Monday, November 16, 2015

What's Going On

I've been too busy living to write.  I keep thinking I need to update the blog but then I seem to have no time.

I've started to work some Sundays for the holiday season. This requires extremely good time management on my part so that all the things I normally would do on Sundays are handled.  I did have yesterday off and distinctly thought about how my flow changes come fall.  In the summer all I want to do on the weekend is go to the beach.  I'm pretty sure my housekeeping suffers for that.

In my efforts not to sit at home a sulk in the dark, I've made so much progress that this week I have no evenings home.  I'm sure there's balance there but this is not the week for it.


I'm really enjoying the 100 days of healthier eating challenge I've been doing.  With the mini challenges I've found it makes me consider other things around food.  It's like there's an awareness there that I was blindly pushing past.  I've also enjoyed this graphics our leader is putting up every day.  This has been one of my favorites so far!


I LOVE my new exercise class!!  In fact, I love it so much I am sad that I cannot take it two times a week right now.  The instructor is great - lots of personality - but also really good at teaching this class.  It's a true cardio kickboxing class, which was fun for me as I pretty much know the moves from doing Muay Thai Boxing.  We end with lots of ab work and stretching, including some yoga moves during the cool down.  Love, love, love!  I will definitely be signing up for two days a week when the session restarts at the end of January. Even though it means I will be out of the house 4 nights a week for a month, I think that will be good for me as January-February are the worst months of winter to me.

I did exactly what I said I would do:  as soon as I got home, I changed into my exercise clothes and did some cleaning.  That kept me busy right up until I needed to leave again and made all the difference in the world for me getting back out of the house,  Also helps with that time management thing I mentioned before.


In other exercise efforts, one of the things I have always enjoyed is some form of step aerobics.  I have have the old Step Reebok tape from the 1980's and do it about every 10 days.  I have long wished someone would update step.

I found out about this guy via the woman who is doing our healthy eating challenge.  He came to where she lives in Maryland and she loved the class.  I've been following him on Facebook and YouTube and have been impressed that his groups seem to have regular people in them (i.e., not exercise "models" or obviously super fit people who do it for a living). Yesterday he had a prerelease of his first DVD.  I ordered it - can't wait for it to come in!  If you want to see more of his stuff, search Extreme Hip-Hop with Phil on You Tube.

I saw this on Facebook and thought it worth repeating.  In fact, I thought it worth printing out and sticking it with my exercise notebook.  I wish we could teach our young women each one of these!

  1. Everyone has rolls when they bend over.
  2. When someone tells you that you're beautiful, believe them. They aren't lying.
  3. Sometimes we all wake up with breath that could kill a goat.
  4. For every woman unhappy with her stretch marks is another woman who wishes she had them.
  5. You should DEFINITELY have more confidence. And if you saw yourself the way that others see you, you would.
  6. Don't look for a man to save you. Be able to save yourself.
  7. It's okay to not love every part of your body...but you should.
  8. We all have that one friend who seems to have it all together. That woman with the seemingly perfect life. Well, you might be that woman to someone else.
  9. You should be a priority. Not an option, a last resort, or a backup plan.
  10. You're a woman. And that alone makes you pretty damn remarkable.

And that's all the news that's fit to print!

Monday, November 2, 2015

Hashtag Fail... But All Is Not Lost

Why is it that when you put your best foot and intentions forward it seems like the universe gathers everything to slay the dragon... and YOU are the dragon?

Not that I needed them, but I got a lot of reminders that just because something fails, all is not lost.

I did much better with my food than I have been, I suspect because I committed to honestly tracking every single bite.  Funny how if I have to "admit" eating that handful of chips I suddenly can find something else to do besides shove food in my mouth.  Well most of the time anyway.  On the one occasion that I #failed I went all in.  I would like to blame Mr. Helen for the wine he put in front of me and the Cheez-It/Triscuit snack he made but you know, I am an adult and all I had to do was say no.  But the situation did give me the chance to remind myself that just because that's how it went down Tuesday evening after work didn't mean that even my very next meal wasn't a chance for a do-over.  As the week went on, that got better.  So, I'd give myself an A for effort and a solid B for reality.

As I mentioned I signed up for a class through my city's rec department and spent all of last Thursday looking forward to going to the class.  Even the fact that I was home for well over an hour before I had to leave did not deter me.  I know that sounds weird, but 4 p.m., when I'm walking through the door (unless I've run errands), is my absolute brain-hazed, "boy am I tired" time. For me to come home, change into workout clothes, then have 45 minutes to an hour to sit means I also have 45 minutes to an hour to contemplate how tired I am and how I do not want to go back out.  I expect this to be worse this week now that it's dark so early.

I did decide, based on last Thursday, that once I'm changed into workout clothes, I'm going to clean something so I can keep moving until I move myself out the door.  But I digress...

I changed, then sipped on some water and watched a DVR'd show before I left.  Drove to school gymnasium where the class was being held and walked in wondering how many people would be there.  Imagine my surprise when I opened the door to the gym and there was... no one.  I looked at the clock on the wall and it said 5:25.  Huh, the class starts at 5:30 so where is everybody?  At 5:45 I dejectedly walked out and drove back home.

You can just imagine what my brain did with that. I'm sure I don't even have to explain how utterly disappointed I was.  I called the Rec department and left a message for them to call me on Friday, all the while feeling very sorry for myself.

The one good thing is that I reminded myself that THEIR fail did not mean "I" failed and I did not go home and comfort myself with food.  I ate a sensible dinner and called it a night, going to be bed early enough to get up Friday morning and work out.

They did call me Friday and apologized profusely because they had changed the venue to another school and absolutely no one could figure out how I was never notified.  They also said I could make the class up so that means one week I'll be taking the class Tuesday and Thursday.  I'll take that as a win.

On to another good week.