Friday, October 29, 2010
Today and yesterday were both days off of work. Yesterday was just one of those days to get stuff done, things that have fallen way behind ... and I had lighting practice last night, but I did get some much needed rest. First night of 8 hours sleep that I've had in a long time.
Today, was supposed to be a hard and heavy workout day, but there was still alot let to catch up on and so I got a little treadmill running...maybe it's getting easier, but it's still not like outside. I end up pushing myself to do a mile, then take a break to do a ten minute ST video, then a half mile, then some crunches. I just get soooo bored inside and the running, even with my MP3 just isn't fluid. I'm not giving up though. Just have to keep giving it my best and even if it's not what I am used to, accept that and know that it is better than nothing and that it will get better (hopefully) with time.
Got a bunch of extra cooking done too. Made a large pot of fresh green beans. Some with shallots, some with a little perpperd bacon. Also made kale and mustard greens, spagehetti squash, marinara sauce with lots of veggies, acorn squash, and even stepped out on a baking limb and made a batch of pumpkin muffins (actually pumpkin, walnut, raisin, apple and granola). They wound up being only 170 calories each since I used no butter oil or eggs and the milk was skim. I have to say, for someone who doesn't do much baking, they are quite good! By the time I added the extra fruits and nuts and grains, the recipe that should have made 12 actually made 16 so there was enough to have out for sis and me for the next couple of days and then some to freeze.
Did a bunch of work on transferring over all my budgeting information to a new and FREE budget program. I liked TTMMO (Dave Ramsey) program I was using, but I really can't afford to spend the extra $65-even if it is for a year when I can get the other program (Mint) to work for FREE with a little more initial time investment.
Did some laundry and even started to go through some old clothes from last winter. Still have a ways to go there, but once they are all washed, I think most of them will end up in the sell/give away pile since I was 40+ pounds heavier then. Got the drawers moved around....PJ's are now in the smaller drawer by the bed in order to give myself and extra drawer for workout clothes. Not that I have that many, but I have more than a year ago and with winter coming on, there are more pants and shirts and light jackets to layer instead of all shorts.
I even found time to catch up on both Bible studies, read a few chapters on running for women and about 1/3 of this months SHAPE magazine.
Feels good.....I could should myself to death on all the things that I would have like to have gotten done, but instead, I think I will celebrate a productive day that left me feeling refreshed and rested and more organized and ready to face tomorrow with a smile on my face for some jobs well done.
......Maybe I'm learning that being the best me possible is good enough.....
Saturday, October 23, 2010
Aaaaaah. Kind of light day for a Saturday at work, plus I usually have to close on Saturdays and today I worked 7-1. Got home and my little sis was here. Turn out the printer she has is VERY old and I would need a completely different cable and adapter to make it hook up to the laptop, so, back to the draing board on that one. Now, investigating the possibility of a Brother (@ Costco) for $50.
The big sis and I had words today....well, no, she had words and I just choked mine back and am refusing to stoop to her level. But, we aren't really conversing right now. She and little sis headed out to church....I went for a run. OUTSIDE! A nice LONG run. The weather was perfect. I have been trying to force myself to run on the treadmill, but I never seem to be able to "find my legs" on the treadmill. I got a couple miles in and then did the last mile + doing short "sprints" then slowing down and then speeding up and slowing down. Wound up at 30:00:22 at the 5K point. Hope this weather lasts a little longer. May move my runs to the evening (early) and dinner will just have to get pushed back. I felt so much better after the run. More centered. More me.
And tomorrow is Sunday - YEAH! Maybe another run day?!?!?
Friday, October 22, 2010
So, this year, my mood over the impending winter is not as bad as it usually is, but it isn't great....I'm working on it though. I DO know that I've worked too hard to sit back and lose all the ground I've gained towards being healthy. It's going to be a battle, but as I love to say, "You can't lose if you don't give up!" So, in the interest of staying motivated for the long haul, I have almost decided to sign up for a Thanksgiving Day 5K Tukey Trot. I'm sure it will be much colder than I like for running, but the course should be great....FLAT-YEAH! The town is absolutely charming and the start time is not untill 9AM. Plus it would be my first race in the new, older age bracket, (over 50). I'm sure that will not please my sister, but, oh well, she'll get over it!
I did make it up early today, not quite as early as planned, but early enough to get in a short ab video workout before leaving for work. Even hit the treadmill tonight for 1.6 miles (Yuck). I really miss running outside! It's something though....and I just need to keep at it.
Yesterday, I got some organization going. Took some stuff in to Goodwill, but then got some stuff too....actually did very well aside from going over my clothing budget (used 2 months worth in one trip!) My little sis is coming over this weekend to loan me an old printer of hers, so while she's here, I'll try to get here to snap some pics. I have to say, I really look pretty good in clothes that fit!
