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Baby Steps day 2 report

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Yesterday I went 3 for 3!!

1. 30 minutes of walking (this will be tricky because I have another lunch meeting and it's going to rain ... but I can do it) ___x___
2. 5 fruits and vegetables ___x___
3. Stop eating dinner the minute I feel no longer hungry. If I want something more later it's okay but stop when I'm no longer hungry. period. ___x___

Score now 5 or 25 minutes of time off come January.

Sheila asked what I was going to do with that time off - and of course, I'm hoping to make it a whole 8 hour work day ... so my score has to reach 96 - so I'll have to be pretty durn successful. Right now my enthusiasm is high though - and perhaps, as time goes one I can bump up the number of daily steps I take. But whatever I do on that day off - it is going to be totally for me. Sweet, self loving, concentrated me time. Maybe I'll go to a city and shop with a girlfriend. Maybe I'll go to a city and visit a museum. I love museums, especially art museums and they're really the only thing I miss about living in the country. It's possible I'll do a repeat of the Spa Day I did last June. (sounds tempting and they usually have January specials)

Yesterday I walked 30 minutes at the gym with no consideration of distance. It felt like I was walking a 20 minute mile but I didn't bother to count. Minutes was what I was looking for and the surprise for me was finding out how much faster the time went. Usually I'm mentally fidgeting when I get close to the 1 or 2 mile limit worrying about how much time it's taking - usually because I haven't blocked out enough time. Making that decision up front made it the blissful sort of hypnotic experience I've been looking for. Yay! Always exciting to discover something new.

So - what steps will I take today?

1. Listen to hypnosis tape
2. Swim 30 minutes
3. 5 fruits and vegetables

Happy December First to one and all!

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PARKERB2 12/1/2010 3:58PM

    Hope your specail day is one you enjoy. I'm sure you will. You deserve it. Hang in there, have a good day and Keep Sparking. emoticon

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CIVIAV 12/1/2010 3:29PM


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AEBROWNSON 12/1/2010 3:09PM

    Good job! This is a great challenge!

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SHEILA1505 12/1/2010 12:52PM

    Looking good Bess - and glad you have begun thinking about your special day

Big hugs

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JLITT62 12/1/2010 8:01AM

    When I walk the dogs I'm lucky if I get a 20 min mile with all the stopping & sniffing! I make up for that with my runs. And my ST. And my swimming (altho I do swim pretty slowly, too).

We're rooting for you cause we all want to hear about how you spend that time well earned.

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MSLZZY 12/1/2010 8:01AM

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ESTERRL 12/1/2010 5:57AM

  emoticon emoticon emoticonHappy Holidays! emoticon It is good that you are taking time for yourself. My husband, Jim, is always telling me if I don't take care of myself than I want be able to take care of others. It took me awhile to realize what he meant & to do it. emoticon emoticon

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Baby steps day 1 report

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Swim 30 minutes after work__x
5 fruits and vegetables ____x__
No rolls at the restaurant today at lunch ____0_____

Score ___2___

Well - not too bad. I knew I was going to a restaurant for lunch yesterday - one that is renowned for it's rolls; delicious - but excessively buttery even before you put butter on them. so when the waiter asked "Would you like bread with your meal?" I declined. But there in the marvelous salad bar, along with croutons there were sliced and toasted rolls left over from breakfast. which I did have with my salad. I'm not giving myself a point because I did take 2 slices for my salad. But I'm not subtracting a point either because I would have allowed a few croutons on a salad - so long as it really was just a few. I don't want to eliminate bread from my diet - I just don't want to scarf down baskets full of them.

Since each point equals 5 minutes off - that's 10 minutes earned! Sweet!

So - what are today's goals?

1. 30 minutes of walking (this will be tricky because I have another lunch meeting and it's going to rain ... but I can do it)
2. 5 fruits and vegetables
3. Stop eating dinner the minute I feel no longer hungry. If I want something more later it's okay but stop when I'm no longer hungry. period.

Let's see if I can earn 15 minutes more time off in January?

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SHEILA1505 11/30/2010 8:24AM

    What are you going to do with your free afternoon or day off, Bess? You're doing well and let's have some fun planning :))


PS I'm getting a cut-price facial and pedi Friday 10th before the last dance school party - cos I've managed to work off the weight I picked up after travelling and sulking cos I had no other plans :))

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FAERY_FACE 11/30/2010 7:52AM

    Best of luck sweety, you're doing GREAT!

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MSLZZY 11/30/2010 7:33AM

    I think you did quite well! I'd say 15 minutes will be a shoo-in! HUGS!

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Baby steps back on to the track

Monday, November 29, 2010

Okay - my house is pie-free, the last of the gravy went on the dogs' food bowls last night, and my favorite jeans waistband is uncomfortably tight. Time to get back on track.

I'm a good ways from that track, but I'm NOT going to try to dash back the distance. I will take baby steps. Cumulatively they ought to do the trick for me. But I have to do them daily - because this one day of good behavior followed by 2 days of slacker steps is just not going to get me through the festive month of December.

so. The deal is - post my daily goals and score myself on them - a point for each goal achieved, a point taken away from the total for each goal un-attempted and no points given or taken for half tries.

