Thursday, February 25, 2010

What kind of week have you had?

I don't know about you but it's been that kind of week. The kind that makes you want to find a rock to hide under!! Nothing major out of wack (unless you consider having to pay uncle sam come April 15 a bunch of money you hadn't budgeted major-which it really is but there isn't anything we can do about it right now)...

Anyhow, So far I have been able to get into the gym 3 days (Mon thru Weds); which is good. My food still needs help but it's getting easier. I purchased a Foodsaver to help with making healthy lunches that will be easy to reheat (and won't be freezier burned). The internet said it will save us $600 a year and if the internet said it it must be true (or so the hubby says). Some folks at work have them as well and gave it two thumbs up. I feel that even if it saves us $200 a year I'll be happy and consider it a good investment. Heck, I already consider it a good investment because the food doesn't take up as much space in the freezer as containers, I'm able to have a variety for week day lunches rather than eat the same thing 5 days in a row. Granted I have to do some major cooking one day a month but heck I've got to cook anyway!! Supposedly it seals veggies too. And the machine is easy to use which is a bonus.

I'm in dire need of a new computer (laptop prefered) because the current one is getting slower and slower. It's also 5 years old and the life on them is 3. But due to tax season (and the tax guy saying "looks like you owe $$$$ but it's in final review so don't hold me to that) I'm not sure if I should right now. The hubby is ticked. I am too but it isn't MY fault or the tax guy. Anyhow, I took tomorrow off so maybe I will go price shopping. I've seen a couple that are around $450 that look like good machines. Maybe I'll get lucky and find a steal of a deal.

In case you didn't notice, I took my weight loss chart off my blog and updated the "search" name (previously the link said "adayinthelifeoffredbird" (my dog). After starting a blog I decided that talking about my dog wouldn't be real interesting. Matter of fact you would probably be like "you do what for your dog?" and think I am crazy (which at this point in my life may not be far from the truth). And my weight loss chart...well I was getting down right discouraged from it! I'm losing pounds very slow. If it weren't for the fact the my endurance is up, pants/tops loser (and so are my undies!!), and my pal Sherrie I would have given up weeks ago on weight loss. But this journey isn't about weight's about being healthier physically, emotionally. I want to do it right and if it takes a year to lose 60 pounds it takes a year.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

My 20 Wishes

Inspired by a book I read last year by Debbie MacComber (20 Wishes) I’ve come up with my list of 20 things I would like to do during my life. As one list is completed, another list can be created. Or I can add to it as I complete one of the wishes…time will tell…I have no idea since I haven’t completed anything on my list yet!! Also, although the list is numbered doesn’t mean I (or you if you chose to make a list) have to do it in THAT order. The beauty of this list is I can do them in whatever order I want!

1) Go Parasailing. (I missed my opportunity to do this in my early years which I have regretted since. You can bet I won’t do THAT again!!)

2) Go Bungee Jumping. I have no idea WHY I want to do this but I do…seems daring?

3) Go Skydiving. Again, not sure why I want to do this…but something about jumping out of a perfectly good airplane appeals to me.

4) Climb Lady Liberty Stairs. On my journey to being healthier, this is at the top of my wish list! This is where many of our ancestors came through.

5) Go to Ireland w/someone I love. I’ve heard how beautiful it is. I want to experience it for myself. If I can get myself into a size 12 or smaller jeans my hubby will take me. He promised!!

6) Write a book. Not sure what kind of book but it will be a book that inspires, uplifts, and relights a fire in a persons soul.

7) Write articles. I like life experiences. I’m not big on things that haven’t really been felt.

8) Create doggie outfits and sell/donate them. I have a pug…the outfits in the stores never seem to fit right.

9) Travel the U.S. in a Small RV. I had also put “to watch Cardinals games in different stadiums” but I want to see more (on top of seeing baseball games) like Yellowstone, Wyoming, Oreagon, Washington, the Largest Garage Sale in the U.S., etc.

10) Travel Alaska. Planes, Trains and Automobile come to mind. In the pictures it’s “Totally” beautiful. I want to see it for myself.

11) Attend “The Price is Right”. Really…do I need to explain?? :O)

12) Complete a ½ Marathon. Hopefully April 11, 2010 I can mark this off my list!

13) Run a 5k. No really, RUN the 5k. I’ve participated in tons of 5k’s (ok about 10ish) but not once have I ran the entire thing. This too shall come to pass!

14) Once a month, tray something new. I want to take golfing lessons, ride in a nascar/busch series car, learn to make stained glasses objects, paint class, etc.

15) Go to a Sprint Cup or Busch series race.

