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Becky, A-Z

Friday, March 04, 2011

Haven't blogged for awhile. Can't think of anything worth saying. But saw Michelle's (MVISGAK) list like this, so here's mine. It was kinda fun!

A to Z SURVEY

A. Age: 50 (shhhhh!!)

B. Bed size: Queen

C. Chore you dislike: cleaning the shower

D. Dogs: Don't have one right now; I like collies, corgis, and cute little fluffy ones.

E. Essential start to your day: a sweaty workout, and breakfast

F. Favorite color: RED!!!

G. Gold or silver: White gold

H. Height: 5’ 3”

I. Instruments you play(ed): Alto sax, and I can pick out notes on the piano

J. Job title: Customer Service Rep

K. Kids: daughter, 27 and son, 24

L. Live: north central Indiana

M. Mom's name: Carolyn

N. Nicknames: Becky, Bec

O. Overnight hospital stays: Hmm…tonsils when I was little, and when I had the kids

P. Pet peeves: people who think they are "entitled", spitting, dining table chairs that aren't pushed into the table after a meal

Q. Quote from a movie: "Nobody puts Baby in a corner."

R. Righty or Lefty: Righty

S. Siblings: 2 Sisters

T. Time you wake up: 5:25 a.m., M-F -- definitely later on the weekends

U. Underwear: Victoria's Secret, always!!

V. Vegetables you don't like: Asparagus, green peppers

W. What makes you run late: Stopping to do "one more thing" before I go out to the car.

X. X-rays you've had: Teeth and foot

Y. Yummy food you make: lots of big calorie stuff, and not much lately! Homemade mac and cheese, lasagne, white chicken chili, carrot cake, and lots of kinds of cookies!

Z. Zoo animal favorites: giraffes

Have a great weekend everybody!

  
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OLDERTWIN1 3/15/2011 10:35AM

    I love this survey...and I guess by the responses everyone does...I like knowing more about the person on my friends list...and this is a unique way to know about them....thanks for sharing...may I copy it too?

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NLS2013 3/7/2011 11:59AM

    Noticed I hadn't commented on YOUR list. Good deal! I liked your addendums too. Especially the "usually matching". hee hee

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OUBACHE 3/7/2011 8:00AM

    I can relate to your list in so many ways! I may have to borrow this blog idea for myself, if you don't mind.

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SSGAVIN 3/6/2011 2:06PM

    Love this idea - what a great way to share! Hope you have a wonderful rest of the weekend and a good week.

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COMPUCATHY 3/6/2011 11:11AM

    I liked it! Know you a little bit better now...how fun! Hope you have a great weekend! Hoping you're getting some of this nicer weather. The sun is shining! Yay! Spark on! emoticon

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AJINMN 3/5/2011 6:52PM

    We have some things in common! How fun!

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MAGGIENCALI 3/5/2011 4:18PM

    My mom would have to agree with you on the dining room chairs. Great list! I may just have to borrow it. Have a great weekend!

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SLPCOWGAL72 3/4/2011 10:21PM

    Very fun! :) Have a great weekend!

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BJW-FARMGIRL 3/4/2011 10:12PM

    After reading some more of my friends' lists like this, I need to add:

U. and usually matching!

V. radishes. Yuck

Z. white tigers

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BETHKK 3/4/2011 3:44PM

    Ok the dining room chairs one cracked me up! I can always tell when my son is home...his chair at the table is halfway across the room!! It's not just pushed out...it's PUSHED out!! LOL!

Oh, and I'm with Michelle on roasted asparagus...although I actually love it in any form. Green peppers, too!

But I'm right there with you on the underwear...HAHA!!

Have an awesome weekend (and stay dry!!).

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NEW-CAZ 3/4/2011 3:13PM

    Nice learning more about you Becky, mind if I nick the idea?
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TREASURINGLIFE 3/4/2011 3:11PM

    Oh my gosh - I hate when the dining room chairs aren't pushed in too! Oh, it drives me crazy! LOL! :) And that whole "entitled" thing is quite annoying as well, I totally agree!

No on the asparagus, huh? Have you ever tried roasting it? It's quite yummy that way. ;)

- Michelle

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Excerpt from a Sparkmail I sent to a friend. So many questions about this scary maintenance

Friday, February 04, 2011

I've been maintaining for 6 months now. I had hoped it would be becoming second nature by now. In some ways it is, but in other ways it is just as scary. I've been having kind of an ongoing discussion with a spark friend who has also reached the maintenance level. Some days we have more questions than answers. Since the first of the year, I've been up a couple and down a couple of pounds over and over. Have upped the fitness minutes, but that hasn't seemed to have the effect it did when I was battling to get the last few pounds off last July.

