Readers are walking, recycling, biking, composting …

Wow, what awesome participation in last week’s Comment Contest Tuesday and a great celebration of Earth Day.

Like myself, many of my readers celebrate Earth Day every day … as it should be.

Thank you to everyone who participated. You all shared some great things. Thank you.

And the winner is … Gail!

She will be receiving a pack (pictured at the right) of Washable Reusable Produce bags.

One of the things she mentioned was that at work there aren’t recycling containers, so she uses a paper bag, which always seems to be around the office and fills it with recycling and takes it home to put in her home recycling container.

The other participants shared some great tips below:

Long weekend for me

As I have posted lately that lots of changes are going on in my life right now, especially at work. And frankly, I am having a hard time dealing with them.

I am finding myself more emotional than normal, exhausted, deflated …

Last Monday I decided it would be a good idea for me to take Friday off from work.

That night Curt and I were chatting and decided to head to Monterey over the past weekend to watch our good family friend Tag play golf at Pebble Beach. Beautiful golf course, sun and sometimes an occasional adult beverage to carry around and sip.

Friday morning I headed to the gym, showered, walked to Peet’s for coffee and oatmeal and sat down and utilized the free wi-fi for a bit to work on some blog posts, including this one. I ran some errands and did some stuff just for me. I did some shopping, got a mani/pedi and was a lady who lunches, which is my dream job.

My spare time lately is quite limited and I don’t want to spend most of it running errands, cleaning the house, paying bills, etc., which seems to be the norm lately. I … Continue reading

Walking a golf course and then some

Curt and I drove down to Monterey on Friday night.

That’s one of the great things about our life and lifestyle … our friend Tag, who is a professional golfer, texted Curt on Monday night asking if he should save tickets for us for the weekend. Before I hit the sack we had decided that yes, we would come.

Walking a golf course is challenging and there is a lot of standing around, too.

The first time I ever walked a golf course was probably 2006 and I was about 30 pounds heavier than I am now. That was the first time I met Tag and am now happy to be a regular supporter.

According to Swifty, Tag’s caddie, Pebble Beach is about 6 miles. Tag teed off on Hole 10, which meant Curt and I had to walk all the way in … and Tag’s last hole was 9 … Yea, so we did a lot of walking.

Besides the challenge of walking the course there is also a lot of temptation with food and booze. I also have to be careful and try to maintain decent water intake while being in the sun and drinking and walking.

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Back on plan, on my way to goal weight (again)

Right before Curt and I headed to Mexico City I weighed in super close to my goal weight. Like ounces away.

My hard work is paying off.

Like I said I would, while in Mexico City I ate and drank what I wanted. I had a lot of amazing food and beer and margaritas.

We did a lot of walking. So that usually helps when on vacation to keep the weight gain minimal.

And it was minimal. I am just a pound away from my goal weight. Easy peasy!

We flew back Saturday evening. Sunday morning I was attending my regular Vinyasa yoga class with Ashley.

And today I got back on plan and am tracking my food again.

And I also went to my now regular evening body conditioning class at the gym, while meeting up with my friend Monica.

While in Mexico I was careful with what I ate and drank. I avoided most fresh fruits and vegetables. I always drank bottled water. I used bottled water even when I brushed my teeth.

It was a bummer to avoid fresh fruits and veggies. But I had to be careful. And that paid off. I didn’t get sick.

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Cactus, it doesn’t taste like chicken

Growing up in the Southwest I ate a lot of Mexican food, especially my mom’s cooking.

She never used nopales to cook, which are prickly pear cactus. I have had it a few times.

On Monday when Curt and I had lunch at a cafe both of our meals came with nopales.

Curt had a Mexican fusion dish with fish, nopales, cheese and salsa verde. I had chicken tacos with chilis and nopales.

So, of course, this prompted me to do some research on the nutritional value of the cactus.

According to Livestrong, a serving is one cup of raw, has 14 calories; 1.1 gram of protein; 0.1 g fat; 2.9 grams of carbohydrates; 1.9 grams of fiber. The cactus also provides vitamins and minerals.

According to Gourmet Sleuth, nopales is a vegetable that can be grilled or boiled. If boiling be careful to not overcook or the cactus can get slimy. (I have definitely eaten it that way and it is kinda gross.)

The Gourmet Sleuth also says, the best preparation we have tried is to prepare the nopal leaves (remove spines) then grill over hot coals till tender and slightly browned. Then slice into nopalitos … Continue reading

Dealing with higher altitude

Who knew I would have things to write about while on vacation?

As soon as we got to Iris and David’s on Sunday night David poured all of us a glass of bottled water. He told us to make sure to have lots of water because of the altitude.

