Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Can't get there from here

Man, it's been forever since I've visited Blog World. I feel like I've been away from home for a week and need to reconnect. I miss you guys!

So New Year's was uneventful. Mark worked all day long and didn't get home until after 6 p.m. on NYE. We made it to our friends' house by 8 p.m. (it was a family get together with kids, so no partying going on, although I did take my margaritas with me), and we left at 11 p.m. The kids both fell asleep in the car on the way home. Mark & I rang in the New Year with Dick Clark & Ryan Seacrest (bless Dick Clark's heart for soldering on inspite of his stroke). Very, very low key. And boring. But, what's a 38 year old married mom gonna do?

Monday we were all back to work & school again. It's still tough to get up in the morning & get to bed on time after 2 weeks of a flexible schedule, but it's getting easier.

On the food and exercise front--there's nothing good to report (except that I'm still holding steady at 155ish). I have been a complete slacker since I finished my 500 miles on 12/30 (and yes Lori & Shauna, I love The Proclaimers song by that name!). I've run and lifted weights in my mind dozens of times, but I have yet to get my ever-spreading behind in gear. I feel like I'm stuck, and still can't get out of my end- of- the- year rut. Like I can't get where I want to go from where I am now, mentally.

Mainly it's because I'm focused on other things than diet & exercise right now (which, as I think of it, is that really a bad thing?). Like learning how to be a more effective parent with this book, and figuring out how to stop eating out & cooking more at home & getting my husband to eat at home by reading several cook books. And figuring out how to save money and cut back. Because that's what we're all doing in 2009, right?

And a new year means lots of stuff to do at work. I won't bore you with details, but I've basically no time to visit blogs during the day and by the evening I'm too fried to look at a computer monitor any longer.

So it's going to take some effort to put myself on the priority list again.

I'll get there eventually. It just may take some creative navigation.


Vickie said...

I was wondering what you were up to - but figured it was probably a weird schedule thing with the holidays and kids home.

We have another storm front that is supposed to be moving in today. I ran to the library to pick up a dozen DVD's and to the bead store to pick up more fine wire/string stuff. Groceries are stocked - I am going to be disappointed if we aren't iced in tomorrow.

Monday and Tuesday - would have liked to have blow the alarm clock off the night stand with a cannon. . .

and I am the one that is usually up long before it goes off - oldest called at 10:30 and 11:30 last night to chat. We were all up all hours of the night for the two weeks he was home - so it didn't occur to him that I was trying to switch my internal clock back around to school time.

Jill said...

As long as you are maintaining, you are a winner. I hear ya on the busy. It's hard to get back into a routine after 2 weeks of just hanging out.

As far as Gilad, right now I just have a set of 3 pounds weights, but I'd like to get a set of 5 pounds too. The three pound is plenty for right now though.

And I say YES to the treadmill at home - I would never have lost the weight if I had to go to a gym. It's just waaaaaayyyyy more convenient to go to the garage!

Here's what helps me get off the couch sometimes. I tell myself that I only have to do 5 minutes and then I give myself permission to quit. If I want to go more, great, if not, that's great too. It's just a mental game I play with myself - not about exercise at all.

Getting started again is the HARDEST, but once you get started, that's when the magic happens. And really the dread of the thing is worse than the thing itself (I told someone else that, but I can't remember who!). So make yourself do something like 10 push ups or a few crunches and call it good - it's a good a place as any to start.

Remember, you are worth the effort it takes to be healthy - mentally and physically. :)


LG said...

It's tough to switch gears from holiday mayham to back to work and the grind (even if it's something you might enjoy). It's also hard to keep one plate spinning (exercise and diet) when trying to learn some new ones like you're doing. Be kind to yourself while all of this is going on. It will get better!

MCM Mama said...

Hang in there! Hope life gets a bit calmer for you soon.

Helen said...

Holding steady is GREAT!!! (I, unfortunately, cannot say I did the same.)

I'm actually thinking that January is kind of fun...everybody getting back to healthiness after the debauchery of the holidays. OK, yes, I'm trying to look at the bright side! ;-)

G.G. said...

Sorry things have been unsettled, but it's good you've maintained, even if your choice-making has been challenged lately.

Hey! Your 2009 to-do list sounds a lot like mine--though minus the husband and the kids, of course:-)

Here's hoping 2009 is a lot more stable for both of us, eh?