Enough already – 1/29/13

So my back is feeling much better now after throwing it out while coughing last week.  I still have a wee bit of nasal/chest congestion, but it’s getting better.  Last Friday my train commute home got held up for an hour by a grade crossing accident – car vs. train is never a good thing. 

And then on Saturday night, I felt a wee bit chilly and checked the thermostat.  Turns out the furnace had stopped working!  That’s fixed as of today (we had another company at the house yesterday morning, but what they wanted was essentially highway robbery – they must have marked the needed part up by 300% or so-  so we called on someone recommended by a friend).  Thank goodness the weather was mild these past few days!  We got by pretty well with space heaters and our beloved heated mattress pad.  😀

Anyway, I don’t know what kind of hex was placed on me in the 2nd half of January, but I’m ready for a new start. 

One good thing, the scale showed me down another pound this morning.  And that’s with no exercise for over two weeks, and not doing very well on the eating either.  Time to get back to a routine after all this weirdness.


Challenging Time – 1/22/2013

Wow, the past week has been a challenge.  I got the flu last week and was home from work Tues-Fri.  Chills, body aches, fever – it was pretty awful.  But by the weekend, all that was gone, and yesterday morning, I was substantially bettter.  But – I do have some chest congestion, and so as I readied myself for work yesterday morning, I was coughing and actually wrenched my back – ouch.  Yesterday morning was very uncomfortable, but I’ve been wearing heat patches and/or using a heating pad, so it’s feeling better today. 

It’s times like this that make me appreciate being (usually) in good health. 


Ho Hum – Jan. 3, 2013

Back to work.  I’ve been having that “I can’t believe I’ll have to work full weeks now” feeling.  Get over it, self.  Next holiday:  President’s Day, 45 more days.

I ended up with a one-pound gain from the holidays.  Not too bad. 

Back to tracking my eating.  If I were to look back at last year, this would be a success for me.  Knowing it had worked for me in the past, I still resented it and resisted doing it.  But I made myseld do it and it’s finally gotten easier. 

Back to brown-bagging work lunches and snacks.  Another success.  The snacks, yes, I’d gotten on board with that earlier in the year.  But right at the end of August I finally got myself to bring lunch to work and I’ve been doing it ever since.  This year, I’ll try to be better at it.  Keep lunch and snack foods well-stocked at home.  Assemble everything the night before.  Try new foods to keep things interesting.  Add high volume, lower calorie foods to help fill me up. 

Two more exercise classes to finish my fitness punchcard.  Yeh, I’m boring even myself with this countdown.  After that, it’ll just be me and the gym.  Will I have the self-discipline to get myself there and to push/challenge myself to do good workouts?


12/27/2012 – Maintaining

We’re quite a ways through the holiday season, but I still have several social events in the coming days – one each on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  And that doesn’t count NYE, when we’re having a few people over to the house.  That’s going to be very low key.  Still, after all of this, I was hoping for a quiet NYE, but bf went ahead and invited a few people over.  I’m hoping it’s only a couple of his friends that actually make it, and I can just stay up ’til midnight to ring in the new year and then retire to the bedroom to read, watch tv or go to sleep. 

I still haven’t managed to track my eating during my time off this month, but luckily the scale has shown no gain.  I’ve been keeping busy so I guess I haven’t had time to go nuts with snacking.  I’m happy to be maintaining. 

Three more classes on my fitness class punchcard for this session.  Still debating on whether to register for a class or just focus on gym workouts.  I went to a strength training class yesterday morning and I’m really sore today.  I would like it if I would push myself at the gym the way I do in group fitness classes.  On the other hand, I would like it if this instructor taught this class in the evenings! 

Tues., Nov. 27, 2012 – The Occasional Post

I had a nice long holiday weekend, extended to a 5th day because I took a vacation day yesterday.  The scale stayed steady in spite of a big holiday dinner, meals out, and generally not adhering to any kind of meal plan and thoroughly enjoying it. 

I got in two exercise classes – a circuit class on Saturday and an aerobics class yesterday.  The aerobics class had a bit of strength training at the end and I’m sore from the push-ups.  They were done on the ballet bar, but a couple of the sets were slow ones – several counts down, at the bottom, and then back up, so that really made a difference.  I also got additional physical activity from the dog walks – five of ’em.  Usually I only do them on the weekends and bf does them on the weekdays, but of course bf’s more than happy to hand off that task to me when I have time off work.  Especially when the weather is cold and blustery like it was a couple days ago…

I didn’t track food for the entire five days, but I didn’t go totally nuts either.  I didn’t always weigh and measure, but I tried to keep portions under control.  I have to admit it’s sort of a relief to be back to a routine as far as meals go. 

I finally joined the no-frills gym near the house last night.  I’m thinking it’ll be good for doing cardio and the weight machines, and then maybe I’ll plan on working in the Pilates class at the park district as well. 

About 3 weeks ago I decided to set a weight goal for the end of the month, but I’m still 2 pounds away.  I might get within a pound of that goal (and I did fleetingly see that number on the scale at the beginning of the holiday weekend), but I don’t expect to hit the goal by Friday, and I’m okay with that.  I think maintaining is good enough for me at this time of year. 

