Hello all my Sparkfriends! I hope this blog finds you happy, healthy and optimistic in the New Year.
For me, 2012 was a good year with a very bittersweet ending. I had to say good-bye to my best four-legged buddy on Christmas Eve. I was glad to see him go peacefully but so very saddened that he was no longer going to be my ‘shadow’. I am doing better than expected and believe it is from my knowing this was coming and having told him good-bye and other things I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to say and do for him had he gone unexpectedly. If you’re not a pet lover it will sound weird and strange but I know many of you out there that love your fur-babies and totally understand where I’m coming from. He was 15 and I'd had him since June of 2000...he lived a good, long life and he was my sweet heart.
Right before my sweet boy had started getting sick, the beginning of December, I had met a guy. He is turning out to be kind, thoughtful and…normal. He is health-conscious; going to the gym several times a week and making decent eating choices. That’s a plus; you know it’s easier when you don’t have someone tempting you with bad selections all of the time. We’ll see where this goes…it’s been a while since I’ve dated or had a serious relationship and to be honest, I’m not in any hurry to change my lifestyle to accommodate someone else. That’s why we’re taking it slow.
I haven’t exercised in almost a month. And I miss it. I had begun December with good intentions and I think I lasted through the 10th. After my dog got sick, even though he was on medication and the vet and I were hoping for the best, I just chilled with him at home, wanting to keep him calm and comfy. Since he’s been gone, I’ve thought about working out…but just haven’t had any follow-through. He was my routine and now, I need a new one with exercise being the priority.
As far as food choices and my weight, I haven’t done anything horrible. I had some fast food a couple of times and I’ve gained five pounds but that’s my typical fluctuating number. I’ll get back on track. The mild depression/sadness from missing my boy has paid off by keeping me from marathon snacking. It’s just the opposite in fact; I get to the point where I am starving and remember I haven’t eaten all day. But that will change; back to working 5 days a week will force me into a schedule again.
I did manage to attempt a one day challenge last Friday. It was to do squats in my downtime and total them up at the end of the day. I was at work and had written ‘SQUATS’ on a sticky note to remind me to do some every time I sat down at or got up from my desk after stepping away for whatever reason. Well…needless to say, I didn’t manage one. My heart just wasn’t in it…that was four days after I lost my boy. I almost went back to the challenge online and posted “does it count that I didn’t do squat all day?” but I didn’t think they’d find the humor in that. Yes, I said in the beginning of this paragraph I ‘attempted’ a one day challenge…the attempt was me writing down the reminder to do squats…even if that’s as far as I got.
So I hope this first week of 2013 brings me motivation to exercise. I have the tools I need…so I’ll keep you informed.
As usual, thanks for reading my blog and have an awesome day.