Thursday, January 21, 2010
Really, just plan for success. Yesterday was a very long day. I emptied the pantry, moved all the stuff off the counters (mostly), did my food shopping, 3 loads of laundry (the cats will be spending their next 2 days in the laundry room), walked the dogs, exercised, and cleaned the bathroom.
DH conveniently wasn't feeling well last night and was no help whatsoever other than the fact that I didn't have to make him anything to eat (it was just leftovers anyway). Altho he did come up with an idea to make the bifold door to the laundry room more catproof. The boys are pretty good about figuring out how to get into and out of most things --altho thankfully they've never figured out door knobs.
We had a much better setup in our house in Austin when we had work done. Our master bath was right off our master bedroom, was very large, and we had a litterbox in it. So we just shut them in the bedroom.We don't really have a good place to do that here. The laundry room would be fine if it didn't have that stupid bifold door. They are the main reason I don't feel I can go out today. DH will drop off & pick up the dogs from daycare, so they don't have to be stressed from the process.
We're not doing anything to the original cabinets, so I should have some use of my kitchen.
But I am setting up shop downstairs as much as possible. I've already filled an insulated water bottle and put it down there so I won't have to go upstairs to get water (tea is a different matter, altho I could use DH's Keurig. Except that doesn't get me my soymilk.
I've already made up a mid-morning snack and put it down here, too. And I just realized I could make some tea this morning and put it in a thermos (assuming I can find the thermos). Then I don't have to go into the kitchen at all until lunch.
I put exercise clothes down here last night, too.
So that's what setting up shop is all about. Planning in advance for what you'll need, and putting it where you'll need it, so that you have no excuses. It's another concept from the Spark book.
Today shouldn't really be too bad other than the noise. I've got the computer and a tv down here. I've got my painting stuff down here, too, but I think I may be too tired to paint today. We'll see.
This morning will be very rushed because they start work at 7, and I've got to feed the animals and get the boys into the laundry room before then. Usually I'm not finished with feeding the dogs until about 7:30 or so.
It will be interesting. We figure our insurance policy with this guy is that his parents live 4 houses down from us, so it's unlikely that he's going to disappear on us.
Have you set up shop -- in your house, in your work place, in your car? What things do you put into your "shop"?
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
I've been collecting quotes & putting them on my tiny dry erase board on my fridge. I may have to buy myself another one just for my quotes! I don't remember where I got the one in my title, but it's so true!
The other two that are there right now:
You can only fail if you quit.
If you kind of track, it kind of works. If you REALLY track, it really works.
We all make choices, every moment of every day. Choices about what to eat, what to do -- whether to move or not, what to think (yes, you really can choose your thoughts). And all those choices add up to who we are.
I made one of my goals to declutter "my" room which was a depository for my stuff (and some not-my stuff) when we moved. This inspired DH to work on "his" room. Good thing, because another goal was to finish our kitchen rennovation. Which is now becoming a reality, a bit quicker than I am actually comfortable with -- they start Thursday (which means I can't go to my WI unless I can find one today that will fit in with my food shopping, which pisses me off. I hate missing meetings).
So now our rooms are a depository for a bunch of stuff from the kitchen. If we hadn't worked on clearing them out, we wouldn't have anywhere to put the stuff temporarily.
I didn't like the idea that they were going to start next week. We're going to knock out two walls, and put in cabinets in an L-shape. The reason I actually didn't like that they were going to start next week was that we won't get the cabinets for at least another month. So we have to live with stuff all pushed around & out of place for an entire month at least.
As many of you know, I spend a lot of time and effort in the kitchen. I have to hold onto the fact that in the end, this will make the kitchen so much more useable -- not to mention user-friendly, because I'll no longer feel like I'm trapped in a sardine can.
We're also enlarging the pantry, which is great because it's a small pantry with a really bad design. But in the meantime it means I've got to completely empty the pantry. Not to mention I have stuff in there I use EVERY day. On the other hand, that part will be done in just a few days and I'll have more space, which should mean I can take some of the food that's in cabinets now and put it in the pantry, clearing up some space.
I also always hate feeling trapped in my own home. I can't really go out while they're here. We're planning to put the dogs in daycare, but I haven't heard back from my daycare person yet. Obviously I'm not going to be able to do a whole lot in my kitchen, either. I spend a lot of time in my kitchen!
Thankfully all my exercise stuff is downstairs, and they'll spend almost all their time upstairs, so I should be able to exercise. It'll still be awkward, but it's gotta be done.
In the end, I'm gonna be happy. Just gotta keep repeating that to myself! Sort of like weight loss, right?
Do you have a plan B? How do you deal with your weight loss journey when life throws you a curveball? Have you been making good choices lately? If your choices have been bad, can you make one good choice for yourself today?
Remember, you are a product of your choices!
Oh, and if you made it to the end of my blatherings, you are in serious need of a spark goodie!
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Thank you, slimmerjesse. She shared a blog about keeping her motivation despite a long plateau.
I got very tired yesterday afternoon (plenty of good food, so that wasn't the problem -- and not too much, either). The day had turned gray, and so did my thoughts. The old "what's the point if you're not losing the weight?" krept into my mind. Hey, yeah, I really am human, too.
I think part of it started when I pulled on my skinny jeans, the ones that still don't really quite fit, and they felt tighter, not loser. Funny how something like that can send you into a tailspin. I thought I felt lighter over the weekend, and in one moment I felt fat.
