Thursday, February 25, 2010
"It's getting really deep!"
It's snowing again today. A lot. I am actually looking forward to seeing how much we're going to end up with.
Yesterday I went to the dentist to get my whitening trays for post-Invisalign whitening. I have to put goo in the tray to whiten my teeth and keep the tray in for four hours. If you've never used dentist whitening goo before, it hurts. Even though I put the Vaseline on my gums, I still feel the tingling, which is actually more like a burning. I have to suck it up for a little more than two hours this morning. I'm getting a lot done trying to keep my mind off the uncomfortableness.
Yesterday I didn't track any food. It went well, I think. I had some hot cereal for dinner, and I was full. I didn't check to see how many calories I had left for the day so I could eat them all, I just stopped eating when I had enough. I *do* miss getting those 5 Spark Points for entering food, though.
I would really love to organize the bookshelves today... We have a lot of books and they are just kind of all over the place at this point. Might have to twist honey's arm to help me, but it's gotta be done.
I think it's time to put in a load of laundry...
Happy snowy day!
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
It's a Pennsylvania Dutch saying - "It's getting deep!" When I was little, my Mema used to call up my mom whenever it snowed; that was the first thing she said. And now, my mom and I call each other and say it. I just love it.
It's very snowy here today, so much so that we have a day off from school. We'll be going for a long time in the summer, but I am going to enjoy this day anyway.
Why I like snow days:
I can get things done in the early afternoon - the roads are plowed and everyone else is at work. Grocery shopping, here I come.
The snow is peaceful, especially when it is fresh.
Good cardio awaits in the form of 6 inches of wet snow.
Sitting around in sweatpants is a guilty pleasure of mine.
My honey said something really wonderful about the snow - sometimes he comes up with such neat things. He said "I love when it snows because it's something you can't control." I thought about that all day yesterday and just love it. Because really, we *can't* control the snow.
One of the Spark Reflections recently had something to do with life being mostly how you react to situations... these snow days are a good test of that. I guess I *could* get upset about how long we're going to school in the summer, but won't. Instead, I will enjoy today for what it is.
My confession - I'm getting tired of tracking every little bit I eat. Honey said "Do you still track everything? You should be pretty good at knowing what you're eating by now..." And I think he's right. I actually think all this nutrition tracking might be *hurting* me a little bit. I look at my calories and think "oh, I still have 600 calories left for today" and I try to eat them all, hungry or not. If I didn't know how many calories I have "left" I'd probably just eat what I was hungry for. So even though I recently made a goal of staying in range 5 days out of 7, I think my *real* goal should be something more along the lines of "only eat when I'm truly hungry." I guess I'll have time to work on that planning today!
Off to shovel some snow...
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Well, in another weekend of lots of thinking and number-crunching, my honey and I decided that we are going to wait to sell the house. The market is crappy, we have lots to fix up, I will be getting a substantial raise in the fall... lots of various reasons. I still type it hesitantly, because we have gone back and forth so many times. Honey really doesn't mind taking risks and he is a lot more willing to jump into things than I am. I do appreciate all the support you all have given me - it's stressful, deciding to sell the house.
I guess a good thing in all of this is that we got started fixing up the house, we are purging old stuff we no longer use, and are getting a more organized life in general. Sigh...
It's snowing a little bit; I'm crossing my fingers that my car makes it up the driveway.
My taxes are done. Phew! My best friend came over last night for our annual Tax Party.
That's all for now. Happy Tuesday!
Monday, February 22, 2010
Stole this from MIa who stole it from Bobbyd who stole this from Aspenjules who stole it fromSuezette414, who stole it from Cassiopeia, who stole it from RunningWild, who stole it from Kayakid:
When's the last time you ran? Saturday morning for half a mile on the TM
Do your jeans have rips, tears, and holes in them? No
What are you dreading right now? A homeowners' association meeting tomorrow night.
Do you get the full 8 hours of sleep a night? yes, and I love every minute
If anyone came to your house on your "lazy days" what would ya'll do? Play some Mario for Wii, drink wine and eat cereal.
Who last grabbed your butt? My honey - at least I *hope* it was him!
Have you ever been on your school's track team? No - I played tennis for a year, though.
Do you own a pair of Converse? Nope.
Do you eat raw cookie dough? Of course, but it's only to make sure that it's safe for everyone else to eat.
Have you ever kicked a vending machine? No, I prefer the shaking method.
How do you eat Oreos? Don't eat them anymore, but used to eat them by dropping them into milk and eating them with a spoon.
Could you live without a computer? Honestly? No. My whole master's degree program is online.
Do you wear your shoes in the house? Slippers
Who or what sleeps with you? Who - My honey What - on occasion, the TV remote
At what age did you find out that Santa wasn't real? He's not????
How many phones, house phones and cell phones are in your house? Two cell phones.
What do you do when you're sad? Sit around with a pout on my face, cry...
Last time you saw your best friend? about 1 hour ago when I woke up
What jewelry are you wearing? nothing
Is anyone on your bad side now? no
What's the first thing you do when you get online? Check my mail.
Where do you work? At an elementary school teaching music.
What are you doing tomorrow? School, then out for coffee, then for new running shoes, and then to a meeting.
When was the last time you left your house? Yesterday morning to go grocery shopping.
Do you return your cart? Yes, and sometimes I return other people's, too.
Do you have a dishwasher? Yes.
What noise do you hear? The Loft on XM radio and the humming of our refrigerator.
Would you survive in prison? Oh lordy no.
Do you know anyone with the same name as you? First name? Yes. You know that Stephen King character that could make things move and had a really horrible prom? Yeah, that's my name. Do I know anyone personally? Not with the same spelling.
What's the last thing you purchased? A scrubbie holder for the sink. Exciting.
What brand are your pants right now? Gap jeans
What irritates you most on the internet? Those ads that you roll over and they expand... I can never avoid them!
What song best describes your life right now? Don't Think Twice, It's Alright
Do you own expensive perfume/cologne? Nope
Are you taking college classes right now? Yes - finishing up one class and next week I start the last two classes for my degree. On April 26th I will be a Master in Curriculum and Instruction. Wahoo!
Do you like sushi? Yum-O!!!!!
Do you get your hair cut every month? Used to, but a) I'm letting it grow and b) it was getting too expensive.
Do you go online everyday? YES!
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.
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