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Day 4

Saturday, February 08, 2014

The last few days I've been trying to pay attention to how food makes me feel after I eat it. Indulging in a huge bowl of the kids crackers makes me feel lousy. Replacing that with a moderate sized bowl of grapes and berries made me feel terrific. I'm making an effort to remember how food makes me feel before I eat it...and really just be more mindful about what I put in my mouth. Not a terribly difficult concept, but not always the easiest when I'm fighting a hunger pang.

I've been walking a lot and this afternoon I pick up my training for the Cherry Blossom Ten Miler. It's thrilling to be at a point where I can run...albeit slowly with frequent breaks. That doesn't matter though, I'm only glad to be putting one foot in front of the other!

One of my greatest pleasures is an iced coffee. Until this week, I'd been having one in the morning after everyone was at school and I was back home. But then it dawned on me: why have it right away, when I don't really need it and it's simply part of a routine? Rather, I decided to put it off until the afternoon....though not too late so it doesn't impact falling asleep. I've been having it around 1:00 and it serves as a pick-me up without making me feel like I'm completely derailing my efforts. Naturally, the next step is to try and cut back so it's not a daily treat.

Last night my biggest thrill was a cold, crisp bottle of Angry Orchard cider. Though, while tasty, the 200 calories that came with it were enough to convince me that one bottle was more than enough. I'm glad that stuff didn't exist when I was in college, that's for sure!

I've finally come to terms with the fact that I simply cannot bake as often as I enjoy AND expect to lose weight. As much as I love baking and having fresh baked treats around (last week it was rugelach, this week it was sunken blueberry coffee cake), it's a temptation that I find near to impossible to resist. So I'm calling a moratorium on baking for a while. It's just too hard, and if I'm going to be sabotaged, I'd rather not do it myself. But you can bet that in the meantime I'm going to be stockpiling recipes for individual sized treats and healthy full sized ones.

Happy weekend everyone!

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68ANNE 2/8/2014 8:19PM

    There are ways to bake healthy and tasty. Instead of stopping entirely maybe you can look for new and better items to bake. One of the things I do is to decrease the sugar or with some I can even eliminate it. It requires some experimenting though.

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Day 1.

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

I'm trying my best right now and doing my darnedest to stay active despite the ice/snow/rain/slush/freezing cold. Last night, my husband and I made reservations for a ski weekend in early March. He's never skied, and I haven't skied since college, but we're all going and he and the kids are going to try it. YAY! Let's here it for active, family filled fun weekends!

In other news, I've done an okay job getting to bed early and this week kinda-sorta conquered getting up early (though truthfully, it was driven by early morning meetings). Nonetheless, I did it and liked it.

In February, my goal is to work on getting back into an exercise routine. As part of that, my family and I are touring a gym on Saturday and we're all set to sign ourselves up. I can't wait. I've already planned to take my fancy new key-fob id card and work out on Sunday. Hopefully, with a little forethought and planning, I can make February an active one.

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68ANNE 2/5/2014 6:34PM

even if everyone goes on the bunny slopes, it'll still be an excellent.
I still need to plan more too

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My Happiness Project - 2014, the Year of ME.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Last night I felt so lousy, and I am pretty convinced that the pizza was a pretty sizable factor in that feeling. Not that pizza is bad, but I knew I was making a poor choice, and I was making the poor choice because I was tired and feeling lazy. Also, yesterday was pretty convenience food-heavy. It's not exactly shocking that I felt crappy.

However, today's a new day.

A few years ago I read Gretchen Rubin's book "The Happiness Project." I didn't do anything with what she talked about in the book, though, until last night. One of my favorite bloggers, Katie at www.marriageconfessions.com read the book over the holidays and is starting her own happiness project. I liked her approach, and figured maybe it's time I did the same. So now it's official, 2014 is the year of Emily.

I'm in the process of deciding what twelve things I want to work on this year (one thing per month), but I know FOR SURE that in January I'm working on rest. Rest, as in getting enough sleep. It's important to me, and all this week I've been in bed (and asleep) before eleven. Holy cow, it's make a huge difference in my days. The one thing I'd like to try to work into this whole "get more rest" thing is waking up earlier. My oh my, how much better my mornings would be if I could get up half an hour earlier.

