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.

Cheers,
~Miss SugarCookie

2017-04-05 Random Hump-Day Update

This morning I feel pretty good about life in general. I’m well rested and ready for a highly productive work day. I fully intend to get a lot done today and am also looking forward to a sister-date I have scheduled tonight with my lovely sister Jamie. I’ve got a lot to catch her up on and I’m sure she has some good-goodies for me too.

Since I don’t have a lot to write about this morning, how about a random weekly update:

Sleep..
Last night I had 7 hours and 26 minutes.
So far this week my average is 6 hours and 25 minutes.
I’m doing a little better with this balancing act and have not had an “Under 4 hours” night screwing up my average.. yet.

Exercise (according to FitBit)..
Yesterday I had 17,655 steps.
My average in the last 7 days is 16,503.
I had my best recorded day ever last Sunday 4/2 at 26,775.
No Jazzercise since last Sunday. Just not enough time in the day to fit it in this week with work and kids stuff.

Food..
Not tracking my food anymore and slowly trying to just substitute healthy choices for not so healthy choices. Sometimes “slowly” means not at all. 😉

That’s it for now, time to get to work.
~Miss SugarCookie

2017-03-29 Yes I Can

Yesterday I woke up in a funk.

I had more than 8 hours sleep which is outside the norm for me and yet I was groggy and did not feel well rested. I was sort of crampy and a lot grumpy and just generally feeling low and dumpy from what felt like 100 days of overcast weather in a row. But I let my mind be open. I embraced the “wait and see”.

At 8AM I was working from my bed trying hard to focus and wake up by listening to some jump-jump jams.

By 10 AM I was engaged in some heads down lab interface work… finding energy from the productivity.

By Noon I had a somewhat successful call with tangible takeaways with regards to a tough work issue. Any progress is good progress.

By 2PM I had two other projects elevated to a better status in the eyes of my customers. I always get satisfaction from knowing I’m helping make things go in the right direction.

By 4PM I was on may way for some Dunkin’ feels. Breaking the “no caffeine” spell to try and help with my persistent headache.

By 6PM I was playing tennis despite the weather and really got my blood pumping. I had completely forgotten how much my legs hurt when I woke up in the morning. This is when I mentally recognized I have the power.

By 8 PM I was getting my steps in by doing cardio at the gym, sustaining my good vibes about the day by going 3K over my daily step count goal.

Twelve hours and I had completely turned my frown upside-down. I didn’t actively try, I just kept an open mind about what the day would bring and did not let my negative start bleed into the tasks before me. So if you ask me if I have the ability to change my mood by sheer force of will, I will answer, “Yes I Can”.

I have the power to choose how to feel. 86400
That Was Yesterday.. Now what about today?

Just Getting Started,
Miss SugarCookie

2017-03-05 Saint Louis – Day 4, Part 1

It’s really already the 6th but like the rest of the weekend, it’s the day after and I’m just now getting to write about it. My last day in Saint Louis was long and again, full of memorable moments.

It was quite overcast and chilly which was very much a contrast from the sunny 71 we had on Saturday. We tried to have a bit of a plan in the morning, to go for Crepes at City Coffee House and Crêperie and walk Forest park but as it often happens, plans were foiled. This time is was mostly a timing issue because it was high noon when we arrived and there were folks packed in waiting for tables. I don’t do “waiting for tables” so we had to move on.

It was also sprinkling just a little bit and I gather that Josh did not want to walk in the rain so we opted to go get coffee and have a taste of some gooey butter cake. We drove to City Park Coffee but not the original location, one that’s new-ish in an area of town that looks like it’s getting a remodel. I’m not sure what that part of the city is called but the buildings had hip, modern look to them and the streets and spaces quite open. This was a contrast from my impression of the rest of the city where much of what I had seen was very old and dense and somewhat industrial.

I ordered a raspberry mocha latte which is a thing I try to order other places, but when it’s not on the menu I end up requesting they add this and that to it to get it right and it’s never quite right. It was, however, on the menu here, so they had the ratio down already and it’s probably the best one I’ve ever had. I’m sure my opinion was not swayed by the accompaniment of the gooey butter cake. He’s told me this is a Saint Louis thing and after I had it, I am certain it should also be an everywhere else thing too. It was the bomb. We lounged for a little bit in some cool chairs and finished the gooey and then took the rest of what coffee we had left to go. (My sweet tooth, getting the better, of me insisted on also getting a triple chocolate brownie to go as we walked out the door.)

