Friday, November 15, 2013
This week's question: What are some Thanksgiving traditions you have done or now do with your family?
My Thanksgiving's have always been unique as my Mom is French and obviously they do not celebrate the holiday. Also, Mom & I have never been very big turkey lovers. My Dad passed away in 2001 and from that point on, Thanksgiving became even more nontraditional
When my Dad was living, and I was an adult, I remember him having me help cut up veggies for his delicious sausage dressing and a crab salad recipe from a Louisiana chef on tv. I think that looking back, my thoughts on traditions seem to center around food
I believe last year when my DD was in 1st grade, she had to cut out pictures of our meals at Thanksgiving and Christmas. I remember we talked about grilled shrimp, capon, ham, coquille St Jacques (scallops in a yummy creamy wine sauce with mushrooms served on a shell), mash potatoes, French style green beans with garlic, butter & parsley. Mom used to order dessert of some sort from a catalog-chocolate usually.
This year we will have Thanksgiving at our apartment. Composing this blog has made me think of some ideas for what I would like to serve. What will you serve for Thanksgiving this year?
Thursday, November 14, 2013
Today I find myself struggling. It has been brought on by poor food choices and not really following my November plans (see previous blog). I will say I've had way too many bread, pasta items. Yesterday when I was off, I had Nature Valley granola bars, pumpkin spice bagels, pierrhogies and not enough water.
Today I think I will take it one breath at a time. I will focus on my completion of 3 liters of water and not having any of the bagels. I need to focus on progress, not perfection. I don't want to be my own worst enemy. I am definitely my worst critic at times
That which does not kill us can only make us stronger, right?
Saturday, November 09, 2013
My assignment for my A&I team is to blog about my October progress and November goals. I had already covered October in my previous blog (dated November 1) so that is why this part 2
To be perfectly honest, I really have not given much thought to my goals for this new month with the exception of fitness. But as the saying goes, when you fail to plan, you plan to fail!!
1. Nutrition-This is an area I really need to work on! With finances being tight at this moment, I have to go with what is easier on the checkbook, or check card. LOL. But I would like to start incorporating 2-4 freggies into my daily meals.
2.Nutrition-Also, from today til the end of the month, NO buying food at work. In other words, bring my meals with me. For the most part, I will buy breakfast and that serves as my meal for bfast and lunch. So no skipping meals either!
3.Water-A minimum of 3 liters (101.6 oz) per day.
4.Exercise-Walk/jog/run at least 4 days a week. I am signed up for my first next month and I need to be consistent with exercising. I am pretty good about this for the most part. But I need to bump up my intensity. When I was at the beach a couple of weeks ago for one of the funerals, I did horrible in sprinting a fairly short stretch. It was my DD(almost 8) and DH's male cousin who's a couple years younger than me. I am determined to do better than last place the next time we meet
5.Faith-Continue my early morning devotional readings to give me strength emotionally and physically on this journey we call life!
6.Thanksgiving-Having a healthy array of foods for that holiday. Last year we didn't have a traditional Thanksgiving as DH & DD traveled south to spend with DH's family while I stayed in the area with my Mom. Our Thanksgivings have become less traditional since my Dad passed away 12 yrs ago. My Mom is French so we always did things slightly different (no turkey) even before. But now it's even less traditional. I will have to see what we will do this year. I will make that a mission.
7.Organization of home-This is so important to me. I want to be able to invite friends and family over. I want to entertain. But our apartment is beyond out of control. So after reading a book at the beach this week, I think I am set to take the bull by the horns. It's more of a peace of mind. Now to just get the other members of the household on board
Here are 2 collage pics from my walks while I was at the beach earlier this week...
Even though it was cooler and a bit windy a couple of the days we were there, I SO enjoyed the fresh ocean air and getting away from the regular routine. Now that I'm back into the regular routine after the past couple of crazy weeks, it's on. I am showing my body who's boss! LET'S DO THIS!
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
The past couple of days have been a bit stressful. Monday evening I got news that a cousin is in the hospital. This was after finding out DH's aunt is in the hospital and they are planning to turn off life support. They were going to do it yesterday (they are in South Carolina) but it hasn't happened yet. I feel for DH because his aunt is a like a sister to him. He is definitely one to internalize-opposite of myself who wears emotions on her sleeve. So we are waiting to hear news today but still know nothing. My cousin had a stroke and has a bleeder. He also has an infection in his toe which has gone to his blood but not the bone. They have discussed amputation but are tabling it for now. My cousin is in his early 80's and also has been suffering from dementia. I know this is all hard on his kids.
Both situations have caused me to think about my Mom. I am an only child and so I do worry about her as she gets older. In my mind, she's still 45-I'm 41 so we know that's not right. But I just don't see my mom as aging, although from time to time, I am forced to see it. But I thank God for her continued health.
Last night I met up with a Spark friend, PINKFITCARLA. I think the last time we walked was April or possibly May so it was so nice to see her and really catch up. We walked 1.76 miles and got in over 30 minutes. Then I stopped off at the golden arches and got some dinner for me & DH I hadn't eaten there since the summer and I ate after 10pm. So I ended up not sleeping the best because I had a golden arch induced migraine throughout the night and into this morning. But this morning, after dropping DD for school, I went to a store and instead of just sitting in my car for 30 some minutes, I walked around the area. I got in 1.70 miles in my 30 minutes and then did somewhat healthy grocery shopping.
My happy moment of the week:
This actually should say Day 8 but I was so over the moon I wrote 7. On Sunday I ran my first entire lap (.25 mile) at the track. It was a wonderful NSV and I was so happy that I could actually do it. I haven't done in my adult life before. Who can remember distance when you are a child? The children in this picture belong to a good friend. The one in hot pink top is in the same grade as DD-DD is next to me in the bottom middle shot and the younger one belongs to my friend. A little over a month ago my friend and I decided to meet at the track so that DD and her friend could talk. This is the first year they haven't been in the same class. Well the 2 older girls on either side of me are in a race in December so we decided to make this our Sunday norm. So every Sunday we meet at the track and aim for X amount of laps. I did 4.05 miles this day and was feeling AMAZING when it was done . I also decided that I'm going to do my first in December While it's a bit scary for me to consider, I'm definitely up for the challenge And considering I'm able to do 4 miles, the 5K should be a piece of...sugar free gum
As we wait to find out what will happen with both DH's & my family members, I am staying strong in faith and am vowing to not go the fast food route any time soon. Life is too short for me to keep playing with my health. My family needs me here and I want to be here for them and be healthy for myself and them.
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