Living Maintenance - Maintainers Weekly Chat June 9 - June 15




BillBlueEyes
06-09-2014, 05:38 AM
The warm weather is so welcome. Rode my bike to Trader Joe's for some pecans just wearing a knit shirt - like summer ought to be.

Yikes, I just noticed that I have to read the book for my book club in a week. Someday I'm going to master not dawdling, LOL. But reading outside in this weather is just the best.


Mudpie
06-09-2014, 06:55 AM
Spent an uneventful weekend with the poodle. Going home today :yay: and it's the last dogsit I'm doing until October. :dance:

I'm really looking forward to sitting on my deck. The backyard is quite spectacular, compared to everywhere else I've lived. Now all I have to do is figure out what cool iced drinks to sip - no alcohol, no sugar, no caffeine, no acids. That pretty much leaves water, yes? :lol3:

Good week all - hard to believe it's JUNE already!

Dagmar :D

silverbirch
06-09-2014, 07:01 AM
Good morning! Torrential rain this morning.

Bill, I don't remember hearing about your bike before the last few weeks. Is biking a new thing for you?

Tummy not too good this morning so I've given myself the day off as I can't think straight.

ETA: Dagmar, when I was at my mother's I tried one raspberry (or blackberry) in a mug of hot water. That was very nice. You could make this warm and then let it cool.


JayEll
06-09-2014, 07:38 AM
I tried a delicious drink awhile ago--water with cucumber in it. You fill a pitcher, add fairly thick slices or chunks of cucumber, and let it cool in the refrigerator for an hour or so. You can drink it all day--it's very refreshing.

paperclippy
06-09-2014, 07:55 AM
You can do the same with fruit in your water! Or cucumbers *and* fruit. Another suggestion for a good drink is iced herbal tea. I like mint myself -- you can use tea bags if you have them or boil fresh mint leaves in hot water, then pour over ice and chill.

Weekend was okay here. DDs have been teething again (I think) so pretty grouchy, but they slept pretty well last night with no fuss until 4:30am. I am working from home for a couple hours this morning since I have to meet someone I am picking up some puppets from at 9:30 and it's on my way in to work. Baby C took 6 steps in a row this morning!

No change to report on the dog front. Carter was unhappy with the girls being so grouchy and spent most of the day yesterday whining and howling from his hiding spot behind the couch...except when they were eating and he tried to steal food off their trays. Still hoping the medication might kick in and we might see some change this week but not encouraged at the moment.

alinnell
06-09-2014, 09:32 AM
Dagmar~club soda is a good alternative to water. I was watching Dr. Oz (normally I don't like him or his show, but I was at the nail salon) and he suggested making tea with either banana slices (with the peel) or just using the leftover peel. I love bananas so I might have to try it.

Bill~what book are you reading?

Hot weekend here. We went to see a couple movies (A Fault in our Stars and The Edge of Tomorrow). A little crying, a little laughing and some action. It'll be even hotter today--111 predicted. Yuck.

krampus
06-09-2014, 10:02 AM
Flavored seltzer water is very refreshing. Polar has just released a new line of AWESOME flavors for summer:

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Shannon in ATL
06-09-2014, 10:03 AM
I often cold brew tea bags in a bottle of water. I have a ginger lemon one that is spectacular. I don't add any sweetener and end up with a nice, light flavor.

traveling michele
06-09-2014, 10:24 AM
Birch-- yuck-- hope you feel better!

When dh and I took our recent cruise, we loved lounging while reading books and drinking cucumber water! Krampus-- how did you attach the image you did?

It's hot here too. 104 yesterday after I finished bikram yoga. I was pouring sweat to say the least. I thought my weight would be down today, but alas-- it's up a bit. Today will likely push it higher....

