Positive things in our lives!
Right now the best thing in my life is that I am retiring March 31st! I can't wait. Because of the weight I've lost I'll be doing things I would never have considered 10 years ago. Hiking in the summer maybe snowshoeing in the winter. There is a big wide open area of opportunity out there for me now. Can't wait to get my camera gear out and actually use it regularly.10
The birds have discovered the bird bath I bought the other day and put out for them. Got woken at 6am by two blackbirds splashing around. Love it. I can look out the window and watch them. Hubby not impressed with the early wake up call though 😁5
Positives for 4th Dec
- My OH returned from business trip in the UK, so was nice to see him.
- I made an attempt at a new soup without a recipe and it turned out great (details below if anyone is a fan of homemade soups for lunch)
- The work task that has plagued me for the last couple of days finally went as planned.
Garlicky Aubergine & Mushroom Soup
Approx 220 cals per portion (creamy)/ 100 cals per portion (dairy free version)
- 4 Roasted Aubergines (I pop them in the microwave for 5-8 mins) and then roast in the oven for around 25 mins. Peeled with a spoon and excess water squeezed out in a sieve.
- 1 pack Chestnut Mushrooms, roughly chopped
- 2 Large Brown Onions, sliced
- 20ml Vegetable Oil
- 400ml Vegetable Stock
- 3-4 cloves Garlic
- 200ml Double Cream (can be omitted for lower cal/dairy free option)
- Salt & Pepper to own taste
Heat oil in pan add onions and soften/lightly brown and add mushrooms.
Blitz aubergines and garlic in food processor, set aside in a bowl.
Blitz onions and mushrooms in food processor and then add all but the cream, bring back to boil and then add cream, give it a good stir and simmer for around 20 mins and salt/pepper it.2
This morning I didn’t sit down to put my slacks on...usually I need to sit in a chair to lift my feet into the right openings!...also noticed I have been preparing meals without having to stop and sit down!....baby steps!5
My son is officially out of the Marine Corps and is home!
Coincidentally both of my parents (they’re not together) had knee surgery on Monday and both are doing well.
My older daughter is graduating nursing school in 2 weeks as valedictorian of her class
The scale finally started to move in the right direction again for the first time in 11 days!
All in all December is starting off to be a good month!
@conniewilkins56 AW, thanks for starting this thread
My positive post is to attend my second appointment with a therapist today to talk about depression.4
hansep0012 wrote: »@conniewilkins56 AW, thanks for starting this thread
My positive post is to attend my second appointment with a therapist today to talk about depression.
Last Spring I had a very serious go at depression...I am the last person anyone would expect to have it....I had such a horrible feeling of being completely overwhelmed with everything.....I didn’t feel suicidal but I felt so lonely and I felt like everything in my life was out of my control...my doctor helped me so much to find the right meds and the dosage....we finally settled on one for anxiety, pain, and depression...and then I joined MFP, started losing weight, meds kicked in and I honestly feel better than I have in years!...I am back in control....still have some demons and a little OCD and my binge problems and food addiction but I don’t drink,drug, or smoke lol....I sincerely hope you get the help you need and want to get thru this..there really is a rainbow on the other side!...hugs0
Another positive for today:
We are getting a puppy today! He is a 10 week old Great Pyrenees. He’s going to need a lot of exercise and walks, so in addition to being squishy and adorable, I will have no choice in taking walks on my day off! Win win ❤️3
Positives from the Weekend
- My reverse advent calendar/charity collection is going well - lots of nice things to hand into one of our local charities that helps the homeless and families who are struggling to make ends meet.
- Had a great day out watching the rugby on Saturday, got in around 15000 steps getting to/from the Stadium.
Positives from 9th December
- There was a beautifully clear star-filled sky when I went for my row yesterday evening.
- I really enjoyed my dinner - Lemon & Herb Crumbed Hake with Veg.
- I slept like the dead.
Positives from my trip:
I was reminded that I do not like eating that much food again. Seems like that lesson slowly fades over time so these minor excursions into mass quantities of food benefits me 2 ways.
It was my first (ever I think) vacation that included deliberate exercise and I really believe it added to my enjoyment. II got out each morning before everyone else to get it done. I felt great afterwards and annoyed my traveling companions with my early morning energy. It was a definite role reversal because usually they are the "fizzy" ones and I sit around.
