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Make Yourself Easier to Live With

Friday, June 05, 2020

My deep thought for the day. People are discontented, unhappy, yearning, dissatisfied, frustrated when there is something internal to them that they perceive they NEED to have for the perfect day, month, life. A little example of my 'thing' today. We are almost out of milk which we have in our morning coffee. Our daughter is our shopper, and this week she is no longer working from home, but is back at the school. I know she will ask for our grocery list when it's convenient for her to shop, so I would prefer to wait a bit.

Hmmmm.... not so much me, but I want hubby to have milk for his coffee. Yes maybe I would like to have milk in my coffee too, so my day starts off in the usual way and I am in no way inconvenienced. I usually have one cup of coffee and maybe start a second that I often don't finish. For one day (or maybe more) can I try something else in my coffee? I looked in the pantry and found tetra packs of almond milk and Chai latte, and I have hot chocolate mix. There is an ice cream bar in the freezer, or I could have black coffee, or I could have black tea. Maybe now is the time to discover if I like that Chai Latte?

I like to question myself - can I be happy with less, or something different? Why am I not open to change? Is this a one off or forever? Can I see some advantage to change? Put this in perspective, my Saturday happiness is not dependent on having milk for my coffee. I will still have a nice breakfast with my husband, play with the dogs, videochat and exercise with my friends, and have a lunch date with my sorority. No milk is no biggie. I will make sure my husband knows I want him to have that last bit of milk, that I am choosing something else that I will like.

When I make myself easier to live with, my needs and wants are few. Small things don't become big things and one thing amiss does not have a ripple effect. My life can be simpler and happier.

OK maybe I did have another deep thought. Instead of thinking about distractions so I won't eat, I will focus on what I like more than eating. I will need to start a list so I remember them and motivate myself to carry through.

Something interesting I read - NYT Cooking. Our medium is recipes, and cooking instruction: a way to understand the world is through food. Our goal is to have an audience that looks like America, so that the recipes we share and develop represent the people we serve, whose stories we seek to tell. Wow there should be some interesting recipes coming!

Food. I like that I have several pre-made breakfasts so I can go to the fridge and take one with no effort or decision making and know exactly how many calories it is.

Sleep. Did better, asleep by 10:00 PM. Woke up at 4:00 read news till 5:00 AM, back to sleep till 6:45 AM. There are periods of time when I have difficulty with my sleep. I wake up, can't get back to sleep and wander into the kitchen for a bowl of cereal, milk and maybe a sliced banana. It does help me get back to sleep later. But it's like adding a 4th meal to my day. Sometimes I do count it as my breakfast and wait till lunch time for my next meal.

Exercise. Today 9 consecutive days of videochat & YouTube exercise, each day at 11 AM! Today was a hot Latin Zoomba.

NOOM - What you eat depends on location, time of day, social setting, physical condition, season, state of mind, etc. I want to prepare some meals in advance so meal decisions and work are already done, and the calories are recorded in a Spark nutrition group, so easy to record. I want to stop wandering into the kitchen and thinking what I do I 'feel' like eating?

I will put more focus on low-calorie-density foods which allows me to eat a large volume of food while still cutting back on calories. Sounds like Volumetrics?

Temptation Bundling = Link something you want + Something you should do. Makes it a habit and fun.

Habit Bundling = Current Habit + New Habit. Couple an instantly gratifying want with a should behavior.

1) Listen to an audiobook/Walk the dog
2) Watch TV/Go to bed earlier.
3) Good weigh ins/Slimfast when weight stalls
4) Daily videochat with friends/YouTube exercise at 11 AM
5) Like to eat/Track calories in Spark, since May 15.
6) Morning weigh in/Improve on meal plan for the day
7) Eating/Make ahead and portion meals
8) Eating/Pull out recipes I will actually be using, then prepare grocery list

emoticon Kitchen Spring Cleaning - did knife & serving utensil drawer


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    30 days ago
    Creativity comes in all areas of life ~ using something other than milk in your coffee is proof you are a problem solver! Way to go emoticon
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    34 days ago
    Great blog as always. One thing I have noticed during this pandemic is how much I appreciate good food. I used to pop out to the grocery store regularly; nowI try to limit my shopping to no more than once a week. And when they are out of the items that I want or have on my grocery list, I am much more willing to experiment and cook meals out of what is available.

