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Embracing freedom

Saturday, January 30, 2010

the saying is that it is all in the attitude. And I have decided that instead of dreading the next two weeks while Ian is not here, I will embrace the freedom of it. I do not have a great deal of freedom as I am so imbedded in my job. I have daily deadlines to meet and I have to work consistently to hit them.

But, I do not work all the time, and I have gained a few hours of freedom per day by Ian being gone. So, I am going to use the planner to plan my time. I have also decided to not let those well meaning people intrude on my freedom. My son and daughterinlaw came up for the weekend (I wanted to enjoy having them all to myself) so I have not been alone. And I find myself looking forward to "alone." Looking forward to the freedom to eat exactly what I want to eat. The freedom to contemplate. The freedom to exercise at will - including the freedom to walk down the middle of the street which drives Ian crazy. Tomorrow, I am taking Spanky for a walk and I am walking down the middle of the street.

Its what I want to do!

  
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CMBELISLE 2/4/2010 10:51AM

    Oops - double post - spastic fingers.

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CMBELISLE 2/4/2010 10:51AM

    I can definitely relate. When the hubby is out of town, which is REALLY rare, I get to live entirely on my schedule (well, mostly - I still have a 14-year-old at home). With that freedom comes the ability to eat entirely my way. I love veggies and all sorts of healthy foods. I can cook my way because I don't have to accommodate his eating habits. I also tend to stay at home more and watch less TV and all sorts of things.

On the other hand, I have a lot more responsibilities (chores) too. Feed the kitties every morning, clean the litter boxes, make sure they have plenty of water, take out the trash, make sure the outside cats have food, etc, etc, etc.

Anyway...Enjoy your temporary freedom!

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-JENSSPARK- 2/4/2010 10:17AM

    I was never an "alone" person. I've been in my current relationship since my senior year of HS so I never experienced life alone and I didn't know how to deal with it. When I went through my separation last year, I learned how to live "alone" and I loved it! Yes, I had the kids, but I enjoyed watching TV whenever I wanted. I got more done around the house. I could go to bed at 8:00 if I wanted (with my son). It didn't matter.

Enjoy the time alone because before you know it, things will change and you'll have him back and you'll be missing the freedom!

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PUDLECRAZY 1/31/2010 7:09AM

    Wonderful! Actually, it is very nice to have some alone time - time where your rhythm can be absolutely your own. I hope you can really enjoy that time.

Chris

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JAUDON 1/30/2010 10:07PM

    What a great attitude! You should enjoy your time alone - most of us dont get much of it. And, have fun taking up the whole street on your walk :)

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I am dreading the next two weeks- ARGGHH

Friday, January 29, 2010

Ian leaves today for China. He has been so supportive in my weight loss efforts. He does the cooking and makes sure it is my diet plan friendly. He will not be cooking for the next two weeks. It will be up to me to do the cooking - and I dread it. I have been doing so well while it was easy because he was cooking things that worked really effortlessly on my diet. Now, its up to me.

  
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VAN8TIVE 1/30/2010 11:28AM

    I do all the cooking but my husband does do the dishes =)
I find it helpful to make a menu for the week before I do my grocery shopping. I make up a rough menu of what foods I want to eat on a daily basis (i.e. 3 servings of fruit, 4 servings of vegetables, etc) and then make sure there is enough on my grocery list to accomodate that. If I don't plan ahead I usually just make a peanut butter sandwich or have a bowl of cereal because its easy and available but it makes me sluggish and less likely to get off the couch and work out. Good luck.

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JAUDON 1/29/2010 10:18AM

    I have 2 thoughts about this: 1) I am extremely jealous! My hubby doesnt know how to boil water, and has no idea what its like to try to lose weight! So, you are very lucky!! and 2) Maybe you could use SparkRecipes.com for some meal ideas to help get you through this 2 weeks. I cook every night, and love it, so if you want any suggestions I would be happy to help! Good luck! :)

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Another lesson learned!

