Friday, July 23, 2010
So after yesterday morning's self-pity party, I got some great advice from some Spark friends. Secretly, I was hoping that they would wallow along with me, but instead, I got (to paraphrase) "get up and do something! Don't just sit around being sad."
It was great advice. I got a lot done yesterday, and I stayed within my calorie range. I even made it to two classes at the gym last night and burned a ton of calories. I went for my walk after every meal, and I was able to control my cereal eating (at least, better than I had been).
As good as it felt to vent a little and get my sadness and frustration off my chest, it felt wonderful to pick myself up and be strong enough to get past it. I did a seriously awesome job at the gym last night. I sweated up a storm and today I can really feel those lunges. Yahoo!
So today I am once again taking some advice and getting some stuff done.
Today I will:
Make bread dough - in process. The yeast is doing its thing.
Pick up my drycleaning.
Work on my scrapbook from last summer's trip to San Francisco.
Watch a movie (something I don't do enough of - I often think of movies as a waste of time, but I really *do* enjoy that time where I don't have to do another thing).
Give myself a pedicure
Make blueberry muffins (no, they aren't gone from 2 days ago already, but they freeze really well and I have to use up the blueberries in the fridge).
Take a nap.
Off to get some bread going... I am mixing it by hand, so I'll get in a good arm workout! Ha! Cooking/baking is so relaxing sometimes. I love focusing on the food and really taking the time to make a great product. It's so rewarding to eat food that I put so much care into making.
Thursday, July 22, 2010
My honey is a chef, so he works odd hours. I am fine with this. It took me a while to get used to, but now it's good. He loves what he does, and we get some weekend time off together to enjoy together time. He is one of two chefs at his restaurant.
The problem is that the other chef left. I'm not going to bore you with the details, but the gist is that my honey is the only one doing the cooking now. This means that he is working EXTRA long hours, sometimes from 11am - 11pm. I understand that he has to do this until they can hire someone else - the good/bad thing is that my honey is good at his job and is the only one there right now that can do what he does. Sigh.
So other than the huge problem of not getting to see my honey nearly as much as I'd like to is that I spend many days by myself. I am ok in the morning, ok in the afternoon, but when evening rolls around, all I want to do is eat eat eat. Yesterday I was doing really well until dinner. I had a bowl of cereal. And another one. Then some pasta with marinara. Then two bowls of frozen yogurt. Sigh... it's like because nobody is here to watch me eat it, I'm not eating it at all. Weird, I know.
This morning I'm feeling a little bummed. Honey has to go in early today - they are doing a lunch for a local business (they usually just do dinner), so lord knows when I'll see him tonight. I'm feeling sad and a little angry, too. I'm angry at the restaurant for waiting this long to find someone else... It's been almost three weeks and my honey has been working just about every day. So I suppose that food has been taking the place of my honey. Sigh...
So to analyze, my problem time is evening. What can I do to make this not a problem? Schedule workouts in the evening. I need about 1-2 hours of no eating *before* my workout, and after my workout I don't feel like ruining all my hard work. I can also plan evening activities, preferable away from home.
I keep telling myself this won't last forever, but it's hard. I know it would be much worse if I didn't have the support of my Spark friends. Thank you!
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
It's storming - which is wonderful. I love listening to thunderstorms! I especially like when they are kind of far away. Got my post-breakfast walk in before the rain started. Phew!
Yesterday I set out to fill the freezer with all kinds of stuff, and use up some of the veggies we have from the farm. Made blueberry muffins (I ate one and put the rest into the freezer), cole slaw, soup, rice, and I split a whole chicken. What a mess. But I was so excited that I did it! Yahoo!
I have a bit more time today to make some more food, so I'm going to make some marinara and pizza/bread/pita dough. It is so nice to have food in the freezer to just pull out for dinner.
Today I will:
Drink a ton of water
Write in my food journal
Get an easy workout in (perhaps a swim?)
Do a load of laundry
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Drink more than enough water.
Pay attention to my hunger level.
Make marinara, blueberry muffins, cole slaw, and potato salad.
Go grocery shopping.
Go to Butts and Guts & Power Yoga - or go for a bike ride (it's been a while and I think the weather will be perfect today)
My upper body is pleasantly sore from yesterday's workout. I started using the rowing machine - I think my upper back is going to thank me for that.
There is a special going on at the gym right now on personal training. I think I may buy some sessions and go once a month to get a monthly workout routine. I can't afford to go every week, but I think once a month will be good for me.
Monday, July 19, 2010
There was a time, about a month ago, when I really paid attention to my hunger level. I drank a ton of water, didn't eat when I wasn't hungry, and didn't feel the need to fill my stomach until it felt like exploding. Not so much right now.
I was doing really well today, and then I ate the piece of pumpkin cheesecake that was in the fridge. It wasn't even good. This was in *addition* to the half piece of chocolate cake I ate for lunch. That wasn't that good, either. At least I had the sense to throw that one away when I realized it wasn't that good.
This day goes to show that I don't have the willpower I thought I did. If there is cake or pie or cookies in the house, I eat them. Simple as that. I can't help it, which is why that kind of food is rarely in the house at all. Bleh.
Just poured myself another big glass of water. I know, I should have done that *before* I ate the pie.
So what works? Well, going for a walk after eating and before dessert helps. It gives me time to think if I'm really hungry for dessert (usually the answer is "no"). I think I forgot *why* I was going for that walk - I went for the walk tonight, but it was after dessert. That wasn't the point of walking around the block - I need to remind myself of the walk's purpose.
I am done eating for tonight. I don't see how anything else would fit in my stomach right now. It's water for the rest of the evening. I'm going to cut out some inspirational things from my latest Fitness magazine as well. I need to have some kind of goal in mind... right now I'm just kind of cruising along, eating too much pie. Not good.
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