Friday, March 21, 2008
What a day today was! Yesterday, I blew it big time, by eating candy that I shouldn't have - a lot too much - PLUS burger and fries. Oh well. Today, as I started to say, was completely the opposite.
Okay, I did have more candy (I can't bring myself to "waste" it - go figure), but the rest of my meals were good, healthy options. I worked out HARD this morning, and followed it up with a huge breakfast, a moderate lunch and a light dinner.
Sometimes, that's all it takes, hmm? I _was_ tentatively supposed to go out to dinner with some friends, but they cancelled, so dinner wound up being a mango. A yummy one.
_And_ the rest of the day went well, too - got lots done, hosted another webinar, and basically just had a really GOOD day.
Tomorrow will be a great day, too, I've decided. :)
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
So, again, I was coasting along, doing okay on diet and really well on exercise. And then, for some reason, I stopped.
On the non-Spark part of life, there was added stress - too many goals, not enough time, and not seeing results "quickly enough" in my business ventures. So, for a week, I did almost NO exercise, and have been eating over my allocated calorie range.
Yesterday was yet another turning point. I realised that we're almost at the end of the current "Challenge" for my SP-class team - and I've actually GAINED a couple of pounds. I'm hoping to trim off at least one by weigh-in date.
But looking over my nutrition and fitness entries for the past week, it's obvious - the days I don't exercise, I'm also not motivated to eat as healthy as I should, and I wind up overeating! Plus, those are also the days that I wind up not taking as much action on the business side as I should be doing.
So, yesterday, I made ONE small change: I exercised first thing in the morning (if I put it off, it just never gets back on my priority-list).
That made ALL the difference: I wound up staying within my calorie range, I took action on a few business issues I'd been putting off, made some calls I needed to get done, and WROTE OUT A PLAN to achieve my business goals - I already had a long-term plan, but now I have a one-week plan as well - this way, I have something to measure against! Weird - I used to do this for work, but haven't been doing it for business!
Okay, I've learned something from this latest dive into near-depression. :)
I _am_ capable of bringing about change in my life, if I'm willing to work at it! If I won't work at it, I really cannot complain about the results I get!
So just for THIS week, I resolve to stay focused on my goals - I'll be looking at them every morning to plan my day, and every evening to evaluate how that day went. I'm not going to be unrealistic in terms of what I can accomplish each day, but I definitely want to see progress every single day! :)
Wish me luck!
Wednesday, March 05, 2008
So, some days (like Feb 29th this year) go PERFECTLY.
And some others, like March 1st and 2nd, I can barely work up the enthusiasm to brush my teeth in the morning! Which means I wind up doing the whole emotional eating thing - even though I'm AWARE of what I'm doing. :)
And the weight goes UP. Oh, yes, it does. My body is more finely tuned to my choices than my brain is. :)
But then came yesterday. I was sick and tired of feeling blah about my choices. So I made one more choice: yesterday was going to be about ME.
I turned off the phones and didn't respond to emails (I couldn't resist checking them, though!). I had a leisurely lunch. I did laundry. I just chilled and watched a couple of movies on my laptop (no, I don't have a TV - I gave up that time-waster years ago). I went out to dinner with a couple of friends and had a blast!
That seems to have done the trick.
Today, I'm raring to go. I've got my wanna-do-today list all ready to go, and I've already ticked off the "work out HARD, both cardio and weights" item.
What's remaining is getting my paperwork ready for the business loan I'll be applying for this week, and then cleaning up my condo again - I'd cleaned it last week, but then pulled out every piece of paper I own in order to get my book-keeping up to date. :)
Today is going to be another fabulous, fun-filled, over-achiever kind of day.
I'm going to do a Bollywood dance workout this afternoon, too, just to get my "wanna-dance" item taken care of. ;)
My challenge to anyone reading this: what are _you_ doing to appreciate yourself today? It may be the most important aspect of your motivation!
Saturday, March 01, 2008
For some reason, yesterday just WORKED!
You know those days where everything just happens "right"? Feb 29th, 2008 was one of those for me.
Started it by going to the gym and doing 75 minutes of cardio, followed by a good upper body strength workout (I'm just a little sore today, thank goodness) and a great stretching session. The cardio in particular was amazing: I ran for 30 minutes at 4.3 without feeling really exhausted by the end, so I upped the speed to 4.7/4.8 for another 15 minutes! Still not exhausted, but sweating nicely, and ready to go hit the weights. I _love_ that kind of cardio day. I guess today I'll be trying to up it to at least 4.4 for 30 minutes!
Got back from the gym, showered and changed and ran out to run some errands. Discovered that my former employer was will to try to get my bonus cheque into an RRSP-eligible physical cheque for me to pick up - had to wait till they called. Finished off some banking I'd been procrastinating on. Got a call at 3:30 that the cheque was ready ... I don't drive, and it usually takes me an hour to get to them. Well, it had been snowing for a couple of hours: but I hadn't noticed _how much_! I only got there at 6:15 (and the bank was to close at 7!).
Fortunately, the HR lady waited for me - what a doll!- and I rushed over to the bank. Where I discovered that the cheque should NOT have been made out to the bank, but to ME, c/o the bank. Dang. But that's what THE BANK TOLD ME TO DO, when I called it earlier in the week to ask!
Looked like touch and go for a while there, but finally one rep decided to "make an exception" - figured out how to make it work. Phew! That was a BIG cheque, I wouldn't have enjoyed paying tax on that extra amount for last year!
Wound up the evening by snoozing at a different Korean BBQ restaurant than my usual: my graphic designer friend chose KB as her fee for doing my business cards - except, because of the snow, it was almost 9:30 by the time we got there! And almost 1 a.m. by the time I got home!!! :)
Oh, well, it was still the BEST day of the year so far - filled with lots of achievements! Now I'm wishing every day could be so productive! Sad to realise that that is entirely my own doing - I _can _ make each day just as good as yesterday was!
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
It's funny. I've gone to the gym every single day since Sunday. (Okay, that's only four days, but still ...)
I went to the gym this morning, planning to do a half-hour workout. Weighed in (today is the official weigh-in day for my SP-class challenge that I'm in).
Found I've actually managed to stay at 205 for a whole week.
Turned right around, walked out of the gym, took the elevator to my condo, and sat myself in front of the computer.
Who knows how my brain works? Not I, that's for sure. On the days this week when the scale said I'd gained (anywhere from 206 to 208, depending on the day), I still worked out. Today, I've apparently "lost" weight and there goes my motivation!
Topped it off by eating out (Korean BBQ) and worse, adding a candy bar to boot!
I guess tomorrow I'll see a gain and start working out properly again. :)
Some people are just weird and I'll never understand what makes them tick. I'm one of those people. :)
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