Monday, October 08, 2012
I started yesterday (Sunday off with the usual: church then lunch with my two friends. They wanted to go to a southern cooking buffet which meant it would be hard to eat in a way that is easy to track on my tracker. I accepted it and strove to eat in reasonable portions. I couldn't resist the peach cobbler even though it's not the best--I just like peach cobbler even if it's mediocre cobbler! I drank unsweet tea without any sweetener and that is a change I've made recently--avoiding so much splenda.
Later I went to a family reunion with my mother's family. All seven siblings were there along with several of the little ones. Not too many my age though, but I fit in with young and old alike. My moms siblings like to gather and eat the foods of their childhood which involves a lot of fat and starch. I ate a lot of ham, some creamed corn, potato salad, deviled eggs, and crackling corn bread. I finally even ate slivers of pecan pie and pumpkin pie. I knew I probably overdid it, but I decided I wouldn't have any snacks while watching TV and maybe only have herbal tea or water.
My mom has been having trouble with her pancreas and has been hospitalized with it now 3 times if you include last night. I drove 50 miles back to my house only to have my sister call me back to their town to sit with my mom at the hospital all night and most of today. I didn't want to but cannot say no to my sister or mom. My mom said I could go home once I got there, but it was 1 in the morning and I had to laugh because I was so tired I couldn't imagine driving home at that hour. I slept in her hospital room in a chair and kept her company. The nurses and machinery roused us from sleep several times. I told my mom the nurses were jealous that we were sleeping while they had to work and so they kept waking us up (jk). I finally went home this afternoon. My kids were home alone and they are 12 and 15, but my son has a project we were planning on working on today. So I wanted to get home with what wits I had left to get him going.
I stopped at the gas station and on my way out, someone backed into my bumper. No damage done, but ironically it was my cousin who has a serious cancer on his spine. I had only heard about his condition last Monday at my Dad's and was wondering how I could get in touch with him--he's very eccentric, but we love each other dearly. He said God wanted him to "run into me". We parked at the gas station and visited for a bit before both of us went on to our destinations. If his situation is as dire as his mother told me, I wonder if/when I'll see him again being in as good a condition he was in today. You have to be grateful for the little things in life.
Anyway, I did much better with eating today. Didn't get to weigh myself so don't know how my weight is fluctuating if at all--it hasn't in about a week. Hopefully, I'll get out of the house tomorrow for a walk. I hope my mom is a lot better by tomorrow too.
Wednesday, October 03, 2012
We are getting a lot of rain in these parts. This makes my son's soccer practices dicey because we live in lowlands and it gets pretty boggy when the rain persists. I think there must be a tropical storm out there to cause all these torrents. I'm using the rain as an excuse to be idle in the fitness domain too. I am doing other productive things like my online class and job hunting and keeping the house neat.
Tuesday, October 02, 2012
Went to my Dad's house for his twice-a-month gospel singing gathering. I would say the median age is 70 but it was so nice to see all these people getting out of their houses putting on cute outfits (you could tell they were spiffed up a bit), and gathering for a meal and singing. My dad has a huge sun room with a little grand piano (my stepmother has always wanted to play and has taken lessons, but she only plays for fun). He added about 50+ folding chairs and song books and voila! They all sat down and sang. I was raised on this gospel music so most of the songs are very familiar to me. I didn't join in preferring to visit with other non-singers. My dad and I don't have the greatest relationship, but we are both trying. I could probably try more, but that's a post for another day. I think close to the top of my gratitude list is the fact that I still have 3 living parents if you count my stepmother who has always been a positive force in my life.
I also visited my mom and she was doing okay, but feeling a bit blue because Oct. 1 is hers and my late stepdad's wedding anniversary. I think she was surprised and gratified that I stopped in.
It was also my sister's birthday. There was a cake for her at Dad's party and we all sang happy birthday. She's a year older than me and soon my birthday will roll around too. My two stepsisters and one of my stepbrothers also have birthdays in October--a very busy month!
I ate a big salad at 11-ish yesterday and then didn't eat anything until the party. I knew the food wouldn't be Spark-friendly, but I ate a sandwich, macaroni salad, and some kind of gelatin/whipped cream salad that I love. I also had 2 kinds of cake. Despite these food choices, there were a lot of things available that I DIDN'T eat, like yeast rolls, cheese dip, chips and fudge. I did break through the ceiling of my calorie count, but knew I might. Next time only ONE kind of cake! I could also bring something to the party that is on my program that others would enjoy like Deviled eggs or a salad of some kind.
Saturday, September 29, 2012
I was on a tear for a while losing a pound every 3 days and feeling like I was on my way and then on Monday, my scales reported a 2-pound gain and those two pounds hung around all week. People who read my blog a lot are probably tired of hearing about those 2 pounds, sorry. I guess it was a good thing; because of them I have started adding fitness to my regime. I have gone walking for at least 30 minutes for the past 3 days. I even decided to participate in some spark streaks on a few of my teams. I join the teams because the idea of them seems in line with me, but I have resisted participating in them. I stick with logging food and reading/writing blogs. But I have decided that I could use a reason to get off the chair, get away from TV/computer, and out of my house, and the weather has eased off a bit so I have been DOING IT!
I can shut up about the 2 pounds because I was down 1/2 pound this morning. Yippee! My weight is budging at last! Maybe I'll be down another one tomorrow!
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