Saturday, March 15, 2014
Had a pleasant trip to the local casino this morning where we met up with my sister and my husband's brother, lost a few nickels, had a healthy lunch at the casino sports bar.
We are tired from our outing and will sleep well tonight.
Tomorrow I will prep some more for the painter coming mid-week and get the carrier ready to take our cat to the vet on Monday for her annual check up. I am a bit concerned about her. She is eleven years old, has been receiving medications for hyperthyroidism for the last four years, is skinny as a rail at 8.5 pounds, and now her third eyelid on her left eye is very prominent and covering almost half of her eye at all times. This is a sign of illness somewhere in her little body.
The past few days her preference is to hide inside a box, or behind the television. She isn't throwing up, has energy, litterbox usage has been normal, just acting very strangely.
Thursday, March 13, 2014
This photo was taken on March 7th when my weight reached 299.5. My first chance to move the big block on the bottom of the doctors scale. I will move it two more times on my way to goal.
My original plan was to weigh myself on the 15th and 30th of each month. Last month that meant weighing myself on the 28th and this past week I have found myself sneaking on the scale for a weigh in before the 15th.
I have rationalized that weighing myself weekly sets me up for negative self talk should the scale register a non-loss, or even worse an "undeserved" gain!
There is a point, however, to weighing myself on the same day of the week at the same time, that 15th and 30th weigh ins were not going to accommodate. Thus I have exercised my female prerogative to change my mind, again.
I will now weigh myself every other Thursday at 7 AM. This will give me a more consistent measurement of progress.
I have now lost 40.5 pounds, down 5.5 from the last weigh in two weeks ago, and lost another 1.5 inches off my waist and 2.5 inches of my hips since February 1st. I am 4 pounds away from being 25% to my goal weight!
I was successful in completing my daily mini-goal of planning all meals in advance, with a caveat of in advance sometimes meaning right before it entered my mouth as my dear husband changed our daily menu plans constantly. Still, I counted it before I ate it and knew where I was in my calorie range.
The preplanning is now a natural part of my morning Sparktime and will remain a habit as I continue on this journey.
Our lives for the next two weeks will be off our normal routines as we have the painter/handyman coming, and when he is finished we will start with getting new carpet and flooring estimates. Thus my mini goal for the next two weeks is to ensure I get in my daily Sparktime every morning before the circus of life begins in the center ring!
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
After temps in the 50's Monday and Tuesday, Mother Nature has brought back Winter's fury in a snowstorm of epic proportions for the month of March. Thus far we have six inches, with another 3 or so on the way, followed by record cold for the evening, and by Friday we will be back to the 40's!
What a roller coaster!
To add insult to injury, the new BBQ I ordered last week was delivered today. I won't be in a hurry to put it together. When I ordered it and our new patio bistro set online, the anticipated delivery date was March 21st.
Our painting/home improvement project scheduled to start today has been postponed until next week due to the weather. Not a huge issue.
Still on target for calories, water, veggies and exercise.
Have a lovely day!
Monday, March 10, 2014
Those of you who have been following my blog are aware that I am in the midst of a declutter project now that I am retired, and finally have the time to do so.
As I was going through a box of old files from 2007 to be shredded now that they are 7 years old today, I found it. A little love note from my husband. Not quite sure why I saved it at that time, and OH so happy now that I had.
My husband is in early stage dementia now. We don't know how long it will be before his ability to communicate is gone, or before he stops recognizing me as his wife. It will be at those stages that letters such as this one will become even more precious memories, along with the cards from every gift of flowers he has given me in the last 42 years.
Today's find is not your traditional love letter, it is in my husband's true style so you have to read between the lines. This was written apparently on a day we'd had some snow:
"Do not shovel the walk or the driveway. -2 below zero outside. We will shovel it when it gets warmer. They (the TV news) say roads are salted and are pretty good, but watch for ice anyway. Start your car and let it warm up, might want to put salt down a little. Text me when you get there and when you are leaving. Dress warm. I don't want your little nose to freeze."
Presuming this was written in 2007, my husband was already on disability retirement and would worry the whole time I was away at work if I'd forgotten to text him. Because he had lost his hearing, texting was our only way of communicating when I was not in the same room. There is so much love in that little note.
We don't need mushy Valentines or other Hallmark Holidays to shove love to those we love the most. We need caring, and sharing, and thoughtfulness.
It's the little things that mean the most!
Saturday, March 08, 2014
100 days ago you could not have convinced me I would be celebrating this day, my 100th consecutive day on SparkPeople. This is not my first trip on the SparkPeople site, nor my second or my third. I have had more screen names and attempts at weight loss here than I can remember.
In December 2012, I rejoined, had a couple of failed attempts, made it as far as 30 consecutive days once, but never completely left, this time.
So what's different this time around that made it possible for me to still be here 100 days later?
The key was in giving up my PERFECTIONIST (f)attitudes and accepting that if I did have a bad meal or a bad day, it was JUST that and didn't need to lead to more. Note this is not my 100th day of perfect eating, perfect exercising, perfect water drinking or perfect anything else, other than perfectly NOT giving up on myself and coming here, every morning, for what I cherish as 15 minutes of sanity in Sparkland to start my day.
This time is very special, just for ME time as in my screen name, MY TURN NOW. It might occur at 2:30 AM when my day begins with first caring for my dear husband's medicines, blood sugar and blood pressure testing, breakfast and then, while he is eating, I get my Sparktime in. I am going back to bed at 3 AM for a few more hours, and will eat my own breakfast later on that day.
Another key piece, for me at least, has been SparkCoach. Some have said the lessons begin to repeat themselves. That hasn't happened yet for me. I enjoy the little bit of structure and focus they bring to my Sparktime.
A huge factor is
I treasure each of my Spark Friends, my board of directors, for giving me positive feedback and support, suggesting things I would not have thought of, and teaching me new things, through your own blogs and sharing the victories and challenges of your own journeys.
The scale and the measuring tape can often be fickle. I may have a week where I have stayed within calorie range and exercised each day, and show either no loss, or a small gain. Thus I would rather reward myself for Spark Streaks and let the scale and measuring tape catch up with my progress. I CAN control what goes into my mouth (as hard as that is for even ME to believe sometimes)! I CAN control whether or not I exercise, and whether or not I got in my Sparktime, so those are the things I will reward.
Here is the new burnt red purse I got for 100 days on SparkPeople! I will be reminded of this success every time I go out!
I am very fussy about purses and will generally use the same one until it is falling apart. It needs to be a crossbody style so that my hands are free for more important tasks, like pushing my husband's wheelchair. It needs to be big enough to hold my gear, have enough pockets for me to be able to find things easily, and small enough to not feel like I am carrying a suitcase!
It also should not cost more than the amount of money I can afford to carry around in them at any given time. No COACH or Michael Kors for this girl. Although I was a Miche fanatic at one time and have since given my entire Miche collection to a friend when I had to switch to crossbody styles.
My next weigh in and measurements will be on March 15th and I am positively anticipating a good result.
Onward & Downward!
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