A bunch of the family get to enjoy the circus from the Coca-Cola Suite when it comes to town in September. I'm excited for a night out with so many family members!
I made this collage with pictures I found on the Internet and An app on my iPad.
There's been a lot of changes, and a lot that has stayed the same.
Oliver and Dexter are here. No longer baby bumps. Nash is here... Kenzie and Cj are married and Xander is here and he's 9 months old. We have two foster grandkids we hope to make permanent. All the g-babies are a.dore.able. super cute.
We see them at the family dinner almost weekly. Unless we don't go, but we really try to make it a priority. Our family is SUPER important to us and and we kinda go through withdrawals... like now when it's been awhile.
We are busy with the back yard, but it likely won't be finished before the snow. We have tore down the litlle 4x4 porches that led to nowhere off the back door of the garage and back of the dining room kitchen and are putting in porches with steps down to a patio... or rather Dennis has been doing the porches. He's had some help on the patio from me, Kaylee, Tom, Kayleigh and Richard. It's coming along pretty good. He's had no help from the weather. LOTS of rain this fall.
We are going to sell our house! I've been back and forth on whether I can get on board with this, but I'm now mostly on board. I just get sharp pains of regret. It's my first house and we worked so hard on it. And it's so pretty here. But, it's just a thing and it's just a shell and really our home is where Dennis and I make it. I'm sure that wherever we land, it will feel like home eventually as well. *sigh* There is so much work ahead to be able to get it on the market... someone wake me when it's over. ;)
We've done some camping this year. YAY!! We have an awesome camper that has been a lot of fun and we've made it out a couple of times.
My WOTY this year is "PRACTICE" and that's been a good word to have. I love my WOTY's, all of them. Practice was a chance to revisit the past WOTY's and give them a chance to develop themselves. It's been really nice. Ran a couple of 5Ks with my sister Amy this year... or to be more precise Walked/Ran about four 5ks this year. They are getting easier. We are now focused on cutting time and trying to run more and walk less. We really like the Woman of Steel races. We just finished a Zombie/Human Night of the Running Dead race. We sign up for races that sound fun and that will time us. I've done well at maintaining my weight and my eating habits. I have not allowed myself to become a recluse still connecting and still practicing with sparkle and focus. It's time to start contemplating next year's WOTY. I have some thoughts on this already.
Every year for awhile now I've chosen an aspirational / inspirational word as a theme for the year.
When choosing a word, I like to pick one that is sort of a "stretch" goal. I pick a word that represents what I want to see manifested more in my life. I pick a word that if I the year goes right, I will have improved an aspect of the way I "bring it" in this world. I will be better for choosing it.
This year I chose "ENERGY".
It meets all the criteria I look for in my Word Of The Year, (WOTY). Yet, I struggle. "FOCUS" was a tough one, but "ENERGY" has been harder for me than I would have imagined.
Maybe its because I had very specific pictures in my mind associated with this WOTY, such as Christy the Gym Rat or Dedicated Yoga practitioner. I did plan on a few races and was really excited about this one, but it didn't happen.
At the very least I pictured having racked up a good number of hours of exercise by this time. I feel no closer to "ENERGY" when looking at the physical activity aspect of my WOTY. I'm going to stay open about what success in this area looks like and trust that I will find my way.
There are other aspects about "ENERGY" I considered as well.
The "ENERGY" I put into my body. I've done well to choose more non-processed foods, mostly plant based whole foods that nourish my body.
The "ENERGY" I feel throughout the day, meaning not tired and wore out. Recently I've made some interesting discoveries... Vitamin B Complex is doing it for me. Caffeine... Not so much.
The "ENERGY" I spend is spent wisely. Mental energy, emotional energy, physical energy can all be viewed as an investment or a drain on the reserves. I think being aware of how I'm spending my energy and making conscious decisions about that makes a big difference. This one comes more naturally than some of the others.
