Sunday, December 01, 2013
Here it is, December 1st already! I have been using this site for a few days over half a year now. Enough to become a regular, well-ingrained habit. I enjoyed my Thanksgiving break immensely, spending extra time with my grown kids, and being a little less strict about weighing and measuring and tracking everything. Checking in every day really helped keep me conscious and accountable, though, and was definitely helpful in getting right back on track. Now I have 31 days (counting today) to lose the last five pounds. Can I do it? Well, it's at least great motivation to try hard through the Christmas holidays. Of course it won't be the earth-shattering end-of-the-world if I don't quite finish by December 31st. But I do think it would be awesome to start the New Year without having to resolve to lose any weight, but just to maintain it! I'm going to try, anyhow.
It has been so cool this past month to see how a car accident can be used for good. For one thing, my husband has come up with some creative and ingenious methods to straighten the bent metal on his truck, and so he's feeling pleased as Punch. Looks to me like there's a really good chance he'll be successful at fixing it, and for a pretty low cost, too. So that's cool. We are under budget on our gas expenses for November, due to car-pooling to and from work, so that's another plus. But I think what I'm most excited about is the chance it has given me to change up my exercise rut into something more varied and exciting.
The extra hour and forty-five minutes I'm in town every morning before work has proven to be a terrific time to work out and shower. Starting tomorrow my routine will look like this for the next three weeks: Monday and Friday, work out on the elliptical and bike at the physical therapy gym; Tuesday and Thursday, take a Women's Weight Training Class at the local Fitness Center; Wednesday, swim for half an hour; Saturday, depending on weather, walk my dog or ride my exercise bike at home. Now that is a lot more variety than riding my bike at home every day!
All that exercise is helping me fight off the colds that have been going around, too. I'm not sure HOW it helps, but I definitely have not gotten very sick. Somehow I think sweating regularly helps, and maybe getting the heart rate and metabolism up helps too.
This 4 day weekend for Thanksgiving has been wonderful. I feel rested and somewhat caught up on stuff around home. Bills are paid, budgets reconciled, house is decorated for Christmas, etc. I'm pretty much ready to go back to work tomorrow. The one thing I'm nervous about this week is that I will be getting a new batch of students for the volunteer class I teach in Spanish on Money Management. We start a new quarter this Thursday. My last (tiny) group of students was wonderful, and I really enjoyed them. It's hard to imagine getting another group I will enjoy half as much, so I'm nervous again. But maybe not quite as much as I was the first time I was going to teach the class...
Sunday, November 17, 2013
I am growing to really love the new Start Page, even though I hated it at first, as I tend to hate change. One of the things I like is the goal board, and reviewing it every day. I chose a few pictures to go along with my goals, one of them being the girl with the hula hoop, and the slogan "Try New Things." Looking at that for a few days made me think I should take advantage of the free pool pass I have, and the exercise/fitness equipment available in rooms adjacent to the pool. I can fit into my swimsuit now, so Friday morning I swam for half an hour. I use the term "swam" lightly, as my swimming is nothing to brag about, and the lifeguard decided I needed to stay in the shallow end. Somehow swimming doesn't feel like that great of exercise, possibly because I don't get all sweaty. But it sure got my heart pumping, and I feel twinges of soreness in my triceps, so I think it did something. Tomorrow after work I am signed up to take the required orientation for the fitness equipment, and then I can try some other new stuff. I think the first thing I want to try is that big elliptical with the handles that you work back and forth with your arms at the same time. THAT looks like really good exercise!
The goal board is also getting me to finally get around to tackling some other stuff. Looking at those sentences every day about getting scrapbooking pages done, and adding "Scrapbook album pages completed today" to the goals to track daily, finally got me to get a page done yesterday. I think it likely that I'll do at least a page every day, since I like being able to get a point for tracking. Dumb motivation, but whatever works, huh?
I also added a "goal to track daily" about mending or altering articles of clothing, since I have quite a bit of that which needs doing. So yesterday when I went to have a chat and cup of tea with my neighbor, I took supplies along and darned 5 socks while we visited. Very proud of myself! Today I think I will alter my pajama pants, which are so big they are practically falling off. I need to cut them down a bit, and put a smaller elastic waistband.
Now it's 7:00 on Sunday morning, and time to get ready for church and then a lazy afternoon (with maybe some mending and some scrapbooking), and then dinner and games or a movie at home with my daughter and son-in-law. Hope your weekend is just as nice!
Monday, November 11, 2013
Today I had my walking-adventure-progressive-lunch date with my son, home for the weekend from grad school. We had a great time. Note to self, though: I really still can't do caffeine! At least not in Dutch Brothers large carmelizer amounts! I feel so jittery right now, and have a caffeine headache. But other than that, we had a great time! Drove to town from our small farm, and parked at the local Thrift Shop. Walked from there to the neighboring town where I had a gift card to a Mexican restaurant. We chose to walk on the train tracks instead of the highway. It was an hour walk, and included a trestle, which I had never realized was there! My first time walking over a trestle, a bit of a nerve-wracking adventure! We shared a yummy chicken fajita meal, which cost me 25¢ plus $1.75 tip, after the $10 gift card. Not bad! Then we walked an hour back to the Thrift Shop, where we donated 3 large grocery bags of clothes he can no longer wear, since he's lost so much weight. We also purchased a lovely shirt and pair of slacks for him, for the remaining $6 cash I had taken along. Then we walked 45 minutes in the opposite direction to Dutch Brothers, where we used another gift card and each got a large carmel latte, which I had non-fat, and should have also gotten decaf, but oh well. Still have $3 left on that gift card. Then made a quick stop in BiMart to buy him a pair of 32X32 jeans (he used to wear something like 38 or 40!), and then walked BACK to the Thrift Shop to get the car. Drove to Subway to use my last gift card for a BLT sandwich, which we brought home for supper. Not the greatest day, nutrition-wise, but this is an almost unheard of rare occasion for us. Hardly EVER go out to eat. And we walked for over 3 and 1/2 hours, which felt like some pretty good exercise. Lots of fun time to talk. Truly a memorable occasion.
