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I feel sure that in this next year, we can expect our upstairs AC to go out, and then promptly expect our water heater to join it. Our house was new when we moved in, and all appliances are builders grade. My oven door won't stay closed, the insulation in the door of our microwave is out of place, one of my stove burners won't lite up...we waited just a tad too long to try to sell it, and now that we will be replacing all this stuff we will be here for a while. Not that we had planned to sell or anything.
"Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass. It is about learning to dance in the rain."
The draft of our homestudy finally came in the mail. It was a complementary study and recommends approval for foster care/adoption. Perhaps it can get finalized soon and then we can make progress???? The kids are not getting any younger.........................
There may be some changes on the job front early next year (February or so). If they happen, the workload will still be intense, but my travel will go back to being non-existent (except for day trips to Santa Fe, which are no problem). That will help in a lot of respects (including with the kiddos). Pray for me as I contemplate what I should do.
Attempting JUDDD yet again. I was home most of this week. Amazing what happens when I'm home. Amazing how hard it is to do things when I travel. I was looking up fast food calorie counts (I hardly ever eat at fast food). No wonder it's so hard to keep calories in line. Even with a low-carb something, we're talking like 600-800 calories (no fries or anything). I can eat a steak, sweet potato, and plain salad for them there calories. Of course, cooking at home tends to be much better. It doesn't matter that I eat as well as I can when I travel, it's generally too many calories and not near enough nutrition.
This week, in addition to JUDDD, I tried to focus on eating good food. I made a veggie soup (think WW Zero Point Soup) that I had on my DDs. Made my DDs go SO much easier. On my UDs, which I enjoyed myself, I tried to make sure to get protein and veggies. Not enough protein = grumpy Ruth, who struggles on DDs.
When my travel goes crazy (er, like next week), I have given myself permission to have higher DDs - around 600 calories. It may mean I don't lose weight, but I shouldn't gain either. And, as I'll post at some point later, I think there is something to be said for consistency.
The re-introduction of veggies caused my stomach to hurt, even though things seemed to be moving along just fine. Perhaps more liquid is needed? [Well, I'm blaming the veggies. Who knows if something else was going on...]
So, slow progress, but at least I'm moving in the right direction. Some crazy highs and nice lows.
Yeah, I got to come home several days early. I'm just praying (and crossing my fingers and toes) that I don't have to go back tomorrow afternoon.
Weight. Meh. Two UDs in a row did not help the situation. My DDs rocked. I've figured out that if I don't have a nutritionally balanced UD, by the 3rd DD, I can't do it. That's what I think happened Friday. Good lesson, and I'll work on that when I'm traveling next go-around.
Pondering on consistency
I also think there's a lot to be said for consistency. I mean, when I got home from vacation, I was 10 pounds up. Now, while I ate a ton, I didn't eat that many extra calories. But, the weight did not quickly disappear. I'm still dealing with about 5-7 lb.
That leads me to hypothesize that perhaps there is a cumulative effect. Yes, one day, in and of itself, doesn't do anything...but if you have one day over a many weeks, and you don't account for each of those days, it will lead to a "sudden" scale gain that then has to be taken care of.
That argues for consistency and getting right back on the wagon. If you keep on with the program (and it's a reasonable/sound program), then it will work, over time. I'm not a particularly patient person, and when I see the fabulous results of others, it's hard to keep going.
I would also say that in terms of weight loss itself, the only thing that has worked for more than about 5 pounds? Consistent calorie reduction. This is why I've stopped doing anything but reading journals. All of these other permeations that work for folks? They don't work for me. [Note: primal helps with nutrition, my stomach not aching, sleep, etc....but I also need calorie restriction, which has not come "naturally" with primal eating...even when I'm 100% clean.] I need to try and just hang with reduced-calorie primal.
I just looked at my calendar. Unless something comes up (and it does...often), I should be home for the next 3 weeks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have traveled every single week since June 1, except for one (there was some vacation in there, but still, I was traveling).