Thursday, November 27, 2014
It's a powerful question, isn't it? I sometimes ask it of others who tell me they are doing something they're not happy about.
Well, Sparkies, i've been awake since just before 3am and it,s all my own fault.
Yesterday was a big day at work, I worked from 8 am through til 6.15 with two breaks, on etwenty minute breaks, one ten, and today will be similar.
I didn't then go straight to the pool for a swim, which is my schedule for after work Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Why? Because I felt like taking a break, and being outside. So did DH, he had a gruelling work day too. On the way up I visited with my chickens for 20 minutes or so, and watered the garden, so by the time I got to the house I had decompressed a bit.
We had chicken, salad, fruit, yoghurt, and with our meal, and after, a bottle of wine. It was a nice meal, it was a treat to compensate for the hard day.
Did it work? Yes, at the time, we had a few laughs.
But now I am awake. It was the lack of exercise, and mostly, the wine.
So how is that working for me?
Not so great.
I know, if we had gone to the pool, the exercise would have decompressed us.
We would have been late home, and maybe eaten too late, but probably eaten less, and I would be asleep right now.
I wish I could say, lesson learned, but I can't be sure of that. I can say, I'll do better next time.
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
And have hurt my foot. I don't recall doing it, but for the last nearly week my left foot has been gypping me. I got DH to look at it tonight, and he says it is all bruised along one side.
I guess if the bruising is visible, it is close to being gone. And it's a relief to know it is just a bruise not some internal structural niggle.
So I swam today instead of Zumba. I wanted to do two Zumba sessions this week but might just have to hold off until next week. Wanting to up my land based exercise as when we go on holiday I'll be walking more.
Raining here, work tomorrow, an early night for me.
Sunday, November 23, 2014
Well, that was different. I have done a lot of 500 calorie days over the last year or so and they have worked very well for me. But this felt really different, and I enjoyed it.
My low cal days before were weeks with restricted foods, and I found them easy to do. Until I didn't. But this Fast Diet day really mixed things up and DH & I really liked it.
The noticeable difference was that tomorrow I could eat whatever I wanted. I could feel little girl Fif go, OK, when I said 'no' to myself, 'tomorrow if you want it then, just for today no snack'.
And the day felt like a normal day in the life, not time set aside. The Cura is something for which I have to prepare and clear the decks, I say no to social occasions around food for extended periods of three to six weeks. That is a blessing in some ways but it is quite demanding, and my body does rebel.
So this feels like a refreshing break!
And I found counting my fast from 2pm to 2pm quite pleasing, too.
This Saggitarius likes having another string to her bow.
Friday, November 21, 2014
In the event yesterday did not make it to the work do, I had to work instead.
Not to worry, DH & I went to a favorite place and had some yummy plates. No dessert though. This morning all set to go for a swim but the pool is in use for a swim meet.
I suggested the other pool as plan B but DH didn't want to, so we went out for breakfast instead. Then did a heap of Christmas shopping, which is a great feeling. Picked up some cocoa husks for my chickens, and put it in their nesting boxes. Perhaps their eggs might end up tasting of chocolate?
Then started cleaning out The Cupboard, which I have been dreading since September. Having a break at the moment, but it isn't as dreadful as I thought it would be. I'm putting aside some things to take on holiday, so this is the best time to be doing this particular task.
I haven't been Becking as I thought I might, but I am skimming the book, and have been following Watermellen's blogs. So, I have a diet plan B, and that is the Fast Diet. I just read the book and I like what I read, and today I am doing a fast day, starting at 2pm and ending at 2 pm. I hadn't thought of doing this before and I like the idea of starting after lunch, we'll see how that goes.
DH is doing it with me, it's nice to have company.
I am using the FitBit food tracker although since my fitbit went on the blink I haven't been tracking my exercise.
Beck, like everybody, says track your food. I guess I am going to have to get with tracking my food, at least when I do my Fast days.
Thursday, November 20, 2014
Our end of work celebration is scheduled today, they took a chance and decided on an outdoor BBQ but I don't think the weather will be kind today. The default is next week.
I have been worried about going away, how my chickens will cope, but I have made arrangements for their care so that is a load off my mind.
We are hosting a Christmas celebration in our shared holiday home, with the family, including children. I have been fretting about this but now I am putting that energy into planning and making lists.
This is a time of year when food flings itself in front of us. Yesterday my colleagues in another team sent an ILLUSTRATED invitation to partake of chocolate, so even my email inbox is not safe! But I resisted, with a chuckle.
My preferred method of releasing weight is very stringent caloric reduction, so it's been a bit all or nothing. But my plan for coping is to keep up the caloric reduction for as many days as I want, and to judiciously sample the foods as I wish. So far that is working for me, I still am eating reduced calories, and though progress down has slowed, I am not going up, and am on a downward trend. I am treating this next month as time to do the best I can without stressing. So I am making the most of opportunities to eat and exercise in a healthful way. That includes some socializing, and I'm just going to do what I can, no days off, but all day every day won,t be a day on, and that is fine with me.
I have ordered the Beck workbook, that will be my project til it is done. I'll be working through it while on summer holiday, and on getting my fitness back up there. Next year will be the big push to get to goal, and I'll work out a doable schedule during my holiday which starts next month.
It's a plan.
Gotta have a plan!
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