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Baby steps day 21 - big victory

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Well - I breezed through those 2 party events yesterday with flying colors - never missed a beat - and never missed a snack! Several times, when I was given a choice I had the presence of mind to ask myself "do you really want that?" and poof! I passed it by. I feel really really proud of myself.

Does that mean I plowed through festive events like some sort of sand eating martyr? Absolutely not! I ate all 8 of my 8 bites. (remember, a bite is about the size of an English walnut or half a golf ball) Three chocolate dipped cookies - yup - and the home made caramel? you betcha. The evening event was our staff dinner where I had a grilled chicken breast with melted cheese and onion crisps sprinkled on top. And half way through I realized half was enough. I was really full - I'd had a wonderful salad first - and as the basket of Famous Lowery's Rolls passed down the table, though there was a moment's pause while I had to actually think about it, my body spoke up and said "honey, I'm really full. I feel so good. don't spoil this lovely feeling with excess" and I just passed the basket along. "

Someone had Boston Cream Pie for dessert and wanted to share - my final bite was of delicious puddingy cream between fluffy golden cake. One bite. It was perfect.

8 bites is really a lot of lusciousness and I ended the day feeling festive, feted, and physically comfortable. Yup. A big victory day for me.

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. Two party events today - one at lunch time. One, the staff dinner at a restaurant. So. For lunch 4 bites and for dinner 4 bites OR 1/2 a desert OR rolls. ____X___

Total Score 55.5 or 4 hours and 38 minutes. And I've got a 7 day streak going - only 2 more days to fulfilling that.

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. Though you will be in the city today and visiting with family - eat exactly as if it were an ordinary day. This is NOT a party - it's just a visit.

Hope you all have Days of Victory

  
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JLITT62 12/21/2010 4:25PM

    You are doing wonderfully, and just think of that wonderful reward you're earning!

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AEBROWNSON 12/21/2010 1:52PM

    Good job! I have not been so successful. Perhaps I need to start with baby steps?

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SHEILA1505 12/21/2010 7:57AM

    High Five, Bess
Well done - and what a clever idea you've managed to make a part of your party survival kit. I'd meant to ask you what size a bite is - and now I know :))

Hugs

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DLDROST 12/21/2010 7:15AM

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Baby steps day 20 - any progress yet?

Monday, December 20, 2010

The scale, which dropped some enormous 6 pounds 20 days ago, is staying right where it's been since then. This doesn't surprise me because I haven't really been trying to eat less - i've been trying to ensure I have a base line of really healthy eating. For me that has meant getting the water, fruits and vegetables I need to keep my body healthy. I've also been working on the Right Attitude to go along with the Right Actions, 'cause if I don't have the first, I'll soon let the second slide.

But - it is holiday time - festive time - and I'm not interested in giving up the festive eating stuff. This year there have been more parties and party-like pleasures than in years past and I have wanted to enjoy each one of them. I've been okay with passing on the gratuitous goodies - thinks like stuff in the staff lunch room. But if there is an event that involves food, I'm going to partake.

Just partake less ... and only the very best. My 8 bites rule is still holding and it's kept me on an even keel so far. No weight loss, but no weight gain. I figure, once the holidays are over, if I've got firm, solid healthy eating habits locked in - the weight will start coming off.

So. How did I do 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. Stay off my twisted ankle. It's complaining. It needs to be babied. And maybe ... that nap I missed last weekend. ____X___

Score - Anyway - Total Score 52.5 or 4 hours and 23 minutes. And I've got a 7 day streak going. 3 more days of making at least 1 point and I get to add another 15 minutes! weee.

Yep. It surprised me too, last night, when I got in bed and thought about the day. It seems that, when the day is unstructured, the 5 self checks get forgotten. Well. Hmmm. Got to think about how to fix that. I did baby the ankle and take a nap - Himself called it a Dog's Nap since I fell asleep on the floor in front of the stove, where the dogs usually lie.

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
3. Two party events today - one at lunch time. One, the staff dinner at a restaurant. So. For lunch 4 bites and for dinner 4 bites OR 1/2 a desert OR rolls.

Happy Monday To you all
Here's a picture of my favorite Christmas tree ornament. My son made it in elementary school - based on a book he'd read "Here come raccoons" by Lillian Hoban, about two raccoons who figured out how to open the new lock-tight trashcan lids and became heroes among all the other raccoons. This is the ornament that gets pride of place on the tree.

  
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PARKERB2 12/20/2010 11:59AM

    The ornament is great. I'm sure your very proud of it. Keep doing what your doing and you will succeed. Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. emoticon

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BESSHAILE 12/20/2010 9:09AM

    yes he did - but remember, he has a crafty mama. The rule was he always had to do the actual work, but she told him how to make the trash can out of an old spool and to make the "trash" out of twisted bits of news paper. The base is balsa wood and the clip is a clothespin - he used a hot gun to make everything stick. AND, of course, he read the book. Probably 3rd grade.

