Thumbs alert: Google Friends Connect. In what appears to be a continuing effort to control the (blog) world, Google has announced that, as of March 1, it will discontinue Google Friends Connect for any non-Blogger blogs. That’s me, folks! What does this means for YOU? If you “follow” my blog using that feature, you will no longer be able to do so. I encourage you to subscribe either with RSS feed or via email. You can find both options just to the right on the sidebar. (Click on the orange icon for RSS feed or the green envelope icon for email subscriptions.) Alternately, you can subscribe to the feed by clicking on “Entries RSS” under “Administrative Stuff” further down the sidebar. Please email me if you have questions or need help! And a huge thumbs up for Ellen@FatGirlWearingThin for bringing this to my attention and sharing what she knows. And 298 thumbs up for those of you who have honored me by “joining my site” with this little feature.
Thumbs down: Valentine’s Day. Call me Scrooge – I don’t like Valentine’s Day. Society and the greeting card companies lead us to believe that we are unloved and unloving without the exchange of material gifts (not to mention highly caloric chocolate and suddenly overpriced flowers) to mark this day. I say, “Bah Humbug.” But I cannot resist sending treat-filled care packages to my sons. (How’s that for perpetuating the custom of showing love with food?!) And a valentine to my mom:) And, because he’s not nearly as unromantic as me, will be enjoying lunch out with my husband. Hopefully they all know how much I love them every day of the year, not just this one. And to you, dear readers – I will break with my Scrooge-like traditions and wish you a Happy Valentine’s Day. Every day is sweeter with you in it; no candy needed:)
Thumbs up: Jerky. Yummy low-cal find, thanks to my mom, who saw a new product mentioned on TV. Simply Snackin jerky comes in 3 chicken and 3 beef flavors, all very non-traditional with the addition of interesting ingredients. And all only 50 calories. I think my favorite is the Terikayi Chicken Breast with Papayas and Mangoes. Thumbs down that you can only get them online from the manufacturer. Thumbs down that when I emailed to ask for some freebies to give away here, I never heard back. If you order, maybe you should let them know (in the note at the end of the order) that you read about them here and would love a giveaway!
Thumbs down: Yoga toes. I noticed recently that a few of my toes had mysterious red patches. Then, next thing I noticed was that all 10 of my toes had dry flaking skin at the tips! What was going on?! Aha! Yoga toes. Germophobe that I am, I had been using the sanitizing wipes provided at my gym on my borrowed mat twice a week and then doing poses like a plank that pressured my little piggies against the mat Apparently, whatever chemical is strong enough to kill germs were also strong enough to kill skin cells! Thumbs up that the problem was easily and quickly solved by toting my own mat to class. Thumbs up: no more yoga toes. Thumbs still up for yoga🙂
Thumbs down: Aches and pains. So… just when I thought my calf injury might finally be healed, it seems I re-aggravated it. So, still no cardio. And now I have other various aches and pains in my leg and foot, which I think are the result of unconsciously compensating for my calf. BTW – the calf doesn’t hurt, it just aches or is tight or is “wrong.” If that makes sense. Thumbs down that some days I feel like my body is falling apart. Thumbs up that it could be soooo much worse!
Thumbs down: Other peoples aches and pains. In this instance, my MIL. She’s been diagnosed with bursitis in her “good” knee. It has been horribly painful for her to get up and down and she can’t help but gasp or whimper with the agony. Because her other knee is her “bad,” non-replaced knee, and since she has a weak shoulder and literally no core or upper body strength, she was struggling to even get herself off the toilet. Thumbs up that I was able to talk our way into an orthopedic appointment despite her initially being told it would be weeks to get in. Hubby and I spent a lot of time with her last week because, thumbs down, we didn’t feel that she should be left alone in her condition. Thumbs up that she finally seems to be improving and that this should be a temporary condition.
Thumbs up: What she said. (The other) Karen had a post recently that I read several times as the meaning evolved in my brain and I could see how it related to my life. You can read it for yourself here.
Thumbs resisting: Pinterest. I’m seen some of you talk about it. I’ve even visited some of your pages. (Do you call them pages? Maybe you call them boards or some such thing.) I don’t get it. I don’t want it. One more place on the internet to spend time. Eek! But then I see someone else jump on the bandwagon. And I wonder. So far, I’m resisting. Are you on there? What do you think about it? Thumbs up in gratitude to Cammy for sharing with me how to put a “pin it” button on my blog, just in case anyone wants to use it:)
Thumbs up: Purple cup update. Thank you for your thoughtful comments on my post about my now infamous purple cup. I am happy to report that I have not even thought of using it once since! But, neither have I thrown it away; Hubby reminds me it is actually HIS cup. (Coincidentally, it was his cereal that I last put in the cup.) If the cup plagues me in the future, I will try your great suggestions.
Thumbs down: Technology. Do I ever get through one of these posts without having at least some technology issue to share?! This time it has been my email. Twice in the past weeks there has been some issue with my internet provider – some server thing or other that no one seems able to explain. Or fix in a timely manner. I will get emails from a certain time frame delivered to my Outlook inbox over and over and over. Maybe 25 or more times! And I WON’T get any current emails. Oddly, my husband, who has the same internet account, has not been impacted.
Thumbs unmoving: Maintaining. Yep, that’s me. Despite some very inconsistent eating, (no) thanks to breaks in my routine (which I’ll blog more about another day), I’ve been pretty much maintaining my weight for months now. This would be a thumbs up, BUT, and this is a big but, I am doing so above my “happy weight.” Thumbs down for my holiday bingefest and the inability to do cardio. Since I can’t burn more calories right now, if I want to move the scale downward I’ll need to suck it up and eat less. Ah, such a novel idea! But, I’m really not overeating (mostly) so that will take some real motivation and willpower on my part.
Thumbs up, up, up: Exiting news. Today (if you are reading this on Monday) I am doing something very unexpected and exciting. And that’s all I’m going to tell you for now! But I promise that I will blog more about it later, after the fact. Sorry to end with that cliffhanger but I just couldn’t resist sharing a tiny bit of my excitement:)