Sunday, February 01, 2009
I've been online a bit less this past week because my daughter is usually on my computer when I get home. Hers is still broken. It's still under warranty, but the manufacterer did not actually fix it a month ago, even though they had it for almost a month. Time for some tougher measures, I think. Anyway, in the interests of peace in the family, I've been sharing my computer with my daughter, and I have been missing a lot of my regular Sparkpeople time this week. It is important to me to stay active on Sparkpeople.com, because it helps keep me focused on what I am trying to accomplish, and the encouragement I get from all of you gives me a sense of connectedness and helps keep me positive.
Anyway, here I am. It's a sunny Sunday morning, I've got my coffee, and my daughter is still asleep. My husband and my son went to religious school, and I've got the whole house to myself. I've had a pretty good week. I took the spinning class twice. That's a record. I can tell you that having a good gel seat cover is a lot more effective than padded bicycle pants. I now have both. It's not exactly like floating on air, but between the two of them, I can now get through the class and still come back the next day and do it again. I am still walking, and beginning to run, but I have not progressed past week 3 of the Couch to 5K program yet. I have been feeling okay when I do it, but I have also been watching my heart rate monitor and I don't think I am ready for week 4 yet.
Because of my computer access issues, I have a lot of catching up to do on recording my diet and exercise. Fortunately, my pedometer can keep track of a whole week of walking for me. On the diet side, I don't have anything to fall back on when I don't go online. On the whole, though, it has been a good week. During the holidays, I succumbed regularly to the peanut M&Ms that my boss keeps in a bowl on his desk, but I managed to avoid them all this week. My strategy was to bring a lot of fruit to work with me: a banana, an apple, and a couple of clementinas. Whenever I thought about the M&Ms, I ate fruit instead. I also made an effort to drink more water. It worked. If I keep this up for a couple more weeks, they won't tempt me anymore.
I have to be very careful this coming week, because I have a lot of focused writing to do. It takes sustained concentration. On the good side, I can get a lot done, and I will be relatively immune to distractions. On the bad side, once I'm in my writing zone and my thoughts are flowing at a rapid pace, it's hard for me to break off and go do other things like exercising. That's where habits kick in. Since taking this job last April, I have trained myself to work out everyday at lunch time. Hopefully, the pull of habit will get me out of my chair again this week.