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SJTEBB 12/20/2010 8:41AM

    Great comments. My goal this month is to record all food that I put in my mouth, healthy or not and to do some form of exercise every day. It's easy right now because I love snowshoeing and I live in southwestern Ontario and we have been dumped on with snow I find that focusing on those two things really helps me stay on track. The goal this month is not to gain weight and focus more with some set goals in January good thoughts and luck for today and the rest of the week emoticon

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JLITT62 12/20/2010 8:13AM

    Wow, he made that in elementary school, really?

Funny, I was thinking about how I had a goal to lose some weight this month, which hasn't been happening. But I'm not gaining either, there's still almost 2 weeks left in the month . . . just gotta stop the pity party about the cold weather and changing clothes a gazillion times!

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Baby steps day 19 - A Christmas tree

Sunday, December 19, 2010

We found our tree yesterday. Tree getting and trimming was an event that was fraught with tension when I was growing up. My mother hated clutter and a Christmas tree involves heaps and mountains of clutter, giving up precious house space for something that will shed needles, tinsel and crumbs. Once her first grandchild became a teenager, she quit putting one up. We kids begged and begged to be like other families and put our tree up the first of December but she held firm for no earlier than 2 weeks before Christmas and it came down on New Years Day without fail.

My house is smaller than hers was so I'm even stricter about putting a tree up too soon and I adhere to the Down on January 1 - but I love the tree - its glitter, its shimmer, its lights - and I am willing to do extra vacuuming for 2 weeks in December. In the early days I had to struggle with the desire to have a thematically decorated tree like you see in women's magazines but there came a day when I realized that our own eclectic hodge podge tree is the most wonderful. There are ornaments on it from the 1940's and 1950's that my mother-in-law gave me, there are the first things made by my son in Kindergarten and third grade that get packed in special tins so they don't crush or fade. There are pretty gifts from friends and some things I've bought myself. The top of the tree is decorated in the large colored glass things. The middle has all the intriguing pieces, like the little felt mouse babies, with seed bead eyes, all nestled in walnut shells, that my sister made one year - or the birds and Christmas fairies I bought from Missy when she still had her store. Each ornament in the middle of the tree is special. Everything along the bottom of it is unbreakable because I have 3 dogs with swishy tails.

I was so tired after housecleaning, snowy woods traipsing, (we had to look a good while to find what we wanted) and decorating that I didn't exactly finish the tree - but I have all today to putter around with it. When I was absolutely too tired to do anything more, we just turned the lights down low and gazed at the colorful glittery holiday beauty.


So - how did I do 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. Get the house perfectly beautiful - ready for a party clean ___X___

Score - Anyway - Total Score 51.5 or 4 hours and 18 minutes.

In truth, the house isn't actually party clean, but it's so much more tidy and organized and neat than it has ever been before that the decorating process was much less stressful. Usually we're scrambling around shifting one pile of holiday clutter to replace it with another. This time there were clean smooth surfaces and nobody was cranky - not even this mouse.

Besides - my standards are variable when it comes to parties - You would think it was party clean even if I didn't.

And 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
3. Stay off my twisted ankle. It's complaining. It needs to be babied. And maybe ... that nap I missed last weekend.

May your day be sunny and bright

  
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SUNRISE14 12/19/2010 8:05AM

    emoticon emoticon I like your tree ! I got a table fiberoptic tree but its pretty ! emoticon

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SHEILA1505 12/19/2010 6:46AM

    My family acknowledges that the tree is supposed to come down by 12th night - 6th January - but then we extend by more than 24hours because my brother's birthday is on the 7th and no-one wanted to make that day dull and empty without the sparkles

Yours looks so pretty and although I only used very modern things on my wire tree yesterday, I still spent time handling the ancient pieces and enjoying the memories - I don't have the heart to put them on eBay as one friend suggested :(

Hugs

Get that foot up and rested!!! It's tired from all the Saturday excitement :)

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Baby steps day 18 - a day to myself!!

Saturday, December 18, 2010

I'm so excited. Today I get to spend the bulk of it all by myself. I could clean the house, wrap presents, slip off to the store... I could watch old sitcom Christmas shows, knit on my dress, knit a Christmas present, for that matter - or I could go back to bed or read a book or just anything I want. All By My Self.

In the "Life's a compromise" category, the one big compromise I have to make is that I almost never get to be in my house by myself. In exchange for that I have the most fascinating talkative companion on earth, who thinks time spent with me is one step next to paradise. So it's an easy compromise - but when I want to do housework I have to actually chase him away - "Go for a walk! Go for a sail! Go away!"

which he happily does, three dogs gamboling about his feet.

