22 November 2008

Ummm, am I really that old??

In 1959 (the year you were born)

Dwight Eisenhower is president of the US

Fidel Castro takes power in Cuba

Alaska is admitted as the 49th state

Lee Petty wins the first Daytona 500 stock car race

Tibet's Dalai Lama escapes to India

Hawaii admitted as the 50th state

Soviet premiere Krushchev begins unprecedented visit to US

The Barbie doll debuts

John McEnroe, Kyle MacLachlan, Tom Arnold, Perry Farrell, Kevin Spacey, and Weird Al Yankovic are born

A plane crash kills Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and The Big Bopper - becomes known as "The Day The Music Died"

Los Angeles Dodgers win the World Series

Baltimore Colts win the NFL championship

Montreal Canadiens win the Stanley Cup

Starship Troopers by Robert Heinlein is published

The Twilight Zone debuts on TV

A new look

Well, I've changed my look yet again. I liked the other one but I couldn't get it to do what I wanted it to, namely get the picture to take up the whole header. Oh well. I'm leaning more and more towards simple, uncluttered, easy to read templates. I see a lot of blogs now due to Entrecard and I've noticed that the more cluttered ones do not appeal to me at all. They can be cluttered with anything, ads, pictures, whatever, I just don't like them. So I'll give this one a go for a while and see what happens.

21 November 2008

Female problems ahead......

Okay, this is just pissing me off!!! The week before my period I am tired and generally unmotivated. I feel bloated and puffy and have little motivation to do anything. I have little resistance to sweets and it's just tough. Well, let's see, for the past 6 weeks I've been getting my period every other week. That means that I feel like crap. Get my period. Feel like crap. Get my period. This has got to stop. Now!!!! I'm so tired of this junk. Why oh why can't it just end????

20 November 2008

Things I've learned

Basically that things don't always go the way I want them to. In a perfect world everything would get done on time. Everyone would behave exactly as they were supposed to (read as I wanted them to). Unfortunately, I don't live there. The world I live in is crowded with people who don't do what they say they are going to do. Animals that require inordinate amounts of attention. Assignments that just don't seem to get done no matter how good my intentions are. Workouts that are dutifully scheduled but then never executed. And a propensity for watching way too much tv. {{SIGH}}

I didn't workout again this morning again, I was really tired. Also, towards the end of the week it all starts to wear me down. But that's okay. I'm going to get up and go for a run tomorrow morning and it will all be good. On a positive note my eating has been great. This keeping just the calories is a winner. I'm not obsessing over every little bite, I just log it. I'm not worried so much about what I'm eating but how much, and that's good for me.

So this is a journey down a road that I seem to keep traveling. But I guess until I get it right I'll just keep trudging along.

19 November 2008

So far so good

Well, my back to basics plan seems to be working really, really well. I'm tracking everything I eat but only keeping track of calories. Most of what I eat is healthy anyway. I'm feeling a lot better as a result. I'm working out doing things I like to do and that makes me more inclined to do them. Also, the pressure is off to keep track of this and that, do this exercise, blah, blah, blah. I've found a way that works well for me. I like it.

On that note, I did not work out this morning. Last night was school and I was pretty tired. When the alarm went off I just couldn't face working out. I did not schedule rest days into my week so today will be one of them. Also, I'm going to be pretty physical at work today. We have some things to do to clean up the lab and that will be my workout :)

So I'm feeling really good about everything right now. I'm eating good, working out, I just hope this is all leading to my body becoming a lean, mean fat burner. That's really all I want. Okay, time to get ready for work.

17 November 2008

I have to do what works for me

That is something I too easily lose sight of. I can't help but want to try the easy way and it never works for me. So here's what I've learned.

I have to track what I eat but I can't make it too complicated. For a long while I got all caught up in protein grams, fat grams, balancing nutrients, eating protein with every meal. It's too much. I have to keep it simple. Over the weekend I bought a little, cheap notebook. In it I'm writing down what I eat and the calories. That's all. No counting grams of any kind. No figuring out if I have enough protein with that carb. None of that. Just what I eat, how much, and how many calories it is. Simple. I'm shooting for 1600-1800 cals a day and that's all I'm doing. If I try to do too much tracking I get bogged down and do nothing.

Workouts. I've already realized that I need a goal and I have one. With a 10k on New Year's Day I'm looking forward to my running now. That's a good thing. For the strength training, I realize that by doing this I make strides faster. I feel better. I look better. I have more energy. Blah, blah, blah...... But I also realize that those programs that say you only have to workout out 20 minutes , 3-4 days a week doesn't work for me. It just doesn't. I do better, work harder, and feel better when I do my hour long DVD's. I don't know exactly why they work better for me, but they do. I accept that and I've ordered some new ones to add some spice to my workouts. And yoga. Yoga does great things for my body and I have got to get back into the habit of it. I only do it about twice a week but it makes a huge difference.

So that's it. Simple, basic stuff but it's what works for me. I'm back to basics and I like it.

16 November 2008

My life, take 2

Yesterday did not go as planned. I did get my workouts in, weights and a short bike ride, so that was good. The food was not so good. By the time I was done working out and showering and everything, it was almost 11:30. Hubby and I decided to just go run some errands and then go to lunch. I was adamant about where I wanted to go because I did not want to get something fried and goopy. There's a local chain that has this great veggie sandwich that I love, so I insisted we go there. Everything was going fine, I didn't even have a beer at lunch, until the manager, a friend of ours, bought us dessert. Brownies with chocolate sauce and ice cream. This is not good. Luckily we got it to go and I was insistent that I wasn't going to eat it. Chocolate does terrible things to my body and generally it's not worth it. Plus, I've been eating way too much junk lately. Well, it got home and began to call my name. Hubby tasted it and next thing you know the bugger is gone. We ate it. I pretty much felt like crap the rest of the day and this morning is not fun. Let's just say I'm suffering from intestinal distress. Ugh!!!!

One thing that did hit me yesterday, or last night, is that I've fallen into old patterns and mindsets. I ate the brownie thing yesterday afternoon and so I thought to myself that I just wouldn't eat dinner. That's wrong. That's not the way to do this. My initial thoughts this morning, since I feel so crappy, were that I would fast today. When I thought about it a little more I realized that's not the thing to do. My eating habits have been crap lately. I think the most important thing is to get back into good eating. So instead of fasting I'm going to eat right today. Good, healthy food in small portions. I'm going to eat at least 4 times today and I can almost guarantee by the end of the day I'll feel better.

Instead of 'working' on weight loss this week, I'm going to focus on getting back into my regular routines. Eating right, working out, sleeping 8 hours. Those are the things that will not only help me lose weight but will make me feel good. So that's the plan and it starts today.

Now that I've had a chance to regroup

it's time to move forward. I had reached a point last week where I was stressed. Seriously. Stressed. All completely self-imposed, b...