I have one of those anxiety producing days ahead (for me anyway). Dd asked if I wanted to join her for a choir dinner banquet tonight (her high school choir teacher is moving away and it's a big deal in our smallish town). I agreed to go... she said dinner was at 7 so I thought I'd modify my exercise before going. Yesterday she realized dinner is at 6 so we'll need to leave closer to 5:30, all but eliminating my chances to exercise. That coupled with the-- I have no idea what they're serving-- what will I eat?-- panic! Do I have a snack before so I'm not hungry? Do I just hope I can find something healthy? Will it be buffet or sit down? I'm not good with unknowns.

Please also think some good thoughts for my older dd if you're so inclined. She's going through a tough time and I'm really worried about her.

saef
06-09-2014, 04:56 PM
I have one of those anxiety producing days ahead (for me anyway). Dd asked if I wanted to join her for a choir dinner banquet tonight (her high school choir teacher is moving away and it's a big deal in our smallish town). I agreed to go... she said dinner was at 7 so I thought I'd modify my exercise before going. Yesterday she realized dinner is at 6 so we'll need to leave closer to 5:30, all but eliminating my chances to exercise. That coupled with the-- I have no idea what they're serving-- what will I eat?-- panic! Do I have a snack before so I'm not hungry? Do I just hope I can find something healthy? Will it be buffet or sit down? I'm not good with unknowns.


In myself, I call this behavior "magical thinking" (thanks to Joan Didion) because in reality, one dinner and a missed exercise session is not going to pump me up like a Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade balloon. What is freaking me out is lack of control and change in the routine. I expose to myself that I have an irrational belief that I need to adhere **perfectly** to the self-imposed routine at all times, or I will completely lose control of my health and my life, crash and burn, in a way so awful that I can't even imagine the consequences. (Maybe half my face will blow up, like Gus Fring's in "Breaking Bad" or maybe I'll explode like the gourmand in the restaurant in "Monty Python's 'Meaning of Live.'") Of course no such thing will happen. At all.

saef
06-09-2014, 04:58 PM
Oh, and Krampus? Yes, yes, yes on flavored seltzer. Around here, it tends to go on sale near the Jewish holidays. I stock up then, big time. To me, though, it has a bit of a salty tang, despite the faint breath of whatever fruit they claim they've flavored it with, so I don't always want to drink it with certain foods or even sip it all day long.

traveling michele
06-09-2014, 04:59 PM
Saef--- funny that you mention Breaking Bad because I'm watching the series now and just saw the episode last night with Gus in it. I am dying to watch the last season now! You are right-- the rational part of me knows that. The irrational side of me is trying to finagle an exercise session in somewhere/ somehow.

CalCounter1003
06-09-2014, 05:47 PM
In myself, I call this behavior "magical thinking" (thanks to Joan Didion) because in reality, one dinner and a missed exercise session is not going to pump me up like a Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade balloon. What is freaking me out is lack of control and change in the routine. I expose to myself that I have an irrational belief that I need to adhere **perfectly** to the self-imposed routine at all times, or I will completely lose control of my health and my life, crash and burn, in a way so awful that I can't even imagine the consequences. (Maybe half my face will blow up, like Gus Frith's in "Breaking Bad" or maybe I'll explode like the gourmand in the restaurant in "Monty Python's 'Meaning of Live.'") Of course no such thing will happen. At all.

Oh my - this is me too. Thanks for explaining in a way that not only made me laugh but made me realize it is the lack of control that causes me anxiety.
Getting ready to start my travel on Wednesday. I don't go to Monterey until the 26th but I have two small trips first and already feeling anxious about exercise, meals, etc.

CalCounter1003
06-09-2014, 05:48 PM
Please also think some good thoughts for my older dd if you're so inclined. She's going through a tough time and I'm really worried about her.

Will do. That's probably causing you more anxiety as well.

neurodoc
06-09-2014, 10:26 PM
Well, we have given Loki to our local Animal Placement Bureau- a volunteer-run organization which takes unwanted dogs and cats to temporary "foster families" who then care for them until a permanent placement can be found, usually by taking them to weekly "showings" in various participating pet shops around mid-MI. He will have restrictions on who can adopt him (no families with children), and I filled out a long form about his habits, likes, dislikes and needs. I feel terrible and relieved at the same time.

