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21 November 2014

Hoping this link works... even though its being linked by technologically challenged me! I can't wait to see the entire movie as the trailer alone confirms what I've been reading more & more about regarding the negative effect that sugar has in the quantities that many now eat it. And, as you'll see in the trailer, even in healthier processed foods... which I now realize may not exist!

http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/health/damon-gameau-goes-super-size-on-the-sweet-stuff-in-shocking-sugar-experiment/story-fneuzkvr-1227127957935

I'm feeling great as the weekend looms and ready to tackle another opportunity to eat well and take care of myself as I enjoy my weekend and family. And I'm feeling especially great that DS returns and will be here for the entire week of Thanksgiving. He flies in tomorrow, but will go right into NYC to see his GF, then come home on Sun. Family dinner Sun night -- yeah! And a great big gear hug upon his arrival -- the icing on the cake (that I no longer eat, which the link reaffirmed why!). I've been staying away from sugar, grain, & dairy for quite awhile now, although overeating nuts, dried fruit and dark chocolate at times. But I'm figuring out the whys and happily looking forward to the weekend and holiday week ahead. The holidays have been an eating struggle in the past, but I'm planning for & working toward them staying that way... in the past. My health coach suggested I write a Thanksgiving Vision of how I'd like the holiday ahead to go. I did that and will re-read it each day, reminding myself that nothing tastes as good as healthy feels, and that for me, that one bite of sugar is too much as the 100 it can turn into is still not enough.

So, TGIF it is and Happy Holidays ahead! Ahead today is tennis and a haircut & color, but first, I'll pray --

God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.

Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
Forever in the next.
Amen.

And I'll pray, breathe, journal, stay curious and express my way through this one day and each one meal, moment, bite, thought and emotion. I'm so grateful for each of wonderful and supportive you, my family & IRL friends, the weekend and holiday ahead with family & friends, positive outlooks and visions, and having the health & wealth to live this life I love! xoxox

20 November 2014

I'll never understand why some days I'm so tired and hungry (but I do know how they go together so for me!) -- like yesterday -- and today, I'm full of energy and wasn't hungry for breaKfast until just now at 11:00... and I was up at my usual 5 am and worked out at 7 am! But, I'm glad I didn't overeat yesterday, learned the lesson from Sunday and rested when and as often as I needed to. Since Sunday, I'm back to my healthy eating & living ways, and happily & eagerly awaiting DS to return for Thanksgiving week as he comes in this this weekend. Again, this Mom couldn't be more excited to have her whole family together again!

We're having 10 for Thanksgiving dinner with 6 more joining for dessert -- which MIL is responsible for, yeah me! I've ordered my turkey (which I'll cook) and some sides (which will come pre-cooked), but will make DS's fav sweet potato casserole and a make-ahead mashed potato recipe... which far exceeds my norm for cooking these days. And now that I've caught up here, I'm off to my book work for the afternoon, but first, I'll pray --

God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.

Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
Forever in the next.
Amen.

And through this one day and each one meal, moment, bite, thought and emotion, I'll pray, breathe, journal, stay curious and express my way. I'm so grateful for each and every one of awesome you, our safe place here, my family & IRL friends, having my family together for the entire holiday week and DH's extended family joining us for the big day, and having the health & wealth to live this life I love! xoxox

18 November 2014

Where to begin?... It was a great weekend -- such fun with my son, who now lives in SC, home on Fri, dinner that night out with DH's sister also in from out-of-town, niece, BIL, MIL and the 4 of us; Then on Sat, both boys' GFs were over, so there was lots of activity and more fun; DH and I went out for dinner with friends that Sat night while DS's with their GFs; and up extra early on Sun to get DS to the airport for his flight. It was a truly great, fun-filled weekend, but I was tired on Sun and got into too many nuts, fruit, dark chocolate, etc. midday. But, proudly, I recognized that I was tired and not really hungry, put on the brakes, emailed a friend and let myself rest for the "rest" of the day, and get to bed early.

