Saturday, October 31, 2015
Friday, October 30, 2015
All I'm going to say before I swing into pictures and a quick synopsis of day one is that I was once again reminded of how stupid fear really is. I wasn' worried about anything about the weekend except for ONE thing. I was worried about parking. I don't even know really what my fears were about....finding a lot that had room, a lot that was close.....etc etc etc Stupid. The parking was EASY...and I am parked literally less than 150 feet from the hotel doors. Can't beat that (Well I could...I paid $68 to park my car for the duration of my stay....48 hours...it could have been free! ha ha ha...but I knew the cost and expected it!)
Early morning drive and a breakfast on the go.....yeah, I ate fast food, but notice the drink.....WATER...no caffeine!!!!!
So I got here about quarter till 10. I parked my car and after a phone call to notify family of my safe arrival, I was off.
I was walking toward the US Mint and saw the Federal Reserve with a sign out saying 'free display' Well of course I went in. It was a neat little display and I would have been more interested in learning how money is moved and whatnot if I had not just spent the last 8.5 years working in a bank.....so yeah, I knew most of what they had. However, it was neat to realize that the money from our bank comes to and from the building that I was standing in.
Next up was the US Mint. I was most excited about this visit. No pictures allowed...but it was the best museum/tour of the day!!!!!
As I was exiting the Mint, I saw a grave yard across the way. I knew Ben Franklin was buried very near hear, so I figured that must be it! I treked across the street. Sure enough, it was where Ben Franklin was buried! Some might think $2 to visit a graveyard is crazy, but I was there....why not! (and if I wanted to I could have seen Ben Franklin's grave from outside the gates!)
Back up the street I went to the Independence Visitor Center. I picked up my ticket for Independence Hall and made the walk over there. I had a few minutes to wait before my tour.....selfie time!!!
The tour guide was pretty good and it was neat to stand in rooms where such important history to our nation took place.
From there I headed over to the Liberty Bell. :-)
At this point I noticed the time and I decided that I still had time to to hit up Betsy Ross's house. I headed that way and decided to pick up a late lunch on my way........Turkey Panini...and notice the drink? Pink Lemonade. Not the greatest sugar/calorie wise...but something a little fun and STILL caffeine free!!! And for the record I didn't eat the chips (or the slaw)
With my belly full, I headed the half block to the Betsy Ross house. If you ever go...definitely pay the extra $2 for the audio tour....it explains so much more about the history and I could hear the cheapskates asking questions that would have been answered had the ante upped the extra $2!!!
I decided that at this point I would head back toward the hotel and geocache my way back. There were not that many geocaches in downtown, but I wanted to grab the few that I could. I picked up one outside the African American Museum....it was pretty easy, just took a little deciphering to get the coordinates from an outside display.
Two quick virtuals were next up.....One where I learned about the origin of the Girl Scout Cookie (Who knew it originated in Philadelphia) And saw a great view of the City Hall
I then a few feet later picked up another geocache I think the police man was more excited. I arrived at the place and started to look and the police man came running over and said "I know what you are looking for, I've never seen anyone find it though!" I started looking in seconds later found a little nano container and showed it to the police man. Friendly police guy chit chatted while I signed the log and then I said goodbye.
It was starting to get dark, so I headed to The Terminal Market....
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Tuesday, October 27, 2015
We’ve gotten smarter about soda since the days when it was considered an acceptable wash-down after an economical meal at McDonalds, or a sensible diet lunch (supplemented with a smoke). Or have we?
Drinking soda is an easy habit to fall back into — it’s everywhere, and it’s easy to consider diet versions to be a relatively harmless vice. A sip for nostalgia’s sake or a quick caffeine hit can lead back to a three-a-day habit. So we had two diet experts tell us what happens to your body once you finally give up the colorful carbonated menace for good. In their view, soda isn’t just bad for you—it’s barely even liquid.
