Wednesday, January 22, 2014
...to 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