Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Remember that theme for 2014? Instead of making a resolution I would work toward a single theme. Peaceful. I go back to work tomorrow, 46 straight days till Summer Vacation. I will enjoy those days, work hard, get everything done on time and have a smooth end to the year. In one of those 46 days I will hear whether or not I'm being put on permanent staff. My family suspects a lot of my health problems will go into remission when I get a permanent appointment and a new contract with a raise. These things could be happening. My summer vacation is mine, I plan to enjoy every second of it. I'm not doing any over time work this Spring, I want every afternoon and weekend for myself.
I was accepted into the Masters degree program for administration for the Fall, maybe I'll be an assistant principal someday. I'll be plenty busy then, so this Spring afternoons are for walking, yoga and bike rides. Especially the weekends. I plan to join the Appalachian Mountain Club for a few hikes on the weekends starting May 3rd most likely, nice sounding hike in southern Harriman. Local to me and mostly unexplored by me as well. It will be nice to join a group for hiking. There are a few hikes on the Appalachian trail I want to sign up for as well as a hiking and yoga weekend toward the end of the summer that sounds great too. I don't do enough with my hiking club. I always read these descriptions and I'm crazy to not go on a hike every single weekend.
That's the top of Cadillac Mountain last week. I think I've just about seen and hiked the entire park. If I went back it would just be to ride my bike on the carriage roads again. Time for a new National Park. I bought the Park Passport so I can get it stamped at all the new places I visit.
That's the hidden quarry I hiked up to today in my little Cranberry Lake Preserve. I like this little park with it's well marked loops and pretty views.
Tomorrow after work I want to go for a walk to fill my Spark Activity Tracker, drink tea instead of over eating and go to Yoga at 7:30pm. Time to get ready for the week. This is my season and it will be great.
Monday, April 21, 2014
Let me change carbs to Wheat. It's not carbs that I could be having a problem with, it's wheat.
Being a New Yorker I am 100% badly addicted to bleached wheat products. It makes up the majority of my diet and with all the new studies about the irritating nature of processed wheat that are far from what we would find in nature I need to figure out how to change my dietary foundation. This isn't going to be easy, but somehow I have to figure out how to try this. One place I'm not going to tackle right away is lunches. I eat a sandwich at work 5 days a week, I'm not in a place where I can sit and heat up a healthy, well thought out meal. I'm lucky to scarf down the sandwich while I'm working and hope I don't get sick. That can change in the summers. I've been sticking to turkey for lunch meat though, getting away from ham and bologna, processed, sodium. When I get sandwich bread it's rye or pumpernickel.
What to avoid. Okay here's the list: Goodbye wheat, you weren't quite meant to be beaten, shucked, bleached and eaten.
1. English Muffins, the foundation of all delicious sunny side up eggs, what do I swap out for this, I love English muffins, this one won't be easy. I only buy them on sale anyway so that is a help. I can't afford them full price.
2. Bagels, I'll miss them, but this one is pretty easy I think I'm picky with what I'll even buy being a New Yorker and the calories alone has made me naturally stray already. I've noticed a bit of uncomfortable bloat after eating bagels, so maybe this one won't be too hard.
3. Pizza, I'll miss this, but this one can be easily done too. No don't mention whole wheat crust, that stuff is just disgusting when you're being honest. We're talking a New Yorker here and pizza, there's only one recipe.
4. Pasta, this is hard. I still have about 6 boxes left. At .88cents per pound this is a serious money saver when it comes to making fast meals. Throw grilled chicken onto any pasta and sauce dish I make and voila. I'll use up what I have and then avoid buying more. No don't mention that whole wheat pasta, that stuff is really disgusting.
5. Oh no I almost forgot Croissants! Big flaky delicious rolled up balls of wheat and butter. I'll avoid the sale this week.
I'm not getting suckered into the gluten-free craze right now. That's code-word here for 'stupid expensive food to rob you blind'. I want to focus more on eating closer to nature, getting the food from the source. I don't really have any wheat products around right now, I have to go food shopping after vacation and set up the fridge. I can start this week. I haven't been cooking at all in the evenings for some reason. This week I need to dedicate to home cooking and meal planning. It's good to be home surround by my 2 cats again here blogging. Was nice to be off the grid for a week as well.
First bike ride Saturday and it was amazing. I should ride again today, tomorrow calls for rain.
Saturday, April 05, 2014
Just under a mile, about 7/10 I did at a nice little jog today on my walk. It should be a daily walk but I haven't been sticking to it very good yet. I actually stopped what I was doing for once and went on a walk today instead of wasting the day. I'm glad I did it. I have to stay active every day and keep up the weight loss momentum. Even for just a mile I want to get in a walk every day now that the weather is breaking finally. Looks like I'll have the weather for the next week to do just that. Plus I have to make a purposeful effort to get to Yoga next week. I've been very stressed and that's not the time to skip Yoga, it's when you make it a point to stop what you're doing and go.
Tuesday, April 01, 2014
Mornings have been a challenge. Need to just get through them and find peace. Looking to finish a lot of work today and survive through to Friday. Wish I could move earlier than planned, we'll see how the week goes. I may not wait 2 more weeks. Keeping my head above water. Staying peaceful inside. Staying present, not going to freak about a few hours from now. Stay in each moment and it will all get done. Going to flow through this day and be okay.
This is my positive attitude I choose to meet the day with.
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