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What to bring?

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Packing is always a bit of a torture. I don't know how my husband does it -- he hasn't even started yet, and we're leaving Tuesday! I've been packing for about a week. I always try to start with what I think is the bare minimum, but inevitably, it's still too much.

It isn't even the clothes. It's the shoes, the books, the workout clothes, the food. For instance, I'm bringing some oatmeal with me. I've really gotten into what I call my Reeses cup oatmeal -- oatmeal with 2 tbsp peanut butter (yup, you read that right) & 1 tsp dark chocolate chips. Love it; eat it almost every morning.

I got to thinking about those chocolate chips. Do I really need them on a 2 week vacation where I'm pretty sure to indulge, at least somewhat? Those little things can really add up over time. So I tried my oatmeal this morning with just the PB. It's not the same. I haven't decided yet. It may really just come down to how much space there is.

Then there are the shoes. I'm bringing my running shoes, altho I don't know if I'll run. Depends on how exorbitantly expensive the health club at the hotel in Prague is (I already know that it costs extra, but haven't been able to ferret out just how much extra). I'll bring my Clarks black shoes, which have a bit of a heal so my jeans don't drag -- but aren't the most exciting shoes in the world. But I can walk in them pretty comfortably (my running shoes aren't real warm, and right now the weather doesn't look so hot).

I really wanted to bring a nice pair of shoes, too. I wanted to bring the little half boots I just got, but I seriously doubt I'll be able to fit them in.

And I haven't yet picked up my books at the library . . . I'm so hoping they'll be paperbacks, but I know the odds are against it. I really don't think I have room for 2 hardcovers!

I will work it out, as I always do, I know.

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LEONALIONESS 10/13/2009 1:57PM

    OH, I hear you.

You should see me pack for any extended time period. I have to bring all my staple food with me... soymilk, chocolate (I can never eat desserts any place I go), vegan jerky, Luna and Clif bars.

I packed a decent chunk of food for my wedding in Jamaica and it really helped. I was surviving on mostly beans, rice and fruit. Hee. Having those sweet bars for extra protein was great. :)

I'm going to Jamaica in January for HEZLIZZIE's wedding and I'll be packing food again! I can't bring soymilk (damn) due to the liquid restrictions but I'll pack what I can and if they ask I'll just note I'm vegan and food is an issue at resorts. It's all Standard American Diet fare and that means meat/cheese/eggs and more meat!

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KEAKMAN 10/11/2009 1:44PM

    Hmmm, you are a little bitty thing, so I gues a ginormous purse with your food and etc isn't an option....you'd tilt over!

I agree that you need to bring your good breakfast food along to prevent overdoing it the rest of the day...or at least curtail it.

And I can't imagine how difficult it is to pack for overseas with all the baggage restrictions these days. Need to keep that in mind for our cross-country trip over Christmas. Coats, hats, mittens and boots will be needed I bet.....

Two days! WOOHOO!

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SOMASLIM 10/11/2009 11:14AM

    I always start packing for a big trip at least a week ahead so I don't forget anything.
I've been to Prague and you will love it. Walk across the bridge to the castle and be sure to try some hot wine which they sell on the streets. It is a really beautiful city and for me it was wonderful because I can speak German which made it easy for us.

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KARBIE18 10/11/2009 10:28AM

    I know what you mean. My DH would wait until Monday night. I'm like you, I would have already started. Yep, for me, it's always the books and the shoes - as you know, I also have to have a bit of a heel to keep some of my pants from dragging.

As for the chocolate chips, maybe having your satisfying breakfast will prevent you from making poorer choices later on?

You haven't even left yet, and I'm already looking forward to hearing about your trip!

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It's only a pound

Friday, October 09, 2009

How often have you thought that? Said it? Wailed about it? Or it's only half a pound, or quarter, etc.

I remember something someone who lost over 100 lbs said -- she lost it one pound at a time. It's always stuck with me. Every amount, no matter how small, can add up. It's only when we can't see the forest for the trees that we start saying "it's only a pound".

I was thinking about this as I was driving around doing errands today. Fall foliage is in full swing, if not quite at peak yet. It didn't seem as pretty to me driving around as it often does on my walks (or maybe that was just the gray, drizzly day speaking to me).

And then I realized: when I'm walking, I'm not looking at several trees altogether. I'm glorying in the splendor of one single tree at a time for the most part. The trees that look like they've been set on fire, they're so colorful. The multitude of colors carpeting the grass that are making me just itch to pick up a paintbrush again (and yet I haven't).

