Monday, September 26, 2011
I went out and sat on the deck for lunch and read a few more pages of The Spark. I need to do that more often! It got me thinking about goal-setting and making sure I stick to my goals.
I need to keep up with how well I have been doing with sleep. I did have a couple of days where I had trouble falling to sleep and need to get back on track.
I need to make more 'ME TIME' I spend too much time worrying about work, hubby, life, etc... and forget to sit in the sun and read for a few minutes - stop and smell the roses. With my working from home, I tend to spend my lunch eating and then putting dishes or laundry away, prepping for dinner... I never actually take a break! I even watch (listen to) TV shows in the background on my computer while I work throughout the day. Or I watch TV while I workout. I constantly double-book myself because there are not enough hours in the day to do everything I want.
So in thinking about goal-making, here are some basic tip from the interwebs. It's a good reminder even for people who have been on SparkPeople for a while: ALWAYS keep making new goals, adjusting the ones you have as needed, and keep trying to be the best that you can every day!!
The task of goal setting is not as simple as it might seem. Here are five tips of effective goal setting to help you with your plans.
1.Write down your goals. It is very important to write your goals down and post them where you will see them every day. This will help you be more committed to the goal and allow you to renew that commitment each and every day. People who do not write down their goals, do not achieve their goals.
2.Make sure your goals are realistic. Setting unrealistic goals is simply setting yourself up for failure. Do not make goals that you know are not attainable. It is also important to put a realistic time frame on your goals so that you do not get discouraged when you are not able to achieve the goal you set for yourself.
3.Prioritize your goals. Look at all of the goals that you have written down. Sort them by order of importance. The most urgent goals should be focused on first, and those of lesser importance can be accomplished once the others are met.
4.Set both long term and short term goals. Long term goals help you to plan for your future. They can be as short as a year or as long as twenty years from now. Short term goals allow you a sense of accomplishment on a more regular basis. If all of your goals are long term, then you will quickly be discouraged. Short term goals help you to stay on track.
5.Reward yourself. It is so important to celebrate when you reach your goals. It is also good to reward yourself when you achieve smaller milestones on the path to success. This helps you to stay motivated and focused. It also makes striving toward your goals much more fun!
Sunday, September 18, 2011
I've not been on SparkPeople for a long time. I was off having tons of fun and spending as much time with my DH as I can, as he's traveling/working multiple jobs until the beginning of November. I even traveled with him for a couple of days to Buffalo, just so we could see each other when he was not working. We did the Food Wars challenge between Anchor Bar and Duff's for the best wings in Buffalo. Anchor Bar won our vote. I ate wings three days in a row, but I really only ate a couple of wings and then had a healthier item on the menu. Even though I wasn't tracking daily, I know I was doing well with my eating the majority of the time. Today when I wanted to get back to tracking again, I went almost all day, then started tracking. I was proud to see that I was kicking butt ON MY OWN even if not tracking. I am not going to grill some steaks with the hubby and enjoy a nice dinner with him. He leaves again tomorrow and is gone until Saturday night. I have to take him to the airport around 4 am, which I am not thrilled about, but I savor the chance to kiss and hug him good-bye at the airport each trip.
I have not been doing good at keeping with my regular workout routine, but I've not stopped moving either. I definitely can get back on track this week, for sure. No hubby, a manageable amount of work, house is already mostly clean, and plenty of time for NO EXCUSES to not workout.
I saw an old boss/mentor/friend yesterday and the first thing out of her mouth was "You've lost weight!" (Can you see my huge grin through the computer screen? lol) I got a chance to tell her about SparkPeople and she may actually look into the site to help some of her clients. She mostly helps people with career/job assistance, but it ends up being so much more than that most of the time. She was really interested and excited about SP and that it is beyond a weightloss site.
On the way home from New York, DH and I stopped at an outlet mall to avoid rush hour traffic AND to find me a new pair of jeans. I did get a couple pairs of shorts at a thrift store, but guessed at my size, and purchased without trying them on. So I was determined try on some NEW jeans and figure out what size I really am. I ended up getting a pair at the GAP outlet that is a size 8. They aren't a perfect fit, but what I expected. They are really loose in the waste and tighter in the butt/thighs. I always have had a proportion problem with my lower half. My waist is probably a size smaller than what is below it, so I have to use belts a lot... maybe the last 10 pounds I want to lose will come off of my thighs! :)
And in other news. I have an interview on Tuesday for a position to fill in for a maternity leave. It would be part-time for 3-4 months, but a steadier income (albeit small) around the holidays will be good. I'll still be doing my regular freelance, so it will be challenging. Temporary insanity until February perhaps. But please say a quick prayer for me Tuesday afternoon that the job works out.
