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#3, or, How I Have Survived the Past Several Days....

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

So first, another great big thank you to all of my SparkBuddies who have expressed concern and support in my effort to de-skunk Scooby, our 90 lb chocolate lab. It was a very traumatic experience for both he and I, but we got 'er done. Then yesterday, we got home after a day of work and school and then an hour of "Fun Hockey." What did we discover? That Scooby had had a very messy and smelly accident in the basement. Once again, DH was at work, and once again, it fell to me to clean up a stinky mess. I'll admit it, I just sat down and cried, so much so that my darling 10 year old came over and hugged me, grabbed me a tissue, and when he was convinced I was okay, walked away and never looked back. I love that he is compassionate, I hope that someday he will understand the need to be helpful, though, truth be told, there really wasn't much I would have let him do with this mess.

I mean the dog had to WORK to get into the places he messed, the deepest crevices of the basement, underneath the stairs, where there are no lights, and where much stuff is crammed.. somehow, he hit mostly floor, but it was hard getting in there, seeing, and of course, getting it cleaned up. Thankfully, DH has an industrial pail with a squeegee and a mop.. So, once again, I got 'er done, this time with Scooby outside..

Then I went upstairs to my next job, working on fractions and decimals with the aforementioned 10 year old who, up unitl now, has been an absolute math whiz, but he has met his match with this subject matter. So we spent about 45 minutes going over some stuff. So at 7 pm, I made the tacos that I had been promising DS for dinner since Monday, and the reward for working hard on his math.

So as you can see, it's been quite a couple of days...

But a few days ago I read this fabulous blog by a man who has lost 100 lbs, and he talked about some of the things he did that he thought helped him. One tip was particularly interesting to me...he kept a daily journal by folding a large index card and on the front cover writing his goals, and then on thie inside keeping his food journal and other pertinent information for the day. At the end of the day, he would look over what he'd done, see what goals he accomplished, which he hadn't, and why, and then he would throw it away...no sense holding onto the past, because the future is where it's all happening. And he did it every single day.

I have NO idea why this appeals to me so. Perhaps because I don't have the patience to log my food into an electronic tracker. I find it time consuming and tedious, waiting for the computer to catch up with the input. I'm not knocking Spark's or anyone else's food trackers, but I just don't have the time to sit down and log. This is quick and easy. And for things whose calorie info I don't have, I can always look them up in the many books I have, or online.

I feel like this is going to be good for me. I started today. Will let you know.....
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    Oh Tina... what a couple of days!!! Animals can find amazing ways to 'hide' their distress and embarassment. Honestly, I'm not sure I wouldn't have preferred my flood.

    Miss O would have been intent on helping... it's not as great as it might seem, LOL!

    I read that article, too... I love the action of 'throwing away' and I'm looking forward to hearing how things go for you with it.

    I pray the rest of your week is completely free of doggie and other drama!

    3159 days ago
    I love the physical action of "throwing it away" so you can't look back. If it works for you, GREAT! Nothing wrong with not using the electronic trackers if they are a hindrance.

    So sorry about all the doggie messes. Hugs!
    3159 days ago
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    Keeping the daily journal is a great idea!
    3159 days ago
    Sounds like a great plan. You need to find what works for you Tina! Sorry to hear about the mess. That's one reason why I'm glad our dog is outside...
    3159 days ago
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