Here's an excerpt from my note a few minutes ago:

"I've been thinking of blogging this, but not sure how I want to go at it yet. Don't want it to come off whiny when so many people struggle just to lose at all. Don't want to seem that way to you, either. Just last week I tell you I'm determined, and now I'm waffling. I'm in uncharted territory here--never maintained a weight loss this long before, and I still have questions. I guess from here on out it's really an experiment in life. So, here goes:

#1 I want to feel fit and healthy.

#2 I want to stay in all these clothes I've bought. :)

#3 I'd like to stay b/t 135 and 138, unless I could ever go lower EASILY.


So on to my dilemma:

#1 I have gotten to where I like working out, but I don't want to have to kill myself. Today, I am a little sore in the arms and shoulders, but I would have been regardless, since I had to do that (shoveling) for work yesterday. The shape I'm now in allows me to do that job much more easily. However, my glutes are rather sore today too, and I see that as a result of more walking/running than usual this week, esp. this morning. And I was uncontrollably hungry last night. If that's from extra workout minutes, no thank you. (Not sure how to tell, though) .

#2 Nobody knows what the scale says unless I tell them. It's my own vanity that wants to keep under 140. But on the other hand, would I be I deluding myself that 140 is okay? Is accepting that a license to start creeping upwards? Other than going to a bod pod somewhere, is the fit of my clothes the only way to determine if I'm building muscle and not losing control? I guess that should be enough, but somehow this is all scary. I've come too far to lose any ground now.

#3 Am I over-analyzing all this? Do I just need to relax? If I relax, I could lose my grip. Am I just a big control freak?"

So now, Sparkies, esp. maintainers, I'm asking you. How do you know you're where you're supposed to be? How do you tell if you're building a little muscle, or if you are starting to lose control? Do you "fight" to stay in the range you selected for yourself? And how much leeway do you give yourself before you start fighting? I thought after 6 months I'd be over the questions. I think I may be getting more confused.


  
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MAGGIEROSEBOWL 3/21/2011 12:51PM

    You wrote this a while back, but I just stumbled upon it. If you've read any of my blogs, you know how obsessed and worried I am about maintaining. I am still 5 lbs. from my goal, and have been worrying about maintaining for the last 40 or 50 lbs. I think! I have never maintained a weight loss at all! Not for longer than 10 minutes or so! I simply canNOT regain this weight again, I'm getting too old to lose it all again! The fact that you have maintained for a few months is like a gold standard to me. I am pretty sure that I am going to have to continue to log every bite that goes in my mouth and keep up with the walking. In other words, change very little from what I have been doing to lose weight! I went to an Italian brunch/buffet yesterday and practiced extreme restraint. I had eaten only a banana for breakfast, got to the buffet about 3 p.m., completely starved! This was out of my control, or I never would have done something like this. I ate a big plate of salad first, but they had no diet dressing, so I just tried to go light on the dressing they had. Then I had one small piece of thin crust barbecue chicken pizza, one piece of bacon, a little bit (1/4 cup or so) of an egg/potato casserole, and about 1/4 cup of spaghetti with another 1/4 cup of meat sauce. I also ate two dill pickle spears, and one spoonful of the bread pudding on my husband's plate. I guess-timated the whole thing at about 600 calories. I thought to myself, how would I have eaten differently at that buffet, if I had been on maintenance, and I realized I should eat exactly the same. No more huge plates of food of all kinds for me. I could have easily eaten a big plate of spaghetti with meat sauce--I LOVE pasta! But I have to be content with a little taste like that from now on. I'm pretty sure (when I look in the mirror and admire my weight loss) that I can live like this--at least I hope so. You are giving me an example of how it can be done, and I know it's going to be a struggle. My brother, who has maintained a 50-lb. loss for over 20 years has already told me that everyday is a struggle. But it's worth the struggle!

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NLS2013 3/7/2011 12:01PM

    You are doing great! Thanks for blogging this. Very good observations! emoticon

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CAROJONES 2/6/2011 2:55PM

    Great Blog and Great Comments on the blog.

One thought would be this: We never agonize about brushing our teeth each day or bathing or things like that -- why -- because we have decided they are "part" of our life.

A healthy lifestyle - nutrition and exercise tracking need to be like that to us also -- just part of the daily routine, not overly important, not neglected, just part of our day, everyday, no questions or angst required.

Keep up the good work - you are doing fine!

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 2/5/2011 8:26AM

    There's a reason your maintenance weight range is 5 lbs - it's because there is no way to stay at one weight for the rest of your life. Well, I guess it is possible, but I've been told by people who were never overweight that it is going to fluctuate.

