Wednesday, January 15, 2014
I heard a co-worker use this term - a work in progress - to describe an issue we are resolving at the office. Everyone is working on the solution, but it's not complete yet. That's me right now...and probably always! I'm a work in progress. This week, I'm definitely making some progress with my goals! I still have work to do, but those small steps make a difference!
One of my biggest challenges is lunch during the week. I often choose to eat out with my co-workers instead of eating what I bring. It's not only bad for my weight loss goals, but also bad for my wallet! Here is what I'm doing to help get back on track:
- Cash ONLY - I've taken out a set amount of "Lunch Money" for the week. When it's gone, my lunches out are done. So far so good!! Having cash makes me not only watch how much I spend, but also forces me to think about what I'm ordering. Would I rather have a small meal and go out 1 or 2 more times that week - or blow it all on one high calorie meal?
- Appetizing & Fresh Lunches - I stocked my office with items to make sandwiches this week. This way, I don't have to prepare my lunch every evening or in the mornings. Everything is here, and ready to go. Plus, my sandwiches are nice and fresh! Each week, I can choose another type of meal or sandwich.
Today, I'm taking a friend to lunch. She lost her 5 year Golden Lab to cancer yesterday. We've already picked the restaurant and they have a good selection of healthy items.
So, here's to me...a work in progress. Looking forward to becoming a masterpiece!
Thursday, January 09, 2014
When I started to write this blog, I started to describe ever incident that has occurred this week that kept me derailed from my program. I outlined in detail the weather forecast for ice and how I bought into it, thinking we'd be iced in. I talked about the 3 am wake-up call from my toddler the night before my regular day back to work. And I was about to go into detail about many other little hiccups to my week. Then I hit the backspace key....for a long time.
Because in truth, it doesn't matter! Yup, it's been a bad week. I've tried to get back into my routine, and life is making it hard. Truth is...life is hard! We're in a crazy time right now - a toddler, a 6 year old, a full time job that is evolving into something new. There are always going to be holidays, weather issues, and things that happen that are completely out of my control. So now what?
I need to learn from this. Just like my job, I need to look at the problem and figure out a way to keep it from happening again. Here are my initial thoughts:
- Keep some easy to grab lunches ready - frozen dinners, soups, etc. (make sure they are things I really like, or a lunch out will be too tempting)
- No matter what, set the alarm for my normal workout time, and get up!
- Keep my goal in front of me at all times...finish my vision collage so that when times are tough and I want to grab some chips, I'll remember my goal a pick up an apple instead.
So, now I'm off to eat my soup and some cheese and crackers for lunch.
I can do this!!!
Friday, January 03, 2014
I love the holidays, don't get me wrong! I love having some extra time off from work, spending time with the family, decorating, etc. However, now I'm ready for my routine to go back to normal. Our normal may be hectic, but it's consistent! This lazy work schedule has lead to staying up too late and sleeping in. I've allowed myself to skip workouts and eat junk - because it's the holidays after all!
Our normal schedule will begin on Tuesday, when Kate goes back to school. My goals is to have the house de-Christmas-fied over the weekend, so that on Monday we can get back into a normal groove. We have a groupon for a house cleaning, so I can take advantage of that and have my house all sparkled! I can also convert the dining room back into the playroom, which gives me more room to exercise in the living room.
This is my weekend of preparation and planning. I've Got This!!
Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Probably because that is how I feel today. The end of the year has been a whirlwind! Career changes, holidays, vacation time, and getting out of my routine has meant a slip in my commitment to my health. As the year comes to a close, it is time to recommit and regroup! Time to get back into the Saddle Again!
A quick recap of the past month - my boss left, which opened the door to an opportunity for me to step up and shine! It's been incredible! I'm achieving one of my goals of improving my career and no longer having just a "job". After a particularly crazy week, my CEO pulled me aside to not only say Thank You, but to compliment me and let me know that I am well on my way towards a promotion and the raise I requested. He let me know that the work I have done has been a home run and that my efforts are not lost on anyone here. It's a GREAT feeling to finally have the positive support I need to really bloom!
Of course, with that came the holidays. They arrived like a hurricane - I could see it coming, but didn't feel like I was as prepared as I should have been. I feel like one of the buildings that survived the hurricane, but needs a lot of repair!
The nice thing is that with the support of my husband, I have the tools I need to get back on track. For Christmas, he gave me the Spark Tracker! Yay! I can now accurately keep track of my fitness and stay on top of my activity level each day. Our family gift was a Wii, and each of us got a game for it. Mine was the Your Shape fitness program. It not only provides exercise routines, but comes with a camera to monitor your movements for accuracy and track your success. It'll be a nice addition to my workouts, and should help shake things up a bit! Plus, one of my concerns is feeling like I'm not pushing myself enough - and this program keeps track of your progress and increases the difficulty as you go.
So, now for the New Year! 2014 is going to be MY YEAR! I can feel it! I'm going to achieve my goals and next New Years Eve, I'll be reflecting on my awesome year!
Now to set up my action steps!
1. Log back into Spark People and start Tracking again.
2. Research and plan my meals and recipes for the family.
3. Wear my spark tracker ALL the time.
4. Get started with my Your Shape program on Wii.
5. Complete my Vision Collage and keep it in plain site.
6. Get Serious! It's time to really achieve my goal - weigh, measure, track.
Happy New Year to all! Cheers! Here's to a GREAT 2014!!!!!
Thursday, November 14, 2013
I have to admit, over the past couple of weeks, I've let my goals and plans fall the wayside. I haven't been making good food choices. I haven't been pushing myself on my workouts. I haven't taken the time to really focus on my goals and achieve them. There has just been too much going on and I've had to just let go of a few things. But that is stopping NOW!
Now, I will say this...in the past, when I've gone through phases like this, I just give up completely. I throw up my hands and say - forget it! I just can't do it and I eat without thought and stop exercising completely. I haven't done that yet! I have still been pushing myself to get my workouts in - even if it's an abbreviated version. Yes, I've made some bad choices in my eating, but I've balanced it with good choices. Yesterday, I had chicken tenders for lunch - but I had them with a small side salad and a baked potato - not french fries! When I was in need of a quick dinner, I stopped at Subway instead of a fast food joint. (And ordered carefully!)
So, I'm happy to say, there is still hope for me! I'm still on the right track. I just need to re-group and re-focus. Things at home seem to be settling down. I think we're turning a corner with my crazy toddler. (Of course, I say this tentatively, as it's an ever changing story!). I'm getting into a groove with my new responsibilities at work. So, now it's time to regroup and refocus.
This week, it's about revisiting my goals. Reading some motivational stories. It's also about getting the food back under control. Staying out of the kids candy and treats. Being mindful of lunches out and avoiding the pitfalls.
"Sometimes I go up, Sometimes I go down...but always, I am moving forward". Unknown
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