Thankfully most of my week is the Ups. Today my sons are cooking us dinner in celebration of our Anniversary tomorrow. I love Valentines Day Ė the day of Love! Thus the reason we married on that day. It also has my name in it Ė Val. To me that has always made it special.
My husband gave up his vacation day tomorrow for his co-worker who decided to get married Ė oh, yeah to a girl named Valerie. How ironic. So instead of spending it with him Iím pampering myself with a Thermal Mineral Kur at the spa. It starts with a foot soak in mineral waters then a mud wrap and a full body massage. I am so looking forward to my visit to the spa.
Iím dropping my cat off at the vet in the morning for surgery Ė he has had a problem with his throat and canít meow anymore. He also makes some really weird sounds sometimes so I made the appointment last week for surgery. I really donít want to lose another animal so soon Ė we put our toy poodle to sleep last year and our oldest cat the year before.
On Tuesday night Iím celebrating a friendís birthday with dinner out at an Italian restaurant. That will be a hard dinner to refrain from a calorie overload. They make the best manicotti in the world Ė they use homemade crepes. Oh and their sauce is the best in town.
Wednesday I will take my first resistant band fitness class. I missed the first class last week because of illness. I know I was better off not going, but I hate paying for a class and not going. This is one of my motivators for working out Ė taken classes at the local college. If I pay for it I go!
Thursday is the anniversary of my motherís death. Iím not new to death in my life having lost my dad when I was 6. I just have that stressful (sadness) emotional eating thing that I fight with too often. And this brings me to why Friday isÖ
My one year anniversary with Spark People! I have too much to say about this day so I will blog again soon!
Even though we are in the deep of winter here in upstate NY I am finding myself looking forward to February. For one I have my Spark Anniversary in the middle of February. I'm proud to say I've been at this for a year now and even though I've been a little stuck in my weight loss - ok a little is an understatement - I'm still happy I have made many positive changes.
I'm setting some new goals for this month and hoping they get my weight loss journey moving again. My exercise has improved, but I have found during these last couple of months that I have talked myself out of working out when I should have done something. I will make a goal to do at least a small workout everyday during this month. I do struggle with that all or nothing mentality - I will do at least 10 - 15 minutes on those days I want to do nothing! I do think this is from the winter blahs. I have rearranged my workout room so that I can even do my new weighted hoola hoop that I got for Christmas. I thought I would have to wait until spring, but I moved my recumbent exercise bike a different direction and made enough room. The hoola hoop should help me get rid of more of my pouch! I must measure!
I am also cutting out my bad snacking which has gotten out of control the last two months. It is time to get back to those almonds and carrots with hummus. All those very tasty nutritional treats that I love - no more chocolate candy... I've been very weak when it comes to my poor choices.
I also need to get my portions shrunk back down. I'm ok with this, but there is room for improvement .
I signed into my Sending Skinny Vibes team to see what the daily challenge was. It varies quite a bit from day to day, but many times there are challenges based on the Holiday Insights website. According to FromBaby2Bride (our leader) who looks these things up, it is NATIONAL HUGGING DAY!!
This morning I was feeling blue and I wasn't sure why. Someone said to me You need a Hug! I told them that is how I felt and now I know why - it is a national day! So go out and give some hugs and if you need one you might even feel better!
I think it is a good idea to evaluate our lives and for some people that happens at New Years more than any other time of the year. I've never been a huge resolution person, but have always thought about little things to improve at this time of year. Since joining SparkPeople last February goals have been an important factor and they are not much different than resolutions. Here is the short and sweet for my upcoming year.
My goals for 2011 are to continue on my Healthier lifestyle change - Both mental and physical. I have found the mental part to be so important. I will lose weight, continue to exercise and participate in SparkPeople. I will log my nutrition and stay with the calorie range suggested for losing. I will log my fitness and change my routines so as not to allow my body the ability to get use to what I'm doing.