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Baby steps day 25 - Now the hard part begins

Monday, December 27, 2010

The festive weekend is over - I indulged in the rich food and enjoyed every bite of it ....

Wait! No! That's not true

some of yesterday's bites were just not that great. Mind now - I confess I bit them anyway - but I'm sort of getting tired of rich food. But there's still plenty of it around - including the rich food I'll find visiting friends this week, waiting on tables or little trays or on cozy kitchen counters. Now comes the hard part of eating healthy during a holiday. I'm going to have to map out a plan to make it through the rest of this week without putting on any weight.

but first - how did I do yesterday? out in the deep blustery wintry snow? or sheltering from it?

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. Hike through the snowy woods with my guys and my dogs ____X___
4. listen to meditation tape ____X___

yup - 4 for 4 for a score of 72.5 points altogether or 6 hours and 3 minutes. That day off is coming close.

here's proof of outdoor snow play, btw.


So how do I handle today? It seems to me I do best when I plan in some indulgence. This helps keep the inner wild child from oversetting the lunch table and gobbling up everything that's in sight. So - best give that wild child some treats. Oh. But. They don't all have to be food treats. In fact, I think I'd best tap into her early on today and find out just exactly would feel like a treat to her. But for the food thing - hmmm. Well. So long as I take steps 1 and 2 I'll allow myself 4 bites. You know - those things I do at parties - 4 bites the size of golf balls - 4 bites equals one brownie or half a donut or 4 garlic crackers with cheese on them. 4 bites plus whatever Substituting of Inedible Nourishment I can come up with.

Here are the 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?
2. the Water, Fruits and Vegetables thing
3. Find some inedible nourishment that really feels like a treat
4. 4 food treats

So what is the day after boxing day called? Hope whatever it's called, yours is a happy one

  
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MSLZZY 12/27/2010 10:07PM

    Keep adding to those minutes and that day off will be luxury! HUGS!

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SHEILA1505 12/27/2010 7:57AM

    In South Africa it's called yet another Public Holiday this year to compensate for Boxing Day (or Day of Goodwill, as it is called here) being on a Sunday - otherwise, it's day back to work usually for those who don't get their annual leave now or work for a company that shuts down for 3 weeks (construction, many manufacturers etc)

Hugs and well done for coping so well :)

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SJTEBB 12/27/2010 7:42AM

    Good luck

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BILL60 12/27/2010 7:22AM

    Great plan!! Good luck with it.

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Baby steps day 23 & 24 - How they added up to a really great Holiday

Sunday, December 26, 2010

I set my baby step goals for Christmas Eve and did quite well with them:

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. Morning Yoga ____X___
4. Afternoon nap. ____X___

With 4 for 4, giving me a score of 68.5 points altogether or 5 hours and 43 minutes. And I wondered about how I wanted to handle Christmas Day. This is always a sugar laden, cheese filled roast beef and Yorkshire pudding kind of day and I didn't want to skip the fun of all that. But I also didn't want to end up feeling either sick or crazy ... at ANY point during the day. So first thing I had to decide was ... no matter what I was going to enfold step #2 into the day ... the Water, Fruits and Vegetables thing. In order to do that I was going to pretty much have to do baby step #1 - if not on a regularly scheduled sort of way, then, each time I was confronted with an opportunity to bite into something.

At the same time, I didn't want yesterday to be anything but a cozy time spent with loved ones, talking to them, listening to them, singing with them, playing with them. so, I didn't actually set baby steps at all. I just adhered to those two behavioral patterns without making them into any sort of list to check off. And I did really well with both. I ate lots of delicious gift and luxury food, but never more than made me feel good. I drank plenty of water all day long, to make sure my body felt balanced - which it did. And when the slab of roast beef hit my plate, it was almost an automatic thing - I cut it in half and gave the other half to a cousin who wanted more. When I could have had another glass of wine, I did the briefest assessment of how I felt and decided "no - I'd had enough."

so in some ways these baby steps have been incorporated into who I am. I still don't feel like they're solid concrete but they sure are much more part of a comfortable habit. I'll keep using them as little check off items till I no longer feel any nervousness at the thought of NOT doing so. But the fact that those two really healthy things really did feel normal - feel a part of who I am - is evidence that I'm making the kind of progress I really want to make. That fact is an enormous Non Scale Victory.

JLITT62's Blog post today talks about whether baby steps hold you back from big dreams - www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=3862451

and the more I think about it - I think any step: big, little or medium sized - can lead you to the big goal, the big dream. It's just important that you take some step at all. We're not in a race. We're living our lives.

Today, though - I'm back to listing, taking and scoring those Baby steps and you can guess what the first two things will be:

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. Hike through the snowy woods with my guys and my dogs
4. listen to meditation tape

Happy Boxing day to you

  
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JLITT62 12/26/2010 11:10AM

    Sounds like an excellent job & an excellent time! Just think how satisfying your day off is going to be, knowing that you earned it.

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SHEILA1505 12/26/2010 10:37AM

    Sounds like a great day, Bess!

My day was made easier by the fact that there were no nibbles around - wait for the meal!! However, there was plenty of sparkly bubbles - actual genuine (good stuff) French Champagne and that fits in beautifully with my acceptance of French Women Don't Get Fat - because they have the Champagne instead of the Bread Sticks!! So I did not ration myself but I did have a 1litre bottle of water with me all the time and slugged from that between glasses of bubble :))

As far as Steps are concerned, I feel that as long as they are in the right direction it really doesnt matter what size they are

Hugs and love

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Merry Christmas

Saturday, December 25, 2010



We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
from Himself, Herself, and all the critters

  
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SHEILA1505 12/25/2010 2:26PM

    Hi Bess my Friend
Thanx so much - hope you have a wonderful celebration today
I'm just back from the family event and going to have an early night and head down to the gym tomorrow (or a neighbourhood walk)

Hugs and love

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SUZIEQS65 12/25/2010 11:12AM

    Merry Christmas to you all!

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JLITT62 12/25/2010 11:10AM

    Lovely! Hope you have a wonderful holiday!

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TERRI77 12/25/2010 11:06AM

    Merry Christmas!

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Baby steps day 22 - Fruits and Vegetables

Friday, December 24, 2010

Just a quick report on my baby steps. I'm very sleepy these days and feel like I'm fighting off some sort of bug. I'm giving all those fruits and vegetables credit for keeping my immune system up and running, in spite of the holiday pressure. 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. Morning Yoga ____X___
4. Do that tomato basil Florentine soup search I didn't do yesterday. ____X___

That's 4 sweet points - 20 sweet minutes to add to the total - 64.5 points altogether or 5 hours and 23 minutes!

This is sweet. I was surprised to find out how many different tomato basil Florentine soup recipes there are - and how many of them have pasta in them. I'm going to continue looking and after Christmas I'll begin experimenting with them. there is a tomato soup taste I want ... it's just a matter of finding it.

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. Morning Yoga
4. Afternoon nap.

Merry Christmas Eve to you all

  
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CRAZYSTEPPER 12/24/2010 5:27PM

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SHEILA1505 12/24/2010 10:07AM

    Have a good rest - I've not been doing the kitchen duties and baking (going out to others all the time and they don't want anyone else cooking) but I've still had my feet up this afternoon - resting after last night's outing, getting ready for tonight's, and for tomorrow

Hugs - and well done with your baby steps - they really are working for you :)

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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 :)
Hugs

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RRP546 12/23/2010 7:07AM

  a very long vacation nice

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