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JUST ANOTHER MONDAY! DAY 191

Monday, June 28, 2010

LEARN TO BE CALM AND YOU WILL ALWAYS BE HAPPY!

This is not just another Monday. This is a Monday when I make an effort to eat right and maybe even do a little exercise. I just opened Kathy SMith's Latin Rhythm Workout DVD, maybe, just maybe, I'll put it in the player and see if it works. I was semi-motivated to get on the scale this morning and it moved south a bit so that is good. I have to remember that I really just restarted again last Monday and consideirng the free for all I had Saturday afternoon, that is good. I'm not going to whine today. Rather I am going to be positive.

We awoke with a panting dog and a scary thunderstorm. She just hates storms. With as many as we have had this year, you would think she would realize that nothing bad happened to her. The dachshund is blind and deaf so for him, it is nothing. Maybe it will cool off.

Today and this week I am going to try and shave a few things from my meals. For breakfast I usually have a smoothie with fruit and toast with peanut butter. This morning I had 1/2 c cottage cheese and 1 c cantelope. I'm going to skip the toast with PB and see if maybe I really don't need it. I brought home tilapia and broccoli from Ruby Tuesdays' yesterday so that is lunch and I'll add more fruit. And then find something for dinner. It is hard trying to eat 8 fruits and veggies a day. That is a lot of crunching but if I did that, I can see where I wouldn't have room for anything else.

I'm not giving up. Yesterday was the baptism of our grandson and he was certainly the star of the show. He sat through the whole church service and never made a noise, just smiling and being passed from arm to arm. My daughter-in-law is catholic so we went to the mass. We are Lutheran and it is quite similar. Same words on a lot of things, different tunes. After all Martin Luther broke from the Catholic church when he hammered his 93 theses on the door of the church in Wurttemburg (spelling). Started the Protestant Revolution he did. When we went on a Baltic cruise 2 years ago, I was amazed at how many countries had the lutheran religion as their state religion. Learned a lot of history on that cruise. Have a great day! Later.

  
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MARSHASTAR 6/28/2010 12:17PM

    I admire your determination.
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KASEYCOFF 6/28/2010 9:30AM

    Don't you just love it when different generations can get together for one of the milestones like a baptism! As Besquivel said, it's a special day. Good luck with today. Remember, 'just for today' - worry about tomorrow after tomorrow gets here. (Sez me, lol...) emoticon

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SPUNKYDUCKY 6/28/2010 9:24AM

    I hope that you have a good day! Having tilapia for dinner sounds yummy!

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BESQUIVEL 6/28/2010 9:19AM

    Aww, congrats on the baptism of your grandson! That's always a special day. :) Keep up the positive attitude, sounds like you're doing great! Have a fabulous Monday!

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STRUGGLE, STRUGGLE, TOIL AND TROUBLE. DAY 190

Sunday, June 27, 2010

LEARN TO BE CALM AND YOU WILL ALWAYS BE HAPPY!

Wasn't that title from a Disney movie or something like that. I don't think I am capable of losing this weight on my own. Especially since yesterday was a pig out party of gigantic proportions. I just don't know what I am going to do. Something else besides counting calories has to be tried. I'm getting nowhere and fast. I sat next to a friend at a meeting on Friday and she has just lost 20 lbs by giving up meat. And sweets. I started this week by vowing to eat 8 veg and fruit a day. Do you know how hard that is? Today I've had 2. We had a late lunch at Ruby Tuesday's. I had tilapia, rice pilaf and broccoli. I ate all the broccoli, some of the rice and half the tilapia. The rest I brought home along with my mother-in-laws broccoli. I had to stop eating as I was full. And I drink 2 glasses of water while there.

I studied nutrition in college and my mother always served a balanced meal of meat, veg and starch. I am so tuned into that balanced meal. Maybe I need to rethink that in my case. I briefly tried weight watcher last year but never got into it. My son and daughter-in-law are losing weight with it so I'm thinking I should give that a longer shot. What harm could it do? I can't sign up for any of those strict metabolic weight loss diets as the medications I take prohibit me from being accepted into the program.

