Tuesday, April 07, 2009
I lost .4 pounds today! Yes! I am excited about .4 pounds! That means I only have .6 pounds to go until I've lost 6 pounds. Seems silly maybe, but I am still excited. I am clinging to that .4 pounds because otherwise I feel horrible today. My knee is killing me, I have a horrible cough and now, because of the cough, I have a splitting headache. So, in a couple minutes I am going and drug myself into oblivion, but first I have to get in my 30 minutes. Today is not a good day for cardio (huh, just thinking about it makes my head hurt even more), but I am not going to let a perfectly good weekday go by without getting some sort of exercise. I want to save my slacker time for the weekend (specifically Sunday-my day of REST). I know if I want to hold on to that .4 pounds I better keep busy. So, anyhoo, I came on Sparkpeople and looked up some strength training exercises. I am focusing on core and upper body today to save my knee from further strain. By the way, I did not hurt my knee over exercising-I hurt it years ago in college (when you send a So. Cal. girl to Idaho for college she is bound to spend quite a bit of time slipping on the ice-I am the first to admit I am a CLUTZ first-class). So now, every now and again, I just twist it the wrong way and my knee is useless for a couple days-total bummer, but another reason why I HAVE to lose weight. I do not want knee replacement in a few years-maybe I'll consider it in 20 or 30. I am actually looking forward to the strength training, maybe it will help losen up the tight neck I've gotten from coughing my fool head off today. So, wish me luck and I will come back tomorrow hopefully good as new! Tomorrow will be a good day to wear my pedometer, if it doesn't rain we are going to our local small airport for a tour. I belong to a playgroup with an awesome leader who arranged a tour while all of our kids are on spring break! Lots of walking!! Darn knee better behave itself.
Saturday, April 04, 2009
I am so glad this week has come to an end. Today was the funeral for my husband's grandparents. I had only become active on sparkpeople again (after a waaaay too long hiatus) a few days before first Grandma passed away and then a few days later Grandpa. The first week of a new resolve to do better is not the best time to have a family tragedy. Can't there be some way to schedule these things??? If there absolutely had to be a family tragedy I would much rather have had it another time. But, isn't that how these things always go? Tragedy waits on no man and neither do our resolves to do better. There is always something to get in our way and somehow we always have to find a way around them. Sometimes the hurdles are huge, sometimes small, but aren't there always hurdles? I guess it is our job to find out how to keep on track and still find a way over or around or under our hurdles. Let me tell you, I have never liked the hurdles, way back in Junior High I enjoyed some track and field activities. I liked sprints. Well, there came the time when our P.E. instructors decided we needed to try the whole variety of track and field. I thought I would like the hurdles, relatively short race with jumping involved! WhooHooo-who wouldn't like that? Well, turns out that the people who are good at hurdles have legs about twice as long as mine. Drat. Making it over the hurdle wasn't the hard part. It was the pacing in between each hurdle! My legs were too short to work out a pace that let me leap the hurdle effortlessly. I feel like I have run a marathon of hurdles this week. I feel like no matter what I have done my legs just haven't been long enough to work out the right pace. I do realize I have done amazingly well under the circumstances. I even managed to hit the 5 pounds lost mark this week!!!! I am so grateful for the support I have found in simply typing out my story each night. I am so grateful for the messages of support and encouragement that greet me each time I log back into Sparkpeople. I firmly believe that without this system in place I would have gained a bazillion pounds this week. Sparkpeople has given me the strength to keep trying to get over the hurdles. The Lord has given me the strength to run the marathon. I have truly lived the promise this week of not being asked to run faster than I have had strength. I am so glad that we are at the end of this week tomorrow is a day of renewal. We have gotten past the worst and can breathe again. Tomorrow all the family members who are still in town are meeting at one of my favorite parks. It is an opportunity for us all to be together in a happy stress free environment and let all the cousins play and have fun together one last time before everyone scatters across the country again. I am soooooo looking forward to it. Not because of the stress free part! I am going early and taking advantage of the walking track this park happens to have. It is a nice, paved, sidewalk running the circumference of the park. I am feeling more relaxed and happier just picturing myself walking at a refreshing pace around this beautiful green park-free of the tar or quick sand I have felt mired in much of the week. I feel like I can finally breathe again. Now the real trick will be seeing how well I do as life returns to "normal"
Thursday, April 02, 2009
