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Floundering

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

I make good plans. I just don't always stick to them. This is a problem I have in all areas of my life. It's not just a food problem. Food and shopping are the two biggest boundary setting problems I have. I am also guilty of trying to pack way too much in a day. I used to be hard on myself when I didn't get everything accomplished I had set out to do. Now, I tend to be more hard on myself about not planning realistically.

Reality. Firm boundaries.

So, why the weight gain this week? Dramatic weight gain. 3 pounds. In one week.

DH was off work, and we were out shopping for two of those days. Eating out. Almost all the meals for both of those days. Sundays are always a challenge. Yesterday I have no excuse. I could have said, "No," to those Cheetos, but I did not. I just wanted the bag gone, and heaven forbid I just throw them in the trash. Instead I threw them on my belly.

I didn't measure anything. "I know what a half cup looks like." Well, maybe not.

Emotional eating? Maybe. I am thinking about seeing a counselor. I seem to have some sabotage issues with meeting my goals. It's okay if I approach the goal, but to actually achieve it seems to be a problem for me. The shopping days with DH was to purchase furniture we had planned on getting for a long time. We did not buy on credit. We communicated well with each other. We really did some excellent problem solving. The night after the purchases, everything settled, delivery scheduled, I had terrible nightmares. All night. I would wake up, go back to sleep, and the dreams would just start where they left off. I was stalked, chased, and murdered all night long. It was so real.

I think I might have some issues I didn't realize I had.

My immediate issue this morning is getting to the pool. DH is back to work, and it's time to get back into a healthy routine.

  
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FRIDA11 1/14/2014 12:34PM

    Try every evening to write what you did do -
Maybe you will be happily surprised..

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HEALTHY-SPARK 1/14/2014 11:20AM

    Ugh, that's the worst with the endless night of nightmares where you wake up and fall asleep only to start back where you were! I think you've been making great long term progress, and a couple days of eating out or cheetos isn't going the be the end all. More than likely, I would guess the restaurant foods were more salty than what your body is used to -- 3 *real* lbs in a week seems more likely to be water changes. Hang in there and don't be too hard on yourself. *hug*

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ROBBIEY 1/14/2014 8:04AM

  Forgot about the last couple of days and get back to your healthy habits. I wish you much success.

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WDIPIM 1/14/2014 7:55AM

  good luck

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Michael Mosely's 3 1/2 day fast

Monday, November 04, 2013

I have 12 minutes until I can eat. I am going to split an apple with my husband. Sweet Tango. They are new at our WalMart.

I cannot believe I made it three and half days without eating.

I did have peppermint herbal tea every morning, and I drank a cup of homemade chicken broth twice a day. I also used the fasting solution from Genesis products. I think it did help, and it didn't taste nearly as nasty as I imagined it would.

Mosely is right. The first day is the hardest. After the first day it's almost like your body realizes, "Hey, she's not going to eat." The big struggle with not eating was the first day. The second and third days I had a mild headache, even though I was drinking plenty of water. I got sick at my stomach last night. I thought that was odd. Maybe I picked up a bit of a bug. I would think the immune system would suffer a little with no nutrients coming in.

This last half day is the first that I have felt my cognitive functions are bit impaired. I'm a bit foggy, and I really have to concentrate to get the simplest things done. I feel like my energy level is good until I actually get up to do something. Then, I don't last long. Most everything I have done this morning has involved sitting down.

Why did I do this? #1 to attack my belly fat issue
#2 detox from fried candy bars and funnel cake at Neewollah
#3 just to see if I could do it

Freedom from my appetite. I have really enjoyed it, but now it's time to go split that apple with Dan.

  


Size 8 Shorts

Monday, August 26, 2013

I wore a pair of my size 8 denim shorts on my paper route yesterday morning. They were snug, but not skin tight like they were. They weren't terribly uncomfortable to wear. I considered wearing them to do housework today, but I've opted for loose fitting clothing. I did put the size 8 shorts back on yesterday afternoon. Size 8 is my destination size, but I do want them looser.

For a long time just seeing the numbers on the scale get smaller was satisfying. That doesn't motivate me as much anymore. Maybe it's because my weight loss has slowed down so much.

