Monthly Archives: July 2012

I Know, I Know…I’m Obsessed

I had been feeling a bit off track with Weight Watchers all week due to the stress and disorder of trying to get ready for our trip.  I got about what I would have expected when I weighed in on Saturday.  I gained 3/4 of a pound.  Not bad but it’s still a bit frustrating.  I know I have to be more mindful and make better choices.  I think part of my trouble this week is the fact that I haven’t been eating 3 meals a day.  Gotta get back on track with that.  I’m not really upset.  I’ll be weighing in early this week on Friday so we’ll see how we do.  I just hope I’m able to find a meeting when we get to New Mexico.  I can’t go for an entire month without a meeting.

I mentioned that there was a library book sale on Saturday.  Initially, I was not going to go.  I didn’t even mention it to Ralph or Ele.  I thought Ralph would say no…To my surprise he said…”Call Ele and we’ll go.”  So I did, and We did!

I felt that I restrained myself well.  I had a really full bag which I weeded out to mearly a sort of full bag.  Only six books, but then there was the one I had gotten at Goodwill just after leaving Weight Watchers.  That’s in my pile here:

I think they’re a nice selection, but now I have to open my already packed book bag for the trip and make some substitutions.  Either that or I’ll have to graduate to an “annex” bag.  I was most excited to find A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrich.  I recently read his Heading Out To Wonderful and I liked it.   Also glad to find the Ariana Franklin book.  It’s part of her Mistress of the Art of Death series.  I’ve read the first, have the second (packed away somewhere I think??) now I have the third.  Willa Cather’s Death Comes For The Archbishop is set in New Mexico, so that one needs to come on the trip with me.

I do feel good about keeping myself under control.  My usual routine is to pick up whatever I think might interest me, then when I’ve gone through all of the tables, I review the books and see what I’ll keep.  Many times I keep them all!!  This time I put back 4 books so that was pretty good.  I just have to keep myself from sneaking back down there today…they always have more books to put out and they fill in as books sell.  That would be a bad thing…right?! 😉

No actually the bad things are what I allowed myself to eat on Saturday.  Not a good food day, but everything was written in my tracker and Today is a New Day!!  I’ve got to keep myself on track.  And it’s not raining so as soon as I tie on the old sneakers…I will hit the pavement!  Thanks for all of your support with my walking!!

Happy Sunday!! 1-2-3-4–Here I go Out the Door!!


Of Lists and Measuring Tapes

I was disappointed Friday morning when I walked out the back door to take my walk and IT WAS RAINING!!!  I was not happy.  I even waited about 20 minutes, but it was still raining.  I couldn’t keep waiting…I was over the idea.  I’m a little disappointed in myself that I allowed the situation to keep me from walking. I could have waited a while, but I’d lost my enthusiasm.  So on to other projects.

I’ve been trying to go about preparation for this trip in an organized manner.  I have made lists so as not to forget anything.   Not that we’ll be in the jungle or the outback where we’ll be unable to get something that we might have forgotten, but I hate to buy something when I already Have something.  That’s just the way I am.

I’ll even be taking some food from here, jarred and package things.  We’ll be in our house and we’ll be cooking so again, why buy things when you have things.  Of course, we’ll be buying perishables and fruits and veggies, milk and yogurt once we get there, but pasta, tuna, cereal.  I have these things so I’ll be packing them up.

I had decided on one other project that I thought was necessary.  I’m trying to plan what we’ll take with us and what we’ll sell before moving, I had to try to get a handle on what we have that will fit into certain spaces at the house.

I’ve got my lists of what to take on the right.  On the left is a list of various pieces of furniture.  Today, I went around the house measuring things.  It’s a tedious job especially when things are hidden behind other things that are packed up.  I still have a few more to do in the bedroom.  I couldn’t do those because Ralph was still asleep and I was doing this when I would have been walking.  I’m going to complete my list this afternoon.  I’m really glad I got this accomplished, now I’ll have a better idea where I’ll be putting things.  We really are not taking a lot of furniture with us when we go, but I do have a few sentimental pieces that I would find it hard to sell or give away.

