Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Reflections, Dieting, and Work

As I am sitting here on a break at work, eating my Activia Prune Yogurt, I am thinking about how much I miss being at home. My kids went back to school yesterday, they were out for over 2 weeks for the Holidays, and they were so excited to tell me about all their new classes. However, where was I? I was at work until 5:30. When I did finally arrive home at 6:15, traffic was horrible and it took me 45 minutes to go 15 miles, I had to turn around and leave again for a church business meeting that started at 7. I miss being with my kids, I miss having supper ready at 7. You may say, Why can't you have supper ready by 7 if you get home around 6? Well, maybe I will be able to once I figure out how to prioritize! Yes, I don't do well with schedule changes. It seems like just when I get used to a schedule in my life...it changes!

On a brighter note! I love my paycheck... Our bills are being paid with ease, and when my kids told me all the "class dues" that they have for the new classes, I didn't feel my heart quiver, and my stomach didn't start hurting! In this economy with many people without jobs, God has been good to me! I know I'll get used to this schedule, and I will be able to prioritize things so that the time I am at home will be smoother.

Another reason my menu plan is so hard is that Charlie & I started a diet on Monday. We both need to lose weight and eat more healthy. For 6 months we have eaten very unhealthy. I love to cook, and I have made all kinds of things since I wasn't working. Fried okra, fried chicken, french fries, fried green tomatoes, Do you get the picture? In the fall of 2006 I joined LA Weight Loss. I didn't use their bars, shakes, etc. I wanted to learn how to eat healthy with things I could buy at the grocery store, and a plan that I could work with for the rest of my life. On LAWL they teach you that you should eat proteins, vegetables, fruits, dairy, starches, & fats everyday just in the right portions. Portion control is my biggest weakness when it comes to food. Today I might not eat any vegetables, and then tomorrow I might only eat vegetables. Charlie is the same way because I cook for the entire family. In a nutshell, I am making my entire family unhealthy. The difference this time is that Charlie & I are both committed to this! We are going to the store together. We are planning our meals together. So far it is fun! Charlie hates being told what he can & can't eat so it is a little harder I think for him, but maybe he is just acting that way so it will be easier for me. You never know with Charlie. He is a character... The first two days your food is very limited. You eat only green vegetables & baked chicken, you drink lots & lots of water, and you drink this special blended juice. This is to flush out your system, and "jumpstart" your weight loss. This morning being the 3rd day we weighed in... I have lost 5lbs, and Charlie has lost about 10lbs. I don't know his exactly because he wouldn't tell me where he started. He is worse about keeping his weight a secret than I am.

Well, my break is over... I hope to talk to you all again soon.

7 comments:

Mari said...

I know what you mean about not being home when the kids get home. I was able to work part time when they were younger but even when they are older it's good to be there. As far as having supper ready here's what works for me. Crockpots are a wonderful invention! Also - I like to make freezer meals. I'm taking a break from doing that right now. I make a bunch of things on a day off, then I just have to thaw and cook!

Valerie said...

I also love my crockpot. It is a secret weapon that every woman ought to use. I also love my freezer. When I cook a big meal or a pot of chili I always make extra and freeze it. Those feezer foods have helped me be prepared for this baby being born because I am cooking for us and Mandy.

Carliea said...

Losing weight is hard I know. Portion control is also one of the hard things for me. But trying to be more mindful of what I am eating and not doing other things while I am eating like watching tv or being on the computer have helped me to focus and to eat smaller portions because I feel satisfied because I know what I have eaten. I usually eat and then look down to find the food gone and me wanting more.

brendia.cookston said...

I sure hope you didn't resort to buying those frozen chicken pot pies in the last 6 months. . . those things are horrible!!! :)

Heidi @ GGIP said...

That is a great initial weight loss! Good luck with your diet. It sounds like you have a good built-in support for it.

Carliea said...

I just saw the quilt you made for Hannah on Heather's myspace page and it is beautiful. I just loved her little pink snowbunny outfit, she is so adorable. You did a great job on the quilt.

Julieann said...

Woohoo on the 5 pounds--Great Job!!!! Thank you for commenting on my blog--it is really nice to *meet* you----I will be back:)

Julieann