Sunday, May 15, 2011
This morning I was getting a salad ready for later in the day. Part of that salad was some mint. Much to my surprise, the boys came running, meowing. Then it struck me: catnip is part of the mint family, after all.
I'm pretty sure I've used mint before, but whatever. They sure seemed convinced I must be hiding some catnip somewhere. Maybe it was this particular batch.
Of course we humans have our pavlovian responses, too. A sweet after dinner is one of mine. I've been working hard to break myself of that habit - usually with fruit - and mostly having success until pre-TOM like right now. All Of the sudden I find myself really craving something sweet after dinner. I have to think about whether or not what I'm craving will really satisfy - often I know it won't & I have to come up with something else.
Anger + tiredness can really pull the sweets trigger, too. Friday I was both. I'd gone inside to search for something for DH, when lo & behold I found his stash of peanut m&m's. I was really, really tempted to grab just a few.
Luckily, I have been working this week on being really honest with myself about my food tracking. I stepped away from the m&m's.
We all have times when we reach for food simply because it's become a habit. And that's a really bad habit. I'm working on breaking some of this bad habits.
Thursday, May 12, 2011
I was really hoping to do a running blog today, but I actually need to run first to write about what I want to write about - and unfortunately I've been sidelined by whatever crud I have right now.
I'd hoped to get out for an early morning run this morning, but Chester woke me up barking his little fool head off at midnight & then I didn't sleep well & overslept. I really ought to take a rest day, but we have a garage sale Saturday & I know I won't be exercising then. Not really looking forward to it.
But for the marathoners, here's a link I found in fitness magazine that's cool - endurancecalculator.com .
*While I have good abs, it's doubtful I'll ever have a six pack - I like to eat too much to get my body fat that low.
*A good diet is an individual thing. Celiac disease is real - and no fun - and gluten intolerances are very real, too. But I've done a sort-of elimination diet & I don't think gluten us a problem for me. Macrobiotic, raw, vegan . . . all valid options, but maybe not valid for YOU. Try & decide for yourself.
*Sweets will always be a part of my diet. While I know I'd be healthier without them - they're not a food group after all - I wouldn't be happier. The trick is to make them a small part of my diet.
*Sometimes I will make poor choices. Those poor choices may very well lead to some weight gain. I need to just accept that part of myself & really have a limit for how far off track I allow myself to get.
*I feel better when I look better. And who doesn't want to feel better about themselves? I am worth the time it takes to look good.
What are your truths?
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Nit too long ago one of my spark buddies blogged about how her husband was enjoying her newfound interest in fashion now that she's at her GW - and how she was sure he'd enjoy seeing her in a bikini, not that that was going to happen.
We are so hard on ourselves. So willing to be cheerleaders for our buddies, so unwilling to take our blinders off about ourselves - myself included. I still have a lot of body hang-ups. For instance, I hate being totally naked during . . . you-know. There, I admitted it - sort-of. It actually does feel good when I am, so why do I find it so difficult to do? I joked with my husband that I bet he never thought he'd be bargaining for that after 25 yrs of marriage.
Sometimes I think it's important to push ourselves out of our comfort zones. I actually prefer 2-piece swimming suits - so much easier to use a bathroom - but tankinis (are they not the best invention ever?) certainly feel safer. And skirted bathing suits nicely cover up some of my problem areas.
So why am I getting ready to appear in public in a bikini? Despite the fact that I most definitely don't have the perfect body & am not at my GW, not to mention I'm no spring chicken at 49 & have the cellulite, crepey skin, saddle bags, bra fat & stretch marks to prove it?
Part of it is to please my husband. But he'd be the first in line to tell you that I would never do it just for him.
The bigger part of it is to celebrate my body. I worked hard for it. It's not perfect, but then no one's is. I don't have to be perfect. You don't have to be perfect. And you don't have to wear a bikini, either.
But you do have to accept the one & only body you'll ever have & celebrate all the wonderful things it does for you.
Please, today, if only for a moment, celebrate your body in whatever way seems appropriate to you. Stop insulting it. Stop covering it up with ill-fitting clothes that do not let it shine. Stop hating it.
Praise it. Feel it. Really see it. Pamper it. And most of all, accept it. And then tell us what you did so we can be inspired.
Today I'm going to use a mask on my face & maybe some sugar scrub before my shower. I've been putting that off and my face is telling me it needs a little TLC.
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Yes, somehow I ended up at Marshalls yet again. But here's a funny story (tho not so funny at the time!). I tried on a halter dress that looked like it was going to be really cute -- it had these diamond cutouts on the sides with sparkly stuff on it. I'm a sucker for sparkle.
It was a little tight going on, and once I got it over my head it was obvious it was never going to fit. Then when I went to take it back off . . . I couldn't! It took me about 15 minutes to peel it off me & I am NOT exaggerating. I think God is trying to tell me enough with the dresses already. Not sure I'll listen . . . the plan actually was to do some shopping in Vegas . . .
I don't think either of these look as good in the photos as they do in person. The dress below I'm keeping -- another one to mostly wear around the house. When I look at the photo it doesn't seem all that flattering, but in person I think it's cute. Maybe I'm just deluding myself. Maybe it's just too much for my petite frame.
Last week Ann Taylor Loft had all dresses 30% off. Woe is me. I walked away with the universally-flattering faux wrap dress.
Below is the dress I haven't decided on yet. They had it in 2 sizes -- a size 2 & 8. I tried the size 2, and could almost zip it, but not quite. And it really was just too tight all over. I know I'm not a size 8, but decided to try it on anyway cause I really liked the dress.
I really love the style & the print which is one of my favorite colors -- fuschia. In person I think it's cute; the photo does make it look too big. It only cost $15, and I could certainly get it taken in . . . opinions?
Now on to the non-clothes dilemma. Last year we started to rennovate our kitchem, knocking out walls & putting in more cabinets. The new cabinets are bilevel, blue counter with a copper trim in between that I just love.
I wanted to use that copper backsplash on the older side, which we didn't change, only it was very expensive and there was no way to attach it to the existing formica. This weekend DH surprised me with copper tiles he found online. Then he got carried away and applied them to about half the kitchen (it's a very small kitcehn).
My dilemma is what to do with the wall by the stove (see below).
It's just that tiny strip of wall. We could take off the formica that's already there (can we say weird & ugly?) and just leave it as is. I sort of lean towards that, frankly, altho it means we'll probably have to paint the wall.
We could tile up from the counter to the celing.
Or we could tile down from where the cabinets end to the floor.
Such an awkward space. I think it might be hard to keep those copper tiles clean by the stove (especially when DH gets on there & grills a hamburger with grease flying everywhere). Any opinions?
Keep in mind, too, that we'll be replacing the stove & microwave with stainless. In fact, the new stove has been ordered & is on its way. Have to decide about the microwave still.
Let er rip, & thank you.
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