Is it easier? Easier than what? It is easier to maintain than it was to carry around an extra 95 pounds on a daily basis.

How do you know where you're supposed to be? I was advised to go as low as my body could handle. I was told I would know if I went too low - dizzy, nausea - my body would tell me.

How do you tell if you're building a little muscle, or if you are starting to lose control? I can't answer the muscle part but I continue to track my foods & fitness daily. I use the Daily Calorie Differential in Reports to see if I am on track.

Do you "fight" to stay in the range you selected for yourself? And how much leeway do you give yourself before you start fighting? I give myself 3 pounds leeway before I "freak-out" and get back on track. While I am having a little trouble explaining my range - 120 is the point of freaking out. Last year I took off an additional 5 lbs just for this reason. Winter is tough and the average person will put on 3-5 lbs (not scientific, just what I have read in blogs).

According to the charts my "Ideal Weight" is 117 but I went down to 115 for the extra buffer. *grin* and it sounded nice to say 95 lbs lost instead of 93 lbs lost. *giggle*

Back to your first question, how do you know you're where you're supposed to be?
So many people told me that I was too low so I just asked my doctor. He had only one question for me. "Linda, are you still walking 3+ miles daily?" When I told him my average was now 5+ he said to me, "go for it!" The doctor said that anyone who can walk 5+ miles daily is not underweight.

This year I decided to relax and enjoy it! Freak out at 120, but enjoy anything below that.

If you lost it, you CAN maintain it!
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REDSHOES2011 2/5/2011 8:22AM

    1. make friends with exercise- I strength train 3 times a week max. I do a 3 days split, so chest, shoulders and abs monday, legs and butt wednesday and then back, arms and abs friday.. No more no less.. I am pushing 46 and need more rest between days- this is no reflexion I am weaker- it is just I don't want repetition injuries and being sore all the time can cover up these starting without me realising..
2. I fit my clothing and have put on 5kgs, I have a non existing waist and have added these 5 kgs to my upper body- my arms are now suiting to my well developed legs, so I use more time on my upper body.. I am eating around 2400 calories when I am doing my job cardio and my body building.. I have lost half my body weight so I also have to avoid going to low weight wise because of issues with excuse skin.. My skin hangs more now because I simple don't have any body fat.. So my ticker tape is my maintenance range- not my total body weight loss..
3. Fact is I have to log my food, my exercise and my thoughts to keep myself a sober foodaholic.. I am a maverick because I put my foot down and decide exactly what I eat.. I don't change for people visiting me from out of town- what they eat is their business- they get the message long before turning up I don't do restuarant meals anymore.. I have a unhappy relationship with Gerd when I am not in control of my kitchen and cooking.. I have scared people to death at a wedding putting my allergies foods in dishes.. So I am honest with people, if people try to pressure me I have my before photo tucked in my calendar diary- most people show compassion when they have seen my previous size.. I have learned to do this journey alone, I am pushing 10 years and no one around me has stood the test of time supporting me.. I am holding the trim line because of sheer stubborn will never to be 300lbs again and a small promise over my husbands coffin to my now teenage boys..

Good luck, a lifestyle change should weave into your life without being a drag.. I cook ahead of time, my next days meal and extra if place in my fridge and freezer.. I use colours and textures and spices plus make food eye candy resturant style.. I don't give up coffee or diet cola- because I try to moderate stuff to keep my life fitting in with normal things like coffee visits and eating with other peoples families.. I ask the host what they are serving and say I will bring my own- they don't get upset and are actually relieved with my food allergies I am covered..

I had to walk away from dinners with my 7th day adventist church family.. They are vegans and vegetarian and many of the products cause total chaos with my stomach and to some degree with my youngest son.. I just don't have the nerve to take meat dishes to my church dinners.. I am tired of food police..

Good luck finding equalibium- It is funny trying to fit in and keep fitting in.. When people say we told you about the dinner why did you bring your food- I think efter many times explaining this is my way of making sure I have a security net.. I don't do cheat meals well they make me feel mentally crappy off- and when people say roll with it once in a while I say at home whom with-My family and folks are all thin fat people, they rolled too much.. My kids and I sit alone at christmas my family is all dead and buried..


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ONEKIDSMOM 2/5/2011 7:47AM

    A great set of questions for maintainers! I find the hardest thing to maintain is not so much the exercise or the nutrition... but the motivation TO maintain!

I think of it as maintaining healthy habits. Maintaining functional fitness... which you refer to when you say shoveling was easier because you are fit. I revel in those aspects of being fit and healthy! Power outage in the office building? Have to take the stairs to the tenth floor? No problem! A foot of snow and your snow blower is broken down? No problem! Car in the shop and need to walk four miles to pick it up? No problem! If being able to function in life is important to you, it can fuel that motivation.

