I’m alive…
May 15th, 2007 by Anna

Yes, I’m here. I’ve been ignoring most of my blogs lately. It’s just crazy at the end of the school year when you work at a school. I’m SO looking forward to the summer! I plan to do most of the following:

  • join a gym
  • take a dance class with my girls
  • play LOTS of very active Wii games
  • take walks and bike rides with my kids (in the mornings, before the temperature hits three digit degrees)
  • take the time to eat healthier

I may not do the gym if I do the dance but everything else is a real plan! Did I mention I’m looking forward to the summer?

New Motivation
Mar 21st, 2007 by Anna

Well, I have a new motivation to get back to goal. I’m going to California for a week in July. I was selected as an Apple Distinguished Educator. Whoo hoo! It’s not a job change or anything like that -  just an honor. But not just an honor. There were 100 selected in the US and Canada. Not sure how many applicants. Probably 103. :) But anyway, I’m going to Monterey, California for a week for the ADE Summer Institute. So there ya go, a reason to lose weight, and a time frame in which to reach my goal. Apparently the other 187 reasons aren’t good enough – maybe this one will be.

Love that Lent
Feb 22nd, 2007 by Anna

I did great today, but then it’s a day of fast for me (Ash Wednesday) so that made it easy. But I’m plugging along and plan to have a great day tomorrow. Restarting with small goals. Like right now I’m mostly just focused on eating between 1200 and 1500 calories. When I can get back to doing that consistantly for at least a couple of weeks, then I’ll work on exactly what it is I’m eating… and maybe exercise. I really do want to get back to me. For awhile there, I’m not sure I cared that much. I guess it wasn’t really a priority, which with all the other current stressors in my life, that’s no surprise. But I’m so unhappy with my physical self right now, and that definitely influences other things, so I reseting priorities. Again.

31 Left
Jan 10th, 2007 by Anna

I’m not sure why the site is called 31 Left, and if I weren’t swamped right now I’d research. But I’m going to post about it anyway. This is a great site to make those New Year’s resolutions and to help you keep them. Go to the site, create an account (free) and post your resolution. The catch is, you also post how much and to what charity you will donate money if you don’t reach your goal or keep your resolution this year. Ouch. Of course it’s on the honor system, but something about putting things in writing and then making a promise. Wow. I absolutely LOATHE one of the “charities” but you can add in whatever charity you want. So I’ve pledged to lose 25 pounds this year, or I will donate $50 to Catholic Charities. It’s kinda funny though because it’s all to a good cause so you if you make your goal, your charity loses out. Of course you can give anyway, but then what was the point of making the pledge. Okay, I’m going in circles.

I have more than 25 pounds to lose, but I figure 25 pounds will feel REALLY good. And I can do 25 pounds. And I’ll be in at LEAST one smaller size and that will open up a HUGE portion of my wardrobe. So 25 pounds. Or $50. But probably both. Definitely both.

Weekly Goals
Jul 31st, 2006 by Anna

This week I’ll stay in points. Bleah. That stinks. It just seems like so little food. Last week was another bust on the points thing. I didn’t keep very good track at all. And I think part of the reason is because I’d given myself permission to go OVER points – I just had to keep track of them. So it was really easy to tell myself, “well, it doesn’t matter what I eat anyway, so I’m just not going to point it.” I’m really good at playing mind games with myself. *sigh* So this week, I gotta stay in points.

As for exercise. I did two of three last week. I had great intentions for Friday but the day did not go according to plan. If I don’t get the exercise in before picking the kids up from daycare, it’s likely not going to happen. Nathan just doesn’t let me pedal and it’s too danged hot to go on a family walk.

I’m seriously considering joining a gym. It’s just such an expense. A big *ouch* to our pocketbook. As usual, my husband is extremely supportive, though. So really the only thing weighing on my decision is if I can work the workouts into my already crammed schedule. I think if I pick at least one day a week to leave work right at 3:20pm, when I’m officially off the clock, I can get to the gym by 3:40 and get working out by 3:50. I’ll say 4 just to be on the safe side. Then I can work out for a good solid hour – maybe even another 15 minutes  – and go straight to pick up the wee ones from daycare. The problem will be dinner because my kids get hungry early and I’ll have spent no time getting dinner ready. So maybe that will be a crockpot day or a canned food day. I can work out Saturday mornings… feed the kids breakfast and take them with me because there’s free daycare there with a big playscape for the kids. And if they didn’t want to go, they could stay home with Jonathan. But Jonathan pointed out that when soccer starts back up, Saturday mornings are taken. I could go Saturday afternoons… But then I have to worry about the wee ones’ naps. I just have to figure out a schedule before I commit to the money because I can’t afford to waste the money… I’m not even convinced that it’s not too hard a hit for us anyway…

Why can’t anything ever be easy?