And I thought that our weight loss is like that, too. We definitely don't see the forest for the trees. We don't realize we've changed until our pants come sliding off. And that's a pity.

It's all about really being present, I guess. Which is so hard, when there are a million different tasks pulling us in a million different directions. I keep working on it. I know if I'm not present, I'm only half living my life.

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SEKSUNSHINE 10/9/2009 2:08PM

    Very nice. Just why haven't you picked up the paint brush?

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MOMMA_GRIZZ 10/9/2009 1:52PM

    One pound at a time, one day at a time, one choice at a time, one step at a time - it all adds up. This journey has definitely taught me to live in the now, that's for sure :)

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DANA47 10/9/2009 1:35PM

    That is all I lost this week. One pound. But, it is one pound closer to my goal!

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KEAKMAN 10/9/2009 1:27PM

    Great reminder...I put these pounds on one at a time, and I will take then off the same way!

Hope the grey drizzle stops soon! Sounds like Oregon....

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Things are moving along . . .

Thursday, October 08, 2009

. . . just not my weight!

Anyway. We had a VERY windy day yesterday. I was on the couch watching some tv with the dogs at 8 pm when the power goes off (DH was at a work meeting -- naturally). Luckily, we sprang for a generator not too long ago. After several ice storms when DH was powerless for days last year, and talking to one of our neighbors, we did it.

We'd talked about doing it in Austin, but never got around to it. It was a great test -- came right on after a few seconds, like it's supposed to. Powered the things it's supposed to (fridge, microwave, heat, some of the downstairs lights). One downside is that it's loud, basically right below our bedroom window, and we didn't get much sleep -- plus I hadn't slept well the previous night, either.

I don't know when the power came on, but when I got back home a bit after noon today it was back on. Woohoo! I'll actually be able to make the spaghetti to go along with the large pot of spaghetti sauce I've got going in the crockpot (there's a couple of outlets in the kitchen the generator powers -- but not the stove).

So I am tired, and behind on my reading. But I'll be able to get my strength training in this afternoon. I've been packing steadily for the last week, but it always seems like at the last minute I end up making difficult decisions. We'll see. Like where to put my food and books.

As to my weight, it seems a little bit stuck. TOM is roughly a week or so away -- which might explain the munchies I've been getting lately. I'm sure the pretzels & tortilla chips I sucked down after my "long" run yesterday (read: 3 miles) didn't much help. Or the sodium from the frozen pizza because I was too tired to make dinner (but thankfully DID get the spaghetti sauce ready so all I had to do this morning was stick it in the crockpot and turn it on).

Sometimes my appetite just doesn't cooperate with the best laid plans.

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SLIMMERJESSE 10/8/2009 2:47PM

    Whenever I fantasize about running away and living in a cave, I realize I wouldn't have electricity. (smiling) And that I have zip, zero, zilch survival skills. Good for you with that back-up generator. Have a good day.

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SEKSUNSHINE 10/8/2009 2:07PM

    The best laid plans theory happens to us all, just don't let it happen too often! Good going on the generator. We used to have one then hubby got rid of it. Now he wants another one, all I said was don't go there!

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MOMMA_GRIZZ 10/8/2009 1:26PM

    Good plan on getting that generator - glad that it works. Spaghetti sounds like a great idea for dinner :)

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KEAKMAN 10/8/2009 1:14PM

    That was quite the wind storm! Glad you got the generator and doubly glad that it worked!

HOORAY for you for getting in a 3 mile run yesterday! I just keep thinking that with all the dog walking, and etc. that you do, you MUST get in a LOT of steps each day.

How many days until you take off on your vacation?

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Whatever doesn't kill, makes you stronger

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Yesterday I got quite a bit of unplanned exercise in addition to my planned exercise. I went to the mall, shopping to fill in some of the wholes in my wardrobe for my upcoming trip -- and thankfully found THE perfect tshirt to go with my new sparkly blazer. I spent 2 hours shopping, wearing 2" heels. And then I spent another hour grocery shopping -- this after having taken the dogs for an hour walk, a bit longer than usual because I knew I'd be leaving them a good long while.

Got home, relaxed, did some chores, then did a half hour of Pilates. Then took the dogs out and spent about half an hour raking. I haven't raked in about 25 years. When we first got married, we lived in a condo so we didn't have to do outside work (but we did have to shovel the walk). And we didn't rake in Austin, which is actually weird because some trees still do lose their leaves there & we had a couple. But we just let the leaves sort of go under the bushes there.

