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Baby steps day 14 - Listening to your body

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Which I did yesterday - and mine told me it was tired unto death! I went on in to work to be sure any important bits and pieces that had popped up over the weekend were dealt with and then I went home, took a hot bath and slept all afternoon. Woke up for a vegetable soup supper and went back to sleep at quarter to 9. Man - do I feel like a New Woman today.

I'm not sure why I was so dead dog tired, since I haven't been terrible about getting enough sleep - but evidently the body thought I had. But this year I intend to breeze through the holidays without a sniffle, a sneeze, a cough, or any other malady. I plan on keeping Himself on the healthy path too - and am pleased to be getting his cooperation.

As for the baby steps? How did I do? Let's see

1. FIVE times today, at 10, Noon, 3 p.m. and during dinner and at bedtime, do a "How am I feeling?" assessment. How is my body feeling, how hungry am I? do my muscles feel comfortable? Am I thirsty? Is anything bothering me? ___X___
2. the Water, Fruits and Vegetables thing ___X___
3. 30 minutes of gentle yoga when I get home from work ___0___
4. leave work early if I can because ... I still need that nap. If I can't - in bed by 8 o'clock. ___X___

That's 3 points for a Total Score 36.5 or 3 hours and 3 minutes.

I didn't even try to do the yoga but not because I forgot or because I brushed it off. It was because the body said SLEEP OR ELSE and I obeyed. In the end, I want to be able to hear what my body is telling me ALL the time, and ignoring it when it gives me a clear signal is likely to make it stop talking to me.

Felling pretty good about myself, actually. As for today? I'll get that yoga in this morning before I go to work.

1. FIVE times today, at 10, Noon, 3 p.m. and during dinner and at bedtime, do a "How am I feeling?" assessment. How is my body feeling, how hungry am I? do my muscles feel comfortable? Am I thirsty? Is anything bothering me?
2. the Water, Fruits and Vegetables thing
3. Morning yoga

Ankle is still a wee bit tender - only a wee tiny bit but still I'm not ready to start doing fast walking and it's just too freezing cold this week to go swimming. Next week the temps moderate and i'll get back to the pool.

Hope your Tuesday is beautiful.

  
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SHEILA1505 12/14/2010 9:21AM

    Great job, listening to your body! In such a case, it's almost not right to deduct your points for not doing Yoga - if you had done the Yoga you would not have been respecting your body and that is worse - IMHO :))

Hugs

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RITAROSE 12/14/2010 9:15AM

  You are wise to take assesments and get the rest you need! Good plans = successful program! Congratulations! Stay healthy! emoticon

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JLITT62 12/14/2010 7:52AM

    I've been sleeping later these days, and just haven't been able to squeeze in my morning yoga - and I really miss it.

But I go swimming pretty much no matter what the temps are outside. It's just so relaxing. I wear a swim cap & my hair doesn't get too wet, and I don't have to walk that far to my car -- and bundle up good! -- so it's really not that bad. Just food for thought!

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Baby steps day 13 - Write It Down!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Lawsie! Sometimes I wonder just where my brain is. Not here, that's for sure. Or perhaps the right brain is throwing a tantrum and the left brain has decided to turn it's back, instead of dealing with the issues. but whatever the truth is, here's what happened to me yesterday

1. FIVE times today, at 10, Noon, 3 p.m. and during dinner and at bedtime, do a "How am I feeling?" assessment. How is my body feeling, how hungry am I? do my muscles feel comfortable? Am I thirsty? Is anything bothering me? ___X___
2. the Water, Fruits and Vegetables thing ___X___
3. Take a NAP! (I've been skimping a bit with sleep. Not smart) ___-X___
4. tap into my right brain with some left hand writing ___-X____

Score for yesterday - zero. And why did I get a zero yesterday? Because I forgot to do the last two things on my list. I forgot to take a nap. I forgot to do the left hand writing. I just ... forgot. Even though I remembered to do the 5 self-checks.

Total Score 33.5 or 2 hours and 48 minutes.

Gradually over the past 10 years this happened in my work world - my work life has grown so complex that no frontal lobe could contain all the things to do I have. Not even a paper planner works for me any more. I need to use my on-line calender to stay on top of my work life. Evidently, if I want to change or adapt my behavior during the mad crush that is Christmas Time, I will have to Write Down My Intentions - DAILY - on a piece of paper I can carry around with me.

So, for today?

