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Monday, November 29, 2010

It has been way too long since I last blogged here! I can report that I survived Thanksgiving pretty well--I enjoyed all the food but didn't stuff myself. I guess it helps that I had a mostly vegan holiday! emoticon It was with my son & daughter-in-law. Since Graham became vegan he has been very skinny. Going vegan myself would make weight loss a lot simpler--but I'm not ready to make a total change. I already eat mostly vegan most days . . . but I do love skim milk on my homemade muesli, & I have low-fat cheese &/or eggs fairly often. Chicken, fish or other meat is only occasional.

I changed up my exercise recently! I'm not doing it every day, but based on Lindy's recommendation (you can visit her here: www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.as
p?id=LINDY2202
) I bought & have been using the 30 Day Shred (Jillian Michaels). Thus far I haven't lost more weight, but according to my scale my fat percentage is inching down, & that is much needed!

With my current life changes, I'm susceptible to occasional waves of sadness, but for the most part I'm feeling hopeful & blessed. Still in therapy, still figuring things out, writing poems, talking things over with friends & sisters. Lately a friend in Bolivia & I have been chatting online practically every day! He has known me since we were teenagers, & I really value his perspective. Plus we always make each other laugh out loud--it feels soooo good to laugh!

When my husband first moved out I thought I would try to find someone to rent the room he had been using as his office. But I've been able to start paying down my debt without getting an apartment mate. It's the first time in my life that I've lived alone, & it turns out that I'm loving it! Now I'm thinking about how to use that room. I may get an old-fashioned rollaway bed to use for guests, & when there are no guests I could use the room as an art studio! Or I could move my own office into it.

I finally managed to clean up the little back room where my husband slept from early February to early June. The futon frame had broken under him & he had just left the pieces standing around the mattress on the floor. I lugged them out to the alley. He had neglected to use sheets for all those months--yuck! I still need to remove the futon cover & wash it; I'll need someone's help getting it off. But meanwhile I got the floor & walls all clean, & I brought in the fern & geraniums & coleus from the back porch so they can overwinter under that south-facing window. The room is looking bright now!

So I guess there WAS stuff to write about! Life is never dull around here. emoticon

  
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CZARINA_TV 12/5/2010 10:14AM

    I wish I could just pop over and help you fix your futon! It sounds like you're doing really well...

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SHANSHE 12/4/2010 1:56PM

    Loved reading this blog... you sound GOOD and healthy and in a good frame of mind!

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PERKYFUN1 11/30/2010 6:05AM

    Thank you for telling us how you are doing! :) You made me feel Better some how. I guess it was the way you said things. Anyway Thank you.
I am a Newbie Blogger and Newbie to Spark as well. I am trying to get my life back on the right track,
Perkyfun1

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MORRIS1989 11/30/2010 12:01AM

    Man I am glad you are getting your life in order that's a plus. I have been divorced for 16years. I never look back I raised my sons with the help of my mom. Sometimes when i get lonely i go in my kids room and clean. For some reason that helps me. But you will be fine. Just Hang in there!!

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CTEMPLE 11/29/2010 11:21PM

    Ruthie great to hear from you and how wonderful that you don't have to share your flat! It's so hard to find someone suitable.
I have mutated from a person that would like to be able to read poetry to a person that reads poetry. At the moment reading Whitman and Sylvia Plath in moderate doses.
Claudia


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Results of taking this more seriously

Friday, October 15, 2010

It does make a difference to get back to the "no-S's" (no sugary food, no seconds, no snacks except on S days) & to stay consistent with exercise. As of this morning I am down 4 pounds since the beginning of September, when I weighed myself for a Slowest Loser team challenge. Four pounds in a month & a half--that's a "slowest loser" pace, enough to make me feel this is worth it.

It did help to blog on Monday about my struggles. Thanks as always for your encouragement, friends.

I now have 23 pounds to go. If I maintain this rate of losing, I'll be back to my slim self in early May 2011. Of course it would be nice to reach my goal sooner; I'll step up the effort whenever I can.

Tonight I'm going out for Caribbean food with a Colombian friend. I am hereby committing myself to eat 1/2 cup or less of the rice. I will get more nutritional bang for my buck from beans, meat, or fish plus veggies.

  
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SUPERMOM17 11/16/2010 3:29PM

    Hi Ruth,
I'm baaaaaacccck. Glad to see you are doing well.
Joyce emoticon

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LINDY2202 11/15/2010 1:45PM

    It's amazing when you get serious about eating what it can do for your weight loss goals. I have been on this journey since April 1 and once I started eating right within the last couple is months is when I REALLY started to see the weight come down. I have heard before that losing weight is 80% what you eat and 20% exercise. I believe it's true. Take care, and columbian food sounds so cool, I don't think I have ever had it!



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BABY_GIRL69 10/19/2010 8:50PM

    Girl, congrats on the 4lbs!! You are so right when you said, if we follow through we could reach our goals. I think of moderation more than one cheat day. I know I am slimming down more since I am taking a more serious approach to this. We could reach our goals together. I give you my permission to hold me accountable.

God bless & I might try sugar free wethers?

Dee

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CTEMPLE 10/17/2010 4:00AM

    Well done Ruthie!
Claudia

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CZARINA_TV 10/16/2010 6:13PM

    I'm getting married in late April -- you're losing weight for my wedding! Go Ruth go!

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RASLALIQUE 10/15/2010 5:14PM

    Congratulations! I like "No S'" idea. I am glad to see that it is paying off for you. You have inspired me.

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Contending with myself

Monday, October 11, 2010

I really want to lose this excess weight. But, as proven by my day-to-day behavior, I also want the frequent & immediate comforting that I get from sweets & online word games. I am having a hard time actually abandoning these two things.

