Sunday, August 30, 2015

Menu for Week 36 - 08-30-15


SUNDAY
B:Poached egg, toast, coffee, milk
L:Chopped liver (leftover from Sat eve), crackers, tea,
D:Vegetable spaghetti and spaghetti sauce (meatless), garlic bread (watch out vampires!!!) 
S:

MONDAY
B:Kasha, milk, coffee
L:Chili, tea, broken pieces tortilla chips
D:Leftovers -
S:

TUESDAY
B:Cinnamon biscuits and raisins
L:sliced tomatoes salad with blue cheese dressing.  Soup?
D:Mezzelune stuffed with eggplant
S:

WEDNESDAY
B:Cracked wheat and raisins, milk, coffee
L:Taco, lettuce, tomatoes, tea
D:Leftovers - maybe Carrot soup also
S:

THURSDAY
B:Cinnamon Toast
L:Rice and lo veggies with cheese. Set like a stir fry
D:Meatless Bean soup, homemade crackers - probably a mixed bean type soup - may "cream" it
S:

FRIDAY
B:Rolled oats and raisins, milk, coffee
L:Tomato - orzo soup, salad?
D:Fried fish, green beans, sliced potatoes, sliced tomatoes, challah, raisin pie
S:

SATURDAY
B:boiled egg, challah, jelly, milk, coffee
L:Beans, barley or wheat, onion, potato, tomatoes, any meat with dumpling crust, challah,
D:Pizza with mozzarella cheese, eggplant, tomato sauce
S:

Cauliflower, ,carrots,  , eggplant,
Leftovers - maybe Carrot soup also
Leftovers -

Mezzelune stuffed with eggplant



Goals for Week 36 - 08-30-15


GO AND DO
Change PT appt from 09-02-15
PT appt on 09-04-15
Colonoscopy on 09-03-15
Summer clothes shift (long sleeve stuff away and get the skinny shirts out!)
Post office
Project update on Saturday
Retreat weekend (Join me anyone?  )

HOUSE
  • Zone 1
    • Front Porch 
      • Zone
      • WHB
    • Entrance and 2nd floor landing
      • Zone
      • WHB
    • Back Stairs
      • Zone
      • WHB
    • Side Porch
      • Zone
      • WHB
  • Zone 2
    • Kitchen
      • WHB
  • Zone 3
    • Bath
      • WHB
    • Laundry Room
      • WHB
    • Sewing room
      • Zone - see Bonnie's Spiff up
      • WHB
  • Zone 4
    • Bedroom
      • WHB
  • Zone 5: 
    • Living Room
      • WHB
    • Study
      • WHB
  • Paperwork 
GARDEN
  • Harvesting 
    • tomatoes
    • Squash?
    • Tomatillo
  • Skip the Pix of garden for this year! 
DEHYDRATE
Make out dehydration/food preservation plan - what and when
Fruits I don't raise (but can buy locally) - visit Price Rite or Farmer's Market
Veggies from garden
Order foods from bulk foods.com OR Emergency Essentials (freeze-dried)

