Sunday, March 07, 2010
That's one of the latest groups I joined on Facebook. My Jetta just LOVES to show me the check engine light. And yesterday was no exception. There I was, driving down to my mom's house, and my car started bucking like a mechanical bull and blinking the light at me. I am getting very good at calling AAA for a tow truck. So they took my car away - hopefully it made it to the mechanic - and my mom took me to her house. Today my honey is meeting us halfway so I can get home.
Other than that, it was a nice weekend. I stopped in at my favorite store for a new skirt. They didn't have it in the store, but I wanted to try something similar on just to see what size they should order. Took a six and a four into the dressing room, just for fun. What could it hurt. Well, the four fit. What???? The girl came over and said "which size do you want to order?" "You can order me the size four." I could have floated out of the store. The skirt is super cute, and it should be here in about a week. Yay!!!
Symphony was good, dinner was good. Got two yummy appetizers so I'd have room for dessert. The restaurant we went to has a pastry chef, and their desserts are SUPER. I left room for a piece of dark chocolate raspberry truffle cake. HEAVEN.
Today I will:
Drink lots of water
Finalize my research topic
Get my clothes ready for the week
Saturday, March 06, 2010
...generally a success. I set some new goals for myself, continued the Not Tracking Food experiment, and renewed some commitments I'd kind of forgotten about.
Lesson: My goals need to be more specific. One of my goals was "make healthy food choices." Kind of vague - It was hard to remember this goal throughout the week. Next week it changed to "limit of 1 sweet per day." Also, I may start tracking a bit more. I got a little nervous toward the end of the week because I just wasn't sure where I was, calorie-wise.
Lesson: I need to keep in mind that some things are not worth stressing about. I was so worried about my crazy Wednesday schedule that I thought about it wayyyy too much. Turned out that the evening went smoothly and it just wasn't that big a deal. Breathe.
Lesson: Leave time for reading. It's such a wonderful thing to curl up with a good book.
One of the commitments I revisited was that of living a more simple life. To live more simply is one of my long-term goals, and I think I let that get away from me. I'm not going to go out and live in a cabin, but I *do* want to focus more on having good experiences instead of getting more *things*. I just got my tax refund (hoo-ray!) and I planned out what to do with it. I noticed that almost everything is an experience - CSA membership, personal trainer, a local running program... My commitment to being fit and healthy depends more on having good experiences rather than things. This will continue to be a focus for me. Although I could use a new pair of shoes.
Tonight is symphony with my mom. Yay! I am driving down this morning and we're getting our nails done, going to dinner, and then symphony. I made a choice last night to just get the chips instead of the chips AND ice cream so that I could eat dinner guilt-free tonight. (For some reason I always get a craving for chips on the way back from the chiropractor. Since I'm only going every 2-3 weeks now, I think I might allow that evening for chips or Chinese food.)
Before I head out for swimming, I have to tell you one of my favorite parts about being newly slim. When my honey hugs me, he says things like "Oh my goodness I forgot how little you were now! Look how close together my hands are!" He also humors me by feeling my biceps.
Thursday, March 04, 2010
Yesterday I was all worked up about having my afternoon totally packed with things to do. Well I went and got my body fat % tested - it's within the "normal range" (Holy mackerel - first time ever!) but I'm still going to work on getting that percentage down. Got a good little 15 minute swim in, and made it to rehearsal on time. Phew. Wasn't home all evening, but no matter.
My gym is running a special right now on personal training sessions - $210 for 5 sessions. Since I never paid for a personal trainer before, I don't know if that's truly a good deal or not. When I first saw that, I totally dismissed the idea of a trainer - "I know everything! I can just read how to do stuff." But the girl who did my measurements last night let me know that the 5 sessions could be spread out - and I could even buy a block of sessions at that special price. It got me thinking about working with a trainer; I'd like to get my body fat % down by increasing muscle; a trainer would give me some new things to do to increase that muscle; new exercises would really kick up my workouts; I should be getting my tax refund soon, and some of that money on a trainer would be an investment in my health. Hmmm... I'm going to bring it up to honey that I'd like to work with a trainer and see what he says. I mean, it's *my* money, but I like to get his opinion since we are partners.
Today is another full day. Meeting a friend for coffee after school, going for a little TM run - I'm still on the ten minute run thing testing out my knee, Pilates with my gym buddy, and then I have some school work to do when I get home. Phew! I don't consider the gym "work," though. It's my time to get away from my "real world" responsibilities.
Took Butts and Guts on Tuesday. Didn't feel it so much yesterday, but today? WHOA. Quads and hams are feeling it.
Off to make today's lunch... forgot to take chili out of the freezer last night, so I'll have to do a quick thaw so I can get some out of the container.
Fun news - I got my CSA application last night. I am so excited to be getting fresh, local produce this summer! Wahoo!
Wednesday, March 03, 2010
My honey will attest to this - sometimes I get worked up over little things, things that shouldn't even be a big deal.
I was asked to fill in for the rehearsal accompanist at musical rehearsal tonight. I said sure, as I am usually willing to help others out. Not a big deal. Last night after my gym classes, I scheduled a body fat test for this afternoon, forgetting I agreed to play for the musical. Oh no! How am I going to fit my 1/2 an hour of swimming in??? So last night I just couldn't stop thinking about what I was going to do (yeah I know, "Carrie, just call and reschedule the body fat test.") But today is supposed to be my swimming day, and one March goal is to do all scheduled workouts. Aaaahh!
So anyway, I decided that it would not be the end of the world if instead of swimming for 30 minutes, I swam for 20, or even 15 minutes. My thought is that since I committed to my workouts, I need to be consistent, even if it *is* a short little swim.
This evening is going to be busy. But it's a good thing.
This whole overreaction to my teeny conflict showed me something good, though. I realized that I'm putting my health and my fitness first. Even with two grad classes, musical rehearsal, and various other things on my to-do list, fitness is a priority. Holy moly.
My gym buddy and I had a great time last night - I am super excited that she joined the gym!!! I am very good about getting to the gym on my own, but this extra little bit of accountability will be extra-good for me. Wahoo!
I was super productive this morning for some reason... took out the trash, changed a light bulb, ran the dishwasher, packed my gym clothes, made pasta for lunch... love the morning.
Today I will:
- drink at least 4 Siggs full of water (I've been slacking on the water at school, and I need to get back into drinking more water at work)
- stay calm and do one thing at a time
- not eat any of the chocolate in the faculty room (yesterday there was a giant bag of dark chocolate - a really good kind - on the table, and I just couldn't help myself. Sigh.)
- not feel guilty about eating the chocolate yesterday - today is a new day, and guilt won't do me any good.
Happy Hump Day!
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