BESSHAILE   47,093
SparkPoints
40,000-49,999 SparkPoints
 
 
BESSHAILE's Recent Blog Entries

What else nourishes besides food?

Monday, December 07, 2009

I'm thinking hard today about nourishment because I'm experimenting with green smoothies. I don't get enough potassium or folate most days and dark green foods really help with that. My darling husband will put his foot down if I serve spinach with every meal, hence the smoothie route. And as I substitute flax seed for sunflower seeds, put in a dash of tobasco sauce, and otherwise fiddle with the proportions, I can't help but think of the Other Things that nourish me.

Like walking through the spicy fragrant woods on a Sunday afternoon with my dogs.

And zipping up a favorite skirt and finding it's a bit loose

And seeing my favorite pre-schoolers walk through the door of the library - ready for story hour

Christmas carols on the CD player in the evening

Dogs spread out on the rugs in front of the woodstove

the dome of the blue sky overhead as I walk down the lane

the sweet sound of my New Car's (The Golden Chariot) engine as it turns over on a cold morning

the delivery of new books for the library

the silky cushy feeling of alpaca yarn running over my fingers

the sweet memory of mama and daddy inviting me to join them for After Breakfast Coffee in the living room - a sure sign that I was a Grownup at last - or at least, beginning to be one

hmmm. Well. These may all sound like blessings I'm counting and they are! Following Bing Crosby's advice to Rosemary Cloony in White Christmas, I am counting my blessings instead of sheep. Because they are the other kind of nourishment and they are as important as omega 3 fatty acids and folate and potassium.

Happy Monday to everyone out there. emoticon emoticon emoticon

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

ODDBODKIN 12/7/2009 8:07PM

    I like your list! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
MYFEETHURT 12/7/2009 1:57PM

  I think a few tight muscles in my back just loosened up by reading your sweet words. Memories are some of the sweetest..."nourishing"...things we can bring to mind no matter what we are going through. We can see sunshine on a rainy day, hear our Dear Mama and Daddy's voices saying just the right things when we recall days gone by, still hear our grown kids running into the room as little children on Christmas morning...if we put our mind to it. Thanks for making me smile again. mary

Report Inappropriate Comment
MSLZZY 12/7/2009 8:04AM

    You are nourishing the body and the mind with pleasant thoughts that ease stress and make your life better. Very positive! Thanks for sharing! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
MYCUTEGIZMO 12/7/2009 7:16AM

  Well perhaps ointments? Yoga? Meditation etc?

Report Inappropriate Comment
BKWHITE3 12/7/2009 7:10AM

    A very thought provoking blog. It is GREAT!!

Report Inappropriate Comment


First Non-scale Victory of December!!!

Sunday, December 06, 2009

2 years ago I bought two shirts I really like. One in a size that fit me and one in a size medium ... for when I lost weight. Yesterday I pulled out that shirt and put it on - and since it fit I assumed it was the larger size. Today I looked at the lable. It's the size medium!!!

Who's doing the happy dance today? And who is MOTIVATED to keep on sparking?

You betcha! emoticon

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

MYFEETHURT 12/7/2009 1:52PM

  woo hoo...love those victories. I'm taking a nice cleansing breath and making up my mind to keep sparking. Thanks for sharing the good news. It helps me keep my eye on the goal.

Report Inappropriate Comment
NIKI415 12/6/2009 6:06PM

    That is great!!!! I bet you felt wonderful and surprised!!! Keep up the great work!

Report Inappropriate Comment
MSLZZY 12/6/2009 6:03PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
WEDDWT 12/6/2009 1:16PM

    S-w-e-e-t!
emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
BUTTERFLY0104 12/6/2009 12:50PM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
HARPERLADY 12/6/2009 12:44PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
VALI_T 12/6/2009 12:05PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
HOPE2BE 12/6/2009 10:26AM

    Good for you. You're losing fat and maybe gaining muscle which burns fat. I lost 10 inches in 9 months but gained back some, not all when I was ordered off exercise. I don't expect that to happen to you. Keep up the good work.

Report Inappropriate Comment
HOPE2BE 12/6/2009 10:26AM

    Good for you. You're losing fat and maybe gaining muscle which burns fat. I lost 10 inches in 9 months but gained back some, not all when I was ordered off exercise. I don't expect that to happen to you. Keep up the good work.

Report Inappropriate Comment
HOPE2BE 12/6/2009 10:26AM

    Good for you. You're losing fat and maybe gaining muscle which burns fat. I lost 10 inches in 9 months but gained back some, not all when I was ordered off exercise. I don't expect that to happen to you. Keep up the good work.

Report Inappropriate Comment


Cheating or Choosing?

Saturday, December 05, 2009

In this vivid holiday season all packed with sugar plums, puddings and cakes, and all the other seasonal temptations, I hear a lot of people talk about "cheating" on their diets. And every time I hear it I feel a pang. There's just something wrong with seeing yourself as a cheat. It's got to be chipping away at your soul a little, even if the word rolls off your tongue in a humerous and joking fashion.

Of course, people should use whatever words, tools or techniques that make their lives rich and happy so from this point on I am speaking only for myself - but I am never ever going to think of myself as a cheater! I may make a poor choice - even a stupid choice - but I am NOT a cheat. I am a human full of complex drives, emotions and desires.

I choose. I choose mindlessly sometimes, but still - I choose. To help me realize what I have chosen I intend to always use my nutrition tracker and to always honestly put down what I've eaten. If I miss a day or two with the tracker it will be because of time or space constraints. I live in the country and sometimes my "high speed internet" is a bit pokey. And the computer is in a room that sometimes has to double as a guest room. But I won't fear or dread owning up to my consumption. It's just one of the many facets of myself.

