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Imperfect Plans

Monday, April 19, 2010

I like everything all sewed up. That is just my nature. I like things to either be perfect, or to not be at all. That thinking has not done so well for me in the past. I realized (last night) that I can have imperfect plans. Things don't have to be just so, or perfect to be fine. Sometimes I get paralyzed into thinking things are not good enough and I get stuck in not being able to improve them so I give up. It's weird even as I talk about it, but I am also realizing things can be different.

Here's my improved baby step.

I wrote down what I was having for bfast and lunch today. This morning oatmeal and I took my vitamins. Check. I followed through. I wrote down: bagel thin, Cottage cheese, string cheese, banana, pudding and water. Made another note that my water bottle was in the fridge. I do tend to remember things better when I write them down.

Genius! I packed my lunch this morning, according to plan and ate the oatmeal. I stayed on track with my commute time, (leave at 6:30am) and made notes for my work day also.

The imperfect part for me is that I have always thought that I "SHOULD" have my meals mapped out at least a week in advance,.....and have never done it. This is much more manageable for me. I can do this. It actually felt really good to get this done and do it well. WOO HOO!!!! Mission accomplished! emoticon

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DJS-DEBBIE 4/20/2010 4:44AM

    Lots of us are having similar thoughts today. I just wrote on someone else's how I have this need to be perfect all the time, which leads to procrastination trying to figure out how to be perfect, and then finally imperfection as I rush to get it done. I just read another one about the collision of intention vs. reality. I think your baby step is a great one!

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DTCELLO 4/19/2010 12:50PM

    Your blog is so encouraging, because so many of us struggle with accepting life the way it is, which is, of course NOT perfect! Thank you for sharing!


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SLIGHTLYBRAINY 4/19/2010 10:44AM

    Your not alone in the all or nothing; I have let that get to me when it comes to food for as long as I can remember. The planning your food can be a tremendous help. I post a dinner menu on the fridge for the week and every morning log my days food on my Spark tracker so that I know exactly my calorie and nutritional ranges for the day. For me it takes the guess work out or trying to play catch up on in the evenings to finish food and has been my key to the transformation to a healthy lifestyle with food.

Your doing SO well and have so much to be pleased with and now, you can add your baby step!!!

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JOKNOWS 4/19/2010 9:49AM

    Great for you, giving yourself some leeway and wiggle room and for taking baby steps to reach your goals. I don't have the perfectionist mindset, but I can see how it could be limiting. It's good to see that you are accepting yourself, flaws and all, and working toward being the best you that you can be. emoticon emoticon

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DONNAEDA 4/19/2010 9:33AM

    perfection got us all in the mess we are in today, we have to change our attitude and way of thinking that we are not perfect and there will be times that we will mess up but we don't beat ourselves up over it and we just take the next step and get over it. Easily said but harder to do. Congratulations you have done it.

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BLESSED2BEME 4/19/2010 8:34AM

    emoticon I think the exact same way and my need for it to be "all or nothing" has gotten me nowhere. I've really learned over the last couple of months how to do just what you are doing. That is awesome for you!

It is so easy to fall back into the need for perfection. Remember your baby steps!

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Just took a walk

Friday, April 16, 2010

Had some orders to drop off at two different offices. Frequently, I would send my staff out for this purpose. Not today! I did it myself and enjoyed a good stretch of my legs while completely these little errands! It is good to get out in the fresh air too. I'm not up to 10,000 steps yet today, but I am a heck of a lot closer than I was 15 mins ago. Woo hoo!

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JOKNOWS 4/17/2010 5:13AM

    Great attitude -- reminds me of something my mom used to say when we would take a road trip and we kids were bugging her about are we there yet. She would just say, "No, we're not there yet, but we're closer than we have been." Keep up the good work. emoticon

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KIYOSHI04 4/16/2010 10:39PM

    great job, you! every step adds up to big results.

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KOBER9999 4/16/2010 7:12PM

    Gotta love those life-style changes!
Keep up the great job!

One step at a time!
I crack me up!

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DJS-DEBBIE 4/16/2010 7:02PM

    Way to go - that's great!

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BLESSED2BEME 4/16/2010 6:39PM

    That is awesome! emoticon emoticon I think it feels so good to walk somewhere!