I actually enjoy raking. The weather is so lovely (not today, but it was yesterday, which is why I chose to do it yesterday). I always hated bagging the leaves, though. You just never knew what you might find. So my husband came along with the leaf blower and finished up while I made dinner. And then I took the dogs for a short walk after dinner.

A few years ago, despite exercising regularly, a day like that might have killed me -- carrying an extra 30 pounds with you everywhere is tiring. But not now. And I'm not sore this morning, either.

Exercise is about so much more than burning calories or toning your body.

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MOMMA_GRIZZ 10/7/2009 9:12AM

    Way to go - sounds like you had an excellent day! :)

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KEAKMAN 10/7/2009 8:44AM

    Don't you love all the extra energy that you have these days? You KNOW you are going to enjoy Vienna so much more now that you are able to trot around here and there without feeling like you are dying. I love raking leaves on a sunny fall afternoon. Unfortunately, out here we have twice the number of fir trees, so not as many leaves. But maybe I will get out in the yard when I get home tonight and rake the seven leaves we do have!

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FLAWLESSCUBE 10/7/2009 7:39AM

    I am looking at everything you did yesterday and It may have killed me. WTG on all the unplanned exercise. I am so inspired. emoticon

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HEALTHY4JEANNE 10/7/2009 7:29AM

    You are doing awesome.
Shopping, walking dogs, pilates, walking dogs! You are a superstar!!
Congrats on your increased energy!!!
:) Jeanne

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SEKSUNSHINE 10/7/2009 6:27AM

    You are so correct. We have 4 huge trees in our yard. I don't rake the leaves I mow them and use them as mulch for the grass, what grass can grow under these monsters. We do try and rake in the back as least once in the fall so the kids can play in them. They have so much fun! Nothing better than kids laughing uncontrollably!

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CHEFBLUEROSE 10/7/2009 5:51AM

    I liked what you wrote. emoticon

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I love it, but I don't miss it

Monday, October 05, 2009

It's a cool, brisk fall day here. I love this time of year. It's been a long, long time since I experienced a northeast fall -- and I realized today while I love it, I truly didn't miss it all those years in TX. I always said that, of course, but now I know that it's true. As Sheryl Crow sings, "it's not about having what you want, it's about wanting what you have".

And I realized that applies to food, too. I can remember when I first joined WW, a long, long time ago, I thought I would be happy if I could just have a Snickers bar once a week. I still love Snickers bars, but I almost never eat them and I don't miss them.

Part of the reason is that I have some sort of treat every day. It could be something really simple like a cup of hot chocolate on a brisk fall day, or more elaborate like a cupcake once or twice a week. I eat pizza, I eat potatoes, I eat pasta. Everything in moderation.

One of the reasons we so often fail is because we're so restrictive. We think we have to give up everything we love to be winners. And the truth is we can have what we want, in moderation, and by simply practicing that moderation, we may find that we don't miss what we thought we couldn't live without.

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NINEWESTGIRL 10/6/2009 12:08PM

    Moderation is my favorite word!! great blog!!

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CJROMB 10/5/2009 10:23PM

    Great blog. Nice to see you're doing well.

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MTER67 10/5/2009 8:10PM

    You are right, of course. Cutting something out completely is as good as ensuring that you will want it more. We only get one shot at life; a life without cupcakes is just no kind of life I want to lead! Everything in moderation--a very simple credo, but so important!

Fall IS pretty great. I planted orange pansies and mums today and it was sunny and cool. Warm foods and flavors are back. Sweaters and pumpkins and butternut squash. It's all just heaven to me!

Take care!

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KEAKMAN 10/5/2009 3:46PM

    Once again you nailed it. Moderation is the key, not restriction. It keeps us from feeling deprived, and it reminds us to enjoy and savor what we choose to eat. Great blog!

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THINMOM2BE 10/5/2009 3:25PM

    WOW - this is SO TRUE, and so profound. I love it.

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MOMMA_GRIZZ 10/5/2009 12:51PM

    You are absolutely correct - as soon as this journey becomes restrictive it feels like a diet and diets really don't work for me. To me diet is such a negative word. Everything in moderation. Plus it's so easy to make a healthier alternative that tastes as good or better than the 'real thing'. ( ie frozen fat free yogurt instead of full fat premium icecream). Our tastes change on this journey - for the better I think.

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SOMASLIM 10/5/2009 10:54AM

    You are right. Everything in moderation...and I am extremely fortunate that I can take or leave chocolate.

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DDHEART 10/5/2009 10:44AM

    AMEN! I couldn't agree with you more.

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