Wednesday, May 09, 2012
I went to a retirement luncheon yesterday and ended up sitting next to a colleague I've worked several projects with over the years...not closely, but we did work together. Even though I had acknowledged him when he sat down late at the luncheon, about half way through he turned to me and said, "Excuse me, I don't think we've met." At first I was annoyed and pointed out our past. Then, seeing his embarrassment, and realizing we hadn't worked together in the last year, I continued with, "But I was much heavier then." Left feeling much better!
Monday, May 07, 2012
Lately you may have noticed some of the ads on SparkPeople are from places you wouldn't expect a health-oriented site to want as sponsors. Places like Cheesecake Factory and Dunkin Donuts. I was actually a little angry when I started seeing Cheesecake Factory ads, because all I could see in my mind were their huge entrees and mountainous cheesecake portions. Then I picked up this month's issue of Cooking Light and read an article on how restaurants are changing...including Cheesecake Factory of all places! I was prompted to do some web surfing to find out if it was true, and came to http://www.thecheesecakefactory.com/chefsC
ornerLanding/chefscornerLanding. Excitement! Now I don't have to dread when friends want to go to CF, where they will indulge, while I'm stuck with a plate of steamed veggies or "a nice salad with dressing on the side." I can plan for success ahead of time.
And CF isn't the only place offering healthier options. Dunkin Donuts has unveiled its DDSmart program. Now, when I'm traveling, instead of getting a fatty breakfast sandwich on the run, if there's a DD, I can get one of their egg white wake-up wraps (with either turkey sausage or veggies) for 150 calories and way less cholesterol than I normally get from the usual 2 boiled eggs I eat most mornings.
So happy more restaurants are jumping on the healthy bandwagon so I don't have to break out in a cold sweat anytime someone suggests we go out to eat.
Wednesday, May 02, 2012
Doing my Flybaby best not to procrastinate this month, so I didn't want to put off the dismal task of tallying up the April numbers. I'll start off with the successes: I continue to do well with water and meditation goals. As mentioned last month, though, I ditched the goal to sign into the work gym 3X/week. The gym is good for winter, but if I have walking shoes at my desk, there's no need to trudge uphill to the gym in another building just to sign in, since my walking route is in the other direction. Now the rest of the results....
These are for April 1 - 28.
Stayed within calorie range: 17 of 28 days
Met daily goal for calories burned: 11 of 28 days
Walk 10,000 steps 7X/week: zero weeks. Best: 3X (3 weeks); worst 2X (1 week)
Sleep 7 hrs 5X/week: zero weeks. Best 4X (1 week); worst 2X (1 week)
Yoga 2X/week: 2 weeks. Best: 2X (2 weeks); worst zero (1 week)
Strength training 2X/week: All! Best: 3X (1 week); rest met goal
Declutter 7X/week: Best: 7! (1 week); worst: 2X (1 week)
New goal started April 22: Since I can't seem to EVER make the goal to sleep 7 hours a night 5X/week, I am in a 21-day challenge to get at least 6 hours of sleep a night. In the first week of the challenge, I succeeded 5X and came close the other 2 nights (~5:45).
So overall, the results say I can do better. I've been in a slump the last two months, so it's time to motivate myself out of it and move forward again. If you've read this far, thanks!
Monday, April 30, 2012
Cannot believe it's already April 30, and I never looked at the March numbers (sorry, Lianne), so this is just a quick look back. What I did well: water, meditation. Other goals:
- 10,000 steps 7X/week: zero weeks. Best: 5X (twice). Worst: 2X.
- Sleep 7 hrs/night 5X/week: 1 week. Best: 5X. Worst: 3X.
- Yoga 2X/week: 1 week. Best: 3X. Worst: zero (twice).
- Declutter 7X/week: zero weeks. Best: 4X. Worst: zero
- Sign in at work gym 3X/week: zero. Best: 1. Worst: zero (3 weeks). This goal is not working for me, and I knew that in February. I carried it through April, but it's time to let it go.
So March reflected the real start of my fitness slump. It was too much to go day-by-day and count up days and weeks of meeting my fitness goal, because it takes so long for SP pages to load. Maybe in April.
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