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I need my rut!!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

This may be a blog of odds and ends. Much going on and many ideas swirling in my head. I spent last week with my daughter's family in PA. By Friday, I was beat! The kids are great fun but exhausting. My daughter's vein procedures went well but there was more pain than she had anticipated. She's doing fine today. They are in the process of putting lots of stuff in storage and doing all the "fix up" to put the house on the market. Very exciting for all of us! Of course, they have not been able to find anything down here that they really like and is in their price range. UGH!!! They are under a tremendous amount of stress right now and I wish there was more I could do to help them. I also worry a bit about the kids (4 years and 19 months). They are each in some activities they really like and my granddaughter is loving her preschool class. I know they will adapt quickly once they move but I know it will be hard for them to leave all they've known.
Interesting....at their house I don't count calories and do no "formal" exercise plan but I typically lose 1-2 pounds per visit. I'm not sure I'm that much more active there but maybe I am. I'm wondering if just not thinking about calories, food, exercise allows me to relax and just give my body what it needs? To be honest, I get so weary of tracking and counting, etc. I'm having a hard time consistently exercising. Just feeling frustrated with this whole weight thing...although I keep saying it's about my health and how I feel rather than a number.....seems like a hard concept for me to remember.
So, I'm home again. I know my daughter, husband and kids will be spending a lot of time here as they intensify house hunting. Next week I start supervising my student teacher. The painter is supposed to be here toward the end of the week to take down wallpaper and repaint my kitchen. My husband is traveling this week. I continue to have a huge to do list that I never seem to get to.
I am obviously craving a good ole rut!!! Maybe I should go back to work?? On second thought, I'm not that desperate!!!!
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  • LESLIESENIOR
    Eeeeeekkkkkkk! Trust me, you DON'T want to go back to work. I get you with the tracking thing. I get obsessed with the food, the amounts, the calories, the nutrients, ..........and wonder if it makes me think more about food than I should. I have not tracked as much during the work week, and I seem to be doing just as well. I'd love to loose the last lbs. but I'm tired of thinking about it.

    I read a study once where athletes in training were asked to follow a two year old around and do every move that the two year old did. The athletes pooped out in a very short period of time. I know that little ones keep their care takers hustling. So you are probably getting more exercise than you think.

    Your daughter is so very lucky to have you on "her team". God Bless You Beth. Try to be kind to yourself. We all appreciate you so much.
    Leslie
    3286 days ago
  • HJFOGARTY
    ohhh it will be great to have them near you again! and I understand about that to do list - long and never ending - but then again if it was completed - what would you do if you had nothing to do? I'd personally go crazy and I don't have far to go! lol just take one day at a time and you will make it work after all you are awesome! continue to take care of you!
    3288 days ago
  • SUZYMOBILE
    Boy, have I gotten out of touch with my friends' blogs! Anyway, how exciting that they're moving back near you!

    I'm inclined to say that just listening to your body about intake and exercise is a good thing, because I lost a bit of weight on that cruise. But only you know what happens to you when you stop tracking. When I'm at home, I cling to tracking like a life raft. It's a constant, whether or not I use the information, and it seems to help.
    3297 days ago
  • MORTICIAADDAMS
    It sounds from your description of fatigue that you are a lot more active than you think. Stress always causes me to lose weight and it sounds like the entire family is under it's toll with packing, fixing the former house, and not being able to find suitable housing to move into.

    You certainly have a full plate, GF. My to-do list is enormous too and getting longer. Ugh.
    3298 days ago
  • NORASPAT
    Beth could it be you have time on your hands when you are at home so you eat more and stress more over tracking food.
    When you are there with your daughter and children you have more inter action with them so you are thinking much less about food.

    I track everything but I very rarely weigh myself and i am still not losing any more weight no matter what I do. But I am feeling happier in my life just having strangers to talk to on Spark and I put hours in to it at the computer.
    DH is around and we actually talk more about health issues and healthy food than we have ever done.
    RUTS can be OK so long as they are relatively small RUTS, otherwise fill those ruts in with some pleasurable activities. HUGS Pat in Maine. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3298 days ago
  • SNUGLBUNIE
    LOL, yep, no work for you. It does get tiring after a while counting calories and exercising, but after 1.5 years, it has become second nature to me and I do enjoy people like you that have become my friend and I can relate too. Don't give up. It will get easier and better. (((((hugs))))))))))
    3299 days ago
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