Random thoughts of an upbeat mind

2 week catch up

I know I missed last Sunday’s catch up. I kinda forgot it was Sunday until Monday morning. Then I had every intention of coming on here in the week to recap last week and I goto my exercise in and was feeling myself! But last week turned out to be a hectic one.

First things first, I was scheduled to work every weekday at the PT job. It was overwhelming to see. Every Monday for the past 3 or 4 weeks, I have been scheduled to work only to walk in and be told I could go home. Imagine my surprise when I walked in this past Monday to crickets. They were still feeling out if it was slow enough to send people home. 40 minutes in, I was given the A-Okay to go.

Since the rest of my week was looking very busy, I used the new found free time to get a long overdue pedicure. I dragged my sister along to catch up with her. She was less that enthusiastic and refused to get her feet done. She did keep me company so there’s that.

Tuesday’s walk into the PT job was greeted a head shake from one of the team leads. That was my go ahead to leave, which I didn’t even hesitate to do. I left to go get my eyebrows done then had dinner with a friend as I figured that would be the last free evening I would have for the rest of the week. I was right.

I worked the remaining shifts for the week. I was very surprised that I was not on the schedule for today as this is one of my 3 mandatory shifts. Next week I am only scheduled for Monday to Wednesday. Another weekend off! Not sure what to do with myself. I want to go away, but then I take a look around my home and realize I have neglected a few things and I should be responsible.

We shall see. Right now I am most likely going to Portland, Oregon so I should probably be responsible.

Last night, my Uncle had a party for his 65th birthday. It was a great evening even though the venue was beyond far and we ran into traffic on the way home.

It’s been a rather lazy day. Took my girls to Eva’s for ice cream. I had the Raspberry Cheesecake something and it was delicious. Sweet Jesus is next on my list to try. I will travel for food. 🙂

 

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Progress is slow, but I am hoping that my reduced PT work schedule this week will help. I moved a DVD player back to my room and it is helping me get a little exercise in. Now to move my workouts to the morning and I’ll be golden!

I was “given” more motivation this past week as a neighbour that I only say hi and bye to felt “inspired” to tell me that she noticed I had lost weight and put it back on. O_o Apparently she saw me 2 months ago and I looked like I lost weight and now I look like I put it back on. Her words not mine … I am not sure why this woman felt the need to enlighten me with this knowledge, as if I hadn’t noticed it myself. I found it a bit forward but was too shocked to give her a piece of my mind.

Yesterday I stepped on a bulletin board that was in my giveaway pile that had fallen over and the result was a tack going into my foot. I can’t remember when I last got a tetanus shot and did not go yesterday. There are not as many clinics open today and this does not qualify as an emergency in my mind. There have been “pains” in the affected leg but I think that’s all in my head.

One of my coworkers introduced me to David’s Tea and I am an addict. Every night I have a different flavour of tea and it’s a wonderful way to relax at the end of the evening. A few weeks ago, we had a conversation about cold brewing tea and surprisingly I had all I needed to start making some delicious ice tea. I have been experimenting with different flavours and have come up with a few hits. Along with some simple syrup and I have great drink options.

I’m still trying to firm up my summer travel plans. I will be headed to Portland, OR to visit a cousin. I just need to figure out when as the dates I gave her do not work. 😦 I need to get on this sooner rather than later as I want to go next month.

Still need to make more headway with decluttering my home. I think I just need to set a timer for 1 hour and put myself in one spot and focus on it. We I have way too much that I am not using or haven’t used in a long time. Next year is go time for the kitchen renovations and I want to have less stuff overall. Less that will be displaced while the renos are happening and less that I have to build storage for.

The local cousin I usually go walking with is leaving on Thursday to go to Scotland for her hiking/backpacking trip. I hope she has a great time. Right now she is in panic mode but I’m sure she will get it together.

I think that’s all for now.

 

Week 1 Recap

Well it was not my best effort but I am doing better than before. I worked out too hard on Tuesday and then again on Wednesday and I think it was too much. 😦

Since I’m not working out as much as I would like, I took control of my eating. Not eating after 8:30 pm and less eating out. I am in a water challenge with one of my coworkers. Unfortunately she was off for most of last week, but I was still trying to keep on track.

I went for a massage yesterday with a new therapist and it was everything a massage should be. Not overly painful and she gave me some stretches to do to loosen up my neck. Turns out all my sitting at a computer is not having a good effect on my shoulders. I was instructed to spend time stretch the front of my body as my neck muscles in the front are tight and shortening which is why my shoulders are hurting. Who knew?

This week I plan to get back into swing with “easy” workouts. Body weight exercises and walking. I forgot last week how far off the fitness wagon I had fallen off. But I am focused and determined.

Since I gave away/shared most of my Leslie Sansone videos, I will be putting my favourites on hold at the library. Along with a couple of Tracy Anderson videos. No/low impact for the win.

Day 1 – #6,652,277

I’m sure you must be tired of hearing about my Day 1’s almost as much as I am tired of writing about them.

My chiropractor recently told me she doesn’t know any one who starts and stops exercising more than me. 😏

But as long as I have more starts than stops, I think I am doing OK.

