Sunday, October 05, 2008
I am not sure what's happening with me lately, but for about the last week and a half, I have been veering off my healthy path somewhat. I have been having a hard time staying within my calorie range and I even have gone over a few times. I have been getting hungry later in the evening and craving sweets and or salty things that I know aren't very nutritious. And I don't seem to have the willpower to stop myself from eating them.
I believe that part of this new problem has been working part time after not working for so long. It has been an adjustment getting used to it and it's causing me some stress. When I accepted the job, I thought I would be given, at least that was the impression, more of a weekly work schedule, but so far they only schedule me a couple of days each week and then they call me the night before unscheduled days to see if I can work that next day. While that might work for young singles or empty nesters, it's not too great when trying to run a household with hubby and school age kids. Especially since I plan appointments, errands, household chores, etc. on my unscheduled days.
I have also been dealing with a fall cold, which has left me rundown and tired.
I told myself that today I will get back on track and not let this get out of control. I have worked too hard to throw it all away. I know I am emotionally eating and it's not worth the price.
Tomorrow is a new week and I WILL get back on my healthy path.
Sunday, September 28, 2008
I started working my part time job this week.
Thursday I had training for 4 hours and today I worked 6 hours. There is a lot of walking, lifting and bending involved, which is good exercise.
But, I am wiped out.
After 7 years of staying home, it is going to take a little time getting used to this and then coming home to do my workout afterward plus all my household chores.
I am a morning exerciser, so I am a little anxious that I may have to cut back on my workout days. I really don't want to do that. I get so much from them, including a sense of accomplishment, an energy boost, and a great feeling knowing I am doing something good for my body.
I will see how it goes this week, hopefully I will get over the initial run down feeling and power through. Being a night person, I am going to have to try to go to bed a little earlier than I normally do. That will be a toughie!
Wish me luck!
Sunday, September 21, 2008
After 7 years of being a stay at home mom, I will be starting a part time job in the next week or so.
I had always worked until I married my husband. It is the second marriage for both of us. He is the custodial parent for his two boys, who were ages 4 and 10 at the time we married.
Over the last 7 years I went from really loving being home, to feeling isolated (all my family lives in a neighboring state), and then to finally be comfortable with being home.
I liked making a daily task list, grocery shopping and cooking healthy meals for my family.
But, with the economy getting really scary and the price of gas and groceries going up, I just felt I needed to do this. The boys are older now so hopefully, they will pitch in and help around here some.
I freely admit, I am kind of a control freak, and am already worried about getting everything done here at home when I will be here less to do it. God bless those working women who do it all.
I am a little stressed about making sure I continue to stay on the workout schedule I am doing right now. I have already told my hubby that I don't want to give up any of that. I have worked so hard to get back in shape and be a healthier person. And I am going to do everything in my power to make sure I continue to be.
I really enjoy reading all of the Spark mails and posting to the boards every evening. And as a Community Team member I want to fulfill all my obligations. In other words, I don't want to let anyone down, myself included.
So, wish me luck.
And 3 big cheers for all those working mothers who make it look easy. You are my inspiration!
Monday, September 15, 2008
Yesterday morning, the local weather station predicted some high winds for the afternoon. I didn't think too much about it but about 1:30 pm or so, the trees started swaying and the wind was whipping. Shortly after that we lost power. I thought maybe it would be off for a couple of hours at the most. As it got later in the afternoon, I started to get a little panicky. I had just been to the grocery store the day before and had stocked up the refrigerator. The thought of all that food spoiling, was really upsetting. Plus, we had a whole freezer full of food.
Since our electric stove/oven was now out of commission for the meal I had planned, we just ate sandwiches and chips and tried not to open the frig anymore than necessary.
When it started getting dark, we dug out the florescent camping lanterns and candles to keep from being in pitch black.
All of the modern conveninces that I take for granted would no longer work. TV (Football Sunday), washer (in the middle of a wash cycle), dishwasher( full), plus computer were all useless.
I think that one of the things that bothered me most was that I wasn't able to get on the Spark site and catch up with emails, record my exercise on the Fitness Tracker or my food on the Nutrition Tracker. That made me more crazy than possibly losing my food to spoiling. Can you say addiction?
Apparently, it came back on during the overnight hours, so I am really glad for that. The food was saved. Thank goodness our frig stayed really cold inside.
But, thousands of others in our area are still without power and may be for a few more days. I can't imagine how it must be for them. My thoughts are with them.
Enjoy all of life's little luxuries, because you never know when you might have to go without them.
Sunday, September 07, 2008
This past week was a little stressful. Hubby had to go out of state, actually clear across the country, for his job. He left early Tuesday morning and returned on Friday evening. This has been his second trip there in a month. The first was during the first week of school for the kids.
So, I was on duty 24/7 for the kids with no backup. There were times I felt a little overwhelmed between homework, band practice, getting them up and getting them in bed on time and that's not counting all the mini-crises and drama that arises with pre-teens and teens. And I thought girls would be the drama queens.
I have nothing but praise for those who do this on a daily basis. You Are Super Parents!
During this time, I had a few stress eating bouts but it wasn't enough to do any real damage, thank goodness. I think I was just missing hubby and a little down time from everything, so I sought comfort in all the wrong places. Mainly my kitchen cupboards.
Now that he is back home, I have given up my little feeding frenzy.
I plead temporary insanity.
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