Wednesday, January 06, 2010
I am a walker. It's the rare day I don't walk. Saturday was one of those days. It was too cold & snowy to take the dogs out (or at least Chester thought so). Because it was a rest day and we went to the movies, I didn't walk inside, either, and didn't get a whole lot of steps in for the day.
I woke up at 2 am and had trouble falling back asleep. The truth is that I rarely have trouble sleeping through the night unless I'm sick or there's something noisy keeping me up. I truly believe that exercise is a key component to a good night's sleep.
We are still walking outside most days, but there are just days we can't. And we often don't get in our second, shorter, afternoon walk. I have realized just how much I have come to rely on that little walk most days. So I'm hoping on the treadmill more often these days or walking with Leslie. Because I want to sleep well!
We met with the second contractor last night (and got a call from a third -- thank you servicemagic!). I like him much better. It wasn't that I actively dislike the first one, but he had some arrogant attitudes that rubbed me the wrong way.
When he came in, he commented that he wasn't afraid of any dog. Well, that is a totally stupid attitude. Dogs can kill. Any dog that has teeth can bite given the right set of circumstances. So that remark right there left a bad taste in my mouth.
As we were chatting (and that was another problem, he was a real chatty cathy), he said that he could tell if a customer was good or not just by meeting them. Well, I ran my own business for a long time, and I personally didn't find that to be the case. I think in general I can read people (like this contractor) pretty well, but people tend to be on their best behavior when you first meet. And good customers turn into bad customers on a pretty regular basis -- it's part of why I am no longer in business.
In fact, our truck driver when we moved was a really nice guy. Until we showed him the chunk taken out of our front step and the chip off of our kitchen island. We didn't do it. We'd lived in that house for 15 years without damaging the front step or the kitchen island.
Anyway. So, we'll see. We still have to receive estimates. That will take a little while. And there are lot of options I have to consider still & make up my mind about -- not just the cabinets and counters, but the configuration of them. Everytime we think we've decided, someone points out some other problem.
Oh, and the second contractor? He grew up in a house about 4 houses down from ours. Small world again.
I'm loving the new year still, despite the cold weather. It could be worse -- we used to live in Burlington, and they got 3 feet of snow. Syracuse got 4 feet. We still don't have that much on the ground. I personally could live without snow and so could the dogs, altho it doesn't seem to bother Lola too much.
But there is just something about the possibilities, the ability to start anew. While the truth is it's just another week, it just feels different. Or maybe it's the vitamin D I started taking.
Oh, don't get me wrong, there are still frustrations. I ran around like a nut much of yesterday with barely a moment to put my feet up. I didn't think I'd have enough time to get dinner done, but I did and it was really good and I was glad I took the time to make something new.
We have a credit card that is only good for online purchases. We got a call yesterday that we needed to verify a purchase or they were going to put the account on hold. We've had a credit card hacked a time or two before, and that is certainly frustrating.
The culprit? My resubscription to Self magazine online for a whopping $20. Hello? For that a red flag was raised?
But on a brighter note, our new DVR arrived on Monday (not last Thursday like they promised, but who's counting?) and I can now watch the Today show at my leisure and pause and rewind and fast forward thru commercials like I'm used to. And that makes me a very happy camper indeed.
Do you think you sleep better when you get in your exercise? How are you feeling about the new year? Does it still seem bright with possibility for you, or do you already feel like you're slipping? If you feel like you're slipping, what can you do to get back on track?
Well, I'm off to watch the Today show!
Tuesday, January 05, 2010
I did spend some time yesterday working on my visionboard for my goals. All I got done was writing out those goals in nice calligraphy -- but it's a start. And it seems to be working already.
One of my goals was to finish our kitchen rennovation. When we moved in, we knew something needed to be done, and I told my husband that I didn't want to do it right before we moved this time. 8 months later, all we've accomplished (or he's accomplished) is to move our refrigerator.
Part of that is because of me. I want to get it right, not get it done fast -- kind of like weight loss, ya know? So I took my time. And when I was ready, he wasn't, naturally.
Now we both seem to be on the same page. We'd talked to a contractor a while back, one recommended by one of DH's coworkers, but I wasn't sure what I wanted then. Unfortunately, that contractor won't have an opening for months now.
I told DH this weekend we could use www.servicemagic.com . Shockingly, he put in the request yesterday. We had someone come out last night to work up a bid, and someone else will be coming tonight.
It's a small world, too. As the contractor was showing us photos of his work, we saw a kitchen I remembered. It was one of the houses on our short list. In fact, we came really close to buying it. He had remodeled the kitchen in that house, and that kitchen is definitely part of what drew us to that house.
The beginning of the year just seems to ripe with possibilities, doesn't it? Now we just have to work on keeping our momentum moving all year long. I suppose peaks and valleys are the natural way of life, but I wish I could bottle the motivation I have right now.
I also need to remember all the good stuff. Despite not losing a lot last year, I DID lose, which is always positive. I have to remember that last year was a tumultous year, with moving away from our home of 17 years and the house we lived in for 15 years -- the house that I loved. Dealing with almost break-ins, hiring a realtor, putting in new floors and getting the house painted on my own or almost on my own. Put in that light, last year was stupendous!
They say that New Year's resolutions tend to fizzle within a month -- sometimes even quicker. How do you plan to make your resolutions into year round goals? How will you keep your motivation going in the coming months?
Writing those goals & actually looking at them is a very good start.
Monday, January 04, 2010
That's part of why I want to tackle a food blog (my passion for food could be another reason). This weekend, apparently, I inspired DH. Not foodwise, unfortunately, he invariably chooses something with the least nutritional value possible.