KITCHEN - get pantry ready for lts/ menue will be Spark People (trying to lose weight) for the next 3 months
  • PANTRY
    • Get jars and lids ready
    • Get Food Saver thingy for the jars
    • 3 day kit - get it ready
    • Babysteps check list - #1, 2, 3.  
    • Plan for winter food supply
    • Declutter cookbooks.  Fix those I want to keep.
  • BREADS
    • Challah
    • whole wheat bread
  • CEREALS
    • Homemade granola - LOTS of it
  • MIXES
    • Make mixes.  LABEL them - mix name AND date I put them together!  Store on meal prep shelf.
    • Biscuit mix
    • Chicken Baking Mix
    • Homemade bread Mix
    • Hot Roll mix
    • Muffin Mix
    • Onion Soup mix
    • Pancake and Waffle mix
    • Potato coating mix
    • Stuffing mix
    • Tortilla mix
EDUCATION 
  • BOOKS
    • Wind, Sand and Stars (nonfiction)
    • Finish - Diamond Age by Neil Stephenson
    • Audio: Suddenly Love by Aharon Appelfeld
    • MOVIES: Great Expectations, Road to Avonlea, Once Upon a Story
  • RELIGION
    • Complete module
    • Tisha b'Av
      • TIMG
        • 96
      • JW
        • 260-263
      • JH&F
        • 179-182
        • 182-186
      • H2R
        • 468-471
        • 471-474
      • Song
        • 227
        • 228
        • 229
        • 231
  • SCIENCE (doing review of some of work)
    • CB
      • Plant Genetics:Monohybrid Cross
        • CB18
        • CB19
        • CB20
      • Algae, Fungii, Lichens, Bacteria
        • CB 21
        • CB22 
        • CB23
    • Review 
      • EARTH
        • LOE 
          • Chapter 1 - The Infinite Variety
            • p. 20-34
        • Usborne
          • 10-13
          • 14-17
        • Cartoon History 
          • 10-13, 14, 15
        • TOL
          • 90-95
          • 96-97, 98-101
      • EXERCISE
        • PT appt
        • Yoga
        • Strength -Week 2 (REPEAT) - 8 minutes
        • Cardio - bicycle, dance, clean, lots of weeding
      • ALGEBRA
        • Lesson 32
        • Lesson 33
        • Lesson 34
        • Lesson 35
        • Lesson 36
        • Lesson 37
        • CREATIVE WRITING
          • Level 4
            • 6-3
            • 7-1
            • 7-2
            • 7-3
            • 8-1
            • 8-2
        • HANDWRITING
          • B - 
            • 37
            • 38
            • 39
            • 40
            • 41
            • 42
          • RUSSIAN
            • Lesson 39
            • Lesson 40
            • Lesson 41
            • Lesson 42
            • Lesson 43
          • GARDENING
            • BYF
          • 8 MINUTES (see exercise)
            • Week 2 - Day
              • 8
              • 9
              • 10
              • 11
              • 12
              • 13
              • 14(free day)
          • MUSIC
            • Rachmaninoff - 2nd C
              • Review sect 1-16
              • Start on Second movement
            • Scarlatti
          • ART
            • Lesson 8
            QUILT (Needs to be worked on!)
            • STASH REPORT (Sunday)
            • DESIGN WALL (Monday)
            • BONNIE H. ARCHIVE NIGHT (Tues)
            • 15 MINUTE "SPIFF UP" WITH BONNIE (IN STITCHES' BONNIE!) (Wednesday)
            • SLICE AND DICE NIGHT (Thursday)
            • FINISHINGS - Bindings, movies, spiced tea, hot cider or hot chocolate (Fri or Sat)
            • BINDING
              • Hand sew Binding on Log Cabin (finish)
              • Binding on 2 baby quilts finished
              • Binding on Simple Patch Baby quilt
            • QUILTING
              • *2 baby blankets (for charity)
              • *Simple patch baby quilt
              • *Valences
              • Buckeye Delight baby blanket
            • PIECING
              • *On Point BOM blocks - bring up to date!
              • *Sampler - any re-do's remaining - and post pix to original group and individual members who haven't recieved blocks as of yet! January project!
              • *Simple Patch baby blanket (July UFO)
              • Irish Double Chain (January UFO)
              • Stars and Strips  (orig. was Stars and Ribbons)
              • Charm Around
              • Crazy Quilt
              • Fresh Air
            • APPLIQUE 
              • *Halloween wall hanging 
              • Other Halloween items
            • SEWING
              • Fall wardrobe - shirts/blouses
              • Fall slacks
              • Fall skirts
              • Fall suit jackets
              • Fall dresses
              • Fall nightgowns
            • FOCUS on above

            Sunday, August 23, 2015

            Menues for Week 35 - WB 08-23-15


            SUNDAY
            B:Omelet with mushrooms, greens, cheese, milk, coffee
            L:Chili and cornbread, milk
            D:leftovers

            MONDAY
            B:Cracked wheat, butter, sugar, milk, coffee
            L:Spinach and fish soup, milk
            D:Tacos (homemade), salad, milk

            TUESDAY
            B:Waffles, milk, coffee
            L:Tomato - BLT sandwich, milk
            D:Welsh Rarebit and salad, milk

            WEDNESDAY
            B:Poached eggs on toast, milk, coffee
            L:Taco salad, milk
            D:leftovers

            THURSDAY
            B:Kasha, butter, sugar, milk, coffee
            L:Rice casserole from freezer, milk
            D:homemade pizza, salad, milk

            FRIDAY
            B:Pancakes, milk, coffee
            L:Taco pie, milk
            D:Fish - Mediterranean style (tomatoes, greens, hot peppers) 

