Saturday, February 20, 2010
I just picked up my copy of The Spark that's been gathering a bit of dust, and read chapters 7 and 8. I realized that while I have been doing ok with tracking my nutrition and fitness, drinking my water, and keeping a journal (I count my blogs as my journals), I have been slacking on the goal-setting and reward-giving.
My goal is to be a size 4 by summer. This is a good, achievable long-term goal.
My daily goals are often the same - drink enough water, get to the gym, blah blah blah.
But what about the time in between daily and long-term? I just wrote down some weekly goals; I think this will help me bridge the gap between daily and long-term goals.
- Stay in calorie range 5 of 7 days
- Go to gym as scheduled (I already figured out my gym schedule for next week)
- Avoid processed sweets (this is something for Lent. While I'm not religious, I like the idea of giving something up for an amount of time.)
If I meet these goals, I am going to reward myself with three new songs from iTunes. I need to get some new stuff on my play list!
After about two weeks of really feeling BLAH, I feel like my old positive self. I don't know what came over me, why I was feeling like I was. I guess I just *needed* that "blah time" for whatever reason. I think between being sick and coming home from my ideal living situation (not necessarily Manhattan, but just *a* city) to the woods really made me a little sad.
Honey and I talked a lot the last few days about what our goals were; where we wanted to be in the fall, what we wanted to be doing... I think it was really important for us to talk about this again. We have to keep our goals in mind so we don't go crazy.
So much for this random blog, but I felt like I needed to just get it out there what I was feeling. If I didn't have the support from all of you, I think this "blah" would have spiraled out of control. I appreciate that I am not alone; I'm not the only one out there who's had house problems; I'm not the only one who goes crazy with the Chinese take-out every so often; I'm not the only one who gets crabby and "blah"-feeling.
I'm going to post my goals on the fridge right now. I think a copy of these goals will also go up at school, since that's where my calories go a little on the high side.
Good thing tonight - I took control of my eating. After my dinner of Cocoa Pebbles, I thought "well I guess I should have some fruit and yogurt" because I thought I *had* to (don't ask me why). I stopped, listened to my body, and decided that I wasn't hungry for anything else. My tum is thanking me now.
Saturday, February 20, 2010
I think I got my foul mood out of the way yesterday. In fact, I probably got two months' worth of foul moods out of the way yesterday. It's hard to be positive all the time!
But today was a new day. And it was good.
It started about 3:00 am when honey came home, woke me up, and told me "M said that you were 'too skinny.'" I thought he was joking but he assured me it was true. I didn't even mind that it was 3am.
I decided that to counteract yesterday's General Tso explosion, today would be Eat Like a Horse Day for me. (Honey is very supportive of this - he reminds me that horses are very healthy.) Apples, bananas, oats, and cereal. That's all I'm eating today. (Never mind that horses don't eat Cocoa Pebbles.) This is the first time that I'm trying this little experiment - so far I feel just fine, and I think I may have some oatmeal with bananas for dinner. It's actually a bit of a relief knowing that there are only certain foods I can eat today. (OK, so Eat Like a Horse Day is a little weird, but it's working for me.)
Finished my paper a bit early, so I had some time for the gym. Doc cleared me to run again (wahoo!) so I was really excited to get a little TM in. Used my brain and decided that I was going to start at the very beginning (a very good place to start). I only did .5 miles today, but NO PAIN in my knee. SO excited. Next week I think I'll do 2-3 more days of .5 mile runs, and then bump it up to .75 miles. Small steps. And I really want my knee to heal, I'd like to run a 5K sometime in the Spring.
Did some super upper body ST - upped some weights, worked extra hard, and paid lots of attention to my form and took it slow. Feel the burn!
I was inspired by another blog to order some clothes in my goal size. I think I need the visual to keep me inspired and also to see just what that goal size looks like. There is no reason why I can't wear my goal size by this summer - I just have to hunker down and stick to my plan.
And speaking of plan, I am off to plan next week's gym time and do some online shopping.
Friday, February 19, 2010
The kitchen sink project is not done. The water isn't hooked up, and it looks like hell.
The bathroom faucet is in, but it's leaking. Somewhere under the sink the pipe is now dripping.
Since there is no water in the kitchen, I had to fill up my coffee pot in the bathroom.
The sink wasn't leaking *before* the new faucets were put in.