Have an awesome week Sparkers!!
Tuesday, September 06, 2011
Never a dull moment in our lives! This will be a long-winded, catch-up blog for sure! I haven't been on SP much for over a week beyond tracking my food most days. I'm certainly not deserving of any consistency or fitness awards this past week! lol
So two weekends ago, we had my whole family visiting to celebrate my dad's 60th birthday and our youngest nieces 1st birthday. Tons to celebrate! We had planned to take my parents out for the afternoon to visit a local farm market/store before everyone else got there that evening. While we were finishing getting ready, my DH ran up the street to get gas. And after filling his tank, he decided to check his oil since the gas station was level and not busy at all. I was just starting to feel like he'd been gone a bit too long, and had just asked my mom if he was home yet when the phone rang. It was DH calling to let me know that an elderly man drove straight into him while he was checking the oil at the front of the car, pinning his knees between the cars. The man who hit him pulled straight back to free my husband, which he was really lucky for - if the guy had backed up at an angle it may have tweaked DHs knees and cause much more damage. The paramedics were insisting that they take him to the hospital since there was some swelling... over three hours later, we finally got home from the ER. The lord was definitely watching over him, as he walked out of there with only a knee brace and sore knee. He has to see an orthopedist asap for a followup. He's been getting a shooting pain in the front of his leg below his knee still that we are worried about. One of the saddest things is that the guy who hit him didn't even get out of the car to ask him if he was OK when it happened! I hope they take his license away, but we don't have any way to know. The police officer never filed the report the last time DH checked to provide it to our insurance for the claim. Everything so far is ending up on OUR insurance (which doesn't count against us in PA since it was not his fault at all.) I try not to get mad, but I really think that older people should be required to take a driving test to keep their license. If that man drove straight into my husband, something is not right! It could have been a little kid and worse outcome!
So it's been a crazy week! We got home from the hospital minutes before my sister, BIL and three rambunctious kids showed up... followed by my brother, SIL and very mobile 1 year old. We had grand plans for a health dinner, but didn't make it to the grocery store since our afternoon went awry. Sadly, the alternative quick meal was... ordering pizza, salads, friend zucchini, hoagies (AKA subs)... I had a grilled chicken salad that was "Pittsburgh style" smothered in french fries and cheese, but my sister asked for my fries, and I gave her the whole molten glob of fries and most of the cheese. So I ended up with a pretty good, healthy salad in the end, but still had two tiny pieces of my fave pizza.
The next day was our niece's first birthday. It was hectic and frustrating because our attempts at helping my extremely disorganized brother and SIL ended up being us setting EVERYTHING up for the party, which was completely unexpected. We had to set everything up, go home, get ready and cook, which made us miss half of the actual party! My brother and SIL were also late to their own party, and forgot some of the food they had made, along with forgetting things like trash bags. Some guests arrived before them! (We just all kinda laugh at their disorganization and try our best to help... it's all we can do) It made me chuckle when I overheard quite a few of the guests telling my brother that they "needed to start making lists," because it was so obvious that they were not prepared nor organized. But our little Lily had a fun time and loved her little smash cake and piles of presents.
My parents decided to stay an extra night, so we got to spend that evening relaxing on the deck for a nice dinner (and some wine for me and my mom) while watching the sun set. It's always nice to have them here visiting. It's always an adventure when they are here, and this weekend did not disappoint!