Normally I drink a good amount of water daily. But when I am on vacation or out of my routine I tend to slack on the water intake. So this will be a challenge for me.

David asked me if I could feel the altitude as I walked upstairs to the guest room. I told him no and asked what that would feel like. Apparently heavy breathing and a faster heart beat are some of the symptoms.

The altitude in Mexico City is 7,350 feet. The mile high city, Denver, is 5,280 feet.

According to Wikipedia, Altitude sickness—also known as acute mountain sickness (AMS), altitude illness, hypobaropathy, or soroche—is a pathological effect of high altitude on humans, caused by acute exposure to low partial pressure of oxygen at high altitude. It commonly occurs above 2,400 metres (8,000 feet).[1][2] It presents as a collection of nonspecific symptoms, acquired at high altitude or in low air … Continue reading

Shin splints

I believe I have had shin splints in the past. In college I had 10 minutes to get all the way across campus one day and walked so fast I was almost running. Soon after that I had pain in my shins.

According to Mayo Clinic, shin splints are caused by excessive force (overload) on the shinbone and the connective tissues that attach your muscles to the bone.

According to Scientific American, shin splints can be caused when the constant pounding and stresses placed on the bones, muscles and joints overwhelm the body’s natural ability to repair the damage and restore itself.

Since I am not a runner I rarely get shin splints.

Running, running hard, inclines, bad shoes or old shoes can be causes of shin splints.

Yesterday I noticed pain in my shins. I haven’t been running or walking a lot. According to this Livestrong article, increasing training levels too quickly can cause shin splints.

I pushed myself pretty hard in that total athletic conditioning class on Thursday night. The next day I had sore thighs and still do. Though I am thinking tomorrow the soreness will be finally gone, I hope. The pain in … Continue reading

Tiny bites and tiny spoons

For many years I have had a candy bowl on my desk at work.

There are times it is very tempting to me and I feel like I can’t stop eating from it. Most of the time I find if I don’t start I am OK. Other times it is not tempting to me at all whatsoever.

Today I had one tiny Baby Ruth. I told myself I could have one. I ate the tiny candy with tiny bites to make it last longer. It seemed to satisfy my need for chocolate and I wasn’t tempted to eat more.

One of my co-workers came over this afternoon to get some chocolate.

I told her how I ate one with tiny bites. She told me she heard some super model talking about how she kept her weight down. Apparently one of her tricks was to use a tiny spoon to eat ice cream. My co-worker tried it and she said it worked.

It likely gives her brain time to realize the sweet tooth has been satisfied. That likely worked when I took my tiny Baby Ruth bites.

I mentioned one of the tips I learned in Weight Watchers was to use … Continue reading

Walking miles on golf course in cold

Over the weekend Curt and I headed to Hayward to see our friend Tag Ridings play golf in the Nationwide Tour at Stonebrae.

I wanted to know how many miles I would be walking over the weekend. I put a GPS tracking app on my iPhone.

Tag’s father-in-law came along with him. So Curt and I walked with Bill. I mentioned to Bill that I wanted to know how many miles I would be walking.

Bill is a golfer and  has walked many golf courses. He told me that walking a golf course is about 6 miles.

It was so cold on Friday that Curt and I only lasted for about 9 holes. (Because of the weather and downpour of rain the tee times were altered and Tag had to finish the first round of holes on Day 2. And then Day 2 he still had to golf 18 more holes.)

The app tracked a little more than a mile. I knew that couldn’t be true. I even mentioned it to Bil the next day. He agreed and said it was closer to 3 miles.

Tag said 1,700 yards is one mile. And 18 holes of golf is 7,000 … Continue reading

Riding 100 miles and then some

My company recently launched a wellness program. We first started with biometric testing.

Our results were input into a web portal.

After that there was a wellness assessment in which I answered questions about my mental and physical health, fitness and exercise, work and personal situations, etc. From there my strengths were identified and areas I could work on–such as getting consistent sleep.

I can set up goals and challenges. One of the challenges I am participating in is to have 64 ounces of water for at least five days in a week. I am pretty good with my water intake. But Fridays and Sundays are challenging for me. Now with an incentive I am more proactive on those days as well.

And while doing this points are rewarded, levels achieved and prizes awarded.

One of the challenges is the Century Mile. At first I didn’t sign up for it because I thought it was about running. And I don’t run.

Then I realized you could bike, hike, walk, run (probably even Zumba) your way to 100 miles. The challenge started in mid-March and ends mid-May. The challenge spelled out: Track 100 miles of exercise–walk, run, bike, hike, dance, or whatever … Continue reading