Saturday, March 30, 2013
Hi, Sparkland. I've been a bit absent of late. Life has knocked the $hit out of me, once again. Recall my oldest brother died on April 10, 2012 at age 56. Six months later, on October 18, 2012, my father died. He was 83 and had a long, full life. I spent 5 nights with him in hospice saying my goodbyes. That was a gift. Now, five months later, my remaining brother, age 52, died on Monday March 25 of acute myelogenous leukemia. It came on fast. He was admitted to the hospital last Tuesday, where he'd gone because he felt very fatigued and weak. They did a CBC and suspected chronic myelogenous leukemia. They did a bone marrow biopsy and got the results on Monday. It was not chronic, it was acute. Monday afternoon we got the call that he'd taken a turn for the worst, had been moved to ICU, and had been intubated. He wasn't expected to make it. I left work, went home, pulled myself together, and threw some things in a bag. I drove to Houston heading straight for the hospital. My brother died 15 minutes before I got there.
My heart will stop aching eventually. Or so I'm told. But for now, I'm just hanging on. I'll still be logging in, hopefully have some fitness minutes to track, but it's going to take some time before I feel okay again. Thank goodness for kitties.
It's been a rough 11 months.
Saturday, March 02, 2013
Here's the view from the top of my hike. Two days in a row. My dogs are tired. What a spectacular way to earn those fitness minutes.
Tuesday, January 01, 2013
Yes, I allowed my eating (and drinking) to get a bit out of control the past two weeks. Yes, I slacked off big time on the exercise. But guess what? I'm going to be okay. Even if I've gained a few pounds, they'll come right back off. So, moving on to my 2013 goals.
Last year was a super ginormously $hitty year. But I managed to hit my goal of 12,000 fitness minutes for the year. It was a modest goal, but with the year I had, it was a tiny bit challenging. I also did 438 miles of walking and jogging for the year. That's about 8.5 miles per week. I'm fairly certain I could top that with one hand tied behind my back. I did 5 today.
Here are the 2013 goals I've settled on:
15,000 fitness minutes for the year
700 miles for the year
Here's how it averages:
1,250 fitness minutes a month
288.5 fitness minutes a week (let's call it 290)
41.5 fitness minutes a day
13.5 miles per week on average
At the end of every quarter I'll reevaluate.
Moving on to food. I did pretty well beginning in July last year. I ate between 1000 and 1400 calories a day. I lost 40 pounds. I want to lose 20 more by the time I turn 50 on May 20. (50, Yikes!) That gives me exactly 20 weeks. Which means 1 pound per week. Very doable if I stay focused. I shall repeat what I did the last 6 months (save the last 2 weeks), and that should do it. That means track every morsel, weigh and measure, and keep alcohol to a minimum (even if it fits in my range, it metabolizes differently and knocks me out of whack). I also plan to increase veggies. I've learned if I've got a bunch cut up and bagged, I'll just chow down on them raw. Yum yum. Also key, getting 8 hours of sleep. My sleep has gotten out of whack of late--staying up too late and sleeping too late.
To kick-start the year and get me back on the straight and narrow, I'm going to keep my calories at the low end of my range for the month of January. And get my fitness minutes back up where they should be.
I need to plan a 2013 birthday beach trip as a reward.
HAPPY NEW YEAR, EVERYONE!
Sunday, December 23, 2012
The title of this blog post says it all. I have been eating with great abandon. It all started last week with a box of chocolate covered hard toffee sent to me by my financial adviser. The day the package arrived in the mail, I had hefty amount. Since then, I've had a couple of nibbles more here and there. Why just nibbles? Because a few days later a giant box of assorted Dean and Delucca chocolates arrived in my office, including more chocolate covered hard toffee, caramels, cherries, espresso beans, malt balls, and nuts. I ate the toffee the first day and the caramels the second. Then there was the morning someone brought breakfast tacos. And the afternoon that same someone ordered Mexican delivery from Chuy's, complete with creamy jalapeño dip and tortilla chips.
I'm great at avoiding seeking out these temptations--but when they're brought to me, whole nother story.
So I escape the temptations of the office only to be faced with them at home on Friday. I had a party. I made a fish ceviche and a crab ceviche, I was going to make Paula Dean's fried crab balls, but at the last minute, came to my senses and made ceviche. It was delicious. I also had lots of cut up veg, hummus, baba ganoush, guacamole, and smoked salmon. But there was cream cheese for the salmon and a cheese board with red grapes candied walnuts, and truffle honey. And then there was the artichoke dip. Still, not too bad. Then there were the mini cupcakes--red velvet and chocolate peppermint, one dozen of each. You'd think that would have been enough, but when I picked them up I had a Bavarian chocolate, full-size. I rationalized it because I hadn't had lunch,
For drink I bought a case of prosecco and pinot grigio.
Here are a few things my guests brought: chocolate truffles, fudge, iced sugar cookies, homemade peppermint bark, meatballs, beef empanadas, spinach in pastry, Brie with fruit compote, and pâté.
Yesterday, the morning after the party, I had empanadas and cupcakes for breakfast, nibbled on the cookies and fudge in between naps, and still ate dinner. This morning I had fudge with my coffee.
Today I am packing up to head to Houston for a couple of days. I'm bringing what's left of the sweets (except the toffee that started it all), and leaving it there. I'm also bringing the veggies, ceviche and salmon to snack on while I'm there. I will make garlic mashed potatoes and roasted Brussels sprouts for Christmas dinner. I will go for a walk with my friend on Christmas Eve morning. Which is another thing--I've gotten very little formal exercise the past few weeks. I've been plenty busy, cleaning, bringing stuff down from the attic in two houses, decorating, hanging lights, filling boxes for Goodwill, changing light bulbs and a/c filters. And working. But strength training only once a week and no walking or running. And zero tracking.
I can't wait for this to be over. Next week after Christmas, I have one get-together with the girls on Thursday, and that's it. I have no New Years Eve plans. So after Christmas I lace up my shoes and hit the pavement. No waiting until NY Day. I'm champing at the bit to get back in my groove and hit my stride.
Also, sugar makes me feel very tired the next day. Odd I never noticed before. I've been more hung over from the sugar than the bubbles (also sugar).
I think next year I need a pre-planned strategy. Managing food on the fly didn't work. I feel gross. And fat. And out of control. I don't like it one bit. But the season isn't over yet. Maybe I can do some salvage work over the next week and a half.
Any and all comments or suggestions are most welcome.
Okay, if you've made it all the way through this food orgy, thanks for reading and Happy Holidays.
Sunday, November 25, 2012
I saw this on a Spark friend's page and it resonated with me so much, I just had to share.
There is in every true woman's heart, a spark of heavenly fire, which lies dormant in the broad daylight of prosperity, but which kindles up and beams and blazes in the dark hour of adversity.
Hat tip CANDOSUE52!
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