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Good intentions & the road to hell ...

Saturday, March 05, 2011

Sorry about just not having time to maintain my Spark-Accountability through the end of February.

This time, I opened my home to a woman who needed a place to recuperate after having female surgery (hysterectomy, ovaries removed & old adhesions cleaned up). According to her she had no family or friends in the area to stay with. She was desperately in need of a place to recuperate from her surgery. After hearing her troubled story I told her that if something does not fall into place, that I believe my family and I could let her stay in our office/guest room for a week or two.

At first blush, I thought it would be a relatively simple thing for my family and I to do. But it was a "big deal" for the family -it really changed everyone's routine while she was here. There were all sorts of different tensions resulting from not knowing her (basically a stranger in the house) to various little inconveniences. Anyway the family has advised me to never do this again :-/

So now I'm sitting here at 11PM trying to get a handle on why I didn't make time to take care of myself, during all of this. I thought I would be able too, but basically my schedule was messed up and I just could never get myself back on track while taking care of her and meeting the other needs of my immediate family.

This past monday I spent the whole day trying to help her get some pain medication refilled. I started calling the hospital at 8am, and didn't get her prescription filled and home until 7:15PM - which resulted in me missing my SacSparkles meet up. It was a drag.

I had good intentions, but the "road" was just not pleasant for me on this little adventure. More lesson's learned. Well so much for the end of February.

Now I've got company flying in tomorrow for 2 week visit. I hope and pray I do better these next two weeks.

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NOWELLE76 3/14/2011 3:16AM

    hi there... i'm glad to hear i'm not the only one who has trouble maintaining good self care when her schedule gets messed up. I thought there was something wrong with me! I've been off of work the last few weeks and it's hard to maintain my balanced life. I'm finally getting better at self-management though.

I hope the visit with the family went well.

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ASPENHUGGER 3/14/2011 12:55AM

    You did earn karma points, but I can't help getting the hunch that you were taken in by some tall stories. Every hospital I've ever had anything to do with has a person whose job it is to find places for patients to go when they're discharged if they need further care or if they have no place to go to. Where did she go when she left your house?

I think you did a wonderful thing, but I wonder how necessary it really was!

Just sign me
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P.S. we did miss you at the meetup!

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PLPEEP 3/11/2011 9:08PM

    It is never a bad thing when you help someone in need. You did a great thing and someday I am sure you will be rewarded. Hope you can get back on track but there always seems to be another event in our lives when we least expect it.

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MIMULUSBUG 3/5/2011 4:40PM

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Thank you so much for these comments, they really mean a lot to me.

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CHERWHOAH 3/5/2011 2:43PM

    that was very sweet of you. You did a sweet thing. But i can understand why your family would feel a little akward. Anyways, try to get back on track.

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MISS_VIV 3/5/2011 9:39AM

    I can feel your pain and yet I know your heart is in the right place. I hope that your next 'busload' of company is under better conditions and that you truly enjoy their presence.

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MRE1956 3/5/2011 6:48AM

    I totally agree with SUITABLE here - bless your kind soul!

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SNUZSUZ 3/5/2011 3:09AM

    I really commend you for trying! Your heart was in the right place:)

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GETDONE 3/5/2011 2:39AM

    emoticon Good luck Lady-- emoticontry these on it makes everything look rosey!! emoticon

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DWROBERGE 3/5/2011 2:21AM

    They say teh road to hell is paved with good intentions. Keep it going. You can doit. Go for it.

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SUITABLE 3/5/2011 2:03AM

    You earned Karma points. :)

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Day 6 & 7: Busy Sunday & late Monday & fear of the scales...

Monday, February 21, 2011

DAY 6. Sunday was busy. I headed out to the garden at 8am. The morning was UGLY -cold, foggy-wet- for about 1.5 hours, but started to clear up and get a little bit warmer. I worked til about 12:30pm, then drove back home for quick lunch.

After lunch I touched base w/friend that's currently in the hospital, but will ultimately be recuperating at the house w/my family once she's discharged. She asked me to connect w/her friend who has her personal items she was not able to bring to the hospital for her surgery. I connected w/her friend in Jackson, & we decided to meet half way in Rancho Murieta for the pick up. Asked my mom to tag along for the ride and for company, & so we could swing by our favorite furniture consignment shop on Folsom Boulevard (e/o Sunrise) after the pick up. (Mom & I love to check out thrift shops, antique stores & consignment shops for treasures. We had a great time, but did not run across anything we could not live with out. )

Once home again, I made spicy hot szechuan chicken with fresh asparagus for dinner, finished up dishes in both kitchens. Ended up having dinner w/mom & pop, because hubby had to work overtime. He eventually made it home ate, and had fig newtons for desert. (For some reason I'm on a fig newton jag this weekend.) I was a tired puppy and passed out as soon as my head hit the pillow.

DAY 7. This morning I got up LATE (7am -not 5am) so had to have big discussion w/myself about: blowing it already by getting up late, eating too many fig Newton's this weekend, not tracking my food "good" enough, not really getting in any strength training this weekend -yes I suck. THEN telling myself not to get on the scale because it'll be back up to 268#!!! cuz I'm a big fat failure! The scale debate in my tiny pea- brain lasted way too long, then for some reason i just yelled at myself to SHUT UP, BE ACCOUNTABLE AND GET MY BUTT ON THE SCALE!!!!!!!!!!

AND THE SCALES SAID: 264#

All that drama/worry in my head for nothing, LOL!!!

So I sparked some more, got inspired by my Pottery Soul team; checked on some friends blogs and commented, then DANG 2 hours are gone!!!

Ok, I gotta stop & get on w/my day.