By the time you read this, I’ll already know how I did at my Weight Watchers weigh in.  I’m hoping for the best in spite of a little bit of stress eating.  We’ll all know soon.  Lots to do on Saturday to get ready!  We’ll see how far we get! Oh, Lordy…I just found out there’s a library book sale on Saturday!!  I may have to shoot myself!

Happy Saturday!!


Seven Days and Counting…Or Is It Eight?!

Yesterday, I talked about my train of thought and I think I am running on my very own track at the moment.  I think I will be until we get ourselves packed and on our way for the trip.  One week from today we pick up our rental car.  Our plan is to leave the next day.  With any luck we will.  Any of you who know Ralph will understand my lack of commitment in that statement.  I plan on doing my best to have us organized and ready. Really…I’m doing my best.  At the moment, my best involves not nagging.  Nagging doesn’t work with Ralph…it makes things worse.  Ok…I’m trying to lead by example…we’ll see how THAT works!

I need to start off by saying that I must be feeling the stress because last night I found myself snacking on things I didn’t need when I wasn’t even hungry.  The good thing is I realized I wasn’t really hungry and they were only Triscuits which are sort of good for me…Fiber…Yum…I stopped myself pretty quickly.  I do need to go back and figure the points.  Not a clue how my Weight Watchers weigh in will turn out this week.  I’ve been in control and tracking my food, but…stress can do this to me.

I lamented yesterday that I thought I was walking 2 miles but my pedometer said less.  My friend Cathy who is a runner told me that I should trust the fact that I’d tracked it with my car first.  She said that pedometers are meant to track steps and aren’t great to track distance.  She’s an expert so I’m back to 2 miles!!  I felt much better after she said that! 🙂

I actually have been working on my packing.  Yesterday, my book bag graduated from a tote bag to a small rolling suitcase.  I thought the suitcase could serve two purposes.  Books and some breakable household things I wanted to take along.  They fit nice and snuggly in there and will be safe.  Also gave me more room for books, and reduced one bag.  I realize I’m taking more books than I need, but I’ve been reading A LOT and since I’ve also stopped reading some I didn’t like, I needed back ups.  Now I just need to decide what I’ll do with the ones I find on the trip.  Oh, yeah, the household things are staying there… I’m good… 😉 I’m really thinking I need that Nook!

I also started packing my actual suitcase.  Well, I guess I can loosely use the word “pack.” The suitcase is in the laundry room in the basement.  I’m sorting through clothes (because so often my clothes end up clean and stacked down there…I’m a slug…I know…) They’re not really in there as packed yet, but I’m sorting so that I know what I want to take.  I’ll pack them neatly when I get the suitcase upstairs.  That may not make any sense to anyone else, but it’s working for me!

I need to start working on some ideas for snacks and meals for the road.  We’re trying to do this trip on a budget, cutting corners where we can so I need to think of some things to take to eat.  I’m leaning toward peanut butter and jelly sandwiches which we can make at our rest stops.  I also used hummus when I drove to Florida with Gail in January.  That would work for me, but not for Ralph.  We’ll see what I come up with.  I have some good ideas for snacks too.  I’ve got to get some things at the grocery store.  We’ll see how this all works.  Of course I can’t forget the Twizzlers…always the Twizzlers…they’re our traditional road trip snack.  Dollar Tree…here I come!

Lots more to do today.  I have a plan and I have LISTS!!  But for now it’s almost time to hit the pavement for my walk.  It sounds like it’s raining, but when I look out I don’t see anything.  I hope the weather holds…I’d hate to miss my walk…

Happy Friday!!



Get Off The Tracks~My Train of Thought Is Heading Your Way!

Maybe it’s the heat.  I shouldn’t be able to blame the heat because I haven’t been out in it that much.  I’m lucky that our air conditioning is functioning well and keeping us comfortable.

Even though I’m out walking in the moring, I’ve been doing it early which gets me out before the real heat comes.  I’m sticking with it. I have to make a confession and in truth this was an honest mistake.  Quite a few years ago, I had marked out a route for walking.  It’s great…starts out level, then goes through several uphill areas…good for cardio.  I did the route with my car to track the distance.  I was certain it was 2 miles. Maybe the odometer on that car wasn’t working properly.  I’ve been saying proudly 2 miles!  I just realized yesterday that my pedometer can also tell me the miles I walk.  According to my pedometer, when I got home yesterday I had walked 1.26 miles. 😦  That is Not 2 miles.  I don’t usually look at the pedo while I’m walking…guess I’ll have to today to see if I can pump that up.  Hey, but I’m walking right!