As for the monitoring? I have a little book by my bathroom scale. It is a maintenance log. Each day I record weight, today's plan. At the end of the day, I record whether I followed the plan or not. End of the week it asks me to record three things - biggest challenge, biggest triumph, and reminder for next week. I do have a "happy range" on the scale, as you do... and when I get toward the top of it, I dial it in... and when I get toward the bottom of it, I pay attention, too... don't want to fall off the healthy range in the OTHER direction.

I still log my food. I still log my exercise. But most important to my own desire to maintain... I keep coming to Spark and reading blogs like yours, and reminding myself just why being healthy and fit is important to me. Hang the number on the scale... can I live the active life I need to?

- Barb

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NEW-CAZ 2/5/2011 7:26AM

    Becky I reckon maintaining can be as hard as you want to make it.
If you weigh in once a week, eat sensibly and moderate your exercise to a level YOU are happy with that's it.
I choose to have stenuous workouts some of the time because I have a love affair with Mr N Dorpine, and I strive to have stronger muscles so I push the envelope on my ST. You'll find your level.
I know now the foods I enjoy-and the portions I can handle safely.
I keep to healthy eating 99% of the time purely because I feel so much better for it.
My advice is; don't stress over your food, enjoy what you eat and do it for you.
If,,,,and I do mean IF you gain you have the tools to lose that gain now thanks to the knowledge you've built up using SP.
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COMPUCATHY 2/4/2011 9:54PM

    Funny, I was thinking about maintenance just this morning. I was thinking that SP is so cool...because it teaches us that it's all about calories in/calories out. And when we want to lose, create a deficit in the calories in/calories out equation. And when we want to maintain, we just have to find the balance in the calories in/calories out equation. So, if that is true, you should be able to do a consistent amount of exercise and stay at a consistent calorie range and maintain. If your weight is going up, then that is a signal that you want to move the calorie range down or increase the exercise, or both. I know people dog the scale...but it is the simplest way for us to measure, I think. I don't dog it. It helps me. It gives me a clear number depicting where I'm at.

I hope that helps some. Since I'm not a maintainer yet, I may be totally wrong. I'm obviously not speaking from experience. But it is what I have figured would be the scenario when I get there. You are doing great. You are always there and encouraging and I really appreciate you for that. I hope that you find the answers you are looking for to help you with your maintenance concerns. Spark on! emoticon

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DKIRKB 2/4/2011 6:16PM

    I am thinking, at least at this moment, that maintaining is never going to be a straight line. But a wave. Water weight, time of day, a special event, easy exercise days, or killers... in other words life affects it all.

So if it is in waves; when the wave is a little high, no worries. When it's a valley, that's ok too.


For all I know it can be party affected by the position of the moon or a surge of gravity in your bathroom by the scales...

But I am pretty sure it will never be a straight line.

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BJW-FARMGIRL 2/4/2011 2:47PM

    Thanks so much, gals! You don't know how much I appreciate you all. I just don't want to let myself or you down! I'll keep plugging along, and try to relax a little. And yes, I want you all joining me on this side. You all deserve it!

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MISSM66 2/4/2011 2:44PM

    I wish I have the answer for you I only have a few pounds to reach my Goal and I an struggling with it last week I was down two pounds,this week I am up one pound, it's like zig zag,but don't give up I am not going to give up either,some people telling me that I don't need to loose any more including my Husband,but I know my body and what I am comfortable with,so don't stop just keep going at it,Good Luck emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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AJINMN 2/4/2011 2:43PM

    You are amazing! You will figure this out and it will become old hat eventually. I'm going to join you in the maintaining group in 12-18 months. :)

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BETHKK 2/4/2011 1:16PM

    If I knew the answers, I wouldn't be trying to get this weight off...AGAIN! I've never been good at maintaining...I think because losing is so much more "exciting" than maintaining. I'm to the point where I really don't care what the scale says. I can see in the mirror if I'm gaining, and I use my clothes as a true measure of where I am. Sometimes I get curious and get on the scale, but since I know I'm building muscle and my clothes fit well, I don't worry if the scale is up or down.

In general, my wonderful friend, I think you are the epitomy of success. I do think you need to relax a little and enjoy how wonderful you look and feel. The knowledge may be slow in coming, but I think you are learning, little by little, what you need to do to maintain.

