So here are 3 things I am grateful for today
(1) grateful that I have a patient, understanding, helpful, husband
(2) grateful that I have ears to hear
(3) grateful that I have a mouth to speak
Today has been a good day but also somewhat frustrating. Thank goodness though I did get frustrated I didn't turn to food - but rather asked my DH for somehelp and he was able to solve the problem. I have been trying to add a picture for my photo gallery of my 2 dogs and they kept coming up sideways - so after contacting the tech pros Coach Merle replied and I followed her instructions and so far ok - hopefully won't have any more problem. Here are the 2 pictures I was working on
This is our sweet Benji, Born November 2005 and passed on January 2019 = was the sweetest dog every and though not trained to be a therapy dog he seemed to have the instinct to come to aid my daughter just before her seizures. Miss him a lot - he will always be remember
This is our sweet Molly Born August 2007, sibling to Benji. In this picture she just returned from having her bath and hair cut. She is one special little dog who now really likes going for walks as she doesn't have to deal with her 'brother' coming along. She clings to my husband and it is so cute to see - it was hard for hubby when Benji passed on and I think it is going to be just as hard if not harder with Molly as they have gotten such a strong bond.
Today with the program I am doing (the new membership challenges & The Sparkpeople 28 Day Program) 2 things were discussed - motivation and completing Stage 2 of the program. Now I go into Stage 3 which is about healthy lifestyle changes. I have been making daily little changes and all is well. I got weighed this morning for a group on the message boards and was pleasantly surprised that today I weighed 2 pounds less from last Friday. So I am on the right road.
But I am sure there will be plateaus / setbacks = but I know now what works and just need to keep doing it. Making a meal plan once a week - I do it on Saturdays - then going and getting the groceries needed for the week on Saturday and prep all that can be prepped = well it really works. I post my weekly menu on the fridge so we know what the suppers and all are going to be - so I don't need to 'think about food' until I go to make it - then I just look for the day and what the meal will be and make it, eat it, clean up the kitchen - and food is done. No fretting about what to eat, or if I have everything needed for the day = all that was done once a week (Saturdays). So now I can daily focus on other things rather than thinking of food most of the day.
I am going to take some time though and work up a plan of action for times when I might be tempted to fall off of the program. One thing I have started to do is say 'No, I don't eat that' =have done that to my hubby a few times, he looked at me strange, shrugged his shoulders and said ok = so I know it works. I am praying that when tempted that I will be able to tell myself 'No I don't eat that' and then not eat it = but as long as the food that am tempted to eat not in the house I will be ok - but when out and about.
For instance tomorrow we are going to a surprise birthday party for a dear friend = she just turned 75 and has no idea that about 40 of us are getting together for this. I know there will be plenty of food and some which I shouldn't eat but I am going to try out my new phrase = and I am going to have a salad before going (we are to be there at 5 pm) so that I won't be too hungry. When planning my meals for the week I made note of this party that that I might have to have one or two bites of something not on plan but I know they will have salads and a vegetable plate so should be ok.
This coming week will include our Canadian Thanksgiving so will be planning for that - and the week after will be a bit more easy as I will have leftover turkey and vegetables and turkey brother for good homemade soup - oh my I am already thinking 2 weeks in advance = that is not usual for me - guess being in the right mindset does work
One thing I am really going to have to work on is my walking - I am really having a battle with the treadmill - don't know why I just doing get up and do it - I don't need to leave the house, I can watch tv or listen to good music, the house is warm and comfy - so am going to have work on the 'Just do it - I can do it' phrase every day. Goal is to get in at least 1,000 steps each day and so far not so good. So am going to have to start a 'streak' to see if that will help.
Speaking of streaks here is what mine looks like as of today
13 days logging on to Sparkpeople
13 days logging all food and water
13 days of blogging my thoughts / what I am grateful for
13 days of reading the Bible with my husband
27 miles walked = part 1 of the Virtual Walk Across Canada completed