Sunday, January 20, 2013
This week, not so great in terms of meeting goals.
I had planned to go out on my birthday and not worry about calories, but unfortunately one day turned into 4. It was a very celebratory week, some of my dear friends had birthdays too and then there were happy hours. Still, I could have done much better. Can't celebrate for 4 days in a row without seeing the consequences. Which I did, one and a half pounds up. Grrr!
Exercise suffered for similar reasons. Busy in the evenings and tired in the mornings. But I still got in two out of three ST sessions, and 3 out of 4 cardio. So I'm going to prepare to do better next week, but I'm not going to beat myself up.
Work was stressful but it was a good kind of stress, interesting assignments, big responsibilities.
I'm also reading a really interesting book called The New Rules of Lifting for Women, recommended by fellow Sparker YOOVIE who wrote a great blog about it. (I'll find and post the link later, rushing a bit here to leave for a walk with friends). KERRIELYNN is also reading it. It makes the argument that it is of great benefit to women to lift heavy weights, that building muscle makes you healthier and stronger and live longer, etc. But more importantly, that the low-calorie diets that many of us eat are actually slowing our metabolisms and doing lots of cardio has diminishing returns as our bodies learn to do them more efficiently. With this kind of strength training, you actually have to eat more to do it right. Now, with my experience with injury which, according to my physical therapist, resulted at least in part from not having sufficient strength in particular muscles, I am a convert on ST. I plan to check with the PT and the doc about whether this type of ST will be good for me or if, due to my knee injury, I have limitations. But I think it is worth a try. I like the idea of being stronger, and I especially like the idea of eating more!
Have a happy Sunday!
Sunday, January 13, 2013
After the past week, it was good to have a quiet weekend. Other than going to my first painting class -- which was very interesting although we didn't touch paintbrush to canvas yet -- I pretty much rested. I think I was emotionally exhausted after the past week. I also talked to my ex and he was feeling better, after being seriously ill over the past two weeks.
Progress towards goals this month so far: I went over calorie goals once this week (although not by much) and I only did cardio 3 days rather than 4. Also missed a day of ST. But, did yoga once, made my calorie burning goals AND lost a pound! So, although not perfect, close enough to see results. So, I'm satisfied for now!
I ordered a book from Amazon.com called The New Women's Rules for Weighlifting (or something like that) and I'm thinking about doing some serious lifting. I really want to strengthen overall, after spending so many years focusing on cardio. So, we shall see!
So glad the weekend was so calm and hoping the coming week is too! (A girl can dream, right?)
Have a great week!
Thursday, January 10, 2013
I am on an eight day streak and of eating less than 1550 calories per day and it feels great!
I also went to a hot yoga class and it was really challenging. The heat really loosens up the muscles and it feels good to sweat it out.
In other ways this has not been a fabulous week, work has been stressful and I have some other worries but being in control of eating and exercise felt good.
I think I am too accommodating of other people's bad behavior. One of my colleagues was a total jerk to me yesterday and I did not directly confront it. Instead, I worked out the immediate problem but didn't address the fact that he said something insulting to me, basically implying that I wanted to take credit for his work. I am going to address it today, letting him know that's what came across to me and give him a chance to explain. I have a habit of avoiding conflict. I don't like to go off without thinking something through, but sometimes that stops me from dealing with things. I also tend to make excuses for people's bad behavior but I'm cutting back on that too. It's gotten me in a lot of trouble in my life (ex-husband, etc!). So, I'm dealing with this.
Grr...I'll be glad when this work week is over.
Tuesday, January 08, 2013
Today, thankfully, was better than yesterday. I kept to my plan to work out this morning at the gym and thought about what I needed to do to resolve work problems (see yesterday).
And then I went into work and had a talk with my boss, asked for definitive feedback on why I was not able to achieve the top ratings that I had worked so hard for, and got no definitive answer. I know I made my boss somewhat nervous and uncomfortable, which was not my intent, but I think it was a reasonable question. And now I've done what I can. Going to put off further decisions for now. Fact is, I have good bennies, I mean how many organizations still offer pensions? Not many. So, we shall see how it goes.
On that count, I felt like I dealt with that stress as well as I possibly could.
Also emailed my ex-SO today. We didn't have a nasty breakup... we were together for a year and I don't hate him. We just can't be together. He has been sick for a week and a half, sounded awful and I asked him if he wanted me to pick him up some groceries, which he did. So I did, and made him a little dinner. Felt so bad for him...he is a cancer survivor with a compromised immune system and he is really sick. I am saying prayers.
Tomorrow evening I am going to a hot yoga class, which is something new for me. And I am sure it will be challenging. I am looking forward to it.
Hug your loved ones tight and enjoy every moment to the fullest...we all do the best we can.
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