Tuesday, November 25, 2014
It seems that I really struggle to track my food and to get my exercises in when I am working. It doesn't matter if it is day shift or night shift. My motivation is low, and I'm so tired. A lot of the tiredness is due to the incredible amount of stress and worry I am experiencing right now. When it comes to your children, no matter the age, your mom instincts kick into high gear. You have that need to protect, help and nurture and when it seems like you are failing it becomes personal. So, I am struggling with my emotions daily, which I have to bury when I go to work. Being a nurse, my patients come first at work. But let me tell you, when I am home, it's all there for me. Tracked my food for Monday (did not eat well, and I am my own worst enemy it seems) But, I did do my 30 day Challenge. I'm up to 20 minutes of strength training and my shoulders are sure feeling it today. Which is good. It means I challenged my muscles. I go back to work tonight for 3 shifts but have a longer stretch of 5 next week. I've had a banana today, as I just can't find the will power to eat. I will though, as I know the importance of not skipping meals. And on that note, it's lunch. I don't dare get on a scale. I know by the way my jeans feel that I haven't lost anything so why do something that will just get me more down. I can only resolve to try harder. I need to keep in my mind of my annual March trip and how I want to look and feel when I am on the beach. I know I can still wear my two piece, which isn't shabby for a 53 year old. But if I keep on the trend I am currently on, I won't want to be on a beach at all.
Sunday, November 16, 2014
.........did my 30 Day Challenge(s). 75 squats! Impressive. It would be more impressive if it was continuous. But, broke that one down to sets of 20 with a 30 second rest between. Felt the burn. Ended up doing a total of 17 minutes to get through all of it. And, watching Hard Days Night at the same time. The Beatles could not act. But entertaining all the same. This evening, I had the pleasure of seeing Jim Gaffigan live. I laughed so much. It was a much needed respite from my very stressful life. Laughter IS the best medicine.
Keep on plugging............
Friday, November 14, 2014
So, my one "rest day" of my 30 Day Challenge became 2. Not sure how that happened. Thighs were crazy sore, and it probably wasn't a bad idea. I do feel like I cheated though. My challenge is done for the day. Tonight, I get to enjoy dinner out with my friend of 45 years. She no longer lives in my city, and is in for some work. Unfortunately, she has picked Montana's. I will have to be very careful of my menu choice tonight. Other wise, I feel pretty good today. In fact, this is the best I have felt in many many weeks.
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
I'm sore. Had a lousy day at work. Finally, at 11:30, I convinced myself to do my 30 day challenge. Ugh. Happy I've exercised, but down because now I'm late going to bed yet again. Glad tomorrow is my last day and I have a few off.
Monday, November 10, 2014
It always amazes me how an injury can set one back so far. I was able to get into a great walking routine over the summer. One evening in August, I developed an intense burning sensation in one of my toes. Ignoring it, I finished my walk. Once home, I had a look and my poor toe (left foot) was inflamed, red and bruised from tip to base of foot. As I waited for it to heal, the weeks passed, and so did my motivation to exercise. Add on top of that a huge amount of stress in my personal life and exercise and any desire to do so was gone. I can always tell when I've put the weight back on. Don't need a scale to recognize that I feel tight when I turn sideways, and that my skin is bunching. Tighter jeans, tighter bra. I braved the scale last week. This week, I've decided to restart my 30 day Challenge(s), I have combined the squats, arms, abs, shoulders and back into one routine. Everyday, I am increasing the # of repetitions which increases the time. Winter is fast approaching, and even though we don't have snow, the temperatures are below freezing. Winter is such a bad time for me. I'm trying to use as motivation, my up coming annual March trip. I want to look way better than what I did in New Orleans in September. I'm sore today from yesterdays start, and I know I will be sore tomorrow. I will keep going. I also need to quit eating peanut butter. My addiction.
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