10 January 2009

Boredom and hunger

The other day something of earth shattering importance happened and I passed right over it. I actually made the connection between boredom and hunger. I was hungry because I was bored. You may not realized what an achievement that was. This is one of the things I battle with a lot. I will eat when I'm bored because I don't make the connection between the two. It's not that I don't know about it, obviously I do. It's that I usually can't see it in me. It's one of those things that I'm beginning to conquer and when I see what's happening it always amazes me that I can see it.

So I'm sitting here watching the new WW commercials. They have a new program called Momentum that gives you a list of filling foods to eat. I'm sure it's a great program, all of the WW programs usually are. But there was a line in the commercial that just stopped me in my tracks. They said something to the effect of, eat filling foods so you won't eat when you're bored. If I could not eat when I'm bored because I'm not hungry I wouldn't have the problem I do. I've seen their list of filling foods. I eat all those things. Yet, I still eat when I'm bored occasionally. It is just not that easy. If it were we would all be thin. About the only way I've found to not eat when bored is to not let myself get bored.

Okay, that's it. It just bothers me when people say these things as if it's so easy. Just don't eat when you're bored. Most of the time it doesn't even hit me that's what I'm doing. How can I stop something I'm not conscious of?? So the first step is to find out why you're eating. Still not easy but at least a logical first step.

09 January 2009

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Okay, that's over....

I've got my other blog fixed though it was a nightmare to do. I swear I will never mess with the blog gods again :)

So back to our regularly scheduled rantings. I have been working out so religiously it scares me. I have not missed a day since Jan 1. Off to a very good start. The thing about it is I feel so great when I do it everyday. That's what I need to keep in mind. Forget about weight loss, fat loss, numbers on the scale, remember how awesome I feel when I do it. Because when I do it I just naturally eat better. I crave good, healthy foods. So the weight loss, fat loss, numbers on the scale will all come if I just do this one thing. By starting the day this way all other pieces fall into place.

That's all I have. It's been a stressful 16 or so hours and I didn't sleep well last night. I did however, work out hard this morning and then go for a 2 mile run. I totally rock!!!

08 January 2009

A Plea for computer help

If anyone out there is a software guru, I need serious help. I have database back-up that is compressed with gzip. I, for the life of me, can not figure out how to uncompress it. I found what I thought was the program to do that but nothing happens. If anyone knows anything about this and can help an idiot through this please contact me soon. My other blog is completely not working at all because of this. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Sometimes you just have to say

Screw It!!!!

It is now Thursday and my 8th day of being unemployed. And it just hit me, can I apply for unemployment?? They cut me loose but it was kind of a mutual thing..... Can I do that??? I will have to look into that. Anyway, I was sitting here this morning feeling very down and looking for a job. I had basically decided I wasn't going to work out since I felt so blah..... After about an hour I decided to just do the elliptical for a little while. As I was getting ready I decided to just do the strength training that was scheduled, after all what else do I have to do??? For the last week or so I've been taking it easy because of my knees. Since I'm now convinced that there is nothing wrong with my knees (since both are involved) I decided to just go for it. I worked out hard today. Really. Really. Hard. It felt awesome. My knees didn't bother me at all and I was sweating and panting like a fool. It was great.

Working out and eating right (without being obsessive about it) has resulted in a 2.5 lb drop this week. Woo Hoo!!!! I'm clearly on the right track. Now if I could just find a job........

06 January 2009

There is always something

Okay, a couple of things to go over here. 


First, I’m sitting here watching the new season of the Biggest Loser.  These people are huge.  I know they will make life changing alterations over the next few weeks so I don’t feel bad saying that.  I do love this show and I’m totally hooked.  What got me was the beginning when they were all so excited to get on the show.  I thought to myself, how ironic that they are finally happy and joyous over being incredibly huge. Strange, huh??


Second, I am bored.  I have officially been out of work for 2 days and I am bored.  You can only look for work for so many hours a day.  I found myself looking for things to eat today when I wasn’t hungry.  I realized I was incredibly bored.  What the heck am I going to do??? Well, I’ve actually decided to up my activity.  I’m going to workout in the morning, strength or running, and then do something in the afternoon.  I’ll either go for a hike, or ride my bike and play a little tennis, something like that.  I will also take some time to take some pictures everyday.  There is also some organization I want to do.  I will just have to keep myself busy.  I can’t get bored because then I eat. 