Lesson learned - hire a professional.
The person my honey hired is a husband of a friend; he does this kind of thing for a living, but don't see how. I am def not happy.
I came home last night, all the lights were on, the stereo was blasting, and the front shades were wide open, so anyone who wanted to see right into our house, could.
I should have just called a damn plumber.
I need my coffee. I am seriously glad it's Friday.
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Today is going to be a good day. I can tell. Honey came home last night and told me "N is coming at 11:00 tomorrow to put in the new sink and faucets."
I went to bed at 10:00 and got up at 6:00, an hour difference in what I usually do. I am feeling good. Breakfast was delish - two scrambled eggs with some green onion and shredded cheese. Lunch is low-cal today so I have more calories for dinner. Up until now, I've been eating almost half my day's calories at lunch. This leaves hardly any room for a decent dinner, and I almost always end up overeating at night. Not by a lot, but as it adds up, it's certainly not *helping* my weight-loss efforts. So today is something new.
It feels really good to have gotten the wheel going, so to speak, on this moving thing. DVDs and videos have been sorted, most are in boxes, and the Goodwill pile is ready for honey to take today. I think yesterday's to-do list really helped me keep me focused. I saw things that needed to be done, but I knew that I HAD to get through what I planned. This former lack of focus is why so many things are half-done around here.
So today is a new day with new goals.
- Drink at least 4 Siggs of water
- Pack away summer clothes and purses/bags
- Look into renting a storage unit
- Get large garbage bags so we can really start purging stuff
- Go to stretching and Pilates for some Me Time.
Did I meet yesterday's goals?
Water - YES
Swimming - YES. I cut the time short because my after-school meeting ran long, but I still went!
Boxes - I could only find one, but I still filled it with DVDs and videos. I found another box at home that I used for the overflow of media.
Vacuum - YES
Eating plan - Um, not so much. This is why I'm trying a low-cal lunch so I have more room for dinner tonight.
Lunch is packed, Pilates clothes are packed, and I'm ready for today. I'm looking forward to the new sink and some more bags and boxes out of here!
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
This big move my fiance and I are planning is a little overwhelming for me. I've taken all your wonderful advice and I've started to pack up some stuff, get some things fixed, and take little steps to making the summer *that* much easier. I can't do it alone, so of course I've asked honey to help with some tasks. Honey needs a little (well, a big) push to get things done. While I have been cleaning out my stuff and giving a lot to Goodwill and posting it on Freecycle (the mattress is gone! Wahoo!), honey has been content to appear to wait until the last minute to get things done.
We don't really fight; we have small disagreements, but nothing really escalates past us giving each other the silent treatment until we're ready to talk. One of the last of these episodes was something about him not getting the new sink put in and me not calling our realtor. I was supposed to call him to ask him "when do people come to the house after it's listed?" (The answer was "they could come the same day.") This means we have a lot to do before we list the house.
Honey and I don't use the words "I told you so," even when one of us does something stupid. I really appreciate this. But I REALLY feel like "I TOLD YOU SO." As in, "honey, you should start getting cleaned up for open houses." I am a little nervous about this experience turning into something that it shouldn't... I make tons of lists, honey *sometimes* does what I leave him to do. Today he was asked to take some stuff to Goodwill - I told him how much I need his help for this. I am only one person and I can only do so much. Breathe. Breathe. Breathe.
Our realtor is really wonderful. I told him I was a little overwhelmed, and he reminded me that I can only do one thing at a time. He's a really great guy and I'm very thankful to have him on our side.
So small steps it is.
Drink at least 4 Siggs of water (my body said THANK YOU!!! yesterday for me drinking so much water)
Go swimming after school (even though I have a lot to do with the house, I need to remember to take care of myself, too.)
Bring home two boxes from school and fill them with DVDs, videos, and other various items from bookshelves in the house.
Vacuum one room upstairs
Stick to the eating plan (which is "breakfast for dinner")
I think that's it for today. I don't want to overwhelm myself even more. If I get more done, great. But these are things I MUST get done today.
Yesterday's goals were all met. Snow didn't come, so I made it to my yoga class. It was totally relaxing and I felt really good after the class. Lesson learned: amidst all the craziness, don't forget to take care of ME.
Lunch is packed, swimming gear is ready to go... off to get a big glass of water.
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