Saturday, November 09, 2013
The house is perfectly silent, and my world is surrounded by fog at the moment. The sun is rising, and I can see the sunrise, but not far away is all the mysterious-looking fog. A peaceful way to begin the day, a nice day that I get to stay home all day.
I started out my day by logging onto Spark and getting my silly points, which for some reason is actually fun. I added a couple more things to my Goal Board, and I should just say here that I have grown to love the new start page, which I hated at first. I am a person who doesn't fall in love with change rapidly, but I have to admit that the new page IS fun and full of good stuff. Today I also looked at one of the reports, and was SO pleased to see that my weight and BMI now fall in the "Healthy" range. No more overweight or obese for me! I seem to be stuck and not losing, but I will not lose heart. If I have to be stuck for awhile, being stuck in the healthy zone (just not quite as low in the healthy zone as I want) is a grand place to be stuck.
I have really been enjoying the chance to workout more regularly at the "gym" I go to (which is actually a physical therapy place, but full of good machines.) My husband and I will be carpooling for awhile, I think, so this opportunity to workout there should continue for the foreseeable future. I'm thinking that perhaps it is time to get trained on some of the weight machines (at present, I just use the elliptical and the bike, and the hand weights.) I WANT to use the Pilates Reformer machine, but haven't gotten the OK yet from the lady in charge. I LOVE that machine, it is so fun!
Meandering from one topic to another, I am loving the goal board on this site because it is getting me moving on some other stuff in my life, not just diet and exercise. I am a person who loves scrapbooking, but almost never gets around to doing it. And I really have no excuse now (other than somewhat limited time), because my kids have moved out (well...not all their stuff, but that's another story!), and I have a whole room for scrapbooking and sewing. My college son had left a whole bunch of junk spread around in there, but due to the goal board I got myself in gear this last week and shoved his stuff into the other two rooms upstairs (which he also has dumped stuff all over--he pretty much took over the whole upstairs!). I got my room all spiffed up and vacuumed and dusted, and now it is ready to USE! So that is one thing I plan on doing this 3-day weekend: Start completing my goal that says: I will get at least two pages completed each week. I will get the album of my daughter's young years done by the end of 2013. I will get caught up on ALL my scrapbooking by the end of 2014. (That last goal may be a bit over-ambitious, but hey, I can shoot for it, right?)
The other thing I'm excited about is that Monday my son and I both have the day off. I have in my possession four gift cards that I have received at my work, for Subway, Dutch Brothers, and a great little Mexican restaurant. The two of us have talked about how it would be fun to take a long walking date together and have a kind of progressive dinner, using the gift cards. It will involve a walk of several miles, and should be a fun way to spend some time together, and burn off some of the calories we will be consuming. I may not be able to perfectly balance my carb/fat/protein ratios that day, or be 100% accurate in my calorie calculations, but I don't think that will matter. I have been SUPER strict with myself for a very long time, and am in the healthy zone, so I think I can let myself enjoy this date guilt-free. (Don't worry, the gift cards aren't for large amounts, so we really won't be over-indulging in a big way!)
My stomach is rumbling for its breakfast, so I will go feed it and then begin accomplishing stuff and enjoying the day. If anyone else reads this, I hope you enjoy YOUR day as well.
Sunday, November 03, 2013
Well, I made it through the first week of carpooling with my husband, since he smashed his truck on the way to work Monday. Good thing we both work 10 minutes from where we live! I've found it's actually kind of nice to drive him to work in the morning, and then pick him up afterwards. For one thing, we can talk about the day while in the car, and then move on to other topics by the time we get home. He is frequently frustrated at work and needs to vent, and I prefer him venting in the car than in my kitchen while I'm trying to get dinner made!
The tricky part for me is that now I have to leave home around 7:30 instead of 9:30, and then I don't get home until 5:00, instead of 4:00. I find that I have to be WAY more organized. But there are good things about that, too. For example, instead of planning my meals one day ahead, now I plan them all out a week ahead. Yep! I know exactly everything I will be eating from now through Sunday, Nov. 9th! This will also make shopping easier and more efficient. Another plus is that I can go to my favorite spot to workout, a physical therapy place where there aren't a bunch of people hogging the machines or staring at me, and I can workout there and then shower there before work. Monday through Friday, if I want. This gives me the opportunity for more variety than just riding my exercise bike at home.
Other plusses include saving on the cost of fuel, and I probably will also be canceling his insurance policy as well. So there are some silver linings in this cloud. It's sad to see the Red Potato Two (name of his truck) looking such a sorry sight in front of the barn, though. He wants to try to fix it up, so we'll see if that happens...
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