Friday, April 13, 2012
Okay, so I had a few goals this week on which I wanted to focus. How'd I do?
1.5 pounds down this week. (Go big or go home, right?)
-Weigh in's tomorrow, so I don't know yet. Not holding my breath. I may bend down and kiss the scale for giving me a .1 loss this week. =)
Make one new recipe.
-I did, and it was awesome! So awesome, in fact, that my husband insisted on cooking it again the next day. I didn't get it from SparkRecipes, but rather, from a magazine, so I don't guess I can post it or a link, (EDIT: Found the link! www.health.com/health/recipe/0,,1000
0002011072,00.html ) but it was called "Warm Peanut and Sesame Noodles."
Do the one small thing I've been meaning to do for THREE YEARS. Just do it already.
HOLY GEEZ! I DID IT!
Kind of. I did send an email making the request. I was so anxious about it that the email was probably very dumb, because they sent me an email back seeking clarification, which I gave them. This was on Monday. I hadn't heard back by today, so I resent the email...we'll see if it can be done, and if it can't, then that was the worst that can happen, and really, is that so bad? Is it really SO TERRIBLE that it had to wait THREE YEARS?
Do one relationship-building activity per day (emailing old friends, calling family, etc.)
-Monday, I emailed my old boss.
-Tuesday, I texted an old friend to see if he wanted to get together the next day (he was unavailable).
-Wednesday, I made my MIL cry, but in a good way.
-Thursday, I texted a friend to see if we could get together sometime.
-Today, I emailed some ladies who are coming for a meeting next week at my office to see if they want to get together outside of the official meeting.
All in all, really liked this particular goal. I need to keep this one up, because I still have a lot of people I could have--and should have--contacted.
Do one irregular house chore per day.
-Monday, I dusted the windows in the bedrooms (achoo!)
-Tuesday, I washed and changed the sheets.
-Wednesday, I wiped the fronts of the cabinets in the kitchen.
-Thursday, I vacuumed the furniture.
-Today, I attempted to clean the shower. It was not as successful as it should have been. I guess that's what happens when routine bathroom chores become "irregular"ly done. *Sigh*
In sum, I really did a good job on these goals for this week. Except for the weight loss one...and who knows? I could still pull it off. And if I don't, it's cool.
I liked this. I think I'll do it again next week. Some same goals, some different ones. Yeah. Maybe some specific daily tasks that may help with "Lose x." Staying in my calorie range, etc. Werd.
Friday, April 06, 2012
I'm thinking it's about time for some Awesome.
Thing is, there hasn't been any Awesome coming my way for awhile now. This is evidenced by the blogs I seem to have a penchant for writing.
Incredibly, there is no eye-rolling emoticon.
So, anyway, I'm thinking to myself that I need some Awesome, and it hasn't come around for awhile. Ugh, when is it going to come around?
That's when I realized that Awesome doesn't "come around." You have to go looking for it and find it on your own. It doesn't come to you, at least not all by itself.
Like that quote from Seneca about luck being where opportunity and preparation meet.
I guess I have to get up and go seek out Awesome on my own. Or at least an awesome opportunity. For which I'm preparing by...seeking it out? Right?
But WHAT am I seeking out? WHAT is the Awesome? That's what I gotta figure out before I go a-seekin'.
WHAT is the AWESOME? Is it the little things? Should I accept the little things as the Awesome? It's a nice thought, really. Contemplation on the birds and the flowers and the wonder of nature. It is hard to argue against it being awesome. But should I accept them as the Awesome?
I want the Awesome to be, well, awesome.
I've been considering the Awesome for much of the day and have some ideas about it. One thing I realized is that getting down to my goal weight is NOT THE Awesome. It would be great, and I can't envision an Awesome future without it, but it's more like a given. I'm not sure if that's good or bad.
So I'll be seeking out the Awesome (opportunities) and pressing my luck...get me some big plans...and let's go!
Friday, March 16, 2012
So the last pre-challenge assignment is to list all the reasons/excuses why our plans failed with regard to exercise and diet and how we can resolve these reasons/excuses.
I'm sure this has been assigned before, but I'm not sure I've done it before. I tire of the pre-challenge assignments right around 6 or 7 usually. But I want to take this one very seriously, because I believe it can make or break me. And I AM PULLING THIS 5% OFF THIS TIME. For serious.
So. Here are my excuses (let's not front and call them "reasons"):
I'm genuinely hungry, but I'm almost out of calories.
Okay, so you're hungry. First thing is, what's the big deal? A little hunger never hurt anyone. It's not something to be afraid of. But you are? Really hungry? Water didn't work? Cup of tea? Piece of gum? Fine. Eat. One portion of one food. And not empty calorie stuff, either. Food means, you know, like, lettuce. Other vegetables. Nuts. An apple. And let's be real here, too. This normally happens when I'm at home, right? I could just go to bed. It mightn't be a bad idea getting more sleep!
I've had a rough day, and darn it, I want a beer.
Ah, beer. Beer is awesome. It is so fun to go out with Mary Ann after work, and lately, I've been having a beer when I get home if I had an extra-nasty commute. But really? You don't need beer. And more importantly, you don't need 600 calories of beer. That, my friend, is crazy. So...only light beer (which means no more drinking at home, since the stuff we have on hand is not light). And tracking beforehand, especially if I'm eating out, too. I have a smartphone; there's no reason I can't.
Exercise? But I'm too tired to exercise!
Com'on. Just five minutes, man! And if you're too tired to do even 5 minutes, go to bed. Geez. You clearly need more sleep.
Now, to remember these solutions. I wish there were a solution to THAT that I wouldn't forget!
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
...so I made it a blog anyway.
I'm going to meet up with an old friend after work. We're going to a brewhouse, and I just finished a steak salad from Chipotle (I'm being single-minded, Kristen, I held the sour cream, cheese and guacamole) at around 400 calories and a whopping 46 grams of protein.
When I arrive at the restaurant, I'm not going to be hungry.
Ergo, I am not ordering food.
If I get hungry while there (say, 7pm, it'll've been 6 hours since I ate), I'll eat a cup of chili. Not a bowl, a cup.
Limit to two beers. I have to drive. I will strive to finish the first beer soooo sloooowly that I won't need the second.
Calories already tracked.
There. It's out there. Now I have to do it.
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