Saturday, January 28, 2012
Is this kind of how you feel after a day at work? Or housework? Or, like for me right now, a full day of painting?
Whew! I feel like I must have burned off 1000 calories at the very least! But, for most of us -- every though we are tired out to the core, as far as burning calories go, working hard isn't the same as working-out hard!
I don't know why that is, probably because it's not actually cardio -- your heart isn't racing, although your brain certainly needs a rest! Sorry to tell you, but even after a hard day of WORKING, your body could still use a good WORK OUT so yes, go hit the gym. It's just what your body needs to get in shape, and to stay in shape!
Sunday, January 22, 2012
I used to tear my hair out looking at that far off goal of 10, 15 or 20 pounds off by my birthday (October) or the end of the year! As a gal with a small amount of patience, it's hard to be told "slow is best" because I like instant gratification
Then I was reading this article about "short term goals" and how they could help. And as you reached each goal, you could give yourself a little reward -- or at the very least, check them off as DONE!
I am now into my 3rd week (always on Sunday) of doing that. My goal was just half a pound each week. Very reasonable and attainable! The first Sunday I was elated as I was ahead of my goal by 1.4 pounds.
The second week I didn't do as well -- it was a stressful week, and tiring. I found that I tend to stuff my face when I'm overly tired ! So when Sunday rolled around, I was still ahead of my goal, but by only .2 of a pound! But still, ahead is ahead!
This is the 3rd Sunday for my weigh-in and I'm really happy to report that I'm back to the 1.4 pounds ahead of goal weight. Woo Hoo! Truly love short goals!
Friday, January 20, 2012
When you wake up in the morning you don't know if it will be a good day or a bad day. You have no idea if you will have gained weight or lost weight. You don't know how the day will turn out. You can have plans, you can have appointments and you can have schedules; but we all know that while they may help us keep on track for the day, things have a way of going astray at times.
YOU alone can decide if it will be a good day or a bad day! Sure, someone could scratch a fender on your car while you are in the mall shopping -- but no one has control over how you react to it -- except YOU! Even gaining or losing weight is sometimes due to many variables. Perhaps your sodium was just right and you made good choices, even did your exercises. Probably you lost weight. But if the scale shows a slight gain, it doesn't have to ruin your day! You could have made good choices, but your body reacted to whatever foods you ate that caused you to have a bit of extra water weight. If your body held onto just 1 extra cup of water that would be a half pound. So is it so hard to understand why your weight may vary by 1 or 2 pounds every day?
Most of the time our "bad" days add up to how we are reacting to various things going on around us. It may not even affect us personally. Seeing an accident could trigger something in you and cause you to eat "comfort" food for lunch when you were planning on being good and sticking with a salad. Perhaps you grabbed a candy bar and ate it, without even thinking, kind of a chain reaction.
YOU are in charge! Good day or bad day -- it's all in the way you perceive it!
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
I'm an impatient person! I have known this from Day 1. And if I didn't know, I'd had plenty of friends who have told me in plain English.
Most of you who read my blogs know how excited I was about getting granite counters in my kitchen. In fact, the day after the salesman came from the company I went with, I knew (from the samples) what color I was going with. The sample showed tans and a deep rusty gold with flecks of gray, etc. I just KNEW how it would look in my kitchen. I'm very visual. With that in mind, I went to the computer to shop for new window covering for our two very large windows.
The ones in there now are pinky-mauve, as you can see in the photos on my blog about the "Update on Kitchen" blog. Looks OK -- old as the hills but look good. I found online some beautiful woven woods in pecanwood. I could picture how they would look with the new counters and new paint on the walls. I ORDERED THEM! Yes, I know any ordinary person would have waited until the counters were installed to get a better feel for it. PATIENCE LACKING SEVERELY!
The next day I went to the granite store to make the final selection upon seeing the full slab of granite, not a 5-inch square! I find the one I adored in the little sample had this HUGE 2-foot wide river of deep rusty-gold running through it! It literally drew your eyes to it, overpowering! I knew I couldn't have THAT in my kitchen, or it's all you'd see! Looking behind me I see this elegant, cool gray with lots of movement, white running through it, and in places a touch of tan. It was love at first sight! I switched my choice to that one!
When I got home I was contemplating how my woven woods window covering would look with elegant gray instead of tan/rusty gold. My mind was telling me I had just made a big boo-boo! I tried to console myself by saying "wood goes with anything." It worked to a point. But deep down I was still worried. After all, we weren't speaking of pocket change -- each window was over $1000!
The granite was in. It looked beautiful. I would look at my kitchen and wonder how the woven woods would look! Then the manufacturing company called me. They were out of the pecanwood and wouldn't have in another supply until Mar. or April. Did I want to WAIT or CANCEL. Thank you, God, you've saved me yet again!
and I'll work on being patient!
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