Wednesday, February 01, 2012
WOW! Can't believe it's been almost a week since I last blogged. So much has happened. First I put my back out. This is what I get for working from home one day and trying to sneak in a nap! It was like the work gods put a curse on me. So that pretty much buggered my plans for the weekend. I DID go shopping for a new sofa (not very successfully). I think I need GetStrongerrr's SWMBO to come along with me. That woman is a demon in a furniture shop by all accounts. I need a demon. I went out looking for a couch BUT I did find two night tables and a potential new media center. Both of which items I could really use!! So it wasn't a total loss. LOL
Then Sunday my friend with PTSD hit a crisis. I was on edge for a few days about that and really trying to stay accessable to her if she wanted to talk. So didn't get to being my Sparky best. She's doing better the last couple days. It's going to be a long road she has to travel, but I think she's found the right people to help her on her journey. So please....hold your thumbs for her and send her some good thoughts. She can use the strength right about now.
BUT except for the couple days where my back was buggered AGAIN....I think January ended off pretty strong. Where I fell down mostly was in the squats-pushups-crunches triumverate. Apparently after the back went the first time I didn't get back into the swing of things. Which in retrospect is probably for the best as a week later the back was gone again. So in February I will be looking to redouble my efforts in this arena. And start kicking some major butt here!!
The biking running has been going really well. I'm up to about 20miles on the bike pretty regular now. As for the running, I'm repeating week 3 due to aforementioned back issues. Just wasn't feeling quite ready yet to going to week 4. And that's OK cause this ain't a speed record. It's about progress!
Food wise I've been really good, even if the scale isn't appreciating my efforts here. Now this is NOT to say that there isn't room for improvement. There is. For example....since I'll now be taking at least two meals in the office daily (lunch and dinner) I've started getting a nice salad at the local shop. That and a 1/2 sandwich from pret are my post-workout lunch. All in it's a bit over 400 cals. And that's about what I need after all that biking. So this plan is going to up my fruit/veg numbers a LOT. Then for dinner I've been bringing the meal I cooked on Sunday. Makes for a kind of boring...well predictable ... selection of choices for the week, but this time of year, with my schedule....the simplicity of grabbing a pre-packed meal from the fridge greatly out weighs variety! Also getting my daily yogurt....gotta have my post-breakfast breakfast. LOL And of course a bit of protein before the gym! So I've been staying withing my ranges and the damned scale has to give at some point!! Guaranteed I'm more stubborn than it is!!
On the water front...I'm really good during the week but haven't quite succeeded at the weekend water allotment. I'll get there...just haven't consistently quite yet.
Sleep....well sleep hasn't come so well this last week as I've been so stressed with worry about my friend, BUT I am going to try to get at least an extra hour each night. I figure I can do that if I pick up 1/2 hour on each side. Not always the easiest to accomplish but I'll give it a go!
Relaxation....not a lot, unfortunately! BUT I'm going to try to spend at least 15 mins a day that is just mine. Whether it's reading a book or listening to some quiet music (not my running mix) or just sitting and contemplating my navel. That's the goal for February.
So that's the plan in broad strokes. I know I have to catch up my cross-country journey. I'll do that this weekend. Keep Sparking along my friends!