Paganchicks - Paganchicks daily chat/check in - December 2006

12-02-2006, 09:02 PM
Hello everyone! :wave:

Well Winter is finally upon us where I live and it is here with a vengance! Yesterday we had a mix of snow, freezing rain and high winds. I was soaked and chilled to the bone when I got home from work! BRRR!

Of course that gave me an excuse to take a nice bubble bath with a glass of wine and a book to get rid of the chill ;)

What are everyone's Yule celebration plans this year?

We are thinking of having a Scottish/Celtic theme for our open house. I'm going to put my wreath on my door tomorrow and put up the lights on the front porch.

Food today was sketchy at best but I did have a lovely stew of Italian vegetables over couscous for dinner and I am about to indulge in a nice mug of mint hot chocolate.

Hope you are all having a good weekend! :)

12-03-2006, 06:04 AM
We're putting up the decorations tonight. Probably have some minty hot chocolate, Brandy Alexanders or Bailey's on ice and listen to Lorenna McKennit's Celtic Christmas CD. The downside is I have to give the study a thorough clean before I begin decorating! The bookshelves are a mess and seems many of DDs toys have migrated into here. Lots to do and here I am wasting time on the 'net! Hah, shame on me.

My food has not been so great this week. I think calorie-wise it's not over the top but quality-wise, it could definitely be better!

How's everyone else getting on?

12-03-2006, 03:34 PM
Good day all! :coffee:

I did 30 minutes of yoga this morning and had a lovely breakfast with wholewheat toast, one egg and coffee.

I'm having leftover couscous and veggie stew for lunch and some fruit as a snack.

Today I'm just doing laundry and a bit of tidying up and making some barley and vegetable soup.

We're having dinner with my parents tonight which will consist of homemade tortiere, potatoes, veg and apple crisp - my mum is an awesome cook! :chef:

12-05-2006, 10:44 PM

Had to go to Kaiser today because of what turned out to be sinusitis and the beginnings of bronchitis. I was already feeling bad because of the setback in the diet -- one pound crept back in the flu/cold/bronchitis -- and then I found out my blood pressure is way, way back up again.

I feel a lot of pressure to change but somehow don't really do it. And then when I finally do start, I got sick. I'm thinking seriously of doing the FitDay logs. That might hold me on track.

I really adore my work, and I'm proud to have such a responsible job, but I haven't worked out how to do it and be healthy. One thing I've thought of is having a day a week, usually Sunday, that I don't work on transcripts. If I have to like because of an expedite (hard work, but I'm very well paid for it), dammit, I am going to compensate myself for it. I am also going to try to stop worrying so much about money. The way Ted's going at it, I know he'll have a job soon, and it's a fact that we have savings to fill in the gaps.

Well, I'm feeling better physically. They zapped me with mega-antibiotics. I felt well enough to take a job for tomorrow. I'm hoping I'll feel well enough to start doing some walking, too.

12-06-2006, 07:04 AM
Hope you're feeling better and at full strength soon, Cathryn. I think to have only gained 1 pound while so ill is an achievement, not a failure! I've never done Fitday but I do know that when I journal and have to write everything down, then I have more success. Good luck!

12-06-2006, 03:03 PM
Hope you are feeling better soon Cathryn. Fitday is very popluar with a lot of people so it might be worth a try.

I've been off work for 2 days due to a stomach bug . :(

12-07-2006, 02:39 PM
Well I lost 2 lbs over the last 2 days, not sure if it will stay off though.

I've stuck to simple foods today, oatmeal for breakfast, split pea soup for lunch, and I did get out for a walk in the fresh air this afternoon.

12-08-2006, 04:25 PM

Thanks for the good wishes, ladies, and congrats on the two pounds.

I was sicker than I thought. It was a mistake to take that job, and I paid for it. I am just beginning to regain some strength. I'm well enough to be bored, but I'm afraid of doing to much and getting sick again. Bleeah. And the extra pound has disappeared. Haven't had a lot of appetite.

Since Labor Day, I have totally overworked. I am also one to have a lot of holiday stress which I seem to be working through at least somewhat. I am viewing this as a wake-up call and learning what I can. I hope this determination lasts.

And through all this, I've managed to light the candle every day, if only for a few minutes.

Question: is there anyone else out there who would describe themselves as phobic about exercise? I have finally gotten to a place where I am ready to face this, and I'd love to have discussion on it.

12-09-2006, 11:03 PM
I really don't like intentional exercise - can't stand doing aerobics, treadmill, weights, hate the gym. I took water aerobics for about two weeks but got bored.

I finally found something I liked - belly dancing! It's really fun, I love the music, I'm learning something and it changes all the time so I'm never bored. I've been taking classes for 4 years now.

