Thursday, March 25, 2010
I couldn't go to my regular WW meeting today. I really, really, really hate missing my meetings, but they're still working away upstairs (btw, I have photos up on my cookbookmaven blog -- long, photo-intensive post tho).
I've been considering going to a meeting tomorrow, but my leader doesn't have any meetings on Fridays. I have gone to the Friday meeting a time or two before. The weather is supposed to be messy -- maybe a bit of snow tonight -- which makes walking the dogs in the morning difficult.
I may just skip my meeting this week. Hate to do that.
I was hungry, hungry, hungry yesterday. Not so much during the day, but after dinner -- and dinner was a very large bowl of pasta (whole wheat, with lots of veggies, it was actually only a single serving of pasta, just looked like more).
I eat when I'm bored. I eat when I'm tired. Yesterday I was both.
And I needed that rest. I hadn't been feel well for most of the week, nothing major, just annoying. I did actually feel better today after not doing much yesterday. I still got my 10,000 steps in, walked the dogs, and did some cardio DVD.
I take a week off of running each month, and this was my no-run week. So I've been doing Shaun T's Rockin' Body, which I haven't done in forever. It's a lot of fun, and a really good workout, too. And unlike some cardio DVDs, it's actually a whole lotta steps, too.
How do you deal with changes in your routine? Do you go with the flow or does it knock you for a loop?
On cookbook maven today:
Our kitchen rennovation
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Yes, as I type, they are installing cabinets! Yeah! It will probably be another week before the counter tops are installed -- which means no toaster oven yet -- can't wait to use the darn thing, we've been here almost a year already and I've been missing it all that time.
I set up shop downstairs again last night. Made my salad, and it's waiting for me in the fridge. Cut up the apple for my oatemal this morning, even put the oatmeal in the bowl. Laid out my silverware for today and the thermoses I will need.
This morning I brought down my water carafe, my book, my planned snack (in a container because otherwise the dogs could get at it). Made my tea and my hot chocolate and placed them down here, too.
The problem with having your kitchen remodeled is that you have no kitchen access while it's happening! It hasn't actually been that bad for us, since they weren't doing anything to the existing cabinets, but I still need to be out of their way so that means getting everything ready the night before/morning of (like normal people do).
And did I mention they arrive at 7 am? Sharp?
I'm always up by then, but it's about that time I'm usually taking the dogs out, then coming back in to feed them, so I do have to get up earlier to make sure everyone has been fed and we can be out of their hair.
The cabinets do make the kitchen look sort of tiny again, but I really need the cabinet space, so I'll give up the open kitchen in favor of more space. Life is about compromises, after all.
What sort of compromises have you had to make to lose weight? (like that segue?) What sort of compromises WON'T you make?
On cookbook maven today:
How much exercise do we need?
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Not actually in the kitchen yet, but they are now physically in our garage. Tomorrow they are supposed to install them. THEN they order the countertops (so that they actually fit the cabinets).
Exciting stuff! We've only been waiting on these almost 2 months now. And almost missed them again . . . they said they'd be here in the afternoon, then called my husband around 9:30 to say they were dropping them off.
Only problem was I was out walking the dogs. Even if I'd taken my cell phone (obviously I didn't), that call still would have come at my half way point and I was almost half an hour away from home.
But it's all good, I saw the truck go by as we turned into our road, and the cabinets are now in our possesion, if not in our kitchen, and I have the rest of the day to relax and/or do stuff.
I've been feeling a bit eh the last couple of days (including today), so just haven't been getting as much done as I've planned to. And tomorrow I will be prisoner in my own house again, but I'll willingly do that to finally get my cabinets! And here we are almost halfway through the day already . . .
On a totally different subject (sort of), I wanted to talk a bit about the vision collages. Mine is really simple. I wrote out my 10 goals for the year. Some of them have some visuals to go with them; some of them don't. I've been meaning to add to it, but I haven't.
It isn't even somewhere that I see it every day -- but apparently I see it often enough so that it's working. I am slowly ticking those goals off my list. Few of them have anything to do with weight, btw. It's more about how I want my life to be.
Just thought I'd share how simple it can be, for those who are stuck on that phase. Of course you can get more elaborate.
I also find I have to be diligent about putting my weight loss goals first, too. Sometimes they slip away from me. Oh, not the things I do every day -- the planning, the water drinking, the exercise. But sometimes the big picture gets all fuzzy while I concentrate on other things. I can always see that happening when I'm not reminding myself just why I really want to lose weight -- I have a list. And when I don't read that list, I tend to forget.
