Wednesday, September 05, 2012
I love that I was excited to take new photos! My friend took them, and cropped them for me, and it took her nearly 2 weeks to get them to me. I wanted a particular type of shot, but she, being the photographer (with training, even!) wouldn't let me dictate any of the shots.
Anyway, none of the pics ended up looking like I wanted, but at least you get a good shot of my face.
So, here they are, and I hope you like them.
Tuesday, September 04, 2012
Well, Hurricane Isaac is gone, though my area is still undergoing residual flood threats from the swollen Pearl River, thanks to Isaac's prolific deluge, and recovery organizations are jumping in to help people get back on their feet.
Last week, with nearly 20 people sheltering together at my church, who all brought the stuff that was likely to spoil if not eaten quickly, and with an area bakery bringing over a TON of goodies that would otherwise be thrown away, I let myself splurge a bit. Only one day did I go monstrously outside my calorie range, but I way over-topped my sodium range for about 4 days straight. And, I did manage to get in some exercise (dancing to some hot latin and cool oldies music) and extra housework by emptying & scrubbing out my friend's fridge (no elec for over 3 days), in addition to just doing whatever strength training came to mind here and there. And not knowing quite how to log everything I ate, I still logged it, and sometimes, I think I over-exaggerated, just in case. It's amazing how easily you fall back into always feeling "snack-y" when you start eating like crap. Good lesson there...when I eat real food, I stay satisfied.
But, now it's time to remember that I have a purpose and a plan, and to climb back on the wagon, so to speak. I was gratified to learn that I regained only a mere 4/10 of a pound, given everything. So, I mustn't have been quite as "bad" as I thought. I will say, after allowing the first splurge day, I just didn't want to eat like that anymore - so not used to it now.
In the midst of all that, however, I still managed to get almost comfortably into a size 13 button-fly jean...that's a junior size, and my womens' hips managed it. The 14's that were given to me with the 13 are already a little too big. I now refuse to buy anything bigger than a 12, even though I'm not quite in it yet. I will wear a belt and wait. A hazard of losing weight steadily is moving through sizes too quickly for it to economically viable to buy much.
I think my friend is right...I might be in a 10 by her wedding in December. But, I will buy a 12 in the dress, because I have my dad's football-player shoulders, and I'll never get into a 10 taffeta jacket by then, if ever (and I really want to wear that jacket!), but I can always have the size 12 dress taken in. I'll have to have it shortened, anyway, 'cause I'm a shrimp. I look forward to looking totally fab as the whole wedding second-lines through the French Quarter from the ceremony to the reception site. And it's an early afternoon wedding...many of us will be hitting the town afterward!
On FB, I came across a picture or meme...I love the sentiment, it's what I keep repeating to myself. I'm going to post it here, like I made it my cover on my FB page. It's my new mantra.
And since I'm on board my wagon again, I'll report that today went okay as a whole, but what I put together for my lunch to take to work was not eaten in full. Why? Because right before I left for work, I punched everything into the tracker. A couple things surprised me. So, I left some off. But then, I was starving by the time we closed after several late customers & hairy situations. The boss had bought donuts...I weighed the options...eat the heavy-carb, super-heavy-sodium remainder of my lunch or eat a donut. I chose the donut...and then chose another. The upshot is that I had very little calorie room for a true dinner, but then, I'd eaten the donuts at 8pm anyway! So, I came home, had some almonds, did nearly 20 min of strength training, and caught up on my water, and now, it's time for bed.
Niters, fellow Sparkers!
Thursday, August 30, 2012
We interrupt this SP blog with a public-service announcement from the ministry I've been volunteering with since Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
Wow...our community was really badly hit by Hurricane/TS Isaac! Sovereign Grace Homeland Missions ministry is poising to launch disaster rebuild/relief outreach again. We can certainly use any help from any quarter.
Food, water, basic clothing (mostly jeans/underwear/socks/tennis shoes, etc.), personal care items (soap, toothbrushes, etc.), are all needed - or the funds to acquire them.
