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Life changes so fast sometimes...

Saturday, February 27, 2010

A while back I blogged about the possibility of joining a gym and going in the early mornings before work. At the time, Jim was working 5am-2:30pm, and was getting up at 4am. So I checked out the gym I was interested in, and it just didn't appeal to me. It was old and dirty, and none of the promotions they had listed on their website were even valid anymore, they just hadn't updated it in a year or two. Which turned out to be ok, because I ended up not being able to afford the membership anyway.

However, I did start getting out of bed right after he would leave for work, between 4:30 and 4:45 most of the time. I thought I would experiment to see if early morning workouts were right for me. However, I already knew that my blood is just too thick when I first get out of bed, my heart rate won't get up as high as it does if I exercise later in the day. So since I have to be to work at 8:00, I decided to use the first hour of my day having breakfast and doing Done Girl team leader stuff. Then, at 6:00 I would put on my workout clothes and either head out to the garage and treadmill, or pop in an exercise DVD. At 7:00, I would hop in the shower and get ready for work. This system really did seem to work for me, so I kept it up for a while.

But then, the Monday before Christmas, BAM! Jim got laid off. Suddenly, it became extremely difficult to drag myself out of bed in the morning. I mean, why should I get up when he's laying there all nice and snuggly and warm? Seriously, how fair is that? I decided I would just exercise in the evenings. No problem. So I would hit that stupid snooze button and get up at 6:00 instead, do my Done Girl stuff & have breakfast, shower & head off to work. The only problem with this is that when Jim is home all the time, he wants all my attention! Or I want his - it's pretty much the same thing...lol. How often did I workout at night, you ask? Well, not often enough, and definitely not as often as I should have. It was just too darn easy to sit on the sofa with him and watch TV. Of find some other excuse (I have to go get groceries, or do the dishes, or my foot is acting up so I'm just gonna rest tonight...) My workouts grew fewer and farther apart. My weight went up and down the same 5 pounds. Ugh!

Recently, Jim hasn't been able to get to sleep at night. He has to have the TV on, and he wiggles his legs to alleviate some lower back pain. Well, I am a very light sleeper, always have been. So this keeps me awake, or wakes me back up. ALL. NIGHT. LONG. Lucky for him, I am a very patient person. This went on for 2 weeks and finally I started telling him to go to the couch. Half the time he ended up on the computer, but at that point I didn't really care - he could have found somewhere else to spend the night and I would have been happy just to get some sleep!

Jim finally went back to work this week. Yes, this week. He was laid off (seasonal) for all of January, part of December and most of February. He started back to work on Sunday, graveyard shift. Yup. Graveyard. I am LOVING it! I can finally sleep, because I have the entire bed to myself! However, I really do miss the snuggling... His new hours are 10:00pm - 6:30am. He leaves around 9:30 and I go to bed. I get up at 5:00, do my stuff on the computer, exercise, and he gets home about 7:00 when I am getting into the shower. It's so nice to be on a schedule again! It's working out quite well, I'm getting in my exercise and getting plenty of sleep.

The problem: His days off are Friday & Saturday, which basically sucks for me. I work both of my jobs on Friday, 8-5 at the office, then 7pm-6am at the casino, and sleep most of Saturday away. I also work at the casino again on Sunday morning, so the only time we have to spend together is Saturday afternoon & night. I love the sleep, and I love being able to stick to my schedule. But I MISS him! This week has been super busy, and I haven't spent a single evening at home, which means II haven't spent any time with him at all. I didn't realize how much it was bothering me to not see him, until I realized I had just stuffed a 2nd vanilla cream horn into my face before work tonight. Yes, that's right, I said a 2nd vanilla cream horn. If you don't know what that is, imagine flaky pastry dough in a tube shape, filled with buttercream frosting. THICK buttercream frosting. Rich and decadent, but thankfully only 220 calories each, so not quite as bad as some of the other things in the bakery, but still pretty bad. Can you say emotional eating, anyone? Now that I have realized what is going on inside my own head, it's time to nip it in the bud. I'm going to plan my week while I'm at work tonight, so that I don't have to stress over anything, and can spend as much free time as possible with Jim. That is, of course, when he isn't BUSY playing Cafe World on Facebook. sigh.

My main goals for this week were to track EVERYTHING I put in my mouth, and to exercise at least 20 minutes on 5 days (starting Sunday & ending Saturday). So far so good, I have tracked everything (even those damn cream horns) and I have exercised Sun, Mon, Tues, Thurs. If I get in a workout tomorrow, and track all of tomorrow's food, I will have met my goals for this week. Go, ME!

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PERSISTENT_GIRL 2/28/2010 5:50PM

    you can do it! Track your food, do your workouts, be mindful and spend time with Jim and you will be successful! :)

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MOMMYMACT 2/27/2010 10:33AM

    I think it is awesome you are making a plan, and have already implemented some it! That completely shows you have the initiative to do this!

