Friday, November 23, 2007
I ate breakfast today after I got the bread dough mixed & rising. Then I didn't eat again till dinner with our friends in the early evening. There I took small helpings & didn't go back for seconds--except that I did have a second slice of my whole wheat bread because it came out so very yummy. I did eat a half-size piece each of pumpkin & apple pie, & I drank a couple of glasses of wine.
Results: my calories today came in between 1800 & 1900. So I didn't diet on Thanksgiving . . . but I didn't overeat at all either. Every bite was enjoyed & appreciated. Also I thoroughly enjoyed my time in the kitchen this morning--kneading bread is so pleasurable, & I was pleased to find that Splenda works just fine in my cranberry relish recipe. (I've posted both the bread & the relish recipe here at SP if you're interested--you'll find links on my main Sparkpage.)
And we had a wonderful visit with our hosts--friends we hadn't seen for at least a year & a half.
My only real exercise today, besides getting my car out of a couple of tight spots (I don't have power steering, so my arms get a real workout at times), was walking my son's dog twice, on the way to & from our friends' home. I was really happy to do that because Kerry is a sweetie, & also because it helped make it possible for my son & his family to be away visiting his dad & grandparents.
I hope you've all had a peaceful, warm Thanksgiving. I thank God for you.
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
I got to leave work at 1:00! Our director announced the early closing yesterday--a sort of reward for those of us who didn't add vacation days to the Thursday-Friday Thanksgiving break.
Later in the afternoon my husband & I went out to eat a quick Mexican meal & do some shopping. And I ate too much. Well, 1800 calories for the day is not overeating generally, but it's well over my SP calorie range. I think my body just wanted it because it has been raining all day--a very cold rain, quite possibly a prelude to snow. And I don't like shopping, & I've been so responsible with my eating for so long.
I'll try to get back to being responsible tomorrow.
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
A lot of people are out of the office this week, adding vacation days to the Thurs-Fri holiday. Those of us who are here will get a reward: we can leave at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday! That's a real relief, since I have two time-intensive things to make for Thanksgiving dinner: cranberry relish & whole wheat rolls.
On the 43Things website awhile back I set a weight-loss goal that at this point requires me to lose two more pounds. (I decided to be a little more ambitious later when I joined SP.) The problem: I need to lose them before snow falls in Chicago, & we may have snow over Thanksgiving! Well, perhaps I will not quite make the deadline on that goal, but it does motivate me to be careful this week.
Beyond my commute walking I didn't get to exercise yesterday or today because my nights of sleep were too short. But I should have time Thu, Fri, Sat, & hopefully also Wed.
We'll be having Thanksgiving dinner with some Colombian friends (all our kids are off visiting other family over the holiday). I want to eat sparingly & enjoy every delicious bite.
Chispa Chicks, I think we should give ourselves an extra point if we don't GAIN weight this week!
Monday, November 19, 2007
I actually mentioned it sometime last week but was waiting for the weekly weigh-in to see whether I could report it officially. It's still gone--yay! Which means that my eating at the retreat was probably within my calorie limits after all.
I still have 6 pounds to go to make my goal, & about 6 weeks to do it, which means I have to stay on task even through the holidays. I think my basic strategy should be to keep my potato, bread, & dessert servings small--& just one glass of wine.
Something that I'm noticing: since I started tracking my food here, I have ENJOYED my food intensely. When my serving is smaller than it used to be, I savor every bite. It helps me feel satisfied. Thanksgiving dinner is going to be delicious!
Sunday, November 18, 2007
I got home just over an hour ago & still feel as if I'm floating on waves & waves of beautiful words . . . The poetry retreat was just fantastic. There were 26 people--just one man among them!--& they were exceptionally friendly, thoughtful folks. Besides the friend who invited me, I knew just one other person, from a different local poetry group. But everyone made me feel welcome, listened carefully to my poems (we read a lot to each other), appreciated my comments on theirs . . . we had a wonderful time!
I got to walk a labyrinth for the first time--EXTREMELY peaceful & centering. I went jogging Saturday morning & also tromped around outside that afternoon; this morning I did some strength training work indoors. The retreat center (NOT a monastery, I was mistaken about that, but I believe it used to be one) is beside a lake, & the building is very attractive & homey & the woods & water are lovely.
The food was good & mostly healthy, but after reconstructing what I ate Friday I'm guessing that each day I was a bit over my calorie range. And I don't want to take the time to track for Saturday & today--too much else to catch up with. So I won't have a lot of points to report--satisfaction & happiness don't earn points, but they are rewarding by definition!
I wrote FIVE POEMS this weekend, & I'm very happy with all of them! It was an amazingly fruitful, fulfilling time. Now I'm off to read my teammates' blogs & see what you've been up to.
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