Sunday, March 28, 2010
Too little exercise, too much food, and generally feeling a little tired and down today. Time to go to bed, get a good night's sleep, and start fresh tomorrow! Looking at the positives for the week ahead, it is supposed to be great weather, I work from home 4 out of the 5 days this week, and it's payday Thursday! Also, the colleague who has been of the past week will be back, and I should get the final approval to travel to Pittsburgh for a transplant symposium in May. So, thinking positive, and signing off for the night.
Have a great week!
Saturday, March 27, 2010
I got in a 5 mile run this morning, did some work in my home office, and then took three of the dogs to the groomer. While they at "the spa", I went and ran some errands. I also had a chance to look at the Total Wine store that just opened a little while ago up at Desert Ridge. Pretty overwhelming! It is very large, and has more wines than you could ever really look thru in one visit. Also lots of different beers, spirits and assorted related items. I made do with one inexpensive bottle of red wine, which I had a small glass of at dinner - very nice! Also managed to buy a new garbage disposal for the kitchen sink, pick up a new head set for my cell phone, and get my hair cut. Then it was back to the groomers to pick up the dogs, and back home. The 3 dogs that were at the groomers were exhausted by their ordeal, so when we got home, they pretty much crashed, and the other 7 followed suit. So I got to have a peaceful dinner, and I'll get to bed a little early. All in all, very enjoyable!
I hope everyone else is having a good weekend, too!
Friday, March 26, 2010
Today marks my six month "SparkVersary". I joined after having the site recommended to me by a dietician at the Mayo Clinic (which is just down the hill from my house). At the time, I wanted to lose about 50 pounds, and get to 165. She thought that was too much to expect, so she said I should aim for 195. In the time since then I have gotten to 192, I've improved my eating in many ways, I have increased my exercise, and most importantly - I have been a part of a very supportive community.
I have re-set my goal, as many of you will recall, to 180, but I've been on a plateau for a few weeks. I am really looking forward to continuing on SparkPeople and in seeing further improvements. Thanks to everyone for their support and friendship!
Have a great weekend!
Thursday, March 25, 2010
I love to see progress. I track my Spark points, my exercise minutes, my FitLinxx points... and I want to see progress. I want to see that next 250 points go by or the next 1000 exercise minutes. The Y I go to uses a system called FitLinxx, and I want to see each level go by. I'm working on the final level there now. I like to see the mileage I do in a week or a month or a year increase. I don't like being stalled out, or missing a workout, or not getting as many points as possible. Am I Type A, obsessed, competitive, or what? There is a positive side to this. I am driven to keep doing my workouts, and to keep trying for higher levels of fitness. On the downside there was this morning.
When I got up today, I was really dragging. I had to force myself thru the morning routine of feeding the dogs and taking them out. Then I had to drag myself in to change for my workout. I finally hit the road for my run about 20 minutes late. I had to force myself to finish the full walk/jog (mostly walk today). When I finally made it back home, I was exhausted. Normally, I would get some water, go into my office and start Sparking, and then working. This morning, I turned the computer on...laid down and went back to sleep for 2 hours!
It was only once I woke up that I realized how badly I had needed that extra sleep. The rest of the day I felt great! I was able to do my time on the treadmill desk, I was more productive with my work, and I still was feeling like playing with the dogs after dinner. So, I guess I finally had an example of what everyone keeps saying - listen to your body! It was telling me I needed that sleep, and I did my best to ignore it. Hopefully I will have learned from this.
I hope all of you have a good night's sleep tonight!
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
I haven't lost any weight in several weeks now. I haven't been able to break below 190, and I'm finding it frustrating and a little disheartening. However, I read a blog today about looking at how you are doing in other areas and not just concentrating on the scale. So, in that spirit, here are some of the positives:
- the number of pushups I can do at one time is steadily creeping upwards
- I'm finding it easier to do the long days on the treadmill desk
- my blood pressure has been really good the last couple of times I have checked it
- I'm getting faster on my morning runs, and covering more distance in the same time.
- I'm drinking more water and less diet Coke
- I'm sleeping well
So, I'm choosing to appreciate these things and not obsess about the scale for the time being. It will start to move down again sometime soon, I'm sure.
Have a great night!
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