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Someone to Watch Over Me (and cook): Photo #268

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Today is Day 22 of The Month of Living Healthfully.

Sometimes the kids at your school wear you out so much that the only thing you can think of doing when you drag yourself home is fall onto the couch.  During these times you don’t care what you eat for dinner – or if you even have dinner.  And you certainly don’t have enough self-respect and momentum to get off the couch and give it your all in a “last chance workout”. 

If you’re lucky you have a husband who happily makes you dinner, singing and cooking while you languish on the couch, moaning.  He makes you Thai Curry Chicken from the Biggest Loser 30-Day Jump Start book, complete with fresh cilantro garnish – and it is good.  And then he (with help from your improved blood sugar) lovingly prods you along, encouraging you to change into your gym clothes, ride with him to the gym, and actually out in an honest, sweat-inducing work-out.  And there – before you know it, you have eaten a healthy meal and fulfilled your exercise committment for one more day – despite yourself.

Shuffle Off to Buffalo: Photo #266

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Today is Day 20 of The Month of Living Healthfully.

New Tap Shoes!  New Tap Shoes!  With a BOW!  They aren’t patent leather, like I imagined, but they are much better quality than the patent leather shoes at the dancewear store, AND they have a bow!  When I exclaimed that very thing to Kara (“THEY HAVE A BOW!), the clerk looked over at me and said, “oh don’t worry, the bow’s removable”.  I assured her that the presence of a bow was actually a huge bonus for me and I wouldn’t be needing to remove it.  I think the new tap shoes worked wonders in class tonight.  I was able to remember all my time steps and progressed to tripples while most of the class was still struggling with singles.  I feel like a tap star.

Gym Nerd: Photo #264

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Today is Day 18 of The Month of Living Healthfully.

Don’t get me wrong – I love our gym.  Its big, it has a cafe and an olympic sized indoor pool, it boasts completely private showers (in the women’s locker room, anyway) and is filled mostly with families which is good for people like me who get intimidated easily in a group exercise setting.  But something has been bugging me for a while, and now that the gym and I are spending a lot more time together I couldn’t let it slide any longer.  You see, there are two areas with cardio machines – the main one upstairs, and a much smaller one downstairs.  I prefer the small room downstairs because it is cozier and, maybe because you don’t have to go up the stairs (yes – i know I’m there to get exercise – don’t judge me!).  Each machine in the small room has a personal TV with a little control box that you plug your earphones into.  Unfortunately, it seems like every time I try a machine, the audio doesn’t work properly.  It got so that I knew that the third elliptical machine from the wall was the one I could go to and count on being able to hear the TV and I’d try to get that unit each time I worked out.  That plan works fine until some inconsiderate person is already hogging MY preferred machine.  

 That happened today, and I ended up trying almost every machine in the room until I found one that I didn’t have to hold my earphones just a certain way to get sound.  It pushed me over the edge.  So after my work-out I went to every machine in the room and tested the audio so I could make a little diagram to give to the staff.  I figure if I’m paying to be here and use their equipment, I have a reasonable expectation that it should work properly or be fixed in a timely manner.  And how will the gym know to fix something if no one tells them its broken?  I showed my diagram to Randy and he just smiled, shook his head and said: “of course you made a diagram”.   (By the way, the machines are labled G for Good Audio and B for Bad Audio.  I plan to clean it up and maybe make it a Word document before sharing it with the staff.)

A Week of Healthy Living: Photo #255

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Today is Day Nine of The Month of Living Healthfully.

End of Week Report: I lost 5.2 pounds, and ½ inch around my waist!  I am on a healthy living high.  My biggest problem as of week one seems to be eating enough calories.  I never thought I’d write those words.  Turns out, when you eat wholesome foods, you fill up much better.  I’d heard the rumors, but hadn’t believed them.  I thought that was just something people said to make themselves feel better because they couldn’t eat the really yummy food.  Sometimes it seems like all I do is eat- this is a pleasant surprise.  I had set out to eat no more than 1500 calories per day but now I’ve had to make a rule for myself that I will eat at least 1200, as there were many days when I could have easily, accidentally eaten fewer.

Reflections from Week 1:

  • Randy and I have actually enjoyed cooking this week.  Maybe it’s the thrill of having new recipes to try, maybe its because we’ve resigned ourselves to the fact that we need to cook in order to make this work.  Either way, it’s a nice change to the evenings when I would have rather eaten fruit rollups and sun chips than have to cook dinner.
  • This isn’t nearly as hard as I thought it would be.  When I would have near melt-downs during our planning sessions about the impending lack of pizza and carbs Randy always said the month would fly by, but I was sure it would creep along.  Now it is already 22% over and it has felt like a breeze.
  • I’ve already become a little snobbish about food.  At the grocery store this week I saw a girl carrying  a box of fried chicken fingers, macaroni, and French fries from the deli and  a Mountain Dew – and I thought: “How can people eat like that?”  As if only a week ago I wasn’t stuffing buttery breadsticks, pepperoni pizza, and caramel cookies down my throat.

As a little reward to myself for a successful first week, I made a bag for my new yoga mat, using this tutorial.  I love the fabric and was thinking of using it to make myself a skirt, but it practically screamed yoga to me.  Well, more accurately, it whispered yoga, since screaming yoga would be very un-Zen-like.  I had a couple issues deciphering some of the pattern instructions and would definitely make some adjustments next time, but overall it went well.  I think I will be the hit of Easy Yoga class next Saturday – hopefully people will be waiting in line to ask me to make them their very own yoga mat bags.  One can dream….

Journal: Photo #167

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I will get in shape, I will.  After my first Easy Yoga class at the gym (which kicked my butt, by the way) I picked up my newest weight-loss weapon, from Borders of all places.  It has a food and activity page for each day and a weekly check-in page every seven days.  It also sports a section with the nutritional info for common foods as well as spots for before and after pictures.  Perfect.  Now if it could just do yoga for me…

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