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26 November 2014

Happy Thanksgiving Eve to all the amazing, supportive, wonderful participants here on FS! You all are the best, and sharing our journeys here make the ride so much smoother and more fun!

I'm doing well, enjoying my family home for the holiday and friends and extended family joining us tomorrow, and more again on Sat. I am truly blessed. Past holidays have been an excuse to eat sugar, which for me, never stops at just one bite or serving. This year, at the suggestion of my health coach, I pre-wrote a vision of how I want Thanksgiving to go instead. My focus is on being with loved ones and sharing our gratitude for each other. While I'll do my best to serve a good meal and set a nice table, they will take the back seat to really connecting and celebrating those I love. I've been reading my vision each morning and will do so again tomorrow and anytime throughout the day that anxiety, tension, fatigue or any other emotion arises that may be a trigger to eat when I'm not truly hungry. I've been opening up more to others about the way of eating that works best for me (grain, dairy, sugar and caffeine free), and will continue to do so if any food pushers attempt to get me to eat what I know doesn't agree with me. I don't want to lose the great feeling that healthy eating and living brings, and my vision includes how proud I'll feel having taken care of me while enjoying my loved ones and celebrating the holiday together.

I've been to spin class and to pick up the final items needed for the feast, and will get into the prep next, 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 throughout this one day and the holiday weekend, and each one meal, bite, thought and emotion, I'll pray, breathe, journal, stay curious & express my way. I'm so very thankful for each of you, my family & IRL friends, feeling great and strong going into a busy holiday and weekend ahead, and having the health & wealth to live this life I love! xoxox

26 November 2014

Weigh-in: 122.0 lb lost so far: 0 lb still to go: 0 lb Diet followed N/A

25 November 2014

Quick check-in to say that contrary to how the song goes... rainy days and Mondays don't always get me down! Especially when they follow a wonderful, fun-filled weekend as I just had... out with DH on for a date night dinner and then family dinner out on Sunday, and no overeating all weekend long! Both DS's are home for the holiday, so the fun, love and hugs have begun. And the stress of past holiday prep is subsiding to the realization that it's not about the food, or at least won't be at my house... it's about family, friends and all we have to be thankful for... one of which is all you here on FS who have been so loving, caring & supportive of me!

I'm off to paddle tennis this morning (post-rain and pre-winter storm in the northeast), manicure this afternoon, and turkey day prep in between. 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 you, my family & IRL friends, holidays to celebrate and enjoy, my family all together and to be joined by extended family & friends for the celebration, and having the health & wealth to live this life I love! xoxox

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

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