Monday, January 16, 2012
You GOTTA have a sense of humor...I find that if I don't laugh and smile for a while, I start getting mopey and down. That's when I search out "Who's Line is it Anyway?" on tv or youtube and I get my laugh on once again.
Being in a happier state always helps with other things in life...even when the going gets rough. I can tell you right now that I'm the one in the funeral parlor at a wake remembering the person as they were at their most happy and alive instead of how the person left the world...AND I LAUGH and make jokes too (discreetly of course) because a) it's a nervous habit and b) that little bit of stupidity/hilarity is a break from hell that people go through. I know some people might find this crass, but it really does work and help out others...I've been to waaaay too many wakes, trust me...I know.
Anyway....healthy habit #3 - LAUGH!! at yourself..at silly things...at inane things...make others laugh by doing a silly dance - they might start dancing silly with you!!
Saturday, January 14, 2012
Juuuust kidding....but seriously, while I don't blog EVERYday, I kinda have to for the next 7 days to get points on a 5% challenge - - so this might not be as ponderous as others I have done....
Good god, I forgot if I was supposed to talk about something in this blog or not! Ooops, so much for my post-reading skills! Something in my subconscious is telling me to talk about a healthy habit...
OK - healthy habit: I don't eat after 7pm if I can possibly help it.
Why?? I think Oprah said that was one of her rules and it made sense to me, so for years I have kinda stuck to that little rule of thumb.
Which means...I really don't like events that make me eat at 9 or 10 pm at night....really, so silly if you think about it - give me a nice cocktail hour at 6pm and I'm good to go...9pm is cake & coffee time. Not like I'm going to these events all the time...at all...but when they happen it kinda irks me. I'm that person who eats normally no matter what, especially on the day of a wedding because I don't want to be starving and grumpy....and yes, I have brought cereal bars to weddings and scarfed them down in the car when my stomach is on the verge of eating itself.
But I digress.....
As for healthy habits that are on the more "new" side (as in established in the last year) - umm...I like to make smoothies now because I get a few fruits in along with my yogurt...and the kids like them too, so i make a huge one and we are all healthy together!!!
Okey dokey.....see ya tomorrow!
Friday, January 13, 2012
I've been tending to the fire a lot lately.....no, this is not a figurative thing....it is a literal thing! We are heating our house this winter with a new fireplace insert....and so far, I have stacked 5 cords of firewood, brought at least 2 cords into the house myself, and have re-lit the fire more times than I can count...and I'm good at it 95% of the time! The things we learn in life! LoL
Anyway, we've finally hit the less-seasoned wood and now we have a lot of hard to light and smoldering pieces of wood. You have NO idea how frustrating it is!!!
But then again.....maybe you do.....
In my various states of pondering while staring at the fire, I have seen many a log smolder and smoke until it just kinda burns internally, gets weaker and weaker, and ultimately turns to ash - sure it gives off heat, but it certainly isn't that pretty to look are or interact with when I open the fireplace door to try to stoke it into a flame....all it does is smoke and sizzle at me & stink up my house!
Logs like this need oxygen...some air to breath in order to get a pretty flame...a flame that will catch other pieces of wood and continue on to not only make heat, but to make a real great show for everyone to watch....even the coals glow and radiate heat & beauty when the flames die down.
It's amazing when I get the smoldering log to finally catch fire...WHOOOSH! it goes right up with just a crack in the door...but sometimes I have to really put effort into it and break out the hairdryer and really get a flow of air in there, and even then, a stubborn smoldering log can take time to catch fire.....very frustrating.
I'd say that most of the time, I can get the smoldering log to light with a bit of oxygen and some poking and prodding... all it takes is a little effort, of knowing what to do, and then just doing it.
It's a dirty business too..the stink, the flying dry ash...especially when I have to clean out the ash pile. It could be 2 days of resting and still.....I will dig into the fluffy ash with my shovel and find it warm and at the very bottom....there they are, the few tiny pieces of coal still burning red when the air hits them, ready and waiting to bring forth a new flame to a log.
Hmmm......am I being literal or figurative now....
Friday, January 06, 2012
So it's been a few days of tracking once again...encouraging those I know on how to get back in the saddle of post-holiday eating better too...and it's tough, trust me, I know....I'm doing it myself!
All during the month of December, it was a rough one for me....basically, I signed up for a 5% winter challenge to work on exercise consistency and then...I got busy, then the kids got sick, then I got sick and then WHAM! the holidays were here and while I was better, I was still busy getting ready for the holiday week....and eating was a challenge in and of itself! forget about getting in my exercise!
One thing I know for a fact is that I am a cyclical exerciser and I also get back to it eventually,...and that I cannot force myself into it. I have tried and all that comes out of it is resentment...for what I do not know, but that is the feeling that goes with it. Not fun to feel like that....sooooo instead I watch my diet...and that works for me. (FYI - This is all because I have learned a lot about myself in the last 4 years of being on Spark consistently. Amazing what you learn when you document things!)
So back to the dress: In the basement were my jeans....my smallest pair...hanging there waiting. The last week of December, like I said was rough....Oh, and I forgot to tell you, it got my "little friend" too....so add that bloat onto whatever I was eating that made me feel "meh" and then I noticed that hubby put all of my larger jeans in the drier and they all shrunk, so add a mental blow to the "meh" and smaller larger pants that used to be semi-loose on you! LoL Yeah me = hot mental mess!
I took down my hanging jeans and they fit....thank heavens right? Today, I looked at the blue bridesmaid dress from last May, that one I was gauging my body against in October....which I then used as a goal to fit into again and did eventually in November...(oh, there are blogs about it somewhere! LoL) well, long story short, I tried the dress on today and it fit just fine! Another Whew! on my part. I love head-games....they are so relaxing right?
I guess the moral of the story: don't put your jeans in the dryer and don't let shrunken clothes play headgames with you!
Oh...June 2nd is another 5K. I'm signing up for it as soon as it gets posted. Tonight I'm having a few local girlfriends over for dessert (lowfat) and drinks (wine) and I am going to ask them to do it with me! It's been an idea to do this for a while...to get things moving locally as a little mini-cheerleader for healthy moms! I hope I get a few supporters and joiners!
Wish me luck!
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