I have a busy few months ahead of me and need to be as fit as possible. So I have started tracking my food again. I was pleasantly surprised that I managed to keep within my targets in all nutritional categories on my first day of tracking. That bodes well.
To make tracking easier, I have edited my favourite foods list and deleted some items that I never intend to eat again. Chocolate doughnuts have no part to play in a healthy lifestyle.
I have been hovering near the top of my healthy weight range for a long time now. I know I feel better when I am at the lower end. So I have changed my ticker to count down the days until I hope to be there. I have set myself a realistic goal. My exercise levels are very good, so with meticulous nutrition tracking I know I will do it.
This has nothing to do with fitness and exercise......though maybe my mental fitness needs some work.
The background to this is that I left home at the age of 18 and have supported myself ever since. My daughter has been threatening to leave home since the age of 16 and now, at the grand old age of 20, is finally financially able to do so.
She has decided to fill a vacancy in a flat that one of her friends lives in and the rent is very reasonable for a central London location. It is in an area close to where I lived and went to school as a child and has some happy memories for me.
The reasonable rent might be explained when I say that this flat has MICE.
I don't think that emoticon is a mouse, but it's the closest I could find.
My daughter broke the news to me that she is taking the cat to the flat to get rid of the mice. This is a bad move for lots of reasons. Our cat:
is used to having a garden
is now 11 years old and probably too old to catch a mouse
wouldn't know where it was and would probably run away
was originally rescued to be a pet for my daughter, but is very attached to me
follows me around a bit like in "Mary Had a Little Lamb"
My daughter is out at college/work/parties most of the time and has only a romantic view of what looking after a cat involves.
When I heard my daughter's plan, I turned on the waterworks.
I have now offered to buy her a new kitten for her to take to the flat. Apparently there is access to a garden down 5 flights of stairs!
I could see my daughter's eyes light up at the thought of choosing a new kitten. I think the other flatmates will all muck in if they get to choose their new mouser.
Hopefully they will share the expenses, feeding and cleaning duties as well.
Why was I more upset about losing the cat than my daughter moving out?....probably because the cat is helpless and has no say in the matter. It's time my daughter moved out, so I will miss her but am secretly pleased for her as well.
Last year was fairly non-eventful for me. It whizzed by in a blur of sameness. I managed to maintain successfully, but always near the top of my healthy range. I think I have learned the art of doing "just enough".
I made an attempt to rev things up when I joined a new keep fit class in September. But, I don't know how else to say this without sounding smug. it is a little too easy for me. The benefits for me are minuscule.
So on Boxing Day I joined a local gym. I used to be a member there years ago when I was working full-time and also coping with a demanding teenager. I used to dream about having more time to myself. But I could only go once or twice a week at peak times. This made it really expensive and I made the sensible decision to leave.
My demanding teenager is now a demanding 20 year old who will soon leave the nest. She recently joined the same gym and has surprised me by going regularly. This has brought back memories of how much I enjoyed going there. It is a really friendly and relaxing place to spend time. The equipment is plentiful and modern and there is never a wait for anything. There is a good mix of members from the really serious body builders to people just trying to get fit. Nobody stares or judges and there is a lot of respect.
The past week has been lovely because Hubby, Daughter and I are all gym members now and have been going as a family. They have been off work and college. But real life has returned and I will mostly be going by myself.
This time, I have been able to take out an off-peak membership and I should be able to go there an average of 3 times most weeks. There will be weeks when I will be able to go 4 times or more, but I am going to be realistic. I have just set up a Spark goal to track this. I already have a Spark goal for how many times I do Pilates every week and it works to keep me committed.
So, my main fitness aim for 2014 is to maintain at the lower end of my healthy range. So far, I have made a good start.