Monday, October 11, 2010
Woot Phillies are moving on. That is good. The sleep deprivation not so good. ha.
This morning, I have a staff meeting to attend which will resemble more of a retreat atmosphere. I hope to get something out of it. It is a "generational" class. I thought it was about dealing with older vs. younger workers, and then one of my co-workers pointed out to me it is to help us relate to our students. DUH! ha!
I thought I was one of the younger minded ones. ha. It is NOT about me. :)
Had a productive weekend. Got up early on Saturday and stopped at Walmart for a couple of things. Guy behind us flagged us over and pointed out we had a really low tire. We tried it with fix a flat at first, but then we stopped at car place and had 2 tires replaced. Hubby and I both put about 50-60 miles on our cars a day. Eventually we made it up to my folks to help them with the basement area. Work on it begins today and there was a lot of junk still left around down there.
Major progress for me for I was able to do a lot more work then in the past. I got up and down those steps several times. I lost track of how many after the 3rd trip but glad that I was able to do it. Hubby was also a GIGANTIC help. My mom was a happy little camper.
Yesterday, I did a bunch of cleaning, laundry, and refrained from taking a nap. The latter was the shocker. I still have loads to do in the cleaning dept, but it feels good when you chip away at what has to be done.
That's the same story for my work pile today. Lots of stuff to be done, but the best that can happen is a chipping away at the pile. It's all good. :) It will all be waiting for me tomorrow.
Hope everyone has a Happy Columbus Day today and a super Sparky day! WOO HOO!
Friday, October 08, 2010
While driving to work this morning, I was thinking about how times have changed for me. Even though I have not yet lost a bundle of weight (but I will), my habits have become so much healthier.
I stopped at Wawa (a convenience store) for gas this morning. They are advertising 2 breakfast sandwiches for $3. Mix and match. Some kind of meat, egg and cheese on a muffin, croissant, biscuit, bagel, whatever.
In the past when I went to get gas, I would go inside and buy said breakfast sandwich, sometimes two, along with other assorted snacks and drinks - sometimes another bagel with "just" cream cheese, and string cheese, candy, sports drinks, etc. In other words, a whole big pile of calories. I would eat them in my car on my way to work. I just kept eating the whole time.
While I was driving today, I was thinking that is what I used to do in my "heyday." I nearly stopped the car when I thought about it. That was not my heyday - this is ---- now is the time that I am taking better care of myself than ever. Now is the time when I pushing myself to the front of the list and taking care of me. It doesn't mean I don't care for my family, or tend to the needs of my hubby, it just means that I find room in there to make my opinion count. I am worth it. I matter! A HA!
I was really ticked off a couple of days ago, and I ranted and a few of you may have seen my blog. I deleted it once I got it off my chest, because I didn't want that negative crap sitting on my page. I was so happy with myself - that I expressed my anger and did not trade it in for a snickers bar. Learning how to express myself in a meaningful "I count" kind of way has been eye-opening for me.
So this morning, I passed on the "bargain" breakfast sandwiches and just filled my car up with gas without venturing inside. I had a headache this morning from family related stress and I soothed my aching head, by TAKING A WALK!
I'm enjoying my heyday!
What sort of things are you doing for yourself that are healthier than when you started?
Thursday, October 07, 2010
We bought a Harley this year, fulfilling my husband's dream.
I met my goal of getting on the back of the bike --- which to most, would probably not be a big thing, but to me, it was a hurdle. It comes with instructions. Step on foot peg, lean on his shoulder (while he is already sitting on the bike and swing my other leg over the seat and the saddlebags. (not mine, the bike's ..ha ha)
It took me about 15 mins of "lamaze type" breathing and sheer concentration and I did it last week. The intent was for me to get on with him, and then we would go for a short ride around the block.
That didn't happen.
I got on the bike, and he became frozen as to how it felt with a passenger, let alone someone bigger than he is. - Even if I wasn't heavier, I'd still be taller. When I asked if he was ready to go, he said, he didn't know. We just sat there for a couple of minutes and then I gave him the easy out -- Let's practice disembarking. Ha! Getting on was way easier.
I decided that we weren't ready for a ride. By "we" - in this case, I mean "he" --- and that's ok. I have a lot of heft. But it is inching away. It's getting colder; he is less likely to ride much these days anyway. Come the spring or maybe summer, I will be ready to try it all over again.
I did my thing. I got on the bike, like I said I would. Next time, though, I am going to get on and just keep going.
Tuesday, October 05, 2010
It happened around 7:30pm tonight. I was walking to my car at work. I walked up the stairs (a set of 5 steps) like a NORMAL person. I did not hold onto the railing to hoist myself up. I climbed up, leaned forward a bit and did not feel anything but normal. big hurrah moment!
I am a recovering scaredy cat ever since I pulled my hammy a couple of years ago - I have had a prob with stairs.
This is giant success for me! Woo hoo!
Tuesday, October 05, 2010
My frequent quest for perfection has gotten me into trouble more than once. Initially, it sounds like a lofty goal, but in actuality (for me), it's a death sentence as I have a tendency to wait until everything is perfectly aligned before I take action. When are things perfectly aligned? Next to never. So, I wait, and in the meantime, I could be making small steps towards my goals, and chipping away at what needs to be done, instead of waiting for the perfect wave.
Here's what I am doing to change that.
MAKE A DOABLE PLAN; WORK THE PLAN
ASK FOR HELP (stop pretending I have everything under control!)
To get more organized, I have cut way back on watching tv. I am like a bump on a log if I am watching tv. I barely even catch the morning news anymore. I can find out what I need to know when I am in the car. Gotta love the radio.
Simplified plans work best for me. 20 mins cardio every day is where I am right now. It's more than I used to do. I am amping that number up. Today, I have made a goal for myself. It is walk outside around the perimeter of the building once every hour I am at work. It includes going up the BIG hill. That hill is shrinking. I still huff and puff when I get up it, but my recovery time is improving.
I am having a hard time sticking with a food plan, but I am staying in my caloric range. I know I could do a lot better in this area, and I am trying to figure this out.
I have an "I can do it all" attitude at work. I live by this code. Yesterday, I asked someone to sit in for me at a meeting. HUGE step forward. I had to avoid a panic attack last night when I read their email to see all the things that went "wrong" - but I calmed myself and remembered that I don't always have all the answers - nor do I need to have all of the answers.
What kinds of things do you do to keep yourself organized and on track? What plans do you have? How do you keep yourself on track? What do you do to move past wanting perfection and just getting it done?
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