A New Year’s Day List

The day after I flew home on the plane I was sitting in church writing a different kind of list.  This time I was thinking about the kind of person I wanted to be.

Most of all I want to live a balanced  healthful life.  WITHOUT ANGST.

I want to be

  • Active.
  • Creative.
  • Spiritual.
  • Generous.
  • Joyful.

I want to be all of these things.  I want them to be balanced in my life.  I even wrote “If being a little heavier is part of this, so be it.”  Now I don’t think that that’s necessarily so.  Cause honestly, my joints are telling me every day that I can’t be heavy AND active.

It feels so good to say that I WANT to be active.  For a very long time it was just something I did to stave off the inevitability of weight regain.  But finally, I am realizing that it is something I WANT.  One of the highlights of my trip was going to the gym for a weights workout with my brother.  As always, he gave me some good tips on correct form.  But this time I also knew what I wanted to do, and what I was capable of doing.  That was fun.  We also got in plenty of long walks.  And since I’ve been home, I have been consistently very active, just cause I wanted to!  Who’d a’thunk it?

This is all tied in to spending time in a town where I weighed some of my highest (234) and lowest (124) weights when I lived there 30 years ago!  The past month or so I have seen women my current age who are really struggling physically due to being overweight.  And I have seen young women who are as overweight as I was when I started this last weight loss journey.  I’ve been in all these places and so many in between.

I guess that’s why I want to live that “balanced healthful life without angst.”  No more worrying about ‘going back.’  I might not ever be the ‘ideal’ weight for my height.  But part of my self-definition is now ‘active.’  I like that.

New Year’s Thoughts from a Plane

Since I was flying home on New Year’s Eve, I started thinking about what I wanted this new year to be.  Or what *I* wanted to be in this new year.  Last year was a pretty dramatic year for me.  Not really how I would choose to live.  I like things to be on a more even keel. And when I look at the notes I jotted on the plane, I see that they are just the small things that comprise daily life and make it enjoyable.

Here’s the things I wrote down.  Not too exciting, I guess.  But they please me.

  • Back to losing mode.  (I got out the Bobay plan and am back to following it.  With a tweak or two–want to eat a little more dairy, so am including my homemade yogurt.)
  • Cook new stuff.  Minimize wheat and sugar.
  • Eat fruit plain and enjoy it.  (I got in the habit of having fruit with cottage cheese or yogurt or something extra.)
  • Eat more vegetables.
  • Continue to exercise 5-6 days/week, 1 hour per day.  This is the exercise regime that most previously overweight people maintain.
  • Back to quilting 4 hours/day.
  • ORGANIZE HAITI.  Our sponsorship program for the children of Carrfourpoy, Haiti has been more successful than we imagined.  So at each juncture, we have to figure out what to do next.  My latest challenge is basically to learn how to navigate Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excell.  These programs seem to have conspired against me.  But I am excited by the prospect of being able to help these darling children.
  • Call Lisa–volunteer.  Lisa works with a mission for the inner city kids in Stockton, and I would like to try and help out down there.
  • Train Noah to come.  Oh, my.  This is the one I am most excited about.  Noah knows exactly what come means.  He comes perfectly off leash IN THE YARD.  But twice in the last month or so I have left the back door open, and he is GONE.  And he acts like he never heard the word Come before.  And then I get panicky (the opposite of calm-assertive) and that doesn’t help.  I asked his trainer about this when I picked him up, and she was well-aware of his habits.  So we will be having her make a house call in the next month or so.
  • Read my Bible more (I have the New Living Translation on my Kindle Fire, and I am finally learning how to navigate it.  Fun!)  And memorize a new chapter in the Bible.  I was doing pretty good on this for a while.  And then I stopped.  So I am looking forward to picking out a chapter that I find particularly meaningful.
  • Live within my budget.  Give more.
  • Read more classic books.  My friend was telling me that a lot of classic books are free to download on the Kindle!  Score!