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MEL_UNRAU 4/16/2010 6:39PM

    YEA!!!! that's totally how this gets DONE!!!!

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Friday, April 16, 2010


Been a busy week but have had lots of opportunities to shine. I am very good at playing the mentor role at work --- and I am doing it all very well right now.

I have one more super busy week after this one, and then vacay for a week.

I am keeping myself on track with walking at least 5k steps a day. Once the pollen counts reduces in the next couple of days, I'll re-up my ante to 10k, and try to make up for my "lost" steps this week.

I am handling going to be a smidge earlier and getting up a smidgen earlier better - at least I could do it last night.

The house looks FAR from perfect, but good enough for a couple of delivery guys to drop the new tv and stand and pickup the old stuff. Tonight I can make a few more adjustments before the FIOS guy comes Sat morning, and it will be good enough.

I did let my husband do the lion's share of the stuff this week in terms of prepping for the FIOS guy. I really had to work to let that "all" go but once I did, it made it better for both of us. I had to recognize that I could not be in both places at once. I'm being up front that that yesterday and today and Thurs-Fri next week are days where I will potentially get home late. I was glad I had a lean cuisine in the freezer last night. It took the guesswork out of what I was going to have. :)

Looking forward to another great day! I'm drinking all of my water, not eating in the car, and walking at least 5k.

Woo hoo for Friday!!!

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JEN_BACK2BASICS 4/16/2010 1:21PM

    That's awesome!! Keep it up!

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BLESSED2BEME 4/16/2010 10:10AM

    Enjoy your weekend! emoticon

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MUGGLE_MOM 4/16/2010 9:40AM

Great job!!!!

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DONNAEDA 4/16/2010 8:59AM

    you go girl!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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SLPUCKETT 4/16/2010 7:29AM

    Fantastic! Keep up the good work!

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Sharing the Load

Thursday, April 15, 2010

I told my husband that I am in the busiest time for me right now at work. Today and tomorrow are two big days at work, where I have to participate and do a lot of advance work to help make things go smoothly.

He is Mr. gung ho at getting FIOS installed in the house immediately. Not sure why it needs to be immediately. But, since he is on a tear, I told him ok --- but I just can't be around right now to help so he is pushing ahead and doing most of the prep stuff on his own. I feel bad about it, but I think that I shouldn't. I asked for more time, like couldn't we do it after vacation? but his postponement was from 4/3 to 4/17. Gee. Thanks. (I was visiting my sister last wknd).

I am praying that God lets me release my impatience and irritation about the whole scene. I know that everything will work out if I just let go and Let God.

Deep breaths!

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DJS-DEBBIE 4/15/2010 9:03PM

    Since he is the one in the hurry, let him do the prep work and don't feel bad about it!

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MICKEYMAX 4/15/2010 11:04AM

    FIOS is Fiber optic service from Verizon (our local phone company)

It will work out. I am taking a chill pill. And I appreciated the time and space to vent. :)

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STARRPARENT 4/15/2010 9:11AM

    I know it can be difficult. Praying the God will give you paitience!

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DONNAEDA 4/15/2010 9:02AM

    What are FIOS?

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    Isn't that just loads of fun when one person in the marriage is dead set to do this while the other wants to do that?
Like JOKNOWS said, comprimise is the key.
Just do what you need to do and let your hubby have his way.
In the future when your dead set on something just remember to remind hubby that you let him have his FIOS.

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JOKNOWS 4/15/2010 8:21AM

    Successfully juggling two people's needs and two people's desires is what makes a marriage, or any partnership for that matter, work. Yours is about work and important, while hubby's is really just about a desire, but he looks at it as no less important. Compromise is the key -- sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. As long as compromise doesn't become too lopsided, I mean one person always giving up what they need or want, I think it is the key to making things work. Good Luck and Deep Breaths.

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No eating in the car

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

I was seeing my sister this past weekend and I had to clean out my car. For one, she gave it to me when she bought a new car. Since then, I've racked up 50,000 miles on it, maybe. Quite a lot in any case. I'm messy marvin. My trunk is still full of stuff. junk. junk. junk! But the inside doesn't look bad. There's not a lot of stuff in it currently.

