number five

Monday, July 23, 2012

Hello, I had a good day today, nothing much happened, because of the heat, but I managed to go to the gym. I biked seven miles in 35 min! the first time I biked seven miles, Saturday I did it in 37 minutes, so I broke my personal best woo-hoo! I am on track to bike ten miles next week.

Yesterday I took the day off, I had already exercised five times and needed a break. I could have gotten myself down about skipping a day, but I am trying to focus on the fact that I managed to work out five times, when I used to barely be able to work out once or twice. I have made a lot of progress in about a month's time. That was the second week in a row of working out five days, this week I hope to keep the streak alive.

On Friday me and my family are leaving for Door County, I can't wait! I love going there. My family has been going to Door county for a long time, maybe 8 or 10 years, and I look forward to it all year long. We stay in Sister Bay at the Scandinavian Lodge every year for eight days, but we are staying nine days this year, long story. Our suite has two bedrooms and a living room/kitchen/main room. There is a balcony where we can sit and relax. The lodge has 2 pools, one outdoors and one indoors, so I might work up my courage and try my swimsuit on and lounge at the pool. There is a workout room (I have never been there but everyone else in my family has) and you can rent bikes from the front desk. I will try and exercise at least once a day for five days, that is my goal for when I am up there. There is wi-fi at the hotel, so I am debating wether or not to bring my laptop along, on one hand I can connect to and blog about my experiences and do stuff, but on the other hand I worry that I won't be fully in vacation mode and will be stuck in my computer too much.

This is the first year that my brother will not be able to go with us, he has to work and can't get off. He might make the last few days though, I hope he can. So this year it is just me and my parents. Usually my brother and my Dad go golfing and my mom and go beading or shop or do other things together. I don't know how that will work out with my dad being around all the time. Door county is where I first learned to bead, and now I think I could probably teach my teacher new things, I've gotten that good. I don't like bragging, but I think that I need to recognize my achievements more than I do now. I tend to downplay my successes and focus on my failures, which I am trying hard not to do.

This year the olympic games are happening when we are going, in fact the opening ceremony is the first day we get there. I am a little conflicted because I want to see them, but I also want to go out to dinner and enjoy the first day of vacation. I joined the knitting olympics team here on Sparkpeople, and am looking forward to knitting while I am up there. I still have to narrow down which project I want to make and buy the yarn. I also what to catch up on my reading while I am up there. There is so much I want to do. I want to bead, read, knit, exercise, etc. I hope I will have enough time in the day to enjoy fully what I want to do.

I will be eating out a lot at restaurants, so I am a little worried about eating too much, but I think that my attitude has changed enough that I can make up for it by eating less and choosing good, healthy foods. I can always take the leftovers from dinners back to the room and leave them in the refrigerator for lunch the next day, or I can always just not finnish and not worry about what happens to the rest of the food. I am going to be on vacation, so I will cut myself a little slack, and when I get back I will then start to try and control what I eat and make a meal plan ahead of time.

I am really looking forward to going and cannot wait. I sort of hope that this week will go by quickly, but then I want time to slow down so I can appreciate my vacation to the fullest.
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    Having a refrigerator in your room should be a great help for you to keep your portions under control...

    With the thought that you have put into this vacation, You are going to do so well!
    2100 days ago
    There is nothing wrong with tooting your horn when you do something good. Be proud of what you do well and accomplish. Do little things to celebrate yourself because you deserve it.

    It is beneficial to take breaks now and again. As long as you continue to keep moving in small ways and not spend the entire day doing nothing you'll be fine. If you find it difficult to get back to it after a break then work on finding ways to motivate yourself. You can always do 10 minutes of easy exercise every day if it keeps you going.

    As for how to find time for everything, come up with a basic plan. Perhaps wake up at 9 am, workout from 9:30 - 10:30, shower, do some knitting and beading while watching the olympics, have some lunch, go out and do activities with the family, etc. If you find you're continuing past the time allotted then set a timer. If you take an hour in the evening to get on SP you'll be able to do a few things like tracking food and blogging but won't spend all your time online. When you plan ahead it can help you avoid the pitfalls of time mismanagement.

    As for the restaurants, always ask if they have nutritional information available. All major chains must provide some nutritonal info and many smaller restaurants do as well. If nothing else, ask if they can make something specific for you. Saying you have a medical necessity may help - after all, you're following this plan to be healthier which is a medical necessity! For instance you can ask them to grill up a chicken breast then add a side of veggies. Many places can accomodate simple requests such as this. Be sure to avoid empty calories like drinks (stick with water) and don't look at a dessert menu at all. Some restaurants have nutritioinal info online - if they do you can plan what to eat ahead of time then forgo looking at the menu and tempting yourself. Also, why not bring some of your own snacks to have in the hotel room? If you have a small snack before going out to eat you'll be less tempted to splurge. You can also see if there is a grocery store nearby to pick up healthier snacks or fruit. Sounds like you might have a small fridge in the room and if so then usually there's a microwave too. If you bring your own foods you can have a simple breakfast, eat lunch in the room (when possible), then plan ahead your dinners. Eventually you'll feel more confident and willing to try eating out without planning, but until this healthy lifestyle has become habit why risk tempting yourself?

    I hope you have a lot of fun! Work on making better choices, not perfect choices. It is okay to splurge a little now and again as long as you spend more time making better choices than giving in.
    2100 days ago
    You are doing a great job. I love my bicycle. You have a plan,so you should do okay.Just have fun but don't go too crazy. Enjoy all the things you like to do.Enjoy yourself. emoticon
    2100 days ago
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