Wednesday, August 29, 2012
I'm well into week 2 of my restart, and only one fairly minor slip. In fact, I need to get in an additional 200-300 calories by tonight, and I've already eaten dinner. The only slip was a McDonald's bacon, egg and cheese biscuit on Monday morning. I was half-way to work, and realized I hadn't eaten breakfast (hit the snooze alarm too many times). I've exercised every day, and may hit 750 minutes for the month, after all. I still need to get that in today, but I knew if I didn't come home between work and choir practice I was going to lose control, and not only eat everything in sight, but pay out money for the dubious privilege of being in a position to berate myself for my lack of self control.
So, this week, I'm still avoiding spending extra money on food, trying to eat at home most of the time, the exception being tomorrow, when I won't have time between work and rehearsal to get home, and exercising at least 10 minutes everyday. I read the article about how to find and extra hour a day, and was struck by the amount of time I spend Sparking, so I am trying to keep my Spark time down to no more than an hour each night. That means that you aren't going to be hearing as much from me. I have also decided that I can't allow myself to go read blogs that friends happen to have responded to, no matter how interesting they sound. It not only takes time, but then I collect more friends, who I then begin to follow, and it becomes a never-ending stream of blogs that I don't have time to really savor.
My hour is almost up at this point. I am going to leave the computer in sleep mode so that I can track my exercise and whatever I am going to eat for those extra few calories when I get home tonight. Then I will need to shower and get in bed--sleep also continuing to be a challenge, since I have so many other things I want to do with my time.
So, I'll be seeing you, just not as much. Bye for now.
Monday, August 20, 2012
I've gotten through this entire day without spending a dime, and especially not spending that dime on food I didn't need.
I started this morning by taking a fruit smoothie with me when I left home for breakfast, then left my wallet in the car so I wouldn't be able to give in to temptation at work. Since we park nearly 1/2 mile from my office, once it is left in the car, it stays in the car.
Had a Fiber One bar before leaving work so I wouldn't be starving on the way home, and took off for the gym. Did an hour on the treadmill, including (get this!!) going from a 5% grade to a 10% grade for 5 minutes. I couldn't do more than 5 minutes, but I did that with a little bit of a struggle. Felt really good about turning it up a little.
Managed to get past all the restaurants near the gym. Managed to also get out of town, and past the two convenience stores and two small restaurants that are on my way home after I pass the city limits. I actually had my dinner planned out and tracked before I left work, and stuck to the plan. Go me!!
I was on a roll at that point, and decided I wasn't going to let myself sit down until I had accomplished something around the house. I went out and mowed down the ragweed that is the only thing that is still growing in this drought, and which was ready to bloom out. Then I took the secaturs out and took down some other woody plants that seem to have survived when all the grass and gardens are long gone. Came in, and decided to get something done there, too. I had cleaned the carpet in my craft/catch-all closet about three weeks ago, but hadn't gone back to re-vacuum or put the stuff back in it. Did that, and am happy to report that I can again walk through the back room.
All in all, a successful day. Now to do it again tomorrow.
Sunday, August 19, 2012
I just realized that it has been TWO WEEKS since I last posted a blog. Time to catch up with myself. When I last talked to you, I was concerned about retirement and realizing that I spend way too much money on restaurants, and I had gotten new shoes at the behest of a podiatrist, and was feeling much better.
Since then, I've basically been fooling around, doing a little one day, a little more the next, then nothing at all on another day. This has got to stop!!
I know that if I try to do it all at once, I am going to fall off the wagon again, so I am trying to make goals that are low key and maintainable.
The first one has to be the whole restaurant thing. Even when I eat well at them, it isn't as healthy as eating at home would be. So, I am going to make a promise to myself to eat out no more than two times a week for the next two weeks. That includes NOT buying breakfast at work. It is expensive (about $4-6.00 each time) even when I talk myself into eating well. That consists of a boiled egg, a couple bacon strips, fresh fruit and some yogurt. What in that could I not make at home? None of it. The real problem is that I have a job that does not fully occupy my time or my mind, and eating breakfast at work is a way to "kill" 30 minutes or so. I have realized that there is no reason I can't steal a cup of coffee from the Emergency Room (freebie for the patients, but used more by the staff) and go hide in the back of the cafeteria. Serves the same purpose, but is a lot cheaper, and avoids the temptation to get the "breakfast casserole" or "breakfast pizza", both of which are very high calorie and high sodium.
Just skipping those "bought" meals should not only save money, but allow me to eat healthier.
Exercise had been going pretty well until this week. Still having musculo-skeletal problems, but I need to get back in gear. For some reason, I am feeling very lazy about even going for a walk, even though I enjoy doing that. The weather has moderated, and there is a LOT that needs done outside, but I can't seem to get myself going on that, either. Twice this week I have told myself that I was going to skip the gym and go out and walk or go out and take down some of the Autumn Olive and Honeysuckle that are taking over my little part of the world, but then when I get home I don't do it. I really need to just stop at the gym. Once I get there, even if my behind is dragging, I will usually do at least an hour of cardio. I think what I am doing here is the same thing I do with sleep: I get home and that is "my time", and I literally don't want to do anything. The annoying part is when I don't do the things I enjoy because they are included in "anything". It isn't just exercise. I can't even get myself working on needlepoint and crochet projects or on a writing project. Better get to the latter--have promised two things will be ready in the next month. Neither is a major project, but they do need some time and thought. I'm going to try the "putting a positive spin" on it thing and remember that when I do these things, I enjoy them and feel good.
Since the money thing is looming large on the horizon, I am going to start on Sept. 1 and write down every cent I spend, and every cent I don't spend. I think doing that will help me to think about whether I am getting my money's worth out of what I am buying. I mean really, breakfast at work? Is that really worth even $4.00? It is not all that flavorful!!
