Desert Meditations

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Funny how little shifts in the universe upset otherwise stable worlds…

A man in his sixties makes an off-handed remark about wanting to retire some day and dozens of lives shift left two degrees.

A leaf blowing across an abandoned parking lot is snagged, caught by a post jutting up from the asphalt floor below; an adventure into promise shifts ever so slightly right.

A goal-setter looking to improve her odds embarks on a ambitious plan to lose 10 pounds at the same sad time her neighbor walks up the front steps of the brown stone, a pan of ziti in her arms.

He-squirrel, running frantically to catch up with his next sexual partner meets fate at the hands of a passing car, while she runs free to romp and mate again.

Opportunities.
Obstacles.
Misfortune.
Distractions.

Shifting sands, all.
Pitfalls in disguise.
Everywhere!

Buckets of sand shifting, shifting, shifting.
Always shifting.

Another shimmering mirage takes form.

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TGT-Last One in January

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Things have been very busy in my corner of the kingdom this week, so I am a little late in posting my queenly goals for today.

Better late, than never though, right? 🙂

MY THREE TEENY TINY GOALS FOR LAST WEEK

1. Increase morning exercise from 16 to 18 minutes each day.

2. Find someone to be an accountability partner for me when counting sugar intake this week. All I will require at this point is that I log when I have eaten sugary substances and that I share that log with someone.

3. Watch a You Tube video on the best way to use the new glucose monitor, and try using it once this week.

HOW DID I DO?  

Goal No. 1 Great! I exercised every morning this week for 18 minutes of exercise, save one. That day I was extremely hurty, so I did not clock the time I spent exercising. I know I did a full set of each exercise I usually do, but they were much less strenuous than normal and it hurt a lot. Most mornings my exercise include calisthenics, plus a lil work on the recumbent bike. This week was no different, although I will admit that I spent more time on the bike and less time on the leg lifts this week.

Maybe the stress of the new bosses being in town was too much for me this week, and that’s why I hurt so much. I didn’t feel particularly stressed, mentally, but maybe physically? I dunno…

Goal No. 2 Really Good! I logged all my sugar intake this week, and I found an accountability partner, but I did not go over the entire log with her yet. I do still have the rest of today to accomplish that, though.  I will do it tonight.

My accountability partner didn’t check in with me each day, but that’s okay. This is my goal to achieve, not hers, so I am the one who needs to take action, not her. I did share my log on an accountability board I keep in the bathroom for anyone entering to see. Is that the second half of Goal No. 2 done? I don’t know, but I am counting it as a WIN for me. Yay, Me!

Goal No. 3 I did fairly well with this goal. I did watch a video on You Tube about the meter I have (in fact, I watched several—yay, me), but I found out that the test strips I have are outdated, so I was not able to use the meter. Boo!

I guess I could have gone through the process of checking my BGLs with the outdated strips, but I didn’t want to deal with a number on the meter that was way high or way low after testing with it. I thought it was better to wait and buy new strips before using the meter. This was a meter I had for a while, but did not decided to use until recently.

HOW I FEEL ABOUT HOW I DID WITH MY GOALS

Feelings are an important part of the recovery journey, especially for a sugar addict like me. How I feel on any given day, whether I am encouraged or discouraged, feisty or floundering–it all has an effect on how I eat. When I’m stressed, I want more sugar, naturally. When I’m calm and serenity has a hold on me, I’m less likely to seek out comfort foods. Good or bad, that’s how it goes with me, so I “guess” I feel okay about my progress this week, but I also don’t feel “on fire” or over-the-moon excited as I begin another week of habit-forming goal setting.

THREE TEENY, TINY GOALS FOR NEXT WEEK

Today is probably not the best day to set these goals. Like I said earlier in this post, I’m hurting and I’m a little flat emotionally today. Regardless, 3 Goals Thursday waits for no mood, so here we go….

This week, my goals will be to:

1 Continue exercising in the morning, 16-18 minutes in duration each day.

2 Add to my morning routine 5 minutes of bike time in the evening. I’m keeping this purposefully teeny, tiny, so I know I can actually do it with all the sore muscles lately.

3 Take a 3-pronged approach to food accountability this week. What that means is that I will count calories one day, meal plan one day, and count sugar intake one day this week. I will not do these all on the same day, but will dedicate 3 days to better planning; an homage to my 3 Goals Thursday initiative.

I’m hoping for less aching and more stretching this week, along with a better understanding of how I eat and how I can improve on that process.  I’m not a machine, so progress will differ given the day, I know.  Some days I wish I were a machine, but most of the time I’m glad to just be me.

