- Sunday Nov 12, 2006
Well, it's Sunday morning and we're in the middle of renos. This house is a mess; we can't walk anywhere without shoes since there are nails just about everywhere.
I've started to paint and boy is it ever a work in progress. Seriously, I very much doubt that it will look good by the time i'm done!! If I can find a scanner in this town, i'll prove my point to you. It's frustrating because it's an old house and the walls aren't straight and the drywalling isn't done properly, etc. blah blah. whine.
I'm doing amazingly well these days. I feel quite good; regular exercise and chicken or fish apparently go well with me. And I did get that massage too - oh it felt good, but at the moment my back is killing me (too much bending and painting I imagine) and my hip is out of place so there's a sharp pain flowing down my leg. But we'll deal. The massage felt awesome, i'm going to try and do that more often. I'm getting a pedicure tomorrow with a friend. That should be interesting - never had this done before.
Hmm, what else can I tell you? I'm off work for four whole days and i'm going to spend my time on me. Well, that and painting.
- Monday Nov 06, 2006
I happen to be feeling pretty good in general today - and i'm here to update and see how all of you are doing.
Kickboxing, yoga, volleyball and the gym are my regular exercises these days. As well, we're starting some renovations in the kitchen and are working towards painting, then tile for the floor and backsplash, and eventually laminate flooring for the living and dining rooms. At this time, i'm waiting for bf to finish mudding and sanding so that I can start painting. I'm going with a 70s theme - beige/brown tones with grey and light yellow designs. Haha, with the grey tile I picked out and the colorful array of tile for the backsplash (burgundy, deep blue, grey, yellow and brown) this kitchen is styled just for me - not for resale, which is our main goal. But oh well, I like to be creative and goshdarnit that's what i'm going to be!
My diet needs a good kickstart, which i'm hoping to achieve today. I'm kicking the coffee habit and drinking Crystal Light instead. I'm also trying out the six small meals a day and have an assortment of treats to incorporate. Yogurt smoothies, nut and yogurt bars, cottage cheese cups and yogurt cups, grapes, pears and oranges, muffins for breakfast, brown rice and either chicken or fish for dinner.
I've been feeling crappy lately and I think it has a lot to do with what I was eating. Hopefully this will help to boost my mood and give me the energy I so badly need.
This week i'm also making an appointment for a massage - something I don't regularly do, but will attempt to from now on. They feel good and that's what I need right now.
So wish me luck!
- Friday Oct 27, 2006
I find it so ironic that when I have a spare moment to write another entry, I always seem to be hit with something or other and i'm sure it's making me sound like a baby who has a terrible immune system and a really horrible life of laying on the couch and only rolling over far enough to reach the remote control.
I am sick again today, but am going to persevere and work through it. Hallowe'en is coming up and I want to be healthy - or as healthy as I can be, anyways.
I started going to kickboxing classes again after my bout of flu - that is going well although I must remember to take it easy until my coughing ceases. I am still on the fruit kick but have to kick my cheese habit because i'm buying a block of cheese every two days for goodness sake.
Anyways, just had a moment and wanted you all to know that i'm still here whether you want me or not (!) and I hope you are all doing well.
All the best. Happy Hallowe'en!
- Monday Oct 16, 2006
Ah, flu season. And it had to hit me when I was already down. At least I was prepared and totally expected this. But although I pounded the vitamin C and Echinacea and practically drank NyQuil all night, that darn virus has still found its way into my already badly shaken immune system. And now my question is: How much fruit can a fruitcake eat?!!!
Okay, so i'm not exactly on top of things intellectually - pardon my seriously awful jokes, but i'm wallowing in fluid creeping out my nose and spraying god knows what out my mouth everytime I sneeze. Bad jokes are about all I can manage right now.
Seriously, I am much better than I was. Now that the cold I started with is lodged deep within my chest, I am more able to breathe correctly and therefore get more than a few hours of sleep each night. And that means I can enthusiastically greet the flu-bug with a little of my own medicine. That being the couch. And a blanket. Add a box of kleenex to go and let the pity party begin.
My body has been sufficiently cleaned out and yet I can't seem to rid myself of this evil influence. And though i've waited more than a week to ride it out, i'm coming close to the end of my rope. I offered my bug to my boyfriend but for some reason he doesn't find the idea all too appealing. And i've run out of people to blame.
As I zone out for the night, I will say that i'm keeping very well to my diet since i've been suddenly forced to eat all the fruit in the grocery store and bf has kindly made soup and stew with most of the vegetables he can conveniently name. Although there isn't much exercise happening here, i've effectively broken the record for number of seconds it takes to walk around the house before clear fainting from lack of oxygen. I know, I know, it's not funny...