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SIZE8NOTSOMUCH 2/4/2011 1:03PM

    I know you are looking For the "maintainers" to reply, but I just had to, and what I have to say is, I THINK YOU ARE DOING SO GREAT. you have become, in my little heart, a role model, someone I aspire to be. A maintainer, a "been there, done that" person. I can't wait to see/hear/learn what others share with you as SP is a sharing place.
If I was to give you a piece of advice (unasked for), I would tell you to follow your heart. It's what got you started, and it will see you through.
Bless you Becky



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TREASURINGLIFE 2/4/2011 1:02PM

    Oy - I wish I had answers for you. I maintained my 150+ pound loss for a year...and then I got pregnant. However, I will say that those couple months before I got pregnant I was moving upward. I think maintaining is way harder than losing. Sorry, but I do. When you're losing, you have people constantly cheering you on. When you're maintaining, the cheering is gone.

Anyway, knowing that everyone is different, I would still have to believe that there comes a point in time when you just know - through trial and error - what you need to do in order to maintain your losses. You learn just how much exercise you need to do, how many calories you need to eat, and how to reign yourself back in if you happen to get a little out of control.

Best of luck to you, love. I have no doubts you'll find your way. Try to relax a little bit with regard to your expectations and as you've told me more than once - take it one day at a time, and do what you can. That's about all you can do. (((HUGS)))

- Michelle

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It is well...

Friday, January 07, 2011

with my soul. Woo hoo! Seven days, 1 week into the new year, and 11 days since my pep talk blog. Haven't quite made it back into range yet, due to New Year's family event, but I'm real close. I've had a great eating and working-out week. So a few more days, and I'll be back mid-range. I've been reading lots of friends' blogs, and it looks like many of us are finding our focus and getting back to business. If that's you, then GREAT JOB! Woo hoo you! And Woo hoo me!

If that's not you, then I implore you to stick with it, find your focus, and get back on the train. You'll be so glad you did, and you'll feel so much better. If you have the post-holiday blues, then I encourage you to be diligent and try harder. If you must be blue, be bright blue. By being bright blue, I think you can work yourself out of the funk quicker and be on your way to achieving your goals. I read something in a blog yesterday about the pity party being cancelled. I love that! I'm especially whiny about winter weather, so I need to cancel that pity party, too.

So my friends, have a great weekend. Do whatever it is that makes you happy and makes it well with your soul. I'm going to dinner theatre this evening, cleaning house tomorrow, and rooting for the Colts tomorrow night. Woo hoo! Go Colts!

  
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TAMMYLYNN61 1/20/2011 7:27PM

    I love your positive attitude!!! Just the blog I needed to read just now. Was contemplating skipping my workout today...but not now. I am motivated once again! Thank you! I am from Indiana too! Grew up in Indy, more recently Bloomington. Go Colts!!!!

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SUSIEWHITE1109 1/18/2011 10:24PM

    I just read this blog - I love it! Thanks for the pep talk - I am still struggling with the post-holiday blues, but like you said, I'll just work on being BRIGHT blue!

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COMPUCATHY 1/8/2011 4:15PM

    Go colts! (It's okay...our Bengals suck...so I can root for whoever I want!) One way we can look at the cold...our bodies are working harder to stay warm, right? That's gotta burn some kind of calories. I'm so glad you are doing so well with maintenance! I love it. You are where I'm heading...and I love hearing reports from the Promised Land! Hope you have a GREAT weekend! Dinner theatre? That sounds like fun! Spark on! emoticon

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BJW-FARMGIRL 1/8/2011 4:01PM

    Thanks everybody! My purpose in writing this blog yesterday was to reach out to someone who is struggling, and give them some "oommph", some Spark. I hope it reaches someone who needs it, and helps.

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MAGGIENCALI 1/7/2011 8:40PM

    Boo to pity parties! Yay Colts! You rooted for my Giants the least I can do is root for your Colts.

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SUEINTHEPARK 1/7/2011 7:42PM

    Awwww, the pity party has been cancelled??? BooHoo for us!
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REFOCUS92711 1/7/2011 7:41PM

    GO COLTS!!! WOOOOO!!!!!!!! :)

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BRAINYBLONDE5 1/7/2011 7:39PM

    I LOVE THIS. cancel the pity party and be bright blue! thank you :)

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MOMMEG327 1/7/2011 3:20PM

    I'm glad you're doing well so far this year! Way to go you! And GO COLTS!

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NEW-CAZ 1/7/2011 2:56PM

    Becky you are so sweet babes
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JEN-LOVES-LIFE 1/7/2011 2:55PM

    Sounds like a great weekend!

Thanks for speading the happiness to all of your Spark family!

I am so inspired by you, you're the greatest in my book!!