When have you found yourself pushing through the pain to reach your goal?  What did you learn about “being you” when that happened to you?

 

To Remember Me By

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Here we are: Mr and me in all our blurry glory!

Sorry about the blur, the lighting in my bedroom is not that great, so my camera struggled to get this right.

My love and I had our pictures taken for a directory sponsored by our church.  We had not done this sort of things in years, and we decided to have fun with it.  It shows through in the images they captured, I think.

I usually take a horrible picture, but these turned out pretty nice.  Wearing lip gloss was a good idea.  It somehow made me sparkle, which adds to the illusion of beauty in the final product.  Okay, maybe not beauty, but a certain hint of youth that maybe might not be there otherwise.

Mr always takes an incredible picture. The camera lens loves this guy!!!  No kidding.

This shot shows the framing a little better…

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I love the note as to when our “company” was established. We haven’t started a union in our company as of yet, never needed one.  We settle all disputes among us with single sticks.

It’s amazing what a good whack on the head can do to change one’s mood!

When was the last time you had professional pictures taken of you and your love?  Did you like the end results?

5 Minute Monday

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Hey, oh! It’s Monday already, can you believe it?

That was some horrendous storm we got over the weekend, wasn’t it?  We didn’t do too badly here in NEPA, but I hear other areas got pounded.  Yikes!

Give us a shout out from those other areas hit, if you have electric.  Where do you live, and how much snow did you get?

Since I’m betting many of you are sick of the bad weather by now, I’m posting a warm winter photo here this morning.  This picture was taken by a friend on her way to work last week. I tweaked it a little with Be Funky’ s help and now, here it is, in all it’s glory. That’s morning sunlight filtering down from the heaven’s in this shot.  Gorgeous!!!

TODAY WE HAVE A GREAT OPPORTUNITY!

Today we have the opportunity to schedule a lil ole 5 minute exercise in joy, happiness, balance, determination, and loyalty to ourselves.  Are you in?  Let’s begin.

THE CHALLENGE

Your challenge this morning, of sometime today, or even this evening is to spend FIVE minutes doing something you’ve been putting off.

It could be a dirty job, though I don’t recommend it.

It could be a sweet job, like getting started on that Valentine’s Day card you planned to design.

It could be writing one of two love notes that you will later strategically place somewhere where you love will find it and be surprised.

I love that idea.  I gotta do that!!!

Whatever it is you’ve wanted to do, or whatever the spirit of serendipity challenges you to do today, go with it.  Be creative.  Be focused.  Be engaged.  Just for FIVE minutes!

SHARE THE LOVE

Once you’ve done that thing you plan to do for FIVE Minutes, log back on here and share the love.  I love, love, LOVE hearing about your FIVE Minute excursions and I know others do too.

MY FIVE MINUTES MONDAY PROJECT

I think I’m going to take a cue from our list for today and write a note to one or two of my co-workers, expressing gratitude for all the help they give me each week. I work with some amahzing people. It’s time they knew how truly amahzing they really are–at least from my perspective.

NOW IT’S YOUR TURN…

Go out there and dazzle the world with your FIVE Minutes.

FIVE MINUTE MONDAY IS UNDERWAY!

What will you do with your five minutes today?

 

Light Shows and Cereal

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Natural gas well burning off in the early morning light?

Spot light promoting a sale at the local Walmart?

Scotty beaming somebody up?

Nope, just one more fantastic early morning light show in NEPA!

A friend said this morning’s light show reminded her of the fire department her husband belongs to and the many calls they have gone out on this past week.  Winter is notoriously busy for the fire companies ’round here,  as wood-burning stoves light chimneys on fire and cars lacking good winter treads slide off icy roadways.

Me, I prefer to think of this sunrise as my own personal pillar of light leading the way to the promised land.

NOW FOR THE CEREAL PART OF THIS POST

I told my readers I would share my recipe for Baked Oatmeal today.

This recipe, according to my careful, but not professional calculations, has about 276 calories per serving (when the whole batch is divvied into 9 portions).  We say things like divvied in NEPA.  It means divided, for those reading who do not know our PA ways. 😉

I love baked oatmeal! It tastes more like a cookie or cake than a sloppy bowl of cooked mush (which I also happen to like).  It bakes up easy and it lasts a long time.

I love easy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!    Don’t you?

