Friday, March 19, 2010
3:38 a.m. - Do I really have to get up? Yes, even a morning person has her limits. But it's departure day for my son, and my role for the early morning is driver of Mom's Taxi Service.
4:15 a.m. Pick up the kids, move on to the airport.
4:38 a.m. Drop them at check-in, go park the car. Walk in for final hugs. Nearly tear up over their good-byes. Remind son I'm proud of him and love him. Last hug. Give daughter in law some emotional space on the ride home, but remind her she's beautiful, brave and loved... because that's important to tell someone.
Now... home, getting ready for breakfast & feeling... feeling... feeling. If you are a mom, you kind of know and it doesn't have words, this feeling.
Thank God for habits that keep one doing healthy things through the feelings, as opposed to stuffing the feelings down.
Thursday, March 18, 2010
No, not in the traditional "diet" sense... this was the last supper of my son's leave. I took this afternoon off work since this is his last day home. I took the dog for a long walk in the sunshine. Then the kids came here so that he could say "so long" to his dog.
He's had a good leave, but as with all such trips, it was too short for us. We have to send him back to work. Let's see, I got mostly to feed him... PF Chang's, my homemade lasagna, Outback, and this evening, the last supper, at Red Lobster, over the course of 15 days. And, she says, trying hard not to break her arm patting herself on the back, "it all fits on my program..." I felt treated by the things I chose, and they were healthy choices.
Left to right that's my daughter in law, my son, and gee, y'all know me by now.
ETA: By the way, this is the daughter in law who got me started and motivated on my most recent fitness efforts... and she has dropped more pounds than I have, so kudos for her... she looks terrific and I'm incredibly proud of her!
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
I think I'm going to have to do something about Tuesdays. For the duration of this project, Tuesday mornings will be starting with a status meeting. Well, add that to a couple of other meetings, and it tends to cramp my exercise style.
It was last Tuesday that I had this problem before, too. I did get in a 'round the block before work, and a morning break but then we had a visitor over the noon hour (guy who used to work with us dropped by) and I couldn't resist the temptation to spend some minutes chatting, which scotched that walk. Afternoon meetings prevented that break, so now... it's treadmill time!
Treadmill and a fave TV show or Netflix DVD... good combination for me... stress goes bye-bye!
Monday, March 15, 2010
When we last left her, precious Polly was tied to the railroad tracks, and the maintenance train was bearing down on her. A look of concern on her face, she screamed at Biff, "save me"!
Biff glanced in her direction and said, "Silly girl, you don't need saving... get the knife out of your sleeve, cut the rope, and get up!"
So, what knife would that be? The knife of our friend, the tracker! My maintenance plan calls for me to start out by increasing, in balanced nutritional style, my calories in by 500 calories on 3 days this week, leaving the other days at my regular weight loss level. Sounds reasonable... all you need is a plan and a tracker.
Yesterday there was a monkey wrench in the works, in that I had planned to take my son and his wife to Outback for dinner. I carefully thought about what I wanted to eat there... and decided against the steak. Even though I truly love a good beef steak (sorry, vegans, but Bessie does taste awfully good... yeah, I'm a barbarian), I was not particularly in the mood for one. So I had their chicken on the Barbie, with the seasonal veggies that come along.
Having become accustomed to smaller portions, this turned out to be very filling. I kept myself to the published serving size of the Bloomin' onion (1/6th of the onion), and had about a roll-sized chunk of the bread.
When I got home and looked at everything else I still needed to eat (this was a mid-day meal) I didn't know how I was going to get it all in! But I managed. And felt "very full".
Methinks I am going to have to carefully consider the calorie density of foods I choose during maintenance... I'm so used to choosing the calorie light foods that I have to eat lots of them to reach the calorie limits.
The maintenance balance adds a dairy and a fat exchange. Easy plan: be sure to get a half ounce of healthy nuts as a snack, and add a cup of skim milk at bedtime.
It also adds 3 fruits and 2 veggies. The veggies are no sweat (except for volume issues), the fruits are problematic, I'm not crazy about fruits... except I can just add volume to increase my portions... more raisins in my hot cereal, for example.
So, a woman, a plan, a canal... oh, sorry, apologies to the butchers Panama palindrome!
Sunday, March 14, 2010
She says she stole it from SusieMilo who stole it from someone else, but I "borrowed" it from her! Please feel free to cut and paste into a blog of your own making, but I warn you, it’s a little time consuming….
When is the last time you ran?
Do your jeans have rips, tears, and holes in them?
What are you dreading right now?
Putting my son on the airplane to head back to his job.
Do you get the full 8 hours of sleep a night?
More like 7 satisfies me.
If anyone came to your house on your "lazy days" what would ya'll do?
I like Deb's answer and will keep it: Depending on who it was, I would either (a) pretend not to be home, or (b) make an impromptu party.
Who last grabbed your butt?
Have you ever been on your school's track team?
Do you own a pair of Converse?
No. Mostly New Balance.
Do you eat raw cookie dough?
Um, guilty as charged?
Have you ever kicked a vending machine?
Not kicked, but I have tried to tilt, jiggle, strike with open/closed fist, etc. Don't you hate it when your selection gets "stuck"?
How do you eat Oreos?
I'm a traditionalist: Screw apart, slowly lick off the cream filling, then dunk the wafers in milk and let them melt in my mouth.
Could you live without a computer?
Without a computer at home? Or without all the computers in the world? I make my living with computers... I'd have to find a new career... but, I suppose I would survive, somehow.
Do you wear your shoes in the house?
Sometimes yes, sometimes no. More now than I used to.
Who or what sleeps with you?
Dog is not allowed on the bed, but she sleeps on her own bed right beside me.
At what age did you find out that Santa wasn't real?
I think I was about 3 when I caught mom trying on the outfit. She played Santa at the local Elks' club. I was a confused kid ever after (Santa isn't your dad, kids, he's your mom?).
How many phones, house phones and cell phones are in your house? 3 house phones currently hooked up. 1 cell phone.
What do you do when you're sad?
Watch a movie to match the mood and let myself cry. Or if I don't have time, suppress it and get back to it later!
Last time you saw your best friend?
Unfair question... next!
What jewelry are you wearing?
Watch, hero bracelet commemorating my son's fallen comrades.
Is anyone on your bad side now?
Do I have a bad side? No.
What's the first thing you do when you get online?
Where do you work?
In a cubicle, like Dilbert. In an office building, like a billion other people on the planet.
What are you doing tomorrow?
Working, eating, exercising, you know, living. God willing and the creek don't rise, as they say around here.
When was the last time you left your house?
Do you return your cart?
Absolutely. Goody two-shoes here.
Do you have a dishwasher?
Yes. It takes me two or three days to fill it to run, though.
What noise do you hear?
Would you survive in prison?
I have no clue, suspect not.
Do you know anyone with the same name as you?
Personally know, no... but there is a woman with the same first and last names as me who writes prolifically... I know because when I Google my own name, she comes up with a ton of books.
What's the last thing you purchased?
Groceries and a weighted exercise ball (yes, at the same time).
What brand are your pants right now?
No brand sweats.
What irritates you most on the internet?
Chain mail, urban legends and scams. Phishing, etc. Hopefully nobody who reads this is silly enough to fall for such things!
What song best describes your life right now?
"Hard Day's Night" (the Beatles)
Do you own expensive perfume/cologne?
No. Allergies took me out of the perfume/cologne wearing population a few years back.
Are you taking college classes right now?
Do you like sushi?
Do you get your hair cut every month?
Not usually. Every six to eight weeks.
Do you go online every day?
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