Tuesday, July 10, 2012
I had told you guys that I was trying to make a menu plan for a month so I'd only have to go to the store monthly, for me that seems to work pretty good. So my daughters and I came up with our plan and I thought I'd share with you what we came up with.
M-Mexican = Taco's, Nachos, Burritos, Fajitas
T-Italian = Lasagna, Chicken Alfredo, Spaghetti, Parmesan Chicken
W-Veggie = Stuffed Peppers, Pasta Salad, Chef Salad, Pasta Salad II
T-Chinese = Mongolian Beef, Honey Chicken, Chow Mein, Stir Fry
F-Comfort = TatorTot Casserole ; Cheat'n Chicken Enchiladas, Chili Cheese TatorTots, Pepper Steak
S-Grill = Boca Burger, Kabobs, Turkey Burger, BBQ
Su- Crock Pot = Stew, Sloppy Joes, Lentil Soup, Roast
Well That's the dinners at least. I'll probably have to put them in a slightly different order, for instance we actually had fajitas last night because I wanted to use the fresh bell peppers and onions. So I'll look this over and Use the Fresh ingredients first then switch to frozen towards the end of the month. Well there's the dinner plan.
Monday, July 09, 2012
Yesterday we had an electrical storm right by my house. In fact I saw it strike in front of my house and it also hit the pole next to my house and killed the phone\internet and fried a circuit breaker. Sorry I didn't get to finish checking on everyone! The great news is the phone is back on today, and the temperature is sooo much better 87* is awesome... I'm on my porch right now and watching the last of the pink disappear into a purple sky. It's almost all gone now. The fireflies are out but it's not quite dark enough to see the stars yet. That will be in an hour or so. I really do love it here. Maybe I'll do another video blog and show you what's been happening in my little corner of the world.
Sunday, July 08, 2012
It's kinda cool when you notice your clothes aren't fitting as well anymore, that you don't fill them in like you used to. I'm gonna need to get a new favorite shirt. I was constantly tugging at my old favorite today to get it to lay flat. It used to fit me really well and so bubbles in spots where there is now extra fabric. Maybe I'll try the shirt hanging in my closet that was too tight before. I wonder if I still have "those jeans" that I really liked before I got fat. I know I can't wear them yet, but motivation!!! I may have to learn how to alter my clothes, that would be cool.
Saturday, July 07, 2012
I realized yesterday that I've been active on spark people for 1 month. I'm not sure what I was expecting my 1st month to be like. But I've looked at the calendar and sure enough that's how long it's been.
I've done pretty good one making some changes, and messed up. But I keep going. I thought I'd take a good look though at what I think I could have done better.
1)Food- this is a mixed bag, I've done good and bad. I'm trying to do better by creating a good menu plan that I can slowly add to. I really want to not just be at the low end of my calories but balance my meals better with the veggies, fruits, carbs, proteins, and fats balanced properly. I had read an article about portions and the plate method. Filling half your plate with veggies, then only a quarter of the plate for carbs, and the last quarter of the plate for proteins. So I'm going to try that and see if that will help me bring better balance to my meals. I've been really bad on actually going too low on my calories some days and I know how un healthy that can be. So I am hoping that I fix that with my meal plan.
*I've done a great job of tracking all of my food even the bad stuff! I told someone that tracking isn't really fun- it's an exercise in honesty with myself.
2) Exercise- How I feel when I exercise has changed. I remember when I first started the big hill next to my house didn't cause my legs to burn, I hardly noticed the climb at all in my muscles. But my breathing was so labored. It was so hard to get enough oxygen. The last time I climbed the hill, I could breath much easier (still heavy breathing but better) but my muscles burned. It was so weird. I didn't think that my muscles in my thighs would burn (not strain) with the work out because I was fine before. This heat has really put a damper on how regular I've been. It's almost 1am and it's still so hot. I hardly want to do anything.
3) Sleep- I started off okay getting to bed by 11pm and then yesterday I was up till 3am. Tonight it's almost 1am. I've got to get back to my old sleeping schedule. 10pm bedtime school starts next month on Aug 2nd! (hoping for lots of subbing jobs). Because I'm not working right now I can still get my 7-8 hours but then I'm up at the hottest part of the day and sleeping at the coolest. I'm all backwards! So I have to do better in this.
4) Remodel Project- I've been putting off painting because trim work is so uncomfortable, and time consuming. But when I saw that I started the office a month ago and I've basically procrastinated a lot of projects. Well I'm disappointed in myself. Shoot it's almost done. Trim work, curtains, bookshelves, cleaning, unpacking... then that room is well,,, still almost done! But almost done at a much more happy place.
This is a reality check for me. I'm not feeling down, or trying to be really negative, I know I've done a lot of good stuff to but I feel like I need to be accountable for the things I've let slide. There will always be some reason to put things off- and they may even seem like good reasons, like the heat but I can't keep letting myself put things off. (If you see me online after 10pm tell me to go to bed!) Well I know what I want to get done before the school year starts again so I'm going to bed and gonna do more tomorrow.
Friday, July 06, 2012
It breaks my heart to see members new and old with little to no interaction happening on their pages.
I remember the first time I started spark people I came on once, posted once and disappeared from the site. I thought if someone connects with me then I might continue this. I am a shy person and I like to hide away from the world. I thought I'll let others find me and then they can help me. Then it will be easier like they are a magic pill that will transform this weight loss journey into something that is easy.
I never considered that my thinking was wrong. I was depending on other people to rescue me and fix me. Now I think man, that was selfish of me. Like I'm the center of the world and people are going to fix me. Worse it is victim thinking. It's thinking that doesn't empower you to be stronger. I knew that this time I had to do things differently.
There is a danger in thinking that others will find you on this site. There are literally Millions of users. Many teams consist of Thousands, and everyone hoping that someone else will come and support them.
This time instead of waiting for others to find me, I went looking for them. It's hard to try and support someone if they don't check in regularly and at least update their status because you are never quite sure if they are going to give up or stick it out. I like to check on my friends everyday. Some of them like to spark mail me weekly as their form of contact, others seem to use the blogs, comments, and status updates. When I see those updates they become like gold because I know that my friend is fighting the good fight. There is no way I can individually go daily to hundreds of peoples pages. So I've kept my group small. I'm not on a lot of teams so that I can cheer my team mates on better. I'm not trying to be generic and give run of the mill advice to my spark friends, It's personal.
I have some spark friends that I've grown quite attached to. Still every once and awhile I'll be working on my spark points and read someones blog that isn't part of my current group of spark friends and I'll see 0 comments. Then I might checkout their main page and see little to no activity. It breaks my heart. I feel like I'm looking at a stray puppy, that with some love I can help them be their best.
When I see pages with little or no activity I think that poor person probably feels so alone right now. I wonder if they are shy like I was, or if they have any support in the real world. I wish I could help them see all of the other people on this site who are like them waiting for support. I wish I could help people see that if they seek to support just a few other people regularly weekly or daily that it will help them too. If they could make some friends and really get to know them... I wish that I could support more people. I wish I could spend more time on the computer but if I do then I couldn't help myself. I've got goals I'm trying to meet too.
I don't know if anyone else will relate to this or even understand what I'm rambling about. I just would like to see us get more personal, get to really know each other so we can really support one another. I'd like to see that every page I visit has lots of friends and support. Spark People is a great tool but it's just a tool. We need people too. My one plea, don't wait for others to find you- find others who need you.
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