Monday, September 22, 2008
In a good way. I realized, yesterday, that healthy habits have pretty much become a lifestyle. That I don't always have to think about it, I just do it. Even when tired.
I reach for fruit after lunch instead of a cookie. I stick to my exercise plan even when I really don't feel like it -- unless I'm truly exhausted and I know I need to take a break. I make sure to include some protein in most meals to have more energy.
Speaking of energy, I've gotten very little sleep, until last night, for the last few days. I had intended to take it easy yeserday and not do much, and while I did take it easy, I ended up doing more than I had planned. Yes, of course, I am tired. Still, I find I have more energy even when very tired than I used to have.
I keep a cutting board on my kitchen island. I put it in my dishwasher to wash last night. Then looking at my dirty kitchen island counter, I just wiped it down, picked up the cleaner, spritzed it, and just did it.
My plan this week was to clean the refrigerator and give the kitchen a good cleaning on Friday. Except I was really tired on Friday, so I didn't clean the kitchen. And then, of course, I had such a terrible night on Friday I didn't have the energy to do it the next day, either. But I saw an opportunity, and I took it. The refrigerator did get mostly cleaned, but I still do have to do a little work on it.
Autopilot can be a good thing. It's what will keep you sticking to your healthy habits when there's little time and you're under a lot of stress (like when I move).
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Actually, what this blog mostly is about is change. But first, no doorbell ringing last night! My fence gates were still closed this morning. I didn't sleep all that well, mostly due to the fact that Lola was either licking her lips or trying to hack up a lung most of the night. She does that every once in a while. Probably too many acorns.
So, on to change. As I've written before, it's a good idea to change up our lives occasionally. Today I decided that I would try out the track near our local school.
On Sundays, along with a couple of other days during the week, I add some jogging intervals to my walks. Good for me, good for the dogs. I push myself to go just a little longer over time, too.
The school I often walk past has a track. I often see people running/walking it. We've been walking past it for almost 3 years now. Today I decided I would give it a try -- I'm not sure dogs are really welcome there, but that's why I chose Sunday.
So we walked over there today, and I jogged around the track 3 times -- but not consecutively; I'd jog one lap, walk a lap, jog a lap, and so on. I thought maybe it was a quarter mile, but it didn't take me all that long to do it and I could easily jog one lap, so I have to believe it's less than that. I'm hoping maybe 1/8 mile, but I'm not sure it's even that long.
Unfortunately, I don't have a functioning pedometer at the moment. Still, I know what I can do, so now I have a measure I can push myself again. Eventually I'll figure out how long it actually is.
Oh, and the coyote? On our way over there a dog dashed out of the woods, across the road, and into the woods on the other side of the road. Only I'm pretty sure it was a coyote. While some areas of Austin are plagued by coyotes, I've never, ever seen one in our neck of the woods -- and we've lived in these parts for 16 years.
I can only surmise that their habitats in other parts of Austin are being so squeezed that they're having to look for new areas. More change, only not always in a good way.
Saturday, September 20, 2008
This post REALLY has nothing to do with weight loss, but I could sure use some input.
Something very scary happened last night. Someone rang our doorbell around 2 am -- 3 times. The dogs, of course, ran off barking. I sat up in bed clutching my cell phone. 20 minutes later, it rang again. I didn't want to call 911, as no one actually broke in. I considered calling 311. That was the end of it.
When I got up this morning and took the dogs out, one of the gates on our fence was open. I absolutely did not leave it open -- I haven't used that particular gate in months because it's so difficult to close (swelling due to the humidity). I have no doubt someone opened it -- and most likely was in my backyard.
No vandalism. Nothing taken. I didn't hear any voices. Needless to say, I got very little sleep. We do have a security system, and it was set, but if someone tried to break a window to get in, that wouldn't set it off (actually, I'm not sure -- we had a glass break option, instead of motion detectors, because of the cats -- but we're not sure if it's on or not); although there is a panic button on it I can use to set it off immediately.
About a month ago, our next-door neighbors had a break-in. They said that the police told them there have been several break-ins recently in our neighborhood; they think kids looking for quick cash. They said their MO is to call or ring your doorbell to see if anyone is home first. My neighbor's break-in (nothing taken, no one hurt -- they do have motion detectors with their security service) happened in broad daylight, however. In that case, they did break a back window to get in.
Friday, September 19, 2008
This may be old hat to many, and you would think with my love of baking I would have come across this long ago, but it was new to me: you can freeze unbaked, but fully formed, cookies. Got the urge for a nice, warm cookie? Grab one from the freezer (no need to thaw); bake it normally, except add a couple of extra minutes. Voila!
Cookies are a weakness of mine. I haven't baked them, until this week, in a long, long time, because they're just too tempting. They're like potato chips for me: you can't eat just one.
But I made two batches of cookies this week, froze them formed but uncooked, and had two twice this week.
Of course if you're just going to binge on them frozen, this won't work for you. There was a time I probably would have done that. I'm fairly certain that if I want them, I will bake them. What a treat yesterday to have afternoon tea -- a nice cup of tea and a couple of freshly baked cookies! I still have the problem of not being able to eat just one, but a couple of relatively low-fat cookies can be worked into each week for me, more than once most likely.
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Slimy neighbor guy is at it again. Ok, he isn't actually slimy; he's really quite nice, and he once did us an incredible favor without even really knowing us -- but he's coming on to me.
Now, I can count on one hand the number of men who have came on to me in my LIFE. And I'm pushing 50. Even when I'm thin, I am not tall, willowy, and blonde. Trust me, I do not exude sexiness. The word most people associate with me is cute (which I hate).
But yesterday as I was walking the dog, he started chatting with me again and tried to hug me again. Maybe he's just touchy-feely, but I don't even know his NAME. I tried to make it clear through body language that I was not comfortable with his hug.
Of course, he also mentioned that I looked like I was getting more grey hair -- decidedly not a come-on line! But I still just get those vibes from him. It's truly weird.
So what does all this have to do with weight loss? Some people use their weight as a shield. I don't, but I do know it's true -- I had a roomate in college who did that. She was very pretty, but heavy. We lived in the same dorm for a couple of years, and shared an apartment for my last 3 months at college. And that's when she told me she'd been raped, and that's when she gained the weight.
It is not at all uncommon for people to gain weight after such a devastating experience, as a way to make themselves invisible. Some people do it just to keep people in general at bay.
It's important to look deep into ourselves and find the reasons for our weight gain. If we don't, we are likely to regain the weight. For myself, I believe it's a way to try to fill myself up -- to stifle those feelings of not being good enough. What's your reason? You don't have to tell me, but you do have to tell yourself.
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