Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Today, I had to attend the funeral of a good friend and great individual; he'll be missed! Have a great trip, Ducky! Anyways, that meant putting on something nicer that the ever-present jeans. As I lose weight and try my clothes, I put those that are getting way too big for me into a box and when I'll realize that the weight is gone for good (with my past experience with dieting, I guess I still have a hard time believing that the weight won't come back,) that box will be given away. Well, my closet is getting half empty. I finally found a pair of black trousers, which I hate because of the polyester fabric but it was the only one left that still sort of fit and I'm glad to report that they are also getting baggy on me, and a black 'faux suede' blazer that I can now button. WOW! What a feeling it is to be able to do up a jacket, sit down and still be comfortable. To use a fellow sparker's favorite expression, that translates to incentive to "keep on keeping!"
I will make it happen in 2011!
Tuesday, January 04, 2011
I was responding to another sparker's comment, "I blew it today" and realized that I was getting a bit windy in my reply. So I decided to make it today's blog.
We are having the back-splash tiled in the kitchen. We were delighted when our tiler called early in the morning to tell us that he was able to come today to start the job. But it also meant that we didn't have access to the kitchen for preparing meals... so the chili prepared the day before was on the menu. I watch for a while and the tiler is doing a great job; I feel at ease enough to leave him alone and I go to my PC to do some sparking. I had a few recipes to calculate so I went on different sites to figure out the nutritional values of some of the food I used. Then I fought to enter foods not listed, I tried three times... My PC was sooooo slow. I got into the recipe calculator and nothing worked. Then I tried to find out where one reports a technical problem with SP and that was also frustrating to find and I ended up on the Food and Nutrition tab where I discovered that indeed I was not the only one experiencing difficulties logging. So I decided to give it up for the day because the more I tried, the angrier I got.
Getting back to the back-splash, the tiles are finally on the wall and it looks great. However, the tiler tells us that they must be sealed as they are too porous left as is. Once the sealant applied, the tiles are much darker than expected : | It still looks OK but not as I envisioned and I tend to be a perfectionist, so... disappointment. It's not the tiler's fault, he did a meticulously great job. I blame the tile vendors for not displaying the tiles before and after the sealant because there is such a big difference. Oh yes! They told us that we should wet the tile to see how it looks once sealed but when you are going from store to store for several days trying to make up your mind on the perfect tile, we plainly forgot about wetting the tiles. So you can be sure that somehow I will complain about that to them. Anyways, the tiler is coming back today to finish the job but I'm not as eager to see the finished product : (
Then later yesterday afternoon, DH and I went shopping and he bought Xmas candies and chocolates at half price (OK, OK! The liqueur-filled chocolates were my doing) and, of course, I got into that in the evening. Now tell me WHY?! WHY?! I know better. Why do I continue to do this to myself?! I truly felt like a fraud. Earlier yesterday, I was sending out messages of encouragement to fellow sparkers and later that day, I was stuffing myself with unhealthy food (I won't go into the few good points of chocolate...) and I hadn't exercised and the Bachelor was a so-called reformed jerk who shattered a couple of lovely young women's dream of Happy Ever Afters three years ago!
If I go to "Should've" side of myself, I should've had more veggies with my chili, like carrot sticks, celery, cucumber, etc. I should've gone downstairs to exercise instead of getting frustrated with the computer glitch and fretting over the back-splash, I should've said NO to the half-price Xmas sales and I should've gone downstairs again in the evening to watch the Batchelor while on my stationary bike. SHOULD'VE, SHOULD'VE, SHOULD'VE!!!
Today, I feel sort of like a hangover. So what do I do now? I forgive myself for the lapse in judgement knowing that I'll probably do it again at some point in the future, I dust myself off and go downstairs to do some damage control. And I KEEP SPARKING!
Diane : ) ** Make it Happen in 2011 **
Sunday, January 02, 2011
They say to stay positive, get a positive mantra and repeat it as often as possible. My new mantra for this new year is:
"MAKE IT HAPPEN IN 2011"
You'll see it with my signature in my blogs, my messages, my comments to articles and to your blogs. I hope that every time you'll see this, you'll get a subliminal message to stay the course and meet your goals on target. I'll even settle for meeting goals - period.
So, all the best to you and keep SPARKING!
Diane : )
"Make It Happen in 2011"
Friday, December 31, 2010
2010 was a very good year for me. Although I reached my heaviest weight in 2010, I also reached my breaking point and knew I had to do something, one way or another. Then I discovered SparkPeople. What a help that has been. I have not yet done all the calculations other than I am 40 lbs lighter, a lot more active, a lot more energetic, a lot more happy. I've also dropped 3 sizes. WOW! I can now fit into outfits I bought six years ago... the tags were still on them... Yes, 2010 was a great year. It was the beginning of the rest of my life. Looking forward to 2011 and reaching my goal weight by next Christmas.
Diane : )
Thursday, December 30, 2010
I lost 4 lbs since the 20th. I was more excited about that than I was about DH and son installing our new stainless range hood (vented outside thank you) and it worked. But 4 lbs!!!! During all this Xmas festivities, shopping, lack of proper exercise, etc., etc., well I'm pumped. What a boost that was for me.
Hope you all have a great New Year celebration, stay safe and I wish all SPARKSPEOPLE the very BEST for 2011!
Diane : )
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