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How I became slim, trim and healthy. Day 2

Monday, December 28, 2009

I went to bed last night thinking how lousy I had done in meeting my goals. This morning, I printed them out and I see that I didn't do that badly. Some of them are sort of vague but it leaves me an out, you see. One goal is to post daily and here I am. I also vowed to walk the dog every day and I did that yesterday and I don't think she'll let me forget it. I didn't do the daily exercise or track my food for the day. I started to track my food but after I finished off the pecan pie, I didn't want to see how lousy I did. Actually, isn't that why you do it, to get your attention?
I think I found a good buddy, KASEYCOFF, hope she agrees. I cooked dinner last night and ate a modest portion. This morning I finally got on the scale and I didn't gain any weight over Christmas in spite of eating everything in sight! Now that is progress. This morning, I planned to have a healthy breakfast and then my husband appears with a homemade waffle coated with syrup. I only ate half with a glass of skim milk and it was whole wheat so not that bad. Making a healthy choice at every meal is critical and I think I did that. So now I feel pretty good about yesterday. It wasn't as bad as I imagined. Shows how critical it is to post and keep track of what you did.
I own a business and my husband is the membership director of the Chamber of Commerce. THus we are really active and we network and go out a lot. Looking forward from now to the end of January, we have at least a full week of social activities, banquets, etc. if not more with pre-programmed menus. That is what is so hard for me, eating out so much, I just have to make a healthy choice and control my portions. As I have said, I've been on every diet out there and I know what to do. I'm hoping Spark wil help me to do it! I'm off to post my waffle on the nutrition page.

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MAMACAT2_3 12/29/2009 2:25PM

    I can so relate...I guess we have to think of this as a process and not worry about doing it perfect all the time. I am working really hard on not setting myself up for failure...meaning, not setting goals that are so rigid that I can't make them my lifestyle for the future. I have been on every diet under the sun as well, so yes, we know WHAT to do, it's just doing it, right? When I go out to eat or social functions, I think to myself, "everything in moderation". If something looks really yummy, but high in cals, take only a taste or two and then fill your plate and your belly with the healthy stuff....ya know. Horray for not gaining over the holidays!! SEE you're doing great!!


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How I became slim, trim and healthy, DAY 1

Sunday, December 27, 2009

It's time to get serious and set some goals for 2010. These are the same goals I've had every year in late Dec but this year I am going to do something about it. I am going to post a blog for 36 days straight, to the end of January. I may mss a couple of days when we are in Disneyworld unless my son brings his laptop but other than that, I'll be here.
Here are my goals:
1. Post daily
2. walk the dog, Panda daily
3. Participate in Bootcamp and daily exercises.
4. Walk with my buddy Pat 3 times a week. These are good walks, about 3 miles and 50 min each.
5. use the food and nutrition information and track food eaten.
6. Read the SPARK Book and get involved.
7. Find a good buddy on Spark who is motivated with me.
8. Cook dinner more often than eating out.
9. Make healthy food choices at each meal.
10. Do whatever it takes to keep it up.

Like most of you out there, I have been on nearly every diet plan out there and have been successful. My most recent was the Sonoma Diet which is a really good plan. I lost 18 lbs and kept it off for about a year and a half until I slowly gained it all back. There is something wrong with a diet plan if you can't keep it off. Or your committment to it. So, I am committing, right now, right here on Spark. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

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IRENEHARPS 12/27/2009 7:32PM

    We are here to support you. Best wishes for 2010. Make this THE YEAR.....that it will happen.


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Boxing Day Today

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Today is Boxing Day in England, the day after Christmas when you take the boxes back to the store. We lived in England for 3 years in the 70"s stationed with the U.S. Air Force in Suffolk near Ipswich, England. I never fully understood boxing day as all the stores were closed and it was a holiday so how could you take the boxes back? Maybe someone out there can give me a good explanation.
Last night we watched Julie and Julia! What a lovely movie. I love to write and do a monthly interior decorating column for our local newspaper. Can I put a link on here to it? Anyway, Julie had a goal to cook every recipe in Julia's cookbook in one year. And she did it! And got published and had a movie made.
I need to set a goal for next year. One major goal and I am reluctant to put it in writing for fear I will not succeed. It is the usual goal of sticking to some sort of weight loss/exercise program which falls by the wayside by the end of January. Someone please help me to get over this hump.
I would love to write a book. Maybe I could set a goal of cooking every night. We eat out a LOT! Maybe I could set a goal of cooking a healthy meal from sparkpeople every night or one of the many diet cookbooks I have. Maybe my Blog should be titled "How I lost weight!" That would be a postive statement. I've already got a stumbling block ahead of me. I will be out of town or away from my computer for several days in January so those are blank days in my mind. Maybe I should break down and finally get a laptop. Maybe someone out there, if you read this, can help me with this. Or maybe just musing and messing around, I'll figure it out. I'll be back.

