Sunday, September 29, 2013
It's Sunday.... beautiful, sunny, cool, day. Here I sit after the 2 doughnut binge! It was good, believe me. I haven't enjoyed donuts for a long time and today with my coffee, it tasted OH, SO GOOD. Yum, chocolate on top, Boston cream inside. Then of course, one apple fritter. Nothing like apples in the fall!
I was thinking that tomorrow is Oct 1 - new day, new month, new challenge. Then I found out that tomorrow is not OCT, but yet another day before I get there. A new challenge was going to be tomorrow, so why not start NOW???
UGH.. I have many, many excuses! I seem to get the exercise thing going else, I get the food thing in check, but n'er do I get the two going together. My head isn't there. It's work, it's a push, it's a psych out for my brain and yet, I shy away.
Truth of the matter is, I've been getting up every day in pain. Sore joints, shoulders, back etc. and I have been exercising by walking a couple miles most days. I have been stretching, but maybe not enough (maybe that's why I'm sore?). I cannot seem to get it going and now, just want to forget it! So today, I'm going to take a breather and relax. No need to push, condone, or beat myself up for what I didn't do!
And even though tomorrow isn't October 1, I'm getting right back to it - I know what I have to do and I know how to do it, so that's the plan for me!
Monday, September 02, 2013
Sleepy, yes! Motivated - NO! This morning's sendoff of my husband's granddaughter and her parents was a down and up situation! I spent the weekend, cooking, ushering, chatting, and being as hospitable as a working woman can be with a 3-day weekend. These 3-day extravaganza's are few and far between and I usually unwind and relax.
Friday night - "they're coming, they'll be here about 9", he says! And, change of plans, they decided to leave on Saturday morning. Saturday "you HAVE to have a hair appt now, when you know you're getting company?". There was no indicator, no timing of a Saturday arrival so I suppose I was to sit and wait, but that's just not me.
Saturday afternoon - "they're here!". Yes, the three year old adorable princess and her parents. Cookout, visiting, cleaning... you know the drill!
Sunday, I give the mama a break and my husband takes his son and granddaughter on the light rail, to the park, on the horseback carriage ride. I take the mama and my own daughter and we shop, shop, drive, shop. Then we all meet back at the house. We HAVE to go to the local festival together. We started out just fine, then a downpour of "cats and dogs" along with lightening. Late nights, long days and I'm tired!
Sunday is "bye bye Grandma Nanci" day. Push off is early and I look around the house that's full of leftover visitor stuff, empty glasses, dirty carpet, sheets to wash etc. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed every minute, but now - "I AM TIRED". Where did my long weekend go? Now, it's recovery time and I'm enjoying my crochet habit on the couch after I cleaned the downstairs of my house.
I'm playing the mind games. "Get up - clean your room" "go to the gym" " eat breakfast" "call your best friend" etc! But the reality of all of this is - I need a break! I'm tired, and I just need a rest!!!
Doing the best I can at the moment, but whew.... BUSY Weekend! That's all I can say!
Monday, August 12, 2013
So it's 4 am, been awake since 2 am and I really need the sleep. I have been out of sorts since coming back from Asia and I cannot seem to get this time zone thing back to my usual routine. I don't like these nights, I don't appreciate little sleep, and tomorrow is a job interview when all i can think about is how tired I'll be by 2 pm, my nap time of late! Ahhh!
Lots of thinking time available - too much time inside my own head to be worthwhile to me. My daughter has moved to her university apartment (starts school soon), my husband came home from his weekend trip north visiting family and did not even ask me about my trip (I was gone 2 weeks), and none of my friends (NONE) have called me to see how I'm doing. So feeling a bit left out and maybe not appreciated. I know, I know... I could have done something different! See, usually, I am the one who makes all the contact and asks all the questions. I'm wondering if perhaps I need to worry about THEM less and ME more! Yes, I think that's it.
Back to the gym, back to the food plan, and back to the ordinary, stressful life I live. I'm in need of change. I am tired of the same routine and need to change it up a bit! Starts with motivation and you ALL help me with that! I appreciate every bit. For today, I'm going to stay right here where my feet are and take better care of myself. I KNOW that when I do this, all will be well!
Friday, August 09, 2013
What a long journey, hours and hours of flying and finally home! No luggage, but home! What an awesome experience I've had over the last couple of weeks. Interesting cultural shock and talk about HEAT... you don't know heat until you've been in Asia. Heat like, you just go outside in the morning with a fresh shower and clean clothes and in 5 minutes you are SOAKED all the way through to your skin. Heat so humid that you don't want to eat! REALLY!
I don't think I ever caught up with drinking enough water. No matter how much I drank, it just wasn't enough to cool me off. Not only that - I don't think I ever WANTED to eat - LOL!!! That's a switch!
Best observation was the gorgeous Asian people. Thinner than thin and I saw very few with any excess weight. They eat rice nearly every day - believe that? Just a little meat and a little vegetables. I recall going to a fancy restaurant in Singapore with my team and looking at what the waiter was bringing out. I thought oh my... going to walk away hungry. Couple of dumplings, some rice, a little chicken altogether. But, walked out of there stuffed. Much slower indulgence pace and a lot more social gathering!
There were many bakeries there and in Hong Kong, but no place to sit down and enjoy. Just buy it and get out. Interesting though, not so many people inside and not alot of people eating sweets. Too hot, too much "real food" available, and people generally not interested. (I still want to be one of those).
What I missed the most was my Sparksfriends, my HUMID (ha!) weather in the southern states, and my own bed. Yes there is no place like home and I'm not moving to Asia anytime soon!
Sunday, July 28, 2013
HA! Just temporarily fellow Sparkers. I'm actually working overseas this week. Interesting thing is that the fiftness routine stays the same. I am a hotel gym rat now - today is day 3 of that!! Time for JUST me (and later work, of course).
I am intrigued by the Asians living here - how slim & trim. The designer haute couture which from the windows of the shops all seem to be about a size 2 or 4 no way and the dresses are all short - at least 6" above the knee. When I walk by each window, I am reminded of my sluggish U.S. lifestyle with office chairs, long bouts of sitting, and couch potato actions. The fun for me is watching people up and moving. Restaurants packed, all the designer stores filled with buyers (really, Prada bag for $3000 and they are swarming)? Dressed for "shopping" and many, different styles to take in. Somewhat of a fashionista place! But the reality of it is - anything goes! I have to say, I felt like a "sloppy" American yesterday with my black denim skirt and black tennis shoes with the fuscia shoestrings to match my fuscia shirt. Oh lord, I have work to do with my wardrobe!
I found a tailor in a back corner of a shopping tower that is making me a suit. Yes, custom fitted. He measured, his wife measured, we chatted about style, fitting, etc. So I'm standing at his workshop thinking, hmmm I'm going to fork out a little money for this quality perfection suit and then lose weight? How will I wear it, what will I do then? Realization hit me over the head like an oak 2x4! I'm going to wear it, wear it well and worst case - have it tailored to fit when the pounds come falling off!
Bottom line is: People are people no matter where they are. If you ignore our distinct physical packaging - we all have the same struggles and challenges. We work, we take care of our families, we shop, we are entertained, and ALL OF US - WE EAT! Only difference is our choices in what we pick up and how we manage it (exercise or not)!
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