Today I keep telling myself that I can make it through the workday without either one. I did play a couple of games at lunchtime, but otherwise I'm sticking to the plan.

It probably helps that my colleague who organized the presentation I made to about 60 editors on Saturday posted this praise from one of the attenders on Facebook: "Try as I might, I can't come up with any way you could improve on Saturday's meeting. You can't improve on perfection." Makes me feel SO GOOD!

This week I want to eat suppers of just veggies + protein. My refrigerator is bulging with veggies from the CSA box & they need to be eaten before they spoil! So it's going to be tilapia or eggs + veggies every night.

  
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RASLALIQUE 10/15/2010 5:17PM

    Congratulations on your meeting going so well! Your plan will soon get easier for you to manage, especially when you start to see results.

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CZARINA_TV 10/13/2010 11:20PM

    I need to use up the veggies I bought at the greenmarket last weekend... Good luck with your new habits!

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BABY_GIRL69 10/12/2010 3:35PM

    Yum eggs!! I love them scrambled, hard boiled & deviled too. Today I did have sweets as I do everyday. I have not been doing better cause I am still having my red vines & werthers hard carmel candies. I do like to have veggies but I only had spaghetti which has tomato sauce. lol

God bless & thanks for the blog!

Dee

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CTEMPLE 10/12/2010 2:16AM

    bad habits die hard, abstinence helps to need them less.
Claudia emoticon

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Lots of log-sawing these days

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Figuratively speaking, of course! I'm happy to report that my fighting-insomnia strategy really worked last week & most nights I've gotten long, deep sleep. Friday-Saturday I was away on an overnight retreat with a small group of church folks, & there I did NOT sleep well at all (someone across the hall had the weirdest high-pitched wheezy snore I've ever heard! I had on my earplugs but it penetrated those, & even when I dragged my sleeping bag downstairs & lay down on a futon in the lounge, it took forever to get back to sleep). But I was up in time to go for a fast walk before breakfast, & ever since then I've been sleeping deliciously.

I've been doing great at including exercise--at least a short round--nearly every day for a month. On the sugar front I haven't been so consistent, but I've definitely eaten less than I would have if I weren't trying to avoid it. One of these days I need to weigh myself again to see how I'm doing with that.

Onward! emoticon

  
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CZARINA_TV 10/10/2010 10:49AM

    Good to hear that! It sounds like you're doing well and doing a good job of taking care of yourself!

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BABY_GIRL69 10/7/2010 9:59PM

    I too am glad that you have been sleeping better. I know how it is to not have much rest. Thank you so much for stopping by blog! Its always great to see you post up. I'm also glad that you are getting more workouts in the a.m. I do an hour or hour & half but I some times feel so good I can do 2 hours in the evening. Thats when I'm meditating on something & Lord knows we need more prayer, meditation & fasting.

God bless & enjoy everyday!

Dee

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CTEMPLE 10/7/2010 7:13PM

    Glad to hear that dear Ruth.
Claudia

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RASLALIQUE 10/7/2010 6:43PM

    It's good to see that you are sleeping better. Congratulations on doing so well with the exercise too. I'm sure you'll get the hang of the sugar thing pretty soon too. Take care! emoticon

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Insomnia strikes again

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Good thing I made a plan!

When insomnia strikes, it's almost always the early-waking variety. I don't know what time it was when I woke up this morning, but it was well before my alarm was due to go off. I stayed in bed & went back to sleep after quite a while--& then when I heard the alarm, I realized groggily that it had been going off for some time & had been some other kind of repetitive noise in the dream from which I'd just awakened. I was still half-asleep & it took me awhile to wake up fully.

But despite my short sleep, I had to get in some exercise, per my promise to myself. Not enough time to make the fast-walking round to post office & supermarket that I had planned the night before . . . I settled on just the post office, which is about 1.5 miles round trip from my home. With that & stretching I felt much better.

I considered also begging off my dinner with friends tonight--it's out in the western suburbs, a drive of more than an hour each way, & often I'm late to bed after finally getting home. But the friend who just bought a new condo is hosting & very excited to show it to us. I decided to honor this milestone in her life but make sure to leave no later than 9:00, & no turning on the computer when I get home, so that I can be in bed at a decent hour. I may sit down for a few minutes with a candle to quiet myself before bed too.

One more thing I have promised myself: no more computer games, at least for a while. I just love word games & use them to relax during my lunch hour & work breaks, but they're addictive & drain too much time. Instead of playing them I'll get back to getting out of my chair to do a bit of cardio in my office every hour, & at least one 5-10 minute strength-training routine at some point.

Planning ahead does really help!

  
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RASLALIQUE 10/5/2010 10:17AM

    Sorry to hear about your insomnia. It is inspiring to see that despite your challenges you are still trying to meet your goals. Cutting back on the computer games is a good idea. I find that I have difficulty falling asleep even if I'm really tired if I've been using the computer close to my bedtime.

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CZARINA_TV 9/29/2010 10:16PM

    Good to hear that you're setting new goals and keeping 'em!

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CTEMPLE 9/28/2010 6:56PM

    Dear Ruthie have you tried melatonin? it's over the counter and cheap ( from Puritan Pride) I quit my sleeping pills 10 days ago and I have been an insomniac since childhood and took sleeping pills all my life and none of the sleep aids ever worked, but Melatonin does. I take 10mg but they say that the recommended dose is 5mg.
Anyway good idea to stay away from the computer games.
Hope you manage a good night sleep.
Claudia

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CONNIERC1 9/28/2010 1:21PM

  You sound so good! Being able to change your plans, but still keep your eye on the prize is so important...good for you.

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