If nothing else, I want to use this "Happiness Project" as a chance to learn about myself and push myself in areas that I have let slide for awhile. It's time to challenge myself.


Blooming Where I'm Planted.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

I've just collapsed on the couch after a morning of cleaning and organizing. Rather than get hung up on looking for a new place to live, I'm trying to reframe my perspective and be happy where we are now. Kind of like the magnet on my fridge reminds me.

While the weekend was difficult, I chose to not beat myself up and move on. So as of yesterday I am back on plan. My husband got home early last night, too, and immediately suggested I go out for a walk or run since it was so pleasant out. Sure enough, I donned my running shoes and went out for a 20 minute run / walk. I'm so glad he suggested that, because once I was home I felt so invigorated - I even did some pushups and crunches!

Over the weekend I ordered my 2014 planner. It's a little late, but I waited until after the holidays to see where we were in the ol' budget before shelling out what I think it a bit much (but worth it) for the specific planner that I use. That being said, it ships next week and I can't wait.

Now that T is in playschool on Mondays and Wednesdays, I've got some small scale projects that I'm working toward. Namely, cleaning out some closets and our two desks. I've come to realize that I have loads of holiday decorations that I never use. I've collected them from various people (mostly my mom), but I'm really not one to decorate for Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day, or Easter. More often than not, the kids come home with all sorts of festive art that we put up. So, I'm hoping to clean out and get some boxes ready to take to Goodwill.

Anyways, things are good. I'm plugging away and will weigh in on Friday.


Super Thursday!

Thursday, January 09, 2014

Today is one of those days where I am bursting at the seams. The sun is shining (though it's still cold - after the polar vortex it feels downright balmy), my kids are feeling better, and even while I'm a bit stuffy, all feels right in the world. Maybe it's the coffee I had this morning, or maybe I'm just feeling good since I'm overhauling my diet, but it doesn't matter to me...feeling good just feels good!

My husband's been working late the last two nights so I'm really looking forward to this evening when he'll be home early. While I've been able to see him, our boys have been fast asleep by the time he's gotten home so I know they are very excited to see him.

On Christmas day our furnace started misfiring and exploding and our maintenance man came out the next day to assess the problem. While we traveled after Christmas and over New Year's, he came back and measured for a new furnace. Luckily it held out through the polar vortex and sub zero temps. While I'm not a fan of the floor-shaking explosions, I realize how lucky we are that we still have heat. Truthfully the most bothersome part is that our furnace is right next to our washer and dryer, and so I am always really nervous doing laundry since I know the heat could kick on and the furnace misfire while I'm next to it. It's loud and scary! Thankfully, tomorrow is the big day and our new furnace will be installed. I'll drive my older son to school and then T and I will head to Baltimore for most of the day to visit my dad. That way we'll be out of the way for the furnace to be installed, and we'll be warm! We'll come back to pick R up in the afternoon, and by then heat should be restored to our apartment.

For Christmas, my in-laws gave me a pair of adorable rain boots (living in the city, I now walk in the rain a fair bit so I was SUPER excited about these cute boots!) and the Smitten Kitchen cookbook. I really enjoy cooking, despite our teeny tiny oven and lack of kitchen space. Naturally many of the recipes aren't the most healthy. However, just about everything in the book calls my name, and I'm not going to turn a deaf ear! So I've decided that each week I'm going to cook something from the cookbook. I figure that I usually like to splurge on one meal a week, and I'm going to make it a good one! Also, I really like that by making everything myself, I know that there's no processed junk. This week, I'm going to make the braised short ribs and parsnip puree. While I know our kids won't likely eat it, it's going to be dinner on Saturday night for our "night-in." Kind of like a night out, except we stay home and have a late dinner after the kids go to bed. This weekend we'll have the short ribs, parsnip puree, and a side salad and the catch up on Scandal. I'm excited!

For now, though, I've got to get tonight's dinner in the crock pot and finish some laundry. I think it speaks to my happy heart that even those tasks are A-Okay by me today!


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