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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.

  
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PJBOKC 11/23/2007 11:44PM

    You're doing great. I think it's okay to let our guard down a little over the holidays as long as we're reasonable. You're right, 1800 calories is not over eating. I probably used to eat 2500-3000 calories a day, if not more. I sometimes don't understand when I just go over the limit by 100 or so I either don't lose - or I GAIN. I'm still trying to figure it all out.

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Thanksgiving prep

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!

  
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PJBOKC 11/20/2007 10:22PM

    You're going to be busy - glad you get a little time off work on Wednesday. We're having a quiet Thanksgiving with my parents. My mom's preparing small portions of some family favorites - one is her coconut cream pie - delicious. All of our kids, and my siblings are with other family this year for Thanksgiving too. My mom is a wonderful cook - but everything is very rich and high calorie. I really need to watch the portions. Sometimes I take a walk on the farm about an hour after lunch to get my mind off the food. I agree on adding a point if we don't gain weight. I'll put that in an e-mail.

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One lost pound!

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!

  
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PJBOKC 11/20/2007 10:14PM

    How about you girl!! Losing a pound when on retreat. You are so close to goal. I agree about being more satisfied with my portions when I'm tracking. I didn't track much when on the trip to Seattle, then just getting back in the habit before I got so busy the last 5 days. I love tracking - learn so much about food and ME.

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Home again

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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STEPHANIEDIAN 11/19/2007 11:09AM

    Sounds like you had a wonderful time! That's awesome. We need to feel like that every now and again, it's so rewarding. Congrats on writing 5 poems!

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PJBOKC 11/18/2007 10:41PM

    Now that does sound like a GLORIOUS WEEKEND. You describe it so well - I can just picture what you experienced by reading your blog. I came back from the retreat a few weeks ago, and out of the conference yesterday, feeling like I was about to explode with inspiration and encouragement - but I can't explain it to someone else. You do that so well. I work for a Catholic hospital in Oklahoma and there is a labyrinth on the campus. I've walked it, and you're right it's a very peaceful experience - even when you go there because of something troubling. It helps me focus on WHO has the answers. They have signs around the labyrinth at the hospital explaining that it is a Holy place. So I only go there if I'm ready to focus. I'm so glad you had a wonderful experience at the conference - I knew you would. I can tell you have a passion for your poetry, and you are a natural at encouragement.

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Off to Wisconsin tomorrow!

Thursday, November 15, 2007

A friend asked me to consider accompanying her on a poetry retreat this coming weekend at a monastery in northeastern Wisconsin. It's not put on by the monks! The poets who organize it just use their beautiful space. My friend has attended in the past & really enjoyed it. I'm especially happy that she is going this year, as for about a year & a half she hasn't written any poems--she struggled with depression for a good while. Hopefully her writing muse will begin inspiring her again.

We will take off about 11:00 a.m. tomorrow & won't return till early Sunday evening. Presumably I'll be away from computers during that time (I don't have a laptop). So I'll keep up with food/exercise tracking in my notebook & enter everything online when I return. I'm definitely taking my jogging shoes & some sweats--& a set of dumbbells too.

Eating may be a challenge. Hopefully I won't have to face bowls of M&Ms all around me as Paula did, but it's just easy to eat extra when I'm in a social situation. Wish me luck & good self-discipline!

I feel very blessed to have this time to focus on my writing & work with some poets I haven't yet met. The haiku cycle I'm writing for a family Christmas gift is going well--17 out of about 40 written--& I'm expecting to work on that & to get ideas for other poems.

Not sure whether I'll have time to blog tomorrow morning before we take off. If not, I'll miss you all & look forward to catching up on Sunday night or Monday!

EDIT: In answer to Paula's question yesterday: we get the soy ice cream at Trader Joe's. It's organic too! Don't know if you have Trader Joe's in your area though . . .

EDIT AGAIN: Forgot to say, I lost that pound that crept back on! Yay! I have just 6 to go for my SP goal. I want to lose the rest by January 1, which will be a challenge because of the Thanksgiving & Christmas holiday feasts--but I think I can do it. (I won't count this pound in my points till Monday morning, Paula--hopefully it'll still be lost by then.)

  
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MINEGA 11/18/2007 9:06AM

    Hey Ruth - what a lovely time you must be having about now - well, about now I assume you are sleeping, tho in Wisconsin it's 3 hours later than here - so maybe not!!?! :) I'm just about to see sunrise here - you're probably having a healthy b-fast. What a wonderful weekend event to share in - I am very interested in knowing about this haiku cycle you are writing for Christmas. I also have written Christmas gifts before (and anniversary, birthday, etc) and it's called Chard writing, which is a word my DH and I made up. I'll tell you about sometime - if you'll tell me about yours :) I love to write and writing for others is such a gift - I think.

I'm back on track, Ruth and thanks for visiting my Spage and writing me a note. I got way overwhelmed there for a while and was letting SP become my program instead of exercise and healthy eating - I wasn't losing an ounce. Well, it was more than that - but anyway - I'm at an all time new low - 228.5 this morning - and soooooo happy about it!! :) My clothes are fitting sooo much better, I'll need new a size soon (which I have in my closet :) )

You have a wonderful finish to your retreat and enjoy every second of it . . . and after you get caught up with all your regulars, drop me a line. I'd love to know about this haiku tho I may have to go investigating - :)

God bless you and keep you safe,
Robin

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PJBOKC 11/15/2007 10:33PM

    Ohhhh - that sounds like a glorious weekend. I'm hoping and praying you'll have fresh inspiration for your work, - as I've said before - you're so good with your words. Enjoy the fellowship, do your best on the food. I didn't do well at the retreat, and the couple of days didn't really cause any damage. This is a life long process, and I think one important thing is to learn to shift gears - just because we have a couple of less than perfect days, we can get back on track quickly because we're growing in our knowledge and practice of a healthy lifestyle. We'll miss you and your warm, personal notes to us. "See" you on Sunday or Monday.

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YIZZLE 11/15/2007 3:46PM

  Ruth,

A monastery sounds so peaceful. It also sounds austere, so maybe you won't have any peanut M&Ms to resist. Do you eat there or go to restaurants?

I hope your writing and that of your friend will go well.

See you (virtually) next week!

Pam

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MARYLOUD 11/15/2007 3:30PM

    What a wonderful opportunity, Ruth. I wish you the best while you're there. I'll be thinking of you. This sounds so exciting for you, I feel excited.

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