Thursday, December 23, 2010
I Am Fit, I Am Fit, I Am Fit!
(Sung to the tune of - you guessed it - "Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow!")
Oh the tummy roll is so frightful,
but the gym is so delightful!
I get to work up a sweat...
I am fit, I am fit, I am fit!
The cookies, they were delicious.
But not so much nutritious.
I washed them all down with water,
I am fit, I am fit I am fit!
When the post-Christmas days are here...
I'll still fit in my new size 4 coat.
I'll pass up excess holiday cheer...
And then I will just have to gloat!
I didn't drink too much egg nog,
or chow down on the chocolate.
I'm headed out for a run,
I am fit, I am fit, I am fit!
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
That's what my alarm read this morning. There's nothing like a little typed guilt to make me get up and go to the gym. But more than the guilt, I think it's more that the cookie-eating just happened. Right now, I don't know that "bikini!" on my phone would work, seeing as it's barely 20 degrees out right now. That would almost certainly inspire me to curl up under the covers even more.
"You ate too much last week!" wouldn't have worked - I already forgot what I even did last week, let alone what I ate.
So at this point on my journey, I am focusing on goals that are more short-term. I think it's important that we are flexible enough to change our goals, or at least the manner in which we attain them, when our mind and body want us to. There was a point where I looked far ahead - losing 25 pounds. That's no small feat! And it doesn't happen in a week, or even a month. I was able to see that far ahead. And it worked for me. I tracked my food every single day for every single morsel I put in my mouth. I planned out my workouts for a month in advance. I loved it!
But lately, my goals are more short-term. "Make it to the gym this morning. Run two miles." For good or for bad that's how it is for me. It's hard for me to see "losing another 15 pounds," because losing these last *two* has taken me forever. And honestly (I'm going to use the holidays here), I don't feel like focusing on weight-loss during the holidays. This is the first year in a long time where I have really felt the holiday spirit... not that I don't like Christmas, but this year I've been especially thankful and jolly and peace-ful and joy-ful. And for me, that means going to parties and having dessert and wine.
I have been consistent about going to the gym in the morning, and it's helped me stay in my "Very Skinny Pants" that I bought in the fall. So I guess in a way, "morning gym 4-5 times a week" is kind of like a goal that I meet each day and week. But I don't think of it that way. Just like I no longer think of "eat a healthy lunch" as a goal... I just do it. The healthy lunch is just who I am. And right now, the morning gym person is just who I am.
So anyway, I guess I'm saying that it's kind of funny how our goals evolve. Things we do now... maybe we never imagined doing those things as part of our every day. Things we will do... things we never in a million years thought we'd try to do, and things that we don't even know we'll do yet!
Off to heat up the car... Happy Winter Solstice!
Saturday, December 18, 2010
I love to bake my Christmas gifts. I love to bake, and I'm pretty good at it. I just bought a cookie scoop - the cookies look wonderful this year. So I spent all day baking!
The original plan was to bake tomorrow - a friend was going to come up and bake, but she canceled on me. I knew that would happen - she cancels on me a lot. I was really bummed out, though. It turns out that she was staying up at her boyfriend's family's house to watch the football game tomorrow. But what ticked me off even more than her leaving me hanging was that she didn't even bother to tell me about it. I texted her this afternoon- "I have the cookie stuff ready!" and she *then* informed me that she was staying away all day tomorrow. Well when the heck were you going to tell me???
And then if that wasn't bad enough, she wrote "I'm really sorry... but I have a Christmas gift for you." And I love gifts, but a while back we agreed not to get each other presents because she has no money. Which is fine, I like to spend time with my friends. But now I have to go out and get something for her, which I don't even really want to do because I'm ticked off about this weekend. ARGH And how did she magically get money? Did she borrow it from her boyfriend? Did she get me something just because she feels bad about this weekend?
I HATE feeling like I don't matter. Like baking cookies with me is the last resort... if something better doesn't come up, I'll bake cookies with you.
