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Saturday, August 13, 2011

I am so proud of myself. I just started my new goal this morning, and whoa!!!...

I promised yesterday that starting today, I would do something constructive around the house and/or yard for an hour every weekend day, and 15 minutes every work day, no matter how busy or tired I am. I started by putting in a load of laundry and cleaning the cat litter, but then decided, no, that was not in the spirit of what I was trying to accomplish. Those are "have to" things that I do when absolutely nothing else gets done, and I intended this goal to be an "above and beyond" sort of thing.

At first I was debating where to start--there is sure not a shortage of possibilities around here. I thought of the kitchen or the living room, both of which are very cluttered, but decided to do the bedroom instead, since I already had a few things to go to GoodWill and will be near it on Monday.

So, at 7:20 this morning, I set my travel alarm's "nap timer" for an hour, and started in. I took everything out of every drawer, and dusted in the drawers, dusted the top of everything, went through my closet and pulled out stuff that is too small but I'm going to grow back into and stuff I will never willingly wear again to go to GoodWill. I even found a few old T-shirts that nobody in their right mind would ever wear again, and tossed them. About that time, the alarm went off, but I couldn't stop there. There was stuff all over my bed!!

I put the GoodWill stuff in a trash bag and put it in the car, put the "check it again when my clothes fall off" pile in a trash bag, and decided that I didn't want to put it in the closet until I had vacuumed in there. Got out the vacuum and started in with that. Moved the bed and the dresser and the bedside table and vacuumed under them, dusting the backs and bottoms of stuff as I moved it. I even vacuumed the dust out of the air intake for the furnace (it needed it). I got everything back in the drawers and closet, and decided to turn over the mattress and wash the pillows and comforter today while I'm at it.

Well, as I was starting this whole project, I wasn't really hungry, so I decided to eat breakfast at 8:30 when I finished my hour. Now I was ready, but thought it was probably lunch time after accomplishing all of that. Looked at the clock--and it was only 9AM!! I deep cleaned my entire bedroom in an hour and 40 minutes!! Ridiculous. Why have I been putting it off so long?

The bedding is in the washer now, and tonight I will have an absolutely pristine bedroom to sleep in. Wow. Go, me. AND, I am going to give myself a Spark Goodie. Off to shop!!


Next step

Friday, August 12, 2011

Ate out tonight. I have no intention of giving up eating out alone altogether. I really enjoy it. I take a book and enjoy being waited on, and not having to cook or clean up afterwards. I have decided that once a week is allowable, and I will just be careful what I eat. Went to Applebee's, thinking they had their Weight Watchers menu, but apparently that is no longer available. Got a chicken dish advertised as being 550 calories, a lot for one meal, but I was sort of "behind" on my calories again today (been doing that a lot lately) and still need to grab a snack before bed. Anyway, overall I've been really doing well with this.

I was congratulating myself while I was there on not even being tempted to eat out every night this week, and realized it is time for my next challenge. So, here it is: My house is a pit and my land a jungle. I am really bad about coming home after work and just vegging out, or thinking on a weekend that I have plans, so I don't want to get all hot and dirty working in the garden (as if I don't own a shower). So: Along with keeping to my first goal, I am going to add for the next two weeks: I will do something constructive in the house or on the land for at least 15 minutes every work day, and for at least one hour every weekend day. I will track it on the "Other Goals" tracker.

I am still feeling the urge to get up and exercise, and am excited about some of the "challenge" teams, but until I finish this research study on Diabetes and Exercise I can't change my habits abruptly. Oh, well. The time will come soon...


doin' good

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Keepin' on keepin' on. Doing well so far. No, I take that back. I am just plain doing well. I refuse to even think of this as "so far", which implies that I expect to fail again. No way. Failure is impossible, because I won't let it happen.

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THINAGIN2 8/11/2011 12:57PM

    You are doing good and your attitude shows it! Keep up the good work! We CAN do this!!

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OAKBORN 8/11/2011 9:46AM

    THAT is exactly the attitude you need! Keep on, because you will succeed... sometimes it's so much easier to believe in things *outside* of ourselves.


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Living in interesting times

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Did better with overall calories today--to the point where I am far enough below the minimum, I really need to find something else to eat later, but right now I'm really not hungry.

Signed up for a research study on diabetes and exercise last week, thinking it might jump start me on some exercise. Instead, it is going to be two weeks of eating mostly meat and potatoes (supplied by the study), then doing an hour of exercise on a treadmill at the end of either week one or week two. An interesting development has occurred. I, who usually avoid vigorous exercise as if it were contagious, have been having an urge to go out and really work out hard ever since I learned that I can't change my exercise habits until after the study is finished (about three weeks). How perverse is that?

Anyway, I am going to get some good information out of this study--I will wear a continuous glucose monitor for two weeks during the study, get the results of a treadmill exercise test and some blood work, and find out if there is any way in hell I can actually walk/run on a treadmill for an hour at a time. So I guess putting off the activity part of this program for another three weeks (after all these years of inactivity) is not likely to put too much of a crimp in my goals. emoticon

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OAKBORN 8/10/2011 8:21AM

    Life throws us funny curve balls, doesn't it?

I so understand the exercise bug! Once I got used to it, it has been my constant companion... I look at it like Poe's Raven, pecking on my brain.

I also find that I don't mind eating less and that my body gets used to it.

Hang in there! You are off to a great start!


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Monday, August 08, 2011

Ate what I thought were healthy, reasonably portioned meals today, measuring religiously, only to find that I was right at the top of my calorie limit, and over my fat limit, for the day. No snacks tonight!!

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OAKBORN 8/9/2011 7:58AM

    Remember Scarlett: "Tomorrow is another day..."

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