Alene's Check-in

Counting carbs/calories is a drag. Obsessive scale stepping is a recipe for despair. If you want to count something, "days on habit" is a much better metric. Checking off days on a calendar would do just fine, but if you do it here you get accountability and support. Here's how. Start a new topic in this forum called (say) "Your Name Daily Check In." Then every N day post a "reply" to that topic as to whether you stayed on habit. A simple "<font color="green">SUCCESS</font>" or "<font color="red">FAILURE</font>" (or your preferred euphemism if that's too harsh) is sufficient, but obviously you're welcome to write more if you want. On S-days just register that you're taking an S-day. You don't have to do this forever, just until you're confident you've built the habit. Feel free to check in weekly or monthly or sporadically instead of daily. Feel free also to track other habits besides No-s (I'm keeping this forum under No-s because that's what the vast majority are using it for). See also my <a href="/habitcal/">HabitCal</a> tool for another more formal (and perhaps complementary) way to track habits.

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Re: Alene's Check-in

Post by automatedeating » Sat Mar 07, 2020 2:55 pm

Hope you have a great weekend!
I'm sure you had an exciting week at work with everyone talking about coronavirus. I'm so grateful that, despite the severity of this particular "cold" virus, that children are generally not at high risk. But I wonder if perhaps your group of special needs kids is probably at higher risk than other children? So many special needs children have gut dysbiosis/autoimmunity, etc.
At my work they are encouraging us to give our final exams online, etc. No mandate as of yet.

I think Orange Theory was a fun inspirational thing for you to do for a while. It's nice to mix things up in our exercise routines.
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Re: Alene's Check-in

Post by alene1 » Sat Mar 14, 2020 2:07 pm

Auto, yes, it has been a crazy week wondering what was going to happen with school closures. As you did, we got the news yesterday about closing for 6 weeks. I'm not sure what that's going to look like for early childhood and special ed. OSPI put out more guidelines last night, so we shall see. Sounds like we are still doing IEP meetings and maybe doing some specialized instruction?? It was all very confusing. I'll wait to hear from my principal.

Yes, I think Orange Theory showed me what I can do, that I can push myself. That I have mental toughness when I want to conjure it up! ;)

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Re: Alene's Check-in

Post by alene1 » Sat Mar 14, 2020 2:19 pm

Saturday, March 10th, 2020

Exercise: 30M cardio/weights dvd
Steps: 8,671

Happy weekend! Life is feeling a bit surreal right now with the school closure and all that is going on. I may be doing some things for work these next 6 weeks, but nothing like the usual schedule. I'm planning to use the time to do more yoga, exercise, walking, time outside, meditation. I'm also going to work on going through and getting rid of things for our upcoming move. The house is coming along well. We have the plumbing and electrical in, and they're getting ready to do the windows and siding shortly.

This weekend we're going to my niece's 13th birthday party. I need to go to Barnes & Noble and get her present this morning before they decide to close down!! The libraries are closed, so I don't know what's going to happen with restaurants and other businesses. I'll do a little shopping and then home to do some cleaning, laundry, etc. Tomorrow we'll be stopping by to see our grandson on the way to the party. He is getting so fun! He's reaching and grabbing toys now, and is able to turn over from back to tummy. He is the sweetest, cutest little love!

We'll spend a little time hanging out at the new house, mostly just because it's fun to be there. I'll get in a good walk and maybe some core work or weights today. I'm getting back in the flow with my exercise routine at home. It feels really good, and I am much more consistent at getting in my steps as well as workouts again.

I realized this morning just how important staying in tune and connected to myself is. Feeling numbed out is a recipe for mindless eating. I'm going to focus a lot more on this during my time away from work. Wishing everyone a great Saturday!

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Re: Alene's Check-in

Post by alene1 » Sun Mar 15, 2020 1:42 pm

Sunday, March 15th, 2020

Exercise: 70M hike
Steps: 12,839

Yesterday was a nice day. I got some groceries and puttered around the house. We went out to our new house and took the neighbors through for a tour. I got in a nice workout, and make a good dinner of pork tenderloin with potatoes and veggies. I've been loving the Yasso Greek yogurt bars for an evening treat. My daily eating pattern includes an afternoon snack and an evening treat. With my history of binge eating I am finding that my body and mind do best with that. Not enacting a feeling of scarcity with food, that I "can't have it," except for 3 meals a day. I'm doing what is best for me, and it feels really good and really "normal." My weight is gently coming down and I'm going to just call this my new normal. Establishing a regular eating pattern is really key for me feeling stable with food.

