Tuesday, November 15, 2011
I got my two hour walk in today, so that makes me happy. I had a good psych doctor appointment, too. I also got a bunch of errands taken care of, but I have more to do tomorrow. Food the last two days has been less than healthy. I definitely have to get back into planning my menus ahead of time and sticking to them. Of course, with the power out yesterday night from the tornadoes my food choices were a little more limited. I think that combined with the reduction in exercise this week, and my less than stellar food choices, that I might post a small gain when I weigh myself tomorrow. I am one of those people who just has to look at fattening food and I gain weight. My foot is bothering me a little bit this evening, so I don't think I will do more than two hours of walking tomorrow, but I will be out there. We have snow in our forecast for tomorrow night and Thursday, so I want to take advantage of the over-freezing temperatures while I can.
The weather sure has been strange this month. My father is very concerned about the vineyard and gardens on their farm. I guess they needed a hard frost before now. It is supposed to warm up again for the weekend here, so who knows what the forecast will be for Thanksgiving! Speaking of Thanksgiving... Does anyone have any good ideas or strategies for practicing self restraint when all that luscious food is sitting on the table? I think my biggest problem will be portion control. I am lucky that a lot of the dishes will be vegetables cooked fairly simply, but oh the pumpkin pie!
Monday, November 14, 2011
I don't think I have an off switch. I went out for a lovely long walk of two hours this morning, and I was going to do another hour, but my walking buddy didn't want to walk in the increasingly heavy rain. It was a good thing though, because I have been taking it really easy since Wednesday of last week (short walks only, because I hurt my feet), and jumping right into a three+ hour walk my first day back on track probably would have been asking too much of myself. But I would have done that next hour. It's like once I get going I just don't want to stop! I don't know if I should be concerned about this or not. I don't want to re-injure my feet. Such a conflict!
The weather here in Western New York was a little on the freaky side this evening. We were under a tornado watch, which doesn't happen very often. It was so rainy and windy that almost all of my home town lost electricity, and my internet access just came back on line. Streets were flooded and blocked by debris (including the occasional downed power pole). It was exciting driving around town without street lights or stop lights. My friend and I ended up ordering pizza from a place that had power because we both have electric appliances for cooking. Of course pizza was NOT on my menu for today, but I had alight breakfast and I cut out one of my snacks, so I guess it all evens out. Tomorrow is laundry and errands day. My next door neighbor is dogsitting, so that my dog's barking doesn't annoy her. If I leave him in his crate too long he barks and barks and barks. If I leave him with her, he plays and sleeps, and doesn't bark.
Well, that is all my excitement for the day. I hope everyone else had a calm, uneventful day!
Sunday, November 13, 2011
I'm not quite back to 5-6 miles a day, but I got up to 4.5 miles today. Tomorrow I am going to try and go out for a little bit longer than today. It all depends on how my foot feels. My dog is getting a little weird now that we aren't going for two hour walks each morning. It worries me because winter is fast approaching, and he won't be able to take those 2 hour walks when it is -5F, or icy. I will just have to run him up and down the halls of my apartment building. He had some excitement tonight. There were four deer in the woods along my friend's driveway when we left to walk home after dinner. I thought my arm was going to get dislocated he was pulling on the leash so hard! He may only be 11 pounds, but he seems to be all muscle. I wish I had leg muscles like him.
I am hoping he gets used to his jacket quickly, because there is snow in our forecast for this week, and I hate seeing him shake and shiver when I try taking him out on cold days without the jacket. The cold and wet days are the worst. If it is really bad he refuses to leave the building. I wish I had a hat for him, but I know he would absolutely hate that. Oh well.
I am in a strange mood tonight. I am happy my foot is healing, but I am struggling not to succumb to the inertia that has been developing since I have been taking it easier so it could heal. I really want to get out there and walk, but actually getting out there takes some internal debate. I just have to get myself moving in the morning, and get out there! I know I can do it, but that inertia-monster is pretty strong.
Saturday, November 12, 2011
I had a lovely time tonight, chatting online with a group of Sparkfriends. The support and encouragement here are phenomenal! I find myself egged on to do more, but also cautioned to take care of myself. I hurt my feet this past week, and the advice and support has been terrific. Yes, I am resting my poor, abused tootsies. I have cut my walks more than in half. It is driving me batty, but my friends are correct. They have to heal, or I will have bigger problems. The comments on my blogs, activity feed, and Sparkpage are generally relevant, helpful, positive and encouraging. When I am down or grumpy I can post that and my friends post things that make me smile. How great is that? The support system available through SP has been so beneficial to my journey. I have folks to celebrate my successes, and to prop me up at my setbacks. I have a small core group of family and friends locally who cheer me on, but they don't really understand the lifestyle change I am making the way my SP friends do. Don't get me wrong, my family and friends are behind me 100%, but unless they are struggling to make the change themselves they aren't going to understand. I am happier, more positive, and far more active than I was when I joined SP almost 6 months ago, and it feels good! I can't wait to discover more wonderful things I can do and achieve over the next few months!
So, thanks to all my Sparkfriends!
Friday, November 11, 2011
I managed to walk 3.5 miles today. My foot started hurting for the last half mile, so I stopped. I am resting it this evening, and will do a light day of walking again tomorrow and Sunday, and hopefully it will be all better by Monday. I will probably keep to my 5-6 mile range next week, just until I know it is going to be completely pain-free. I really rocked the ST today to make up for the missing cardio. Depending on the weather I will start extending my walks again in about ten days. I will walk in rain, and I will walk in snow, but I avoid ice. I really don't need to slip and fall at this point. (Or ever, really!) I cut down my calories a little bit yesterday and today, so hopefully the scale won't be mean to me next week.
The one good thing about sitting around with my feet up is that I am getting a lot of time to read. The dog appreciates the lap, too... so that is TWO good things. LOL
I haven't been planning my meals ahead for the week for the last two weeks. I have been experimenting with whether or not I can shop smart, and eat smart without a set in stone menu and shopping list. So far I have done very well, but I might go back to planning ahead... it is actually easier than wondering what the heck I am going to make. I have been eating more veggies since I stopped planning my meals, which is a little strange. (I would think it would go the other way.)
On a woohoo note: I put on a pair of size 18 sweats and they fit me just fine! So, I guess I have dropped 10 sizes now. I know I have worked hard to get here, but it still feels like it isn't quite possible that I have lost over 60 pounds and lost a whole lotta inches. I do FEEL slimmer, and my friends and family can definitely see that I am slimmer, but I am still afraid I will blow it all. That is just my low self confidence talking, and I don't feel like that all the time... just every now and then, but it is there in the back of my head. Oh well, I will continue making a habit of exercise and healthy eating, and eventually my brain will catch up!
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