Sunday, May 13, 2012
This morning we picked up my Mom-in-law and drove 3 hours to see my daughter, her boyfriend and her two kids. They cooked us brunch and sent us home 2 hours later with 4 quarts of strawberries. My daughter had just baked ginger snaps, yum, and they served fresh banana bread with their omelettes. Homegrown rosemary and sage in the omelette.
As I said, we drove three hours there from my hubby's mom's, and spend under 2 hours in asheville, then drove 2.5 hours back to our house; lots of driving for a short visit. But it was worth it. When we got home, we got on a video chat with my son in Hawaii and saw him, his wife and our 1 yr old little Ingrid. While we were visiting, my other daughter and her hubby and 2 and 1 yr olds came through the front door. We were going to cook out salmon on the grill, but I didn't feel like fighting with the rain. We ordered pizza and picked up pound cake for the strawberries that I somehow managed to cut up during all this madness. While picking up the pizza with hubby, our youngest son came home to share the meal with us. We ate two pizzas and each had a serving of strawberry shortcake (which was delicious). In a whirlwind, my hubby and his mom left for her house, my daughter and her family left, and Joe and I stayed behind. He didn't want to leave me alone on mother's day, but after we had talked a while, I said he could take off, I was fine to just go clean up the kitchen.
I got to see all my children and all of their children. Now I'm going to call my own Mom.
I didn't pay attention to calorie counts today. For once, I took a deliberate day off. Tomorrow is a new day.
Saturday, May 12, 2012
Now that I will be having more flexibility in my schedule, more freedom to schedule workouts when I want, I have to set a few goals.
Lately, I've only been swimming once a week, which is the only thing I've been doing at the Y. I want to go twice a week to swim, and start using the elliptical now that my back is strong and i'm not in pain. I could make that my third trip to the Y each week. I'm working on doing some writing, so I could couple my workouts with a trip to the coffee shop near the Y to work on that.
The most important goal in my thinking, is for me to increase my ST times to 2-3 times a week. Lately, I've only been getting it in once.
I've not been walking as much and I know how important that is for me. I still need to figure out how I want to get back on track with that. Maybe once around the block (12 minutes) at the least each day.
I like to write goals on paper with check lists assisting me in reaching my goals. I will go and do that now. I'll be ready to go for the new week starting tomorrow, though I have plans to work out today and have already walked to the grocery store this morning with hubby.
I'm off to write those goals, and bike for a half hour.
Monday, May 07, 2012
After feeling down for quite some time, I realized my job was getting me down, working with a very negative person. I felt poisoned and I'm tempted sometimes to get involved, but not wanting to this time. I also felt more drawn to spend time with my grandchildren on weekends, which wasn't possible with working most weekends. I think since I went and spent time with my son's little family in Hawaii, I realized that I wasn't appreciating the fact that my other kids live closer and I was missing seeing the grandkids grow up. When I did have a day off on the weekend, I was in need of time to exercise of just do stuff by myself or with hubby. But now I feel like sharing that time with them, too. By quitting, I have freed up precious time. If I search for another job, it will be daytime hours in the weekdays. Preferably part time so I still feel like i have time to myself. I don't know how people manage to work full time and not get stressed out.
For now, I am going to spend a bit of time each day working on the book I've always wanted to write about my journey in life having struggled with bipolar disorder. It's something I hope will help others in the same situation, though the most important reason to write about my life is for my own benefit. Just like the reason we should be keeping blogs...to have something to look back at and see how far we've come.
Now that I quit my job, though I have two weeks to finish up, I am not feeling so depressed while on the job. I feel relief and am counting down to the end. I will miss some people, but may keep up with them. I will miss elements of the job and I know I'll probably never find such a flexible situation. My boss always was willing to take into account days we may want off. I could even take time to go to Hawaii in the spring and go to see my parents for a week in the fall. Where in the heck will I ever find another job like that???
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
I did something I've only done a few times since I started Sparking. I was having my breakfast and was only going to have a banana and chocolate greek yogurt. I wasn't really any hungrier for anything more. Plus, I was trying to have fewer calories in the earlier part of the day, since my hubby will probably want to eat out tonight.(I hope I can get him to go to Subway so I can get satisfaction with fewer calories.)
BUT, in a little while I plan on going for a swim, and for that I need more energy. A carb load so to speak. While there are carbs in a banana, I thought maybe I should eat some whole grain cereal with soy milk. That's what I did different. . . I made a choice to eat an item for the purpose of taking care of my body.
Well, now that I think of it, I do, on a regular basis, make choices that are putting my body's needs ahead of cravings or emotions! I've actually made a change that may now be a permanent part of my life. A lifestyle change like we talk about all the time on SP.
Now, that's something I can feel great about! I bet we all are making lifestyle changes that we don't recognize nor acknowledge. Think about it; in what area have you made a permanent change?
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