Thirdly, I think my knee problems is my weight and my shoes.  I’ve been doing my strength training in some old running shoes and there are a lot of cardio intervals that are high impact.  I think that was part of the problem.  For the last two days I haven’t been doing the high impact stuff and I got new shoes.  The knees feel pretty good today so I think I’m on to something. 


Okay, that’s my new plan.  God, this stuff just isn’t easy is it?? There’s always something.


Have I told you guys about the fantastic oatmeal I'm addicted to??? I love to eat cereal in the mornings but it really doesn't love me. I like oatmeal but I can't eat any of those flavored ones due to too much sugar or they taste like crap and plain oatmeal gets really boring after a while. While looking through the new Clean Eating magazine (LOVE that mag) I found a recipe for oatmeal. I tried it and it's like crack. I am hooked and crave it. It's really simple and totally awesome:

1/2 c. oatmeal
1/2 c. milk
1 tbsp honey
1 tbsp almond butter

Mix together. Microwave for 1 minute. Stir. Microwave for 1 more minute. Enjoy.

This is so unbelievably good. The honey doesn't seem to have any affect on my blood sugar and that's the most important part. It is awesome. So, if you're looking for something different for breakfast there you go. You won't be sorry.

Being unemployed isn’t as easy as it looks

Seriously.  I’ve been doing it for 1 day and I’m just about done with it.  What do people who stay at home do?  When I would take time off it would pass so quickly but then I knew it had an endpoint.  I’m not sure if this does.  Of course, logically it has to but I have no idea where it might be.  It’s a little disconcerting. 

It does however, leave lots of time for my health.  I have been working out consistently and eating has been good.  I’m feeling fabulous.  That’s what I need to remember, how I feel when I do this.  It just feels so darn good. 

I’ve been having some knee issues.  I’m not too terribly worried about it because it’s happening in both knees.  I doubt I injured both knees.  I think it’s my weight and my activity.  I hate to say this but I am at my highest weight in 5 years.  I really think that is what is wrong with my knees.  I did buy new shoes yesterday because I realized that my shoes were almost a year old.  So that should help.  I have also been limiting the high impact stuff because I don’t want to damage my knees.  I’ve been doing weights and a lot of elliptical.  I’m off now to try my new shoes.  We’ll see if they help. 

05 January 2009

Okay, time to lay down some plans......

But first an update. The bird from last post turns out not to have any broken bones. He (or she) was a young bird and underweight. The rehabber figures that it got kicked out of the nest too soon. Hey, it happens to birds too :) So with some good food, a little rest, and some TLC he should be just fine. I'm very relieved that it's really nothing serious.

Okay, now back to me. I've got my head in a good place and I think I can keep it there. I came to some great realizations the last few days and am really quite happy the way things are. My reasons for working out and eating right are good, solid reasons and grounded in reality. My goals are not something I'm going to do but things that will be accomplished. I feel really good about my plans and what's going on in my head. I think I got it on straight finally :)

By the end of January I will have:
Run 12 times
Ran in 1 5k
Worked out with weights 18 times
Eaten as planned 6 days out of every week

I'm ready to go. I've decided that I will write down everything I eat 6 days a week. I get one day off. I'm off to a great start and looking forward to the rest of the month.

04 January 2009

Life is never dull

Yesterday afternoon and last night were pretty dull and I was kind of moaning about it. I felt like doing something (though I didn't know what) but Hubby had a touch of a stomach thing all week and he wasn't feeling great. So we ended up sitting around watching a movie. Boring!!!

But that all changed this morning. I headed out for my run, my plan was to do 3.1 miles because next Sunday is a 5k I'd like to do. So I'm hoofing along feeling pretty good, doing about 12 min/miles and thinking I will be able to do the 5k next week no problem. Then suddenly I notice this really white thing on the side of the road. Huh?? Then it moves! Huh?? So I stop to look, it's a cattle egret with what appears to be 2 broken legs.

Being the animal/bird lover that I am, I can't just leave it there to die. But I have nothing to carry it in, I was only running 3 miles I didn't take anything with me. So I decide to finish my run then come back and get the bird. It was here that I quickly discovered how hard it is to run at a reasonable pace when your adrenaline in pumping. I was worried about the bird and that it would get hit by a car before I got back. So I made it home, got a basket and a towel and went and got the bird. S/He is now resting comfortably while I wait to hear from the wild bird people on what to do with the poor thing.

My run ended up being 3.1 miles in 42 minutes. Not too bad all things considered.

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