Are you going crazy trying to get ready for Christmas? I know I am. This will be the first year since the kids all left home that we are all going to be together, well except for the oldest. That makes 4 children, 2 son in laws, 1 daughter in law, 2 grandsons, 6 granddaughters, my oldest daughter’s in laws and her brother in law and my oldest grandson’s girlfriend. I believe that comes to 19. What a wonderful Christmas we will have, but getting ready is the hard part. Continue reading “Christmas Craziness!”
We got to go with our friend to Gig Harbor to take care of her daughter after her foot surgery.
Sarah still has to go for 3 more weeks in her cast with no weight bearing.
Cindy had to do the cooking and cleaning which her son loved because he didn’t have to do it.
We didn’t get to take a picture with her son in law, Steve, because he was gone to work. Cade was taking his Mom to the airport after she got the kids off to school.
Brodie, Willow and Meadow are such cute and fun kids as you can tell in this last picture.
It was so much fun getting to know some more of Cindy’s family.
We had a great time in Gig Harbor on the Key Peninsula. Thanks for taking us.
As the day went on our sun started to get covered by clouds. As the people arrived we were deciding where to have the beer tasting, inside or outside. We finally decided on eating inside and drinking by the fire pit.
I took my brisket off the pit. It had been smoking for 7 to 8 hours. It looked beautiful.
I got up this morning and got my BBQ pit going. I am cooking a brisket for our Beer Tasting this evening. It takes me all day to smoke my brisket. If I say so myself it is really good. I know I have several friends that think so too. Or maybe they are just being nice. Oh well I like it.
Friend: Oh you’re doing that new fad diet where you eat tons of fats and lots of meat.
Me: It isn’t a diet. It is life change of eating healthier. I already have more energy. My doctor said it works for people trying to get their A1C down.
When your friends and family wonder what kind of weird diet you are on now you need to know what to say to them.
Module 9 is titled Navigating the Social Mindfield.
This module talks about what to say when your friends talk about your diet or change of life. Let them know how you feel and the changes that have happened to you since you started your new way of life.
What would you say?
The talk about going out was very informative. It is surprising where that sneaky gluten can hide; soy sauce, soups, rubs, glazes, and even salads. Don’t be afraid to ask the server questions.
What would you ask?
When your friends want to go out to eat try to be the one to pick the place. That way you can pick one that you know. If that doesn’t go over then try to order last so you can have the server closer to you and your can ask questions. She should say she will ask the chef? She will remember your request better if you are last. If you end up having to eat something very plain, don’t let the meal ruin your time spent with family or friends. Just remember it is only one meal. If you slip a little don’t sweat it. You can just get back on the horse again.
The module closed by saying:
“This is as “real world” as it gets. What you should take from this is that success is not about perfection or making things so difficult that you and everyone around you is miserable due to your changes. This is about flexibility, accountability, and honestly assessing what battles are worth fighting, negotiating, or modifying.”
Like they say if you fall off the wagon just get back up and start again. It is not a big deal if you do. We are only human and we all make mistakes. Don’t come down on yourself just get on with it.
I forgot to post that I did loose another 1 1/2 pounds last week.
What would you tell a friend if they asked why you were eating like that?
What would you ask in the restaurant?
Let me hear your replies!
In Master Class Module 7 Robb talks about getting into the right mindset. I did agree with what he had to say about that. I do believe that if we change our thinking we change our life.
You have to decide what kind of person you are. Are you the competitive person or are you the person who cares about others but not them? I know that I am the person who has trouble taking care of myself but am always there when I am needed. He talks about you can’t help others if you don’t take care of yourself.
His five mindset strategies are:
#1: Know your process is unique to you.
Sometimes the thought of going from point A to point B is daunting. Overwhelming even. Maybe you don’t feel like you’re ready or that you have enough information.
Perhaps there are perceived obstacles in your path: non-supportive family members, friends, or coworkers.
Or maybe you feel defeated even before you start—which is understandable if previous lifestyle changes didn’t yield the results you were after.
Or maybe you’ve already started, but you feel like you should be further along. You see others who are seemingly light years ahead of where you are today….how can you possibly catch up?
Remember, you’re not them. Your process and your path is unique to you.
#2: Understand the power of small, consistent action
Everyday we have choices…lots of them.
We talked about epigenetics in Module 1 and learned that how your genes are expressed— everything from your health circumstance, the level of body fat you carry, your ability to concentrate and focus—are the result of the inputs your cells are receiving from your environment.
In other words, when you take an action (or don’t) or make a choice, you literally tell your cells what you want them to do.
And, therefore, what you want to look like and who you want to be.
So, even if you just made a less than ideal choice, don’t throw in the towel! Consciously make your next decision one that supports your goals.
Burn this into your mind: You are always one choice away from a different life.
You’re on the right track and you’re going to do great!
#3: Understand human nature—fight OR flight
People are resistant to change. All change. In fact, any sort of change, good or bad, is perceived by the brain as a threat.
Being aware of this now helps you squash any of those pesky thoughts about failure that creep into your head. Don’t. Let. Them. Win.
#4: Relax into your success!
Starting a new program, especially if you’ve tried many in the past, can be daunting.
A hard truth: Results are not always quick.
Play the long game—don’t get discouraged if you don’t see quick results. Real change takes time so be patient. Your body and mind will thank you.
Stay the course, celebrate the small wins, and relax into your success. You didn’t arrive at your current situation overnight, did you? You can’t expect to reverse it overnight either. Only with patience and consistency will you get to where you want to be.
#5: Make good micro decisions, even when things don’t go as planned
So much of success with anything in life—whether a skill, career, or diet and lifestyle— is how you frame your circumstances.
We all know the adage ‘when life gives you lemons, make lemonade.’ But it’s far more than that.
It’s not just being able to do something positive in an otherwise challenging situation. It’s the thoughts you have daily. The thoughts you may not even realize you have—often they’re so subtle you may not even realize how they’re affecting you.
Let’s say you had every intention of working out this morning. Your alarm starts blaring but you’re exhausted. So you roll over and hit snooze. Finally you got up, showered, grabbed a quick bite, and raced out the door.
You didn’t make it to the gym.
Do you write the day (or the whole week) off as a failure and throw in the towel all together? Have some doughnuts at the office?
Do you figure out a way to get some movement in at work? Take a walk around the building on your break. Try working in a standing position instead of sitting the full day. Take the stairs where possible. Park further away from the entrance and get in some extra steps. Do three sets of three push ups in the living room when you get home.
Feeling good about myself is something that I have been working on before I started this way of life. I always think I am not good enough or that I’m not smart. I don’t understand why people want to be my friends or why anyone would want to love me. David is always trying to help me think better of myself. You wouldn’t believe how many times I tried to run him off before we got married. He is the best thing that ever happened to me.
I take care of other people because it is what I do. I am need to take care of people. I take care of my family, friends, and even the homeless on the street who I feed sandwiches too. The only one I have trouble taking care of me. I am going to change that now. I am going to make this change in my life, so I will be here to enjoy my two little twin granddaughters grow up. I want to be able to play with the older grandkids. This means I need to get healthy.
I know that I may fall off the horse but I will get back on and go forward.
I affirm that I am changing my thinking, changing my life and so it is!