Thursday, January 20, 2011
I noticed this morning that I was a member of 15 spark teams. There's no way I have time to visit each one every day, even just to huddle, let alone participate on the message boards and challenges. What a shame. There are so many interesting teams on Sparkpeople, and so many wonderful people on each time. But I know from being a team leader that it doesn't really make sense to join a team and then not participate. So I gave my teams some careful thought a removed myself from a few. I didn't feel so bad about leaving the ones with over 100,000 members or that I haven't visited in several weeks, but others I may end up joining again at some point when I don't feel so rushed and busy.
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Well, I went back to a weight watchers meeting yesterday. I had really hoped to be able to maintain my weight loss, and even lose a few more pounds with Sparkpeople only rather than have to attend meetings, but I wasn't successful at keeping the pounds off. Before I gain any more weight I decided to go back and learn about the new points plus system. It's kind of nice to be back in a group and also to hear other members' suggestions and learn from them. We get this at Spark too, of course, but it's nice to also have the face-to-face. So, I guess I'll be combining spark and W for awhile and try to get back in control in time for the season of shorts and swimsuits!
Monday, December 20, 2010
Things are definitely looking up. We are sleeping much better at our house thanks to a mild sedative the vet prescribed to our dog. We are supposed to give him the lowest dose he responds to, which is in theory is one pill although he can have up to two if needed. On Saturday night I gave him one pill and he did well except that he woke up at 4:30 a.m. and started barking. I took him outside to do his business but felt like he was groggy and a little confused. The last thing I want is for my dog to feel drugged, so last night I gave him only a half a pill, and that worked even better. He settled down, didn't bark all night long, and this morning was his old, happy self. Needless to say, DH and I appreciated being able to sleep all night long as well.
Overall, this was a great weekend. It seems we are on the right track to solving the dog problems that led to many other problems because of our sleep deprivation. Best of all, and last but not least, our youngest graduated from college yesterday. We enjoyed the commencement and then went out to dinner along with one of my daughter's friends and our eldest daughter. We went to Red Lobster and I tried to be good, but I couldn't resist eating two of the cheddar biscuits. We did skip appetizers and desserts and I ordered grilled salmon (which by the way was fantastic!).
Now at last I feel I can really look forward to Christmas. The shopping is finished, the dinner is planned, and while I still need to wrap and get the tree up, I no longer feel overwhelmed by it all. Let me also say "thank you" to all my Sparkfriends who understood how I was feeling and sent words of encouragement. Sometimes just "venting" a little and knowing others understand can make a big difference in how you approach life's ups and downs. Thank you all for being there.
Thursday, December 16, 2010
This time of year is difficult for many people, I know, and this year I find I am struggling to keep my spirits bright and not fall into a bit of a frump. I think it's because we spent so much time, energy, and money, on planning for our Thanksgiving trip to New York that I am just not at all ready for Christmas, physically or emotionally. I'm trying very hard not to fall into the trap of commercial Christmas. I have already decided to cut way back on shopping and food preparation. I'm not worrying too much about decorating the house for Christmas; it will get done when and if it gets done. However, there's not much I can do about the snowy cold weather which makes driving to work and pretty much everything else more difficult. I'm also stressed because my dog has been having some strange behavioral problems that my vet suspects may actually be health related, maybe even a problem with his heart. I should know more about the test results sometime today. And I suppose it's the time of year that has me thinking a lot about and missing loved family and friends who have passed on. It's odd though, because it's really hit me harder this year for some reason. Everything I'm feeling right now is probably compounded by the fact that I'm barely getting by on 4-5 hours of poor sleep a night. Now I'm fighting hard to remind myself that just because I'm having some stress and depression doesn't mean it's OK to comfort myself with food. It's become a daily argument! One day this week I had to stop by the store on the way home and I grabbed a bag of bridge mix chocolate candy in the checkout line almost without thinking about it. I ripped it open in the car and had nearly half of it gone before I got home. I felt bad about giving in to chocolate, but not that bad. It was a wake-up call for me though that I'm falling into the trap of emotional eating and that I really just can't go there. It's a struggle, but I don't want to enter the New Year pounds heavier because of a stressful December. Lord, please help me to keep things in perspective and remember to enjoy the season and all my blessings rather than focusing on the things I cannot control. And please, I could really use a good night's sleep! Amen.
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