Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Yes, you need to read the title to the tune of 99 bottles of Beer on the Wall. Not that they have anything to do with each other, but it may give you a peek into how my mind works. On second thought...
Anyway, my local library has a reading program for adults. As you finish a book, you write your name, the name of the book you read and your phone number on a slip of paper to enter yourself into the drawing. Every Monday, they pull a certain number of names out of the jar/can/tin. If they draw your name, you can come in a pick out a free book! Of course I play!!!
Since I generally go to the library on Saturdays, I needed a way to keep track of which books I had finished. The solution (for me) was to get one of the larger post-it notes and put it on my book mark. As I finish a book, I write the title on the post-it. On Saturday, I write down the date, enter the books and then cross them off. That helps me know that I did enter the books each week and also gives me a running list of all of the books I've read.
Today, I reached the end of my post-it note. Looking back over the books I read, I noticed that the first date was 3/21...of 2009! (Am I pack rat or what?) Wow, thought I. I've had this post-it note for over one year. I wonder how many books I've read in that year. For those of you who read the title, I'm gonna say you already know the answer to that! LOL!
But, do you also know that the average is 6.7 (almost 6.8) books per month? (I used 13 months if any of you math nerds are following along.) That is 1.69 books per week (average again)! Some folks don't read 1.69 books per year! Not that they should. I just can't imagine why they wouldn't. I enjoy reading, so everyone does, right? Okay, not!
Of course, the one lady at work who reads as much as I do is out this week. I'll have to remember to share with her what a nerd I am. I mean, she knows I 'm a nerd. This will just reinforce how much of one I am! LOL!!
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Traveled to a nearby town for my daughter's softball game. This town runs their softball program a little differently than my town does. They start the girls on one team when they are fairly young and keep them on that same team throughout their time in the league. There are obviously going to be girls who leave and those who come in, but for the most part, they stay together for years. Because of this, these girls are a team. They know who can do what and they work together really well. This isn't to say that they are unbeatable. They can be beat, but your team has to have it together. It won't be a walk.
My daughter has played on multiple teams with many girls. In doing so, she has learned to play many positions and has gotten to know a lot of different girls. She has also learned how to be part of a team, even if that team changes every year. For the most part, my daughter's team is a good team. There are girls who have been playing for years; others started this year. They all get along and they know how to play the game.
Until they go through the mojo sucking force field. I swear, something about playing this team in their home town sucks all of the mojo out of our girls! LOL! There were more wild throws and missed grounders in the first inning than there has been the whole year to this point. I think part of it is that they psyche themselves out to play this team. After the first inning, they held that team to no more runs. They even scored a few, so it wasn't a total shut out. They even started throwing the ball to each other instead of into space! LOL!!
Does anyone have a reset button for force fields? Or a way to travel around them? I'm not exactly sure where it is, but I'm determined to tear that puppy down!! LOL!
Sunday, April 18, 2010
The last two days have been absolutely beautiful! Temps in the 70's, sun shining, light breeze! Gorgeous. And what did I do? I actually enjoyed it! Saturday morning, after DD had her pictures taken for softball, I came home and started some laundry. I was dressed for the gym, so I sat in the sun outside to read my book. Fell asleep, but not for too long. Turns out, it was long enough. Slight sunburn on my forehead!
Today, I sat outside again, but this time with a hat on to protect that forehead o'mine. Yep, fell asleep again! And, trimmed the yard (DH mowed) and pulled some weeds. Walked to the gym and back. Made potato soup. Made dinner. (The potato soup is for lunches for DS and me.)
Tomorrow, DD has a softball game 40 miles from my work. One of the other moms is giving her a ride there so I don't have to come back, get her and then drive all the way back again. That means that not only am I packing all of my meals and snacks tomorrow, but I also need to work out in the morning before work. That means I will be getting up at 4:00 for my exercise. It's only one day and I can handle anything for only one day, right? Right!
On that note, I need to go to bed so I can get a decent night's sleep to start my week. Night y'all!
Sunday, April 18, 2010
Here is a recap of my goals for this last week.
1. Stay in range 5 out of 7 days this week (already out today!)
2. Work out 6 of the 7 days this week. A sub goal is to burn the number of calories I have listed in the fitness section.
3. Average 7 hours of sleep each night. Starting Saturday night. This one will be a struggle. During the week, I am usually in bed about 11:00 and up around 5:30. Will need to get to bed earlier!
I was in range three of the seven days. One of the days, I took in almost twice my range! Oops!
I exercised 5 out of the 7 days. One day was a choice. One day was exhaustion.
Hours per night, 9, 7, 6.5, 6, 6, 5.5, 8 - Close to 7 average. I need to redefine this one. By Friday I was so exhausted that I ate my way through the day trying to function. Ended up feeling sick to my stomach AND exhausted. LOL!
1. In calorie range five of the seven days. I can do this this week!
2. Exercise 6 of the 7 days. Ditto...I can do it!
3. Get at least 6.5 hours of sleep per night. Seven would be better, but we'll start with a goal of 6.5.
Not very entertaining, but trying to keep myself on track. Obviously it didn't work so well last week! LOL!
Friday, April 16, 2010
I will fill one bottle with the way I am feeling now. Lethargic, a little sick to my stomach, tired, and fully disappointed with myself. Okay, maybe not disappointed. I made choices today and the majority of them were poor choices. I think what I'm feeling is the consequences of the choices. I'm not beating myself up at all. Just very aware of what happens when someone does what I did today!
What caused these feelings, both emotional and physical? Overeating, and a lot of it! Started with breakfast. Tried to go to Subway again and they were out of muffins. Really...I think they didn't want to honor my coupon. (no, I'm not at ALLLLLL cynical!). So, headed to Jack in the Box. I ordered one breakfast sandwich. Yep, just one. Oh...did you know that today is free french fry day at JIB? Yeah, me either until I got free fries with my breakfast. Of course I ate them! Did you really have to ask?
For lunch, I packed a sandwich and baked Cheetos. I ate a Burger King Jr. Whopper (no mayo, no cheese!) and fries and ranch. Then I had some peanuts. And a Fiber One bar, and a snack size Reeses, and peanut M&M's and Kit Kat. Then I ate my lunch for dinner. And had a chunk of DH's cinnamon pull apart. And another bagel smothered with peanut butter. and a Mike's alcoholic drink. I'm pretty sure I captured everything, but today was obviously a day full of not so healthy choices.
If I could bottle this feeling, I could open up the vial, take a big ol' whiff (or just a small one, depending on the day) as a quick reminder of how I feel at the end of a less than stellar day.
That's one bottle. What do I want to put in the other bottle? The feeling that I have when I do make the more healthy, better choices. For example:
I took the doughnuts from yesterday to work so I wouldn't eat them.
I ordered only one sandwich for breakfast.
I had a Whopper Jr with no cheese, no mayo and the small fries.
I took the extra hour I found by leaving work early to go work out
I drank 11 glasses of water .
DH told me that I really needed to change before I took DD to her game, because I looked too good in my workout clothes and he didn't want other guys to look at me. That felt good.
See, the day wasn't JUST bad choices. But the bad choices out weighed the good. If I had that second bottle, an easy way to remind me how good I feel when I make the choices to get me where I want to go, today might have had fewer bad choices.
Hmmm....maybe I'll find some small bottles and make my own physical reminders....My mind is churning...I'll let you know what I end up with.
Besides a day full of good choices tomorrow! Starting right now!
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