Thursday, January 13, 2011
If you've been reading my blogs you know I've been sidelined by some sort of respiratory ailment for the past few days. To be truthful, I haven't felt well since Christmas Eve and I think my immune system said, "enough is enough".
I ended up going to a walk-in clinic yesterday as I needed a note for work. The doctor I saw was fantastic and put me off work until Monday....mind you, he was fantastic even before he put me off work!
I'm supposed to be resting and staying away from people. Ugh. You know you are starting to feel better when you are itching to get up, get dressed and out the door. I was going to try to go for a short walk with the dogs but this is a small town, and like small towns everywhere, I can hear the gossip.....sure, she's not sick if she is able to go for a walk. Does this happen everywhere or am I being paranoid?
Needless to say, I haven't been eating well and I've been too dizzy to exercise. I'm worried though that the pounds are going to creep back up as they have been for the past three to four weeks. I need to get motivated again. I know all too well how easy it would be for me to slip back into my old eating habits. A family-size bag of baked cheesies anybody?!?
I think for the rest of today, I am going to focus on planning our meals for the next week so I will feel like I've accomplished something other than keeping the chesterfield dust-free! I'm asking you all to bug me, to harass me, to warn me over the next week to make sure I haven't gone into a huge derailment! Please!
I'm behind in my overall weight loss goals but I think I can catch up. I initially stated that I wanted to lose 10 pounds every two months. I had my twenty gone in three and a half months. But now, it is gone up a wee bit and I have to the end of February to get another 10 off plus what I've gained back. Maybe I should change my goals to 5 pounds a month instead of 10 pounds every two. I know it is basically the same thing but I'd have a shorter period of time to focus on smaller increments.
My mind is wandering all over the place! I know I have to get back into tracking my food and to start back walking but to tell you the truth I couldn't be bothered. Has anybody else faced a setback like this? I'm kind of mad with myself for feeling this way.
Anyway, I hope I haven't bored you to death with my ramblings. I look forward to hearing back from you all with advice!
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
I can't believe this! I just had a blog written and was decorating it with emoticons when I lost it all. Oh well, it was nothing great and was mostly full of how I'm still under the weather. I've only slept two hours in the last 24 so that is not helping out either but that is what I get like when I get sick.
Aren't colds a real pain in the rear-end? I mean, they are not life-threatening but for the duration they sure make you feel icky. I'm frozen one minute and hot the next but that is only small stuff in the grand scheme of things. I will be back in the saddle in a day or so!
Still worried about the folks in Queensland, Australia. My brother and his partner live in Brisbane but at last report were fine. The flood waters have reached their property so they have moved to higher ground. The Newfoundlander in my brother said to me "I don't know what all the fuss is about. Sure its only a bit of water". He even had his laundry out on their clothesline! Apparently, it was a beautiful, sunny day which made the flood situation a little surreal.
I'm hoping to have a wee little nap later on curled up with the pupsters. Oh, this should make all you dog lovers laugh......they slept as normal last night, yet everytime I went to the kitchen to get some water, I would turn and they would be staring at me. Mind you, they would slink back to their beds once they realized I wasn't eating but you have to admire their determination to be prepared to snack at anytime day or night!
Have a great day folks!
Monday, January 10, 2011
Because you all have agreed not to judge me (can't remember agreeing to THAT, now can you?), I am going to tell you something I'm ashamed of. I am a terrible housekeeper! I've written about this before but now I've got a "plan".
Anyway, first of all, let me tell you what I did that I am ashamed about. I had a huge racket with my husband that basically brought up the idea of a trial separation. He was floored and to be honest, I don't know how those words came out of my mouth. All because of housework and my feeling that I have to do "everything". Which for the record, is never true but we tend to say that in moments of anger.
I cried so much last night that my cold has renewed itself and now I feel miserable both physically and mentally. We've patched things up but I'm really ashamed at how I blew up at him and then for what I said.
One of my dear SparkFriends, recently suggested the website FlyLady.com to me after a previous blog in which I basically complained about being totally disorganized. So, I'm going to give it a try, It sounds so easy that I doubt it will really work but then again, that is how I felt about SparkPeople too.
I've always balked at the idea of doing household chores on assigned days as a way of rebelling against the way I was brought up. I still hate Tuesdays to this day because it was roast beef night and vacuuming day for my mother. She was a demon with the latter and would obsess over making sure buttons on clothes were even dusted! That and she would keep the house freezing cold because she was sweating so much. My brother and I both hate Tuesdays to this day but love Mondays which was just laundry day and sausages!!! Oh, and we weren't allowed to help out in any way, shape or form. I left home for university without ever turning on a washer or dryer, knowing how to iron, bake, cook, peel vegetables, dust, etc.
I know she did this because she thought she was giving us a break but really, it backfired! We both ended up being A students and mannerly but we never were given the chance to develop lifestyle skills Did I mention that I didn't leave home (except for my four years in university) until I was 34! Are you beginning to see a problem here!?
So, I am adding housekeeping and organizing to my Spark Journey! I am going to come up with a plan to have assigned days for assigned housework. BOTH of us are going to have chores to do and they will be clearly written down. Poor John is one of those men who would gladly help out but needs a bit of direction and apparently I do too!
Like my Spark Journey, this is not going to happen overnight and I am preparing myself for that. Wish me luck and I will keep you updated on my progress!
P.S. I really don't want to leave my husband and I know he doesn't want to leave me! WHY did I blurt that out!?!?!
Sunday, January 09, 2011
Okay, to be quite honest with all of you, I have not been doing the best with my weight loss journey over the past few weeks and I know why. It is the same old story of food begging to be eaten, treats to be had too often, and not exercising the way I should be. I know most of you can understand and have been there at some point or another.
So, I'm not going to belabor the point. I'm not reaching my potential and it is my own doing. I have to change this and only I can do this. For once in my life I have to be totally selfish (okay, I'm not a saint, I have been selfish at other points too) and do this for me.
One of the things that worked several years ago was meal planning. John and I tend to eat out a lot which is not good. It is mainly because I use the excuse that I don't know what to make, I don't have time, etc. What a pile of baloney we try to make ourselves believe.
I work mornings only, I don't have children, so I should have all the time in the world. I do really but I just don't maximize its potential!
I gained weight this past week which makes about four weeks of consistently gaining. Can you see a pattern here...eating out, not exercising, weight gain. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out what I'm doing wrong.
So, back to my blog title. I'm tackling two of my problems at once. I made up a list of meal plans for the week, went to the store and picked up what we needed, and now I'm making lasagne one for tonight, making two others to freeze, and making two sheppard's pies to freeze. Can you tell that extra-lean ground beef was on sale and that I stocked up!?
I also have chicken breasts bought that I will cook all at once but will be the base of several meals. Then I picked up a frozen pizza (not a big fan) but I figure it will be okay on the night that I am just too lazy or tired to cook. Paired with some salad and fruit and it will sure beat going out to eat.
Okay, so I've got this thought through but why can't I do this all of the time? Why do I do things in spurts? I know right from wrong when it comes to healthy eating but I still slip up. Am I stunned or am I human? I'm thinking both!!!
By the way, the hairnet is to keep my hair from falling in the meals I'm preparing and the dog fur is what I'm hoping won't be present in any meal I prepare. Wish you could all see me in my hairnet......quite funny.......not to mention my ragged old jeans and t-shirt! ha!!!!
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