Tuesday, June 30, 2009
I'm on a weight plateau ---- since February.
Though now I've come to call it "maintaining." It just sounds more positive. I've resolved that maybe my body just needs to "maintain" at this place for a while --- and then we'll move on.
My DH says not to sweat it. He says, "What if you just lose 2 pounds this entire year? In ten years, you'll be 20 pounds later! That's a GREAT thing!"
Hmmmm? Yeah, I guess he's right. I'm still not buying the 10-year-plan, but it helps me to see that this is not the end of the road. I can live with this weight for now, I guess --- even though it's not my ideal weight. I'm still a lot more active than I was. I still get compliments from people right and left. I still fit into clothes I haven't worn in a while. There are good things.
In a way, this relinquishing of control is a good thing. It's a part of "listening to my body" that I admit I don't do very often or well. Until now. Maybe. Let's watch...
Sunday, June 14, 2009
My DH and I joke that we've built our own version of Guantanamo. But instead of keeping prisoners IN, we're attempting to keep the wildlife OUT.
Our personal Guantanamo is a raised vegetable garden fully enclosed with wire mesh fencing. Since we're planting and nurturing these veggies, we also wanted the opportunity to eat them ourselves instead of growing them as food for area squirrels, rabbits and whatnot. Our structure has removable side panels so we can get in to weed, water and pick. It's our own derivative of the "square foot gardening" method and was a lot of work to build. We hope it'll be worth it in the end. It's already getting fun now that the heavy lifting is over.
We're growing tomatoes (several varieties), peppers (several varieties of those too), peas, beans, strawberries, pumpkins, watermelon, basil, cilantro, radishes, onions, carrots, cucumbers, lettuce (3 types), spinach --- a true assortment. We hope to be eating healthy from our very own backyard!
The radishes and lettuce are first up. I'm planning a salad tomorrow night. How exciting!
This photo was taken a few weeks ago. I'll update it soon.
Saturday, June 13, 2009
Each summer, the bible study group my DH and I lead joins other area groups in a combined study. This allows us to meet more people and gives our leaders a break from the rigors of weekly teaching. We also take turns hosting in our homes. Gatherings can range from one to four dozen people.
Last night, we traveled to a higher crime area of our large city, one without the tony shopping malls and chain restaurants. We sat out in the host's small back yard and he began by encouraging us to focus on what we were doing instead of on the loud music, barking dogs, random gunfire/fireworks emanating from the neighborhood. For the many suburbanites in the circle, it was a wake-up call, one that took some out of their comfort zones.
Our extended church family is quite diverse. We know that...and we love it. God works in our lives in big ways --- and in small ways. It's always a blessing. When we focus on Him, we find that the setting or the background of His people is more often than not, merely incidental. That was certainly the case last night as we shared around the circle. We were reminded once again...to simply listen. He's provided ept teachers in many forms.
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Next week, I'm flying west. I'm going on a long-overdue jaunt to visit my mom. She usually comes to the midwest because my sister and our families live within a few hours of each other. It's easier/cheaper to move one person across the nation than 8.
That said, I haven't been out there in awhile. (Guilty as charged.) I'm going solo --- no DH and no kids. I'll sit through countless friends (of hers) and relatives. Though I don't relish it, I shouldn't really complain. Everyone has to do their time, huh? I am glad that I still have a mom to visit!!! That's a blessing...
Another plot twist to the journey is that I'm going to spend a couple days with a friend that I haven't seen in 25 years. She was my best friend when I lived there for 2 years in high school. Though she too lives in another state now, we arranged it so we'd be back there at the same time. We have a couple decades to catch up on and it'll truly be "a blast from the past." I can't imagine it, really. How will it be, in so many ways, to meet up with your high school self? What will she remember? What will I remember? (This is the part in cheesy movies where you see the swirling vortex tunnel and the weird music plays...)
Honestly, I'm not concentrating on diet and exercise currently. I'm eating about 1500 cals/day and not really doing substantial exercise. For me, that's maintaining. My brain doesn't want to start anything new until I return from my trip. There's lots to do in the interim, so that's my excuse (and I'm sticking with it). My mom is a Weight Watchers/Curves girl, so although that's not my program, things shouldn't be too tough when I'm out there visiting. We'll muddle along.
If you have hints/tips/similar experiences, I'd love to hear about them. I'm (strangely) a little anxious about this trip --- and that's not like me.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
I've said goodbye to 60 pounds this year. That's an accomplishment.
All accolades aside though, I've been resting on my laurels (which is a nice way of saying "my hind quarters") and I've been stuck right here for about 3 months. I guess the good news is that I know how to maintain!
As I begin my 2nd year on SP, I'm ready to drop 30 more pounds --- the tougher 30. Thanks to SP and the info I can find here, I have the tools. Now I just need to DO IT. Cheerleaders welcomed!
Thanks to all of you I've met on this journey. "We're going around again!"
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