            SATURDAY
            B:Danish, milk, coffee
            L:Chicken Stew, coffee
            D:Pasta and cheese, salad, milk

            Goals for Week 35 - WB 08-23-15


            GO AND DO
            PT appt on cancellation notice
            Summer clothes shift (long sleeve stuff away and get the skinny shirts out!)
            Class for quilt
            Post office
            Project update on Saturday

            HOUSE
            • Zone 1
              • Front Porch 
                • WHB
              • Entrance and 2nd floor landing
                • WHB
              • Back Stairs
                • WHB
              • Side Porch
                • WHB
            • Zone 2
              • Kitchen
                • WHB
            • Zone 3
              • Bath
                • WHB
              • Laundry Room
                • WHB
              • Sewing room
                • Zone - see Bonnie's Spiff up
                • WHB
            • Zone 4
              • Bedroom
                • WHB
            • Zone 5: 
              • Living Room
                • Zone
                • WHB
              • Study
                • Zone
                • WHB
            • Paperwork 
            GARDEN
            • Weeding - 5 beds + 4 borders + fruit trees + fence line = weed 1 + 1 edge, plant 1, harvest at least 1/day
            • Harvesting 
              • Veggies - greens,beans, lettuce
              • tomatoes
            • Pix of garden - post on page, state plans for month
            DEHYDRATE
            Make out dehydration/food preservation plan - what and when
            Fruits I don't raise (but can buy locally) - visit Price Rite or Farmer's Market
            Veggies from garden
            Order foods from bulk foods.com OR Emergency Essentials (freeze-dried)
            Get jars and lids ready
            Get Food Saver thingy for the jars
            3 day kit - get it ready

            KITCHEN - get pantry ready for lts/ menue will be Spark People (trying to lose weight) for the next 3 months
            • BREADS
              • Challah
              • whole wheat bread
            • CEREALS
              • Homemade granola - LOTS of it
            • MIXES
              • Biscuit mix
              • Chicken Baking Mix
              • Homemade bread Mix
              • Hot Roll mix
              • Muffin Mix
              • Onion Soup mix
              • Pancake and Waffle mix
              • Potato coating mix
              • Stuffing mix
              • Tortilla mix
            EDUCATION 
            • BOOKS
              • Pride and Prejudice
              • Finish - Diamond Age by Neil Stephenson
              • Finish - Audio-book - Thunder Dog
              • Hitched - by Carol Higgins Clark
            • RELIGION
              • Complete module
              • Shavuot
                • Jewish Woman
                  • 172-176
                • JH&F
                  • 165-169
                  • 169-173
                  • 173-177
                • H2R
                  • 457-462
                  • 462-468
                • Song 
                  • 212, 213
                  • 215, 216
                  • 217, 219
                  • 221
                  • 223
                  • 224
            • SCIENCE (doing review of some of work)
              • CB
                • CB12
                • CB13
                • CB14
                • CB15
                • CB16
                • CB17
              • Review 
                • EARTH
                  • Life on a Young Planet
                    • Chapter 3 - Life's Signature
                    • Ch.4 - The Earliest Glimmers of Life
                    • Ch 5 - The Emergence of Life
                  • Oxygen
                    • Silence of the Aeons
                  • Thread of Life
                    • Beginnings in the Sea: Life Emerges 90-105
                  • LOE 
                    • Chapter 1 - The Infinite Variety
                      • p. 11-20
                • EXERCISE
                  • PT appt - cancellation basis
                  • Yoga
                  • Strength -Week 2- 8 minutes
                  • Cardio - bicycle, dance, clean, lots of weeding
                • ALGEBRA
                  • Lesson 26
                  • Lesson 27
                  • Lesson 28
                  • Lesson 29
                  • Lesson 30
                  • Lesson 31
                  • CREATIVE WRITING
                    • Level 4
                      • 5-6
                      • 5-7
                      • 5-8
                      • 5-9
                      • 6-1
                      • 6-2
                  • HANDWRITING
                    • B - 
                      • 31
                      • 32
                      • 33
                      • 34
                      • 35
                      • 36
                    • RUSSIAN
                      • Lesson 36
                      • Lesson 37
                      • Lesson 38
                      • Lesson 39
                      • Lesson 40
                    • GARDENING
                      • BYF
                    • 8 MINUTES
                      • Chapter 
                        • Intro
                        • 1
                        • 2
                        • 3
                        • 4
                        • 5
                      •  Week 2 - Day
                        • 8
                        • 9
                        • 10
                        • 11
                        • 12
                        • 13
                        • 14(free day)
                    • MUSIC
                      • Rachmaninoff - 2nd C
                        • Review sect 1-14
                        • intensive 16
                        • once over up through rest of first movement - through 16
                      • Scarlatti
                    • ART
                      • Lesson 7
                      QUILT (Needs to be revised - Monday at latest!)
                      • STASH REPORT (Sunday)
                      • DESIGN WALL (Monday)
                      • BONNIE H. ARCHIVE NIGHT (Tues)
                      • 15 MINUTE "SPIFF UP" WITH BONNIE (IN STITCHES' BONNIE!) (Wednesday)
                      • SLICE AND DICE NIGHT (Thursday)
                      • FINISHINGS - Bindings, movies, spiced tea, hot cider or hot chocolate (Fri or Sat)
                      • BINDING
                        • Hand sew Binding on Log Cabin (finish)
                        • Binding on 2 baby quilts finished
                        • Binding on Simple Patch Baby quilt
                      • QUILTING
                        • *2 baby blankets (for charity)
                        • *Simple patch baby quilt
                        • *Valences
                        • Buckeye Delight baby blanket
                      • PIECING
                        • *On Point BOM blocks - bring up to date!
                        • *Sampler - any re-do's remaining - and post pix to original group and individual members who haven't recieved blocks as of yet! January project!
                        • *Simple Patch baby blanket (July UFO)
                        • Irish Double Chain (January UFO)
                        • Stars and Strips  (orig. was Stars and Ribbons)
                        • Charm Around
                        • Crazy Quilt
                        • Fresh Air
                      • APPLIQUE 
                        • *Halloween wall hanging 
                        • Other Halloween items
                      • SEWING
                        • Fall wardrobe - shirts/blouses
                        • Fall slacks
                        • Fall skirts
                        • Fall suit jackets
                        • Fall dresses
                        • Fall nightgowns
                      • FOCUS on above

