Thursday, April 24, 2014
My morning was superb!
I did yoga, ate my eggs with spinach and herbal tea, did some chores then aquafit with DD. I have been alternating sparking with chores this afternoon but somehow did not get in a blog. My success story got over 6,000 views since it posted at the end of March. Blows me away! And at the same time I have met yet another new spark friend because of it. Who are these stories for? I selfishly think this one was to humble me and show me that I am sooo not alone in this journey. Big on my grateful list is the journey spark people is leading me on. DD also wants to eat clean right now which is motivating me to be more careful. It is so easy to let in foods.
I was reminded of a few goals in the blogs I read today... ones that I had but had forgotten about. One is to try and get 2000 spark fitness minutes in a month. I did it once and given that May should be a huge month for gardening and doing work on the house I may be able to accomplish that one. If I do it will mean doing different things with my food so I will have to think about that next week. Whether I meet those numbers or not I will be more active and to control the food dragon and my diabetes I will have to plan ahead.
Another goal .... OK brain fart... lol,.... it will come back to me and I'll come back and write about it.
I am on track today and on the train when I:
-egg and spinach
-high fiber/protein bread and roast beef with salad
-cottage cheese and yogurt
-sticky chicken, potatoes, and frozen mixed veggies
-5 freggies and water water water (herbal teas)
-minimum 6,050 steps (done)
-chores (heavy housework today!)
-BLC weigh in day, chat
-some time for myself doing sudoko or starting a novel
-I have been finding time to pray while I do some of my chores and it feels really good
-bulbs are starting to come up
-I got some very stressful things cleared up or delegated to others so I feel much better about life than I did a few days ago. DH has not yet decided if he is going to the funeral in BC and he is doing his "thing" which is pouring himself into his work and ignorning it. I am grateful to be able to accept that this is who he is... and it is not my decision to make. In the mean time I have sent flowers and letters of support to our family there and am remembering his aunt in stories to our family... which is who I am.
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Done. Taxes with the accountant... done. Nothing is written in stone but we are getting less back than I had hoped for. We have to wait for the numbers to be crunched through the system to confirm that so we have to wait a few weeks to know for sure. I tried to make some appointments (mamogram) and could only leave a message. Guests will be gone in an hour? They have been having a steady stream back and forth to my laundry room. Give an inch... take a mile. Sigh. My kids are stressed about it. However they look like they are doing a thorough job tidying up the suite. The ones for tomorrow have cancelled because one of them has a work conflict. I think we need the break. We have had a very full house for 10 days with my three kids, DD;s boyfriend and the 9 guests plus today there was the accountant and 3 "drop ins" for a swim. All three daughters and I have some issues... likely stress induced. I am wiped out emotionally and physically.
So what did I do? The food dragon took advantage and in my moment of "thank goodness it is all over.... " and when I let down my guard sent my hand into a candy box. Grrr. Sugar in the system again. Plus for lunch since I had not planned a healthy meal it gave me license to have leftover pancakes from breakfast with fruit. Grrrr.
I know that this is a frequent pattern. The stress is over and I'm feeling exhausted and I reach for sugars and white flour foods. I have all the classic warning situations. Too hungry, angry, lonely, tired and stressed. However here I am and it is all about to change.
On my "I matter" list I need to make sure I take all my meds on time and drink lots of water. So... hold on a sec while I do those. Done! Also cleaned the kitchen, made ammends with DD23 and we are going to go out to a thrift store and see if we can find a "feel better" top or something. I have some salad fixings for when I get home and DD23 is making dinner for tonight. My mamogram is confirmed.
I am on track and on the train when I
-we will just forget about breakfast... at least it was 2 servings of fruit
-cottage cheese and yogurt
-salad with salmon
-I'll take a fiber bar with me shopping
-almonds if needed while dinner is cooking
-spare ribs, rice and veggies
Miminium 5 veggies and Water water water
-minimum 6,050 steps
-exercise of the day
-strip beds and clean up from guests, new sheets
-time with DD
-taxes are done
-I know the stresses will pass and there are things I can do the next couple of days to get some of them straightened out
-some "weekend" time for 3 nights here starting now
-supportive family who can talk out problems... I LOVE my kids
-family doctor who is new and seems good and specialist's plan for DD25
Saturday, April 19, 2014
I have been reminded that we all need rest days. I get very caught up in being active every day and especially this time of year as yard work and walked "call" it feel un-natural to not do some kind of work out. However one of my team mates is having a rough time and not able to work out and another spark friend recently posted a blog about how our bodies will refuse to "budge" when we are working out every day. Sometimes we need to give our bodies a break and I don't want to not know how.
I do not think having a break means spending the day in front of the computer or TV. I think it means nurturing other parts of us. Our skin, our minds, our other senses. Delight. Constant workouts put a LOT of waste products into our bodies so I think it is just as important to hydrate and eat healthy, not over eat. Give our bodies a BREAK.
So this morning I started by giving my feet and legs and arms a massage. I'm wearing comfortable clothes, listening to lovely music. I hope to get outside for a gentle walk with the dog or walk about the garden and look at what is coming up. I do have some errands downtown but if DH comes with me it can become an adventure but without a LOT of walking on concrete. Do a little, take a break. That is what today is about. My guests are not back from hunting so I even got in some paperwork organizing this morning.
I am on track today when I
egg, flax toast, ham and cheese and coffee
pineapple and cottage cheese
salad with tuna and fiber bread
ham with macaroni and cheese (brown rice pasta) and spinach vegetable medly
tea, oatmeal with peaches
5 freggies and lots of water and herbal teas
None planned.... just some time outside and gentle activities
Paperwork organized for taxes
Groceries and errands (DH helping and nothing for a long period of time)
RELAX, sudoku, music, massage, breath
-thinking of my spark friends in need
-thinking of my spark team leader and her birthday today
-husband with me for errands
-being able to take it slow today
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