Thursday, September 25, 2008

Real Quick

I have had a great week! My official start all over again day was the 18 and since then I have lost 8 pounds. I have kept track of my calorie intake, exercised and as of today, stopped drinking sweet tea. I'm still not crazy about water like i hope one day to be but at least I'm drinking it. We went to Red Lobster for lunch and I may have overdone it but i made up for it at dinner (my night to cook) with stir fry. Then . . . I had ice cream, but still i came in under my calories for the day.

Monday, September 22, 2008

How i spent my day

Well, Biffle won the race and The Jags won their game. My husband and daughter and I went into Jacksonville today to pick up some stuff from Walmart and get some lunch. When i got up at 11am i had a yogurt so on the way to town my husband wanted to know where I wanted to eat, i sat and dreaded the thought of eating and not knowing what to do or where to go. I just kept thinking i should've stayed at home and eaten, where it was safe. We ended up at Salsarita's and opted for the taco salad. I knew the fried taco bowl was not a good idea but i like them alot. I ordered it and i ate. It was yummy! Later i can home and got online hoping i could get some nutritional info from the web and found out that Salsarita's has a nice way of picking your toppings and it will calculate all your nutritional info. I weighed in at 998 calories. I had a ham and swiss for dinner, i grilled it with some butter so that was about 400 calories so lets see for the day. . .
yogurt 100
lunch 1000
sweet tea 350
dinner 400
that's a total of 1850.

My husband and I spent most of the day building new closet shelves in our bedroom. The crappy wire rack had failed to hold up so all my clothes have been in a pile for a week. Whenever my husband builds something he does it to the extreme. Now my closet shelves will hold ME. While he was cutting and drilling and didn't need my help i was cleaning and organizing my sewing table. I haven't been near my sewing table ever since we moved in a year ago, I've just kept piling it up and neglecting it. So today I cleaned and organized it. I have so many projects that i need to finish and even more i need to start. When i sew I can spend hours at my table not even thinking about food or eating. I just have so much other stuff to do i keep telling myself, "when my paperwork it caught up", "when the kitchen is clean". There's a million things i should be doing but I'm a procrastinator. I wish i weren't.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

I saved the day

I started out really bad today. I usually make sweet tea to take with me every morning, Saturday mornings are my earliest day. I have to leave the house by 9:10am. The rest of the week i leave around 10am so I didn't wake up in time to make my beloved sweet tea today. When i ended up at Panera this morning i thought if i ordered a bacon, egg and cheese on sourdough i would be safe, after all sourdough isn't that bad. I guess i overlooked the bacon, egg and cheese.

Bacon, egg and cheese on sourdough from panera 510

Well still that's not where i went wrong. Coffee came with my breakfast bundle and i knew i had to have some caffeine so i wouldn't get a headache.

coffee (one cup caff, one decaf) 0 (yea zero!)

Oh wait i was telling you about where i went wrong, i can drink coffee black. I like it sweetened and creamed. If you've ever been to the coffee bar at Panera you know that there is everything wonderful for your coffee, the options are almost endless. I really like turbinado sugar so i grabbed a few (19) packets. I also have to have my creamer, when i buy creamer for the house i use land o lakes fat free half and half, its very creamy and think, i really like it. The stuff at Panera isn't fat free. . .

19 packets of turbinado sugar 380
half and half creamer 9oz. 350

On the good side again, i had a cup of fresh fruit, honeydew, cantaloupe, grapes and my favorite fresh pineapple

fresh fruit 70

So at this point I'm up to 1310 for the day and have only had breakfast. GASP!
What's a girl to do? Starve, yes starve the rest of the day. No, that's a bad idea. If i starve myself i will go crazy, so later i had a grilled chicken sandwich from ChickfilA.

Grilled chicken sandwich from ChickfilA 270

I didn't get home until almost 6pm and I had ChickfilA so late i wasn't really hungry. I told my daughter that was going crazy to get out of the house because she hasn't been anywhere but school and home since she can't remember when, her birthday she thinks, that we would go to the park and walk around the track. When we got home it was 8pm, so i just had grapes for dinner.

Grapes 221

I know i shouldn't have but my heartburn was so bad that i had a little ice cream about 11pm.

Edy's Chocolate Ice cream 250

That leaves me at 2051 for the day. I'm sitting here now reading others blogs and updating mine trying to keep busy and my mind off food. I should just go to bed. Night all.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Starting Today

Today is it! The first day of the rest of my life. No, for real. I started my "diet" today. The real one. I didn't start out thinking this will be the day and by lunch time all had been forgotten. I did pretty good today. I have been trying to get myself off caffeine so i can start drinking only water. My husband had been doing it for a week or more now and I'm so proud of him. I am really gonna do it this time. I've just about got myself weened off sweet tea. Tomorrow i will only have a pint and continue that for about 4 days and then WHAM! Water only baby!

