Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Well, you would have "thunk" it; Spark actually works! After my first week of getting back into the swing of things I lost almost 3 pounds. AND, all I did was to honestly record what I ate (some days were good and some weren't!), walked a little bit extra, and had faith in myself. I know I'm not going to lose weigh every week but it is a start and it is what I needed to get my motivation going. !
I also borrowed an idea from my SparkFriend Turtlebear who wrote on her page
"My Spark Page says: "Just for today, I'm going to make healthy choices in my life. I will live in the moment. I'll worry about tomorrow when it becomes today. I can do ANYTHING 'just for today.' I believe that my history is NOT my destiny."
She wrote a blog about wearing a rubber bracelet all the time to remind herself of her journey and her commitment. Well, me being slightly anal...okay, make that a whole lot anal, I spent a week looking for the perfect thing to wear to serve as my reminder. I wasted so much time into looking for the PERFECT bracelet, ring, pendant that I lost my focus! Finally I just took a bracelet out of my "collection" (ha!) and decided to wear it all the time. Although my Mom gave it to me a few years ago, I'm not into jewellery but this trick has worked wonders for me.
You see, I can't get it back on myself so IF I take it off, I have told my husband to tell me off as he is the one to put it back on. I wake up wearing it and feeling its weight and I immediately think of my journey. It is there as a reminder that this is a lifestyle commitment and not some spur of the moment diet! And, it works!
To get to the rest of my blog title, it snowed (just a few flakes) on Saturday and yesterday I was wearing shorts! Go figure. I've also been quite faithful about wearing sunscreen on my face (who cares if the rest of my body ages.....just joking!) and I'm developing quite the freckled-face....AGAIN! Oh well, t'is the price of being a redhead!
I tried my new food of the week, quinoa, which was good. Apparently it is the only grain which is a complete protein. Who knew? This week, I bought some fresh brussel sprouts to try. Any recipe ideas out there?
Beautiful day here and I have a clothesline full of clothes. The dogs and I are going to head out for a jaunt soon so I can get some exercise in before I tackle the housework. UGH! Oh well, I should be thankful I have a house to take care of!
Have a great day all of you, my dear friends
Sunday, May 22, 2011
Happy Victoria Day Weekend!
Woke up to another cloudy day with a balmy temperature of 2 degrees c. At least the rain has let up because the past two days have been rainy and we even had some of the white stuff! EW!
Then about lunch hour the sun peeped through the clouds and I think all of Newfoundland had a minute of silence in its honour. The hubby is sick again with another cold (the second one in the past month; yet he rarely gets sick!?) so I decided to escape the germy household and take the dogs to one of our favourite trails. Walked about 7.5 km in 2 hours so I'm pleased with that. The sun stayed out in spurts so the walk wasn't too warm although the dogs seemed to need to cool off in mud, grass, water, more mud, mommy's pants legs, etc.
Here is a mental image for you all. Maddy the white pom following so closely to Lou the yellow lab that the mud was flicking off Lou's tummy onto Maddy's face. Poor thing looked like he was covered with fleas! Then he got in the act too and jumped into a mudhole and all I could do was laugh at them. They both looked like they had black knee socks on and were totally oblivious to how dirty they were becoming. They were just pleased as punch to be out and had big smiles to prove it.
So here I am typing this while they are asleep, my husband is in a stupor and I'm cooking supper. In my effort to try something new, tonight I'm trying the quinoa. I searched Spark and found a yummy sounding Quinoa Pilaf which I made some adjustments to. We are having that with baked chicken breasts, steamed broccoli & carrots, and a glass or two of milk. Lets hope we like the quinoa!!!!
Hope you all are having a Sparking good weekend!!!!
This is me with my "birch broom in the fits" hair after walking! I think I look cranky! I wish I had taken a picture of the dog's legs as it would have given you all a good laugh. Maybe you can laugh at my picture instead. Laugh....dag nammit.
P.S. The quinoa was okay....a little bit too salty due to the chicken broth I think and I added some salt to the veggies which I shouldn't have done. Will make it again all the same!
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
I wasn't sure what to write as a title for my blog but I think I just might have caught your attention by it! I've had the weirdest day and it all started when......................................
Actually, I'm going to make you wait (unless you scroll down) to tell you what happened to me. First of all, I ate breakfast at home!!!! Yeah!!! I ate a really healthy organic cereal that is full of nuts and seeds. I had that with a lukewarm coffee (I told you I was lazy), a banana, and one cup of skim milk.
Then I actually at lunch! Another first in a long time! Wasn't the best as all it was was water and 2 boiled eggs but the point is I ate something. Mid afternoon I sat out on our patio and had some saltine crackers and a well-deserved cup of tea.
Okay, I have you all wondering what happened to me. Well, I went for a walk across the river with the two "beasts". For some reason I bought capri pants with no pockets and since today was warm enough to wear them, off I went. As I was getting out of our truck I thought, I should just leave my cellphone hidden instead of taking it with me but on second thought decided to take it along. Not wanting to hold it (duh), I stuck it in the front of my bra!!! Oh, I forgot to tell you, I was expecting a call from the vet about Lou's condition which is why I actually decided to take the blessed thing with me for a walk. Anwyay, every so often it would beep (usually notifying me that somebody had left a message on my SparkPage...thank you!!!) but then it stopped and I decided to check it in case I had boob-dialed anybody. Well, when I took it out, it was covered in sweat...such a charming image for all of you....and the bloody thing wouldn't turn on!!!!
I don't know if it was just a coincidence but the thing definitely is kaput! I took it to the mall where we had bought them for Christmas and they said they were going to have to send it away. At first they said it would take 8 weeks and they didn't have a phone to lend me. Added to that, I would have to still pay for service when it was being repaired and for the weeks it wasn't in my possession. Oh, and I needed to give them $45 which wouldn't be refunded if they determined the phone had been dropped or exposed to moisture!!! Since I didn't have the money with me I went home and called my husband. I was pretty upset but proud that I didn't get mad at the customer service reps.
It was while I was sipping my cup of tea that I realized this is such a small thing. Nobody is shooting at us, nobody is dying, and we have plenty to eat so why worry over a silly ol' Blackberry. I think it was about then that I started to laugh about the whole thing. Then when my husband arrived home we sat back and laughed and laughed some more. I said do you think I should tell them where I had the phone to which he replied, "I'd love to see that written on a work order....phone won't work after being exposed to boob sweat". Oh dear, I hope you are laughing while you are reading this and not thinking I am disgusting!!!!
So the long and short of it is, I will be without my phone for a few weeks and I will live without it. I won't die and I gave myself another reason to laugh at myself!!!!!
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