Tuesday, May 17, 2011
It was on the golf course. A pretty big juicy one.
And my first thought? Don't suppose that's in the nutrition tracker!!
But if it were: what's the calorie count? And could be protein-rich? But probably fat free!! And low carb!!
I don't know why she swallowed the fly, poor ol' lady -- didn't die, of course, but it didn't help me sink my putt either!!
Sunday, May 15, 2011
While out shopping, I ran into a friend who I hadn't seen for a long, long time.
She is about my height. Both of us were looking at the size eight rack of pants.
She squealed with pleasure, "Hi!! You look terrific!! You're so thin!!"
I told her (truthfully) that she's looking great too. And pointed out -- we're the same height, we're shopping for the same size pants, so if I look thin to her, she also looks thin to me.
We'd been good buddies at the YMCA years ago, so it was easy to slide back into the kind of conversation we had many times after a workout while fixing our hair and getting ready for our jobs. We caught up on our kids and husbands. We chatted a bit about nutrition, exercise, current weights . . . yup, we DO weigh about the same.
It was a moment. I still don't think of myself as thin. And she doesn't think of herself as thin. But, looking at each other -- she IS thin. So: I've gotta be, too.
Mirror image. Somehow it's easier to see it in someone else!!
(P.S. Vanity sizing is getting ridiculous!! I tried on four size fours -- a pair of ultra lowrise bell jeans, and three skirts. Didn't buy any of them, but they all fit. And they all had waistbands more generous than some of the vintage 10s in my wardrobe!! Size creep: who do you think you're fooling, clothing manufacturers??? Not me!! )
Saturday, May 14, 2011
The sugar bush canopy is almost completely sketched in with bright acid green. This morning it was raining a warm misty rain, releasing a gloriously green and earthy fragrance. The birds' songs were constant, interwoven: robins, song sparrows, chickadees, warblers.
And at this moment of maximum light, just before the forest becomes its cool and shadowed summer self, the spring wildflowers have peaked. Hepaticas, spring beauties, dogtooth violets are gone. Now it's swaths of yellow large flowered bellwort. Bright yellow marsh marigolds in the swampy places. Violets -- yellow, white and purple, a purple-pink -- spangling the forest floor. Trilliums, trilliums, trilliums -- bright white, some segueing to soft pink, with intermittent dark red "wake robins". In a far corner of the woods, I found an enclave of smaller trilliums with copper green leaves and white flowers with a red heart. Checking out the Ontario Wildflowers site, I discovered these are called "painted trillium" and they do look as if each one had been delicately handpainted on porcelain.
If you'd like to see any of the wildflowers, here's a link:
These particular woods are layered with memories for me: all the seasons (spring, summer, fall and winter) from over 30 years of walking the paths with my children, and with all of the beloved dogs I've owned in that time. I remember the spring of the swallowtail butterflies. I know just when and where to look for the bright pink waterlilies in mid summer, the fringed blue gentians in fall. There's the bench where the kids and enjoyed so many winter picnics of peanut butter and jam sandwiches with a thermos of hot chocolate.
But as familiar and dear as they are, these woods are still full of surprises, new discoveries, new joys.
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
It's been two years!
I weigh a solid 30 pounds less than when I found Spark People May 10 2009, down from 172 to 142 (or 141, with occasionally a glimmer of a "middle 3"!!). Still working on determining lowest sustainable weight . . .
That was recapturing and then sustaining an original loss from 230 pounds in 2001 to 150 pounds in 2002.
My new stability of weight maintenance in the low 14os resulted from my introduction to the Judith S. Beck 42 day program in cognitive psychology techniques for Thinking Like a Thin Person: thanks SLENDERELLA61 and the Beck Diet Solution team for support with this project, which I began earlier this year, blogging my way through the 42 days! It works!! And I was able to sustain it through a serious "cancer recurrence" scare in March.
I'm continuing to pretrack nutrition on the Spark Nutrition tracker: I'm continuing to sit down to eat, manage my environment, recognize that hunger is not an emergency, cope with sabotaging thoughts (including the primary sabotaging thought that pretracking takes too much time and is OCD!!).
Right now everything in my wardrobe fits (or is too big). Love that!! And after a winter of cross country skiing and regular gym attendance, I feel fit and strong.
Nothing feels better than feeling healthy.
Thanks, Spark People. Included in that thanks: Chris Downie and staff, the site itself (free, free, free!!), all the resources and links and articles, and most especially all of the wonderful Spark friends I've made right here.
This is an absolutely amazing community and I continue to be grateful for all of the support and good ideas and shared values I've found right here, every day.
Thank you, all!!
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