Monday, March 03, 2014
In February, I gave myself a break from the scales, the counting, the food obsession. I needed that. It was a welcome break, though I had lots of real world distractions with trips home, deadlines at work and a European trip.
March is here and I found my mojo! When I was on the plane home from Europe, I decided to recommit to tracking and get back on track exercising. I weighed in this morning, stocked the fridge, tracked all day. I took a long walk yesterday and today I went for a run. I am doing a heart rate zone training plan for 5 k.
Feels good to care again!
Sunday, February 16, 2014
I went back to TN to take care of my mom during her second surgery. The surgery was on Tuesday and I was hosting a retirement party on Saturday. I live in the south and we had a bad snow storm in between Tuesday and Saturday. It was very stressful to have to get back home. I got back 2 days later than I planned and only had 1 day to prep for the party.
The party was last night and went great. I think the retiree really enjoyed it. It was a lot of work but I am glad i did it.
This week is all about getting life "back to normal". I have spent more than half the last month taking care of my mom. I am here for 1 week, then I go to Norway for a week (Norway, in February, I don't know what I was thinking.) So I have a week to get back on my feet. I look forward to a few weeks in March where nothing special is happening.
Monday, February 10, 2014
Friends, about a week ago I wrote a blog post about how I was taking a break from nutritional tracking and the scale. I needed time to let myself be and not be obsessed (in a good or destructive way) about the numbers.
Today, a week later, I am feeling a lot happier. When I am making a decision to eat something, I am not thinking "how many calories are in it?" I get to ask myself "Do I want to eat it? Would I rather have something else? Is this the best option?" I can actually enjoy the food I am eating while I am eating it instead of mentally tallying up all the calories in the meal and wondering if that extra little cheese will push me over my calorie count for the day.
And the best result is, I think I am actually making better choices. I am relaxing a bit. I am treating myself with more kindness and love than I have in a long time. I am out of my head and living my life.
I did struggle with the scale. I weigh as a force of habit now, even though I committed to putting it all away, including the scale. I finally put the scale in a hall closet so I wouldn't be tempted.
I don't know if this is a long time switch or just a temporary break, but I am enjoying it.
Tuesday, February 04, 2014
Yesterday our wall oven blew. It has broken twice before, recently, and after it broke this time, we decided to bite the bullet and replace it. I was frankly concerned the problem was in the electrical system because this time there was a foul odor when the heating element was turned on (the heating element never even got hot). Even more, we decided to take out the built in microwave (above it) and get a double oven. A double wall oven is not cheap, it will probably cost around $2000 and because we have a "custom install" we have limited options at even greater expense. Goodbye tax refund. It will be a couple of weeks until we get a new one so until then, lots of microwaving. I am actually really happy that we are getting a double oven (our current oven is 26 inches wide, it is a very small oven for Christmas dinner). I am a little bummed to be moving to a countertop microwave, but I think I would like the double oven better than a built in microwave.
Today, my two little girls woke up with their eyes glued shut with mucus. When I unstuck them, their eyes were unbelievably red. I had never seen pink eye before, but I had no doubt they had it. Stayed home from work and took them both to the doctor. My eyes are feeling itchy, but I hope it is just the power of suggestion.
So what next? I don't even want to know. Bad things are supposed to happen in 3s, right?
Monday, February 03, 2014
I have been really inspired by SAWYERPATTI (she is an extremely cool chic, go check her out). She started climbing stairs last year. At first, she really struggled with it and now she is doing 1000 flights a month. I decided to make a stair goal for February. I didn't think I could do 1000, but I thought I could handle 300, roughly 10 flights a day.
I went to the gym for the first time on Sunday; it was the first time I had exercised in a while, since Christmas at least. I got a Garmin with a footpod and heart rate monitor for Christmas so I was an extremely teched out slow walker. My husband was doing a spinning class which meant I was going to be there at least an hour. I downloaded Bossypants (by Tina Fey, excellent so far) to my phone, attached all my gear and started walking.
Every 10 minutes of walking, I went up and down 2 flights of stairs. When I got home and downloaded the data from my garmin, it was interesting to see what it looked like. Every 10 minutes, my pace went way down and my heart rate went up.
I thought the building I worked in had 4 flights of stairs, but it only has 3 (how could I not know this?) My plan was to do the stairs in the building 3 times a day. Time got away from me and I only did it twice today. I did the other 4 flights at home to stay on plan of 10 flights a day.
Stair count : 20/300
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