- Wednesday Oct 04, 2006
Tuesday: 1820 calories, no exercise.
Wednesday: I'm not done yet! But so far around 1000 calories. And yes, I went to kickboxing tonight.
I felt so much better after writing my emotional entry the other day. I did go right to sleep, but fell asleep quickly and slept very soundly the whole night through. There are some viruses going around and chances are i've felt the corner of one of them and simply am hideously feeling sorry for myself and perhaps a little out of sorts. These classes - anything that forces me to get up and do something - are really saving me right now. It's just incredibly hard to realize how much they can impact my mood. If I would have gone on Monday, I doubt very much I would have been in such a mood to write such an entry. I'm still not up to snuff and am still feeling a little sorry for myself, but better to live through it rather than ignore it until it goes away. I guess I need to find my own harmony before trying to accomplish something I can't help but keep destroying.
Thank you ladies for your kind thoughts and comments, it feels truly awesome to know that you are right there with me and if anyone will hold me accountable, you will. I have a habit of taking things for granted - so big hugs from me to you!
So, in the end, i'm still here. And none the worse for wear, in fact. While doing ab work tonight I noticed that my stomach is quite flat and my legs are muscled and strong. I should notice these things more often - the feel instead of the number, right?!
- Tuesday Oct 03, 2006
I stayed under 1500 calories up until Sunday. Dreadful Dunday. That's right - Done Day. Actually, that was a typo, but it seems to fit well.
I am in my downward spiral, which I knew would be approaching sooner or later. I feel crappy, and it's starting to show. I'm snapping at my boyfriend even though he buys me flowers for no reason; I don't want to be at work even though I love it and it pays the bills; I'm falling asleep by 8pm every night right through until morning and even then I don't want to wake up. It's 7:30 right now and i'm getting ready for bed - let's be honest, I already AM ready for bed.
I hit 2500 calories on Sunday. Then I weighed myself Monday night and although I should have known better, it depressed me to no end. So I skipped kickboxing class and wallowed in self-pity. All while stuffing my face to the point of nausea. Oh God, how my life is contingent upon a number. I'm so melodramatic. This morning I was going to turn it around. But by 10am I was dragging my butt around, only doing the things that needed to be done instead of looking forward to every challenge as I normally do. My friend is sick right now; when she stopped in to say 'hello' as only a good friend would, I spent the whole 10 minutes of her time complaining about how I don't feel good. Don't feel good? What a crock. I simply want to be coddled and pitied and not held accountable.
Tonight I watched a weight loss show on t.v. And for a moment there, a very fast moment, I wanted to show myself that I can get through this. And I pulled over the chair in the living room and did 63 step ups onto it in 2 minutes. Alas, upsetting myself once again by not being able to reach 66 steps - a number i'm pretty sure I pulled out of thin air. I then found a cookie. Good thing there was only one left.
Going to sleep now can only be a good thing - it means that I won't pull open the fridge door to check for leftovers and it means I won't drive my vehicle to the nearest gas station for chips or pop or chocolate.
Tomorrow night there will be another kickboxing class and as i've already begged a friend of mine to make me go, I can't see myself missing another class. You see, it's not that I want to miss these classes, it's not that I want to eat to the point of exhaustion. There is just something inside me saying 'you are not good enough, and I will make you fail'.
- Thursday Sep 28, 2006
Tuesday: ? calories (didn't bring my book with me, but I know it was under 1500, possibly even under 1400), walked the dog for one hour. It's so much fun taking the dog for walks when we don't have to leash him - we take him later at night so that there's less of a chance meeting up with other dogs that may not like him. Anyways, we walked the regular route and Chewy rather likes to fall behind us, then run and catch up, and over and over. Once again we ran away on him and hid behind a tree. This time he was over to us in a flash - he must be catching on to our little trick. At least it ensures he is always aware of where we are, although i'm sure our jovial 'messing with his head' routine is making him frustrated!!
Wednesday: 1470 calories, or 1440 calories, something like that. I even had some room for popcorn during a rented movie last night, although I probably shouldn't have eaten past 8pm - isn't that a golden rule??? Went to kickboxing and found it suprisingly and pleasantly moderate instead of the usual extreme workout. Time to step it up to the next level I guess. The parts that make my head want to blow apart are the leg and upper body exercises at the end of the workout. My arms feel like jello today.
