Wednesday, June 20, 2012
I've been on a plateau for several months. Actually, it wasn't a plateau so much as it was a go-nowhere situation. I'd gain and lose the same 3 pounds or so and wasn't making any real progress. Finally, I think I have my head screwed back on the right way, and I've given a lot of thought to what was going on.
I was making excuses. Maybe not verbally and maybe I didn't even acknowledge it to myself, but I did...I know I did. Here's the list of some of my excuses. I'm sure it isn't complete, as it is only when the little light bulb turns on at some point during the day that I get one of those little aha moments.
Here's my current list of excuses. They are in no particular order and they are for both exercise and food choices (or non-choices, as the case may be)!
Too tired to cook
Not enough money to buy XXX
I've done pretty well so far, why bother with more?
My legs (sometimes my feet) hurt
My schedule got messed up
Company came unexpectedly
Went to a buffet
Went to a party
It tastes so good
I've always been fat
Didn't feel good
I'm upset with or about XXX
Can't stop with just one
Got too hungry
Muscle weighs more than fat (might be true if I had any muscle)
Measuring cups are dirty (I know...that one is really, really weak)
Wonder if any of you have excuses, too. Now that I have acknowledged some of my excuses, I think I will be able to move forward and quit making more excuses for myself. I'll probably add to the list as I become aware of them. I'm counting on my SparkFriends to not let me use these silly excuses! I need you to give me a boost in the behind now and then! I know I can count on you!
Sunday, June 17, 2012
Two things happened yesterday that I feel pretty good about. The first is that I was "scheduled" to do walking for the 5K Your Way walking plan I'm working on. It was hot. It was humid. I was tired. I didn't want to do it. But...I did do it and I'm glad I did. I can't say I felt any better after I got home. It was still hot. It was still humid. I was even more tired, but the bottom line is that I did it.
Secondly, we attended my hubby's high school reunion last night. It's a tiny school no longer in existence. They honored the last graduating class of 1961/62 (it's held every two years), but about 130 or so people still come. People live a long time around here! LOL!
The meal was decent and predictable. I knew exactly what to expect so could plan ahead except they changed one thing. Instead of pie and ice cream, they served only a scoop of ice cream with a little bit of syrup. My goodness, it was good!
I think this emoticon is a bowl of ice cream. Anyway, I love ice cream and can eat lots and lots of it. Alas, it was just a little scoop, but it left me wanting more.
We had to stop at the store to get some milk before heading home. Right there next to the milk cooler sat an open freezer with half gallons (or what passes for a half gallon these days) of yummy ice cream. All kinds of ice cream!! I looked through it and found one for me (peanut butter fudge sundae) and one for Richard (vanilla) and headed for the checkout counter. I think I neglected to mention that this was one of the big box stores--and I'm so happy it was! I passed right by the racks of XXL and XXXL and XXXXL shirts and blouses and thought to myself--sure am glad I wear a one-X now!! (Shedding pounds makes you think things like that!)
A few steps more...wait...it wasn't that long ago I wore those other sizes and I still have a couple in my closet! Now I'm really doing the self-talk and nearly made it to the checkout before I turned my cart around and headed for the ice cream section of the freezer. Now I have more flavors to choose from, but instead I gritted my teeth, opened the freezer door and shoved those two cartons of ice cream into the freezer as fast as I could. I quickly got out of there, took my gallon of milk and 4 bananas and left the store before anything else could call my name!!
Do I need a pat on the back? No...they are really little victories, but I'm hoping they'll be sticky enough that a few more will add on to them before long and often enough that it will lead to real success day after day!
Now...I have a 30 minute walk on the agenda that I really don't want to do...it's hot...it's humid...I'm tired...oh my, here we go again!
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Over the past several weeks on the Over 60++ Team we've had some discussions about potatoes (among other things)! Several teammates (including me) love potatoes! So much so they've threatened to steal mine from the garden. But, I did promise to provide an update to how the potatoes are progressing and keep a close eye on them to make sure none are missing.
So, especially for Noel, here's the pics I promised!
This one is from a few weeks ago. You can see the nice row of onions next to the potatoes.
This one is looking back towards the house. Notice all the empty places. That's where the vining plants will spread...all the cucumbers, squash, etc. will fill that in later this summer.
This one was taken yesterday. See how nicely those potatoes are growing? There's lettuce and radishes, some beets and onions visible if you look closely.
This is the weedy end of the garden, but there are a few flowers there that need to be moved and tended to. That will happen some other time.
And last, but not least:
This is Richard trying to hoe around the tomato plants left-handed! I didn't make him work in the garden, honest!!
Hope you enjoyed your little trip through the Iowa summer garden!! Come back soon, but no one can dig any potatoes until Richard says they're ready!
Thursday, April 19, 2012
Some of my team mates know that I live in an old farm house. It was built in 1900 and ever since we bought it (almost 5 years ago), we've worked on one project after another. We do most of the work ourselves, but we know when to call someone else in! However, one project we did was to replace the kitchen carpeting with a pretty pine floor. DH put it all down and then I stained and put the polyurethane on it. Unfortunately, it didn't get quite finished, so after nearly 4 years, last weekend was designated "finish the floor" weekend. We moved the table and chairs out and I scrubbed up a storm.
Richard decided to snap a photo of me on my prayer bones. Usually I am taking pictures of him, so don't know what got into him! LOL! Probably because it was an unusual sight--me cleaning on my hands and knees!! Notice the 2 pillows under my knees.
Caught in the act for this one. Such attractive working gear!!
The finished (but still wet) floor. It didn't dry a shiny finish, but has a "satin" shine to it. I was disappointed in some spots I didn't get really well, but they don't show much with the table/chairs back in. "Some" day I may try to fix them.
Thought I'd share them with my team mates who have to listen to me talk about one project or another!! Next on the agenda? Hmm...don't know yet, as my knees are still tender! LOL!
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