We also need hands. Willing hands to clean up debris, to pray, to bang a hammer, to listen, to care, to feed, to cry, to carry the gospel, to bring hope...
If you can help in any way, please contact me at my ministry email below.
Sovereign Grace Fellowship - Homeland Missions
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Okay...I'm officially REALLY tired of now TS Isaac! He decided to camp out in SE Louisiana, barely crawling forward, and dragging mondo amounts of water and dumping them all over our area. Sections of town that have never flooded before are flooding now, and very badly. Please pray for the area. Lots of people getting stranded in places that have always stayed dry before now. It's the sheer magnitude of the rain...and tomorrow, my area will get hit with the reverse winds, which will cause a storm surge pushing Lake Pontchartrain onto the North Shore, flooding even more areas.
Enuff already! Because he's dawdled so much, Isaac is creating a LOT more damage than anyone expected from him.
Meanwhile, even though we lost power at the church for several hours today, it came back around 5pm. Again, it was a day of "eat this, 'cause it'll be wasted otherwise"...so, it was another day of poor nutrition and over-calorification.
Still feeling pretty decent, though. And I didn't get all puffy from the excess sodium yesterday. I hope that is the result from today, too...find out in the morning.
One thing that is limiting my movement today is that my bursitis is acting up, my hip is on again off again for the last few weeks, but my right knee is hurting. So, no dancing today! I did some seated upper body strength exercises instead.
Hoping Isaac takes a hike soon.
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Okay, so Isaac is still crawling toward us, nearly a direct hit by the eye, if he stays on his current track. Only, it's a weak, unorganized storm, that has just "wobbled" to the west, to quote the meteorologist, so the wind impact here will be less than it otherwise might've been. However, moving this slow, it's building up a huge storm surge and water levels along the central Gulf coast continue to rise visibly, and the storm is dumping 2"/hour all over much of the area.
Since Isaac slowed his forward momentum, some things have been happening here. My church building is now housing 14 of us (and 6 dogs) who feel safer here than in houses with old, skinny, very tall pine trees surrounding them. Of the 14, 5 are teenagers & 2 are pre-teens. So, we brought food that needs to be eaten, snacks to while away the boredom, computers & gadgets (obviously!), hobbies (mine is crochet), etc. We've all been here since late last night. So far, we haven't lost power, but surrounding areas have over 200,000 people without power, and the winds are too strong for safety, so electricity repair crews won't be going out for at least a day or more to some places.
Today, the menu has been as follows:
B'fast - Karen's Company Eggs (eggs & milk, bread, bacon, sausage)
Snacks - anything and everything bad for you, salty, sweet, full of fat, etc.
Lunner - Spaghetti & Meat Sauce that a friend of the church made and dropped off for us, along with Domino's Garlic Bread Sticks (& I steamed some veggies for me any my friend, no one else wanted them)
Dessert - Tiramisu (from the same friend)
Surprise Treat - clerk from the bakery across the road from the church knocked on the door this morning and asked if we were sheltering at the church, and if we'd like a bunch of treats. We said, "SURE!", and in walked 2 large bakery boxes of miscellaneous petit fours (5 dz/box), a whole decorated cake and a bakery box full of miscellaneous pastries.
So...........given the day's events, I've way over-eaten. But, I've also done a lot more physical activity than is "normal" for a day (for me, that is). I'm not happy with my numbers on the nutrition front, and I don't even know how to quantify a lot of it (picked a generic "party food" option, but there's no nutrition breakdown, just calories), but it's done. It's been a fun day, I don't feel icky (which is a good marker for me), and I'm not swollen like a water balloon. And, we were sitting around, listening to some great rock and latin music and I just decided to dance. For about 20 min, I boogied and samba'd, while my friends' kids looked at me funny. Like I said, it was a fun day.
I also tried 2 different flavored vodkas...sweet tea vodka (great on the rocks) & cucumber vodka (makes an awesome bloody mary!). So...yeah, too much food, too much of the WRONG foods, booze, and dancing. What a day! hehe
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