Monday, December 02, 2013
Charlie Brown Christmas is on. It feels good to sit after a busy day.
Now it's over. The show reminded me that the importance of the season isn't all wrapped up in trees, cookies and packages. But I tend to really have a lot of my memories of the season dependent on those things. I try to have a balance.
Just before the show I spent an hour and a half decorating my tabletop trees. One is very mini, with a battery operated string of lights and a string of tiny beads for a garland. My oldest son bought me that with all the decorations, when he worked for ACMoore while in college. I treasure it. The bigger tree is loaded with mini ornaments, like Hallmark mini "Peanuts" ones.
My finished tree, with the stair bannister behind it loaded with 16 stockings...one for each of us, (our kids, their spouses and children...including the baby that's on the way)
I'm going to share my day in a backwards fashion. Before I worked on the trees, hubby and I ate supper. I got an unwich, a sandwich without bread, wrapped in lettuce. I got Dijon instead of mayo. I only ate I/2 and half a bag of chips. Before supper I did a chair core workout.
I had a walk for 1/2 hour at the mall doing laps while I waited for my hair appointment. Before my hair appointment I was at my pregnant daughter's house. I spent an hour there literally running, jumping and twirling around their yard with the 3 and 4 year olds. The reason I did that was to help them burn off their sugar. They are cute...if they have sugar, their mom tells them to "get your sugar out by playing outside" - and they just do it without complaining!
The story behind the sugar is that at 10:30 this morning my daughter texted me and asked me if I'd made any peanut blossom cookies yet because she was having an emotional hormonal day and thought of this cookie from Christmases growing up. I made some and brought them to her, mixing and baking them all within a half hour and had them to her by one so I could get to my appt. so that's how the kids and I ended up running around. I did have one when they came out of the oven.
I haven't figured out how to get the pics loaded right 100% of the time!!
Sunday, December 01, 2013
As I mentioned in an earlier blog today, we watched grandkids today. We babysat because we had given Panther football game tickets to my daughter and SIL, as his birthday present. Here is a photo of my very pregnant daughter. This is her third and she's due on the 18th. I'm hoping the photo uploads right side up!
Sunday, December 01, 2013
My dark mood from Friday lifting on Saturday, I'm feeling a lot better. Saturday hubby and I vacated the house so our daughter could host an in-law family gathering to have birthday cake for her hubby's 29th birthday. That whole family (16 people including 7 children) had a meal at a nearby Cracker Barrel, at central location for them, and our house is also convenient for that family. So for the second year in a row they did this here. We are invited of course, but it is too awkward and stressful for me to hang out with her hubby's family.
So off we went. We were out of here from 11 to 5. They are a family who really talk a lot and hang out forever, they don't get to have their whole family together often, so we were out long. They cleaned up well and it was all good.
We ate bbq. Carolina pulled pork and red slaw, and hushpuppies. Yum. Assorted errands followed. Best of all we bought me new sneakers. I had walked my last pair to death. Then, since it was 54 out, we walked around a 1 mile path around a little "lake" by some shops. We still had time to kill, so I requested hubby take me to the greenway. We've lived her 21 years and I have never gone on the greenway here. So we went. Hubby isn't into long walks and I managed to get another 1.5 miles out of him. We then ate out again. Pizza this time. Finally my daughter told me they had left the house.
After I let my dinner settle, I went upstairs and biked for 40 minutes. The rest of the evening I did some reading and hubby found on cable tv a Hallmark movie called Let it Snow. Cute movie. He often checks out and watches Christmas movies. I often get sucked into them.
Truthfully, on Thursday and Friday I'd felt very "grinchy" and was definitely not wanting to give in to the season's spirit. All my friends on Facebook are posting pictures of baking cookies and decorated trees. I am a little depressed that I can't enjoy baking all my usual sweets for the season. I hope to do some, finding low-cal options. I was forced to eat un-thanksgiving type foods this year, so I feel protective of my other traditions of the season.