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OGOODY 1/7/2011 2:50PM

    What a beautiful and sweet spirit you have! Hugs! emoticon

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T'would Be Easy (a peptalk to myself and you, too)

Monday, December 27, 2010

It's been almost a month since I composed a blog--didn't have anything to say, I guess. But now I feel the need.

It would be easy to stay in bed and not workout this week. It would be easy to keep mindlessly munching on leftovers from our Christmas celebrations. It would be easy to let all our hard work fly out the window.

But all those things would make life harder in the long run. If we don't get back on plan, we'll get out of breath when we try to go up and down the stairs. If we don't get back to the plan, our smaller clothes won't continue to fit.

So this week, choose your hard. You know, "Losing weight is hard. Being fat is hard. Choose your hard." I'm choosing to get back to my "new normal", and work off my holiday indulgences. I'm journaling all my food, and planning it in advance. We needed to have our Christmas fun, and now it's time to get back to the plan, Stan, back to our new normal, our real life. No whining, no excuses. Just do it.

  
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BOE4LIFE 1/4/2011 3:02PM

    You are very wise my friend. Thank you for the support and the reminder concerning the hard I need to choose. Spark On!!

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SMATHEW 1/4/2011 1:46PM

    Thanks for reminding me about my goals. Rock on!

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BILLIEK17 12/30/2010 7:48PM

    Yes, you are absolutely right. I think it's harder to get back on track then it would've been to never gotten OFF track. It's so tricky this whole eating mindfully (and healthfully) stuff. Tomorrow I have a New Year's Eve party to go to--and I think, well, it's the "last hurrah" right? But I've been "hurrahing" for several days. Once you get a taste of that freedom it's hard to put the tiger back in it's cage. But I HAVE to do it or I'll keep sliding backwards.

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AMARAN 12/29/2010 3:49PM

    We lived through all the festivities, now it is time to get back to normal. I'm cleaning out the fridge tonight, and tomorrow, it's back to tracking everything. Thanks for the encouragement!

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SIZE8NOTSOMUCH 12/28/2010 11:17AM

    Gee whiz Becky, you are wise beyond your years!!! Yes, I too was feeling the same thing. I loved that our families came to our house this year, but very VERY sad to have all of these leftovers in my fridge and freezer. Sometimes I think it's not even that, it's the cookies, and pastries that they don't take home with them... But, alas you are right, it is much easier to just "have one" or "start again after the stuff is out of the house", but hard is, no gosh dab nabit, I am not going to have junk anymore! To top it off I really am not a huge fan of cold, and gee it's been cold, so I haven't been walking. I really thought I was going to get a treadclimber for Christmas but Santa must not have been able to get it down the chimney and here I am thinking I have to go out in the cold...
So, doing hard, not eating junk, and thinking about going for a walk!
I hope you have a wonderful New Year, full of all the blessing you deserve!!!

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COMPUCATHY 12/27/2010 10:01PM

    Yep, on plan for me! I really didn't go off for Christmas...except for my exercising. So I guess that's the part I need to get back in the groove...and tomorrow's the day! DD is 25...do we need to arrange a cyber date with your DS?!!! LOL Poor kids...they'll get it...they have great parents, after all! Hope you have a great last week of 2010! Spark on! emoticon emoticon

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OUBACHE 12/27/2010 7:11PM

    So true!

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MAGGIENCALI 12/27/2010 4:26PM

    Thanks for the pep talk! I so needed to hear that. Ever since I came home I've been eating nothing but junk. I felt so yucky afterwards. I ran yesterday and hiked today. I feel so much better. Time to get back to work. emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 12/27/2010 1:11PM

    I've been eating well all holiday allowing for goodies or keeping my count low to allow for the odd sweet so I've only gained a pound!
But what I will be glad of getting back to eating fish and not flaming turkey LOL emoticon

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WILLIAMV3 12/27/2010 1:01PM

    Thank you. I needed this reminder this morning.

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SUEINTHEPARK 12/27/2010 12:21PM

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Great advice, and so true! When you think about it, we really only have one or two days when we are expected (?) to indulge, the rest we just chalk up to "the holidays"... I personally didn't really need to make 6 batches of Christmas cookies to be eaten in my own home for weeks ahead of Christmas! Back to normal - our NEW normal - sounds like a great plan to me!

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NLS2013 12/27/2010 11:08AM

    Agreed! Something satisfying about being back on a plan! Or having a new plan. Or simply planning and DOING!

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SASSACAIA 12/27/2010 10:53AM

    Yeah! You said it, Becky! Back at it and back to it! A new week, almost a new year... and I'm going to start it out smaller than I did last year!

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CITYGIRL27 12/27/2010 10:52AM

    Love it! You took the words right out of my mouth! Time to get back to business and CHOOSE MY HARD! Let's do this.

