It's Monday. My thought for the day is that if you find yourself slipping or cheating, then write down everything you eat.
When I do that I also weight what I eat, and even write down each item's quantity of calories, grams of carbs, fat and protein, I focus most on low amount of carbs. I go a little overboard on tracking, but it helps me stay on track.
Joy, Mom has an apple tree with two varieties of apples. (She used to have one with 7 varieties, but it died a few years ago.) Most of the ones that have been falling have been the early apples. The other side of the tree is late apples that are ready in September. Some of the early ones are ripe, but most are still green. They still make good applesauce, though. Just need a bit more sugar. Or so Mom says.
Maw - where I am in the Midwest, apple picking doesn't really start till the first of September. My family eagerly awaits for my apple pies in September. That's probably not going to fit in to my new lowcarb lifestyle. I may have to search out some lowcarb apple recipes for myself.
Leslie - hope you start feeling better soon. It must be awful to have to be at work if you aren't feeling well yet.
Today hubby and I picked out a river birch to replace our dead redbud that we had taken down due to the drought we had last year. It should be planted in about a week or so. We have been getting much needed rain today. I ran errands all day in the rain. Think I better make myself a cup of hot tea. I look and feel like a drowning rat.
George S. Patton-You're never beaten until you admit it.
i am hoping to get some fruit from my trees this year. last couple years the bears have been real piggies and eaten everything. so far no bears this year. i even found i have an apricot tree, which i didn't know i had. i have apples, plums, pears, grapes and now apricots. plus blueberries, blackberries and raspberries. we usually get some blueberries and a few blackberries, but, the birds eat all the raspberries.
maw, i hope your mom gets to stay in her house for a while longer. i would have trouble adjusting to a care facility. my gramma was in one and i felt i would have trouble adjusting to all the rules, especially having to eat breakfast by 8:30am......
my dh hired a new cleaning lady today. i hope she's doing a good job. we had another one, just once a week. but, she initially was supposed to do a couple hours once a week and it dropped to an hour and a half, then an hour, while charging the same price. the house was starting to not look freshly cleaned. so, i took over again--with the flylady's help. i think the house looks as good as when she was coming, but, my dh doesn't want to do any housework at all and i feel a bit put upon when i am the only one doing it. i don't care what the flylady says, i can't feel honored to bless my house when i am the only one doing it. i do have trouble adjusting to someone being in my house though. but, she seems nice, so, hopefully it will work out.
Yes, just getting the inventory done is a good start. Mom said to tell the boys that they would be given copies of the inventory at Christmas, and they can tell her what they might be interested in at that time. It's definitely a start. It's just annoying that she has changed her mind. Though that may be my "fault" for telling her that she should move because it's either what she wants or needs (and she doesn't - yet), not to make it easier for us kids. We have looked at retirement homes here, and there's really only one that she's interested in at all, and she's not thrilled about it. But it's where lots of folks from her church are, so she would know people. And it is continuous care - there are independent living units, assisted living units and skilled nursing units. She wants that.
In the meantime, I'm going to do some looking around for someone who could come in once every couple of weeks and do some cleaning and check up on her. If she'll let them.
Oh Maw, I totally understand both sides of the coin from your mother's viewpoint & your viewpoint.
I've been decluttering since 2008. I retired in April, 2011. I took in house mates 2012. I've moved furniture out to the garage, I've given truck loads of stuff to Easter Seals, Hospice, and our own Red Barn. Today I started going thru 4 of the remaining closets upstairs. I new house mate is moving in on Thursday. He wants the extra closet in his room. Other house mates haven't needed the closet. LOL! I'm a clothes horse.
I'm cleansing all closets from my professional clothes & shoes. The trunk of my car is pretty full. I'm going back upstairs to work for 20 minutes. I work 20 . . . distance myself for 20 minutes . . . then keep going.
Breathe in . .. breathe out . . . Streamline . . .minimize . . . keep going. Food is good. Body furnace is burning. I haven't lost any more pounds but keep going. I did figure out why my blood pressure was higher. I had cut down on my H2O. I can't do that. My body needs lots of water. When I dehydrated my blood pressure goes up. Once indicator for me is that my contacts are uncomfortable.
I taught 8 classes this weekend. I have today off. I teach 2 - 3 classes Tuesday. Water . . .water . . . water . . . chai tea . . . and movement. Connie
Hugs to Surround Us All as a Group! Connie, in WI The pleasant thought for me today is LUCKY. Show Up Today. Set my shoulders. Put On a Smile And DO IT
Maw, it sounds like a productive trip even if your mom hasn't fully decided where or if she's going anywhere! Have you toured retirement apartment complexes with her? That might help swing the decision if she visits somewhere that feels homey or comfortable to her.
I'm back at my desk but I'm still sick. I was so exhausted yesterday that I didn't much done on my list (which was too long for my own good anyway). I am going to cancel and reschedule as much as I can this week, and just focus on getting better.
"Normal is not something to aspire to - it's something to get away from." -- Jodie Foster
"Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world." --Albert Einstein
No one has started the thread yet? Well, here goes.
Had a great trip to Northern Idaho over the weekend. Ate way too much fruit from the Farmers Market - cherries, a nectarine, and apricots. That's after grapes and blueberries here at Mom's. No more fruit for me while I'm here, except blueberries! Other than the fruit, I ate appropriately. And had a good time, too.
I've got the basement here all inventoried, and will work on the upstairs. Now Mom is saying that she hasn't decided whether to move to a retirement home next year. She doesn't want to, but said that it would be easier for us kids if she did so that most of the stuff in the house would be gotten rid of while she was around to do it. Which is true, but isn't a good enough reason to move out of her home. I hope she'll decide to move, but told her that I would support whatever she decides, though I reserve the right to argue with her about it.
Took the dog for a walk this morning, then picked up about 35 gallons of apples that were rotten and/or wormy and/or the birds had been at. Those got put in the garbage. I picked up another 5 gallons or so of windfalls that were not rotten or wormy or bird pecked. Mom's going to ask some friends if they want the apples to make applesauce.
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