I am so sorry you are missing Jim, :(. I don't have a significant other and honestly never thought of how that would impact my road to getting healthy. I truly hope you can make a schedule out that works for you both and you get more time together.

Facebook can be VERY addicting, lol. My friend plays a bunch of the apps on there and is always sending me requests.

Good Luck Frankie!!! HUGS for you and always remember, YOU ARE AWESOME AND ARE DOING A GREAT JOB!

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TEKRU1 2/27/2010 9:17AM

    Hang in there. You'll find a way to keep those evenings free and spend more time with your sweetie. But stay away from the bakery! Eating your frustration isn't going to help. Bloggings good, no calories here!

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MOMFAN 2/27/2010 12:49AM

    Good for you getting back on track. You are one busy girl!

I need to start tracking my food again.

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Who I'll Be - a Done Girl Poem

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

This is a poem posted on a thread by one of our Done Girls recently, it really spoke to me and seems to touch on so many of the things that we feel about ourselves.

Who I'll Be
by ANGELLEO76 - Done Girl Kimmy

Why do I do it?
I do it for me
for the girl in the mirror
for the future I see
for the God that guides me
and dwells in my heart
I do it for me
so I won't be a part--
a part of the pain
a part of the lies
the negativity and anger
the hate and the cries
I am no longer that girl
the one hiding in the dark
because I found my light
I found my SPARK
I've done it, I'll do it,
I'm doing it now
I'm DONE, I'm free,
I found the new me
and she's not looking back,
only ahead
to dwell in the past
would be like a weight of lead
I need good things
I need happiness
support and love
to continue to turn
this pigeon into a dove
I'm DONE, free, found a new me
no looking back
for all I can see
is the girl I'm becoming--
that girl is me
the one in the mirror
is who I'll be

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JUSLEFAIRE 2/3/2010 8:00AM

    Thank you very much for posting this poem. it will resonate with many of us.

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FUNKYGLITTER86 2/3/2010 1:44AM

    I like!

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AEB523 1/28/2010 1:06PM

    Love this - posted it on my "wall"! Best of luck on your journey....you are an inspiration!

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SMB19191405 1/9/2010 3:42PM

    I love the poem. I too plan to copy it and use it for inspiration. Thanks for sharing.
Hey - how come no blogs lately? I know you've been busy with other posts - but we want to know how you are doing!

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JACREASY 11/29/2009 11:54AM

    Love it... Will copy it to mine so I can use it as MOTIVATION!!

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NANAOF3LUVSJC 11/24/2009 6:44PM

    Great poem!!! This speaks to that person in everyone of us who used to be that person. Thanks for the motivation. emoticon

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MOMFAN 11/24/2009 6:39PM

    Love this!

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Trying to change my schedule

Thursday, November 05, 2009

Lately I've had a tough time getting my exercise done in the evenings. It seems that there is always something else to do - grocery shopping, dishes, laundry, watch a movie, go out for karaoke with my peeps, or just go to bed early. I know that part of this is because of my BF's schedule. He has to be to work at 5am, so the alarm clock (my cell phone) gets set for 3:30. The problem is, he doesn't hear it, or at least not enough to wake him up completely. So I hit the snooze button, and 5 minutes later it goes off again. We do this until 3:45 or 3:50, at which point he says "I'm up" (and sometimes after that we go through one more snooze cycle)...

Once he's "up", he has to stretch. And I don't mean stretch lengthwise, I mean he lays on his back and rotates his legs, one at a time, to stretch & warm up his hip and thigh muscles. Seeing as we only have a queen size bed, and I take up almost half of it, his stretching causes his leg to bump into me with every rotation. So he finally gets out of bed, and proceeds with his morning rituals. One of these rituals is going to the laundry area to get his clothes (our closet is tiny, so half of our clothes are in the laundry room), which he brings back to the bedroom and tosses onto my feet. Just as I'm going back to sleep. Then he goes outside to start his Blazer - wouldn't be an issue, except he slams both the kitchen door and the screen door, on his way out and on his way back in. Back in he comes, hops in the shower, at which point I really finally get back into a good sleep. But alas, when he's done in the shower, he sits on the edge of the bed (my side) where my feet should be (I've moved them out of his way, usually!) to put on his socks. Then he gets dressed, kisses me goodbye, and slams the doors again.

At this point, I usually go back to sleep, and get up around 6:15. This schedule is killing me! I feel like I'm tired all the time. So I was browsing the internet the other day, and found a gym close to my house that has a 10 day free trial. I checked their hours, and lo and behold, they open at 5am. Since I don't have to be to work until 8, this would give me ample time to workout, eat breakfast, take care of the doggie's needs, get my DGOTD announcement sent out, and get ready for work. But the question in my head is "can I really get out of bed and drag my a** to the gym at 5am?"

