Sunday, July 27, 2014
I love this little guy he was so hilarious! After his neuter we gave him some food (kittens and puppies get low blood glucose rapidly) and we discovered that he sounds like a turkey when he eats!
Not sure why the video isn't working. Here it is - posted it on YouTube
I'm feeling very much like working on organization and decluttering to help with the home situation. I'm going to follow along with FlyLady here:
I've followed FlyLady in the past but it all got overwhelming with the emails and such. WOUBBIE's thread is a great way to follow along
I'm going to tackle our master bedroom first, because it will require the least work. It is the only room with a decent floor, which is major. The living room and other bedroom floors need to be refinished. The kitchen and bathroom floors need to be ripped out and replaced. The master bedroom has a floor that can stay, so that's where I'll start:
1) scrape off all paint
2) paint all trims, closet door and bedroom door
3) change handles on the doors - glass door knobs (consistent with 1940 build). I have no idea if the doors are original, but they'll stay.
4) repaint room
This is the color palette I will go off of for the entire house (probably staying away from the pink), sticking with blue/green for wall colors and using the oranges/reds/yellows/brighter blue and greens for accents in curtains/bedding/throws, etc.
This is the inspiration, which I know is nuts, but it has all of the colors I want - the super pale green, the burnt orange, navy, darker blues and greens...exactly the colors for the house and from that color palette!
First thing is first - today I'll stop by home depot and buy a scraper to scrape off all of the paint :)
Woo, lot's of lofty goals going on here!
Beck day 8 - create time and energy
1 - figure out how much time you need per day to make meals, plan lunches, shop for groceries, etc. My biggest problem is that even if I make a list of what I need, I always find myself stopping at the store multiple times a week to pick up things I didn't know I needed. That is a huge waste of time.
2 - set a schedule - currently working on "up at 6 am" and "down at 10 am" to try to get a more reasonable, consistent daily schedule going for myself. I know that isn't what they mean, but I'm not ready to schedule every minute of my day. For now, it's about getting out of bed on time and getting into bed on time!
3 - set a priority list - right now #1 is keeping the house in order and working on that, because I believe strongly that if I can get to the point where I feel like my house is clean and tidy and organized, I will be better about eating better. When the house feels chaotic, I run for the bad stuff - so that's via FlyLady and working on one room at a time to repaint and freshen up.
Yesterday was a good food day -
1 - chicken that I baked with raw honey, curry powder and chili flakes - yum!
2 - more potatoes -
3 - almonds
4 - cherries
5 - latte, coffee
6 - not enough water even remotely
7 - some dark chocolate - not good quality, not worth it
8 - mushrooms
One thing I'm figuring out about eating at work - I need to stick with the small snacks (apple sauce, almonds, fruit) and not try to eat full-on meals because they just leave me feeling full and I hate working on a full stomach.
Working 11-4 today...Sundays are a short but crazy day, should be fun :) Stopping by Home Depot on the way home. Have left-over chicken to eat later. Not taking food to work because there won't be time to eat.
Have a great day!
Saturday, July 26, 2014
Beck day 7 - arrange your environment
1 - clean out fridge - right now 99% Paleo
2 - pantry - I have a lot of quinoa and flour and stuff like that but none of it appeals to me so I'm ok with keeping that stuff around for DH
3 - rest of the house - this is the most important for me: if I have a neat and clean house, I tend to overall do better.
I certainly need to work on decluttering again - I have two days off together next week so I'll do it then.
Yesterday was ok but boy, oh boy, did I eat. All Paleo, but TOO MUCH.
6) cheese (Primal)
Off to work, will catch up with everyone else later :)
Have a great day!
Friday, July 25, 2014
Nothing much new yesterday, work was fine. I was in surgery from 8 am - 1:30 pm and apparently upset one of the other doctors by busting out all of the surgeries and not leaving her with any. Oops. I just got into a groove and didn't think about it. So I bought her a little bag of Jelly Belly beans, which are shaped like little kitty and puppy ovaries...to signify every ovary I stole from her. She laughed but I felt pretty bad about it. She apparently tried to hint at me, asking if I'd like a break..instead of just saying "hey, my turn". SIGH. Being the emotional person that I am, I take these things personally so I'm doing my best not to think about it anymore. I would never make it in politics!
I also didn't take food with me and I just can't let that happen again. I absolutely HAVE to plan my lunch the night before, just like I have to keep the house clean, keep up on laundry, etc. to make me feel better and like I'm more in control. It just has to happen. I got used to a work schedule of 3 days off a week and that's just not true anymore and I need to adapt.
I'm feeling very motivated by _RAMONA's streaking thoughts and I think I'm going to join in some streaking :)
The plan for today -
1) clean/laundry, but also rest
2) buy some gold stars and post-its for motivational streaking stuff
3) plan some lunches and snacks for the next 5 days of work
Beck Day 6 - Find a diet coach
Easy! Sparkpeople and the Paleo, SmartCarbing and Living Low Carb teams!
