Monday, March 30, 2009
Today was so interesting! It started out when I started getting ready for church. As is my habit I stepped on the scale almost as soon as my eyes were open, in fact, today I forgot to put my glasses on first so I had to get off the scale and then put my face up to the digital display and then I had to look again-the number had dropped almost two pounds from the day before!!!! I guess gardening is better exercise than I thought.
The second interesting moment came when my children actually behave for ALMOST the entire time at church. My 4.5 year old needed several reminders, but we didn't have to actually walk out of the meeting.
Third, today was Fast Sunday-an LDS tradition where 1 time per month we fast for two meals (generally breakfast and lunch). Usually, for me, this results in a post-church binge. Not exactly what I should be doing after a fast, but my usual habit none the less. Today-NO BINGE. I did eat 3 pieces of bacon I had to cook in order to crumble it into a new corn bread recipe I was trying (thankfully the bread wasn't all that terrific so I won't be tempted to make chedder-bacon cornbread again). I was able to limit my snacks to a couple of handfulls of grapes and those tempting 3 pieces of bacon.
Fourth, I did not eat an entire plateful of spaghetti at dinner. 1 piece of the cornbread and an amount of spaghetti that did not even manage to cover even half of my small plate and just a smattering of sauce with no meat!
Fifth, I discovered a new way of dieting. Eat only what your children leave behind. I know that cleaning their plates after cleaning my own is BAD, BAD, BAD! But, tonight we had strawberry shortcake for dessert (no whipped cream!) and my children, all three of them, ate all of the cake and none of the strawberries. Shame on them, but instead of dishing up my own serving with cake, I just ate thier strawberries. Okay, kind of weird I know, but, I discovered that I really like just plain strawberries in a bowl.
So today was a real hodge podge of experiences, but they all turned into a pretty good day overall.
P.S. to those who read yesterday's blog-Grandpa passed away today so my husband's family will be having a double funeral this week. Everyone is hanging in there and my brother-in-law, who has not been to church in over 10 years, was in church today gaining strength from the teachings his grandparents followed. A wonderful moment at this dark time.
Saturday, March 28, 2009
I am an emotional eater. I didn't need anyone to tell me this it is pretty obvious when I head straight for the fridg when something upsets me. Yesterday, in a horrible tragedy we lost my husband's grandmother-the matriarch of the family and our grandfather is clinging to life after extensive surgery. I will spare you the details of the tragedy as they are quite literally the things of nightmares and horror stories. Our family has been dealt a horrible blow. How do we deal with this? Even our bishop (our religious leader to members of other teams who are not LDS) is at a loss as to how to give our family the comfort we need so much. My first instinct FOOD!!! Food will solve all of our problems. Oddly enough the challenge for yesterday from one of my teams was to pay attention to emotional eating. How strange that the team leader for the 1-Day Challenge team would know that on Friday this would be my biggest challenge. I did pretty well, I must say. I ate only foods I would have normally eaten-no cookies, no cake, no bags of chips or gallons of ice cream. Today was another fairly successful day-so far. Our dinner is not the healthiest of meals-won tons (baked not fried), fried rice and vegis, but I still have not rushed to the store for all those comforting things that usually get me through a challenge. How am I doing it? I don't know to tell you all the truth, but maybe because this challenge is coming from outside myself it helps. My attention is focused on those around me, my grieving husband, my 6-year old who is learning about loss for the first time and my two young girls who are pretty much unaware except for the many hushed conversations and phone calls. Tomorrow I will get to indulge in creating a feast, but not for me. I have taken on the challenge of preparing a meal for the family members gathering together tomorrow. They are coming from all over the western U.S. and need comfort. My husband keeps putting me back in line as I keep trying to add more and more menu items. We have settled on a comforting meal that will not destroy anyone's health! Spaghetti, garlic bread (home made-frustration is vented quite nicely on home made bread dough), corn bread for those who don't like garlic and jell-o for the kids, and Strawberry shortcake for dessert. Again not exactly health food, but comforting and a way for me to work out some emotion.
So, the real thing I want to convey in this blog is that there are always people in need. If we look around us we see them everywhere, a local homeless shelter, a new mom trying to adjust to no sleep, an elderly couple who are feeling completely useless, or a family in grief. Next time any of you feel the need to turn to emotional eating turn that need outward. Fix your favorite meal, dessert, whatever-then deliver it somewhere else. Use your energy in a positive manner and bless the lives of others and save your waistline! Is this easy? Not exactly, but I think I see it working.
Thanks and may the Lord bless all of you in your own personal journeys.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
When we were little sometimes my little sister (Kristen) just bugged the heck out of me. It's true. I think she knows it is true. Anyways, Kristen is on Sparkpeople just like me, well not just like me. 'Cause here's the thing-she is LOTS more dedicated than me. It doesn't help that I only have occasional access to a computer until we fix our dang power cord. But, this is all about elimiating excuses so... Once upon a time when my pesky little sister would pester me to do something I didn't really want to do (like play Barbies AGAIN) it would bug me and I would ignore her. But, now she has been pestering me to do something and I've been dragging my feet and procrastinating and making excuses like "it's too hard to get on my husband's computer and I hate it anyways because the "N" key is missing, blah, blah, blah. (Jeez even in my own head I start to sound like the adults on Charlie Brown specials-I tune out my own blathering self). Kristen has been pestering me to get more active on Sparkpeople. So here I am and it wasn't even as bad as I thought it would be... Totally painless even. I even added the ten pounds to the amount I want to lose without feeling totally aweful about having to add an additional ten pounds. So, I guess I need to change Kristen's status from pesky sister to loving, tuned in to my needs, dedicated sister. To anyone reading this who doesn't have a pesky (a.ka. loving, etc. sister) find a buddy! Their help in keeping us on track is priceless. We could create our own commercial. Cost of one bottle of water $1.50, cost of one box of 100 calorie snack $3.00, cost of a person who cares about your health and is willing to tell you to get back on track-PRICELESS.
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
It is almost a new year and I am currently the heaviest I've ever been without being pregnant. I am going to change that! I have been sporatically attending an aerobics class. I know I need to start going on a regular basis to meet my goal of 90 minutes, or more, of cardio a week. Plus, the opportunity to interact personally with other moms trying to be healthy is a boost that helps me want to keep going. I just need to eliminate the excuses! Getting three kids out the door can be daunting. But, I know if I get their outfits ready the night before and get myself to bed on time then two of the excuses are eliminated. Simple planning will eliminate more of the excuses. So I guess if I am going to set any resolutions this year it should be to eliminate all the excuses holding me back (I'm too tired, I can't get the kids ready in time, I need to clean house instead of exercising, I didn't plan ahead and now the day is over, etc.) Here is to an excuse free year and success in getting fit!!
Monday, July 21, 2008
It is hard to believe it has been more than a year since I added a blog. I have logged on to SparkPeople several times in the interim, but obviously I have not been taking full advantage of the program and I feel it. Today is a Monday-traditional day for me for new beginnings. I always say "I'll start Monday". It isn't that I believe Monday holds magical powers of motivation, it is just a good excuse to further procrastinate my goals. Well, it is Monday and today there is no more procrastination. Today I begin again and will not stop until I succeed. I added SparkPeople to my home page tabs today so everytime I open the internet it will be staring me in the face inviting me to click and succeed! Here's to starting fresh!
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