Tuesday, May 17, 2011
I've just checked out the new nutrition tracker and so far I like what I've seen and used. Yes, I'm back to tracking and I pledge to track the good, the bad, and the very ugly! Today, I decided not to have my usual bagel and xl coffee from Tim Hortons. BUT, that plan sort of went out the window when my two friends called to invite me to breakfast of bacon, scrambled eggs, and toast. So here I am at lunch time, with no fruit in me and very little water. Of course, it is still early so I can remedy that.
I walked twice yesterday, one of which was for 5km. The other was just a late evening stroll for about 1.5 km. Not much but I'm determined to take advantage of those baby steps. I have supper planned out, BBQ pork chop, caesar salad (with very little dressing as I'm not a dressing kind of person), baked potato and some steamed broccoli with carrots.
This week's new food (remember I stated that I was going to try to expand my food options) is going to be Quinoa. I've heard that it is a complete protein and thus very good for us but have yet to look for a recipe. Any suggestions? Would you serve it like you do rice? Anyway wish me luck. My husband would eat just about anything and is eager to change things up with his ``diet`` too so I have it easy with regards to that. I know a lot of you cannot change things too drastically as you have picky eaters.
Thank you for all of your kind words regarding yesterday`s blog. Peaches will always be very close to my heart and it is something all animal lovers have to face at one point or another in their lives.
Also special thanks to my esteemed friend _Linda who unknowingly gave me just the kick in the pants that I needed right now. See, something good did come out of your comments!!!!
Monday, May 16, 2011
Today, I dedicate my blog to the very fond memories of my dear little furball who left this earthly life a year ago. Although I did have a dog growing up, it was Peaches who stole my heart and made me the animal lover that I am today.
For those who have followed my blogs, you know that my Sparkname is her initials and the date of her death...051610. Nothing complicated but just another way to keep her in my thoughts on a daily basis.
I thought I would be sad today but instead I'm filled with enough funny memories of her and her exploits that I can laugh and miss her in a good way. She was a funny old broad and only did what she wanted to do. She would go off to bed when she felt tired, she would eat when she was hungry and not on some human's schedule, she would play with squeaky toys at all hours, and most of all she knew she was loved by many.
Her vet marvelled at her! She lived a long life (17.5 years) mainly because she was walked 4 times a day, was taken for car rides at least once a day, was played with, was cuddled and was fed a balanced diet. She was loved and she loved us back. She taught us how to love a dog so much that a year later we still talk about her and can laugh. We have no regrets about her life.
Now, how does that relate to my journey? Well, I've got to give that same dedication and compassion to myself. Right now, I know what to do to make this program work for me but I'm afraid of it. I don't know how to be any different that who I am right now. I'm used to shopping in plus-sized stores, I'm used to being overlooked and I'm comfortable in my own skin. The only thing is, I'm not happy.
I have to make some small, yet attainable changes. So for this week, it will be breakfast. No more eating little throughout the day and gorging at night. I am going to have oatmeal for breakfast and I pledge to get 6 glasses of water in this week as well. I will still walk the dogs as per usual. The oatmeal works for me because it a) fills me up, b) makes me ultimately consume less calories, and c) gets me back into a routine.
So Peaches, although I wish you were still on this earth with me, I know you are out there somewhere painfree and cheering me on. I love you "Little Miss" and was so blessed to have you teach me what is really important in life cannot be bought or bargained for. Woof-woof! xo Susan
Sunday, May 15, 2011
I sort of vented in a blog entry for today and the more I thought about it, the more I felt like I should just erase the whole thing and chaulk it up to a bad day.
I really appreciate all the support ALL of my friends so freely give me...
Saturday, May 14, 2011
Oh dear, the weather gods seem to playing another one of their favourite tricks on us Newfoundlanders. Yesterday it was an ever so balmy 2 degrees with a very cold northeasterly gale blowing through you. Yes, I'm being sarcastic when I used the word balmy! This morning Lou and Maddy raced out the patio door to do their business and slipped on the frost covered steps. Their facial expressions were a riot and Lou even stopped and stared at her paws. "Mom, I lost traction...cool....can I try it again"
Tonight the weather hasn't improved although the wet snow has stopped and I can hear the birds out. Poor little things must be half-frozen to death. No wonder they are busy because they are just trying to keep warm!
Needless to say, I've begged off all dog walking duties and have very sneakily encourage my husband that some "fresh, brisk air would do him good" after a week of being in school. In my mind, nothing makes me lazier than blah weather......please somebody send me a ray of sunshine!
Funny enough, I'm not depressed! Usually this would send me over the deep edge but I know that this too will pass. Talk to me in few days, however, and I might have a different tune to sing.
Have done absolutely dreadful with the eating. Who knew that autumns' comfort food would extend to this time in May! Unfortunately, I'm not talking about warming soups and stews here but rather truckloads of chocolate, chips, etc. Last night we even ordered pizza! Crap!
Have some doggie news. Louisa has been scratching her privates a lot so after two courses of antibiotics, the vet clinic did an internal exam on Thursday. It was very similar to what we know as the ever-dreaded Pap Test and she came home very sedated and pitiful looking. Other than they've discovered some "abnormalities" we don't know what is going on. Please keep your fingers and paws crossed that all is well with her and that if it isn't, God gives us the strength to provide love and compassion to her? It was a year ago this weekend that we lost the love of our lives.....Peaches....still hurts.
Well, with that, I'm going to say goodbye before I start to cry. Once again, please send some warm weather our way......seal it up in an envelope if you have to and mail it to me.....
Thursday, May 12, 2011
Although I haven't been the most active member of Spark, nor the most aware of what I've been eating, I noticed yesterday that since I joined Spark I have walked a little over 500 km. Now this might be pitiful to some and a miracle to others but the point is I....as in ME.....walked 500km since September 1st. I'm amazed and I'm so glad that I've kept track of my mileage. This is something to be proud of so in my moments of doubt and self-defeat, I have to remind myself that a year ago this time I couldn't (and didn't want to) walk the length of myself!
So, I've learned a valuable lesson. If I started out and said I'm going to walk a minimum of ____km a week, I would have given up within the first few days. The days when the sweat poured down or when the weather became cold would have been enough to send me back to my comfortable chesterfield. But, no, I started out by just saying I was going to try to walk the dogs. I didn't say I was going to do it everyday but I would do it when I felt like I could. And there you have it.....I started out very slowly and never made a conscious effort to pick things up or to do it more regularly. After a time, our walks became a habit and now if I miss a day I really miss it. I don't knock myself out with regret, but I do miss it and miss my lungs breathing in fresh air and looking at two happy and contented dogs.
What else can I learn from this? I can put the same "formula" to work with my nutrition. I am stating here for all of you to read that I am going to become more aware. The days when I can look back and use the 80/20 rule, I am going to applaud but the other not so successful days are not going to be enough to send me off the beaten path! No more all or nothing thinking! If I had that attitude with walking I'd still be on the sofa waiting for the magical moment.
Anyway, like I said, 500 km may not be much to some of you while others may think that amount is out of reach. But I'm ME, and you are YOU, so we have to find what works for us. I can say with pride that over the fall and winter of 2010-2011 I logged 500 km..yeah for me! For once I feel a sense of pride in an accomplishment and that self-appreciation is what makes this our own unique journey!
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