Well here it is Friday. I guess everyone is getting geared up for Memorial Day weekend. We are going to grill out and my brother is coming down tomorrow so it should be a good day. I make hot dogs, burgers and potatoes on the grill. Oh those potatoes are something else! Slap some butter on them and yummy. I cut down today and yesterday and even though I wanted potatoes I decided to wait until tomorrow so I can enjoy them with everyone. Church on Sunday and Derek works on Monday I think so it will just be a normal day.
This morning again I cut it down by about a little on the time and stuff just to get myself straightened up. 42 minutes and 1.43 miles I believe. Not too shabby even for cutting down! My bp didn’t raise this morning and I felt a little woozy when we got back but the bp actually fell from the reading I took before I left. Maybe I need to get up earlier and take my meds earlier or something. I will get the key to this figured out. I am open to any suggestions too. Maybe the order of things is out-of-order or something.
This afternoon waiting for Jeffrey to get home I finally got the shake weight out. I had been wanting to get it out and do it in the evening as a supplement to work parts of me that the walk may not exactly hit on, like my arms and hopefully I can jiggle some more of my chin off. I have been doing chin exercises a few times a day, and my son told me today that made me look like “I was calling whales in.” Nice. As long as it takes that infernal chin off, I will call in every last cow or whatever if necessary. Anyway the shake weight is one of the funniest crafted things I think I have seen in a long time. But I tell you I can feel it working when I was shaking it. I did some research because the one I bought I bought at St Vincent’s and it had no video or anything else with it. I discovered that of course, there was a video that came with it. There were also other places that explained what do to with it. While I was doing this I hit on a link that asked if the shake weight actually worked? I read two different articles. One was a lady who was used to lifting weights stopped her normal routine and did the shake weight for a month. She lost a little flab on her arms and all but she had some problems exercising normally when it was over. She thought it wasn’t a good thing and recommended it for people who are not exercise savvy. Another one I read said that the shake weight does work those muscles when you use it and works them well. The whole idea I got out of both of those was this: for someone like me who is not exactly lifting 200 pounds in the gym twice a day, the shake weight will give me some decent results. Even if it don’t tone me up like a regular weight room, it has to be better than nothing.
Next Monday will start week 5 of my diet and week 4 of our exercise. I can’t say this is the longest I ever dieted because I remember back in high school I stuck with it one whole summer. Not sure what fell off there but oh well. I have never been able to stick with anything very long but this time I think I will be able too. Not just because of my weight and all and my need to lose it, but because of my health. I have to do this. One of my main motivations? I want to look as beautiful on the outside as I feel on the inside and they don’t match. The exercise comes into play here too. I have issues with my back and my foot but I am pressing on anyway with the idea that once I get some weight off maybe, possibly, HOPEFULLY some of that will stop. Everyone says it will. I plan on finding out. I bet one thing: when we go to our rescheduled Reds game in July I bet I won’t huff and puff into the ball park. And I figure i will have to have my Reds shirt altered because it will be TOO big. Almost too big before but now it will be. I can tell my arms are losing and my gut is too. I feel like I need to do some more to my gut in the afternoon but I am not going to rush it. It is coming along nicely. I know on low carb you are supposed to lose faster but I know everyone is different and if I can just lose period I am happy. Speaking of low carb I got an Atkins carb counter book and another book in the mail today. That will make eating a bit easier. I looked at it and it has restaurants in there too so hopefully that will help when we go out to eat. I am still struggling with side dishes but I think for me I need to have one day with potatoes as a side and limit myself the rest of the week. I need to keep it as low carb as possible and I am. I also had Annie pick up some sugar-free cookies today, the Murray brand. Of course she gave me that look over Murray and I had to explain to her that Murr did not own a cookie company. 🙂
So after the shake weight and that paragraph just went all over the place up there, when Jeffrey got home we mowed. I have been complaining about needing a mower because the side yard is all inclined and I do not want to tackle that on a push mower. Well we did the front yard today with the push mower. That got me an additional 53 minutes and 1.4 miles onto my count for today. I do have to say I am beat. It was all on the flat but one part is a bit inclined and I have to swing it up and down the edge of a bank a bit. . Jeffrey only did a few minutes but I did get a small break in there. I also discovered that I am now apparently allergic to grasses. A few years ago I figured out I was allergic to thistles because when I chopped one of those up with a weed eater it flung juice all up in my face and I broke out. I ran into one of those but it didn’t get one me. So now I am worn out and all sneezy too. But part of the jungle is gone! Yay! So I had my iPod going while I mowed, I have to say I Maroon 5’ved, lit my fire, Rob Thomased, and held on loosely all through the yard. I hope everyone understands those references. But it sure did help mowing!
I know some people may read this and think all this trouble I am going through is just that: trouble. I can’t look at it like that. I again try to see the positive in everything even in the darkest of times. We all have something to learn from our experiences, whether the experiences are good or bad. I have learned that I do need to take care of myself inside and out better than I ever had before. No one pays attention when they are younger. But I have been hearing a lot of people say lately that their mind and body and soul seem to line up at 40. I am almost there, so maybe it is just time it all came together for me. Hopefully that will be how it goes. My next part of life I am going to be rocking healthy and dadgum cute!
Ok, I have rambled enough. May or may not get another posted tomorrow. Have a good weekend!