The long and winding road to fitness, day 88

The Sun Comes Up

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Wow…88 days…mostly good days, a few really bad days, and some just okay days.  But through it all, I’m still working toward my goal of healthier living, increased fitness, and better overall health.  There have been some days when I thought I’d just give up, go back to my old way of life…but I didn’t…I just kind of struggled through those days in the belief that I could make it to a better tomorrow.  That’s one thing I’ve kind of figured out about life, we will always have to contend with some dark, cloudy days, there will be storms that threaten to beat us down, but if we’re just strong enough to endure, the sun will shine again and we’ll have the opportunity to enjoy the beauty that surrounds us.  We just can’t give up, that’s the thing.  Nobody promised it would be easy, or if they did, they lied!

I went in to work at 5 again this morning…joy, joy.  I managed to get a couple of things marked off my to-do list before we opened.  I had a couple of surprises over the course of the day.  7 am came and one of the managers who was scheduled didn’t show up…I didn’t know if he was going to close, if he’d overslept, or if he’d ended up in a ditch on his way to work.  Probably around 9:30 I was informed that he was going to close, okay…wish I’d known earlier, but okay…Then I got a call on the headset that Stefanie was here for her interview…what?  Interview?  What interview?  I knew I hadn’t scheduled an interview with anyone…so I go to meet her and bring her to the office.  Then I have to apologize to her for not being prepared…not being prepared?  Heck, I couldn’t even find her application…do you think I looked like an idiot?  I finally found her application and proceeded with the interview.  I ended up hiring her.  I really liked her and have high hopes for her.  She’ll come in tomorrow to fill out paperwork (had to wait for her background check to come back) which, by the way, I have already gathered and organized…is organization an innate ability or can it be learned?

So it was another stressful, busy day at work, but my eating was decent.  I didn’t eat breakfast, just had a glass of juice and some vitamins before I left the house.  I had a lite granola bar after I got to work.  Lunch was a small hamburger with all of the veggies and a bag of Sun Chips.  Dinner was a bowl of my vegetable beef soup, a piece of whole wheat bread with olive oil and a glass of ginger peach tea.  I actually ended up with a little over 1200  calories for the day.  Again, that was without really trying to limit my eating…just a really busy day.

I walked for about 15 minutes twice today, did some upper body strength training and range of motion exercises for my shoulder this morning.  Plus a lot of running around at work, as usual.  I guess I’m just going to do the best I can with the exercise  while I’m working so much.  I have to accept that I can’t possibly do everything every day.  Balance is the goal for the rest of the year, my busy time at work.

Are you living a balanced life?  If so, how did you get to that place?  If not, is that something that you think about, work toward?

I crock pot, do you?

I love my trusty old crock pot…and when I say “old” that’s exactly what I mean.  This thing is seriously old, but still works like a charm.

I’ve been looking at newer crock pots, but darn it, this one still works just fine.  No, it’s not digital or programmable, but it does what I need a crock pot to do…effortlessly cook for me.  So, I’m going to hold on to this one for at least a while longer.

Today I decided to prepare vegetable beef soup in my crock pot.  Talk about an easy meal (or week’s worth of meals in my case).  I diced up some new potatoes, tossed in about a fourth of an onion, diced.  Grabbed a bag of stewing beef from the freezer ( I buy this when it’s on sale, divide the package up into two or three smaller packages, and freeze), plopped the meat on top of the potatoes and onion.  Then the really easy part…I went to the pantry and picked out a few cans of veggies…I choose green beans, corn, and tomatoes.  Sometimes I’ll throw in peas and carrots, I just didn’t happen to have any carrots today.  It doesn’t really matter which veggies you use, this soup is going to be good.  I did add one can of low sodium (I forgot to mention that all of the veggies I buy are low-sodium) low-fat  beef broth and enough water to cover.  Turned the crock pot on high and let it do the rest of the work for me.

I dipped this bowl out because I was starving (fancy that, I’ve eaten very little today and actually was experiencing hunger…wow!).  Then I added a handful of whole wheat orzo (sometimes I use rice, pasta, whatever…sometimes just the veggies and meat) and put the lid back on to cook some more…how’s this for a great way for me to eat my veggies?  This is one of the things I love about fall…it’s soup time again!