Sunday, January 24, 2016

Get Up and Do Something . . .

I downloaded a new app today - one that appears to allow me to track points in the former WW program.  I'm going to give it a try and we'll see how it goes.

I did a little figuring out of things yesterday, and realized that I would prefer to stick with the former program.  I considered returning to a modified form of The Strict Program for Three Months, but since that wasn't sustainable for me anyway, I think this is a better way to go.  And, I still have my program materials and points calculator.  I can figure things on paper and see how they work in the app I got.

Here is this morning's look at the Amaryllis:

Although I gave it a turn yesterday, I didn't turn it very far.  This morning it's a full quarter turn from where it was originally.  You can see it was really leaning toward the window.  I don't want to move it any closer to the window - it's about a foot away - at this time of year.  That one strap-like leaf keeps falling over - no idea why - but it's got plenty of water, so I'm leaving it alone.

I have been attempting to continue to participate in the church choir even without a director.  I usually only sing in the choir in the fall.  Now I remember why.  This is one of the busiest times of year for me at work and when I get home, I am wiped out. In addition, I truly need my weekends to recoup and prepare for the week to come. I cancelled on Thursday night's rehearsal, and I have absolutely no desire to go this morning.  I will not be going.  I've just sent the email and it's like a huge weight just lifted up from my shoulders.  

The older I get, the more time for myself that I seem to need.  In addition, I'm reasonably sure I figured out my stumble into old habits this week.  Some of my friends and I received difficult news last week about an old friend, and I was strong for everyone else because that's my natural response - it's who I am.  I'm the person you want with you in a crisis.  I'm the one my friends and family depend on.  I'm the one who stays calm and knows what to do in a true emergency or when all hell breaks loose.  Unfortunately, I usually fall apart later.  Quietly.  On my own.  And that's exactly what happened to me this week.  

All things considered and once again, the Universe is shouting at me to PAY ATTENTION.  I got this message loud and clear throughout the last part of 2015, over and over again.  Maybe that was in preparation - slowly forcing me to turn and face the strange (thank you David Bowie).  In retrospect, 2015 was The Year of Paying Attention.  

I'm kinda thinking that 2016 is the Year of Get Up and Do Something.



Anonymous said...

In regard to your amaryllis with the floppy leaf, the plant tends to do that. The only time it's necessary to remove the leaf is if it becomes cracked or broken. And even then I've left it be. If they all become floppy, just put a couple stakes in the pot and put some string around the stakes to keep the leaves upright.

Hope your new app helps. I tried My Fitness Pal but have found the posting info a pain in the butt. I now have a good idea of the calories that I consume. It was helpful in learning that. As one Dr. told me, smaller portions and more moving around. Eating smaller meals and more often during the day also helps. Plus I've increased the amount of veggies and fruit. When I was diagnosed with cancer, the nutritionist told me to eat a plant-based diet and limit red meat to about 2 times a week.

I'm with you -- I tend to fall apart when I'm on my own. I guess that's not always the best, but it's what works for me. I can then help everyone else get through it. Ironically, when I had cancer, I was the strong one and telling everyone that it would be okay. They fell apart when they should have been giving me support.

Janice H.

A :-) said...

Thanks Janice - I "assisted" the leaf and it's standing back up today :-D The new app is already helping :-) I'm limiting red meat, too.