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Dept. of Good Things

Grateful

Taking my cue from a number of folks on my friends' list, I'm going to find one or more things that I can be happy about each day.

Today is Monday. What am I grateful for?

1. Bob. Always and forever.
2. It's March, almost half-way through, and that means spring is coming.
3. Daylight Savings Time means it's not getting dark at 4:30 and 5 p.m. anymore. That's good!
4. I got my exercises done first thing in the morning today, after four days of not doing them.
5. I'm eating a tiny bit less starch and carbohydrate; I haven't nearly cut down to where I want to, yet, but it's a start.

Hmm. Five - that's not bad.


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eaweek
Mar. 15th, 2016 02:45 pm (UTC)
Daylight Savings! Yes!

LOL at #5. That's *so hard*, so kudos to you for taking those first baby steps.

:::big hugs::: This is such a hard time of year to get through.
kaffyr
Mar. 16th, 2016 08:22 pm (UTC)
I've been so busy over the last 24 hours that I haven't had a chance to circle back and respond - the starch thing is one of my biggest dietary bugaboos. I looooove carbs and not having them in the amounts I'm used to is hard; it's equally hard for me to switch my allegiance to non-carb substitutes. The diet books always airily assume you'll learn to love carrot sticks. Nope....

Thanks for the hugs. Today has been sunny, more or less, although the wind has been fierce, so my mood has lightened.
eaweek
Mar. 17th, 2016 03:44 pm (UTC)
I think the diet books are full of horse poopy, to be honest. A carrot stick will never be as awesome as, e.g., a warm piece of raisin bread. I loves me some fresh fruit and veggies, but the most delicious fruit, the most creative salad, will never equal the euphoria-inducing pleasure of standing in a When Pigs Fly bakery and inhaling the scents of fresh bread.

My dietary solution is mainly to cut back on snacking/ nibbling as much as possible. It doesn't help that I'm an inveterate sugar fiend, and filling up on veggies/ protein/ beneficial lipids will never completely make the sugar craving go away (especially when I'm tired and stressed out at work). The best I can do is cut back. I haven't eliminated bread entirely, but I don't keep it in the house any more--mainly because the time required to toast it/ butter it/ eat it was taking up so much time in the morning that I was missing my trains. I estimated it also cut out anywhere between 250-300 calories per day, so no surprises that my weight has been slowly ticking downwards. I just have to be careful not to add those calories back in with nibbling/ snacking.

I've also been trying to cut back on wheat-based carbs and add other grains into the mix: brown rice, quinoa, steel-cut oats, millet. I'm not gluten-intolerant, and I don't subscribe to the ridiculous notion that Wheat is the Enemy, but a little variety in the diet is never a bad thing. So: no bread, no pasta, unless I'm at someone else's house or a restaurant.

Adding an extra workout or two each week (Friday and/or Saturday) is also proving beneficial. I'm trying to build up enough bone mass so that I can go off Fosamax after a year. Here's hoping! : )

Edited at 2016-03-17 03:46 pm (UTC)
kaffyr
Mar. 17th, 2016 03:59 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad to hear someone else has the same thoughts about carbs and sweets that I do! You're so right about fresh bread, and sweets! I used to love to bake bread - baked all our bread for a few years there, doing both white and wheat - and now I don't do that at all. Cutting bread out of the house might not work for me, since BB might want some, although he isn't eating as much of it as he used to either.

And I'm so much of an all-day nosher that that's definitely dangerous ground for me as well.

I need to try to start swimming. I got myself a park district swim membership last year, and then never used it. Perhaps a second run at it will be more successful; I really enjoy swimming, and it would be another way to exercise.
eaweek
Mar. 17th, 2016 06:57 pm (UTC)
The problem with swimming is that it involves a lot more logistics than other forms of exercise (depending on the time of year and whether you're showering, etc at the facilities). You should see all the stuff I have to remember to pack: ear plugs, towel(s), change of clothes, all toiletries, blow dryer, as well as obvious stuff like cap and goggles. I can always tell if I'm missing something because my bag will feel different. Last night I almost left without my toiletries bag.

I really envy runners sometimes, because it seems like all they need to do is throw on their shorts and sneakers, grab the iPod, and go.

However, the benefits of swimming are immense. The cardio workout is like no other form of exercise because it's more work for your body to breathe in the water. And the feeling of calm/ serenity that comes from being immersed in water is wonderful.

Having the braces for a year and a half helped in terms of "training" me not to eat between meals. I used to think I simply couldn't go five or six hours without eating anything, and now I can do so almost without thinking.

One nice thing about living alone is not having to worry about someone else's eating habits. I also no longer have to resist the temptation of whatever my mother brings home. : )

I can't imagine how difficult it is for someone who loves baking bread to try cutting back on carbs. Ugh.

Someday, I need to post my recipe for the millet and black bean mix I do for my lunches. It's warm, filling, tasty, versatile, (I think) reasonably nutritious (containing carbs, veggies, protein, and olive oil), easy to make, and also has the benefit of being meat-free, dairy-free, nut-free, and gluten-free, so if you need a "safe" dish for a potluck, it's probably a good bet.
azalaisdep
Mar. 18th, 2016 01:27 pm (UTC)
Swimming is such a wonderful destresser. I find it very meditative. (You're right about the kit - though I get away with costume, goggles and flipflops, plus towel and toiletries - I just try to make sure I've always packed that the night before when not in a bleary rush.)

