Thursday, September 23, 2010
$1.00 coupon for Grandma's Molasses:
$ .55 cent coupon for Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Milk:
Organic Food Coupons
After opening, look on left, there is a very long list of categories with many links.
Today is Thankful Thursday, walking and lower body ST.
This is the first week of living with my New Weekly Plan, and switching Sabbath back to Saturdays. I am behind the 8 ball. I just realized today, that Thursday will now be Preparation Day. Preparation for weekend and for upcoming week. I am so UNprepared. That means routine chores, groceries, etc. must now all take place Mon, Tues, & Wed. Wow that puts things in an entirely new perspective. It seems like I'm cramming everything into 3 days. So I guess Thursdays from now on will be batchcooking night, weekly clothes prep night, and specific Fri, Sat, & Sun meals prep night. Mon will be Meal Planning and clean out the fridge, Tuesday will be produce day & prep, Wed will be groceries and errands day. I'll divide FlyLady's Weekly Home Blessing between the 3 days M-W. I'm not sure where I'll fit in "Administration Day" tasks; I might have to spread them out between several days like I do Weekly Home Blessing; but they really all go together. I am finding my way to a new weekly plan and it's harder that I thought it'd be. But the end result is worth it.
Today is the First Day of Autumn.
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Today is Terrific Tuesday, walking and upper body ST.
So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts to wisdom.
Today is the 264th day of the year; there are 101 days left in 2010.
I wanted my week to start off like this:
But I am switching around how I'm doing the Sabbath and got myself all discombobulated, because doing so means my weekly plan (and habits thereof) is in an uproar. Plus I have a friend who is going through alot of personal stuff and needs alot of support right now. This weekend I did not finish meal planning, I did not batchcook, I did not exercise, and because of staying up half the night on the phone with friend, I did not get to church or to farmers markets on Sunday, and was very tired all day Sunday. So Tues, Wed, and Thurs of this week I have to get back on track, plus get everything done on the new weekly plan schedule.
SEPTEMBER 19TH TO DECEMBER 31ST IS 15 CALENDAR WEEKS.
I am looking at new weight loss goals, as a short-term to the end of the year, and then 2011 goals separately. I want to give myself a little jumpstart during these next 15 weeks.
I'm calling this next 15 weeks a test of my readiness for 2011 goals, since one component of SMART goal setting is the "R" - smart goals must be Realistic.
Like most obese people my two nemesises are FOOD and EXERCISE. I keep thinking I have this figured out, but keep screwing up.
I know I need to exercise 30 mins a day, and I'm not. 30 mins every day IS NOT to lose weight and get in shape; it's to maintain.
Losing weight and getting in shape is 60 to 90 mins every day, not 30. I don't need to worry about more than 30, however, since I'm not even doing the 30. Put first things first. Set SMART, Realistic goals.
S - specific, significant, stretching
M - measurable, meaningful, motivational
A - agreed upon, attainable, achievable, acceptable, action-oriented
R - realistic, relevant, reasonable, rewarding, results-oriented
T - time-based, timely, tangible, trackable
So for the next 15 weeks, in the areas of FOOD and EXERCISE, I want to menu plan in advance every week, prepare the food (batchcook it) so it's already READY in the fridge, NO EXCUSES, and then I want to eat according to the plan, allowing one day a week for flexibility and eating off-plan if needed. Exercise I will work up to 60 or 90 minutes a day, but I will start doing the 30 minutes a day immediately, beginning before bed TONIGHT, and ramp it up from there. 6mins x 15weeks = 90. So if I walk 30 mins a day every day this week, and add 6 mins next week so that I walk 36 mins a day next week every day, then by the end of the year I will be up to 90 mins.
Somewhere in the 30-90 minute range, I hope to find along the way enough calorie burning to equal one percent of my weight lost per week. Currently 1% is 2.83lbs, or 3lbs rounded.
2lbs x 15weeks = 30lbs
2.83lbs x 15weeks = 42lbs
3lbs x 15 weeks = 45lbs
The carrot of losing 30 - 45 lbs, is tantalizing. Provides me alot of motivation to get up and MOOOOOOOOVE.
It's a test. Any progress made over where I'm at now, I'll take as very welcome progress. If I only get consistent at 30 mins a day, that will be an improvement that I take into the New Year and use as a foundation to build my 2011 goals on.
Monday, September 20, 2010
I am disappointed in myself. This weekend I did not get hardly anything accomplished:
*good grocery store trip
*started cooking beans (not finished)
*got hair cut
*went to FPU class (see previous blog for info/link)
Above I stated: "Got hair cut".
Three simple words, right?
Thousands of people get hair cuts everyday, right?
No problem, and by the way this is a minor thing, right?
I would just rather be beat than get my haircut. For the last 5 years I've had very bad haircuts, my last hair cut was on Memorial Day 2010, by a little inexperienced twit who thought she knew everything and wouldn't listen to me. For some reason, the words I say for the last 5 years, don't translate into what I want. Not just with the twit, so yes the common denominator is me. Yes I'm aware of that. I haven't changed my words, my hairstyle hasn't changed, BUT SOMETHING HAS CHANGED because THOSE WORDS DON'T WORK ANYMORE. What's a person to do? And just exactly how hard can this be????? So I had dreaded going back and it had grown out waaaaaaay too long. Labor Day was 3 months. Despite the issues and frustration and bad cut last time, I needed my hair cut and looking decent in case I ever get an interview or a job. And for everyday ordinary self esteem.
So after cruising the net for hours last week I finally found, saved to my desktop, and printed out different head shots of hairstyles. Each one lacked something though, so I couldn't find what I wanted so I had to print out FIVE. This is simply amazing to me, for my boring, nothing - special haircut. I guess this is part of the deal of getting older. And why the young people who are hair stylists can't imagine what it is I want. I don't think of myself as "almost 50" until something like this happens.
So this time for the hair cut I've been dreading, I walked in armed with the 5 black and white printout of photos, plus when I went in I told the young girl who was at the front taking names, told her right off the bat, "I want someone with ALOT of experience, AT LEAST 10 years, at a minimum." (I NEVER do that.) She just eyed me and was like, okaaaaaaaaaay; alrighty then.
Because I asked for an experienced person, I got one. Because I got an experienced person, and because I had done my homework with the five photos I'd annotated, the good news is, I FINALLY got the first good cut I've had in years and years. She told me it was a really good thing I had the photos and to please bring all of them back in again next time. Alrighty then. I even made a 6-week apptmt with her again (I NEVER do that). It's a little shorter than I'd like and shorter than I normally have; I don't look good in short hair; but I had to go that way to fix the Memorial Day Massacre.
So today I am extremely thankful for a good haircut.
Tonight I made a fresh batch of albacore tuna salad. Tuna salad always seems so boring, until I make it again, and then I'm always shocked how good it is, and it's so good when I taste to adjust spices, that I want to eat it right out of the bowl. I had "tuna salad on salad"; tuna salad on a big bowl of organic Spring Mix lettuces, with tomatoes and sunflower seeds.
Tonight I am walking 30 mins before I go to bed.
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