Saturday, October 30, 2010
Scary, how many years of building good habits and being diligent can reduce itself to almost nothing when you're not looking and when you're not paying attention.
During October, I let some life stresses and obstacles throw me off the track. I was (pre)occupied with stuff that needed my immediate attention, and in the process my healthy routine suffered.
I'm logging just a bit over 500 fitness minutes this month, down 50% from my goal of 1000.
I did not pay much attention to my food. However, here I have to say that knowing the good from the bad and the healthy from the unhealthy is a definite advantage.
As things have started to settle down, I have had time to make a new plan going forward. But a plan is not good, if it's only in my head.
As far as food is concerned, it is time to start tracking again.
As far as exercise is concerned, and in order to reach my yearly fitness minutes goal of 12,000, I'll need to log another 2,500 minutes during the next two months.
This can be done, but will need discipline.
I am planning for:
3 60-minute aerobic/kickboxing sessions per week
1 60-minute yoga session per week
4 JM 30 Day Shred sessions per week
I am really interested in the Insanity workout. Purchasing this workout will be my Christmas gift to myself this year, so Insanity is on the calendar for January.
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Yesterday morning the termite inspector was here. Having this inspection was something that had been on my mind for a long time now. I knew that it needed to be done.
Given where we live, we are prone to drywood termites. Everybody has them and this really is a maintenance item. But since treating termites is quite expensive I had put it off.
Putting things off is not good for your state of mind however. So I finally decided to bite the bullet and get this one thing out of the way and off my mind.
Fortunately they will be able to do local treatment so at least we wonít need to vacate for half a week while they tent and gas. Aside from the money part, that was the other reason I had been putting this off.
Having your house tented is like moving. They say itís okay to bag your food and stuff and nothing will happen, but frankly, I donít believe them. Yes, tenting will get rid off ALL pests in the house, but Iíll take my chances. Live and let live :). Last time we tented was 10 years ago and it took me weeks to start feeling home again. So, this will be taken care of on November 1; one less thing to worry about.
There is nothing like a rainy day to start messing around the house.
Yesterdayís target was my bedroom. Another item I had been putting off for way too long.
My assessment: I have to stop buying books!
I came to that conclusion as I was sorting though three piles of books and magazines that had accumulated on the floor by my bed. Books about healthy living, self-improvement, home improvement, positive attitude, teenagers, money, you name it, it was there Ė either partially read or not read at all.
When did I buy all these books? Well, they have now all been moved off the floor to a proper bookshelf, but before there can be any new acquisitions, I will read up on what I already have stockpiled. (Sorry, Amazon.)
Well, yoga is done. I think my head is in a good place today. My Sunday afternoon program consists of reading and knitting. This is a resting day.
Saturday, October 16, 2010
Okay, guys, just got home from work and I'm tired, and I'm grumpy, and I'm annoyed. I've had two weeks full of unexpected happenings and schedule changes, which put my life completely upside down, and I'm working on coming to grips with it all.
Let me tell you what annoys me:
People who can't be on time
People who commit and then change plans on you last minute
People who let their d@%! dogs bark outside all night
People who can't spell. Nothing wrong with a typo (they seem to sneak in, when you're typing fast), but there and their and they're, it's and its, could of and could have, and similar stuff just drives me up the wall.
People who post their mug into every blog. I can say that, because none of my SP friends are among this group. Don't get me wrong, I like the occasional photo and I love photos people take during their hikes, walks and runs, but please...; we all know you're beautiful.
Hmm, I'm already feeling better.
(Maybe you are annoyed by people who overuse emoticons? Or people who complain? Oh well.)
Okay, there is more.
On the train:
People who sit at the isle seat, blocking an empty seat, so nobody will sit next to them.
Women who pull out their make-up kits and start painting...
People who keep stroking through their hair. Really disgusting, especially if you sit right behind one.
And last but not least:
Ya, me. I have been annoyed with myself for the past two weeks. For being way too uptight, and not being able to go with the flow. (Sometimes less resistance yields better results.) For letting crazy stuff throw me completely off my exercise program. I think that's probably the most annoying thing. Exercise keeps me grounded. I need to get this back. So, I'm working on a new plan. Will spell it out within the next few days, when I'm less annoyed and can think more clearly.
Wish I would. Sounds like a fine thing right now. But I don't. Even thought this blog probably sounds like it.
Monday, October 11, 2010
There just has to be a blog on 10/10/10.
The past 10 days have been extremely stressful and extremely hard on my head and my overall wellbeing.
Something good came out of it though in the end, and a long-standing bad situation, which had been going on for months and had gone from bad to worse, has been resolved. Whether temporarily or permanently remains to be seen but after months of stagnation and deterioration I take it. (I am, however, still holding my breath and probably will be for quite some time.)
Only after the deal was done did I really feel the effects of all this pressure. I was literally wiped out and completely deflated, drained of all life juices, and spent the better part of this weekend recovering. My yoga class this morning was quite helpful in this process.
I can now, with absolute certainty, say that I am not a stress eater. Such a buzz word anyway. My program gets in trouble when Iím bored, not when Iím stressed. As a matter of fact I showed a surprising loss of 2.2 lbs on the scale this morning.
This has been my second week counting WW points, and itís working well. I will not make the mistake of trying to convert my points into calories, thatís what got me in trouble last time. (I do consider myself a sane and rational person, but my mind cannot be trusted here.) Instead I will just continue doing what has worked well for the past two weeks. There will be no calculations, no graphs, no spreadsheets, no scientific anything. I wonít even really think about the why and how. Just donít have the energy.
So as Rodney Atkins says:
If youíre going through hell
Keep on going, don't slow down
If you're scared don't show it
You might get out
Before the devil even knows you're there.
Oh ya, it could always be worse, but guys, I really need a break (or a vacation...).
Sometimes life's Hell. But hey! Whatever gets the marshmallows toasty. ~J. Andrew Helt
Friday, October 01, 2010
A couple of days ago I switched to the WW way of counting points. Why? Well, just my way of changing things up. My food wasn't going the way I wanted it to, so I thought, I'll mix things up a bit. Anything to trick the mind...
I enjoy the simplicity of this system. No stressing over calories or macronutrient ratios. (I know the stressing part is not mandatory but my OCD brain makes my life hard in this respect.)
I am questioning anyway, whether I really need to hit all the targets every day, or whether, in fact, it will all balance out over time, as long as I eat well. I certainly have enough knowledge to discern the good from the bad and the ugly.
Concerning exercise, I really haven't been doing much in September besides walking and yoga. Hmm, maybe I should step it up a bit... no kidding!
I really don't want to commit to any one program (like C25K, Insanity or P90X) at this time. Instead I'll add some JM and some kickboxing classes at the gym. I wonder if they still remember me there? Hehe.
Life in general continues to be stressful with no end in sight. Oh ya, my kid's 18th birthday is next August - time to start building that catapult. Big one!
When the world says, "Give up,"
Hope whispers, "Try it one more time."
In diesem Sinne - on that note - onward.
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