2018-04-05 That’s How You Know

How do you know if something is as great as you think it is? We’ll try abstaining from it for a while, see if you miss It. Then go back to it.. do you rediscover how awesome it is? Yes? That’s how you know.

I had to forego Jazzercise for over a week because of travel and school and work. Last night I went back to it and it was great! It reminded me how valuable both the exercise and comradery are. I missed it and was so happy to return.

As usual, my diet suffered when I was out of town and I’ve somewhat continued that self indulgence this week. The numbers on the scale are creeping up again. That kind of stuff starts to take over my thoughts if I dont keep it in check.

The last thing I need right now is to lose sleep over some stupid numbers. Goodness knows I think about it enough already. The steps and Jazzercise and imposing some control on my choices for meals and snacks is the path to success. Without Jazzercise (especially in the cold months) it’s all just elliptical. One trick pony’s aren’t good for results.

It’s true I have a whole gym at my disposal, but for some reason I’ve never really gotten into lifting or other classes. I keep trying every once and a while, but it never lasts. Jazzercise lasts.

It’s dance and freeweights and cardio and new music and routines all the time. Plus, it’s so valuable for an introvert/social frady-cat like me to be in a familiar environment with familiar faces. They know me and are super friendly. Priceless.

When I was doing a deep dive into my finances, I considered cutting it because it’s like 60 bucks a month. Obviously I didn’t but i have thought about it again recently. Doing the math, if I do an average of 3 classes a week, it comes to about 5 bucks a class. After last night, I realize the value all over again.

That’s how I know.

I suppose it’s also true for people. There are people I meet up with that always remind me how much I enjoy talking with them. Those are the people I want in my life.

I’m also missing JS. It’s a busy week for me and I have the kids and there’s going to be very little opportunity for a date. I’ve remained optimistic about us and so far there has been zero disappointment or red flags. I’m trying to remain realistic and logical, but he’s pretty great and there’s a part of me that wants to daydream about the future.

Every time I see or talk to him I’m thinking about how wonderful things are. And… That’s how I know. 😉

Reading the Signs,

~Miss SugarCookie


2017-06-11 Sunday Stats and Things Like That

I’ve been so focussed on the big things and the big picture and big changes that I have not been keeping up on my day to day/week to week analysis. It’s really about time to start digging back into the details and when it comes to details, stats (and things like that) are where it’s at.

Have I written about balance? Yes
Have I written about everything being connected? Yes
Have I concluded that being healthy starts with sleeping well? Yes, lots of times. All of the validation I need is within these few important items…

Sleep: Last 7 days average 7 hours and 39 minutes. 39 minutes above my unofficial goal. 😃

Exercise: 7 day average step count is 18,150. That’s 6K over my official goal of 12K per day and 3 K over my unofficial daily goal. 😃

I’ve been to 3 or 4 Jazzercise classes this week as well as multiple workouts at the gym and several walks in various parts of town (hence the stellar step count). 😃

Eating: This is the one area I feel I’ve sort of failed on as Ive given in to lots of cravings and eaten out a bunch. The scale is up a few lbs. and I want to try and figure out how to make a plan and stick to it. Of all the things, I think this will be the biggest challenge ahead of me.

For today though, I want to celebrate this success. Deep down in my heart I feel like I can attribute my sleeping better to the huge weight that has been lifted off me. I also feel like the fact that I am beginning to “let go” has given be back a little more time to focus on exercise, even though I’m not really done yet.

That celebration starts with enjoying the rest of my weekend. Monday will be here soon, so I am going to go now, and squeeze as much funday out of the rest of this Sunday as I can.

~Miss SugarCookie

2017-03-25 Ironic

I’m looking out the window this morning and I have Alanis Morissette whispering in my ear “Isn’t it Ironic.. don’t you think?”. We haven’t had any real precipitation for weeks and weeks (and it was an extremely dry winter). Last weekend we put together our new trampoline out in the back yard and it’s pretty much been raining ever since.

Then I answer “Yeah, I really do think”.

Perhaps the rain will clear this afternoon and we will get an opportunity to bounce, but it certainly will not be 80 and sunny like it was last Sunday. It will be 50 degrees at best.

I was pleased this past winter with the lack of snow and the cold spells not lasting for very long and spoiled in February for it to have been so nice. We had unseasonably warm temps most of the month and it was good enough to have played tennis outside five times during the month. Most excellent.

March has not been as nice as all that thus far, and the extended forecast shows that it will not get much better before months end. Then we will probably really be in for it with the April Showers. Who really knows though? One can’t truly know until it happens.

The kids and I have a lunch date today with my Mom and sister, Jamie, to celebrate respective birthdays. It’s Jamie’s birthday in five days and Z’s birthday was two and a half weeks ago and we just keep partying. Other than that, and Jazzercise this morning, and potentially jumping in the back yard this afternoon, we don’t have a lot planned for today, or for the whole weekend for that matter.

Working outside in the yard and in my gardens is top 5 on my favorites list, but sometimes I enjoy it when it rains and I can just wrap up in blankets and not have to do anything. Now isn’t THAT ironic? 😉

Going Back to Bed,
Miss SugarCookie

2017-02-11 A Fantastic Day

Yesterday was the best day I have had in quite some time. I’ve thought about these sort of days in the past and tried to puzzle out the formula for what made it so good. I’ve even tried and failed to conjure a repeat performance of a fabulous Sunday I had once by retracing my steps and doing the exact same set of things. I believe that was not a success because each day stands on it’s own merit and there are to many factors outside of our control. You can’t control the weather for example.

