January 3, 2008 at 10:32 am 1 comment

Holly, the local nutritionist extraordinaire, wrote this:  Tips for being successful at those “weight loss” New Years Resolutions.  It was really motivating.

Yesterday, Day 1, I did pretty well.  The Hub had brought in some new chocolate truffles just a few days before Christmas, and as I am a truffle lover, I’ve had to catch up on my quota there, but I cut them in fourths, and enjoy the fourths slowly.  I’m pretty content with that.  I think about chocolate a lot.  Usually this time of year, I’ve gotten so sick and stressed and sick that I can’t eat chocolate for the pain of palpitations  ruling my life…so this year, I’m enjoying the chocolate! 

But, I planned my meals yesterday and anticipated them, and that is helping me curb snacking and wait to eat good meals instead of grabbing food and snacks.  I think it will add up to better health.  I felt better all day…no headaches, etc.

Lunch, I’ve been craving Cheddar and Broccoli soup, Campbell’s.  I used some leftover pizza dough and rolled out some breadsticks to go with it.  While I was out running around, I called and asked mom if she still had that toaster oven she’s been trying to move for a few years.  She did.  It’s made breakfast fun to try something new.  Toast for five can take a while.  I really didn’t want to give counter space to a four slotted toaster, so I added a huge toaster oven.  Go figure.  I just had more room where it sits than I do where my toaster sits.  It’s all about real estate and location. 

I cooked some orange danish as a treat for the kids in it, but I ended up over-cooking them a bit, getting used to it. 

I really liked it to keep supper warm in a small space on the counter last night.  The Hub didn’t get in for supper until almost 8, and the homemade biscuits, baked lemon pepper chicken, and rice with chicken broth were all still toasty.  We ate supper by candlelight and low lights, all seated at the table.  Once Upward season starts, I imagine we won’t have many of THOSE nights, and I’ll miss them. 

Tonight is the first cheerleading practice.  I’m taking a squad, my daughter’s, because I want to help out.  I wanted her to be challenged this year, which is a great goal.  However, I’ve never cheered.  So, there.  Rah, rah, rah!  Should be a hoot.

Boy Wonder’s teacher has been sick with mono and some other health problems this year.  I’ve been concerned about him having 2/3 of his teachers out for extended times this year.  I said, “How did your teacher do on her first day back?  She was smiling and seemed happy when I saw her. ”  He said, “Mom, she’s like grandma, she is always smiles and is happy, no matter how much she is hurting or how much pain she’s in.”

I don’t think I have much to worry about…I think he’s learning just fine.

Red had a sub yesterday as well.  We said, “How was your sub today?”  Six year old Red said, “Great!”  We said, “Well, what made it great?”  He said, “She was really super nice.  She didn’t yell at us at all, not once the WHOLE DAY LONG!  Not ONCE!”  I said, “Do most subs have to yell?”  He said, “Oh, yeah.  Most of the time.” 

Poor guys.

Kids learn so much about people at school. 

Boy Wonder was on the computer for 1.5 hours last night trying to teach a friend how to set up Madden ’08 (football computer game) on the net.  You can play with other kids on-line.  He has the gift of teaching and is so positive with other people.  It’s impossible to get frustrated as much as he laughs.  Such a joy.  He’s like his Dad…so great with people.

The Cube didn’t go well last night.  I had to start over four times after getting it close again.  I’m stuck.  I need some time to think.  I tried it again today while I watched CNN and had to stop.  I need an edge switcher sequence without disturbing the green side.  Well, ya’ll just pitch right in.  I know, it’s very exciting.  I can be such a nerd.

Well, I’m getting boring.  I’d better wrap this up.

Today in my prayer-time/shower, I was praying about “PURSUE”.  Here’s my current challenge:  give five things5 meaningful touches, 5 words of encouragement, 5 positive outlooks, 5 words of encouragement, 5 thoughts about meal planning, 5 attempts at prayer time, Bible time, FIVE.  Think FIVE.  I live in a family of five.  They all need five things from me a day…at least 5 attemtps.  One isn’t enough. 


What “FIVE” attempts do you need to make at something today?  I’m interested.

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  • 1. Stacey  |  January 3, 2008 at 11:06 am

    I greatly dislike the Rubik’s Cube. I have absolutely zero patience to figure it out.

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