149.4 Tennis Ball Grip and Finger Nails

As some of you know, I am learning to use Photoshop Elements 10 to edit photos. Up until a week ago, I was using Microsoft Paint. I tried to figure Photoshop out on my own, but couldn't, so two days ago I bought Barabra Brundage's missing manual. I think it is helping a lot, but I know I still have 100 times more to learn than I already know about photo editing.

I selected the portion of the photo that included my hand and arm and then cut it out from the background that was in the photo. The selection job I did was actually not too bad, but then:

I made the mistake of using the eraser tool with black selected instead of the background color.

I know it looks awful. Live and learn.

Scott gave me this tennis ball to grip and strengthen the muscles in my right arm. I have to keep my finger nails this short so that I can type all day. Yes, that is a really bad selection job I did on this photo.

I spend most of my day sitting here at the computer, typing or editing. That acid that builds up when you get muscle cramps builds up particularly in my right hand and arm because during the 30 minutes I walk the dogs every day, I hold their leashes with my left hand. They give my left hand and arm a great workout, but my right hand needs it, too. Squeezing the tennis ball is helping to get the acid out of my muscles and relieve the cramping. My husband is pretty great.

Yes, my finger nails are really short! I honestly don't know how you gals with long finger nails manage to type. Honestly. My nails really bug me if they get any longer than this. No, I don't bite them. I clip them. I keep a nail clipper on my key chain for convenience.

I gained 1.4 pounds yesterday, but I am still within my weight-loss goal of 145 pounds to 149.9 pounds. I walked the dogs 1.3 miles. Here is what I ate:

Small bowl of Special K and organic soy milk
1/4 cup peanut M&Ms
El Monterey bean and cheese burrito with salsa
Homemade chicken fajitas with shredded cheddar cheese, cream cheese instead of sour cream, tortilla, and chicken and onion sauteed in butter (This is what gained me the 1.4 pounds. It is also my favorite meal.)
1/4 cup peanut M&Ms


  1. You can substitute plain nonfat yogurt for the sour cream! Much healthier and I can never taste the difference.

  2. Thanks, Amy! I will try that next time. :)


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