Sunday, August 22, 2010
I'm going week-by-week on this. I made myself a chart this morning, and I'll have a new chart every week - give myself a smiley face every time I do what I need to do. I am a very tactile person, and I felt the need to draw the chart myself.
I picked five things I am going to track on my chart this week:
- Pack lunch (I don't need to do this every day this week, but I'm easing into it)
- Get gym bag ready (again, easing into this)
- Spend 1/2 an hour cleaning up (so I don't have to spend hours on this over the weekend. I can get a lot done in 30 minutes!)
- Get in planned workout
- Pack school stuff for the next day (easing in)
I'm going to continue with some other goals, but I knew that those five things *need* to get done every day when school starts. I like having a little checklist so I don't feel frazzled.
This week I'm also going to think about some long-term goals. I'm within striking range of my goal weight, and I really need to step it up. I've been resting on my laurels this summer (and seemingly for the last year...) so I need to approach this with a fresh start. Maybe this will mean actually joining a Spark challenge this fall - I have been a little nervous to commit to a challenge, but staying accountable to people other than myself may be just what I need.
Last night honey made me feel really good. He told me he was really proud of me for keeping up my gym routine even though he hasn't been around much. He told me he could tell my body has changed in the last six months, which was nice - sometimes it's hard for me to see progress. It's nice to know that even though I thought he didn't notice the hard work I was putting in, he does notice it.
It's time to move laundry to the dryer and do a little vacuuming.
Rain rain rain rain rain
Saturday, August 21, 2010
a good day.
- Drank a lot of water
- went for a walk
- got to the gym and had a great workout
- kept eating relatively under control
- thought a lot about the back-to-school plan
I don't like to make excuses, but I am writing this week off as my Last Week Before School Blah Week. Eating and fitness were far from normal for me, but I think it may have been just what I needed. I feel much better today, and there is hardly any leftover rut from earlier this week.
So the rest of the night is going to be totally boring... but that's ok. Some good wine, Phillies, planning for next week... I'm feeling good and I'm letting myself be lazy, something I haven't really allowed myself to do all summer.
Friday, August 20, 2010
I was going to type "killer tomatoes," but since they are so delicious and healthy, I didn't think "killer" would be fair. So delicious it is. We got SO many tomatoes from the farm today. There are about 6 different kinds - cherry, green zebra, Brandywine... I am heading over to my neighbor's house tonight to get a lesson on how to can tomatoes. Yippee!
This morning I went to spin class - what a great feeling. My legs are sore, but definitely in a good way. After I picked up the veggies this afternoon, I stopped for some ice cream. I have been in an ice cream mood lately. I got coconut ice cream - chocolate chip cookie dough. Holy moly is it good!
I had some no-cook pasta sauce - it involved some garlic, and uncooked garlic is really stinky. So I am going to make this a short blog so I can brush my teeth before I head over to my neighbor's house.
Thursday, August 19, 2010
It has been a totally blah week. I haven't been at the gym since Sunday; every day I planned to go, but I just couldn't get off the couch. The couch was creating its own riptide of sorts, sucking me in.
But this evening, I managed to get away from the couch and go to the gym. It wasn't exactly as planned; I thought I'd go for a little TM run and then go to stretch class, but I ended up only going to class. But it was WONDERFUL. It was just what I needed to kick this rut to the curb. Now I'm not going to fool anyone and say I'm totally out of my rut, but getting to the gym and doing a good class certainly helped. I came home and even made sweet and sour pickles and I have some chicken brining right now. (I'm going to roast it later.)
This week has been like a cycle of poor choices. I was really craving chocolate, so I made brownies. I ate brownies. More brownies = less fruit. Less fruit = more brownie and "cakey" cravings. My first status today said that I was going to make good food choices. Ha! A brownie for breakfast is hardly a good food choice. Two brownies at lunch is hardly a good food choice. Buying chips is hardly a good food choice (even though they *were* baked and in a small-ish bag). I blame this rut on my medication, but I don't think that's all it is. I haven't been eating as much fresh fruit. I used to have fresh fruit with every meal. Not this past week; we've been out of fruit and I just haven't gone grocery shopping (today I stocked up). I haven't been drinking as much water. I was doing really well with getting all my water in, but for whatever reason, I just haven't been drinking as much. I have a feeling that those are two major contributors to this rut.