So, I learned something today...Mozarella sticks are not a healthy lunch option. I know DUH!!! Today my week caught up to me. I did get up and go to exercise class (yeah me!!!), but I was so lacking in energy today I was doing everything half as quick a usual. I still got my heart rate up, but it felt like I was trying to do aerobics in quicksand. I forgot my son's snack for school-he forgave me though-he said the teacher always has goldfish crackers and would give him some :). My girls almost missed playgroup because I was soooo tired when my friend came to the rescue and offered to take my girls with her so they could go to playgroup and I could have some time alone (WHAT???? I can't remember the last time I was home alone!) I took her up on the deal!!! Thank goodness for good friends. I did not take a nap though-I should have. I just couldn't pass up the opportunity to tackle the dishes in the sink and the bottomless pile of toys and clothes my darling daughters had amassed in their room. SO...lunch time rolls around-the girls are hungry-I'm tired-I'm in the middle of some deep cleaning so do I stop what I am doing to make some sandwiches, or boil a couple eggs or whatever else I could have made that would have been reasonably healthy? OH NOOOOOO! I grab the bag of pizza rolls AND the box of Mozarella sticks hiding in the back of the freezer. I ate FOUR mozarella sticks. Today, when I entered those values in my nutrition section I cringed. EWWWWW I never realized just how devestating FOUR mozarella sticks can be. So the lesson I learned is not really that mozarella sticks are not healthy (talk about a no brainer), but that those little things hiding in your freezer are really dangerous. If they hadn't been there in the first place I wouldn't have had them to cook. Plus, it is bad enough I ate those mozarella sticks, but so did my daughter and the other daughter and son ate more than one serving each of pizza rolls. Not healthy for them either! I am NEVER going down that isle at the grocery store again. There is nothing good on that isle anyways-totally useless as far as food items go. That isle is dead to me! When we pass each other I will look the other way. The other lesson is that emotional eating sneaks in the back door. I was prepared for the things I might eat due to actual emotion or stress, I was not prepared for the things I might eat just because I am too tired. So, I have locked the back door and those stupid mozarella sticks (and pizza rolls) are never getting back in again. But, there has to be a positive here. I did not eat the whole box! I made a healthy dinner (baked chicken breasts and vegis)! I did not let one week moment rule my day! WooHoo! Even though I ate those mozarella sticks I did so well on the rest of my day that the only nutritional goal I did not hit was just a few too many fat grams in my diet today. I did not go over on ANYTHING else not even carbs. Anyday we learn something is a good day and tomorrow is a new day. If I keep on track for the rest of the week I will hit my cardio goals for the first time. WhooHoo again! We are still doing good! And I am determined to get enough sleep tonight so that tomorrow I have enough energy to make a real lunch!
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Today would be an easy day to call a set back, maybe even a failure. I didn't go to exercise class, I didn't get out in the garden like I was planning to, I didn't do much in the way of exercise. But, here's the thing I did really great all weekend, I haven't been getting enough sleep, and it has been just an all around rough time. So, I have to ask myself "What did I do today?" I cleaned up a little bit of my house which has gotten totally and completely out of control. I still watched my food intake, I actually WROTE DOWN what I ate today. I had oatmeal for breakfast this morning and discovered how easy it is to make regular oatmeal in the microwave-instead of reaching for the kids' cereal and eating way too much or resorting to sugary instant oatmeal. I counted the cheez-its I ate from my daughter's supply. I took a short but well deserved nap. I talked to my son about how it is okay to be sad when he told me he knew that we would not get to see Grandma Ruth anymore. I took my kids to baseball practice and we stayed later than we meant to while I talked to a good friend and we cried together over the bad and good that has been going on lately and our children had fun being children on a beautiful spring evening. As I write this I realize that today was a completely successful day for me. I feel good about what I did accomplish and I totally refuse to feel bad about what I did not accomplish. Tomorrow is a new day. Tomorrow I WILL go to aerobics. Tomorrow I might still have to give up something I want to do for something I need to do, but that's okay too because I still have Thursday, Friday, Saturday, etc. to do the things I want to do. Right now my kids are playing hide and seek with their Grandma and the dog wants to play too and this is making me happy. It doesn't matter if I did everything I needed to or even wanted to, I did what was right for me and my family. What a great day.
Thanks for all of the encouragement and support in the comments left on my blogs-I look forward to reading them each day and they are a real help in each day's journey.
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