Thursday, June 26, 2014
Been really getting back into the swing of things this week! Packing meals and snacks for work, cooking dinner at home, 3 nights of PT, taking care of chores like laundry that I hate, plus getting even more stuff in order at the house. I’ve been trying to get my walks in at lunchtime to keep my steps count up. That Wednesday last week is still bothering me!
(ps - I know my goal seems low but it is what I can do right now. I am planning on taking it up a notch eventually when this gets comfy!)
We had our company picnic yesterday and I behaved myself. Ate my lunch from home but had a small free Rita’s and a piece of watermelon. Took this picture with my interns and I think I’m finally starting to see a difference!
Today might break “the streak” – I’m supposed to have girls night… Those rare but off-the-eating-plan type events. My stomach was iffy this morning before work which kept me from caving and going to Starbucks, so I may have a good excuse to stay tame tonight too. But you know how wrapped up in the moment you can get out with friends. We shall see.
Professionally, this has been a pretty good week. For the first time, I managed a big external-facing project from idea to completion and it turned out rather well if I might say so myself. We’re still facing a lot of uncertainty with the sale of the business but it seems to be full steam ahead. I’m hanging in for the ride.
I’m hoping life starts settling down a bit soon. We have some final move stuff to wrap up this weekend and then hopefully we’ll be done with the old place. Our new furniture is finally being delivered next week so I’m going to have to fight to keep my steps up with a new comfy couch available to lay down on in the house haha.
Hope you all have had a great week and let’s make it a great weekend too! (Yes I know I am getting a slight jumpstart to the weekend, wishful thinking!)
Monday, June 23, 2014
I can’t believe this weekend has come and gone!
Friday night we just relaxed. We were both pretty tired and wanted to rest up for the weekend.
Saturday we did a ton of errands and got most of the final stuff over from the rental house. We did a HUGE grocery shop and I feel so much better now that our fridge is stocked with fresh food! The veggie drawers are full and I even treated us to a rather expensive asian melon for desserts this week. We restocked greek yogurts, almond milk, cage free eggs etc. I swear if you looked at our fridge two years ago and then looked again now, you’d be surprised how different it is! We went out for dinner Saturday night and walked around a little bit afterwards to try to offset the damage. I’ll be cooking dinners at home this week to make up for it too!!
Yesterday was a nonstop but great day. I woke up and cooked breakfast & meal prepped for this week, all of which was so nice to do in our new kitchen. I know that sounds like bragging but for now the new kitchen is motivating me to spend more time prepping food and cooking at home and that is a plus in my book!
It was SO nice outside so I decided to spend nearly the rest of the day doing outdoor chores. Now, I know I didn’t run a 5k or anything, but I feel so incredibly sore all over today that I must have done something right for exercise related activity. I mowed the lawn, trimmed the hedges/trees, laid grass seed, soaped and sprayed all of our outdoor stuff, moved and re-set up our grill (which fell on my foot and left a nice purple swollen lump), etc. It felt awesome to be doing so much outside and I feel like the house looks better for it too! Then I watched the USA world cup game, my first soccer game watching ever, and that was too much excitement for me.
Sometime in the middle of the night last night, I realized that everything hurt. I mean EVERYTHING. I could barely turn over in bed. I’m struggling today. I’m going to have to convince somebody to open my water bottle for me, that bad. I’m a bit concerned – one day of outdoor activity should NOT leave me this sore, right? Maybe I just really need to increase my strength training? Today might just be a slow walk for exercise kind of day.
I am also having such a case of the Mondays. Maybe it is because of the soreness, or the bat hanging outside my door this morning that spooked me, but I got to work and realized I left my entire purse at home which is awesome. Going to try to make this a great week nonetheless!
Friday, June 20, 2014
What a quick week! Feel like I was just here posting on… Monday?!
Monday and Tuesday my exercise was PT and moving more stuff to the new house after work. I did a little too much heavy lifting on Tuesday and needed a break on Wednesday (my PT gave me the whatnot about my back!) I’ve pretty much been eating salads for lunch and cheese and crackers for dinner. This approach isn’t going well, I can’t wait to go grocery shopping and have REAL meals and snacks again. Our fridge is looking sad with no veggies or real food in it! The weather has been wacky this week as well and last night it all cleared up and BF and I went for a walk around the neighborhood. I hopped on the scale and there has been zero change, up or down, which I suppose is a good thing seeing how thrown off my habits have been these past two weeks.
That being said, I still nailed it on my steps goals this week:
Except for that “rest day” on Wednesday where I just snuck under the goal line. Looking at that now really bothers me! Plus those steps were combined with a lot of lifting, hope that helps!
This weekend we are trying to wrap up some final stuff at the old house and do some organizing in the new one. We’re trying to get enough of the house together to have some folks over for a cookout and watch the USA World Cup game on Sunday. We’re going to go on a good grocery shop and try to stock up – I could really go for some fresh spinach, peppers, onions, you name it. I swear I have really changed, craving veggies?! I also saw someone with a fresh peach at work and I’m salivating for some fresh peaches too!
As I came into work this morning, someone said “Gosh you look so tiny!” I disagree with the being “tiny” part but I am glad someone noticed a change. I’m hovering around the 15 lbs. down mark and I was wondering if it had made any difference. Sometimes a little validation goes a long way!
