Sunday, March 20, 2011
Well, I put nephew #4 on jet plane back to Boston at 4:30 this morning! Such a crazy, goofy eating-drinking late night energy machine!! When combined with the whacky energy of nephew #1 who lives with us -I totally consumed too much, drank too much and never got enough sleep. We made sushi, ate sushi, drank sake, went to the Kasbah on J Street for: sheesha, drinks, belly dancing entertainment... I am too old for this stuff.
On the positive side, we laughed a lot, talked a lot, saw a lot of movies: I've actually saw Battle Los Angeles twice (w/nephew 1 & 3; and then the next week w/nephew 4 cuz he hadn't seen it. Good thing I love sci-fi stuff). I actually spent about 8 hours in ceramic studio trying to dust out my art groove (no telling where this little sub-project is going to go). Also managed to meet up w/another young Americorps crew and work at the Ca. native plant garden in the Sacramento Historic Cemetery on Broadway, blah, blah, blah...
I tried to keep up w/most things that consume my time these days - except my Spark accountability project. So here I am Spark bootie on the floor AGAIN; whining & whimping AGAIN... OK. Enough said. Back to Sparking.
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.
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.
My accountability project began 2/15/2011 & ends 3/15/2011
-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):
-walk 90 minutes/wk
-255 lbs (5/28/09 done!)
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.
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