Having cleaned it, I actually DECIDED to stop eating in my car. Sometimes, I eat breakfast on the way to work. Sometimes, I eat pieces of my lunch in the car, (for breakfast), or just plain snacking. Nope, no more eating the car. It will help the car to stay cleaner - and who does not feel better having a cleaner car when you have an unexpected lift to provide - or just even for yourself.

This morning, I stopped at WaWa for gas which normally has meant that I would go buy food from inside. Sometimes a bagel sandwich, or a sandwich from their refrigerated section, or a pretzel --- any number of things that by themselves are not so bad, but I would tend to eat them in larger quantities and often while driving in the car.

I just got gas today, and resisted the urge to go inside. I also had a little relaxation in the car where I told himself I would have a calm, safe, courteous commute and it all went so fast. Yay! The 25 miles to work flew by without aggravation and without extra calories! It was great!!!

I bought cottage cheese with pineapple for breakfast and ate it when I got here.

I am completely fine. Resisting the urge to eat in the car and the subsequent urge to stop at Wawa for something besides gas were averted today! YAY!

I've made some good strides (oh that pun was so intended!) in my walking habits recently and now it is time for my nutrition to follow suit. I know how to take care of biz, I just need to do it!!!!

Off to a great day!

And I am still soaking up the good bday wishes from yesterday! Thank you all! Six of my lovely graduating college seniors came in and decorated my office yesterday as a surprise for me! Streamers everywhere! You can't complain about kids like that. :)

Have a wonderful day!!!

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    Oh wow! Happy Belated Birthday!
And congrats on NOT eating in the car!

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KIMSTUTZ 4/14/2010 9:50AM

    congrats on a good decision AND another birthday! NOT eating in your car was on the list of ten things to not do by Dr. Oz. He has great tips and ideas on healthy eating and lifestyle changes. emoticon

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KOBER9999 4/13/2010 4:57PM

    I didn't know it was your Birthday!
Guess what...!!!
It was my birthday yesterday too!!!
What are the chances!?!

Anyway ...
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CS4JWS 4/13/2010 1:38PM

  Happy Belated Birthday to you!

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BLESSED2BEME 4/13/2010 1:01PM

    What an awesome choice you have made! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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YESITSDEB 4/13/2010 11:04AM

    What a great decision! emoticon All these little steps you are taking are certainly adding up. Great job. Happy belated birthday. Sounds like it was a good one! emoticon

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BUZYBEEDEBRA 4/13/2010 10:24AM

    I am so WITH you... I had to clean out my mini-van (I have 4 kids) and let me tell you - I was stunned (and saddened) at the crumbs and junk food and fast food wrappers everywhere. I'm like 'if this is a snapshot of my life - it stinks'. I had not been eating that stuff, but my kids have been (and my husband). So I decided NO MORE food in the car at all. I also decided we'd only eat at the table. No more snacking on the couch or at the computer desk ... I'm only eating at a table - not in a car or anywhere else. You go girl - you rock!

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DATARN 4/13/2010 9:51AM

    Wow - we share a birthday!! Happy birthday belated!!!
Congrats on the awesome morning! May it continue to be an awesome successful day!!

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MINDYJ1 4/13/2010 9:45AM

    Sounds like you are doing great! emoticon

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    I think that is a great realization that if your eating in the car it might be things that are not planned as well. It is so important that we begin to treat food as nothing other than air or water, the other two things that keep us alive.

Your doing so well with the walking and now this. Keep up the good work, I am sure you are feeling so wonderful about yourself!!!

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PARKERB2 4/13/2010 9:06AM

    I tend to get chips when I go to the store and eat them on the way home. I get the Lays Light chips so I feel I'm doing a little good with them, HA HA. Got to give up that habit, too. Good luck to you on your weight loss journey. emoticon

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DMORRISON2 4/13/2010 8:59AM

  I try also not to eat in the car I used to be grsbbing slices of pizza or bags of chips and munching unconsciously. It saves alot of calories when you are focused on what you eat.

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MYBULLDOGS 4/13/2010 8:58AM

    eating in the car kills a diet. done it . bad deal.

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