Sunday, February 02, 2014
So the first month of 2014 started out well, went downhill, then ended well. Sort of a crater, instead of a hill, which I guess isn't too bad!
For the last week I have been eating well. I have actually stayed in calorie range, and under my fat grams, which is always really hard for me. Work is still a nightmare but I'm determined that I can fight my urges to eat when I am stressed. It's not easy, but the stress isn't going to go away any time soon, and I absolutely do NOT want to go back to where I was 3 years ago.
Yup, that's me in the back....the fat one!
I swore I would never get back to that weight....in fact I swore I would never get above 150 again. Oops, after my New Orleans trip I finally got on the scale, and apparently the fact that my clothes were still fitting was deceiving me, because I was above 150 :-(.
Anyway, I'm back on track now, and hopefully when I get on the scale again tomorrow it'll be headed in the right direction.
My parents come to visit on Wed for a week, which will be nice. I know I'll eat healthy - my mom is good about making sure of that :-). And likely she'll have a good meal ready for me when I get home from work each night, which will be great! Too bad I'm not independently wealthy - if I had a live in cook then that would solve a lot of my problems LOL.
I have managed to get in my 10,000 steps every day so far this year. And let me tell you, some of those days were TOUGH! The weather has been up and down, freezing to warm, and those icy, rainy, sleety freezing days were challenging to get motivated to take Peanut for a walk to make my steps. A few days I had to jog in place while watching TV, but I did do it! For February I plan to continue that streak, and aim for an average of closer to 11 or 12k steps per day.
I'm also still being good about drinking water - I get in about 12 cups a day. That's one healthy habit that is easy to maintain.
I've been tracking my food again this last week. I plan to keep that up, although I am going to Vegas for a week for a vet conference Feb 16-21, and tracking is going to be challenging. I think I'll just write down what I eat, and not try to count calories. I know I am going to be over, but my plan is to make as many sensible choices as I can, and try to only have one big splurge a day food-wise. I know that I'll be walking all over the place, so that should help as well.
Anyway, I hope all my spark friends had a successful January, and here's hoping February is even better!
Friday, January 17, 2014
So I took off work today. I head to New Orleans tomorrow for a mini vacation, which hopefully will be lots of fun! I know I'll eat bad but I'm going to try to be somewhat good (yeah, right LOL).
Today I spent the morning sorting through papers at home. Oh joy. Not my most favorite thing, but something that needed to be done. Then I decided I didn't feel like cleaning anything else, so I wound up going out geocaching with Peanut and a couple of friends with their two little dogs. We went to a park we had been to a couple of months ago, where I knew there were nice trails and also some geocaches we hadn't found before. We had a really good time - found 3 "normal" caches and then decided to try for a puzzle cache. I usually avoid those because I never know what I'm doing, but it was right where we were. I turned out to be a total blast!
**spoiler alert** if any Austin geocachers are reading (yeah right LOL) stop now if you don't want to have a cache potentially ruined for you :-)
You had to find a container at the first location, and inside the container were other coordinates. The cache was called "Line of Sight" and it turns out that when you got to the second location, there was a big tree, and hanging up high was a flag. It took a while to see the flag, actually, and originally I was looking around at what I thought was white paint. My friends spotted the flag, and then we were thinking we had to get it down somehow. That didn't seem right, and then we spotted a string - going from the flag to another tree. I couldn't really see the silly string, so lucky my two friends had better sight than I did! We followed the string from tree to tree (black string, little string, big tall leafy trees - not the easiest thing to do!). The string finally led to the final cache container, hidden in a dead fallen tree trunk. Really cool!
So much fun to be out with the dogs too, and today was 60 and sunny so really nice weather. We spent about 3 hours, did about 3 miles, and had a great time.
Then I went home, dropped off my tired pup, and headed to the movies to see Lone Survivor. It was a great movie, and now I am back home, once again procrastinating laundry and packing LOL.
But since my flight leaves at 11:30 tomorrow morning, I can't procrastinate much longer!
More when I return from New Orleans next week...
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
I really wish SP would automatically spin the wheel if you are on this site doing anything. Somehow apparently I forgot to spin the wheel yesterday, even though I logged food and was on the site. So my new streak that started Jan 1st is already blown. So disappointing and frustrating. I really wanted to start a good long streak on Jan 1.
That's one of the only streaks that shows up on your home page too, so each day now I have to look at it and see less than 100%. Don't know why it bothers me, but it does! Well, I guess I do know why it bothers me....because I *did* log onto SP, I just didn't click the stupid icon to spin the wheel!
Not going to let it frustrate me too much, need to go walk 2.5 miles even though I don't want to, so I don't blow the streak I have going of getting in 10,000 steps a day :-).
Sunday, January 12, 2014
First blog entry since Jan 1st, about time I checked in!
2014 is going okay so far. I didn't really make any resolutions, those never seem to do much for me except give me something to fail at LOL. I didn't write down any goals per se for January, but so far I have made my 10,000 steps (5 miles) every day. I haven't always felt like it, and there were a couple of days that I almost said "screw it who cares" but I got up off the sofa and got my steps in! My plan is to do at least 10,000/day in January, and then increase that in February (not sure if I'm going to go for 11k or 12k/day).
My eating has been so-so. Better than it was over the holiday time, but not nearly as good as it should be. And yesterday at the store I threw a bag of dark chocolate covered pretzels in the cart :-(. I don't know why I let myself do that...I knew I wouldn't be able to resist eating too many, and sure enough, I ate some before dinner, and then wound up finishing the entire bag after dinner! Oops. No wonder I'm not losing weight LOL.
Yesterday Peanut and I went out geocaching and wound up doing about 3 miles of walking/hiking. It was absolutely gorgeous out - lots of sunshine, 70s, deer and birds all over! Very nice and relaxing.
Today we went to the hike and bike trail and spent 1.5 hours doing 4.5 miles. I had a good time, but at the halfway point we cross over the river on a bridge, and then go under the railroad bridge. There was a train, and it completely freaked Peanut out. So he spent the whole rest of the walk pulling hard to get back to the car, with his tail tucked the whole time :-(. I felt bad for him. He's been sleeping since we got back though!
I am off to Zumba here in a few minutes. Haven't been lately, so it'll be good.
I need to start doing some weight lifting/strength training. The body pump classes just don't work into my schedule, so need to lift free weights or use the machines. I feel like I'm really getting flabby, and I know building muscle will help burn more calories by boosting my metabolism. Easier said than done, though!
I think I also need to start running again, haven't done much lately at all, just been walking. If the weather stays warmer like it has been, I might go running tomorrow or Wed.
Hope everyone has a good Sunday!
Wednesday, January 01, 2014
So I had every intention of getting on SparkPeople this morning and writing a blog saying that I was going to be taking a break from here. I've really lost a lot of motivation lately. 2013 started out great, but has kind of ended for me with a fizzle. At the beginning of the year, I was incredibly close to my weight loss goal, and I was making plans for my big reward trip/cruise with my mom to NZ and Australia. I didn't quite make it to my goal before our trip, but I did manage to make it to 141lbs, which was over 60 lbs down from when I started my weight loss / lifestyle change journey. Go me!
I gained a little weight on my trip, but not too much, which was great. Again, go me, right? Hmm maybe not, because things started going downhill from there.
In the months after my cruise, I started gradually gaining weight. Uh oh.
I could say I don't know what happened, but the fact is that I *do* know what happened - I lost motivation and stopped making a real effort. No one to blame but myself.
I think it started with finding out that the Army Reserve denied my application. I had been working really hard towards trying to get in the reserves, and then it all just sort of fell apart. That was depressing, to say the least. As much as I try to have the attitude of
it gets harder and harder the older I get.
Plus I had already "rewarded" myself with my vacation, so it seemed like there really wasn't anything more to be working towards. I've been on and off SP and "restarted" multiple times in the last few months, but nothing has really stuck.
Work sucks right now - we had a reorganization and I have a new high level supervisor, who is a horrible manager and a serious micro-manager. Nothing we do is right, everyone is stressed and grumpy, and it makes it really tough to want to go to work. I really like my job, and I like the people I work with, but I absolutely cannot deal with someone like this new guy (who is in Oklahoma, and appears to be letting his hatred of all things Texas impact his job).
I don't deal well with stress. I know this. I thought I was getting better, but I'm not LOL. It doesn't help that I don't really have any friends here. That just makes it easier to wallow in my own misery.
I was ready to give up last night. Just say "the heck with it" and sign off of here.
But I woke up this morning and decided that I can't let myself have that defeatist attitude. Yes, work sucks. I can find another job. Yes, I don't have any friends. Well, that's not really true, I have "virtual" friends here on SP, and while that's not the same as having someone I can call up and go do things with, it's not nothing. I don't want to go back to where I was 3 years ago. I want to be healthy, I want to continue losing weight, I want to be happy.
I can make this happen, despite what life throws at me.
So yet again, here's a new start. I reset all my trackers, and I'm ready to make 2014 be the year I achieve my goals. It's not going to be easy, I know that. But I guess I'm not ready to give up quite yet.
I hope everyone else out there in virtual Spark world has the same attitude, and we all achieve what we set out to do this year, no matter how tough it is.
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