Working on clearing out "my" room (and I made good progress) inspired him to work on "his" room which doubles as our guestroom. We have no guests coming in the near future that I know of, but it's sure better to tackle it while you have the time. And his was even more of a mess than mine -- and is quite a bit larger, as well, which is why it is the guest room.
It's a start, I suppose.
I must say, as per my friend feed, I'm looking forward to getting back into a normal routine. And continuing to work on my goals. I'm hoping that the snow holds off and some of the packed down stuff melts a bit (unlikely considering our temps) and maybe we can get out for a walk this afternoon. Hoping that simply by cars driving on it some of the snow will disappear and the dogs will actually do something other than shiver on our walk. At least it's in the 20s today, rather than the single digits.
I know many of you actually look forward to going back to work. That it's easier for you when you're in your regular routine. I always found it harder to eat properly when I was working outside the home. I was lucky I worked at a job where I could munch on carrots throughout the day, and even could actually take 15 minutes to sit down and eat some lunch. But I find it easier to eat well when I'm at home and more in control of my food, even when I was working out of my home.
So are you heaving a big sigh of relief today? Ready to get back into your routines? Maybe considering some new routines? I know I'm having to switch stuff up just because of the weather. I didn't get my 10,000 steps in yesterday, despite doing 2 exercise DVDs for a total of about 90 minutes of exercise. I hadn't realized just how much I rely on walking the dogs to get my steps in some days.
But knowledge is definitely power. I will figure out how to get the amount of exercise I need in without our daily walks (altho we'll still be out there walking when we can).
I'm hoping at some point today I'll be able to work on putting my goals for 2010 into some kind of visual format, so I can put them somewhere that I can see them often. Out of sight out of mind, you know. I may not get it done today, but I will get it done. Have you come up with some goals yet? How will you remind yourself of those goals? Do you have an action plan for your goals?
Off to read some spark buddies blogs!
Sunday, January 03, 2010
Pun intended! I was musing this morning about finding that sweet spot -- that spot where everything seems to be balanced. I've never had a bona fide eating disorder, but sometimes my relationship with food -- even now -- is pretty unbalanced.
I knew it was getting that way when I started to eat a smaller breakfast and drink less before weigh ins. It may seem like a small thing, even a logical thing, but in the end, it isn't. Because I'm not interested in weighing less right now, I'm interested in weighing the right amount for the rest of my life. And if I start playing games with my food, that won't happen. It won't be a lifestyle I can support.
That had been one of my goals last month -- to get back to a more balanced eating lifestyle. Despite "bad" days here and there, I'm happy to say I think I've accomplished this goal. I no longer restrict my breakfast on WI days, and I drink my normal 4 cups of fluid before weighing in, too.
The sweet spot doesn't just have to do with food, either. There's a sweet spot for almost everything in life, including exercise. As I blogged earlier this week, I wasn't able to get the dogs out for a walk one day due to the extreme cold and wind (we didn't walk yesterday, either, and today ain't looking too good either -- may have to train them to use the treadmill after all!), and I didn't get in my 10,000 steps.
On the weekends I usually take rest days. We usually still walk, but I don't worry about getting in 10,000 steps. Sometimes I do, more often than not in winter I don't. Rest days are supposed to be important tools in your weight loss toolkit.
I figured I'd make up that 10,000 step day this weekend. But I realized that I probably don't have to. Even without it, I still lost weight. It's more about balancing my eating with my exercise, not just doing everything by rote. It will not kill me to fall short of my goals occasionally -- in fact, it might just benefit me (I get a lot of exercise most of the time) -- it will only harm me if I make a habit of falling short of my goals, and I have no intention of doing that.
You have to know yourself, tho. You might be the sort of person that looks for any excuse to not exercise. We walk almost every day, in the cold, through snow, but when you combine cold, snow, and high winds, it's just too much for my little dogs. They just don't have enough fat on them to keep warm, even with coats, and they really detest slogging thru slush (I have booties for them, but that's a whole nother post).
So where is your sweet spot? Are you still trying to find it? Have you found it in any areas of your life? What do you think you need to do to find the sweet spot?
Saturday, January 02, 2010
I spent some time in "my" room this morning. It isn't easy, trying to figure out where to put stuff in this tiny room lacking space, but I'll figure it out and I WILL be using this room this year.
I thought about my goal to start painting again and sell on Etsy, and realized that I don't have a plan. Without a plan, it's still a wish. So right now the plan is to try to paint for a couple of hours on the weekend, when DH is around to keep an eye on the dogs. And the plan this week is to do it tomorrow (we might go out to the movies today, plus the driveway is almost certainly going to need to be shoveled again).
I don't know where I'll be in 6 months time, but I'm breaking it into baby steps now and not overwhelming myself, so hopefully in 6 months I'll have something to show for my efforts. Now if only painting were a cardio workout.
Amazon is having another fitness DVD sale. So is Target, btw, and I believe Walmart, too (I don't shop at Walmart). I have ordered several more exercise DVDs, and saved a few more in my cart. When I come up with my healthy habits challenge for this month (too busy reflecting on the big picture!), maybe a few of them will be a reward.
I use my exercise DVDs a lot, since I don't belong to a gym. And I get bored using the same ones, so I like variety. Several of these are DVDs I've wanted to try for a long time. I always read thru the reviews, and weed out the ones with bad reviews. I've got some dance, some yoga, and some core fusion on their way to me. The sale is going until Jan. 24th, btw.
Have you started working on your goals? How's it going? Do you even have any goals for this year? Remember, if you fail to plan, you plan to fail -- I truly believe that!
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