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For the Love of a Schedule

Monday, July 05, 2010

A long weekend can often mean devistation in world of healthful living. Actually, just regular weekend can bring on anxiety and devistation.

I love a schedule, not so much that I can't bend with a change but a schedule, a routine really is key in my life. So weekends are difficult because my brain can short circuit sending me into a tail spin.

During the week my schedule is wrote, again not in stone but darn close. I get up and go to bed at the same time 5-days a week. I eat snacks, breakfast, lunch and dinner at the same time. I workout after I get off and I walk home. I relax and I read before I go to bed. It's as simple as that. Other things can creep in but I work around those and stay on schedule.

On the weekends it all up in the air. If I work on Saturday, I start at 11:00 a.m., plus that job is one I have to drive too so I leave at 10:30. I don't generally go to bed at the regular time but I'm up at the same time regardless. Eating is just all over the place and workouts are a hit or a miss. I feel unbalanced and out of control most of the time on weekends.

This weekend hasn't been much different, although it's a long one. Today, Monday, I'm at home - a welcomed but cursed day off. LOL! I went to bed really late but up at the regular time. It's almost snack time and I haven't even eaten breakfast. The nasty thoughts about not going to the gym have crept in and invaded my mind - although I have banished them for the rest of the day.

My plan, errr, schedule for the day:
Eat breakfast.
Complete some needed house chores.
Have lunch at a reasonable time.
Carry a snack if you leave the house because you will leave the house for errands.
Go the gym in the late afternoon after errands. Hubby can drop me off after errands and I can walk home after working out.
Have a good dinner.
Read. (do not play on the computer)

This should help and when my hubby rises for the day I shall let him in on my new schedule for today. His response, I'm sure will be, "Okay." And then later when I try to ditch the gym he'll kindly remind me that I said I was going so Go.

I didn't eat responsibly this weekend. I've come to terms with that. I didn't workout as much as I could, I've moved on.

I'll deal with today, not with what I should have done yesterday. If I look back now, I might actually trip.

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  I enjoyed reading your blog and just like you I try to working with a schedule, some days I'm really good with sticking to it and other days not so much. I hope you are sticking to your goals! The very best to you emoticon

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ELLEN0407 7/5/2010 1:02PM

  i am very similar to you i am very methodical

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Holding Steady & I'm okay with that

Friday, July 02, 2010

Friday's are my official weigh-in days, which doesn't mean I don't sneak a peak at least once during the week. Today I also decided to weigh and measure when I got out of bed. Well, I'm holding steady at 236.5 and I'm okay with that. Grant it, I won't be okay with that months down the road but for now I'm at peace. Even the old tape measure found it's previous marks, no significant inches lost either - except for an inch off my hips. I wasn't too surprised by that missing inch due to seeing a friend the other day and she mentioned the noticeable lose there.

Here is why I'm okay with holding steady:
*I'm no longer in the 240's ... for some reason when I was in the 240's it caused all kinds of mental craziness.
*I know this is temporary
*My workouts are fabulous right now! I'm so much enjoying the C25K training. I think I'm enjoying it because it gives me focus and a goal.
*The other workouts; walking, biking, elliptical, stationary biking, and step class have all increased in intensity.
*Healthy eating habits are becoming routine - not a chore. I no longer feel weird, bad or like I'm being punished for weighing and measuring my foods. Doing that just means I'm taking control of what and how much I consume. That's not a punishment!
*I don't eat sugar or sugar substitutes which has improved my physical well being.
*My sleep quality is off the charts now and the foggy brain has lifted, thanks to the combination of my hard work and Doc's new program.
*Did I mention, it's only temporary? Yeah, it is. I'm doing all the right things and I'm enjoying it these days so this 236.5 weight range is temporary.

I'm in this to win it and failure is not an option. Now, all that being said, I still have my down days and the days where the music at my own pity party is playing so loud that I can't even hear the conversation next to me. It happens, I'm human and on many levels I'm sensitive - go figure. Plus, the pity parties are few and far between and last only hours not days.

My last note of the day is my new breakfast/ morning snack ... here's a picture:

YUP, it's green and I love it.
Today's green drink is made up of water, spinach, frozen pineapple, banana and cooked old fashioned oats all blended together.
I have no idea why I make it, where it really came from or how long I'll keep making it but for now it's healthy, I love it and I drink it.
The fruit is the only thing that changes daily ... I use what I have and I pick what fruits might go well together.
It's interesting!