Who knew it would be 60+ degrees yesterday? It is the second week in February in Nebraska after all. The moment I stepped outside and felt the warm sunshine on my face, the spring flowers in my heart began to push through the cold.

By that time, I had already had a productive, satisfying day of work and was feeling pretty good about it. In the morning, I was fresh off the best parent-teacher conference I’ve ever had the night before and my kids were successfully delivered to school on time and in good spirits. Positivity is contagious, so I always try to be fun and enthusiastic about the day in front of them. It sets a tone. They often follow my lead. Sometimes I have to fake it, but you do what you have to do. Yesterday though, I didn’t have to fake it. I just felt good.

Before work I went for a quick jog at the gym and that really got me motivated. While I was working, I kept a close eye outside my window and on the temp via my weather app. Once it hit 50, I knew I had to take advantage of the situation.

We went for coffee at Dunkin first. Windows rolled down. Sunshine pouring down. The sound of fresh air wafting through the car. I just could not help but feel that there was so much to look forward do. I had my new favorite drink, a hot macchiato with french vanilla swirl sweetener and whip cream on top.

We only sat for a few minutes before setting off again toward the lake. After we parked, there was a moment in the car that resonates with me. A sense of being together, and close, with roles reversed and me being the shoulder someone else needs. In a flash, though, it was gone, and we were off on our walk.

The steps went by effortlessly and the conversation was engaging and entertaining as always. It was warm enough for me to shed both my coat and my sweatshirt and my body was being warmed not only from the outside in, but also from the inside out. This is what happy feels like. How could I have forgotten?

After we parted ways, I paid a visit to Leah at Jazzercise and that class really kicked my ass. By the time it was over, my step count for the day was 22K+ and my FitBit was reporting that’s equivalent to 10 miles. That amount of activity also brings a sense of satisfaction to the day. I rewarded myself with Pizza.

The kids and I shared a Godfather’s (my favorite) jumbo pizza and watched several episodes of “our show”. My post yesterday made reference to my not watching much TV, but there is one show we watch as a family and that is “My Little Pony”. It’s always entertaining and always has a nice message. The fact that they still want to watch it, even though they are 14 and 12 is heartwarming. We were three and done on that and then went our separate ways to do our own thing.

Mine included continuing the anime I started this week (again, more on that from yesterday’s blog). So many feels. The day ended even better than it began.

I know I can’t force or recreate that kind of day again, but I can chose to be positive and trust in the coming spring and recognize that there will be many more in my future. The sun is up now and the birds are singing.. it’s time to start again.

To Health and Happiness,
Miss SugarCookie

2017-02-05 Concrete Goals

This weekend I walked over 40,000 steps (according to my FitBit) and a great deal of that was outside in the sunshine. It is definitely a winter where the weather is something I can’t complain about. Yesterday I walked the loop around a lake and saw deer, geese, and an Eagle! Quite magnificent.

Also contributing to my step count was two Jazzercise classes (one Saturday morning and one on Sunday morning). That is where the rest of the steps came from. It’s about 5000 to 6000 per class depending on the type of class. As far as making improvements to my life, if there is one thing that I have learned it is that I do better with concrete goals. Saying I am going to walk more or get more exercise does not cut it. I have to commit to 12K steps a day (up from 10 last year that I hit only about 33% of the time) and 4 Jazzercise classes a week. Some of those classes are less cardio and more strength training. They use weights and balance balls and sometimes other EQ to get the job done. I started with 5lb. weighs. My new goal is to go up by 2lbs by June 30th. Five months to the halfway mark of the year. I wonder what else I can get done in that amount of time.

Mid January I started reading a book, “A Mind of Your Own”. I’ve not made much progress but when I get through it there is a promise of some pre-set plan to healthier living involved. I have such a hard time with these sort of books and I really want to learn from it. I told myself that I needed to read all the content and not just skip the supporting chapters and jump right to the 30 day plan. Again, saying I want to read it and then try the “plan” is not cutting it. I’m going to have to commit to a goal to finish reading it by February 24. This gives me about 2.5 weeks to get it done and then 4 days to do any “prep” so that I am ready to start the plan by March 1st (provided I decide I am actually going to do whatever it is). It’s not that long, so this is not an unreasonable objective.

What else? Oh yeah, sleep. That’s a tough one. I’d like to at least up my average to seven hours a night. Eight would be great, but I have no idea how to manage doing that. With everything else, it seems incredibly difficult. I’ve gone backwards on this lately and last week my average was 6 hours and 10 minutes. I think that extra hour would make a world of difference on how I feel each day. I just have to figure out what to sacrifice to get that hour (the reading or writing I’ve already got on the agenda is not an option, and neither is the exercise). On the bright side, I have not needed to take anything to aid my sleep in about a month. Perhaps that’s good enough for now.

Yeah.. that IS enough for now. If I commit to too much, then I will lose my focus. I will end up wavering on all fronts and not hitting any targets. I need to channel the 2014 Miss SugarCookie and pick one or two things at a time and just keep on it until I meet with success. I guess time will tell.