Day 4 of 28

Well I did something foolish, I stepped on the scale and it had gone up 2/10 of a pound.  Okay I’m a little upset but at myself because I’ve allowed myself to have perhaps a touch of too much leniency in what I eat.  I realize that I’ve been focusing on just being able to have enough protein to eat and haven’t been focusing enough on eating vegetables.  I realize that now but did I do anything to correct this problem today.  No.

I started out with a good breakfast and was preparing to go hiking but I had to mail out my passport renewal as well as my income tax form all before the post office closed but it seemed that the more I tried to get things organized the worse things got for me.  So then I decided that I would go to the main post office which would probably be open later so I then went to the bank and got my money order for my passport and then went to the post office.  I got there and realized that I had forgotten to take my passport with me for the renewal so back home I went.

Once at home I realized that I hadn’t included my W-2 form luckily I didn’t mail my income tax form.  So I grabbed lunch and then added my W-2 form and grabbed my passport then headed back to the post office.  So off I went and spent several more minutes just trying to find the right envelope so that I could sent it Priority Mail.

Finally all of my mail was in the hands of the USPS and then I had to drive to the park where I was going to go hiking.  Things were rather frustrating earlier today that it was half way through my hike before I could even began to relax.  Part of the reason was that for the last 3 years I’ve been audited by the IRS and any amount I got on a refunded I ended up having to pay back.  So needless to say I’ve been uptight about this so that is why I really had to go de-stress by going hiking.

I usually hike 3.4 miles but today I really pushed it and ended up walking 5.26 miles.  There were a couple of times where I did a light jog like up hills that were fully paved.  That just wore me out and by the time I was at the end of my hike I was actually exhausted.  It reminded me of the times when I was walking 5 miles a day when in Europe and did it for 17 days and then I lost 22 pounds in those 17 days.  But that was then and this is now.

So on my way back from hiking I stopped at a grocery store and picked up some items for dinner, okay for a couple of dinners.  I picked up some Salmon patties that had gorgonzola cheese and cranberries in them and then picked up some salmon wheels that had spinach and feta cheese filling.  Looks like I’m going to be fixing that in a day or two, more than likely tomorrow.

I was exhausted after my hike and then went and took a shower and started to get ready to fix dinner.  I thought I was going to fall asleep right after dinner but here I am staying up later than I should be typing in this blog.  So I can wrap up things let me go ahead and talk about what I had to eat.

Breakfast – mushroom/spinach/cheese omelet (2 eggs), coffee, slice of toast and an orange.

Lunch – tuna fish salad on a slice of bread, with a piece of cheese

Snack – 1 oz of honey salted almonds and a glass of wine

Dinner – salmon pattie w/gorgonzola cheese and cranberries, broccoli, pasta with alfredo sauce and a glass of wine.

So that is everything not to mention the water that I drank while hiking and the water after my walk and after dinner has got me trying to make sure I stayed hydrated.  Also doing it so my sinuses don’t get messed up because my allergies are acting up.

Well finally exhaustion is catch up with me so time for me to hit the rack and try to get some rest.  Hope tomorrow brings me less stress and maybe less weight.  I think I will not weigh myself but keep on exercising because it makes me feel better and probably encourages weight loss.

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On The Go With 9 Days To Go

Well I’ve been on the go most of the day.  I woke up relatively early hoping to get a good breakfast in me before I got started for the day.  I decided that I would take the turnips that I had purchased a week or so earlier and use them as a substitute for hash browns because it was lower in carbs.  Well I almost burned them because I was trying to do something else but thankfully they were saved just barely in time.  Unfortunately I didn’t try and throw any spices or seasoning into the turnips so they weren’t such a great substitute for hash browns.

Well they will be fixed another time but not today.  They saw the bottom of the trashcan and I will work on them on another date, for this morning I decided that I wanted the real McCoy, I cooked some hash browns and they were yummy.  Well I had a good breakfast and then went out hiking.  I really had a good hike this time, yeah it got my heart racing and I had to pause going up a steep climb but at least I could stop for a moment.  Then I realized how hard my heart was beating so I slowed down my assent and guess what, my heart rate quickly decreased but still stayed up high enough for a good calorie burn.

So my mantra during the walk was “walk smarter not harder” and would mentally channel it when I had a few difficult climbs or descents and it really did help.  A younger female passed me on my last 1/2 mile and was soon beyond my sight.  I don’t know if it was because I walk so slow (which is probably the case) or if she is used to the trails.  I know that many people walk faster than me but that is okay, this isn’t a race and I”m doing the hiking for exercise.  I did a lot better on time probably because I didn’t take so much time to stop and take photos.  Heck I haven’t even downloaded the photos from the last two hikes.  One of these days I will remember to do that and hope they come out good.