The other thing I found that I liked was bikram yoga - my instructor is like a drill sargeant and I am so focused on the moves that I forget about work, stress, etc. and I feel great after it. I went to classes for about 3 months and I am going to start up again in January.

I am better at things that involve using my mind and my body such as focusing on moves and that involve music and learning something or I get bored and don't stick to it.

12-10-2006, 05:37 AM
That's why I love yoga, too, MauvaisRoux. It teaches us to focus on the present moment, to live in the now instead of worrying about things past or to come. The attention to breath, the most basic human need, is not only relaxing but rejuvenating at the same time.

Oooh, I've been lazy about doing it but also realize that I need to start doing an indoor exercise as it's just to cold or too wet to walk in the mornings any more. I guess it's time to pull out the floor mat AND my hip scarves! The funny thing is, if I say okay self, time to exercise, I sort of try and talk myself out of it. But if I just put on some belly dance music, I find myself bouncing and jingling all over the place without even thinking of it as exercise! Same with yoga when I find myself doing stretches just because they feel good (favorites being the pigeon, cow, cat and extended child - or even just running through Sun Salutation a few times at the end of the day). I need to start doing that with a more mindful attitude instead of just absently doing the motions.

12-10-2006, 12:49 PM

The sinusitis and bronchitis are winding to a close. I still have a bit of a cough, but I feel better.

Two things I have realized over the last few days are: one, I utterly loathe being sick and wish to avoid it, perhaps even enough to begin taking real care of my health, and two, a lot of the problems/issues that I push through in my work would be solved if I was very healthy.

Bravo on the belly dancing. It sounds like a great way to burn those calories. Do you feel that you're getting aerobic fitness from it?

12-12-2006, 10:54 AM

Well, I am surprised and pleased to say that I just lost another pound! I guess my signature tells the story. Two more pounds until I meet my Yule goal.

I'm sitting here right now waiting for dawn and to see if the rain stops so I can walk before I have to get ready to go to my deposition. If it's just too wet, cold, and generally crummy for this California wimp, I'll see about getting myself going in the late afternoon when I'm done.

12-12-2006, 11:53 AM
Glad you are getting better! And congratualtions on the 1lb loss! :)

Bellydancing is a total workout - you get aerobic exercise/heart rate goes up and toning at the same time and it doesn't feel like a workout to me as I get lost in the movements and the music. You exercise from your toes upwards so it is an all over workout. I find it has really helped me with my hips, butt and abs. It also really makes you aware of your body and what it is capable of, not too mention getting in touch with your inner Goddess! :D

12-14-2006, 11:07 AM
Good morning all! :)

It's overcast here but very mild for this time of year and we haven't any snow! :(

I have just realized that I have not shopped for gifts, food or wine for the holidays and that I have about 1 week left! AAAAAGH!!! I've just been too busy with work, preparing for work on a film set I'm helping out on this weekend and the big move at work.

I guess I will be going out during the week and doing a shop til you drop event to try to get it all done by Thursday. :faint:

On a good note - I have not consumed any holiday junk food so far! :cp:

How is everyone else doing?

12-14-2006, 11:21 AM
I am getting better about dealing with the holiday junk. Our accounting office (just 6 people, mind you) has had two 5-tier gift boxes of fancy chocolates delivered, and they are currently housed on the low filing cabinet in *my* cubicle! On Monday, when they were delivered, I splurged and had some, it was divine! But I've been able to pass it up since then. I have been a little worried about holiday baking because my husband Jason always bakes large amounts of cookies for the holidays, but we are so busy that he hasn't, so I probably won't have to worry too much. And everyone knows not to put candy in my stocking :D Now if I could just find the time to fit in some exercise I would be doing pretty good!

12-14-2006, 06:44 PM
Just want to say hello to all you beautiful pagan ladies. thanks for the message thread!!

12-14-2006, 11:24 PM
Welcome Ktjensen! :wave:

12-15-2006, 06:46 AM
well I am just starting out so I hope you wonderful women can give me some direct encouragement. I will need lots of that to get myself to eating healthy.

Do any of you ever use recipe management, meal planning software?

12-15-2006, 12:41 PM

Welcome to ktjensen!

Well, forgot to post yesterday; already reneging on my commitment to post here every day. But here I am now.

Last couple of days, I was hungry, tired, couple of frustrating reporting jobs, and in addition to still coughing a little and really resenting being sick for a week, got a raging yeast infection from the antibiotics. Bleah! I am keeping it at bay with B-vitamins and garlic vaginal suppositories.

I got hungry on Wednesday and dealt with it. I ate a little more than I'd been doing. I was careful to stop when I was no longer hungry. Then the next morning, I weighed myself as kind of a reality check to make sure I didn't go on blithely overeating. Yes, I'd gained, but one more day of being careful, and it was gone with perhaps half a pound of interest, so to speak.