Well you know what? It worked out for the best anyway. After wallowing in my self pity, I cranked up the Christmas music, opened the bottle of wine (yes, it was 1:00 in the afternoon, but hey...), got the oven going, and busted out some Christmas cookies. Today is Bake Cookies Day anyway, so it was like I HAD to bake today. They look great. And tomorrow, I am heading out to buy some containers so I can wrap them up. I have lots of cookies, so lots of people are getting delicious gifts from me.
And another good thing is that Brad has a day off tomorrow. So instead of spending it baking cookies, I am going to spend my day having quality honey time. I'll take it. He has some Christmas shopping to do online, so I plan to go to the gym while he does some click-and-ship.
And despite having about 150 cookies in the house, I only ate four. I had one peanut butter, one lemon drop, and two chocolate chip-oatmeal. Quality control, people, quality control. Tomorrow I have to make (well not *have* to make, but want to make) molasses cakes. They are perfect for the holidays - full of yummy spices.
For the rest of the night I think I will make some tags for my hot chocolate gifts, labels for my cookies, and get my list of lucky cookie recipients together.
So my parting question - what do I do about a Christmas gift for the friend? I don't want to spite her and not get her anything, but I haven't even thought about it since I thought we weren't shopping for each other...
Friday, December 17, 2010
While December has not been a bad month for eating or working out (I'm quite pleased with it, all things considered), it hasn't been the greatest for goal setting. It's not good or bad, it just *is*. But I know that once the craziness of the season is over, I should get back to more of a routine so I can kick this layer of fat to the curb.
I've been staying up late with Brad the last few weeks. And while it's wonderful to spend time with him, my sleep time has been sacrificed. And I LOVE to sleep. This is this time of year when I wake up at 5:00 to get to the gym (I can't even think about going after school), so going to bed at 10 or 11 doesn't give me enough sleep time.
So post-holidays, back to a regulated sleep schedule it is. Eight hours is ideal. And while it's going to be a little strange going to bed so early again, I did it before - I can do it again. Not only will it keep me from getting so tired during the day, it will be a big part of my weight-loss efforts.
So there it is - 2011 goal #1.
Thursday, December 16, 2010
It's funny how stuff happens sometimes. Yesterday I woke up in a great mood. I did a 45 minutes workout (I still feel it today - yahoo!), I was ready for the day, and I was feeling good. And then my car started acting up on the highway. I took it in, and it's still there. Hopefully it's not a big deal and I'll have it back today.
But this is not a blog about my car (anymore). This is a blog about the kindness of people and the realization that it's never a bad idea to ask for help. A good friend from work "rescued" me yesterday morning. She hopped back in her car (she was already at work) and came to get me when I called. I had about four people ask if I needed a ride home. I used to get really funny about asking people for help - I think it was a "why would they want to help me?" mentality.
But what's kind of weird is that I teach the kids all the time that it's a good idea to ask for help. It's OK if they can't do everything by themselves. I guess I need to listen to a few of my own lessons. People WANT to help. Goodness, I know I'd help out anyone who needed it.
What's funny is that when I realized how many people were willing to help me, the smaller a deal my car became. No more was I fretting about getting home or to school... one of the girls told me I could call her anytime I needed a ride. I had someone Facebook me that they'd pick me up whenever I needed it. 'Tis the season. But then again, it's *always* the season for helping others.
And what goes best with someone's help? A "thank you," of course. Brad's mom got me into writing cards and notes, sometimes for a reason, sometimes for no reason at all. So I have lots of blank note cards. Last night I spend some time writing some little notes and attaching them to some bags of cookies (I made some super molasses cookies last night).
My personal challenge today is to say "thank you" for help and really mean it. If a first grader picks up a pencil that was just sitting around, I want them to know that it was a big help for them to clean it up for me. If a second grader lets me through the line so I can heat up my tea, I want them to know they did something really nice. When my mechanic calls me and tells me he fixed my car, I want him to know how awesome it is that he could fit it into his schedule (so I think I'll take him a container of cookies).
So who are you going to thank today? For what are you going to thank them? Something big? Something little? If traffic is backed up and someone lets you in, give that person who let you in front of them a wave and a big goofy grin. If you get a hug from a kid today, tell them how much you love the hug. If your doggie greets you, thank them with a pet and a bone.
Have a great day!
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