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Moving on...and a recap of the week

Wednesday, January 22, 2014 a few new Beck tasks. I was going to spend a week working on eating slowly, etc., but I think there are more important tasks to revisit:

Create time and energy - create a schedule for the day and stick to it

WORK DAY - get up @ 6:00 am - drink coffee, eat breakfast
6:45 - 7:30 am - yoga, exercise
7:30 - 7:45 am - get dressed, put on make up, hit the road
8:30 - 6:30 - work, write up charts, try to leave at 6:30
7:30 - 8:30 pm - clean, get clothes/shoes ready for next day, shower
8:30 - 10:00 pm - dinner, SparkPeople, go to bed

DAY OFF - get up @6:30 -
7:00 - 8:00 - exercise
8:00 - bedtime - clean, SparkPeople, laundry, etc.

Eek. I don't know if I can get in the habit of exercising in the morning, but it has to be done. I just can't do it at night - I'm too tired and it's the only time I have to hang out with Zvika. Plus, mornings are always my own since Zvika is not an early waker. I know that if I get in the habit of exercising early in the morning, I'll always be able to get it done. In the evening, too much can get in the way - spontaneous drinks with friends, last-minute emergency at work, etc. But mornings are 100% up to me. It's something to work on. I'm not looking forward to it.

Ok, well, tomorrow doesn't count because I have to be at work at 7:30, so I am NOT getting up at 5 am! Heck, no! I have a meeting at 7:30 which should only take about 30 minutes and then I'll have time to go for a walk before I actually have to start working at 10 am. Yes, I was asked to come in for a 7:30 meeting when I don't even start until 10...YUP....Uh-huh. I'll be working until 8 pm. At least. That's a 12.5 hour work day that should only be 10 hours. Oh, no, I will not be getting paid for my extra time. Fun times. That's one of the reasons I'm looking for another job. I am always being asked to come in on my days off for meetings or asked to start work early and I rarely actually get a lunch break, all without getting paid for my time. I do not like being taken advantage of just because I'm a salaried employee. I'm still only supposed to work 40 hours a week.

So today is day 22 and although I'm not going to call it a failure, I will say that I've been feeling a little bit less "in control" in the past few days. There is that excitement of starting a new diet and having all of that motivation that changes over time. It isn't that I'm not motivated. I am. But I'm finding myself, yet again, starting to make choices that I really don't want to make and eating foods that I really don't need to eat. I went way over yesterday and will be going way over today. Like I've been telling others, I don't plan on beating myself up about it or feeling like I've fallen off of the wagon, but I want to get ahead of these behaviors.

One lesson I learned this week is that my bean burritos that I make at home are not going to work for me. They leave me feeling bloated and seem to trigger bad behaviors - I've been craving more sweets and going a bit over-board with calories because they are so yummy I tend to eat more than I probably need to (yes, a behavior that I need to work on). I was doing better in the weeks that I was eating my chicken soup. Because I get home late, I look for easy, quick dinners, especially now with Zvika not coming home in time for dinner. When his job situation changes, we'll go back to having proper dinners. But I think that for weight loss, I need to go back to my big pot of low-calorie soup. The bean burritos are just too full of carbs.

Week 3 Recap:
1) Fruits and veggies - no, although I did buy avocados and greens but they are already going bad...
2) South Beach/Paleo recipe - no
3) Exercise - I've been working on getting up earlier and earlier so I can fit in exercise and I've been doing pretty ok with getting up at 6:30. Tomorrow I'm going to start getting up at 6:00 am and will do my best to add in exercise.
4) Food - I lost a little bit of the focus this week in terms of eating healthy foods. We're budgeting pretty seriously until I get paid so I'm stuck with what I have at home, and that isn't much. I'll get paid soon and stock up on healthy food again. I'm not sure how to avoid that - maybe buying more frozen and canned veggies that will last longer - like frozen spinach, canned artichoke hearts, canned mushrooms - for breakfast omelettes? Adding that to my grocery list app...When I get paid I'm also going to buy some Pam spray at Costco to start to use more often for cooking.

Alright, so plan for the week:
1) Up at 6 am + exercise
2) Keep house clean and laundry folded
3) Keep reading advantages card twice a day
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    I had a crummy job where they used to expect us to come in all the time on our time off for free. People like me stated to complain about it and they ended up having to pay us for mandatory meetings. They had a lot less after that.

    I'm not going to be perfect either and I'm okay with that too. I'm doing a lot better than I was when I was eating whatever I wanted and was exercising very little.

    I have some foods that I need to nix as well.
    977 days ago
    PHEBESS - I love your suggestions for using "down" time to sneak in more exercise!! I am going to try to incorporate these into my morning shower and house cleaning today! Not sure if I'm coordinated enough to hold the TREE while deodorizing, but I will give it a try. Love, love, love, the calf raises while doing dishes! My family will think I'm nuts, but I love the idea! Thanks for sharing!!
    977 days ago
    Do you think that you might have made your goals too complicated? Maybe you can narrow your focus a little, maybe one food goal, one exercise goal, one organizational/housekeeping goal. And simplify for starters. Like instead of keeping the "house" clean, focus on keeping the "kitchen" clean, since that ties in with some of your food goals? Just a thought...
    977 days ago
    Have a wonderful day!
    977 days ago
    My trick for morning strength training so that I do it each and every morning, unless I'm really ill - I do half in bed and the other half in my shower. Really.

    In bed:
    Begin with stretching - bring knees to chest, one at a time, hold for 30.
    Butterfly groin stretch - hold for 30.
    Core work - I alternate days and have 3 plans (one for Mon./Fri; one for Wed/Sun; one for days with T in them) - basically, various crunches, leg lifts, yoga holds (boat), etc. - and every day, 25-30 bicycle crunches.

    In shower:
    While getting wet, 20-30 wall pushups. (M/F, do counter pushups after shower)
    While soaping up and rinsing, 200-300 squats - alternate days pulsing squats, regular squats, wide leg squats.
    Continue rinsing, or rinse hair - 100 calf raises..

    Dry off

    Post shower:
    Lotion feet, stay bent over for a good hamstring stretch - count 20-30
    Baby powder and deodorant - yoga position Tree for balance

    Voila, ST is over for the day! Crazy, but, well, it works. Can also do some of these while brushing teeth, or washing AM dishes, or blowdrying hair, or whatever. NOT when putting on mascara, LOL!

    Cardio for me is usually walking, so that's later in the day.
    978 days ago
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