I like baked oatmeal so much that I actually order it for breakfast when we go out, and when I travel, I always eat it for breakfast at the hotel.  There is a restaurant in my hometown that does it perfectly, and they serve it up with a tiny pitcher of milk, walnut halves and raisins, and brown sugar.  Yum!!!  When I eat there, I take half the portion home with me.  Those folks know how to do cooked oatmeal, baby. I wonder if they do it in the crockpot???

Baked oatmeal is so beloved by me, in part, because it keeps me “moving”.  For that reason alone I would eat it, but really, I love it!  I eat my baked oatmeal with 1% milk and nothing else, but you could easily put some fresh berries on it and still come out with a decent count on your morning calories.  You could also skip the milk, or use skimmed milk–blergh!–and you could substitute maple syrup for the turbino sugar; all options that would lower the calorie count further.  To my way of thinking–and remember, I love oatmeal–the benefits of eating this cereal far outweigh any downside, calorie wise.

So there you have it, my romance with baked oatmeal.  I eat it every day!

Lori’s Baked Oatmeal

1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup natural applesauce
2/3 cup turbino (raw) sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder (non aluminum, please)
2 tsp cinnamon
1 cup milk, 1%
1/2 medium apple, roughly chopped
1/2 cup walnuts pieces
3 cups old fashioned oatmeal

Mix all ingredients, beginning with fats and sugars, and bake in 355° F oven for approximately 35 minutes.

I make this recipe once a week and eat off it all week long.  It is nutritious, delicious, and very filling. I’m never hungry before lunch!  Enjoy!

What is your favorite go-to breakfast food?  Are you a cereal lover, or do you prefer eggs and bacon for breakfast?

Three Goals

TGT mast headI will say at the outset of this post IT HAS NOT BEEN A WINNING WEEK WITH MY GOALS!

But, I have learned a few things about myself and my goals this week.

MY THREE TEENY, TINY GOALS FOR THIS WEEK

1 Continue on with my oatmeal and exercise in the morning.

2 Try my hand at counting sugar intake this week.  I need to get a better handle on that piece of the puzzle.

3 Be more intentional about checking my BGLs.

HOW IT WENT WITH MY 3 TEENY, TINY GOALS

Goal No. 1: Bamm!  Excellent progress with this goal. A habit is definitely in place here.  I feel really good about that!

Goal No. 2: Average success. Maybe a lil below average, even.  I did pay some attention to the sugar intake this week, but I did not log it or journal about it.  My excuse, all the extra work I have been doing now that we have new owners at the business where I work.  That does not excuse me doing more to reach this goal on my off hours.  Either this goal needs to be even tinier, or I need to get my big girl pants on and put a lil more effort in-which one is it?  Maybe both!

Goal No. 3: Progress Abysmal!  BIG FAIL!  The closest I got to reaching this goal was to spend my 5 Minute Monday time reading the pamphlet that came along with the new sugar meter.  Ugh.

WHAT I LEARNED ABOUT MYSELF THIS WEEK

What I learned about myself this week is that I am wayyyy too resistant when it comes to monitoring my sugar; both intake and checking BGLS.  Not good!  This needs to be done, and it needs to be habitually done.

Living with T2D, sugar is a big deal. 

This disease can take you down if you don’t pay attention and do what you need to do.

I have experienced a couple sugar lows at night recently, as noted in my body and symptoms, but when I did, I did not check my levels. I just ate something.

I need to do better!

I will do better, but it will take some doing on my part and a tinier goal to get me there.

THIS WEEK’S GOALS–TEENY AND TINY AS THEY MAY BE

1 I will increase exercise from 16 to 18 minutes each day.

2 I will find someone to be an accountability partner for me when counting sugar intake this week.  All I will require at this point is that I log when I have eaten sugary substances and that I share that log with someone. This goal only requires me to find that person who will help me, but if I want to do more, I can.

3 Watch a You Tube video on the best way to use the new glucose monitor, and try using it once this week. This goal will only require me to try something new once, and not seven times in the week.  Maybe this is teeny, tiny enough for me to find myself winning over dreaded resistance.

I do not want to fall into a lackadaisical lifestyle with this disease.  I can’t afford that!

As you know, these teeny, tiny goals I set for myself each week are all about starting and continuing habits that will help me do what I should (or want), in life, without constant effort to make it happen.

I like easy.

I want easy.

Not everything in life can be easy, but some things can. 

If I can make more things easy and develop more healthy habits, I will accomplish more in my life and have better control over me.  I want to accomplish more, and I want to do what I already do better!

What have you been resisting, that you know would make your life easier?  Who is that accountability partner in your life, and how did you choose them?