Wednesday, January 06, 2010
I was surfing yesterday...QUIET lurking and PEEKING if you will...& not on my friends pages, just so's you know.
This is what I saw:
- no food tracking at all
- wacky foods tracked for DAAAAYS on end....ie. a donut does not contistute a healthy meal (I kid you not)
- half-day tracking....doing good then - bam - nothing. Dinner DOES count, if you ate it track it, even though you might have killed your good day
Ok - I'm sure I can list mooooore, but that was the gist of it.
Do yourself a favor if you are stuck and not going anywhere on the ticker....track your food...every bite counts when you want to LOSE weight. I know it's tedious and some people might not even have access to a computer or SPARK after every meal - even so, right it down & log it later; trust me, tracking gets better and faster the more you do it. I'm maintaining and I STILL track to stay on the right path.
Ok...that's all...just an observation.
Sunday, January 03, 2010
Hmmmm...do I do it?...or do I not?...THAT is the question
This can be for many many things in our life...for example: eat the crapfood that will most likely make me feel like crap OR choose something more healthy and not feel like crap....stay inside or go have fun in the snow....don't work out and feel like garbage or workout and feel wonderful.
When placed in front of you like that, the choices seems very simple.
And then there are other decisions that are even MORE life changing than the whole healthy lifestyle thing. Some ask: have another baby? or buy a house now or should we wait it out? or what should we do with 'so and so' when they get older? or what will my next career be?
So there is the rub....my decision on what to do...What will my next career be? It looks like my father is finally going to retire from his solo dental practice (that I run) and that will leave me, after 10 years, looking for a new gig. I've been there for 20 years (only 10 of which has been full time) so in essence, I am finally retiring too! LoL It's been a good ride...I've helped a lot of people, my staff is my extended family, but I can tell that I am done as well. I think 2010 is going to be a major year of decisions for me. My youngest will be in a pre-school program in September - the last before he hits Kindergarten. It seems like it's finally a time for mommy to get her groove on again....the question at hand is at WHAT?
I have been kicking around this idea for a while... Registered Dietician. It's really because of Sparkpeople that I've come to this career choice. The other is that I can take my dental knowledge and educate people on that front as well. But the reality of it all is this: I have to go back to school...and the course that I have found and am looking at is ALL online and I have pre-requisites to do in order to even enroll in the course...if they even accept me. I like the on-line aspect of it all. I can probably work part-time on the weekends for extra money and do the coursework too without really killing the family aspect of things, and I know that instead of tv watching, I'll be studying...I was good at that a long time ago, I'll be rusty though. It'll be my new job.
Why am I blogging about this? Well, it helps me sort things out when hubby doesn't want to even talk about it. He can be a killjoy of any idea I throw out there sometimes. God forbid my attention isn't on the family or us. He's done it before and I've mentioned it to him about how it makes me feel - he's apologized for it too, but right now, I have to decide on my course of action before I attack a conversation with him. He's worried about how we would pay for it. The online course at the university offers in-state rates for the online degree course, so I think it's a win-win situation for us on that point. Then there are student loans... something I think I'd look into for sure.
Anyway...with pre-requisites and then a 2 year course, I'm probably looking at 3 full years of schoolling and then being rewarded with a Masters degree in Nutrition and a Registered Dietician as well. There HAS to be some job out there for me with that...right? A perky people person who has all the right stuff to help people help themselves. I'd hire me.
Anyway...that is what is on my mind at the moment.
Geez...you'd think after the holidaze and New Year, I'd blog about what I did and how much fun we had sledding with friends. Yes, the minibreak upstate was fun...very fun, but sometimes other things weigh on our minds more than writing about minibreaks and our resolutions for the new year.
Here's my resolution: figure out what I'm going to do next...no pressure
Look at me - having a mini-mid-life crisis!
I'll figure it out...heck, I did Sparkpeople one step at a time...time to tackle this same situation: one step at a time with my eye on the prize.
