Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Hiatus is over

My vacation last week was so relaxing and just what I needed.  The only thing is that now I want more time off.  We started out by taking a short trip over to Idaho to see family.  We stayed with my mom and although I ate more than I wanted too, it was less than I had on any previous trip.  Mom had a honey-do list filled with all things electronic for my husband to take care of.  He was very patient and took care of all of them.  We had a great time and I think mom really enjoyed having us there.

After returning from Idaho we still had half the week left to relax at home…and that is just what we did.  Thursday night I came down with a bout of food poisoning and that fun was experienced for a couple of days after.  Fortunately, I was feeling well enough on Sunday to have some fun celebrating my husband’s birthday.  We spent some time at the casino (broke even) and went out to dinner with my sister and her family.  After not eating much the previous days, I overate that day, including cherry chip birthday cake and paid for it that evening.

Back to work and back to the routine.  That’s a problem.  The routine, if you recall, includes eating out and carrying fast food in.  The routine needs to change.  

Have any of you ever worked with a Life Coach?  If so, did you work on career or personal items? I’d be interested in hearing your experiences (  I’m considering it but trying to decide if I want to spend the moolah.

Hope you're doing well.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Gotta start somewhere - 2500 steps

First, thanks for all the warm thoughts and wishes for our wedding anniversary.  They made me smile.

We are experiencing one of the best/dry/warm summers I’ve seen in the Seattle area since moving over hear seventeen years ago.  I know the rain is coming early next week, but while the sun is here I will enjoy it.  Not that I am really doing much outdoors these days, but I still like it warm and dry when I am outside and especially for the commute to work.

Speaking of work, I am taking vacation next week.  Saturday morning, I will travel over to North Idaho to visit family for a few days and then head back to enjoy some rest at home.  It will be nice to have a whole week off; I’ve been starting to feel a little burned out.

In my last post, I made a promise to myself to walk at least 2500 steps/day.  I have kept that promise every day since.  I know it sounds like small potatoes to most, but for this sedentary gal it takes work to get 2500 steps in a day.  On more than one occasion during the last week, my husband waited patiently for me to get into bed at night as I marched around the house to reach my goal. I will continue with this goal through September and then raise it to 3000 steps for October.  I would like to continuously raise the goal and am hoping that walking more each day becomes a habit or routine soon.  

My eating this week hasn’t been horrible but it hasn’t been great either.  It’s still a struggle, but I will keep trying.  I am hopeful that I can turn things around and still make some decent progress this month.  The few days in Idaho will be tough with food-pushing mom and wanting to visit our favorite restaurant, but other than that I hope to eat sensibly.  Hoping isn’t doing and I know that.  I’ve got to get with the program already!

Hope all is well in your corner.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Promises and 15 years

In my last post, I listed three goals for this week.  I thought they were ambitious but not out of reach.  That’s what I get for thinking.  Except for maybe the water intake, I am not meeting my goals.  I’m still mostly sedentary and have not come close to the 2500 steps per day for most of this week.  While I am eating less, I’m not sure that each day so far has been less than 1800 calories.  Eating less than I have been is still an improvement, at least in my book. 

Some of you suggested that perhaps I work on one change at a time.  That is sounding like a great idea.  Instead of goals for the week though, I will start with making one promise to myself.  If I make a promise to others, I keep it.  When I make promises to myself on the other hand, I seem to give myself too much leeway and end up breaking them.  Giving myself some credit, I would say that the promises I’ve made to myself in the past were a bit lofty and most likely out of my reach.    I need to make one promise, one that I can meet, and then keep it.  Then, I will make another promise and keep it and so forth.  My first promise has to be attainable so that I will be sure to keep it.  I’ve got one.   

Today, I promise (to myself) that I will walk at least 2500 steps before I hit the sack tonight.  I haven’t made 2500 steps/day all week, but I will make it happen today.  No.matter.what.

Speaking of promises, I made a vow to be with my husband all the days of our lives, fifteen years ago today.  The best decision I've ever made.  We’ve each gained 100 lbs since this photo.  It’s way past time to start doing something about it, but I will anyway.

How's your week going?  Happy Thursday!