Thank you for all of the wonderful supportive comments about me reclaiming my WW goal weight and Katy’s achievements. So many nice things were said and I appreciate all of the kind support. The blogging community is awesome! We learned a lot at the study abroad orientation. It was a long day but we had a good time.
On the way back home we stopped off at Ann Taylor Outlet and I had a mini shopping spree. Hubby Tom walked around and stretched his legs while Katy helped me shop for some new tops. We both tried on a bunch of cute clothes. It is so much more fun to shop when things fit again and you like the size on the tag! I came home with some cute things and the weather is finally warming up here this week so I will get to wear them too. Now I am going to start weeding through my closet and getting rid of things I don’t like anymore.
So I guess the color scheme is going to be black white and green for me this summer! Not pictured are some camisoles in the same color scheme. I am waiting to lose a few more pounds before I purchase new Capri pants and shorts. At this point five pounds can make a difference in pant size. What I enjoy about Ann Taylor and Ann Taylor loft clothes is that everything is color coordinated. The clothes are mostly fitted styles which works well for me and they carry petites. I am off to a good start with putting together a new wardrobe.
You have to check this out we are once again sharing our patio with momma hummingbird! This is the third year she has built her nest on top of our bistro patio lights. I had said I was going to take them down this year so this didn’t happen again but she got her nest built when I wasn’t paying attention. Hubby Tom took photos for me as he had to stand on a bench to be tall enough and to get a peek inside the nest.
When he saw that she already had her eggs in the nest we knew we had to let her stay. The eggs are about the size of jelly beans. It is really neat to see her feeding the baby (usually only one hatches) but it also makes a mess on our patio. It is little pooh but all that little pooh makes a big mess!
I sat out on the patio to eat my fruit at lunch and she was not happy with me so she came by and buzzed at me trying to scare me off. She had to give it up and get back on her nest to keep those eggs warm. I was thinking about how she goes to great lengths to provide a safe place for her eggs and eventually her offspring. Even standing up to the likes of a human who is so much bigger than her.
It is not any different for humans. We as mother’s do what ever it takes to provide for our children. Nutritious food, a safe and comfortable home, medical care, loving support, spiritual guidance, hugs and encouragement. We know that our children need balanced healthy meals to grow properly and we make sure we are buying and preparing all the healthy things they need to eat. If they need to exercise or practice for a sport no problem we go out of our way to participate with them so they don’t have to go it alone. When they need words of encouragement, praise and motivation you better bet we are the first ones to tell them all the great things about themselves and how they can do anything they want to do.
What does this have to do with a healthy lifestyle and losing weight? We should treat ourselves with that same conviction and determination that we use to care for our children. We deserve healthy nutritious meals and snacks even if it take a little extra time to make them. We need to exercise for our health even if it means something else might not get done today. We need to tell ourselves we can lose weight and be healthy, we are worth it and we can accomplish anything we set our minds to. We need to “mother” ourselves.
It reminds me of the BE-DO-HAVE formula that Dr Phil talks about in his book The Ultimate Weight Solution. I have posted about it before but it bares repeating. Dr Phil says,” sometimes you have to behave yourself to success. The goals you set for yourself, and the way you describe them are critical to reversing that negative momentum so that you succeed for the long haul. You must be driven in just such a way to shed pounds, keep them shed and live your life in a healthy, positive way. That is your priority. You must hold yourself to a higher standard now. Make the resolve to be committed. Know that you are special and that your goals are worth having, and when you achieve them, step up and claim your right to have them.” (from page 39 of The Ultimate Weight Solution)
He goes on to talk about this tried and true formula BE-DO-HAVE. BE committed, DO what it takes, and you will HAVE what you want. I have found this mantra to be very helpful.You might like to print this out or copy it down on a note card and let it be your inspiration this week.
BE – DO – HAVE
DO WHAT IT TAKES
HAVE WHAT YOU WANT
Eating healthy and loving every bite.