Two thirds of the way there!
Jul 26th, 2006 by Anna

I wish that were true of my weight, but I’m talking about my goal. My week starts on Monday so really I have to get through today with pointing to be two thirds of the way to my goal of pointing daily. Monday I pointed but I was sure having to write a lot. Ooops…
BUT, yesterday I went to go watch Madelynn at gymnastics and decided to walk there. I realized I was getting there too fast so I zig-zagged through the neighborhood so I could keep my brisk pace (could talk in spurts but not carry on a good conversation) and not end too quickly. It was a good thirty minute walk. And today, Madelynn forgot her blanket at daycare so I walked there and back. I was shy a couple of minutes to reach 20 so I walked in and got on the recumbant bike immediately to finish off to 20. Yay!

Using the iPod has been awesome! I prayed the Rosary yesterday and today both. Yesterday, I’d finished the Sorrowful Mysteries so I just started listening to a podcast I’d downloaded. I find I like listening to talking much more than music when I’m getting exercise. I like music, but it doesn’t get to me to thinking, really. If I can be thinking, I’ll kind of forget I’m getting exercise, and that seems to be key.

Two steps forward, three steps back.
Jul 24th, 2006 by Anna

So week one in the journey back to me was not what I’d call a success. It started off just fine. I was eating into banked, but by mid-week I was hitting right at my number for the day. And I wasn’t starving. And I was pointing out everything – good or bad. And for exercise I didn’t start off very good, but I did manage by mid-week to have one 25 minute ride on the recumbant bike and than one other 10 minute ride (interrupted by the kids).

But the end of the week… yikes. See, we took our mostly annual trip to Lake Kiowa to spend the weekend with my husband’s family. And there’s a lot of snacky foods there. And I got a little more than carried away. And I didn’t point anything. And I didn’t get any exercise. The thing is, I could have done both. My goal for the week was not to stay in points – it was just to write out and point everything I ate. But if I did that, I wouldn’t have overeaten, and that’s apparently what I had in mind. I’m not sure how many of those little round brownies I ate, but it was shameful. If I’d at least written them, I know I would have had much less. My excuse to myself was that I didn’t want anyone seeing that I was pointing things out. Yeah, I don’t buy that either.

And exercise? That would have been a cinch. My sister-in-law went jogging in the morning. I could have easily gone with her. Probably would have slowed her down, but I could have gone for a walk at least. Or played soccer with the kids. Or borrowed a bike. No… I sat my lazy butt on the dock or the deck and watched everyone ELSE be active.

So while I was headed for a huge week as far as weight loss… That’s not exactly what happened. In fact, it’s kind of opposite of what happened.

So this week’s goals are the same as the last. But this time I’ll really do it. I have no excuses. Period.

Goal progress…
Jul 19th, 2006 by Anna

Okay, the food goal is going great. I’ve faithfully pointed everything. My first weekly goal did NOT say I would stay within my points. I haven’t used up all my banked yet but I sure headed in that direction. The thing, though, is I’m eating lots and lots less just because I’m writing it down. I’m pretty sure I’ve said this before. I’m going to have to re-read my own journal. But it just kind of surprises me everytime. If I don’t write things down, I give myself license to gorge because I can pretend I forgot that I already had a bag of chips with my PB&J for lunch. But when I’m writing it down… there it is. And I don’t want to write down 50 points worth of food. That’s disgusting to even think about it. But last week I easily ate that plus. So I think this was a good first goal for me. I need to baby step myself back to me. If I try to go full swing I know I’ll fall right back on my butt, and while I have a little more padding right now, it’ll still hurt and make me wonder if it’s all worth the trouble. I *am* worth the trouble.

Exercise… notsomuch. The goal was three 20 minute activities this week. I’ve had exactly zero. I’ll work on that today.

Weekly Goals
Jul 17th, 2006 by Anna

Food goal: To write down everything that goes into my mouth and to point it to the best of my ability (no outright guestimating)

Physical goal: To get on the recumbant bike for 20 minutes at least three times this week OR do something to raise my heart beat for at least 20 minutes straight and at least three times this week.

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