Then yesterday, I had a good call with my health coach, and a bit of an "ah-ha" moment. Sundays have been a struggle for quite some time, and along with traveling home from a trip, where I've felt stuck for awhile. Part of it, I've thought is my long-standing habit to restrict what I eat during the week so I can indulge on the weekends. But, what I realized in our conversation yesterday, as well, is that on Sundays, many times, I'm tired -- physically and emotionally. Most weekends, we go out on at least one night (this past weekend, it was both Fri & Sat), so I'm getting to bed later (hence the physical exhaustion) and the introvert in me needs re-charging as socializing can be emotionally tiring for me as well. While I try to nap on Sundays, most times I can't fall asleep or even if I do, I'm still fatigued after. What I did after my eating this past Sunday was to veg in my comfy chair, watch football and read, which was exactly what I needed. Instead, though, most Sundays or any day when DH is home, I try to plow my way through my fatigue feeling I need to stay busy and productive like my type A, energetic DH. When I feel tired like that during the week, I rest, but when DH is home, I feel guilty as he's always so productive and busy. What I have to realize is that, that is him, and I have other, different needs for sleep, rest, re-juvenating, etc. So, Sundays, beware -- you may just become my day of rest as my bible proclaims it! And, I'll talk to DH about this need that I've been neglecting in hope of getting his acceptance and support.

So, that's my story and I'll stick to it as I try, try again to continue building my healthy eating & living highway. I'm on much later in the day here, but still pause to pray --

God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.

Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
Forever in the next.
Amen.

And, for what remains of this one day and each one meal, moment, bite, thought and emotion, I'll pray, breathe, journal, stay curious & express my way. I'm so grateful for each of wonderful you (I'm off to catch up on your journals next), my family & IRL friends, fun-filled weekends with my boys home, ah-ha moments, progress and having the health & wealth to live this life I love! xoxox

13 November 2014

More to be happy about today -- my baby is coming home for the weekend! He moved to SC in July to start his first job out of college, and has a last minute business trip to Scranton, PA today. So, tomo he'll drive home to CT and we'll have him for the weekend! I couldn't be more excited! Of course, we'll have to share him with his friends here & his girlfriend may come also from NYC, but I'll take any time with him I can get... and especially a big, bear hug! I love both my boys beyond words, but they each have their own way of expressing their love back. My older does so verbally and rarely a day goes by without an "I love you Mom". My younger expresses himself with the best, longest, big bearish hugs and other loving ways, and having him live far away, I've missed them so! So, I'll be sure to get my fill while he's here for the weekend, and know he'll be back in just one week for Thanksgiving! He was able to take off the whole week, so the hugs will be in plenty for the next few weeks and again when he's home from Christmas through New Years. It truly makes the holidays. which have been filled with stress at times in the past, something I'm so excited for and looking forward to.

I've been to 7am workout, and am heading up to work shortly. Then, squeezing in a mani/pedi after. So, more to be happy about! But before I get farther into my day, I'll pray --

God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.

Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
Forever in the next.
Amen.

And I'll pray, breathe, journal, log, stay curious and express my way through this one day, meal, moment, bite, thought & emotion. I'm so grateful for each of awesome you, my family & IRL friends, my boy coming home tomo, feeling and eating great, a good nights sleep, and having the health & wealth to live this life I love! xoxox

12 November 2014

I did it.... I really, really finally did it... and can you tell I'm a little excited and extremely happy & proud!?! After many attempts, I returned home from a trip and did not eat my way through the unpacking or transition home. I've been feeling less tempted by sugar in general which after speaking to my health coach, we could only conclude was due to my focus on whole foods; increased veggies, protein and healthy fats; reducing fruit; and eliminating processed foods, added sugar, grains and dairy as much as possible. While I didn't adhere perfectly when I was away and eating every meal out, I did the best I could while also enjoying my time with my Mom, family and friends. Regardless, I'm one happy girl this morning, albeit sleep deprived (more on that later)... happy about how great the trip went and now how great the return home went also!

Sleep! it's been at bay really since the time change when I started waking about 2 hours earlier each day. Then in Cincy, I started waking during the night and usually not falling back to sleep at all or for very long. Last night at home was no different -- to bed at 9, up from 12:30 till 2:30, sleep till 4 and up since feeling anything but well rested, but happy anyway with the mounting successes in my healthy eating and living journey.

Today, I have the dreaded catch up here, but was sure to set up some pampering too and have a facial this afternoon... think I could nap through it? I'm off to spin class shortly -- Weds are a tough interval endurance ride, yikes! -- but will start my day happily in prayer --

God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.

Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
Forever in the next.
Amen.

And through this one day and each one meal, moment, bite, thought and emotion, I'll pray, breathe, log, journal, stay curious and express my way. I'm so grateful for each of terrific you and this wonderful place to always come home too, my family & IRL friends, basking in the success after a long time getting there as well as the fond memories made while in Cincy, and coming home to the health & wealth to live this life I love! xoxox

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