Karl has been a good influence on me. He’s always telling me things like, “Mom, it’s okay to take a drive and get an iced coffee just because you’d like one.” or “Mom, you need to treat yourself.” In fact, he tells me “treat yourself” all the time. In full disclosure, when Karl says “treat yourself” to me, it’s in a big loud southern black lady voice….it sounds so funny coming out of Karl’s mouth. (he brought that phrase from Texas and I can’t thank the lady who said it to him enough)
Well I’ve been working on treating myself. Case in point….I went to the Farmers Market last Saturday. I got my fresh foods that I thought would help my diet go more successfully…and I bought myself a bouquet of flowers.
Oh…they are gorgeous. Can you believe they were only $10??
Then I did a little shopping. I got my Halloween candy…and a couple presents…and even started a little Christmas shopping. I don’t do the best at Christmas but I know myself by now, if I have the shopping mostly done early, I do better. So I can check THREE presents off the list, and best yet, they were under budget.
The next thing I did for myself was this….I know it looks ugly but this is salad dressing for me. I finally decided I could make a dressing as I can’t find anything in town that doesn’t have egg yolks and doesn’t have salt.
Here’s what I did…
3 tablespoons Vegetable Oil
1 small onion
2 tablespoons lemon juice
Pepper to taste
garlic salt to taste
red pepper flakes to taste
There you have it…my salad dressing for the week. Other times I’ve went on the diet I’ve been lame and didn’t take the time to try something like this. I’ve whined instead. I’m TREATING myself and trying to a little better.
Next up on my “TREAT YOURSELF” list…I’m going to the Downton Abbey movie.
..and I’m going by myself. I know someone would have happily went with me (Kayla even offered) but I’m working on doing some things on my own.
Karl is awesome on doing things on his own. He goes to coffee bars, restaurants, movies…everything on his own from time to time. I want to be more comfortable with that. I like family…I like friends but I don’t want to be stuck waiting for someone…I don’t want to rely on someone so I’m going to work on doing a few things on my own…even something people typically don’t do like go to a movie. The last thing I want is to sit home and feel parallelized by being on my own since Kramer passed away. One step in front of the other is the only way out.
So…I’m going to “TREAT MYSELF” to some things I want to do. I’m going to find my own life.
I know there are lot of you out there who also need to work on “Treating yourself”. Are you a widow stuck in the house? Are you a mom tied to kids? Are you a person completely dependent on friends? I’ve been all of those things. Why not join me in stepping out and “treating yourself”….splurge on the flowers at the Farmer’s Market….make something for supper that you like and don’t worry if anyone else doesn’t…go to that movie.
I’m so happy I did buy the bouquet. Every time I look at the bouquet I’m reminded that I’m important too and it’s perfect okay to “treat yourself”.