Idyll #264 A Beautiful Day in May
Ok all let's keep the beautiful spring pics rolling here....
Good morning all,
It is going to be a gorgeous day today! The weather people are saying it is going to top 72 or so today with pristine blue skies and a light breeze. Wohoo! I cant wait to get my gym duty done today. IÂve got a couple things to do with some customer correspondence this morning then it is out to the gardens for me. I might just try to get to The Mixed Border today too. IÂm thinking IÂm going to pick another ÂArabellaÂ. (DonÂt ask, I donÂt quite know where IÂm going to put it. LOL)
So all the poking, prodding, echoing and wiring up is over and done with. The echocardiogram technician turned to me with a twinkle in her eyes when she was finished and said she would lose any sleep even though she canÂt give you any information about the test. Te heÂ I was also fitted with one of those gizmos that monitor your heart rate and I have to have that with me for a month. It doesnÂt record for a month you just use it if you have an arrhythmia.
Then I saw the nutritionist and she actually had some insights the doctors didnÂt have and I learned a few things from her. The most important of which is that she feels that my BMR (Basal Metabolic Rate) is extremely low from the many years I was obese Â that is the amount of calories you need if you just sat and did nothing for an entire day. So all the numbers you find on how many calories you can eat in a day are simply not accurate for me. The trainer and dietitian at the gym computed my BMR somewhere around 1,400 calories per day and the person I spoke with yesterday thought it was probably only around 800 or it might be even lower. Yep she said it stinks but that is just the way it is. So regardless of all the exercise I do I still only need 1,800 calories per day, or less, depending on how much I exercise, to maintain my weight. Not the 2,500 to 2,800 calories per day all the charts give me. I have to exercise for every additional calorie I consume. She felt that if I broke up my cardio and did a half hour in the morning and a half hour after dinner I might be able to get that BMR up a little more. She also had a few ideas on how to modify my diet. Basically, she was pretty impressed with our diet here and we couldnÂt eat more healthfully. She just had a few ideas on changing out my lunches. She also said that she doesnÂt think IÂll ever be able to get off any more than an additional ten pounds and it will be a constant struggle to keep it off. Apparently this old bod is where it wants to be. IÂve sort of figured out that was the case but IÂm a bit stubborn in case you guys didnÂt notice. I had to hear that from three different health care professionals before it started sinking in. SoooooÂ ennyhow, IÂm now going to have to learn how to be happy in this particular ÂpackageÂ because it wonÂt get modified by any more weight loss.
On a positive note, my Rosy Dawn coleus order came yesterday and holy cow!!! Are those plants ever gorgeous. I already have them all potted up and there are a few in there that might just become my very favorite coleus of all time. IÂll have to see how they perform in the containers this summer. I canÂt recommend that place high enough. Every one of those plants exceeded my expectations.
Marian, it sounds like you are into early summer with your iris and peonies in bloom. Would love to see some pics if you have the time.
Sue thanks for that ID on the ÂGeorgia BlueÂ. BTW be very thankful for your top notch metabolism. I was thinking of you yesterday when I was speaking to the nutritionist.
Michelle, thatÂs great that your dahlias and cannas are all potted up. IÂve got to do mine and might just get to that today or tomorrow. ~~ My ÂSutherland GoldÂ is also in full sun. I do keep it well watered though.
Eileen, ROTFLOL, you so have me pegged! I was feeling silly at the nursery. The whole concept of flying a bunch of trees home was pretty funny. I agree with you about Dicentra ÂGold HeartÂ. IÂm planning on trying to find that plant soon. It truly is gorgeous. I need to find a spot for it here.
T, holy cow about those bees!!!! Incredible, I hope you didnÂt risk getting stung getting those photographs. I canÂt believe your DH is allergic and doesnÂt carry an epi pen. That really is pretty dangerous. Doug is very faithful about having one with him at all times any time the weather is warm enough for bees. After that incident with the broken leg etc. he just wonÂt risk another episode. The docs said if there is a next time his throat could swell shut and that is pretty scary to contemplate. BTW what is that huge rose bush the bees are in? It sure looks like a happy camper.
Cindy, so just photograph all of it! LOL Sounds like you need some rain there too. We actually got an inch of rain out of the last two days and IÂm happy things are looking so much better today.
Mary, how did your lunch date go? I hope you had a lovely time.
Eden, I canÂt recall if you got your Rosy Dawn order yet or not. Can you even believe the size of the plants?
OK off to the gym and then the gardens, Have a great day