                      Saturday, August 22, 2015

                      Finishings for Week 34 - 08-22-15


                      I'll be updating this tomorrow (08-23-15) - hopefully with pictures!  Hopefully!
                      • Stash Report:done - behind, but reported
                      • Design Wall:done -  behind - but shown
                      • Archive night:
                      • Bonnie's Spiff Up night:DONE - needs pix and ALL pix put up - maybe tomorrow
                      • Slice and Dice:Ugh - need more be said?
                      • Finishings!
                        • Binding
                        • Quilting
                        • Piecing
                        • Swaps
                        • STARTED:
                      • Garden - sigh! An overgrown weedy mess!  Every time I go outside, my knee pops out of joint again!
                      • House - house having gone downhill during time I was NOT ambulatory - is still behind where I would like for it to be but is definitely ok to reside in!
                      • Education -  closer to being caught up in religion, Earth, Algebra, Russian.  STILL behind in other areas - working on that!
                      • Cooking - considering my knee/leg - I did some very simple cooking, felt happy about that!
                      • Food preservation - none done.  MUCH needed!





                      Week 1 - Day 7 - 08-22-15


                      "You  will never find time for anything.  If you want time, you must make it." - Charles Buxton, American Writer - as quoted by Jorge Cruise in his book 8 Minutes in the Morning.

                      Today is a NO EXERCISE day (except for my PT!).  Woohoo!  Who knew!

                      He suggests a Power Collage! - some way to capture the feelings of photos of special occasions or situations!  He suggests doing this on a weekly basis! using photos of people who inspire us and putting them on our collage board.

                      He also suggests getting some fresh air, going for a power walk, and motivating ourselves for the next week!

                      Additionally he posts an "I did it" from someone who challenged, conquered and continues to conquer.

                      In the diet section - he discusses the "something sweet"  - not candy (I don't want to discuss candy, there is a big pan of reason for this - but I don't want to discuss it!) - but for frozen grapes!  Oh yum!  (10 of them = about 15 calories and you have to eat 12 grapes to check off the box for fruit on the card!)

                      Uh oh!  Here it is - WEEK 1 UPDATE!!!!  (I'm in trouble now!)