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JENNYBETHIN 7/2/2010 10:23PM

    Good job! I'm so proud of you for using the tape measure too! Keep pushing, and eventually the numbers will move some more! Go, KT!

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July Goals

Thursday, July 01, 2010

The first of July has arrived and the weather has finally warmed up in my corner of the world. My motivation is up, along with my energy. I'm riding the wave as far as it takes me. When this wave crashes, and it will, I'll shake it off and look for the next one.

Workout program is this:

Monday: C25K Training
Tuesday: Stationary Bike or Elliptical, walking, Step Class
Wednesday: C25K Training
Thursday: Stationary Bike or Elliptical, walking, Step Class
Friday: C25K Training
Saturday: IF I work - Bike Ride around Town 6 miles or more; IF no work - 1 mile walk, 30 min. Elliptical
Sunday: Bike Ride around Town 6 miles or more

Personal Goals:
Obtain medication(s) for the 7-day course of treat prescribed by Doc & complete treatment
60-min. massage
1 pedicure
Take a day off from work for personal/me time
Do something outside my comfort zone
Continue photo scanning project

Well, that should keep me busy for the entire month of July.

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JENNYBETHIN 7/2/2010 10:25PM

    Yup! That ought to do it! I need to get my bike up and running too... I'll tell you though, I think I bought a lemon. It's about as hard as pedaling a brick uphill. Maybe I should invest in a cruiser instead of a mountain bike?

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My Beloved Bike

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

A few years ago I wanted a bike. Not just any bike, a yellow beach cruiser. I had previously owned a mountain bike ... I'm not sure what happened to that one, but I no longer have it.

Long story short I found the bike I wanted and I ordered it. When it was hand delivered to my office I was so excited, even more so when I asked how much do I owe you and was told nothing, your boss took care of the bill! Yeah, he's that kind of guy - always finding ways to support my healthful life style.

My Beloved Bike with out her basket (she feels a bit naked without her accessories):

I love the yellow! I love everything there is about her (yes, it's a girl). Until recently though I wasn't putting many miles on her. However, that has all changed and now she is on my regular weekend workout schedule. My butt isn't very happy about this change - LOL!

Now, at the top of my wish list is a bike rack for the car so I can take her out of town exploring.

On Sunday we went on our longest ride yet, 6.14 miles, it was great.

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JENNYBETHIN 6/30/2010 9:54PM

    The tractor style seats are really comfortable. they take the pressure off your tail bone.

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DEB0072 6/29/2010 6:47PM

    I smiled when I saw your post- I love my bike too. It is an Electra Townie in Wasabi green. Very retro but 24 gears. My family has told me I will look like a dork if I put a wicker basket on it but I am a dork so it fits! lol

I had not ridden a bike in 40 years until 3 weeks ago and now I do 6-7 miles a day. I get cranky if I miss a day!

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KITHKINCAID 6/29/2010 6:46PM

    SOOO pretty! I love her. Mine's pink. Her name is 'Roxie".

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REACHBRENDA_2 6/29/2010 6:43PM

    I love her. She is sooooooo pretty. I love it in yellow. I have a yellow beach cruiser also, and love it. But it is alot older. My son got it for me a few years back and it was from a lady that had it in her garage for years. I am so happy for you. Now go out and enjoy it. Also love that bell.

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New Treatment

Monday, June 28, 2010

I had a consultation with a different doctor today that Doc referred me to so I can get a subscription for medication to kill the Blastocystis hominis (BLASS-toe-SIS-tiss HOM-in-iss) that lives in my gut.

I wasn't impressed, for many reasons. At the top of the list is this, my appointment was set by his office for 11:45 a.m., I was to call in today. Okay, I can do that and I did at 11:45 a.m. I was immediately placed on hold and then asked by the receptionist if the doctor could call me back in 5 minutes. Ah, sure - doesn't sound like I have a choice! The doctor calls back in 15 minutes with no apology. Ghrr. His bedside manor was less than favorable and he did not have my history in front of him so I had to give him the background. I could go on but I won't - no need to beat it into the ground.

In the end, he is writing the prescription for "Alinia." I'll receive the written prescription by mail so I can take it to a pharmacy's of my liking. Prices may differ so I may have to go to a couple of places. I'm done with him and will continue on with Doc.

I'll be happy when this is all over ... talk about supplement/pill overload.

It seems my Saturday job is back on track which is a relief, it pays for all this madness. I can't wait till I feel better, don't have to take a handful of supplements and can use the Saturday money for fun activities again.

Good things come to those who wait, at least that's what I've been told. :O


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