It also cemented what I believed to be true. I do not like having my minimum exercise goal in front of me. I rather get that part done early and do more if feel like it. One day my knee was bothering me forcing me to quit and I needed to get 5 more minutes to finish. It nagged at me all day until I got it done. I have always been the kind of person that likes to get any unpleasantness out of the way first. Let's face it. Even if you like the kind of exercise you are doing there are days it still feels unpleasant especially when it is a personal requirement. After I meet my minimum goal I often enjoy doing more but that first 30 minutes is the hardest for some reason.6
Had a really nice day with my youngest son today. Went out of town to visit him as he's in the middle of a big training block. It was a gorgeous day so after he took me through a weights session at his gym we went to the beach. He still had some HIIT sessions, a ghosting session and a solo to do, so I went for a long walk. We then had dinner on the beach. So I managed 15,233 steps, did some weights and had a game of squash. We are both missing his brother who headed to Washington DC today from the UK. Counting down the days until he's home. Got the news yesterday that he's going back to England in Feb, semi-permanently, so still digesting that!1
maiomaio71 wrote: »Had a really nice day with my youngest son today. Went out of town to visit him as he's in the middle of a big training block. It was a gorgeous day so after he took me through a weights session at his gym we went to the beach. He still had some HIIT sessions, a ghosting session and a solo to do, so I went for a long walk. We then had dinner on the beach. So I managed 15,233 steps, did some weights and had a game of squash. We are both missing his brother who headed to Washington DC today from the UK. Counting down the days until he's home. Got the news yesterday that he's going back to England in Feb, semi-permanently, so still digesting that!
@maiomaio71 the recap of your day sounded just wonderful to me because it included family, activity, time for reflection and just felt balanced. Good for you. I am learning to "count the days" as I have one son currently deployed to the far corners of the world and one that will begin his off-site training for his new job as a Game Warden, so I'll be missing two sons for an extended period of time. Hugs to you!2
I posted in the grumble page so I need to post here. I have a flight on Sunday. I am still going to be larger than most people but I should feel a lot more comfortable than I did for my last flight at the end of August. I was in a tight size 20W jeans then and this time I'm going to be wearing size 18 (US) jeans. Four and a half hours won't fly by (no pun intended) being at this size but I'm sure being over 30 pounds smaller will help...it sure won't hurt.9
Positives from this weekend
- Had a great catch up with friends on Saturday
- Finished the week about 2lbs actual weight down and around 0.5lbs trend weight down despite Christmas party Sat.
- Got some strength training done over the weekend.
FitByFifty1970 wrote: »I posted in the grumble page so I need to post here. I have a flight on Sunday. I am still going to be larger than most people but I should feel a lot more comfortable than I did for my last flight at the end of August. I was in a tight size 20W jeans then and this time I'm going to be wearing size 18 (US) jeans. Four and a half hours won't fly by (no pun intended) being at this size but I'm sure being over 30 pounds smaller will help...it sure won't hurt.
I think you'll notice a difference!
I get to watch my son play for his country as a senior for the first time tomorrow! Streamed, as we couldn't afford to go to DC, but very proud! Hopefully it's the first game of many for NZ.2
Positives from yesterday
I did not have a great day yesterday in terms of meeting my goals, it was by no means terrible but I let bad habits get the best of me, instead of dwelling on them I decided I would reflect on some of the differences between now and 2016
- I went to the deli for lunch today, as one of yesterday's bad habit was to spend most of the evening curled up on the sofa instead of making my lunch. The positive though is that this time 3 years ago my sandwich would have been a huge crusty white baguette (think 2 people's sandwiches size) with mayo, coleslaw, chicken and crispy bacon. These day's it's brown doorstop, a little red cabbage slaw, grated carrot, spinach, no mayo and plain chicken. I also didn't buy any crisps or chocolate to go with it.
- Today is our company Christmas Jumper Day for a local charity, I have looked back over the photos from previous years and although in 2017 I was super slim compared to now, there is a marked improvement still in comparison to 2016, luckily because I am active and have a progressive lifting routine (more often than not) and have taken up rowing, even though I've regained the weight I lost 3 years ago, the composition of my body has changed for the better.
- I've stopped using binges as an excuse to give up on myself. It used to be a case of restrict, restrict, restrict, binge, see water weight on the scale, give up and then wallow for a month or so and start all over again. Even though I still slip up I come back every day and try to do better
I had two flights this past week. My flight out was very open, no rows had middle seats occupied. My flight back was fully booked. I was in size 18 jeans and fit in the seat without a huge amount of discomfort and feeling the person next to me (eg me spilling over onto their seat).
Also I realized one of my interview for the job I start in January was back on Sept 6. I started this on Sept 8 so my 256 weight was who he met. I will be at or near 215 when I start in January. I am curious if he'll notice. It's a lot of weight but I'm not sure it's noticable weight.
Lastly, I put this on another page but so what - I found the love of my life. It was instant and mutual and we are thrilled and super at ease.
Crazy two weeks.3