And honestly, I was getting tired of planning every single meal for every single day. Two weeks I did it and LOVED it, but I just wasn't feeling it this week. I wanted to eat on a whim - not necessarily bad food, but I didn't want to feel like I *had* to eat pasta on Wednesday and pizza on Thursday. Maybe I'll let this week go as my off week and get back into planning for next week. I was getting tired of cooking, too. I filled the freezer and LOVED cooking the food, but one day I woke up and thought "man, I don't feel like cooking today." So we've been using our freezer food (which is wonderful - that's the point) but it's time to get it filled back up. So tonight I came home from stretch class with a renewed attitude. I pulled the Phyllo dough for some strudel (I'll make that tomorrow morning) and I took a little inventory of what we have so I can get some more food in the freezer.
I think we all need some off time - whether it be a week, a day, a month, an hour... but the important thing is that we get back into our routine, whatever that might be. Even though I am in this rut, it's familiar. I feel myself easing out of it, and I feel my fit self coming back (although slowly!). Tomorrow morning I'm going to the gym first thing - NO EXCUSES. It's supposed to be a weigh-in day, but with the lack of water this week and the cheeseburger, fries, and cherry crumb pie for dinner last night (!) and the brownies this week (Dammit, why do home made brownies have to be so good???), I think getting on the scale will just make the rut take over again. So I will NOT get on the scale tomorrow, no matter how I feel.
To end on a positive note, the flowers I thought I killed are now thriving. There are some lovely red, yellow, pink, and white blooms out on the back porch. It's time for me to enjoy the back porch a little more. I might do a little back porch shopping tomorrow; make it a little more like a room. Maybe...
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
I wrote in a previous blog that I started taking a new prescription. My doctor recommended that I stop getting Depo-Provera shots because of loss of bone density, so about a week ago I started taking The Pill. Since then, I have had quite a few days of being moody and lethargic. Today was one of those lethargic days. I just felt like laying on the couch all day - I wasn't in a bad mood, I just didn't feel like leaving the house. I even skipped yoga tonight because I just didn't feel like getting up. Bleh.
It's not even been two weeks, so I'm not going to give up yet, but I *am* keeping track of what is going on with me. I rarely feel lethargic, so it's a little strange. Any thoughts on side effects or how long they last when you start a new medication?
But part of this moodiness probably comes from being apart from my honey. His work schedule is starting to take a toll on me, and it did even before I started my new prescription. So I'm sure that the situation isn't helping things. I am looking forward to the start of school to see if being busy and around other people (honestly, I've been a bit of a hermit this summer) helps the situation. I'll get back to a routine and I won't have time to sit around and think, which can sometimes be a good thing, but too much time to think makes me a little paranoid!
So because I like to make lists, here are some ways I'm thinking that I can fight off this moodiness and lethargy:
- Get to the gym in the morning - put on my gym clothes first thing so I don't have the option of making excuses.
- Reach out more to friends and family, especially my family. I often feel funny asking other people to listen and support me, but I shouldn't.
- Focus on some future goals - more school? new city? savings plan?
And because I like to find the positive side of things as much as (or even more than!) making lists, here are some good things:
- I haven't really had any other bad side effects from the new medication (knock on wood).
- The house is clean from all this time I have.
- There are brownies in the oven.
- I still like to go to the gym, I just need to do it with more consistency.
- My appetite is not really any different - I haven't been eating crazy amounts of food, which is a possible side effect. I *have*, however, been seriously craving chocolate and chips. Hence the brownies in the oven.
- Honey and I had a WONDERFUL time canoeing yesterday. It was SO nice to spend time together - it was a perfect day and it was a great workout to boot!
I think tonight will be a little walk around the loop and maybe some lower body ST stuff here at home. Tomorrow morning I have to get blood work done, so no eating after 8:00. I will be surely getting all my water in tonight!
Time to check the brownies...
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