Leaving the nest


We’re packing up the trailer today so we can go to WKU tomorrow morning.  I can’t believe GS, Steven, is leaving the nest.  I would have loved to do what he’s doing.  Move away from home and into a dorm.  Have no real responsibilites except to go to class and earn decent grades.  He’s so excited.  We have to be in Bowling Green, Ky. by 10:00 tomorrow morning where we’ll be met by staff from KAP (Kelly Autism Program) who will help unload the trailer and take everything up to Steven’s room on the third floor.  I guess DH and I will spend the day helping Steven unpack and set up his room.  After we get things all set up, we can look around and see what he needs.  I’m sure a final trip to Walmart will be in order and then we have to meet with the KAP folks for a get-acquainted pizza party at 4:00.  I may eat the pizza.  Depends on what kind of food I can find during the day.  Of course, I guess I could pack a lunch for all of us…

Steven’s college experience is so different from my own.  I came of age in the 60s and, although a lot of girls went to college, it wasn’t exactly the norm with the middle class in my neck of the woods.  Most of us got married or took on some kind of menial job or became hippies.  In my own case, I didn’t go to college until I’d been married for a thousand years and had a couple of kids.  I got up at 3:30 and delivered three paper routes every morning, came home and got the boys up, we all got ready and then I took them to school while I headed off to work from 8:00 to 4:00.  I got off at 4:00 and had to be in class by 5:15 and usually took 2 classes on MW and 2 on TR.  I didn’t get home until around 8:30 or 9:00, ate dinner and worked on homework and then hit the bed to start all over the next day.  You can’t really earn a four year degree by only taking four classes per semester so I had to follow the routine for six years.  God!  What I would have given to have an opportunity like Steven.  I can only hope he takes advantage of it.  When my own boys reached college age, all they wanted to do was get out of school and get a job.  They both attended a couple of semesters and then left school for work.  I hope I’ve corrected the mistakes I made with them.  I’ve raised Andrew and Steven with the attitude that it’s just a question of where they’ll go to college.  There’s no question that they will go.  They’ve seen their dad and uncle both stuck in dead-end jobs or, as is now the case, out of work and grabbing whatever spare jobs they can get to earn a few bucks. They’ve also seen that I have a good career, have lots of time off, good benefits and will be able to retire pretty soon.  They seem to have made the connection.

The Honolulu Choo Choo keeps chugging along.  I earned 23 points yesterday.  A perfect score is 25 and that’s pretty hard to do.  I missed out on “resisting a major temptation” because there wasn’t any major temptation yesterday (unless you count the pool plunge), no eating after 8:00 and doing a mini exercise session along with the major exercise.  It was Friday and I felt like relaxing a little bit so I stayed up until 11:00 and had a bowl of Kashi Go Lean Crunch around 9:00.  So what DID I do?  Here’s my table for yesterday:

TASK Points Sun Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri
Record food  1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Between 1200 and 1400 calories  3 3   3 3 3 3
Between 1000 and 1600 calories 2   1        
Weigh daily and record weight  1 1 1 1 1 1 1
No smoking  5 5 5 5 5 5 5
No smoking in house 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Exercise 45 minutes 3 3   3   3 3
Mini exercise session 1     1      
No eating after 8:00 1 1     1 1  
Downtime no more than 2 hours 2 2 2   2 2 2
Downtime no more than 3 hours 1     1      
Challenging hometask 1 1 1 1     1
Deposit $5.00 in Savings 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Drink 8 cups of water 2     2   2 2
Post on 3FC 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Three meals and Snack 1   1 1 1 1 1
Resist major temptation 2     2      
Plan next day’s meals 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Daily Total (aim for 25) 21 16 25 18 23 23

I need to earn 110 points each week to score enough miles to make it to Honolulu next June.  I already have 126 and I still get to count my points for today.  So, what’s giving me trouble?  Trying to get enough calories.  When I diet, I tend to go overboard and I want to make sure I get at least 1200 calories a day.  I usually have around 800 calories after dinner and have to start supplementing by eating a couple of bananas or cereal or something.  I also have trouble with making myself do my laps in the pool.  I know I won’t be able to do them much longer so I want to take advantage of being able to burn off 600 calories in less than an hour (according to Sparkpeople) for water jogging.  My ankles are usually killing me by the time I get off work but the cold water in the pool really helps and I can jog in the pool when I can’t even walk on the ground.  Makes me want to keep it up as long as I can. It’s pretty boring and it’s really hard to make myself climb down into that 66 degree pool!  After the first lap, I’m okay but I definitely hate it when that frigid water hits my belly and chest.  Brrrrr….

I’m finding some great recipes on Sparkpeople and guess I should start adding them to My Favorite Recipes on here.  That way, I can have them all in one place.

And now, much as I don’t want to at 10:00 a.m., I guess I should get my pool laps done so I might be able to sneak in a mini exercise session this afternoon.

shiver, shudder, shudder….



optimismconfidencelaughter says 20th August @ 19:08

What is the Honolulu Choo Choo?
Enjoy Kentucky. It is a beautiful state – from what I have seen of it.

fatnomo says 21st August @ 0:28

Would you look at all those points. My favorites are the 5’s for no smoking. I am earning those myself! Day 6 here. I’m still pretty crabby and don’t have much sympathy for anyone or any thing, but I haven’t caved. Thanks for being a leader to me in this! Hope your hubby is doing better than mine 🙂 Stay strong – in all areas!

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