And as someone who also runs, I can assure you that can be almost as kit-heavy if you let it - at this time of year, as well as clothing (remembering to wear something with a key pocket for my doorkey) and shoes, I might have fingerless gloves, sweatbands, armband to hold my mobile phone, water bottle, and for a longer run glucose tablets!
liadtbunny
Mar. 15th, 2016 04:34 pm (UTC)
Spring is coming and so are Easter eggs:)

Small victories yay!
kaffyr
Mar. 16th, 2016 08:23 pm (UTC)
MMMmmm. Chocolate Easter eggs with creme filling ... which of course would obviate my carb and sweet reduction plan. Heh.
liadtbunny
Mar. 17th, 2016 03:18 pm (UTC)
chocolate iz carbs? I'm still having that crème egg I bought yesterday! Nom!
kaffyr
Mar. 17th, 2016 03:22 pm (UTC)
Heh - enjoy, enjoy!
topum
Mar. 16th, 2016 10:53 pm (UTC)
# 5 is impossible for me. Sigh.
kaffyr
Mar. 16th, 2016 11:26 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure I can sustain it myself, since I've long had a torrid love affair with carbs. But perhaps in fits and starts?

(I left a rather snippy comment on one of your posts; this is my less snippy way to say welcome to my journal.)
topum
Mar. 16th, 2016 11:46 pm (UTC)
Oh I left an even snippier response so we are even ).
kaffyr
Mar. 17th, 2016 12:24 am (UTC)
Truce, then? Nice to meet you!
topum
Mar. 17th, 2016 12:28 am (UTC)
Absolutely. I never was at war though ). Nice to meet you too!
a_phoenixdragon
Mar. 17th, 2016 05:52 am (UTC)
Five is a damned good number! These are marvelous things! Whoot!

*Happy!Hugs!*
kaffyr
Mar. 17th, 2016 03:21 pm (UTC)
Thanks, my dear - your "Grateful" posts were what convinced me to give it a try, too. I need something to keep my mind from settling into old, toxic patterns.

*hugs back*
a_phoenixdragon
Mar. 17th, 2016 09:09 pm (UTC)
*Hugs you happily* Need to get back to those myself. Life has been hectic...even if slow, lol! They do make you feel better though - and people's reactions to posts like this make them that much better!

kaffyr
Mar. 18th, 2016 02:20 pm (UTC)
Yes, the reactions help reinforce the idea that people like to hear good things, and that they are happy when they realize that you're happy, too. It's so true that happiness begets happiness, eh?
a_phoenixdragon
Mar. 18th, 2016 02:28 pm (UTC)
Indeed it does. And it brings to mind that even our troubles sometimes lead to happy surprises. Like you run out of milk while cooking and have to go to the store (and you're mad because long day, hungry, didn't want to go back out), but if you hadn't gone to the store, you wouldn't have run into the high school friend you were thinking about earlier. You wouldn't know they had moved back and would you like to go out for a coffee?

Sometimes the smallest thing (and even biggest headache) can lead to good things and marvelous revelations. You just have to look for the good things, even in a bad moment.
kaffyr
Mar. 18th, 2016 02:42 pm (UTC)
What a wonderful example of how good things happen in the weirdest, most wonderful ways!
azalaisdep
Mar. 18th, 2016 01:23 pm (UTC)
Spring is coming - so good. Our clocks haven't gone forward yet, but in the south of England it's already light for 12 hours or so, about 6-6 currently, which is soooo much better than a few weeks ago. Leaving work in daylight makes such a difference! The only thing is, here it's still really COLD...
kaffyr
Mar. 18th, 2016 02:22 pm (UTC)
You are significantly farther north than Chicago, (up at about the latitude of Newfoundland, if I recall correctly), so yes, you'd have longer days in the summer and, unfortunately, longer nights in the winter. I'm so glad that the daylight is creeping back for you.

I hadn't realized that the British Isles also have Daylight Savings Time. For some reason, I'd thought that was something North American farmers had somehow generated. How parochial of me!
azalaisdep
Mar. 19th, 2016 10:28 pm (UTC)
Daylight Saving Time (or as we call it, British Summer Time) in the UK came in during the First World war - I think the idea was to help the war effort by making it easier for people both to work and to travel during daylight hours. There have been debates ever since over whether we should keep it all year, or even move to the same time zone as Western Europe - it tends to be the Scots and Northern Irish who oppose that, as it would mean in northern Scotland it wouldn't get light till mid-morning in winter, and they worry about children going to school etc. The Wikipedia article on British Summer Time gives you some idea how convoluted we've managed to be about it over the years!

Edited at 2016-03-19 10:28 pm (UTC)
kaffyr
Mar. 24th, 2016 03:36 am (UTC)
Thanks so much for this information; I always appreciate learning more about the world around me!
azalaisdep
Mar. 24th, 2016 08:31 am (UTC)
It's the librarian in me, sorry ;-)
kaffyr
Mar. 24th, 2016 01:20 pm (UTC)
Goodness, don't apologize; librarians are awesome!
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