Saturday, September 18, 2010
I'm learning to be PATIENT! Yes, me! It's taken me a long, long time to learn the art of patience, but little by little I find myself holding my tongue, not lashing out with a sarcastic remark, merely smiling and saying nothing at all. Wow! How did such a thing happen?
Have you noticed that the longer you stay on SparkPeople, and you are getting into the Healthy Lifestyle, as your weight is stabilizing more at the number you want, you're getting more exercise, you feel better, and your entire life in general just seems to be better -- that some of your personality traits are also improving? Or is it just me? I'm kind of thinking that we are all changing a bit from the inside out.
Today I'm more thankful for the little things I DID get done and worrying less about the few things that I didn't accomplish!
Today I can be happy that the scale didn't go up, even if it didn't go down!
Today I can make wiser choices in my food, and if I choose to eat something that is not really in my plan, I know how to make adjustments for it; or sometimes, to just allow myself to do it as a treat. I know that tomorrow I'll be back on track!
Today I can look in the mirror and love that person looking back at me!
Today I want to reach out to all of you, my friends, and give you a hug!
Sunday, September 12, 2010
I'm a yo-yo! I tend to procrastinate! I'm not always perfect! I sometimes eat food that I KNOW is a bad choice! There are days I do not get a chance to exercise!
Now if I can lose weight in spite of all those slip-ups listed above, it proves that anyone can do it -- it's basically a matter of being consistent and showing some tenacity. I started over 20 pounds ago, not really upset with my weight, but I did think I would feel better and look better if I were to lose 20 to 40 pounds! As a young woman I didn't really have to worry about losing weight, no matter what I ate. But as the years went by, I found the pounds started adding up, and again it seemed "no matter what I ate." I would starve myself, it made a difference of maybe 3 or 4 pounds; then I ate whatever I was in the mood for, and again the weight stayed about the same. So why bother I figured. My husband did not complain about how I looked; I had lots of energy, and I was healthy.
But then, slowly, little health problems did begin to rear their ugly heads. By then I was in my 60's. First it was high blood pressure and 2 or 3 pills to take care of that problem. Then my cholesterol was just slightly high -- OK, another pill once a week leveled that one off. Then the doctor decided my thyroid was borderline; hence another pill. And of course there was the ever-present estrogen that I'd been on since my early 40's when I had a hysterectomy. I was starting to feel like a druggie!
And I began to notice how I looked in photo's; OMG! Was that ME??? Hmmmm! I finally realized I was no longer "petite." Now I was just short! Maybe that was my problem; if I was a little taller I wouldn't be overweight -- I was just too short but how to start growing again -- well, no one could tell me how to do that.
I found SP! I joined SP! It was fun, there were lots of people on here to encourage me, become friends with, read about, write about -- recipes. I collect cookbooks and I found I no longer looked at them. Instead I started my own SparkPeople Cookbook, all printed from recipes of the day, or found somewhere on the site. My weight loss certainly didn't happen overnight, and I didn't aim for that goal. Oh, sure -- like most people I wished I would just wake up one morning and find myself 2 or 3 sizes smaller, but I'm a realist. Today when I stepped on the scale I realized that about 2-1/2 years ago I was a size 14 and now I'm a 10! Also 2-1/2 years ago I was 20 pounds heavier than I am today. I still have a long way to go before I reach my weight from when I was 50 (and I thought I was FAT then) but I'm on my way! And you know what? I'll get there!
My motto is: YOU CAN DO IT!
Friday, September 10, 2010
Now that we're getting some 'really cooler' weather here in the mountains, like 60 degrees first thing in the morning, we decided to put in a flower bed in the front yard. We have a good sized boulder and would like to come out about 6-feet in a semi-circle in front of it, making the bed about 18 to 24 inches high. And our idea was to make a short wall in that shape, then fill the flower bed with top soil. We found a spot about 30 miles from our home where we can pick up all the rocks we want, rocks that ranged from big to little, so we can easily fill all the little niches as we progress with our wall. So far I believe we have made four loads with our SUV and think about two more loads should complete the task.
It will be fun to have it filled with petunias, pansies, geraniums, lavender and in the back perhaps a couple of blooming shrubs, such as sage or something. I would like to think of a flower that would flow gracefully over the edge of the wall we have created to give it a cheerful, friendly look all summer long.
Hauling rocks is not only fun, it's a great exercise!!
Monday, September 06, 2010
Nothing makes the kitchen smell any better than homemade apple pie! Sunday I was out checking the apples on our trees at our summer home and one tree especially had HUGE apples on it. Turning slightly red I figured they must be about ready to eat. I picked three of them and had them sitting next to the sink when I started to think about a pie.
First of all, we didn't have a pieplate at the summer home!
Secondly we didn't have a rolling pin up there either (piecrust, you know) and NO, I didn't have any of the ready-made crusts. You have to understand Yarnell is a VERY small town and even if the grocery store HAD been open, I doubt if their inventory would have run to pie crusts. So....... I had to improvise.
I found a cute little soup shaped dish (with a lid) that was about 5 inches across and much deeper than I needed, but decided to make do. There was only two of us so how big of a pie did we need? I had Crisco and flour, and for a rolling pin I made do with a bottle of wine (I did not drink it first -- filled gave it more heft).
In no time I had my pie crust in place and was cutting up nice small pieces of apples -- I don't like the big chunks you get in frozen pies. Cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar, a tad bit of artificial sweetener (so as to not go overboard) lol -- and a very small sprinkling of flour. As an extra flourish I chopped up a few pecans and added those also. Adjusted the top crust, gave it a dusting of cinnamon/sugar and into the oven it went. While it was baking we went for a walk with the dog. Smelled good when we got home, but not done yet -- finally it was ready. It was a big hit with the BF and I liked it too. Wish I had vanilla ice cream to top if off, but better for me that it wasn't available.
Anyone want a few apples -- we've got bag after bag of them. I'm going to try making apple butter tomorrow.
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