Sunday, April 29, 2012
Didn't get much Sparking or official exercising done last week, and ate on the run most days, but it was a really good week.
We were in dress rehearsal for our concert every evening, then the concert was on Thursday evening. We sang something by Johann Michael Haydn (not Franz Joseph), and a Shostakovich thing. The Haydn I could have lived without--never did really warm up to it--but the Shostakovich was a kick. It was about the execution of Stenka Razin, who really was executed for killing a "tsar or two" as he says in the song, and started a revolution. I ask you, how often do you get a chance to stand on stage in a large concert hall, scream at the top of your lungs, and then get applauded for it? Lots of fun.
In the meantime, our candidate for our next minister was here all week, and when I wasn't doing music, I was at events designed to let all of us talk to her. She is going to be an incredible addition to the church. We operate by "congregational polity", which means that the congregation calls, and votes on getting, the new minister. The denomination helps in the process, but has no say in who we hire for the position. We had to have a formal vote, but it was a done deal as soon as we all met her. 152 people voted, 151 voted for her to come, and one person abstained from voting. I have never known my church to agree on ANYTHING unanimously. That tells you right there how impressive this woman is. She has a lot of ideas, and we are ready for a change.
In the meantime, the only exercise I got last week was walking up and down the seven flights of stairs at work a couple times (and OMG were my calves stiff. Could barely get up the steps to the stage after the second "step marathon". Of course, singing at that level, standing up most of the time for two hours, is exercise in and of itself. Today I did get back to formal exercise. Went to the gym and did the treadmill for an hour. I have lost some of that in the last week or so, not being able to get out and do my running thing, but kept it at 3mph the whole time, with 15 min. at 5% incline, and the last 15 minutes at a 10% incline. I should be able to get some exercise in every evening this week.
In the meantime, my plan of action for our 12 week "slim down challenge" at work is:
1. continue to eat at least four vegies a day and a fruit or two.
2. get at least 30 minutes of exercise at least 5 days each week.
3. continue to avoid restaurants-no more than two times a week.
4. continue to walk the stairs at work, all seven flights, whenever I am there and time allows. And stretch before and after each of these "walks"!! Don't know which muscles I use on steps but not walking/running, but they definitely want to be coddled!!
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Knew I wasn't going to get to the gym today (meeting someone for dinner at 5:00, then dress rehearsal until 9:30). We just started a new challenge at work, all of us divided into Teams, with the winning Team to be whichever one has lost the most weight 12 weeks from now. One of the other Team members blogged that she was going to walk up and down the seven flights of stairs in the main hospital every day she is here. I decided that sounded like a good idea, so I did it. I'll tell you, that is an experience that is just special. ;P Went to track it, and ended up putting in a stairmaster for 10 minutes, because walking up and down stairs is not listed as an option on the fitness tracker.
Don't know how I am going to track dinner tonight, either. We are going to a local Thai place. There will be lots of vegies, and I always get shrimp of chicken for a meat (although there isn't a lot of either), and will have a small amount of rice with it, but don't know how to approach tracking the sauce that will be on it. On the other hand, I have about 800 calories left just to get into my range for the day, so that should be OK.
Concert on Thursday this week, and the new minister for our church is here, so when I am not spending the evening singing, I am spending doing church-lady stuff. Walking the stairs is probably going to be the most I can do until at least Saturday. Things get a lot calmer next week, with all the Big Events out of the way for awhile.
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
How ironic. There is an article here today about why we should get rid of our skinny pants. A week or so ago, I pulled out some clothes that didn't fit last summer, and have been wearing some of them. Today, I put on a pair of slacks that were WAY too tight last summer, to the point of being painful to wear. I have been pulling them up, hitching them up, pulling down my shirt, and generally uncomfortable all day--they are so loose they are threatening to fall off. Guess it's time for these "skinny pants" to go in the Goodwill sack, huh?
Monday, April 16, 2012
Took a lot of talking to get myself up and out for my run/walk today. Then I found that my back and hips were unhappy with me (a lot of lifting on Saturday), and I could not run as far as I have been at a stretch. I decided to do what I could, and ran for five short stretches on the way out.
As I was jogging along near the far end of my route, a man was out messing with a BBQ grill. We waved at each other, and he said, "Good going with the exercise." I stopped for a minute, and he repeated that he thought it was great that I was out running.
How nice to have affirmation from a complete stranger, to have some miscellaneous someone recognize that I am doing something good for myself. He made my whole day, and made me really glad I got off this couch and went to do my exercise.
Sunday, April 15, 2012
I was discouraged and disappointed this morning to climb on the scale and find that it read a little higher this week than last week. I have been so proud of myself this last couple of weeks, and it was frustrating to not find that effort reflected by the number on the scale.
Gave myself a talking to, and said, "Self, you know you are seeing a lot of non-scale victories. You know this is only a number, and doesn't really mean all that much. You know what you have accomplished this last week, whether the scale says it or not. Besides, you are committed to doing this. Even if you stay at just over 200 pounds for the rest of your life, you can still be reasonably healthy if you eat right and get the exercise you need. You know you feel better than you did before starting this. Now get out there and do it again today."
It worked. I have eaten well, getting lots of vegies and fruits in, didn't spend extra money on extra food I didn't need, in spite of several temptations, and did the elliptical for a whole 30 minutes in one session. My previous best on it was only 15 minutes, but I was determined to do it today, and kept at it even when my legs were aching.
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