Let's face it. I am an exercise slug. It is so hot here, I can't hardly breathe when I go out. And I'm not a gym joiner and I've procrastinated myself into believing that the DVD playeris too complicated to learn how to use. I'm just existing here. I have this vision of myself where the pounds literally drop off. When does this start to happen? When we first moved to Florida and I had just had a baby, I dropped 12 lbs in 2 weeks. It was so hot and we were moving into a new home and I was so busy, it just fell off. That was the last time it just fell off.
Oh, what to do, what to do. That is the question. I'm going to drag out some books and see if there are any hints. Later.

  
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JANNIEWANNIE 7/4/2010 3:08PM

    I understand exactly where you are coming from. My expectations cause me to bail off the health wagon quite often. My best friend has been eating healthy about 80% of the time and she has lost about 40 lbs. since last fall. She builds most of her meals around vegetables and some meat. She only records her blood sugar each day. She said she finally feels like a "normal" person around food. But, she told me that I still have to do it everyday. She is trying to motivate me with some tough love, she said. I have been doing better with food since our talk. I hope her talk and experience help you too. We can do this, eat healthier that is. I don't focus on number expectations anymore. It is all about building a set of healthy habits I can live with. Hugs from Janet

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KASEYCOFF 6/28/2010 4:50AM

    Double, double toil and trouble -
Fire burn, and caudron bubble!
By the pricking of my thumbs -
Something wicked this way comes!

...at which point Macbeth enters the scene.
--from 'the Scottish Play'

I used to be an English lit major. emoticon

For what it's worth, when we are in our 20s and 30s, diet alone is enough to do it. As you point out, we are busy so we get exercise 'by default,' as we run around after kids, work, clean, shop, mow the lawn, do the things we do. And then we slow down - and so do our metabolisms, so we get a double-whammy. Once that happens (post-50, thinks me) then diet alone ain't enough. We have to throw exercise into the mix. This journey - losing weight, getting fit, getting healthier, toning up - is hard WORK. Not just the physical work of exercising and doing aerobics and so on, but the work of keeping track, making a plan, drawing up a menu, working out a schedule, and most of all, staying with it. SP helps by giving us the tools, but it's down to us to apply those tools and use them. There are no easy answers (oh, Lord, do I wish there were!) - all you can do is keep doing your best with what you have. To challenge yourself to do just that little bit more than you think you can is a good way to progress and help yourself; to demand more of yourself than you can do at this point is to set yourself up for failure and misery. Thinks me.

If you do decide to go to WW, pay for a full year up front. If you join a gym, same thing. Or any other program, for that matter. I don't know about you, but the thought of 'wasting the fee' would motivate me to keep up with it for sure! I like SpunkyDucky's idea about 10 minutes of exercise - even if you do only one a day, if you really focus on that and commit to it for a few weeks until it becomes a habit, you will be on your way. And like Srous, I have salads - I always have a tossed salad with lunch and one with supper, and sometimes we have a big 'main dish' salad with avocado or chickpeas or something with protein in the mix. What if you make your non-eating-out meals salad ones? Again, a small step, but... only takes 21 days to establish a new habit. :-D emoticon

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SPUNKYDUCKY 6/27/2010 9:03PM

    It sounds like you are struggling but really want to see some change. If you truly are an exercise slug have you considered just doing 10 minutes of exercise twice a day? As you gain exercise tolerance you may find you like it more.

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SROUS1340 6/27/2010 4:56PM

    I grew up with the same balanced plate that you did and it is hard for me to make a traditional meal without doing that, meat, starch, veg. One thing that really helps me is to make 4-5 meals a week a big salad meal with greens, some beans, a little cheese, whatever veg I have around, left overs or not, a little leftover meat. I still get that same basic meal, but the proportions are different, meat is maybe 1/10 of the meal or not at all, and then the vegies are the rest. You can use seeds or nuts to add to the nutrition and olive oil or salad spray to dress. I can make a really filling tasty meal for about 300 cals doing that. And I do lose weight, when I eat the traditional meals more frequently I don't lose.

