Here’s to a sweet New Year

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I just made this Apple torte. It is not a WW friendly item. But it has deep meaning for me. Years ago my husband complemented my next-door neighbor’s mother on her apple torte. She was from Denmark and didn’t speak much English. Long story short she came over one day and gave me a baking lesson on how to make it. It was crazy considering I don’t speak her language and she didn’t speak mine but we had fun and it was extremely sweet that she was willing to show me how to do it. She has since passed away at a ripe old age, I believe 90+. I still try to make my version of her recipe each year in honor of the Jewish New Year, that begins this Sunday night. It reminds me of that wonderful time we shared with her teaching me how to make her treat. Her son still lives next door to me and is usually in tears each time I bring it over for him to taste. Sorry for the long, possibly boring, post but sometimes you just Gotta make something that’s not necessarily on plan. May we all take advantage of learning the recipes of our prior generations when we still have the opportunity. I wish everyone who is celebrating the Rosh Hashana a sweet new year. And I wish everyone The focus to know when it’s right to make and eat something not on plan and when it’s right to just say no.

I may have posted about this before. If so my apologies.

Mindfully yours,

Miriam

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Happy 34!

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Happy 34th anniversary to me and my amazing and supportive hubby! He’s the guy that 33.5 years ago didn’t think I needed it, but if I was going to try to lose weight, told me to try WW because it’s something you can live with ( as opposed to some magic pill or shake I was stupidly tempted to buy that would be only a temporary fix at best). 34 years (numerous pregnancies and kids and grandkids and other life events filled with ups and downs) later, I’m still a lifetime member! Tonight we’ll go out to celebrate so I stocked up on some yummy fruit to have available today.

Mindfully yours,

Miriam

Ice cream, you scream

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Yesterday was a fine day on plan till 9 pm. I had made mostly good choices until then. Friends invited us out and we went for ice cream. I could have declined, I could have chosen not to have any, but it wasn’t that kind of night. The place has homemade ice cream and you sit on picnic benches outside. It was a lovely summer night, not humid or buggy. I just went with it and got the smallest size. When I got home I tracked it as 1/2 cup of Haagen daz which clocked in as 13 points. This morning I adjusted it to 3/4 of a cup because it was positively more than a half cup! That cost me 20 points. I’m not sorry I went and enjoyed, but I don’t reset points till Friday. Tonight I have a wedding and Tuesday my hubby’s taking me out for our anniversary. Sooooo this will be a tough week.

My plan is to not wallow in the past but to choose to make the best of the future. I’ll try to have smart low points meals for breakfast and lunch today, saving most of my points for the wedding. I’ll do the same on Tuesday. No matter what I’ll track. That’s all I can do. My best. Try. Move. Move forward!

There’s always something!

I want to live life while feeling good about my weight. Finding that balance is a struggle!

Here’s to ice cream, celebrations, and balance!

Mindfully yours,

Miriam

Getting to 10000

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Some days it’s easier to hit 10k on my Fitbit than others. Today I had a great walk with a friend but somehow it didn’t add up. The weather was nice enough so I asked my husband to accompany me on a walk at night. We had just laced up our sneakers when it started to pour. Apparently Mother Nature had other plans for us. So no late night walk for me! But I needed more steps! So I walked around the house and up and down the stairs. Silly? Yes, but I accomplished my goal of hitting 10,000 steps.

I proved to myself that even Mother Nature can’t get in the way if I put my mind to something!

Mindfully yours,

Miriam

Participate!

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I participated, I modified, I moderated my quantity, and I lived.

I recently read the above quote as part of a post from a wise fellow WWer that I have never met. She turned a potential s’mores disaster into a controlled win. The way she phrased it really resonated with me as isn’t this what it’s all about? I don’t want to hide my whole life from social situations involving food. And, as anyone following this blog over time knows, I often have celebratory family /friends functions to attend, weekends away, etc. More or less than anyone else? I don’t know. We all have our stuff to contend with that makes up the fabric of our lives. Finding a way to participate in it all without constantly sabotaging our weight loss efforts is challenging. I’m still figuring it out each day. But I know that it’s something we need to work on in order to make this a long term lifestyle, instead of a quick fix.

In trying to keep this mantra in mind, while I’ve been away, I’ve attempted to find some balance. One night I chose fish for dinner and dessert became a spoonful of yummy apple strudel, two spoons of ice cream and a cappuccino.

The next two nights I skipped dessert out and we had refreshing fruit later in the evening.

Yesterday I picked up ice cream for other family members while I got myself an iced coffee but had a few ‘taster spoons’ of ice cream. (I adore those tiny spoons, don’t you?)

