The long and winding road to fitness, day 36

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Well…I’m certainly glad to have this day over.  I worked open to close today ( I volunteered to do that so my boss could have at least one day of his weekend off.  I know I don’t like having to come in on my weekend off.  I’m sure he feels the same.).  Tired?  Oh yeah!

This was a pretty good day of eating.  I didn’t have time to cook anything, so I kind of took a little of this and a little of that to work.  I did end up grabbing a bag of Cheetos (those jalapeno ones…hey does that count as a veggie?  ha!) from the vending machine to go with my veggie burger at lunch.  I had my yogurt with blackberries and granola again.  Also cucumber slices and a tomato, cantaloupe and string cheese…tea…so some degree of healthy eating for the day.

I didn’t exercise at all today other than the running around at work, did do quite a bit of ladder climbing and a lot of walking.  I skipped the planned exercise knowing I was going to be working all day…I think it’s fine to skip a day here and there, it’s even recommended by experts, so I don’t feel bad about it.

Oh, I did weigh in this morning, lost the two pounds I’d gained over my vacation as well as another pound…so that puts the total at 12 pounds lost now!  Not bad…still a long, long way to go, but I’m on the right path.

How did your day go?  Did you eat anything exciting?

The long and winding road to fitness, day 35

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This was an unusual day for me.  I have to work every other weekend, but I don’t usually have to close.  However, the department manager who closes on my weekend is on vacation, so that puts me closing.  No big deal.  I used to do it all the time back when I was a department manager.  It certainly makes the work day go by quickly.  And it was nice to have a morning to leisurely do a few things around the house before work.  And sleeping in was another plus for the day.

I had another good day of eating and exercising.  I ate a little over 1500 calories for the day, eating only what I planned and brought to work with me.  I got a decent walk in before work, did some strength training for upper body and rode the bike for a bit.  Of course, lots of walking around at work, as usual. 

I took a bowl of plain yogurt with me.  Then I mixed it with some fresh blackberries and just a little granola…I’m really getting into this fresh fruit and yogurt thing…and the small amount of granola adds just a little crunch…yum!  For my dinner at work, I ate a veggie burger on rye bread and cantaloupe…I do love cantaloupe at this time of the year.

I did a little work outside before I went in to work today.  As early as it was, I was still drenched with sweat by the time I finished…and I was only out there for about an hour.  I did finally pull up my poor, bedraggled pansies…once the heat sets in, they’re finished.   I put out this hot pink geranium  on my front patio.  Also changed the wreath on my front door.  I had kind of a light pink hydrangea wreath out there…and that was perfect for spring…but spring has fled and I wanted something with a little more color.  So out came the fuschia spider daisy wreath…it looks brighter out there already.  It makes coming home a delight..well, it’s always a delight to come home, but you know what I mean.

So, how was your Saturday?  Anything fun and exciting happen?

The long and winding road to fitness, day 34

Icees!

What a wild and crazy day this was.  The auditor is in a nearby store, we have to be prepared…our district manager is coming for a visit,  more preparation.  Run, run, run…oh, no auditor today.  Oh, the district manager will be visiting on Saturday instead of today…so, another day wasted without getting any real work done…ahh…gotta love that!!

But I also had another good day with the eating and exercising…finished the day with 1625 calories and walked for 40 minutes,did lower body strength training, 8 exercises, 2 sets of each…not bad, not bad at all.  There was one time that I thought about heading to the break room for a bag of chips from the vending machine, but I ate an Icee  (I don’t know if that’s what they’re really called…maybe not…it’s those frozen slushy kind of things in the long tubes.)  that someone was nice enough to bring for all of us…and on a hot day like today, that tasted really good.  Totally satisfied me.

I also had a nice visit with a good friend (hey, Margaret)…she moved out of town, so now we don’t see one another like we did in the past.  We’ve got to get together and do something fun before summer ends.  We used to go to auctions and festivals frequently, now we see one another only occasionally.  So today was good.  Isn’t it a blessing to have good friends?  And have you noticed, the best of friends can pick right up where they left off no matter how long it’s been since they were together?

What fun things do you do with your friends during the summer?

The long and winding road to fitness, day 33

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Holy moly, what a day!  Hot, humid, oppressive.  We had a ton of fun working outside this morning unloading a truck.  I was just thankful it was there at 8 am rather than at 2 pm…As it was, we were all drenched in sweat before we came back inside.  I don’t know about anyone else, but I drank a lot of water today.

My eating was great…and I say that simply because I ate only what I planned to eat…I didn’t take even one tiny bite of Donna’s peanut butter or chocolate chip cookies (and since they are truly awesome, that’s quite an accomplishment for me) or any of Jean Ann’s lemon cake.  These girls are seriously trying to tempt me…but it’s not going to work today.

