Saturday, November 7, 2009

Busy Day

I had such a good day today... and I am absolutely EXHAUSTED. Since I got in my five days of formal exercise this week, today was an "informal" exercise day (aka playing with kids) but man, did I push myself! We were gone from home before 9am, home for a short lunch break and then gone again until 5:30! We ran errands, had fun, played at parks THREE times, did quite a bit of walking and shopping. I had to take Aleve to be able to do this and my joints are killin' anyway. But it is so nice to be ABLE to do all this if I want to. I remember not so long ago when my errand limit was 2 stops. Didn't matter what they were for; if I was out doing errands, after the second stop I was exhausted and had to go home. Even if one of the stops was just going in to drop a package at the post office. My stamina was zero. Getting in and out of the car was a chore. Of course I'd then be too tired to come home and cook, so a trip to the drive-thru was always in order. What a difference from now!

When I got home I *was* famished. Once again I'd gone out without a backup snack in my purse. I have to get used to stocking almonds and protein bars in there. Anyway, home at 5:30 and I was in that "I will eat ANYTHING, get out of my way or you are dinner" mode. But I kept my head, poured some butternut squash soup from a carton, and scooped up a bowl of pre-cut mixed fruit. With a slice of crusty bread and light butter, it was a perfect meal. I felt sane again about 75% of the way through my food. And I still have plenty of calories to spare if I so choose.

Tomorrow will be a day of rest (if you call doing laundry and cleaning bathrooms 'rest.') No formal exercise, no walks to the park (well, if it is NICE out, I might just have to...). I am going to take it easy. As a matter of fact I think I will have a nice long soak in the tub tonight as a reward for a job well done all week!

Hope you all are enjoying your weekend as much as I am. If not, it's not too late to turn it around! It's never too late.


Shelley said...

I love your sentence about being ABLE to do so if you want to - it is amazing how much more free we are as the weight falls off. Glad you had such a great day, Lyn!

kelly said...

Sounds like a great day! Enjoy your long soak in the tub.

Steelers6 said...

What stands out to me here is the coming home for the short lunch break. :)
That is a wonderful change. That is where the healthiest and cheapest food is waiting for you. Ahhh.

I have been so tickled w/myself for having so many yummy veggies on hand these days. Yes, it is effort, but well worth it. And soo yummy! So much that can be done w/them too..incorporating them in so many things keeps it interesting. Even makes me feel a little 'gourmet' sometimes when I have great stuff on hand to use for this or that.
So interesting how one's palate changes; that is what I WANT now, yummy veggies. And they get all used up before they become unusable now!

I so enjoy your posts girl.

Sarah said...

I relate to almost everything in this post (except I didn't have a healthy dinner). I am so so happy for you that you are able to enjoy time on the weekends so much more these days. Me too! Isn't it a great feeling? And man you have earned your soak. I might have to do that too.

Anonymous said...

What a positive day - really enjoyed reading it. Also (I know I'm late on this) your post on the dog in the basket was just great, got me thinking about my habits. Thank you !

Diana said...

Glad you had a great day! :)
Hope you have an equally awesome sunday!

Sue said...

It's not too late to turn it around? I need to hear that! I am in such a funk and am soooo happpy you found your way out. I've been thinking of your "sugar fog" I'm in one now. But It's not too late I agree I CAN turn things around I WILL turn things around.
Thanks for your words!

Larkspur said...

Good save on the healthy meal! That is a tough moment for me, when I come home starving and eat past satiety to make up for it.

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for the attitude adjustment you have given me! I just love how you turn what used to be "bad" things into great opportunities for healthy living. I am slowly catching what you have, so grateful that it is contagious! I must have missed something though, still can't break the coffee with sugar, grrr!


Anonymous said...

I just wanted to say congratulations on your weight loss. And kudos to you for sticking with it this long.
I had my own McDonald's moment today when after nearly 3 months of eating only home cooked non processed food I ordered a Big Mac with Supersize fries. Usually the fries would not last the 5 minute drive home. This time they did. I actually couldn't finish the meal because I thought it tasted so yucky. I couldn't believe that this was the food that not too long ago would have had me drooling.

It makes me glad that I was unemployed for 3 months because I had cut out fast food as a way to save money until I got a job but now that I know how many calories are in there I won't be longing for it. And, for the most part I really haven't missed fast food.

What I have noticed is that the memory of the fast food is a lot better than the fast food itself.
I'm sorry I wasted my calories and money on McDonalds. It just wasn't worth it.

Anyway congratulations again. You've stuck with it for so long and for learning to manage your binge eating. Most people would have thrown their hands up in surrender a long long time ago.

Blubeari said...

Sounds like a great day! Sometimes informal exercise is the best kind- I had two hikes and a bike ride this weekend that felt like way more work than a trip to the gym. :-)