Dagmar, to the list already given, you can add iced decaf coffee or tea.

Mudpie
06-10-2014, 05:37 AM
Andrea I think you made a good choice for Loki. I'm glad they are looking at his habits and problems carefully before placing him. I hope he finds a strong leader who has the time it takes to train him to be a good dog.

Dogs do take a lot of time. When Mudpie passes away I'm going to force myself to take a long, long (probably 6 months) look before committing to dog ownership. I would be getting an adult dog so there will be a lot of retraining involved. Luckily my dog will get enough exercise so that the training will be easier. A tired dog is a happier dog.

thanks for all the beverage suggestions. I think anything with carbonation contains carbolic acid - which is why my teeth are cracking now. I will probably opt for cucumber and fruit waters and iced tea and coffee, caf and decaf.

Dagmar :yoga:

Mudpie
06-10-2014, 09:30 AM
Forgot about all the milks - cow, goat, soy, almond, etc.

Anyone drink goat's milk? Or tried oat milk? I've seen these two lately in the grocery store and am tempted to try them.

Dagmar :shrug:

alinnell
06-10-2014, 10:17 AM
Frankly I'm afraid to try those "other" milks. My doctor suggested I move to soy milk or almond milk but they just have no appeal to me at all. I don't drink a lot of milk but it is nice for that rare occasion (like this morning) where I craved cereal (with my banana). Yesterday I had a banana smoothie. And how does one cook with the "other" milks? Do they react the same? Now that DS is coming home (Saturday) I'll have milk all the time (otherwise I only have it on hand in small amounts for the recipes that require it). Once my MIL suggested the kind of milk for folks with lactose intolerance--whatever they do to it gives it a longer shelf life than regular milk. It worked great in recipes but both my kids drank some and said it wasn't as good.

We're proceeding on our business change so it appears the next few weeks will be filled with extra work. While I don't look forward to the extra work at least it should help the day go by faster.

Speaking of faster, can you believe the year is almost half over? Crazy!

traveling michele
06-10-2014, 10:27 AM
Andrea-- I'm sure you have very mixed feelings about Loki, but it sounds like you made the best decision. How are your kids with it?

I don't drink milk, but I do have almond milk in my oatmeal each morning (and I order it when I get acai bowls). I'm not sure about using it in cooking, etc., but the calories are super low and it has lots of vitamins, etc.

I am plumb exhausted. Couple of nights of not enough sleep coupled with anxiety about dd and temps well over 100 degrees have wiped me out I think. I managed to squeeze in an Insanity DVD before the choir banquet last night. So, while that appeased my mind, I think it taxed me further. The dinner was what would be expected-- buffet style with just a few choices-- caesar salad, two pastas and bread. I had a reasonable portion of everything except the bread. There was also cake which I didn't have. I wanted it but I convinced myself it was costco cake and I came home and had half a cantaloupe. My weight is up .6 from yesterday but up 2 pounds from where I was last week, so I need to reign it back in. I can't let my exhaustion cloud my food/exercise choices. I'm hoping the coffee will kick in soon. Thursday is the last day at school with kids, though I work through the following Thursday. More challenges coming later this week like our end of year staff party....

ICUwishing
06-10-2014, 11:23 AM
I'm very fond of the unsweetened almond milk. I have a friend doing a 12-day Detox plan and she has me convinced to try making my own. I bought the raw almonds but haven't taken the other two steps yet. I've tried oat, rice, soy and cashew milk; the only one I won't repeat (ever) is soy milk - yuck! Goat milk I have heard can take some getting used to; when I find it I'll try it.

Have to figure out my "fat camp" operational rules by the 15th - I think I'll target whatever waist and hip measurements will get me into size 8s of my favorite brand of pants. I have a pretty good idea of how much exercise I can fit into my schedule and what kinds I'm willing to do how often. Should be interesting ...

DS starts driver's training next Monday - I can't believe that I've managed to keep a kid alive for almost 15 years! :D

traveling michele
06-10-2014, 11:57 AM
Becky-- must have missed it-- what is the "fat camp" you mention?

