Saturday, October 23, 2010
A busy day today. Up early to take Scooby for a rabies shot. They asked me to bring a stool sample (ick!) and I forgot. Luckily (?) Scooby dropped a biscuit right outside their door. Okay, he dropped like five biscuits and he walked about 8" between each dropping. Being the responsible dog owner, I picked it all up and took it inside for them! LOL!
After puppy duty, I did the grocery thing. Told the kids to keep the laundry going. They didn't and lied about it. I'm sorry...did you think I wouldn't notice the piles of laundry right where I left them? Left them there and went to the library. Stayed until they closed so that my children had a chance to survive through the end of the day.
My kids are kids and (I think) normal ones. As such, they don't listen. I've tried yelling (I know, not ideal and apparently, not effective). I've decided that I will tell them something once. If they don't comply, I will make the next move/choice/decision. If they don't put away dishes correctly, the dishes will go to their rooms until they wash them by hand and put them away correctly. If they don't put away their clothes, I can choose to throw them away...or give them away to someone who will appreciate them. You know, stuff like that!
DH and I went to dinner at the Texas Roadhouse, a steakhouse. They have the best rolls and apple/cinnamon/whatever butter! I had three, or was it four? Anyway, I ordered the pulled pork and grilled shrimp. I love shrimp and my family doesn't. Ordering it when I go out is the only time I can have it! Yummmy!
I didn't go to the gym today. It is important to have at least one rest day per week, right? So why does it feel so weird not to go to the gym? Not that I sat on my butt, but no real exercise. Odd...
Thursday, October 21, 2010
My Spark Friend (JUNIAATROME) asked me what are the top ten things I did during my busiest days to keep on the healthy road I'd started down. After I answered her, I decided that this would make a good blog subject. If nothing else, it reminds me what I need to do to stay on track.
1. Menus - this is the biggest thing for me. I actually started making menus to save money. But it worked out even better. I personally plan for two weeks, but you can do as little as two or three days. Knowing what was planned for dinner makes it so much easier to go home and cook it. If I had to cook AND think of something, we'd just order in. That gets expensive, both in money and calories. And, you can rearrange things if chicken doesn't sound good or you forgot to thaw the roast!
2. Habits - I am a creature of habit. I did something good for me often enough that it got to be a habit. Until it was a habit, I made it as easy as possible for me to do it so I had no excuses.
3. Support - I had the support of my family and friends. Without them, I couldn't/wouldn't have kept going.
4. Rewards - I gave myself rewards along the way. Sometimes it was something exercise related, like new work out gear. Sometimes it was permission to eat whatever I wanted as much as I wanted, no guilt...for one day. Then right back to it.
5. I made room for something I really liked to eat every day. I am one of those people that if I'm told I can't have it, I want it more. So nothing is (or was) off limits. Just smaller portions and savor.
6. I made exercise fun. Okay, that might be a bit of an overstatement, but I made it as fun as I could. I love to read, so I would make sure I took my book and read while I huffed and puffed on the elliptical. Or I met a friend for my workout. Or I challenged myself to lift more, go further, burn more calories.
7. I told people what I was doing. That held me accountable. And, yes, Spark People has definitely held me accountable. My Spark Friends keep me honest!
10. Track! Seriously, I tracked everything. (Still do.) I tracked how many calories I ate. I tracked how many minutes I exercised. I tracked how many miles I traveled. I tracked how much water I drank. Was I perfect? Not even close. But keeping track made me take notice and pay attention to what I was doing. There were many times that I did not eat something simply because I didn't want to track it! LOL! Or I would go that extra five minutes because I was *this* close to making that next goal.
There have been other things and I'm sure there are lots of other ideas out there. I'd love to hear what works for other folks. Maybe I can steal some ideas!
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
First and foremost...THANK YOU!!!!! Thank you to each of you for the well wishes on both hitting my goal weight and being voted a motivator. I really appreciate all of the support I get from everyone here at Spark! And, in case you were wondering, I will be sticking around. You can't get rid of me that easily! LOL!
Now, for the great clothes part.
I took last Friday off from work to go shopping for dressier clothes for my trip to Taiwan. My friend and I left around 8:00 in the morning. I took her back home by 2:00 and headed back out on my own. Didn't get home until 5:00...maybe later. I was TIRED!
But, it was a good trip. First stop was a consignment shop. Found a pair of grey pants that fit mostly good...there was a line across my butt that wouldn't go away! No...it was the liner inside the pants that didn't lay flat. Passed on those pants, but I did find two tops. One is a purple knit top, three-quarter sleeves. It is heavy enough that I don't have to wear two layers to be warm, but thin enough to put another sweater over it if needed. The other top is black and white patterned. It is "crinkly" by design, so won't wrinkle when I pack it! LOL!
Couple more stops that were not fruitful and a stop at Souper Salad, a buffet place that has soup and salad. Made mostly healthy choices.
After I dropped my friend off, I went to a couple more stores and found a pair of grey pants that fit AND didn't need to be hemmed! No...I did NOT buy them in the kid's department...they're petite. I still have to wear heels with them so the legs don't drag the ground, but I don't have to hem them!
And speaking of heels...I found a pair of comfy wedge heels! I did have to put one of those heel things in one of the shoes to keep it from slipping off my heel, but they fit! I'll be wearing them all week, so I'll get a good feel for them.
I got a few non-Taiwan trip things too. A pink long sleeved tee and two bins to hold the blankets and pillows in my bonus room. This weekend, I'm going to do a dry-run on my packing and see if I have enough tops, travel sizes, etc. to take with me. And I'll decide then if I'm going to check a bag or fit everything into a carry-on. Decisions! Decisions!
Sunday, October 17, 2010
Woo Hoo!!!! After six months (or more!) of being within five pounds of my 128 pound goal, the scale finally rewarded me with that magical number!
So what did I do? I ate my way through the next two days! LOL! Okay, so I already had planned on not meeting calorie range either of those two days, so no big deal that I did exactly that. Today was much better.
I was at my goal weight about seven years ago. I maintained very well for a few months. Then, I decided that I knew what I was doing and I gave myself permission to eat whatever I wanted through the holiday season. Now, seven years later, I finally lost that 20 pounds! LOL! (No, I didn't gain all 20 in two months, but close!)
That tells me that I need to watch what I eat all of the time. I can still take some "cheat" days, but most of my days have to be filled with healthy choices. So...life as usual but with just a few more calories!
Maintenance is my friend and I plan to hang with my new friend for years to come!
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