Now, I want those shorts loose, and comfortable to wear on housework day. The thought invigorates me.

  
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3016DEBRA 8/27/2013 11:22AM

  emoticon emoticon I can see you in them already!! emoticon

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CAROLSYLVIA 8/26/2013 2:26PM

    Way to go!

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LADYFROMTHEWOOD 8/26/2013 9:04AM

    I think the more we mature in our SP journey, the more we realize that the scale doesn't matter nearly as much as our body image and fitness level. How our clothes fit seems to be a good way to gauge that along with our stamina. CONGRATULATIONS on being able to wear size 8! Would you've have thought it back a year ago?


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HIKING-4-ME 8/26/2013 8:20AM

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EVIE4NOW 8/26/2013 8:18AM

  A great goal other then the scale.

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The Sunday Solution

Sunday, August 18, 2013

The goal on Sunday is not to lose weight. It's just not to lose control. As with most obstacles, the solution has more than one part.

The problem is that my schedule on Sunday is radically different from the rest of the week. I get up at 2 A.M. to throw the Sunday paper. The rest of the week I am up at 6:30, just because I am a morning person. The rest of the week the paper is an afternoon paper.

On Sundays I have been ravenous hungry. It's genuine stomach growling, shakes, and no concentration hunger. I have been eating everything I can get my hands on - until about 2 in the afternoon. Then I'm done. I'm pretty much not interested in eating the rest of the day.

Sundays are also insanely busy. After the paper route we drive an hour and 45 minutes to church one way. Then there's the drive home.

A few weeks ago I discovered that if I go to bed early on Saturday night and get 7 or 8 hours of sleep, Sunday is a whole lot more "normal" day. Yes, it is possible to go to bed at 7 on Saturday night. This should get easier to do as the days get shorter.

Early in the job I learned that not taking a nap when we get home from church is also critical. I just go to bed early Sunday night. I let myself sleep in Monday morning, if I want to. If I take a nap on Sunday afternoon, I stay up too late, and it screws up Monday.

I think getting up so early to go to work kicks my metabolism into high gear. Even though I have eaten like a horse most Sundays, weight gain hasn't been a problem. Of course I haven't lost any either. It's not how much food I am eating that bothers me. It's what I'm eating. Donuts. I want donuts so bad on Sunday morning, it's disgusting, and I don't normally have much of a sweet tooth.

I think I found another piece of the puzzle this week. I packed a HUGE Sunday lunch for us. It was a healthy, home cooked feast. Yesterday at WalMart I picked up a canister of trail mix and my beloved Baked Barbecue Lays. I talked myself out of a breakfast sandwich on the way to church because I was so looking forward to lunch. The trail mix helped quell my sweet tooth this morning. No donuts.

I still ate a lot today. The day is so crazy, I have decided I will never even try to track on Sundays. I'm doing well just to log in.

For me I think the pieces are: 1) get enough sleep Saturday night 2) pack a big lunch that I will look forward to having 3) buy some quality snacks for the road

Maybe staying in my calorie range will be a goal for Sunday someday, but for now I'm not going to worry about it. The day is already stressful enough. I will have to grow into calorie counting on Sundays gradually, if it's going to happen. It's just not a priority right now.

I hope this helps some of you who have to deal with erratic work schedules. It helps me to write it all down.

  
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LADYFROMTHEWOOD 8/19/2013 10:05AM

    What a SMART solution (several, really) you've discovered for yourself! I think that's really great. Going to bed at 7 is a fine thing in my opinion! I must agee, your saying that your goal was simply "not to lose control" was quite the motivation for me. I think that's what I need to concentrate on for myself right now.
WAY TO GO!
~Teresa

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CIRANDELLA 8/18/2013 5:28PM

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What I Have Learned about Canning

Friday, August 09, 2013

It's a hot, sweaty job. Wear loose fitting clothes and comfortable shoes.

It always takes longer than you think it is going to take. Don't count on getting too much else done.

Get all the same size jar mouth. It's maddening to try to keep wide mouth jar lids and rings separate from the regular size. Just this morning I decided we are going to all wide mouth jars. I put all my regular size jars and rings in the Goodwill pile in the garage. We even have wide mouth, little jelly jars.

