Tuesday, January 01, 2013
In 2010 - Gain of 8.8 lbs.
In 2011 - Gain of 2.2 lbs.
In 2012 - Loss of 3.2 lbs.
A loss of 3.2 pounds in an entire year is pretty pathetic, particularly viewed next to the 30 - 60 lb. losses you see all over Spark People, but that halting of an upward progress makes me feel that I've accomplished something.
Desserts and traveling are still my biggest challenges, and I'm sure they'll continue to be.
New Year's Day traditions:
Starting again in Genesis, reading the whole bible. This year I have a chronological bible with a lot of additional material interspersed throughout, so I'm taking two years this time. It means a much more doable short reading that'll make it easier to do every day, rather than have several catchup days through the year. I just finished a really wonderful study with an entire class, with questions for every day and great discussions and lectures throughout the year. The best class ever, thoroughly enjoyable, with a teacher passionate about pleasing God.
Renewing my amaryllis, which I supposedly stop watering in October. (Almost never happens)
Getting out the Franklin Planner and delving into a new year. A office supply store groupy, I love this ritual. It's like opening your new notebooks on the first day of school.
Today, this year.... it means doing SOME crazy quilt stitching. This is going to be my year of getting back into regular stitching. I've been doing mostly easy pick up knitting this past year, and I miss the more beautiful and soul satisfying work of crazy quilting.
Doing some organizing some where in the house. This year it'll be my sewing room. My husband is gone so much, I've sort of taken up the whole house for my creativity. Both sewing and my crazy quilting area had to be dismantled and stored to become sleeping areas for the family Christmas. We had 12 additional people here for several days of Xmas... both joy and confusion involved.
Today also will be taking care of a sick husband. He's sicker than I've ever seen him, caused by too much stress and too little sleep. He's a guy that needs 9 or 10 hours a night, cause his days are "full speed ahead" kind of days.
Hope everyone is having a great time today, doing whatever you want to do, and that the coming year brings good times and a healthy lifestyle.
Addendum: Still haven't started my Amaryllis, and it's January 6. I'm afraid they might have been damaged by the hard freeze we had here and don't want to face my neglect.
Monday, December 10, 2012
Since I've chiseled my "workout" back to a mere 10 minutes, "Routine" seems too important a name, but yes..... sigh, I'm getting tired of what I've been doing. I've been adding exercise "shoulds" to my daily routines without discarding old methods. I'm just piling on routines, and the perfectionist attitude has brought me almost to a halt.
Here's my plan: Curves on Wednesdays and Fridays, Leslie on Tuesday and Thursday, and 10 minute routines every day. No thinking I've got to get another exercise video in there somewhere. I will be taking every opportunity to walk. I've been a member of the "park in Timbuktu" club for a long time. That's one thing shopping is good for... lots of walking.
How're you all doing? Finding a hard time fitting it in? Or already have such a good habit of exercise you scarcely break stride!
Here's for concentrating on fun and family, not food, for the holidays.
Thursday, December 06, 2012
I love it that I start getting antsy when I sit too long, sure proof that my body likes this increased activity.
Yoga in the morning helps my stiff joints, after I've been sewing too much, and just moving around more makes me feel better. My cat and I love those long sessions in a chair, me knitting and her curled up keeping me warm.... but when I get up, I can barely walk for a few steps. Great motivation for bouncing up and down from the chair. (Don't worry about Daisy the cat, she's back in my lap within minutes when I sit back down).
Baked the first batch of cookies yesterday, ready for our guests. Put them in the freezer ASAP, so I wouldn't be tempted to eat more than the one mandatory sample.
Wednesday, December 05, 2012
I've been writing a private blog about motivation and weight loss, and the last few days I've been tempted to just say "Blah!" I'm not doing badly, but I'm not making a real effort either. The one thing that's remaining consistent is 10 minutes of exercise a day, while my nagging self is saying "you should be doing much more than this." Is that why I feel "blah?" Because I'm not satisfied now with what I'm doing?
Or more likely, in my opinion.... is this season and the fact that our whole family is coming in from out of town - 14 people in all - and I'm literally spinning my wheels. I have two craft areas in the house (yes, I know I'm lucky), which will be converted to sleeping areas, and I've got to figure out how to box my stuff up, and find a place to store it. This seems at this point to be a monumental task. Both my sewing area and my crazy quilt supplies have lots of "stuff" that, in my mind, should be organized as it's being stored so it won't be a mess when it's unpacked again. It's loosely organized now, but if we go in and just start throwing things in a plastic box to go to the attic, it won't be in a very good order. Some "like" objects take up a lot of room; other "like" items will only take a corner of the container.
I just heaved a big sigh. Getting this down into written form has already helped me to formulate possible solutions. Thanks again, SP friends (even if no one reads this! LOL!).
You've brightened my day already!
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