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Notes to Self .. Lessons Learned

Jun 27, 2009 - 0 comments

Great party with many friends.  Celebrating a small organizational effort that began around a kitchen table at my sister's house 5 years ago.  They have met, talked, argued, and worked for the good of childcare and childcare providers.  They organized a grass roots effort a couple years ago called EEBA (Early Education Benefits Association and sought to interview and align with a union.  They believed in their cause, campaigned, knocked on doors, organized and attended statewide meetings in kitchens, libraries and churches and found other like-minded people.  Today they have a union, and just had their second election of officers.  My sister, Terry LaBelle, initially held a Vice President role and was just elected to a 2-year-term as President.  I am soooo proud of her and the wonderful, excited, determined and caring people that are serving in all capacities of this effort.  They have done the hard work and are living their dream!  We could all use their tenacity and "can do" attitudes to see what can be done when you put in the effort, the hard work and never, ever quit!

NOTES TO SELF:  (1) Complete Food Diary BEFORE you eat a little of everything; you might change your mind on the number of foods you try when you have to enter them OR when you see the calorie content.  (2)  Just because you HAVE the calories, doesn't mean you need to EAT them.  

Am not disappointed in myself; it was a CHOICE.  Still learning ... it is a process .. and stayed pretty close to targeted calories for the day.  

I am too full, uncomfortably so ... but the food tasted great and I ate even when I was full.  Bad habit!  Will plan better for next time.  


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Notes to Self .. Lessons Learned

Jun 27, 2009 - 0 comments

Great party with many friends.  Celebrating a small organizational effort that began around a kitchen table at my sister's house 5 years ago.  They have met, talked, argued, and worked for the good of childcare and childcare providers.  They organized a grass roots effort a couple years ago called EEBA (Early Education Benefits Association and sought to interview and align with a union.  They believed in their cause, campaigned, knocked on doors, organized and attended statewide meetings in kitchens, libraries and churches and found other like-minded people.  Today they have a union, and just had their second election of officers.  My sister, Terry LaBelle, initially held a Vice President role and was just elected to a 2-year-term as President.  I am soooo proud of her and the wonderful, excited, determined and caring people that are serving in all capacities of this effort.  They have done the hard work and are living their dream!  We could all use their tenacity and "can do" attitudes to see what can be done when you put in the effort, the hard work and never, ever quit!

NOTES TO SELF:  (1) Complete Food Diary BEFORE you eat a little of everything; you might change your mind on the number of foods you try when you have to enter them OR when you see the calorie content.  (2)  Just because you HAVE the calories, doesn't mean you need to EAT them.  

Am not disappointed in myself; it was a CHOICE.  Still learning ... it is a process .. and stayed pretty close to targeted calories for the day.  

I am too full, uncomfortably so ... but the food tasted great and I ate even when I was full.  Bad habit!  Will plan better for next time.  


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Close Call - Time to Go Shopping

Jun 26, 2009 - 0 comments
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With an emotional epiphany one day, the grandchildren here the next on a hurried visit and today's best laid plans going astray with unexpected company, I found my triggers in place for a feast.  There wasn't time to cook and no easily ready food in the kitchen and the fresh fruit was gone.  

Today was a struggle and getting through each food choice was a hurdle. I did eat a sugar cookie and an end of day snack that is not my normal .. but those two "choices" kept me from eating everything I could get my hands on.  Sometimes when those old emotional cues come knocking, the best we can hope for is to hang on and make the wisest choices possible.  At the end of the day, I am "okay" with my choices.

However, I do realize that not having food prepared is setting me up for failure.  Today was a close call.  It is time to go shopping and make that my priority after breakfast.  Am I still behind?  Yep.  Am I going to the store first?  Yep.  Lesson Learned - I can not take care of anyone else if I do not take care of me.

**Note to Self** - I am proud of you!

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A Hungry Day!

Jun 23, 2009 - 1 comments
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There are days I call "Hungry Days" that I feel like I could eat the cupboards.  Today was one of those days.  In addition, it was full of a lot of stress .. ones I could control and those that I could not.  These times can be difficult and the long-standing call to "eat" was ever present today.  

These days are the tough ones and what this process is all about .. learning "how" to take control of your old learned behaviors and substitute them with new thought processes and new behaviors.  I did NOT give in to eating anything I could get my hands on or grabbing chocolate (I do not keep it in the house).  

I did choose a Large meal for dinner to "fill me up" with foods I could have that would leave me feeling "full" and leave me satiated, while also watching my calories.  

My calorie intake is up about 150-200 calories more than I would have liked, but I am okay with it .. given that it was a "Hungry Day".  I also drank water to help, but not as much as I should .. still working on that.

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