And while you’re trying to turn the tide on your soda consumption, rely on these protein shakesto see you through; rich, creamy and packed with filling protein, they’ll satisfy your sweet tooth in place of those beloved carbonated cans.
You eat less, particularly sweets.
Cutting the calories from sugar-spiked soda is a no-brainer: At 150 calories a can, those can add up to serious poundage. But diet soda packs on the pounds as well—it’s just more passive-aggressive about it. “Artificial sweeteners affect our sense of satiety,” says Isabel Smith, MS RD CDN, of Isabel Smith Nutrition. “Our bodies have evolutionarily developed to expect a large amount of calories when we take in something exceedingly sweet, and those artificial sweeteners are from 400 times to 8,000 times sweeter than sugar. It causes a couple things to happen: The muscles in your stomach relax so you can take in food, and hormones are released. With artificial sweeteners, your body says, ‘Wait a minute, you told me you were going to give me all this high-calorie food.’ It can actually send some people searching for more food, out of lack of satisfaction.”
You lose weight.
“Even though diet drinks are calorie-free, they cause insulin to be released in your gut because their artificial sweeteners are sweet like sugar, and that actually prevents weight loss,” says Miriam Jacobson, RD, CDN. “Insulin is your body’s primary fat-storage hormone, so it will have the body hold on to any extra fat,” she explains, adding, “Trying to lose weight by trading a Coke for a Diet Coke is doing the body just as much harm, if not more, because of all the chemicals in the calorie-free version.” While you’re weaning yourself off of your soda habit, add these fat burning foods to your diet, some of which actually block adipogenesis, the process by which fat is stored on your frame.
You improve your immune system.
The acidity in soda is bad news for your digestive system, eroding tooth enamel and worsening acid reflux. But diet sodas are especially treacherous for your gut—and the far-reaching bodily systems it affects. “Researchers are finding that artificial sweeteners may affect our healthy gut bacteria, which can affect everything from blood-sugar control to weight management to disease—how our immune system works and how our body responds to infection,” says Smith.
You stop your bones from breaking down.
The caramel color in soda contains an artificially created phosphorus that can be bad for long-term bone health, says Smith. Phosphorous is a natural chemical found in foods like beans and grains, but the mutant variety found in dark soda is like a dinner guest who refuses to leave. “Basically, you’re taking something that exists in nature but making this hyper-absorbable form of it,” says Smith. “Your body doesn’t have the choice whether to absorb it or excrete it, so it can cause calcium to leach out of bones. It’s particularly bad for anybody with kidney disease,” she explains.
You have more energy.
No shocker here: The caffeine in soda is not your friend. “Drinking too much caffeine can make you dehydrated, and it can overstimulate the nervous system, making you fatigued and exhausted,” says Smith. “I find that when people cut back on caffeine they have more energy because the caffeine causes very big highs and lows,” she adds. In her practice, Smith has seen that quitting soda can lead to a positive domino effect. “There is way more energy for our bodies in real food than in processed foods,” she says, adding, “When people cut back on processed items, they often look for more fresh foods and make better choices. By giving up soda, it may seem like you’re making one change, but it can actually change a couple aspects of your diet for the better.”
Now that you've learned the facts behind soda, reverse these harmful eating habits and start making smarter diet choices. You can lose weight fast without spending hours at the gym.
