Thursday, April 29, 2010
Thank God it's (almost) Friday. I'm really making an effort at getting sufficient rest. Not an easy task. It's now 10:15 and I am just sitting down with somewhere around 100 assorted e-mails which are going unattended untill tomorrow or the next day. For now, just letting you all know that I am still here....got my run in today between coming home from work (at 4:30) and getting to church for practice (at 6:30), and even ate dinner during that time. I did get some odd looks from people as I should up in my running pants and hoodie and hair slicked back in a ponytail - as I had no time after running to eat and shower and change. Food won.
Sorry to make this so short, but the plan is to be up at 5-5:30AM so I can get in some fitness before work....wish me luck! Sweet dreams everyone!
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Sorry all, was out of the house this morning at 6:30, it's 8:30 now and I'm just now sitting down for the first consecutive 20+ mins of the day. I'm chilled, tired, and praying I'm not getting sick. Haven't worked out today....and honestly, just don't have the energy. I'm going to bed and will try to be up early to get some workout in before work. I have lighting practice tomorrow after work and none of my meals are made for tomorrow yet. Hope the rest will cure what's dragging me down.
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Kind of another typical day for me, but extraordinary in some wonderful ways. It is now 9:25, I just finished snacking on my half deli-flat w/Tbsp pnut butter and half cup chocolate soy milk to round out my nutrition for the day. I had a good big breakfast, but was going so fast all day, that everything else was pretty much small snacks...got 'em all recorded and stayed within all my limits, on the low end too.
The best part though was the good achievements, and those I celebrate with YOU, MY SPARK FRIENDS! I know I was feeling pretty down, defeated and kind of beat up yesterday, but you all were so kind to read and put up with my whining in my blog and then respond and reach out and lift me up! I hate to think where I'd be without you all. This is what WE accomplished today.....
Today, I got up with the alarm, at 5:15 - after it went off for about 10 mins, but I got up. Then I ate, made lunch took care of the animals and got in a SMALL workout BEFORE going to work at 8AM. Then, besides keeping a positive attitude for the most part all day at work, I came home at 5:30ish, changed and got in my C25K training running of 2.54 miles before I had to leave to meet the group I lead (left at 6:30 to be there at 7). After the group, I meet a couple of friends, got one registered for the 5K I'm running in and got a ticket for the event for another friend who is going to meet us at the finishn line. We also got our traveling schedules straight for a trip we are all making to San Antonio for the 4th of July and the hotel booked.
In the midst of al that, I got half of the reading done that I needed to get done today (maybe a little more than half) and now after what I have to say, was a very full, productive and surprisingly positive day, I'm going to go try to get a good night's sleep. Work at 7AM tomorrow, so I doubt if a workout is in the cards, but maybe....I'm off at 4, so I'll have some time while making dinner to do some and I won't be running tomorrow.
YOU ALL ARE A SIMPLY AMAZING FORCE in my life. I can't express my thanks enough. Keep Sparking dear friends........ YOU'RE THE
Monday, April 26, 2010
So, I think I need a serious attitude adjustment. (ora new job) It's not that my job is HORRIBLE (perse), I can pretty much do it standing on my head with my eyes closed and no sleep for two weeks.....and they pretty much love my job performance. The issue is that they require a "wide open availability" in order to be full-time and that is something I just cannot offer. It isn't like I won't work nights or weekends, but there is one week night that I require off each week, plus one additional Thursday night a month and I can't work on Sunday - or at least untill after one, but I CAN work every Saturday.....so, my question is, sdince they've been able to give me the 38-40 hrs a week for sometime now at part-time pay (and no benefits), why, now that I've turned down "full-time" because I won't give in and make Home Depot the one and only priority in my life, are they CUTTING MY HOURS!
