Sunday, November 13, 2011

Break Time!

I've decided to take a break from this blog, at least until the beginning of the year.  No particular reason except that I have nothing new to report these days.  It's felt more and more like a chore to post and just not as enjoyable.  I will be back in January, though, either with more regular posting or a complete closure of the blog, I haven't decided yet.  My upcoming giveaways are being suspended too.

Thanks for following my journey.  I hope you have a wonderful holiday season!!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Challenge Over; Still Need to Lose Weight

Hi all, I didn't get a chance to check in at the end of my challenge because I was too busy eating my way through the celebration of my husband getting a job.  Two years and two months he's been off work.  26 months!  It feels so strange to breath easier and not worry about every cent, not to worry about Christmas so much, or my son's activities.  Thanks to those who stopped by with kind words.

You'd think with all these stressors removed from my life I'd be coping well, eating good, and exercising a lot!  Well, that's not to be.  It's like I feel so relaxed and peaceful that it's easiest just to eat whatever is around rather than planning ahead.  I have accomplished two runs this week and hope for 1-2 more.  But we also have a group of friends who we'll be dining with at PF Chang's tomorrow night so I know that will be a disaster.  Even if I make excellent choices, the sodium will make me gain weight.  I think you gain 5 pounds from sodium just from walking in the door of that place!  Okay, maybe that's not fair.  I haven't been there in a long time so I shouldn't assume anything.

Is tomorrow a holiday for you?  Not for me, except that Fridays are my day "off".  I use quotes because technically I don't work on Fridays, but I'm still monitoring email and getting things done depending on what time of the month it is.  No, not Mother Nature's time, accounting time.  Needless to say, tomorrow I will be working.  My son will be home from school and it's my husband's official last day of being unemployed.  Hopefully we'll squeeze something fun in there.  I'm anxious to take my son to Puss in Boots.  I love that kitty cat!

So what really is the point of this post?  There probably isn't one as it seems like the point of this blog has gone AWOL.  What I can tell you is that I will be hosting a couple of fun giveaways in the next few weeks and I'm excited about that.  So even if I'm steadily gaining weight, I can still offer you some free stuff.  And maybe somewhere in there I'll get the fire back.

Speaking of fire, anyone see and love the KINDLE FIRE?  OMG, I want one of them!  I have had and loved my Kindle for years.  The Fire would never replace the e-ink reader, but oh the fun I could have with it.  Hello elliptical miles with video.  While I would really like an iPad, the Kindle Fire is far closer to my price range.

So talk to me.  Kindle Fire?  iPad? Puss in Boots?

Saturday, November 5, 2011

18/21: Good News!!

Today's weight: I'm sure it's one-sixty-something.

A wonderful thing has happened.  MY HUSBAND GOT THE JOB!!! We've been celebrating for two days which means two very big dinners out!  But it's all good because time's are changing.  We are blessed!  This could not have come at a better time!  God is good and we are rejoicing!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

16/21: Three Things Thursday

Today's weight: ??? (was too lazy to weigh today)

1. My husband has another meeting about the job this morning at 11:00.  Less than two hours from now.  It cannot come soon enough.  His first interview with this company was on October 4 so we're going on a month of limbo here.  Please bring a happy conclusion.  Is this the day the Lord hath made?

2. I ate 4 pieces of buttered toast with dinner last night! I didn't even realize until afterwards either which is a little scary.  We had "brinner" which included scrambled eggs with ham, fried potatoes (the healthy way), and toast.  It was really tasty, but I did not need that much toast!

3. After dinner I broke out the Just Dance for the Wii.  That game is so fun even though I'm a total goofball and have absolutely no rhythm.  Dancing is one thing I wish I knew how to do because it's something I love to watch.  Ballroom, hip hop, country two-step, whichever.  That would be an awesome fitness class to take!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

15/21: No Pressure

Today's weight: 162.2 (15.4 lbs to goal)

Just bouncing around here in the low 160s.  I want to see the 150s (again) soon!

I have been struggling for awhile wondering how much is enough exercise.  I've spent a lot of time planning and scheduling workouts, even going as far as putting them on the calendar.  Some people say that keeps them accountable.  Me?  No, that makes me feel obligated, and then guilty if I don't follow through.  What I've realized is that I'm putting too much pressure on myself and forcing myself into workouts that I don't like or enjoy.  This has been a great motivation killer for me, and I'm not going to do it anymore.  I do plan to continue working in 3-4 runs per week (at least 10 miles or so).  Beyond that I'll do whatever other activities feel fun at the time.  It cannot be about the number of trips to the gym or checking items off a schedule.  Staying fit, healthy and active requires me to be HAPPY.  It seems my happiness cannot be found in a formal workout plan. 

What about you, do you schedule your workouts?  Does it ever effect your motivation level?
I can see the benefits of a formal training schedule in preparation for an event, but I don't see myself being motivated by any other formal workout schedule.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011


Today's weight: 161.00 (14.2 lbs to goal)