I have a very hectic lifestyle so eating right is the biggest challenge for me. I own a personal care service company. Between working with my own people, i have to check up on my employee's drum up new business, run want ads and hire new employee's and lord, lets not forget the paperwork. I am so behind on my paperwork (GASP). I also spend allot of time in my car driving from one home to another to another. It's hard to eat healthy when you are constantly on the go. I've decided to start packing a lunch and snack bag. This will be a big help. I never eat breakfast which i need to start doing. I went to the grocery store today and Sam's Club yesterday. I bought all sorts of good stuff for me and my family. I have all the right things in the house and almost none of the bad.

I'm going to eat 5-6 times a day, breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, dinner and maybe a snack. I'd like to keep my calories under 2000. That will be easy without the sweet tea. Today for i had

Apple 75
Granola Bar 120
Chicken sandwich 450
Quesadilla's 650
Sweet Tea 4500

Total 1745

I will take my vitamin's. I take a multi-vitamin daily but i split it half in the am and half in the pm. I take calcium twice a day, an OMEGA once, half a B complex in the morning, an aspirin in the morning and I was taking a C0Q10 but Sam's doesn't carry the 50mg anymore and I read that anything higher can cause insomnia. If anyone knows where i can get it in 50mg let me know. There's some C0Q10 in my multi-vitamin but it doesn't say how much.

I will exercise. I would have taken a walk this evening but i had to go to open house at my daughters school. That went OK. They ring the bell every 10-15 minutes and the parents have to go around to all the classes in the order your child has them. Luckily i didn't have to sit in any "student desks", dodged that bullet. Tomorrow i will go for a walk, one of the ladies i work with has a goal to exercise so i will get her up and out. She's slow so I may have to lap her. I've had a bad back ever since childbirth and my back will start to hurt so bad I can barely stand it. I'll have to sit down for a few minutes to get it to stop throbbing. This frustrates me because I'm not tired but i can't go on. I'm hoping that the back will ease up when i lose some weight but honestly it was the same way 80 pounds ago.

I got my hair cut (off) before open house, so when i got home i couldn't wait to get in the shower and wash all the stray hairs off me. I've been wanting to get my hair cut short but i think i look even fatter with it short so I've been putting it off. Today I did it. I have natural curl so of course now it doesn't know how to behave, I'll have to tame it i guess.

I took my doggies to the groomers today. They were so excited to see me when i got there to pick them up. I love it when they are freshly groomed. They smell so good, but they look so skinny. I wished that would work for me.

Well for some reason, i haven't been able to get to sleep until after 2am so I'm gonna go try to get in bed early tonight but i know it won't happen.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

36 ways to reduce stress

36 Ways To Reduce Stress

1. Pray

2. Go to bed on time.

3. Get up on time so you can start the day unrushed.

4. Say "No" to projects that won't fit into your time schedule, or that will compromise your mental health

5. Delegate tasks to capable others.

6. Simplify and unclutter your life.

7. Less is more. (Although one is often not enough, two are often too many.)

8. Allow extra time to do things and to get to places.

9. Pace yourself. Spread out difficult projects over time; don't lump the hard things all together.

10. Take one day at a time and turn it over to God.

11. Separate worries from concerns. If a situation is a concern, find out what God would have you to do and let go of the anxiety. If you can't do anything about a situation... Forget it.

12. Live within your budget; don't use credit cards for ordinary purchases.

13. Have backups - an extra car key in your wallet, an extra house key buried in the garden, extra stamps, etc.

14. K.M.S. (Keep Mouth Shut). This single piece of advice can prevent an enormous amount of trouble.

15. Do something for the Kid in You everyday.

16. Carry a Bible with you to read while waiting in line.

17. Get enough exercise.

18. Eat right.

19. Get organized so everything has its place.

20. Listen to a tape while driving that can help improve your quality of life.

21. Write thoughts and inspirations down.

22. Every day, find time to be alone.

23. Having problems? Talk to God on the spot. Try to nip small problems in the bud. Don't wait until it's time to go to bed to try and pray.

24. Make friends with Godly people.

25. Keep a folder of favorite scriptures on hand.

26. Remember that the shortest bridge between despair and hope is often a simple "Thank you, God"

27. Laugh.

28.Laugh some more!

29. Take your work seriously, but yourself not at all.

30. Develop a forgiving attitude (most people are doing the best they can).

31 . Be kind to unkind people (they probably need it the most).

32. Sit on your ego.

33. Talk less; listen more.

34. Slow down.

35. Remind yourself that you are not the general manager of the universe.

36. Every night before bed, think of one thing you're grateful for that you've never been grateful for before.


Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Paperwork and Brownies!

I have two quarterly meetings tomorrow so i had a ton a paperwork to do to get ready. Honey made me brownies to get through it all. I know it's not on my diet but who can resist a warm chocolaty chewy brownie with a cold side of chocolate ice cream? NOT ME!! I now have what i need to get through it all. P.S. Honey made dinner too, aren't i the luckiest gal alive?

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

In the water?

I spent $10,000.00 on a RainSoft water treatment system thinking that I might drink the water. I still can't. Don't get me wrong it's one of the best investments I've ever made. My appliances will last longer, my clothes will last longer, my skin and hair will benefit. The water has no bad smell or taste, I just can't drink it. My sweet tea taste better than it EVER HAS!!! Why can't I bring myself to just drink the water? I really do want to drink it. I just like my sweet tea more.