Ciao!
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My accountability project began 2/15/2011 & ends 3/15/2011

MY PROGRAM:
-up at 5am M-F
-in bed by midnight Sn-Th
-prayer & bible study 2x/day
-creative expression (art, music, dance, ...) daily
-log on to spark daily
-track my food daily
-track my exercise daily
-8+ glasses of H2o/day daily
-meet up w/Spark folks in person for inspiration & support 1x/month

MY GOALS (SHORT TERM):
-Healthier lifestyle
-yoga/bike/swim3x/wk
-walk 90 minutes/wk
-log/blog 1x/wk
-255 lbs (5/28/09 done!)
-245 lbs

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

SNUZSUZ 2/22/2011 3:33AM

    YOu are WAY too hard on yourself! Give yourself some credit for the good things you do in your life:)

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ASPENHUGGER 2/21/2011 6:20PM

    We share that love of thrift & consignment stores. I just battled my way out of Goodwill -- 50% off everything today! Didn't get much, a few books, a ceramic jack-o-lantern candle holder (I collect them, for some unknown reason), pair of velvet pants for dress, t-shirt. But it was fun, had me up walking around instead of sitting on my kazoo all day.

One of my favorites are the Snowline Thrifts -- there's a great one up in Cameron Park, & a fairly nice one in Folsom.

Yay on the weight loss!

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Day 5 - enjoying the day of rest

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Today I slept in late, had nice leisurely breakfast, messed w/my kitties and just basically kicked back. Called friend of mine who's in the hospital recovering from female surgery on Thursday to try to make her laugh :-).

Poured myself a cup of coffee w/bailey's Irish cream, and sitting down to Spark for a while, before heading out for services & fellow-shipping.

No scale today -cuz just seemed like too stressful of a thing to do.

Shabbat Shalom!

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SNUZSUZ 2/20/2011 3:14AM

    Sound like a nice kick back today!

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CARLARCO 2/19/2011 4:37PM

  I take my break on Sundays

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Day 4 (back sliding a bit) but down 1# anyway ;-)

Friday, February 18, 2011

Did not get up at 5am today (hubby's alarm did not go off; cuz he's off work today) so looks like I'm back sliding a bit today already. BUT when I got on the scale this morning I weighed in at 264# - so apparently I lost another pound??? This is crazy (4 pounds lost in 3 days since being more accountable to myself and you guys)!!

I was happy to get to Sparking this morning, but I kind of got crazy w/my Pottery team (trying to inspire some to post pictures of their ceramic work on the team page). By doing this, I of course had to cruise some of their SP pages to get to know them a bit better, check out their photo albums and blogs -and before I knew it 2 hours flew by! So now I'm behind on getting what I need to get done today. YIKES!!!

Ciao for now, I'll try to update this blog later.
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My accountability project began 2/15/2011 & ends 3/15/2011

MY PROGRAM:
-up at 5am M-F
-in bed by midnight Sn-Th
-prayer & bible study 2x/day
-creative expression (art, music, dance, ...) daily
-log on to spark daily
-track my food daily
-track my exercise daily
-8+ glasses of H2o/day daily
-meet up w/Spark folks in person for inspiration & support 1x/month

MY GOALS (SHORT TERM):
-Healthier lifestyle
-yoga/bike/swim3x/wk
-walk 90 minutes/wk
-log/blog 1x/wk
-255 lbs (5/28/09 done!)
-245 lbs

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

CHERWHOAH 2/18/2011 11:44PM

    Hurray for 4lbs lost! :)

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SNUZSUZ 2/18/2011 7:22PM

    Good job on the 4 lbs. in 3 days! that's great!

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MISS_VIV 2/18/2011 4:15PM

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Day 3 - Accountability & scale says: 265# ?????

Friday, February 18, 2011

After the weigh in yesterday at 268# I was pretty bummed. I tried to meditate about it a bit, but hubby was home and asking for help on the computer; then remembered I had an 11am & 2pm appointment -so I had to stop sparking and get on w/the day.

So yesterday: I got a yoga session in, my bible study & prayer in, had vegie soup for lunch; home made chili-con-carne for dinner; and then 2 sweet oranges for desert and an evening snack. Was able to have some 'quality time' w/mom; then on the phone catching up w/dear sweet friend, then before I knew it it was midnight. However, when I began to unwind from the day I had parked myself in front of the TV and ended up watching a movie, eating 4 fig newtons, and not actually getting my patootie in bed until after 3am. Not my best (but not my worst either).

So today: I get up to face the music, got on the scale and it says 265#???? Hmmmm, how can a body loose 3# in a 24 hour period, especially when it stayed up late watching and eating fig newtons. I guess I was very bloated yesterday, LOL :-)

Despite the yukky weather, today ended up being a pretty good day. I got my prayer & bible study in; got 20 minutes of yoga & 20 minutes of strength training done. My big appointment today was to go to a friends retirement luncheon, and then get back to household priorities. Happy that I logged on to Spark for another day in a row, and tracked exercise & food from yesterday and today. Now here I sit finishing up the day w/this blog and trying to decide if I'll get on the scale again in the morning.





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MY PROGRAM:
-up at 5am M-F
-in bed by midnight Sn-Th
-prayer & bible study 2x/day
-creative expression (art, music, dance, ...) daily
-log on to spark daily
-track my food daily
-track my exercise daily
-8+ glasses of H2o/day daily
-meet up w/Spark folks in person for inspiration & support 1x/month

MY GOALS (SHORT TERM):
-Healthier lifestyle
-yoga/bike/swim3x/wk
-walk 90 minutes/wk
-log/blog 1x/wk
-255 lbs (5/28/09 done!)
-245 lbs

  
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SPICY0NE 2/20/2011 9:53PM

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