The rest of the week I was busy with work. I've been trying very hard to get myself back into a regular sleep schedule. I often work into the weeee hours of the morning. I'm afraid that I have amassed a huge sleep deficit that I'll never catch up, but I can try. So I've been doing fairly well in getting back on track with my sleep. If I get 7-8 or more hours of sleep, I feel wonderful and I am more productive during the day. I didn't work out much the entire week at all, but it was necessary since there weren't enough hours in the day. I did however kick butt on my food. The week prior to my family visiting, I was a 'snackopotomus' for some reason. Maybe TOM or stress-related, but I was a bottomless pit all that week! Then the week after my family left, I was struggling to even hit 1200 calories some days! The mad hunger was gone, and I was eating until I was full, but was really low on calories after I tracked it. Now to get back to a normal workout, food AND sleep schedule all at once. My food is fairly consistently good, but I find that it comes down to sleep OR workout too often. I am NOT at all a morning person, I have and always will workout in the evening, then eat a snack, shower, then pass right out. It is what works for me, until my days get too busy... it will be my struggle forever now. lol
DH is traveling to a different state the first three weeks of September, has volunteer commitments, works a second job at a haunted house until the beginning of November (he's a horror buff) and we have tons of other things going on. So I'll try to catch up on some blogs soon between everything else. I am missing my DH while away, but I am enjoying the days to plan and cook for myself only. It's easier for me to hit all of my goals and adjust on the fly as needed. (No hubby coming home from work saying he's really hungry for pasta or gyros, lol)
DH actually missed his connecting flight yesterday due to the first one getting delayed and had to spend the night in DC. We joke that he is the bad luck magnet and I and a good luck magnet, so we are a perfect match to even our luck out to not too bad and not too good. But obviously, when we are apart, the balance is out of kilter. It keeps us on our toes!
Still smiling as always despite the dreary weather in PA now (really, I do smile ALL the time!)
Have a great week everybody!!
Sunday, August 21, 2011
Basement flooded yesterday again from the heavy rains. It's been nine months since the last time it flooded. I spent from 4:45 until 9:30ish mucking out the basement and bleaching everything with my brother and husband. I also ingested half of a medium pizza for dinner. I am not too worried about that... four hours of very heavy cleaning was enough calories burnt (and I was already on the low end of calories). When I first checked on the basement, the water (raw sewage, actually...) was coming up so quickly. I ran up and down the stairs taking things out of the basement before water got to them. I can't even imagine how many times up and down I went, carrying very heavy things... We didn't lose much. My husband had a huge box of CDs that were one of the only things left that were in a cardboard box. He just threw the whole box away today along with carpets, and a few other miscellaneous items. It is more trouble than its worth cleaning some of the items considering what they were covered in. We've had this happen so many times before... it only takes about a day for creepy crawlies to start hatching and growing in the muck... it's disturbing. We don't know what to do to fix this, but getting a lawyer may be next. This is a boro issue that they are aware of and have done nothing for. Our whole street floods - it's not only our house. At least a few houses in each direction gets it badly. Even our neighbor that paid a ton of money to get a backflow valve put in got flooded again. Our street is fed up and a few have gone to boro meetings, contact the public works director numerous times... they always dismiss us and refuse any responsibility. Praying for an end to this basement stress. When we bought the house, there was nothing in insurance records or otherwise to warn us about this, but we have since found out that it has been going on for years!
After we got done bleaching everything the first time last night, and quitting for the evening, my husband saw a news story that there were flash floods in the city. A woman and her two daughters drove into water and their van sunk. It was covered in 9 feet of water quickly and nobody could find them in time... nearby a 72-year-old woman called her daughter to say she was trapped and water was coming in her car. They found her body washed downstream today. She must have tried to escape the water. These stories made me so sad. I was angry about my basement but had no idea the tragedies were going on in the city.
My prayers go out to those who lost so much more than a box of CDs and area rugs. And we are thankful for the people who risked their lives to rescue so many others. It was a busy street and right around the time when people are heading home from work - looking forward to a nice weekend - the could have been many more lives lost. Very sad (especially since the same area flooded less than a month ago!)
So we are still upset, but counting our blessing, as things could have been worse. Our basement and garage were disinfected many times over, everything cleaned and replaced, dehumidifier is working away. We may even be able to open the basement back up to the cats tomorrow. They don't quite understand why they can't use the basement litterbox and we have caught them standing at the door with pleading eyes to let them in. Poor things. We have escorted them all upstairs to the other box. Their little personalities are so cute.
It's very late at night, but I am going to squeeze a workout in still. I fell asleep on the sofa after a few more hours of unloading the garage, more cleaning and scrubbing. I am quite awake now and ready to give some other muscles a workout... and work off some stress. :)
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