Monday, December 10, 2007
I was out & about extra-long today. Tomorrow night I'll be having dinner with some friends, & I needed to get something to contribute--bread because it's portable. Plus we always give each other small gifts; it's a group of women who have been meeting nearly every month for many years now. I think we started in 1993 or so! I caught a different train so as to go to a Ten Thousand Villages store--beautiful handcrafts from around the world, & the artisans were paid fair prices; it's sponsored by Mennonites. I chose Christmas tree ornaments for my friends & also for all my local family members (husband, kids, sisters & their families). Then I walked to Wild Oats, a few blocks away, & got the bread plus a couple of other things I needed. Fortunately everything fit in one not-very-heavy bag.
I was definitely watching my step as I walked. Where possible, I step in slush instead of on shiny ice--better traction. It worked. I got home around 8:30. Tomorrow will be an even longer day, since the dinner host lives pretty far out in the burbs & I go to & from on trains.
Oh, & I'm going to bed early tonight. As it turned out, my bill paying last night was NOT restful; it brought up lots of anxieties & concerns about finances, so I didn't sleep well. Praying helps.
Saturday, December 08, 2007
From a link in one of today's SP e-mails:
Give yourself a big reward for the first 12 weeks of hard work
Itís been nearly three months since you started with the SparkDiet, and you are still going strong. Now is a great time to give yourself a reward. Take some time and think of a reward that fits your accomplishment and makes it all worthwhile. Maybe itís an expensive night out with your spouse. Take a weekend vacation, an all-day treatment at a spa, or a trip to see your family. Did someone say "shopping spree?" If moneyís tight, take a weekend off and simply do what you want to do, not what you think you have to do. If you canít splurge on yourself, you can still spoil yourself Ė you deserve it! Revisit a hobby. Go camping. Listen to your favorite CD sitting in a lawn chair in the sun for an entire afternoon. Good work should be rewarded, to replenish your efforts and to keep your motivational juices flowing. So kick back for a bit and bask in your glory!
Monday does mark my 12-week "anniversary" at SparkPeople. So far I've lost 11 pounds. I do reward myself in little ways from day to day, but often it's with a chocolate, which SP frowns upon--food should not be a reward, supposedly. I could argue with that (as long as you're within your calorie range & your other nutritional values are good, not a problem--food is a lovely pleasure, & sometimes it has a legitimate comforting/encouraging function). But I WOULD like to try other kinds of rewards.
Today I picked my Christmas presents online; they include four pairs of long underwear. My husband commented, "But those aren't in the gift category; they're just winter necessities." Still, when I'm trekking through snow to the train I'm going to feel very rewarded! So my brainstorming of rewards for achievements in weight loss & fitness is going to include things that will make my life more comfortable in practical ways--not just "luxuries."
We are limited financially, so I also want a number of reward options that don't involve money. At this time in our lives, going on a cruise will NOT be an option!
1000 Chispa Chick points:
* "home spa" afternoon (already decided)
Reaching my 145-lb goal:
* go to Lincoln or Garfield Park Conservatory with my sister
Reaching my (final) 142-lb goal:
* attend classical concert with my husband
Maintaining 142 lbs for 3 months after that:
* sign up for salsa dance lessons with my husband
* plan a camping weekend in Wisconsin with friends
* spend 2-3 hours working on art
* bake bread
* go to the library
* go ice skating in Millennium Park
* spend 15 minutes immersed in my Guatemala book
* spend 15-30 minutes on a jigsaw puzzle (what fun! it's been years since I worked on one)
* add 3 items to my Amazon wish list
* put on one of my favorite CDs & really listen for 15 minutes
* write an e-mail to my sister
* call my dad
I'm going to come back to this periodically & add to it as more ideas occur to me.
Friday, December 07, 2007
Fortunately I didn't get a headache from the dilation of my eyes. But they're still dilated today--I wonder whether that's why (unconsciously) several men at work have been a little extra-friendly! I've read that our pupils dilate when we are attracted to someone. :-) Anyway, the guys haven't been out of line or anything. On a more practical note, I pulled down the blinds in my office: the day is gray, but there's snow on the ground & all the whiteness is a bit bright for my eyes.
Our company is having its holiday party today starting at 3:00. It's very genteel: wine, champagne & other beverages, fancy sandwiches, cheeses, probably little shishkebobs & other appetizers. I could eat enough to not need dinner, except . . .
I'll leave a little early because tonight we're taking my daughter & a friend to a good Colombian restaurant to celebrate her birthday! Colombian food is high in carbs & fat, so I will need to take extra care. And she has been given SEVERAL birthday cakes by friends & workmates, so she'll bring one of them to share with us afterward at home.
Very likely I won't stay within my recommended calorie range today.
Thursday, December 06, 2007
I stayed home today & was going to work as well as go to an appointment with an ophthalmologist who specializes in eye muscle issues. However, it turned out that he needed to dilate my eyes as part of the exam, & I had to wait more than half an hour for the dilation, & then afterward my vision was a bit fuzzy. You'd better believe I took great care driving afterward, but I needed to stop by the library & the grocery store, so it became a LONG outing. Then at home I wasn't in shape to get back into an editing project--too taxing on my eyes--so I decided to do some cooking. I'll count today as a sick day.
I made black bean chili from scratch, & while the beans were going through their quick-soak I tried out a recipe I had gotten from a friend--chocolate chip zucchini muffins! I made them with white whole wheat flour & a little wheat bran, & oh my goodness they are yummy. Supper was great. Was well within my calorie limit for the day even though we each had a muffin for dessert.
I REALLY enjoy cooking good food from scratch. There's something very calming & satisfying about it. Wish I had time to do it more often.
Oh, about my eye prognosis: I've had an eye muscle problem since childhood, & in recent years I've had a kind of reversion even though when I was 15 I had surgery to correct it. The doctor said we should first try getting my contact lens prescription strengthened (my vision has deteriorated a LOT just in the last year) & see whether my eyes start moving together again. If not, after a few months I'll probably have surgery (not laser surgery on the cornea but surgery on the muscles that attach to the eyes).
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