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Merry Christmas to me and Learning the Hard Way

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Merry Christmas to me, after working hard to make it a Merry Christmas for friends and family yesterday. Husband was SO helpful, vacuuming up enough cat hair to make another cat from what our three leave about, doing fetch and carry jobs as in "hold this while I pour that" etc, and cleaning the kitchen floor after I finished..

Big emoticonI don't go back to work till Jan 7th, one of the wonderful things about working for the school system.

As for learning the hard way, I've been working full-time since October and have learned a lot of things that don't work for me. I've gained a few pounds back, had to move my bedtime to two hours earlier along with getting up two hours earlier, have been commuting a total of 70 miles on choir nights, have had to adjust to a very different schedule while keeping up with ordinary things like shopping, cleaning, cooking, etc, and have felt tired, depressed, and chronically short on time. I've barely kept up with minimal tracking, missed having time to chat with Sparkfriends, and been squeezing in fitness minutes on the run.

I could dwell on all that, kick myself for what I haven't done, and moan about gaining, not losing--or I can look at what I've learned.

1. I've learned that trying to do my exercise in the morning is not realistic for me. I know it can be done, but it's just not working for me.

2. Packing my lunch the night before makes my morning easier.

3. Taking my old 4 cup coffee pot to work means I'll have a hot cup to look forward to when I get there instead of rushing out the door with a cup that cools on the commute.

4. I'm learning what stores are on my route so I can stop for things on the way home instead of having to muster up energy to go out later.

5. I can't do everything, and here is where I've made a huge change.

For most of my working life, I've been a paid section leader in choirs. For the last year or so, I've been singing in a professional choir and have loved it enough to make the commute across Tampa Bay three times a week for two weeknight rehearsals and two Sunday services. I have learned that I can't handle two jobs. Last week, I resigned from the choir job; the Christmas Eve services were my last.

I am looking forward to leisurely Sunday mornings, more time to spend with husband, more time for things like simply sitting down and reading a book. Since I won't have to hurry home, I can stop and walk the trails at a park near my workplace, maybe join a gym. I'm going to try planning my exercise for after work instead of before. I've had three months of learning, and now I'm about to make a fresh start with a little more time. Merry Christmas to me. I CAN DO IT.



  
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4LEEFCLOVER 12/28/2012 2:08PM

    Sounds like a great way to start the new year. Wishing you all the positive effects of your healthy lifestyle; may it keep getting better each season.

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SAMI199 12/27/2012 3:14PM

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JANEMARIE77 12/27/2012 3:01PM

    of course you can do it

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MADAMES 12/27/2012 4:40AM

    You are a wise woman... you have made healthy decisions that will benefit you greatly! emoticon

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TEDYBEAR2838 12/26/2012 10:16PM

    Yes! emoticon

Knowing your limitations and going with it are great starters.

2013 Will be our BEST!



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ANGGEL40 12/26/2012 10:10PM

    Yes You Can..You are doing great...I love that you are making time for yourself and your Hubby..I don't always get a morning workout in, but I will do it after I get off from work..As long as we get a workout in..it's still good(Right!)..Life Is Good my friend..ENJOY!

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1EMMA2011 12/26/2012 2:57PM

    Yes You Can and You Are! So proud of you as you realign your life to make it all work for you!

I know it's sad to let go of one part of your life and it sounds as though another wonderful segment is opening before you!

Congratulations and Happy New Year!

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ILOVEMALI 12/26/2012 1:25PM

    I know that you can do it!! Happy New Year!

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Dec 1 Long day, retreat, and great crockpot dinner!

Saturday, December 01, 2012

It's after 9:00, time for bed. I spent much of today presenting an Advent retreat. I drank lots and lots of coffee. This evening I feel the peace that I spoke of....

I'd left my non-cooking husband with directions for one of my two favorite ultra-easy crockpot dinners. This one is pork loin, cut up in chunks, one bottle of French dressing, and a can of whole berry cranberry sauce. Mix; dump in pot, and some hours later, come home to delectable dinner. Husband says if he can do it, it's foolproof.

End of Fall 5% challenge. I did not meet my goal, actually gained a pound. Starting the challenge about the same time I started my new job was...well, to be honest, just too much. I need to reassess and find what works for me now. Working full time + commute + more commute in the other direction 3x a week for choir is draining. I've made one adjustment this week. As of January, I will be going to only one weeknight rehearsal, not two, but continuing to sing two Sunday services. The weeknights are the hardest. On rehearsal nights, I spend 2 to 2 1/2 hrs on the road. Cutting back on one rehearsal will help some. This is temporary till after Easter. Then I'll see what I want/need to do after that. Hopefully, this will make it do-able in the meanwhile.

  
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ILOVEMALI 12/4/2012 12:17AM

    I am an epic fail when it comes to challenges.

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CATBEFIT 12/2/2012 12:48PM

    Ouch -- tough commute. Working and travelling always complicated my weight issues -- so I really empathise.

Hope you have figured out the balance that will help you in the coming months.

