Things for January are a very generous so-so as far as the things I wanted to get started on.
I did make it one week to the gym (last week). I hope I get to make it this week. It will be a challenge! My granny has decided to start out with two days a week at the gym for her, which I think is okay for me, too. If I can get my asthma back to normal, I think I can increase to minimum of 3 days a week at the gym. Eventually I'd like build up to 4 days a week, but I'm jumping ahead of myself here. I have a long work day on Mondays, so my granny and I settled on Tuesdays and Thursdays for going. This week, though, I also have a long Tuesday for my end-of-the-month project that I do every month. I'm going to pack my gym bag anyway and see if I can get myself to go when I'm off work. If memory serves, around the time I'd be going isn't too bad, either.
So far I'm keeping my workouts simple. About 30 minutes total on the treadmill, including a 5 minute warm up and a 5 minute cool down. My lungs seem to be okay with that. The incline I normally set at 2.5, and I trudge along at 2.5-3.0, sort of doing some longer intervals of speeds around there. My lungs kinda max out at the 3.0 so I do that for about 5 minutes tops. I also discovered that my heart rate monitor needs new batteries, so that'll be a priority on payday. I hate not having it when I do my cardio because I think it is much more accurate for calorie burn readouts and such. Also, knowing my heart rate is within safe ranges is good! After that I do a good stretching of my walking muscles and do a small weight lifting session that just focuses on 1 body region at a time. The first day I did core and the second day I did upper body. I suppose this week should be lower body and core again. I've not hit any of the weight machines in the gym, but used free weights and a big ball. Keeping it simple and building it up for now. What I really need to do, though, is write out a fitness plan. I winged it the first week, but dude that's way hard. I want one that I can look at and know what I'm doing without having to pause for an idea.
I have been cooking more meals at home, which was another thing I wanted to work on. My kitchen is so trashed right now, though. Once again, it's the remaining adults that can't take person responsibility and behave like actual adults who are not doing their part in the kitchen. I'm getting pretty tempted to just throw away literally every single dish, cooking implement, and pot/pan/etc. And having a totally empty kitchen. And not cooking. Everyone can figure out their meals for themselves and they can figure out how they're going to eat them, too. I could do it, easily. Could they? Anyway, it's just a pipe dream and I know it. What I'd really REALLY love is a dishwasher. We have one, but it hasn't worked in years. I'm not sure why, either. I dunno if it's the dishwasher being broken or the electricity support is inadequate or what. Man, my life would be improved tenfold if I had a dishwasher, though! At some point I know I'll have to go in there and tackle the mess. We're out of food to cook right now anyway. Gotta wait for payday.
I did buy ingredients to make breakfast burritos that I can freeze. I haven't done it yet because I don't know how I'm going to keep people from eating them. I don't mind sharing, but if I only make 20 burritos for 3 or 4 people, those will go QUICK. And that's not really fair to me. So, some more though-out plans are needed. I thought I needed to do some lunch planning, but I find if I eat breakfast I'm not hungry enough to eat anything before hitting the gym. I'm definitely hungry afterward, but not before. As long as I listen to my body and read it's cues, I think I'll be fine. I'm not going to make myself eat anything if I'm not hungry, but I need to be prepared in case I am.
The other thing I was moderately successful with is my month of rest. I wanted to say NO to extra stuff for a bit. I needed some time for myself on my terms. I mostly succeeded. I mean, I can't say no to opportunities that I know I'll enjoy. So, I didn't say no when I was invited on a quick run to the snow. At that point, I'd never been in real snow. In 34 years, the only snow I'd been around was man-made on a ski slope. So, when honest, from the sky snow started falling in the mountains about an hour away, my boss, his wife (who I'm close friends with), and their kids loaded up in the car and picked me up. We had a quick 30-45 minutes of snow fun before the sun set. It was a blast! And I can finally say I've experienced real snow. I also didn't say no to the date festival in Yuma. We made a quick trip to Mexico for some meds, so hopefully NOW I'll be breathing much better. Loaded up on some prednisone! Knock this inflammation out once and for all. Then, we hit the festival. I ate some fry bread with beef taco toppings. And I got a pound of honey barhi dates. OH MY GOODNESS! They are so good! Like eating a small caramel. Amazing! And before I left, I had a date shake. That was so rich, but so good! I could have used a glass of milk to wash it down.
Proof I was in the snow!
The things I do need to improve are tracking. I already said I hated it and it turns out I hate writing it down, too. My planner only has two weeks of meals written in it, and the other two are blank. Not awesome. I know tracking works. It really does. I need to just suck it up and do it. It'll be a big goal to work on for February. I also need to be better about checking in with my accountability buddy. I mean, we don't need to email every single day, but 3 or 4 days a week would be effective, I think. It does help to know that someone is cheering me on and there to give advice and opinions. I value her opinion quite a bit, so I find it helps to hear what she has to say.
One other thing I need to make sure I do is get my weekly allergy shot. Lately I've been really hit or miss with it. It's not a total 180 degrees difference in my life, but I do notice I do better when I'm being consistent with those. I'm sure it would by default help with the asthma issues I've been facing, too. I think I'll start doing a goal sheet in the style I used to do and add it to my planner. But, for now:
Make it the gym twice a week
Cook at home most nights for dinner
Allergy shot each week
Women's March Imperial Valley (but we didn't march, we rallied)