Saturday, August 23, 2008
My hhusband always makes fun of me because I always travel with food. It makes my life easier, though. For instance, this morning I had a Vitamuffin I'd brought with me and some almonds for breakfast. There weren't a lot of healthy choices other than cereal here, and I don't really find cereal that filling. And this way whoever I'm staying with doesn't have to worry about me, either.
Other things I travel with: mini Luna & Clif bars, carrots (in this case, because I know I'll have access to a refrigerator), and Attune bars.
Attune bars are pretty cool. They're a chocolate bar, and they're only 100 calories, taste like a Nestle bar, plus they have more probiotics in them than yogurt. I find they're great when you travel -- keeps you nice & regular and tastes much better than prunes (and makes a good dessert).
The hardest part of this vacation, really, is that my FIL is failing rapidly. Not physically, but mentally, and we're not all completely sure he's going to tolerate this trip.
Friday, August 22, 2008
My luck finally seems to have turned. My husband arrived on time, he took the dogs up, I finished up packing and only went to bed about half an hour late. Our flight was uneventful -- and I have dried up enough so that it wasn't painful.
I'm not100% sure why sickness and travel goes hand in hand. I know that the stress of getting ready comes into play, although I'm not sick more than I am.
I'm reminded of "Eat, Pray, Love". I read it before it became so popular, before the author was on Oprah -- and thought it was just okay. I recently reread it --there are still parts I don't like -- she just comes across as whiny in the beginning to me, but I got a lot more out of it this time. I think it imparts many of the lessons of "A New Earth" in a much more approachable manner.
Anyway, there is a part where Richard from Texas says he prays & prays for an open heart, over and over. And then one day finds himself having open heart surgery! The moral, of course, is to create more detailed goals (or be careful what you wish for, I guess).
Just as I prayed to be healthy . . . and I am. Almost. I forgot to ask to make sure my possessions (my car & home, among other things) would be safe while I was gone -- or home, for that matter.
Now that all the prep work is done, I can relax and enjoy the vacation. Today is lovely. I think tomorrow is supposed to be nice as well. We have always come to Seattle in the summer, and the weather has always been lovely.
Hope everyone out there is doing well, and once again, a sincere thanks for all the good vibes & well wishes!
Thursday, August 21, 2008
I am fast approaching mine. This entire week has been plagued by bad luck for me. I won't bore you with most of the details. It culminated with my flat tire, and when I went to go for my haircut & get the tire fixed yesterday, my car just plain wouldn't start. Luckily, I had my husband's car, so I was able to get my hair cut.
There have been a few rays of sunshine here and there. I've been meaning to buy a monocular for a long time. I really liked the idea of it better than binoculars. Since I'd left early for my haircut, meaning to stop and get the tire fixed, I had some time to browse a nearby discount store. Lo and behold, two monoculars from The Sharper Image -- travel size!
And my husband did actually make it home; another good thing.
And just when you think you're drowning in a pit of bad luck, there's always someone worse off than you. The woman I board the dogs with has pneumonia (another worry, although she has help) -- although she thought I sounded a lot worse than her when we talked yesterday.
The cherry on top was to find out my neighbors had a break-in. Nothing taken and no one hurt, thankfully, but apparently the cops think there are kids in the neighborhood knocking on doors to see if you're home. So that is another worry while we're gone. They broke a back window to get in -- then set off the motion detectors & left. It must have happened in the two hours I was gone, or I would have thought I'd have heard something.
Our neighbors are so sweet. She was really worried about my car trouble! It is very troubling, though, because if someone broke one of our windows, our cats would be gone, and I would be devastated. Normally our pet sitter leaves us a message each day on our answering machine, only we won't have cell phone access for much of our trip.
For the first time in probably years, the thought did cross my mind yesterday that a nice piece of chocolate cake -- a really sweet, fattening piece, not just any old piece -- might solve my problems. The thought crossed my mind in a grocery store with a fantastic bakery, but I didn't succumb, and I ate healthily when I did get home. I know no amount of food, fattening or otherwise, will solve my problems.
