29 August 2009

One week down

and I feel great. I did not work out yesterday but that was a conscious decision, so it's a good one. Otherwise I worked out every morning. Yea me!!! I have also felt awesome. I'm still tired but not that total exhaustion where I'm not sure I can drive home because it's sitting still and I might fall asleep. Just the normal tired after you've worked all day. I've found that if I come home, get the birds out, and relax on the couch for 15 or 20 minutes I'm fine. I generally get a second wind and am energetic for the rest of the night. Almost all animals nap in the afternoon. My dogs do, my birds do, when I had rabbits they did. I think animals need a little rest in the middle of the day to recharge. Oh well, someday I'll live in Spain and take a siesta everyday :) Not!!!! The point is my 15-20 minute rest completely rejuvenates me so I do it.

My eating has been pretty good too, not great, but pretty good. I found a great way to journal my food in my planner. I write what I eat and how I feel at the time I eat. Now I can look back over the days and see on the days I felt really great when and what I ate. I think it helps.

I want to keep this routine for one more week to make sure this week wasn't just a fluke. So next week same thing, workout for 30 minutes everyday and eat right and log all my food. Try to stick between 1200 and 1500 calories. Now I'm off to workout.

26 August 2009

Things are definitely improving

I thought things were getting better but today I'm sure of it. I have more energy. I'm not completely exhausted by 2 pm. Don't get me wrong, I'm tired. But it's not that bone weary exhaustion I had in the beginning. I've stopped having that stuffy head/coughing thing that I had for the first 3 weeks. The past 5 days of eating right. working out, and getting enough water is making a difference. I've been tracking my food intake and keeping it down around 1200 - 1500 cals. That seems to be the best range for me. Some days 1200 is plenty and other days 1500 really is necessary. So I think I'm doing good. Thank god it's getting better. I don't think I could have lasted that exhausted much longer.

25 August 2009

What a difference a day makes.....

Or two or three actually. I've worked out 4 days in a row now and I've eaten well for the last two day. Wow, do I feel great!!! It's amazing how just a few little things make such a huge difference. I've worked out for 4 days now but I've done nothing crazy. I've just done 30 minutes on the elliptical every morning. I did go for a walk on Sunday and on the way home from work tonight I stopped and walked. I'd like to get in the habit of stopping on the way home. That would be two 30 minutes of exercise everyday. Not great but definitely a start. So things are off to a fabulous start.

24 August 2009

It begins again....

So I do not like the way I feel. I'm feeling extremely tired and bloated. I know the tiredness is due to the new job but it's also due to my crappy eating. I have fallen back into all my old habits, processed foods, sweets, heavy carbs. Yuck. I don't eat half as much vegetables as I should and I haven't had a piece of fruit in over a week. So it starts right here, right now. I found my little book to track my food in. I have a workout plan that isn't too killer. Yet. And I have a food plan, avoid processed foods. It's going to be tough at first, I'm too used to eating the crap, but I know once I adjust I'll feel fabulous. So the battle starts now and it's one I'm going to win this time. Off to exercise....

23 August 2009

Okay, ready to dive in...

I'm pretty rested up now and I have another day to sleep in so I should be just fine by tomorrow. I've worked out yesterday and today and feel pretty good there. Now I think I'm ready to really jump in and get back on the wagon. I want to continue to workout and start tracking my calories. I want to shoot for 1400 cals per day (or thereabouts) and 30 minutes of activity. That should be totally doable. I don't think that's very outrageous or difficult to do. So tomorrow it all begins. I have to find my little notebook to record all my food, that is something that I have to do.

This morning I cleaned off my desk and sorted through some mail that had been sitting there for a while. Luckily I didn't find anything important. There were no unpaid bills or wedding invitations that I didn't respond to so that was good. We then went house hunting and this is going to be has hard as I thought it would be. The houses that were open were either larger, way too large for us, or butt ugly. We did see one house that would have worked great for us. The layout was perfect and the adjustments that needed to be made wouldn't be that big a deal. It was perfect. It was also $125,000 more then we can afford. Yikes!!! Oh well, we've only just begun. Okay, I have papers to grade and things to do..

Yesterday wasn't bad

It wasn't great, but it wasn't bad. I did get a workout in. I got new running shoes. I got new bike stuff and got the shoes put together. Eating wasn't very good, beer and nachos at Chili's. But it was okay. Feeling pretty good this morning and that is definitely a plus. Feel like I'm catching up on my sleep and that is a big plus. I'm getting ready to head out in my new running shoes. I want to do a run/walk for about 30 minutes.

So I was watching The Last 10 Pounds last night and something struck me hard. They were working these people out 3-4 days a week on strength and cardio everyday, each session was for about 30 minutes. But they were hitting them hard in the diet area. Not putting them on diets but getting them off the sugar and fat they were consuming. So this just proves it, food really is the key to losing weight. Definitely workout but you have to eat right there is no choice. This afternoon I'm going grocery shopping after we do some house hunting.

Yes, you read that right - house hunting. We've decided to stay in Hawaii for a few more years and that means buying a house. I think I'm finally ready to make that commitment. So no moving to Colorado. No land with lots of animals. No RV, no rv extended warranty, none of that stuff. But that does mean house hunting and mortgage hunting and all the insanity that goes with that. Should be fun, no??

The end of laziness

I am on the last few days of summer break - we go back Monday - and the laziness has become unrelenting. I have done nothing the past wee...