Monday, July 12, 2010
I meant for yesterday to be the day where I got back into my routine, but I just wasn't feeling it. So today it is. I opened up my mail, and there was a message from my gym advertising discounted personal training sessions. That was just the thing I needed to get me going this morning. I don't know what it was about the e-mail, it just made something click.
I'm going to wait a bit to buy some sessions (it runs for a month) but I'm not going to wait to get back at my working out. I'm ready for the gym (I'll go mid-morning) and I already had three huge glasses of water. I went for my after-meal walk around the block with hardly any moaning and groaning.
Sometimes the strangest and most random things inspire... Today it was an e-mail from the gym. Who knows what it will be tomorrow.
Off to plan the week!
Sunday, July 11, 2010
Well I am back from my vacation in Portland. I had a great time - i met my first and second Spark Buddies! Mike and Kim. They took me on a really nice 2 mile run around a lake and a not-as-nice trip to do some hill work. I had to burn off all the gelato and scones somehow...
I didn't track anything, didn't write anything down, and had no regard for nutrition of food (hence all the scones and ice cream/gelato). Told myself that today was going to be the day I got back into it. But what I didn't realize is how difficult it can be to get back into a routine, especially one that is like I have! I started off tracking my breakfast, but didn't go for a walk right away after I ate. Told myself I'd make it to the gym, but didn't. I didn't even go for the walk after lunch. Instead, I took a long nap. Barely remembered to track lunch, and I didn't write in my food journal. Took me so long to get into my routine, had it down pat, and a week away makes me not want to do any of it.
I suppose tomorrow I MUST get to the gym - get *that* part of the routine back, at least. I think I'm going to ease back into my routine... maybe go back to the small Spark Streaks that worked so well for me.
The part about vacation that I love the most is also the part that I dislike the most - the lack of routine. When away, I got up when I wanted to, read a book when I wanted to, sat by the fountain for as long as I felt like it, ate when I was hungry... I can't complain *too* much - the point of a vacation is to get away from the routine and experience something different.
So tonight I'm off to sit by the pool and wait for honey to be done with work (there is a pool where he works - yahoo!) and come home and eat some veggies and pasta.
Sunday, July 04, 2010
and the flowers and the trees
and the bunnies and the bugs
and the spiders and the slugs.
One of my July goals was to walk around our neighborhood loop after every meal. It's about .45 mile long (according to the Spark map) and takes me about 8-10 minutes. It started out as a power walk so I could get it over with, but in the short time I've been doing this it's evolved into a really nice leisurely walk where I can really look at my surroundings and listen to the wildlife.
There are beautiful wildflowers all over the place. Animals are in the trees, on the ground, in the woods... chirping, woodpecking, growls (eep!)...
My little loop is full of rolling hills. At the bottom of the biggest hill, when I turn the corner and go past the mailboxes, it's always sunny and warm. It's shaded until then, so it doesn't get too hot; I love stepping into that sun.
When I leave, I have to pass my neighbor's house where their beagle lies on the porch basking in the sun. I say "Hi Buddy" and he looks up, wags his tail, then gets back to being a dog.
Yesterday I walked around the loop four times. This morning I took my coffee on my walk. It's funny - I started this challenge as just another way to get some fitness minutes in and burn some extra (minimal) calories, but it is turning into a wonderful way for me to have time to myself and enjoy nature.
Saturday, July 03, 2010
The craving for chips, that is. Last night after I picked up my veggies from the farm, I stopped for some milk and blue cheese. And the chips just called out to me. I can't deny myself the chips when they call out to me. So I get the "small" bag, which only (only - ha!) has four servings. So it's about 600 calories. Which is better than a "family size" bag, which has many more calories than that. So this is part of the Spark lifestyle for me - the small bag of chips every once in a while.
But today is a new day, and I have my meals generally planned out. Lunch is going to be a veggie soup, and dinner is either going to be soup and sandwich or hot cereal. I'll go to the gym a little later, get some running in. Maybe some elliptical - I've been enjoying the elliptical lately. I have to gear up for tomorrow! We have a picnic at my honey's cousin's house. This is a big yearly event, and this year is going to be great.
My honey's cousin has tons of people over for the 4th of July. This has usually been a day where I feel totally self-conscious. His cousin's family is all tall (think over 6' - even the daughters) and thin. They run around in their shorts and cute dresses and go in the pool in their bikinis and don't think twice. It's been two years since honey and I have been there. I'm actually looking forward to going this year. In the two years since I've been there, I've lost about 40 pounds. I can't do anything about being short, but I'm excited to see if I feel any different around his family this year. Maybe I'll actually go in the pool this year! eek! Today I'm going to be a big dork and get together the perfect outfit...
Today I will:
- drink tons of water to counteract all the salt I ate last night
- Finish packing for my Portland trip (yahoo!)
- stick to the eating plan
- paint my toenails and shine up my fingernails
- send some e-mails I've been procrastinating on
- clean out the fridge
- clean my closet room
Most of the stuff I have to do today is to prepare for next week. I want it to be as easy as possible for my honey next week while I'm away (his strong suit is not housework).
Thursday, July 01, 2010
Off to the second half of 2010, off to a new month, and off to new and improved goals.
Last night and this morning I was feeling kind of down. Kind of fat, actually. Last night when I looked in the mirror, I saw a fat me. It's been a while since I felt that way. Instead of seeing all the positive changes my body has gone through, I focused on every negative part I could. I don't know why this happened... weird. This morning I felt the same way, too. Perhaps it's because I know tomorrow is supposed to be Weigh-In Day.
I took the plunge and moved on to Step 4 of the Spark Diet - Spread the Spark. Part of this step is a "check-up" every two weeks, including a weigh-in. I get so nervous that I am still at my plateau. It's been about a year (ugh) since I've been at around the same weight, and I'm getting seriously frustrated. Not the kind of frustrated where I'm going to start eating bags of chips and take-out galore, because I really *like* this new lifestyle, but just frustrated that I may be stuck here forever. I drink all my water, I count my calories (and I measure my food!), eat tons of fruit and veg, and I get consistent workouts and rest days in. I wish I knew why my body was so resistant to getting past this plateau.
But because I'm an optimist, I have to end this blog with positive things I did today.
- drank a lot of water (still need to get some in before bed)
- went to the gym and got in a great workout
- walked around the neighborhood after every meal (including breakfast, where I don't even *have* dessert!)
- measured all my food. I discovered that I had enough calories left for a little dish of frozen yogurt. Hurrah!
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