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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Ping Pong

So, I really love the start of a new year. It's a new beginning, full of possibilities, and I always jump right in with both feet and a full steam ahead, conquer the world attitude. The problem is, I tend to be a wee bit over-ambitious and fill my proverbial plate to heaping, and then I end up chasing my tail trying to do too much. I'm like a ping pong ball, bouncing back and forth between projects or, more accurately, like a super ball let loose in a rubber room. Constantly "pinging." I do this every year, and every year it takes me a few weeks to get back to some semblance of balance, and you'd think I'd learn, but I never do. I think this year was particularly bad because having so much success with my weight loss made me want to do and be and try so much and I got so super excited I wanted to do and be and try it all NOW NOW NOW. And then my head popped off and went spinning off into space.

I'm better now. Mostly. I'm working on it. I need to learn how to set priorities. I need to learn how to learn! Not too long ago I was talking about adding the exercise ball to the mix and how hard it still was to keep juggling everything successfully, and then I go and shoot a whole bucket of balls into the rotation. Clearly I was talking out of my ass! Sigh. But it's ok, because I am recognizing these things, and I am recognizing them before I totally crash and burn. And now, bloggy friends onward and upward...er...downward, because my scale, it has stopped a-moving.

It is no surprise that I have reached a plateau. I have not devoted the same energy and focus to my weight loss as I had been because it's been scattered all over the place (there are some really good things in the pipeline that I will share as I make progress!), and now it's time to refocus. I have not totally gone back to my old habits, and I am still exercising regularly although I miss more days than I'd like. My biggest problem is that I have had a hard time getting back to tracking my food. Truth is, it was getting pretty old, and I was starting to whine about having to do it, and it was kind of nice not to do it religiously over the holidays when I told myself it was ok to relax a bit and maintain. But now, I'm tired of maintaining. I want to start seeing the number on the scale start going down again!

Speaking of the scale,  mine went rogue. I was getting a different weight every time I get on it, so I took myself to Walgreens and bought a simple, $10 scale that seems to be much more cooperative (tho not encouraging!). I am usually pretty adamant about only weighing myself once a week, but I am going to start weighing myself more often for a little while, just until I am back in the groove. I know ups and downs are normal, but if I'm seeing more of an up trend, I can catch myself sooner and get back on track. I am also going to start tracking on my phone again, because it's always with me and I think I did a lot better doing it that way, with my numbers right there in my face all the time.

Anyway, I hope you are all having a great 2011 so far (not sure how it already got to be near the end of January). I know my blogging hiatus has not helped me any, either, because I've lost my sense of public accountability (even if my public is very small!), so I hereby recommit to posting my progress on a regular basis and not putting this journey at the bottom of my big long list any more!

Stay tuned for my next post...running updates! Still doing it, still loving it!

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Today I am grateful for:
  • my gym membership, even though I chose to run in the 22* cold on Saturday morning!
  • my new mop, which makes mopping soooooo easy we do it every day!
  • audio books
  • all the great people I've already met through running group
  • strawberry season...almost here!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

I Survived!

I can't believe it's 2011. I didn't mean to go AWOL for so long, but I realized after my last post that if I was indeed going to survive the holidays, and by survive I mean keep my sanity...and maintain my weight...I was going to have to cut back to the bare minimum. And I did it! The girls and I had a great Christmas, a nice break from work and school, and a great new year. My weight fluctuated a bit as I enjoyed all the holiday goodies and then hit the gym extra hard, but at my 12/31 weigh-in, my weight was exactly the same as it was when I set my intention to maintain. The downside is that it's taking a bit of effort to transition back to a weight-loss mind set, but I start back to Strike class tonight and start my running group tomorrow, so the motivation is definitely there!

C and I started the new year with a 5k run on New Year's day! This was her first 5k and I was so thrilled that she decided to do it with me. It was a damp and dreary morning and the race was pretty early after a late night ringing in 2011 with friends, so we had no cheering section, but we had an awesome time and it was so much more fun to run with someone than alone! She did great, by the way - our time was only a minute slower than my Turkey Trot time, despite the fact that we did some walking. J & E are even more motivated to do a 5k with me now, so I'm going to make sure it happens. I want to get all my friends and family to do at least one with me!

Santa was very good to me this year - he got me a new heart rate monitor. I haven't set it up yet, but since I am home with some sick kids today, I think I will get it figured out so I can start wearing it to the gym and on my runs. Speaking of runs, I had a great one with the big red dog yesterday evening. It was too late to go to the trail, so I ran around my neighborhood (which, you remember, means HILLS). No knee pain, and the last 6 minutes I still felt strong and fresh, so I turned up the dial and ran faster than I ever have! I can't wait to run on the trail so I can see how far I can maintain a faster pace - when I run in the 'hood, I have no distance markers.

I have a lot of things planned for 2011, but right now I need to run out and get some comfort food for these sick kiddos. Say a little prayer for me that I can stay healthy - I have too many exciting things coming up to get sick!!! Hope you all enjoyed a wonderful holiday season and are looking forward to reaching all your goals in an AWESOME new year!

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Today I am grateful for:
  • my new laptop, which means I can hang with the family while surfing!
  • our big snow on Christmas Day
  • my big red dog
  • heirloom tree ornaments
  • used books on Amazon.com