30 August 2008

Consistency is the key

I've been using FitDay to track my calories for the last 2 weeks and I've discovered a number of things.

First, I'm fairly consistent in my calories day to day. They range from around 1900 - 2200. I think that's good. There's no wild fluctuations but a steady supply of nutrients.

Second, I'm consistently eating 200-600 less calories then I burn, resulting in a daily deficit. That's good. The idea is to eat less, burn more. The problem here is I don't think that's enough. At that rate I'm losing a pound a week.....okay, never mind. A pound a week is perfectly acceptable. I may work on my workouts a little more to bump it up just a tad.

Thirdly, oddly enough weighing everything I eat works for me. I thought it would be a hassle and I'd only do it for a couple of days, but no. I keep the food scale right on the counter where I prepare my food. I find it extremely easy to put my plate on the scale, add a food item, write it down, zero the scale and add another, etc. I find I like knowing exactly how much I'm eating. I also find that by knowing how much it weighs and how many calories are in it I'm more satisfied. I know, that's weird, but true. The other night we had steak. I took my normal sized piece and put it on the scale. It weighed 132 grams. I thought that's too much. I ended up eating only 82 grams, 210 calories, and that was plenty. For some reason knowing exactly how much I'm eating really helps me control myself. I don't know why, but it works. With school starting next week and my schedule changing, I think I'll keep it up so I don't spiral out of control.

Okay, I'm off. I'm not sure I'm going to make WW this morning. I have something to do and it may not be done in time. Oh well. Life will go on if I miss one meeting.

29 August 2008

I seem to be back into blogging.....

For the last couple of weeks I have just not felt like blogging much. My mind has been on other things, school, registration, books, Harley parts, oh, wait, not that :) Now that everything is in place and we are facing a long weekend I'm calm and relaxed and have been a blogging fool all day. I've posted on all my other blogs numerous times. Hmmm, apparently I have things to say again.

I am loving how the Democrats are trying to come up with all kinds of things about Sarah Palen. They have to be careful what they say about her. People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones.

It's Friday

of a 3-day weekend. Woo Hoo!!!! I was really tired yesterday, really tired. I went to bed early and slept like the dead. I did manage to drag my butt out of bed this morning and do 40 minutes on the elliptical. I was contemplating running but decided to try it tomorrow. If my heel hurts when I'm done I'll be on my feet all day today. But if I do it tomorrow I'll be able to ice it down right away. So tomorrow I run. Woo Hoo!!!

I promised not to get political on this blog but I can't help myself. Is anyone else excited about Sarah Palin??? I didn't know how I could possibly vote for John McCain but now looks like I might be able to :)

Have a great weekend.

28 August 2008

I'm tired....

I could not get out of bed this morning. Apparently I turned the alarms off, not that I remember doing it. I woke up about 5:50, about a hour later than normal. Don't know what's wrong. I feel pretty good, just a little tired. Hmmm... What could it be??

I'm all ready for school to start. I ordered my books online last night so they will be waiting at the bookstore on Tuesday. Sweet. I'm one of those crazy people that really love school. I love going to school. I love learning. I love the books. I love everything about it. Weird, I know.

Except for this morning the workouts have been going well. I've decided to try running. I think I'm going to run one mile either tomorrow or Saturday. I'm very excited and nervous. I can't wait to give it a go. I've been stretching and icing like a darn fool.

I'm going shopping this weekend for make-up. It's very exciting. I haven't worn make-up in 15 years. I'm really feeling it though. Just have to make sure I don't breakout in acne :)

Okay, that's all I got today. I'm off to do something constructive.

27 August 2008

LIfe's Changes....

It's not often you can feel yourself changing. At least not for me. I am undergoing a basic, fundamental shift and I am well aware of it. As a result of this change I'm undergoing I can see changes that happened in the past that I missed. Interesting.

When we moved to Hawaii 18 years ago I was a certain type of person. I was outgoing and adventurous. I enjoyed dressing well but wasn't a real fashion plate. I did enjoy my shoes!! I liked going out and doing new things. After having been very shy and withdrawn during my late teens and early twenties, I really felt like I was coming into my own in my 30's. It was a really good time for me. Then we moved to Hawaii.

For the first time in my life I didn't have family around the corner. I was 3,000 miles from everyone I knew, except my husband of course. But I was game. I came here, found work, made some friends, started my own business, things were looking good. Then something happened. I'm still not sure exactly what but I started to withdraw. It was the little things. I stopped wearing make-up. Stopped caring about what I wore. I did not realize it at the time, but something was dramatically shifting in me. This lasted for quite a while. When I decided to go to college things started to pick up a little but after I graduated and got a job, I fell back into the old routine. I'm really not sure what it was me or where we were.

We made the decision to move to Colorado while I was reading The New Earth. It's kind of amazing now, because Eckhart Tolle says in the book that if a decision comes from the right place all the pieces will fall into place and things will work. It's true. Once the decision was made things began falling into place. In spite of my little melt down last week :) But things really are working out very easily. I've gone shopping and bought some killer clothes. I even started wearing make-up again this week. I really feel like I'm coming back into myself. I also really feel like this is what I'm supposed to be doing. It feels good.

26 August 2008

Meanwhile, the workouts....

have been going well. I've been getting them all in and really feeling good. I want to have this routine set in stone before school starts next week. I want to be able to go through my mornings on autopilot, get up, workout, get ready for work, like that. I'm pretty sure it will be fine. It always seems that when I get busy I have more energy.

I am also trying to find a venue for some events the parrot club is putting on. Oh my that is hard. Calling around and trying to compare prices and find places that are available when we want them. She's coming in December!! Do you know how far in advance people plan their Christmas parties? Some places are already booked. UGH!!!! Under pressure........

I've also started doing some cleaning out for the big move next year. We are not taking anything but personal items with us. Everything else goes. We don't want to have to hire New York movers to get this done. When we moved to Hawaii we took a lot of stuff with us. This time will be different. It will be a lot of work cleaning out and getting rid of everything.

The good thing with all of the above is that work is really slow right now so I am getting things done at work that I normally wouldn't have time for :) That is the bright side.

25 August 2008

I have seen the future,

and it's busy. Yikes!!! School starts next week. I'll be going to classes 2 nights a week and going to a high school 6 hours a week. Plus, the parrot club is bringing Dr. Pepperberg to Hawaii and getting that set up is going to be a lot of work. I will have to be extremely organized. I'm going to have to make sure I'm stocked up on pet supplies because the birds scream if their breakfast isn't ready on time. I'm not looking forward to this but I really am!! It's going to be exciting and fun and I really can't wait.

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