Monday, August 27, 2012
Yesterday I pushed through. All the way. To the end. I sucked it up and just did it. (A little nod to Nike.)
It was a challenging day. I've been dealing with some emotional "stuff" for a while and a bit of it bubbled up yesterday. Then, the late afternoon energy slump that has been my nemesis for the past several days hit like a ton of bricks. Between the two, I nearly cancelled plans to see a movie with friends.
But I didn't. I went to the movies and had a great time. I laughed until my sides hurt. Does that count as an abdominal workout? I hope so.
The long and the short of it is I went over in calories and under in exercise. But, as I reviewed yesterday's food and exercise trackers, I realized something significant. In the past I would have just kept on eating. I would have kept on eating things that were unhealthy (chips, ice cream, etc.) Instead, what threw me over my calorie intake was an extra serving of left over pot roast at lunch. And in the past I would have told myself at eight o'clock at night that since I hadn't exercised I should just forget it. But at nine o'clock, I got on the Gazelle and did 15 minutes.
So, bad day? Maybe? Good day? Definitely!
Saturday, August 25, 2012
This is the third time this week that I've changed my fitness goals. Every other day I've gotten a message asking me to increase them because I've exceeded my goal.
Exceeded my goal!!! Yippee!
I'm clearly excited that I have exceeded my goal (I just like seeing that I exceeded my goal in print!). But in reflection, it is clear that I originally set my goal far too low because I didn't expect myself to be able to do it. How many times to we set ourselves up for failure because we simply don't believe in our capacity to change.
So, as I review my fitness goals for next week I will be increasing them so that it is a bit of a stretch for me to accomplish. I want to do more. Do you?
Friday, August 24, 2012
Yesterday was one of those days. Busy. I mean really, really busy. I left the house without having eaten breakfast and had meetings that ran over the lunch hour. But thankfully I have squirrelled away some nuts, dried cranberries and some protein bars in my desk drawer. It took me 2 protein bars and a small handful of almonds and cranberries before I made it to "lunch" around 3:30 pm. Not ideal, but so much better than the nasty vending machine snacks or eating nothing and watching my blood sugar plummet until I am completely unproductive.
Had to really work it to get my veggies in for the day. They all came at dinner: spinach salad with cucumber and tomato and grilled zucchini and onions (topped with a little grilled chicken). Whew!
The game was close, but I won it in the bottom of the ninth!
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Like many people I have a lot of things in life that I have to manage. I have a fairly stressful job, home life, friends and family, church and volunteer opportunities. Add in exercise and managing my health. When any one of those things gets out of balance, it affects all of them.
Because I spend so much time at work, it is often a place where health and exercise plans get set aside. I've been known to eat lunch on the run, in bits and pieces as I can grab it and every once in a while, not at all. So, struck with 11 am meetings that run into the lunch hour and 1 pm meetings, I have begun showing up at meetings with my salad that I made for lunch. It's happened several times in the past week, so much so that my supervisor showed up at a meeting with her lunch as well. She looked at me and said "Looked like a good idea."
Stress reduced. Not just for me, but for coworkers. I can't change the crowded schedule, but I have been able to demonstrate that I will be taking care of myself and that means that If staff meetings are scheduled to interfere with my lunch or break, I will be bringing food because my health is important.
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