Will I lose weight this week? No clue. But it feels like I am participating and in control.

And that is successful in my book.

Mindfully yours,

Miriam

Walking stories

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About 10 days ago my husband and I were going to a early morning bris. He left earlier in time for the service but I wasn’t ready and planned to follow soon after. He texted me that he took my car because his was blocked by our kids’ car. He figured by the time I needed to leave they would be up and I’d have access to use his car. Makes total sense but when I needed to leave they were still sleeping and I hated to wake them up. It hit me that there was no reason I couldn’t walk the 20 minutes to the synagogue where the bris was taking place. It was a gorgeous day out and that’s exactly what I did. What bothered me was that I didn’t think of that a half hour earlier! It made perfect sense and would afford me the opportunity to get some sort of walk in an otherwise busy but stationary day! Why this wasn’t my go to plan versus my plan B I can’t figure out!

A few days ago I had a busy day leaving work early to help my parents at Costco. I had turned down a walking date in order to accomplish. By the time I got home from my parents and unloaded my car, I was exhausted. I looked at my Fitbit and had amassed about 6000 steps!

Moral of these stories is that even non active days can become active.

Get in your steps however you can!

Mindfully yours,

Miriam

Eating my feelings?

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As my daughter gets closer to her family’s move to Israel, I’m trying to reframe my emotions whenever possible. Here’s an example depicted above. Yesterday I arranged a cooking class for us in our home. With the chef we prepared and learned some inside tricks to make falafel, hummus, techina, matbucha, jasmine rice and 3 varieties of babka. We had loads of fun and then had a wonderful dinner!

It wasn’t especially weight loss friendly, but it was yummy. (I guess when you pour in the olive oil versus using a meager teaspoon it does improve the end product, lol).

Here are a few tips I learned:

Before juicing lemons, heat them slightly in the microwave to get more juice from them.

When making home made hummus use warm water. When making the techina use cold.

Although the falafel was fun to make from scratch I now totally see the value to buying it… that was labor intensive!

We made lots of food, but hopefully we made even more memories!

Mindfully yours,

Miriam

Smart baby

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We babysat our 7 month old granddaughter this weekend. It was both wonderful and exhausting. As far as weight related things go, I was too busy to overeat and I got in a ton of steps! So that’s a nice side benefit to enjoying my grandchild.

She is still of the age where she eats when she’s hungry and otherwise is not interested. What a novel concept, lol! How often do we actually eat because we truly need it and not just because we’re… you fill in the blank… tired, stressed, angry, bored, to name a few.

Hopefully, I can learn from my granddaughter!

Mindfully yours,

Miriam

An Unexpected Surprise

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As my daughter is moving out of the country in a few weeks with her husband and baby, I planned a getaway for our immediate family. Various family members came and went over the course of almost a week. We had rented a house upstate and all things considered it was a successful time away.

I brought lots of food for everyone to eat, then we shopped some more once we settled in to the house. Not all was WW friendly. There were some healthy option like fruits and veggies but there as also pizza and cake and easy to grab snacks.

I was away from the scale and frankly was too busy playing with grandchildren to be particularly mindful with my eating. I guess I made a conscious decision to NOT worry about it while I was away. I figured I’d deal with damage control upon returning to regular life at home.

I came back Wednesday afternoon. Friday is my weigh in day. I was sort of nervous to step on the scale, but planned to anyway. I know I need it to reset my GPS and get back on track.

I was pleasantly surprised that I was only up a half a pound. That’s an amount I can hopefully turn around soon.

Of course in order to turn it around I need to now be mindful and return to my typical habits. I don’t want a week away to evolve into a month away.

Here’s to returning to mindful behavior!

Happy summer!

Miriam

Am I the Only One?

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Yesterday I traveled to DC via Amtrak for a quick overnight visit to see / help with grandchildren. I left the house by 620 am. At the station I purchased my much needed coffee. Once I settled in on the train, I unpacked all the ‘goodies’I had brought along for my on board breakfast. I had my broccoli muffins, a banana and half a vitatop. I was happy. But I glanced around and seemed to be the only one with more than a coffee. I chuckled to myself that likely I was the only weight watcher on board. At a later station someone else got on and proceeded to take out a yogurt and I decided maybe I was not alone!

Truthfully, I always pack snacks for my excursions. If not I’ll either buy something less on plan along the way, or I make poor choices later on in the day.

In the end, later on I had an ice cream date with my grandkids. I was glad I had made good choices earlier in the day which allowed me to choose to indulge later.

I guess it’s all about making choices.

Mindfully yours,

Miriam