Thursday, January 14, 2010
I'm almost finished with my second week of my New Year's Experiment - waking up at 5:00, doing my housework/ lunch packing/ gym clothes packing in the morning, going to the gym after school, and taking the evening to relax guilt-free. These past two weeks have been great! I've gotten in some really good workouts at the gym, planned my daily meals and have done well with staying within my calorie and nutrient ranges, and have felt really calm and organized. I think it's eliminated a lot of stress for me. I like when I have most parts of my day planned out, especially when they are packed full of stuff. The weekends are my time to ease off the planning and kind of let stuff just flow.
Mornings are a great "me" time - I can sip my coffee, pack a good lunch, check up on my Spark Buddies...
It's also helped me to keep my eating under control at night. For a while when I got home at night, I'd grab some random food for dinner. A piece of bread here, an apple there, some crackers and cheese... hoping it would add up to some semblance of a dinner. It never did. It just led me to too many calories and no sense of satiety. Now I know that I am going to have (X) for dinner. And even if I'm starving when I get home, I have a glass of water and remember that I have the evening planned out. One thing I *do* need to do differently, though, is drink even MORE water when i come home from the gym. I think I'm confusing my thirst for hunger, even though I know there is a difference.
Good stuff I've done today already (because I like to look at the positive!):
Drank a bunch of water
Packed a balanced lunch
Made tuna salad for tonight's dinner
Started a load of dishes
Packed up for the gym tonight
Entered my food for the day
Good stuff that I *will* do today (because I need to have goals every day):
Drink lots more water
Stick to my dinner plan
Keep using hot tea as my cue to stop eating (it's really been working!)
Give 100% at the gym tonight
Give someone a compliment
Goals from yesterday?
Water - YES
Class work - um, no. I think I need to write this into my schedule... it's so easy to put off until Saturday morning. Maybe at school today...?
Put away laundry - YES
Easy on the Hob Nobs - YES, amazingly enough.
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
But I actually didn't freak out! I was able to tell her without feeling sick. One of my small, totally shallow goals was to be able to tell someone my weight without being embarrassed. I had forgotten all about that goal until yesterday when I was asked. What an odd feeling that was - blurting out my weight without apologizing for it. Huh.
Last night was a marathon gym session - three classes in a row. Phew! My legs are feeling good today! I learned something from yesterday - I need to eat a little something before I leave school so that my blood sugar doesn't go crazy low, and also so that when I get home from a night like that I don't go crazy eating all night. I didn't do too badly, eating-wise, last night, but I def felt myself eating more than I should have. (Stayed in my calorie range, though!)
I had planned on doing another spin class tonight - I'm going to see how I feel after the abs class tonight, though. I think my legs will be just fine. And I already planned the time, I might as well go. We'll see.
Planned my dinner for tonight already - took some tomato sauce and shrimp out of the freezer for some pasta. LOVE having food in the freezer - makes planning my weekly dinners so much easier!
Off to fold some laundry before school...
Today I will:
Drink at least 4 Siggs of water
Do some class work
Put away my clean laundry
Take it easy on the Hob Nobs after dinner.
Happy Hump Day!
Edited to say - I would NEVER think of asking someone how much they weigh, but the way in which I was asked wasn't a *nosy* way, but rather an interested way. I was asked by the same woman who tells me how great I look every time I see her - she has this great Eastern European accent - and has really pushed me to keep going on this journey. I couldn't imagine being asked the question by anyone but her.
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.
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