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Reflecting on summer, as we slide into fall..

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Unfortunately, I've had some unexpected health issues in the last couple months. Nothing that really interferes with daily life, but it has made the second half of my summer a little tense. Moving forward with the appropriate specialists.

I haven't been focusing on weight loss (in part because of these issues), and yet I've been maintaining without much trouble. Yay! I've been a smidge under 200 pounds for a few weeks now, so I decided to record it on SparkPeople and make it official, lol. I haven't been under 200 pounds since April 2015.

I enjoyed our summer duckpin bowling. I grew up in the midwest, then was on the west coast for a few years, so when I first moved to New England I thought of candlepin and duckpin as "funny" bowling, lol. But they're a lot of fun, and you don't have to lift such a heavy ball. I've played in a summer duckpin league with my husband for 5 years. I've never committed to a winter league, but I do enjoy it for a few months and we have great teammates. It's very casual.

When I'm not bowling, lol, I usually walk for exercise. Several months ago, I happened on an article that said changing pace when you walk burns more calories and has other health benefits. I decided to try it. I just speed up and slow down from time to time when I walk. I don't time myself like the article I read suggested, I just do it when I think of it. That's it, so simple. I have no empirical evidence, but I feel it really has helped. I usually walk between 1 and 1.5 miles a day, although I haven't the last couple weeks because I had a medical procedure.

And to end on a high note, something upbeat! I got a smart phone for the first time this summer and I've been setting up music on it. I've been thinking a lot about all the songs that come and go through your life, mixing together different sounds from different settings. People always talk negatively about technology, but I am gratefully that so much of the music I have loved over the years can be accessed now.
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    Walking is so healthy.
    61 days ago
    61 days ago
    I hope everything turns out okay with your health. Congratulations on your weight! Great milestone! The duckpin bowling sounds fun. Enjoy your phone.
    61 days ago
    My smart phone is smarter than I am! LOL Good for you getting one.

    Here's wishing you a wonderful Autumn!

    61 days ago
    I also got an iPhone and found a lot of music on YouTube - use the 4K YouTube to MP3 and in the options, have it sent to iTunes automatically! Finding the right walking music took time for me but I have my favorites. One is Best of `60 instrumental hits - Mega Mix High Quality!!! by Vladan Zivancevic - check it out:

    If you don't like it, there is a ton of music on YouTube.

    Huggers & keep walking, you're doing great! Welcome to Onederland.

    62 days ago
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