Anyways, I hope you all had a great week and have a great weekend!
Monday, June 16, 2014
This was supposed to be a blog to say “omg we did so much moving this weekend that even my toe and finger bones hurt” but I think I can do better than that!
My stomach has been acting up a lot, probably from eating out last week and from the stress of the move. I am definitely one of those stress/nervous tummy trouble people. I have been trying to channel all of that nervous energy into productivity or walks. On Friday I caught myself stressing and I told myself – Walk it Out. And that is what I did, a quick lap in the office. I didn’t need a snack or to sit here making myself sick with worry – I needed STEPS. I’m discovering how helpful these little walks are and they aren’t hurting my trackers either! I also made myself a new “healthy vision page” for my desk. Now it has: a picture of a heart made of fruits and veggies, a woman flexing her bicep, a woman meditating, a sign that says “MAKE IT HAPPEN” and a sign that says “Go on. Do it NOW!” I have to keep the positive reminders in front of me!
Ah yes – this weekend was the big move to the new house! My step tracker shows a ton of steps, but it doesn’t show the amount of lifting, bending, stair climbing, maneuvering, etc. that I did too. I ordered pizza for our friends that helped us on Saturday and I ate 2 medium slices and felt awful afterwards – I swear I can’t digest pizza anymore, which made all of the afternoon moving fun. My BF and I ended up taking a break for dinner and I had a skinny margarita and one chile releno. We went to buy a new bed set, sheets, lamps, etc.
Yesterday we did a huge push of stuff. My parents came over to help and my mom made the gardens look fresh. We took a break for Father’s Day Dinner – had to buy my Dad the crab cake he wanted! We ended up getting enough over to the house that we slept there last night for the first time! It felt like a hotel – new bed, new sheets & blanket, new bathroom. I was about ten minutes late today because I had to figure out where all of my stuff was this morning. Whew. Can’t wait for that to wear off. Hopefully our furniture will come in the next few weeks and we’ll have more together and then I can post some pix! This time we own the place so hopefully it is the last move for a few years?!
The past two days combined I’d say we did physical work for about 20 hours. I’m definitely feeling it today. But overall, it has been a very exciting weekend! How about that Game of Thrones finale huh?!
Anyways- the weather is supposed to be a bit iffy this week. I am aiming for at least 3 walks. I’m hoping to get to the store tonight to restock our fridge, pack lunches again, and to cook dinner in the new kitchen! I realized this morning one of the things we “forgot” to move over was our scale so I’m not sure exactly where I’m at right now but my body is kind of thrown off from all of the changes so maybe it is best to give it a few more days anyways. I just want to get back in the swing of things no matter what that number says! I want to keep improving my health and wellbeing and with all of the change in my life, now is a good time to recharge that mission.
Hope you guys have a great week! What will you be doing to work towards your goals?!
Friday, June 13, 2014
Quick story to relate…
I was on the elevator at work just now and at one stop the lady next to me said “Have a good weekend” to the lady getting off the elevator, who in return completely ignored the well wishes and dashed off with her nose in the air. When the door closed, the nice looked at me and said “I was just trying to be nice…” and I replied “I was just thinking about how nice you were and how sad it makes me that people can’t return the kindness! I know everyone has a lot going on in their lives but when did we lose common respect?” She agreed. We wished each other the best weekends and walked off.
I had just picked up hummus and pretzels from the café because I just couldn’t bring myself to eat another salad for lunch today and I figured it was better than the pesto and cheese covered sandwich or the quesadillas. I sit down and open it up and my coworker walks by and goes “Ugh, you know those are like 10 weight watchers points right? That is terrible for you.” And keeps going.
I ate it anyways, I made the food choice and I stuck with it, but REALLY? I am a firm believer that you never know what someone is going through so you should keep your comments to yourself unless they are kind or encouraging. I also firmly believe that you should NEVER comment on someone’s food unless it is to say “That looks yummy!” or something positive. I’m kind of sitting here in shock that someone would say something like that not just to me but to anyone – and about hummus too!
I know I have SERIOUSLY struggled in the past with food guilt. A little bit of it crept up on me earlier this week when I made a bad dinner decision. I have been working really hard to accept and learn from those events and to move on, but some days it isn’t easy. I had a split second when she made that comment where I considered throwing the hummus in the trash – THAT is how strong my guilt used to be that a comment like that could throw me just a little.
We’re all unique and we all have our own decisions to make. We eat what we want, when we want, how we want it. We exercise when we want, how we want to. Everyone is different and what works for one person may not work for another, but I can never imagine trying to tell someone they are doing something wrong especially when EVERYONE’S journeys get tough. My week has been thrown off with my house looking like a tornado hit it and no working kitchen. This week has been challenging. And if I hadn’t been in a semi-good mindset, her comment could have thrown me for a complete tailspin.
I guess what I’m trying to say is that I appreciate everyone’s positive support on Spark and I encourage you to keep spreading that positivity to everyone you meet every day. You never know when you lend someone the smile they desperately need. You never know when your kind words lift a person when they are at their lowest. You never know!
Hope you guys have a great weekend. A big move for me, lots of lifting for exercise and a new house after it is all done. Woo hoo!
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