Tuesday, August 26, 2014
The longer I stay on this weight loss journey, the more twists and turns the road seems to take. I guess it's an ongoing education: Some knowledge learned by reading, some by experience and the inspiration of others, some by trial and error, and some by success. It's complicated, as they say. Right now I'm in the process of relearning things that I thought I knew and had safely mastered, such as which food plan works for me, how to avoid temptations, how to dine out, and what circumstances caused me the most trouble. I'm getting a passing grade on some of these, but not all. I still find myself in circumstances and with people that cause me to overeat, places that have red flags that didn't fly them in the past, foods that I had seemingly conquered that now appeal to me once again, and a food plan that I apparently have veered very far from without even realizing how far down the slippery slope I had slipped. So now, after a bout of intestinal illness, and a recurring problem with inflammation which took the guise of painful Sciatica, I am working my way back to the true path again. I'm inspiring myself to do better, even as I write, as I hope those who read this can relate and rethink where you are on the path, as well. I am also rededicating myself to full participation in Spark again, because I found that the more time I spend here, the better off I am. You all inspire me and through your experience and sharing I find myself being motivated to continue and press on toward the goal. With God's help and that of the friends I travel this journey with, I know that
Friday, August 15, 2014
It was only a few minutes after 11 am but I wanted food, so since I had just opened a new bottle of fruit flavored water, I decided to put together a quick little lunch to go with it. A heavy fiber- rich rye bread, a few slices of soy cheese and a pickle spear. I clicked on to Spark for some lunchtime encouragement and found a great article about why we eat too much. It was just the thing I needed to read with my meal.So now I'm full, and will look for a project around the house to keep myself busy until I go out to do some errands. That's how you get through the day when all you really want to do is sit on the couch with a movie on the Kindle, and veg out 'til the next snack urge comes along. I found recently that eating early prior to the "lunchtime" hour really works for me when I'm at home. There's an old Irish folk song that goes, " I'll eat when I'm hungry and drink when I'm dry, and if moonshine don't get me, I'll live 'til I die!!
Sunday, July 06, 2014
When will I ever learn????????????????I brought Tootsie roll pops to church with me today, because I found myself eating a couple of them every night, and that's just way too much sugar for me. Plus, it's a threat to my teeth, and I don't need to encourage having cavities at my age. So, I did what I have been doing the for past several weeks when confronted with goodies that are far too overwhelming for me, I packed the remaining lollipops into a little bundle with a rubber band, and gave them to the pastor's son for distribution among the kids who were allowed to have them. I love sharing the goodies, but if I could just keep them out of reach to start with, I wouldn't have to go through all the stress of fighting the urges and temptations that lead up to getting rid of the nuisance goodies. When, oh when, will I ever get a grip on this problem? At least I'm learning how to handle it after the fact, so maybe the next step will be to avoid it to start with. I used to be capable of doing that, but somehow, my resolve broke down along the way.
But that's what new days are all about, and one day at a time, I can overcome these temptations once again. The odd thing is that I DO resist temptation every day, but sometimes at night, when I'm sitting on the couch with my Kindle watching my movies and video series, I start taking mental inventory of my kitchen and what's in every cabinet and the fridge. Maybe I have to make up certain evening snacks for the couch and go to bed when the snacks are gone. Groan........that sounds like so much energy when I'm tired!!!!!!!!! 'Will keep you posted on progress! Please send along any suggestions.
PS. I can't go for a walk, I use a wheelchair.
Saturday, June 21, 2014
Guess who came over on my birthday with a lovely present, and what else? A BIG TRAY OF COOKIES. This time they were my very favorite bakery style decorated butter cookies from my favorite very sweet neighbor, once again. So they will take a ride to church with me tomorrow and afterwards I'll take them to the nice people in recovery at Hope House. It gives me a great sense of relief as I write this blog, to commit this tray of temptation to its' new owners in the presence of my Spark Friends. Accountability is a big part of recovery from overeating, because left to our own devices, there are just no boundaries or limits sometimes. Plus, I know how happy they will be knowing that someone cares to to give them such a nice treat. AND I'LL BE SO HAPPY KNOWING THIS TEMPTATION HAS WALKED OUT MY DOOR ONCE AGAIN!!! Thank you Jesus!
Monday, June 16, 2014
On Sunday I packed a shopping bag with two boxes of cookies and a one pound box of a famous brand chocolate truffles, and left for church. I enjoyed the service and afterwards I headed off for my morning coffee and Sunday paper, minus the box of chocolates. I had regifted them to a nice lady at church who was celebrating her birthday next week. But I was still stuck with two boxes of bakery cookies, and there was no way they way they were coming back home with me. after I picked up my paper, I continued on to Wendy's for one of their great Apple Pecan salads and went to a favorite spot near the lake to enjoy in lunch in the beautiful fresh air. On the way I had passed a drug rehab center and saw a couple of residents sitting outside. So after I finished my lunch I drove back to the center and pulled up at the gate. I offered the bag with the cookies to the gate people, explaining that I couldn't have sugar, so couldn't eat them. I wished them a happy Father's Day and drove off. I don't know who was happier, them or me. I think ME. I was SO HAPPY to be finally rid of these "gifts" that I had received from well-meaning friends for my upcoming birthday. My thank you notes just said how sweet it was that they thought of me, and how I appreciated that! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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