And being a slug makes it so much harder. I laughed at what you said about the DVR. I feel the same way and really feel like an idiot about it. Walking has been my best bet, along with gardening and housecleaning. I'm starting to do some band exercises for strength.

Best of luck, you can do it! emoticon

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ONE DAY AT A TIME! DAY 189

Saturday, June 26, 2010

LEARN TO BE CALM AND YOU WILL ALWAYS BE HAPPY!

I have to take one day at a time and this morning, I posted my breakfast in the tracker. First time in a few days. How do I know what I'm going to eat if I don't know what I've eaten? My idea for having 8 fruits and veggies a day is a good one but I've not accomplished that in a few days, I don't think. I think I only got 3, maybe 4 yesterday.
Today I started with orange juice and cantelope so that is two already and I will be fruity for lunch. At 3:00 we have an end of group party with barbecue, chicken, coleslaw, etc. etc. One woman is bringing a watermelon bowl so I will head for that, the coleslaw and the chicken. I'm stagnant on the weight loss as usualy because I am so not consistant.
And it has been soooo hot here, haven't walked the dog. I did take her this morning at 9:00 and she is still panting even though it was shady, only 1/2 mile and I hosed her down when we got back.
I am such a slug at exercise. If only I would get up at 6:00 and take her then. It is only 15 min and she loves it. Instead, I loll around in bed for 15 min thinking of things. I could think on my walk! Okay, I will try that next week. My grandson is being baptized at 11:00 tomorrow so I could go out early. Later!

  
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ANNINTENNESSEE 6/26/2010 11:15AM

    The only exercise I enjoy and look forward to is swimming! It is hot out there!

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KASEYCOFF 6/26/2010 11:08AM

    That sounds like a good motivator - you can plan your meals, your day, etc. while you go for the early morning walk. And you're probably right: your dog will thank you for it! :-)

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WEEKEND'S COMING UP! DAY 181

Friday, June 25, 2010

LEARN TO BE CALM AND YOU WILL ALWAYS BE HAPPY!

Here it is Friday and my strict weight loss plan waivered a bit yesterday. I didn't even go near the nutrition tracker. Didn't do too badly until I succumbed to some illegal snacking last night. Why oh why. Today I am going to pay attention! There is a civic meeting at 1;00 about the oil spill and I think I will attend. BP is dragging it's feet about paying for anything so I think we need to have a fundraiser to help our county pay for the barges and skimmer,s etc. that we need to keep this oil at bay. Please pray that we don't have a hurricane come into the gulf this year. All we need is to have oil flinging around everywhere. I guess this will be a part of our life now for some time to come. Sunday night there is a free concert on the beach by the Doobie Brothers and Kenny Loggins. We have VIP tickets to watch from the deck of a bar. Not allowed to bring any food or drink.

We have 3 eating occasions starting tonight. Sunday is the baptism of my 7 month old grandson and we will go out to dinner afterward. He's so cute. Wish I could see my other 10 month old grandson more often. I'll do the best I can this weekend. Later.

  
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CAROLYNVIL 6/25/2010 7:42PM

    Good luck at your meeting. Don't know what to say about the oil spill---it is going to be very bad for years. there I said it. it is devastating. good luck with your strict diet.


carolyn

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JENNY888 6/25/2010 10:39AM

    Remember these occasions are eating opportunities and not eating excuses. Make them an opportunity to practice wise choices and you will do great.

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KASEYCOFF 6/25/2010 9:35AM

    You are doing really well, focussing on planning ahead and trying to analyze things. You're also back to blogging more frequently, which (to me, at least) shows you are more committed again, so - it's all good! We're off to 'the big dinner' tonight, fine French restaurant, three courses, and no doubt much wine will be available. Wish me luck - they're definitely going to test my willpower tonight! :-)

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THAI FOOD ROCKS! DAY 180

Thursday, June 24, 2010

LEARN TO BE CALM AND YOU'LL ALWAYS BE HAPPY!

