Tuesday, April 01, 2014
I have a huge problem with procrastinating on mail or phone calls. There may be some deep seated issue here, but it's probably just.... I don't like to do it.
Recently I ordered and received a rather expensive carrying case for my sewing machine. On the advice of someone, I ordered too large a size. I received it yesterday, and have already ordered the new size and arranged to have the other one shipped back. This is way, way efficient for me. I usually procrastinate at least several weeks on things like this.
I'm feeling very smug this morning.
Monday, March 24, 2014
My Coach challenge for today. Will finish later
Accomplishment #1 - Down 1/5 of a pound today, even after eating at an Indian restaurant with no way to track exact calories. I DID eat mindfully. Woo HOO!
Accomplishment #2 - Arrived to vocal lesson on time (smile) with a gift for my coach and was successful in working the "cold effect" out of my voice.
Accomplishment #3 - Got the materials ready for my upcoming classes in learning my new sewing machine, some 120 pages. Placed in notebook with dividers labeled and ready to go. Can I say I LOVE MY NEW BERNINA!!!!!!
COMMENT: When I first realized I had to finish this blog with two more accomplishments, my first thought was "oh, no... I haven't done a thing!" Interesting, isn't it? Thanks for the assignment, Chris Downie!
Sunday, March 02, 2014
On the start page, near the top left, there's a motivational statement that changes every time you go to the page. Last time I was there, it said "anything can happen." Just now, when I was testing my statement, it said "You've got this!"
Here's the reason I'm spending time on it: Yesterday's coach challenge was to get exercise outside. Not only were we traveling most of the day to get back to our "new" house in Missouri, but I'm recovering from a cold and have found that cold air really exacerbates my cough.
So.... in my journaling about the challenge, and this is on my Cozi calendar instead of SP, I wrote the challenge then said (because I felt guilty) "I can't! It's too cold outside!"
Then I went to my start page, which said "never say can't." Coincidence? It's seems sort of uncanny. And I'd never noticed that feature on the start page before. SP.... looking into my brain.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
In today's coaching session, I was asked what differences SP has made in my life--what I could do now, etc.
My first thought was "not much," mainly because my over-achieving self thought I SHOULD be a fitness guru by now, at goal weight and with all muscle not fat. HA!! At my age, that's probably not achievable. Even if I was as thin as I'd like to be, I'd still wouldn't look like my 22 year old self any more.
But.... a year or so ago, I woke up in the middle of the night with a feeling of a band tightening around my chest. (Yes, I reported it to my doctor). I also would start breathing slightly heavier if I bent to tie my shoestrings. That "symptom" is entirely gone. Yesterday, as I went down the stairs, slightly faster than normal, I noticed it didn't even make me breathe harder. And my body is almost completely free of arthritic pain.
I have a group of online friends that I look forward to our catching up every day. I read motivating blogs and examples of positive attitude that reminds me of the good things in life.
I haven't been as successful with weight loss as I'd like to be, and hold myself completely accountable for that. This past year, I gained no weight, as opposed to the 12 lbs. of the past two years' accumulation. My biggest problem is the hangup of goal setting. I'm still sabotaging myself the minute I set a goal.
Oddly enough, I read a blog in Spark People this morning that gave me insight into THAT!! Maybe my next blog will be the outcome of its wisdom. Till then....
Monday, February 17, 2014
I've skipped day 21 for the time being.... it's about exercising an extra 200 calories, and I'm just beginning today back to exercising after three days of coughing. Yesterday was the worst, but was a turning point. I can tell today I'm on the mend, and intend to exercise just a little to get started back into the exercise habit.
This is the link for Day 22, about eating so you feel satiated, but not by being heavy on the calories. I did that for this morning's breakfast, and important meal. I ate almost nothing yesterday; everything going past my throat would start me coughing again, and I was taking so many natural remedies that I didn't want anything to eat. This morning's breakfast was granola with stewed apples and nonfat milk. The granola is calorie-expensive, at 670 calories per cup. It follows the "rules" in the article by being very high in fiber. I only have 1/2 cup, though. The apples were too soft for me to eat raw, but they're fine stewed in a little butter and sprinkled with cinnamon. The combination of apples, cinnamon and granola is a delicious breakfast and the oat fiber makes it long lasting. After eating this, I don't get hungry for quite a while.
Today's lunch will be from Pho 76, a local vietnamese soup place, and is ideal for not only being low in calories, but feeling really good when I have a cold. It also fits the article listed above. It has a delicious broth, no fat on the meat, and includes ming sprouts, Thai basil, fresh cilantro, and a hot pepper. The only negative ingredient is rice noodles. They are amazingly stiff and starchy till they enter the hot broth, where they become immediately soft and pliable. They are NOT a whole grain product, but do help me feel more satiated when I eat them, even half the normal portion.
I plan on having a smoothie for supper, or may look up another soup recipe for the Vitamix blender. I've tried one soup with it, and it was wonderful. It's a one-container meal, as you add things to the blender and blend long enough for the process to heat the mixture. It's piping hot, and a great way to fix a quick, fresh ingredient meal.
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