This outbreak is a scary time. I feel lonely already. Going to the store and trying not to get too close to anyone. Wiping down anything that you touched while out. This may prove to be a long 6 weeks. But I think there will be some mixed blessings there. More family time. More time outdoors. More time for reading and exercising and doing self care. I'm going to try and think about things I can do to show kindness to other people who may need help or encouragement during this time.

Today we're supposed to go visiting family. I'm still thinking about whether it's a good idea. To be decided in the next few hours. I'm going to go get some kitty litter if I can find it! I just realized I forgot it yesterday and that is something that I will need for sure! Wishing all a good day.
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Post by automatedeating » Sun Mar 15, 2020 8:29 pm

Good luck finding kitty litter!! Our town is out of it....
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Re: Alene's Check-in

Post by alene1 » Mon Mar 16, 2020 2:12 pm

Monday, March 16th, 2020

Exercise: 75M walk
Steps: 11,502

Yesterday was a really nice day. I got my groceries, and Auto, they had kitty litter! I took a drive to a nearby little town that had a Starbucks drive-thru, got my nitro cold brew, and then went to find a new park to explore. I found a really wonderful one on a lake that had some great hiking trails. There were actually a lot of people there, so I felt comfortable walking by myself. I took about a 3 mile loop, and really enjoyed it. We went out to our new house for a while just for fun, and saw the sunset on the water. Home for dinner and some reading. It was a good day.

Yesterday I found out my teaching assistant might have the virus. She is displaying all the symptoms. She got tested yesterday and we'll know on Tuesday afternoon hopefully. Well, we shall just buckle up the seatbelt and see where things go this week. One step at a time. I'm not sure if I'll be able to get the test unless I display symptoms. I may just have to wait the 14 days if she's positive.

Eating has been very peaceful and enjoyable. I'm falling into my routine and schedule and it's very calming for me. My body and mind are happy. I am loving getting more consistent with my exercise again.

I'm not sure what today holds. I think I will work on an IEP for one of my students that is due next week. We may just do it by phone. Definitely getting outside for a walk, and doing a weights workouts. I'm planning on some meditation today, and a short morning yoga session. That's about all from here for now.
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Re: Alene's Check-in

Post by automatedeating » Mon Mar 16, 2020 2:52 pm

Sounds like you and I have similar plans for our forced isolations!

I hope your co-worker is fine, and that you and she both have robust immune systems that will tidily handle the virus if you are exposed. I know it can be stressful but I know you will handle it with your wonderful grace.
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Post by alene1 » Tue Mar 17, 2020 11:26 pm

Auto, my co-worker's test came back negative! I'm so very glad for a number of reasons. Thank you for the vote of confidence. I've been quite anxious and woke up in the middle of the night in a sweat. My fear is for my Mom. She is 80 and I just want her come through this safe and sound. She lives very near where the initial outbreak happened. I need to let go and trust. It will do no one any good for me to spend the next however many weeks or months being stressed and anxious.
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Post by alene1 » Tue Mar 17, 2020 11:37 pm

Tuesday, March 17th, 2020

Exercise: 30M Buns & Thighs Walk
Steps: tracker didn't track

Happy St. Patrick's Day! A different day than we've ever had before. No thoughts of green beer or celebrating with a Guinness this year. Someone posted a meme about not worrying this year about wearing green because no one will touch you. ;) I have been feeling quite a bit of anxiety and doom and gloom, but I absolutely do not want to spend the next weeks/months in that state. I want to live in hope. That we will move through in the best way that we can. Thinking not just of myself, but of others and how I can lift them up during this difficult time.

Yesterday I did some stress eating in the afternoon. I did come right back to my regular eating pattern, and that is my plan each day if I have difficulty. Just continuing along, being patient and consistent, and treating myself with kindness and compassion. I'm doing the best I can each day.

I am loving the time and energy to move more. I didn't really feel like doing a workout today, but I am committed to doing the things that I know will help me feel better and more positive. It's good for the body and good for the soul. I love Jessica Smith, who does a lot of the dvd's that I own. She is so positive and encouraging. Her focus is on health and fitness, which I love.