Something I haven't shared here is that hubby and I got married at the American Embassy in Bangkok Thailand in 1973. We were both in the military at the time and he was stationed in Thailand. In order to be together when he returned to the U.S. we had to be married. It was a gutsy and scary thing to do but we are still married, 37 years later.

Thus developed a lifelong love affair with Thai Food. We are fortunate to live in a military community and there are oodles of Thai restaurants to choose from. We usually go to the same ones but last night, we tried a different one and picked different entries. I had pork something over vegetables with a peanut sauce. Delicious! And the servings are usually a modest amount so you don't over eat. I did clean my plate however. Hubby got a pork red curry dish. Something he never tried and it was delicious as well. So I think a good thing for us to try is to go to each one of the Thai restaurants in the area and choose something different. We got used to eating Kow Pad (fried rice) but now I get other things and love them as well. We will have to write down what it is we eat because I could never remember all those names.

It was a culminaton of a busy day, early business meeting, lunch and speaking engagement, and an appmt with a previous client. THis will be a fun job however no contract signed as yet. This whole week has been uneventful in the sales department and I was discussing it with hubby. At 62, I am trying to figure out what I want to do with my life and whether I want to keep working this business or retire or what. Hubby used a perfect word to describe my job at the moment, "pointless". And I agree, I would just love to pay off this one credit card I have in the business and then just go as it goes. I don't want to have that hanging over my head when I give it up. I don't really want to give it up, I just don't want to have to push to keep my sales up or have oodles of samples to keep up with like I had in the past.

I haven't said much about the oil spill as we have been relatively spared but it is fast approaching. Pensacola Beach was covered last night and we are 50 miles away. This is like a death in the family, losing our beautiful white sand beaches and clean water to a big mistake and an afraid to do anything president. Why isn't he mad? Our economy is suffering and it will be worse this winter. The hotels that are normally packed this time of year have vacancies. And next week is July4th! We should be over flowing with tourists and they are cancelling. Our beaches are still white. Please come! The majority of our condos all have swimming pools and there are lots of other activities! It will be lean this winter.

On the diet side, I have been doing fairly well. Planning a good day! Later.

  
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SPUNKYDUCKY 6/24/2010 4:10PM

    Love Thai food as well. It usually tastes fresh and relatively light to me, plus the spices....mmmmmmmhhh!

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MARSHASTAR 6/24/2010 12:35PM

    You have such an interesting life! I think you will be active in something even if you do retire. Yes, I agree you should pay off that card first.
Oh, that oil spill. . . The end of life as we knew it.
P.S. I believe I will have less atrial fibrillation incidents if I drink a LOT of water every day.

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KASEYCOFF 6/24/2010 12:34PM

    Himself is an architect, sole practitioner, and officially he retired as of the first of the year. But he didn't just 'stop' everything at once, as there were a few jobs that were in various stages of development, plus one long-time client who had some work he wanted done. This letting things gradually fade out seems to be working pretty well: how would you feel about letting your business just slowly finish? Bob tells any new callers 'Sorry, I'm retired,' and gives them the names of some of the local people who are still doing design. The other option we considered was 'selling' the practice, but it didn't seem very feasible, especially as so many of his clients are about the same age he is and either have already retired or are planning to within a year or two.

As for the oil spill: absolutely heart-breaking. I posted something just today (on another website) about how if only one good thing can come out of this tragedy, maybe it will be to convince 'the powers that be' to explore alternative means of energy. If the money that's being spent on trying to 'fix' the current problem had instead been spent on designing and building solar collectors, windmills, corn and sugar cane 'fuel,' and other 'green' sources of energy - we'd be lightyears ahead of the kind of hazards we face now. Unbelievable - and the environmental repercussions from the Gulf leak will go on for years and years.

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KARITINA 6/24/2010 10:08AM

  my hubby works at that place its good if u dont eat it evey day gets boring..

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