Monday, March 05, 2012
I was off track since Saturday. Ever since I heard about my friend Coan's accident. While I was off track it felt like I was messing up for a week rather than just those two days. The days seemed endless, when my mood was "off" and my eating and effort to exercise sucked. But they were only TWO DAYS!
I can do this. I can get it back together. I woke up with resolve to move on. My weight was up a little, but I'm not going to let that get me down. I can get back to my healthy lifestyle and continue on making progress, and I WILL reach my goals.
Today, so far I'm
ON TRACK with water: 12 glasses by 2:oo pm.
ON TRACK with exercise: had a 30 minute swim and the motivation to get my walk after typing this.
ON TRACK with ST: I've done 4 sets of 55 push-ups, as well as some planks, crunches, bicep curls, etc.
ON TRACK with my pedometer: about 45oo steps so far, almost half of my goal for the day.ON TRACK with eating: no sweets yet, (I allow 1 per day so I won't binge) Calories, between 550 and 900 left for the day, which is great considering it's date night and we'll eat out.
ON TRACK with my sleep: had my usual 9 hrs last night.
ON TRACK with mood: I'm not down or lacking motivation. I'm feeling great!
Here I go, Off to take a walk!
Saturday, March 03, 2012
I got such horrifying news yesterday that I actually nearly passed out. I never react so strongly to news like this and I never had something like this happen to someone I feel so much love for.
My young friend, in her 20s, was at an IHop waiting outside for her dad. A car (put in forward instead of reverse,) jumped the curb and sidewalk and pinned her to the wall!!! She almost lost her leg. She has had two surgeries by now, but I just heard about it at work, where I know her from. The girls there were like "didn't you hear what happened to Coan?" and then they told me. That's when I had a strong emotional reaction.
I hurt for her and will go see her now that she's out of ICU. I will feel better once I see her, I think. Please pray for her to get full use of her leg. She has a wedding planned for next spring, just started grad school and just started a new job as a deputy clerk at the courthouse.
I just had to share all that with people who care about me.
The repercussions of this were that I, at 9:30 last night on my way home from work, got chick-fil-a chicken strips and a shake. I had already had all I needed calorie wise for the day. I never eat at night, and I certainly didn't need it. Emotional eating at it's worst. I slept fine, though I would normally get heartburn from an indiscretion like that. I woke up in less than 8 hrs and couldn't stop thinking about Coan. She's a strong girl, and has faith, so I'm sure she'll be alright. But I woke up with an attitude of "who cares" about my breakfast. I ste some of my usual, minus the protein in yogurt I usually have. I've had 6 glasses of water by 8 o'clock. That's a good sign. I took a 5 minute walk, then it started raining so I walked 5 more min. to get home. 10 minute walk that started out to be planned for 30. I'm in a funk.
I'm thinking about what I can bring to her when I visit her this afternoon. Something from Hallmark, since I have to work today until 3:30.
Love that girl...
Monday, February 27, 2012
Used my pedometer today. Over 12,500 steps for the day. I did take an hour walk. But of course there were many other steps taken today. I'm excited that it is motivating me to walk more. I think walking is the best thing for me, good for my bones and my core strength to protect my back. Great for cholesterol levels and blood pressure. I used to walk all the time, but have gotten away from it. Biking and Swimming and doing DVDs has been nudging walking out of my schedule. I can't seem to find time to do more than one type of workout per day. Or maybe I just don't want to spend all my free time exercising. I have to have a life, too. Like today, I was able to sew a jumper for my one-year-old granddaughter. And spent a few hours with a good friend.
I ate two meals out today. Recipe for disaster, BUT I behaved! My friend took me out for a belated birthday lunch. She took me to a cafe, really just a hole in the wall. I wasn't so sure I wanted to do this because there's no documented calorie charts for their menu. I tend to only eat out at places where I can see data on nutrition. I hoped and hoped I'd be able to find a healthy choice. Turns out they had an egg white omelette with turkey and salsa! And turkey bacon was an option for the side. Plus a nice small piece of wheat toast. No hidden sauces or gooey cheese. Just a straightforward "dieters" option. Yay! My friend asked the waitress what was on the dessert menu. A long list. I'd already decided on no dessert, even though I could have said to myself that it was a birthday celebration which would only be complete with a dessert. When they told her they were out of the tiramisu, I was glad because she was going to get it and I would've been drooling. She kept saying,"you're so GOOD" (we also shopped at a store together after lunch and we walked past a huge mirror. I said,"I should buy that mirror, it's a good one-it makes me look skinny!" She said, "you are!" and then I saw her in the mirror beside me and it was showing us to be the same size! She looked normal but I was sure the mirror was distorting me. You know how some mirrors make you look fat? Well I just had bought a mirror for my closet. I had no full length mirror, and wanted to see the whole me. But the one I bought makes me look fat! I should have bought the mirror I saw today!!
I came home and took my hour walk. My hubby came home. It was date night tonight. I had a tilapia wrap. Ate half of that and some onion rings. A bit of grease, but it was my only treat for the day. And probably my only splurge for the week.
I'm happy with my day. Now I'm going to end the day with my final few sets of push-ups, and will reach a total of 250 push-ups for the day!
AND settle down with a good book and get to bed at 10 or 11.
Sunday, February 26, 2012
I had some birthday money. I was in wally world with my hubby today and I saw the pedometers they have. I've thought about getting one, but a long time ago I had a cheap one that wasn't worth 2 cents, so I've never replaced it, not realizing there are reliable options. So, today I invested in one. I had started out the day not feeling motivated to work out, and had even planned to skip it altogether today. But once I got my gadget home and set it up, measuring my stride and all, I was eager to head outdoors and see how many steps I could rack up. I also wanted to see how far I've been walking, distance wise. I didn't realize how far off my calculations have been. (I overestimated) I didn't let that discourage me because now I have a way to measure my steps and can set goals. I could do that before by just spending more time walking over time, but having a new gadget and a new way to measure is motivating me to compete against myself. I've heard that a good goal is 10,000 steps a day. It took me 65 minutes to get just over 8000! I don't know yet if I'm only going to carry it when I'm on actual walks or if I should carry it throughout the day. What would you suggest?
I'm excited to say that I got in an hour walk on a day that I planned on doing nothing!
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