Tuesday, November 19, 2013
BFF picked me up at 10:30 this morning and we went the all of 3 blocks, who knew it was that close, to Costco. My BFF is badly crippled from arthritis so we get to park in handicapped parking. When shopping at Costco, this is a huge advantage. I haven't been for a few years and was totally overwhelmed. We each took a cart and fanned out in the store. At first I didn't know where to look or what to look at next , so I decided that I would just take my time and see everything I could before we were ready to leave. 3 and 1/2 hours later, with 2 bathroom breaks, we finished touring and choosing our items. I got so many quality items at such good prices. Mostly Christmas gifts and items for Christmas. I saw pair of slippers I wanted but could not bring myself to buy anything I didn't need at the time.
I walked, pushing a buggy for 3 and 1/2 hours !!!!!! I was totally overwhelmed and excited. If I want to walk a lot, I need to go shopping apparently.
Up to now, since we moved here, DH has done all the grocery shopping. We don't have a car so we need to take the bus to the grocery store and then walk and the same back and more walking. I CAN DO IT!!! I proved it today. I CAN DO IT,I CAN DO IT!!! I am over the moon.
Today I dressed not just to have clothes on but to try to look as nice as my BFF always does. I took the time to do my hair before I went and wore some of my nice sporty clothes. I wore my running shoes. I actually, for the first time in a while, felt I looked nice.
When I got home 5 1/2 hours after I left, DH looked over what I bought and we decided that, as we live so close we are going to get a membership in the New Year and go there ourselves once a month. You can't take a list as you never know what might be there but if you spend a few hours just looking at everything you never know just what you might find there. The meats are a good bargin and cleaning products are good prices too.
It was the best day I have had in a long time and I am feeling very happy tonight.
Monday, November 18, 2013
I walked for 15 minutes today, inside. I got dressed and I drank all my water
The last goal of diet pop is eluding me or better put I am ignoring it.
I won't beat myself up. When I am making 3 of 4 I am satisfied that I am making progress in some areas and that is great.
this was our 41st anniversary. We didn't do anything special but DH made a SPARK recipe of Beef Stroganoff for dinner. So yummy and we have a serving each left over for another day.
I will keep working on encouraging myself to do the things that will make me stronger.
Today was crazy windy here. 89klm/hr winds all night and day. It is still very windy. I did not walk today. I drank all my water but did not get dressed. It was not a great day goal wise. I have to take more responsibility for making the effort to do what I want to do to get where I want to go.
DH and I talked about some changes we want to make to our diet to Spark it up. We are getting bored with our food and that leads to unhealthy eating. We have talked about the GI diet that we have semi followed for 6 years we also talked about the South Beach diet that I have investigated. The conclusion we came to is, that all so called " diets" are the same. When you read the books or look up information, they sound good and make sense. They seem too good to be true. If there is one thing I have learned from Spark is They ARE too good to be true! ANy restrictive diet will help you lose weight, but, do I want to eat that way for the rest of my life? The answer we came up with is no. I want to be able to eat all foods, in MODERATION. The basis of SPark. It all comes down to calories in versus calories out. ANd that is the bottom line.
We looked at the next 6 weeks of our life. Right now we are tight for money and in no position to use recipes for meals. We can watch what we eat and how much and stay within our calorie and macro ranges. In 2 weeks and a couple of days we go to Ottawa to babysit grandsons for a week and have an early Christmas with DD and SIL and kids. This is NOT the time to try to begin using recipes, again, as we will not be totally in control of our meals and food as DD is shopping for us before they leave because we won't have a car there to go shopping. We can get out for fruit and veggies, milk, bread and eggs. We came to the decision that a New year Deserves a new ( or is it old? ) approach. Starting January 1/2014 We will begin to really make use of SPark recipes and all our low calorie cookbooks including the Spark cookbook.
For those who don't have it, the Spark CKBK is more than recipes . It is a plan to learn to cook healthy and eat healthy in little time and on a budget. perfect for us.In the meantime we are going to learn all we can about what we want to eat and begin to explore our books to prepare to start really cooking healthy for taste and flavour, not just to eat.
I am excited about being able to use the Spark recipes section of SPark as I have not used it before. There is more there than we can ever use.
Tomorrow I am going to Costco with my BFF. SHe always shops there. I don't buy too much in bulk but it will be fun to get out of the apartment.
Have a great day tomorrow.
Saturday, November 16, 2013
I reached 3 of my 4 goals today. I walked to and from the bus both at my mom's and at home- time altogether- 25 minutes
I drank 3 bottles of water 1 litre each
I got dressed at 9:30am to go to mom's for lunch
We had a nice day today together, mom and I. She made a turkey sandwich for lunch and we had tea and a mini tart each.
As for my 4th goal - drink no diet soda. - I did well until 4pm and by then had a major headache, not enough caffeine. I did drink 1 bottle of diet coke.
This isn't going to be as easy as I thought it would. Tomorrow I will try to have less and less the day after. I will get used to no soda in about a week. I can do this.
Tonight is our city's Santa Claus Parade. It is a block from our apartment and is going to happen in about 30 minutes. We are getting dressed up warm and going to the corner to see the lights. It is a night parade with lit up floats. This is our first year here so we want to make it a =n annual event.
See you tomorrow
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