Thursday, February 11, 2010
Gosh Iím tired. Second day of work for the week, lack of sleep and long work days make for a dull girl. Iím living proof (well barely living) of the need to get 8 hours of sleep. Iíve only averaged about 5.5 hours for the last two days. My body canít take it anymore. No matter what time I go to bed at night, I wonít fall asleep until 12:30. Just about the time I get used to having to get up for work, my days off come and I sleep until I naturally wake up, around 8:30ó9:00. I know, I know I should force myself to rise early until my body gets used to going to bed early. But I think Iíd rather just completely retire and let my natural sleep patterns take over. Anyway, Iím mentally fatigued as well as physically fatigued so this is all the blog you get. Hopefully tomorrow will be better. (Last day of work and I can sleep again)
Tuesday, February 09, 2010
Finally, a real walk today. Back up to an hour. I feel like I really got my cardio in today. But tomorrow starts another work week. So itís back to gym nights. And early morning, really early morning, exercising. Well, I understand that changing your exercise routine every once in a while keeps your body from getting complacent.
I am not looking forward to going back to work tomorrow, Iíd rather exercise (boy, I never thought those words would be coming out of my mouth!). But I have a project going that I have absolutely no idea where itís headed so Iím a little stressed about it. The challenge for this weekís Heart Healthy Challenge is practicing freeing ourselves from stress. So this is a great time for me to be practicing the stress reducing techniques I am learning here.
It looks like I wasnít able to keep my sodium under control today. I am going to have to do a much better job of reading labels. Other than one item, the rest of my dayís foodís sodium was well within my personal limits per product. I slipped up on the chili. We always have canned chili around, itís a staple. I always thought it was an easy delicious way to get a good meal. Well not any more. I guess Iíll have to start cooking my own, I certainly have enough recipes for chili. I may need to find one that takes real beans, not canned versions even if I did find some that are low in sodium. Well, I guess if I can learn to tolerate exercise, I can learn to start cooking again.
Sunday, February 07, 2010
Super Bowl Sunday! This is a day when snacking is the norm. Itís an excuse to indulge. But this year, I indulged with popcorn and diet coke. I didnít even really need to do that, but when my hubby started in on the chips and dip, I had to do something. So I figured it was a good day to reward myself with a bag of popcorn. Iíll regret in the morning because the salt will be reflected in my weight, which has been sliding downward very nicely. But Iíll know itís a temporary gain so I wonít stress about it. Hope your Super Bowl Sunday was a day of wise choices. Itís time to let it go now and move on.
Congratulations to the New Orleans Saints for a game well played.
Sunday, February 07, 2010
Once again I am reminded of the benefits of fresh air and exercise. I woke up today feeling slightly under the weather. I did my aerobic DVD to get myself going followed by the strength training exercises. Today was the core group, Ab crunches in other words. These exercises are difficult for me. For some reason I get overheated when I do them. I guess I am working hard. Today not only did I get overheated, but I got nauseous as well. I barely completed them and my stretches. Afterward, I collapsed, not looking forward to the rest of my routine-the walking. But I have made a commitment to myself and did not want to skip it. I stalled, spending some time watching some taped TV shows I had stored up instead. Fortunately, my hubby has been walking daily and wants me to walk with him, so I made an effort to go. I told myself I would just do a short walk to the park to join him. And of course, once I got up and stepped outdoors, I felt much better. I walked for 40 minutes before it got too cold and dark to keep going. Once I got my exercise, I felt so much better. It may be late, but finally Iím able to face the day, well whatís left of it anyway. Tomorrow will be a better day.
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