I am not bragging here - I am just explaining why a Day To Myself is SUCH a delight. As you can guess, I'll spend it getting the house ready for Christmas. Right now it looks like a whirlwind hit it - with piles of Important Papers stacked on flat surfaces while the dining room table is heaped with the detritus of Christmas cards, wrapping paper and tape. I don't even have a wreath on my door! And this evening if he gets back from his SA work while there is still some daylight, we'll go cut down a Christmas tree. We always use the short needle Virginia spruce pine which is a scrub tree. It's also the fullest of the local pine trees that is also strong enough to hold up ornaments. Cedars are too flimsy, loblolly pines are worthless. Nobody plants these local pine trees so you have to find them along edges of fields and roadsides. For years we could cut them from our property but we haven't any left that are the right size. They've all grown into big tall pine trees - many with flat crewcut tops, the result of having been topped by us in years past and taken home as our chosen Christmas tree.

Hmmm. seem to be meandering all over the place today - but here is the baby step tally

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. keep that foot elevated!! ___X___

Anyway - Total Score 48.5 or 4 hours and 03 minutes.

another 3 for 3 day! Yippee. Of course - I'm doing things that have started to feel like habit rather than trying out new baby steps. And I'm a little nervous about trying a new baby step - partly for fear I'll let one of these two very good habits slide and partly because I want to have successful days.... and am beginning to wonder if I'm being too easy on myself. Still and all, hammering those first two steps home till they're second nature to me is a Very Good Accomplishment for December.

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
3. Get the house perfectly beautiful - ready for a party clean

And a merry happy wonderful saturday to you all

  
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SUNRISE14 12/18/2010 1:18PM

    Last week when DH was deer hunting i did nothing ! Played on sparkpeople read-read-and read some more! emoticon Dh on saturday said you haven't done the laundry this week ! I said I KNOW I LIKE THE HOUSE QUIET AND THAT DOESN'T HAPPEN OFTEN ! He just grinned he knows he is hard hearing and everything is loud the tv ect ! I love him tho and truly missed him while he was gone but it was good for both of us to be apart a few hours ! Have a good day ! emoticon

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TEDDYBABE 12/18/2010 8:27AM

    Enjoyed your blog. You could hear in your thoughts the happiness that radiates from you. Good luck on your health journey. I am sure you will be successful.

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JLITT62 12/18/2010 7:47AM

    I really do get a chuckle out of all the discussion on which trees make the best Christmas trees. Just fascinating to this Jewish gal!

Hope you enjoyed your day to yourself & accomplished a lot.

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SHEILA1505 12/18/2010 7:20AM

    You have established some good habits now, Bess - have a wonderful day quietly on your own and getting the house ready

I put up my eco-friendly heavy gauge wire "township" tree and decorated it with the wire and bead decorations I also buy from the street-corner traders (as well as many other pieces collected over the years)

Hugs

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Baby steps day 17 - snow snow snow

Friday, December 17, 2010

We did get snow - a few inches of slippery white on our very cold lawns and roads. The county closed all its offices at noon so I got half a precious lovely wonderful day off. There is something so sweet about coming home early and this time of year, Himself is off playing a Santa Elf with the Salvation Army, assembling bikes and other toys that come in boxed pieces. This is his secret gift to the holidays, since he doesn't do it here but off in the nearest city where he won't be standing on a street corner proclaiming, but where he can quietly devote time to helping people he doesn't even know. (my brag, I know.... but I am proud of him)

I, otoh, got to work on presents, doing a little assembly myself, and wrapping some gifts. I also did go out and play in the snow with the dog - and twisted that weak ankle again when I was half a mile from home. bummer - but truth is - this is an old familiar issue with me. I've been fortunate for several years that I haven't twisted it, but I have the tools and the knowledge to nurse it back again. It's strapped, elevated, and iced and I can keep it that way at work. My job can be a sit down job any time I need it to be.

As for my baby steps:

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. Shop early before work because it's calling for snow - I might be coming home early. As for exercise? Play in the snow for 30 minutes (or more if I want) ___X___

3 for 3 again - though I can't help but laugh, because I was of 2 minds about walking out into the snow to the mailbox - that's a nice 1 mile round trip. I wanted to take photos in the snow, but something in the back of my mind kept saying "don't go" ... it was probably my weak ankle forewarning me. What do you think?

Anyway - Total Score 45.5 or 3 hours and 48 minutes.

And 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
3. keep that foot elevated!!

Happy Friday To You All!

  
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SHEILA1505 12/17/2010 8:19AM

    Look after yourself, Bess. Sorry you twisted the ankle again!

Hugs

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JLITT62 12/17/2010 8:13AM

    You are definitely on a roll -- sorry about that ankle again. Wow, 1 mile to the mailbox? That's a good walk! DH used to complain in our old neighborhood, where they were apartment style, and it was about 1/4 mile. Course now he doesn't even get the mail!

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EFELL123 12/17/2010 7:16AM

    Have a good day! emoticon

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SUNRISE14 12/17/2010 6:56AM

    emoticon emoticon my husband would like to do something like that i would to how do you connect up with the Salvation army to do this?

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