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Progress - Day 2 and School Quarter is Over!!!!!!!!! Woooo Hooooo!!!!!!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Started the day off finding out that my "draft" final projects are good enough for final!!!! WOOO HOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I almost cried. I'm worn out from this quarter. I'm not quite sure why. It was hard, but not too hard. It's been a pretty stressful few months with all the changes at work and other stuff going on, and maybe it's starting to dawn on me that I might actually pull this degree thing off!

Three weeks before I have to think hard again! I'm planning on (partying my @$$ off) reading ahead as much as I can before the next class starts. This quarter has project management. I think there will be a lot more totally foreign info in this one than I've had so far, so I'm going to have to deal with the learning a new language thing. On the plus side, I'm surrounded by PMPs (certified project managers) who do this every day for a living, so I should have no shortage of people around to clarify material.

Now I just have to take care of all my Christmas stuff - which I have barely started and still seems like a cake walk in comparison. :)

My main focus on this break is to try and get a good routine going to eat better and add more (some) exercise into the mix. I've pretty much come to the conclusion that the workouts have to happen in the morning. I've been SOOOOO tired, but I know that if I suck it up and do the morning workouts anyway, I'll feel way better. I know this in my head, but talking my "tired like I'm drugged" body into climbing out of the warm bed in the dark is still beyond a herculean challenge.

Day 2 - have to start somewhere, right? I'm back on SparkPeople and have figured out how to use the app on my phone to log my food for the day. It's way less cumbersome than I though it would be. My mantra is - if I don't have time to log it, I don't have time to eat it. We'll see how long that sticks. Yesterday I stayed in my calorie range and worked out. Today, I've got all my food entered for the day already. Just have to stick with the plan for the rest of the day and workout when I get home and I'm on my way to Day 3. I have to do this so I'm not wishing my life away though.

I did the treadmill while I read one of my new books yesterday. Have to do the same tonight and then try to get up in the morning to work out again and get that morning thing going. I've got a laundry list of all types of workouts to do in my own den. I just need to do them. I have to find the balance of seeing the goal, but not living for the goal. I have to live for today.

Starting yesterday, I'm staying off sweet food for at least awhile. When I eat sweet food, I want more sweet food. If I skip it altogether, I don't miss it at all. I turned down Georgetown Cupcakes yesterday with no trouble at all. Really weird. Had a momentary craving for a diet coke this morning - counts as sweet because I always want to follow it with a donut or something. I managed to talk myself out of it.

So far so good. :)

  
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JHADZHIA 12/15/2010 6:24PM

    WOOHOO! Glad to hear things are going well for you!! Enjoy your much needed break! That is wonderful you will have experienced people to draw on for your next round of classes!
I have been struggling with over snacking lately. For me its a salty tooth. Love my baked Cheetos Crunchy and can easily scarf down a whole bag. Its made me have to work out extra heavy to make up the calories. So far, so good, I am still maintaining my weight. I went on Maintenance when I broke my arm in February. I will finally get my right elbow replacement I have been waiting 17 months for. It will be such a relief as I am having all kinds of pain and numbness shooting down to my hand every time I use it and I am right handed of course..
So I don't drive and the only place I will buy my favorite snack is Walmart because I refuse to pay a huge price for a little bag of heaven LOL. I had my opportunity this week when my Mom drove me out and passed it up!! So no snacks!! The withdrawal is pretty bad, but I am not eating my pillowcases yet LOL.
I hope you have a fabulous holiday season! its good to hear from you again!
Hugs,
Linda

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Overview of the Week

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Still here, still working out and still having some major accomplishments. Not back on diet coke, working out at least five times a week, and on day 10 without any alcohol except for a champagne birthday toast for a friend.

Haven't seen much in the weight loss department (shouldn't even know, since I promised myself I was only going to weigh once a month, but couldn't help checking a couple of times). But with the new workout schedule, including at least a couple of strength training workouts each week, my muscle mass gain will probably counteract any fat loss in the pounds department. I measured when I weighed the first time, so at the end of the month, I'll be able to see if there is a difference there.

