Wednesday, June 29, 2011
I shouldn't feel like I'm starting over--because it's a "lifestyle, not a diet!" --but I do. I had a great vacation and came home 2 pounds up, of course. Those stupid 2 pounds! Since I started here in February I've lost and regained them at least 3 times.
And I'm really struggling to find time to exercise lately. Now that Georgia's summer heat and humidity are in full force, I don't want to walk outside during my lunch hour anymore. That was a wonderful routine I got into during Feb-Mar-April. I have been swimming with the kids -- during our vacation, and 2-ish times a week before that -- but it's not focused-on-me time, swimming laps or treading water for long stretches. On non-swimming days, I got nothin'. I haven't managed to find a time at our office gym that's guaranteed available machines (we have ONE treadmill, ONE eliptical and ONE bike - and I'm not a bike person - so if I get down there and someone's already there, I'm sunk).
I guess it's all excuses and if I'd just bring my shoes to work, I would figure it out.
Getting up at 5:00 am or before is still pretty much out of the question, despite my original SP plan! It's got to be lunch hour. I'm just not very excited about that.
Bleh. That's the basic summary.
Monday, June 06, 2011
My birthday was Saturday. It was a great day, starting with my husband going out to get me coffee from S'bux in the morning. (fat-free, obvs, and no pastry!)
He also gave me a very sweet present: tickets to see a musical later this summer. I adore musicals and he does not, so this was very generous of him (because he's going to have to go with me)!
We went to dinner at Macaroni Grill and I enjoyed every delicious bite. We had a tiny ice cream cake at home and THAT was yummy, too.
And then we went swimming again on Sunday.
I changed my weight loss goal on my SP profile, since I obviously didn't meet it. Now it says 137 pounds by July 15, and if I make that I will be thrilled. I realize I'm lucky, because I really only have 10 to lose, but I do want to lose them and reduce my health risks significantly (or so they say). It's so hard to lose a measly 10 pounds. In a way I feel like it'd be easier if I had 50 pounds to lose, or if I already had bad habits like Full-sugar Coke, that I could simply eliminate and get a good result.
On the other hand, I'm still really thinking about LIVING life, mindfully, intelligently, and not fearing the number on the scale so much, not feeling like a failure if it doesn't move. It's not a failure. So I'm 143 pounds. Who cares. I'm not a bad, or a disgusting person. None of us is. We're simply not. God loves us, big or small. I've just really had this on my mind lately.
Friday, June 03, 2011
Oh, swimming. I have loved you since I was a kid (haven't we all??)! Yesterday I took my kids to the pool after work/daycare. FIrst time of the season. Before we went, I logged 15 minutes of "treading water" because I wasn't sure how much I'd really get. (15 minutes treading water burns 193 cals! Pretty good!) In reality, I may have gotten less, but I also swam several laps and did plenty of splashing, jumping, and climbing in and out of the pool -- hey, it was activity, so I'm counting it! And swimming does make a body tired, so at least I FELT like I burned a lot of calories! LOL
The only thing I will say is that it's somewhat hard to do any laps with the little ones being supervised only by me. I'm hopeful my husband will be able to join us sometimes. I have a huge fear of them falling, going under and unable to get back up. HUGE fear. I had several bad dreams about it last night, actually. I tried to get the 3yo to wear her floaties but she wasn't comfortable in them. The 6yo won't wear floaties, and loves to float on his pool noodle, but... I still worry about him. He's not yet confident in the water. Going to have to investigate other options, like a floatation life vest or something.
Anyway, I'm excited that we'll have this additional 'workout' option for the summer. I'm planning to take them at least once a week, maybe twice, until August. Yay!
Wednesday, June 01, 2011
Yesterday was a good day, food-wise. Fat-free refried beans could be my key to staying full while eating well! LOL.
I am stressed about several projects at work. I know that exercise could help alleviate this stress and keep me focused, and yet it feels like there is simply NOT time.
My cube neighbor never shuts up.
My husband is in a slightly depressed state right now, about money and his job.
My kids are lovely, and even play by themselves sometimes, which is a nice change from the whining and the "hold me's". Yesterday the little one (3yr-old) asked me to "go to the other room" so she could play dolls by herself. HAPPILY! I read a magazine at 5 in the afternoon and it was bliss.
I brought a granola bar and an apple for breakfast today, but nothing for lunch. I'm betting my coworkers will want to go out. (Hoping.) I (also) hope I will make a healthy choice if I go with them.
This is the basic state of things, right now.
Friday, May 27, 2011
I went overboard last night with dinner. We had a friend come over and had a beer, plus a big dinner and brownies for dessert.
MAN, it was GOOD. I should have done better - not had a bun, not had so many cheese and crackers beforehand, skipped the beer. Oh well. Today will be a better day.
We're going away for the long weekend, to be with some family. My husband's aunt is a very sweet lady but ALWAYS talking about how "bad" certain foods are. She acts quite righteous that SHE never eats Oreos, McDonald's, never drinks diet soda or even tea -- she's so virtuous. Or so she would have us believe. It is frustrating to listen to that all weekend (and we do this trip every year). I don't want to hang out with people who act like the Food Police, and I don't want my kids to think that certain foods are "bad." Everything in moderation is a better attitude, IMHO.
Whatever. I'm at least prepared to deal with it (I think). And at least there won't be a big Memorial Day BBQ that I have to navigate. We usually eat very simply. Wish me luck to get in a workout here or there, too.
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