                      1. What is my current weight - also write down my original weight (I will on my checklists)
                      2. How well have I done this week?  Ummm - not that great!  I need to work a LOT more on this to make me proud of my efforts!  However exercise - very good!
                      3. What could I be doing better, improving?  Portion control.  Substitution for the "hungries" later in the evening. food item control - ummm - this may mean different shopping!  Mostly being resistive - STRONGLY resistive.

                      My choices re this are:

                      • Ignore the diet for another week (with the idea that when I DO decide to do the diet part - I go to week 1 again)
                      • Continue to focus on diet and do the best I can - with the idea that it will eventually "fall into place"
                      • Focus STRONGLY on diet and literally force myself to adhere
                      Did I mention that I am also ODD? (Well, odd as well - but oppositional defiant disorder is what I mean!)  Choice 3 may not work for me!  Choice 2 - seeing each new day as a new starting point and ignoring the negatives from the old may be the best bet.  Seeing what I NEED to do and why - and then choosing to adhere or not throughout the day, evaluating - but not blaming at the end of the day.

                      4.What is my game plan for Week 2? Game plan - plan menues that adhere to diet, snacks that work well with diet and way I develop the "hungries".  No blame.  Continuing to Exercise.  Continuing to mark off exercises as well as to mark off food choices.  Trying.  Not viewing diet as end all. Finding non-food substitutes or causes or reasons or things to do when boredom sets in.


                      Friday, August 21, 2015

                      Week 1 - Day 6 - Oops! - 08-22-15


                      SOMEHow I thought I had already done the log for the 6th day.  No!  I hadn't (obviously!)  - so I'm doing it now!

                      Yesterday I had physical therapy on my legs - which does NOT mean massage - but DOES mean new exercises! (Except these weren't - but were some I have done in the past - but which I will - and AM including daily in the future = at least until the PT says I don't need to anymore - which is NOT likely!)

                      Anyway - on to Jorge Cruise's book..........

                      He asks how would it be if I could find an extra 3 to 4 hours each week!  LOL - let me count the ways I could use that time.  (Could being the operative word here - in reality,I would probably take a nap!)  He asks how I could use that time to accelerate my success.  (Ummmmmmmmm - why do I feel this may involve my sleep?)  Then he asks how much sooner I could achieve my goal!

                      He then goes on to describe and discuss the "LOSER ZONE" - which is NOT a good thing and involves doing things that do NOT significantly improve our lives.  Yeah!  I can understand that!  And have quite a few of those - starting with computer time (as evidenced by when my computer has to be re-formatted and I delay on that!!!!  AMAZING what I can get done!)

                      He describes TV.  I don't do TV - and prefer not to!  I DO however watch videos - usually learning things, like Origins, Blue planet, etc. and sometimes videos like Road to Avonlea or The American President, etc.  Nothing horrifying or too scary - because then I dream of the movie - no thank you to that!!!

                      Back to Loser Zone activity - how many hours per day do I spend.  Uh oh!  I'm in TROUBBBBLE!!!!  If the number is greater than 6 to 8 hours per day, he suggests that we could find some time better spent on creating our best body ever (or on doing something to improve ourselves, or the world we live in - whatever!).

                      Told you I was in trouble!  Both from the computer AND from reading!  And not saying just how many hours I spend - just that it's a bunch - especially since I messed up my knee and can't babysit (picking up Evan can be a danger for him if I fall on him!)

                      OK - to turn things around a bit.... SOME of my time online and SOME of my reading time is quite beneficial.  So to divide things up.....

                      • ONLINE time
                        • Time spent just vegging..................too entirely much! not saying how many hours!
                        • time spent on group and doing chores/homework - for now - probably 4-6 hours (sort of a blackmail thing - we do chores or homework for a specific period of time then come back to the group and report that and state what next chore/learning thing we will do. Sort of being accountable for that time spent.
                      • BOOKS read
                        • Fun books - like Andre Norton series - more than I should, I tend to delay HAVE TO chores for this!  I do this every night before I go to sleep - and have been known to either suddenly realize it is midnight and then some - or have been known to fall asleep with book in hand!
                        • Study books - LOTS of books - WAY behind on my studies - but I'm getting there - AND I'm learning (I hope!) all the way!  Right now I can spend more time doing this again because I'm not babysitting at present,  This happens when I'm  more fully awake (hopefully!)
                      • PLANNING
                        • LOL - this sounds like it could be just a little thing - but I can easily extend my planning time into highly detailed accounts of minute by minute - PARTICULARLY when I DON'T want to do something (procrastination!) or when I start in on the "what if's..." kind of thing where something I wish would happen (associated with and may contribute to negative emotions!  I try to NOT do this!)
                      OK - how much total time would I have if I excluded ALL of the above (both the good and not so great stuff)?  Oh yeah!  I would have a tremendous amount of time!  BUT how much time would I have if I excluded only a portion of the vegging time or fun book time or limited myself to ONLY a specific amount of time for planning?  Yup - I would definitely have anywhere from 1.5 to 7 hours a DAY or 10.5 to 35 hours a WEEK!  Yup - more than enough time to do whatever.  

