Tuesday, December 07, 2010
Then watch this video - totally safe and very funny. Enjoy!
Thursday, June 03, 2010
Today while I was out walking in the humid, sticky weather, the sun came out and a breeze picked up. I stopped my walk, lifted my face to the sun, and just kept silent for a moment. It was one of those pure moments of joy that are too infrequent for me these days. In seconds it had passed; I turned my MP3 back on and continued on my walk home. Someone leaving their house across the street must have though I was a bit balmy; they pulled away s l o w l y from their parking space.
I've been going through a rough patch and some good things are starting to happen, some are staying the same, and some are still questionable. Today to have this brief moment of calm, joy, I don't really have an adequate word for it, but it was like a confirmation. My heart was lifted and though the moment has passed, the memory is almost as good.
Thursday, May 27, 2010
I got this from the funny, inspiring, sweet, lively bog of FLORIDASUN, with her permission to use. As she wrote, if you've are reading this, you also have the honor of copying all these goofy questions and writing your own responses! Paste these instructions in the body of your blog. This is MY info, not Bobbi's.
A - Age: 55 just turned this month
B - Bed size: XL twin electric beds side by side make a King (but it isn't the same let me tell you)
C - Cat's names: no kitty cats, no pets of any kind, but some day I do want a dog
D - DH's name: no DH but my mate's name is Barry
E - Essential start your day item: tea, but some days I don't have it, so I guess nothing is essential, except maybe a potty run.
F - Favorite color: cobalt blue
G - Good at: making people laugh
H - Height: 5'3"
I - Interests and pursuits in life: I love to read, walk, hike. When we finally get a permanent place of our own, I'd like to have a yard that I can turn into a haven with low or no-maintenance plants - no grass to mow.
J - Job title: Immature Adult Keeping my fingers crossed as my lay-off may be ending soon and I'll have work to go to (and complain about) again!
K - Kitchy collections: I have some teacups and saucers that I've bought on trips or that have been given to me as gifts. I only have four or five sets; does that make a collection? The only things I really want to collect are money enough and lots of good memories.
L - Life Goals: still working on this but for now I'd say to find a permanent home we can both be happy in (location with good weather is the question at the moment), and equally important is to improve my health and reduce my weight. Once these goals of health and shelter are met, then I'd like to travel, maybe take a class in Tai Chi or Yoga and get really good at something like this, and keep my mind sharp, keep learning.
M - More time is needed for: clearing the clutter, making my home a haven and not an place to pile stuff
N - Nickname(s): there are so many but I will share a few: chainsaw, larry (of the 3 stooges), and, no, the rest are too embarrassing.
O - Overnight hospital stay other than birth: too many! several surgeries, car accident, kidney stone
P - Pet Peeve: Companies who need telemarketers, spam, junk mail. Life is messy and complicated enough without people making it more so on purpose. Oh, and professional politicians.
Q - Quote that I love the most: there are so many it is hard to choose, but the one that occurs to me now is: What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
R - Right or left handed: right
S - Siblings: I have six and mom says we are each so different
T - Time you wake up: no regular schedule these days, but later than I'd like
U- First word that comes to your mind for "U": unique, but then my negative self thought "unemployed" because I am at the moment
V - Vegetable you dislike: there are a few, but the first that comes to mind is lima beans - too dry
W - Ways you run late: thinking what I still have to do to get ready won't take as long as it will
X - X-rays you've had: Most all of me has been x-rayed; I've had a couple MRI's and some ultrasounds too.
Y - Yummy food you make: spinach eggs, many-fruit protein smoothies, spinach salad with apples, walnuts, and my own oil and vinegar dressing
Z - Zoo favorite: I don't like the idea of a zoo so I no longer go to any and have no favorite in-captive animal
And you? What are your ABC's?
Monday, May 03, 2010
5/27 entry added: It went ok with the Swiss Rolls for a few days, but then I slowly returned to my former bad habit of if it's in the house and it is sweet, I wil eat it all now! I have finally learned that it is best to just not buy these. Last night I really wanted a 'treat,' but there was nothing 'snacky' in the house so I just sipped my water as I read my book. If I'd had cereal bars, twizzlers, snack cakes, candy, etc., it would have been eaten. Out of house, out of tummy!
Tonight I was offered a ride to the grocery store after a meeting. I don't drive so I graciously accepted. It was after 8pm and I hadn't eaten since 5pm so I had some concerns about being tempted into buying impulse items. I picked up lots of fruits and veggies, some lean meat and low fat dairy. I even got some Greek yogurt to try. Next I perused the housewares/gardening section for possible items for our clubs gift basket soon to be raffled off. On the way to the checkout, I passed by the Little Debbie display and snagged a box of Swiss Rolls.
Now, I have been known to put away a box of these little devils in one 24-hour period. I have never brought them home and not had at least two packages the same day. So imagine my surprise and my delight when I decided that 8:45 was past my eating cutoff for the day, which is part of a new habit I'm working on - to have a bedtime routine, the first step of which is to stop eating at 8pm. So instead of pouring myself a glass of milk, breaking out the snack cakes (I call them big Deborahs), and plopping myself in front of the television, I put the box of cakes in the fridge along with the milk and all the GOOD food I bought, drank some water, then came here to Spark to check my nutrition page, and knew that I'd done the right thing this time.
I ate within my calorie range today and this has been, I'm ashamed to admit, unusual for me. I can have a great start to my day, but somewhere along the way I go off track, or forget to track! And whenever there has been junk food in the house, I have difficulty keeping away from it, not thinking about it, and not eating it all, just to get it out of the house! Imagine, bringing food home that I know I shouldn't have, then feeling the need to eat it so it will be gone and not tempt me anymore! Sounds kind of crazy and that is how I end up feeling sometimes, crazy, stupid, weak, and in denial.
It may be risky bringing this food into the house tonight, but I have long wanted to test myself, to see if I could have something I crave, that is a trigger for me to overeat, to have that in the house and NOT eat it. The thing is, I didn't have this thought in mind tonight when I tossed the box into my cart; I think I was just thinking the same old thought, "I'll just have one package and half a glass of milk. I'll save the rest for another day." Of course that was NEVER what actually happened. One package always became two and sometimes more. So.........like most risky behavior, this wasn't planned, and I don't know if I'll respect myself in the morning, but right now, I'm feeling pretty good about what I'm doing. Heck, I haven't done anything risky in a while, so it was about time.
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