Sunday, August 26, 2012
I am having a really rough time with this no-job thing. I think right now it's mostly due to all the "back-to-school" stuff that's happening right now. And today I filed my first unemployment claim. I've never had to really be super-careful with my money (although I usually have been) but now I have to watch where every penny goes. The change of lifestyle thing is a tough pill for me to swallow.
This weekend I finally got myself to the gym, though. I haven't been as diligent about my workouts, partly because my schedule has been a total nightmare. I've been going to bed super late, sleeping in, and basically sitting around like a lump. And while I *know* that doing a workout would do wonders for my mood, sometimes I just can't bring myself to get up off the couch. I'm hoping that as the beginning of the school year fades away I won't have to think about it so much.
Drinking all my water every day has been a bit of a struggle, but I actually felt compelled to fill up my bottle right before I typed this sentence. I suppose I need to get back to Sparking regularly so I can keep myself accountable. Sparking has actually helped me - rather than stress-eat, I just get stress-lazy. So despite the lack of working out, I haven't really gained any weight.
But it's not all depressing and sad... it just helps me to get it all out there. So here goes - the bright side.
My hubs has been SO amazing during this time. He's putting up with my mood swings, my whining, my laziness, my snapping... I love him.
My friends, near and far, have been so supportive. It really helps to know I'm not in this alone.
I had a really great summer. I went on a road trip and it was a much needed break from all this. I did two triathlons, and I'm gearing up to do a third in just a few weeks.
While I'm not training as much as I should be, I have my next triathlon in my mind and I'm not *totally* slacking off. I've been doing the running, doing the swimming... I just need to get back into a biking schedule. I'm meeting my dad for a bike ride later this week. It will be nice to be on the bike.
I dusted off the Photoshop book last night, got out the camera, and took some pictures. I have to keep reminding myself of something a good friend once told me - something like "if you lose your job, it will give you the opportunity to do something you never thought you could." And it's true - I have the opportunity to take more pictures, to do more artwork, and to do more traveling (even if it's just a short little trip to a nearby park). I have all the time in the world to train for events, and I have the chance to really focus on some personal goals.
It's a popcorn kind of night (no, Rookies, not *that* kind. the kind you eat. I am home alone right now.) - I love this time of year. The nights are cool enough to throw on a sweatshirt...
Thursday, August 09, 2012
Tomorrow I'm going on a week-long road trip with my best friend. I'm super excited! I haven't been on a real vacation in over a year. The last time I went on a road trip with my friend was in 2008, before I found Spark People. This is a picture from that trip:
I remember being horrified when I saw the pictures from that trip. I couldn't believe I was so overweight. But this year, my pictures will be better! This is a recent one:
I'm with my mom before the Tough Mudder this past April.
So I'm feeling good. I am packing today, and I even made room for my running gear! I have three days of running to get in - I mapped out running routes, and there's even a path at the hotel in Florida! I'm ready. It's funny what I'm thinking about as I'm getting ready today - on the last road trip, I remember us eating a whole bag of Cheetos on one leg of the drive. We ate so many snacks in the car! This time, I have snacks, but they are not Cheetos. Water, mixed nuts (pistachio lovers - mmmm!), cherries, and some pretzel shells (I know they're not really healthy, but pretzel shells! The best part of the pretzel!).
This morning I got on the scale and was pleasantly surprised. Since November, I've lost 12 pounds. Most of that is weight that crept on last summer, but I haven't seen this weight in about a year. Hurrah! While I don't want to get too crazy with counting my calories on my trip, I'm already thinking about ways I can keep myself in check.
- breakfast: there is no need for me to eat muffins and junk at breakfast. I can have that anywhere. Now, if there are homemade biscuits and gravy, that might be a different story.
- car snacks: I don't know why I ever thought I needed a gazillion snacks in the car, I don't need them when I'm *not* on a road trip!
- water: I bought a big case of water to take along. It's going to be hot, so lots and lots of water.
- my bathing suit: I bought a white triangle-top bikini (eek!) for my trip since we're going to be beaching it up quite a bit, and sitting around the pool. Won't look very nice if I stuff my face with nastiness.
- working out: I am determined to keep on schedule for my half marathon training. I have three scheduled runs during my trip. None of them are too long, so I should have no problem getting them done.
Time to get packing!
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
I've been trying really hard to focus on one week at a time as far as working out. I get easily overwhelmed and cope with it by shutting down and not doing *anything*. So my workout calendar only has one week at a time filled in, and whenever I feel myself looking too far into the future, I remind myself that I have to get through today before I move on.
So it's been working so far! I've given myself a daily goal of "getting in my scheduled workout" and so far, so good! Since I'm not looking to what I'm doing *tomorrow*, I can focus on getting today taken care of.
I woke up from a nap yesterday with an awful back pain, and it hurt all the way through the day. I had a horrible night's sleep, so I didn't get in my morning run (not really an excuse, I could hardly move). As the day progressed and I loosened up, my back started feeling better. I was scheduled to do a swim and go to yoga tonight - I made the executive decision to run instead of swim (to give my shoulders/upper back a rest) and do my run instead. I consider it a success - got in my two miles and did my yoga class. My back actually feels a lot better after yoga - I really paid attention to it so I didn't strain it too much, and the stretching felt good.
There's good news! I have a job interview on Friday! It's for an elementary teaching position. I am very excited - any kind of progress is good for the ego. I can only imagine how many applications/resumes come in for a music position - with all the cuts, positions are getting fewer and fewer. The next few days I have to gather my materials and practice some piano.
Tonight - sit on the couch with a glass of wine and watch some Olympics action!
Sunday, July 29, 2012
Today was one of those days. I got an awful night of sleep last night, which is weird, because I was in a hotel and usually sleep really well in a hotel. Hm. I guess it didn't help that last night I had a few beers, and I don't know the last time I've had a beer.
I had a good time at my friend's wedding! We tore it up on the dance floor - I haven't seen her in a while. It was nice to get together.
But today, I was SO lazy. I took a nap, laid on the couch for the better part of the day, and to top it off, I got General Tso and ice cream for dinner. Ugh. I ate the egg roll and a bit of the Tso, but the whole pint of ice cream. (BTW - it was Blue Bunny I Do, I Do Wedding Cake ice cream and it was delicious.) I didn't mean to eat the whole pint, but I got so focused on picking out the cake bits that before I knew it, the pint was gone. Huh.
But tomorrow is a new day, and I feel like I got the Chinese food and ice cream craving out of my system. I have to read some stuff for school and then plan out this week's workouts.
Get An Email Alert Each Time CARILOUIE Posts