Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Just sitting here and thinking about comfort food. When someone asks what you feel like eating do you think of the past and comfort food? Or is it something we only turn to for solace and warmth?
For my mother-in-law, food was love. She poured herself into everything she made and shared it with us. Watching her and writing down what she did as she cooked, we saved and cherished each recipe and each memory. Whenever we all get together and cook, we remember those times that came before. It makes me wonder, are we trying to recapture those moments? The memory of waking up to the smell of toast and bacon and coffee. The holidays filled with laughter and love and good food. That's the essence of comfort food to me.
Can the feelings be separated from the food? Instead of seeking comfort from food, can't we just seek comfort from the memories? Those memories are so much more than food and, yet, I can still smell the food, I can taste each bite. Then again, I can still hear the laughter and the murmuring voices. Maybe by pulling up those memories I can be comforted and not have to actually eat. Hmm. Would it work or not?
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Oh, well! I couldn't manage to continue my 14 day sleep streak, because I got sick. I did get a flu shot, but this one obviously wasn't covered! I spend my nights roaming the house, going from bed to chair, trying to get comfortable. Sleeping from 10:30 pm and getting out of bed by 8:00 am regardless of the amount of sleep I get, is impossible. I'm able to sleep only in two to three hours increments. I'll go back to that streak when I'm better. I'm not sure I'll include the 8:00 am limit, though. I thought that if I got out of bed at the same time every morning it would be great. I would get more done and sleep better in the long run. Not so much. Ha!
Hey, but I'm still tracking! Whoopee.
My husband is sick, too. He asks me what he should eat. Really? I tell him he could probably handle chicken soup and rice pudding. Not me. Soup has too much sodium and I'm lactose intolerant and allergic to whey protein. So what does he do? He makes low sodium, homemade chicken noodle soup and soymilk rice pudding. He must feel a whole lot better than I do. As soon as I feel well enough, I think I'll have some soup and pudding . . . if there's any left!
Tuesday, April 01, 2014
Steph-knee asked how we all did on our 14 day streaks and I'm pleased with my results. I had two mini-streaks. To walk everyday and to eat out only once a week.
I walked 13/14 days. I think I'd change that to exercise and not limit it to just walking next time I choose to do this for a streak. My other streak was to go out to eat only once a week and I did it! Yeah! The exercise streak wasn't hard, I just have to get enough sleep. I also found that I do better when I exercise in the morning after breakfast. Eating out once a week meant I had to cook more, which, surprisingly, I enjoyed.
I like doing mini streaks. It gets me to focus in on one or two goals and decide where I need to improve. For the next 14 days, I'm going to be in bed every night at 10:30, and be out of bed by 8 am or earlier. I'd like to be able to sleep through the night without being awake for hours on and off all night. I've got to beat this insomnia. This is a constant struggle for me and because of allergies, it may always be an issue, but I need to come up with some better strategies. My husband has promised to do this streak with me. I'm am so grateful for that!
My other streak will be tracking nutrition. I did great through the holidays, but I stopped tracking nutrition when we went to Florida the first week in January. While I did well in Florida, afterwards I started to gain about two pounds a month. (Six pounds total, YIKES!) I needed a break. I became compulsive about the nutritional balance, that 50/30/20 percent. It can make life difficult. Streaking made me realize that in order to start losing weight again, I have to track. I just have to remember that it's about feeling good and being healthy. It's not about the numbers!
Thanks Steph-knee! You've got me motivated again and I really appreciate it.
Thursday, March 20, 2014
Steph-knee wrote a blog about starting a 14 day streak and challenged her readers to join her. I've decided to join her, too. From March 18 to March 31, I will walk every day and will go out to eat only twice. So far, so good! I like the idea of short term challenges, because I can try out new ideas or get back to better habits without becoming obsessive.
I did great through the holidays, but then I fell apart. Am I afraid of change, failure, or success? Am I punishing myself by continuing down the wrong path? What? Why do I sabotage myself? I DON'T KNOW! Okay, maybe I do. I know that allowing myself to become obsessive is a dangerous thing because I begin to feel trapped and then I rebel.
Many people view this as a battle. It's what keeps them motivated. I found that I have to come at it from another angle: Acceptance. This is what I do now, This is where I need to be. This is who I am now.
So I continue to work at finding my balance--both mentally and physically. A balance between getting enough sleep, exercising, and healthy, mindful eating.
I'm enjoying the 14 day streak idea. Hey, you can do anything for two weeks, right?
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