Saturday, June 13, 2009
I hope you all had a great week. I couldn't wait to get to the weekend (as always). I have so much more time to cook and exercise and just play so I love the weekends. My workouts were really tight this week. I was off of work Monday so I didn't get to walk my 3 miles but I went shopping so I am sure I did some but not at my usual pace.
I LOVE when I see this on my fitness page: *You've gone over your weekly calories burned goal by a significant amount. Your calories eaten goal will not adjust automatically. If you have increased the amount of exercise you are doing, you should update your fitness settings here to make sure you are consuming enough calories to support the additional activity. To me this means I'm burning more than I'm consuming and doing a great job. I've seen this for the last two weeks and get so giddy when it pops up on like Thursday. I'm using my heart rate monitor to log calories burned so I'm hoping that is more accurate than what is in the SP database.
I got some really good news this week. One of my best friends is moving back to town. It seems that in the last few years all of my close friends have moved away and not just to different towns but different states. One is in OK, another is in CO (now in Iraq though) and another in NY. It has been difficult to be on my own but it has taught me great things about myself along the way. I'm not afraid to be alone anymore. Sometimes I even enjoy it. I'm learning to turn back to my DH for friendship and that has been really important. I have been working on me as a person and it's hard to do that sometimes when others are around. Solitude has a way of bringing things to the surface. So hopefully now I can be a better friend.
Yesterday I had a very different experience. We had a happy hour after work for a few people that are leaving the company. The girl who planned the event told me a couple days before that there will be plenty of veggies but they will all be covered in cheese and then laughed. Ok. Thanks! I can bring my own food. In fact I'm quite used to that by now. Since I don't drink either I knew this would be a short night. When we got there the buffet was all laid out with all the fat laden goodies....nachos, a bunch of fried Mexican choices, chicken wings etc. I think you get the picture. I started talking to a couple of the girls who quickly started making fun of me because I brought my own food and wouldn't touch anything on the buffet. I became the joke of the evening. No I don't think I can suck on a chicken bone and not eat the meat. Thanks for the celery (that was the only raw vegetable on the whole table) but I think I'll just eat my pineapple, strawberries and blackberries. I typically don't go to these outings because I find it not so cool to drink with people I work with and they aren't really my friends anyway. So this may be the last outing I go to for quite a while. I think I was more offended by their reaction to me than anything. I'm supposed to be all understanding and not shove my way of eating and living in their face but it's ok for them to do that to me. Sorry...won't be coming back for that! I just kept telling myself that it was because I made them uncomfortable eating fresh fruit when they were stuffing a lot of fat and calories into their faces at least that's how I rationalized it at the time. Anyway, I quickly left (I stayed all of 20 minutes) and went home to the comfort of my own environment. I think that really speaks volumes to how far out of whack the American diet really is. I'm so grateful that I've changed the way I eat and live so that I can live a healthier and happier life.
I hope you all have a great week. Thanks for reading!