The "ENERGY" I bring to others and to myself. I want to be a positive energy that uplifts. I am not looking to be "the life of the party","full of energy" or "bouncing off the walls", but expressing enthusiasm either in words or actions that I truly feel is what Im talking about. I don't want to seem tired or have a dull affect or be "blah" when I'm feeling generally good and happy. (& I do feel generally good and happy most all the time)
So... I can say I'm working on things and making progress. With any luck or more likely, through purposeful action, the physical activity part of"ENERGY" is going to see improvement this year as well. Intentions are not actions... actions are actions. I CAN make a way for this to happen.
Today was weigh-in day and I managed to get back from vacation without suffering too much on the scale. I am up from last week, but feel confident that we I will continue getting back in the groove that will allow me to get down to and maintain a weight that looks better and feels better on me.
I've done a bit of thinking about how the weight has been creeping up slowly but surely. I've been pondering how I let this happen and have determined that it's 'creep'.
I am not immune to 'creep' it seems. I've been noticing 'creep' on the scales, in the good habits I've developed that I've let myself slip by on, or the not so good habits or snacks I've allowed myself. Little by little the 'creep' starts to build and gain momentum.
'Creep' is sneaky because you don't realize how far you have let it in to your house and then one day you are agasp to find him camped out in the spare room, some of its dirty laundry laying around the house and then it occurs to you... you let him in. You asked him to spend the night... and nights turned into weeks, and into months... How the hell does this happen?
Well it may or may not matter how it happened... but I don't really care to spend my time trying to figure that out. The next step is to take control. We could throw 'Creep' out into the street along with all his laundry and be done with it... but I suspect that he'd be back before the week was out. Instead, I think I'll use some of his own sneakiness against him.
Seems that making small changes and building on them really paid off in the past, so that's what I'm going to do. I'm going to sneak a little exercise in when I can and maybe even cut back on portion sizes and cut out second helpings. I'm going to let planning creep it's way back into the picture doing the best I can when I can.
I'm not throwing the Creep out, I'm gonna use him for my own personal gain, er, I mean for my own personal loss.
Ah yeah! I am spending Sunday doing food prep (rather than painting my interior doors) and am beginning to feel some peace settle in as I work away. I had been feeling a bit panicky about not having any control, which, I know is an absolute cop-out and so not the truth. I can do this, but it is going to take a bit more doing than I've done.
I am bagging frozen blueberries in 1 cup (70 calorie) portions and sticking them back in the freezer.
I have been struggling to get a plan around some protein in my diet. After all of the chicken breasts, I guess I'm just not ready to go there yet and I haven't ever been real big on meat anyway. After much thought about what sounds good and preps easily, I have settled on egg whites. So I am hard-boiling eggs for the week. I plan to bring three a day and I'll just toss the yolks when I eat them, Unless of coarse I'm starving and then I'll eat one. 3 egg whites (51 calories) 10.8 grams of protein! If I went for 2 egg whites and 1 whole egg I'd be getting 54 more calories and 2.6 more grams of protein. Either way, fairly good way to get in my protein. Husband is watching his sodium and egg whites are kinda high for a food. He'll get 165mg from just the egg whites. In the big scheme of things it isn't much, but I think it's interesting to see how much there is in food naturally, before the salt shaker.
Husband told me to MARK THE EGGS, because of the one time he broke open a raw egg out of the wrong container from the fridge and REALLY, I haven't heard the end of it, lol. We were home at the time so I really don't see the big deal... it cleaned up quick. ;) So I got them all marked...
I think it's the appropriate amount of time away from Easter, just close enough that the memory is still there, but far enough away that they actually might be Easter eggs. Should anyone see them, he's gonna have to explain his wife's quirky sense of humor. Who knows, next time he may even have a color request. :) I think the teal is pretty.
Well, I've got lots to do today, so I'm off to clean up the kitchen, cook up some veggies, finish the laundry... Does anyone want to come paint my doors?
Oh, I updated my weight along the side... check it out! Down this week. Last week I was paying for a bad food choices including two good sized Root Beer Freezes (that I somehow felt I deserved). I expect next week to be better now that my big toe is feeling better and I've got an action plan with action.
