards. I thought they turned out pretty cute.  Now all I have to do is get the message inside completed and send them off!  Woo Hoo!! Another New Year's Resolution complete.   Now...  What to get my niece for her birthday next month...  Any suggestions?  She'll be 11.  OMG!   A Tweenager!!  Yikes!!!

Not much else going on in my ho hum life.