Today's church service really moved me. We had a Christmas oriented song first, and that was nice. I was actually moved to tears. I hadn't been to church for a couple of months. I picked a good Sunday to go, for various reasons. On the radio on the way there I got to hear on the classical station, the Handel's song "For Unto Us A Child is Born" which I'd learned and sang the alto line of when I was in chorus in High School. Love that song and sang with it today in the car. The Christmas spirit is grabbing me.
When I got home I got geared up to decorate the house. I put on the holiday music channel on the cable tv. Usually I ask hubby to pull out the tubs full of decorations, but I am stronger every year, and decided (since hubby was away to babysit the grandkids) that I was surely able to get those tubs out! I vigorously set about getting everything out. I always do a quick job, constantly moving my body and felt like this would even be like a workout!
But I was surprised when I heard the garage door open! Oh brother! Hubby was bringing the kids here! I was under the wrong impression that he was going to watch them at their house. I fortunately am in a good enough mood that I'm not going to let this get me down. I don't have to work these days so I can decorate another day. It was obvious to him that I had other plans for my day.
He just fed them a snack and is going to set them up in the spare bedroom with a movie. Maybe I can do a little decorating now. If I had gotten into a bad mood over his surprise arrival, I would've been fuming and would have not been able to get out of a funk long enough to make use of the time I have. Thank goodness for feeling more at peace, feeling relaxed and content.
Happy December. It's a relatively warm day out again, mid fifties, so I may walk again. I got my November report on MapMyFitness app for my phone and It says I walked 40 miles in November. I'm not an every day walker, maybe 2-3 times a week, so I think that's pretty good.
No fitness goals for this month. I only want to spend the month with peace and joy in my heart, no matter how the month unfolds. My daughter is due to have her baby the 18th, so that is cool.
Happy Sunday, Happy December, and have a peaceful heart this month no matter what you celebrate.
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Something that I think will come in handy this holiday season, is my new ability to stop eating a food when I realize I'm not enjoying it. Why continue to eat something if the flavor isn't enjoyable (or the texture or whatever).
Yesterday when my son and I had lunch, I also got a cookie for us to share for dessert. I love anything red velvet and this cookie looked good. We ate our meal, and I almost forgot about the cookie. We each took a bite to taste it. I didn't care for it. I would normally finish it all, just because it was sweet, and I had paid for it. Even though it was nice and soft and chewy (my favorite texture for a cookie) the taste wasn't worth it. I brought it home. But when I got home I just tossed it out. I'm finding myself tossing out things I don't enjoy. Recently I saw a few things in the freezer that I'd saved from meals, and decided that I hadn't enjoyed those foods so why keep them? I'd never eat them. I had a box of frozen yogurt (mango) popsicles. The first time I ate one all I could taste was wooden stick! yuck! Another day I had another one, but threw it away after a few bites. A few weeks later I just tossed the box.
Lately, I've concentrated on only eating what really appeals to me. I am also working to only eat when I'm hungry, but I am finding myself hungry from 3:00 on until Supper around 5:15, even after having a healthy snack of nuts or greek yogurt. I thought maybe it has something to do with not eating enough protein and fiber in the early part of the day. And maybe not starting my day with enough calories. Today I planned on more protein and fiber and ate accordingly, and it's 2 o'clock and the hunger has begun. I'm drinking lots of water to see if it's thirst. It's not working. I really want to avoid feeling hungry. Hunger drives me to binge so I can at last feel full and comforted.
Hunger isn't a bad thing, at least that is something I think I should feel, but I'm wondering if there's something in past that causes me to fear hunger. I know for a time in my life, I would get very irritable and grumpy when I'd get hungry, in particular during pregnancy. My hubby would always state, You're hungry…eat something and you'll feel better. This also happened when I started trying to lose weight. He warned me not to let myself get to that point, mostly because I wasn't any fun to be around. So now if I feel hunger, I feel like I have to respond to it pronto, or I'll put others through having to deal with my moodiness.