JayEll
06-10-2014, 12:41 PM
What is wrong with cow's milk? :dunno: alinnell, why did your doctor tell you to switch? I love milk. I drink organic 1% milk. It is a great source of calcium and protein, plus vitamin-D fortified. I have no problem with lactose. I don't get why everyone is so down on milk these days.

paperclippy
06-10-2014, 12:54 PM
LOL Jay, I'm with you. Those "milk is poison" website drive me nuts. Unless you have an actual physical problem with milk (as many do), or an ethical issue with the treatment of dairy cows, I see no reason to switch. Skim milk doesn't have many more calories than the other milks, and most of the other ones come sweetened so have added sugar. As for the ethical part, you can often find locally sourced milk from humanely treated cows if you're willing to pay the extra money for it.

FWIW while I was on no dairy due to my kids' intolerance, I drank rice milk. Of all the different "milks" -- IMO, if it doesn't come from an animal, it's not really "milk" -- rice milk is the only one I like enough to actually drink. Probably because I like horchata. All I know about goat milk is that compositionally it's the most similar to human milk.

In any case now that I can have it again, I'm restocked on skim milk, plus we are fully stocked on organic whole milk for DDs.

alinnell
06-10-2014, 01:21 PM
What is wrong with cow's milk? :dunno: alinnell, why did your doctor tell you to switch? I love milk. I drink organic 1% milk. It is a great source of calcium and protein, plus vitamin-D fortified. I have no problem with lactose. I don't get why everyone is so down on milk these days.


There is nothing wrong with it. And my doctor didn't tell me not to drink it. I had mentioned I don't drink a lot of it and he suggested the other milks to try. Regular milk just doesn't keep long enough! On occasion I can get very small bottles (8-12 ounce) that are sufficient for a week. But rarely can I get those in skim (my preferred). My MIL suggested the kind for lactose intolerant because it lasts longer (it does) and she said the "other" milks also last longer. Nine times out of ten, if I buy a carton (even just a quart) it spoils before I can use it all. From time to time I'll catch it before it spoils and freeze a cup or so, but then you have to remember to thaw it before you need to use it. It's just a hassle.

ICUwishing
06-10-2014, 01:27 PM
I do have an issue with the treatment of dairy cows (conventional) and an even bigger issue with ultrapasteurization. Since we rarely eat cereal for breakfast, there isn't much milk consumed at our house anyway. No great loss. We buy a half gallon every month or so of organic milk when it's needed, but no one in the house desires it as a beverage.

Michele, over on the Chicks Up for A Challenge forum, there's a thread for a summer challenge, "new-fat-camp-12-week-sizzling-summer-challenge". I've decided to join in and see if I can't move the needle on my composition and get a little smaller this summer. 12 weeks sounds pretty doable and my head is about ready to play ball. And swim, and Frisbee, and TRX, and Kinect, and garden, and HIIT and all that good stuff. The start day is Saturday. Woo!

traveling michele
06-10-2014, 04:14 PM
Becky-- sounds interesting!

Right now I'm up for interesting. My work day is crawling. It's beautiful outside and I just want to be out there. I'm craving something sweet which is dangerous. I tried to make a cup of coffee but I guess our office Keurig is broken so I wasted my cup-- grrr--- made a cup of diet hot chocolate instead so hopefully that satisfies my sweet tooth for now.

JayEll
06-10-2014, 04:31 PM
alinnell, you're using milk as a "condiment." I go through a half gallon of milk a week, all by myself.

canadjineh
06-10-2014, 07:52 PM
Blue Diamond also has a new coconut milk (& almond milk mix I think), but it does taste faintly of coconut so you do have to like that sort of thing. The reason the lactose reduced milk 'doesn't taste as good' is because it has less sugars in it - lactose is milk sugar - no wonder the kids don't like it if they are used to full sugar milk. Cow's milk gives me thick mucous in my respiratory passages & it doesn't matter what fat % it is so I don't drink it any more. I like the unsweetened Vanilla almond milk because it (and rice milk - although it is 3x higher in calories than my almond choice) are the closest to the mouth feel of skim - none of that sticky, cloying, fatty feel in your mouth after you've swallowed. Calcium is a non-issue for me as I have been tested just within the past month and my bone density is as good as a 20 year old of my weight & height (I'm 50).

