Wednesday, March 16, 2011
What a great line. And it's been popping up everywhere... like it's a sign for me.
I'm glad I have all of you. Really, truly, I am. I am just about over my muffins sticking to the liners, and I'm ready for the day.
Tonight is meditation class. I think doing this meditation thing has really helped me find some inner calm... and it's not like I wasn't calm before, but I'm even more calm now. Like yesterday, I had a kindergarten girl tell me "you look better in your glasses." In the past, (and yes, I realize that kindergarten kids just *say* things) I would have told her "oh, that's not very nice to say" (I think this is the old insecure me coming up whenever someone says something about my looks - even 6 year olds). Instead, I said "well, which ones do you like better? The black or the red?"
This was a big step for me. Staying calm is helping with my teaching and it's helping with other aspects of my life, too. At the gym on Monday, all the squat machines were taken up. My first instinct was to go over to the cardio room and do some elliptical until a machine was free. But I didn't have the time for that, and I was on a mission. So I grabbed two 25-pound dumbbells, threw them up on my shoulders, and did some squats that way.
Gym stuff is packed for after school - I am doing "Workout B" from The New Rules of Lifting for Women. I love doing the "man" workouts in the book. I have never felt so sore (in a good way) from a workout. And it's funny - it's me and about 6 muscley-men in the free weight area and I love it.
- The no coffee thing for "Lent" is going well. I have been enjoying my PG Tips in the morning!
- I got some new eye cream - Origins Night-a-Mins for Eyes. I have been using it for about a week, and I notice that my under-eye area is so much more firm than it was. Score one for consistency!
- Spring is coming!!!!!
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
I baked muffins tonight for a baby shower tomorrow. I thought it would be really cute to put them in baby muffin liners... they have little footprints on them and are super cute. The problem is, the muffins don't really come off of the liners. :(
I tried a lemon muffin for quality control (they taste really good!) but I was disappointed that the muffin didn't come out of the liner very easily. There was a bit of muffin left on the liner. I don't have time (or the ingredients) to make another batch, so I guess I just need to suck it up.
What I'm really asking for is a little pity. Please tell me that I'm making a bigger deal out of this than I need to and nobody will really care that the muffins stuck. They taste really good and they look really delicious, it's just that they stick. Bleh.
Friday, March 11, 2011
This morning I had a pleasant surprise - a call that school was closed! Turns out that there was so much flooding that they had to close two local school districts. And even though it's another day we have to make up at the end of the year, I *did* get to spend the morning with Brad. We had lunch together, took a walk, and just spent some time together. It was a nice morning.
I've been doing well with eating the last week. My portion sizes are smaller, and I'm not feeling the need to eat big, full meals all the time. My breakfasts have even changed - 1/2 a grapefruit and either a muffin or oats.
Gym time is another thing, though. I just can't seem to get back into a routine... I've been sleeping in later and really liking it, but it's hard for me to get to the gym after school; I just don't feel like going! So I may have to take a hard look at my schedule and just do three mornings at the gym. If I do three of five days waking up early, I think it will be better than getting up at 5:00am *every* day.
I'm getting ready to put some bread in the oven and make some tuna. Last night I went out for Chinese, so today it was some light eating.
Tomorrow - shopping!!!
Wednesday, March 09, 2011
Yesterday's lunch was spent talking about what we were going to give up for Lent. I am not religious, but I like to view Lent as a time to give up one of my vices. In the past, I've given up soda for Lent and didn't go back. I tell this story about a million times every Spring!
One vice I've been thinking about giving up is coffee. The past week while I was sick, I didn't have any coffee. That's a long time for me! The last time I went that long without coffee I got horrible migraines from the caffeine withdrawal. I didn't like that I was so "addicted" to caffeine that I got a headache that bad from not having it!
So anyway, when I was sick, I barely got a headache. I think my body was so out of whack that it just didn't care that I didn't have coffee that morning. I had some coffee on Sunday when I was out with my mom, but it didn't thrill me. Sure it was good, but it didn't make me go "mmmmm" like it usually does. When Brad and I went grocery shopping on Sunday, instead of buying coffee, I bought some PG Tips tea. It still has caffeine, but according to their website, it's about 1/2 that of coffee. So yesterday and today I had tea in the morning, and I feel fine.
Giving up coffee would also save me a bit of money... I belong to a coffee club, and I spend about $25 a month on coffee. It's not a lot, but it adds up.
An interesting thing I learned about Lent (I read on Wiki this morning...) is that certain religions only sacrifice on Monday-Saturday. Each Sunday is like a "mini-Easter" when they don't have to "give up" anything. This practice would allow me coffee on a Sunday if I so desire.
I think it would make me feel really good to not HAVE to have coffee in the morning. Getting sick last week was almost like a mini-blessing... (here's where I stretch for the silver lining!)
- I lost some weight. And although it is because of the sickness, it gave me a little boost. I don't need to eat that much! My dinners don't need to be huge. Sometimes it's ok to be a little hungry!
- My body got a chance to rest. I think I was dealing with TMJ. My jaw was aching for a couple weeks, and I think it was due to stress and poor eating and just a bunch of stuff. The break gave all of me a chance to rest. And my jaw hasn't hurt in a week!
- My body de-toxed from caffeine. All the sleeping helped me wear it off without the headache. I'll take it!
So it's off to another day. This evening is my first meditation workshop. A good friend and I are going every Wednesday in March. I can't even tell you how much I'm looking forward to this! One and a half hours every Wednesday for ME. ME ME ME ME ME.
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