If you have any input to help me deal with my hunger better (dealing with it in my mind, or dealing with it with filling foods), please feel free to tell me! What foods fill you up, for the lesser amount of calories? Fortunately this has helped me avoid eating those empty calories that lead to only a short period being hunger free.
Sunday, November 24, 2013
I have been quite a soda drinker for a long time. I am referring to diet Mountain Dew, and occasional Diet Dr Pepper or Coke Zero. Since I can't tolerate caffeine after noon, I use caffeine free Mountain Dew in the afternoon. I've been known to drink almost a two liter diet MD in the afternoon. Drinking frequently is in a great part because medicines make my mouth dry, and recently I read that diet sodas can cause dryness of the mouth! No wonder I drink so much of it. I also crave sweet in my mouth. I have heard also that the bubbles can effect the brain's ability to be satisfied by the sweet offered by the soda. And around the same time I heard about brominated vegetable oil in the citrus drinks is not good for you. (can't remember the effect it has on the body, but it was something that concerned me when I heard about it) Adding all these negatives up, as well as how artificial sweeteners are extra intensely sweet which contributes to a capacity to consume lots of sugary treats at a time, I have decided to go off of soda, and also stop my Splenda use (probably 12 packets a day, in coffee and on oatmeal and in plain greek yogurt.)
I have over recent months been having the beginning efforts at decreasing the amount of soda I drink, taking in two cans of soda in the morning and two in the afternoon. Partly because of cost and partly because of warnings my son has mentioned. None of my 4 kids, nor spouses drink any soda! (a fact I just thought of as I write this…strange I never noticed this before!)
Stopping altogether is a major change. I'm still having one glass of iced coffee in the morning (to get the caffeine in the morning that I usually get from the MD.) I have regular iced coffee in the afternoon as well. I am noticing I'm drinking much more water, but when I want flavor I have the coffee. With soy creamer and sugar. I tried Truvia and hate the bitter aftertaste--what's the sense of sweetening something when the bitter overpowers the sweet? This morning I decided to use minimal cane sugar. Getting sugar out of my diet is another issue to tackle at another time.
Soda and artificial sweetener are my current items to tackle. I started this on Tuesday of this week, so I've had 5 days with no soda and no Splenda. I'm not having noticeable withdrawal, especially not having any headaches since I'm not eliminating caffeine. i'm eating lots of foods with antioxidants, and plenty of protein, to help get the chemicals out of my system. I don't know how long these chemicals will stick around in my body, (let me know if you know anything about that part of it)
I am happy to have a healthy project to work on. I also am more motivated to get exercise. since it was recommended to get 30 minutes daily cardio to help remove toxins. I'm not doing that daily, though averaging out my minutes for the week I did last week.
I'm hoping that the decrease in this kind of sweet in my days will lead to less drive to have candy, cookies and the like. I hear eliminating sugar altogether will help me not trigger desire for these sugary snacks. But for pete's sake, I need to tackle one thing at a time, though technically I'm tackling soda and sweeter, two items. I tend to be All or nothing in mindset so I'm feeling guilty for not cutting out those treats as well. Hubby said "one thing at a time or you will get overwhelmed" As always he has wisdom and is in agreement with principles of SP (without me having educated him on this particular tactic in having a successful journey toward health)
One reason I scoffed at giving this up, when hearing that even diet soda can lead to weight gain, Is because I've been able to successfully lose weight while drinking it. It is hard to give something up when you aren't convinced that it's all that bad for you, and ignore all the reports pointing to the negative effects. I've never been one to freak out about additives, and every little report in the news about how bad they are for you. Not into sensationalism. Not worried about cancers. Not fearful of death. Including early death.
Maybe I'll become that person as I get older. And as I see more people that I am close to pass away.
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