Monday, December 21, 2009
This is a short week for me, for once I took the day before Christmas off, so I have a 4 day weekend. I NEVER do that...so it's something pretty special! Besides, with the work stress lately, wow it will be good to have 4 days off in a row!
I plan on sewing, reading, and generally enjoying time at HOME, mixed in with some dance stuff and working out on the Wii.
I ran reports on SparkPeople again today, and was much more pleasantly surprised than when I did so a couple of weeks ago. Now I can see consistency starting to happen. Notice I didn't say perfection, but consistency. 2 weeks of 4 workouts, 1 week of 3 workouts. Not perfect, but way better than the nothing I was doing before! I also noted I'm consistently about 200 cal under what I'm aiming at burning so I'm going to work on increasing my workouts by a few minutes a day and really striving for that 4 x a week or popping in an extra when possible. I'm pleased that rather than feeling "I'm such a failure" - my usual response - I'm able to see what I'm doing well and feel good about working harder to make it even more consistent.
As for the holidays, I'm trying to enjoy what I can and let the rest go. Some moments are easier than others. Here's to the most healthy Christmas week in most of my adult life, if nothing else!
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
I'm recognizing my stress load is increasing to a danger zone again. Work, financial issues, holidays, and dealing with this being the first Christmas since my dad died are adding to my usual stressers and I'm feeling the tension riding me.
Things I can do:
1) Continue to eat healthy - binging will not make the stress go away.
2) Get some exercise every day to release some of the stress.
3) Reach out to others.
4) Do something I enjoy every day.
5) Make sure I get alone time - I get really crabby if I don't have a little time to myself.
Other suggestions to stay sane? I'm all ears...
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
That's my best adjective for myself today. But it isn't all bad. These feelings make me change things around, reprioritize etc. It's not comfortable...but it's not a bad thing either.
Thinking about social injustice. We live in the greatest country on earth - and we still have social injustice. Perhaps, where there are people together, you simply have problems. Poverty, discrimination, etc. Can one person make a difference? I have to say yes and keep trying, or I am no better than those who irritate me.
Very rainy here and my arthritis HURTS. I'm not old, dammit! I never think of myself as old. I'm only 45! of course, to my 15yo, that IS old, LOL. But I have many many hopefully productive fun years ahead of me, and I must gain control of my health in order to be the wild and crazy old lady I wanna be when I really am old.
So today is another day to work on getting it right.
Monday, December 14, 2009
I just took Jodie home from the hospital - they are doing cultures but suspect a nasty case of salmonella played havoc with her diabetes. Whatever it was, she was a sick puppy and is home pretty weak and exhausted.
I surprised myself by reaching a small goal I had set, 3 pound loss in 2 weeks. I wanted to see what I could do with the Wii and sort of surprised myself with it. I know for a person who is in better shape it wouldn't be the same workout it is for me, but 4 x a week for two weeks at only 15-20 minutes a time along with changing to a low fat high fiber breakfast is pretty much the only consistent changes I made...so I was pleasantly surprised to see this a.m. that I had med the goal. Sometimes I set myself up that it has to be really hard, and REALLY a sacrifice etc...so this was a good example of small changes making a difference and it was the boost in motivation I really needed right now.
So now I want to know: what small change has lead to a good result for you?
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Went totally awry this weekend. My partner, who is diabetic, got severely ill and is hospitalized - hopefully come home tomorrow. Possible salmonella. whatever it was, her blood sugars were almost 500 and she took 6 bags of fluid and still was dehydrated.
it was an opportunity to talk about health, in a not so funny way. She plays ostrich in the sand with her diabetes/health and usually talking about it just does not happen. so this was an opportunity.
Wow, I'm tired. not the weekend I'd planned! i did manage a couple of healthy choices and managed to NOT binge, so I feel pretty darn successful food wise.
here's to a better coming week!
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