1. FIVE times today, at 10, Noon, 3 p.m. and during dinner and at bedtime, do a "How am I feeling?" assessment. How is my body feeling, how hungry am I? do my muscles feel comfortable? Am I thirsty? Is anything bothering me?
2. the Water, Fruits and Vegetables thing

I really like these two things and want them to be part of my daily life forever so I'll keep working with them.

3. 30 minutes of gentle yoga when I get home from work
4. leave work early if I can because ... I still need that nap. If I can't - in bed by 8 o'clock.

we have snow flurries this morning - they're beautiful.

  
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BESSHAILE 12/14/2010 7:01AM

    Thanks honey - I'm doing much better with the water. I actually have a special glass at work for being sure I get enough water but sometimes I really do just forget. duh.

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SHEILA1505 12/13/2010 9:29AM

    :)) Oh, Bess :)
how are you doing on the water thing?

Big hugs!

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Baby steps day 12 - babying myself

Sunday, December 12, 2010

The good news is that I have a Very Very Clean House

The not so good news is that I didn't earn 3 points yesterday. And once again, it was a matter of forgetting. There's a cogent point that's trying to worm its way into my consciousness ... and the point is ... consciousness! I go around unconscious too much of the time. Here's how it plays out:

1. Deep clean the house - that's my exercise for today ___X___
2. the water and 5 f&V thing ___0___
3. S L O W dining tonight because dinner is going to be steak. I want to really enjoy my healthy 4 oz portion - every single bite. Cause I'm not getting one bite more. ___X___

Score 33.5 or 2 hours and 48 minutes.

It also means this is day 2 of a 10 day streak. 8 more days and I get an extra 15 minutes.

As for the water and 5 F&V ... I just forgot to drink water - and forgot to eat vegetables and fruit. I got busy. I dashed here and there and at the grocery store I succumbed to the temptation of snack crackers. A new brand. The promise of cheese flavor. They weren't even that good. I threw the box away half way home because I realized I was ruining my appetite for the marvelous steak dinner I'd planned for later. Unconsciousness - I really have to work on that.

For today I'm going to do some special Pay Attention Consciousness Training.

1. FIVE times today, at 10, Noon, 3 p.m. and during dinner and at bedtime, do a "How am I feeling?" assessment. How is my body feeling, how hungry am I? do my muscles feel comfortable? Am I thirsty? Is anything bothering me?
2. the Water, Fruits and Vegetables thing
3. Take a NAP! (I've been skimping a bit with sleep. Not smart)
4. tap into my right brain with some left hand writing

December has been a juggernaut month so far, with work, parties, gatherings, and powerful emotional events. I love it that way, too, but I believe the universe wants me to have a slow down day and it's sent me

RAIN

It's going to rain all day today. seepy slow long drizzly rain - which the ground needs right now - and which induces me to slow down, take it easy and recharge my holiday batteries. I have 4 Christmas movies to watch, 3 dogs, 2 knitting projects and 1 husband to cuddle up with. Yup. sounds like a baby myself day to me.

Happy Sunday to you all.

  
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SHEILA1505 12/12/2010 7:57AM

    I don't know if it will help but I have a 500ml glass that I use to make sure I drink my water - I take it wherever I go in the house and drink from it all the time. I mark off my daily chart every time I empty it and at 3p.m I have drunk more than 2litres - that's 72oz - and plenty more to go! Admittedly it is warm here but I manage this in the winter too

Good luck with clocking up those minutes!

Hugs

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GETBACKUPAGAIN 12/12/2010 7:38AM

  Love your attitude!

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MSLZZY 12/12/2010 7:20AM

    I have to have my water daily-it's such a habit. And f/veggies? My body needs and craves them. Keep working on it and keep adding those minutes up to LOTS of free time! HUGS!

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SUNRISE14 12/12/2010 7:17AM

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Baby steps day 12 - Perfect holiday gathering

Saturday, December 11, 2010

One of the best reason's for setting little daily goals down in writing is that now and then, you do them all! Wow! Of course, it helps if they are BABY goals, but I have confidence in their cumulative effect.

1. eat a healthy breakfast ___X___
2. call both my parents and tell them how much I love them ___0___
3. healthy snacks and water in the car because we are off to the city for a family gathering ___X___
4. Journal my eating ___x___
5. Walk for hours around the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Festival of Lights tonight. ___X___

That's 4 points. I did call Daddy but didn't get an opportunity to call mama - I'll do so today.

Score 32.5 points - 2 hours and 40 minutes of time off in January!!

