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.
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.
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.
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.
Monday, April 22, 2013
Whew. Life's been a whirlwind. Good things, hard things, sucky things, you know, things.
Still grappling with trying to get to 10K steps a day. Grrr. Averages around 7K-ish... So, for now, the goal: Get to 7500 steps a day CONSISTENTLY. Then we'll worry about 10K.
Food: I've been consistently (there's that word again!) whittling down my carb intake. The goal? around 100 carbs a day from fruits and veggies, not from grains. Again, I'm about 70% successful. What am I shooting for realistically? 80%. If I can eat 80% on track consistently...that will be a great place from which to fine tune and attain the goal of eliminating more processed foods. All at once? yeah. that works for about 2 hours for me. What seems to be working? Consistently (3x I've said that now) adding more veggies and reducing grains/processed foods. Replacing grains with veggies. Walking away from the sugar.
This is National "Lab" week and of course, I work in a lab. What does that mean? Food! I should say, Carbs! Today, pizza. Instead, I ran home for an early lunch of a giant salad with lots of chicken and veggies (new fave: Trader Joe's "Healthy 8" - prechopped mix of broccoli, cabbages, radishes, jicama, etc - great for tossing in a salad!) and so far I have avoided the lure of the aroma of pepperoni wafting up the stairs....Tomorrow? Sub sandwiches. I will likely try the same tactic to avoid the carb fest - eat my own salad right before food arrives so I won't be starving and dive in...
Water continues to be an issue. Working it, but it's an issue.
I've cut way, way back on diet soda. I would not say I am free of it, pretty much have at least one drink out of my partner's cup a day, but I no longer buy my own and now I'm working on not pouring my own at home either - just because she drinks it doesn't mean I need to!
CPAP usage: 85%. I'm pretty darn proud of that one! I might miss one night a week on the weekend from falling asleep before I put it on...but otherwise, it's on every night and I can FEEL the difference!
Weight? Exactly the same: 244. Nope, no change. Haven't measured in around a month. Not in any hurry to either. I get on the scales maybe once a week, or every other week. Doing this is about feeling better. YES, I want to lose weight, but....the scale is my quickest tool to sabotage myself so, no. Just say no....
That's it! I've been lurking around SP all this time, watching my friend feed - I'm watching you friends, LOL! Just too busy to post much or do much else on the site.
i'm working it though!!
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