Yesterday I took a really nice walk on a trail 45 minutes or so away. I'm enjoying taking drives. Today I needed to run some errands, so I did that earlier in the day. Then home to do some chores and my workout. We're heading out to the new house shortly. I'm hopeful that I will sleep better tonight.
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Post by lpearlmom » Wed Mar 18, 2020 5:17 am

So glad her test wss negative. Tough times but im so impressed by the way many ppl have stepped up to help others. As mr rodgers says โ€œlook for the helpersโ€ .
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Post by alene1 » Wed Mar 18, 2020 4:35 pm

Linda, I agree. I'm looking for the positive people to help me keep my spirits up and then pass it on to others!

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Re: Alene's Check-in

Post by alene1 » Wed Mar 18, 2020 4:41 pm

Wednesday, March 18th, 2020

Exercise:
Steps:

It's another beautiful day today. I've been hanging out on my phone and computer too long this morning. I'm ready for some movement and getting some things done. I'm making sure to make myself a to-do list each day, and am creating a daily routine to have some structure and normalcy. It's helping.

Today I'll be doing a strength workout of some kind I think, and probably a walk too once it warms up. I want to share more about something else that I'm doing while home, but will do that in a day or too. I'm thankful to have this time and to put it to good use. Only when you slow down can you start to hear what you really need. The busyness and running keep me numbed out and living in the "tackling the most important thing," so often.

Wishing a good day to all.

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Post by automatedeating » Wed Mar 18, 2020 6:16 pm

Although I know that in some ways this time is more stressful, in other ways it may be the collective rest our entire nation needs..... kind of a strange way to look at it, but I don't think I'm alone in feeling that this time away from constant activity and obligations is good for me!
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Post by alene1 » Thu Mar 26, 2020 3:59 pm

I know what you mean about our society needing a collective rest. There is SO much busyness and running around all the time, and that really can't be good for us. I think many are rediscovering things they used to love to do before all of this, as well as new things like taking walks outside and just hanging with the family more. We're kinda settling into a new temporary normal here.

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Re: Alene's Check-in

Post by alene1 » Sun Mar 29, 2020 2:47 pm

Sunday, March 29th, 2020

Exercise: 5.5M hike
Steps: 16,226

B: Special K Protein w/banana and almond milk, turkey sausage
L: LC wrap w/turkey & cream cheese, apple w/PB
S: Misc.impulsive, unplanned snacks
D: Chicken parm, broccoli

Happy Sunday! I've decided to do a bit more with this journal, and post my meals as well. My meal pattern is 3 meals and 1 snack. My dinner meal includes what I call, a closer, which is a little sweet treat. I'm not restricting what I can eat on any given day, but just following my meal pattern. I naturally have a little something at the end of dinner, and any special treats naturally fall on the weekends. At least they did until now! With my husband off work that might change a little. But we're pretty much eating at home, so there won't be a lot of that going on anyway.

Today we're planning to get out for a good walk. I'm not sure where yet. Other than that I don't have a ton on my to-do list. Some laundry, and I think I'm going to start doing some de-cluttering too. Maybe some yoga and reading. Tomorrow I need to get to it with my working from home. Our directions thus far have been very vague in my district, but starting tomorrow things will be ramping up. I have no idea what that will look like for preschool though. Wishing everyone a good day in these strange times.

I'm going to use this space to talk about my impulsive, emotion-driven eating, so that I can get to the root of what is driving it. I really dislike the word "binge," so I'm going to use the words impulsive, unplanned, emotion-driven, or false-belief driven eating. As I've been doing more work in this area I am realizing that a lot of this eating is driven by false beliefs. I need to change the underlying beliefs and have strategies that become my new normal when I get these urges to eat in this way. I'll highlight the eating occasion above and then work on deciphering it here below.

False Beliefs: The day of eating had gone very well until I got home from our hike. I had a typical snack for that time of day. I told myself that I didn't need any more food, or maybe didn't deserve to have more. I also was thinking that my husband would wonder why I was eating such a big snack. That feeling of not being allowed or deserving to have my body's needs satisfied, because I am currently overweight. There's a lot of shame there of eating a big snack. I think overall overweight people often have a sense that they don't really deserve to eat until they get thin. Or thinking that people are wondering why they're overeating when they are already overweight. Shouldn't they be doing something about that??? I think shame is the big driver here.

