Friday, June 2, 2017

Feeling Good Friday-Don't Get Discouraged Edition

Lilacs are all gone now, so one last picture for Friday.
 Thank you to those that read and read and commented yesterday. I wasn't necessarily thinking I would have everyone agreeing with me and my point of view, but I was surprised that the turn went from me sharing my work and concerns about the effect of homelessness on school success to a discussion about bad decisions people make in becoming parents and expectations of society. I'm going to start my Feeling Good Friday there. 

1. I feel good that I can have conversations with people that both agree and disagree with me, with respect. I've been fortunate that even when I've touched on what may be controversial, I've not been criticized or attacked, yet those that disagree or have a different thought, felt comfortable commenting. When we stop talking, things really are not going to turn out well-even through discourse, I am encouraged. 

2. My shoes DD1 gave me at Christmas have officially been converted to walking and they are so nice on my feet. While taking pup for a walk is not much of a work out for me,(sniff and whiz at every tree and corner) when I can slip away and leave him behind (I make him sound like a two year old child), I can get some serious miles out of these shoes as they have just the right support, but are not heavy and clunky like other shoes I've used for walking.  Thanks again, kid! I just updated to add these are the Nike Flex Exepreince RN5 in blue and pink. I had a question.

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3. Cherries are in the grocery store now! I don't know how often you can get cherries where you live, but in Minnesota late May, to about mid June seems to be the only time we get decent and somewhat affordable cherries in the stores. These are my absolute, ultimate, favorites, probably because I only get them one time a year. I can pass by any chocolate for a nice bowl of cherries. OK. Dip a few in dark chocolate and I truly will be in heaven. 

4. DD2 had her last choir concert of the season and again, did not disappoint. As she gets older, I know more of the graduating seniors so it was a bit bitter sweet during the slide show to see so many of her friends that will graduate. I buy the recording or DVD's of the concerts. Not frugal, but supports the school, plus I can enjoy in the moment rather than try and record.

5 And last, bummer to report, but I actually put back on a .8 of a pound in the last week. I know it was bound to happen, have a weight loss set back, so I truly am not surprised. I'm not going to get discouraged this time. I'm still at a 1.8 average loss per week, 8.2 pounds total; my original goal was 1.5 per week. I review in my head and can pinpoint where my stumbles were-too many evening calories, more simple carbs than I want, and a few sneaky nibbles. In the past, I would pretend in my head I did everything "right" so take on a why bother attitude. 

I'll try and jump start my plan again today. I may not use the daily weigh in for this week. I might be getting discouraged and instead, wait to see all my progress all on one day. I think I'll try at least for the week. And with that, I'll close my Friday update. Please share your successes, and as always, ideas that might help me and others on our getting healthy journey. 

8 comments:

  1. Just curious - what type of shoes did DD1 give you. I do a lot of walking for my job and also exercise -- always on the lookout for a good pair of shoes!

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    1. These were Nike Flexperience RN5.

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  2. We get cherries here too in May/June and that's about it. I love the Rainier(WA state)cherries but usually settle for Michigans or NYS ones since the WA ones are more costly.

    I live in Easy Spirit shoes and they are very light. They are not cheap by any means but I have foot issues and I wait and get them on sale.

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    1. DD works for an athletic company so a perk I'd her discount and special sales. Everyone got great athleticware for Christmas. Loved it.

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  3. As a Washington girl, Rainier cherries are the best! We used to get bags of them from family with trees, and I'd eat enough to be sick regularly during the summer. ;-) That's how you know you've had a good time - you get sick from eating too much fruit. #partyanimal

    I love social media & our ability to communicate with those we'd never know without the internet. However, it does frequently remind me that there are many divergent perspectives around the world. Many of them thoughtful although different than mind. Some of them . . . not so thoughtful. It can be really difficult to swallow some of the things you see, & I think we as a society are still determining how to best harness the power of all of this connectivity, while not letting as much of the negativity in. (I'm not referring to the comments on your post. Although I disagree with many of them, I can understand where someone would have that perspective. I'm thinking of things like blatant racism & sexism).

    Anyway, back to positive thinking for Friday. I'm working from home today, and am thrilled to have a more flexible schedule that doesn't involve the commute!

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    1. I think I have Michigan-had Michigan. I've been lucky so far on the anger in comments.

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  4. I will usually spring for a couple of containers of Ranier cherries each year. Those I just pop in my mouth and eat, the other cherries are what I freeze and use throughout the winter.
    My theory on social media is as long as someone is not being disrespectful all opinions are welcome. I learned a long time ago that exploring diverse opinions creates the best solutions since none of us perceive reality exactly the same. I had a philosophy professor who illustrated opinions perfectly. He asked several members of the class to grab their favorite green crayon (He has a pile of crayon bits and pieces of every color and hue) Out of the twenty only a couple had exactly the same shade of green. His point was that the shade of green they chose was correct for them, but no better nor worse than any other's shade was for them. I have always remembered this as a concrete way to understand that every opinion has value, even if it is diametrically opposite of mine. (Except TheHub and he should always share my opinion because I am always right on everything that affects us personally!)
    Great walking shoes are the best!

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    1. No two of us have same life experience to guide thinking. I'm sad at the state of politics but I can still talk with neighbors and friends with civility.

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