But my spark buddy reminded me that the point is that I love the new me. I love that I have the energy (most days) to do more than lay on the couch and watch tv. I love that clothes are so much easier to find. I love that I have no double chin anymore. I love that I've been inspiring DH to take some teeny, tiny baby steps of his own (even if he had a doughnut for breakfast yesterday and a cheeseburger for lunch -- he must've at least been thinking about his choices, because he doesn't even usually tell me what he's eaten).
I still think my biggest problem is figuring out how to eat just a little less food and still be satisfied. Or maybe I just need to be patient. Whatever. I am not the first or last person to hit a plateau.
I will continue to fuel my body with the food it really needs, so that I can feel satisfied and full of energy. I will continue to have a small treat each day. I will continue to move my body because our bodies were created to move.
And I know that all these choices matter no matter what the scale says.
How do you keep your motivation when the scale doesn't budge, or moves in the wrong direction? How do you keep reminders of all the healthy changes you've made?
Monday, January 18, 2010
People often seemed to be wowed by the amount of exercise sparkpoints I accumulate. And yes, I do get a fair amount of exercise into my days. Walking the dogs at the very least half an hour most days (usually more, but occasionally it's too cold or snowy for a walk). That's not much exercise, really -- the walks are slow & there's lots of stopping. But it's still exercise.
And then I usually do either an exercise DVD for anywhere from 30 - 45 minutes later on in the day, or run for 30 minutes. Sometimes I might even throw in another 10-15 minutes of some sort of exercise.
So yes, most days I'm exercising about an hour and a half a day. I feel very lucky that I can afford that much time in exercise, because it seems to be what my body needs.
But there's a vast difference between exercising and being active, and I'm still working on that one. Being active means you're not just sitting on your butt all day. It means you walk instead of driving when you can. You take the stairs instead of the elevator when you can. You garden. You shovel your driveway by hand -- a case in point this morning.
We got a bit of snow overnight. DH asked if I wanted him to leave me something to shovel, and I told him no, knock yourself out (because he doesn't get in much exercise AND he's not very active). Only I hear the snow blower going. Well, he does have to get to work, I'll give him that. The dogs have been fed, so I could join him, but I think I'll let him get in that little bit of activity for today.
I do find that as the weight has come off, I may not exactly be more active, but I'm not as sedentary. I don't watch a whole lot of tv during the day most days. An hour of the news in the morning -- it's cuddle time for me & 3 of the fur babies. The rest of the stuff I tape and watch while I'm on the treadmill.
Unfortunately most of my hobbies are sedentary -- painting, knitting, drawing, reading, even cooking/baking. And that is why exercise is so important to me -- because I know the truth is I'm a sedentary person, so I have to combat that with exercise.
Are you active? Are you more active now than before SP? Has exercise become a habit yet? If not, what's getting in the way?
On a side note, I try to pick a goal to work on daily. And I'm trying to brainstorm a long list of goals so I can just pick one from my list & write it on my dry erase board, but I'm having a bit of a block. Some of the usual suspects are really second nature to me now: drink my water, get in some exercise, track my food, plan my day. What kind of short term goals do you have for your weight loss journey?
Sunday, January 17, 2010
In "The Spark", sparkguy talks about the crisscross effect: how making just a small change, and making it a habit, can spill over into other areas of your life and snowball even greater changes.
I've been seeing a little bit of the crisscross effect in my own life lately.
One of my goals for this year was to clean out and set up "my" room. I've made great progress in that area, and I hope to have it at least cleaned out by the end of the month.
In my cleaning, I came across a journal I used to keep when we first got the boys (our cats). I'd write about their antics, and occasionally I'd sketch them. I've been keeping visual journals on & off for years. This one has been off for a long time -- 8 years!
I'm not sure I'll get my painting in this week, but I have been sketching again. Now I have 4 furry subjects! And sketching is actually integral to painting. It definitely helps to draw, especially if you're creating original artwork. And drawing muscles get rusty when they're not used. So even if I don't get around to painting, I do feel I fulfilled that goal this week simply by taking up sketching again.
My husband took the dogs for an afternoon walk yesterday. All by himself. The first time I haven't gone with him in many, many months (my hair was wet). And he actually ran a little on the way home.
He said that Chester was walking quickly on the way home, as he always does, so he picked up his pace. And Chester picked up his pace. And so on until they were jogging home. I can't help but think that my running has been just a teeny, tiny inspiration to him.
Of course, he made great noises of protest about taking them, but I guess asking for quiet compliance is a bit too much. He promised he'd walk them that afternoon if I walked them in the morning (I wanted him to come on our morning walk), and then acted like it was the end of the world when I called him on it.
So after my blog about self indulgence I indulged. Oh, not a whole lot, but I found myself hungry in the afternoon and didn't reach for soup. So ok, I reviewed my day. And the only thing I can figure out is that I had a bowl of fruit (a big bowl -- a banana and a kiwi) with some raw sunflower seed mix on top for breakfast. Even though it was healthy and satisfying, apparently it's just not really what I need in the mornings.
So today it was back to oatmeal.
And this morning I realized that DH was a bit pissy yesterday, too. Perhaps my frustration at his attitude coupled with some real hunger caused me to make some not so good choices.
But just spending that little bit of time -- reviewing my day -- helped me to at least think these things through, and experiment some more.
Have you really thought about your food? What satisfies you, what tastes good but leaves you hungry, what external factors cause you to reach for comfort foods? Do you take some time each day to review your choices?
Today is a new day with new choices. Learn from yesterday. Make today even better. Goal weight in 2010 (my new mantra -- I even have a password for one site that helps remind me of that).
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