                      So I guess the key here has to do with WANTING - How much time do I actually want to spend ONLINE - ummm - not that much.  And I can feel the ugly excuses already starting in - I'm so weak (NOT!), I don't have time (NOT - that's what this is about!) and on and on!  Maybe limit veggie time ONLINE from half hour to an hour a day (NOT counting my blog - YET!) - which is email and FB.  That's it!  With FB that means games and puzzles!

                      How much time do I want to spend READING - the FUN books?  Umm - This one I probably am going to keep as is - BUT will limit the fun stuff to ONLY before bed!  During the day - no!

                      PLANNING time - ok - I've already re-set my goal time to weekly - and think I will keep it that way!  The setting to a daily list so far is NOT working.  I need to figure out WHY - then discard that idea or keep it and keep it up!  Menues - ummm - those are fine - unless I suddenly realize I overspent and need to change everything!  My menues are still balanced et al - but may be a bit more wierd than usual!  However - planning per se - per studies, per week activities - OK - per planning life out - ummm - fine to choose goals to strive for - but NOT FINE if I'm using that to avoid doing something else!  (And I'm quite good at that!)  Maybe to limit that time to an hour a week and no more than 30 minutes per day.


                      so - hopefully I've located Exercise time here - and lots of time to do other things - like volunteering, etc.
                      ......................................................
                      EXERCISE for Friday was Inner-thigh leg raise and Outer Thigh Doggie.  The Inner thigh Leg raise is a variation of the exercises I did with the stretch bands (my left leg is markedly weaker than the right - oh thank you sciatica! and knee popping out of joint! I'm so thrilled!)  The doggie one is identical to the other exercise I'm supposed to do from PT!
                      ..........................................................
                      Um this one I have a BIG problem with!  Jorge suggests eating pizza without cheese!  Yes, I CAN do it - and have done so - BUT I prefer cheese - and unfortunately cheese is a major part of my weekly diet!  I grew up that way!  I gained fat that way! I raised my kids that way (mostly because we had only 1-2 meat meals a week and cheese was the only other protein I knew!) My parents developed high chloresterol that way! So what if after eating a lot of it I feel bloated and sleepy!

                      OK - I don't know about doing WITHOUT cheese - but I CAN cut down the AMOUNT of cheese I consume!  It will be an effort!  A MAJOR effort!  But I can do it!  I can also make sure I eat more of alternative proteins - ie, beans, eggs, certain grains, ground nuts

                      Thursday, August 20, 2015

                      Week 1, Day 5 - I may get there yet!


                      Quote for today: "Vision: the art of seeing things invisible." - Jonathon Swift, Irish poet and satirist.

                      That's the quote for today in the 8 Minutes in the Morning book by Jorge Cruise.

                      He discusses the ultimate environment as a vision or dream and compares this to the film Forrest Gump (one of my most favorite movies!) and how Forrest was able to make his dreams or visions come true by believing in himself and empowering his beliefs in such a way that he was able to overcome his challenges.  Jorge calls this Result Driven Questions, questions that we voice - internally or externally, and which we become focused on positive things, rather than on things that make us depressed or unmotivated.

                      Result driven questions (and I'm photocopying them and putting them in several places - refrigerator, on my computer, in front of my sewing machine, on my study wall, over the piano, in the car! and would love to put them on my mirror in the bathroom - but the steam kills the tape!

                      1. What joy will I feel when I attain my ultimate body?
                      2. How incredible will my life become when I am leaner?
                      3. What extraordinary things will people say to me when I am leaner?
                      4. How will I see my body transform with the healthful choices I make?
                      5. What can I do today so that my weight loss plans run smoothly?
                      6. How can I continue to create a weight loss support network?

