Sunday, August 26, 2012
Three weeks ago I sat down and wrote a really awesome, well-thought out (and I like to think inspirational) blog. I then spent a week successfully navigating my mission with fantastic results.
Sunday two weeks ago - I crashed. Total engine failure. Mechanical in nature. I was reaching down to pull up my big girl pants that morning and my back decided to go on strike. I felt a hideous pain in my lower spine and held myself up on the bathroom counter as my legs took a quick coffee break. Reserve forces were scrambled as I headed for maintenance on the living room floor.
I spent the following week working half my scheduled hours, icing and heating, and trying to convince my ground crew that they really are capable of things like emptying and filling the dishwasher and watering the cats. The mechanic called it a strained muscle. Mucho ibuprofen. Muscle relaxer at bedtime. Rest.
Rest? Never mind that whole single mom, full time employee, full time student with a research proposal to finish by the end of the month thing. What is this mystical rest of which you speak?
A week ago, the pain had wandered its way to the right side of my lower back and spread to my hip (you might remember said hip from many fabulous blogs 2 years ago). Along with the hip flare-up came radiating pain down my leg which really no positioning makes more comfortable. What fun! Mechanic says strained back and hip muscle. Mucho ibuprofen. Muscle relaxer at bedtime. Physical therapy. Rest.
In the mean time, my mission was grounded. Called on account of rain. Loss of funding. As I wallowed in self-pity I medicated with Doritos and Diet Pepsi. Taco Bell. Chocolate bars. Sloth. No, not cooked fuzzy sloth, the kind that finds you laying in front of the tv at every possible opportunity.
But as the scale begins to laugh at me again, my chins shift unnaturally, and my equator grows ever wider, I realize the need to re-commit myself to the mission statements I made three weeks ago. Counting calories hurts no more than not counting them. I have my mechanic's permission to take easy test flights, though no Leslie right now.
So as the Spark goal calendar ticks over to a new week, so, too, do I. Let's go strafe the tower.
Friday, August 10, 2012
My friend Hope and I followed each other to 7-11 at lunchtime. I was telling her that even though I had had all my allotted soda for a week, I was going to have some today because I'd been good and I wanted to dangit! She told me, "no excuses!" And I told her I didn't care. But she did make me pause and think as I went through the Taco Bell drive thru. And actually, water sounded pretty darn good! Thanks for making me pause, Hope :)
Wednesday, August 08, 2012
I'm making a slight edit to my plan. I had chosen 36 oz of soda per week accounting for 3 12oz cans. Thing is, I normally drink my soda in 20oz bottles! So I can have 40oz a week, which is soda twice. I still think this is a very reasonable, yet attainable.
I've managed to fit in my beloved Doritos the past two days without going over my calories - yay me!!!
Sunday, August 05, 2012
Relaxing only because the only thing that HAD to get done was grocery shopping. But I got quite a few things marked off my to do list, exercised, took the kids swimming, and started setting up a dedicated work station for my claying.
So far my mission is going good, today was an excellent day.
Only goal I haven't met yet this weekend and might before the kids go to bed is to finish and essay for one of two classes I have to finish by the end of the month. I HATE essays!!!
Friday, August 03, 2012
The Afterburners came and spoke to our company this past week. It's a group of fighter pilots who talk about successful mission/goal planning. They presented Six Steps to Mission Planning, so wheels up my friends!
1) Determine the Mission Objective
Weigh 200 lbs or less by July 4, 2013.
2) Identify the Threats
Internal & Controllable: Laziness, lack of motivation, boredom
Internal & Uncontrollable: Cravings, hormones, physical issues (SI)
External & Controllable: Availability and convenience of fast & junk food, time constraints, money constraints
External & Uncontrollable: Business lunches/treats, being somewhere without healthy options
3) Identify Your Available and Required Resources
Achieve Mission: Spark, Phillip, blogging, planning meals, exercise tapes
Mitigate Threats: Phillip, planning ahead of time
4) Evaluate Lessons Learned
I will become bored with a program. But if it works and I push through the boredom, the motivation will eventually return. I CAN do this.
5) Develop a Course of Action
Meet calorie requirements 5/7 days per week.
Meet calorie burning requirements every week.
Unhealthy fast food no more than one meal per week.
36oz of diet soda or less per week.
At least 8 hours of sleep 5/7 days per week.
Blog 3x per week.
Debrief each weekend.
6) Plan for contingencies.
Know when to say no.
Call on my resources when needed.
Have healthy snacks available.
Leave enough calories for an after dinner snack.
Everyone is given 24 hours. Use them wisely.
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