Thursday, March 03, 2011
I've been losing weight--2+ lbs since the beginning of the current 5% Challenge--& because of that, & because my eating has been on the skimpy side today & I'm a bit hungry, I wanted to go downstairs & get some chocolate. There's room for it in my calorie range. But I have no cash on me, & I'd have to walk a couple of blocks to find an ATM. I'm behind on blogging anyway, so I'll do this instead.
How is Ruth these days? There's always something different going on with my health. Currently it's PT for TMJ on the right side of my mouth. Last night I saw a really excellent physical therapist, & he taught me some self-massage & head/neck stretches that should help. I have also been using a mouth guard at night--that keeps me from grinding my molars, I guess, but it hasn't gotten rid of the jaw achiness. Hoping the PT will do the trick.
I finally finished the big editing projects that were requiring me to put in lots of extra work hours. Now I have just one SMALL, fun editing project before I teach my advanced editing class March 24-26. I found out that I'll be paid for the class March 30, sooner than I thought. It's going to make a big difference in my life! I will use most of it to pay debt (yay!) t & will save a bit to help with unforeseen expenses. And from now on I won't need to take on large freelance editing projects, just short, enjoyable ones here & there. That's because I'll be continuing to teach this class twice a year & it pays well.
Maybe tonight on my way home from work I'll stop at Five Guys & get a hamburger & fries to treat myself--something I do only rarely. If I count my fries, I can make sure not to exceed recommended calories today. Oh, & I'll have to cut up the hamburger into smallish bites--not supposed to open my mouth wide to eat anything.
Saturday, February 26, 2011
First, thanks, everyone, for your kind wishes & prayers during my crunch time. I really appreciate your being so understanding about my need to pull back from SP & focus on work & family.
I'm actually finishing up the two work projects TODAY--circumstances worked out for that. So the end is very near!
As for my daughter, her job imploded--a huge disappointment, but at least now she's out of a very unhealthy situation. She also got robbed on the bus yesterday! If you think of it, please pray for her as she tries to figure out what's next. She would love to stay in Colombia & work in a program that serves poor children; she has dual citizenship, so there are no visa issues, thankfully. I'm really proud of her--she is handling this painful, scary situation with real maturity.
Now on to Spark topics. This week's Living the Good Life challenge involves drinking lots of water & keeping sodium intake low. As I read about how difficult some of my teammates find it to drink water regularly, I feel compelled to make a product plug! It's kinda goofy, but it has made such a difference for me that I mention this every chance I get.
WATER BOTTLES WITH BITE VALVES!
I recommend the Camelbak brand because they're lightweight plastic but BPA free. After I started using mine a couple of years back, I started noticing how my chocolate cravings had lessened & become more manageable. Suddenly I realized that the bite valve had something to do with it--it makes drinking water really mouth-satisfying! Kinda like a baby must feel nursing.
Feel free to poke fun at me--I'm pretty amused by this myself. But it's true. You don't have to tip back the bottle, just suck/bite, & it gives you a weirdly happy feeling. At least if you're like me. Primal satisfaction.
You can get these bottles at places like Target for $15. At Amazon they're cheaper, at least if you're not paying shipping, but if you need one right away, best to trundle over to your local store. Let's drink tons of water this week (which will also keep us more active getting up to go to "the room where everybody goes")!
P.S. Filtered water makes a huge difference too. My fridge has a filtered water dispenser, & I also have a Brita. Filtered water tastes as clear & clean as it looks!
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
I need to finish two work projects in the next few days. AND my daughter in Colombia is dealing with some very hard stuff & needs my support (= LONG phone talks).
Today there was no time for exercise. I am also having to bow out of a gathering I had wanted to attend at church tonight. I hope I'll be able to exercise Thursday & Friday, but I'm not sure yet . . .
Love to you all! Sorry I can't go around & read blog posts. Don't know when I'll be able to.
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
I slept in indoor exercise clothes last night--shorts, T-shirt, sports bra (& slept really well, yay!). But this morning when I saw that it had snowed & no one in my building had been able to go out & shovel our walks yet, I quickly changed into sweats, boots & coat & headed out. It's fun to shovel for exercise! I did feel the challenge to my muscles immediately--I'm sure that's partly because our really great ergonomic snow shovel broke awhile back & we haven't yet been able to replace it.
The whole day since then I've been feeling tired--felt it in my legs when I came up the stairs to my office, for example. Last night I got extra exercise, walking home after women's storytelling group, about 0.75 mile. Which is normally no big deal, but it seems that my postbronchitis body is still a little off. Tonight I will try to get to bed early, instead of fudging as I often do on Tuesday nights because on Wednesdays I work from home. I want to be all the way well!
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