Monday, November 26, 2007
I'm SOOOoooOO happy: this morning I was down a pound! I hadn't seen 150 on my scales for a couple of years (& then it was only a brief glimpse). And after Thanksgiving week--yay me!
Keeping portions small & savoring each bite helped me make it through these holidays & not feel deprived. Now I have hope that I can do the same at Christmas.
And I will stay at SP after January 1, even if I make my current goal. I will probably work on losing 2-5 more pounds past 145, to make sure I can fit into some "skinny clothes." Plus I will need some accountability to maintain good habits & keep the weight off.
blog 1, comment 1, track 1, within calories 1 = TOTAL 4
Sunday, November 25, 2007
I was so happy when I got on the scale this morning: I didn't gain over Thanksgiving week!! That's a pretty big deal for me. Of course it leaves me with 6 pounds to lose before January 1 to meet my goal, & the time is getting short. Still, it's a relief that I didn't ADD any pounds to make the goal even harder.
Now that my husband is back, it's more challenging to "be good" because we sometimes drink a glass of wine or beer at dinner &/or eat dessert--things I seldom do when I'm alone. So during November I didn't make much progress. I've got to be more focused . . .
blog 1, comment 1, track 1, within calories 1, no weight gained during T-week 1: total 5
Saturday, November 24, 2007
This morning I didn't jog, but I went for a long brisk walk--48 minutes, 4 mph--mostly along the lakefront. It brought my weekly total close to what I'm supposed to be expending in cardio exercise, & just as important, it helped me sort out thoughts & feelings even though I didn't end up with any solution to our financial problems or to my need for a book publisher. It was good to be outside pushing against the wind.
This afternoon I'm spending some focused time on an editing project. Later I'll cook supper for my husband & me, & we'll enjoy an at-home "date" with a movie.
I think I've decided what my reward for myself will be when we reach 1,000 points as a team. I'm going to spend a Sunday afternoon or evening using some "home spa" products that have been given to me & that I have found time to use only rarely--facial, hand & foot cleansers, exfoliants, & lotions. My feet are getting a head start, since I'm using the lotion with salicylic acid, prescribed by the dermatologist, on my heels every morning & evening. :-)
Saturday, November 24, 2007
Today was a kinda hard day. I had it off work. As is my pattern, I'd had somewhat inflated ideas of how productive I would be on this long weekend, mainly (1) starting a new freelance editing project & (2) doing housecleaning in preparation for having guests next weekend. Oh, & getting in some good exercise, which has been missing the last few days.
Well, it's late & my only visible accomplishments have been running a few errands with my husband & doing 4 loads of laundry. I was derailed emotionally from anything more demanding--this afternoon a manila envelope awaited me under the mailbox: a rejection from the publisher I had hoped would go for my children's picture book. It was a real disappointment . . . & at such times I tend to remember other rejections from publishers over the years & to think gloomily that I'm never going to succeed. Writing & illustrating books for children has been a dream since my own childhood.
The thing is, lots of people have told me my book & images are GOOD. I want to turn the manuscript right around & submit it to another publisher. So I have spent the evening browsing online & checking out various publishers & their guidelines for writers/artists. Large publishers will consider manuscripts only if they're submitted by agents, & I don't have one. But my story is not a good fit for a lot of publishers anyway. Finally I discovered that a certain small independent publisher whose books I admire has recently been publishing picture books for children--& mine would fit very well with its mission & its list. I'll put together a packet to send there soon. At least the other publisher returned my sample images in good condition, so I can reuse them.
More pertinent to SP: I stayed within calories today. I may comfort myself with a small bowl of soy ice cream before I go to bed.
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.
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