Saturday, Dennis and I picked up two of our G-babies from their Mom and Dad's house. Tukker and Maveryk were both happy to go, but once Maveryk figured out that his mom wasn't coming along he wasn't too sure. He cried for a little bit, and then pulled his Bronco's hat down over his eyes and he wouldn't talk to us. We decided to see if we couldn't catch the last bit of the Baby Animal Birthday Party at Thanksgiving Point. When we got out of the car he wouldn't come to me and would only let Papa D carry him.
By the time we finished, both Tukker and Maveryk seemed to be genuinely happy to be spending time with Papa D and Grandmamom.
We had wrapped them up in some extra jackets we had in the car, because it was a little cool and we didn't realize they both had sweatshirts tucked in their overnight bags. Aren't they just adorable?
They were very good for us and made the whole visit "easy peazy" by going to bed easily, sleeping through the night and not getting up super early. No tantrums or arguments... it was almost strange.
Tukker told me she has a lot of Grandmas... "Grandma Bea, Grandma Trish and she pause a long while "...Grandmamom, and Grandma Thomas and Jaxon." Jaxon, by the way is way too young to be a grandma; he is her uncle and not much older than Tukker. I decided to let it go, he does live with one of her grandmas.
Dennis made them both a happy face pancake this morning for breakfast while we all sat and watched, hungry and happy.
This was one sweet weekend.
Gosh, I've been so busy connecting and focusing and sparkling...
and I would love to just tell you all about it. HOWEVER... the computer I am currently using is too slow and is unfit for this purpose; the mini computer is just too small and I get a bit frustrated. I miss the family laptop.
So just a quick note to say that I'm still here working at all the same stuff. Not being too successful on the weight portion, but overall keeping a good healthy balance and fitting a little exercise in. Feeling like I'm making actual progress on most fronts.
TTFN (Ta-Ta For Now)
Friday morning we left the house and it was not clean, but it was straightened.
Most of the dishes were done.
I had only one load of laundry left to do and a few towels to fold.
I had just weeded out a bunch of unnecessary items from the master bathroom.
So don't get me wrong... it wasn't chaos, it wasn't "Hoarders" worthy or anything, but we just haven't kept up on the housekeeping that wasn't essential.
When we came home the housekeepers my reluctant husband and I hired for the Deep Clean were done and let me just say, words do not describe how much better I feel! I knew I'd feel better, but I didn't KNOW how much better I'd feel.
They scrubbed the oven, they scrubbed the stove-top (and got all the stuff off that I couldn't) and my bathrooms were so clean and the walls were clean. The blinds were cleaned. The floors were clean. The furniture vacuumed. They even folded the two loads of towels on the folding table.
As a result, my house and I both had "sparkle". This weekend has been fabulous! I was able to "focus", I was able to "connect" with my center.
I can't think of one thing I needed right now more than I needed this.
Bountiful Baskets... Dennis and I were headed out of town to see Kaylee on the 15th and when the truck was 3 hours late, I ended up just forfeiting my basket. Dennis and I had a great time in Cedar with Kaylee just hanging out and we went to an art exhibit themed around Alice in Wonderland. It was cool. I did make it the following week to volunteer and pick up my basket.
Get Under 150 Pounds... Fast …lol or not so fast. The weigh-ins on the last two weeks have me up not down. We ate out in Cedar and I tried to make good choices, but I still ate too much. I haven't been feeling that good this last week, but apparently it hasn't affected my appetite. We had Pho Noodles yesterday, so I'm hoping that the sodium in that stuff can account for two pounds... but we shall see. I'm hopeful, but dissapointed I'm not in the pink yet.
Maintain a Calorie DeficitI haven't used much energy this last week. I was sick a lot and slept even more. I still ate... Dennis made a yummy vegetarian sweet potato hash that was SUPER yum.
Log Food*... I made my 7 consecutive days logged, actually getting like 9 days! I got an asterisk! We’ll see how many of these “*” I can collect. Currently I'm at 0.
Exercise I did some exercise at the hotel with Kaylee. I got on the elliptical while she ran on the treadmill. We did great! I got sick on Tuesday and stayed that way through Friday night. Saturday I felt better though. Today I'm recovering from a very hard unproductive week. Inertia... got to love it.