I think the best place to get canning supplies is Ace Hardware. Our store downtown will even test your pressure canner, and you can order new rubber rings for it from there.

My friend, Debbie, gave me her canning supplies several years ago when she had cancer and was too ill to continue canning. I can't believe how much easier the job was after I got these supplies:

a canner (for hot water bath) with a jar rack. It keeps the jars 2 inches a part while they boil, like they are supposed to be.
a jar lifter. I had always used metal tongs before. This is a lot safer. You can really get a good grip on the jars.
head space tool. This measures from the top of the jar to the top of the liquid, up to 1 inch in 1/4 inch increments. Most everything I can calls for 1/2 inch of head space.
magnet for checking if the can has sealed
tool for helping you fill the jar without spilling. I imagine there is a proper name for this, but I don't know what it is.

Wipe the jar rims down with a damp paper towel before you put the lids on. Spices on the jar rim can keep the jar from sealing.

When I was a child, we picked the produce first thing in the morning. Then we prepped and canned. I prefer not to do that. DH picked cucumbers and washed them last night. He put them in the refrigerator overnight. I canned this morning. Picking, prepping, and canning all in one day is just too much. Plus, I need to leave for work at 2:30. (Thank heavens it's mostly a sit down job.)

It takes as long to can 2 pints of produce as it does to can 6 quarts.

It's cooler out today than it was the last time I canned, so I could open up the house. Whew! The kitchen was still hot and steamy, but the house cooled down a lot more quickly than it did last time after I emptied the water out of the canner.

But it's worth it. I love hearing the, "Pop, pop, pop," as the jars seal. I heard 5 of the 6 jars seal today. I'll check them tonight when I get home from work before I label them and put them away. I feel so proud when I look at all those jars setting in our cupboards. It's good stuff to eat, and it's good stuff to give as Christmas presents.

Now, I need to run some errands before work. Don't worry. I took a dose of Tylenol.

  
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JIMINY24 8/11/2013 2:27PM

    I have never canned before and it sounds like a lot of work! Thank you for sharing your experiences and if I ever decide to try it I'm hitting you up for advice! :)

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CAROLSYLVIA 8/9/2013 11:02PM

    I love that little "ping" when the jar seals, too! And so rewarding to see all those jars all ready to put away for the winter. I had hoped to have lots of tomatoes to can this year, but my tomatoes are all really small, so I'm not sure if I'll have much to can.

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LADYVOLSFAN1954 8/9/2013 7:52PM

    I love to can too. There's nothing like looking at the fruits of your labors. My son and I love listening to the pop pop pop of the lids as they seal. Yes, it is a hot hot sweaty time but I always loved it. Enjoy!

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KSNANA2 8/9/2013 7:46PM

    Brings back memories of canning after my grandmother gave me the equipment to get me started. But after a few years I discovered freezing was a lot easier! Kept the house much cooler too! Now it's just the two of us and I still have that big old freezer. Hate to get rid of something that works so well but I think about downsizing sometimes.

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THINAGIN2 8/9/2013 6:04PM

    All of that is true about canning but you left out how rewarding it is!

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TXGRANDMA 8/9/2013 5:52PM

    My Mom used to can a LOT of stuff when we were kids! I remember helping prepare the fruits and vegetables for canning and freezing. It was a huge job, and Mom didn't have any of the fancy tools, so you know how tough it was. We lived in Michigan in the country, so of course it was a lot cooler than Texas! It has been over 100 the past 9 days here. Of course, no rain.

I haven't helped with that since I was a kid, so good to read that someone is still doing that, growing their own food and putting it up for future use. Thanks for sharing, I too remember the "POP" of the lids as they sealed, and how happy that used to make Mom! emoticon emoticon

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KARUNK 8/9/2013 3:56PM

    I can all of my winter produce. I do it for pure pleasure as nothing is more satisfying that seeing all those jars on the shelves waiting for you to need them. emoticon

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3016DEBRA 8/9/2013 2:28PM

  I used to do it but it's just too much work for me! emoticon

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