Friday, January 29, 2010

The refrigerator is empty. Ian and I are both tired. Its raining outside so we didn't feel like going to the grocery store for just one meal. We have eaten the same three meals (gumbo z'herbe (gumbo with turnip greens, mustard greens, and collards--- fantastic), black bean chili, and minestrone with chickpeas) for the last two weeks.

So, Ian suggested we go out to dinner. We used to eat out for dinner three to ten times per week. We can't afford to do that any more with 3 kids in college. And frankly, we don't want to. We have no control over what goes into our food in restaurants and we like knowing. This is our first foray into a restaurant since Christmas.

We chose Outback. Its relatively close and we have not been eating much meat. We made wise choices. Ian had the pork with mashed potatoes and green beans. I had the 6 oz. Sirloin with steamed broccoli and the blue cheese chopped salad with pecans --- I love that salad. Tonight I came home and tracked my food. Oneof those horrible surprises - the salad had more calories than the steak!!!

So the lesson for today is: look up what you are going to eat BEFORE you eat it.

The story still has a happy ending. I did not go over my calorie target for the day. We did not have any of the bread there - Ian makes bread home-made. So all in all, not bad, just too expensive in terms of money and calories.

  
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BURKIEANDEMME 1/29/2010 3:46AM

    Wow! The salad had more calories than the steak?! That is crazy. Thanks for the heads up. I will definatly start looking up nutritional infromation before going out to eat.

Have a great day!
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So I wasn't feeling good ...

Thursday, January 28, 2010

and then I let everything go (briefly) out of whack. I did something that I have not done since re-committing to losing weight - I went through a fast food place. I ate what I ordered. And realized it did not taste that good. It was expensive. And had WAY TOO MANY CALORIES. It was a poor calorie value. I tracked everything, even risking letting my husband see what I had done because I KNEW I had to be accountable. After all, leaving it off wasn't going to un-eat it. So there it is, not feeling good and using it as an excuse, but getting over it. Back on the SPARK wagon.

  
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STAMPINGADDICT 1/28/2010 2:57PM

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They say that you learn from your mistakes.
Now all you have to do is remember that it did not taste good... and everything else and you should be able to stop yourself if you find yourself at a fast food place again.

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When you know you are feeling lazy!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Yesterday I went to the doctor to have my eyes checked. I go to a retina specialist due to a chronic disease that affects my eyes. Because he is a retinal specialist, I am there with many elderly people, a couple of people below 60 who suffer from diabetes, no one is young. I dread going to the doctor because I frequently get sick from the sick people that are there to be treated. One of the really elderly people was complaining about feeling ill. The only place to sit was across from her and I am sure I picked it up there. I wonder how many other people are sick today because of her.

Well, I got up, ate breakfast, got dressed and found as I was finished styling my hair (one of my "other" goals) and ready to walk out the door, that I was suddenly, overwhelmingly nauseous. I find that what I am most disappointed about it that I did not get sick just a few minutes earlier. BEFORE I was dressed for work. Is this not the ultimate in being lazy? To wish that you had not bothered to get dressed?

Elaine

  
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JENELOPE 1/27/2010 3:15PM

    It makes sense to me! If you're going to end up in your PJs, getting dressed for work is pointless. So you're not lazy, you just hate inefficiency! Now, lazy was realizing I hadn't put on my watch, then deciding that I wouldn't go upstairs to get it because I didn't want to climb up the stairs. Yesterday, I actually ran up the same stairs after realizing my coffemaker didn't start. So I will run the stairs for coffee, but won't even walk them for my watch.

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JAUDON 1/27/2010 10:48AM

    No way! A lazy day at home in your PJ's is the best :)

Sorry you are sick - hopefully, you are taking the day off to recover. Maybe next time you go to the doctor, carry a little bottle of hand sanitizer with you. I have one in my purse at all times! (just slightly germ-a-phobic!!)

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