Saturday, January 30, 2010

That was a close one!

I almost blew my New Year's Resolution in the first month... too cliche for me! My treadmill has been broken for a while & I've been bundling up to run outside. This week we got hit with arctic temperatures (teens) and snow, so I let a few days go by without running. I needed one more run by today to be successful with this week's quota. I decided I could 'run' in the basement. I did 'stairs' on the stairs and I jogged on the mini-trampoline. I ran a few laps, moved a few heavy bins and swept the floor. I'm quite sure I got a work-out and I'm proud of myself!!!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Do What Feels Right!

I just read a Mommy on the Run blog about feeling antsy and needing to go out on a run. Yeah right! My body usually always wants to be lazy. I'm so proud when I feel a true honest-to-goodness urge to get out and run. Feeling it a bit right now. I missed yesterday's light rain and warm temperatures (due to work! : (). Today there is a coating of snow, but I can't let that stop me because the treadmill still lays broken and it will forever I'm sure. When my dh & I agree to buy something new, it takes forever (maybe years) to actually buy it. On the treadmill we don't even agree. I think he wants to take a look at it, as he wouldn't endorse me calling in a repair guy. So... I'm stuck in a holding pattern and I don't predict I'll be running on a treadmill any time soon!

OK, enough procrastination. Here I go!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Oh Noooooo!!

My teadmill broke! It just went klunkpfth#%#! while I was on it one day. What a catastrophe. We are in the middle of January and I'm having to go outside. Brrr. I am lucky that I have good gear though. My balaclava is wonderful to put over my head and now I'm enjoying my new convertible mittens/gloves. my tech l/s shirt is indispensible and my day-glo yellow cycling jacket continues to be my long-running favorite item!! There was a bit of a thaw & I was out in 30-something weather twice this weekend.

We had a long (MLK Day) weekend and it was much appreciated. I was really in need of a mental-health day off recently, but couldn't bring myself to use a Personal Day for nothing imparticular. I feel so much better now, maybe I will keep this option open in the future. I'm either blessed or riddled with excellent attendance syndrome. My employers should love me for it!

Anyhow my New Year's Resolutions are in tact! All 9 resolutions are going strong! I almost lost the running frequency one, but I hung on by a fingernail and was able to chart 3 runs each week so far.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Here we go!

Today is January 1st and I'm off to a good start on my resolutions. Officially, they are:
1. Keep the desk blotter free of coffee rings : )
2. Maintain a lower weight by year's end (8 pounds by Christmas, 4 by summer, 2 by spring, 1 by my birthday)This should be easy. Chart it.
3. Eat less junk food, more fruits/veggies... make "5 2 1 0" part of our lives (keep celery, carrots, apples, kiwi, sliced pepper in house as much as possible). Chart it.
4.Speak nicely to my family members, consistently. Remember what's important.
5. Stay calm, shriek less.
6. Don't accept disrespect.
7. Run 30 minutes non-stop at a reasonable speed, by Fall! 3-4 times a week, non-netotiable, starting at 30 minutes of walking or 20 minutes mixed, increase with slightest tiny increments each week, including more running, increased incline, etc.
Chart progress toward running goal and stick with it.
8. Do at least one unexpected kindness each month! Chart!!

I like it. I composed these kind of spur of the moment, but I think they're workable and they reflect my honest values.

So, today, I
1. unwrapped my pristine new desk blotter. I love this!! It is beautiful.

2. I weighed in and printed out my chart with an aim to record my weights. Keep in mind, these weights are in the morning just before entering the shower. In the afternoon and evening I always seem to weigh much more, and I'm wearing clothes, so I thought I'd go with my morning weigh-in which is already habit. I turn on the shower, move my bath towel, step on my scale and then get in the shower... in the dark, automatically. I was surprised to find out my friend had received a desired scale for Christmas because they didn't have any.

3. Anyway, I ate a delicious warm salt bagel with butter, bean soup, crunchy veggies, baked Lays, 6 Dibs, grilled cheese with tuna, and a side salad. I'm proud and satisfied with my eats. Let's see, I had 5 servings of fruit/veggies I think, 2 hours or less of screen time, probably one hour of activity (with my exercise and walking around the museum for several hours), and 0 sugary drinks. I sure hope artificial sugar is OK. I also bought kiwi, carrots, celery, peppers for the house! Mmmm..

4. I think I spoke respectfully and calmly to my family, though it seems to require such patience so much of the time.

5. I did not shriek. : )
6. I didn't accept disrespect, and I think my son and daughter are both making gains in listening to me. I don't let them talk back, walk away, scold me, or defy me. I really think the stricter (more consistent) I can be with this, the better... for their positive development, and for my self-worth!

7. I did a 20 minute program on the treadmill (at 9:30 P.M.!!) and nearly killed myself. I had to take a 1.5 minute break at the peak to lower my heart rate. It's all good, though. 20 minutes is a very short time... and... I'm getting involved in my audio book a bit: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson.

8. My official charts are either by the week or the month. The week charts begin on Sunday, so I'm set to go.

9. My kindness I plan to do tomorrow... deliver a frozen lasagna to a super-nice family who has helped us out several times in the past and especially last week!

Life is good!