...We return to a temporary form of normal. John started back to work today and to my knowledge will work every day he's meant to of June and possibly an extra day or two that are half shifts. This will end this particular work schedule. Since we don't know just how things will go come July 1, I am tackling the house and then going to start to work on something, though I'm not really sure just what at present. Perhaps I'll start to work on a half dozen somethings. I am just anxious to get knee deep in a project. I'm done with the excuses of 'no money to spend' and 'it's too hot', both of which are very true. But bored is just no way at all to live and I cannot fathom going through summer bored to tears as I've been this last week with nothing.to.do. I can't stand it! I've got all sorts of things I'd like to work upon, some quiet, some creative, some hard labor and some routine. Seems to me that's a pretty good mix in any day!
But first...isn't that the way we must always begin, at the very beginning? Yes, it is. But first, I need a plan, a focus point and a list to get me going. I'll be working on those things this week.
I'm also sorry to say that I stepped on the scales at Katie's house this weekend. Ack. I've gone backwards. I'll spend the summer getting that gain off me once more. I remind myself that I've done this before and I can do it again. I knew full well that the tell tale snug clothing was telling me a very true story but I just didn't want to acknowledge it. I also know that a body has a weight set point just like our spending has a mental set point. I'm creeping hard upwards to an old set point and I refuse to go there. I'm going to make my former lower weight my NEW set point and that's my target for now.
I laughingly noted this week that I'd been researching cooler summer recipes and so far it looked as though I'd live on pasta salads. Well, no, I won't! Nor cool refreshing desserts either unless they are 2 bite portions or sugar free Jello, which is refreshing and cool and doable on a reduced eating plan. Happy me who has a bevy of summer produce to choose from just now. I'll re-introduce my measuring cups to my meal plans and make sure to incorporate some extra steps into my days.
Let's start planning this week!
...I plan my meals:
I'll make up some sugar free jello and pudding and put in to individual sized containers. This worked really well for me two years ago when I lost weight and is a good place to start now. I'll also set up some smoothie jars with carefully portioned fruit so that get just one serving and use my sugar free plain homemade yogurt and ice cubes to make a cool milkshake that feels like a treat and is really just a good single serving of fruit and dairy for me.
I'll also cut up carrots and celery sticks for snacking. I'm going to follow Rhonda's example and make up a big salad basket with all sorts of vegetables and lower carb choices for salads. This encourages me to eat the salads I know I should be eating.
Meals will look normal but will be measured into portions. I'll be sure to adhere hard to my Iowa plate method which worked so very well for me before. Sure wish I still had all that good information I was given at the hospital...Alas, I copied it multiple times and gave it away to others who begged to know how I'd lost weight.
BBQ chicken breast portion, Squash casserole, Green Beans, Salad, Strawberries with a single spoon of fat free whipped topping
This meal courtesy my sweet Katie who sent home leftovers of chicken and Squash casserole with us yesterday. I love squash casserole and her recipe is lower in fat than my usual one. I can eat up to four cups of green beans and salad so that will fill the bulk of my plate, and no, I won't have four cups of these vegetables. But is a comfort to know I may if I'm especially hungry.
Pan Broiled Sirloin Patty, thin brown gravy, Brown Rice, Asparagus, Salad, Pineapple Tidbits
Tuna Salad Bowls, Tomato Soup, Crisp plain Whole grain Toast, Jello
Canned tuna, kidney beans, sliced apples, carrots, celery and hard boiled eggs over lettuce with a vinaigrette dressing. I'll make the soup with half water and half milk.
grocery day. John likes to eat out. I'll suggest we order a single slice of veggie pizza and get a house salad at a favorite restaurant where the dressing is served on the side.
out with Mama, most likely broiled fish for me
Broiled Chicken, Steamed New Potatoes, Steamed fresh green beans, Tossed Salad
Broiled Turkey Italian Sausage, Zucchini, Peppers, Onions, Tomatoes, Green Salad, Ice Pop
The ice pops have 13 carbs each. I find one is very satisfying.
...I plan work:
Harvest Week: Bills, groceries, errands
Groceries will be a test this week. It's not only short week but it's the first time we've really shopped in two weeks time.
Plan projects. Quilting, deeper cleaning, yard work, genealogy, writing...And that's besides routine stuff. I need a plan.
I want to begin work in the front yard. There are two areas with plants to be divided that I can use in the new beds, so I'll work at digging some of those up. I need a plan for the new beds. I'll try to draw something out to help me focus and lay a few of the extra blocks I have on hand to get me started
Fill the three pots with soil and go purchase some plants to fill them. I've rooted a few purple petunias and will use those and some lilies I have on hand. I also have some bulbs I want to put down deeper in these pots so I can have some spring blooms next year.
Work on genealogy at least 30 minutes every single day. I read this challenge on a blog and thought it a good way to keep my hand on family research. I haven't done anything with this in more than a month.
Walk for 10 minutes three times a day. This extra 30 minutes walking is easy enough if we're out shopping but it's a lot harder to work in on a routine day, only because I can think of fourteen dozen other things I'd rather do. Yes, I consider this work.
Write six posts for the blog.
Continue to research summer meals ideas. Look for lower carb, lower fat options.
...I plan Leisure:
Spa day. I haven't had a spa day in a couple of weeks. It's time. I also need to make out a list of things I need to purchase based on current skin care and beauty needs. It will be a short list. I have ECBs to spend at CVS that expire today. So I'll make a trip over to CVS today.
Reading. I finished two books during the holiday. I've started two more.
Journal. I've let this fall by the wayside. I find it's very relaxing because it empties my mind of the chatter and allows me to focus better on single things.
Out with Mama x 1 day