1 - remind myself why I'm doing this - IVF is more successful in women with a normal BMI
2 - sticking with Paleo
3 - eating sitting down
4 - give myself credit - I really, really, really wanted some ice cream last night after a difficult, emotional day at work, but I didn't get any. I realized that the "emotions" were something I was creating out of nothing - what I perceived as a work altercation I allowed to bring me down, make me feel bad and think about feeding that emotion with some ice cream...but I also realized that I was a) creating that feeling out of nothing and b) perhaps creating it on purpose as an excuse to eat something bad...can we all say, "SABOTAGE"?
5 - eat slowly and mindfully
Off to do some grocery shopping!
Thursday, July 24, 2014
Yesterday was a wonderful day. Although we were basically just running "errands", we spent the whole day together and it was wonderful! We had breakfast at a little bar before our first meeting and I had a mushroom omelette with hash-browns, no toast, and water. My quick on-the-road lunch wasn't ideal, but it wasn't bad. It was a tough situation where I was either going to eat something or sit in 2 hours of traffic and starve...those are the times I end up eating ice cream or something terrible. So I had chicken tenders for lunch, but whatever. Dinner was watermelon and almonds, so at least I didn't go nuts at night (ha ha).
The financial planning meeting was good - we have to pay 1700-2500 for the actual planning and then we have yearly "maintenance" meetings that might be 200-400$ a year...so not too bad, but I don't know if that initial price is reasonable. I need to contact a few people and see if that sounds right. We aren't yet delving into investments, so this is just savings and paying off debts and such.
The specialist meeting was overwhelming. I guess I keep expecting to hear "let's try this, let's try that"...but this time it was just: IVF is your only treatment for recurrent miscarriage loss. He says that we are either truly unlucky and that's why we keep miscarrying, or something else is wrong. The only way to increase our chances of having a baby if we don't want to wait and see what happens on its own, is to go forward with IVF. So the plan now is a uterine biopsy in September and then probably start the IVF treatment in October, with transfer late November-early December. The biopsy is a new test out, which will check if my uterus is even compatible with pregnancy. It is a test that has just started being run, so I'm going for it. They use it in Europe.
Generally speaking, I'm having a hard time with my work schedule because my house is starting to get messy again and I'm not finding the energy to clean daily like I used to. I get up, have coffee, go to work...come home, eat dinner, shower and go to bed. Over and over. I'm not sure why I've suddenly hit this wall, because I am usually a morning person and can get myself out of bed early, even to clean. Now, I'm sleeping until the last possible minute. Yesterday I went to bed at 9:30 and got up today at 6:30. Who seriously needs 9 hours of sleep, lol?
6) chicken tenders
Beck Day 5 - eat slowly and mindfully....
1-still focused on why I'm doing this
2-sticking to Paleo
3-mostly sitting down to eat
4-credit: had a stressful day yesterday and didn't let it affect my eating
Here is a picture of Bruce from yesterday:
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Today I have a helper with my blog. Bruce was clearly searching for attention so I set him up next to me on the desk. This is totally normal, people.
Work was ok yesterday - I got my August schedule and was again disappointed. I keep telling Zvika that I just need to let it go, focus on working and negotiate a better schedule at my 1 year review...but I still find myself getting all worked up. I made the mistake of voicing my frustrations to my colleagues and now I'm feeling bad about it because I don't want to be "that" person. I need to focus and not get so dramatic at work.
I don't know what it is about vet clinics, but we tend to have "themes". Like, one day we may have one foreign body after another. Another day, it might be a hit-by-car one right after the next. Yesterday, it was whelping bitches in distress. We literally had 3 in a row, lol. The first went to c-section/spay. The second I sent home to keep monitoring and I don't know what happened with the third because I was off at 6. Craziness!
Food was good
1 - almonds
2 - watermelon
3 - salmon
4 - potato
5 - latte(s)
Not a whole lot of variety, but that's ok. I was satisfied and I do love that salmon :)
Today is a "big" day. Zvika and I are going to a financial planner and then to sit down with the specialist. I realize he probably won't have anything new to say (for which I'll pay $300), but this is the first step in starting IVF. I'm very nervous but am actually more excited about spending the day with Zvika!
Beck day 5 - give yourself credit
1 - I came back to SP even though I really, really, really thought I might be done...but I knew better, lol.
2 - I apologized quickly for blowing my top yesterday (toward Zvika)
3 - I've been packing work lunches NO MATTER WHAT!
To keep up with Beck you actually need to be fulfilling your tasks daily, so here's a quick recap so that I keep myself in line:
1 - advantages of losing weight - seeing them already, 2 pounds down. Clothing still tight and uncomfortable, but I'll get there.
2 - two reasonable diets - Paleo and no cheats!
3 - eat sitting down
Have a great day, everyone!
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