Friday, May 27, 2011
I've been working my butt off -- added riding bicycle to my exercise regime, plus taking my dog on long walks each day, AND I've been watching what I eat! All to no avail as my scale is just happily climbing a hill of it's own! Today I stepped on the same scale that used to be so friendly -- only to read 147.2 -- Holy Schmoly! I haven't seen that number since 2009!
Why? WHY? When you're doing everything RIGHT -- the scale is supposed to be rewarding you with lower numbers, not higher.
OK, I'm kind of depressed right now. I'm not giving myself a lecture, because after all, what would I scold myself for? I've eaten right, I've exercised. But I'd like to blame someone -- that's human nature. And so close to the end of the month, I dread the 1st of June weigh-in, it depresses me even further.
There must be a silver lining in here somewhere -- does anyone else see it?
Saturday, May 21, 2011
Today was a "me" day and unfortunately I spent WAY TOO MUCH OF MY TIME READING! It was nice out and I felt guilty for not taking my dog out for a walk. I needed it and so did she! But instead I made the bed with fresh linens and procrastinated on the walk.
I trimmed my dog so she looked and felt better for the summer heat -- and she felt wonderful. I felt ichy for all the little hairs I probably had on me. And I still procrastinated on the walk.
Then I went shopping for new sandals; and while I got a bit of exercise walking up and down each aisle of 2 different stores -- it's not like a walk where you are doing it just for the exercise.
Why do I procrastinate when I'm not happy with my progress?
Monday, May 16, 2011
I'M A LIST MAKER! I won't even try to deny it. I make lists for the grocery store, lists of things to bring on vacation, lists of things to clean in my house when getting ready for a party/company. I make lists for a variety of things and for a variety of reasons.
First of all I make lists because when in the grocery store it's so easy to forget some obscure item you seldom use, like Sesame Oil -- I mean, how often do YOU use it? So forgetfulness is a reason here!
I make lists of things to get done around the house because, while it may not be uppermost in my mind at all times, I'm constantly reminded of them. Carpet needs to be vacuumed, then you should polish the furniture, water the plants, empty the trash -- you know how those lists go on and on. The reason I make out lists like this is to goad me into doing it. When I do something and finish it, I can cross it off my list. Do you know what an exciting feeling that is?
Sometimes I write notes to myself to do things, a note is something like a list except it usually covers just one item. As an example, I stopped by the Post Office the other day to change my name (I got married) on my passport. I had my wedding certificate with me; but do you know what I DIDN'T have? That's right -- the passport!
I pride myself on having a good memory, but for little everyday tasks and chores nothing beats a list. It motivates you -- nags at you, until you finally DO IT -- MAINLY SO YOU CAN CROSS IT OFF THE LIST!
Are you a list maker?
Saturday, May 14, 2011
Some people like to escape on a tropical vacation when the thermometer creeps up into the triple digits!
and that's probably a good idea -- but for me it isn't possible right now.
So. . . . . what's a good way to work out, and save money at the same time? Why DO YOUR OWN YARDWORK OF COURSE! The home I used to live in before I got married is still empty, and that requires trips over there for yardwork. We've finally got it emptied out and ready to rent, but today I headed over to get it in shape for showing again. Trimming the front shrubs, blowing the gravel, and maybe cutting the lawn.
Wonder why there is no icon for doing yardwork? No mower, no hedge trimmer, oh well -- I got those things together, and arrived at my other home just minutes after 6:00 a.m. Decided to trim the hedges first. Boy, and they needed it too. Already I could feel moisture at the base of my hairline, I wonder why I sweat there? And usually that's the only place! But time for a nice glass of ice water. That will be my 3rd for the day!
One side of the front yard done -- OK it was the smallest side -- time for more ice water (#4) and I'm accumulating all these steps on my pedometer too! Yard is looking much nicer already! Time for glass #5 of the water -- and while I'm at it I make an iced coffee too, cause my energy is getting pretty low. By now my entire head is wet!!
I get all the leaves and stuff raked into piles and start to load up the big garbage can. Wow! It is almost full, didn't realize there was so much to cut off. I should mow the lawn in the back but the grass is too wet as the sprinklers were going as I arrived. I get out the blower and soon have all the little missed leaves and twigs next to the gutter. Now . . . . . how to get it all in the garbage can, as I forgot that there is no broom over here any longer. Doesn't do my hands much good, but it's the only "tool" I have handy. I'm sure my neighbors wouldn't appreciate me just leaving it.
Now I have an hour to kill until I leave for an appointment. Although I'm tired there is no furniture in the house, so I can't really sit down or take a nap. So, I grit my teeth and decide it wouldn't hurt to clean the tile on the floor. Although tired, I will admit it looked very nice when it was all finished.
10:30 a.m.: A little over 4 hours of work, and I'm on my way to an appointment. How many calories did I burn? Wish I knew, it feels like a LOT!
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