Monday, October 26, 2015
Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Saturday, October 17, 2015
It's no wonder that myfitnesspal actually keeps track of your streak of logging onto the site to track. They know that if you continually do it and create a habit that there is a better chance of success. Yes, tracking; as much as we don't want to admit it, leads to success. I can't tell you how many blogs I've read where people have been wildly successful with weight loss. They lose the weight and they stop tracking and that is wonderful....but each and every one of them when they start to slip up and gain a little weight go back to tracking. It may be a grudging return to tracking, but return they do! I've written more blog posts in the last almost ten years (yes...more on that later) about making tracking a habit then I care to remember. It needs to be a habit...that's why I try to track the good and the bad. I had started tracking back in August and was starting to see success....then I got sick....and things just happened. No excuses....I messed up. And while I've mostly maintained the few pound loss that I had achieved, I stopped tracking and I stopped losing. Well that has changed. I am tracking whole heartedly. Tracking keeps me cognizant. My first day of tracking I had a major victory. I was running late and stopped for a breakfast sandwich on the way to work. I ignored Burger King and instead stopped at a place where I could also pick up lunch to take with me. I ignored the sub, and instead got a garden salad (which was really tasty) which I had with the banana that I did grab from the house. I ended up eating out for dinner. THREE MEALS OUT!
It helped that I wasn't overly hungry at dinner.....But I managed to keep my calories right on budget even with eating out, but it also helped me to know that I didn't have many calories left in my budget.
Tracking...it's a habit.
Water consumption. Some people may argue that this is 'not a habit'. But honestly, water consumption is TOTALLY a habit. Just like drinking a LOT of soda (diet or otherwise) is a habit. At first a person has to push themselves to drink the amount of water that is recommended for us. But one you get going it becomes second nature. Once again, I've written so many blog posts about water that I'm floating.
Water.....it's a habit.
Running......oh yes, this is a habit. And for the sake of argument, lets just pretend and put the word 'exercise' in for the word running. If you get up and everyday do it......it becomes a habit. If you stop for whatever reason, holy cow it is hard hard hard to get motivated again to do it. Set the schedule and start....and don't break it...no matter what (ok, maybe pneumonia and arthritis and whatever may be valid excuses!).
Exercise/running....it's a habit.
Habits......such healthy habits. Just a little bit of will power to start them, but SUCH awesome benefits for maintaining them!
So yes, I laid in bed this morning It had been a few weeks since I ran. Yes, weeks, much to my shame! I had planned to run. Part of me wanted to run....but the other part of me wanted to stay in bed and just forget about it all. "Why not start tomorrow" You see, I was out of the habit and restarting the habit is very difficult...there is always that call to 'start tomorrow'. The habit keeps up the consistency!
I DID get up and run. I wasn't a grand long run. I went for 2 miles. I actually did really good for my two miles and actually went faster than any of my miles in the last few months. So I'm good. :-) My knee twinged a bit (and yes, the arthritis has been diagnosed by tests and a doctor)....weirdly enough, my hip is what is sooo sore now. Crazy!
Lunch/Dinner calories were a bit 'high' but with the running earned calories I'm still under my budget....so I'm not going to worry. :-)
Blogiversary........I realized just the other day that the beginning of January will be my 10 year blogiversary. WOW! January 5th to be exact. I'm thinking that I may have to do something spectacular for my 10 year milestone. Giveaway......start some group challenge. SOMETHING. I'll be thinking about this for sure!
Thursday, October 15, 2015
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
I have tracked my food thus far today. So the line is in the sand. I have started.....AGAIN.
I have been wanting to restart and do this once and for all. However, it wasn't until last night when I was flipping through my flickr account looking for a certain picture that I knew was on there. I was scrolling and stumbled upon these pictures.
Compared to my current pics?
That's enough to make a person cry....wail and gnash their teeth. But I know I want to be back there again. Desperately. So that means that I have to get myself in line. No ifs ands or buts.
Saturday, October 10, 2015
So I got these shoes and even though I am having some issues that would seem to make me want to not run, I am DYING to get out there and run. Yeah, it's kinda scary to me too!
So why haven't I run??? Searing pain. That is the name of the game right now. Not all the time. It's mostly just when I walk down the steps. The first few steps are ok...but about 4-5 steps in it's pain pain pain. This is so not good. And NO, I haven't called this half marathon an impossibility yet. (Who am I kidding?) I'm hoping to get out there and run this weekend.....even if it's just a few miles.
