Monday, May 31, 2010
With today being Memorial Day it's a good day to remember all of our loved one's who have passed away. Many people use today as a time to put flowers on their graves. Others only think of the holiday as an extra day off from work (with pay) and it doesn't really matter what the holiday is, some treat them all the same. I'm not here to preach to you about what you should do or should be thinking on any given holiday -- that's a personal preference, and I don't like to judge others.
There are holidays that mean nothing to me, at least they mean nothing as far as the reason they were initially created. Sometimes I wonder what they really mean to our government also, because rather than celebrate them on the day the event happened, suddenly most of our holidays are moved to Monday! We all know the reason for that -- a 3-day week-end. Not that we need a 3-day week-end in order to remember our departed, or to remember Veterans or to remember any of the reasons the holiday is recognized. Most of the people want the 3-day week-end to go out and party and have fun! I'm really surprised they haven't moved the 4th of July, Thanksgiving or Christmas!
For me I have no need to have a special day on the calendar to remember my loved ones who have departed. I think of them on an almost daily basis. They are in my heart and in my thoughts. So today, rather than sitting for a few minutes and thinking of them..... I was painting a wall in my entryway. There was no way I could take flowers to anyone's graveside -- there is no one within driving distance. But in my thoughts they receive special attention each and every day, and if it is possible they are observing me from heaven and they see me busily doing something on the day meant to honor them, I think they will know I still love them....I still think of them.....I still miss them.
Saturday, May 29, 2010
When was the last time you had this much food spread out in front of you, and all of it tempting? Probably whatever the last holiday was where you were getting together with friends and family. Last night we were not even officially into the week-end yet, but I gathered with three other friends at a local Italian restaurant, launching off the wonderful 3-day binge!
I decided to order a light beer to save myself some calories, smart choice; but then the waiter brings a basket of warm, crusty bread, and liberally pours out the oil and balsamic vinegar into a shallow dish in the center of the table. I felt the willpower oozing out my fingertips as I reached out and broke off one of the tasty morsels and swirled it into the olive oil. Beer and crusty bread, a heady combo! Laughter and small talk was flowing freely, and one bite followed another until I wasn't sure just how many of those tiny little bites I had consumed! I wish I had just ordered my dinner and waited for it to be served instead of literally dipping up FAT with my pieces of bread. Yes, I KNOW olive oil is good for you, but it still has 14 g of fat in it!!
OK, now the other couple gets their appetizer! Artichoke hearts/spinach dip, it sounds innocent and healthy, but what about all the fatty cream and cheese it also contains? I passed on that one little temptation, but don't even bother to pat me on the back! My order of eggplant parmesan soon arrived and with the hearty helping of shredded romano on top I doubt if it was the healthiest choice of the evening either.
Even so, I probably could have gotten by with one of my usual gains of .2 or .4 but then the waiter decided we had been so nice all evening he took it upon himself to bring up a "complimentary" dessert. It was delicious, horribly fattening and tastes like pure sin melting on my lips! Strawberries, luscious and sweet, all wrapped up in a sweet whipped cream, folded lightly into a crust that was most likely 99% butter!
What goes in the lips ends up on the hips! All that joy and bliss = 1 lb. gain! The worst part is that tonight the menu is for BBQ Baby Back Ribs! Another favorite so what will I do. There is a swimming pool, so maybe I can swim 150 laps or so and just work it all off. Well. . . . . . . we'll see how "that one" goes!!
Happy Memorial Day everyone!
Thursday, May 27, 2010
If you've been on SparkPeople for awhile and you are exercising regularly, somewhere along the line you probably do some "walking." After all, walking is proclaimed to be the easiest, best, most affordable, and all-around good-for-you exercise there is. Whether heavy or thin, walking will build up muscles, tone you up, burn up calories -- the sky is the limit.
Have you ever read any of the blogs where a person has lost 100 pounds simply by WALKING! I mean, really! No gym fees, get yourself a pair of tennis shoes and away you go! And I noticed something at twilight as I was taking my dog for her (our) walk; it gets easier and easier. OK, and I know that means I need to push it up a bit, walk faster, go farther -- something to put a little effort into my daily walk. My dog may have short legs, but she really knows how to move her butt, and you know what -- that means I've got to move mine too!
Thank God for Dogs!
Monday, May 24, 2010
On one hand I want to eat healthy, exercise and be the best I can be! But on the other hand, sometimes I get sick and tired of making the right choices and doing my exercises; I look at myself and my life and I have to wonder who would notice if I just ate everything in sight, and layed around watching TV.
You know when those days roll around, it was either because the weather wasn't just right (maybe cold and rainy) or maybe the scale was up instead of down; it could have been something as simple as just plain being tired. Just because you had 8 hours of sleep doesn't mean you can't wake up tired. You could have been restless, awake off and on, or maybe there is something on your mind.
How do you get through days like that without wrecking your whole week? I have found that if you track the food you plan on eating, you will probably start off OK, and if you flub up a little later in the day at least it won't be a complete disaster. And DO NOT (yes! in caps) DO NOT let one day rule your life! So you had a bad day -- we all do, so take it in stride, do the best you can and start over fresh in the morning.
Saturday, May 22, 2010
I have always been overly confident in my ability to "know what was going on -- no guidelines needed for me!" well, as smug as that sounds, I had my "ah ha" moment this morning when I stepped on the scale and saw yet another drop of 0.6 making my total loss close to 2.5 pounds! It showed me that what I 'thought' I was eating wasn't true at all, I obviously HAD to be consuming more calories than I thought -- because I was gaining weight. I read about an experiment, tracking your food by planning out your menu's ahead of time, allowing a certain amount of calories for each meal, and coming up with a pre-planned total amount of calories for the day! I was skeptical.....I don't mind admitting it; after all, I was sure I wasn't overeating!
Day one of my Plan gave me an 0.8 pound drop, Day two was even better with a full pound -- then it stayed the same for a couple of days going neither up nor down. Today was another drop of 0.6 so who can blame me for being ecstatic!
My advice to anyone who is a yo-yo all over the place, or putting on a few pounds is to get back on the Nutrition Tracker! You may be eating more than you think so plan it out, and if it's not on your menu for the day, then DON'T put it in your mouth. No! Not even if it's just 40 or 50 calories!
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