Tuesday, October 02, 2012
Another full day, with room for fun in it. I had the last of my appointments, did the crucial errands, and gave myself some treats.
Lunch with my mom. We had great 330 cal salads.
Bought a new planner with serene nature pics.
Bought a new sketchpad with a hobbit cover! Can't wait to use it!
Checked out an audio book for my commute.
Good dr visit today; wish I had more time to blog about it. She wants me to try Paleo, and I've decided not now. I don't need the stress of drastically changing my eating along with starting a new job, new routine, and many new things to learn. I will look into it and see if there are small steps I can take to start with.
1413 calories and 54 fitness minutes. Ten minutes into a job-related video, I thought why just sit here? I can work out. I got out some dumbbells and resistance band and went at it for 35 additional fitness minutes.
OK, fellow , I am ready!
Monday, October 01, 2012
Totals yesterday: 1484 calories & 49 fitness minutes
Totals today: 1412 calories & 26 fitness minutes
I'm getting there! Chiropracter and dentist today. Tomorrow I have a dr appointment, the only one I didn't need to change this week. I will find out tomorrow afternoon exactly when I start work. I told husband that the way this last week has been, going to work will be a relief!
I made a trial run this morning to see how long my commute would be in work traffic and where the backups would occur. I'm glad I did it; I hadn't thought about the school zone I'll be driving through. Not a bad drive. I'll have to look for some good audio books for the car.
I made a Sparkrecipe for dinner, the macaroni & cheese that calls for butternut squash. That was one of the first recipes I tried, and I think it's delicious. You'd never guess about the squash. Also made a loaf of banana bran bread with Splenda, extra bananas, no nuts, and a cup of a high fiber cereal I was not impressed with. It may not be much as a cereal, but it made great fake nuts!
SABLENESS is going to bed early--like now.
Saturday, September 29, 2012
SABLENESS feels sleepy and sluggish this morning. Since I got the call about my soon-to-be job on Tuesday, I've been constantly on the go. I think my body is saying, "ENOUGH. GIVE IT A REST."
I do have things that must be done today. The cats are almost out of dry food, I have a big basket of laundry to put away, and I'm sure I could easily make a long list. But the world won't fall apart if I don't do them, aside from the cat food.
My choir has a concert at 5, rehearsal at 3:15, which means leaving the house around 2:20 to drive across the bay to pick up another choir member on the way. I need to make sure my folder is in order and review a spot or two.
Cats and choir are non-negotiable, and I will feel better if I devote a timed period to basic house maintainance. I had intended to ride my bike this morning, and I may yet do it, but I woke up with such low energy that I decided to do something gentle instead. I've done my daily morning stretch routine and a 14 min SP yoga video.
What to do?
Put the laundry away; I'll feel better with it done and out of sight.
Find the cat food coupon and get myself to the store. Walk from one end of the shopping center to the other while I'm there.
Take 10 min to arrange choir folder and look over music.
That much will do. To uplift my spirits, sit down with Mama's Back-to-Work Cookbook that my daughter made for me . Hm. Should do that before getting cat food so I can pick up ingredients to make one of her recipes.
Start now with the quiet time for meditation that I was too sleepy to do earlier.
PM edit: I realized that two days of the very bottom of my cal range or below, plus not enough protein for breakfast, contributed to my tired day. I got the cat food, walked for 20 min at the shopping center, and sang in an excellent concert. Afterward, husband and I went out for dinner to celebrate my new job.
No glass of wine; stuck to water with lime
One roll, no butter
Ordered steamed broccoli instead of pilaf or potato
Final choice - share dessert OR finish my delicious dinner. Dinner won. I figured the rest of my entree was probably fewer calories than half a decadent dessert anyway. The best I can figure, I ended up within cal range AGAIN!
30 snack 2
Total 1409 + 40 min fitness
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.
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