Wednesday, November 23, 2011
LOST: old habit of unlimited sampling while I cook. I had to taste a couple of things today that aren't from recipes--and it felt downright strange to eat while cooking!
LOST: the desire to empty a can of cashews. I counted out a few and enjoyed them very much, along with a small glass of wine.
LOST: mass around the middle. My favorite jeans are getting looser and looser! I bought them a few weeks before starting SP, and they were REALLY tight back then.
FOUND: the ability to stick with daily intentional exercise. "Don't want to" is irrelevant.
FOUND: belief that I really am going to reach my goal this time--and stay there.
FOUND: new friends, new habits, and a healthier me!
FOUND: so much to be grateful for that I can't even begin to list it all. THANK YOU, all my fellow Sparkers! May tomorrow be a day of grace and gratitude however you celebrate it.
Friday, November 11, 2011
I am so provoked, both with myself and with sneaky packaging. Here's my story.
Today for lunch, I had a delicious can of water-packed sardines (not my preferred packed in olive oil). Yeah, I know; not everyone thinks sardines are worth a "delicious" rating, no matter what they're packed in. However, my senior cat and I know better.
Anyway, that was a nice start, and I was in the mood for soup. I had Select Harvest Mexican corn & tortilla soup in the pantry, reasonable calorie count, sounded good today, so I microwaved it and crumbled in half a serving of tostitos for some crunch. Nice. Went to enter it on my tracker, and having forgotten how many calories were in it by the time I went from kitchen to computer, I dug the container out of the garbage to look again. Oh yeah - 110, just what I thought. That gives me plenty of room for veggies and a small apple. OH WAIT! WHAT??? NO! THERE ARE SUPPOSED TO BE TWO SERVINGS IN THAT THING! TWO??? NO WAY! 220 of my precious calories? Not worth it! GRR!
SIGH....OK, I've eaten it; gotta track it. Dare to look at total...hm...only 18 calories over the upper end of the range. That's not so bad. I can easily make an adjustment on my next snack.
I am a literate woman. I know the importance of reading labels, and I usually do. I have no idea why this one didn't catch my attention. And to think I've eaten a couple of those things in the last week or so, thinking I was well within my range. GRR!
Wisdom gained: READ READ READ. Don't assume I know what a serving is. It never occurred to me to question such a generously filling "serving". If I were able to judge and abide by reasonable servings, I wouldn't have a need for food tracking and for this site.
So..."in everything??? give thanks?" Uh...um...hm. Deep breath. Smile.
1. Thanks be that I wasn't much over my calorie range.. What if it had said, God forbid, THREE servings?
2. It WAS pretty good with the tostitos in it. Good thing I enjoyed it because I won't be buying it again.
3. I've had a powerful reminder that I don't know everything.
4. Likewise, that I need to keep reading those labels and not assume anything.
5. Be grateful that I can laugh at myself and not be flung into "revenge" eating--as in "I've blown it, so I might as well do it thoroughly and eat whatever I want the rest of the day. So there."
6. Be glad that it truly was a mistake and not a choice to overeat.
And finally, mistakes are not fatal. I'm human, and I'm going to mess up sometimes, knowingly or not. That doesn't mean I should give up, doesn't mean I'm a failure. IT'S OK TO MAKE A MISTAKE. But I sure will be reading labels more carefully from now on!
Friday, November 04, 2011
My status this morning read,"Sableness loves rainy days!" OK, CHATTYKAY, here's what it's like.
I awake to the sound of gentle rainfall, droplets dancing on the hibiscus leaves outside the bedroom window. I've slept well, thanks be, and am ready to stretch. I start the day with 10-15 min of in bed stretching. By the time I've done that, I feel ready to get up.
My husband tells me he's opened the window just a teeny bit in the family room so we can hear not only the rain, but the water music of the little fountain on the deck (see blog Sanctuary Garden). He's happy that he won't have to water his organic garden today. Somehow the plants know the difference between the water that comes from sprinklers and the water they prefer that falls from the grey sky.
We breakfast on energy shakes to which I've added the rest of a papaya a co-worker brought him. I sit in my large comfortable chair sipping coffee and reading Psalms for Praying by Nan Merrill. Our younger cat wants to join me. She appreciates a warm lap. Actually, she has her eye on the tassel dangling from my bookmark; I have to keep on eye on her, or the little thief will snatch it and run.
I'm smiling; no yardwork today.
Tuesday, November 01, 2011
May you and I and all our SparkPeople community achieve our goals for this month. Help us not to be discouraged if the scale gets stuck, or worse, rises like a hot air balloon.
Keep alive in us the motivation we need to keep going on this journey, and help us avail ourselves of the many resources SP offers, knowing that those who do so are more likely to succeed.
May we remember that we are not the only ones on this path; if we are struggling, so is someone else. Offering words of hope to another may stir up hope in ourselves.
Keep us mindful this day that our little steps add up, and that each of those steps is moving us toward our healthier balanced selves.
Let us take time to be grateful for what is, right now, this day and moment, as well as what we hope for.
Help us to say nice things to ourselves, just as we would to a dearly cherished friend.
Give us this day...the bread of blessing for ourselves and for all of those with whom our lives interweave. AMEN.
(inspired by Nov 1 blog by BLESSEDGMP - thanks, Pat!)
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