New Belief: My body deserves to be nourished and cared for. I took a 5.5 mile hike which was 2.5 hours of activity. Of course my body was extra hungry and needed more fuel. I trust my body and will listen to it rather than the false beliefs that I have been carrying around with me. I will stay in the present, with the truth.
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Post by automatedeating » Sun Mar 29, 2020 6:49 pm

Have a great walk, and good idea about the decluttering! Except I overdo it when I declutter, and now the boys are both asking me about toys that I've gotten rid of (since they are so bored with all this home time).
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Re: Alene's Check-in

Post by alene1 » Tue Mar 31, 2020 3:21 pm

Monday, March 30th, 2020

Exercise: 30M cardio/weights dvd
Steps: 5,427

B: Special K Protein, almond milk, turkey sausage
L: LC tortilla w/ham and Swiss, satsuma
S: RX bar, handful mixed nuts, Light & Fit yogurt
D: Salad w/chicken, orange pepper, red onion, cucumber, sliced almonds, ranch, Yasso bar

The day went well. I didn't get in a lot of activity though. I worked for a good part of the day, got a few groceries, and then did a workout before dinner. I had a big salad! Too big because I added too much shredded cabbage. I finished it anyway out of a feeling of obligation. ;) Wasn't hungry for the Yasso bar but had it anyway because I really like that little treat at night. It's a frozen Greek yogurt bar and 100 calories.

I think my body prefers to eat the majority of its calories from breakfast to afternoon. I get hungry for dinner, but I'm realizing I don't need a big dinner at all. I'm getting enough nourishment during the day and a smaller dinner will do just fine. Will keep that in mind going forward.

I really want to work on getting in at least 8,000 steps a day. I was sitting at my computer a good chunk of the day yesterday. I will have to get up and go outside and just walk around a bit now and again to get in some steps. My workout alone isn't going to do it, and it's important not to be sitting too much for my health.

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Re: Alene's Check-in

Post by alene1 » Tue Mar 31, 2020 3:27 pm

Tuesday, March 31st, 2020

Exercise: Cardio & weights dvd 30M
Steps: 9,220

B: Oatmeal, turkey sausage, slice Swiss cheese
L: LC wrap w/turkey, cream cheese, apple w/PB
S: banana walnut breakfast cookie, string cheese
D: Chicken and veggie fried rice, mini PB Perfect bar

It's a beautiful morning out. I hope the weather sticks around!! Today I will be working from home a fair amount, getting in a good workout, and making sure to get my steps in.

I haven't talked about my weight here much at all. I have been maintaining within a pound or two for quite a while. What happens is that my weight starts to move down slowly as I am eating regular meals and snacks. Then I have an episode of unplanned, emotional eating, and my weight bumps up a couple pounds. It starts moving down again as my eating normalizes, and then I have another episode. So, I am realizing that the only way that I will continue to lose weight and get down to my healthy weight is through minimizing and finally stopping these episodes. So I am going to put my big focus on that, and putting my energy on that area. The rest of my eating and the structure I am following now feels really good to my mind and body. I'm working on strategies to use in the moment, and now it's just a matter of being able to find the pause and use the strategies. Also, being able to identify the false belief that is driving it. I am hoping and expecting that I will be able to release these extra pounds gradually during this process of re-learning and healing.
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Re: Alene's Check-in

Post by alene1 » Tue Mar 31, 2020 3:28 pm

Auto, too funny about the decluttering! I am like that too. I sometimes wish I hadn't gotten rid of something afterwards. :lol:

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Re: Alene's Check-in

Post by automatedeating » Tue Mar 31, 2020 4:05 pm

You seem to be in a nice groove. Good goals with the steps. I try to do some moving/stepping each hour. My fitbit helps with this, too.
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Post by alene1 » Wed Apr 01, 2020 3:36 pm

Auto, I took two walking breaks during the day and I hit my goal! Didn't take long and it was very good to get outside. I'm using an older Fitbit so it doesn't remind me once an hour. I have a Charge 2 also that I might start wearing for that reminder.

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Post by alene1 » Wed Apr 01, 2020 3:43 pm

Wednesday, April 1st, 2020

Exercise: cardio dvd 30M
Steps: 9,639

B: oatmeal, turkey sausage, Swiss cheese
L: LC wrap w/tuna, apple w/PB
S: RX bar, string cheese
D: Steak, baked potato, salad, Yasso bar

Yesterday was a good day. I got some things done for work, got in my workout, and got in my steps. I also Facetimed with my daughter and learned to do some knitting! She sent me a kit in the mail since we were talking about feeling bored and having extra time. It's a pretty darn green yarn, fairly thick, with some big wooden needles. I'm going to keep doing some practicing today. I'm sure it will become more natural-feeling after a while!

