Tuesday, January 12, 2010
My honey is a chef. A very good chef. And lucky for me, he likes to cook at home.
His birthday was yesterday - we spent Sunday and yesterday celebrating with some really delicious food. Sunday night was striped bass (YUM), cauliflower soup, baby potatoes, candied parsnips, fig nut cake, a bottle of bubbly... last night was pork sandwich, pan-fried potatoes... OMG SOOOOO good. ( I *did* help a bit - I made the cake.)
So anyway, I am very glad that I spent last week carefully tracking ALL of my food. I think it helped lessen the effect of the last two nights' dinners. But really, I think the worst thing was all the bubbly we drank. We like to talk about our "omentums" - a word from Dr. Oz that we saw on Oprah once. The omentum is the part of you that stretches out when you eat too much... if you keep eating too much, it grows. When you eat just enough, it shrinks. We like our small omentums.
So back to goal-setting and tracking for the week.
- drink at least 4 Siggs full of water
- do a little class work
- Plan dinner (I'll probably do this before I leave for work today)
Yesterday I enrolled in my final two grad classes. Wahoo! It's going to be a lot of work - the session is only eight weeks long, so doing work for two classes in that time is going to be a little crazy. But I think with a lot of planning and goal-setting, I can do it. It's going to be super important for me to keep my end goal in sight.
Another good thing - we are starting to get some stuff done around the house to improve it - window is fixed, heaters are fixed, planned to look at new sinks and faucets on Saturday morning, going next Monday to look at new flooring... it's getting to be a very exciting time around here. Lots to do before the summer!
Saturday, January 09, 2010
I just read a Spark Buddy's blog about goals; one of those goals was to stay active on Spark. This goal got me thinking about my own activity on SparkPeople. Toward the end of 2009, instead of seeing Spark as an essential tool to getting healthy and fit, I started looking at it as more of a fun website that just happened to be about healthy lifestyles.
I *just* had this breakthrough (really, *just*. About 15 seconds ago). SparkPeople is NOT just a fun website for me, it's absolutely essential for me to reach my goals and to be a healthy, fit person. Replying to blogs, entering nutrition, making fitness minute goals, giving Spark Goodies... these are not just fun things to do (although it *is* fun), they are the actions that I NEED to do to take care of me and make ME my first priority.
When I slacked on checking out other blogs and Spark Pages, I missed out on seeing other people's successes. I missed out on being part of this community that is so devoted to a healthy lifestyle. I missed out on the encouraging words that keep me going even when I sit at a weight plateau for months. When I read about someone with fibromyalgia (SP?) going to the gym and doing a painful workout, I realize that I need to stop my moaning and get my rear to the pool. When I read about someone who was once addicted to sweets now being able to resist a cupcake, I realize that I need to be strong and not eat those extra, mindless, crackers.
So Spark People is NOT a luxury for me anymore. It's going to be a guilt-free part of my day. It's something I HAVE to do if I want to continue on this journey to a healthy lifestyle.
I feel so free!
Friday, January 08, 2010
Today I got that wonderful phone call - "We have a two hour delay today." I don't like snow days so much, we have to make them up in June. But delays? Give me a delay anytime. Wahoo!
Here's how Day 2 went.
- Woke up at 5:00, got a ton of stuff done.
- Went to school; met a friend for coffee (stayed within my plan!), and then went to the gym for two classes. It was so nice to not have to worry about everything I had to do when I got home. I actually really enjoyed my classes!
- Came home, took a warm bath, made some dinner (again, within my plan. Life has been so much easier now that I know exactly what I'm planning on eating...). Did some Sparking, relaxed with a cup of tea and some crosswording, went to bed at 9:30ish.
Did I feel stressed last night because I didn't pack my lunch or my workout clothes for this afternoon? Not at all! I knew that because I wake up early, I'd have plenty of time in the morning to get all that done. And I did! Lunch is packed, clothes are packed, and I did some dishes, folded some laundry, cleaned up the kitchen... no stress.
I allowed myself to "sleep in" until 5:45 today because of the delay. It's a little fun part of having a delay - getting to sleep in.
So today's plan:
- Leave a little early and get some errands done (the nice thing about a delay is that I can finally get to some places that I can't usually get to during the school day i.e. the bank)
- Go to school for a short day
- Chiro appointment for some physical therapy
- Swimming (?) - haven't committed to this one yet; I've had a pretty full week of working out. I may call it a day after the chiro.
- Work on my grad paper
It's amazing how accountable stay when I blog... just having my goals written out, no matter how small, makes me really want to accomplish them.
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!
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