The first week of the year has gone fairly well.
1. Food: I ate out more meals than I would prefer, due to work meetings and social occasions. Overall I made good food choices when eating out. I made EXCELLENT choices at home. I met my fruit and veggie minimums, and followed my food plan 95+%. I tracked everything. Goal: 95% met
2. Alcohol: I indulged in more than two drinks per week maximum (I had a total of 5 drinks at 3 different social occasions). Alcohol does set off my acid reflux; it’s empty calories; and I don’t make good food choices if I have alcohol. I’ll have to do better. The test will be tonight when I meet friends at a local bar for happy hour before a movie!
3. Exercise: Met my exercise goals! Exercise daily; danced most days (6 out of 7). I went back to Zumba WOO HOO! I skied twice. Stretched 3 times. Goal 100% met.
4. Personal organizing: I cleaned and organized closets and drawers. I put away the Christmas decorations on schedule.
5. Work: Finished a big difficult project WOO HOO. Did not stress out when other co-workers & project reviewers caused delays along the way; instead I tried to be proactive and a problem solver
6. Sleep: Not great, but used no sleeping pills or energy drinks (which was my goal). Slept at least 6-7 hours most nights. It’s rare for me to get 8 hours unless I’m on vacation. That probably says something about my stress levels at work. Goal 100% met.
My new furnace is working GREAT. My original goal was to save at least $100 per month on fuel, plus $400 per year savings on insurance (a cheaper homeowner’s insurance policy required me to get rid of the old underground oil tank); total goal savings would be approximately $1000 a year. My actual fuel costs have dropped by $250-300 per month! AND the house is comfortable and the furnace is quieter.
I am organizing my ski clothes for a ski vacation to Methow Valley with the Nordic Club. This is one area where there is a shortage of options in larger (plus) sizes! Ski pants are hard to find. There are some nice pants for downhill plus size skiers, but I ski cross county and downhill pants are WAY too hot. (Downhill pants are designed to keep you warm while riding up a lift and skiing down the hill; with cross county you are active all the time). I have plenty of tops, but my old ski pants are wearing out (the ski pants I wear now are 15-20 years old; some have been patched). I ordered new ski pants from Junonia (plus size athletic wear on-line store) this year. The new pants are comfortable, warm and very flattering – but they are NOT great for skiing. The fabric isn’t stretchy enough for any unusual movements, such as when you fall into an inelegant position and need to contort your body to get upright again! Oh well. I’ll keep looking!
Of course I could just wait until I fit into regular sizes again. But that’s what I thought last winter, and I really should dress for the size I am NOW (16 W or 1X, down from 22 W). For fitness reasons I can’t afford to sit at home being a couch potato, I like to ski, so I’ll find clothes that fit me and GO!
Here's one of the photos that disappeared from my last blog -- me at the beach in California!