I make gluten free pancakes with almond milk & they turn out fine. I generally don't do any other baking, but coconut milk and almond milk work fine in all my other recipes that have cooked sauces/'gravies'.

Liana

neurodoc
06-10-2014, 08:20 PM
Wow. We buy 1% milk 2 gallons at a time, and they're gone inside of a week. 3 DS's who drink 2 glasses a day each will do that. No soy here (ewww), but I'll use a bit of vanilla almond milk in recipes occasionally.

Mudpie
06-11-2014, 05:26 AM
I like cow's milk but mostly on cereal and in coffee and tea. We use about 2 litres per week and more in summer as we have smoothies for breakfast some days. I really don't like skim milk so we drink 1%. The organic stuff is out of our price range up here so I get regular supermarket milk. I've tried almond and soy milk on cereal - dogsits where there was nothing else - and didn't like the result.

I keep thinking a glass of milk with dinner would be nice but usually I'm trying to get my water quota for the day drunk then. I really don't like water so usually I mostly avoid it during the day and force myself to drink a big glass with dinner.

I think i will switch out my night time bread and butter for a glass of milk. I might try putting a bit of cinnamon or something in the milk a couple of hours before I drink it - liven it up a bit and make it more of a "treat" thing.

Dagmar :hat: :lol:

traveling michele
06-11-2014, 10:34 AM
Yesterday was a comedy of errors with Jozi (my Great Dane). I remember this happening (accidents) last summer so I think I have a plan (hopefully). I let her out after school and she potties (but then I think she drinks her bowl of water that's outside). I go to yoga and come home to a FLOOD in the kitchen. It was on her dog bed and the floor so I think she tried to get up and didn't make it. So, I'm cleaning that up before feeding her and Dewey. After I feed them dinner, I continue cleaning the floor and dog bed. I strip and get ready to go shower but I see *something* on the floor. I realize that Jozi has stepped in poo outside and tracked it in. So, now I'm naked and cleaning poo tracked through the house. I find Jozi on the couch and attempt to locate/clean the poo. I find the offending foot and it's of course smushed down into her pads, toenails, etc. So, now it's all over the couch too. Jozi, unhappy that I'm pulling her back foot somehow wrangles away from me and tracks it over the rest of the downstairs, including onto her other dog bed. So, I'm still naked and now I'm cleaning the entire house practically just hoping that dd doesn't come home anytime soon. I'm hoping today is a poo/pee/puke free day but that might be too much to hope for.

My plan is to limit her water after school/ evening and see if that helps. Of course, I cleaned up the yard as well....

Shannon in ATL
06-11-2014, 02:05 PM
Michele - sorry honey, but your story made me snicker. I totally get the frustration, but the visual you painted was fantastic. :)

Mudpie
06-11-2014, 05:24 PM
Michele Funny how we get that focussed on completing a task, no matter what the circumstances. I was laughing at what I thought you might say to DD should she walk in and find you naked, tussling with Jozi's foot.

I do sympathize with the tracking of the poop though. I had to clean up the kitchen floor at a dog sit one morning after the old dog with Alzheimer's pooped and then spent the night pacing around the kitchen, which had all sorts of mats down to stop him from slipping. Poopy footprints all dried to the mats and floor - EEEW!

Should you all be wondering I was NOT naked when cleaning up after him. :rofl:

Dagmar :lol:

CalCounter1003
06-11-2014, 06:51 PM
Michele, lol! You poor thing! What we do for our pets.
I was wondering...did you dress before you cleaned up outside?

traveling michele
06-12-2014, 12:52 AM
Michele, lol! You poor thing! What we do for our pets.
I was wondering...did you dress before you cleaned up outside?

:o yes! I was dressed!:^: