Monday, October 21, 2013
I've been slacking lately and feeling quite badly about it. I haven't even been logging on to SP (great new homepage btw).
I had goals to accomplish by Nov 1 and I haven't met a single one of them and last night I had one of my "OMG I SUCK" evenings. Which, to be fair, was unfair. I haven't regained. I've just stayed steady. For a very very very long time. Because I stopped trying.
Which is a very me thing to do.
So right now, I want to focus on things I do right and very well.
1. Exercise. I really DO love running. Once I get started. Sadly, my running has been sporadic at best and non-existent for at least a week. That ends tonight and I AM going for a run and getting back on that schedule. At the very least, I should be doing things I LIKE to do when they're darned healthy things to do.
2. Breakfast. I love my morning smoothie and at 330 calories of fruit packed goodness, it's a habit I'm glad I maintain.
3. Taking the stairs. I was doing this every morning - taking the stairs to the 6th floor. Why did I stop? I'll be getting back on that habit ASAP.
4. Eating in. We've actually maintained this habit fairly well, even if our choices can be hit and miss. But, an evening of chicken and apple sausages with some kraft dinner is still a lighter choice than most restaurant and fast food options.
I'm not THAT far off track so it won't take that much to get back on the right path and there's no better time to start than October 21. Because the "tomorrow" I've been telling myself about is clearly not coming any time soon.
Have a great Monday everyone.
Thursday, September 26, 2013
I work in a ridiculously healthy office. Yoga is offered 2x a week, bootcamp 2x a week and both classes are full with waiting lists. 3/5 people on my team are ridiculously active - whether it's running regularly or playing team sports.
Erm, why didn't I include myself in that number? It should probably be 4/5 members of the team....
Anyway, We're a healthy bunch.
Seriously, I came back from lunch yesterday with my McD's bag (indecisive, bad choice) and one of the guys actually commented on how many better options there were. Not in a negative way, mind you. Just in a "there are so many options around here and you choose the CHAIN restaurant?" way.
What does this have to do with fitbits? Well, yesterday afternoon, an email came out from our department's admin assistant. Those in the department with fitbits are having a bit of friendly competition and our director is offering to purchase fitbits for those who don't have them so we can all participate.
Let me just say that when I was offered the job, I was bummed about the salary. I was bummed about the holidays. I was worried that my boss seemed like an arrogant prick (he kinda is). I was convinced it would be a dead end position in a dead technology (which it was). But I took the job because all of that was better than where I was.
How sad is that?
To be honest, every day that my colleagues motivate me to be fit is a benefit that an extra week of vacation can't ever replace. Fitness classes (admittedly, I'm too worried about my size to participate) at lunch for a low cost is an amazing benefit. And now a fitbit and some friendly competition with my coworkers (and an opportunity to get to know them better)? Seriously. This is the best workplace ever.
So, I requested the fitbit flex (yes, we even had a choice of fitbit!). Because I can't count the number of pedometers I've lost when they're clipped to my pants so a bracelet style is PERFECT, if not fashionable.
Of course, this also means that I'll be finding out just how bad my sleep really is. And I'll probably have to actually start tracking my food again. Oh, and I'm sad it doesn't track stairs climbed, but the bracelet convenience overrode that tracking ability.
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
I've got to tell you, I was pretty excited about my morning weigh in today. It's not that I've been eating exceptionally well. Or exercising as much as I'd like, but I had a good weigh in. I felt like I was finally down and I'd be able to update my weight on here.
Because I don't always update my weight when it goes up. It's really enough that I know it's gone up. I don't need to actually make a point of that number. Although I do if it stays up for an extended length of time or if I've taken a break from SP and come back higher.
So this morning I thought that I'd be able to have a great update and post a loss.
Only to discover that I weigh the same today as I did in mid August.
The good news is I'm down 2.5 out of the 5 pounds I wanted to lose in September. Keeping in mind that for all of August I was sick and unable to exercise. And I chose comfort foods far too often which explains the 2.5 pound gain...
I did have an ok run last night after taking a week off for some back pain and then general laziness. And yes, I mean general laziness. I could've been running mid-week last week, but I didn't.
Last night, it was REALLY hard to make that decision to go to the gym. I was tired. I was making a million excuses. But I finally just did it. I went hoping to run 5k (3.1 miles). I ran 2 miles.
But 2 miles is 2 miles. And 2.5 pounds is 2.5 pounds. And I know that neither of those are grammatically correct, but they just sound better for me.
So, while I haven't met all of my goals for September, I'm making progress and that's really all I can hope for.
Friday, September 20, 2013
Signed up for another one. Yeah, I know. I spent the day trying to figure out if my goal should be distance or time for the next few months. Then I found the Hal Higdon Intermediate 5K plan. I'll be doing distance to increase my 5K time. Sounds like a plan, right?
With that in mind, I figured that it was safe to sign up for a mid-winter race - because, seriously, who WANTS to run in the snow and wind and cold and ice and dark?
If you thought I was going to say "I DO!" you're very very wrong.
So why a mid-winter race? Well, because when June comes around next year, I don't want to be starting over. Again. And races actually motivate me.
Well, ok, they apparently don't motivate me to eat healthy, but aside from that. They motivate me to exercise and run and feel good about that.
So, yeah. After a couple weeks of wallowing in the pit of "But I don't wanna!", I've decided to take a proactive step or two towards pulling myself out. And given myself a reason to exercise and train and try to get better.
Besides that 1/2 marathon looming dangerously slightly less than 12 months from now.
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
A friend linked this on Facebook yesterday and I thought it was really interesting.
Now, here's what I noticed, you could replace happy with healthy for almost all of these. And in fact, many of these will probably have the effect of making you healthy as well as happy.
Surround yourself with other happy people.
I'm going to go out on a limb and suggest that this is part of why I'm so happy at my new job. Everyone is happy and positive. And oddly healthy (my boss competed for the 35+ men's soccer provincials and there are many many runners). But It's the happy, positive attitude that makes me look forward to coming in to work and it's the same with the friends you keep.
We're all familiar with this. Most of us have tried and failed at weight loss before. Heck, right now I'm struggling with my diet a lot, but I'm still coming here and trying to improve it. When we fall down, we pick ourselves up and keep going. Apparently this can also make us happy as well as healthy. Go us.
Be mindful of the good.
It's no secret that focusing on the negative can be a bummer. Like focusing on the poor choices we've made on our road to being healthier (curry twice yesterday, imagine how I smelled for my Victoria's Quilts meeting!!!) can make us feel like we've failed, focusing on the good (personal best in my 5K on Sunday, no running pain, still having my morning smoothie every day) can make us realize that even if we aren't perfect we're still better than we were and dammit, we can DO THIS!
Make Exercise a Priority.
Just so you know, every time you get out there and exercise? You're not just getting healthier, you're getting happier. And less stressed. And fitter. Is there any excuse not to?
Get Your Sleep.
When you don't get enough sleep - everything suffers - mood, energy, healthy choices, all of it.
I just wanted to add that I've had comments before on how I turn negatives into positives in my blog a lot of the time. I do that because I sometimes use my blog to work things out and talk to myself about what I'm doing and how I can improve. And I'm trying really really hard not to focus on the negatives. Because sometimes I feel like I need to be perfect. And other times I feel like I'm doing good enough (when I'm not) but the more I focus on what I'm doing wrong, the less I do right.
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