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There has got to be Less Sitting Around Around Here

Monday, August 08, 2011

No sedentary is not my middle name. Maybe just a nickname.

I am not a person who likes to exercise just for exercise sake. I do like walking, but most other activities have to be purpose driven. Mowing the lawn. Chopping wood. Shoveling snow.

So as I plan to go forward in this Spark restart, I need to establish and stick to some routines of chores, so that I can be sure to keep active. I did mow lawn this weekend, but otherwise I took a rest from the physical activities, and although that was very restful, I know I'm not at the point where I can sit back and do nothing. It's another list I need to draw up, so that I can get some activity in every day. There's plenty to do around the house and yard, and even 30 minutes of work is better than none. I think the sticking point comes when I get overwhelmed byt a chore that could take all day, or one that seems futile to pull out the gear for if I'm only going to spend 30-60 minutes on it.

So my goal for the week is to get a list in place, and and get moving! Watch this space!

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MERLINANDME 8/10/2011 10:28AM

    PS. I ate like that, and worked like that for THREE WEEKS!

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MERLINANDME 8/10/2011 10:27AM

    I like to go to gym, but I could not do that while I was in the NL and UK, where I ate liberally. It was rice table and giant sandwiches and fish and chips and ice cream and beer and chocolate candy and Valrhonna chocolate cake. Everyday I ate with abandon.

I came home expecting a big gain; however, I lost a pound. What?!

No, I did not get to gym, but I practiced hours of functional fitness everyday. I ran through airports lugging all my gear. I walked all over Amsterdam. I climbed stairs in the museums and old houses. I lifted my HEAVY luggage on and off trains. In London, I walked up and down the underground stairs, 190 of them at Covent Garden where I was staying (could have taken the lift, but where is the fun in that?). I walked and walked and walked. Miles each day. And then I lifted the luggage on and off more trains and headed to Edinburgh, like Rome built on seven hills, but seven hills much closer to each other, so no place to stop and catch your breath. And I walked, as in Amsterdam and London, only uphill and down. After a couple more runs through airports and one last bacon butty, I arrived home, one pound lighter.

That is the long story. The short story is it does not matter where you get your exercise; just get it. Make sure to get in some very vigorous activity everyday to keep your body burning calories and your muscles growing to meet your demands.

Sitting is boring anyway.

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SHERYL_B 8/9/2011 5:56PM

    Good luck!

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SOCKITTOME 8/8/2011 11:59PM

    Having goals is very helpful. That's part of why I'm doing charity bike rides -- don't like exercising that much, but training for the events keeps me moving. Except when I'm resting. LOL!

Hope you have a good week!

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 8/8/2011 3:27PM

    Good for you! Best wishes! Moving is difficult for me, too.

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Friday Wrap up

Friday, August 05, 2011

My work weeks are usually completely different from my weekends, especially where food is concerned, so I might try to get into the habit of reviewing each separately - the work week on Fridays and the weekend, or week as a whole, on Sunday or Monday. It could be a good way to take stock of what worked and what didn't.

At first I thought this work week was pretty routine, because it seemed like all i did was go to work, come home, cut grass, and then knit and watch baseball on the telly. But actually, I went out with friends on Monday night, and went to a funeral on Wednesday. So two very different social situations.

I am not a very sociable person. I don't go to many parties. Our dinner group on Monday numbered 4, and that's about all I can handle at one crack. Of course the funeral group on Wednesday was much larger, so I felt a little withdrawn. Even though I visited with people, I keep wondering if I missed someone (probably), and I left without really saying goodbye (did I need to? I sat at the same table as the widow, and when I had to leave, she was occupied by other people).

But except for those events, I stuck close to home. No shopping trips, no appointments. I found myself a little at a loss in the evenings, because I am working on a very non-challenging knitting project, with a deadline, and it just seems like that's all I'm doing. I should have scheduled some time, even 30 minutes a night, to do some cleaning, or sorting and organizing. Then I might have felt more productive. I also realize that those empty minutes would have been occupied with snacking had I not been focusing on Spark again.

So maybe if next week follows the same routine, I will try to fill some of the time a little more productively. Maybe I will get off my butt and get started on my painting project. That would be a very good plan. It's in writing now, so that makes it real, right?

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SOCKITTOME 8/5/2011 10:13PM

    Sounds like you're doing okay -- taking stock, making small goals, taking it one day at a time. Keep doing what works and tweaking it when it doesn't. Sometimes that is what life is about.

