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A Weekend at the Beach: Back to the Ol' Grindstone

Sunday, April 28, 2013

There's a lot to be said for just vegging out at the beach for a full weekend. I feel relaxed and ready to go! The sea was cooold, but the pool was just right. Lounging around in the sunshine and wandering in the seedy beach town has really recharged my batteries!

I wasn't at all careful about my diet, and gained a pound. But I feel like that's okay, as I was very active... so I *only* gained a pound. And now, back to reality, sadly.

I hope you all had fun weekends, too.

  
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SELENAPEPPERS 4/28/2013 10:30AM

    I love the beach. It is always so relaxing to me. I am glad you had a good time.

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GRAMMY_22 4/28/2013 10:19AM

    It sounds like you had a wonderful time!

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Dealing with Irritability by Focusing on the Good

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Not having control makes me irritable. Having a weight problem makes me irritable. Weaning myself off the Nicorette gum makes me irritable. Looking for a new job makes me irritable. Being stressed out about the upcoming family vacation - you guessed it! Lately it seems that everything makes me irritable.

I'm even irritable with myself. I'm stressed, I'm lonely, I'm overwhelmed, and I'm living far, far too far away from home. All this focus on the negatives in my life, on what's hard, is making me irritable.

To get past this I'm trying to focus on what's positive and good, without at the same time thinking of things that are simultaneously negative. You know, saying "I have great friends *but*... *but, not very many. *but, not close... *but -- NO. No buts.

I have great friends and I'm very lucky to have them.

I have two adorable cats who love me and never bring me dead things.

I mostly have my health.

I have a supportive extended family.

I have a good job and a CV that will allow me to get a great job.

I have hobbies I enjoy.

I... am having trouble thinking of things to write. But I think that's a nice start of 'good' things that will help me get through the irritability.

What do you do to get through tough times?

  
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63KEEPONGOING 4/24/2013 8:29AM

  When my day seems like "stormy weather" I remind myself that the sun will come out tomorrow. Then I realize that I have SONSHINE even on the stormy days. He makes me feel better when I take time to pray to him.

You have a lot of positive here. This is where to stay focused.

Thank you for your words.

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TAWDRYELEPHANT 4/22/2013 9:26AM

    Hmmm I definitely know what you mean about the irritability thing. For me it's helping to take a step back and force myself to remember (even saying the words to myself in my head or out loud if no one's around) why I'm putting myself through this to begin with. The short answer? I can't stay the way I was; I need to change. And the only way to change is to push through the drudgery of a given moment and trust that it will get better and it will get easier.

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Coming Up On a Week and, Oh My

Friday, April 19, 2013

People are visiting from out of town. You take them to your favorite Thai place. You take them out for Egyptian food. You have a drink or three, because they're old friends, and that's what we do.

That's my defense. But I'm a bit concerned because even though people are visiting, I've been pretty thoughtful about what I'm eating and drinking while we're out, knowing that I'll be writing it down here.

My "entirely too much dietary fat" issue has been joined by a major carb explosion. It's time to rethink my choices. I certainly could have had the spicy beef salad at the Thai restaurant instead of the crispy, breaded chicken. And, for sure I did not need both fatta *and* kofta *and* more rice *and* hummus *and* rolls *and* spinach bechamel* at the Egyptian restaurant. Even in small quantities, that's got to be two meals. Ah, me. (But, really, don't we all do this at buffets? I hope?)

And, certainly, today's carbs- and calories-fest could have been avoided.

Still - I'm not going to beat myself up for it. It's been really, really fun. And the out-of-country pals are having such a good time. So, next time I'll be better about what I grab from the buffet, and more careful about my snacks, and still have fun!

  


3 Days In and a Pattern Emerges

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

I eat *a lot* of fat. I've been careful about it, because I know I'm going to write it down... and still, fat? A big part of my diet. And I already blew my calorie limit. The worst part about that? The last entry for the day? Zucchini. That's right -- little green squash, steamed, no butter, did me in. Well. Okay. It _could have been_ all the other food I ate. But zucchini was last, zucchini was guilty.

Seriously, this is only day 3. I think it makes better sense to wait ... 3 weeks? ... before I decide if I have a real pattern here.

  
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FIT4MEIN2013 4/16/2013 8:32PM

    emoticon I like that! Blame the last food eaten. Why didn't I think of that? It is a learning process. emoticon You WILL do it!

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TAWDRYELEPHANT 4/16/2013 3:27PM

    I can't believe zucchini betrayed you!! How could a vegetable that's supposed to be good for you be so cruel...

Squash sabotage aside... good for you for taking the time to scrutinize your eating habits and learn more about yourself. :)

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