The long and winding road to fitness, day 89

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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 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?

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?

Kicking addictions to the curb

Day 85: Diet Pepsi

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I’ve been pretty fortunate in my life as far as addictions are concerned.  I’ve never been addicted to alcohol or drugs (legal or illegal).  I’ve never smoked cigarettes (unless you count the one puff I took when I was a little kid…just about made me sick).  I have, however, been addicted to caffeine, particularly in the form of diet Pepsi.  See, I don’t really consider a moderate intake of caffeine to necessarily be a bad thing.  What is problematic is ingesting large amounts of diet Pepsi, which has no nutritive value at all and contains chemicals that can actually be detrimental to your health.  I have given up diet Pepsi twice in probably the past two years and eventually went back to it just like so many of us women keep returning to the bad boys…we know they’re not good for us, but the attraction is there and hard to resist.

The last time I was at the grocery store, I made a conscious decision not to buy diet Pepsi.  Today I drank the last one in the house.  I figure this is as good a time as any to give it up for good.  I made tea to take to work tomorrow in place of the diet Pepsi.  Yes, tea has caffeine, but it also has antioxidants so is somewhat better for you than a beverage that is nothing but chemicals mixed with water.

I think I realized many years ago that I had an addiction to diet Pepsi.  I drank a lot of it every day, couldn’t wait to get home from work and feel myself relax as soon as I pulled that tab and heard that beautiful fizzy sound.  Kind of sounds like an alcoholic, doesn’t it?  I knew there was an addiction, but I didn’t make the choice to do something about it until much later.  Reading about the chemicals in diet soft drinks (and in soft drinks in general) opened my eyes to what I was putting into my body every day.  It doesn’t do a lot of good to try to eat clean if I continue to drink diet soft drinks. 

So, this is the next step in my quest for a healthy lifestyle.  It may not seem like a big step to a lot of people, but it’s huge to me.  Like they say, third time’s a charm…I’m going to succeed!

Do you have (or have you had) any addictions?  How do you deal with them?

Celestial Seasonings tea giveaway

Free Tour of Celestial Seasonings

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I entered a giveaway on Facebook a few weeks ago.  Celestial Seasonings was giving away several cases of tea, and I thought “why not?  I like their gingerbread tea.  What have I got to lose?”  Well, nothing at all to lose and an entire case of tea to win.  And win I did.  I was pretty surprised when I read that I’d won.  I contacted them with my address and let them know what my favorite tea is.  Earlier this week, I answered the door to the FedEx guy and excitedly opened the box.

How fun to be able to get the gingerbread tea out of season (it’s usually only available during the Christmas season).  As much as I love their tea, I think I’m going to put a couple of boxes in my donation box for the Stamp Out Hunger campaign next month….I want to share my good fortune with someone who might not be able to afford a treat.

So, thanks, Celestial Seasonings, for the great gift of tea and for allowing me to bring a smile to someone else!