Sunday, December 27, 2009
Yes...that is what I did. I call it the great Cookie-toss of 2009.
We made some. We got some as gifts. We ate them....well. we binged actually....and now the kryptonite MUST leave the building and go out with the wrapping paper bags and empty booze bottles.
Time to recouperate post-haste!! I will openly admit - this year was like no other with eating...it was like I was possessed....I tried EVERY cookie in site, I ATE bad stuff that I KNOW will get me sick if I keep up with it, I DRANK like a fish on Christmas Eve...and now I must pay the piper for that gluttony. I'm sure it's 5 pounds, but really, will I keep it there....I don't think so. Will it take me a month to get it off? Of Course it will!! A moment past the lips is a lifetime on the hips...so true, so sad, but so true.
This year, however, was different than other years...the last few pounds that got me below 140 (which I am sure I am above now -teeheehee) were good to get rid of in hidesight. I found my true comfort zone of "This is me and this is where I want to stay for a long time" and that, in and of itself, was nice to experience. Go ahead, take my picture...flash away, I don't care. Maybe it was the kids being older too, that made Christmas morning so much more pleasurable...the had excitement for the first time since having them...must be the ages they are at. And although I only opened up a Snuggie and a Yoga mat, I was completely at ease with that...my hubby was uncomfortable at the lack of gifts I had opened, but let's face it, My Surprise Christmas Present to the NYC Show was the most memorable thing I could ever had had...and it came with gas & the blizzard of 2009 to boot! LOL
Anyway....that was my week so far. A week of blatent and unadulterated eating gluttony that must now be put to rest and in the past.
We're heading to our friends upstate for New Year....last year we drove up & were in bed by 10:30,,,maybe we can make it until 12:00 this year! LOL With that comes, you guessed it...more food, more booze...and that is fine. 'Tis the season, you know.
Next year is a new year...the main goal, for me, is to get back to that 136 and stay there...my eating has a lot to do with that, and I have to get back to eating healthy again. The next is to get fit...get back to my ball and treadmill and download some new workout stuff...oh, and to try my new Yoga mat out - I can't forget about my present, now can I?!?!
So, now I give you all this challenge....
GO TOSS YOUR COOKIES!! Got a random plate that is looking at you cross-eyed....CHUCK IT NOW! Got a bunch you forgot about gifting to someone? TOSS THEM!
You won't know how good this feels until you just do it...go ahead, I DOUBLE DOG DARE you to give a dessert a toss RIGHT NOW!!!
It will be the best gift you give yourself this season...trust me....
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Oh boy oh boy! So here is the final story to the NYC/Show adventure as promised.
We dropped off the kids at 2 of their aunt's houses...sleepover time! and then, off we went to the train. It was 1:00 and just starting to flurry and when we got into NYC, the streets were fairly clear, but wet and there were lots of people around. Roadio City Music Hall was a clog as was Rockefeller Center. Times Square was cool because it's a big pedestrian area now and we got some pics there. All the while...flurries. Talking to my SIL at home - there was a coating of snow on the ground.
Dinner at 5PM at Ben Benson's Steak House. Delicious Beer & Barley soup....and then I got a skirt steak that could have fed my whole family for a week! I ate about a quarter and was stuffed. Now, mind you, I rarely eat beef, but in a steak house....duh, you eat it, right? dumb dumb dumb move....I'll explain why later. Anyhoo---we felt rushed the entire time and dinner was over by 5:35....now to kill some time...
The show we were going to see was "White Christmas"....my ultimate all time favorite Christmas movies next to "Meet me in St. Louis" - my hubby did great. Having 2 hours to kill was a treat. Me & hubby are not touristy people, so we kind of don't know what to do aside from our own agenda, so we wandered around and looked at people and windows and I bought some makeup at Bare Escentuals, we got coffee...yadda yadda yadda. The snow is picking up a little bit, but nothing major. At 7pm we go into the Marquis Theater and hang out and use the bathroom...which I wasn't in dire need of just yet....but I have that feeling, you know?
