The long and winding road to fitness, day 99

Snickers Purchased Feb. 2005 in Atlanta, GA, USA

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ooh…big milestone coming up.  Just wish I could report that I was eating perfectly and getting lots of exercise.  It’s just not happening and I don’t know why.  I want it, I want to feel better, stronger, healthier, but I’m not working all that hard for it.  Not working anywhere near as hard as I know I need to be.  I need to decide on a plan of action and then go for it.

I guess you can see that I’m feeling just a tad discouraged with myself and my actions.  Last night I said I had my meals and snacks planned and that I needed to go into the kitchen and prepare them.  Surprise!  I didn’t do it.  Then, when I was getting ready this morning, I looked at the clock and realized I needed to leave in less than five minutes and hadn’t put my shoes on, gathered the trash, got my jacket and umbrella out.  So…I didn’t take all that healthy stuff to work that I’d intended to take.  And ended up eating lunch out as well as a blasted Snickers bar (ha, Diane…see, I’m not trying to hide anything here).  I finished the day with 2,125 calories and not a lot of exercise.  I walked twice for 10 minutes at a time, did upper body strength training and stretching before work, and a bunch of running around and heavy lifting at work.  So not terrible, but not what I need to do to get this weight off.

We’ve got another corporate visitor coming this week (I know, really?).  This guy came last year for the fall tour and was such a nice guy, very pleasant to talk with, would listen when we voiced concerns (actually took notes!), and wanted to meet everyone.  We still have some fluffing to do to get ready for the visit, but I expect this one to be much more enjoyable than last week’s.  And then I am going to do my best to make sure that Chris takes at least the weekend off (can I also get him to take Monday off?  I’m sure going to try.  This guy needs some time off.  Hello, Chris?  Do you hear me?   Dude, sleep for an entire day.).

Do you sometimes find your actions to not be in line with your desires?  How do you deal with that?


The long and winding road to fitness, day 89


I had a pretty good day today even if it was truck day.  It seemed like everyone really worked hard and got a lot done.  I kind of got to switch my normal truck day job for a different job today and that made all the difference…made the day go a little quicker…I guess being able to do something that gets you out of your normal everyday rut can be a good thing.

I walked for 30 minutes this morning (plus who knows how much walking I did at work…I’ve got to dig out one of my many pedometers so I can keep track of all of the walking I do at work daily), lower body strength training, and quite a bit of stretching…may throw in some additional stretching tonight to ease the muscle tension in my back and shoulders.

My eating was okay as far as the calories go, but it wasn’t the healthiest of diets for the day.  I had oj and vitamins before running out the door this morning, string cheese at around 9am, 1 Twinkie (shared the package with my boss), a fish sandwich and iced tea for lunch along with about 8 french fries that my boss threw in the fish box from his lunch, dinner was a bowl of vegetable beef soup and a whole wheat bagel thin…a little under 1500 calories for the day.  Could have gone with more fruit and veggies, how many days have I said that?  How many more days am I going to say it?

I have the day off work tomorrow…woohoo!!  I’ve got an appointment to get my hair cut…something I definitely need after cancelling my last two appointments because of work.  Thank goodness, my stylist managed to squeeze me in at the last minute.  After my hair cut, I’m going to stop at the grocery store.  I think I’ll get some blueberries or strawberries, yogurt and lite granola and make a kind of yogurt parfait to eat at work in the mornings.  That way I’ll get another serving of fruit.  Maybe pick up some more V8 juice to get another serving of veggies.  Those are both pretty simple ways to up my fruit and veggie intake.

Oh, I almost forgot to mention, tonight I’m celebrating a 100 day streak of daily writing!  Can you believe that?  Got the habit going, now it’s time to really work on the story for my book.  Tonight I planned out how to do that over the next 100 days.  I’m pretty excited about that.  It feels like I’m making real progress toward finishing my book…and then, who knows? 

What have you done to make  a longtime dream become reality?

