Monday, May 28, 2012
It was a great day!
Some moms are accustomed to pulling together a meal. I'm not one of those. It's only been since my kids all moved out that I started planning gatherings. Not real frequently, but I'm actually planning them and doing most of the cooking. By not frequently, I mean Thanksgiving, Christmas and maybe three other times a year, mostly cookouts. Well, I'm not counting all the times when we come together for a birthday and order pizza.
Today, I am so proud of myself. I planned the menu so that I would be able to eat and be satisfied. I had turkey dogs, ears of corn and veggie kabobs all on the grill. I made a broccoli salad with a light dressing. I also made baked beans, but didn't eat any. I put out cherry tomatoes, cucumber slices and grapes. I also baked K bars and made some sugar cookies, iced and decorated with red,white, and blue sprinkles. They were 1 1/2 inch star cookies, so I could have a couple and not go over my budget.
I started the day with a 30 minute walk, made my salad and laid out all the plates, napkins, serving dishes, etc. I was calm and relaxed. I was in charge of the grill. I soaked my ears of corn and got them on the grill. They were done to perfection.
My husband drove to get my mother-in-law, and he filled up the large kiddie pool. My son and his girlfriend came and since I was only serving water, he offered to go to the store and get ice and crystal light. I'm glad he did, because it went so good on this hot day. Better late than never, my daughter and her 8 and 9 year old children arrived. We ate shortly after they arrived. The only thing I forgot was to take the broccoli salad out of the fridge. I saw it while people were still talking at the table, and I had a few takers even though we were mostly done.
After our meal, my grandkids, who came in their swim suits, ran out to swim. I told them I'd put my suit on and let them splash me. Well, this was a big step for me...getting in front of my adult children and mother-in-law AND grandkids in my suit!! I climbed right in the pool with Abi and Eli. We had a blast. I got a little sunburned, and had fun just playing with the kids. SparkPeople has helped me realize that you're never too old to play. I'm so glad I did it. It kept me busy and away from the kitchen where on an occasion like this I'd keep grazing and would get into the sweets.
Duane and I took his mom home, it took us an hour. When we got home, the rest of the gang was still here, and my other daughter and her hubby and two kids had stopped by. (they were at his father's 70th birthday party.) We put on some old home movies. The kids like to see themselves now that they have kids the ages that they were in the movies.
I didn't feel like I had to pull out food for another meal, even though it was getting late. It had been a great day. All at once, the kids took off. My husband had cleaned up most of the kitchen earlier and washed the grill racks. We had very little left to do after they all left and we sat down and had something to eat. I chose to eat leftovers and he made himself a smoothie.
I was spending a little time on SP just now, and writing my blog...now, before bed, I'm going to go upstairs and bike. ( I usually don't work out at night, but I just feel like moving around a bit since we ate dinner late) My husband just informed me that he's going to bed. It's 9:00 and now I'm not so sure I should work out. I always go to bed with him. Well....Here goes! I AM going to bike!
Thursday, May 24, 2012
So far the plan to reward myself with a mini-goal reward is helping. I decided to make a chart and mark it with a rubber stamp on each day I eat within range for calories. I've made it 4 out of 4 days, now, and at week's end I will have earned myself a new magazine to read. I've started reading the covers of magazines on the shelf, trying to find one I will buy on next Monday when I WILL have made it a full week without going over. YAY!
What has been helping me be motivated with my exercising is the chart I made with all my options for workouts, and the days of the week. I find myself striving to mark off more than one activity each day, and have managed to walk each day this week on top of another workout, and sometimes I've done more than that. No rewards involved in this, I'm just motivated by seeing lots of marks on my chart. Instead of marking the spot with a checkmark, I fill in the square with the amt of minutes I did that activity, which also motivates me to try to beat myself in time spent each workout.
Monday, May 21, 2012
The only reasons I feel ok about not losing any weight this week, is that, first of all, I followed my chart and I know by looking at it that I did my best in getting my workouts in, which reminds me that I am doing good things for my body. Next, when I look back over my week, I had many occasions when I looked in the mirror and was satisfied with what I saw. I felt pretty this week, and I felt like I was a healthy size for my frame. I don't feel fat!
It also helped this week, that I got a compliment from my former boss, who often is critical of overweight people,( which only feeds my fear of rejection if I weigh even a little too much.) In that way, she is not good for me to be around, but she's 90 and lonely, so I get together with her once and a while to have lunch and walk around the mall.
I didn't do my best in avoiding sweets this week, but I'm not going on a guilt trip about it. I had 4 days that I went over my calorie limit, but stayed well under on the other 3. I feel like a mini reward for each day that I stay within goal might get me back on track. Any ideas on a good mini reward that I could either award myself each day preferably? or even for making it a whole week I could collect my award at the end of a week. I have become very consistent at weighing only once a week by awarding myself $5 for every time I wait a week. I had been obsessed with the scale. I still am tempted to use it again after Monday, but the $ keeps me motivated.
Hope you all have a great day and a successful, healthy week!
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
I am 119 calories away from burning my goal for the week, and it's just Wednesday. If I keep up this pace I'll have to consider upping my calories. But I'll wait and see if I'm feeling more hunger. I'm learning to eat for hunger, not just because I think it's time to eat something. Of course now that I'm talking about it, my hunger is starting up. It's 4 in the afternoon. My hubby likes to eat a little after 5 and I'm debating if I'll eat a little fruit to keep from being too famished when supper time is here.
My friend who is 90 treated me to lunch today. I was able to have vegetarian chili in a bread bowl. Was yummy. The best part of our day together was when she first saw me, after not having seen me for 6 weeks, she exclaimed that I look really, really good, and that I look fantastic; she kept going on about it and said I must feel great. I thanked her and beamed.
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