I got an important “pack for the trip” project completed yesterday.  I had a set of dishes stored at Ele’s house that I want to take for the house in New Mexico.  I got it all packed up and in a duffle bag.  It’ll travel safely in the car that way.  Just have to prepare for the question from Ralph…”WHAT have you got in there?!?!”  I know it’s coming.

Here’s where my train of thought goes off track.  I’m reading a book called Art in America by Ron McLarty.

Art in America: A Novel

It has lots of quirky characters and the story is moving along quickly.  I like that.  I read McLarty’s The Memory of Running a few years ago and I liked that very much.  But for those of you who don’t know him, Ron McLarty is a character actor of some reknown.  If you saw him you’d probably say…”Oh, yeah…That guy!”  It started me thinking about something that I loved in which he participated, now over 20 years ago.  “Cop Rock.” 

This was a series by Steven Boccho who created Hill Street Blues, L. A. Law, and later NYPD Blue and my personal favorite, Murder One.  But back then when I heard that Cop Rock was coming on I remember saying to myself…it’s a Steven Boccho show AND there’s singing!  How can it miss?!

Well by a lot of peoples standards, it was a Big miss.  I, however loved it! I was sorry when it was cancelled.  I remember a few years after it went off the air, VH1 showed the entire series in one day.  Back when VH1 still showed music videos and seeing a TV series aired there was unusual.  But there was the singing…It was perfect.  I taped the entire thing. 

So back to thinking about Ron McLarty, I started thinking about whether Cop Rock was available on DVD now.  I started searching on Google. No.  Not just No, but NO!  And apparently there are a lot of people waiting Very impatiently for it to be released!  I have something Very Valuable hiding Somewhere in the boxes of my video collection in my basement.  That alone should get me digging through things.  Besides, I’d really like to watch it again.  Seems like I’m one of the few people who Could watch it.  I guess that’s kind of exciting.

Except, I have to pack for our trip…So however exciting it is to know I have something that a lot of people want…I need to get this train back on the track…Go figure out just how much 2 miles is…and get packing!!

Happy Thursday!!

WIAW~Walking, Walking, Walking

Good Morning and welcome to the latest edition of What I Ate Wednesday!! Do I sound like a game show host?!  Not that I want to  but what the Heck!  Wednesday is the happiest day of the week around here. Why?  Because the delightful Jenn over at Peas & Crayons brings us all together each week for all of this fun!  Don’t forget to stroll over there and see all of the wonderful food and be sure to leave some comments!

Peas and Crayons

Yes, we’re still acting all fit!  For once, I don’t have to feel left out…as my title suggests…I’ve been walking and walking… I’ve walked 2 miles almost everyday over the past 2 weeks.  That’s not much for some people, but I’m just getting back into this.  In spite of the heat, I get out there early and give it my best!  I’m feeling really good about it and the days that I’ve had to miss for various reasons, there’s definitely something missing in my day.  I’m sticking with it!! 🙂

How about some food?  Ok by me!

Overnight oats with Spiru-tein tropical fruit flavor mixed in and a nectarine on top…So Good!

This salad looks a lot like my usual ones.  But I was finishing up some celery and it was SO crunchy that it took me over an hour to eat it!  I love a meal like that…the longer it takes me to eat it, the less likely I am to need a snack!

Over the weekend, Ralph and I went to Dunkin’ Donuts for breakfast.  Had my usual fav…iced coffee and the veggie and egg flatbread sandwich.  So good!

However, I have to confess….

I also had an apple fritter…I shouldn’t have but it was SO good!!  And yes…I counted the Points! 😉

Another salad in the lovely Big Purple Bowl!  This one had Morningstar Farms Veggie burger cooked up and added in.  Yummy!!

That’s about it for food photos this week…it’s not that I’m not eating…just not taking many photos.  Trust me, I’ll be overloading you with food photos when we’re on our trip which is less than 2 weeks away!!! I’m so excited!  I’m so behind!! We’ll see how well I stay on track then!!

