Thursday, May 30, 2013
Yesterday I went home with the determination to get going on Couch to 5K. It was a glorious sunny day, and just perfect running weather…not that I would exactly call what I do running, but it’s more like running than like walking.
Ah, but first I needed to do a bit of spring cleaning. Since it was such a nice day, I figured I’d do the car, and since I’d washed the car just a couple of weeks ago I figured I’d have time to both wash and wax. I hadn’t waxed my car since well before I got sick. I remembered it being hard work, but nothing too intimidating.
It wasn’t until much later when I was assessing the choices I’d made over the day that I realized my mistake. The last time I waxed my car I was 50 pounds overweight, and otherwise in really good shape. After a long sickness, and a slow recovery I am now 115 pounds overweight, and in really good shape for what my body has been through.
Also, back in those days I had an absolutely adorable bright red Geo Metro. Here’s a visual:
These days I drive a silver Chrysler Sebring. Here’s the visual on that one, in case you need it:
As you can see, it's a bit more car. 4 hours later I dragged my poor sorry bod in, forced myself to put the cleaning supplies away, grabbed whatever didn’t need preparation out of the fridge for dinner, and crept up the stairs to bed.
I went well over my calorie limit and didn’t get in my run, but my arms got one heck of a workout last night and you should see my car!
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Yesterday I shared my motivational collage. Here it is again, and this is what all the bits mean to me.
. I got all the pictures from the internet. I'm not actually in any of them.
. Starting from top left, my beautiful little sister, we share similar features but she's slender and has spent most of her adult life living her dream of being a professional musician/singer. Kind of like me but just a bit braver.
. next to my sister is a lovely goddess of healthy size, gazing i a mirror and liking what she sees, and she is not skin and bones.
. Next to the goddess is my dream car; a red Jeep Wrangler.
. Next up, another goddess, representing my Zodiac sign. The artist for both goddess images is Anne Baird (love her work!)
Okay, second row, starting at the left:
. A village in Austria, a country I visited once on a skiing vacation. I WILL get back on the slopes!
. Stonehenge, I've stood in the middle of this amazing megalith twice, and I will again.
. Next to Stonehenge, my favorite flower, the sunflower.
. Two people cycling on a beach, a bucket list item for me.
. A woman standing on the peak of a mountain. 20 years ago this could have been me. I miss it, and at 56 I should be able to get there again.
. The last picture reminds me of some paths I've walked before, and reminds me to look for those paths again.
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
I have always hated doing collages. Mine always seemed to boring compared to everybody else's. Besides, wouldn't it be more fun to just draw what I wanted? So I stubbornly refused for something like 4 years to create a motivational collage. No, not I. I'm SPECIAL. I don't need to do all that motivational mumbo jumbo. So, today, I finally did one, just because...well, because I'm at work and kind of bored.
But anyway, here it is. This is what motivation looks like to me. And I love it! For once, no fluff, no garbage I'm sorry I added in.
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Every time I go to my favorite coffee shop I get a free coffee bean on the lid of my eco friendly washable cup. I LOVE my free morning coffee bean! I close my eyes and taste the bitter sweetness in my mouth. I’m a bitter sweet dark chocolate kind of girl, and they oblige me by seeking out the dark beans in the cup.
I have never, ever bothered to try counting the calories for that bean. After all, it was free, right? Free means free, and I didn’t want to know different.
Today I finally got smart about the bean. I checked it in with my Nutrition site; it’s 8 calories. 8 calories isn’t bad. What was I so afraid of?
So from now on, no matter what, or how “free” it is, if it goes in my mouth, it goes on the list.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
I can't stress enough just how much I hate tracking my food. It has been my downfall for years. I'm on program again, and tracking my food, whether I like it or not. *SIGH*
Today at work we had a baby shower for one of my coworkers. All the food was home made, and just delicious! I took what I felt were reasonable servings of what I could eat (gluten free). Then since the shower turned into a meeting of sorts, and the food stayed there, I went for seconds on the potato salad. What could be the harm? Really? I was being careful, right?
When I got back to my desk, and got into my tracker, I figured I'd ended up with approximately 3 c. of potato salad.
Over 1,000 calories! What? Really? I checked again. Yup, over 1,000 calories. That's way too many zeros for my taste.
I'm going to eat a reasonable dinner tonight, even though it puts me over for the day, but I gotta tell you, there is no food that's worth that many calories.
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