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Post #30 Mother's Day Activities

Sunday, May 09, 2010

1) Call Mom.

2) Go shopping for flower and vegetable plants.

3) Get everything potted.

4) Bring the hanging baskets out of the greenhouse and hang them.

5) Fill the hummingbird feeder.

6) Go for a walk.

7) Put out the Springtime flags.

8) Put off pulling weeds - it is Mother's Day after all.

9) Go fishing.

  
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ASPENHUGGER 5/12/2010 3:46PM

    Go fishing?! Take me with you! I had to go for a stuffy, regulation Mum's Day dinner instead. I'd rather be fishing!

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Post #29 Taking a Food Holiday

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

After 3 months on Sparkpeople I took a day off. This is the longest I have ever gone on a calorie intake this low and the first 2 months I did well on weight loss. The third month has been a bust despite maintaining the healthy diet.

Yes, I know I am not getting enough exercise. I am working on that but the going has been slow. I don't mind much changing what I am eating or keeping track of the calories and nutrients but I have a deeply ingrained resistance to anything governed by a clock. I don't like going to bed, getting up, scheduled meals and a specific time I must stop everything and exercise.

My sister says it's genetic, that I run on Indian time. Maybe, but I tend to think there was something way back that made me attach my feelings of independence to not having anything or anyone control "when" I did something. I can remember when I was very young rebelling against teachers telling me "how" to do something when I felt my way made better sense. I keep digging trying to find the "when I do something" key but it doesn't surface.

It is also very likely the reason I am self-employed. I do accounting but have always preferred working in the middle of the night so my days start around noon and usually end when it starts to get light outside.

But getting back to the food holiday, I am sure the growing frustration of not losing much this last month is a contributing factor but I was handling that until I went to the doctor yesterday and had to have a cortisone injection in my shoulder (at least I won't have to have surgery). The physical pain was too much at that point and I went straight to the Olive Garden and had a Spinach-Artichoke dip appetizer for lunch. I could probably have kept my calories within range by choking up on the rest of the day but I'm a type 2 diabetic and my blood glucose levels depend on my eating 5 or 6 times a day and getting a certain amount of carbohydrates each time I eat.

The result of all this is the first day in 3 months I have exceeded my calorie range. I realize I have not exceeded it by a huge amount but it still irritates me because I know that it did not help break this plateau. If the diet grinches were around I have probably gained a pound because we all know it takes eliminating 3500 calories to lose a pound and overeating by 350 calories to gain one!

Note to self - make sure I get enough exercise today to burn the extra calories from yesterday.
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ASPENHUGGER 4/24/2010 11:32AM

    I also have a hard time conforming to someone else's clock or calendar! I'm a night owl too and have spent my lifetime trying to be at work at 8:00 -- pfooey! Self-employment works very well for people like us!

I bet you find that you've lost some weight after your "vacation". Sometimes our bodies adjust to lower calories and start saving up for the next famine. By changing up like that, you might have given your body the message that it's OK to let go of some more weight.

I have shoulder troubles too, but since I don't have insurance I haven't been to the doctor. I'm taking shark cartilage capsules and glucosamine/chondritin and they really help!

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STOP-IT-KNOW 4/20/2010 9:38PM

    sounds like you have it under control we all have to cheat once in a while glad you don't have to have surgery. i have trouble with my shoulder to i'm going to PT 12 times and now 12 more hope it will be ok by them wish you well take care and thanks for you kind words on my blog emoticon emoticon

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Post #28 Depression by inflation

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Just finished paying the monthly bills - at least most of them. Something has to give and it is usually my mood. Like most small business my income is down more than I expected this year. DH's income did not increase either because the powers that be say there is no inflation. What I would like to know is just where these guys buy food and gas. Oh, I forgot, they don't - we buy it for them!

It doesn't seem to matter if our income goes up or down the bills continue to steadily rise. The power company just raised our average monthly payments by $37 even though we used less in the last 12 months than we paid over those 12 months. I have sent an inquiry questioning their mathematical abilities but it isn't likely to do any good.

