Friday, January 03, 2014
Calories Eaten: WITHIN suggested range
I ended up with a migraine yesterday, so I decided to make that my day off for the week as far as exercise. I did manage to get in more than 8 glasses of water, all 5 fruits/veg, and ate within my calorie range. So, all in all, it wasn't a bad day for my program.
The temperature's rising here, finally, although I did learn yesterday that we broke the record for the coldest December (not at all surprising). It's been snowing since last night. Hopefully, it stops sometime today so that I can get the pups out for a walk without having to wear boots.
In other news, I've joined my DS in learning German online (he found a super, free online site where you can learn a number of different languages). My strategy is that every minute I'm doing something distracting is a minute I'm not snacking. Besides, I've always wanted to learn a load of languages. I'd love to be one of those people that others introduce as, "She can speak seven languages!" So far, I've got English (obviously), my French is fairly good, I'm working on resurecting my Welsh (which has suffered tremendously being in Canada for so long), and now I'm starting German (which makes sense since I've been receiving a lot of correspondence in German about my mother in law). I definitely want to work on Spanish after that, as that would be useful for work. I just need to think of two more. A European language would undoubtedly be easier to learn, but it might be interesting to try my hand at Chinese or Japanese. We'll see. That's a long way off, yet.
Thursday, January 02, 2014
Calories Eaten: WITHIN suggested range
Yay me for eating within my suggested range!
I came very close to my exercise goals yesterday. I may have to rethink those goals - perhaps they were a bit too ambitious. I did half and hour on the elliptical and a 2 mile dog walk; but that was just a nightmare, as poor little Anwen was just skating over the ice the whole time. She kept sliding and getting her paws under my big boots or slipping and having her neck jerked by the lead. I felt SO sorry for her. We have new boots on order for her (Nia's boots, which are a year newer, are FAR less slippery than hers).
I'm at a loss as to what to do with her right now, as I really think it's important for the dogs to get good exercise every day, but she can't make it down our road without limping in this cold if she doesn't have her boots on. We can't swap boots between her and Nia either, because Nia's feet are so much bigger than Anwen's.
Have I mentioned that I REALLY HATE living in Canada?! It's a fact. I'm here because my DH and DS are here, and I love them to bits; but the thought of staying here for the rest of my life makes me crazy. DH has promised that won't be the case. I don't at all mean to offend anyone who likes living here, I just can't stand the winters, find many differences in the culture (few people here understand my British sense of humour), miss the scenery of Wales (I live in the middle of the prairie - where you could watch your dog run away for days), and most of all miss my family.
Well, that wasn't a very positive post; but it's something I've kept bottled up for ages, and I guess it needed to get out. Maybe it's time to start making a plan...setting some goals and dates to get me out of here. It won't be a short-term plan (I have to wait until my son is out of university and settled), but there's no use complaining and not doing anything about it, right?
Wednesday, January 01, 2014
Calories Eaten: 681 HIGHER than suggested range
Well, it's now officially 2014; and, as I look back over 2013, it's been quite a roller coaster of a year. The biggest ups and downs, of course, were the unexpected passing of my lovely uncle (one of the single most painful events of my life) and the resulting reconnection with my family (one of the happiest things that has happened in my life). I have great hopes for 2014, as this connection continues daily. I had no idea how much I missed them and how much just an email or a Skype text could brighten my day.
Yesterday being New Year's Eve, my calories were through the roof. However, I purposely notched up the exercise (30 minutes on the elliptical, 10 minutes of a SP kick-boxing video, and assorted jogging in place during TV commercials, etc.). Now the holidays are completely over, and I can concentrate on working on the new me without distraction or excuse.
My first mini-goal - I want to be 166 lbs (11 st 12 lbs) by the time I leave for my Disney trip (date withheld for online security, but I know what I'm shooting for). That will bring me back to having lost 30 lbs since I started with SP.
A minimum of half an hour's exercise in total, 6 days per week
Eight glasses of water every single day
Five fruits/vegetables every single day
Eating within my calorie range every single day
That may sound daunting, but it's really not. You'll notice that I don't have any "I will not" statements in there, because I want to ADD positive things into my life rather than feel I'm LOSING anything (besides weight).
Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Floors: 1 (This reading is a bit suspect, as I know for a fact that I did a LOT more than one set of stairs. It may have something to do with my FitBit's battery being low.)
Calories Eaten: 413 HIGHER than suggested range
Well, yesterday was not the best of healthy living days. I spent the whole day working at my desk and then left immediately for my BFF's for our THIRD Christmas dinner. After dinner, we played cards. We didn't get home until after 10 p.m.; so, there was no exercise happening all day.
The poor dogs haven't been walked in a couple of days, because the cold is just too dangerous still. As I write, it's -34F (-37C) with a wind chill warning ("feels like" temperature) of -40 to -50C. We can't leave them out in the yard for more than 15 minutes maximum, because they come in limping.
Yesterday's calories speak for themselves. I was careful all day, but did overindulge at my friend's. I thought I'd done OK at her house; but, when I added it up on my return, there were a few items that just pushed me right over the top. I'll be super careful with what I eat today and definitely do some good exercise.
Monday, December 30, 2013
Calories Eaten: 430 LOWER than suggested range
Another OK day yesterday. I didn't hit my exercise goals (except for beating my stairs goal of 10), but still managed to get in a 10 minute SP "Skinny Jeans" workout. I'm really feeling the muscles in my upper body, so I thought yesterday was a good day to take a rest day.
I adjusted my FitBit Force to the "sensitive" level, and it seems to be much more accurate than it has been. So, I think I've got that sussed out.
I'm not worried about being under on my calorie count again yesterday. If I average the past seven days, I'm still averaging 1878 calories per day; so, it's not like I'm starving myself.
Took stock of the Christmas damage this morning, and I'm 2 lbs up from where I was before Christmas. I'll soon have that knocked off. It could have been so much worse. One thing I did to help myself out was to take all the chocolates people gave me and stack them on the very highest shelf in the pantry - the one that's off to the side and out of view when I go in there and that I have to use a stepping stool to reach. So far, so good. I haven't touched any of it.
Had a lovely, long Skype with my cousin and his wife in Llandudno Junction yesterday. It made my whole day!
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