Monday, May 26, 2014
A lot of stuff on my mind this evening.
Had to work today. After a number of years at the marina, I'm feeling like I am so *done* working there. I started on, after the owner was diagnosed with cancer. And they needed some extra help. Stayed through his treatment and relapse and more treatment and finally, that last summer. When they pretty much told him there was nothing left that they could do. And after he had passed (he was right around 50 years old), I stayed on as his widow and grown children took over. I figured, I'll give them 5 years to pull it together and then they should be on their feet.
It's been a bit more than 5 years, and the grown kids are no closer to looking like they're going to step up to the plate. Every year, the place has gotten a little more disheveled, a little more disorganized, a little more like it's going down the tubes-- it's just a matter of time. Each of the "kids" has their own little, hidden agenda and doesn't show up to work when they don't feel like it, or if there's something else going on they'd rather do. None of them respects the other's opinions concerning the business and they're all full of ideas about what the other 2 should be doing.... while meanwhile trying to figure out how they themselves can get away with doing less. There's no clear leader among them.
Here we are at the big, kick-off weekend for the summer season.... and they haven't hired adequate help, and none of them wanted to work today.
sigh. I love each of them dearly, as I've come to know them quite well over the years. But honestly, I think I just need to find another job. I'm fixin' to start praying hard over this.
Sunday, May 25, 2014
Spent yesterday getting caught up with stuff around the house. DH's friend from Memphis came up for the weekend, and they went out on the boat all afternoon. Which was good-- they needed to get caught up (which means talking about a bunch of stuff I'm not particularly interested in) and I needed the house to myself.
I have to work tomorrow, so today is pretty much "it" for me, as far as getting a little rest and enjoying the weekend. It's cool and a little overcast outside this morning, so I think I'll get out there for a walk. Lately it's been sunny and really humid even in the mornings, and a walk ends up being super sweaty. There won't be too many more mornings like today, til the fall.
I know a lot of people have outdoor plans this weekend, and where I work (at a marina) it would be great to have hot & sunny weather..... but personally-- I'm hoping it rains a bit so I don't have to water all the flowers & the garden. Maybe it'll rain after it gets dark!
Saturday, May 24, 2014
I'm not much on writing blogs, but the Challenge team I'm on has assigned blogging this week for points toward our goal. And I'm all for doing whatever it takes, to help out the team.
Today was also weigh-in day. I'm down a whopping 1/10th of a pound. Sort of disappointing.... but it beats a gain. Sometimes it seems like-- you do all this stuff for an entire week, a whole SEVEN days.... and then you hop on the scale and don't see a number that reflects what you think it *ought* to be, in relation to the effort you made. It's like there's no reward for all that hard work, all the times you said no to a doughnut at work, all the water, all the veggies. It would be easy to say, screw it, it's not working.
Ah, but I know the scale is a fickle friend. So many of us pin all our hopes on the number between our toes-- and yet there are so many things that can affect that number, that have nothing to do with fat loss or gain. Water retention from too much sodium, extra fluid for the muscles to repair/rebuild after a hard workout, TOM (not a factor for me, but for many others). Could be sluggish bowels as well. And the body is a fascinating thing. On paper, it's calories in/ calories out. But in the real world, you could do the exact same thing two weeks in a row, eat the exact same foods, and lose nothing one week and 2 pounds the next week.
It seems that perseverance is a really good trait to have, when you're working on a lifestyle change.
There are other, possibly better ways to gauge progress (than the scale). It just so happens that for this particular team, we do a weigh-in once a week. And post the number for everyone to see. I've worked hard at not letting the scale be the "ultimate authority" for whether I feel good or bad about myself and the past week's efforts. It's very very hard though to let go of that tie to the scale as a means of measuring progress, a way to define my happiness, the be-all and end-all.
The bottom line for me is that I'm not doing this for weight loss/maintenance alone. Sure, when I joined Spark I wanted to lose weight. But the overall goal was to be healthy and fit, which means getting some exercise and eating a healthy, well-balanced diet. So whether the scale reflects that or not-- it's pretty much what I did last week. I'm chalking it up as a "Win" for me.