The long and winding road to fitness, day 84

Iced tea with lemon.

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This has been one of those days.  I had to close last night then turn around and open this morning…blah.  I didn’t get enough sleep, of course.  I didn’t make time for breakfast.  I ended up eating a granola bar sometime this morning along with a diet Pepsi.  My boss bought me a chicken sandwich and iced tea for lunch.  I finally got home around 6 pm, fed the cats, threw a load of laundry in, cleaned the cat litter, ran dish water and then realized I’m really hungry.  Nothing sounds good, maybe that’s because I’m just so darn tired.  So I’m going to have an egg, a biscuit, Morningstar Farms veggie sausage,  and a glass of milk. 

I didn’t eat a lot of veggies or fruit today…I guess the iceberg lettuce and one tomato slice on my sandwich count for something although not much.  But I’m actually under on calories for the day, so that’s at least something good.

I did walk and do upper body strength training and some stretching before work and ran around like crazy all day at work.  So much to do, so much to do…We’re going in at 5 am all this coming week to try to get everything done…no, not to try to get everything done…to get everything done…no try to it.  We will do it!

So how’s everybody else’s weekend going?  Anything fun happening?  Any football games?  Cookouts?  Shopping?

The long and winding road to fitness, day 82

Capsule of shoulder-joint (distended). Anterio...

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Holy moly..I am so tired tonight.  Went in to work at six this morning and left at six this evening.   I am already starting to feel the stress from work and it’s not even close to Christmas time yet.  I’m not sure how much worse the stress will get the closer we get to the holidays.

I did walk and do strength training (upper body) this morning, then ran around like crazy all day at work.  My eating was good until I got home tonight…then I had pizza…what?  How can this be?  I was feeling so frustrated with how things are going that I tried to comfort myself with one of my favorite foods…and we all know how well that works!  The stress is still there and now I feel full and disappointed in myself.  And the thing is, I knew this was how I would feel before I ever took that first bite…

I’ve been doing a lot of stretching and range of motion exercises for my shoulder.  I don’t know if it’s helped yet or not, but it’s definitely not making it worse.  I have a doctor’s appointment in a little over a week and a half, so maybe we can figure something out then.  Of course, I’m sure that hauling wood pallets to the dumpster after a truck doesn’t do anything to lessen the pain either.  And the thing is, we have guys working there, but somehow I end up dragging those things through the back parking lot.  Ah well…what are you going to do?  Can’t leave them on the loading dock.

Well, sorry that I’m such a Debbie downer tonight…not sure if it’s the pain or the exhaustion talking.  I’m thinking a good night’s sleep would do wonders for me and for my mood.

The long and winding road to fitness, day 81

pot of chili

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Wow..this was a long day.  We went in to work at 5 am to try to get some work done before it got too busy.  Oh, did I mention, this was my day off?  But I told my boss I’d come in for a few hours.  I had to cancel my hair appointment that I had scheduled for 10 this morning, but I was able to do some of the things I needed to do this afternoon.  I left work at around 11:30, so it still felt like I had the day off…well, except for that getting up in the middle of the night thing…  I was able to finish what I went in to do though, so one task complete, a million more to go…

I managed to eat pretty well today and walked, biked, did lower body strength training and stretching.  I stopped at the grocery store after I finished everything else and picked up some healthy food…spinach, peaches, sweet potatoes, cottage cheese (I think I’m on a cottage cheese kick right now), skim milk, whole wheat bagel thins, popcorn, turkey chili (with the cooler temps, I thought chili sounded good) and some Crystal Light raspberry green tea on the go things…little individual packets that you mix with water…pretty good.  I thought that would be a good alternative to diet Pepsi or other drinks at work.

I couldn’t believe it, today it only got up to about 64 degrees after nearly 100 on Saturday…crazy!  One thing about colder weather, I like making soup.  I make a pretty good vegetable soup in the crock pot…oh, and a minestrone that is delish.  Something to think about in the next few days.

Do you change how you eat when fall arrives?