Working to get back on the wagon
Saturday, December 24, 2011
I say 'back on the wagon', but I haven't completely fallen off of it, I'm just sort of hanging on for dear life. I guess if I fell off it and had to chase it to get back on, at least I'd be running! What I mean is that my eating is still under control, but I am having a hard time getting exercise back on the schedule. I got it in twice this week, and very light exercise at that, but I felt good that I got in some, because some is still better than none!
I'm still enjoying work, and I'm finally getting trained to the point where I can DO some work, which is nice. The last two days they put me with another trainee and gave us a few assignments to puzzle our way through, and we did ok. I'm really starting to understand how things work. When I was just watching other people work, I found I had to snack a bit more to keep up my energy because it is SO boring watching someone else working on the computer and taking notes. Yesterday when I had work to do the day just flew by, and I didn't even think of snacking. I have to be careful, because one day I tried had not to snack, and when I got home I got a terrible headache. When I tracked my food I found I'd only had 600 calories so far for the day (veggies to snack on and fruit and a lite salad for lunch). So too little food isn't good either!
When I'm at work, I'm completely at work. I try not to think of home or anything else, and just fully concentrate and devote myself to what I need to do. Though I found that challenging last week when a panhandler hit me up for change, and when I said no she followed me for a block screaming at me about what a bitch I was and how I had a fat ass. Not a great way to start the morning! And it kind of distracted me all day - I felt just like when I was back in school and had bullys I was worried about running into. I found myself thinking about if I'd walk a different way to the bus stop on the way home in the evening. It was funny, because it reminded me of feelings I hadn't felt in ages. Luckily I haven't seen her again.
The work days are long, and the commute is long, and I don't have nearly the time at home I used to have. I think I really need to get up early and exercise. By the time I get home, I'm just too tired, and I want to spend my time with my family. Morning is my best chance of making exercise a priority and getting it in first thing and off the schedule.
So my goal for next week is to get up early, exercise in the morning, and start making that a good habit. I CAN do it, I know I can!
Hope you all have a wonderful holiday weekend!
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I'm kind of "in limbo" right now, too, what with fighting off a cold, dealing with my job, helping Hubby get the business off the ground and getting The Resident Teen off to Job Corps. It will be nice when things settle back into a routine. Hope yours settles soon.
2218 days ago
I wish the company had an exercise room, that would be cool! Unfortunately real estate is very expensive downtown, so their goal is to minimize their real estate needs - which is good too, because that's why they're planning to get as many people telecommuting as possible. When that happens, it will be so much better!
I would like to get out and walk at lunchtime, but the weather has been VERY cold lately, and it's incompatible with the 'office clothes' I have to wear to work. My feet and face go numb on the short walk from the bus stop to the building :(
I'm sure I'll figure this all out. So far this week mornings haven't been working, but I think exercising as soon as I get home might be the answer. I can change from my work clothes into my work-out clothes, exercise while hubby gets dinner ready, and be done with it. It's so hard to work it in, but I know it's necessary and worth it!
2218 days ago
You can do it! Yes you can! :)
That panhandler sounds like bad news. Hope you don't run into her again.
2219 days ago
Change is hard - even when it's good change. As to the panhandler, I don't know what to tell you. That just sounds scary to me, I hope she doesn't confront you again.
Do you have a long enough break in the day to go for a walk? 20 minutes should give you time to get out of the building, walk a mile, and back to your desk. It may not seem like much, but a mile at a time adds up. You can do that without really breaking a sweat so you won't spend the second half of your day all sweaty and smelly. If you could make that a habit your morning workout could be a little shorter. If you don't have to carry too much stuff to work maybe you could catch and earlier bus and then get off a couple stops early and walk the rest of the way to work.
I have trouble fitting in exercise too. I've done pretty well overall with exercise, but that's been at the expense of tracking my food. It seems like I can only make time for one or the other.
2219 days ago
Comment edited on: 12/27/2011 9:49:04 AM
That sounds like a great goal. I bet you'll feel a lot better by the end of the week and just think of what a great way to start the new year! You're giving me ideas :)
2220 days ago
you've done a great job and you will get there! just one day at a time - you are such an inspiration! thanks for sharing and just being you
2221 days ago
How long is your lunch 'hour'? Maybe you could find a co-worker who would join you for a lunch-time walk. Or, does the company have an exercise room? These days, lots of places have wised up and devoted some space to a treadmill and rowing machine at the very least. And then, there are the restroom moments - I've read comments from folks who do a different exercise each time they go to the restroom - wall pushups, squats, etc.
You've done a great job this far; you'll come up with a way to keep it going.
2221 days ago
You can do it! 2012 is almost here and it'll be the start of a new, great year!
2221 days ago
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