Monday, March 12, 2012
So here I am....and this time, I really think that I can contribute to this new 5% Spring challenge...in mileage, that is. The winter one was HAAAARD! My basement was cold...sure, I walked outside a lot more, but nothing like the spring! Ahhhh Spring!!!
So, everyone in the challenge is supposed to post what they are going to do for the challenge...and why, I guess (confession here: I am NOT the best at challenges...maybe it's because of this semi-lone wolf/hermit thing I got going on at times)
So here is the plan - get ready.....it's SUPER original.
Does this look familiar???????
I'll give you a hint: it should.
I'll give you another hint: it's taken from the Sparkdiet....step 2 to be exact.
OK , OK....that wasn't really a hint, but it's what I do when I want to refocus and get back on track. If I could have a dollar for every time I used the above to get back on track....well, I'd be swimming in some serious dough after being on here for 4 years!
I will admit, I have been a tad "naughty" in my life lately - but at least I haven't had wine...or bacon (thank you Lent)...but I have had more baked treats than ever before....Nope, another lie here....My first Spark Christmas was pretty hairy - lots of baked goods and chocolate while trying to feel out Maintenanceville. Maybe I just FEEL like I've been naughty right now for no reason....nothing like the ease of beating oneself up, right???
So back to the 5% challenge "goals" for myself:
Bike to work more often than not.
Get out and walk a bit more too....outside...in the air....especially on the days I am off.
My stability ball.....totally needs to be dusted off, plopped in front of the TV and sat on during American Idol....maybe even some crunches will get done!
Go to bed earlier!!!! I've been staying up horribly late the last 2 to 3 months....why??? I hate my bedding. Yup, silly as that. I need a new comforter or something...and I need to change the position of my bed too....yeah, yeah, yeah - sounds silly, but I am a little silly sometimes when it comes to the position of my bed in a room. It's time for a change.
Get out into the garden and WEED when I think of it...especially when the kids are playing ball!! Maybe I will make them have to bug me to do it...then it will really get done!
OK....that's enough. I don't expect perfection with these "goals". Sorry that goals keeps getting quotes around it. I am not a big fan of the word "goals" just like I hate the word "diet" . Sometimes people overemphasize "goals" and then get all bummed and down when they don't reach them. I think I prefer "Generalized achievements that are symbiotic with my lifestyle" (my own new phrase that I just made up btw) is more to my taste....because really....my lifestyle changes...day to day sometimes. It's better to learn to roll with the punches and do our best to live a healthy & active life. No? Goals are very important to have, but they have to be realistic too....just sayin'.
Ahh...now for some coffee and a walk around outside to break up for the mid-day sleepiness that comes around about now.
Friday, February 24, 2012
Hmmm.....where to start with this one without being negative.....I hate being negative, but sometimes, you have to just get it out in order to get the positive back. So here it goes.....
It seems that I will not be doing the 5K run that I have been planning to do since I heard about it last September. Yup....will not be able to do it. and it was a cool one too......a 5K on the airport down the road....the airport that I used to fly out of when I was getting my private pilot's license in college....the airport that I drool over as I drive past, especially past a particular stretch of road that I have driven since I was a little kid, that I drooled over even back then. I was even recruiting local mom's to do the run with me....a bunch of first timers too!
The race is not going to happen for me.
WHY???? you may ask?
Well, because on that very weekend, well it happens to be the ONLY weekend that our Cub Scout Pack can go camping!!! OF COURSE!!! And we HAVE to be there because we are the coordinators and the leaders trained for the whole thing.
Yeah....yeah....yeah....the greater good for the kids and all that jazz....I get it.
But it DOESN'T mean that I am not disappointed.
Oh wait....it gets better!
Next week is my birthday....on Friday. Niiiiice huh? A great day to have it right? I should be getting a sitter and partying up my 39th year! ...ummmmmm....nope
Again....Cub Scouts has reared it's ugly head. And I have known about it since last September, but still it is not easy to take without being disappointed. We HAVE TO go because my husband is taking over the Cubmaster role officially that night and he has to speak.....and I HAVE TO make the cake for the group graduating because I have done it for the past 3 years....and we HAVE to go because NO ONE else is going to go because this group is not liked very much at all and noone is going to go at all and that is just sad and pathetic.
