Thursday, January 07, 2010
Last night was my first night of evening gym time in quite a while.
I wasn't thinking about what I had to do at work while I was at the gym
It wasn't 6:00am
Got to see a different crowd
When I got home I could relax and have a really nice evening
After work, I thought "shoot, do I really have to go to the gym?"
Had to pack my gym clothes before school
I really rather enjoyed going last night. Although the yoga class was packed, it was still a great workout. I also REALLY enjoyed coming right home after the gym and not having to rush around to get ready to go anywhere. I put on my sweatpants, made today's lunch, and relaxed with a good dinner and a cup of tea. Another good thing is that I didn't want to overeat at dinner - I had my soup (which if it had not been for the lamb, would have been hardly *any* calories), and when I was done, I really thought about it, decided I wasn't hungry anymore, and had my cup of tea. No overeating, no remorse about a random piece of bread... Wahoo! Went to bed at my regular time of 9:00...
Got up this morning at 5:00. I knew I wasn't going to the gym this morning, but I wanted to see if I could be productive in the morning so I could enjoy another night at home tonight. So here's what I've done since 5am -
got some job materials taken care of
cleaned off the kitchen counters
packed my gym stuff for tonight
ate a leisurely breakfast
wrote a blog
entered my food for today (and may enter some for tomorrow, too)
Put school songs into my iPod for my classes
put some shrimp in the fridge to thaw out for my dinner tonight
Wow! So far, I think I like this... we'll see what happens after a few more days of this. This afternoon I'm meeting a friend for coffee (I've already checked out the nutrition facts of what I'm going to get and entered it in), going to Power Stretch class and then a Core class at the gym. Yesterday I went to an evening class - but I know that if I go home first, I won't want to get off the couch and go to the gym. So straight to the gym I went. Did a little running and some upper body ST before my two classes. Phew! But it was much better than sitting on the couch! And since I got so much done in the morning, I didn't feel like I should be at home doing something else.
I still have a whole hour before I need to leave for school... this is pretty wonderful. I can get a little bit more done and then I *really* am going to have a relaxing evening!
Wednesday, January 06, 2010
This morning I was all ready to go to Spin class... had my gym gear on, had the car warming up... got in my car and it had trouble getting up the hill in the snow (just flurries, but they were those slippery flurries). My spin class runs until 7:15 and I usually have to zoom home so I can make it out the door on time for school - didn't want to zoom in the snow, so I came back inside with my car keys and decided to not go this morning. Since I already entered in the minutes, I will make it up tonight after my yoga class (there is a spin at 6:15 this evening).
So this whole experience got me thinking - maybe I need to shake it up a little bit. I LOVE waking up early and getting a workout in, but I do not love being rushed in the morning. I like to sit with my coffee and my crossword - the morning is my "me" time. I also get a lot done in the morning - bills, dishes, schedule for the day... the 6:30 spin class does not allow me to get that "me" time, which is important to me.
I think I'm going to start going to more evening spin classes, maybe get back to going to the gym after school. I'll still wake up early, get some morning workouts in (I love the energy it gives me for the day!), but I will def be looking at evening spin classes. I don't do anything in the evening anyway except for eat and sit on the couch, so I may as well be productive. The mornings can be used to work on other stuff - even classwork and writing papers.
And I think that's what this whole Spark journey is all about - figuring out what works best. For me, it *was* going to the gym at night (like 8:00 at night). And then it was going to early morning spin class. Now, maybe it will be going after school and in the early evening. Who knows... I guess I'll find out!
My gym clothes are packed for this afternoon... I'll change at school and head right up to the gym. My journal tonight will be filled with how this change of schedule made me feel. I already know that I got a lot done this morning... I even scheduled my chiro appointment that I meant to do last night!
Tuesday, January 05, 2010
So today was the day I decided to try my little experiment - no walnuts on my salad, a mix of milk and water with my hot cereal, less hot cereal...
Honey calls and says he doesn't have to work tonight. He decided to make the lamb tonight. Oh, I love lamb. Sorry to all the vegetarians out there, but it was just perfect tonight. Tender, juicy... mmmm. But lamb is def not a health food. The piece I ate had about 450 calories in it and 33 grams of fat. (!!!!!!!) I entered it anyway. And by god, I staying within all my ranges. Even my fat range. (!!!) I was so excited that my earlier choices made my dinner guilt-free. AND! I didn't eat the random bread after dinner - had my hot tea with honey and half & half, and that was it. Wahoo!