So the last few days, I've been going to bed between 8-9pm, which means no exercise. I get home from work at 5:30, fix dinner, relax for a bit, and usually by around 8 my food has digested enough that I can exercise with no problem. I'd exercise right after work, but BF has to eat early, otherwise his acid reflux acts up when he goes to bed. So I usually workout sometime between 8-10. But since I've been going to bed early, I've been trying to adjust my internal clock so that I won't have a problem getting out of bed at 4:30, when honey leaves for work. Tuesday, I tried really, really hard, but went back to sleep and got up at 6. 15 minutes earlier than usual, but still not enough time to exercise. I mean really, it takes me 30-40 minutes to get the DGOTD stuff done, unless I've done it ahead of time (and I'm lazy, so that never happens...). Wednesday, I managed to get up at 5:30. Much better, but I still wasn't quite awake enough to workout. I did manage to find a few days worth of DGOTD candidates, so I'm semi-prepared for the next week, and the early morning was not a total write-off. I also had time to curl my hair and shave my legs, which is a wonder in itself!

This morning, I got out of bed at 4:40. Ate a bowl of cereal, did my DGOTD announcement, fed the dogs, let them outside to do their thing. Then I started a download of an antivirus update, checked my email, started to browse Facebook. At 6:00, I said to myself - stop procrastinating! You're up, take advantage of this time! So I put on my workout clothes, HRM and headphones, grabbed a water bottle and headed out to the garage. That's where my workout equipment is (remember my comment about my "tiny closet" - apply it to the entire house, I think we have about 450 -500 square feet). Anyway, Brrrr!!! Part of the reason I was so reluctant - it's COLD out there! So I turned on my little safety space heater, hopped on the treadmill, and grabbed my 2lb weights. 30 minutes on the treadmill, with 200 reps of misc upper body exercises while walking. Then 20 minutes on the HealthRider, with emphasis on abs & back muscles. I did it! I worked out in the morning!

So next week I'm going to try the 10 day free pass at the gym, now that I know I can actually get up and get moving. Once I've tried the gym for 10 days, I will have to decide if I can afford the expense, or if I will have to just suck it up and workout in my cold garage through the winter. Luckily, the gym has trial memberships available, 3 days a week for 1/2 the price.

Wish me luck!

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MOMFAN 11/7/2009 1:13AM

    I think the YMCA opens at 5 also! I am loving it there. Good for you exercising this morning!

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TEKRU1 11/5/2009 12:56PM

    First of all, if it was my BF, he'd get no more than 2 snoozes, then a glass of water on the head (one morning should do it). He'd also be dressing in a different room. However, since you're making the effort to adjust to his schedule -- you're obviously the better woman!

Good for you! They say working out first thing in the morning is good for you and gets your metabolism working or something. Give yourself time to get used to it and expect that there may be some days you can't quite make it, but you'll get there! One morning at a time

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Done Diddy

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

I'm saving this inspiring poem by a fellow Done Girl as a blog, so that I will be able to find it whenever I want to be inspired!
A Done Diddy (9/25/09)
By Debra Sue Higginbotham
a.k.a. BuzyBeeDebra

Are you done being tired,
are you done being fat?
Have you tried some of this,
and failed at some of that?

Are you done being weak,
are you done being lazy?
Have you tried a new diet,
that just drives you crazy?

Are you done being teased?
Are you done being plump?
Do you need to move past,
your latest speed bump?

Are you done breathing heavy?
Are you done losing steam?
Does the latest diet hype
just make you wanna scream?

Well I'm not big boned -
and I refuse to blame my genes -
and I will not lose this weight,
by using unhealthy means!

I am not politically correct,
and I am not just on a whirl ...
I am here to make it clear ...


Happy Dog

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

This is my dog Zeus - he does this after he eats, 90% of the time. When he doesn't do his little "happy dog" routine, he barks at the kitchen window, the one that is up too high for him to see out of.

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HAWAII2011 10/17/2009 9:44AM

  How cute! My Bordercollie used to do that & it cracked me up all the time!xx

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ABBIEOCHOA 10/7/2009 6:19AM

    Happy dogs have happy owners! What a cute video.

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MOMFAN 10/6/2009 1:59PM

    Fun! Wondering where you have been. How are you?

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    "Ohhh mom. My belly is full! I'm a happy dog, happy dog!!"

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DOLL2THEWALL 10/6/2009 1:12PM

    LOL - awwww, how cute! My dog does the same thing, but only after a bath or if he's annoyed by the hair in his eyes. Thank you for sharing - love it!



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TEKRU1 10/6/2009 12:26PM

    His little happy dance! What a cutie! Thanks for sharing

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