Diana Rambles: January 2010

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Wii-kly Wii-cap!

Wi've had our Wii Fit for a wiik now, so it's time to update you on my progress. I am so glad wii decided to get a Wii. I love Wii Fit+ and I've been doing a great job of using it everyday. I actually took one day off, but I will put in over 5 hours in 6 days, which averages to about 54 mins each work-out. I've lost a few pounds and my pants are already starting to feel looser. Yes, I started watching what I eat at the beginning of the year, but my Wii usage has really made a difference. Wii are still walking the dog for 30 mins each night too.

My favorites include Super Hula Hoop, Rhythm Parade, and Island Biking. Her are recent results from 10 mins on Super Hula Hoop.I started this post before I worked out today. I just got done about 20 mins ago. I was doing expert level on Island Biking and was having a heck of a time getting to the flags. I finally quit to save my credits and it turns out I was at it almost 30 mins. My overall time for today was 81 mins. I did it with no breaks, so no wonder I feel ick!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

My Current Thoughts on Tea

The other day I posted about how my stomach was irritated so I switched from coffee to tea. I still need to acquire a taste for tea, but I'll let you know what I think of it now. Tea is so wimpy! Yesterday I was had this grumpy edge that tea just didn't touch. Tea just doesn't have the hardiness that coffee does. Sure, I mix hot cocoa in with my coffee for an extra punch, but hot cocoa with tea just won't taste right. LOL! I've always been a (fairly) full of energy person that didn't need caffeine, but I've acquire a taste/desire now. I view it as a winter thing. I've never been a fan of warm drinks, but I like them in the winter. I can feel the child by looking out the window, so a hot drink is very welcoming this time of year. I've dubbed Thursdays as my lazy day. I never seem to have much on tap and often mind myself wanting a nap. Today I just stayed in bed an extra hour. I made my son's lunch last night so I didn't need to get up at all. DH didn't complain. In fact, tomorrow is his first furlough day so he gets to stay in bed while I get the kids up and off to school. Anyway, even though I slept a little longer today I am feeling a little sleepy...so I am having my choco coffee this morning. Hopefully it doesn't irritate my tummy. If it does, I am going to just need to get used to that sissy flavored water drink tea! I hope I didn't offend any tea lovers out there... I promise to keep trying and give tea a fair shake!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Half way through January and I'm adjusting my diet already!

I am still working on being healthier and losing weight. But my efforts have made put me in pain. I started drinking coffee a few weeks ago. I've never really liked the taste of coffee, so I am mixing it with (sugar-free) hot cocoa mix. I've also increased my fiber intake and had several servings of vegetable soup last week. I started feeling very bloated and in pain right below where my ribs come together. I thought maybe it was the soup so I stopped eating it, but I was still hurting. My new diet seemed to give me a case of acute gastritis. On Sunday I started eating a very bland diet and cut out raisins and coffee and other foods I thought might be affecting me. I felt much better yesterday and today I've had no pain at all. I was craving coffee, but had some chai tea instead. I've never liked tea, so I will have to get used to this. I do love Oregon Chai brand chai tea, but that is really more like liquid dessert, and it's decaf. I got Tazo Black Chai Tea bags. I'll get used to it!

I am continuing to walk each day, although I only did a long distance once over the weekend. My pants are loosening up a little, so I know my efforts are paying off!

Saturday, January 16, 2010

It's the Wiikend

Yes, I spelled it Wii-kend on purpose. Last night we sold our elliptical machine (yup the one I bought about 13 months ago that got used from time to time, but mostly collected dust) and bought a (used) Wii. I've been thinking that the elliptical is just taking up room, especially because we've been very faithful about walking the dog everyday...even in the -15 degree weather. I know how much people love Wii Fit, so I thought we could use the money from the machine to buy a Wii. DH wanted to rush out to the store to buy one right away, but I told him to do some research. It looks like everyone was sold out of Wii Fit+ around town so we called our BIL. He still had the extra Wii that he's been trying to sell us...YEA! So Within 2 hours of the elliptical going bye-bye, we had a Wii. One of the reasons that we got such a good deal on the Wii is that it had no games at all. We are borrowing the Summer Olympics game from BIL. Today we will see if there are any Wii games to check out at the library and order a Wii Fit+. What are your favorite Wii games???
Mii

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Thoughts on Haiti

All the news and images out of Haiti are so heartbreaking. We all wonder what we can do to help. I took this from the Good Morning America website.

How to Help the Haiti Earthquake Relief Effort, Avoid Scams

The tragic images pouring out of Haiti have inspired Americans across the country to help. Even in tough times, Americans have a generous spirit.

But whether you donate your time or your money, you'll want to know it's well spent.

Let's start with the Do's and the Don'ts.

You should give to a group with disaster relief experience that will make good use of the money. It's also best to give to a group that had operations in Haiti before the earthquake, so its personnel and equipment are already there.

Third, give to an organization that meets the Better Business Bureau's 20 standards for charity accountability.


What Are Some Major Groups That Have Already Been Vetted?

The granddaddy of them all is the American Red Cross.

This age-old organization is even going modern. You can text the word "HAITI" to 90999 to make an instant $10 donation.

World Vision is already distributing first aid kits and other staples in Haiti.

Save the Children is focusing on children and families and taking truly grass roots actions like sending out motorbike teams to help people in the capital.

Care USA is distributing stocks of high-protein biscuits that it already had in warehouses in Haiti.

Click here to see other good groups working to help with Haiti. To find out if a charity meets the Better Business Bureau's standards, visit www.bbb.org.