My exercise consisted of 20 minutes of walking, 8 upper body strength training exercises, 2 sets of each, and, of course, working a truck for the entire day.  Since I don’t know how to figure that in as part of my workout, you’ll just have to accept that it was a lot of walking and lifting.  I’m pretty tired tonight and plan to go to bed early.  I have to work at getting my seven to eight hours of sleep.  I’ve got another hard day ahead of me tomorrow.

So, what exercise did you manage to get in today?  Do you count your house and garden work as part of your exercise for the day?  I do, if it’s beyond what I would do in a normal day…like if I do a lot of gardening and that’s not something I would  normally do.  If it’s something I do every day, I just figure it’s part of my daily activities.  I don’t know if that’s right or wrong, or even if there is a right or wrong to it.

Early morning at the farmers market

I woke up at about 6:30 this morning.  Then I debated going to the farmers market.  Yes, I wanted the fresh veggies and fruit.  Yes, it’s always nice to walk around talking to the vendors.  Yes, I usually run into a friend or two.  BUT…man, did I really want to have to get dressed and make my way out there?  Then I remembered my new motto…get up, get out, and get it done.  So that’s exactly what I did.

This is the view when I first entered the market.

People…the crowd becomes a solid mass of people in a couple of hours.  That’s why I try to go early.

I think farmers must have a little artist in them.

The farmer at this booth was asking me about my blog…never know when you’ll get a little publicity, do you?  I really should have cards printed to pass out…

After I walked out of the market area, I turned around and had to capture this view.  Isn’t it peaceful?  I love Bloomington!

The long and winding road to fitness, day 27

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Twenty seven days, can you believe it?  Fast approaching a month on this journey!  I had some blood work done today for insurance and my results were fabulous…the NP was even surprised.  I don’t know how much credit I can take for it, a lot of it probably has to do with genetics.  But I do believe the exercise and healthier eating doesn’t hurt.  At least now I’m sure where I stand as far as blood glucose and cholesterol are concerned. 

I woke up today feeling so much better than I did yesterday.  Who knows what caused the flare-up yesterday…just one of those days, I suppose.  I was able to accomplish all the running around I needed to do today and still made it home by noon.  At least I’ve now accomplished everything I wanted to get done this week.  Well, except for heading out to the farmers market tomorrow morning.  I’m looking forward to that.  I’ll take pictures tomorrow, as long as I don’t forget to take my camera.  I want you all to see how nice our local farmers market is. I will be there and gone before the huge crowds hit though, I don’t like walking around not even being able to see the various vendors’ booths.  I definitely want to buy some fresh corn, tomatoes and peaches.  I don’t need peppers, cucumbers, or zucchini because my little garden is producing plenty for my use.

Today I ate 1625 calories, walked for 60 minutes and did a little stretching.  Dinner was awesome.  I had fish, corn on the cob and sugar snap peas…double yum!!  Oh yeah, and I had a cold chai latte…I think this is going to be my favorite summer drink.  It tastes like you’re being bad, but you’re really not.  And it has to be better for me than a diet Pepsi (no, I still haven’t given them up.  My plan is to finish what I currently have in the house and not buy more…I sound like some kind of addict, don’t I?).

So…what’s everyone else got planned for the weekend?  Out and about?  Stay at home?  Fun?  Chores?

The long and winding road to fitness, day 26

Chronic pain

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Ooh…not a good day today,as much as I hate to admit it.  I did go out for an early morning walk, but ended up cutting it short because I was in so much pain.  And, for most of the day, nothing I did eased the pain.  I’m still hobbling around, but haven’t been active at all.  I can’t even blame the weather for this bout, it’s been a gorgeous day, no rain, low temps and humidity.  So what’s up?  I have days like this every once in a while, no real way to predict when it’s going to hit.  All I can do is struggle through it and that’s exactly what I’ve done today.  Hopefully tomorrow will be better.

I only got 15 minutes of walking  and a little bit of stretching done today.  I ended up eating around 1700 calories for the day.  I didn’t feel like doing any cooking at all, so ended up eating mostly packaged stuff .  I did have a couple of cups of tea with this chai latte creamer I bought yesterday…tastes just like what you buy at Starbucks…I’m thinking it’d be really good iced too.  That may be something I take to work next week when I have to go back…I’m almost halfway through my vacation.  Haven’t accomplished all I wanted to, but still have more time to get some things done.  I need to do some running around tomorrow morning, but I hope to be home before noon.  We’ll see how that goes.

So, do you have days when you really struggle due to things that are largely out of your control?  How do you deal with that?