Sunday, April 08, 2012
Got up at 6 AM this morning, and decided that since I did literally nothing yesterday (never did get myself off the couch to exercise), I should go for my run/walk this morning, before I got lazy or distracted. I also decided I wasn't hungry yet, and would run, shower, then eat. Happy news: I ran for longer stretches than I have previously, and shaved a minute off my overall fastest time. Sad news: I knew better than do this without eating. My blood sugar reading is always highest in the early morning, and exercising without eating runs it even higher. It was 166 this morning!! OMG. I don't remember the last time it was that high. Obviously, I ate something, so it should be heading down now, but damn. I was so proud of myself for getting out there and doing it, but I'm not happy with myself for thinking things through better.
Then there is the money/calories thing. I only ate out once last week, and that was a deliberate decision on my part. I figure I saved about $56 and at least 2000 calories last week. That's the good news, and I'm going to go for the same record next week. In another week, I will have saved enough money to pay the bill for the exterminator at this rate. The bad news: I thought I had to be overestimating, so went back and looked at my last two VISA bills. Nope. I have been spending between $30 and $60 a week routinely on food I don't need and shouldn't be putting in my mouth. How embarrassing.
Then I went and looked at my record for my weight (which is down a little again this week--whee!!) only to realize that had I stuck to my program, I could be weighing somewhere in the mid-180s instead of still hovering at just over 200 lbs at this point. Damn, again. OK, I can't change what I've already done. Just have to keep myself on track.
Plan for this week:
1. Continue to record my times when I DON'T buy food or put calories in my mouth, and keep NOT DOING THOSE THINGS. I can eat out one time only.
2. Continue to get out and do my run/walk at least three days (one day down already!!), and get back to the gym. I find that often when I get home, I am inclined to just sit down, instead of going for my run or doing some other kind of exercise. I WLL put in at least 30 minutes every day this week on some kind of exercise.
3. Haven't been doing well with the vegies, and I do have fewer cravings when I get plenty of them in. So: at least four VEGIES (fruits are extra) each day this week.
Wednesday, April 04, 2012
Construction guy was here. He says there is no leak between the outdoor faucet and the meter down by the road, and showed me how he knows. He thinks I may have not gotten the faucet turned off tightly, and that is what caused all the water on the lawn. I sure hope he is right, but it is a LOT of water out there. He said to give it a few days, keep an eye on it, and let him know if it continues to happen. He didn't charge me to come out and look at this, but I think I am going to send him a check anyway. I would have had to pay a plumber $50-$75 just to come look, even if s/he didn't do anything but say there wasn't a problem. This guy has been a joy to work with, so I think he deserves a little something for being such a good guy. In the meantime--Whew, feel as if I have dodged a bullet.
Wednesday, April 04, 2012
Keeping on track with my Not Spending Extra Money and Calories challenge, but I am not going to get a chance to do my semi-run today after all. Went out to water my garden bright and early this morning, only to realize that the entire side yard is soaked. Called the construction guy, hoping that it was something they did during the construction, but he says he thinks it is in the house pipe that is actually up in the wall, although he needs to check further. I need to meet him after work and before choir practice to talk about it and discuss what happens next. Wonder how many more dollars that is going to run? The last time I had a water leak, out in the yard where the people who built the house had not buried the pipe deep enough, it cost $2000, and that was years ago. I hope this one isn't as bad, but the way things have been going financially, it wouldn't surprise me to have another major expense.
Tuesday, April 03, 2012
I have to admit that most of the challenges I have tried so far don't really do it for me. They sound good, but don't usually end up really getting at what I need.
I am doing the Sweet Tooth challenge right now, and heaven knows I need it, but it isn't quite what works for me. Between needing multiple house repairs and facing a cut in my hours at work this summer, I am seriously concerned about money. I went and looked at the Spark Guy team for money, and to the voluntary simplicity team, and may join one or both, but realized that their challenges weren't going to get me where I need to be either.
So, I am combining the two issues. As of Sunday, April 1st, for the entire month, I am:
1. Writing down how much money I DIDN'T spend every time I actively have to talk myself out of buying food that isn't good for me, and
2. I am going to try to figure out how many calories I DIDN'T eat because I avoided buying those things.
I'm not sure exactly where the calories are right now. On Sunday, I talked myself out of getting a package of chocolate covered caramels, and don't know how many calories are in one of those packages. Probably well over 1000, and believe me, I don't eat "one serving" once I get them, I eat The Whole Thing. Having successfully talked myself out of that Sunday, a McDonald's mocha frappe on Monday, and going to Ruby Tuesday's for dinner tonight, I figure I have already saved about 23 dollars--in only three days!! I can eat fairly healthy at Ruby Tuesday's (they have some really interesting vegetable selections), so I am not counting that in my "calories not consumed", but I know the mocha frappe is about 360 calories without the whipped cream and drizzle, and assuming an even 1000 calories for the candy, I figure I have saved at least 1360 calories in three days as well. Another three days of this, and I will have NOT gained an entire pound!!
Anybody want to join me in my Quest for Control? What will your challenge be?
Monday, April 02, 2012
Went for my run/walk again today. Still concentrating on keeping my head up and shoulders back. I find that I can run quite a way down hill, not v ery far on the flat...and I'm still leery of trying to actually run up hill. There are two downhill stretches on the route I am taking, and I am starting at the top of each hill, and running until it starts to trend upwards again. I haven't really counted, but one is at least 300 steps, and the other, which I did try to count, is at least 200 steps. On the flat I still am only able to do about 110 steps of running. I feel like I need to count to hold myself acCount-able for going further each week, but in some ways it is Count-erproductive, since I am concentrating on that rather than on what I am doing with my body. Oh, well, I am still running farther than I was a couple weeks ago. Not going much faster, though. That's OK. I'm still getting there, and still going to make this 5K thing happen.
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