Happy things for today:
I resisted pumpkin bread and banana bread at work (which wasn't too hard - it looked a little sketchy), resisted Smidgens on the staff lunch table, and didn't eat any Texas Roadhouse Rolls with brown sugar butter. WAHOO!
Today's Goals done?
Water - YES
Gym - YES - 1/2 hour of swimming before school
Healthy dinner - well, the lamb wasn't "healthy," but it fit in my range, and I didn't do any extra after-dinner eating. so YES
Career materials - YES. Printed out some stuff at school to get ready.
Chiropractor - not yet; after my grad class chat time I'll do this.
Suck it up and get my rear to the 6:30am spin class
Drink at least 4 Siggs of water
Stick to my eating plan for tomorrow (I already entered it in!)
Go to yoga class after school
Tomorrow's Hump Day... Yippee! Off to do some class work.
Monday, January 04, 2010
I have been doing this long enough to know that sometimes I have to take a good look at my calories, fitness, and other goals to see where I can improve. I *know* this, but that doesn't mean I've done it recently. Today I entered all my food - my goal is to stay under 1550. That isn't very many calories! So after I put in everything I ate, I actually looked at it. And not just "well, I went over today. guess I'll try harder tomorrow." No, actually *looked* at it and am now going to improve upon what I'm already doing.
Trends I noticed:
walnuts on my salad - I don't think I'll miss them if I keep them off my salad. I just put them on there because I have *always* put them on there; not because I love walnuts. This will also allow me more leeway when I get home from school to eat bigger dinners; I don't need a gigantic lunch, anyway.
Serving size of hot cereal ("mush") in the morning - same thing as the walnuts; I eat the serving I do because I've *always* eaten that much. This morning I was terribly full, but I am still uber-guilty of being part of the Clean Plate Club (not when I go out to eat, only at home). I'm going to try eating a smaller serving tomorrow and see what happens.
Random bread with peanut butter and honey - even one slice adds up. I'm really going to make an effort to NOT eat this tomorrow.
I need to seriously slow down when I eat. I already sit at the table, not watching TV, but I am going to work on enjoying my food, even if I *am* by myself. I used to really enjoy a glass of wine with dinner... maybe I'll get back to that if it helps me eat more slowly. (I am actually very good at keeping myself to one reasonable glass of wine at dinner.)
I think these things will help - when I am at school, I can't eat anything while I teach, and the days go fast anyway, so I might as well keep my mornings and lunches light so I can have a more substantial dinner when I get home.
As for today's goals?
Water - YES
Spin class - YES
Grad class - YES (I logged on at school)
Healthy dinner - YES
Stop eating after healthy dinner/have a cup of tea and stop - well, sort of. If it hadn't been for the 1/4 pear and slice of PB and honey bread (which really wasn't *too* bad), I would have given this a hearty "YES."
I am almost finished with everything on today's To-Do List - I had been trying to keep my lists to a minimum, but I really think they help me get stuff done, no matter how small.
Drink at least 4 Siggs full of water (notice a trend here?)
Get in some gym time
Healthy dinner with NO extra eating! Drink that tea when I'm done!
Continue working on updating my resume and other career materials.
Schedule an appointment at the chiropractor (although I still may do this one tonight on-line)
Off to continue crossing stuff off my list... I don't have too much more to go! Wahoo!
Monday, January 04, 2010
I forgot to go over my goals from yesterday! So to keep myself accountable, here goes.
Water? - YES - a ton
Gym time? YES
Weekly Outfits? YES
Healthy foods? YES
Quality honey time? YES
Drink at least 4 Siggs full of water
Go to spin class no matter how hard it is to drag myself out of bed
Log onto my grad class and work on the first assignment (I left this one kind of vague on purpose)
Eat a healthy dinner
Stop eating after my healthy dinner and use my cup of tea as my signal to stop eating (this has been working the last few days... I have a cup of tea with a little honey and half and half in it - quells my sweet tooth and is a good stopping point for the evening.)
Tonight I will spend some more time blogging to make up for forgetting yesterday. These daily goals are good for me!
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