I went to the gym today for the first time in what feels like forever. I caught a glimpse of my reflection in the mirror and was horrified. I have put on some weight. I do not like it. It is not a total surprise as my pants are getting more uncomfortable. But it is now time to take action.

No more eating after 8:30 pm.
No more snoozing the alarm in the morning, it is time to get moving every day.
No more meals without veggies.
Less takeout meals, no more than twice a week. This includes lunch bought at work.
More water, at least 2 liters a day.

I think that’s enough for now.

I am going to hurt tomorrow.

No pain, no gain; right?

I am just barely making it in this Sunday. It’s not because I have been particularly busy this weekend. In fact, just the opposite. It was a very relaxing day.

Yesterday I had a long list of things I wanted to accomplish this weekend. And then I slept in this morning and it’s all gone out the window.

Since I so rarely rest and relax anymore, I took today to do laundry and light cleaning. There was a lot of time spent on the couch. I called my Aunt and we talked for over 3 hours. Don’t ask me about what but she did tell me a few stories from her younger days. 🙂

Yesterday I went to work and it was quiet. When they asked for volunteers to go home early, I was pleasantly surprised that they let me go. As one of the few late shifters, I am usually denied. Since it was before 6 pm, I was able to connect with my bestie. Between her work/life schedule and my own we rarely see each other. It was nice to catch up. We watched the highlights from the Royal wedding. My BFF is a big fan.

I am on the schedule tomorrow, but at double time and a half, I hope I will not volunteer to go home, but we’ll see how I feel.

I had breakfast with my Dad yesterday and told him about my part time job. He seemed more alarmed than I expected. He kept asking me if I needed money. But also let me know that he pays for both of my siblings rent and has had to part with 40% of his assets since my step-mom has decided to separate from him. I will accept some financial assistance with Diva’s tuition, but other than that I am fine. I couldn’t seem to make him understand that I want to pay cash for my renos and would like to get off the freedom 85 plan.

No exercise was completed last week. But I have been getting up earlier so it’s only a matter of time before I convince myself to be productive. 😉

Now if I could only stop putting cookies and chocolate down my pie hole, I might get ahead.

 

Last week other than a few days of the ab challenge, I only worked out once. 😦

On Thursday, I came home from work at a decent hour and no one was home so I had no excuse not to do something. Not wanting to work out, I figured I’d do one of Jillian Michael’s 10 minute workouts.

10 minute

OMG, I am still feeling my muscles. If I don’t get some exercise in today, the next time I will have time will be Tuesday.

Friday morning, I took my van to get an oil change and they noticed that the tire arm(?) on the front passenger tire needs to be replaced and then an alignment would need to be performed. Since I got the van from my Dad, he had mentioned that his mechanic had issues fixing the alignment. Hopefully my mechanic can get it corrected.

Yesterday, Diva & I went to an open house for one of the universities she got into. It is a very picturesque. Class size is nice and there seems to be a lot of possibilities there. It is in the city so she could live at home. Right now, she would like to have the residence experience and I think that is a great plan. My only concern about her staying in the city is that it would be too easy for her to get distracted from her studies. Staying in the city would allow her to keep her part time job. Pros and cons everywhere. A decision needs to be made soon. I think she will stay in the city since in her mind that university is better than the away from home one … O_o

At work, all our outside sales reps are coming in for the week, so fingers crossed that will all go smoothly and not require any extra time from me. So far there has not been a team event planned. I hope it stays that way.

Next week, I will be taking the van early Monday morning to be fixed. I am working Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Some other day other than Tuesday and Thursday, I need to fit in some exercise.

I also need to figure out my summer travel plans. A lot of people I know are traveling this year and I have travel envy. There is no real reason, I shouldn’t travel except my renos. The same ones I keep putting off. I need to make a proper plan. As I need a little fun in my life.

Any and all ideas are welcome.

This past week has been one for the books. Apparently I do not like sleep.

Wednesday’s shift ended at 11 pm. I need a bit of time to unwind after work and did not go to bed until 1 am.

Thursday found me in the drive thru with the thermometer in my car rising high that normal. I will admit, there was a small moment of panic. Especially as I had tickets to see Infinity War downtown later that evening downtown. I put some water in the radiator and kept an eye on my dashboard the whole drive down.

The movie started at 10:25 pm … we didn’t get home until 2 am. It is a great movie BTW. Since the thermometer had given me reason for concern, I decided to get up early Friday morning and go to the mechanic. Based on the amount of coolant he put in my radiator, I think it’s safe to say it was empty. We decided to revisit it the next day to see if there is a leak.

Friday felt like the longest day as I worked both jobs on 4 hours sleep. By the time I returned home after 11 pm. I was wired and had to force myself to go to bed as I was getting up early to go back to the mechanic the next morning to get an oil change. The place was busy so I will try again Tuesday morning.

Yesterday was supposed to Day 1 of me getting back on the exercise bandwagon … it almost didn’t happen. But lucky for me, one of my cousins suggested we go for a walk … at midnight when she got off work. Since we have been trying for a while to get together, I agreed.

We ended up walking for almost 1.5 hours. This trek also included a stop for chicken wings. Not our best decision but hardly see each other. I did not end up getting home until after 4 am … Then got up at 9 to take Diva to work. There will be a nap in my future.

Today, I need to run a few errands and do some cleaning up before I can have that nap, so I better get on it.