Sunday, May 04, 2014
I was thinking, as I worked on getting that screened porch cleaned up (until I brought the tv back out there, because I couldn't think of anything else even remotely interesting to think about) how in the "old days" people didn't need to specifically get some cardio or strength training several times a week. Their daily activities required burning a lot more calories than our current lives do. Everything was a much more intensive chore than it is, now. Dragging the rugs outside to beat them clean, scrubbing clothes on a washboard, sweeping the floors with a broom, scrubbing on hands & knees. My Grandma talked about carrying all the freshly-washed & still wet clothes up to the attic and hanging them there in the wintertime. And then little by little, they'd bring them downstairs to the kitchen to dry by the fire in the stove. Took a week to get everything done, and then they'd start all over again.
Course, Grandma also said she would not prefer the "good old days", to having a washer and dryer. And vacuum cleaner. And all the other modern conveniences.
So I reckon I don't mind having to specifically do something, to get that exercise.
Did a lot yesterday.... ran some errands in town, got that porch finished and then worked in the yard. Did some weeding and planted a bunch of flowers in the humongous flower bed closest to the house. Previous owner liked annuals, but I prefer perennials. It would've been too expensive to replace all of them at one time, so I've been working on it over the past 2 years. I think I need to wait now, for the rest of the slow-to-wake-up stuff (calla lilies, hibiscus) to get bigger, before I put anything else in. My goal (eventually) is to have enough stuff in that bed, that there isn't hardly room for any weeds to grow.
DH was commenting on how pretty the iris are.... but they don't last long. Some of the perennials are like that. I've got other stuff in there though that will bloom a lot longer. Some of the daylilies will go all summer, once they start blooming. The roses, too.
After the yardwork, I did some chores inside the house. Spent the day getting a lot of stuff done around here. Quit around 3, to watch the Derby.
I say all that, to say this-- used to be (back when I was fat and never got any exercise) that every spring, I'd jump into getting all this stuff done. And I was so out of shape that I'd end up barely able to move, after a day like yesterday. I'd have muscles I didn't even know I had, that were SO sore. But thanks to a program of regular cardio and strength training, this morning I am not sore. I feel ready to do it again. Which is good, because I need to get the beans and cucumbers planted and we're going to go work on cleaning up the boat.
Plus, the clutter in this house is driving me absolutely crazy. I want to spend some time today starting in on that. I think I'll start with my clothes, since it's finally warm enough to pack away the sweaters and get those capris out for good.
Monday, December 30, 2013
We went on vacation right before Christmas-- to Miami and Key West. And the reason we chose Miami? DH saw something about restaurants in Miami on the Travel channel... and he wanted to go there to eat. I threw Key West in there, as I'd never been there and it's so close to Miami.
And yes indeed we ate our way through Miami AND Key West. You name it, honey, it sure seems like I ate it. Except of course for fish or shellfish-- I don't eat fish except occasionally tuna. I'd have to say that I ate so much, I came home feeling "done" with the eating. Nine days of eating anything I wanted off of restaurant menus, left me craving huge salads and piles of low-starch vegetables. Honestly though, the food was really, really good. I certainly don't regret a single bite of anything I ate.
We did a lot of sightseeing too, and there was actually one day where we walked so much that even *I* got tired of walking.
One of the real downsides to the vacation was that we came back right before Christmas, and it was really hard to cram all the last-minute Christmas prep into just 2 days. Plus with Thanksgiving falling a little late this year, I got stressed trying to get so many Christmas things done, before we left for Miami. Note to self-- do not plan another vacation for right before Christmas.
All of that, plus having DH off of work all last week too (and sick for the past few days) has thrown me off my exercise routine. Which isn't all that hard to do, as I hate to exercise. That's something I'm really going to work at this week. And getting back to tracking all my food. I'm up 1.5 pounds overall, since the end of the Fall 5% Challenge.
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