Anyway, I can't control them and this next week or two I have enough concerns, but I need to seriously get out the old resume and start some serious job hunting . In the meantime, I will continue to work on me. I got up on the first alarm again today - WOO HOO - two day streak. Even got in my fitness early....got in a good hour between stretching and weight trng and some circuits. No running, was going to go tonight when I got home, and usually it will help if I'm in a foul mood, but I had yet another cancelation from a running "buddy", so that is just adding to my frustrations.
On the brighter side, lost a half pound this week - yep, that's a grand total of three lbs so far this month....not my best results to date, but at least it's something. Hopefully with some renewed effort on the cross training and core strengthening, I'll at least drop some inches. Well, at least I hope so, I really need something to reignite my spark. Maybe a good nights rest...I am getting better at that. It progress, not perfection, right?
Sunday, April 25, 2010
Well, it's Sunday night and I didn't mean to let this much time get away without blogging, but it just did. No excuses, it just did. I think that I've figured out that even though I'm getting it together healthy living wise, life is not going to slow down and living healthy is always going to require time and effort....but its worth it. I pray my attitude remains the same for a VERY LONG time.
I finally took some time to spend with my sis. Watched AVATAR the other evening. Quite good, but probably was incredible in 3-D. Tood about 45 mins to figure out that when they hooked up digital cable, now you have to put the setting on VHS (mind you there is a DVD setting, but it doesn't do the trick)in order to view a DVD. That made for a very long night.
Last night went to see a friends brother doing Improv. Hilarious! And in real life he is sooo shy and quiet! Who would have guessed?!?!? Of course, after the show, everyone wanted to go out to eat.....an idea that generally puts me in a panic. We went to chili's nd I was as good as I could be without advanced planning. Had a bowl of chicken green chili soup and house salad w/guiltless carribean salad dressing on the side. (Note: nothing guiltless about that dressing.) It didn't throw me over on fat, but I was highter in fat than I would have liked and ended the day a little (20 something) carbs low. Not bad for being caught off guard. I could actually have done the carbs when I got home, but sleep was more important.
The battle with the alarm wages on. As of today, I'm on a one day streak. Movie night and something else (allergies keeping me up I think) screwed me up a couple of mornings, but I'm not giving up. It's not quitte nine and after this blog I'm headed to bed. Hope to get up and get fitness in early, before work tomorrow afternoon.
I believe, also, as of this morning, the scale has moved, but I'm not counting my chickens untill tomorrow...somehow I feel I need the confirmation of seeing the same number two days in a row. It progress is soooo slow these days and sometimes it's down one day and back the next and down and up and down. That must be the ups and downs of being near my goal. I'm actually within a couple pounds of my original goal, but changed it to a couple pounds less to allow for cushion (or lack of cushion as the case may be). Now I have it set for 142. I would LOVE to be at any number under 140, but we'll see when and if and how long and hard it is to get to the 142.
The 5K is coming up quick. Less than 2 weeks now and I'm getting nervous. REALLY nervous! I know I'll make it, but I was in the neighborhood tonight and I would not call any roads that we might be running FLAT! Gonna do a little extra this week so next week I can take it easier before the race. I think afer that , I'm going to start the C25K over incorporating some speed work to get my times down some and then also try a cruch or situp challenge. Shooting for 200. Still need to look up that program.
Got most everything else caught up yesterday afternoon and this afternoon. So, tomorrow I start the whole process of falling behind again so that I'll have something to catch up on next week-end.....and on goes my life.
Thank you to all of my faithful Spark friends who keep me filled in on what happening in their lives. It helps so much to know that I am not alone in any of this. I thank you also for keep me filled UP with confidence and motivation to continue this journey when it seems the going is so slow and some dark chocolate ice cream or the WHOLE filet mignon or ribs and fries and fried onionstraws with jalepenos sound soooooo good. You all keep me one the straight and narrow. I love and appreciate you all more thsan you will know. Because of you my eating is staying straight and my waist is getting narrow.
KEEP SPARKING! Sweet dreams!
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