Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Last weekend was not a good one for my eating plan. I baked and indulged in red velvet cake for my daughter's birthday. I ate a steak on Monday that had been rubbed with a salty rub and left in fridge for a bit longer than I intended--the result was a very salty steak! I am paying for my crimes now with a 2-pound increase in my weight! Yikes!
I discovered this increase yesterday and tried to be low carb all day to help shed it back off. I kind of think it's not actual fat but possibly water weight due to that sodium infusion. It was still there this morning though, so I'm tightly watching my food today. So far all I've had is 1/2 cup of lentils and a cup of coffee. I save my major eating for when the family is around. Now I need to figure out something for supper....did someone say chicken? chili? Hmmmm....
Monday, September 24, 2012
Love the quiet around the house while everyone is at work and school. I have spent the morning just resting after a busy weekend full of soccer and birthday celebrations.
If you have a teen daughter, do you notice that no matter how much she is given, she always wants more? Since I am unemployed and our income has been sliced in half, I am not as generous as I would like to be. She doesn't have a phone like a lot of kids do because I do not want to commit to another 2 years with our provider and a single phone is more costly--money she isn't up to generating herself. Additionally, we have decided to postpone getting her learner's permit for driving until 2013 too as insurance will rise and we aren't up to an increase just now. These are hard things for a teen-ager to live with I know, but I also know that not ALL teens are driving or possessing phones. We did get her a new Ipod and she's able to text on that as well as a lot of other functions she enjoys. On top of everything, her grades could be a lot better so I feel like she could be putting more effort into school and less into THINGS, etc. Life lessons are hard to teach. Thankfully her birthday has past and she can now stop obsessing about it. She always does obsess about it and build it up year after year. I always want her to have a special day on her birthday, but inevitably it stretches into 2-3 days.
My daughter is far from obese, but she does have a muffin top and belly. I don't want to criticize her or diminish her self-esteem or confidence. I have asked her to start a SparkPeople account privately just for her own information--she doesn't have to share it with me. I told her to look at me, a person who was slim at her age and what a couple of decades of unhealthy choices like soda drinking and overeating have done. She is like me in many ways so I hope she won't get a serious weight problem as I have. I try to provide my family with healthy food and she does like a lot of healthy things, but she also likes unhealthy things and can mindlessly empty a box of crackers or overindulge in her favorites as well as a exercising a fondness for Mountain Dew. I have insisted that she eat "serving sizes" as described on packages, but don't always enforce. I want her to do these things without me harping on her. For these reasons I want her to do her own Sparking, privately. I give her the information I'm learning, but coming from me it sounds like nagging.
Anyway, I love my daughter. She is smart, kind, and funny. She has a beautiful heart and is still sweet and innocent. She is pretty too. I am not wanting her to join Spark because I don't she's perfect just as she is, I want her to Spark so she can be in control and knowledgeable about her physique. We don't read beauty magazines and she doesn't appreciate things like make-up or girly hairstyles or clothes. I love that she's not totally into pleasing the opposite sex--I just don't want her to be oblivious to a healthy body.
Friday, September 21, 2012
I went to the grocery this morning and they have big scales to stand on. I usually weigh on my home scales first thing in the morning in my nightgown. I was fully clothed and had been up awhile when I stepped on those in Publix and I was pleased to see it reading 1/2 pound lighter than my home scales! Yea!
My daughter turned 15 yesterday. I made her a cake today that I saw in Good Housekeeping magazine: red velvet from a box with cream cheese frosting between layers and ganache poured over it and dripping down the sides. I dripped a bit too much and it puddled, But hopefully she and her friends and our family will enjoy it. I am putting some red juice punch in the punch bowl with a ice hand floating in it. I have had some challenges with making the hand in a latex glove. Hopefully by the time they are ready to drink it, it will be solid! Not sure how to track tasting of the ganache and frosting today!
I worked up a sweat cleaning the house too. I love my Dyson vacuum, but it is a heavy beast to push around the house. It is nice to be in a reasonably tidy home. I visit some of my friends' houses and they live in such chaos! I don't think I'm Mrs. Tidy or anything because my clutter is not very attractive piled around the house, but I do keep my laundry folded and put away, dishes washed, trash and garbage disposed of, dust swiped or polished away in a lot of areas. The thing about housework is that it is never done. You only decide when you are done for the moment! I could be dusting even more, shaking rugs, polishing windows and mirrors, scrubbing bathroom fixtures, but I decided that I'm done for the day. Family is home now and the re-messing has begun!
Thank you to those who commented on my blog regarding my weird pain in left abdomen. It had subsided a good bit by Monday after really hurting on Saturday. I considered what one friend said about possible constipation. I don't think I truly am, but I drank a cup of smooth move tea just in case. At the grocery, I noticed there was a tea for liver and kidney detoxing so I brought it home and brewed a cup yesterday. I do feel a lot better. Not sure if the teas were the reason why, but they surely don't hurt. My mom had diverticulitis and even had surgery so I do NOT want that! Need to be careful. Being overweight and a consumer of unhealthy foods could be catching up to me even as I work at recovering! If the pain returns I will see a doctor.
Happy sparking all!
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