Tuesday, April 06, 2010
I started up the stairs around 9:45...pm. There's a reason for this and I'm gonna tell you! LOL!
Mondays are a long day for me on a regular basis. My group at work deals with companies in Korea, China, Singapore, etc. on a fairly regular basis. Each week, we have a conference call with Korea on Mondays (China is on Wednesday, Singapore is as needed...I skip the Tuesday meeting). Because of Daylight Savings Time and the fact that Korea is on the other side of the world, our meeting doesn't start until 5:15. That means the soonest I leave work on Mondays is 5:30...more often 5:45.
Tonight, I left around 5:35, drove the 35 minutes home and made dinner (leftover ham, who'd a thunk it! ) Grilled the ham with some cheese. Yummy! Anyway, by the time I got everyone's sandwiches made, it was 6:20. DD's first softball game of the season was due to start at 6:30 and I was not dressed for the weather. So, picture this...I take my sandwich and Diet Pepsi with me into the master bedroom. In between bites and sips, I am putting on long johns, two pairs of socks, three layers of shirts and some boots. The sandwich inhaled and me looking like the Michelen man, I run upstairs and grab a couple of blankets. Kiss everyone goodbye and I am out the door!
DD's game goes well (they didn't win, but they played well...mostly). By the time we get home, I can't feel my toes. I guess I needed three pairs of socks! I warm up, eat some popcorn, Spark a little and decide I'm ready to work out...at 9:15. Well, the kids go to bed at 9:30 and I need to tuck them in and make sure they actually get in bed. Can't work out until they are safely tucked. By the time they are, it's 9:45.
Now, other nights, I might have said "To heck with it!" (Literally, I have said that, out loud!) BUT, one of my goals is to do the Shred EVERY day for at least 10 days straight. I'm on a two-day streak. Tonight, I did it! Three days! AND I hit one of my other goals. I was able to do all of the traveling push ups on my toes! Woo Hoo!!!
The point of all this? Apparently, goals can be motivating! Who knew? LOL! Not only did having a very tangible goal get my butt up the stairs and into the wokout, but those same goals kept me from eating everything in the house. Healthy choices and within calorie range again today! Day 3 for that streak too!! I'm on fire!!
Okay, time to put out the fire and get some sleep. Spark y'all later.
Sunday, April 04, 2010
Holidays and going out to eat are my downfall. Both are special occasions in my world and special occasions are a reason to celebrate (translation: eat!).
Yesterday, DH and I went out to dinner, just the two of us. He asked me where I would like to go. I hate choosing because he is much more particular about his food than I am. We actually had a discussion once trying to determine if there was a place where we could go eat that he would eat and I wouldn't. We couldn't think of one. He even tried the local gas station, but no dice. They have a hot deli, lunchables and frozen burritos. I'm good!
Anyway, one of the ladies I work with talked about taking her son Goodwood BBQ for his birthday. That sounded really good to me. DH is not a fan of BBQ. I suggested it anyway. He decided that we could go there because they do have steak that is not BBQ. (Yay) I ordered the BBQ pulled pork with a baked potato, sour cream only and on the side, and steamed veggies. AND I only ate half the pork. Stayed in calorie range for the day! Woo Hoo!
Today is Easter (duh!) and we had (for us) the traditional Easter dinner of ham, mashed potatoes, green beans and deviled eggs. Mmmm...deviled eggs. Love them! I only made eight halves and there are four in our family, two each. DD didn't like hers, so I gave her extra to DH. I still have over 200 calories to use, if I want to!
AND, I worked out today and yesterday. Eight more days of L3 to meet that goal!
Sunday, April 04, 2010
I have developed some of my goals and am now ready to share them with y'all! I can feel my chair buzzing with your excitement now! What? You're not that excited? Hmmmm....wonder what that vibration is then.
On to my goals!
I will attain a weight of 126 pounds. Exactly when isn't completely determined, but I should say in 8 weeks or less.