Can I Donate Supplies Instead of Cash?

It's not a good idea to donate supplies, since getting them to the affected area costs money because of shipping and storage needs. Relief groups prefer to buy supplies in the country affected, because that has the added benefit of stimulating the local economy.

For people who have already started gathering supplies, one suggestion is to sell them to raise cash and donate the cash.

What About Volunteering?

There are opportunities for volunteering, but on a limited basis.

Relief groups are only interested in people with previous disaster relief experience and technical expertise.

For example, doctors and nurses and people with knowledge of telephone service, water, sanitation and engineering.

If you would like to volunteer, you should register with the Center for International Disaster Information.

Click here to visit the CIDI Web site.

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Our family supports the ELCA International Disaster Relief, which works through LWF. Their offices in Haiti were not damaged so they've already begun relief efforts. 100% of donations will be used in full to bring life sustaining support to this crisis. You can visit their site here.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

How is your new year going?

It's a little over a week into the new year and I am wondering how people's resolutions/goals/focuses or whatever you might call it are going. We declared 2010 as the year of gratitude and I haven't really put anything into practice at all. I am trying not to complain...but I am finding myself complaining about people complaining. LOL!
My other 'focus' is to be healthier and trim down. I feel like I gained a lot of weight in 2009 and my clothes are so tight.

I am happy to report that I've been exercising everyday. DH & I have been walking about 35-60 minutes a day...out in the frigid temps. Today we walked an hour and had several spots along our path that hadn't been plowed at all. That is a lot of work. Trying to keep warm when the wind chill is nine below zero is a lot of work too. We are both very tired this evening.
I've been doing good with my eats too. I haven't been overeating and have avoided junk. I did have a few bites of cheesecake one day and I felt sick afterward. I think my body is adjusting well. I've really increased my fluid intake which I know is an important component of losing weight. I think I've shrunk my tummy a little bit because I am feeling full sooner.

How are your plans for the new year going? Are you able to stick to your goals?

Friday, January 8, 2010

Follow Up to a Thumbs Down

A few weeks ago I complained about this horrible dishwasher soap that I hated. You can see that post here. I filed a complaint with Colgate-Palmolive fully expecting just a standard form email reply. To my surprise they sent me a check for $5.99 (which is about double what I paid for the crappy soap) and a fist full of coupons. While I won't ever use that soap again, I will continue to use other products made by Colgate-Palmolive.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Resolutions

As I eluded to in my previous post, we are not big on resolutions. I personally feel making a resolution for new years sake is just going to set yourself up for failure. Yes we all look forward to the new year and often want to make new powerful changes, so we make resolutions. I don't want to fail on a goal, so I am just going to try to change my focus. Yes there is the gratitude thing, but I also want lose weight. I am not saying how much or even how, but I want to do it. I gained probably 10-15 pounds in 2009 and I don't want to keep gaining. We've been doing a great job of walking lately, even in the below zero windchill. We just bundle up and go. The dog doesn't seem phased by the cold and tugs the whole time. We've been trying to walk about an hour each day. Things will change tomorrow when we all go back to a regular schedule. I might have to have two 30 minute blocks of exercise.

I don't eat a lot of junk, I just eat too much. I mostly drink water and milk, but over the holidays (Nov/Dec) I had sodas and started drinking coffee. Coffee isn't so bad, but I like chocolate in my coffee. I am going to change to sugar free hot cocoa mix and I am going to cut sodas all together. Coke helps me get rid of a headache, so I will have to find an alternative. Maybe my choc-coffee will do the trick. I went to the store this morning and I picked up healthier/lower calorie snacks. I don't plan ahead and will just grab something quick to each, so I am going to make sure I have some of those 100 calorie snack packs and fruit on hand. I'll probably just keep some in the car so I am not tempted to overeat when I get home cause I am so hungry. I am good about not picking up any fast food on the go, but if there are cookies or similar available at Dori's preschool or church I will eat too many.

I am not going to weigh myself and make a goal. I just want my clothes to fit. And I will NOT buy bigger clothes. I am off to do some sit-ups!

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Reflections

On New Years Eve 2008, my hubby and I dubbed 2009 the Year of Fun! 3 days later he had emergency surgery (appendix). 2 days after that we found out that our daughter had a congenital kidney condition. She had 2 surgeries as part of a total of 9 trips to that Dr, who is 90 miles away. Our teen had his wisdom teeth removed over the summer and got his braces a few weeks ago. So 2009 really ended up being the year of medical/dental. As we neared the end of the year we wanted a new outlook for 2010, but we didn't want to jinx ourselves. LOL! We were discussing this on Christmas and hubby said that maybe it should be the year of no complaining. My sis was here and said how about gratitude? Hum... Sounds good!

So we have officially dubbed 2010 the Year of Gratitude! It's now Jan 2 and what has changed? Nothing really. Have we had been overly thankful for things? Certainly not! I went to bed very grumpy about my dog peeing on my new slippers (because people didn't get him out right away) about 90 mins into the new year. We are just going to need to keep reminding ourselves to be grateful. It's not exactly like remembering to make your bed each day or to give someone a phone message. We are going to need to focus on the positive side of things. Each night at dinner we go around and ask each other, "What was a positive thing for you today?" That barely scratches the surface~ so we are going to have to create some similar exercises like that. While our motivation for gratitude was to avoid complaining, I do think that practicing, even forcing gratitude will make us more gracious/thankful/grateful/appreciative of everything in our lives.

We'll see!