I've spent the morning reading my friends' spark pages and blogs and one of them (I'm sorry -- I've forgotten which one of you shared this wise thought) reminded me that each day deserves its own unique and special honor - each day is a jewel that deserves to be polished.

And so - off I go to polish up my Saturday. May yours sparkle like a gem!

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

MYFEETHURT 12/7/2009 1:48PM

  I don't like to hear someone say they cheated either. If they must use that word...it would be that by making the wrong choice...they cheated themselves out of a victory. The quicker we change direction when we are going in the wrong way...the faster we get to our destination or goal. Each day is a jewel that deserves to be polished. Oh, I like that. Gotta remember that one. Thanks for a great blog AGAIN. mary

Report Inappropriate Comment
HARPERLADY 12/5/2009 8:46PM

    I love that idea, I bet simply changing that perspective will not only make you feel better but help you make a "now" better choice. I have been doing that a lot thinking about the choices that I make, each individual choice is one i choose to make, and that seems to help a lot , they had pizza at work yesterday and I had a salad and felt good about it cause I was putting something in my body could use emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
MSLZZY 12/5/2009 8:29PM

    My Saturday did sparkle-thanks!

Report Inappropriate Comment
OPAL50 12/5/2009 7:10PM

    Thank you for this blog. It's a very positive way of looking at CHOOSING a healthy lifestyle over the long run rather than looking at yourself as a negative CHEAT.

Report Inappropriate Comment
BKWHITE3 12/5/2009 9:26AM

    A great blog. I don't say I've lost say 2 pounds,but I say 2#s are gone. To me lost means that you can find them again. Gone means gone never to return.

Report Inappropriate Comment
JLITT62 12/5/2009 9:05AM

    Oooh, I like that too -- making each day sparkle. Really, a great blog & I agree 100%. No food is good or bad, but thinking makes it so!

Report Inappropriate Comment
JOJOBU 12/5/2009 7:51AM

    Great post! What a great attitude to treat everyday like it's own unique opportunity to excel! Have a great weekend!

Report Inappropriate Comment
TRENTDREAMER 12/5/2009 7:50AM

    "I hear a lot of people talk about "cheating" on their diets. And every time I hear it I feel a pang. There's just something wrong with seeing yourself as a cheat. It's got to be chipping away at your soul a little, even if the word rolls of your tongue in a humerous and joking fashion."

* Wow! You totally hit the nail on the head with this blog. I see a lot of subtle negative self talk on the postings on this site as well. It really breaks my heart (I'm not judging. I used to say the same types of things). You are spot on in that even small "humorous" put downs add up to a mindset.

For their sake, I wish that most people realized that there is a significant difference between their recommended calorie range and their BMR (Essentially, going over their range by 100-200 calories will only slow down their weight loss, not reverse it and ruin them). One or two bad days against five or six good ones doesn't make one a cheater/failure.

Thank you for posting this.

-TD

Report Inappropriate Comment
MYUTMOST4HIM 12/5/2009 7:46AM

    What a great thought for the day!!!

Report Inappropriate Comment


Today I am happy: My new favorite message board

Friday, December 04, 2009

I'm always discovering fun stuff on Spark People and yesterday I stumbled upon the message board "Today I am Happy because..."

A little like counting your blessings, asking myself why I'm feeling good, why I'm happy, is just about the best mind-shift exercise I know. I've actually marked it as a favorite so I can pop in there whenever I want, without having to go through any layers.

Life is constantly flowing things my way and it's pretty much up to me to decide how I am going to receive them ... or not. I remember once telling my young boyfriend and future husband, who still flirted a little with affecting cynicism because he thought it made him look cool, "Happiness is a choice". I think it was about then he dropped the disdainful airs - and good thing, too, or I'd have dropped him.

So why are you happy today? Oh really? Then go post it here!
www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageb
oard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=7316913&s
trViewThisPage=69

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

MSLZZY 12/5/2009 8:53PM

    Thanks for the link! I'm so glad you posted it! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
CSDAYS 12/4/2009 7:42AM

    We make hundreds of choices a day. Happiness is a choice too.

emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment


When is no gain a loss?

Thursday, December 03, 2009

The week after Thanksgiving, that's when. Especially when it was followed by the Second Thanksgiving Crowd and the Third Thanksgiving Crowd. Eventually you've polished off the leftovers and after a while the kitchen looks like it did on November the 21st.

My weigh-in day is Thursday and I was rather pleased that there had been no weight gain. This long after the most egregious eating day means I can relax about any lurking holiday calories "weight-ing" to make themselves felt. I am not surprised that there was no movement in either direction because though there were many opportunities to indulge, I tried hard to listen to my body and eat only when hungry, stop between (several) bites and ask if I was still hungry, and stop when I was no longer hungry. In short, though I did eat pie, and even cake, and kettle corn, I ate them deliberately, not mindlessly, and in moderation.

I count this a successful week and am proud about it.

In the coming weeks, though, I want to do better. I began tracking my intake on Monday and I go back to the gym today. I have a 3 pound goal I want to reach before January 1. I believe I can do it!

Happy Friday Eve to you all. emoticon

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

MSLZZY 12/4/2009 6:36AM

    emoticon You did fine!

Report Inappropriate Comment
JLITT62 12/3/2009 8:02PM

    I, unfortunately, had a small gain, despite also being very mindful of what I ate. But that's life. Annoying sometimes, but mostly rewarding.

Great job!

Report Inappropriate Comment
HARPERLADY 12/3/2009 11:41AM

    great job! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment


First Page  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 Last Page