I am now three months into 2016 The Year of My New Beginning. I started out strong and am feeling myself peter out. I feel my waistline expanding . . . Or maybe I am just bloated from my poor food choices over the past couple of weeks. I do not know. I just know I need to get my head out of my ass and focus on getting this food issue back under control. It is where I struggle the most.
I do great during the week when the hubby is gone. Then he comes home and everything goes to shit. Neither of us feel like cooking so we end up going out. However, we are both so bloody picky, it is not even funny. He claims he can eat anything. Yet when I suggest we try new places, he either makes a face or says he’s not interested. So, our choices are limited to Olive Garden, one of two favorite Chinese restaurants, Red Robin or maybe IHOP. With the children grown and out of the house, it is way less expensive to eat out.
I have not been working out every day as planned, either. I have been walking the dogs. Although this past weekend (Days 90 and 91) I opted to paint my youngest son’s bedroom rather than walk the pups. They were not happy, either.
On Monday (Day 92), I only walked 3.52 miles with the fur babies. My sister and I went to see My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 for Sister-Bonding Time. After the movie, we had time to have brunch at a family owned local diner.
Tuesday (Day 93) saw a 4.34 mile walk. Instead of doing the workout on the Rotation Calendar, I opted to do Turbo Jam 20 Minute Workout. I still broke a sweat, but not like I would have had I completed one of my FIRM workouts. It was fun, though. I do enjoy Chalene as an instructor.
Today (Day 94) I was going to walk the pups and then come home to workout. It did not happen. I barely managed to finish the 4.76 mile walk. My lower back was killing me. As a fact, it has been for several days now. The walk home was a very slow one. I may have to switch things up and do a workout before heading out for the walk.
The problem with working out first instead of walking the dogs is the fact it is now Spring. This means warmer temperatures earlier. Both pups prefer the cooler temperatures. I would walk at night if I had someone to walk with us. However, the warmer temperatures also means an increase in bugs. I. HATE. BUGS! Mosquitoes LOVE me.
So, walking them first is the best option. It will loosen me up and prepare me for the workout. Thankfully, none of them are more than like 55 minutes. Most are between 30 and 45 minutes. I’m good with that.
After I finished the walk, about the only thing I could really do was vacuum. It seemed to help the back a little. I got ready for work and then headed out to the Mall. For whatever damn reason, I was craving Five Guys. That is exactly what I had. I am still full. All I had was a small Cajun Fry and a Little Bacon Cheeseburger. I do love when one meal fills me up and leaves me so full I do not have to eat until the next morning!
After Five Guys, I ordered my contacts. From there, I walked over to Lady FootLocker. In a few days, my new walking shoes will be here! I cannot wait! I will be taking a picture of them before they become all broken in and dirty. I really like the colors on them! I am SO excited!
I also picked up some Hi-Performance socks. I hope they will help to prevent blisters. Last year, I wound up with horrid blisters on both heels and lost a toe nail on one of my feet. Too much slippage. According to my wonderful sales person, Brandon, he said these will not slip. Slippage causes blisters. Blisters cause Patti to become an evil bear.
This weekend I learned my husband is going to be home for almost two weeks next month. When I found out, my mind went into a state of panic. I am so used to him being gone all the time. When he is home, he throws my whole schedule off. I know he does not mean to. It just happens. Having him home will be great. However, about the time I finally get used to having him around, he will be going back to work.
The other reason my mind had a panic attack is because we cannot financially afford for him to take long periods of time off. His job always seems to find a way to bend him over a barrel. His miles get shortened. He does not get the good runs. He is left to sit in a dock somewhere for hours, burning up his available driving hours, while they ‘attempt’ to find him the next run. All sorts of little things. Those little things add up to BIG things, though. Well . . . We shall see what happens.
I suppose I should step away from here and pop on over to CBTNuggets so I can take some more CompTIA Network+ Practice Exams. I only have 33 days left to get as much practice as I possibly can in.
Even though I am hating myself and feeling larger than a grey whale, I shall end on a positive: