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Tuesday check in....

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

I had three days of 10K steps under my belt and then the weekend hit. Saturday I worked and...forgot to put on my fitbit til almost 10 a.m., when I'd been up at 5. no good. The rest of the weekend was lazy and I got sucked into the amazing world of ancestry dot com and....that was that.

Yesterday, back at it with a vengence, 11k+.

More learned on getting 10K a day:
If I don't get a morning workout (zumba), I have to walk on both my breaks and take a 45 min to an hour walk at night. This isn't a bad thing, but some evenings are booked and fitting that 45-60 min in is a bear.

Wearing slippers around the house defeats step counting. I guess I shuffle more with slippers on. I spent over 2 hours in the kitchen putzing around with some recipes going back and forth, out to the garage a dozen times or more, etc and had less than a 1000 steps. I knew it wasn't right and when I began to pay attention to what I was doing...noticed the shuffle shuffle instead of "steps".

But, back at it with a vengeance today. :)

  
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LADYVOLSFAN1954 5/29/2013 10:34AM

    That's good to note, about the shuffle instead of steps. Maybe that's why I don't do good on tracking steps.
Ancestry.com can really suck you in. I've put off working on my genealogy because my laptop crashed and took everything with it including all the genealogy. I had over 10,000 individuals in it. So I have to start over with everything. I have some print outs but they don't include the source info. Sighs....
Good luck getting in your steps!

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Turning lemons into lemonade...

Saturday, May 25, 2013

or, trying to.

I was so excited about the three-day weekend! Then.....I found out at 3 pm yesterday I have to work today because I wasn't notified of someone's vacation request and they have family coming into town and....

No three-day for me. I tried to be gracious, but I was really disappointed. Last night, I had a really bad attitude about it. A lot of work stuff has been building up and this was sort of the straw that made me fall apart (when I got home).

But, today is a new day...and I'll still have 2 days off. I just keep telling myself that.

10,000 steps a day streak: Three days. Took a walk around the block at 9 pm to make it, but I did it!

Food...ahem. Not so great. That work "Stuff" I mentioned? Coupled with my partner's continued unemployment? The realization my 27 yo alcoholic daughter is drinking really heavily ...again? yeah. "Stuff" is what I did to my face yesterday. Overall, it's not a horrible binge or anything, but there was some mindless eating in there I could have done without. That said, I'm coping pretty much as best I can with my stress. Walking is definitely a stress release for me, so those 10K steps are helping.

I realized last night, I need some fun. Life has not been fun. It's been one hurdle after the next for quite awhile. Then I had to think, what is "fun" for me and how do I get there on a squeeky tight budget of both time and money?

Crafts. I love crafts. I love playing with color, paper, paint, clay, glitter, modge podge, you name it. I have projects that need to be completed...but they are large and some of them are more "work" than fun - bellydance costuming etc. Those "have" to be done, have deadlines etc and they do not count as "fun". I'm not sure that makes sense, maybe this analogy will: A professional photographer shoots a wedding. He might enjoy his work....but it's work. It's not for fun. Maybe that gives an idea of what I mean.

So, I'm going to set aside some time this weekend to work on something crafty that is not "required" or pending a deadline. I'm giving myself a $20 budget if I need to go out and get materials, and i'm not going to feel guilty about it (yes, I'm talking to myself here) because $20 for some sanity is pretty damn cheap.

  
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TERRYT55 5/27/2013 12:17AM

    YAY for you and your 10,000 steps a day. I am so proud of you! My husband laughs at me as he is laying in bed and I'm pacing all over the bedroom to get those last few steps. Keep up the good work!

I'm so sorry about your partner's continued lack of employment, sorry you had to work this weekend and very sorry about your daughter. You have a lot of hurdles to jump right now.

Enjoy crafting this weekend and continue making that lemonade!

Take care, my friend

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BUSYGRANNY5 5/25/2013 8:48AM

    Your disappointment/anger is 100% understandable...good for you for taking some time to "vent" /reflect and then making the best of a not so great situation... I have to do that, too!!! (Sometimes it's very, very hard for me NOT to vent when I'm still in the middle of the situation, but I'm getting better in that area.

Good for you for realizing you NEED/DESIRE to have some fun and putting a plan into place for doing just that! We ALL need FUN time, but often times forgo fun for what we HAVE to do or feel OBLIGATED to do... too much of which can lead to unhappiness... so good for you for saying, "Hey, I need to have a little bit of fun"!! Enjoy your craft time!

Have a blessed weekend!


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Keepin' on

Friday, May 24, 2013

10,000 steps a day streak: 2 days.

Due to appointments and work meetings, getting 10K steps yesterday required about 45 minutes of walking at 7:00 pm again. But I did it. I also did a conditioning video with a dance friend that drilled some dance technique but was mostly yoga/pilates-based stuff and....ow. A reminder of the muscle I've lost for sure. I was feeling pretty stoved up last night after all that even after a long hot soak and this morning....well, ow.

But, I did it. Now, to do it again today - at least the 10K steps part.

  
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TERRYT55 5/27/2013 12:23AM

    So proud of you, Lisa......it's tough to get 10,000 steps.

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SUSIEQ911 5/24/2013 7:57AM

    Great job!

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I did it!

Thursday, May 23, 2013

I made 10,000+ steps yesterday.

During the day I got up and walked, a lot. I tried marching in place when I had to wait (though I discovered the Fitbit doesn't really seem to pick up my marching in place steps, more like half). At 7 pm last night I had 6500. So, I put my shoes back on and walked the dog. Not far enough. Another walk around the block. Almost. 250 steps of walking around the house and I was done.

Now to do it...today.

  
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SUMMER2203 5/23/2013 12:09PM

    nice!!!!! i seem to be able to make it to 10000 on most days, but CANNOT get to 15000! next goal!

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The Path of Least Resistance

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Been awhile since I posted. I lurk on SP a lot, but...it takes time and energy to commit to teams/participate and I haven't had either.

I've been amazed at how darn hard it's been to increase my steps. It's really easy to sit at my desk during work for a good 2 hours without getting up once. Even with walks on breaks, my step count has been sinking rather than rising.

I want to fix this. I want to fix it badly. How am I going to do it? Well...

I'm back at doing Zumba in the a.m. several times a week. Even if it's only a 15 minute session, it's adding steps.

A SP/Fitbit friend mentioned setting her Outlook calender at work to remind her to get up and move. I'm going to start that today.

I need to start adding in walks after work. Planned on last night, but we had high winds and rain. I went grocery shopping instead, lol.

This has to change. The count has to go up for me to be getting the calorie burn I need to maintain. Belly dance unfortunately does not count. I can take a 15 min walk at work and get 1400 steps easy. I can do 15 minutes of dance practice, and dance hard, and the Fitbit says I took 250 steps. I took a lot more than that, but because of the nature of dancing - knees are always soft and steps are more gliding - it doesn't register the steps taken. I think my body also does not recognize the steps taken because if so, my dance time alone should help keep my weight in check. There is a lot of muscle being used, so I don't think it's "wasted time" (besides the fact it's my art), but it means that I have to go above and beyond the dance time. That makes time an issue, because I dance frequently.

Blah blah blah. I'm rambling. :)

All this to say, yes, my weight IS still at exactly the same point it's been for darn near a year, 244. doesn't seem to matter what I eat, doesn't seem to matter how much I dance or add walks on breaks etc. That means I must do more.

That's sort of a daunting thing.

  
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SWEETNEEY 5/22/2013 10:05AM

    emoticon I find that when I get to work, I sometime don't get up from desk for the entire day. May to use the bathroom and then heat up something in the microwave. So the only way I can get fB is to exercise in the evening. I've logged as little as 2500 steps in a day when I don't exercise - that's just walking up the steps to work and walking down.

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