Tuesday, April 22, 2008

A Few More Changes

Had to go to the dentist yesterday. It's one of my favorite things to do, isn't it yours too? She says sarcastically. Unfortunately when you get old the teeth get old too and brittle. I had broken or cracked what I thought was two and he found three. So now I have to have three crowns. Not looking forward to the impressions, does anybody like having all that goop in your mouth? But I'm looking on the bright side that at 61 years old at least I don't have falsies. I hate the drive to the dentist too. Since I live in a very rural area I have to drive an hour (one way) to get there and it is over two mountains and very curvy roads.

So I try to kill two birds with one stone. Went to (what we lovingly in the mountains call) Wally World. Since I knew I was going to be making that trek I had let the cupboards get a little bare. Boy it sure is a good feeling when you stock up (to the tune of mega-bucks) and know you have everything you've needed for a while. I even bought a couple of new bras, another size smaller around. You know, the last times I lost a lot of weight the breasts were the first to show signs of the weight loss but this time they aren't shrinking. Course this time I really don't care if they do or not. And I even parked way out in la-la land so I'd have to walk further. So those 200 muscles we use with only one step got a little workout yesterday. And I'm so proud of myself...this weekend I was thinking that while I was in Lewisburg (our closest big city) I'd treat myself to eating out at Ruby Tuesdays. I was really looking forward to their salad bar and ONE (and only one) of their Ruby Mini's (I love cheeseburgers). When I finished shopping I decided I really didn't need a cheeseburger so I drove on past it and came on home and had a Thomas Mini Bagel with fat free cream cheese.

On reading every one's blogs I have come to the conclusion that I MUST exercise. That's what you guys talk about the most so it must be something that I am lacking. Cara is sending me a walking video to get me started and I'll just have to figure out how to do the rest on my own. I keep looking at my driveway and wondering if I could ever walk up it without stopping. Maybe it will be a goal of mine, to be able to walk down (which isn't a problem at all) and then back up without stopping. A neighbor walks up my driveway periodically and he huffs and puffs when he gets to the top and he's in the woods at least 5 nights a week walking these mountains hunting (he's in very good shape). So I won't think that I'll be able to do it without the heavy breathing but maybe I can at least make it up. (Hey, and maybe I'll make an obscene phone call when I get to the top. Don't want to waste the heaving breathing.) Since the weather is getting nicer it'll be a treat to get out and enjoy the birds and squirrels and deer and sometimes bear.

We have ~5 bear that live on the mountain. I usually see one each year but last year I didn't see any. I hope this year is different. They are such beautiful creatures. Course I really don't want to run in to one while waking alone. They love wild polk berries and I have some polk and blackberries growing along my driveway and was hoping that they would discover them and grace me with their presence but alas they didn't. On the mountain where I live there are around 65 cabins and there are only 6 of us that live here year round. The rest are used for hunting and fishing cabins. Only 4 of us year-rounders have a well and the rest use cisterns for their water supply and most of the hunting cabins don't have bathrooms. Bet you thought that was a thing of the past. I am the privileged one with a wonderful well (actually the first well on the mountain) and I'm the only one with a heat pump. Course the winters are so cold up here that the heat pump can't keep up so I have to have propane as alternate heat on those really cold days and nights. I hate using the propane because it really stinks and is really dirty but a person's gotta do what a person's gotta do.

I've been thinking about changing my weigh-in days. I've been weighing in on Mondays and since my weekends are so stressful I tend to overeat on those two days which really isn't good on the last two days of my weight week. I was pondering what day was best until I read Yani's blog yesterday and decided to take his advice and move it to Wednesdays. So next week I'll make the change.

This is going to be a rough week. I didn't replenish my supply of Dorito's. Yep, I'm going to try to give them up and find a healthier way to get in the salty stuff that I love so much. I haven't figured out what that will be yet but maybe something will come to me. Wish me luck.


Donna said...

Your house sounds so lovely! If I lived out where you do, I'd walk all the time and soak in all that wonderful foresty goodness.

I think it would be fun to move out to the countryside when I retire, but for now, I love having a Wally World (I'm assuming that's WalMart?) 5 minutes from work and 10 minutes from home. ;)

Good luck with the walking video :)

Candace said...

I told my 4yo that we were going to Wally World a couple of weeks ago. She said, "No, I want to go to Disney". After I finished laughing I had to explain to her that Wally World was really just Wal-Mart. She wasn't amused.