So today was a very nice start to the new year.  Oh, I have to tell you about a new product I found!!  Its an instant oatmeal, only its not that ground up instant stuff.  Its multi-grain, and includes guinoa, flax, barley, oats and some other stuff.  You make it in the microwave, and it is so good!  I cannot tell you how wonderful I think it is.  And you know I am quite the connoisseur of oatmeal, right?  Anyway, the brand is Good Oats, and the multigrain stuff is called Abundance.  You must try it.  Plus, two minutes in the microwave with no pan to clean afterwards?  So this morning I started the day with this oatmeal.  I got in a little blog reading and emailing, and Bible reading, and got dressed and headed out the door with all three doggies.  And when we got back, I did quite a few stomach crunches and stretches.  I didn’t list those things above, but those are two exercise components that have been lacking lately, and I want to make sure I add them back into the rotation.  On to the post-travel laundry, and I actually had some time to do some serious quilting–I made a cover for my Kindle Fire!

Back from Texas, Back on Track, Back to Basics…

Whew.  I always have grand ideas  about posting from the road, and keeping up with blogs, etc.  It just never happens.  I am getting better at typing on my kindle, so maybe eventually I will post once in a while on my trips.

Anyway, it was a very nice trip.  Except for UNITED AIRLINES leaving my big suitcase behind both coming and going.  I stopped at Walmart in Texas to get some basic clothes to wear.  And to be fair, they did deliver the suitcase two days after I arrived (day after Christmas.)  And on the way home, I wasn’t that sad that I didn’t have to haul it by myself out to my car in the economy parking lot.  I did have a hard time finding something to wear to church this morning…

Anyway, as I knew would happen, there was an unlimited amount of Christmas goodies constantly present.  And I pretty much constantly grazed.  Oh well.

Here’s a few pics of the trip.  My brother’s first grandchild.  She really is a cute little girl.  And she almost looked like a little angel floating around in her special Christmas dress.

My brother has a dachshund too!!  Here he is, being tortured in his Santa Claus suit.

This is my favorite picture of my brother and his dog.  He LOVES that little dog, and the little dog loves him.

The second half of the trip was spent in Wichita Falls, where I lived for a few years, and also went to nursing school.  It was fun to be back there  and see a few old sights and a few new ones too.  I stayed in a hotel room–la la la!  I do love my ‘alone time!’

On Friday, my brother was kind enough to drive me down to Frisco, where the long-awaited meet-up with Shelley was planned.  Here is Shelley and Jeff listening to my normally Very Quiet brother gabbing away!

We met at Scotty P’s where the burgers and fries AND onion rings were every bit as delicious as Shelley promised.  Jeff very nicely took pictures of us.  And we told him to make sure and get our ‘skinny’ side.  I wasn’t too pleased with my appearance, so I cropped the picture to show the important stuff–shoes LOL!  Aren’t Shelley’s boots great?  And those are my new VERY COMFORTABLE shoes that I got at Nordstrom Rack on the way out of town.  That is a very nice place to shop for good shoes at a nice price.  These are Clark’s, and I also got a pair of Josef Siebels.

Alright, here we are, in front of the famous Scotty P’s.

Then, we headed over to the frozen yogurt shop.  What?  You were expecting something else from me and Shelley?  Besides eating froyo, the plan was to teach Shelley to knit.  I was most excited that I was actually able to teach Shelley to knit!  Since I am left handed, it has always been kind of torturous to try to teach people to knit right-handed.  Shelley is left-handed, so that is the first time I have taught a left-hander to knit.  I was so proud of my ‘pupil.’

Saturday was time to head home.  I flew into Amarillo, but I actually saved $100 by flying out of Oklahoma City.  And since I was in Oklahoma City, I finally got to meet with long-time blog buddy Jill!!  The Oklahoma City airport wasn’t the most exciting place to meet, but we had fun gabbing for a while before I had to get on the plane.  Jill’s husband Shawn came with her, and told the story of how they met!  I told Jill she needed to write a blog on it, it was such a good story.  And I have to say that I have been SO IMPRESSED with all the husbands of all the bloggers I’ve met.   Really nice guys, and very patient with the whole unexplainable blog meet-up thing.

Me and Jill:

It sure is fun to meet bloggers in person.  Since we have common interests, and we already spend a lot of time ‘talking’ to each other, we never seem to have a lack of things to talk about when we finally meet in person.

So, as seems to be my tradition, I stopped on my way home from the airport, even though it was really late, to get some milk and yogurt starter to make a batch of my homemade yogurt.  I made that this morning, and it turned out excellent!

And then after church, I stopped at the grocery store (well, actually, two grocery stores) to stock up on fruits and veggies and cottage cheese.  So glad to be home and to be able to return to my foods of choice.  More about that tomorrow.  I have lots of ‘New Year’s Thoughts’ that I want to share.