Monday, October 28, 2013
It's been a while since I've made any effort at all to lose weight...much less exercise. Today marks one month of 'getting back on the wagon' so to speak. It started out with my stomach being just so huge I couldn't stand it anymore. Hard to believe that when I was a teen, my waist was 22". So, I decided it was time to put one foot in front of the other and just start moving.
I did not measure myself at all and I sort of wish I did. It was not my goal to 'diet', it was my goal for my pants to fit better and to maybe have a midriff again.
I pulled out a 30-day Plan WATP dvd by Leslie Sansone and laced up my shoes. I only wanted to do the cardio 3 days a week and the toning 3 days a week like the dvd said. I wasn't really interested in cutting back calories at the time I started.
Today, I can definitely say that my pants do fit better. Still a little snug around the waist, but not cutting in and rolling down like a month ago. The seat and legs are definitely looser. My shirts fit nicer. I don't look so much like an apple anymore, but I have a long way to go. I've probably lost about 4 or 5 pounds. I fluctuate a lot, so that's a safe amount to say.
During the course of the month I felt a bit inspired to give up the fast foods so much. I'm bringing my lunch for the most part. I decided to re-do my spark page and re-set my goals. I now have a goal to lose about 10 lbs. by Christmas. I could do more if I wanted to seriously 'diet', but I don't. I love food. I don't like to be hungry. I'm one of those people that will eventually crash and binge if you tell me to give up a whole food group or tell me I can't have something.
I have started tracking my calories and exercise, but I don't stress it if I leave something off or forget to track one day. For the first time in a while I feel like 'I've got this'. I'm not in a hurry to lose a ton of weight. I haven't even set a final goal.
I only want to feel physically and emotionally healthier. So... one step at a time. (wasn't there an emoticon of a lady walking a dog at one time?)
Monday, June 07, 2010
This is the first blog I've done in a while. I'd really like feedback.
One of the things about dieting that I loathe is bringing my lunch to work. It's not the food I bring or the bag I carry it in. There is a nice refrigerator and a microwave in our kitchen to use - so storage is not a problem. What I don't like is not leaving the office. I don't live close enough to scurry home. Our office is small - six people and only two of us use the table in our small kitchen. There are places I could go and window shop, but I've found that sometimes gets me in trouble. LOL!
What I want is a place to go at lunch. Before you suggest it, I don't have any friends in the neighborhood of my office. I could walk at lunch but choose not to because I hate the sweat factor - especially in the summer with the high humidity we have. Gym membership is a possibility, but honestly, I just don't have the extra money for it.
I know I can't be the only person who wants a place to go for lunch where you can bring your own food and just hang out with a book. All I have to do is cruise the parking lots around the office at lunch to see how many people I see sitting in their cars chowing down to know that's true.
There are few local parks around, but, again, especially in the summer, weather is an issue and parking is always an issue.
Here's my idea ... what if there was such a thing as a 'Lunch Park'? What if it was inside where it could be heated and cooled? What if it just had a few random tables scattered araound and some chairs? There could be a few vending machines around for those who forgot their lunch. There could be areas for 'quiet' where people simply eat and read and areas with a television. Maybe a ping pong table? Sign up sheets for people who are interested in playing games? Wi-fi if you want to bring your computer?
I know, I know ... who's going to pay for it and who's going to run it. I guess that's where the problem lies, but public parks have to be maintained by somebody, Why couldn't someone be hired to watch over the Lunch Park? Maybe there would be a nominal admission fee. Something most people could afford.
This is a very baby idea, but would love to hear what ya'll think or ideas on how to make it happen.
Tuesday, April 07, 2009
I laughed this morning when this was the weekly Spark Blog entry. I go in spurts with exercise. For months at a time I'll exercise nearly every day, then all of a sudden, something goes awry and I miss a day ... then two and three until I've completely fallen off the fitness wagon.
Lately I've been trying so hard to get back up on that fitness wagon. Life is so full. I thought once the kids were grown that I'd have more time. That statement couldn't be any more untrue!
I was just about to change my working hours so I could exercise in the morning before coming to work when my youngest son decided he didn't want to live with his dad anymore. I'm happy to have him home again, but that means going back to'mom' mode. Making sure his homework is done, teacher conferences, pushing him to get ready for college next year, etc. My college age daugther has called many a time when I was about to work out needing my help. Her car won't start, she doesn't feel well, she had a bad day, etc. Then there's the oldest, married daughter who just moved back to town. She and her hubby had a hard time finding work, but they finally each have a job, albeit not what they hoped for. In the meantime, it hasn't been unusual for them to stop by looking for dinner.
So you see, life happens. Last night I pulled out my WII Fit for the first time in over a month. It felt good to be active. Dinner was never made though. Is that so bad? I think not. It's give and take and I believe I'm on the end of deserving to 'take' a little sometimes. I don't think anyone will starve if I decide to 'WII' instead of fixing a meal. Besides, I'm not the only one around there that knows how to cook.
Wednesday, April 01, 2009
Another one of my Fast Break goals was to start making a list of things I need to do on a daily basis. I tend to have so many expectations of myself that I either do more than I intended, or I get paralyzed with anxiety and don't do anything. Even making a list seems like a chore sometimes. Sad, huh?
What I'm starting to realize though is that it is helpful to 'see' what all I feel I need to do on paper. When I 'see' it, I realize that maybe I don't need really need to do all that's on that list or that the anxiety I'd been feeling was not necessary.
Today I made a list of places I needed to go at lunch and what I needed at each place. This was in preparation for a short trip I'm taking tomorrow and Friday. I sat here most of the morning fretting over it thinking I'd have to do some on the way home. Then, when I left the office I got into a traffic jam (RATS!). Panic started to set in. I took a deep breath and just decided I would do what I could and worry about the rest later. Well, let me tell you, I made it to every place on my list and accomplished all I needed to do. I was 15 minutes late getting back to work, but all is well. I come in early nearly every day and rarely leave for lunch anymore, so no one will say anything.
I'm relieved that part of my list is accomplished and crossing those errands off my list was a joy!
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