Thursday, February 18, 2010
Okay, it's been a warm bunch of days here in SoCal and during my walk this morning, I made a new rule for myself. Which I know better than to do as my rebellious self automatically decides to disobey. (smiling)
I'll need new shorts this summer. But I will not buy any until I'm a size smaller. That's the rule. No shrinkage, no new stuff.
Thinking - again - about doing a caffeine detox. I really have to kick this demon that makes me feel yucky even though I do not drink much coffee. Really affects me adversely. But when I eliminated it in October, I truly felt like a zombie for the five weeks I went without. A dillemma, for sure.
Have a good evening, sparkfriends.
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Just some random thoughts for the day. Just got in from a sunshine walk and am sweaty and thinking of all the things I should be doing, but haven't been because my internal engine is stalled out. Maybe forever. So, I'm thinking of what my options will be if I continue to flake for much longer - a beachbum in Mexico (I'm near the border, so that's convenient), a white collar crime so that prison will take care of me, etc. I know, I aim high.
Came into a house that's 80 degrees and my fur babies are wilting. As much as I hate to, I had to turn on the dratted A/C that will cost me a fortune on my next bill. It's either turn it on or not breathe and watch my cats die.
It was one of those days when I had all my calories by brunch. That is, I was sooo proud after reading JLITT's blog before I left, to be reminded of licks, bites and tastes. I was like the little train that could. Sure, I can do that I thought, as I picked up a huge organic milk chocolate bar at the grocery store. And how proud I was that en route home, I only had a "bite." Which is relative since the bite was about a third of the bar. As I got home and thought of all my recent accomlishments (like getting through the day), I rewarded myself with another "taste." Oh my... you know the rest of the story. And frankly, Scarlett, I don't give a (bleep).
And as for yesterday's blog and my life being like that movie Ground Hog Day in some ways, I did fine until around noon (no, the behavior isn't eating, although that would be a good guess), and then WHAMO. Day 1 - again. Ask me if I care. Yes, it's one of those attitude days. (smiling)
Wishing all a great evening.
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
As I took out a new journal notebook to carefully outline my thoughts on Day 1, I had to smile at myself. Sometimes I'm too much even for myself to handle! (smiling)
In trying to break habits, one in particular, I have sincerely had so many Day 1's that I've lost count. Really now, c'mon, get started - I tell myself. And each time, I really really mean it. But then life gets in the way and, oh well, you know the rest.
So, I guess part of this process is being able to smile (sometimes laugh) at myself and be more patient. And the answer to that question of how many Day 1's can I seriously create is - as many as it takes to finally lead into Day 2! Holding onto my hat, here goes Day 1. And I will refrain from adding "again" as not to discourage my efforts.
Wishing all a great day.
Monday, February 15, 2010
Last week, when my little baby Harry went to the vet for his eye infection, he was weighed. He's a hefty 10 lbs. (William, his brother, is a feather by contrast. He must weigh 4, if that.)
When I hold Harry, I get tired. Then I remember that during the past year, I shed the equivalent of three and a half Harry's. No wonder I was tired all the time! If 10 lbs feels like a huge burden, imagine 35 lbs and what that made my organs, bones, brain and muscles feel like on a daily basis!
It's always good to have a reminder of what that weight equals and feels like because we tend to have a short memory and minimize our accomplishments.
Wishing everyone a wonderful day.
Sunday, February 14, 2010
There are varying opinions as to the origin of Valentine's Day. Some experts state that it originated from St. Valentine, a Roman who was martyred for refusing to give up Christianity. He died on February 14, 269 A.D., the same day that had been devoted to love lotteries. Legend also says that St. Valentine left a farewell note for the jailer's daughter, who had become his friend, and signed it "From Your Valentine". Other aspects of the story say that Saint Valentine served as a priest at the temple during the reign of Emperor Claudius. Claudius then had Valentine jailed for defying him. In 496 A.D. Pope Gelasius set aside February 14 to honour St. Valentine.
Gradually, February 14 became the date for exchanging love messages and St. Valentine became the patron saint of lovers. The date was marked by sending poems and simple gifts such as flowers. There was often a social gathering or a ball.
In the United States, Miss Esther Howland is given credit for sending the first valentine cards. Commercial valentines were introduced in the 1800's and now the date is very commercialised. The town of Loveland, Colorado, does a large post office business around February 14. The spirit of good continues as valentines are sent out with sentimental verses and children exchange valentine cards at school.
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