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Tuesday, August 02, 2011

I got together with some friends last night for supper. We went to a restaurant that I have never been to before, but one of their specialties was rotisserie roasted chicken.

I order a 1/4 chicken, with potatoes and a side salad. The salad was just a plain tossed salad, but it was fresh and tasty. But I noticed as I was eating the chicken that it tasted fairly salty.

Now, I don't strictly limit my salt intake although I should. But I never salt restaurant food because I figure it's usually already been seasoned. So if it was salty enough for me to notice, that meant it was way too salty. And what do I do to compensate for this? Drink more water, of course! Sure enough, I had a puffy face this morning and a cotton mouth.

I don't think I'll be going back to that place again. There are better choices in the area. In addition to the salty food, the service was awful. We waited over 30 minutes from the time we sat down until someone came to even take a drink order and bring water. At first we were visiting so much it wasn't an issue, but after a while we did discuss leaving. Now I wish we would have, but it would have put a damper on the evening.

Tonight - some good home cooking!

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CHRIS3874 2/18/2012 9:31PM

    Gee if I didn't know better I would have thought it was Swiss Chalet.

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 8/2/2011 8:07PM

    I am so sorry to hear that. I have found that it's really hard to eat out and to keep the sodium levels low. By the way, your cats are simply magnificent!

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Staying the Same

Monday, August 01, 2011

This is kind of my first official week back on Spark. I was able to track my food all week. I was able to exercise several times during the week, either by walking on the treadmill or doing physical labor. And I logged it. I read blogs, articles, posted comments, and participated.

And the result? The scale stayed the same.

This was not as big a disappointment as it could have been. Sure, it would have been great if I had lost even one pound. But here's why it's ok:

I felt better. I had fewer days where I needed to take tagamet for an acid reflux tummy. I slept better. Not every night, but some nights. I attribute this to being physically tired at the end of the day. I had a better mindset because I was thinking about what I was doing, and not just absent-mindedly eating whenever I had the chance.

So this is the progress after week one. I'm eating normal food, and fitting it in as best I can. I went out to eat 3 times, and enjoyed the meals. The physical activity is helping me build sustenance. and the moral support and advice from other Sparkers is keeping me motivated.

All in all, not a bad restart.

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SOCKITTOME 8/5/2011 10:15PM

    Woohoo!!!! Don't let the scale get to you -- it lies half the time, and our bodies take their sweet time doing anything. The end result: just keep doing the right things and the weight will come down, in whatever time it takes.

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SHERYL_B 8/2/2011 5:21PM

    Nice Positive outlook! Keep it up and you will see the results you want. Good Luck!

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SCORPION1352 8/1/2011 3:22PM

    Listen Knittingkitty when your not losing pounds you may be losing inches. You have great mindset and that's a good thing you hang there your going to be just fine.



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Finally Friday

Friday, July 29, 2011

This has been a long week, and a trying one, emotionally. Some legal type things happened which made my insides coil up into a bundle of nerves. And that happened just after a day of being ill, which could also have been stress related.

While part of me would just like to curl up under a blanket and hide, reality wouldn't let me. So I did what I could, and hopefully it will remedy the situation, but I still have a nervous feeling running right underneath the surface.

And there is an overwhelming amount of stuff that needs doing. Household stuff like laundry, cleaning, yardwork. Financial stuff. Recreational stuff. Second income stuff. Organizational stuff. Maintenance stuff. Some is time sensitive, some is weather dependent. How to organize it all and get as much of it done this weekend without collasping in a heap is a big challenge.

At least this week of eating went well. And I did some exercising for exercise sake, not just as part of yardwork or other chores. It was tough to give up the extra time just for exercise, but I'll fit it in when I can.

Hopefully, the more I get back into a good Spark routine, the more energy I'll have to tackle some of this stuff. A little clarity would be nice too. I've been making lists, which helps, but with so many things to tackle, I want them to be realistic too.

All in good time, I guess!

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SOCKITTOME 7/31/2011 7:42PM

    Does it help to make a few lists to see what all has to be done? That might help with prioritizing tasks and break things down into manageable chunks. Sometimes that helps me develop a road map on how to get from here to there.

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INVANCOUVER 7/30/2011 1:46AM

    I hope things get better for you soon! Good for you for eating well and finding time to exercise despite all that's going on in your life! :)

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THOMS1 7/29/2011 2:54PM

    emoticonI hope you get things straightened out soon. Kudos to you for sticking to your plan through all the stuff. Have a great weekend. emoticon

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