25 days and going strong, including getting up at 5ish to work out even if I don't have to take Ty to football in the morning. :)

  
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LOURON 8/25/2010 9:58PM

    You are doing great Fantastic you can get yourself 5AM to exercise. emoticon

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JHADZHIA 8/25/2010 8:42AM

    Remember inches count too, not just the scale. If your clothes are feeling looser, you are doing well! I only weigh myself once a week and I am firm with that. I love my morning workouts!! Its the best time really. Gets it out of the way and your day is free.
Keep up the great work!!

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As It Turns Out . . . . .

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Getting ready for work takes *considerably* less time if you don't stab yourself in the eye with a mascara wand just as you are putting on the finishing touches. . . .

Just for the record . . . .I'm not tracking food or workouts yet. I know I have to get there, but there are times when you have time to track it or DO IT, and I'm definitely in the "do it" mode. I've made blogging my priority to keep track of things and try to get back to being in touch with people with similar goals. I'm not so worried about tracking the workouts, but I know the food thing goes better with a good plan. I think I'm doing pretty well right now, relatively speaking. I'm doing my oatmeal in the morning and usually a good lunch (healthy choice or a salad or something) and I've been cooking at home way more often. Making a good plan will help me prepare for that better and add better nutrition, as well as saving $$ by only buying what we need when we need it. I REALLY like fresh food. I do better if I eat stuff within a few days after I get it home. So #1, I really need to make a plan that has me going to the grocery store a couple times a week, #2, I really need to make a plan that uses up stuff we have in the house, and #3 I need to quit building up a big storehouse of food because it takes up a lot of space and we end up wasting so much. I'm used to being places where we can't always get what we want and what we need (13 years ago) and I'm still shopping accordingly. We have about ten major grocery stores within a five mile radius!!!! NO excuse to stock up. I'm also still shopping without a plan or a list and while hungry . . . . I KNOW!!!!!!!!

Major accomplishments in the last few weeks:

1) Working out almost every day.
2) Quit Diet Coke
3) On day 3 without alcohol - which, according to my math should add up to about 30-45 pounds of calories savings over the course of a year (WHO KNEW??????).

Next target - fried food, which is my favorite food group. I'll pick french fries over chocolate . . .just sayin'

Ty didn't have practice at oh dark hundred this morning. Not sure what's going on yet for the rest of the summer, but it looks as though they will be moving practices to more human hours. That's a problem for Ty, who will have to get himself to practice now and for me, who was using the mandatory 5:15 wake up to jump start my workout routine. The good news is that the alarm went off this morning and I got up and worked out. The bad news is that if I had been able to turn the damn thing off, I probably would have rolled over and gone back to sleep.

I'm using the alarm on my phone. I have learned that I can't lock the phone or I can't turn the alarm off at ALL and I end up having to pull the battery to turn the alarm off, which definitely gets me up and out of bed. And now, I just don't know the alarm program well enough to turn it off and keep sleeping, which is working out well to get me out of bed. But once I figure that out, I'll have to go to desperate measures. I can set the alarm so that I have to answer a math problem before the alarm will turn off. . . There's a really good chance that based on my past track record, I'm going to have to get that drastic to keep me getting up and moving in the morning. It's not like I have to get up at 4:30 to work out . . .5:45 is pretty darn reasonable for around here. I just have to get better at going to sleep at a decent hour.

I'm going on week three with the new treadmill and am sticking with a regular workout for the most part. I'm still struggling with some kind of a routine for the weekend. I need to stick with the idea of working out as soon as my feet hit the floor, because the "I have all day" mentality gets me from Friday to Monday with no workout done in *either* of my "all day"s.

