Sunday, May 02, 2010
Today started with such great intentions. I was going to go to work so I could study for my midterm in peace, then go to the little gym at work and work with weights. Then I was going to come home, grab BF and run errands, thus clearing the decks for a long walk tomorrow morning before the heat arrives.
Studying: I transcribed my notes from this week's lecture. Then I took the highlights from all the lectures and created a study guide for this coming week's midterm. I read a case that will be on the test. I still need to brief it to make sure I nail the concepts.
I went to the little gym and saw that they have big heavy weights that are used on machines. Nothing small enough for me. So I went to another machine. I think it is an elliptical. Having never been on one, I didn't know what to expect. My treadmill adventure is still fresh in my mind, so I thought I was being very conservative when I set it up for 5 minutes. I almostfell off when it started just because I was so startled. After an eternity, 30 seconds passed and I thought this might be fun. Fleetingly, I thought it was easy. Then, at 45 seconds, I realized I could do no more. My legs were rubber! I was amazed! I was also humbled. I really have such a long way to go.
I strained my shoulder doing some exercise and have taken the rest of the day off to rest.
We went to the grocery store, an outlet store, where we do the bulk of our shopping. I was looking at some flavored water as was another lady. I said,
"Too much sugar" and put it back. The lady did the same thing, thanking me for reading the label! I was pretty stoked to see an example followed! It happened later with another lady when we were looking at frozen goods. BF is also getting very good at reading labels and, while he doesn't make the best choices, he thinks about it before he chooses. Progress.
Congrats to my spark friends who are making such wonderful progress in running marathons, accumulating fitness minutes - you're leaving me in your dust! I am humbled! I also am with you in spirit!
Verizon is experiencing a switch failure in northern CA, so I could lose my internet connection at any time....Dead tired and afraid to log off. Dreading the thought of not having Spark access if I log off!
Saturday, May 01, 2010
A good night's sleep did make a difference! I clicked off over 11300 steps today. I made sure I ate something every 2-3 hours and did not feel abnormally tired.
I ended the day within nutrition range except for being low in calcium and achieving minimum water...
My office is on the second floor of one building and I often have to go to the first floor of the adjacent building. There are four flights of stairs between the two buildings and an elevator. When my knees act up, I take the elevator and do strength training exercises on the way. Today was a good day for my knees. As I headed to the stairs, I saw two coworkers at the elevator. As I reached the stairs, I heard the elevator starting up to the second floor. I reached the outside before the two ladies did! And I was not running! It that kind of small thing that shows me I am getting more fit.
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Thank you, SparkFriends, for your comments on yesterday's blog.
Today was one of those days just full of irritations, nothing went smoothly and I was not in a good mood. Not much energy. Feeling overwhelmed in so many ways. I skipped the overtime tonight, choosing to head home so I could have a better chance to get to bed earlier tonight.
Since I had over 10L steps yesterday, I decided 5K would be ok today. I got in something over 5800.
Taking your advice and saying good night!
Thursday, April 29, 2010
I made sure I grabbed my pedometer on my way out the door today. Three short walks and lots of walking around at work and I made it to 11,090. Sixty minutes of moderate walking for 3.6 miles.
I'm still having trouble keeping the energy up. After I eat, I fight to keep my eyes open.
I'm bordering on overload between work, SP, family concerns, school and money........
Sleep well, everyone!
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
I was driving to work when I realized I had forgotten to pick up my pedometer for the day - first day I've done that since I got it. I almost turned around but decided to accept the challenge and see what I could do solo.
I can only guess at steps, walking and distance. I looked at what I did last Tuesday and copied that. ARGH!
I had the best strength training day so far! (but I may have overdone it - the back of my left thigh is killing me!)
But I KNOW I need to do so much more! I need to do more cardio, I need to strength train more, but.........I am still fighting the old "exercise is a four letter word that got stretched" attitude. I don't really know what I'm doing and that is, much as I hate to admit it, an excuse. There is a lot of information available to me and I am still dabbling at it.
The double-edged sword of available overtime is about to end, I sense. Nothing has been said, but I just have a feeling. I will miss the money -I'm setting it aside for my mediation certification (about $800). I won't get that all from the OT, but it will cover some of it. But, once the OT ends, I can hit the little gym at work without creating major schedule upheavals. They have a stair stepper and I've never gone on that. I've been on the treadmill once.
I went back to my Kashi cereal this morning, but half a serving. I added a hard boiled egg. Much less sleepy at work! Lunch was with a friend at Costco - the chicken caesar salad. When we scheduled it, she wanted to come back to work to eat, so I did not bring my salad spritzer. When we got there, she wanted to eat there. I ate half of the dressing served and part of the cheese. Turns out ok for my fat for the day. Whew! I took a sublingual B12 and think that may have helped.
By the end of the day, all I had room for was a lot of veggies and some carbs.
Not the best day, not the worst. I did not let lack of my pedometer be the excuse to do nothing. THAT is a change! I did my strength training while dinner cooked. THAT was a first! I am so glad I thought of it!
I cannot take full credit for this change in thought and desire. Of course, it's the influence of my Spark family!
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