My eating is just CRAZY. I'm determined that today. Today is the day to turn this ship around.
Meanwhile, I am at work. I ate a Belvita Breakfast bar....(soft baked banana bread...190 calories) for breakfast. It works for me on the days that I have to work early. I'm not sure what lunch and dinner will entail (but I am hungry). I am leaving work at noon and I plan on doing some geocaching on my way home....so who knows what my day will hold. At least I will see pretty things....hopefully! The other day I saw tons of mushrooms!!!
Tuesday, October 06, 2015
I didn't do exactly good with my eating yesterday. GRRRRR I had vowed to run today....but I ended up sleeping for 10 hours....and even when I woke up just going up and down the stairs is painful with my knees. Meanwhile, I have the money I need a new pair of running shoes!
Last week I got some bad news. One of my favorite customers where I work had had a stroke. He usually comes in and shoots the breeze with us on Saturday mornings. (He had been to see me the preceding Saturday.) He usually hangs out for a bit (unless the EMS squad is busy....he is the chief) He is a great guy. Over the last few months I have watched him and there have been more than one situation where I have flat out asked "Are you ok." Life was stressing him out and it was obvious to everyone that knew him. He remained upbeat and moved forward. The news after the stroke was grim. Very grim. He had slipped into a coma and the damage was irreversible and furthermore there was nothing they could do to halt the degeneration of the damage. We knew it was only a matter of time. This morning the EMS Chief for this small town passed away. He was 45 years old.
I knew it was going to happen. The reports were bad. But it still hit really hard. He was only 45 years old. That is too young to die! But as I thought about it, I knew that he had signs...he apparently had high blood pressure. He was overweight. He had stress. But still...he was only 45 years old! Yes, the signs were there, but at 45 do you take them seriously or are you still in the 'invincible' stage/age?
I am only 2 years and a few months behind him. I am not invincible. I have signs. I am overweight. I have high cholesterol. My knees are riddled with arthritis. My blood pressure has been known to spike (I'm still thinking it's the white coat syndrome......I just panic at the doctors office.....but who knows). I have been lucky thus far that my issues are 'quiet'. But when are they going to rear their ugly heads and cause me a problem. I'm not invincible. It's time to start living my life in a manner that takes care of my health. Which means that little 'oops' like my eating yesterday have got to stop!
Monday, October 05, 2015
So those first few lines are rather telling. I fessed up and said I hadn't had pie....which means that I did have cake and cookies. Yup. I can't lie. And if you combine that with my most recent blog post....you know, the one where I said that I was going to get serious again (I believe I said right after I wipe the grease from my Burger King breakfast from my lips) about weight loss; well then you know that it didn't exactly happen. Well, I did wipe the grease from my lips, I just didn't get back on track. Oops
I knew the 'restart was looming'. I knew it all weekend. Yesterday I just ate with abandon, telling myself the whole time. "This is the last hurrah'. What a pitiful attitude. It was so pitiful that I had cheese and crackers for lunch (a lot of cheese...and a fair amount of crackers), some bread and butter and jelly, some oreos, and why yes, some apple cake (which was delicious by the way). For dinner I did Subway...I got full fatted chips Doritos actually, I was thinking the whole time, "it's my last chance before I straighten up my act, better enjoy it!" I actually ordered the cookies to round out my meal. Later in the evening I went ahead and had some ice cream. Yup, I did it up good.
But I had vowed that Monday was the day. So I got on the scales, with fear and trepidation. But I needed to know my 'starting' figure. What's the use of trying if I don't have a benchmark to show how far I've come. So I did it! It wasn't as bad as I thought. I am NOT back into that 5 pound vortex that I was stuck in for a while. I am not even on the edge of that vortex...so I am happy. :-)
Seriously contemplating rejoining weight watchers. They are offering the 'lose 10 pounds in 2 months' and get your money back" deal. Tempting. Haven't decided yet!
Here is to plowing through this excess weight once and for all!