Wednesday, February 20, 2013
I call it the 'Lickin' the Bowl' Syndrome.
When I was a very little girl.....way, way back in the 1940's...my Mom always allowed me to stand on a chair and watch her while she was baking. In those days, for all you younger ones, we had food coupons. Now, these allowed you to buy only a certain amount of any one item per month. For instance, you could only have so many pounds of flour, or sugar, only so many eggs, and there was a limit on lots of items, due to the shortage during WW2. Each time you purchased one of these items you had to have a coupon that was for that month.
My Mom was a teen and young woman in the depression years of the 1930's and she had learned how to 'make do'....as there was a shortage of many things and opportunities during that time too. So when the war years came and she had just got married...she was well prepared to deal with the challenges that came her and my Dad's way.
So, because of this, my Mom encouraged us to eat everything that was on our plate as sometimes there wouldn't be anymore of that particular food until the next month. Mom was very, very good at using absolutely everything she could get her hands on. And she always had a garden full of fresh veggies going wherever we lived.
A real treat for my Mom was chocolates. And my Dad, to the day he died, made sure she had a box of chocolates on hand at all times. Quess who learned to snitch them when she wasn't looking...(like she didn't know....yeah, right!!!)
OK...so back to my 'Lickin' the Bowl' problem. While Mom was making cookies, or whatever, she would always let me lick the bowl, and the big mixing spoon, so as not to waste a drop of food.
And it kept me very happy as you can imagine.
And this continued as a 'normal' in our lives right through until I left home at 19 and got married.
Up until this day, I have licked the bowl! We always finished leftovers, nothing was thrown away, nothing was wasted.
So, I lick the bowl, the spoon, the fork, even clean the chicken bones right down to the shiny. I learned to love the fat on the roast, chicken skin...baked pork skin...you name it.
So I caught myself a couple days ago going to lick the bowl when making cookies for friends....I did it, BUT it registered!!!
Today...I DID NOT LICK A BOWL ~ EAT THE CHICKEN SKIN ~ EAT THE LITTLE LEFTOVERS IN THE PAN OR EVEN LICK THE SPOON!
They went into the sink and were rinsed immediately.
I am so happy with myself as I type this....it is a feeling of accomplishment I have never felt before.
Thanks for reading my blithering.... ..it's been fun typing this out and seeing it in print.
Monday, February 18, 2013
I found this on a fellow sparkers page....just have to keep it for me to read once in awhile.
"Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming 'WOW, what a ride!'"
If I can skid in broadside...that means I am going at a pretty good speed when I get there. In order to do that...I need to be healthy.
HERE I COME...........
Monday, February 18, 2013
Well, here it is Monday again, my weigh-in day.
And as usual, I was fretting yesterday that I had not lost anything this past week.
Saturday I cooked a 4 course dinner for 6 and I decided to step it up a notch. For me, that means doing a lot more from scratch. Consequently, it takes more time, more effort, and......more time to lick the bowl, taste the batter, sample the baked goods, etc. AND I DID!
This is an old photo from 4 years ago, but it's how I felt about myself.
I almost resisted, but I thought....aw, what the heck Lyn, you've been doing real good since the beginning of the year...no cheating, no slip ups. And as I thought that, I popped a spoonful of PB cookie dough into my mouth. Then another, and darn it was good...then another. Also had to taste the finished product and I think I had 8, not sure but close.
I can also add at dinner on Sat. and again on Sunday afternoon, about 4 cups total of french vanilla ice cream, with lots and lots of chocolate sauce.
So before I went to bed I did 20 min on my treadmill at 3-3.5 ...hoping for at least no gain!
I lost one pound!
Boy, am I one surprised Mama today.
And a happy one.
I'm refocused...knowing that SP works....and like INDYGIRL said, "there is no wagon to fall off".
Let's do it everyone, that's why we are all here on SP!
Monday, February 11, 2013
Boy, do I ever fret on Sunday evening about my weekly weigh-in on Sunday morning. Last night I did some more exercising than I usually do, hoping it would reflect on the scales. Well, I'm happy to say it did. I lost 2.5 pounds. But I know it was a week long effort, not just last night.
However, pushing myself last night past my normal workout made me feel rather good. And my level of tiredness was pushed back and I actually really enjoyed getting to that 'sweaty' stage.
I also slept better last night.
Anticipating a poor showing on the scale this morning, I was planning on making my Blog Entry title... "Biggest Loser....NOT!!!"
However, that does not apply now, I am pleased to say.
Since Jan.1/13, I have lost 10 pounds. That was my goal for the end of Feb.
So, my conclusion is that I am doing what is right for me. Not a rigid schedule of eating and exercising, but just doing it each and everyday, regardless of what comes up to the best of my ability.
Just making sure my nutrition tracker is within calorie range and 10 plus min. minimum for my fitness.
Because I no longer work or have kids at home...I have more time to do the things I like. And being on SP is one of the things I like.
Not only am I getting healthier physically, but SP gives me the privilege of expressing myself, as I do in my blogs. And this venue is an outlet that helps emotionally as well.
All my thoughts and frustrations, etc. are not pent up inside. I know that even tho' I am not face to face with any of you dear Sparkers...that you do read and some of you understand some of what I am sharing.
I thank you for that....I thank you very much for that.
So here's to another week... of positive thoughts and happy results.
Friday, February 08, 2013
Well, it finally happened. I had a craving...and for a grilled cheese and ham sammy.
Of course it has to be the way my Mom made them.
Butter on either side and grilled in the frying pan.
It wasn't a major crave...and I only had one. But it did
put me behind in my calorie count on my journal for today
and left me with a lot fewer calories for dinner.
But, you know, I don't really feel to bad about it....because
I chose it, planned it and also used 12 grain bread...which I 'luhv'.
And now I am satisfied. Actually, it feels rather heavy in my tummy.
I have been real good these past few days, cutting down on my
bread....so I quess all in all, it's not too bad.
Broccoli and brussels sprouts coming up for dinner!
Have a great day everyone....
I felt the need to compensate for my straying a little at lunch, so I just
got back from a really hard walk...uphill all the way home. I feel good.
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