    It sounds like you are getting some good inspiration from NOom, And that you are doing great with your exercise and healthy eating. Way to go!
    35 days ago
    emoticon i bought some instant powdered milk mostly for when i bake bread but its been a lifesaver for when i run out of milk, i also have used hersey syrup on occasion or mixed coffee and cocoa . have a great weekend
    35 days ago
    35 days ago
    Good job on "making do" and thinking of your hubby first. Your thinking and planning for exercise, lower calories with foods to satisfy longer and all the ways you continue to improve all areas of your life are great! emoticon
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    35 days ago
    I'll have to go to google. You've mentioned three things I'm not familiar with, so it's time to learn new things. emoticon
    35 days ago
  • LIS193
    Great blog!
    35 days ago
    We were along the same wave length today. As I was outside walking with my 3 yr old GGS I realized how very content I am. Sure some life events are very much out of control, but yet, in that moment it just felt so AWESOME to be at peace with things. I realized that the stores are open again, and yet??? I do not NEED anything. Maybe WANT, but NOT need. And a want, isn't a necessity its simply something to add in clutter and I am so over that stuff!! Maybe it's age? Maybe it's just common sense? but I LOVE IT!!

    Yesterday he was playing with his feet in a shallow puddle, at first I almost took him away from it. Instead I found myself JOINING IN!! We GIGGLED and LAUGHED!! Some of my neighbors/friends were there, and they joined in on the simple pleasure of laughter at us. Of course, when you see an almost 3 year old giggling and laughing harder cause Grandma is being silly, well,,, how can you NOT just enjoy that?

    Simple- uncomplicated, joy. .
    35 days ago
    Good stuff to mull over today... I don't like to be inconvenienced either but have found myself making do with what I have during quarantine, particularly with food. For example, when I couldn't get canned beans anymore, I broke out the dried beans. It was a lot of work, but I made it work. I soaked the beans overnight, then put them on the stove during my work break, which is about halfway through my day. They cooked while I was working, and then I draining and packaged them for meals and froze the leftovers after work was over. It worked out well and I used up some stuff I had. I noticed that the grocery store had some things that I love but have been hard to get this week, so I picked up some extras so will be good through July now. I am still getting creative and using stuff up in my pantry and freezer rather than going to the grocery store 3 times a week like I used to. I am saving money by going less and using up more food and wasting less.

    I am at all 5 days following the "No S" diet this week and my weight was down this morning. I expect things to be the same tomorrow morning, so I will have at least one book to buy and hopefully two! I remind myself that I love to read more than I like to eat. Going to look for a couple of new series to add to my reading lists next week. That's always fun. Once I run out of Audible credits in a few months, I will buy extra credits as a reward as I also love audio books and listen to them while walking, Sparking, and doing the bookkeeping at work. I am making this work and have lost 3 lbs. this week. Far better than what I did in the last 5% challenge but maybe I am finally getting the hang of things?
    35 days ago
    Busy You Are!
    35 days ago
  • LINDA!
    Good for you for all that you do throughout the day.

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    Comment edited on: 6/5/2020 9:18:23 PM
    You have a great way to handle it
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    36 days ago
    Some habits are not necessary to make your life the best it can be. emoticon
    36 days ago
  • RAVEN145
    You got this
    36 days ago
  • LYNCHD05
    It a good feeling when we have meals prepared ahead of time. It makes life so much easier.
    36 days ago
    I have, at times. practically lived in a cardboard box in a ditch! I was practically homeless twice. I don't need anything. Everything I have is just icing on a cake. Here today, who knows about tomorrow.
    36 days ago
    We are definitely creatures of habit! You have good plans!
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