It really was a wonderful hike, I would come across a few people but mostly I was out on the trails by myself doing my mantra in my head and just enjoying the walk.  That was exactly what I did and was in a great mood until I started driving home.

A week and a half ago one of the ladies at work asked if I had a shirt she could borrow so she could exercise.  Reluctantly I allowed her to borrow a shirt that I keep handy at work and then the next day I asked her for my t-shirt and she said that she didn’t have it and she hasn’t washed clothes yet.  Well on Monday she got snookered by some online loan scam so I loaned her money more money than I should have and I’m at least smart enough to realize that more than likely she will not ever pay me back.  Then the next day I ask her about my shirt and she said that she would bring it the next day.  Then yesterday I asked for my shirt back because I want to wear that particular shirt tomorrow during the walk.  She said that she would bring it to work and since I knew that I would be close to work for my hikes so I said okay.  Then today on the way back from my hike I called work and asked for my shirt but she said thought about it when she was showering this morning but left it at home.

Well I told her that I had asked her for it because I wanted to wear it tomorrow and then hung up the phone.  I can’t believe it, I’ve been asking for it and even said I needed it for Saturday then in a huff she left work to go get the shirt.  Of course next the EDQ made a big production of how the lady had to go all the way home and she would bring it back later.  Well the sad thing is that it meant that I would have to drive back to work to get the shirt.  But what really ticked me off was EDQ texting saying that I would have to wash it because it was dirty.

I went home and fumed a bit and then went out back and sprayed the yard for fleas, don’t know if it worked or not and even set off a flea bomb in the back room.  Showered then I went to pick up my shirt.  Well the lady who borrowed it was no longer at work and neither was my partner which was fine with me.  The shirt looked clean until I looked closer and spotted cat hair all over the neckline of the shirt.  The problem with that is that I’m highly allergic to cats to the point of having breathing difficulty and where the hair/dandruff touches me the places swell up and that is when I start having breathing difficulty.  So I get a clean shirt with cat hair back and she is quite aware of my allergies.

Moral to this story….No good deed goes unpunished.  I will never loan anything to this woman who likes to try and call me by a nickname that she has made up.  No one, not even my family calls me anything except how my first name is listed on my birth certificate.  I hate it when she calls me the name and she thinks it is cute, so I will have to remember about no good deed going unpunished.  If I could, I would switch locations of work but if I do then I will lose my great days off and I waited too long to get them.

Okay so my venting is done now and I’m busy looking forward to tomorrow’s walk especially since it will be 3.1 miles and today I hiked 3.4 miles in 1 hour and 40 minutes.  Of course it is not a land speed record but that means that once I do the race tomorrow the chances are that I will be able to get out of there in time so I can get home quickly after the race and shower before going for my neuromuscular massage.  I just hope it isn’t very expensive, I never discussed price when I made the appointment.  Oh well either way I’m looking forward to possibly getting more feeling and sensation back into my middle finger then I can flip off people and things and know it because I will feel it.  Okay so I’m a touch silly talking like that but at least it will mean that I won’t be making as many typing mistakes as I’m currently making.

Well let me go on and talk about what I ate for the day.

BREAKFAST:  2 eggs w/cheese, hash browns, 2 cups of coffee – 22 gm

LUNCH:  skipped, too busy hiking.

DINNER:  bacon cheeseburger, small salad – 21 gm

SNACK:  1/4 cup of Red Velvet Ice Cream – 24 gm

As you can see I’m doing pretty good as far as the carb count is going and I just have to drink a lot more water and then get to bed early and get some rest.  As a matter of fact when it hit 2000 hours I almost fell asleep but then I remembered that I would need to finish this entry because I may not be feeling good or may be a bit tender after tomorrow’s appointment.  I’m hoping for good results but don’t expect miracles right away but a bit of relief would be nice.

So I’m about ready to crash since I have to get up at least by 0600 hours in the morning which I really don’t want to do but if I want to make the race I need to wake up that early.  So thanks for being there and letting me vent and because of you being gracious I think I can sleep more peaceful and be prepared for an exciting day tomorrow.

16 Days Left

Well it was a very interesting morning and my morning started at midnight.  It was because of the lack of refrigerator space at the alternate station so because I didn’t want my food to spoil last night I ate all of it and normally I would have brought some of it home but that isn’t what happened, I ate it all.  That was what started my night of misery.