Tues., Oct. 30, 2012 Two Months

So it’s been about two months since I got back into tracking my food (using a tracker on SparkPeople) and since I started bringing lunches to work from home.  I’m down 12 pounds from the highest number I ever saw on the scale.  That high number was really a blip of about 4-5 pounds higher than the number that the scale had been hovering around for the past several months.  But…blip or not, it was shocking to me.  And it spurred me to do something about it.

I feel silly now that I resisted bringing my lunch from home for so long.  It’s made it easier for me to track my eating and to eat lighter.  I don’t wonder what and where I’ll eat every day, and I don’t feel guilty afterwards about what I ate. I also save a lot of money.   I usually eat lunch at my desk.  I thought I’d hate it, but I don’t. 

The lack of routine on weekends makes them tough, but I still try to track what I eat.  My bf, who has always been thin, has actually started to get a bit of a gut, so he’s just starting to consider watching what he’s eating and even using his gym membership.  This can only help me. 🙂 Last night I tried spaghetti squash for the first time ever.  I liked it, it was easy to make, and I would definitely have that again in place of pasta.  Bf made himself some pasta, but tried a couple bites of my squash and was surprised he actually liked it.  Maybe next time he’ll have it too. 

I still have to get on the ball with making sure I have foods in the house with which to make my lunches, but I generally make do, even if I have to bring a frozen entree.  So far, everything’s very basic, but easy for me to assemble.  Bf teases me about all the little containers I pull out of my backpack when I get home from work. 😀  In addition to making sure I have the foods in the house, it would also be nice to have everything assembled the night before so I’m not rushing in the morning.  It’ll happen.

Exercise…still not back in the groove yet.  But I do have a punch card that has 15 classes left on it to use up by Jan. 6th, and I’m loathe to waste the money I spent on that pass so I know I’ll use it up.  Yes, I know that it’s not a huge challenge to do 15 classes in 10 weeks, but it’s something.  As I’ve thought before – it’d be nice to supplement that with at-home exercise…also not happening.  I might have to get some dumbbells from the basement and do some exercises while watching tv.  Another habit to develop.  Or rather, re-develop.  Back before DVRs, I used to do exercises during the commercials.  Now we just fast forward through them…


Oct. 11, 2012


Still tracking my eating.  Scale is inching down very slowly and that’s fine by me. 

I finally purchased my group fitness class punch card!  Went to a class on Monday night.  Going to another class tonight. 

Let’s see what happens now that I’m tracking my eating AND exercising.

Mon., Oct. 1, 2012

Still not back into the exercise groove, and I need to get there because I just don’t like how my body looks and feels without it.  This week I will buy a fitness passport and get back to exercise classes.  I’m still tossing around the idea of joining the no-frills gym just to supplement any classes I take. 

Eating’s been okay.  Keeping up with tracking, except this past weekend!  Saturday I had two social events and it’s just so difficult to track when you eat a bit of this and that.  Book club was like that as it’s potluck.  I had some of the chips/crackers/dips, but I also had some boiled shrimp and sushi and fruit, so it wasn’t all bad.  I had breakfast out too, and I did try to control portions for the most part – took home some, but I had a good amount of syrup and that’s just pure calories…  Yesterday I could have gotten back on the tracking routine, but did not.   Today, I’m back to tracking and I took my snacks and lunch to work.  Yay me!

I keep gaining and losing the same couple pounds and I hate that my “new normal” (past 4 months or so) is about two pounds higher than the old normal.  Trying to get past that, so I’ll have to trim the calories a bit and get my body moving again.   Seems like when I’m in an exercise groove, food is off track and now food is being controlled (for the most part) and exercise is inconsistent.  Have to get them working together for a change!

Mon., Sept. 10, 2012

Been a few weeks since my last post so I thought I’d pop in for an update. 

I have been tracking my eating for a full two weeks now and it’s getting a bit easier.  Yay me!  Need to keep with it, it’s helping.  I’ve at least taken off the 5 pounds I put on this summer when I wasn’t exercising.  Happy to say that I’ve been bringing my lunches to work most days for these past two weeks and I’m not resenting it too much like I feared I would.  It’s kind of a relief to not have to decide what to eat and where, and my wallet thanks me as well as the scale.  That said, I was too lazy last night and running behind this morning so I didn’t pack a lunch for today.  I’ll have to make a wise choice.  Maybe a subway sandwich? 

Exercise…I finished my group exercise/spinning combo pass the last week of August and still haven’t registered for anything else yet.  Need to do that soon – but probably not this week.  Not sure why, just don’t want to.  I have a dr appt on Thursday evening and will be out of town this weekend, so I won’t be able to do classes then.  Tomorrow I will probably go to movie night.  Could do a class Wednesay, but I do have some personal business I have to take care of now that I found the paperwork I was looking for the past couple weeks.  Okay, I should make a point of doing at-home workouts this week. 

Tues., Aug. 28, 2012

Quick update.  Looking over my calendar today, I realized my appt with my doc is in September not October (dentist appt in Oct).  Oops.  That’s not very far away, about 2 1/2 weeks.  I will shoot for losing 3 pounds by then. 

Tracking food again.  Trying to change my negative thinking about what a hassle that is.  Also realizing that taking control over my meals – i.e., bringing my own food for work snacks and lunches – will benefit me in many ways, including making food tracking easier.  It will be worth the extra effort.  It’s all too easy to just go out to eat and pick something up, but I need to start convincing myself that I’m much better off bringing my own food. 

Three more classes on my pass.  Have to start thinking ahead to the next session. 

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