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Lesson Learned

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Today was a hard day for me mentally...and we all know this is a head game. My feelings started out low this morning and as much as I tried...I was not able to conquer the low until about 5:00 this afternoon. Ugh. I finally conquered it when I wrote in my private Spark Journal...laid it out...what was bothering me...where it came from...how I felt about it...and then a plan for an "overcoming" evening. Then, boom, my spirits lifted. How I wish I would have done that at 8 am. Note to self...when you have a hard time getting your mood to lift, write! For some reason, it works for me every time. But, also, for some reason, I will try so many other things before I just go ahead and write. This is something I need to change. It would make a world of difference in days to come. So, this is a lesson that I am going to take with me from today and incorporate in the days to come. If I forget, feel free to remind me.

I had a productive day...though I was struggling internally. I got all my breakfasts made for the week and all my lunches made for the week. I even went ahead and entered them into my tracker. Now, all I have to do is grab and go for breakfast and lunch! Woo hoo!

Tonight, I made the 80-calorie "ice cream" sandwiches I had planned. For this, you take two graham crackers (two squares) and put 2 tablespoons of light cool whip between them. Freeze them for two hours and voila..."ice cream" sandwich! Low cal and delicious. You can make variations with different flavors of graham crackers and different flavors of cool whip, too.

When I took Mia for her walk tonight, DD wanted to come along. That was a nice surprise. And this evening, she has been preparing her meals for the week, too. She said that I inspired her! Yay! That makes me feel good.

Hope you all had a great weekend! I did! Keep up the good work! Thanks for the encouragement! Spark on! emoticon emoticon
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  • LETHANIA
    Love the ice cream sandwiches. I'm totally trying that! AND making things ahead. I try but you've inspired me to try to do more. What sorts of things are you making for your breakfasts and lunches?
    3266 days ago
  • FITFORMYFAMILY
    Do you like to write by hand? As much as I love typing, I find it even more therapeutic to write the old-fashioned way. Either way, I'm glad that you know what to do to feel better!
    It's awesome that you're inspiring your daughter. I hope the two of you get to have many more walks together!
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  • XXEDRA
    Those sandwiches sound great, I just may have to try them!
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  • GERMANIRISHGIRL
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    And I am so trying the sandwich with chocolate grahams! emoticon
    3268 days ago
  • MORTICIAADDAMS
    Good job on saving the day. You have a good tool to deal with challenges.

    Good job of planning ahead. It sounds like it is rubbing off on your daughter.

    The treats sound great.


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  • no profile photo CD4429274
    Yup, that's why I blog!

    (And I love the idea of those "ice cream" treats. Yum!)
    3269 days ago
  • FARIS71
    That is so true about journaling. I had a similar experience this morning. Started out wanting to crawl in a hole, but after journaling and a little coffee the fog & grump lifted! And thanks for the reminder about the ice cream sandwiches!!
    3269 days ago
  • ILIKETOZUMBA
    Fantastic! I'm glad you experienced a lesson learned like that - now hopefully things will be just a bit easier for you in the future when you're feeling low. (Personally, I seem to be pretty dense - it takes a FEW repeats of "lessons" like these for me to get it.)

    And wow, aren't you organized?? Breakfasts AND lunches already made for the whole week? Shoot, I thought I was doing well just to have all my food planned and my lunch packed the night before. :) Great job!!

    You know, I've been turning up my nose at those "ice cream sandwiches" - I've seen the recipe, and I was like "eh, I don't really love graham crackers enough for that to be a real treat; ice cream sandwiches should have CHOCOLATE wafers." But you mentioning using different flavors made me think - they make chocolate graham crackers, don't they? And I'm sure I've seen chocolate cool whip. I bet that would actually be really good! So thanks for the tip!
    3269 days ago
  • SBNORMAL
    You inspire me too. Please make my lunch!! Great idea for my future!!
    3269 days ago
  • MIRAGE727
    Looks to me like your day finished nicely! Sweet! Stay strong!
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  • LOPEYP
    You inspire me! emoticon

    I do find it so much easier dealing with meals when everything is entered ahead of time. Then I know if I have any calories left for a treat, etc.

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    3269 days ago
  • KKKAREN
    Glad you were able to get out of your funk!
    3269 days ago
  • no profile photo CD11189655
    Yay for you! I think the realizations about how we "tick" are just as important for long term success as the more obvious weight loss things like exercise and counting calories. This is a healthy lifestyle journey!
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    3269 days ago
  • BAKER1009
    Sorry it took so long for you to lift your mood, but glad you got there. And even amongst all that, you still did what you needed to do and that's what matters. You are doing a great job Cathy. Yes, there will be plenty of "struggle" days, that's just part of life. How you handle those days it what counts, and you proved that you can handle it, even if it is tough. Proof that you are one strong woman!
    Way to go!!

    Hugs,
    Beth
    3269 days ago
  • SHARONSPARKLE
    I love how you over came your mood by journaling! It sounds like you turned your day around and made it a success!
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  • ANDYINBC
    Sounds like you have been successful. Great to hear you have inspired your daughter and finding the ways to overcome your obstacles.
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  • BEAUTY_WITHIN
    Glad thinks are going well! Keep up the great work!
    3269 days ago
  • no profile photo CD12753422
    Writing is my key...and you are so right - needs to be done even when we don't feel like it! Thanks for the idea on the "ice cream" sandwich. Very neat!
    3269 days ago
  • ALOHAEV1
    Hi Five to both you and your daughter! And for the mood lifter.

    Will have to try your ice cream sammies by the way.
    3269 days ago
  • ACIMPEGGY
    Writing does it for me, too. It's like meditation....called journaling, of course.

    Your ice cream sandwiches sound like my S'more: a bit of chocolate and peanut butter instead of marshmallow. Probably not a bunch lower in calories, but more nutritious!

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