That’s WIAW for me this week.  Hope you’ve all had a good week.  Be sure to scurry over to Peas & Crayons to take a look around and remember to leave a comment!  It’s such fun…you’ll never know if you don’t try.

Me?  Well, I’m going out walking !! Walking, Walking, Walking…

Happy What I Ate Wednesday!!

Never Let A Late Start Get The Better Of You!

I confessed Monday morning that I “slept in” until 5:30.  I have to be honest when it comes to my walking routine, I wish I had been awake at 3:30.  I didn’t get out of the house to walk until about 5 minutes to 8.  By then, there were all kinds of people and cars and dogs to bark at me which really made my walk less than enjoyable.  Eventually I got into my rhythm, but it took some trying.  The other drawback was that it was Much hotter out than I had expected.  Hopefully I’ll find a happy medium on wake ups.  🙂

I did realize one good thing during my walk today.  In thinking,  I realized that as I’m out there walking, I’m getting my Vitamin D!  I’m not really much of an outdoor person, but this is a big bonus as far as I’m concerned.  Love my morning walks!

Regardless of the fact of my late start, I got out to pick up a few things at Aldi and also a stop at Family Dollar…one of my favorite spots.  I needed a new sink stopper.  Got it for $1!!! Ok, by Me!

I also got some things done around the house that I’ll be happy about when I get back from our big trip.  I got the curtains down and washed in both the kitchen and bathroom.  I got the windows cleaned also and everything looks sparkly!  This may not sound like much but when most of your house looks like a storage unit, small things give you pleasure and hope!

After my walk I had a wonderful experience.  I had finished off a jar of Sunbutter and was saving the jar for overnight oats.  Finally remembered on Sunday night to make some.

The jar might look a bit misshapen.  That’s because I like my overnight oats warmed in the microwave.  I have to say that this was extremely tasty.  I splurged the other day and made a stop at Target to pick up a replacement jar (actually 2!)  I had a partial gift card to use.  I wish this wasn’t so expensive because I’m hooked.  Not eat it with a spoon hooked like I am with regular peanut butter or Biscoff, but spread it on caramel corn rice cakes hooked. I just Love it!!

I also felt good about getting a lot of laundry done.  I have got to get myself started sorting and packing for our trip.  I’m still trying to unearth our suitcases!! Help!  I need a Personal Assistant!!

Happy Tuesday!!

Sleeping Late

After about a week of waking up at 3:30 am and not being able to get back to sleep, I slept until 5:30 today! I almost feel like I overslept!  It was strange to wake up with daylight out there! Now I feel like I’m behind! I guess there’s something to be said for posting the evening before and scheduling.  Better late than never, here I am!

Sunday was a not much happening day for us.  I was up and out for my walk.  It felt really good to get back to it after missing two days. I have to get out of here now and hit the pavement this morning!  I’m so glad I started this and I’ll be keeping it up.

We had talked about going to Barnes & Noble so when Ele got home from church, off we went!  I love going there, even if I’m so reluctant to pay real money for my books anymore.  Saw one that I really wanted, sequel to The Shadow of the Wind, but even with gift cards in my pocket…I couldn’t do it.  I think that will be the one that breaks me though.  I loved Shadow of the Wind so much, I really want to read it.

When we were finished our browsing we went into the Cafe.  The last two times I’ve been there, I’ve had their iced green tea which I’ve enjoyed. But I saw something new on the menu…Cool Lime Refresher.  It’s made from green coffee bean extract.

I love anything with lime in it (with the exception of lime flavored beer…blech!)  This was definitely lime, but with a really unique flavor.  I can’t even think of how to describe it.  I would certainly have it again, but I’m afraid it’s only here for the summer.  So strangely tasty.  Is that a compliment?  I mean it as one! 😉

Thanks for all of your comments yesterday on my book rant.  I love talking about books, so please, anyone who ever wants to leave a comment with a recommendation or a question about books please do.  I also always recommend Goodreads.  I love it and if you’d like to be friends with me, just let me know what your Goodreads name is and I’ll send you a friend request.   I can’t think of anything better than keeping the book discussion going!

I’m already late for my date with the pavement…I’ve got to get my size 9 1/2’s moving out the door~

Happy Monday!!