So for my birthday night....I will be making a cake for others and spending it with people I do not necessarily enjoy all because I HAVE to.
When you HAVE TO do something sometimes......it really kills the joy. And I have been TRYING and TRYING my hardest to bring things into a positive light, but to no avail.
Thus, the reason for this blog. Most of the time it really helps to get things out there and I am hoping this is one of them.
Eeessshhh....I am hoping this works.
Breathe...breathe.....this too shall pass.
e....breathe...think happy thoughts....bring out the good of each situaton instead of focusing on the annoying and negative.....breathe....breathe...breathe.
Thursday, February 23, 2012
That is what some of my FB friends said yesterday. Teeheehee
Yes, I said that...no wine during Lent.
And no bacon on Sunday's anymore for the whole family and no iPad games like Angry Birds for my husband.
but the no wine thing has been VERY interesting, even with the first day and now into my second day....here is why:
I went to visit my sister in Boston this past weekend: a bottle gone every night.
I get home and there are 2 open bottles on the sill for that glass with dinner, and I did buy some very cute cheap glasses that I now leave out for all the world to see
In observing my past behavior over the past month, I have consumed a little bit more wine than I usually have in the past and sometimes it is good to reign it in...so I put the open bottles away in the cupboard, to use only when cooking....and I even removed my cute little wine glasses and put them in a cupbord too. Outta sight - outta mind.
I have done this before during the fall and I think it's time again to partake in the ritual because if you really think about it...sometimes those calories are as good as having a soda...and yes, it does cause bloat too (ahem, if you drink more than one)....so the decision was really pretty easy to make for me.
But it was really funny how yesterday I kinda missed it. Just hanging out and waiting for my hubby to get home so we could go out to his birthday dinner I wanted a glass of wine. Then we went out to dinner and lately I have been ordering wine. I even said so in front of my kids, and they agreed. EWWWW! My. kids. agreed. (Insert a shudder down my spine right . here .)
Again: EWWW!!! my KIDS notice that I drink wine and you know what???? THAT IS UNACCEPTABLE!!!! to me at least. Kids see everything. They also imitate everything. If I am being a good example to them in regard to fitness and nutrition, I really should do the same with the alcohol thing as well.
I grew up with parents who had wine at dinner...a beer here and there too. Nothing too extravagant or talked about. As kids, we noticed; and sometimes, we were even allowed to taste a sip of beer when we asked (about 2 times in my lifetime around the age of 7 years old) - which resulted in a yucky face and a laughing parent! The same went for black coffee too! Probably a good thing to do if you think about it. It was not something that appealed because it was just there, for adults, and besides, it tasted horrible!!!!
But I am finding in today's world (at least in my community) - parent's joke around about the "Mommy's sippy cup" wine glass that is out there and they talk about NEEDING a glass of wine more often than not. Kids hear this crap...and you know what? It just ain't right in my humble and probably uber-conservative opinion. I'm not saying that we don't or won't partake, but talking and flaunting about adult things is a little much sometimes, and call me old-fashioned, but I think I am going to change my environment back to old-school and only partake on special occassions or parties.
Ooooo......I just sort-of ranted a bit didn't I. Sorry 'bout that.
So back to my train of thought. No wine during Lent.
What will it give me??
Less bloat! YAY!!!
Less calories consumed! YAY!!
More room on my shelf where the wine glasses were - YAY!!
A better example to my kids!! YAY!!
I sound like a wino with all this YAY!!!-ing going on. but you know what? Sometimes, you have to re-assess your world around you in order to improve upon it.
Now here's a funny for you....I'm going out with my girl-friends tonight and we get a free wine with dinner!!! Wait until they get a load of me and my Lenten obligation! LoL
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