And I am back on track, and I feel better for it. I actually think that little permitted lapse helped me stay on. I now feel sort of reassured that I don't have to suffer, that if I get really, really hungry like that, no one (and who would that be? <wg>) is going to keep me from eating.

So onward and downward, and a happy Friday to all.

12-19-2006, 11:25 AM
Guess we are all reneging on post every day! :lol:

We had some snow this morning! :cb:

Plan is still good so far - :crossed: Still have not consumed any chocolate or candy for the season. :D

Exercise is not so good as I have been too busy to do anything lately.

I have got most of my shopping done and wrapped! :) I just have to go buy groceries now.

12-19-2006, 09:37 PM

Yeah, still coughing a little, and I haven't been great with the food for the last few days. However, I did not do too awfully badly yesterday -- more like treading water, minus the calories burned in this activity -- in a situation that is one of my downfalls, e.g., an all-day job with attorneys I've yet to work with in a location I'm not familiar with. And in thinking about it all today, I had an important insight. I realized that in a lot of ways, every time I go out to report a deposition, I'm in a situation that is kind of like the first day of a new job you're anxious to do well with. And I tend to overeat on the days I go out, as opposed to working on transcripts at home, to ground myself.

So I have a new project: being a lot calmer about my work situation. I need to fill myself up with affirmations to the effect of, "If this is not a great situation, I can make it great situation."

Onward, ever onward.

Gaia Eternal
12-20-2006, 05:16 PM
Well, today didn't go so well for me. I have exams until tomorrow, and I've been so stressed that I actually gave myself an allergic reaction 3 weeks ago that won't go away until I'm calm on a regular basis. They prescribed an epipen in case my throat, tongue, or lips swell up.:?: I ended up buying a $5 cheese pizza from Little Caesar's and sharing it with people. I ate like, 3 or 4 slices. Good thing is, Little Caesar's can't cut very well, so they slices were smaller than usual.

I actually made two quiches(is that right?) last week that I eat in the morning so I don't forget to eat like I've been doing and have my blood sugar crash. I'm the only vegetarian in my family, so I have to make sure that I have something to eat when its steak night, so I'm making up a veggie lasagna tonight to freeze.

I haven't made it to the gym in about a week. I just decided that this week it was ok to study and work out next week after the holidays.

I hope college next year isn't going to be this bad. But I'll only have 4 classes instead of 6 next semester. Lord and Lady willing I don't give myself acne!:book2:

12-20-2006, 10:32 PM

That's GREAT planning, Gaia Eternal.

Well, being sick and tired has taken its toll, and I see now that the amount of calories I've been consuming has crept up without my knowing it. I need to simply eat a lot less. That's it. Period. So often, at this point when I have to face the fact that I can't eat everything I want and still have the body I want, I get discouraged and quit. Well, I'm going to punch through that pattern this time.

With my work, I know if I do it, the check will come in (I don't get a regular salary like most people; I am a freelancer, and they come in irregularly). I don't worry about it all that much since I deal only with reputable agencies. I need to take the same attitude toward weight loss. If I do it right every day, the results will come.

Gaia Eternal
12-21-2006, 07:41 PM
Well, some very bad news today.

First, I discovered that the scale that I've been using has been off. Not kinda off, not a little bit off. 25 pounds off. I thought I was under 300; I'm 314.

I'm a little put out, to say the least.

Then, on my way to the dentist, I get the news that my great aunt died during the night. I'm upset, because it was my dad's aunt, and I'm a little closer to my dad's family than my mom's. I go to Alabama to the funeral with my grandmother.

Keep me in your prayers, if you can, and my family. May the Lord and Lady protect us all.

Merry Part and Blessed Be

12-22-2006, 10:34 AM
Gaia - sorry about your great aunt - :grouphug:

Gaia Eternal
12-22-2006, 12:21 PM
Thanks, everyone. I'm doing better. I just feel worse for my grandmother.

Well, today is Yule! I'm so happy! I'm about to go take a really long bath, dress in a tank top and peasant skirt, and get everything ready for my first ritual. I'm so excited to finally get to actively connect with the Gods!

I'm taking the whole weight disappointment to heart. Today, I'm going walking for an hour at some point. Tonight I'm making Butternut Macaroni and Cheese out of the Rachael Ray cookbook. I just haven't told everyone it has butternut squash in it. :D

I'm trying to look at positive side of everything. My aunt was sick when she died, so she's happy and healthy and not suffering anymore. The scale issue has put a fire under my butt to change myself. I'm going to use this holiday to remember what I do have; my health, my family, my friends, and my spirituality.

Happy Yule to everyone, and Blessed be!

12-26-2006, 06:41 PM

Gaia, sorry for all your sad news. But you're doing a great job of dealing with it all. Keep up the good work, and you're in my prayers.