                      Now - comment first - I do NOT like the focus on ultimate body joy as if weight loss or thinness equals Nirvana or an actual goal.  Instead I think of thinness as something that is on the way to an actual goal - and may be way far down the list.  That is, my eventual plans to reach 145 pounds according to Jorge may be worthy of celebration.  I don't like that!  To me, the 145 pounds is only the figure I chose because I feel GOOD at that particular weight, because I can run up and down stairs without sounding like a steam engine, because my knees are less likely to pop out of joint, because my blood pressure normalizes and hopefully I will be able to finally give up my bp medicine (I'm not banking on that, though - my bp is STRESS labile!), because all my clothing patterns happen to be in the size I was when I did weigh that amount and I'm cheap!  THOSE are the things I want to focus on - NOT the weight itself!

                      My ultimate body - yup - I like the idea of not seeing my gut hang over the belt to my jeans and of being able to actually see my feet!  Go me!  I like even more being active and participating more fully in things I like (ie, folk dancing, ballet, playing soccer, going for long hikes!).

                      How incredible my life will be?  Well, not really incredible at all - but simply back to the way I prefer to live - from gardening, homesteading, to folk dancing and all.

                      What extraodinary things will people say?  Umm - about me - nah!  I don't really give a hoot about that!  Rather I would love others to say - I want to do that - teach or help me on the way.  That I do like!  (Yup - I love teaching others!)  Things I do NOT want to hear are people commenting about my weight, my way of life, my choices for what I want to do!)

                      How will I see my body transform?  By becoming more active, more participatory in activities - both fun and otherwise.  By setting mini goals along the way - hikes, dancing, etc. - things that are fun to do and that I feel confident about doing along the way.

                      What can I do today?  Oh yeah!  By exercising this AM - and by watching my diet more closely - a LOT more closely, by striving to accomplish a variety of non-food/exercise goals and completing them or at the least contributing major effort toward those goals.

                      How can I continue to create a weight loss support network?  Urgh!  I could by telling my famil,y and friends - however I think I need to lose the weight first and either let family and friends NOTICE and they say something - or I might say something (drop a HINT - a STRONG hint) after I have reached at least one goal.
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                      Today's exercises include: Standing Heel Raise (12 each set) for the calves, Kickup (12 each set) for the butt.  4 sets each.
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                      The "Little Calories" - the small "tastes", freebies at the store and so on!  That's the diet portion of today's efforts.  Re freebies at the store I can either go at a time that the freebies are NOT offered or I can count them towards the boxes on the eating cards!  Re tastes - uhmmmmm - I can either NOT taste foods (which is fine by me) until I serve them - or count them towards the boxes on the eating cards!

                      My problem STILL is AMOUNTS - and that late at night "snack attack" that becomes a binge - of homemade pudding or ice cream!  Yuck!

                      Wednesday, August 19, 2015

                      Bonnie's "In-Studio Spiff Ups" - #9

                      #9 Time to organize and straighten up your desk (or horizontal surface). 

                      That's Bonnie's assignment for today.  Fortunately, I've only got the one desk and did that when we spiffed up the sewing table.

                      HOWEVER - I have several small flat surfaces - aka the tops of things!  So I'll tackle those - one at a time!

                      BTW - I'm slowly (VERY slowly) adding in the pix for various spiff up posts - the before and after!  And trust me - the before definitely is NOT pretty!

                      Day 3 - some thoughts - and Day 4!

                      I forgot to re-post day 3 - which I did yesterday!  At any rate here's the addy: http://momslifeupsidedown.blogspot.com/2015/08/day-3-passion-reasons-to-lose-weight.html
                      At any rate - Day 3 exercises - Lying Kickback (Triceps) and Standing Curl (Biceps) were repeated yesterday!
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                      I have an additional reason for losing weight AND exercising.  As I told you earlier (Was it only Sunday?) I used to work in a nursing home as an aide - 3 tours of duty - one when I was raising Wendy while she was a baby, and the second when she was a teenager (and she also worked there as well).  The 3rd tour for working in a nursing home was when my son was growing up and was about 10 (he also worked there several years later as a volunteer worker) but at that time I worked as a social worker.  A lot of the folks there were crippled by arthritis and other problems and were frequently in pain at least until medicated.  I don't want to be in that situation - neither having the pain and being crippled by arthritis, sciatica, inactivity through the years, nor by living in a nursing home (you can't have cats there - nor can you stroll into the kitchen and make a grilled cheese at 10 PM! Plus a whole bunch of other stuff!  PLUS it would be truly hard to quilt there).  If I ever have to, well, then I'll cross that bridge then.  Otherwise, I definitely plan on living healthy, AND exercising DAILY!  And yes, I have that awful "gotta do it right" feeling - but I suspect that ANY activity will be activity well spent - as long as I don't become plumb foolish about it!
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                      Day 4
                      All that was yesterday!  Today has a message: "When you always do your best, you take action.  Doing your best is taking action because you love it, not because you're expecting a reward."  Good thought!