Instead of coming home and having an alcoholic drink I went home and had a big drink of a cherry flavored laxative quickly followed by warm water to make things start flowing quickly if you know what I mean.  So that was the end of my dinner which was good for me because I was feeling horrible.

So very early this morning I went to bed and then woke up a short time later by the sound of someone putting out their trash can and so that reminded me that I had to take out the trash.  So I bundled up all of the trash, walked outside and took out the trash but when I came back in as I was taking off my jacket I felt an itch so I scratched and when I looked at my hand I saw a brown thing under my nail which immediately jumped off my hand and onto my floor.  It means that I brought a flea(s) into the house.  I had just finished treating my house last week.  Now yes there were a few fleas on my dog when she died but we never got them on us as we walked back into the house.

I HATE THE CATS IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD!!!

Let me explain.  Ever since my dog was put to sleep, the cats have been coming into my backyard last week when I stepped out back there was a gathering of cats in my backyard, using it as their personal litter box and they guys were lining up to have their turn at the female cat apparently in heat.  I know that they have been in my yard quite frequently so now I have to have someone come out and spray the yard and kill off the fleas and now I’ve got to rig my fence with a DIY coyote roller fence.  But before I can do that I have to cut down a tree that is trying to grow right next to the fence and I’m afraid that the tree will eventually interfere with the roller fence.  So it is going to be a busy time on days off and even during the week as I treat my house and start rigging up a roller fence.

So now I’m letting my breakfast settled a bit before I go hiking.  I thought why not carb up so that I can burn it off so I’ve got a little bit more time to wait so that I don’t barf on the trail.  So I’ll use up some time to let my stomach settle by typing what a big honkin’ breakfast I had.

BREAKFAST:  2 eggs w/cheese, 1/2 cup shredded hash browns, 1 slice of toast w/jelly, coffee  – 33 gm

LUNCH:  Skipped, too busy hiking

DINNER:  avocado cheese burger, hash browns – 39 gm

 

So as you can see I started out breakfast rather heavily and am hoping to do a better control job in the evening.  Usually I end up craving protein so that won’t be so bad.  So now it is time to start getting ready for my hiking trip and I’m hoping it is a good walk.

Well I was plenty hungry when it was time for dinner but shortly after I finished my dinner I was ready for bed.  I didn’t get as much sleep as I wanted because of the two shots worth of laxative and the results of it kept me up for a while.

So let me talk about what I really enjoyed today which was my hike.  Silly me forgot to turn off the timer and the distance part on my watch but I was happy to see that my heart rate was raised when it should have and it didn’t seem to beat as hard in my chest as it did last week.  So did that mean that the hiking trail was not as intense….NO!.  It was a level 4 trail and one of the other trails that I deviated onto before getting back on the main trail was also a level 4 trail.  It amazes me that I see people walking with simple water bottles, no hiking boots but regular tennis shoes and they all seem to leave me in a cloud of dust.  Now of course there was one exception today on one couple where I know that the man appeared to be older than me but when he got up to the tower where I was snapping a few photos, he looked okay.

Most of the people were younger, but now that I think about it there was a woman who was older than me and she was coming down a hill with a walking stick as was her son who was probably younger than me and they were both using walking sticks.  Now some people may think that walking sticks are a hinderance when hiking but not for me.  My knees are not as strong as they used to be and my walking stick helps me as I walk up the hills and especially coming down the hills that have large smooth rocks.  So far I’m just fat and I really don’t want to see if my fat will allow me to bounce my way down the trail so I guess I’ll just keep on using the walking stick because so far no falls.

Well I came home and bought more stuff to treat the house and get rid of the fleas.  But not today, during my walk a cold front came in and so that meant that it was quite windy so I can’t spray the yard but maybe soon I can spray the yard.  But for now I guess I will just keep on using my sling shot to shoot the cats in my yard.

Today was a wonderful day although it had a rough start but the hike today was wonderful and put me in a great mood.  So I guess day 6 of 21 is a very good day mainly because of getting outside, it is amazing at how wonderful getting outside can be for the soul.  Thank you Mark Sisson of Mark’s Daily Apple for telling us that getting outside for exercising is good.  I didn’t have to run, walk fast, just walk carefully up and down the hills and I got a wonderful work out for the heart and for my body.  Good hiking boots also make a difference for me.  Being outside playing has always made me happy as a child and it is now repeating itself although I’m not playing, I’m just busy trying to stay upright….LOL.  So find something and let it make you happy, it will lighten you inside and the bad things don’t seem quite so bad.