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POPSY190 12/2/2012 1:22AM

    I put on more than 1lb during the challenge and I don't have work to contend with, so I'd say you've done pretty well in the circumstances. The commuting sounds awful, especially in the winter. I do hope you find some time for yourself - and that all that coffee doesn't keep you awake! emoticon

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MADAMES 12/1/2012 10:39PM

    I wasn't successful with the challenge either. Sometimes life happens! We will have another chance...another challenge!

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ROXYZMOM 12/1/2012 10:01PM

    Boy you sure are busy! Are you packing your meals and snacks?

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Ignatius of Loyola, today's motivator

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

From David Fleming's contemporary version of The Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius of Loyola:

"Our only desire and one choice should be this: I want and I choose what better leads to God's deepening life in me."

  
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ROXYZMOM 11/29/2012 9:08PM

    Very nice - a small sentence with so much meaning!

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ANGGEL40 11/29/2012 2:37PM

    Wonderful...I like it...hope you are having a great fay!

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THESUBY 11/29/2012 3:11AM

    Great man, very inspirational! Thanks for posting!

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Olive Garden

Monday, November 26, 2012

Welll, I am not within the day's calorie range, but made some reasonable choices.

Minestrone soup
ONE breadstick
Beef tips & tortellone - boxed up half for tomorrow's lunch
Decaf + half & half in lieu of dessert
Andes mint

  
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4LEEFCLOVER 11/27/2012 11:52AM

    Great way to enjoy a treat with family/friends! I always plan to take half home for another meal too. Twice the enjoyment!

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MOVEITMARY 11/26/2012 10:57PM

    That is pretty amazing, given the level of temptation there. I bow to you!
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ROXYZMOM 11/26/2012 9:56PM

    Great job!! That had to be tough. I love that restaurant!

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BLITZEN40 11/26/2012 9:49PM

    Way to go with portion control and making healthy choices! emoticon

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MSGO72 11/26/2012 8:27PM

  Good job!

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ANGGEL40 11/26/2012 8:01PM

    Wow..I haven't been to Olive Garden in a while just for that reason along...I would have eaten alot of breadsticks...my Hubby loves the potato soup there..you are doing great! emoticon

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DIBANANA 11/26/2012 7:52PM

  I don't go there and eat just one breadstick which is why I seldom go any more. Big success if you ask me!

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MADAMES 11/26/2012 7:50PM

    Wow! Good for you!! I can easily go overboard at Olive Garden.
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ELAINEGR92012 11/26/2012 7:45PM

    I absolutely love Olive Garden and the bottomless soups and salads they only problem with that is that the soup I like is creamy and I know that if it is creamy that it is packed with a lot of calories so I try to stay away.

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POETLKNG2LOSE 11/26/2012 7:37PM

    It is very hard to stay within your calorie range when you go out to eat. Considering how many calories and fat a lot of their dishes have in them; you probably had a lot less than other people who didn't even think of the calories in their food. I haven't been to Olive Garden in over 3 years now, emoticon emoticon

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ILOVEMALI 11/26/2012 7:35PM

    I just can't go to most chain restaurants. The portions are so big, and too salty for me. When I do go out to dinner, I often will ask for a to-go box to be brought to the table when my meal is served, and then I put half of the dinner inside for the next day.

It looks like you made reasonable choices! Good job!


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Year-old Cranberry Sauce! For real!

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Nothing like creative cookery, and my thrifty Dutch and German ancestors would be proud of me. I had made raw cranberryorange nut relish for Thanksgiving dinner and gave the leftovers to daughters, telling them I could make some more for me and husband.

Well, I do have another bag of berries in the 'fridge, but remembered that there was also a bag in the freezer that I kept meaning to throw out--left from the holidays LAST year. Hmm. I took the bag out of the freezer; the berries looked pretty good. I looked up SP's recipe I'd seen last week for cooked orange cranberry relish and went at it. The berries were only a tiny bit dried out, but plumped up nicely with the orange/sugar/water mixture. Husband was amazed when I 'fessed up about them being left from last year!

  
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1EMMA2011 11/25/2012 2:55PM

    emoticon Sounds so yummy!! You did awesome!!

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MOVEITMARY 11/25/2012 2:09PM

    Hey, what's a little freezer burn among friends? :)

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DONNACFIT 11/25/2012 9:50AM

    I've been trying to use up things buried in my freezer, too! One of my many fall projects!

Glad they turned out for you!!

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MADAMES 11/25/2012 3:16AM

    I love this story!

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POPSY190 11/25/2012 1:11AM

    Waste not, want not! emoticon

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DSBRIDE 11/24/2012 10:09PM

    WTG!! I don't believe in wasting food esp. when it's mixed with something that adds to the flavor. You did good!!

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ILOVEMALI 11/24/2012 9:06PM

    A true "super-food!!"

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SABLENESS 11/24/2012 8:43PM

    I was pretty surprised. I knew you could freeze cranberries, but had no idea they'd stay edible that long. I'm sure they were more nutritious a year ago, but still! emoticon

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LHLADY517 11/24/2012 8:36PM

    Good job.

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ARNETTELEE 11/24/2012 8:36PM

  As long as no one got a tummy ache!

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