I got a GORGEOUS red dress with black trim (for Christmas, but I doubt I can wait that long to wear it), and a grey turtleneck kind of sweater style dress (with pockets and super comfy, yet nice enough to wear for job interviews). Also got a pair of khaki pants, a pair of brown slacks, a pair of pilates pants and a pair of lightly lined running pants for when it starts to get really cold. Kind of shocked me that most of what I bought was a size 6 or a small. One pair of pants was an eight and the sweater dress is a 6/8. That was a nice boost to my week and another great incentive to keep up with the fitness.
I also stopped at Trader Joes. I had read in an article that they are carrying a product called peanut flour. It is similar to PB2-a powdered peanut butter. I mix 1/4 cup with just under 1/4 cp water, a little sea salt and 1/2 pkt of equal and YUMMMMY!!!!! It makes 1/3 of a extremely lowfat peanut butter. The peanut flour contains nothing but peanuts, so there are no "weird" flavors and if you like peanut butter, but try to limit it due to the hight fat content, I highly recommend it. Sixteen ounce bag (makes 15 servings of 1/3 cup ea if you prepare it as I do) is around $3.50. Each serving (1/4 cp dry or 1/3 cp prepared) is only 110 cals w/ 4 g fat and 16 g of protein. A serving usually lasts me for 2 servings. So far I have tried it on apple, celery, toast with grapes and on a spoon....I think it's going to become a staple in this house. Tomorrow its being tested in oatmeal with banana and chocolate drizzled on top!
Okay, so that's the update for this week...going for a two day AM fitness streak, so I better get to bed...almost 9:00 and still have some reading to knock out.
Have a super weekend everyone...and thanks for your encouragement.
Thursday, October 21, 2010
The journey to a healthier me continues. Maintaining my weight is getting a little less stressful. The first couple of months, everythime I saw a number change on the scale I would panic. It was nerve racking to eat and not immediately record what I just put in my mouth. I still enter most all the food I consume on a regular basis on my favorites and do a spot check one or two days a week. Sometimes I'm a little over and sometimes a little under, but I seem to be keeping it in check for the most part...even allowing for the occasional treat.
Still working on the consistency with my fitness...and with the cooling temps and darkness it is getting even more difficult. I remember why I was so happy to take my runs outside....I HATE THE DREADMILL!!! I really admire all you diehards out there that can do a 5K or more on the thing....not me, at least not yet. Maybe it is psychological, but it is irritating me to no end. Maybe that is an indication that I need to start diversifying my fitness...I know I need alot more core and strength training, so maybe that is the direction I need to be taking for the time being at least.
Also working on getting my finances as under control and managed as my physical self....making progress, s l o w l y , but the learning process is showing some results and I am grateful to see some goals coming into view.
General household organiztion is also on my list....but I have to keep remember to take baby steps and keep EVERYTHING in balance...makes for a much happier and healthier me.
Now, to sleep, or I will be a more tired and cranky me when I try to get up for an attempt at the early morning fitness (4:45AM-Yuck!) before I go to work at 7AM.
Keep Sparking friends....let your flames shine bright!!!
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Well, I think I'm starting to get some balance and a little bit used to the fall/winter rhythm. I usually am much crankier by this time of the year, but this year doesn't seem quite a bad. I really hate the cold, so usualy from September through May I am quite grumpy, but although I'm not really happy about the upcoming biter cold months, I am making adjustments....slowly, albeit, but I am making progress.
Tomorrow should be a day off work...hours are quite cut back this week and even more next. I have a major project to do, though....a door and moulding takeoff from a new construction blueprint that I haven't had a chance to touch since the customer left it on Saturday. We've been extraordinarily busy recently and my sales have been through the roof....if fact, they are supposed to annouce that I am the sales employee of the month again, but yet, they are still cutting hours. Doesn't make sense! Anyway, they said I could come in and pick up a couple extra hours and get this project done, so I'l do that early in the morning and then have the rest of the day until lighting practice in the evening to get stuff done. I don't want to spend the extra on the fitness center, so I will try to get in at least 1/2 hour of fitness at home while doing laundry and maybe sis will let me start the transformation of the workout area. Hope she is still willing,
Also, going to try to get the HRM in to the other jewelers or to Radio Shack and see if either of them can get a battery in the thing. Also, read a review somewhere here on Spark re:powdered peanut butter.....I have really acquired a taste for peanut butter since joining Spark, but the fat calories can really add up. I had heard about PB2, but it is quite pricey and mail order only. The article I read said that Trader Joe's now has a similar product called peanut flour which is even better (if you add salt) and MUCH less expensive. I love a good reason to get to Tader Joe's....now I have one and it's within the food budget! Has anyone else out ther tried it????
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