Tuesday, October 02, 2012
I've recently become friends of a fellow Newfoundlander who is realizing now that prices of healthy food can be a deterrent IF you are living on a budget and in a relatively isolated area. Check out her blog
I went to one of our two grocery stores on Saturday with meal plans in place for the week and it was a sad reality check. I bought apples, but I wanted grapes, broccoli, parsnip, bananas, and sweet potatoes but none were to be had. I am not complaining as this is our reality and I can only imagine what it is like in communities further away who drive 2-3 hours to our town to pick up supplies.
So, yes, meal planning is great and I so envy all of you who live near farmer's markets, etc, but it is so easy to get off track when Coke is 1.25 for 2 litres and milk in the same size is almost $4. I can see where choices have to be made by families and it is not always possible to make healthy choices if your wallet is empty.
It all comes down to being very flexible and not succumbing to those yummy smelling chocolate cookies that are place strategically around the produce section to appease you when what you really needed was some veggies! ha! I, of course, bought the darn cookies and ate three in the parking lot before driving off in a huff! Hey, I'm being honest!
Monday, September 17, 2012
Beautiful sunny day here again today with a temperature at 7:30 a.m. of about 10 degrees celsius. It should warm up to the low to mid-twenties by lunch hour which is quite nice for this time of the year. In other words, it is a great day to get out with the dogs!
I've had a very productive weekend in my continuing attempts to clear up the clutter. Another bag of clothes gone to goodwill AND I'm starting to see some light at the end of the tunnel. I never knew how liberating this could all be. I have always had too much of everything (what a good complaint to have) - whether it be food in our pantry, food in our freezer, clothes, cleaning supplies, etc. I'm slowly whittling it down to manageable amounts by putting a spending freeze on and only buying when stuff runs out. When I looked under my bathroom vanity this weekend and I actually had space I felt a ridiculous amount of pleasure. Now, my basement is still a complete mess but I am going to get there when I get finished with the upstairs. Everything in its time!
Tomorrow we officially sign the mortgage papers and my credit cards are going into the freezer. We are going to live on cash (we don't use our debit cards) as I think it will give us a good idea where the money goes each month. I cannot believe how liberating this feels. I now know how much money I make (okay, I have nobody to blame that on but myself and my tendency to put my head in the sand), I know how much John makes and I know how much money we spend on routine bills.
For some, unknown reason, I thought ignorance is bliss. But heck, no! Knowledge is empowering and it is providing me with a sense of fulfillment and relief that I have never quite mastered before.
So, how does this apply to Spark? Well, when I was more aware of my physical activity and my food consumption I succeeded with my weight loss. As soon as I put my head back in the sand, however, I started to slip up. I confess to taking the past few weeks completely off from Spark but it was just that I had so many other things to do and I didn't want to go off the deep end. What I have realized, however, is that there is a balance. When I get settled away and have just the day-to-day clutter to deal with I know Spark will be paramount in my life again. I am giving myself until the end of September for this. Then I will be back for real!!! Look out!
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Well, we our island is getting slammed today by "tropical storm" Leslie which is good as at least she isn't a full blown hurricane. Of course, she could be by now because the weather forecasters were divided on that topic. All I can tell you that here in my cozy house (a true blessing!) all I can hear is the wind outside and the rain beating against the windows. My three doggies are sleeping with very full bladders but they would rather that than attempt a "pee break".
As for where I am (aside from being in my living room!), I have a lot accomplished and I am starting to feel good about it. The mortgage has been applied for, we have an appointment to help me learn about budgets, and I am taking over the finances. This is a big step for someone who up until a few weeks ago didn't even know how much money she made! Honestly. The three years of unfiled taxes are filed and refund is being processed. Yes, a refund!!!
I have been letting my physical health slide lately which isn't a good thing at all but I know I have what it takes to get that under control as well. Unfortunately, I've somehow torn muscles in my lower back and yesterday could barely walk. I went to a walk in clinic and was told to take it easy but to continue to walk daily. Then he told me I have another ear and sinus infection which he thinks might be an allergy to my dogs. Thankfully he is a dog lover too and understood my horror! I have to wait a month to see if this clears up once an for all and then see my own doctor to see an ears, nose and throat specialist. I WILL NOT BE PARTING WITH MY DOGS!!!!
Maddy hasn't been well either lately which is bothersome. At first we figured it was jealousy so we've been spending time just with him. But now he won't eat and has been throwing up. Took him to see his doctor yesterday who did complete blood work ($300) and wants him to fast for 24 hours and then introduce him to a very bland diet. Little buggar. Louisa was stung on the face by hornets on Friday night so we have had an interesting weekend with our pups. Benadryl really helped out there thanks to a plea I put out on Facebook at 11:00 p.m. and had three offers of the stuff within minutes. Ginger is still having "accidents" although we kind of think she is marking her territory. I've been watching her like a hawk and at least now know her signals but that doesn't work if John leaves our bedroom door open! Ha! She likes to do her business in our closet!
My mom bought me some nice work clothes last week. I now have clothes that fit the body I have now and not the body I want to have in a year from now! I was actually getting by with hand me downs but Mom dragged me out and bought some tops that actually fit me. Oh, and she did sneak a skirt into the pile which should be interesting as I haven't worn one since my weight gain....ahem....10-12 years ago. This one is a black and white tweed which will be nice with tights and boots and perhaps a top unless of course I really want to shock people.
So project weight loss is really on the back burner right now BUT at least it is still on the stove! I can sense that I am feeling better with getting the other areas in my life straightened out. It is like a weight lifted from my shoulders!
Talk to you all later!
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