Friday, May 19, 2017

Feeling Good Friday:Reengaging

I reengaged with my blog and my lovely cyber friends this week. I'm spending an hour or two before I start work reading posts I have missed and getting caught up in the world. Hang in their Mama Fish! I love that you fight for your guppies. Also congrats on holding steady on the weight loss, and congrats to Rachel, Anne, and Anna on achieving your success. I've had up days and down days. I don't know if spreading out the memorial so many weeks after the death of someone is good in the long run, but it feels really difficult right now to have not said my good byes, yet my friend is not here. Still, my Friday posts are for looking back at my week of health, physically, emotionally, and mentally and noting my success and challenges. All things considered, it hasn't been bad.
1. I posted my 1.8 pound weight loss from last week on my Tuesday post. I am please to have stepped on the scale this morning and I've dropped another 2.2 pounds bringing my three week weight loss to 7 pounds. Not Biggest Loser type numbers where they shed that in a week, but slow and steady. While week one might have been over a pound of water weight, it seems my 1.5 pound a week target might inch closer to 2 pounds.  I don't want to get ahead of myself but if I keep this pace, I may lose an additional 20 pounds by my nieces wedding in 10 weeks. 

2. Enjoyed a few decadent meals and treats, but in moderation. DH and I went to our favorite wine bar for dinner last Friday night. I just didn't want to eat a salad, but opted for a leaner turkey burger, which is phenomenal as they top with a lingonberry jam, sunflower sprouts, and a white wine aioli. I even ate the bun, however, left most of the french fries untouched. I nibbled at the desert bar crawl at work-some really delicious items, ate pizza one night and penne alfredo another. I had chicken and mashed potatoes! I still need to do a better job of building my meals around vegetables, but happy that I could eat like a regular person and still lose a bit of weight. 

3. DD2 had her first practice for show choir tryouts for next season and had the dance number on her iPad. Being silly, I told her I could definitely nail the tryouts and proceeded to try the dance. In teenager style, she was both embarrassed and pleased and snap chatted to her friends, "So this just happened. My mom  just danced our try out." Her friend posted back, "Your mom is awesome." Melted my heart. Plus, the dancing was pretty fun, if pathetic, and I need to get some old fashion jazzercise into my exercise routine. I still need an exercise routine. Where is Richard Simmons?


4. I sat and meditated, a lot. I normally spend a few minutes each morning just lying awake before getting up, my quiet mind time. This week, I intentionally found additional moments to do so. Did I mention we have a zen room at work? After a particularly intense meeting, I went to the low light, soft room (unlike the starch office cubicles everywhere else) and sat listening to the rain before heading back to my desk. 

5. A wedding guest/informal photographer at DD1's friends wedding posted a picture of DH and I from the wedding. At first I wasn't going to accept it being posted on my wall. I felt I looked worn, tired, fat. Then, I got over myself. I look how I look, and it is rare that I have a picture of DH and myself alone. Self acceptance has to start, right?

These are general and need more specificity, but my goals for wellness for the following week include:
  • More vegetable based meals
  • Increase walking-the rainy weather put dampers on this
  • Develop an exercise routine-core and strength focus to go with walking
  • Continue to take a work day meditation break, even if just a few minutes 
  • Take some pictures this week, capture the lilacs before they are gone
If you are focusing on your own health and well being, tell me about it. If you post, please feel free to leave a link to your latest update. Enjoy your weekend.

12 comments:

  1. I love your goals, and so happy you are feeling better. I had two really good weeks in a row, but this week was harder. House drama led to stress, which leads to snacking & less working out. I'm considering doing a 21 day workout challenge, which is a mix of cardio & strength workouts. I think it will help kick start me a bit.

    I'm trying to increase my fruit & vegetable intake, which is always an ongoing challenge. :-)

    Keep up the great work. We're always a work in progress - how boring would our lives be if we were already perfect?

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    1. I still feel part of the time that it must have just been a dream, but then emotion swoops over me. It is how I grieve, and will for a while. So far the feeling deprived part hasn't come-I just need to not give in when it does, but allow a little treat. Tonight will be allowing myself a couple light beers and a few nibbles on pub food out with my friends. My daughter broke into a British Aero bar she still had from her Valentines treat from us and offered me a row. I compromised and had one square. Vegetables will be on the top of my shopping list today. I buy the steam bags-know they are more expensive but I can bring for work lunch or a quick meal at home.

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  2. Congrats on your weight loss! We are trying to eat normal too. Walking is definitely helping my goals, although when we get back from holiday I am going to try and try toning to as am still flabby, even if I lose all the weight I want to.

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    1. I bet with the healthy Mediterranean diet and all the walking on your trip, you'll tone up even while enjoying. I need to get more walking for sure, and I keep hoping the YMCA has the summer only special.We can all use for the summer-DD needs to keep active since she is not playing soccer and she gets bored with just running.

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  3. That is a great picture of you and your hubby! You are beautiful and never think otherwise.

    Yours - DeeCee

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    1. You are very kind. I'm always critical of myself in pictures-I just am always surprised at how I look in them. DH needed a haircut!

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  4. The only way I can lose weight is to eat normally, just less of it. Oh, I might leave off something entirely, but not something I love.

    At a class reunion, I decided I looked old, tired, and worn out. So, I started wearing makeup some of the time.

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    1. I am a stickler for my moisturizer, but I often do not wear any make up, and when I do, it is a tiny bit of mascara and a bit of blush, maybe a bit of lip color. Because I wear it so minimally, I feel sort of not like myself but I do wish I could look a bit more polished.

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  5. Thanks for the shout out Sam! =)
    You are rocking the weight loss so definitely be proud of that! You are also rocking the Mom thing - I'm sure your daughter was (secretly) pleased to snapchat her friends your dance attempt.
    I think the picture of you and your husband is lovely! Thanks for sharing it!
    Good luck on your goals this week -- you got this!

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    1. We need to encourage each other, and through that I feel encouraged myself. Ahh, teens.

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    1. Thanks, Wendy. Maybe some day I'll get my Instagram going and be better at capturing these moments and sharing them.

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