Friday, April 13, 2012
I knew I was going to eat out Wednesday night, and I did go to the local vegetarian place. Excellent food, have no idea how to track it, but Oh, well... Reasonably priced as well, so I didn't feel badly about spending money on a restaurant. Went to the gym after choir practice, so we are talking 8:30 in the evening, the first time I was free to do it all day. Did my promised 30 minutes on the stationary bike.
Then last night, I was planning to come home, do my run/walk, and eat here, but got off work late, and again by the time I could have gotten home, it would have been time to go back to town. So, I ate out again, and again at a local place, not quite as low-priced as the one on Wednesday, but nothing out of range. I did break down and have bangers and mash (sausage and potatoes), with a side of mixed summer vegies. Not too bad on calories probably, since the sausage is locally produced, and I had eaten well the rest of the day. Didn't get a chance to exercise, and it was still after 10 PM when I got home. Just went to bed so I could get up and do it again today.
Today, I haven't spent a dime again, have the vegies (and fruits) well taken care of, and went to the gym to do the treadmill for 35 minutes, since it is raining here. I had forgotten to put my good running shoes in the car, but the old "shape ups" were with me. Even in those, I was able to go much faster than the last time I was on the treadmill. After a 5 minute warm up, I jogged along at 4mph for 5 minutes, then took it down to 3.6 mph and walked, taking it back up to 4 mph for two minutes three more times. For those whose math isn't up to it: I jogged for a total of 11 minutes during that 35 minutes, which included warm up and cool down periods. Feeling really good about it. Then I did a few minor strength exercises, since I was there already, and came on home.
The next two weeks are going to continue to be a challenge. This weekend is going to be heavy-duty. A woman from our church died last week, and her memorial service is tomorrow. I am going in to help with set up and clean up, and the choir is singing for the service, since she was in the choir from the time it was started, a bouncy little song called De Colores that she had requested. We are all going to miss her. She was always interested in everything and into everything going on. Then tomorrow night a friend and I are going to an art show, then on to a concert. Sunday of course is church, with some volunteer stuff again then. Next week we have two concert rehearsals, one of our usual and one with the orchestra, then the next week we have two dress rehearsals and the concert. In the meantime, the woman who will be our next minister will be here for a week, and we will get a chance to meet her, with lots of events surrounding that. How did I ever get to be such a Church Lady?
Anyway, I intend to continue to maintain with the exercise, vegies, and avoiding extra money for extra food for the duration, since it seems to be working for me.
And tonight, if I get interested enough, I might do another 21 minutes of exercise, since that would put me right at 250 minutes for the week, and would net me another trophy. Such is avarice.
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
This is going to be my night to eat out this week, mostly because there isn't time to get home between work and when I have to be back in town at 6PM--at least, there is, but not enough time to eat or do anything else when I get there except turn around and come back. Since my schedule is so tight, exercise is going to have to be at the gym after choir practice, so I'm looking at 8:30-9 PM. I'll have to check my glucose tomorrow early, and see if Pat is right about it bringing down that morning high reading. I don't check every day. My doctor says I don't have to check it at all, but I am not comfortable with that. This is a chronic, progressive disease. If things start getting worse, I want to know it before my yearly A1C test!! In the meantime, I've eaten well today, and not spent extra money, especially not on extra food. Don't know where I am going to eat, but it has to be somewhere healthy. I'm thinking the local vegetarian locavore place, assuming I can get parked downtown, or the Mediterranean place just up the street from it, also local.
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
This morning when I weighed (not official, just curiosity), I was hovering at just under 201, Maybe that is why it was easier for me to stick to the program today. I ate well, with LOTS of vegies (7 servings!! Not counting the fruits!!), didn't spend a dime (wasn't even tempted to buy something to put in my mouth!!) and got in my exercise. I didn't actually do my run/walk today--it was just a walk. I got to the asphalt, started to jog, and my knees and hips immediately started saying "Ow, Ow, Ow, Ow". Realized they really didn't want to do that today, but I had decided to go to the end of the road, and I was damn well going to do it--so I did. Came home, had dinner, then went out and mowed for 50 minutes.
I'm feeling really good about this today. I know there will more times when I slip up and slide back for awhile, but I feel as if right now I am really on track, going into my second week of these goals, and that I will REALLY be under 200, and stay there this time, by the end of the week.
Monday, April 09, 2012
Did OK with the not spending extra money on extra food, and on getting all my vegies in, but came really close to not doing the 30 minutes of exercise I promised myself I would do every day this week.
I got home, and was hungry, and knew that I needed to eat before I exercised (I do learn from experience), but of course by then I had sat down with a good book, and absolutely did NOT want to get off the couch again. I had told myself I was going to put together the new lawn mower (the old one died) and get the lawn mown as my exercise today, but couldn't seem to get myself up and going.
I was finally saved by one of my SparkPeeps--again. I was sitting here thinking that I was just not motivated to get up and do anything, then started thinking about the blog awhile back where someone said that you don't have to be motivated to do this, you just have to be committed to doing it. That was enough to get me up and moving. I told myself I was going to at least walk up the road for 15minutes and then back again. Once I was out, it was a beautiful day, and I just kept walking, all the way up to the highway about a mile north of my house. Then I came back, watered the plants, and decided to put the lawnmower together, at least. Would you believe it took as long to figure out how to get the handle attached and the grass catcher together as it did to walk two miles? Anyway, that is done, so tomorrow I really can mow, and tomorrow is the day for my run/walk, so exercise should be less of an issue then.
I will NOT poop out again. I WILL get down to 180 by the end of June. I WILL get to the point where I can actually run a 5K. I WILL remain committed to this.
Sunday, April 08, 2012
OK, I know I already blogged once today, but I have to brag.
My goals for the weeks stand at:
1. Did "eat out" at lunch--fundraiser brunch for our youth group at church. It's a tradition. Going to count it as a donation rather than as an "eat out". Went to the grocery store, spent $100.oo, including lots of vegies...and managed to get out of the store without buying even one thing not on my shopping list!
2. OK, so I needed to eat before I ran this morning, but still...I did go do my run/walk for the day, so I got my planned exercise in.
3. With the brunch, I didn't have any real vegies, unless you count the spinach in the quiche lorraine, so I went all out at dinner. Put a cup of frozen spinach in the meatloaf (not good. Use something else.), had a BIG salad, and had a huge helping of peas. Didn't realize how much the calories on the peas were going to add up, or would have had a different vegie, but oh, well, still well within my range for the day. I figure between the peas, salad and spinach in the meatloaf, I had about 5-6 servings of vegies, plus a couple fruits.
Plus, my weight was down a little this week. Not a lot, but it's still going the right direction.
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