Monday, December 27, 2010
This is what we woke up to this morning. Well, of course it wasn't shoveled when I woke up. About half a foot of light, powdery snow (thank God, not the heavy stuff) and it's still snowing furiously. They seem to have got it right, except for the fact that it started much later in the day than predicted.
I have little dogs. Some little dogs don't care about getting wet, but mine would prefer most anything to getting their little paws wet. So last year my husband built this shelter for them. They only used it a few times. Most of the time they still run out into the snow; go figure.
Sorry for the indelicate position in this next photo.
This morning they took one looked at the as-yet-to-be-cleared walk and backed right away from the door. So I went out, knocked snow off the roof of their shelter, shoveled snow away from the door area, and shoveled a path to the big pine tree near the fence.
I still had to go pick up Chester & physically carry him outside, but he did do his business -- in the shelter! -- which makes DH happy. Lola is stubborn. She ran around a bit, even circling, circling, circling under the shelter, but did nothing.
So what's my point? I love my animals, but they sure can be a whole lot of work. Snow is certainly pretty when you can hole up inside with a cup of hot cocoa and just watch it falling. But these guys gotta go outside. And because they're so small, I have to shovel paths for them in the backyard.
Think about shoveling your driveway. Your front steps. And THEN having to shovel paths in in your backyard, too!
For me, tho, the rewards of sharing my life with these guys outweigh the hard work they bring into my life.
Just like the rewards from being a smaller size far outweigh all the hard work it takes to get there.
Oh, and if you actually like & miss snow, I sure wish I could wave a magic wand & just send it your way! I never missed it when I lived in Austin. Not once in 17 years. We did actually get snow a few times, but only a dusting.
Saturday, December 25, 2010
Guilt comes in small & big packages (appropriate for today, no?). Sometimes I get stuck in a rut. I like something so much, I eat it every day. Sometimes it's even healthy! And sometimes it's mostly healthy, with a tablespoon of indulgence thrown in. Enter my current fav breakfast: peanut butter cup oatmeal.
I've written about this before, but I've refined it to make it a tad healthier. 1/2 cup oats, topped with 1 tbsp almond butter (no sugar! only almonds! sometimes raw!) and 1 tbsp Ghiradelli bittersweet chocolate chips. Oh, and 1 tbsp ground flaxseed mixed in.
But I've found those small indulgences + a bit less exercise = weight gain.
I found myself feeling guilty about that 1 tbsp of chocolate chips. And how silly is that?
This morning I employed a technique I'd read about -- and use sometimes -- to stay present. To simply tell myself what I'm doing: I'm cutting vegetables, I'm cleaning the kitchen, I'm sweeping the laundry room -- to keep my mind on what I'm doing, not the million other things I should be doing.
This morning the refrain was: I nourish my body with healthy whole foods. Rather than beat myself up about a silly tablespoon of chocolate chips (yes, I measure them out), I focused on the positive.
I'm betting you could use these techniques today. Let me know what you do. And let me know what you get! Curious minds want to know.
Friday, December 24, 2010
And no, I am not referring to DH this time.
I have chatted up a number of members at my WW meetings. And all the ones I meet for the first time always say "you don't have any weight to lose" and I just want to slap them.
I know in their minds they believe this, and that they also believe they are complimenting me. But the truth is I'm still 10 lbs away from my GW (depending on the week), stuck in a plateau, and probably 20 lbs away from a really healthy weight.
And I resent that $40 I have to pay every month.
Of course, then they ask how much weight I have to lose, and the usual reply is "that's nothing" and I just want to slap them even harder.
Oh, the assumptions we make! If it's nothing, then how come I'm not at my GW already? And do you have any idea how much weight I've lost so far and how hard it was and how long it took and what I looked like before (no, of course not)? And that fact that I'm very short makes those 30 lbs more like 50 lbs on a normal sized person?
Still, I am proud of myself for not giving up this time. For sticking with what I know works, no matter how hard it is and how frustrating it is at times. I have been at this point before -- more than once -- and given up.
I am proud that I have maintained that weight loss for over a year now. It would be oh-so-easy to say what's the point and stop exercising and start eating whatever I want to eat.
I am proud that this time I have stuck with running, even tho it's hard, even tho it doesn't come naturally to me.
I am even proud of myself for showing restraint and not slapping people around -- maybe just a little eyeroll.
There is ALWAYS something to be proud of. What are you proud of?
Thursday, December 23, 2010
Well, maybe not so snowy by my spark buddy's DDHEART's standards, but it was close to the run that wasn't. Altho I was always going to run, inside or out -- but I was considering pushing it off til tomorrow (again!) -- nothing like a good argument with your DH to get you out of the house.
It was a bit of a frustrating run, as the path was covered in snow in places -- and icy underneath -- causing me to either have to slow down or walk. More walking than usual.
I was not the only runner out there. In fact, there were even walkers out there. And lots of people walking their dogs. At home, even DH was out walking the dogs -- which totally shocked me -- I'm sure he didn't walk them very far, but he did at least do it. Without my having to ask.
Land of the midnight sun. Well, at least it reminds me of someplace like Siberia or Sweden. One of those days were everything is just grey.
I was out for 90 minutes . . . it wasn't that cold, just below freezing. And it was just flurrying, no real snow. I don't really know how to explain my relationship with running . . . I don't love it, but I sure do it a whole lot. It's efficient. I like how I feel when I'm done. And in this instance, I had some hot cocoa and a protein brownie waiting for me in the car. It still takes my legs forever to warm up! Even with silk long underwear. I want DDHEART's hot tub. Or at the least a whirlpool bath.
I said I was going to continue to lose this holiday season. It is apparently not meant to be. All I had to do was lose a couple of pounds over the next couple of weeks & I could even get to move my ticker. And yes, there was 2 lbs at today's WI -- only in the wrong direction. I totally don't get it. I ate much worse the week before last week's WI and lost a small amount of weight -- I definitely wasn't an angel this week, but I was much better, only to gain almost 2 lbs!
Well, it is what it is & all that crap. Go have some hot cocoa if you're feeling all chilly after viewing this. I know that sure hit the spot in the car (and was still piping hot in its thermos!).
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