Thank you everyone for the well wishes and welcomes for Ben as we are reshaping our family with him as a member now! I really appreciate it!
I started out writing this blog and it took a turn which, while not bad, seems to be happening a lot lately and I decided to save that for another time. If you guessed that it veered off into ‘shelter volunteering’ land, you’d be right! Let’s see if I can do a blog that doesn’t revolve around that or our furbabies LOL
I’ve been doing relatively well! I’ve been here and there. Keeping up on some of my Spark teams, not on others. I let some go, and have settled comfortably into the ones I’m still on. The end of BLC was a ~huge~ relief – it literally felt like a ton of stress was lifted from me after I posted my final weigh in and left the team.
I’ve been more mindful about what I’m eating. Meat and veg. Eggs and veg. Veg and veg LOL It’s working for me. I’ve also kept up with my full-fat greek yogurt and berries and hemp seeds for breakfast, and just this morning had a baked apple and peach with some honey greek yogurt. Delish!
When I’m on a meat and veg kick, I feel better and function better. I make sure I get a sweet potato in if not every day, then every-other. I have not kicked my Dove Dark Chocolate Promise habit, and that’s alright. One or two squares is usually enough if I’m not dealing with TOM – at that point, most bets are off! If I can get past that point, I can settle back into a yummy eating habit again and lose bits and pieces of pounds that eventually add up - or subtract down? Either way!
Suz mentioned in her blog that her tummy has shrunk – as in, she cannot eat the same capacity of food that she could in the past. That’s is fabulous and something to celebrate!
I’ve noticed that my “I’m full” trigger can easily be overridden, which is not fabulous. I can reach a point in eating where I know I’m satisfied and I’ve had enough, but.. but my mouth and mind override that ‘full’ sensation and I keep eating. It’s a literal over-eating. I suppose awareness of the situation helps, but actually heeding that feeling and stopping is a much better solution.
I don’t literally over-eat all the time. It’s usually when I’m being ‘bad’ and eating something I ordinarily would not. Pizza and sub sandwiches with chips come to mind as foods that I will over-eat. Even after the food has been chewed, the actual volume of food that I’m swallowing is astounding when I think about it and I can only imagine what happens to my poor stomach, stretching the accommodate that much stuff.
My fitness of late has consisted of walking dogs, our own or the kennel kids, and little else. I’ve got a Half coming up in 33 days and I’m at the same point as I was last year – not prepared but still going through with it. I swear, if I or one of you could figure out what happens to motivation and come up with a fix for lack thereof, we’d be rich!
I am looking forward to the Half simply because my wunnerful friend GetFit2Live will be in town for it as well! It’ll be good to see Denise and her hubby again, and hopefully share a meal with them and others in the Portland area before the Half. I need to send out an email to that team to see who’s going to be there.
So that’s where I am right now, which is much better than where I was at the beginning of the month. Mostly. I think. I feel pretty good at least. We’ll see how I finish out the month.
Oh. Para asked about the recent Pet First Aid class I took recently (not veering into my shelter world totally, promise).
If you have a vet clinic or Red Cross locally who offers a Pet First Aid class I highly recommend taking it! Our class was free and it was a brief hour and a half. The lady who taught the class has been doing so for many years and was great at explaining the various types of situations we might find ourselves facing – cuts, broken bones, dehydration, seizures, strays, poisoning, etc. It’s knowledge that is valuable to have and will hopefully “go to waste” and we won’t ever need it.
We took this class as part of my training for emergency sheltering preparedness through our organization (or, so I’m veering a little bit more). In short, when I’m certified, I can be called up on and deployed by FEMA to disaster areas (think the tornado in Joplin, or even Hurricane Sandy more recently) to assist in the care and sheltering of rescued animals. I know I’ve said this before, but it certainly feels like I’ve found my purpose in life. I cannot save every animal – and there will always be animals that need saving – but I can positively impact the lives of those animals I come in contact with.
Enough on that. It makes my happy, breaks my heart, and gives me yet another reason to take better care of myself. Keep on keepin’ on, right?