Friday, October 09, 2009
We are having Octoberfest in our little town tomorrow. There will be craft booths, food booths, sidewalk sales, garage sales, a quilt show, beer garden, and a chili cook-off . About 3 weeks ago, my friend called and said that for the first time in several years she would be off work this weekend and she wanted us to go to all the things together. She just kept saying, "Now don't make any other plans cuz I want us to spend the day together! " We've talked to each other several times in the 3 weeks and she always makes that same comment. Then I told my youngest daughter about it and she said she was going to come over too. I've been really excited because I don't go out and do things with people very often, other than going to the grandsons ballgames. So I'm all pumped up just waiting for tomorrow to get here. Well...first my girlfriend calls and says her grandkids want to come and stay with her this weekend, so she's not going to Octoberfest because she doesn't want to have to take all 4 of them with us. They live 30 miles away and can come and stay anytime. Why couldn't she tell them she had plans and have them come next weekend? Especially since it was her idea to start with? Or wait and have them come tomorrow evening instead of tonight? I am disappointed, but knew that my daughter and I would still have a lot of fun , so no big deal. Well....then I was chatting on the computer with my daughter a little while ago, and she said she's not coming either!! She said it is supposed to be 36 degrees tomorrow and that's too cold to be out going to that stuff!! Now I know I sound like a whiney little kid, but what the heck!! I know that I can go to all the things by myself and that I will see tons of people that I know, but you all know how much more fun it is to go to things like that with someone else!! I was totally looking forward to a day out with the girls. I am super disappointed, but I'm just gonna put on my big girl panties and go by myself and have fun anyway!! Thanks for letting me whine!
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
I'll be celebrating my 1 year anniversary with Spark on Sept. 1. How have I progressed in the last year??? Well, it started out pretty slowly trying to learn how to navigate the site and use all the wonderful things it has to offer. I'm not much of a computer whiz so it was very confusing at first, but with perseverance and the help of my daughter(ThinkthinB) I eventually figured it all out. I started out just focusing on my calorie intake . Learning what I should and shouldn't be eating and what the correct portion size is. I faithfully logged everything I ate and was amazed at how the weight started coming off ! Portion size really does make a difference! Then I gradually started adding my exercising. I've always enjoyed going for walks, so I started with that. Then I dug out all the exercise videos that had been gathering dust for years and started adding one of those to my routine every day. My hubby gave me a treadmill and I love it!! I crank up the stereo and away I go! With all my steps in place I was slowly but steadily losing weight. It all sounds familiar, right?? You've all done exactly the same things I have. We're trying to be the best and healthiest we can be. So....if everythings going great what is this blog about???? Well, it's about how easy it is to let yourself fall back into your bad habits that got you overweight to start with.
The end of July I made the decision to only work part-time now. So for the first time in almost 30 years I'm not having to get up and go off to work every morning. I'm not sure that was such a good decision! I had my routine everyday of what time I got up, when I would fit in my exercise, and always had all my meals planned out ahead of time. It all worked out great. But now, I guess since I think I have all the time in the world, I have no routine at all!! I'm still getting my exercise in every day, but my eating has been horrible. I haven't planned out a single meal this entire month!! I decided I would allow myself to eat whatever I wanted for the first couple of days to celebrate my new freedom and then I'd get myself back on track. Here it is 4 weeks later and I'm still eating whatever I want!! I'm shocked at the end of the day when I realize how many calories I've eaten, but the next day I do it again. I've already gained back several pounds that I worked so hard to lose. I can't believe how easy it was to let myself slip back into all my bad habits that got me here in the first place. So here I am almost a year later starting from the beginning again. *sigh* I know all the right things to do and it's up to me to do them. There are no vacations from a healthy lifestyle. It's a lifelong commitment. Today is day #1.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
It's a gorgeous day in Oklahoma! The sun is shining and it's warm outside. I should have been outside mowing my yard, but I wasn't. Or I could have been working in my flower beds, but I wasn't doing that either. I need to wash the outside of all my windows and it would have been an excellent day for that, but I didn't do that either. But, nevertheless, I am very pleased and proud of myself today.
I have an elderly woman that I go in and take care of every morning. I make sure she's up, takes her meds, and I fix her breakfast for her. I do her laundry and I run errands for her. She isn't able to drive anymore and she has to use a walker to get around. She very seldom leaves her house unless one of her sons is here for a visit. This morning I took her to the beauty shop to have her hair cut and fixed. She was so excited to be going out somewhere!!She was like a young girl going on a date!! She put on a little makeup and some lipstick and had a terrible time trying to decide what to wear! It was fun to watch her! After we got done at the beauty shop I asked her if she'd like to go out to lunch. She usually has meals delivered to her from the Senior Citizens Center. I took her to a little hamburger place we have here in town. We ended up having almost a 2 hour lunch!!!! She saw and visited with so many people that she hadn't seen in a long time. I was anxious to get home and get some things done, but she was having such a great time I just couldn't make her hurry up and leave. When we were finally on our way I decided to just drive her around town and let her see all the things going on. The new houses that have been built, new landscaping people have done, all that kind of stuff. I took her out to the cemetary where her husband is resting because I remembered her telling me one day that it has been 3 years since she's been out there. When we got back to her house she gave me a big hug and started crying and thanking me for taking her out for the day. She said it was the best day she's spent in a long time. When I left her house I felt very humbled. I started out the day just wanting to get her to the beauty shop and back home as fast as I could so I could do my own thing today. I ended up feeling really good that I could bring so much pleasure to someone by doing such simple things with her that we all take for granted each and every day. So.....I'll work on my yard tomorrow. It will wait!!
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