Sunday, February 14, 2010
It's been busy, but gentle and uneventful in so many ways here today. I loved going to church and coming home to get daily chores done quickly and without complaints. (YAY) When my husband got off of work, 3 of our kids joined us for our quiet time at Borders--they scrambled and after sharing some quiet time looking at books, we enjoyed a pot of chamomile tea and private conversation.
I came home to have a surprise gift of a pretty flowering plant from myhusband and he prepared a really nice baked pork dinner for everyone. They are all watching a movie together and it is heavenly and peaceful here tonight. I haven't gotten to my clothing sort yet, but if not tonight, tomorrow will do!
I had a nice weight loss for the week and an even nicer non-scale victory with a giant chocolate chunk type cookie my husband bought us to chare. I had two bites and that was plenty. It is the first such food I have eaten in over 5 months and was pretty worried that when a dessert item came up, I would mess up. I didn't though--I enjoyed a little and didn't need or want any more. This is a big deal for me and I am proud of being in this place with that.
Have a wonderful Valentine's Day, President's Day Weekend, Chinese New Year, and Black History Month. I am impressed with the power of the shortest month of the year.!!
Friday, February 12, 2010
I am going to try this one more time. I am not sure that this is the best day or time for me to try something frustrating, because with a couple of exceptions, anything that can be a bit of a pain today has been--lol. The kids were all wound up today with anticipation for their Valentine's parties. My back is seriously out of whack. I have had to repeat things to my own children repeatedly. We are having trouble with the tires and rims on our little car and that makes me nervous--there are no Suzuki dealers arund here anymore and my husband had to go to a Ford dealer to get replacements ordered. The doggone potholes are killing everything around here.
OK. so back to the article I tried to share yesterday...
Is Clutter Making You Fat?
Picture this: stacks of old newspapers on your kitchen counter, mail piled high on your desk, mounds of clothes shoved under your bed and in your closet, and disarray everywhere you turn. Does this sound familiar? If so, you may have a clutter problem. And it could be making you fat.
Clutter has been called the fat of our homes and offices, and it may be why
You’re having trouble managing your weight. For most people, clutter leads
to stress, and stress causes the production of the hormone cortisol, which increases belly fat. Cortisol also elevates your blood sugar levels, which causes insulin to be produced to regulate your blood sugar, leaving you feeling hungry. If you're hungry, chances are you're not going to realize it's because of the stressor surrounding you - the clutter. Instead, you're going to eat, and you're probably not going to go for the fruits and vegetables hidden in the back of your refrigerator (that is, if you even have any).
Clutter can also affect your weight because it becomes an obstacle to eating healthfully and exercising. If you can't find your sneakers and gym clothes, you're not going to get to the gym. If the kitchen counters are covered with papers, and the pots and pans are hard to get to, you're more likely to eat out or order in than cook a meal for yourself. And we know that meals from restaurants and fast-food joints are higher in calories, fat, and sodium than food cooked at home - all of which can lead to weight gain.
So what can you do? Declutter your life! You'll feel the weight lifting from the everyday stress of living in a cluttered environment, and your body will lose weight, too! Here are some ways to get your life and weight under control:
* Clean out your fridge and pantry. Throw away items that have passed their expiration dates and that contain unhealthy ingredients (for example, partially hydrogenated oils and high-fructose corn syrup). "Trigger foods" must also go - these are the foods you typically turn to that can lead to binges and unhealthy eating patterns.
* Restock your kitchen with healthier food. Make a shopping list of items you need and know you will eat. Keep fresh fruit and vegetables in the front of the fridge for easy access.
* Organize your pots and pans. Make sure you know where everything is and that you can reach it all easily. Get rid of old cooking supplies you never use.
* Clear off the kitchen counters. The counters are meant for food prep, not storage of household items and newspapers. Get a newspaper and magazine holder for a separate area of the house, and keep newspapers from only one or two days at a time.
* Sort through your closets. Try on clothes you never wear and if they don't fit, give them away or put them in storage for when you lose weight (if it's something you love, it can give you motivation to fit into it again!).
* Keep a gym bag packed at all times. Make sure you always have a clean set of gym clothes and your sneakers packed and ready to take with you. You'll have no excuse to miss the gym.
Do the same at the office and you'll have clutter-free environments at all times!
I thought this was important enough to pass on--I don't have the source to share, but if I find it out from my friend, I'll edit this and add the information.
Have a wonderful holiday weekend!!
Thursday, February 11, 2010
I have tried to post a blog and a great article half of this day...I am feeling a lot of frustration over this. I keep getting a weird error screen that says "No HTML." I took out all of the emoticons and retyped it and did everything and I just don't get it. My new plan is to try this...and then edit it. If this doesn't work, I will give up and try again tomorrow.
OK, so far so good!
I found this article in my email, from a very dear friend of mine. I wanted to share it with you here...and I sent it to some of my friends, but mostly my children. (I told them it was an additional justification for the early spring cleaning we are working on here--by the way, I am very happy with our family room. We are going to add some new paneling when it warms up some as well as some paint, but it is much more friendly for me and--I don't have the TV in my space anymore. I love that.
It turns out that it doesn't like the article I was going to share...I'll try something else and post a part 2 to this blog after I figure out how only printed words can be HTML. I recopied it, changed the font and size. Technology can make you either fat or poor, lol. I can see drowning my sorrows in something I really don't eat any more--or tossing the computer through the nearest window, lol.
I'll be back--this info is really worth passing along!
Sunday, February 07, 2010
The title says it all. I went for lunch with my best friend--I ate fresh fruit and some chicken, brought a doggie bag home that my kids shared. I decided that I wanted to wear jeans though--and my daughter who helps me wasn't home, so my other daughter was trying to locate my clothing (I cannot get in bed and have slept in a recliner in our family room for well over 6 years now, since my first back surgery. Since I cannot store laundry in the family room and I don't walk around so competently, the kids help me to get what I need.) She brought me my favorite jeans and I got dressed, and as I walked to the car, they fell right off of me. Wow, we were late, so I wore them anyway, but it was silly. My friend and I giggled and talked about many absurd ways of dealing with the situation. The truth is that my big fat jeans need to go to Goodwill or someplace similar--I looked at them to see if I could try to take them in, but that doesn't look like a job for an amateur. I may just go with something with an elastic waist until I get to my goal, and then I will get some nice new jeans to be my favorites.
We are working hard on household cleaning, decluttering and repairs right now--at my insistence of course. The family room was on the agenda for the weekend and the furniture is rearranged and things are deep cleaned, but there is a lot left to put away yet. I had wanted to give them all tomorrow off to enjoy church and get ready for the big game, but we are going to have to finish up.
I called my ortho about the lingering, nasty pain in my shoulder--even after the injection. I misse dtheir return call because I was at therapy in the pool...and the nurse wants me to call and get into physical therapy. I am sure I told her where I would be if they called back, so I don't know if she forgot or if they want me to do something in addition to what I'm doing in the pool. I'll find out on Monday.
Have a wonderful remainder of the weekend. I plan to do the same.
Hugs all round,
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