Today I'm going to try and structure my day a bit more. I spent more time than I wanted to on things like social media and some game apps I put on my phone. They're fun and a great distraction from real life, but can be a big time suck. Here's to a good day, and I have to say I am so glad to turn the page on my calendar and start a new month.
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Post by automatedeating » Wed Apr 01, 2020 4:34 pm

Happy April! It is such a pretty-named month. :-)

I have relatively good structure to my day, but still find myself feeling a bit frustrated (unexpectedly). Like this morning, I had a delightful long walk with the dogs but just felt irritated with both of them by the time I got home. Kind of inexplicable. And here I sit, with the day in front of me, feeling grumpy about the videos and practice quizzes I need to make for my students. Grrr. Sometimes I feel like my emotions run the show around here!

Um. Sorry. This is your thread not mine. Hijack alert! :mrgreen: :roll: :lol: 8)
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Post by lpearlmom » Thu Apr 02, 2020 2:35 pm

So cool that youโ€™re taking up knitting and love that itโ€™s a hobby your daughter is sharing with you. This whole crisis has brought my mom & I even closer. I call her at least once a day and have been helping her find things to at home like free online museum & historic tours, free operas and plays.

Oh tonight the National Theater is showing a play: https://www.timeout.com/london/news/the ... jRWP5i1iYs

Good idea on getting more structure in your day. Iโ€™m trying to do that as well but hasnโ€™t been easy. Stay safe!
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Re: Alene's Check-in

Post by alene1 » Thu Apr 02, 2020 2:51 pm

Auto, I hadn't thought of it before, but April is a really pretty-sounding name! Give yourself grace on the grumpy mood. We are all in a very weird space right now, and topsy-turvy emotions are to be expected. You can hijack any time! :)

Linda, it is very special to me that I am sharing the knitting with my daughter. We had a lot of laughs with her trying to teach me on Facetime! It's a tough time to create structure with your new pup! But it will probably really help with all that is going on.

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Post by alene1 » Thu Apr 02, 2020 2:57 pm

Thursday, April 2nd, 2020

Exercise: cardio & UB interval workout (35M) + 1 small walk
Steps: 7,931

B: oatmeal, turkey sausage, Swiss cheese
L: LC wrap w/turkey/cream cheese, apple w/PB
S: banana walnut breakfast cookie, string cheese
D: chicken stir fry w/rice, Perfect bar

I had a good day yesterday. I got a fair amount done for work, but I need to be more focused today for sure!! I need to get my progress reports all done by tomorrow at 4, and also finish up all my calls to parents. I took two short walks yesterday to get in my steps. My husband is part owner in a landscaping company, and we live at the house at the nursery. So we have quite a bit of space that I can walk. It's very pretty, and it smells so good right now with the pine trees in the rain as I walk. I've gotten my steps in both of the last days with two short walks each day and my workout.

Realizing that I need to use less fat in my dinner meal. When I was low-carbing I was very liberal with the butter/oil/salad dressing, and that habit kind of stuck with me. I'm going to aim for one carb serving at dinner, and I'm going to watch the amount of fat I use. I've been basically maintaining this week, and I think that little tweak will make a difference over time.

Well, time to get to it! Hope everyone has a great Thursday.

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Re: Alene's Check-in

Post by alene1 » Fri Apr 03, 2020 2:40 pm

Friday, April 3rd, 2020

Exercise: none
Steps: 4,059

B: oatmeal, turkey sausage, mixed nuts
L: LC wrap w/ham & Swiss, apple w/PB
S: oatmeal raisin breakfast cookie, string cheese, square dark chocolate
D: cheeseburger, fries, square dark chocolate

Yesterday was a pretty good day overall. I got in my workout plus a short walk around home. I got my groceries for the week, and getting out was nice. Lots of anxiety around being at the grocery store.

Yesterday our stay at home order got extended until May 4th. It's hard to believe we have at least another month of being at home. My first thought is that I am missing this beautiful sweet time of watching my grandson grow and change. I miss him so much. It makes me so sad that I can't see him and I am missing this time we can't get back. I'm also grateful that he is home and safe. I need to focus on that.

I got these cards with pictures on the front that you can color in and send to people. I also got some new gel pens since mine are at work and I can't get into the building. I'm going to color my first card this morning and send it off to my DIL, whose birthday is on Monday. I think I will send my GS a little outfit from Amazon and maybe a book. That will cheer me up!

