Thursday, September 30, 2010

Sweet and bitter

I'm glad to announce that I'm again in the NoDonutZone.  Whew - one day is bad, but 2 in a row eating one of my biggest binge triggers was downright scary.  Good news is that I had no desire for donuts or any other junk yesterday.  We ate dinner out last night because my husband belongs to a golf club where we have to spend a certain amount each quarter, and yesterday was the next to the last day.  I ate more than I would have at home, but it was healthy, yummy and satisfying.  My day yesterday was very likely 1/2 the calories of the day before.

I'll be doing my review tomorrow of my first week on the Hot 100 challenge.  *Spoiler Alert* - I've not done too well.  I'm reflecting a lot on my whole weight loss effort and the emotional and mental components that are going on in my inner landscape.  But I will talk about all that tomorrow.

I finally went out this week and bought a new charger for my camera battery so I can again take and post pictures.  Recall I had put the charger that came with the camera in a VERY SAFE PLACE so that when I  needed it I would always be able to find it.  Well I haven't seen it since.  Probably over 2 months I've torn the house upside down and looked in all my usual clever safe places.  Wednesday I threw in the towel and went to a high falutin' camera shop in Bryn Mawr, and a replacement cost $50.00.  GIVE ME A BREAK.  I swear, I have spent enough money replacing items I've lost by storing them in safe places to knock a few percentage points off the national debt.  Very annoying.  But I'm hoping to take some walks this weekend in what is promised to be a true crisp fall weekend and get some good pictures so my blog blathering can be peppered with lovely photos.

Finally, I got a call yesterday to tell me that a gal I worked with when I was a school nurse a few years back was not expected to live through the night.  She'd had some symptoms that were ultimately determined to be caused by a large malignant brain tumor.  She had surgery 2 days ago and docs were able to get over 2/3 of the tumor out.  But hours after surgery, she had a substantial brain hemorrhage.  Such a tragedy to hear about anyone.  I can't get her out of my mind, and have no idea if she's still alive at this point.  Once again, a reminder to live and love well and fully today.  Let go of petty small grievances.  Forgive everyone, everything. Life is fragile, precious and short. 


  1. Ah yes. I have similar safe places in my house. I refer the them as "someplace logical." Darn aging memory!

  2. So sorry about your friend...

    I spent around 6 hours last week looking for a gift card that had been given to me for my 50th. It was for a lot of money so I was very upset when I couldn't find it. I finally found it when Mr. Helen said to me, "You probably hid it so robbers wouldn't find some time when we went away. You do that all the time!" That changed where I went looking and sure enough, there it was in the second place I looked.

    In my defense, we were robbed in broad daylight (while we were at work) around 5 years ago so who can blame me for hiding things?!!

  3. I'm sorry about your friend - life sure can change in an instant and you are right to let go of the little things.

    I feel for you, misplacing things. I "hid" my pearls for over 5 years - didn't find them until we were packing to move (they were tucked in a glove - shows how often I needed to wear gloves in So. Cal. lol). But I'm glad we'll be seeing your pictures again!

  4. Sorry about your friend Leslie. Those kinds of stories do make us stop and think about not waisting time and loving those around us even more.

    What a pity you couldn't find you hiding spot! I hate it when I do things like that.

    Check out South beach Steve's video he posted as it is a real motivator about moving forward.

    I posted a new fish recipe, stop by and check it out.

  5. Out of the D-Zone and back into the reality phase of the program.

    Then.... when I hear about cases like your friend's... I have to wonder why fight so hard with ourselves over our weight? Is it worth it in the end?

    I squirrel stuff away in safe places all of the time. So safe, even I can't find them.

  6. Hey-its only a week, still 93 days left to redeem your Hot 100 goals-no problem!

    Polar's Mom

  7. I, too, am sorry to hear about your friend. You gave some good advice. When it comes down to it, some things really don't matter that much at all. Deb

  8. I'm sorry about your friend Leslie. Such sadness. One of the best things we can learn in such a time like this is like you said, "let go of the small petty is fragile, precious and short.

  9. Sorry to hear the sad news about your friend. Stay strong - we lost a friend/colleague recently (her incidentally was a school nurse)-it does make you reflect on the importance of living and appreciating every moment we have. So true.
    Best of luck for week 2 of the challenge, Leslie.

  10. So sorry about your friend.
    Im striving more and more lately to live my life according to the last 2 sentences of your post.

    xo xo

  11. Sorry to hear about your friend. You have had a rough week, but there are better days ahead. The challenge will be good for all of us.