Hey, maybe that’s what I need for Noah–a walking machine! But really, I was referring to myself. Because that’s all the exercise I’ve been doing lately. Between working a lot more than usual, and the cold that my SIS (super immune system) couldn’t quite knock out, I just haven’t been able to get to the gym for a while. But I’m quite pleased with the walking I’ve done, both the quantity and the quality. In the mornings, Noah and I have regularly been walking 3-4 miles. Instead of trying to run, I just try walking faster and varying my stride. And in the evening, I take all three dogs for a walk. Mr. Monk has also been working on increasing his endurance and distance, and we are able to go almost a mile on the evening walks.
Today, finally, I worked in the garden. I had bought the BIG BARGAIN BAG of daffodils at Costco, and had a few little plants I wanted to get in. There was also a LOT of moving heavy pots and soil. I feel like I got a real workout in. And, there are still more daffodils to plant…
I really worked hard all day. Because tomorrow, I am going to the QUILT SHOW!! Yahoo. I look forward to this all year. It is the Pacific International Quilt Festival, and there are hundreds of gorgeous quilts to look at, in addition to tons of vendors to check out. I am going to take one class to learn a new technique.
And then, on Saturday, I am going to pick my brother up from the airport! This is something we started doing quite a while ago. It is just too difficult for my dad to travel via plane, so I encouraged this yearly get-together mostly for my brother and my dad to have some time together. Of course, I enjoy seeing my brother too! We are all going to go up to Tahoe for a couple of days. Maybe this year it won’t snow!
Did you all listen to the latest ‘Two Fit Chicks and a Microphone?’ I loved it. I especially LOVED that Miz’s favorite book of the year was by one of my most favorite authors, Donald Miller. I also loved his newest book, ‘A Million Miles in a Thousand Years.’ The subtitle gives you a hint of what the book is about: ‘What I Learned While Editing My Life.’ He is an engaging writer. You can ‘t help but like him.
Unrelated, but newsworthy to me. I usually listen to the same old music stations. Usually contemporary Christian music. One day I woke up to my clock radio playing a song that caught my attention, ‘Someday.’ I LOVED it. The melody, the sentiment of it. The words. The musical arrangement. It was just beautiful. Turns out it was by that Rob Thomas, the guy who wrote and sang ‘Smooth‘ with Santana. I LOVED that song too. He’s a pretty talented songwriter, eh? Oh, I also heard a bit of another of his songs that intrigued me–‘Her Diamonds.’
Then yesterday, I decided I wanted to check out the country stations. The first song I heard was the best. Just googled it–it was ‘Farmer’s Daughter,’ by Rodney Atkins. Very fun and very clever words/story.
Okay. I’m not avoiding any kind of accountability here or anything, just not much to report. I have been eating very well, making good choices. Not any slip-ups to speak of. Don’t know my weight because I haven’t been to the gym. But pretty sure it is staying the same. Because I am staying the same.
Oh, and here’s another tidbit. Somebody somewhere questioned the amount of protein I was eating, so I counted up my protein intake on three normal eating days, and I always ate about 60-64 grams of protein. The recommended amount of protein for women > 25 is 50-65. So I am getting plenty. Which is interesting to me, because I don’t eat that much meat any more, and I don’t like beans. I usually get about 3 ounces of meat in a typical day, the rest of the protein is from dairy, nuts, and eggs. You also get a little protein in some of the vegetables.
Alright. Somebody somewhere also said you weren’t supposed to write long-winded posts. FAIL. Oh, well. I probably won’t be able to blog for the next week, but I’ll be back with lots of pictures to share!