Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Today was a work day for me, and it was very productive. Ate a healthy breakfast, brought a healthy lunch to work, had a healthy supper. Iím happy with where Iím at in my reintegration to work, and with the projects theyíve given me to do. I canít say it enough Ė Iím very lucky to be working with the team I am.
After work, we did some not-so-quick shopping to get equipment for going to the health club. In particular, DH didnít have a sports bag and we both needed indoor shoes. Having just learned that my shoe fitting problem isnít that I have a wide foot, itís that I have an exceptionally high arch, we went to a specialized store where their staff is trained in fitting shoes. What a difference! Iím going to feel like exercising even more now!
So that was my day. Now I have to think about what Iíll do tomorrow to be productive, before and after a medical appointment. ĎNight Sparkers!
Monday, June 20, 2011
Yesterday went pretty well, and we got the back gardens started. There is soooo much work to do back there, it looks like a wild field right now, but framed in by the fence. Itís really just a postage stamp sized yard, but I havenít been able to care for it for two years so itís really gone wild.
Well, that has to stop this year, so weíre trying to work at it a little every day.
Last night, however, was not good. I took a nap after an early supper, and then couldnít sleep last night. THEN, I fell asleep this morning after my guys went to work/school. Woke up stiff and a little dizzy around 10:30, ate, and chatted with my son (who got back from school about 10 minutes after I woke up; only has one exam left until he graduates high school Ė WooHoo!) I really didnít feel any energy until nearly suppertime, and then...
We went and toured a local health club. Fabulous. They have everything we would like and more. Salt-water swimming pool. Womenís only area. Treadmills with virtual trails to walk/hike/run. Zumba. Aquafitness. Tons and tons of stuff! Weíve signed up, and I have my physical assessment on Friday.
So my day finished the best way of all Ė with a move forward!
ďTwenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didnít do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.Ē
--- Mark Twain
Sunday, June 19, 2011
So I had thought through what needed to get done yesterday, and had a plan. Then I asked hubby what he wanted to do for Fatherís Day week-end, and he wanted to go for a drive ďin the countryĒ. ďTodayĒ, that is Saturday, not Sunday. We wound up driving all the way around Gatineau Park, with a few short walks in between. It totally changed my plans for the day, but it was wonderfully sunny and I was happy we took advantage of that.
Our first stop was at a pond we had been to earlier this spring. DH had lost his sunglasses, and thought perhaps he had left them there. We found them! There! On the side of the railway track! What are the odds??? While heís looking for them, Iím taking pictures (natch!) and I caught this very proud, very loud red-winged blackbird that had caught a dragonfly. How do they sing with a bug in their mouth? Anyway, I was happy he could because thatís how I originally found him, in the shade of a tree. I snapped the pic when he moved to the top of a cedar.
Then we stopped in Wakefield for coffee and to stretch our legs some more, and then on to north of Gatineau (AKA the 366). We tend to check out side roads so we can get out and walk (and pull out our cameras!) There was a turtle sunning himself in the middle of one of the dirt roads, so I saved him from certain death (an SUV and a pick-up were on their way, and there was a hawk circling overhead) by picking him up and putting him by the water. He thanked me by peeing on my foot. No matter, itís another turtle saved (at least for that day). (On another note, that particular foot is really not lucky. Same one with the toenail problems LOL!)
While we were dawdling along, we had a great discussion about my situation and next steps. One of the things weíve been debating is whether we get a membership at a health club, or just rely on the equipment we already have. There are pros and cons to both, but we finally decided to go for the health club. I think I need the framework that a personal trainer can give me, and I want to learn to swim properly and they have a salt water pool.
Plus, as anyone who has been reading me for a while knows, aquafitness!!!
We crossed over to the Ontario side near Quyon/Renfrew, then drove down the Bonnechere River and for a picnic supper in the area of the Fourth Chute. Since a picture is worth a thousand words, here it is. I just wish we had had our video cam Ė the sound of the crashing water is fantastic! We sat on the log on the left to eat supper, then walked around a bit.
Today weíll be working in the garden mostly. Lots of work to do, too little time. My four things for today:
ē Buy more mulch
ē Carefully transplant the bleeding heart (I know itís not the time, but it will get crushed when we cut the tree out front)
ē Identify which plants I want to keep (I hope to be able to pull some of the others to freecycle)
ē Pull the bush that is going wild (I donít think we can save that one for freecycle, but weíll try!)
Saturday, June 18, 2011
For the first day of my challenge, yesterday was pretty good. It was a work day, and I got thrown into a meeting at the last minute. A 4-hour meeting... really changes your schedule! I ate very well, resisted pop & pizza at the meeting and brought my own lunch (bean salad, mixed fruit bought that morning, and water). Plus the meeting was very interesting (have I said lately that I love my job???) and the time flew by.
The idiot part came after the meeting, which was held in a building along the river. I walked to a park to meet my husband, but do I start off with a warm-up, or a slow walk ? No. Do I have good walking shoes on, to support all this extra weight I carry? No. Did I have a light bag or nothing to carry? No, I had about 15 lbs in my workbag.
I naturally walk a quick pace (I guess it comes from previously having walked everywhere!) and I start off quickly right off the bat. Probably a 15-minute mile. Last night shins were hurting. Knees were hurting. Shoulders were hurting. This morning my lower back is killing me.
Itís not like I was in a rush; I had to wait about 20 minutes for hubby anyway. Itís not like I donít know better. But I just donít notice when I do stupid stuff like this.
So, like I said. Idiot.
Plus I didnít do my weight training. I got neither my freggies nor my water in. And looking at my daily goals, I realize that I didnít do my 15 minutes of zone decluttering, and I spent money on both breakfast and lunch.
So what was so good about yesterday?
Aside from the walking, I made good decisions, especially about that pizza, and pop Ė oh, and cookies too!
I had a good work day, contributed to interesting and lively discussion, and closed some files.
I got some fresh air. Along the river. Really, really nice.
And Iím ready to go at it strong today. So my four things to get to today are:
ē Buy good walking shoes LOL!
ē Check what food is left, and go to market (farmerís market opens today WooHoo!)
ē Check my summer clothes Ė what fits, what doesnít, what goes out!
Yeah, that looks like a pretty good day to me!
Friday, June 17, 2011
My goals for this week are in the areas of Health & Fitness, Money, and Household. Iím returning to the basics this week, which means:
Health & Fitness:
ē Minimum of 10 minutes of cardio and 10 minutes of weight training per day
ē Eating nutritious food, including 8 glasses of water and 7-8 freggies per day
ē Iíll have one day off per week (havenít decided on the day yet) where I can eat whatever I want and donít have to exercise.
Iím inputting our expenses since January into a computer program so I can set up our budget (finally!)
Iíll also go back to tracking everything I spend. This is something that pretty much got ignored while I was off work, and I really have to get it back in order!
Iíll be doing 15 minutes of zone decluttering and 15 minutes of garden work every day.
This really is bringing me back to basics, which should give me a solid footing for the 100 days to come.
Aside from those, my four priorities today are:
ē Ffood for this week-end and do groceries
ē Find my sandals (which disappeared into the deep, dark recesses of the basement while I couldnít wear them)
ē Call Dad (because I know I wonít reach him this week-end! Itís hard to believe heís 89 years old Ė he has a more active social life than I do!)
My ultimate goal: We plan to go to hiking in the Lake Placid/Adirondacks area in late September, and I want to be comfortable doing that. If anyone has any experience there, Iíd be glad to hear about it!
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