The show started at 8pm and I have gas pains....BAD gas pains. Can't let them rip in a show, so they stay bottled up, which only makes it worse. By the time the first half is done, I excuse myself before intermission and head to the bathroom, looking kind of green. you'd think I would have exploded. Nope. The window had passed. Nothing except pain. Yay. I do some yoga in the bathroom, I pace the lobby. My Hubby is waiting for me at my seat and I am having a panic attack and feeling horrible that I have ruined our night because I ate beef. Stupid beef. And the soup. Stupid delicious soup that usually gives me gas... I'll blame the soup. But it was so warm & yummy and salty....and then the theater was so warm and constricting and warm. A perfect pair for pain!
We left the show at intermission and started walking to the train to catch an earlier one. The snow was now being shoveled from the Manhattan sidewalks. In 2 hours, there was 3 inches on the ground!!! No kidding! At Penn station, we catch the 10:16 train to Ronkonkoma, which is in the middle of Long Island. As we merrily roll along, so does the gas within me, yet, nothing comes of it.
The further we get on the rail, the deeper the snow get. By the time we hit 3/4 of the way home at Deer Park, we are crawling, and stopping and starting. The tracks are covered and when we FINALLY get to the station (2 hours later) the conductor gets on and says "Sorry for the delay everyone, but the tracks are treacheous and it's the worst I've seen in 20 years of driving. Be careful getting off the train, the drifts are 1 to 2 feet. Merry Christmas" This morning we found out that the next train was delayed for HOURs at that same slow spot we had gone thru!
Good thing for my gas pains or we would have been worse off by taking the later train! God works in mysterious ways! LOL
Getting home was dangerous. Thank God for our YukonXL and that it was 1am. It plowed thru everything with the 4X4 on. Getting into our driveway was interesting to....18 inches of snow built up. I got out of the car and it was up to my knees!!
Thank heaven we got home when we did and that our kids were safe at their aunts' homes. Now we are digging out. hubby is out there right now...better go join him! I'll talk to everyone later when my job is done. Thanks for reading my silly little blogs, I hope you had fun reading!
Friday, December 18, 2009
Some of you may know that my Christmas Present from my hubby was going to go see a show in NYC on Sat...which is tomorrow...which is when a BLIZZARD is going to hit LONG ISLAND where I live....making travel hazardous and dangerous and bla bla blah...BAH HUMBUG!
Everyone is saying..."go anyway"..."stay in the city, the kids are all taken care of"....suuuure....easy for them to say.
Here's my dilemma, which is CLASSIC me...I say, yeah, what a great idea!!...and then, the second thoughts hit me like a LIRR traincar!
#1 It's expensive to stay in the city.
#2 what if the weather gets WORSE and we really really are stuck looooonger than we want to and it takes forever to get back anyway.
#3 If we go home right after the show, we'll miss all the snow that is going to hit if we stayed over night which would bring my fearof #2 to life. We'll still have snow, just not as much if we left right away.
#4 - Do they cancel Broadway shows in a blizzard???? Hubby has to call for that info to find out b/c it's a surprise and I have no idea what we are even seeing, or else I'd do it right now.
Writing helps me work things out. This is the mental me talking...not the "hey I can do anything!" Annie that hangs out here most of the time.
UUGGGHHH!!!!! Crud!!! I don't know what to DO!!!
The excitement of having an adventure is there, but no offense, hotels in the city creep me out.....one word: bedbugs. Eww!
Sheesh! I think I'm going to have hubby call the theater now & in the morning to see what they say about the storm and refunded or postponed shows. At least that way, we'll have an idea on that front.
Wish I had a crystal ball.
Murphy's law: we cancel our plans and the darned thing misses Long Island by those 100 miles they are talking about.
Murphy's law: we go and the 100 miles is the other way and it's the biggest blizzard in Long Island's history and we are stuck in Manhattan - 58 miles from our lovely warm home.
To be continued........
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