I'll also try to blog more frequently, but I am having trouble finding the time to read all of my friend feed, track, and blog as well. Still haven't gotten around to trying the SparkCoach thing, even though I did sign up for it. Guess I need to go take a look at that as well sometime soon--before it expires!!
Tuesday, August 07, 2012
It's ridiculous how much I have spent on shoes in the last few months. First there were the fancy running shoes, now four pairs of steet shoes (actually, 2 pairs of shoes and 2 of sandals) that cost just as much for each pair. Even more ridiculous: after wearing those expensive shoes for the last few days, my feet not only feel 100% better, but I feel better in general. I didn't realize how much having that low grade pain with each step was affecting my general health and well-being.
In the meantime, I overate last night for dinner, including (wince) a turtle sundae (but yum, yum), but otherwise have been on track for four days now. In fact, I am so low on calories today that I really need to go eat something else.
Got to the gym today, and every treadmill was in use. Decided I would do 30 minutes on the stationary bike (not a favorite) but got watching MASH reruns and did a full hour. I know that is a strange motivator, but if I can find something entertaining on the TV I can keep going a lot longer.
Went to talk to the benefits office yesterday. The guy was very helpful and knowledgeable, but the news wasn't great. In order to maximize my retirement income, I need to work until I am at least 66 (I will turn 64 in October), and it will be less than I had thought and hoped. Basically, retiring is going to decrease my monthly income by about half, and I really don't have that much in savings. I have an IRA and an annuity, but both are small, and both were hit hard by the recession. Guess I need to concentrate on getting my budget under control. It isn't so much the shoes and stuff like that. It is the food. I am back to eating out almost every night. I have to get that under control again. I am spending a fortune on it, and while I am doing better keeping the calories at restaurants under control (grilled trout with vegies tonight), I could certainly cook and eat the same things at home for a lot less money.
After the benefits office, I went over to my doctor's office and got a "spot" removed. It has been there for years, but had started changing, and she thought it should come off. Believe it or not, that was really rather enjoyable. The doctor and nurse and I were chatting about clothes and clothes shopping. We all patronise GoodWill a lot, and had a long discussion of Bargains I Have Found. It was what is called a "shave biopsy", and hasn't hurt at all. It will also be nice to have the "spot" gone. It was really pretty ugly.
Of course, by that time it was after 6PM, I was over-hungry and tired, and was a little stressed about the news about my pension realities. That doesn't excuse the mini-binge (gyros, fries, and the turtle sundae), but it does explain it. I did get myself stopped after that, though, so it could have been worse.
Sunday, August 05, 2012
I've done a lot better this last week than I had been doing. Got to the gym several times, and while I haven't precisely eaten well, I have kept it down to a dull roar.
Went to the podiatrist last week (I blogged about that), and he said I needed better shoes (read: expensive) and recommended a specific local shop that sells European made shoes. Went in there, and I have to admit the ones I bought feel better than any I have had for years, even though I spent $500 on them. I was spending so much already that I left two pairs that I had considered there, but think I am going to go back and get them. I feel so Imelda Marcos, but it is worth it to have my feet not hurt. These shoes are so well made, I think they may all well last me the rest of my life.
I've conceded that I am not losing weight, and my clothes are worn out, so I spent some time shopping at real stores this weekend as well, since it was tax-free weekend in Missouri. Didn't find a single thing I would spend that much money on. None of it fit that well (either too small or too large, with nothing in between) and all of it where I was looking (admittedly "low end" shops) well made. Guess I'll hit GoodWill and the Sally Army again this next week.
Saw a sports specialist about my shoulder injury of last fall, and he gave me some exercises to do. He also gave me a prescription for physical therapy if they don't work. I am trying to find time to fit those into my already crowded schedule. The shoulder doesn't bother me most of the time, but cramps up at times, and is definitely weaker than it should be, which stops me or limits me in doing a good many strength training moves.
My SIL's grandfather is still with us, although he got up in the middle of the night Thursday and fell. DD, SIL and GD get back from their cruise today. Had a message from DD that they were in Atlanta waiting for their connecting flight, so they should be almost back by now.
Got thinking about what I know of nutrition, and started myself on Vitamin B6 and fish oil a couple weeks ago. Think my energy is improving some, although I still got so tired shopping that I couldn't do it all in one day. So annoying. No more than I like shopping, having to go back again is just not pleasant.
Tomorrow, I have an appointment with Benefits at work to discuss the ins and outs of retirement (want to be sure I am understanding the process and what I can expect to have as income in retirement) and then have an appointment to have an "age spot" removed from my breast. It has been there for years, but the doctor says it is beginning to change in a worrisome way, so going to go get that taken care of.
Haven't exercised the last two days. Friday, I was too pooped from shopping, yesterday I was just plain lazy, and today I was pooped from shopping again. I have promised myself that I am going to go for at least a short walk this evening, even though it is still hotter than the hubs of Hades here. (How many H's can one put in one sentence?)
Finally went back and tracked today, yesterday, and Friday. Today is excellent so far, and yesterday was pretty good until I let the munchies get the best of me after dinner last night. Friday--let's face it, I lied to myself about how much I was eating, and it was not pretty. Over 2200 calories for that one day. Jeez Louise. On the other hand, I took myself out for breakfast and got a low cal vegie omelet, then had lunch at a vegetarian restaurant, and am well within my range so far today. Think since I have been doing vegetarian all day by accident, I'll continue the trend and do vegie for dinner as well. Meatless Sunday instead of meatless Monday. It works.
Anyway, if I am going to go for a walk, I have to eat first, so I had better get to it. Have a baked sweet potato with Greek yogurt and some green vegies planned for the meal, followed by a nectarine or some grapes.
See all of you tomorrow.
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