So my car won't start, my flat still needs to be fixed, and somehow the dogs have to get to the boarder's. I've still got to finish packing, wash the sheets & change the bed, clean the kitchen, clean a litterbox, finish the instructions for the pet sitter. Ok, yes, I'm whining & I hate to whine.
Oh, and I don't know what I weighed before our vacation since I can't get to my WW meeting today (I could've yesterday had I known I wouldn't be able to today).
In 10 years will these things matter? No, they won't. What will matter is having a good time while I'm gone, and that's what I'm determined to do.
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
But stay grounded. That's always the secret, isn't it? But just where is the secret formula that lets you know how high to reach, and how much to keep your feet on the ground?
I'm wrapping up my Olympics theme here. Alexander Artemev, who performed such a stunning pommel horse routine for the team to lead them to a bronze medal, decided he needed to add something extra for the individual finals.
As we've heard over and over during the Olympics, performing harder routines gets higher scores -- but at greater risk.
It's the same for us. If we eat too little trying for a great weight loss, our bodies slam on the brakes and we don't lose at all. Same thing with exercise.
And what about goals? They say that you should put your goals out there, to take accountability for them, and make them big, to push yourself to reach them. I've tried that with what I want my weight to be, but that doesn't seem to work for me. I'll put down a number that seems reasonable, only to fall short.
Although if I didn't reach for that bigger number, who's to say that I would lose less than I actually did? Alexander didn't get his medal. But he gave his all. It just wasn't in his stars for that day.
It's okay to reach for the stars, just stay flexible so that if you don't make it, you can bend back down and stay grounded.
This was in my inbox yesterday. I'd decided on the subject of this blog before I received this -- the synchronicity of the universe can be pretty amazing if you keep yourself open to it:
"Behold the turtle. He makes progress only when he sticks his neck out."
-- James Bryant Conant
And this one came today:
"To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe."
-- Anatole France
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
If you're very heavy, just changing your eating habits will start you on your weight loss journey. But somewhere along the way, you'll have to move it to lose it.
But what about when you're injured, or sick? Well, that's what I'm going to find out this week. I am still walking the dogs each day, because they need their walks. If I were really sick, we would skip it and they'd survive (although Lola might explode, because she seems to think she can only poop on a walk).
Other than our walks, though, I haven't done any exercise since Friday. I'm thinking about trying a little today, but am not sure. I do feel better, but I am still just very tired. And behind. Not to mention the long string of bad luck culminating with the flat tire yesterday (although luckily I made it home, and AAA will come out to put my spare on this morning).
I am not as hungry, though, and have been eating less than normal. But still getting in enough fruits and veggies, which is surprising, actually, because often when I'm sick I want comfort food. And somehow raw carrots and spinach just don't qualify as comfort food, even though I like both.
Used to be when I was sick my husband would make us a big pot of buttered noodles. Probably at least half a package of noodles. Can we say fattening? Yet that's what we long for when we're sick -- or I do, anyway. Something easy to digest. Comforting. Why can't comfort food be healthy?
So it's a waiting game. I have finally broke through the 30s for a 29" waist. I figure a loss this week could just be water weight, but on the other hand, with all the chicken soup I've been consuming, my sodium intake is way up. Normally I'm below my range since I eat very few processed foods, but the canned soup will do you in quickly. But I'll definitely trade some sodium in the short run to be healthier in the long run.
I think I'll be okay to fly Friday. Probably annoy everyone with a nagging cough. Then I have a day to rest up before we actually set sail on Sunday, and after that one day at sea. You probably won't hear much from me while on the cruise -- my husband will have his laptop, and we'll pay for some Internet access, but it will probably be limited (and slow).
I especially want to thank everyone for the healing vibes and goodies. If I haven't thanked you personally, please know that I can't even begin to express how much they mean to me. And I know the healing vibes work. I'm a firm believer. And even if they didn't, isn't it nicer to believe they do, than the alternative, as I often point out to my husband.
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