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?
Monday, April 23, 2012
I am on top of the world. . .
for more than one reason...yet foremost on my mind is the way my moods settled down now that a bit of time has passed since our trip. I'm sure the emotionalism I had related a lot to how sensitive my system is to taking my Psych meds on a strict time schedule. The changes I made for a week effected my mood, and now after 11 days, I can say I've officially settled down. Moodiness may not be a big deal to some people, but when you have bipolar disorder, you learn to tune in to all the little things, to be sure you catch a depression or mania before it gets full blown. I believe I'm out of the woods. I can safely say that I wouldn't hesitate to make the trip again. This was a big test and I passed!
Also, I gained weight on the trip. Around 5 pounds, and I have lost all but 1 pound of it again. I'm super happy about that. It's taking discipline and getting back to my regular routine.
My sleep schedule finally righted itself, but it did take until yesterday to feel like I'm back on my regular schedule. It was definitely worse than the Spring Ahead, Fall Back time changes which are hard enough!
I've struggled with motivation to exercise, but I'm getting encouragement from my hubby and all of you. I got so darn much walking done in Hawaii that I'm having to do other things beside walking to keep my interest up.
I hope you all have a great night, and a sparking good Tuesday!
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