Have you sat down and listed the reasons you REALLY want to lose weight? When was the last time you looked at that list? Changed the list? Does the list help you focus your weight loss efforts?
On cookbook maven today:
Are you REALLY digesting your food?
Monday, March 22, 2010
That's where I've been! Working on relaunching my food blog -- www.cookbookmaven.com . Won't bore you with the details of why it disappeared, just now it's back & I'm blogging daily (or trying to).
Remember when I was bloggin what I ate every day here? Well, that's what's going on over there. Plus some recipes as I concoct them. Which isn't really often, as I'm better at following other people's recipes. Plus lots of links to cool foodie stuff as I come across them. And the occasional cookbook review. Maybe these blogs will get shorter now -- and maybe not.
I could sure use comments, so if you love food or just want to see what the heck I eat ever day, take a gander. Don't be shy -- leave a comment! The latest recipe is chocolate orange scones -- not exactly health food, but healthy for scones.
Those vision collages do work, you know. This was one of my goals for this year. It's on my vision collage. And now it's started (along with registering for my first 5k -- done, finishing the kitchen -- we're hoping maybe done by next week). I'm basically about halfway thru my goal, and the year isn't half over, so I guess that's good.
Have you done your vision collage? Did you find it made a difference in your life?
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Sometimes they surprise you, they really do.
I try not to nag my husband about his eating habits. I absolutely know that nagging does no good. But I know that I still do it sometimes. Because I want him to feel better, but that really isn't an excuse.
I know how I feel if someone berates me for my eating habits, and mine are pretty good.
So it's something I continue to work on.
Just yesterday I asked my husband if he'd be willing to walk to a restaurant maybe once a month now that the weather is getting so much nicer (and yes, I know that it can still snow -- even into April -- but right now it's beautiful!). I almost fell over when he just immediately said yes.
This is the same man who moaned and groaned when I said he could have ice cream in the summer if we walked to get it? I'm sure when push comes to shove there will be more moaning & groaning, but I have his answer and as far as I'm concerned, it's the final answer!
I mentioned that Runner's World had an ad with some pet friendly walks within our area. Weekend trip kind-of-things. Would he be interested? Maybe. But he went and found a pet friendly 5k fun walk in May and has already registered for it.
Now, lest you be concerned that my husband is truly changing his stripes, he wants me to watch the Alton Brown episode where he explains how he lost 50 lbs recently. Because he thinks it's in line with a lot of the things I talk about. Including ditching the soda (even the diet soda).
So I asked him would he consider giving up his soda? No. No ifs, ands, or buts. Sigh. Even appealing to his spendthrift tendencies gets me nowhere on that one. I think it would do him a world of good; I think part of the reason he's so tired all the time is he's probably chronically dehydrated.
Someday maybe I'll wear him down on that one.
I'm also trying to keep practiicing trying to eat like a normal person. Sudden invitations out to eat can throw you into a tizzy. They fall into my carefully planned eating process.
DH has been wanting to eat at Red Lobster since they started to run the Lobsterfest commercials. I know being the el-cheap-o he is, he would never pay their price for simple boiled lobster, which is how he likes it. Yet we go thru this every year.
And for some reason here Red Lobster is almost always packed. As in go on the weekend at 4 pm and you'll have to wait. So DH decided we should meet for dinner there last night. I hadn't planned for it, but I said yes. We don't eat out that much anyway (maybe 3 times a month, as opposed to most people's 3 times a week, and that includes ordering in a pizza).
I could, of course, be all virtuous and just get some veggies and grilled fish. But really, where's the fun in that? I got the baked stuffed tilapia with a (small) baked potat0 and the broccoli (really, can't they give us a bit more of that?). And there's half left of the fish for another meal (even tho I could have eaten it all, despite a huge salad -- very late lunch -- just a couple of hours before).
I couldn't find a whole lot of nutritional info for Red Lobster before I left. I know I could have made "better" choices. But I decided I would get what I want -- within reason, that didn't include the lobster nachos that looked amazing -- and make sure to really enjoy it.
Because that's what normal people do. They decide to eat out, they eat, and they move on.
Have you seen any changes in the people around you because of the changes you've made? Has anyone joined you in your journey, or have their changes been made unconsciously? Do you WISH someone would join you on your journey? Why?
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