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JEN-LOVES-LIFE 12/27/2010 10:49AM

    I have been thinking these same things, thanks for posting this. I think I overdosed on sugar, I have not had much in so long. I felt so sick and gross. Today is a new day. I threw a lot of junk food out last night.
I have a 5K on Friday and need to get ready for it.
I have missed you and am so happy to be back here.

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Snowflakes Flying by the Window

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Dang it! There are snowflakes flying by my windows at work this afternoon. Though I'm ready for the Christmas season to be upon us (I LOVE Christmas!), I am NOT ready for snow. For everyone, but especially on a livestock farm, snow just makes everything harder. I'd be perfectly happy to have about an inch on Christmas Eve and Christmas Morning, and forget it the rest of the winter. Now that I've done my bellyaching, let's move on.

Got your tree decorated yet? Do you do the whole house, or just a tree? I decorate most of the house. I just love it to be twinkling, sparkly, and festive. I have a few pretties to put out in my bathroom, and maybe a porch tree, but other than that, I'm done with the decorating. After 29 years of keeping house, I have many favorite decorations that I put away carefully each year so I can continue to enjoy them. The ceramic nativity set my Grandma made gets new tissue every couple of years, so the pieces don't bump together on the way up and down the stairs for storage. The tree skirt my MIL made gets tucked into the cedar chest to protect the felt from moths. Other items have special methods of storage, too, so that someday they can be passed to our kids or even grandkids. I love that tradition.

Speaking of traditions, I need to come up with some new ones that don't necessarily revolve around food. For 20 years when the kids were growing up, we made homemade donuts on Christmas Morning. We only did this once a year, but I moved away from it when they were adults--it was alot of work! We have fond memories of the grandparents dropping in to see what Santa brought and eating a couple donuts--everybody liked the "holes" the best, but if you've ever fried donuts, you know the holes are a pain to cook! My husband, the Grinch, even got into the cooking, then I'd do the glazing. He's a great guy, but Christmas just isn't his thing. He did like cooking the donuts, though. I'm sure whenever we become Grandparents we'll come up with something special to do with the little ones. Just have to be patient, I guess.

Well, happy decorating, everybody. Hope you're catching Christmas Fever!

  
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JUSTLYLE 12/15/2010 8:54AM

    Enjoyed reading your blog and traditions that you have carried on for 29 years. My GLBH always fixes Kuchen, sp. that's and old German tradition. The kid's and GK's always enjoy. I put up all the outdoor decorations and GLBH does most of the inside. Two close GK's usually decorate the tree but this year we were snowed in and they could not get here plus basketball games for the 9 year old, sure missed them putting their favorite were they could always see it.
Always enjoy reading about another farmer. Have a VERY HAPPY AND MERRY CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR.

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NLS2013 12/3/2010 1:41PM

    Nice to read about your Christmas preparations!

I miss my mom during the Christmas season as Dec. 25th was her birthday. She lived to be 90 years old and passed away five years ago. Growing up, Christmas was so great and even into adulthood it is also partly about her birthday. Sigh.

And, now that my son is grown and my grandkids are half Jewish, I find I am the one that does Christmas... for them. They do Hannukah and then they do Christmas...or should I say, I have Christmas for them. It sort of takes away from the religious aspect, but the spirit of the season and the joy of watching little kids during Christmas does exist and I want them to have the joy of that.

Soooooo, last year I had a live tree. A little one. I placed it on my balcony afterwards and it is still in its red pot and is still alive! Amazing. So I am considering bringing it back inside to decorate again. Why not? I'm thinking if it can endure being inside last year and then outside during all the changing weather of So Cal... sun, heat, rain, wind, cold nights... it could endure being inside a few weeks? Seems to be a hardy little guy. I've had live trees before that I've planted after Christmas (at previous houses) but never had one in a pot all year that thrived. Gonna give it a bigger pot this year perhaps. (I live in a condo so haven't planted it in ground) Still on a ponder with that. Seems easy enough.

Winter is not my favorite time of year but this year with my involvement with SP I've been much happier about everything in general. Feeling healthy.

I grew up in Illinois so I remember the snow and cold and what felt like endless winters! I always felt like I got cold (to the bone) in October and didn't thaw until well into the Spring no matter what I did! Snow would be pretty for a bit and then it all turned sort of grey after awhile! I think Christmas helps with that. All the prettiness is great to see everywhere.

