Saturday, December 07, 2013
Has anyone read and tried following the book "The Self-Compassion Diet" by Jean Fain? I'm in the middle of reading it an have begun to practice her suggestions. Not a "diet" to follow but a way to help get over disordered eating. I'll keep you posted on how it helps me, if it does. Many ideas in the book are the same I've learned through the years, with some real practical guidance of how to put it all into practice.
I have checked the book out from the library, it was printed in 2011. I will probably buy it off of amazon if I continue to use it. I'd like to have it for reference in the future.
Monday, December 02, 2013
Charlie Brown Christmas is on. It feels good to sit after a busy day.
Now it's over. The show reminded me that the importance of the season isn't all wrapped up in trees, cookies and packages. But I tend to really have a lot of my memories of the season dependent on those things. I try to have a balance.
Just before the show I spent an hour and a half decorating my tabletop trees. One is very mini, with a battery operated string of lights and a string of tiny beads for a garland. My oldest son bought me that with all the decorations, when he worked for ACMoore while in college. I treasure it. The bigger tree is loaded with mini ornaments, like Hallmark mini "Peanuts" ones.
My finished tree, with the stair bannister behind it loaded with 16 stockings...one for each of us, (our kids, their spouses and children...including the baby that's on the way)
I'm going to share my day in a backwards fashion. Before I worked on the trees, hubby and I ate supper. I got an unwich, a sandwich without bread, wrapped in lettuce. I got Dijon instead of mayo. I only ate I/2 and half a bag of chips. Before supper I did a chair core workout.
I had a walk for 1/2 hour at the mall doing laps while I waited for my hair appointment. Before my hair appointment I was at my pregnant daughter's house. I spent an hour there literally running, jumping and twirling around their yard with the 3 and 4 year olds. The reason I did that was to help them burn off their sugar. They are cute...if they have sugar, their mom tells them to "get your sugar out by playing outside" - and they just do it without complaining!
The story behind the sugar is that at 10:30 this morning my daughter texted me and asked me if I'd made any peanut blossom cookies yet because she was having an emotional hormonal day and thought of this cookie from Christmases growing up. I made some and brought them to her, mixing and baking them all within a half hour and had them to her by one so I could get to my appt. so that's how the kids and I ended up running around. I did have one when they came out of the oven.
I haven't figured out how to get the pics loaded right 100% of the time!!
Sunday, December 01, 2013
As I mentioned in an earlier blog today, we watched grandkids today. We babysat because we had given Panther football game tickets to my daughter and SIL, as his birthday present. Here is a photo of my very pregnant daughter. This is her third and she's due on the 18th. I'm hoping the photo uploads right side up!
Sunday, December 01, 2013
My dark mood from Friday lifting on Saturday, I'm feeling a lot better. Saturday hubby and I vacated the house so our daughter could host an in-law family gathering to have birthday cake for her hubby's 29th birthday. That whole family (16 people including 7 children) had a meal at a nearby Cracker Barrel, at central location for them, and our house is also convenient for that family. So for the second year in a row they did this here. We are invited of course, but it is too awkward and stressful for me to hang out with her hubby's family.
So off we went. We were out of here from 11 to 5. They are a family who really talk a lot and hang out forever, they don't get to have their whole family together often, so we were out long. They cleaned up well and it was all good.
We ate bbq. Carolina pulled pork and red slaw, and hushpuppies. Yum. Assorted errands followed. Best of all we bought me new sneakers. I had walked my last pair to death. Then, since it was 54 out, we walked around a 1 mile path around a little "lake" by some shops. We still had time to kill, so I requested hubby take me to the greenway. We've lived her 21 years and I have never gone on the greenway here. So we went. Hubby isn't into long walks and I managed to get another 1.5 miles out of him. We then ate out again. Pizza this time. Finally my daughter told me they had left the house.
After I let my dinner settle, I went upstairs and biked for 40 minutes. The rest of the evening I did some reading and hubby found on cable tv a Hallmark movie called Let it Snow. Cute movie. He often checks out and watches Christmas movies. I often get sucked into them.
Truthfully, on Thursday and Friday I'd felt very "grinchy" and was definitely not wanting to give in to the season's spirit. All my friends on Facebook are posting pictures of baking cookies and decorated trees. I am a little depressed that I can't enjoy baking all my usual sweets for the season. I hope to do some, finding low-cal options. I was forced to eat un-thanksgiving type foods this year, so I feel protective of my other traditions of the season.
Today's church service really moved me. We had a Christmas oriented song first, and that was nice. I was actually moved to tears. I hadn't been to church for a couple of months. I picked a good Sunday to go, for various reasons. On the radio on the way there I got to hear on the classical station, the Handel's song "For Unto Us A Child is Born" which I'd learned and sang the alto line of when I was in chorus in High School. Love that song and sang with it today in the car. The Christmas spirit is grabbing me.
When I got home I got geared up to decorate the house. I put on the holiday music channel on the cable tv. Usually I ask hubby to pull out the tubs full of decorations, but I am stronger every year, and decided (since hubby was away to babysit the grandkids) that I was surely able to get those tubs out! I vigorously set about getting everything out. I always do a quick job, constantly moving my body and felt like this would even be like a workout!
But I was surprised when I heard the garage door open! Oh brother! Hubby was bringing the kids here! I was under the wrong impression that he was going to watch them at their house. I fortunately am in a good enough mood that I'm not going to let this get me down. I don't have to work these days so I can decorate another day. It was obvious to him that I had other plans for my day.
He just fed them a snack and is going to set them up in the spare bedroom with a movie. Maybe I can do a little decorating now. If I had gotten into a bad mood over his surprise arrival, I would've been fuming and would have not been able to get out of a funk long enough to make use of the time I have. Thank goodness for feeling more at peace, feeling relaxed and content.
Happy December. It's a relatively warm day out again, mid fifties, so I may walk again. I got my November report on MapMyFitness app for my phone and It says I walked 40 miles in November. I'm not an every day walker, maybe 2-3 times a week, so I think that's pretty good.
No fitness goals for this month. I only want to spend the month with peace and joy in my heart, no matter how the month unfolds. My daughter is due to have her baby the 18th, so that is cool.
Happy Sunday, Happy December, and have a peaceful heart this month no matter what you celebrate.
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