The other thing is my bike. My brand new beautiful bike that I haven't ridden more than a few times since I got it (4 years ago now???). I was supposed to ride it to work this summer. Granted we hit 100 degrees a ton of times and are on track to break a record for breaking 90 degrees (something like 50-60 times????????!!!!!!!!!), but I should have been out with it before now. We're going sailing with DC Partners this weekend, so that will be my outing for the weekend, but I need to squeeze in some time to start riding. It's not like I'll be out for four hours or something. Probably all I have in me is a half an hour and there's a good chance that that will only take me up to the corner of my street by the time I get off to walk and push it up the hill (one of the reasons I haven't been able to talk myself into going) :-/. ALL of our friends are riding now and I want to play!! AND I've got friends who are doing hikes that there is NO way I am capable of joining, but I want to.

Have to start somewhere and be patient, but mostly I have to just do *something,* which I am doing.

Because I'm going to be out for most of the day on Saturday, I REALLY need to get ahead on my school work. I hit the halfway point last Sunday. Can't believe I only have 4 1/2 weeks left to go in this quarter. Big projects are coming up and I'm going to have to really REALLY buckle down to pull this all off, but I think I've got everything under control (famous last words). Already enrolled in my BS course for next quarter. I am cued up for the MS course, but can't enroll until I officially have my grades from this quarter ::::::::sigh::::::::: But I'm going to go in and get my books for both classes ordered today. At the end of this quarter I'll have three weeks to read ahead (famous last words) before I get into the next quarter. I just realized that I've been thinking I only have this last three week break before I finish my MS, but because I'm taking the MS class at the first half of the quarter this time, I've got one more good break (around Christmas time) before I go into the one week break per quarter for almost two years thing.

OK, enough rambling for one day . . . .back to work.

  
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BELLAMAGOO78 8/18/2010 11:50AM

    Sounds to me you are off to a great start! You gotta do what works for you and soon it will start to get easier!

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It started out to be a good makeup day . . . .

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

. . . . until I stabbed myself in the eye with the mascara wand. :-/

I've been dabbling in the makeup arena since 1974 and have never "missed" quite like this before. It's been over three hours an the ache is just starting to subside. It's not scratchy, so I am starting to have hope that I didn't scratch my cornea (again - like in the infamous putting on my coat incident).

I think I actually got some hard sleep last night. Not long enough, but I was sleeping solidly when the alarm when off. Got Ty to practice and was home by 5:40. I still wasn't feeling the treadmill, so I cued up one of the workouts I saved to my instant cue on Netflix. I LOVE Netflix! I'm about ready right now to get rid of fios TV. Just need an internet connection and the Wii and I can watch movies and TV series start to finish with no commercials or re-runs.

Anyways, I've got about 15 workouts saved in the cue. I did a really good beginning strength training workout for about 40 minutes. It was just hard enough to feel that I was working my muscles without hurting me and it left me comfortably worn out. It's a perfect starting routine and I should be able to move on to something harder in a couple weeks if I stick to it. After the workout, I reviewed a bunch of the other workouts so that I can get familiar with them and see which ones I like now so I don't have any excuses when I'm ready to try something else. I've got various targeted strength training workouts, total body strength training, pilates, yoga, dance, bootcamp and boxing workouts, etc. I'm going to try and alternate yoga and strength training days and do cardio too (somehow). I've been talking about this as a routine for just about ever, but I think this is doable. The trick will be to see if I can keep getting up this early even after Ty doesn't have to be at football at oh dark hundred. Technically, I'll be "sleeping in" because I can sleep through the part where I was actually having to get him to the school. 5:45 instead of 5:15.

Since I seem to have conquered the diet coke addiction successfully (about four weeks, and I even have some left over in my fridge and haven't had any desire to crack one open), I figure that if I tackle one thing at a time instead of everything I think I should be quitting/starting all at the same time, maybe I'll do a better job at it. Right now I'm toying with the idea of laying off alcohol almost completely. When you figure calories on beer or wine, or especially a margarita or something, I figure I can save enough calories to lose at least a pound a week even if I don't do anything else!!!!!!!!!!!!! Next question is, can I have one once in awhile when I'm out or do I have to quit completely? I don't tie one on every day (or ever for that matter), but I rarely go a day without wine or a beer or two. It would be a really easy way to knock down my calorie intake considerably. I skipped having anything yesterday. Going to see how it goes laying off the evening/dinner libation for the rest of the week and see what happens at happy hour on Thursday. I love a nice cold club soda :)

