Monday, April 12, 2010

Stay the Course

My past couple of weekends have been nothing like I expected. In any area of my life! I can’t believe how discombobulated everything has been due to our family room flood. A monkey wrench was thrown into the works and it was all we could deal with. I am ready for some normalcy.

This past week we had begun carpet shopping, going to the big box stores and some flooring stores as well. The carpet that was in the family room had previously been purchased through a company that comes to your home to give estimates so we figured we’d see what inflation had done to the price in 4 years. I set us up an appointment on Saturday morning with the carpet people. They came and after some negotiating, we ended up buying the same carpet we had before! Honestly, we really liked what was there and it was only 4 years old. We were pleasantly surprised to find it was still available and the price hadn't gone up much at all in 4 years (well, after negotiating). They're installing this afternoon which meant all of a sudden my weekend became a huge scramble to make sure we were ready for the installation. This meant painting. I hate painting, especially when it’s all trim work like baseboards and door trim – ugh. But, I got it done.

We’ve also been wanting to get rid of this huge old armoire that the computer sat in - we inherited it with the house but have never liked it. It's so big Mr. Helen literally has had to disassemble via hammer and saw it to get it out of the room. We're really not even sure how the previous owners got it down there - and maybe that's why they left it!

Anyway, all that activity meant my only exercise was my class Saturday morning. Unless you can count 8 hours of painting as activity? It should count based on how my glutes and shoulders feel today.

Hopefully, by the time I get home today the carpet will be in and we can begin to re-combobulate.

One really good thing is that even with that discombobulation and the extra things we suddenly had to do, I determinedly stayed the course with my eating. No more seepage!!

Shortly before we diconnected the computer yesterday I signed on briefly and took a gander at some blogs.  Jack Sh*t did a post about being on track and working out what permanent weight loss is all about. He rarely does serious posts but when he does it’s a home run. If you haven’t read it, you should What really struck a cord with me in that post was this:

“Now during even my busiest, most off-kilter weeks, I figure out a way to carve out time for exercise in some form or fashion. Now when I find myself in a situation where I eat and drink more than I should, I recognize it for what it is: an anomaly, an aberration, an exception to the rule.”

Which is what it’s really all about, whether you’re a work in progress or a work in maintenance. Life is going to handle us all unexpected events - things that make it hard to eat and exercise correctly.  Recovery is just as hard and how you treat the unexpected abberations that life hands you will affect your journey to goal.  We don't have to be perfect, we just have to stay on track - or get back on track sooner than later.


  1. Darn right painting counts as exercise.
    Glad things are looking like they are heading in the right direction for you. I hate when things get thrown for a loop and you get out of the norm. Mind you, sometimes it is a very good thing too!
    Glad there's no more seepage :)
    Have a great day Helen!

  2. It's good to hear things are returning to normal for you. I'd say painting is exercise!
    You are right on about the seepage too. I need to watch that.


  3. I really liked that post of Jack's too. He's endlessly great! Good luck with the carpeting. And to life back in the "normal" lane...HA! Life is what seems to happen after we make other plans. Good for you for keeping the exercise on track.

  4. Anonymous said... Hopefully each day and week will get a little more "normal". Thanks for all your sweet comments on my blog!!!

  5. You make some very good points:

    Yes, my dear, painting counts as exercise in anyone's book. It actually counts double because it isn't fun. If you think it's fun, come to my house ASAP.

    Yes, Jack is a master blogger ... always worth the click. I took to heart his mandate to himself to always carve out some time to have activity in his life.

    And life is comprised of one unexpected event after another. If we wait (as I hear people say who are preparing to lose weight) until "things settle down," it will never happen.

    I enjoyed your thoughtful post.

  6. You have such a great positive attitude!

  7. You sure have a way with words, Helen! I hope that you are all combobulated correctly very soon!

  8. Great post and it's so true. I'm glad you managed your eating well even with a messed up schedule.

  9. painting can burn up to 380 calories per hour..and that is an inside estimate on a 162 lb woman.
    I move on by saying "that never happened"
    If blatant denial works for my mil, it can work for me..and it does. I don't even bother to feel's a waste of time. I just pick back up where I left off.

  10. 8 hours of painting?! If that doesn't count, I don't know what does!

    It sounds like you have a lot going on.