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Archive for the month “March, 2014”

Cleaning out the Closets

So last night I get a wild hair and decide that as of April 1, I’m going to ‘reboot’ and get my proverbial health shit in order. My home has been rather healthcentric in thought processes lately and food has been one of them. We have to wonder how our own mothers did it but then again, the average work day when my parents generation was raising us was 9-5 and you were home by 5:30 if you weren’t a stay-at-home mom to be able to get things like cooking a decent, non-processed meal done. Now a days, I’m not home until 6:30 – 7:30 depending on what needs to get done after work and I’m up at 6, out the door by 7. So that means I’ve got to work within the time frames that work, school, family and what not allot me.

Last night, I went through my pantry and cleaned everything out. Reorganized, disposed of anything with an expiration date that wasn’t within this calendar year and made space. I don’t have much of a kitchen – it’s small and the three counter spaces that I have available to me were all covered with this and that – a microwave on one, the Keurig on the other and an organizer that hasn’t effectively been used since moving in years ago. Well, if it’s not being used, then it needs to be moved and I found myself at least a little space in which I can conduct food prep.

Cleaning out the closets also meant that I was able to take stock of what we had, what we weren’t eating that we had anyway and what we might need. The refrigerator still needs a once over as does the freezer, but that I’ll do after I go and restock supplies. Thankfully I know what’s in those so it’s just getting rid of what may have expired.

After restocking the shelves, I’m going to look into a scale that will sync with my Fitbit Force, or at least a reliable one that I can utilize for in home use. I generally go by how my clothes fit, and indeed it seems I’ve lost a bit here and there, (the hips though…ugh the hips!) but I’d like something to use as a regular, reliable touchstone.

I have vitamins that I can take to help out here and there with things and Bodybuilding.com MuscleTech Phase8 Protein Powder to make shakes with (which will become my after walk snacks at work)

So:

Food: Check
Weight Monitoring: Check
Reorganization: Check
Vitamins: Check
Motivation: Check
No Fast Food: Check
No Soda: Check

Starting tomorrow, (alright, March 31st instead of April 1), I will pledge to myself to become better. I deserve it.

Changing Lifestyles – Breakfast

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, right? So what do you do when you’re first meal of the day ends up inevitably being most of your daily allowance of calories? Changing your lifestyle isn’t easy! It’s far more convenient to live in the manner with which you’ve become accustomed and that’s exactly what I’m fighting with right now.

Take this McDonald’s ‘addiction’ I have. Its not so much that I prefer to eat at one of America’s most well known and horribly-unhealthy for you fast food chains! But the sheer fact of the matter is, it’s the most convenient option for me! Or, at least, I keep telling myself it is when I get up in the morning. I have four of them that I can count immediately that are directly between my home and my work. FOUR! It’s no wonder that the restaurant chain owns the largest share in it’s market! ¬†And, well, yeah, I do have a soft spot for their Coke and Chocolate Chip Cookies.

 

Yummmy! Too bad three of these bad boys = 480 calories!

 

I’m also the sort that isn’t hungry upon immediately waking up. I’d rather wait an hour or so before I ingest some wonderful sustenance. But I also have a tendency to wake up basically an hour before I need to leave the house to head into work. I dont have quite the same issue, for instance, on the weekends when I dont need to go anywhere first thing. I can take my time, wake up, and then eat when I’m ready. During the week, running around, trying to get into work, I would prefer to wait and generally dont find myself hungry until about an hour after waking. Issue there? By then I’m in the car and hey look…it’s one of those four McDonalds!

So then, the question begs to differ, how best to change my lifestyle to avoid the Calorie Pit? I can try to eat at home, prior to being hungry but the issue there in is that if I’m not hungry, I simply won’t eat! (Which makes sense, right? Why bother eating if A.) you’re not feeling it and B.) you’re not going to ENJOY what you’re putting in your mouth?!) I can eat when I get to work, but that entails making sure I have food there to eat – which also requires me anticipating what I’m going to WANT to eat for breakfast on any given morning.

 

I need this to determine lunch at work!

 

The first lifestyle change I think I need to make, is to stop going to fast food places first thing in the morning and eating 1000 calories right off the bat, and figuring out a different way to change how my mind thinks about breakfast.

Tummy Troubles

Went home early from work because I had a serious case of tummy yuck and the sincere feeling like a MAC truck had hit me. I was falling asleep at my desk so thankfully work understood and let me head home to rest. I should be good for work tomorrow which would be of great benefit. I hate missing out on a few hours pay, but I certainly needed the rest. Came home and slept for close to four hours!

Made the mistake of getting McDonald’s for dinner. Ugh. Tummy is icky again. I REALLY have to break this McDonald’s habit I have. That and soda. Soft drinks are going to be the death of me. Some people it’s gambling, alcohol, drugs, coffee (namely Starbucks) etc. For me, it’s soda pop..primarily McDonald’s coke and Cherry Coke. OMG yum.

Needless to say, coming home early meant no walking for me today and I’ll need to make up some hours during lunch the next few days so I’m going to have to find creative ways to get my exercise in for the week. I’ll manage.

Life is hectic, insane and rather uncertain right now. Lots going on and not quite ready to talk about it all just yet.

 

Starting Over

So after a wonderful weekend at Walt Disney World, in which the Walt Disney World Dolphin is our home resort of choice for a number of reasons, I am starting over today with my plans for better health and well-being. Five smaller meals a day and focus on walking when I can at work. It’s raining here today in Sunny Florida but I still got my butt out the door and walked, albeit at a slower clip, on my lunch break.

I started this morning with L’Eggo Cinnamon Toast Wafflers (2) and did stop at McDonalds for a soda and cookies. Yes, not necessarily the best choice, but I gotta wean myself off the soda! Cold turkey just isn’t an option for me. Lunch was a couple of slices of Boar’s Head London Broil and Overgold Turkey with White American cheese and there was some Publix Chocolate Cake in the break room that I grabbed a small sliver of.

I’ll get there!

I’m currently at 2.22 miles walked, 5,457 steps taken and 1,195 calories burned per my Fitbit.

 

Bandwagons…I’ve Fallen

So, I was doing great working on getting myself centered and back into a healthy lifestyle in order to get my body where I want it. I’m not unrealistic. It’s going to take a while and this Size 12 will be a bit before it’ll see a Size 5 again (or even a 6.)

I had started with eating five smaller meals a day as well as walking (power walking) every day at lunch. I mean, I get an hour and I don’t need that long so what else was I going to do?!) Now, if I could RUN during lunch that would be awesome, but I have no desire to gross out my coworkers with the glistening dew that will inevitably grace my presence after working out like that. So power walking it is!

Then I slid slowly off the wagon and let it all go again. Work, school, family…I’m starting to become convinced that I will be unable to attain all of my goals physically until I’m no longer having to worry about school! At least my final summer session is right around the corner.

So here is the game plan – I’m going to use the blog in part to help hold me responsible for meeting my goals. I’ll start posting my daily caloric intake/use and activity level (if any) for that day. I need to start getting myself disciplined. I have no excuses for that.

 

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