Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Two Christmas' ago, DH gave me a Smith and Wesson Bodyguard 38 Special Revolver. I finally took the tag off of it today!! Today's class was two hours of safety instructions. Following the instructions, we went to the shooting range and got to practice.
Loved every minute of it. The last round was an attempt to completely shoot out the center red target. Here's a picture of my grouping. Didn't quite shoot out the circle, but I'm pretty happy with the outcome!!!
Monday, September 09, 2013
So it must be time for a change.
Two weeks ago, I found out that my position at work had been eliminated. I have been with this company for 20 years, same department the whole time. Same group for the last 10. We are going through a "restructuring" and my position was eliminated. The good news is that there was a different position available if I chose to take it. I did.
I started my new position last Thursday. It is not at all challenging, physically nor mentally. I will not be able to do this long-term. Which means that I will be looking elsewhere for employment. Either within the company or other companies.
All this is a preview to say I'm bored. I had seven days off before starting the new job and balanced the time between productive days and laid back days. However, by the end of the seven days, I was bored. I was looking forward to starting the new position.
After the second day was less than halfway through, I was bored. I'm relearning some old stuff (did this job six years ago) and learning some new stuff. But none of it is challenging enough to make me look forward to going to work. Unfortunately, that's rubbing off on my home life too.
So, instead of whining and pulling out my hair and annoying EVERYONE around me, I'm going to do something about it! And I started today.
I got my hair done today. And I talked to my hairdresser/cosmetologist/lady and she suggested some changes. I now have bangs. I still have blond highlights, but they are mixed with red and a rich brown. And my hair is a little shorter. I like it!
Tomorrow, I'm going to tear apart my kitchen and put it back together in a more organized manner. I'm going to spend Wednesday making stew and chili and potato soup. I am going to paint a wall in my living room a shade of green (tbd) and I'm going to make my house organized and acceptable.
When I get back to work, I'm going to look for ways to improve my current position so that I'm not bored. And I'm going to nose around to see what else might be out there.
And, as for my nutrition, I'm going to try not tracking every day. I'm still going to pay attention to what I eat, but I'm going to pay attention to how I feel. I know what's good for me and how much I need to be satisfied. Let's see if I can listen.
Should be an interesting experiment.
Wednesday, July 03, 2013
One of my Spark friends posted a blog about how being stubborn can be a good thing or a bad thing.
It got me thinking...I am stubborn. Really stubborn. Why don't I use that stubbornness for good? Good for me, of course.
So...I am giving myself a Stubborn Challenge. Starting Sunday (yes, I know I could start right now, but I'm being stubborn and I don't wanna!).
Starting Sunday, I will stubbornly choose healthy meals. I will not choose the easy way out. If I go to a restaurant, I will stubbornly choose the low calorie, healthy choice...no matter how loud that double bacon cheeseburger, French fries and fry sauce call insults to me!!
For breakfasts and lunches, I will pack healthy leftovers with veggies. I will pack healthy snacks. I will portion and weigh all of my meals and snacks. I will prepare salads to be served with dinner. That will help me eat less of the main dish. I might even try a meatless meal. Maybe.
So...wish me luck! I plan to have lost 10 pounds in the first week. Totally doable, right?
Okay...really I'm hoping for at least one (maybe two) pounds - closer to back to maintenance. And, more importantly, a better attitude about food. And get it to release it's hold on me. I won't look at going out to eat as a reason to celebrate (and overeat). I won't eat as though every meal is my last.
I know it will take more than a week. My first goal is to go one week. Then we will see how stubborn I can be.
Sunday, March 31, 2013
SparkPeople said best...nothing I need to add.
Saturday, January 26, 2013
First, thanks to all of you who commented on my blog yesterday. Thankfully, I'd did not fall off the treadmill nor did I turn into a pretzel at the bottom of the treadmill. Although, some of the mental images you provided made me laugh!
Since it is Saturday, I slept in until 6:00. I puttered around the house a bit, doing laundry and such and made it to the gym around 7:00, so I was wide awake for this experiment. After the warm up, I walked with no incline at 0.5 mph, emphasizing foot placement and arm movement. That felt weird, but was only for two minutes. Next, I walked at 1.1 mph - sideways - in a "deep" squat. My squat got less deep the longer I did it. One minute per side, repeat for four minutes total. Then I walked backwards at 1.2 (or so) for two minutes. (No, I've never worked on the elliptical backwards. Seems scary!) That was the "easy" part of the workout.
The next part almost killed me! I set the treadmill to 7.0 mph and ran for one minute. Get off the treadmill and do 15 jumping squats. Repeat. And repeat again. I'm leaving out the part where I stopped to breathe again!
Next, speed at 3.9 mph. Incline at 15. Go. Then I did some weird plank thing that I think I did wrong, but I was sweating, so I must have been doing something right!
I was supposed to do some twist thing with a resistance band, but I forgot before I started and didn't feel like hunting one up, so I "just " walked for the next five minutes.
Finished up with Rolling Hills. Speed is constant here, and I think I set mine at 3.9. Incline at 0 for 30 seconds. Every 30 seconds, change incline. It looked like this.
Overall, I liked this workout. Gotta figure out the plank thing and remember the resistance band. I definitely kicked my own butt and I can already feel my thighs asking me what I was thinking. LOL! I will do this workout again...maybe even Sunday morning. Change can be a good thing. Or, as John pointed out, variety is a delicious spice for life!
BTW...I try to be in bed at 9:30 on work nights. I try to catch up on weekends. I know, I know, not the way to live. I'm working on that...sort of...
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