18 February 2012

Loong Weekend

This weekend is greatly needed. I have been riding my bike to work and after 5 days of that I need a break. This week I definitely can use the 3 days. Of course, 1 day is gone already but that's okay. It was a good day. I rode to WW. Went to lunch with Hubby. Went to Zumba with friends. Definitely a good day. Tomorrow is looking to be much quieter. I am supposed to go to a beach clean up in the morning but that's it. And Monday is absolutely empty at this point. Yes!!!

I've been losing weight for 2 weeks now and I really want to track to jump start my weight lose. I'm going to focus on tracking this week. I'm going to try and make it simpler by setting up my typical breakfasts and lunches. That should make it easier to track. I also bought a new scale that should make it easier to weigh and calculate the points on. I'm excited.

I may do our taxes this weekend. I used to go to professionals to have them done but that gets expensive. It costs so much, you would think I went to a cpa raleigh nc....Crazy..... Anyway, those are the plans, flimsy as they are, and I'm okay with that. I plan on napping and resting a lot....

15 February 2012

Pain is fear leaving the body

I am really coming around to believe that saying is true. Two weeks ago I started riding my bike to work and pain has been my constant friend. It began with the feet, they hurt a lot. And I couldn't figure it out since I was riding. But they hurt. Also my butt. You can not believe how much my butt hurt the first week. Yikes. Every time I sat on the seat pain shot through my butt bones. It felt like electric currents were running through my butt. Like it was hooked up to pennsylvania electricity company. Thankfully that passed. Then we moved on to the knees. My bad knee hurt and gave out a couple times, it was pretty miserable. Then we moved into the back. Yikes!! Now we are on the shoulder. It hurts a lot. I even considered going to the docs until I thought about the pain I've gone through in the past 2 weeks. Each one hurt so bad I really did think something serious was wrong. But a day or so later I had forgotten about it. So I'm giving the shoulder a day or so. Yesterday was the first day it hurt, and today is better so I'll wait until Friday. If it still hurts on Friday I will call the doc. But truthfully, the mental anguish I've been struggling through is probably a large part of the problem. Every time a pain gets bad I think maybe I can't ride my bike. Ummm hmmmmm, yes, definitely fear leaving the body.

12 February 2012

Up and at 'em......

Since the first of the year it's been a struggle. I've had a lot of things going on at home and at school. I've felt like I've had zero time and my eating and workouts have suffered because of it. But what is that Chinese proverb, fall down 7 times get up 8, so that's what I'm doing.

Last Tuesday I got rid of my car. Since then I have been riding my bike and the bus. This has caused me to get a lot more activity then I normally do. This is good. It's a self-fulfilling prophecy type of thing. One thing starts going well and then it bleeds over into another area...and another area...and so on and so on. That's what's beginning to happen. I started getting more activity because I had no choice. Now I'm becoming pickier and pickier about what I eat. Now I want to journal to make sure I'm eating well. So things are looking up.

Last week at WW I was up like 6 lbs. I knew that wasn't real and had a lot to do with the fact that I started riding my bike. Whenever I start working out seriously, my weight goes up. It's like my body starts building muscle without letting go of the fat. My appetite also grows. I knew that I did not eat 21,000 extra calories last week so I was not concerned with the number on the scale. I knew it would balance out eventually. This week it was down 3 lbs so it's already starting to happen. But now I need to track my food to make sure I'm not overeating with the increase in activity and my appetite.

The best part of this forced activity is that I'm starting to feel really good. My energy is increasing. I'm sleeping better. My attitude is better. Everything is better. At this rate I'm going to need a dashboard scorecard to keep up with all the positive side effects.

I will tell you though, this weekend I've been tired. I watched TV and snoozed a whole lot of yesterday and today isn't looking a whole lot better.... I guess I will have to really rest on the weekends. That's what they are for...

Skin Care and aging

I know I've talked about skin and age before, but these are the kinds of things on my mind now. Now that I'm aging.... My skin used to be so oily that I could wash it 4 or 5 times a day and it would still be slick. I used to use alcohol straight on it to try and dry it up a little. Didn't work. However as I'm aging my skin is changing. Not only am I getting more wrinkles, but the skin is getting more papery and I dislike that look intensely. I apply moisturizer extremely frequently and it doesn't help a whole lot. There is not much I can do about that, but I can do something about wrinkles. I've done some reading about anti-aging light treatment that seems promising. I just may have to check into that. I am going to have to do something because it's not getting better.

Treasure Hunting

Written by my friend Betty Walls

I have been a homemaker for more than six years now and with that honor, come sacrifices. I haven’t had the luxury of designer clothes or a decorated home but I have been very hands on with the raising of my children. While watching TVByDirect one afternoon, I had a great idea come to me. After seeing the incredible transformations of consignment finds some folks were making, I decided to scour my own local spots and see what inspired me. To my amazement, there are treasures of all kinds to be had. It is amazing what some people will throw out! I have seen high end items with tags still on them for 90% less than department stores. I have gathered an eclectic collection of art and frames for pennies compared to retail prices. I have found unusual one of a kind pieces like chairs to also add into my existing d├ęcor. All these little details really make a house feel like a home and I am eager to continue my search for fabulous finds.

Time for a new hobby

So things have been a little busy around here lately but I'm doing more of the things I want to do - so that's good. One of the things that happens when I get real busy is that I do more. A lot more. So in my busy state I wrote a post in passing about learning to play the guitar. It's something I've wanted to do for a long, long time and I still do. I wrote the post because something I saw on TV reminded me of the guitar. Well, since that post I've been fairly obsessed about the guitar. I really want to get back into it. I have a smaller guitar but I would really love to get a regular sized one. I don't need anything fancy like a Fender, though I sure wouldn't mind one, but I think I'll start a little smaller :)

I have done a little research and the community college right around the corner from me offers guitar classes at night. Hmm...They are extremely reasonable because they are at a community college. The next class won't be starting until summer but that's just fine. I should have some free time around then.

I think part of my problem with moving past things and getting things accomplished is that I don't have a lot of "hobby" type things in my life. There is usually something I do that, while it's in my schedule, it's just for fun. Right now I don't have much of that - too much on my plate. Definitely time for some fun stuff.....

Social media holiday

I've decided to take a break from social media. I spend far, far too much time just scrolling through Facebook. Yes, I get a lot of in...