  
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JHADZHIA 8/17/2010 11:15AM

    Good for you kicking the diet coke habit!! Wish my brother could, all his life that is the only beverage he would have, morning noon and night!! So of course, that is all he bought and his family would drink. My sister and her family is that way with coffee, they thought it amusing to get the little kids (I am talking single digit ages) to drink coffee, so now they wear out a lot of coffee pots LOL. But these are beverages that don't do anything for your health, so why have them? Not only is alcohol just empty calories, it loosens inhibitions and people tend to snack or eat more when they have a drink. Something to think about..
You ought to alternate days with cardio and strength training. Do the yoga after the cardio, it would not only be a great cool down, its good for stretching which you should always do after cardio anyway.
Hope your eye will be okay..

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I Want a Do Over

Monday, August 16, 2010

This past weekend was not one of my most productive, to say the least. I spent most of it doing school work, but I didn't plan it out very well and I didn't get anything done efficiently. I really thought I was ahead of the curve, but as it turns out, I missed a couple of key points that I should have caught way earlier in the week. As a result, I spent the weekend wrapped around the axle, not quite sure where to go from here. I need to really buckle down to work out a plan to finish the rest of my assignments. My light bulb from last week is the realization that I'm going to have to ask my instructors questions. I've worked out everything up to now and pretty much managed to get through my whole last class without needing any clarification, but I'm not quite sure what they're after on some of the stuff I have coming up and my life is just going to be a lot easier if I make sure I know what I'm doing before I get any deeper into the mire.

I worked until 11 last night, didn't fall asleep until after midnight, and woke up for the day at four. By the time I got Ty to football practice and got back here, I had plenty of time to work out, but it was a struggle to keep my head up. I made it about 15 minutes on the treadmill and gave up and laid on the couch and watched the news. :-/ Really sad to be up that early and not accomplish anything. Totally doesn't help that I didn't get a workout in this weekend either. It's probably why I didn't sleep very well.

Ty was at his Dad's this weekend to go to a Heart concert. I love that Ty is into all kinds of music. He's got really diverse tastes, mostly thanks to Guitar Hero, So You Think You Can Dance, Don't Forget the Lyrics (?), and American Idol. The point though, is that he missed two days of football practice. They made arrangements for the concert before we knew exactly what the schedule would be and this was probably about the last weekend they'll have together until football is over in November, so we let the coach know and off he went. I always hate to disrupt the roll of the practices, particularly when the coaches are formulating their ideas of who will play what position and when. And when I texted Ty on Sunday to see if he was ready to get back to practice, he said NO! Freaked me out. I thought from the way he was talking that he was ready to quit. This is the only thing he's ever really worked hard for in his life and I'd hate for him to give up on it. He was a little discouraged, but whatever happened at practice today got him back on track, thank goodness. I won't be letting him skip anymore practices for sure.

My brain is tired and I am exhausted. So the plan is to go to sleep early and start fresh tomorrow. Stay tuned to see how well that works out. I spent the energy I had left after I got home from work (fumes) taking Ty to the store to get a bike lock and some shirts, etc. Then we went and had a nice dinner together, where I finished WAY before him (astronomically unusual) because he spent the whole time talking (unheard of). So that was quite an excellent investment of time and souvlaki. :) Then I got home and did my hair, topped off the aquarium, did meds for the cat, stitched up the pocket of Ty's practice pants, and am using the last gasp of brain cell to write this post.

  
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JHADZHIA 8/17/2010 11:02AM

    That Guitar Hero has done a lot for the next generation, getting them away from the head banging music into the 70's and 80's music. My nephew likes Sweet as a result and a lot of the older bands, I like it :) I love the band Heart, lucky Ty getting to see them!
My weekend was rather unproductive too, but i did get all my exercise in.

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