Wednesday, December 11, 2013
The other day my gym got a new stair machine. I have never tried that before so in an attempt to mix things up, I gave it a whirl.
I wouldn't recommend it for anyone trying to get in a good cardio workout. I worked really hard, I was sweating profusely after about 20 mins and my legs felt like jello but I never raised my heart rate very high. My fitbit didn't track it as very strenuous either. . But it was different and it was a good workout.
I have heard its great for building your lower body muscles. Maybe I was doing it wrong. After all, I had never done it before. I had the resistance up to about a 7 and it was about all I could really manage. Maybe if I tried it at a lower resistance I could go faster and get my heart rate up. I think I will try doing this machine once a week. It will help to alleviate the bordome of the elliptical.
Sunday, November 17, 2013
Ewe. I just realized its been since Thursday since I have done any kind of real food tracking, and then it was only until dinner. So today I will get back on the band wagon and be diligent in my tracking. It seems to be working. My pants are looser than they have been for awhile. I also attribute this to the extra exercise I have been doing. Two days a week of spin, two days a week of WT and two days a week of elliptical. Its working and doable.
My stress level at work has been through the roof. I am hoping to get back to a manageable area so I am not feeling stressed all the time. The exercise helps with that too.
Since I got my fitbit back, I have been tracking my sleep. I am only averaging about 6.5 hrs of sleep. I usually do better with 7 but it seems rediculous to be able to get that in. The efficiency is only about 93%. I usually feel best if I can get 7 hrs and 95% efficiency.
Not sure what the problem is with all of that. I go to bed at a decent hr, I just don't stay asleep. I am usually awakened around 4:30 am and then I can't get back to sleep so I just get up around 5 or so. This weekend I was able to get in two days of more than 7 hrs of sleep. Yay!
My goal is to get 7 hrs of sleep. I am going to make sure and get all of my exercise in, stop drinking caffeine by 12 noon, write in my journal and realize the things I can control and stop stressing about the unknown or the things I can't control. Those are the things keeping me awake and not allowing me to get back to sleep,
I wish you all a blessed Sunday.
Sunday, November 10, 2013
So I went back and started reading some of my very first blogs here on Spark. It is a good way to get back in touch with my journey and a reminder of where I have been. Here is one of my first posts.....
Thursday, October 31, 2013
Its another week of trying to track my food with the nutrition tracker. This is about the time that I get derailed from my good intentions. Its week three of tracking and I feel myself backsliding.
Yesterday seemed like an exercise in futility. I had the munchies really bad. I always do pretty well during the day. Its the evenings where I struggle most.
Around late afternoon, I typically grab a snack before my spin class to help me power through til dinner. I had my cheese stick and carrots. I went to spin. For some reason, I felt inexorably tired. Spin was draining! WT was trying just to finish the class. When I got home, I still had to fix dinner. Struggle, struggle to NOT eat everything in site! The chips were in the cupboard, but I found my way to them anyway. After that, it was just little things all night long. I picked at dinner as I was cooking it, even though it was healthy ( Tofu stirfry). I still didn't feel satisfied so the munchies continued.
I am really feeling the effects of SAD ( Seasonal Affective Disorder). Its been rainy and gloomy here for the last few days. I think this, paired with my early menopause and hormone issues, is what I am currently battling. Although I had my SAD light on, it must not have been enough to kick in those beneficial nutrients my body seems to crave at this time of year, thus the ever increasing need for carbs!
Oh well, today is another day, and hopefully a better day.
I am going to try and get in plenty of protein. This usually prevents the mindless eating I seemed to have fallen victim to yesterday. My lunches have been pretty carb packed. I think I will try and up the protein there and add more protein at dinner as well.
Today is Halloween, the Devil's Candy Dish will be tempting me all day long, but with the right plan, I should be able to terry through!
I hope you all have a safe and pleasant Halloween!
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
This morning I sat down to write in my gratitude journal and realized the pages were all filled. Time for a new journal. Has this ever happened to you? You go through life expecting that the next page in the story will be blank and you can fill it as you wish only to discover, the pages are all gone? Or have you ever read a story and been so absorbed in it that you came to the end and never realized it? How many people do you know who travel through life aimlessly and never stop to see where the path is leading them or what their story is about?
I often stop to reflect on my path. Where is God leading me? What is my story? One thing I have realized over the past year is that whenever I have stress or something that is troubling me, the very best thing to do is place it in God's hands. I try to start each of my mornings with my gratitude journal and focus on the things that I am grateful for. Sometimes they are random thoughts, sometimes they are concrete things. Sometimes the words flow from my pen and other times, I have to really search for what I am grateful for. I try to not repeat, but often times, it is the same small things every day that I find myself saying "Thank You" for.
So in light of my gratitude pages being filled, I decided to journal my thoughts here. Unfortunately, they are somewhat random so please bare with me as I tend to drift all over the place.
This morning I am grateful for the computer. What would I do without this contraption?
I am grateful for coffee. Always I am grateful for this warm dark brew that fills me and leaves me energized and clear headed for the rest of my day!
I am grateful for my washing machine. I am grateful I don't have to pound a rock on my clothes to get the dirt out. I am grateful I have warm water to wash them with. I am grateful that I can afford laundry soup to clean them with. All of these things make my life easier although I do tend to complain about doing it all the time. I am grateful I have clothes to wash. So many people on the earth have nothing or very few clothes. I am very blessed.
I am grateful for my socks. They warm my feet and keep them free of odors, blisters, and so many other things.
I am grateful for my shoes. I am so hard on them. If I didn't have shoes, my feet would have calluses and cuts and scrapes all over the place. What a blessing shoes are!
I am grateful for central heating. Those who have it will understand.
I am grateful for a warm place to put my head at night. A soft place instead of a hard floor or a piece of dirt.
I am grateful my roof is not leaking and it keeps the rain away. It helps to keep my safe and dry and that helps to keep my from catching a cold or worse, some other disease.
I am grateful I am able to be grateful. So many go through life never stopping to say thank you for what I have now.
I am grateful for the life I am leading and for the path God has lead me down. Without those experiences, my life would be completely different. I am blessed.
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