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    Very interesting about Boxing Day.

I agree. Give yourself a laptop. Give yourself a reason to succeed.

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KASEYCOFF 12/26/2009 12:28PM

    Boxing day has nothing to do with taking boxes back to stores: it stems from the (very old!) tradition of servants having their holiday the day after Christmas. Because wealthy and aristocratic families celebrated Christmas on THE day, their servants had to work, cooking, serving, cleaning up - doing all the things they always did, but times three (or four, or whatever). So as a reward, employers would hand out 'the Christmas boxes' on 26 December, then let servants have the day off to spend with their own families. Christmas boxes could be really good - how about 100 pound bonus? or all the goodies for a really upscale Christmas dinner? High-ranking servants would get things like smoked pheasant, velvet jackets for the men, toilet water for the women. Young domestics just starting on the staff - usually the kitchen skivvies or stable boys - would get less valuable gifts, things like new linen handkerchiefs or even new shoes, and maybe a Christmas cake or plum pudding to take home to their folks.

Sorry, I rambled a bit. I used to be a tour guide at a National Trust property - does it show? lol...

As for 'Fear of Failure'... well, I'm in the same place you are. I know the old saw about not letting fear keep you from attempting to reach a goal: if you don't try, you can't fail, but you can't succeed either. So what's to do?!?

I am setting up a small (emphasis on 'small') list of New Year's goals - not resolutions, but GOALS. They are tiny, tiny steps, but any forward movement is progress (my new mantra), and so like Celine Dion's heart, I will go on.

p.s. Yes. Get the laptop. :-)

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A Memorable Christmas

Monday, December 21, 2009

I am an interior decorator and I help my clients to make their homes beautiful, one room at a time! One year around Thanksgiving, 18 years ago, I was approached by a local pastor and his wife who wanted to decorate their teenage girls bedrooms for Christmas as a surprise. I came up with fabrics and designs for bedding, window treatments, etc. and arranged to have it in by Christmas Eve. Since the pastor had to present Christmas Eve services, they left their home around 5:00 to go to dinner and the door open for me and my installer. We went into the home, put up the new decorations, made the bed, etc. I left a plate of home made cookies on the bar in the kitchen with a note that said "Merry Christmas" from Santa!
I could just imagine the surprised looks on those girls faces when they came home from church that night.
Just a few years later, the pastor died from cancer but his wife and family still live in the area. When I see them they always comment on that most memorable Christmas!

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TWOCANS 12/21/2009 1:43PM

    Oh, what a special gift from that father! I'm sure that will always be a precious memory for those girls!

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ALMMOM 12/21/2009 1:25PM

    What a wonderful thing to do. I wish I was more orientated for interior design!!! Good for you!!

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Five days before Christmas

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Well, here it is almost Christmas and I'm really enjoying every minute and every day! I have many blessings to count this year. My mother-in-law is 90 and has experienced many health challenges since June, including several falls, getting a pacemaker, and spending 7 weeks in the hospital, the last time a four week stretch. She is responding well to her treatment now that she is stablized. We are lucky for every day we have with her. Especially Christmas Day and the season. Yesterday, we took her to see the barbershop group that my husband sings with and then out to dinner.
I became a grandmother again with 2 grandsons born. I have 2 sons and each had a new baby, one in August and one on Veterans Day in November. What a special day of remembrance to have a baby born on Veterans Day! My husband and I are both veterans and many in our family have served. They joined an 8 year old granddaughter and a 5 year old grandson for a total of 4. We are so blessed!
My weight loss progress has stalled and oh, well. I have just been so busy and preoccupied with all that is happening to commit. I even joined weight watchers and paid for 2 months in advance. I just haven't taken the time to devote to it. Just didn't seem that important. I keep waiting for something.
One good thing this year, I have suffered with clinical depression for 14 years and have been taken a variety of meds to keep it under control. One big stressor is owning a business and since moving my business back to my home, the stress is not nearly as prevalent. In Sept I asked my doc to remove one of my meds which he did. It was hell for a month while I got used to not having it but now I am feeling great! I think I am ready to remove another one with his concurrence. I had decided to join a weight loss program here that my sister lost 60 pounds on and has kept it off. I was turned down because of this one med I still take. If I can get rid of it, then I can join that program if I want to. So progress.
I have a very good friend that I walk with. We have been remiss this year and keep finding things to get in the way. Yesterday we went out for a good 3 mile walk and it was great. We will work on getting back into our regimen next year. I will have to buy the spark book and participate more. Make this a focus of daily committment. I got a new spark award today so I have something to look forward to!

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ROCKYCPA 12/20/2009 11:36AM

    Sounds like you have had a busy year - setting your goals and using SparkPeople will certainly help you. Good luck with your goals and enjoy your grandchildren.

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NWLIFESRC 12/20/2009 10:29AM

    With a little resolution you can use this site for all your weight loss goals I believe.

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