Mostly about gratitude...
Sunday, December 01, 2013
Here it is, December 1st already! I have been using this site for a few days over half a year now. Enough to become a regular, well-ingrained habit. I enjoyed my Thanksgiving break immensely, spending extra time with my grown kids, and being a little less strict about weighing and measuring and tracking everything. Checking in every day really helped keep me conscious and accountable, though, and was definitely helpful in getting right back on track. Now I have 31 days (counting today) to lose the last five pounds. Can I do it? Well, it's at least great motivation to try hard through the Christmas holidays. Of course it won't be the earth-shattering end-of-the-world if I don't quite finish by December 31st. But I do think it would be awesome to start the New Year without having to resolve to lose any weight, but just to maintain it! I'm going to try, anyhow.
It has been so cool this past month to see how a car accident can be used for good. For one thing, my husband has come up with some creative and ingenious methods to straighten the bent metal on his truck, and so he's feeling pleased as Punch. Looks to me like there's a really good chance he'll be successful at fixing it, and for a pretty low cost, too. So that's cool. We are under budget on our gas expenses for November, due to car-pooling to and from work, so that's another plus. But I think what I'm most excited about is the chance it has given me to change up my exercise rut into something more varied and exciting.
The extra hour and forty-five minutes I'm in town every morning before work has proven to be a terrific time to work out and shower. Starting tomorrow my routine will look like this for the next three weeks: Monday and Friday, work out on the elliptical and bike at the physical therapy gym; Tuesday and Thursday, take a Women's Weight Training Class at the local Fitness Center; Wednesday, swim for half an hour; Saturday, depending on weather, walk my dog or ride my exercise bike at home. Now that is a lot more variety than riding my bike at home every day!
All that exercise is helping me fight off the colds that have been going around, too. I'm not sure HOW it helps, but I definitely have not gotten very sick. Somehow I think sweating regularly helps, and maybe getting the heart rate and metabolism up helps too.
This 4 day weekend for Thanksgiving has been wonderful. I feel rested and somewhat caught up on stuff around home. Bills are paid, budgets reconciled, house is decorated for Christmas, etc. I'm pretty much ready to go back to work tomorrow. The one thing I'm nervous about this week is that I will be getting a new batch of students for the volunteer class I teach in Spanish on Money Management. We start a new quarter this Thursday. My last (tiny) group of students was wonderful, and I really enjoyed them. It's hard to imagine getting another group I will enjoy half as much, so I'm nervous again. But maybe not quite as much as I was the first time I was going to teach the class...