Thursday, November 10, 2011
TWAS THE NIGHT OF THANKSGIVING,
BUT I JUST COULDN'T SLEEP.
I TRIED COUNTING BACKWARDS,
I TRIED COUNTING SHEEP..
THE LEFTOVERS BECKONED -
THE DARK MEAT AND WHITE,
BUT I FOUGHT THE TEMPTATION
WITH ALL OF MY MIGHT.
TOSSING AND TURNING WITH ANTICIPATION,
THE THOUGHT OF A SNACK BECAME INFATUATION.
SO, I RACED TO THE KITCHEN, FLUNG OPEN THE DOOR,
AND GAZED AT THE FRIDGE, FULL OF GOODIES GALORE.
GOBBLED UP TURKEY AND BUTTERED POTATOES,
PICKLES AND CARROTS, BEANS AND TOMATOES.
I FELT MYSELF SWELLING SO PLUMP AND SO ROUND,
'TIL ALL OF A SUDDEN, I ROSE OFF THE GROUND.
I CRASHED THROUGH THE CEILING, FLOATING INTO THE SKY,
WITH A MOUTHFUL OF PUDDING AND A HANDFUL OF PIE.
BUT, I MANAGED TO YELL AS I SOARED PAST THE TREES....
HAPPY EATING TO ALL - PASS THE CRANBERRIES, PLEASE.
MAY YOUR STUFFING BE TASTY,
MAY YOUR TURKEY BE PLUMP..
MAY YOUR POTATOES 'N GRAVY HAVE NARY A LUMP.
MAY YOUR YAMS BE DELICIOUS.
MAY YOUR PIES TAKE THE PRIZE,
MAY YOUR THANKSGIVING DINNER STAY OFF OF YOUR THIGHS!!
Saturday, November 05, 2011
It seems I always sabotage myself -- or rather my husband does. I was so proud and happy with everything on Friday because I had lost a whole pound after being at the higher weight for several days!
But when dinner time rolled around and I suggested ham and cheese sandwiches for us -- hubby said he wanted PIZZA. I gave in..... and of course he didn't stand over me and threaten me to eat my half, did he? No -- I did that all by myself. I knew going in that the scale would be back up the pound -- and it was!
Why do I do this? Why does anyone do it? I see it on a daily basis as I check into my various Teams and see one or more members tell me what they ate the day before and "how they shouldn't have." But, what's done is done, and it's just me that will have to get that pound back off again -- not my hubby, not my friends, I am the one that is totally responsible. No use pouting, just bite the bullet and try to do better today. I guess you could look at it as your treat for the week, or for the month (or however often you allow yourself a treat). You DO allow a treat now and then, don't you?
Wednesday, November 02, 2011
Not long ago DH took me on a 2 week+ vacation throughout New Mexico and then touched into the corner of Colorado before heading home. I went through some of the photo's he had posted on our website, and chose a few that I especially liked and will explain below the photo where they were taken. If interested, our website can be viewed at: delange.org
This photo was taken in the Carlsbad Caverns. It was one of our first stops, so I'm showing these first.
Also taken in the Caverns, this particular formation was entitled "Devils Spring."
This one in the Caverns looked like the perfect setting for Halloween -- good thing we got there the beginning of October, it would have been spooky!
OK, last one for the Caverns -- there were many different color variations, but I found it was rather difficult to capture the picture the way my eyes saw it.
Next stop on our trip was Roswell, NM -- I told you we'd been abducted by the aliens, and here is the proof.
I threw myself on their mercy and begged them to let us go. They didn't budge, so I began telling them about "Spark People" and how they should endeavor to live a healthy lifestyle. Don't know why but shortly afterward they let us go.
One Sunday we took a drive through one of the National Forests and stopped to take a photo of what we had been driving through. Sorry we didn't get some of the shots we saw as we were driving along. Many times the roads had no pull-overs.
Looking back down at the White Sands National Monument, this shot was taken at Sunspot, which was where we went on our Sunday drive. Beautiful country here and in the next shot you will see a close-up of some of the white sands drifts where the formations seemed endless -- on and on just dazzling white!
Our last stop was at Mesa Verde and this particular photo is of Cliff Palace. We actually took the tour that hiked right down to it. It's hard to believe the life of the people back thousands of years ago as they made their homes in these cliff dwellings.
Hope you enjoyed the little tour! Didn't want to put in too many as sometimes these can get boring.
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
When you make the decision to attain a Healthy Lifestyle, or when you make that decision to get to a healthier weight, you know you can't reach your goal in just a day. It took time to get where you are today, and it will also take time to reach your goal.
All the hard work in the world isn't going to help if you end up just wearing yourself out, so that when you reach that magic number on the scale, or slide into that "dream size" you have in mind for yourself -- you are worn out, just totally exhausted and it's the end of the end. You've seen it happen before, when a person defeated all odds of winning, maintained the straight and narrow, never allowing temptations to get the better of them. You may think that a person who had reached their goals that way deserved a big pat on the back.
Perhaps you would be right. But to my way of thinking, if you bound yourself too tightly with rules and restrictions, even when you hit that magic number that you were striving for -- you didn't really win. The price was too high and you gave up too much. It's not human nature to "never" indulge, and do you really want to see a certain number on the scale, or wear a certain dress size -- at the cost of never again eating another bite of some of your favorite foods?
Even in the Bible it speaks of moderation in all things. So don't go crazy and drink an entire 6-pak of beer (if beer is your thing), and if you're absolutely gone on pizza, especially meat lovers, or piled high with pepperoni -- don't say you will never let another morsel pass your lips. Ice cream is your weakness? You don't have to eat a gallon to find satisfaction. MODERATION is the key here. It is the little things that count..... by that I mean give yourself little treats now and then as you are on the road to success. Don't eat an entire pizza, be happy with a piece, or even a few bites -- to go along with a bowl of soup or your salad. Whatever food it is that brings a smile to your face should not be banished from your menu for the rest of your life. Where is the joy in that -- but instead of pigging out and going off the deep end, savor the taste with one or two bites. You probably won't believe it, but eventually you will reach the point where you can so "no" to some of the very same food that you think you'd die for. It no longer has such a drastic hold on you.
There was a time when I could not pass a candy dish filled with chocolate covered raisins. My obsession for them lasted for years; but strangely enough they no longer hold any power over me. I may stop once in awhile and pop one in my mouth -- most of the time wondering as I do it what the big attraction was. You know when things like this happen to you that you are well on your way to a truly healthy lifestyle.
I don't know if I will ever reach that magic number, but I do know that a lot of things have changed in my life. Most of the things that seem to have made a difference are little things in themselves -- but they add up in a big way!
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