Tuesday, March 09, 2010
I'm still working my way through Step 3 of the Spark plan, and this blog is to fulfill one of the requirements. I think my biggest trouble goal is eating right on the weekends, and keeping track of the calories in general (whether I am meeting or exceeding them).
I know the main cause is that we tend to eat out on the weekends. Although restaurants have made great attempts to post their nutritional information online, it's still not always possible to track what I ate. In addition, I am horrible at approximating portions. I have been measuring and weighing my food for about four years now, and I will continue to measure and weigh my food (when possible) no matter how good I think I become at judging how much that chicken breast weighs.
Plus, I really do feel like I deserve a break on the weekends. Not that I eat terrible food tasting food during the week, but it's more a break from all the measuring and portioning. I also have more of a schedule during the week that includes making time for measuring and portioning food as I pack my lunch and prepare dinner. There is never a schedule on the weekend, and I really enjoy that.
So, the solution? Maybe prepare a few more meals at home, and concentrate on healthier options at the restaurants.
Friday, March 05, 2010
It's not that I don't love my job, because I do. For three days this week I got paid to conduct archaeological surveys near the beach with my boyfriend. Everyday, the weather was beautiful, and I was getting a great workout! But as I sit here, I'm very tired, and I'm glad that tomorrow will only entail walking around Santa Barbara instead of up and down sand dunes covered with iceplant.
I'm also happy that I walked across a railroad trestle for the last time for a while (I hope). It's not that I have a great fear of heights, it's just really hard to cross something that feels so rickety, and you can see the ground through the railroad ties. No, looking forward does not help.
And, to put the cherry on top, I weighed myself this morning and had lost 2 pounds! Last week, I had an epiphany when I weighed myself, and was up two pounds, but had lost an inch around my waist. This means I've gained some muscle, right? I hope to keep the momentum up this weekend, as that always seems to be the best time to indulge. I think I will indulge more in some relaxation, than food.
Happy weekend everyone!
Thursday, March 04, 2010
Today was just one of those days where lots of little annoying things happened. I forgot my work boots in the morning, so we had to stop at the apartment on the way out to the field. The people at the historical society kept asking me if I was working on a school project. I'm 29! I kept tripping over things and having to back track.
BUT, I didn't let it get me down. I just kept smiling and kept going. Maybe it's all the sunshine we get in California. Honestly, there were a lot of times today where I thought, "We're finished here. We don't need to survey anymore." But I didn't listen to that voice, and I continued to drag poor Chris through the waist high grass and shrubs to satisfy my archaeological curiosity. (You're such a trooper, honey! I love you! You're the best!)
And now it's time to look forward to the weekend. Alice in Wonderland in 3D and some shopping in Santa Barbara. Woohoo!
Thursday, March 04, 2010
What a busy day! After the usual workout and pilates this morning, Chris and I had a 45 minutes hike, in the sand, to our first site this morning. But it was a beautiful day out, so it didn't even feel like I was working. The major highlight was walking across the railroad bridge. The drop was pretty high, but I kept telling myself, "You can do this!" I also took time to pause and appreciate the great view of the ocean. Luckily we took the low road back, because a train came through. Phew!
Back from the field, and it's a great new dinner of spaghetti with tomatoes, scallions, basil, and parmesan cheese.
Then belly dance class went about 20 minutes over. I'm so tired, I'm surprised I have the strength to write this. It's not going to make much sense, but I made time for it! Why did I think I needed to improve my mental health again?
Tuesday, March 02, 2010
So far the day is going well. The exercise room was pretty warm, but I powered through my workout. I'm really enjoying focusing on the amount of calories I burn instead of how many minutes I'm exercising. I don't feel as tired, but I'm still a little worried that it won't produce the desired result.
Even though it's rainy, I still walked to work. At first it was drizzly. Nothing an umbrella and raincoat couldn't handle. Then it picked up for the last 5 minutes of my walk. But I didn't mind. I like a nice steady rain, and I didn't feel wet or cold, but kind of cleansed.
Yay! I have more constructive tasks for work today. Although cloudy, rainy days usually affect my mood, I'm thinking today I'm going to feel alot better.
End of day and not much has changed. Made some yummy chicken divan for dinner, and was able to watch a movie that I had been waiting a while to watch. Kind of a boring day in some respects, but I was good to myself all day, so altogether it was a good one.
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