Thinking Out Loud #8

This time last week most of us were getting ready for Thanksgiving.  I can’t believe that a week has really slipped by me since then.  It doesn’t feel like a week.  Maybe because there were three additional days of eating Thanksgiving leftovers! There are still some in the fridge, but they’re all turkey related so those are for Ralph.  But here I am again, ready to be part of Thinking Out Loud hostessed by Amanda at Running With Spoons. I’m not really sure what’s on my mind, but that never stops me, does it?!?


~This has not been my favorite week.  There’s been a lot of rain, which never makes me happy.  I’m much sunnier when the weather is sunnier. It’s one of the reasons why I need to NOT be in New Jersey, but that’s a topic for another day. The next couple of days are expected to be dry, if not sunny.  I can deal with that.  Just no rain please.  I try hard to work around it, but the weather can have very negative effects on me.  I suppose I should be grateful…my life is so much better than last year this time.  Ok…I’ll stop complaining.

~Some household issues have been a huge pain.  They are ongoing and unresolved as I write this.  Everything is falling apart.  Gotta love living in a Very old house.  Things will work out eventually but for now they’re making me very cranky.

~I’m trying to get some Christmas spirit, but every time I take a step forward I seem to go back by one.  Little things like buying a present for someone and then finding out the person already has it.  Ugh!!  Have to put my thinking cap back on.  I’m just not good at this anymore.  I’ll get there though.  I keep trying and I guess that’s what matters.

~One thing that Is making me happy and feel good right now is exercise.  I mentioned a few weeks ago that I joined the gym.  I’m loving the whole process.  I go with my two best  friends most days but I will even go when they can’t go or if our schedules conflict.  I’ve been there three times this week and I think we’ll be going today.  I even thought about going on Thanksgiving morning but changed my mind. The surprising thing is…I thought about it!!  I also found out about something called #mileaday from my friend Kristen at ok,enjoy. She got it from another blogger.  The idea is that starting on Thanksgiving and throughout the Holidays, try to log one mile a day.  As she says in her post, it’s not a lot but it’s a start.  I think for so many of us we have No Idea how much activity we get or don’t get.  This is a start and for those of us who tend to over indulge during the Holidays and then say they need to start doing something after January 1, you’ll already be started.

Sneakers and Pedometer


I don’t use any of those fancy fitness trackers…well not at the moment anyway. I am thinking about one.  For now I just use my plain old pedometer and it works well.  It tracks my steps both regular and aerobic and gives me the mileage.  I’ve tracked a mile everyday even on my non-gym days so that makes me happy.  Some days I’ve had to resort to marching in place while watching TV but that’s ok, I still get it in.  I think that anything that makes you aware of what you’re doing or not doing is a good thing.  Besides, it’s fun and I have to keep thinking to find fun ways to post it on Instagram.  I can’t just always show my sneakers!

There you have Thinking Out Loud this week.  I started out a little cranky and grumbley but I turned it around. Be sure to check out Running With Spoons to see what everyone has on their minds.

Happy Thursday!


9 responses to “Thinking Out Loud #8

  1. I’m glad I’m not alone in not quite getting into the Christmas spirit yet. I’m trying but it’s just not there. Soon I hope.

    I do, however, want a fitbit or some other tracker. Since I got a new phone I’ve been using an app to measure activity and steps, and I can’t tell you the number of times I don’t have it with me and end up walking a distance and think “oh man, I don’t have my phone so this doesn’t count!” Lol

    • So glad to hear from you!! Christmas is always hard for me anymore. I’m trying my best though. I attach my pedometer to my underwear in the morning and I can’t forget it! Hang in there…we can work on getting some Spirit together! Have a great day!

  2. Maybe your Christmas spirit will be revitalized on Sunday at the Not Just Cookies Party. People think that they have to go crazy about exercise. Walking a mile a day….especially at our age, is an amazing feat. It gets you out of the house, gets those endorphins moving and you never know how many nice people you will meet!

  3. Weighting For 50

    I’m not feeling Christmas-y this year either. Which is really odd for me…I love the holidays. Maybe I’m just tired, maybe it’s because it’ll be our first Christmas without my Dad, maybe I’m just grumpy…. 🙂 Even if the spirit doesn’t come, I hope your days are good Fran!!!! Take care.

  4. Pretty amazing how getting our thoughts out can turn a cranky mood right around, eh? Glad to hear that you ended your post feeling a little bit better 🙂 And I -totally- feel you on the lack of Christmas spirit. Mine keeps coming and going, but I figure it’ll get better the closer that Christmas gets. When all else fails, I find that throwing in a nice movie usually helps 🙂

  5. Ah, the rain is such a bummer! And I hope the house stuff gets worked out. The house we just bought is about 90 years old, so we’re in the same boat!

  6. Hang in there Fran and keep at your mile a day. That actually will help with the cranky. At least it certainly does with mine. 🙂

  7. I can totally relate to the sour mood during sour weather. I was a Floridian living in Philadelphia and the weather got cold, rainy, and dark at 3pm in the winter. Totally wasn’t used to that.
    I always found that lighting a nice candle helped… perhaps a christmas candle to get in the mood and lift spirits?

  8. Hi Fran! I also feel so much better if I exercise. I ramped down during our move this summer and want to ramp back up. I just got a fitbit and I’m super-excited by all the data it tracks.

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