The reward will be 5 minutes of leave I can take off from work for every point. So - if there are 3 goals a day times 33 days times 5 minutes per goal divided by 60 minutes I ought to earn a little over a day off. One sweet free day off from work in January to do with what I please. Yup. sounds sweet to me.

Today's goals

Swim 30 minutes after work_____
5 fruits and vegetables _________
No rolls at the restaurant today at lunch _________

Baby steps. See where I end up by January 1.

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CIVIAV 12/1/2010 3:30PM

    Baby steps create miles of success!

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MSLZZY 11/29/2010 5:04PM

    Sounds like aplan to me-positive! HUGS!

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AEBROWNSON 11/29/2010 12:18PM

    Sounds like a great plan!

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MUSHCAT 11/29/2010 8:45AM

    Good plan with a wonderful reward.

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JANNIEWANNIE 11/29/2010 8:37AM

    Now, I see you are definitely in control. I like your attitude. Thank you for sharing. Hugs from Janet in cloudy central Illinois.

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SHEILA1505 11/29/2010 8:16AM

    Hi Bess
Good to see you have a plan - and you will succeed - cos that is who you are :))

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JLITT62 11/29/2010 8:08AM

    Love the plan!

Despite the sub-freezing temps this morning, I left the house shortly after 6am for my swim. Lord, that first splash in is cold! But after the first lap it's just bliss.

May you continue to be blissed out (in a good way) and earn that day off.

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Swimming away from the blues - and a Thanksgiving Tale

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Yesterday I hit the great blue wall of pity = feeling sorry for myself because our vacation plans got flushed and my precious dear man was having a hard time recovering from his surgery. From there I quickly spiraled down, plucking every bad thing I could imagine along the way, to make sure I was really sad. The goofy part of it was that we really were through the worst - but that is when the old blue devils came to sit on my heart.

Fortunately I know that exercise can chase those blues away and instead of self sacrificing doormat behavior I chose to go to town and swim laps for 30 minutes. I caught up with a friend and had lunch with her and punched those old blue devils in the nose. I'm glad I remembered that everyone needs help now and then and people are glad to give it and get it. But nobody wants help that sucks the helper dry. Nobody wants help that comes with guilt attached.

I'm heaps better today. In fact, I'm, as my son used to say; "All Fixed" so I'm offering you a link to a wonderful goofy silly Thanksgiving dog story. Hope you enjoy it.

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AEBROWNSON 11/29/2010 12:24PM

    What a lovely Thanksgiving story! Dogs are indeed a wonder.

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JLITT62 11/25/2010 7:41AM

    It's so important to feel our feelings, rather than stuffing them -- with something. Good for you for leaving it in the swimming pool!

A very happy Thanksgiving!

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LUNADRAGON 11/24/2010 11:21PM

    Praise God. I know you are still dealing with a lot, but fixing the attitude thing is a great way to go. You are on my mind and heart, and I am praying you and yours have a good Thanksgiving.

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MSLZZY 11/24/2010 11:33AM

    So glad you are "all fixed"! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and thanks for sharing! HUGS!

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My dear friends - thank you

Thursday, November 18, 2010

I can't say how much I appreciate your kind words of support. We did change our plans. This particular vacation is cancelled but another will get planned for another time. Instead my husband will have eye surgery on Friday. There is a 10% chance of a detached retina but that means there is a 90% chance there won't be one. He'll be blind this weekend but I don't think that will last much more than a few days. I have every expectation that he will carve the Thanksgiving turkey for all our guests this year.

And since I had already arranged to be off from work, I can be home and care for him as much as he needs without worry that things are going undone.

And I must assure you that I never ever regret time spent at home, surrounded by my pets and my books and my toys. In fact - how's this for a picnic spot today?

I'll keep you all posted as things progress. When we sit around the table next week an talk about the things we are thankful for - I will be sure to mention my spark friends. thank you thank you thank you.

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LUNADRAGON 11/23/2010 7:21AM

    Bess, I am so sorry to hear how intense these health struggles are for your husband. My older son has an underdeveloped optic nerve in one eye making him legally blind in that eye. I have thought of the scenario of losing his good eye, and it is a scary idea. I will pray your for your husband right now.
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MSLZZY 11/18/2010 7:07PM

    God had a plan for you and now you will follow it through and know you made the wisest decision. My prayers to you both! HUGS!

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WEDDWT 11/18/2010 3:25PM

    Will put Fri on my calendar and send healing thoughts out to you and DH all day.

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JLITT62 11/18/2010 11:10AM

    I am so sorry about the missed vacation, and will say prayers for DH's eye surgery to go well. I have had a couple of eye surgeries of my own, but they were successful (and many, many years ago), and have, in fact, allowed me to see better.

We have missed a few planned for and longed for vacations -- oddly enough, both times it was going to Vegas. One was supposed to be right after 9/11, and obviously did not happen at that time. The other time we canceled our plans the day we were supposed to leave, because my elderly cat was clearly very sick, and in fact, we had to put her to sleep a few days later.

So I can, in a small way, empathize.

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RITAROSE 11/18/2010 7:54AM

  So glad you can be home to take care of your husband! I love being able to do that for my family too! I, too, am very thankful for SP in general and how it's helped me continue my weight loss and journey into good health, but also the people who have invested in me, that's priceless! Have a thankful Thanksgiving, sounds like you are well on your way to that! Hugs, Ritarose emoticon

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