For today the plan is:

1. Deep clean the house - that's my exercise for today
2. the water and 5 f&V thing
3. S L O W dining tonight because dinner is going to be steak. I want to really enjoy my healthy 4 oz portion - every single bite. Cause I'm not getting one bite more.

I'm proud of my healthy eating yesterday and I though I was on my feet, walking for about 6 hours, my Skechers Shape-up shoes were the perfect foot support for my tender ankle. I bought those shoes last summer because I suspected the flex caused by the curved sole would help with my wanting-to-slip disc. It does, but the built up arch support had a powerfully comforting impact on strained tendons around my ankle. Good shoes - but don't expect that you'll become Imam by wearing them (or whoever is the latest super-model)

Last night I gathered with 22 of my all time favorite friends and family to tour the Lewis Ginter botanical garden's festival of lights; acres of whimsical beautiful garden themed lights, glass houses filled with 30 foot trees, orchids in full bloom, paperwhites, poinsettias, libraries full of doll houses, conference rooms filled with animated model trains, all canopied with frosty stars in a black sky. Sisters, beloved cousins, close friends, all of us caroling along the paths, bursting into song because, in the dark ... nobody knows who's making all that noise.

right now, my heart is so full of Christmas spirit, love for mankind, joy, thankfulness, and bliss, I ought to be bottled and given away on street corners. sometimes, we're lucky enough to have a Perfect Holiday Gathering. Last night was my turn. I hope yours comes soon.

  
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MSLZZY 12/11/2010 8:13AM

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SHEILA1505 12/11/2010 7:49AM

    Sounds like a wonderful way to spend the evening - apart from all that cold, of course!

Hope our family is going to go to Carols by Candlelight in the Botanical Gardens this year - we all picnic first but don't have to bundle up like you do :))
Hugs

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Baby steps day 11 - Cornbread goeth before a fall

Friday, December 10, 2010

You aren't going to believe this! Or, maybe you will... but it's SO lowering ... it lead to a tumble.

first off, My Bad

1. NO rolls OR bread at lunch with my cousin period! she's my bread temptress and I eat enough bread as it is. ___-X___
2. 30 minutes of fast walking at the gym after work ___0___
3. 5 fruits and vegetables ___x___

Score for yesterday BIG FAT ZERO

so, first off, the biggest My Bad. After all my highfalutten big talk, the delicious winter salad set before me at the restaurant lunch with my beloved cousin came with CORNBREAD!!

If there is anything besides cheese that I have a weakness for it's cornbread. golden, crunchy fragrant cornbread. Corn. the sweetest of the grains. I would forgo gooey chocolate desert for one square of buttery cornbread. And this restaurant that never serves bread with it's meals, plunked down a yellow block of yumminess right in front of my face! That I paid for!!

And I lied to myself saying "Oh. Well. I meant no ADDITIONAL bread, not something that came with the meal". What a big fat goofy whopper THAT was.

And perhaps, deep inside, the rebellious little snot of a wild child said "don't worry, you'll earn at least one point today because you are getting your 5 fruits and vegetables and you'll exercise after work.

Only NOT

Because as I was walking out to my car, preparatory to going to the gym, I twisted my ankle and crashed to the ground. It isn't a bad sprain, just a wrench, but it's too tender to walk on. I know that from past experience. I knew I would have to go home, put it up on the couch and wrap it in ice. It's still tender today and may put paid to my planned christmas shopping trip. But it won't really lay me up for long.

but dang. what a popped balloon yesterday turned out to be.

Ah well. there are Other Balloons and they shan't all pop.

So. what's the plan for today?

1. eat a healthy breakfast
2. call both my parents and tell them how much I love them
3. healthy snacks and water in the car because we are off to the city for a family gathering
4. Journal my eating
5. Walk for hours around the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Festival of Lights tonight.

that #2 is to remind myself that a healthy lifestyle isn't just about me ... and loving is always good for us.

Thank Goodness It's Friday, hmmm? hugs to you all.

  
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SHEILA1505 12/10/2010 10:59AM

    Hope you manage your walk around the pretty lights - look after yourself

Hugs

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JLITT62 12/10/2010 8:29AM

    Sorry about the ankle AND the cornbread! Life is just cruel sometimes. Altho personally I'd pass up cornbread in a heartbeat for a gooey chocolate dessert.

Then again, I already had chocolate waffles (home made) for breakfast. But at least I planned for that.

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MSLZZY 12/10/2010 7:41AM

    Sorry about the ankle! Just get back on track and the points will add up again! HUGS!

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