Thursday, February 02, 2012
So I just spent the last 7 weeks in Africa.
It was amazing. Wonderful. Hard to leave.
But back to reality I have come. And reality hits hard.
Lots of work. Lots of stress. And an extra twelve pounds when I stepped on the scale.
So now it's time to repair the damage.
Take good care of myself.
And most importantly, not give up.
Monday, November 28, 2011
It has been a crazy month. November was NaNoWriMo month. For folks who don't write, NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month or something to that effect--the goal is to write 50,000 words in a month.
November is almost over, and I managed about half that.
I had really hoped to hit the goal this year, but I didn't. I won't go into all the excuses I could make. What I will say is I tried, and I am proud of what I did manage to get done.
This is a step ahead for me. Not just saying, well, I lost. But being able to value what I have gotten done, and realize that just because November is about over, and I haven't hit the goal doesn't mean I have to stop working on my project. I can value what I have done, and keep plodding forward to the end.
I really think that it has an application in the world of weight loss and health also. Sometimes I get so focused on the goals--lose 6 pounds a month, run a certain mumber of times a week, lose 50 pounds by next year, that I lose the joy that comes from making baby steps. And those baby steps are important.
I lost 3 pounds in November. I'm proud of that. I lost them slowly, and without a huge amount of angst. I'm proud of that. I participated in a 5k in November. I'm proud of that. I certainly didn't run it, but I showed up and participated.
Fast feels better, but I'm beginning to realize that sustainable is more important for me. And what I have been doing is sustainable. I've managed despite participating in NaNoWriMo, despite the many obligations, duties and gifts that come from having three preschool children. I've managed despite heavy work obligations, and high stress from family problems. I'm proud of that.
So here's to baby steps and sustainability as we enter a new year.
Monday, October 24, 2011
Here it is, Monday again. It seems as though I blink, and there goes another week. So what to do with the one I've got?
I'd like to make an inspiration poster board. You know--cute dresses, someone who can run more than a mile featured prominently, people who hike with their kids and don't look like they're about to keel over, and of course, a dream swimsuit.
I'd also like to get 3 training sessions in this week. And drink plenty of water (plenty being at least 8 cups a day), wear sunscreen every day and track my food.
And I need to figure out what I want to do with my life. As in I've reached a crossroads work wise and need to figure out what I ought to do. Unappreciated safety with health insurance, or lots of risk with potential for lots of reward?
I guess I have some thinking to do.
Hope you all have an AMAZING week!
Monday, October 17, 2011
It's Monday. The dreaded day when everyone drags themselves out of bed, and to work and school.
My little boy (3) really felt the Monday today. He cried that he did not want to go to school, he wanted to go back to sleep. He was so pathetic, it was just sad.
But today, despite waking up stressed out last night and staying awake from 2am to 5am, I'm thriving. I'm bubbling with energy, and drive to get some of the things I've been needing to do forever done.
I can think of maybe two reasons why that should be the case.
1.) I've lost my mind.
2.) I've been treating my body badly for so long I had no energy at all left. And now that I'm eating better and exercising, I'm experiencing a power surge of sorts.
Whichever of the two it is, I like the feeling.
So I'm just going to keep doing what I'm doing.
Thursday, October 13, 2011
I was very proud of myself yesterday. I did well on my calorie counts, despite going to lunch at a Mexican food place with my hubby. I had overslept, on not gotten to do my cardio yesterday morning as planned, but once I got the kiddos down to bed I worked out and actually started running! (Okay, not running a lot--and running very slowly, but running nonetheless!)
I did 2 minutes walking at a 3.5 on the treadmill, then one minute running/jogging on the treadmill at 4.5 then back to two minutes walking and so on and so forth. When I went to put my time in for exercise tracking it wanted to call it all walking, because apparently I am that slow, but I was super proud of myself for getting it done. It felt amazing!
I did some Yoga afterward, to stretch out before bed. Anyway, I felt great.
Unfortunately, I woke up with a migrane this morning.
I'm trying to remember that fantastic feeling I had last night to help me through the day, but boy, am I dragging. Hopefully I can kick the migrane soon, and get a slow workout in this evening.
Wish me luck!
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