                      Today I'm supposed to See it and make it real!
                      VISUALIZATION exercise..........
                      1. NOW - posture is lousy - all slumped over, belly sagging, we won't even discuss hips or butt.  I'm wearing jeans and a tee.
                      WHAT I WANT TO SEE - body standing erect, gut sucked in, shoulders back, head held high, I'm standing TALL! and it's obvious that I'm breathing much better too!  And I like that feeling!
                      2. Movement - what I want to see - running - maybe playing soccer!, dancing - maybe even a little ballet, walking - and hiking in the hills, laughter shows on my face and in my attitude.  That's where I want to be!
                      3. Now - my arms and legs ARE more toned - a little sore - but toned - and I like that!

                      This is something I need to do daily (Visualization exercises).

                      Today's exercises - warm up for a minute, Hamstring Leg lift (hamstrings) - sets of 12, Squats (Quadriceps) - sets of 12 again.  4 repeats of sets.

                      The diet portion of the day - discusses Olive oil - which is something I use!  In fact, it's almost the ONLY oil I do use! and the ONLY one that agrees with my body!  Re the "Light" olive oil - that refers to TASTE - NOT calories - and I like the taste of olive oil so the regular taste is just fine with me!  The only thing I do NOT do with olive oil - I don't like to use it as a spread on biscuits or toast or to taste it directly - my mind just won't let me do that.




                      Monday, August 17, 2015

                      Day 2 of the Repeated Week 1


                      Is it my imagination or are the exercises HARDER the second time around?  Same exercise, done the same way, fortunately NOT one involving legs and feet - just involves arms and weights, curl ups.  Yet the curl ups just about got me!

                      I had a HORRIBLE dream last night - however, it may spur me on to actually getting a lot more exercise done and losing weight.  I dreamed that I had to go to a nursing home.  I used to work in a nursing home - as did my sister and each of my kids.  I dreamed that I could no longer walk and was all crippled up with pain (sciatica and my cats packed tightly around me probably didn't help!).  At any rate, when I woke up, I vowed right then and there that no matter what, I'm LOSING this weight (so I don't have so much weight heavy on my joints) and exercising and that I WILL walk normally without a problem.  Sometimes I get stubborn like that!  Right now I'm doing the 8 minutes in the Morning, but somewhere along the line I would like to do MORE!  More cardio, more yoga as well - and I think that will help a lot!  Right now, though, I am seriously RESENTING not only my physical challenges, but also resenting the time that exercise takes.  And it is probably true that I will NOT compete in a 5 K race - at least not at this time.  My knees would have to be permanently stable for that to occur - and, considering I was in my 30's when my knees first went out, that's not terribly likely!  Still though - HIKING which I dearly love, is a possibility - and maybe that's where I should aim!  For right now, however, being able to do the exercises is where I'm at!

                      Stash Report for Week 33 - 08-16-15


                      2015
                      08-16-15 - Week 33 - Nothing new! STILL!!!!

                      Used This Week: 0 yards
                      Used This month (August): 0 yards
                      Used Year to Date: 4.25 yards 

                      Added This Week: 0 yard
                      Added This Month:0 yards in August
                      Added Year to Date: 4.33 yard

                      Net Used for 2015: +1.92 yards

                      Design Wall for Week 34 - 08-17-15

                      Same old, same old!

                      BINDING
                      Log Cabin Quilt - still needs binding!
                      QUILTING
                      It's All about Hearts
                      PIECING
                      APPLIQUE

                      Needs applique
                      CRAZY QUILT - LEADER ENDER

                      Crazy Quilt - for a vest

                      CLASS

                      On Point - Class meets 4th Sunday monthly

                      PIECING 

                      Bonnie Hunter's Virginia Bound

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