Friday, June 11, 2010

Plan A, B and C

Rose Quartz - WaterRose Quartz - Water

"The problem is not that there are problems.
The problem is expecting otherwise and thinking that having problems is a problem."
-- Theodore Rubin

Problems are a part of life; the trick for me is not to turn them into excuses. I’ve been trying to make a Plan A, B and C so when something doesn’t work out the way I wanted then I have something to fall back on.

I’ve found that this is a good practice for me because it helps me to not worry about an outcome if I know there is another chance for it to happen. I’m very easily discouraged and that emotion turned inward becomes rage. I’m trying to be very wary when my emotions start heading towards anger. When I find I’m upset for no reason I go back to taking cherry blossom essence and really try to pinpoint the root cause of this shift in emotions.

For instance my last post had me up on Thursday night irate at myself that it was suddenly Friday and I had no pictures or prose of any sort. But instead of just skipping it and being mad at myself I used other pictures and jotted down a few things that were important to me and I had a post.

Voila! The anger never got a chance and I stopped it before it could voice another negative opinion on the subject.

I’ve been on a plateau in WW for a month now. Plateaus can try you to the point of insanity if you let them. I had to try Plan A, B, C and even D before my scale started to move again. I know that I’ve been losing inches and fat is turning to muscle but I wanted to see that magic number change at WI.

The big thing was each plan took a week to implement. This is a life-change after all and I’m not in it for band-aids or quick-fixes. I’m in it for life. The easiest thing for me to change was "eat more veggies". I really enjoy food that is in season and there are so many things you can put in a salad that I really look forward to mine each day.

The hardest thing for me to find time to fit in is working out. Because of our house situation I can’t do the things I used to do. PROBLEM: It would be rude to work out in the morning right over the BIL and kid's heads and that was my optimum time to work out. PROBLEM: I can’t set up my machine because that room is now my BIL’s family room more or less.

PLAN A: So I’ve been walking. I walk around the block. On the weekends we go to the park and get a much longer walk as a family. My DH has to get at least 5,000 steps a day or he gets cranky. So it works great as a motivator.

PLAN B: On days it rains I plan to use the Wii Fit. There is a walking program in there and it is fun. Biking is harder because you have to steer too. So there is always the Wii.

PLAN C: Create a new exercise room. This would take money and planning and if things continue the way they are…might happen in the next few years. But in a pinch I can take my little stair stepper which is crammed into the corner and use it. It has a nice burn after about 20 minutes and your legs feel like jello when you are done. Also, I can work out at lunch for 20 minutes and bring a bar on those days.

The point is I have options. And I’ve been fitting walking in rain or shine for the last month and I have finally come off that plateau! I have one more pound to convert to muscle until the Wii will be happy and sing accolades of my BMI being spot on.

On the knitting front I’ve been concentrating on finishing the Community Lapghan. I just finished the 7th square and I’m starting on the 8th. I think this should be done trim and all by the end of this month and I’m very pleased with how it is coming out.

Rose Quartz Elemental Set

I’ve been doing a lot of work with crystals lately. Here are my rose quartz elemental representations. They have a loving, compassionate vibration and I couldn’t be happier with them. The water crystal has the most beautiful rainbow window in it. It could be an angel…I have to work with her more to find out.


And here is something to make our booth more appealing…cheese for the mice of course! I tried knitting the holes in the fabric but it didn’t felt so well. DH cut the cheese with all the different holes and I adore this little felt slice!

So all in all, things are progressing…life is ever changing and I’m just trying to keep up with it…but that is okay.

*hugs to all of you*


KnitNana said...

I was going to remind you that muscle weighs more than fat and with the exercising you're doing? That might be why the measurements are changing and the scales aren't!

Remember hon, those NON-scale victories are every bit as important as those of the type on WeighIn!!!
Love the cheese!

Geraldine said...

Such an upbeat inspiring post, I LOVE IT!!! Plan A B C....we learned that lesson the hard way and after many a struggle that probably could have been avoided, IF!! Loved reading this R, thanks.

Your crystals look so pretty.

Many hugs, G

PS: Im going to feature a sample of my newspaper column over at Veggies...sometime next week, hope you stop in.

rueyeet said...

That Wii of yours is picky, isn't it? When you work out next, let it know that nothing's happened to me (well, aside from gaining a ton). ;P

If you're interested, one of my catalogs has a little pedaling machine that you can stick under your desk and burn some calories while you're at the computer or just sitting in the living room ... I've considered getting one myself!

You'll have to show me your new crystals next Sunday, they look gorgeous!


Geraldine said...

PSS: Sample column up and ready to read. Hope you can stop by soon.

Birdsong said...

What very smart and sensible decisions! Having multiple solutions to one 'problem' helps us see ourselves as creative solution-builders. I am very fond of rose quartz crystals:)