Again will be another night off from exercising. I might try to do some reading. I bought 2 mystery/horrors while in the city, both written by the same author. I've read one so far and found it fairly good, so i'm looking forward to the other one. If I could remember the author's name i'd tell 'ya, but I can't. She's written three books so far, all mysteries, about ghosts and psychic powers and apparently i'm into them...
- Tuesday Sep 26, 2006
Thursday: 1120 calories, gym
Friday: 1340 calories, no exercise (went out of town for the weekend to visit some relatives)
Saturday: 1970 calories, went rock-climbing and it was so much fun!!!!
Sunday: 2760 calories, no exercise. Didn't expect my mother and grandmother to come by and take us out for supper. I wasn't about to say no, because we have an ongoing argument about how much time I spend with my family. I got the fish and chips and only ate half of it, but that still pumped up my calorie count for the day. I was also extremely thirsty today and drank countless glasses of kool-aide. Water just wasn't making its debut.
Monday: 1400 calories, kickboxing and yoga. I almost threw up during the kickboxing workout, really worked myself a little too much. I don't know how these girls can giver heck for so long...I guess i'm either getting old or my stamina just isn't what it used to be! Eventually, though, i'll get there and i'll be able to keep up with the Jones'. haha.
I'm taking tonight off for exercise and doing the household things that I didn't get done on the weekend (groceries, dishes, laundry, blah blah blah).
We picked up Chewy from the farm when we got back into town and had to spend an hour giving him a bath. So the story goes, he got himself into a little predicament and ended up rolling around in it. If you can't imagine what 'it' might be, just think of horses and cows and pastures and what might be found in those pastures due to horses and cows digestive systems...evidently he was worn out from rolling around so much because when we finally got him home and cornered him onto a towel on the living room floor, he went straight to sleep. Unfortunately, this morning I woke up with him laying over top of my legs and in my efforts to stop the darn *buzzing* of the alarm without having the mobility of my legs I must've turned the thing off completely. I wasn't late for work, but I was pretty close to it. Just one of those days, today is.
- Thursday Sep 21, 2006
Yesterday's calories: 1470
The stubborn mule in me refused to do anything in the way of exercise yesterday. No excuses, right? Wrong. I am the Queen at excusing myself from doing things. I may feel a little guilty about it, but that won't last long. Good thing bf didn't want to do anything but fall asleep watching a movie last night, though I bet Chewy didn't like that idea at all.
I know I have some habits that I need to change. I just need a few tweaks. And i'm speaking generally; I need a few tweaks in every facet of my life. I can now fully realize that my problem areas are when i'm overly excited, happy, depressed, foul, etc. I'll have my fresh starts every so often and i'll screw things up every so often. I'm okay with that. I'll have those a-ha moments and give it all i've got for a month or two, and then i'll plunge back into my lazy habits. As long as i'm balancing out between the two and reaching goals i've set, it will all work out okay. RIGHT?!!!
Gym today after work, if my hips will allow.
- Wednesday Sep 20, 2006
Friday: 1320 calories, no exercise
Saturday: 2180 calories, no exercise
It wasn't that I was hungry and ate all day, moreso that I went out for breakfast (as is usually the case on the weekends) with my boyfriend and had an extra large meal that I don't usually have. And forget about cutting calories for the rest of the day. I don't care what anyone says - when you're in the habit of eating certain amounts at certain times throughout the day, it's incredibly hard to change. I figure this is something i'll just have to work around. Kind of like LIFE, huh.
Sunday: 2590 calories, no exercise
Again, that darn breakfast ruined my day. As well, Sunday nights are my other temptation, when we get the chance to sit down together and hash out the weeks' activities. We ordered in this time - it's not a usual circumstance though, so this will be something I can learn to control a little better.
Monday: 770 calories, kickboxing and yoga
I did actually make it to the yoga class on Monday night. Wow. I didn't think it would be as difficult as it was. My ignorance sure caught up with me these last few weeks! It was incredibly relaxing though, especially with the lights turned down and soft music playing. I loved it! Hope it will continue...
Tuesday: 1280 calories, gym
The treadmill kicked my butt and I could feel my hip joint starting to wedge its way out of its' socket as I was running. 47 minutes later I decided that it just wasn't important anymore and that floor exercises were really what I wanted to do.
I'm really sore today. Like I mean, really sore. If I stay put and sitting for more than 10 minutes I have trouble standing up off my chair. I'm tired, cranky and exhausted. And, of course, busy. I haven't stopped until now, the only thing carrying me forward is the chocolate-zuchinni muffin a co-worker ever so graciously forced on me. And gosh, was it good. I'm looking forward to chicken or salmon tonight, rice and some much needed vegetables. And no exercise. Thanks anyways.