I need to get more work done today. I am having such a strong aversion to doing my progress reports! I will have to find a way to get myself to do them with some kind of reward. lol Meeting this morning with the other teachers too. Wishing all a good Friday. We're getting takeout tonight. It's our big event of the week! :)

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Post by alene1 » Sat Apr 04, 2020 2:21 pm

Saturday, April 4th, 2020

Exercise: 30M cardio dvd
Steps: 7,030

B: oatmeal, turkey sausage, Swiss cheese
L: open-faced turkey sandwich, apple w/PB
S: Misc. snacks - Big time avoidance eating
D: pork chop, 1/3 sweet potato, green beans, sauteed cabbage

I had a major snack-fest yesterday afternoon. I have been procrastinating on those progress reports like crazy. I don't know why I have had such an aversion to doing them. My husband was gone out to the property and I was supposed to be working on them. I played games on my phone and snacked and numbed out instead. I finally got my head in the right space and finished them up. What a relief! But I know that about myself, that I am a procrastinater-snacker. I will have to work on solutions for that.

Yesterday was good overall. I got a fair amount of work done, and learned more about how we're going to provide learning going forward. It's going to be a lot of work with trying to hit all of my students' individual goals. I guess we are all just going to do the very best we can. I'm creating a Youtube channel so I can do some videos. We get access to our building for half an hour next week so I will get books to read to the kids, their files, materials, etc. We'll be doing a weekly packet as well that the teachers put together each week. I will definitely be a busy gal during this time! But, we want the kids to learn as much as possible from home as they can. I am doubting that we will go back to school this year, but I really, really hope we do! Even if it was just for the last month. Just taking it one step at a time.

I feel good about the last week's eating. I only had one impulsive/unplanned eating occasion. Even though I had heavier eating days due to going out to a meal, I stayed with my regular meal and snack times. Getting things stabilized and in a routine has been very good for me. One step at a time! I exercised 6/7 of the last days, so that is great. Yesterday we got take out. Probably not the best day of the week to not exercise since I took in more calories/sodium than usual. Live and learn!

Today I'm going to do the usual weekend tasks. Laundry, tidying extra bedroom, some cleaning. The sun is coming out, and hoping for a beautiful day.
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Post by automatedeating » Sat Apr 04, 2020 2:55 pm

I got these cards with pictures on the front that you can color in and send to people. I also got some new gel pens since mine are at work and I can't get into the building. I'm going to color my first card this morning and send it off to my DIL, whose birthday is on Monday.
Love this!
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Post by alene1 » Sun Apr 05, 2020 3:16 pm

Auto, it was really fun doing the card. So nice to be using my creativity and figuring out which colors together would be pleasing to the eye but not too busy. I got a 120 pack of gel markers! :lol: There are some really pretty sparkly ones that I like best, and they look really nice on the card. I'm excited to see how my DIL likes it.

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Re: Alene's Check-in

Post by alene1 » Sun Apr 05, 2020 3:28 pm

Sunday, April 5th, 2020

Exercise: 55M walk
Steps: 9,826

B: oatmeal, Swiss cheese, turkey sausage
L: open faced turkey sandwich, apple w/PB
S: 10 almonds
D: 2 glasses champagne during virtual happy hour, 2 egg omelet w/cheese, 2 sl. bacon, veggie mix

Ladies, just being real here. I am really feeling uncomfortable in my body right now. I'm at that weight where I say to myself that I have to do something that is actually going to lead to sustained weight loss. I have about 45 lbs. to lose to get back to where I would love to be, and where I was in 2015 when I hit my goal weight. I've been maintaining within a 2-3 pound range for quite a while. I resist the counting of calories because it keeps me in my head and out of my heart and body. But a structured way of eating that keeps my calories at a certain level is what I need to actually lose weight. At least in the past that is the only way I have been able to do it. I'm going to start tracking on Noom again. I've been doing the daily assignments all along, so it's just adding that piece back in. Time to bite the bullet. It's the least-dislikeable thing I can do that will help me actually start losing weight instead of maintaining. So back to it I go.

I got all my progress reports done yesterday!! Yay! That is a monkey off my back. After spring break we will start providing online learning and packets for our classes. Our teacher team will be working together on that, and we will provide instruction for our students' IEP goals separately. It should be very interesting trying to do that. I'm guessing this is going to be our model for the rest of the year.