I'd also like to talk to whoever started the rumor that eating at home, cooking your own healthy food was cheaper than eating out. My food costs over-all have not dropped a bit in return for all the time I am spending in grocery stores shopping for produce.

In case you are wondering, yes I get like this every month on the day I pay bills.
End of depressing decompression rant.
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EJHEINRICH1 4/13/2010 11:21AM

    I think we can call this the Ranting Club. You are not alone!
I find it hard to make ends meet anything. Last year was the worst for us I pray this year is a little better.

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ASPENHUGGER 4/12/2010 1:03PM

    Yes, I had to give up my small business when the gas prices went through the roof a couple of years ago. The price of everything else went up to offset the rising cost of delivery, etc. But you'll notice when the gas prices came back down, nothing else did. Couldn't afford the extra costs for my expenses, & couldn't raise my prices.

So I got out, even though I just loved that business. emoticon
So I feel your pain.

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JLUVSHIKIN 4/8/2010 9:16PM

    I pay the bills in our household as well. It is probably fitting though since I don't bring in income... at least not yet. Rant away... rant away.

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Post #27 Time for myself escapes again

Monday, April 05, 2010

Saturday night I set out everything that I absolutely had to get done this week due to client expectations and due dates. There were 12 items. Then I set out the things I really wanted to do this week and there were 5 of those. Barely one day into the week I can see the things I want to do slipping away for lack of time. Doing something with my fingernails and tying that Hale Bopp fly pattern have already gone from wants to wishes.

I search my list for the single "must do" item I can slide but tax returns have deadlines, the bills are going to be late if I don't sit down and pay them, and I am already 2 days late calling my Mother and my Sister for there birthdays. Likewise, clients would not look kindly on having their payrolls put off. I have also reached the point where my weight loss is slowing down without exercise so have put 30 minutes a day for exercising in my "must do" list and am doing my best to not let anything be a reason to slide those out of the way.

Yes, I know I lack organization. The big box sitting next to my desk is full of filing that needs done, reminding me daily. At least I prefer to think of it as lack of organization rather than age slowing me down, requiring me to stop and take a nap.

I learned long ago the the busiest people have the best ability to add something else to their activities but, frankly, I don't want to be that busy. As necessary as I know it is for me to be active on SparkPeople, buy groceries and prepare meals, it is all taking 2 or 3 hours a day which contributes to my time problems. It looks like there is a question to be asked in here. Do most SparkPeople who lose a lot of weight successfully put this much time into it?

With that, I better get busy with work or I won't get the Sunday "must do" stuff done by Monday morning. emoticon emoticon

  
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CELESTJILL 4/5/2010 2:43AM

    I get overwhelmed with time constraints as well...and I think you hit it dead on for me, its an organization issue--I'm a perfectionist by nature although looking at my desk you wouldn't think it. My issue is if I can't do it perfectly, I'm not going to do it. and of course weight loss isn't "perfect" life isn't "perfect" and I find myself scrambling to get the must do's done, and the hope to's and want to's end up putting me on the back burner. I use flylady, and her idealogy of 15 min. I set a timer, I have 15 min to work on Spark People stuff. I will organize my desk for 15 min. etc. slowly I'm pulling myself back together and one of these days the 15 min will land me back on the top of my priority list...one day. :)

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Post # 26 Wore it out

Sunday, April 04, 2010

I now know that I am getting enough water. My toilet told me. It seems that it is getting so much use that I have worn it out. The little rubber contraption that drops down on the hole in the bottom of the tank to stop the water from flowing into the bowl disintegrated!
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JLUVSHIKIN 4/8/2010 9:20PM

    LOL.... now THAT made me chuckle.

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LEYETTE 4/4/2010 8:14AM

    Keep up the good work!! emoticon

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BILL60 4/4/2010 7:34AM

    Now you've really done it!!

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