Friday, September 28, 2012
This has been a long day. I had New Hire Processing from 8-1, a chiropracter appointment this afternoon, and numerous errands.
Big plusses today:
1. Got up early enough to do a SP video
2. Prepared as much as possible last night, including snacks
3. Made a SP recipe, Thai Peanut Sesame Noodles, for dinner
4. Resisted temptation to stop for a large lunch, went home instead and ate a reasonable one
5. Just finished a Qi Gong SP video. Perfect for bedtime relaxation and 15 more fitness minutes
My mom gave me a generous check for new clothes for new job!
My daughter gave me a notebook labeled "Mama's Back-To-Work Cookbook" with her favorite SP and other healthy recipes.
She also gave me a pilates DVD and pilates bar, something new to try!
End of day
Total 1056 + 36 fitness minutes. I'm under on calories, but dinner was late, and I don't feel at all hungry for my usual evening snack.
THANK YOU SPARKFRIENDS FOR ALL THE GREAT SUGGESTIONS!
Thursday, September 27, 2012
I am about to rejoin the workforce after nearly two and half years of unemployment. My days are about to drastically change. I'm wondering how I'm going to keep up with my meals, fitness, friends, and especially my latest team Fall 5% Challenge. It just this moment occurred to me to ask for help - duh. As a Little Red Hen type, this is not my norm. SP, you've changed me forever. So, friends and community, how do you do it? What works best for you?
I will be working M-F 8-3:30, plus Wed/Thur evening rehearsals and Sundays 8-12:30. Yes, I'm keeping my choir job.
AMCMASTER, are you reading this? You are a pro.
1200 total & 17 intentional fitness minutes, but I had a very active day. Up early tomorrow for new hire processing.
Thursday, September 27, 2012
I mentioned in yesterday's blog that I had done Candlelight Yoga for some of my fitness minutes. This DVD was recommended by the doctor who was handling my compounded HRT. I was suffering with chronic middle of the night insomnia, and this was one of her approaches. "Consider it as a prescription," she said. My insomnia has long since subsided to an occasional bout, and I hadn't used the DVD in a long time. By bedtime last night, I was feeling tired and wired--and thought, "Perfect. Just what I need."
Under "Meet the Instructor", it says: "Sara Ivanhoe. Certified yoga instructor. Fitness Philosophy: Yoga is like a marathon, not a sprint; slow and safe persistence gives you the best results." Meaning I am in for the long haul, not a once and for all weight loss and fitness event. I like the "slow and safe persistence". As with SP videos, no pressure to do more than I can right now.
The program takes you through 30 relaxing minutes that focus a lot on breathing through many traditional poses--tree, cat stretch, downward dog, butterfly, etc. Unlike many fitness DVDs, this one can be done near bedtime. I ended feeling considerably unwound and relaxed. I did wake up a couple of times last night, but was able to go back to sleep.
There are candles clustered about the studio setting and gentle background music, very conducive to relaxation just looking and listening.
Highly recommend this DVD.
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
I've been scrambling around today to reschedule appointments and cancel temp work to get as much done before I start work as possible. Had bloodwork done early this morning; I was the first one at the lab. Instead of going out for breakfast as I normally would, and knowing I'd be having dinner at my mom's tonight, I bought some V8 to tide me over while I went for a long walk at a park on the way home. Since I was last there, they've added some nice fitness stations. I did most of them.
All that, as best I could estimate, came out to 1545 calories, within range by 5!
106 fitness minutes: wake up stretches, walk, SP video, and Candlelight Yoga
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
WOOHOO WOOHOO!!! I am so excited! I just got a call offering me the job I interviewed for last week! I will have an ESE (Exceptional Student Education) Associate position as resource librarian. I had tried so hard not to get my hopes up after over two years without a normal job. I start sometime next week!
I am celebrating with ONE dark chocolate coffee bean star, 15 calories! And maybe some blueberry tea to calm me down.
Edit 2 PM: I just realized I was so wired that I forgot to eat the rest of my lunch. No wonder I'm hungry. And I thought it was just excitement burning extra calories!
150 snack #2
1365 cal + 45 fitness minutes. Husband and I walked to the corner gas station to put air in our bike tires.
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