Today not too much going on. I'm going to make a card for my sister's birthday, do some knitting, a walk, maybe an additional workout, fold laundry. I'm doing a virtual happy hour with some friends tonight. That should be a fun time. Okay, off to get going on my day.
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Post by automatedeating » Sun Apr 05, 2020 6:03 pm

Fold laundry! Thanks for the reminder! I have a load waiting right now. :-)
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Post by lpearlmom » Sun Apr 05, 2020 7:00 pm

โ€œIt's the least-dislikeable thing I can do that will help me actually start losing weight instead of maintaining.โ€

Thatโ€™s what it comes down to isnโ€™t it? I do Intermittent fasting for the same reason. Totally understand about not feeling comfortable in your body. Im there right now too. Itโ€™s funny how 5 lbs or so can make such a difference in how i feel about my body.

Anyways, you got this.
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Re: Alene's Check-in

Post by alene1 » Mon Apr 06, 2020 2:26 pm

Auto, no problem! I did get it done plus ran another load. :)

Linda, I was thinking about this this morning. I think my time doing intuitive eating gave me some false beliefs about tracking food. I'm working on recognizing the false beliefs that have been holding me back and keeping me stuck.

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Re: Alene's Check-in

Post by alene1 » Mon Apr 06, 2020 2:37 pm

Monday, April 6th, 2020

Exercise: 45M walk
Steps: 7,136

B: oatmeal, turkey sausage, Swiss cheese
L: open-faced turkey sandwich, apple w/PB
S: RX bar, 10 almonds
D: spaghetti meat sauce w/zucchini, parmesan, roll w/butter, Yasso bar

Yesterday was a really good day. The sun was out and it was beautiful. I finished the birthday card for my sister, and will get that in the mail. I took a really nice walk out at the new house while my husband was doing some dirt work with the tractor. It was very peaceful. There's a road adjoining ours that dead-ends. It goes right along the water, and the road is low. There are trees and a tree swing and little boat house along the shore. It's so peaceful walking along it. Very quiet and let's me pretend for a few minutes that all is right in the world.

Eating went really well too. I am creating a new belief around tracking my food, and I think that will be a great boost for me. It does feel really good to know how much I'm eating, and be able to tweak that amount if my weight isn't moving downward. Much more rational and objective. It can be a great tool for me. I'm really liking the feeling of doing the whole Noom program as well. Not just the parts I like. :) It really is a quick and efficient tool for tracking food.

Today will be a workout, probably a walk, some knitting, a little cleaning. This week is our official spring break, so I'm not sure if I'm going to be doing any work for school. We shall see. I might just do some dreaming and brainstorming about how I want to provide learning for the kids. I'm not sure how specific our direction will be from admins. I imagine we'll have a lot of leeway to do our own thing, just like in the classroom. I'm going to pick out a card for my aunt who lives in NH to color for next. She could use some encouragement. I hope everyone enjoys their Monday.
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Post by automatedeating » Mon Apr 06, 2020 2:46 pm

I just love these cards you are making!

I remember you were happy with Noom previously; makes sense for you to stick with that system that made you feel good about yourself.
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Re: Alene's Check-in

Post by alene1 » Tue Apr 07, 2020 6:16 pm

Thanks Auto! I'm having a lot of fun with the cards. Very good point about Noom. Feeling good.

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Post by alene1 » Tue Apr 07, 2020 6:16 pm

Tuesday, April 7th, 2020

Exercise:
Steps:

B: oatmeal, turkey sausage, Swiss cheese
L: open-faced turkey sandwich, apple w/PB
S:
D: lemon chicken, rice, broccoli,

All good here today. Yesterday went well, but not as many steps as I would have liked. Hubby gave blood yesterday, and we had to drive an hour or so to get there. We took a short walk before the appointment. Not too much going on. Except for the big announcement about schools being distance learning the rest of the school year. I kind of figured it was coming, but it's still very sad. Confusing too as we try and figure out the best way to teach at this time.

Today I get to go into my classroom for half an hour to get things. I'm going to clean out my desk area so I have more room for those things. I need to get a file box to put my files in too. After that I think I'll go for a little drive. I feel the need to get out and a way for a while. Maybe try and find some water I can sit and look at. I'm going to get in a strength workout sometime today too.

Oh! My weight is down a pound this morning, so that was very encouraging! I was a little hungry in the night, so I thought I might see a drop. Didn't sleep very well thinking about work and about figuring everything out.

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