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Working with my inner child

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

There's a little girl inside me. I call her Toddler Barbie. She is wearing a red dress with a white pinafore, white socks, and black patent leather shoes. Her hair (quite red) has been done in hanging ringlets, a la Shirley Temple in her old movies.

Toddler Barbie is the inner child that must be cajoled, spoken to sternly, and sometimes forced to do what's good for her. She also needs at times to be hugged and treated gently, read to, or put to bed on time. She needs to have her proper food delivered to her, and at times told to go put on play clothes and play outside.

We all have an inner child. The trick is in learning when to use what parental strategy. Sometimes that means figuring out what's going on with the inner little one. Is she stamping her foot, shaking her head and saying "I won't"? Is she sad, and hiding from her friends?

I wrote a couple of days ago about the week having a slow start. For once I picked the right strategy, and indulged that little slowness, while still getting the toddler to do the basics.

This morning... zoom! Well rested, eager for the treadmill, good sweat, luxurious shower, bright attitude. Amazing, if we can just get through the tough days, better ones DO follow.

May today bring your inner toddler whatever he or she needs, leading to great tomorrows!

  


Feeling a challenging week ahead

Monday, June 15, 2009

Two mornings in a row, sloooow starting. Hit the wall of "I'm bored with salads" at noon yesterday, besides.

So: focus on motivation - this is not a sprint, this is a marathon. I cajoled myself onto the treadmill saying "self, you don't have to go as fast, you can warm up slowly... but you are going to move, and you'll feel so much better".

Self grumbled a bit, but agreed that starting slow was a good idea... and I got my goal of at least 30 minutes and stretching afterward accomplished. So, each day may be slogging, but getting the job done is itself a Victory!

If you're having a good week, feeling charged and motivated - luxuriate in it, exult in it, and crow about it. If like me, you're have an uphill battle... count each little victory and recognize it for what it is: valuing yourself!

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CARO1YN 6/16/2009 11:16AM

    Great encouragement, basically you are saying do it anyway even if it is at a slower pace, just do it. Good for you.

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It's Saturday!

Saturday, June 13, 2009

It may be cloudy and cool, but for a Nebraskan, that's a good day in June to get out and be active. I'm all giddy this morning because I FINALLY got my bicycle's flat tire fixed.

It must be at least a year ago that my sister called me up on a Sunday morning asking if I wanted to go riding with her. I said sure, then went to the garage to prep my bike for the ride, and discovered the rear tire was not only pancake-flat, it wouldn't hold air when I pumped it in.

I concluded it must have suffered the puncture when I had ridden partway through the neighborhood the week before with my son, to lead him to the nearest trail home to his apartment. This was a watershed moment... he wanted his bike at his place so he could ride instead of drive (remember gas prices last Summer, folks?)

Anyway, lazy woman that I am, I didn't get it fixed. It was a three mile walk to the nearest bike shop, I'm not a fix it herself kind of gal. My feet were still hurting from an injury I took on when I tripped over the dog, don't you know?

And while I have a bike rack to strap to the car, I don't trust it much. Millions of excuses, right? Well, last Sunday, my son pointed out that a new branch of one of the larger bike shops in town had relocated less than a mile from my home. NO MORE EXCUSES.

Now I have a working bicycle. Look out, trails, OneKidsMom is on the loose.

  


Unexpected changes in appetite

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

My daughter in law and I are e-mailing back and forth our JC experiences.

Funny things are happening to both of us:
She is NOT a veggie person, but she's starting to crave veggies and find creative ways of incorporating them into her diet.

I forgot to pour my coffee this morning, and didn't miss it until I was ready to eat my hot cereal. I also find myself after having had the sweet treats that I don't want another one for a while... not out of guilt, but my body is saying "fruit now, please," instead of "more cake".

Little things. Amusing things. This is only the second week for us, I'm going to be very interested to see what happens when one of us reaches the halfway point and we start doing more cooking for ourselves. Will we follow the pattern established in these early weeks? What will our bodies tell us next?

  


First week weigh-in was today

Saturday, June 06, 2009

"Officially" lost 3.5 pounds this week, but in my mind it is far more important that I feel great. I'm waking up earlier, and being ready to be up and active. I've been on that treadmill at 5 a.m. four days of the past seven.

It was great spending a little time with my daughter in law structured around our mutual need to drop some pounds and maintain a healthy life style.

  
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CARO1YN 6/10/2009 2:39PM

    Way to go.......................3.5 pounds it fantastic. Keep you eye on the prize. emoticon

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HALOKITTY06 6/6/2009 8:34PM

    Congrats! I'm glad you feel wonderful and that you're spending time with your DIL.

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ULTREYA3211 6/6/2009 3:30PM

    emoticon emoticonIsn't it great to feel better. Keep up the good work. emoticon Penny

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CARO1YN 6/6/2009 3:28PM

    Way to go on your weight loss. It just gets better and better.

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