Sunday, January 05, 2014
Very thankful for a dear friend who allowed me to talk about why I eat. It helped me to tell her what I wanted to eat yesterday and I had a good day yesterday. Followed through with a romaine, zucchini, avocado salad last evening and stopped there without any night time eating.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Pokagon State Park, near Angola, IN was filled with redbud trees in bloom and even though the day was cold, we packed a picnic lunch.
My 3-year-old granddaughter, Joscelyn enjoyed looking at the turtles and frogs at the nature center at the park.
I enjoyed watching Joscelyn's delight, I enjoyed seeing baby Lila, Joscelyn's little sister.
When my daughter, Abbi asked if I had a blanket, the yoga blanket I carry with me turns into a poncho. It kept her warmer and we found a playground for Joscelyn.
Making memories together at a state park, instead of a large dinner helped me steer away from calories and walk. I love being outdoors and I love being with my children.
After leaving the park, we traveled to Ft. Wayne to see my son. Baby Emma was diagnosed with croup Friday and seemed to be feeling much better but not well enough to join us at the state park, maybe next year.
We stopped in Goshen on the way home to see my mom. She asked us to stop for a visit after declining our invitation to go along with us to Pokagon. She is 83 years old. It was a Happy Mother's Day.
Sunday, May 12, 2013
I am encouraged by my weight loss of just one pound. The first week in the May challenge is behind me and I am motivated to keep working toward more weight loss. After asking for support from Spark friends who walked together, IUSBDEB gifted me with some green produce from the Farmer's Market yesterday morning:
Thank you for the romaine and the asparagus, the spring greens and the red pepper and for coming to my yoga class, and for being willing to stay afterward and work out on the ellipticals for 33 minutes.
I was hungry after the morning and chose breakfast for lunch. Asked for just egg whites and tomatoes and mushrooms in my omelette and said no, thank you to any cheese nor toast, even turned down a pancake. My husband noticed and said, "you did well in your choices at lunch." His comment of support meant a lot to me and he was the one that ate the pancake.
I made salad for dinner and pasta.
I stuck to the plan I'm following, it's worked for me before. I measured out just one cup of Barilla Plus Rotini noodles, topped them off with 1/2 cup of Barilla Tomato and Basil pasta sauce. And sprinkled 1 and 1/2 Tablespoon of shredded parmesan cheese over the top.
This was the first evening in a long time that I was under my calories' range. I allowed myself 9 low fat pretzel sticks and ended up with 1,208 calories for the day. We watched Barbara Streisand in the movie, "The Guilt Trip," it felt good to laugh.
Saturday, May 11, 2013
I asked IUSBDEB to take a photo of me so I could see myself at the weight I am at in the beginning of this May challenge. Sparker FVHORVATH was standing with IUSBDEB and I spotted these beautiful purple iris blooming on campus outside of Greenlawn Hall. LESSOFMOORE was just arriving, walking down the sidewalk toward us to meet up for a SPARK walk last night after work. I shed my jackets for this photo, but the weather was not cooperating, windy and drizzling so we decided to walk inside the Student Activity Center. I was a little disappointed not to be able to show my Spark friends how beautiful the flowering trees are on campus, so I will borrow a photo from Anne Brown (all credit to Anne Brown who took this photo on campus).
At the beginning of this May challenge, I fasted for a day, (last Friday, May 3rd). I have been struggling with my weight gain, but I was successful with one day of fasting. I took note of my starting weight for this challenge last Saturday, May 4th.
Thursday, (May 09th) while eating lunch with friends, I was able to resist eating the toasted bread that came with my salad. That is a small victory for me. I gave one of my pieces of bread to Anita who accepted it (thank you, Anita) but I take note that I was able to leave the other piece of bread on my plate without eating it.
The "Sparkettes" and I walked at the SAC after work last night for 45 minutes and I noticed the number of steps increase on the pedometer that I remembered to slip inside my pocket yesterday morning. I heard myself asking them for their support, I heard myself voice that I have been struggling with my weight gain this year. So here I am at that pivotal crossroads again where I turn toward the mindfulness of discipline and turn away from denial. And I'm taking a hard look at myself.
After walking with my Spark friends, my husband and I decided to go out to eat at The Blue Lantern Restaurant on McKinley Highway. I was successful with my resolve and did NOT eat the garlic toast nor crackers and cheese that they bring to the table. This is another small victory.) I ordered oil and vinegar for over my salad, but indulged in their delicious croutons. When asked which soup I wanted, cream of potato soup or chicken noodle soup, I asked if I could substitute the steamed California vegetables in place of the cup of soup. (another good strategic choice). I resisted the sour cream and cut my baked potato in half, wrapping up one half to bring home. I did not ask for seconds on the "All You Can Eat" fish and I did not use any tartar sauce. I chose to drink iced water with lemon and black coffee and said no thank you to dessert. I felt good about the way I maneuvered through this evening.
I'm owning up to my regained weight and this morning (Saturday, May 11th) I weigh exactly one pound less than I did one week ago (Saturday, May 3rd). I figure I am moving in the right direction and pray that I can continue to do so.
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