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baby steps day 22 - Let the vacation begin

Thursday, December 23, 2010

It's official. I am on vacation till January 4! I finished up at work yesterday around noon, so I had the rest of the afternoon to do town things to get ready for Christmas. Pick up the oysters for our traditional Christmas eve dinner and the rib roast for Christmas day. Deliver presents to friends in town. A little puttery shopping, stop in to visit the craft store owner, where I will be teaching a knitting class in January. A cup of delicious coffee with a girlfriend while I could admire her lovely decorations. She has a blue willow dining room complete with it's own blue willow tree! Lovely.

Of course, all this came after my traditional Christmas manicure and pedicure - a gift I've been giving myself for almost 10 years - so you know I am relaxed.

And how did I do with the 5 things?

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. soup for dinner tonight + begin collecting recipes for tomato Florentine soup - one of my favorites to carry me through the winter. ____--X____

Bummer on that last one, which was something I had to cudgel my brain to come up with in the first place. Honestly, I couldn't think what I wanted to do for a third baby step yesterday and after I'd posted them - Himself asked for clam spaghetti for dinner. I had zero computer time yesterday so I never could start tracking down recipes and I was dead dog tired by 8 o'clock and fell asleep by the fire.

It seems a shame to have to actually give up a point for something I didn't even really care about - but there is a lesson to this - and that is ... Don't invest in make-work things that don't matter - and if I do invest in something - write it down on a little card and carry it with me all day. We all live in a world where Things Happen - people have ideas, stuff comes up. There has to be some flexibility built into our lives - certainly into mine. I'm not telling myself to be rigid about plans written down - I'm telling myself to stick with the stuff that really matters - a little like eating only the 8 bites at a party that really matter, that I really want. Cheese spread on crackers? I can get that from my own refrigerator but someone's home made caramel truffle? That's a once a year treat adn that's what I ought to invest in.

so - score 57.5 plus the extra 3 points for making a 10 day streak for 60.5 points altogether or 5 hours and 3 minutes!

so. if I want an 8 hour day off from work in January - I need to earn 36 more points. I'll have to think hard about how to earn them within the time frame of a single month. It would mean earning 4 points each day. I haven't done much with exercise this month because of my strained ankle. I've been active, but not exercising. I believe, though, with all this time off ahead of me I can fit in a daily yoga practice... and with 4 points a day I could conceivably hit my target by December 31. Let's see if I can.

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
4. Do that tomato basil Florentine soup search I didn't do yesterday.

so my friends - may your day be merry and bright

  
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SHEILA1505 12/23/2010 8:29AM

    There's a good plan!
When you find the recipe - how about posting it on your blog for us to share :)
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RRP546 12/23/2010 7:07AM

  a very long vacation nice

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Baby steps day 21 - win some, lose some

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Yesterday I drove over to see my sister, who lives out of state and comes twice a year to see our parents. I can't always meet up with her when she breezes through but I've had a hankering to see her lately and decided to take a vacation day and just do it. This is my youngest sister and she's a consummate entertainer. She plays old time fiddle and can sing more songs than a radio station. She has a lovely voice and a laughing delivery that can ignite a crowd. She entertained everyone at Daddy's assisted living place, including me.

She's the sister we often call Little Daddy because they share so many personality traits. I know the past few years she's been through a very rough patch, including the loss of her home and that greatest terror any mother holds; the death of her (only) child. One of the reasons I was determined to get up with her is that I have all the family photos from my parents' old home and I've been sorting and scanning and copying them. I wanted to give the originals of her childhood and young motherhood to her. It was deeply satisfying for me to do so even though, I've really just been the conduit.

And altogether I was doing pretty durn good with my baby steps till I succumbed to Krispy Kreme blueberry cake donuts - which are the only KKdonuts that even tempt me. Alas, they did more then tempt. They leapt out of the case at the kwik stop gas station, grabbed me by the ankle, clambered up my leg, throttled me and then, while I was still dazed, they pried open my mouth and scurried inside.

And that's the trufe an' I'm stickin' wiff it!

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Okay, confession time:

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. 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. ____-X____

So - that's only 1 point, but the score is 56.5 or 4 hours and 43 minutes with only 1 more day (today) to make a 10 day streak of points. Yea!!

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. soup for dinner tonight + begin collecting recipes for tomato Florentine soup - one of my favorites to carry me through the winter.

Happy Hump Day to you all

  
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SHEILA1505 12/22/2010 11:47AM

    Swiss cheese does that to me :))

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RU4FLGATORS 12/22/2010 7:33AM

    I hate it when donuts do that! emoticon

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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 :))

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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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