I will set a weight loss goal for myself each week. This week, my goal is 2 pounds. I'm higher than I want to be and need to bring that number down quickly. Okay, I don't "need" to. Just really, really, really want to!
I am going to do Level 3 of the 30-Day Shred every day for ten days straight like I'm "supposed" to. Today was day one!
In that workout, I have two smaller goals. The first is to be able to do all of the traveling pushups on my toes and not have to go to my knees for any of them. The second is to be able to do jumping lunges for the whole time and not have to revert to normal lunges. Those are HARD!!
After I do those, I'll have a new goal. It might be getting to the gym every day for a week. We'll see.
This week, I will stay in my calorie range every day. Afterthis week, I may be able to give myself one cheat day per week. I may look at three cheat meals instead, but that could be dangerous. Very, very dangerous.
I'm stopping right there. Too many goals and I'll get overwhelmed and unable to focus on any of them.
Quick recap (more for me than for you, but feel free to write them down!)
1. Lose 2 pounds this week.
2. Do my DVD workout 9 more days straight.
3. Stay in calorie range every day this week.
I can totally do this!
Saturday, April 03, 2010
Okay, that's all I can remember of that song. Unless I'm singing along with my Shrek CD and then I know all the words. Of course, my kids shush me if I'm actually singing in their presence, but that just encourages me to sing more loudly and more poorly (more badly?). Anyway, I am a "for myself" kind of singer!
Now that that little bit of "off the trackedness" is out of the way, on to what I really wanted to put in writing. Part of the purpose of this particular blog, in my mind, is to get what I want to do straight in my own mind. The thing is, I've been hovering between 4 and 8 pounds from my goal for the past six months, maybe longer.
Part of the problem is that I'm not completely sure that I want to get to my current goal. It is a number that I pulled out of my, um, ear. About six, maybe seven years ago, I started WW and I set a goal of 130. My leader agreed that 130 would be a good goal weight for me. I'm 5'1" (I swear I used to be 5'4", but I think my feet must have been fat too. LOL!) and 130 is at the top of most every range for my height. Since I carry my weight in my thighs (all muscle, I tell ya!), 130 was good for me. This time, I thought I would go for 126. Maybe that last four pounds would make my stomach look that much closer to flat. Or my thighs rub together just that much less.
But, what if I get to the 126 and I don't like it! What if that 4 pounds came off my face and I look skeletal! (Skeleton tree, cos I couldn't find a real skeleton. Didn't look too hard either.) Or worse. What if I really like the way I look, but decide I can look better?! What if I change my goal to continuously "improve" my appearance? What if I will need to be on the weight loss portion of this journey forever! Okay, that last fear ain't likely to come true. I like eating too much to make "continuous improvements" like that.
Anyway...I DO want to get to 126. If it turns out that it is too hard to maintain, I can go back to 130. Good. That is decided. Now...how do I get there? Basically, I need to make a plan. I need to make changes in my daily, every day, normal life because what I'm doing right now is not getting me where I want to go.
Tomorrow, in between cleaning out cobwebs (house AND head!), hanging pictures, working out, laundry and hopefully a little reading time, I will put my plan to pad and paper. (That can't be the right saying, can it? Pad and paper are basically the same thing, right?) Anywho...I will keep my plan, on my pad and on my paper, in a place that I will see it every day. Preferably a few times every day. I will blog it here and ask for accountability.
That's all I have right now. A fairly long blog that eventually gets one decision - I want to get to 126 - and one action item for myself - make a plan!
I'll let you know how it goes!
Friday, April 02, 2010
My son is watching a show about how different companies make tortilla chips, taco shells, etc. They discussed the health benefits of baked vs. fried tortilla chips and that fried tortilla chips tasted better.
Now I'm craving chips and salsa. The really good fried kind that you get at a real Mexican restaurant. And nice thick chunky flavorful salsa. Yummy! I have some tortilla chips in the pantry and some salsa in the fridge. Not quite the authentic stuff, but yummy just the same.
But, I am done eating for the day. I am making myself hungry with this blog, so I'd better end it now and head to bed!
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