16) Go Paintballing. I watched “Failure to Lauch” last week and it looked like FUN!

17) Spend a month on the East Coast (Philadelphia) and get to know the family members I’ve never met as well as visit the cemetaries my grand parents are buried at.

18) Buy season tickets to Busch Stadiums/St.Louis Cardinals.

19) Volunteer/run/own a dog rescue w/focus on Pugs. I LOVE dogs. Like children they didn’t ask to be born.

20) Let go of the anger. Sad to say I still harbor a LOT of anger from years past about things I had NO control over. When is it time to let it go?

Monday, February 15, 2010

Week of 2/08/10

To say that it’s been an interesting week would be a lie. It really has been neither here nor there. Like many others I’ve had my ups and my downs; thankfully nothing drastic! I’ve done 29 plus miles of exercise (mostly walking, a couple miles jogged, and a handful of cycled miles). I’m actually pleasantly surprised at how many miles I did because of the “discomfort” in my body I was feeling but I’ll gladly take it and use it as continued motivation. And I only took one day off from doing some form of exercising, with my most productive day including a 6 mile walk.

My weight continues to stay centralized. By centralized I mean it ain’t moving much. I’m a bit disappointed but figure I may as well continue to try and be healthy (I’ve really got nothing better to do!). I feel that I ate healthy much of the week (lots of fruit, veggies, yogurt, fish, dairy); moving off the beaten path once when I went for Chinese food Wednesday night. I know I need to put more focus on my food intake (by keeping a journal) but I really need figure out how to keep myself moving and LIKE IT (not just keep myself moving because I know I need to do it). I really can’t wait for the snow to be gone…I love walking/jogging outside because I’m more at peace with myself and what I’m doing (plus I get too see all sorts of cool animals (like deer and dogs and birds) and people).

Earlier this week there was a blog that mentioned an “overly tempting candy dish”. This gal had the displeasure of walking by it daily and while I sympathize I openly admitted that I was the “keeper of the candy dish” in my office. I don’t force the candy on anyone (the “dish” is actually a desk drawer) but it’s known that if someone needs a little sweet that they are more than welcome to it. Some of my folks even CONTRIBUTE to the contents of the drawer. The funniest thing about the drawer is that I rarely get into it but if I am feigning for a “lil something” I can get it (it keeps me from the vending machine and the large size candy bars) without feeling too guilty. Psst...if you click on the photo you will see that there are raisins in my stash too!!

But after reading some of the other responses to this other blog (examples-“it’s not helping anyone in the office” and “chances are there are others in this office that doesn’t want it there either” were the two that stick out) I needed to know if my co-workers thought I was in error for having a “communal candy dish”. In no way, shape or form would I ever want to sabotage someone else’s healthy eating lifestyle (which many of my co-workers follow). I’ve always felt that if someone didn’t want to eat something I brought in, they didn’t have too. But to be sure I asked everyone if the drawer was a problem and if I should remove it. I told them to be honest and that I would hold no grudge. They thought I was crazy for asking and wanted to know why. I explained to them about weight loss and reading weight loss blogs and about temptations. They told me not to worry about it…that if they didn’t want to eat it they wouldn’t. So I’m not going to worry about it. If it becomes a problem and I am made aware that it’s a problem, I’ll ensure that it doesn’t get refilled!

Friday, February 5, 2010

Not such a bad week after all...

for being in training most of the week, I didn't do too bad eating and exercise. I was able to get my miles in 3 of the 5 work days and I didn't do too bad food wise. My worst choices were made at breakfast time (chocolate hostess donuts) so I need to figure a plan out. I had been having a fiber plus bar (really yummy) but was told I "didn't need them because of hte sugar." I asked my husband what he thought and he laughed and said "yeah, you don't really need them but it has nothing to do with the sugar." I'm pretty clueless when it comes to what specifically to eat for what and I had no idea that eating fiber helps with certain bodily functions. Certian bodily functions I have NO problems with. Anyhow...I'm back to trying to figure out something that I can eat as I'm walking out the door/driving to the office. About a half hour after I get to the office I normally have my yogart (Dannon fit) (830/9am)... I've had a banana occasionally on the way to work but lately I've been having it about 30 mins (to an hour) before my work out at 11. Other previous options included Slim fast optima and special k bars (which weren't real filling). any suggestions???

Tuesday, February 2, 2010


I just really wish there were a quick fix. I know that this weight didn't come on overnight and it's going to take some time for it to come off. But PLEASE help me stay strong and not throw in the towel. Please help me to make the right food choices. Please help me stay excited about walking/jogging and the whole process of getting healthy.