Black Friday!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  I ate a lot. 🙂 It was all wonderful, and I don’t harbor any guilt about it. I am most proud, though, that, while I ate everything I wanted to (and seconds on a couple things-My husband’s cousin brought this amazing pumpkin ravioli, dear gods it was good. *grin*), I didn’t go into binge mode.

It’s my hope, though, to eventually get to the place where I don’t feel like I have to do a recap of my eating on big feast days like Thanksgiving.  But this is part of getting to that point.

I made sure to drink plenty of water.  I’m kind of on that kick-on days like that, where I know I’m not going to eat like I normally would, is to make sure I drink PLENTY of water. 🙂

Today, I will take it relatively easy, because the Gallery opens this evening, and that’s going to be busy as hell. 🙂

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend, and I will be back on Monday morning. 🙂


It’s funny how things seem related

I have spent a lot of my life being a slacker. And it’s not so much slacking as it is that I’ve spent a lot of my life doing what I want, when I want.  No impulse control. 🙂

To begin to change one’s life, I’ve found that impulse control is one of the most important things ever.  And it’s not a perfect thing. But I’m getting there. 🙂

I notice though, that these changes I’ve made and continue to make in my life are affecting other areas, too.

I’ve had lofty, vague dreams in my life.  Things that have always seemed just out of reach.  But I never really seemed to get anywhere.  In this year, though, I’ve proven to myself that I am willing and able and capable of making jewelry design my day job. 🙂  I have a long way to go yet, but I will get there because I’ve learned that it’s important to put the longterm goals first, then arrange your daily wants around that.

A lot more gets accomplished, and it all sort of snowballs into this big, rolling ball of confidence and contentment. 🙂

This is probably my last real post of the week, unless I feel drawn to write on Friday. 🙂 Have a great week, and to my American readers, have a wonderful Thanksgiving. 🙂

Happy Monday….and so it begins. :)

This week is, I’m sure, going to be crazy for most of us.  Today we set up the gallery for it’s Friday evening opening (Because who wants to do all this on Wednesday? No one. *grin*).  I really love working with the art gallery, but at the same time (and this is true everywhere, I’m sure), there’s one person who just drives me batshit.  

It is the Day of Scale, and I gained 1 pound (but I will let it slide, because it’s “lady fun time” week, so one pound is pretty good considering I am usually up three or four pounds on that week).  I have my plans for the week sorted out so I don’t get carried away *or* freaked out about food, except for today.  I forgot that I’ll be away from home for the better part of the day.  So, I’m having some greek yogurt this morning, and I will probably eat some oatmeal before I leave.  I’m taking water with me, and if we end up taking a super long time, I will grab a salad from the deli around the corner.

Planning ahead really *is* one of those things I feel like I’m constantly needing to get better with. 🙂

And before I go, I have one NSV to note today-This weekend, I had to, after hem-hawing around about it, put my wedding band away.  It’s officially too big.  I’d been wearing it on my pointer finger for awhile, but I’ve almost lost it in the toilet, down the bathroom sink, across rooms as I gesture.  It was time.  In the meantime, I’m wearing a sterling silver ring I made real quick.  There *are* benefits to being a jewelry designer, for sure. *grin*

I hope everyone has a great Monday, and I will be back tomorrow!

I think I’m getting somewhere

So, I noticed yesterday that my 200th post is coming up sometime in December (This is post 187, I think, or 186.).  I don’t know what I’ll do for that, but it has gotten me thinking a bit and looking through some of my past posts.  I went through a period of time where I would just get depressed once a month or so, and I chalked it up to hormones at the time, but I really think that it was part of feeling like I was on a diet and all of the emotional bullshit that goes with that.

I feel, lately, like I may have turned a corner on this path.  I’ve weighed myself every morning this week.  And it feels like a tool, rather than a judgement.  I can feel my focus switch from watching the scale (and basing all my choices on what the number says), to watching my body change, watching myself get stronger, seeing all the ways in which my fairly new confidence (which is, interestingly, not the same as bravado, but can look the same from the outside. *grin*) adds to my quality of life.

On that fairly positive note, I’m gonna go eat breakfast, and then see what needs finished up jewelry-wise because we set up for the holiday bazaar at the gallery on Monday. 🙂

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

Even before my breakfast!

I’m drinking my morning water, and lamenting the lack of coffee in the house, so it’ll be after breakfast Earl Grey for me today. 🙂 I will make some oatmeal after I post this, though. 🙂

I’ve been focusing this week on some of the non-scale related victories I’m noticing, so I figured I’d take a minute and share.

First, someone I hadn’t seen for awhile apparently asked my husband if I was losing weight, which is pretty cool. But my current favorite thing this week is that I bent over to touch the floor the other day (to stretch my back, actually, I’d been sitting for awhile, wrapping wire), and was impressed with the fact that I could, bent over, rest my hands on the backs of my thighs. My balance is so much better than it was.  I can also (and I know this one is probably going to have you folks going, “wha?”) stand with my feet completely together without having to hold on to something, or feel like I’m going to fall over.

Moving, in general, is just so much easier.  I feel less….hugely bulky. And I notice that my body *wants* to move more.  I can’t sit at my computer for hours on end anymore. I can’t sit in the studio for hours at a time.  I have to get up and walk around-get a glass of water, walk the stairs, whatever.

It’s not a daily workout, no, but it’s A LOT more activity than I was doing this time last year. 🙂

Have a great day, folks!

Things are groovy

It’s so odd to me, but it’s harder to find things to write about when I don’t have anything on my “gripe” list! *grin*

I will say my “stairs project” is going pretty well-I’m seeing progress.  Yesterday, it occurred to me that at least part of my problem was fear related.  I had just assumed it was one of the things that had gotten hard because of my weight.  But I think it, at least partially, has to do with trusting myself not to fall down the damn stairs.

That’s something that does not get talked about often enough.  Truly fat people are terrified of falling down, and we will go to great lengths to rearrange things to lesson the chance.  In the winter time, I will “gramma walk”, you know, take tiny shuffling steps (Another thing I’ll see about not doing this winter), and I would go one step at a time, pretty much sideways down any kind of steps.

I’m at the point where I’m going to start adding speed soon. I’m not ready to run stairs yet, by any means, but it’s really cool to see myself getting stronger.

These are good days, yeah? 🙂  I hope everyone else is always having a decent string of days.