Monday, December 12, 2011
This sudden change in weather is wreaking havoc on my skin! I have sensitive skin to begin with, and this cold is making my chin look like Rudolph's nose. Yeesh.
Yesterday was a great day for my plan! I got in a monster weight training session at the gym, then came home and had a great day of eating. Drank tons of water and ate lots of clementines. Wrote out my Christmas cards and started my cookie list. I even wrapped a present!
So I am really really excited about something! I am very good at my job and I love it, but I always felt like there was something missing. Like a hobby. I mean, I like to do lots of stuff, but I could never find anything that I REALLY liked to do, and often. So I started thinking, which I do sometimes, and I figured out what it is that I love. It's food photography. I started reading up on some stuff over the weekend, and I'm really psyched about learning more about food photography and how to become good at it. I am going to ask Santa for a new camera. I told this to Brad, and almost on cue, my old camera stopped connecting to the computer. I can't figure it out, but the USB is not working. huh. I think it's a sign.
It's just about time for me to head off to the gym. I ordered a new pair of running shoes (Zappos had them on sale!) and I'm going to break them in. It's amazing how wonderful a new pair of shoes can make your feel feel! And you know, it's also kind of amazing how different kinds of shoes can really make a difference in how you perform. I ordered a pair of shoes for lifting weights, and hoo-ee what a difference! They have SO much more support than my running shoes, and I feel so much sturdier when I'm doing my squats. Which is important when you have 100 pounds on your shoulders that you don't want to come crashing down.
Something I learned about myself - my upper body strength is seriously lacking. My killer chest workout almost *did* kill me yesterday. I could barely lift my arms to wash my hair yesterday after the gym! But that tells me that I am going to get some awesome arms as my workouts progress. Look out!
- drink all my water/tea (I LOVE LOVE LOVE drinking hot tea!!!)
- regulate the sweets (i.e. count the almonds)
- Be positive!
- write something about food (I am reading a book about food writing, and it gives some really good writing prompts. I am to write about food every day.)
Have a super day!
Thursday, December 08, 2011
I can't say that today was the best eating day. It was kind of a rough day all around. There was no 2-hour delay, and I was really really sad about that. My car's defroster seems to have lost some of its oomph, and it took a very long time for my windows to clear. I stepped on the gas and prayed when it was time to merge onto the highway. Oops.
My driver's side window decided to stop working, and it wouldn't close all the way when I got to Starbucks. I had to pull it up by hand. All this BEFORE 7:15. So I got into Starbucks and all sanity went out the window. A peppermint mocha latte and pumpkin scone later (eeek) and I had over half my day's calories. Sigh.
So then I got to school and was feeling pretty miserable. I was up all night last night with a cough, and it wasn't getting any better. A bit into my last class of the morning, the secretary came into my room with a small piece of paper (which is NEVER good) and told me I had to cover lunch duty for first grade. Lunch duty is AWFUL. The smell of spilled milk and school lunch makes me GAG. But I did it. And it was not the most horrible thing in the world, although seeing what the kids ate made me sick. The pizza looked like wax, the Uncrustable is just, well, unacceptable for a lunch. Such garbage. It astounds me that what I saw is what kids are getting to eat for lunch. Sigh.
So then in the afternoon I had three kindergartens, and my voice was about gone. My patience had flown out the window way before the end of the day, so I had some chocolate-covered almonds on the way up to bus duty. the good thing (I guess) is that I actually measured out the almonds and put them into a mug, rather than just eating them straight out of the container.
So now I am enjoying some peppermint tea and waiting for hubs to make a delicious dinner.
But a good thing about today - I went to Target with a Christmas wish from the tree at the gym. They get a list of names from our local Children and Youth - names of kids who have a rough life but still make a Christmas list. I pick a name every year - I feel very fortunate that I am able to buy just about whatever I need or want, and I love thinking about how this little boy is going to feel when he sees his new bike. I found an awesome Cars 2 bike with a matching helmet, so that's what this little 4-year old boy is getting. I have to assemble the bike tonight and take it tomorrow morning. I love giving!
ANOTHER good thing is that I put on a pair of pants today that were none-too comfortable (and used to be loose - boo-hoo!!!) and today they FIT! They are not as loose as they used to be, but I felt super comfortable in them. Yahooooooo! And despite the Starbucks craziness this morning, I will be right back on track tomorrow; I made it through today and tomorrow is Friday. And nothing makes me happier than a Friday after a long week with the kids.
Wednesday, December 07, 2011
This is Blog Two for the day, but I like the idea of recapping what I did today. In my first blog I wrote that I wasn't going to have any almonds today. That didn't work. I did have a serving of almonds today. The good part is that I counted out a serving, put it in a fun mug, put the almonds away, and didn't touch them for the rest of the day. Yahoo! Thankful for small victories. The difference between today's almond-eating and yesterday's craziness was that today was measured out; I didn't just eat from the container and lose count of how many almonds I ate. I felt much better today. And I even managed to stay within my calorie range! Yippeeeee!
So I need some advice from all you bloggers out there - I am thinking about starting up my own food blog; not recipes, but writing about food... describing the way it looks, tastes, feels... kind of like food porn. Is that weird? I just love food so much and I think it's beautiful. How did you get started? Do you have a favorite site to use to get started? Thank you in advance!
Today's good things:
- I was a water-drinking fool!
- I thoroughly enjoyed all my food today.
- I did my hair this morning and got really nice compliments - I think I have reconsidered chopping it off. I think I just needed a little style change. And besides, hubby brushed my hair tonight and it was AMAZING
- Anticipation of a snow day! I love this time of year. I love thinking about having a delay, about sitting around in my jammies watching Maury and eating a giant waffle!
So it's off to have some water and check the radar... delay...???
Wednesday, December 07, 2011
Well yesterday's eating didn't turn out as well as I'd hoped. One of the second grade girls delivered her Girl Scout chocolate-covered almonds, and while I was initially really good, only having six almonds, it turned into at least twice that. Sigh. I think I may have to get rid of them. I do so much better when my trigger foods are not around AT ALL. Can't eat it if it's not there.
But on a good note, today is the 3rd day in a row that I've gotten up for an early morning gym session! Today is lower body and shoulders day. This new workout I got from my trainer is KILLER! In a good way. I can definitely feel my muscles working - even today my upper body is still sore from Monday's workout.
I think today I'm going to be chewing lots of gum. That seems to work the best for curbing my poor eating at school.
- no almonds. It is just darn near impossible for me to limit myself to one or two, so I'll just say none at all.
- drink all my water. I may have to drink water in front of the kids, which I normally don't like to do, but *I'm* the one talking and singing all day, not them! And I *am* the adult. Ha!
- Kick my own butt during my workout. I have lots to prepare for, and I'm ready to start fitting into my pants again and ready to go clothes shopping again! (Which I told myself I'm not going to do until I fit into what I have.)
- Be positive!
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