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SSGAVIN 12/1/2010 4:26PM

    Our Christmas tradition is to go cut down a tree. I'm leaning towards getting an artificial one this year. I know, I sound like a grinch, but the cost of the real ones is definitely going up and up and as someone said, they only stay up for a very short time. We also make lots of cookies (again with the food) but I've decided to only do 4 of the favorites (molasses, ginger snap, oatmeal, and sugar) so that will help control the sweets. I'm also only making a few dozen at a time - having teenagers around the house means a dozen only lasts a few hours - and the rest will go in the freezer.
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FRENCHIFAL 12/1/2010 12:10PM

    It was great waking up to a snowy ground on the first of December...until you stepped outside and remembered how cold and slick snow can be! I hope you manage to keep the Christmas spirit this year! Homemade donuts sound amazing, I wish my family had a tradition like that! emoticon

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COMPUCATHY 11/30/2010 8:39PM

    Yep, Christmas fever is definitely catching! I loved hearing your descriptions of taking care of your Christmas things. My Christmas stuff is not organized the way I want it. Every year, I say THIS is the year I'm going to organize it better. So, I'm saying it again...thanks for the inspiration! Keep sparking! emoticon emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 11/30/2010 3:10PM

    The Grinch lives here in Harlington too Becky. It's left to me to decorate the house, the table, the tree, the fireplace, do the cards, cook...........you get the pic.
But you kow what? I wouldn't have it any other way it gets me in the mood and I always have Christmassy music on while I decorate and Carols while I prep the feast.
You want a new tradition? Do as we do! No matter how blown out you feel after the meal, or how cold it is GO FOR A WALK. If it is really cold it'll wake you up and stop boredom eating watching the TV and a hot toddy on your return will make you feel even more Christmassy.....promise!

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TRIGFROST 11/30/2010 3:03PM

    I Love Snow... Tree is going to sit on the table because of a
18 month old ...walking and reaching for everything...

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MSKAITLIN 11/30/2010 2:37PM

    We are going to get a fresh tree this year, so we're waiting a little bit longer to make sure it doesn't dry out by the new year. We have the prettiest holiday candy canes and pine hanging on our front door. It has fake frost, berries, and pine cones too.

Christmas is my favorite holiday!

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BETHKK 11/30/2010 2:25PM

    Well, if you have snow up there it can't be long before I see some! It was COLD going to the gym at lunch (and, yes, I rocked it...5k in 38 minutes...5 minute warmup and cooldown and the rest running...YAY ME!!).

Got my tree up and decorated on Friday, only because the boy kept asking when I was going to do it. Of course, he wasn't there to help...had to go have dinner with his friend. But he DID say he had PLANNED to help me! LOL! When I was a stay at home mom I used to go hog wild with the decorations...a few years I had four full size and two small trees!! Now I'm lucky to get the one big one up...two years ago we didn't even put that one up because we were leaving for Europe the day after Christmas and I just didn't want to come home and have to deal with all of the "undecorating"! I need to work on some more decorating tonight and Thursday (tomorrow is the football banquet!) because the boy is coming home for his birthday on Friday and I want the house to be all homey and Christmasy for him!

Our tradition when our kids were little was getting the whole extended family together the Sunday before Christmas and making cookies all day. Yes, revolved around food, but we never really ate many of them. They were for the church Christmas Eve coffee between services. The kids really loved it. I think making ornaments would be a fun tradition...I still put up some of the ornaments my kids made in preschool...and I have a beautiful angel (at least, I'm pretty sure that's what it is) that our niece made us last year when she was three!

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SHRINKINGLULU 11/30/2010 2:04PM

    How about healthy christmas cottages? My step mom is a social worker and has talked several homes for younger children to switch to these, and they're tons of fun and just as cute!! You can use grapes and cranberries instead of candies, light cream cheese instead of frosting, it really doesn't take much to switch them over to a healthier version!! And don't assume they're not fun for your kids just 'cause they're grown up! I'm 26 this christmas and still excited to make my christmas cottage!

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JEREMY723 11/30/2010 1:57PM

    We used to decorate most of the house. Now with a 14 month old it's a few on the mantle and the tree in a room he doesn't go into and that's about it:(

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1HAPPYSPIRIT 11/30/2010 1:56PM

    I LOVE CHRISTMAS TOO!!! I am one of those people who love Christmas so much.....that I spend the rest of the 364 days of the year---waiting for Christmas to arrive!!! In fact, I am listening to Christmas carols on our juke box now!!

The house is all decorated! Fortunately, we have some elves (interior decorators) that come in yearly to do it. They came the day after Thanksgiving and also worked half of Saturday. We hire a company called "Tis the Season" to do our outside house lights and decorations as well!

Your tradition of homemade doughnuts on Christmas morning sounded delightful. Yesterday, when it was snowing here, it looked like white chocolate chip morsels....or else I was having a sugar craving!!! LOL!!!

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