Friday, October 29, 2010
I read a really good article today on how to tell when it's time to make a change. Almost everything the writer said was right on target for me. Chronic illness (check!), sweating after putting socks on (check!), etc. etc. One other indicator was lying on the bed and squirming around trying to button/zip up pants. Well, I gave these up for elastic waists a long while ago.
I haven't actually broken a chair or not been able to fit in an airplane seat, but I am always afraid it's going to happen. That nagging fear alone can make a person stress-out. I also try to find someone fatter than me when I go into a room so I fool myself into thinking I'm not so big. Ah, the games we play. I'm starting to see things much more clearly. It doesn't have to be like that. I CAN do this.
Right now, I'm trying to think of 3 things I can do tomorrow (today is just about over) to be healthier. 1) Drink more water; 2) walk around the block; 3) use my hand weights for 10 minutes. There! That wasn't too hard.
One other thing I think would be fun would be to figure out how many miles it is to go to different places and then "walk" there by accumulating steps/miles each day. I'd like to start out by walking to visit my younger son in Rochester. I wonder how many days that would take. If I get really ambitious after that I could trek cross country to visit my older son in Southern California. I could even track miles between different scenic things on the way, like the Grand Canyon or Hoover Dam to pretend it's like a real vacation. It would also help me learn more about geography, which is good because I'm terrible at it. I need to get a really big map so I can track progress. After I go cross-country, maybe I'll do the same for Europe!
I work with my husband sometimes on the weekends at a country club, mostly on weddings. It's good physical labor with lots of lifting and scrubbing pots and stuff. I'm also on my feet for 6-8 hours straight so I try to do calf exercises. I just need to keep away from the wedding cake! Unfortunately I have become the official cake taster for the rest of the kitchen crew. They know I can't resist cake. Not exactly something I want to be known for, but there it is. The one this weekend is actually on Halloween and all the guests are supposed to wear costumes. It should be fun. There's just one more wedding in November and then that should be it until the spring. Hopefully I'll look much different by that time. That would be so cool!
BTW, in my entry yesterday I mentioned that I was going to have a root canal. Well, I had it and it was definitely NOT as painful as a unit meeting.