From there we drove to Forest Park and first drove around the park a bit and then settled on a spot near one of the museums as the starting point for our walk. He knows that I have a goal to get 12,000 steps a day and when we started out, we were on something like 300, so it seemed like a stretch that we were going to be able to achieve that. Especially since the weather was so chilly and neither of us really felt like walking.

After we got going however, something changed. It was the scenery and the conversation and pretty soon we were far from where we started and not minding the cold at all. Just like when driving around the city, he was the navigator and I was just following directions. We walked past fountains and museums and water with trees and streets and bridges and along walkways near the edge of the park with a view of some really cool houses. It was the biggest park I think I have ever been at and I was quite surprised about that. I’m not sure why. Then, as we were nearing the end of our giant loop and the car was in site, my FitBit buzzed on my wrist signaling that I had indeed achieved the goal. Perfect.

I don’t want to forget this part though. Along the way we sat for a little bit on a bench by some tall trees overlooking the water. It was near the edge of the park where you can also see the main street and BJC rising up behind that. It was very much like the bench that I sat on last year with Matt when he proposed to me and I had to say no. It was such a rush of an unexpected reminder that my heart couldn’t take it and I fell into tears. I was looking away at the time, so Josh would not see, but he might have known anyway.

I’ve sort of felt like this trip was a milestone for me. My first trip without Matt. My first set of experiences that were positive and really proof that life goes on and can be great again. The entire trip had been, up to that point, really unique and amazing and satisfying. This tender moment was no exception, but it was the first time my sadness really swelled. It was such a tough thing for me to do to not accept his proposal but I never want to have to break up with a person just to make them realize how they feel about me. That’s not how it’s supposed to work and that is not what I intended when I broke it off. The proposal was a shock and I wasn’t prepared for it. The heartbreak I endured after was also something I was not prepared for. This trip was about me starting to live my life again.. me living for me. In that moment, on that bench, I embraced what I had experienced as just a tiny sliver of my life as a whole and let it become something happy instead of sad. We are the sum of our experiences, but we also have the freedom to choose how we let those events shape us. I took some deep breaths of cold air and found peace in the stark contrast of the hot tears running down my cheeks.

After just a little bit of time, that moment was passed and we were up and walking again to finish out the loop. I had achieved several goals and I felt wonderful.

There’s more to this day, but alas, I am short on time so it will have to wait.
Much Love,
Miss SugarCookie

2017-02-12 Sunday Status Update

Sleep…
Last Night: 7 hours and 59 minutes.
Average for the past week: 6 hours 34 minutes.
Goal: 8 hours.

Exercise…
Today: Jazzercise – 1 hour. Walk – 2 hours. Trampoline Park – 1/2 hour.
21K+ steps.
Average steps for the week: 16,610
Goal: 12,000 per day. So I totally rocked it this week.

Diet…
Today Total Calories under daily goal: 378
Today Net Calories under daily goal: 1037
Total Calories over goal for the week: 1321
Net Calories under goal for the week: 3364
(Total is without factoring in exercise, net is with exercise)

Too much sugar and fat and not enough protein. I’m also deficient with potassium, calcium, and iron.
New Goal: Increase protein to 20% of my diet.

Drinking… Mid February now and I’m still off the sauce.

Relationship Status… Single and soooo looking forward to Valentines Day this week.

2017-02-07 Morning Workout Trial Run (or rather.. Jog)

This morning I tried something new. Since I was working from home, I decided that after I took the kids to school I would go to the gym with the 45 minutes I had between drop-off and getting started on work stuff. In the past I’ve tried to workout before work but it never really.. worked out. Ha.

I think that is because I tried to go do stuff before even getting the kids up which is 1) Way to early for me and 2) Difficult to do anything too intense when just getting going. It seems I always ended up with a stomach ache or just feeling a little “off” the entire day. So I never went back to it. But this is a little different. I’ve been up for an hour and made the kids breakfast and lunches and gotten dressed. So I’m wide awake and am out and about already.

45 minutes is not a lot of time (for me) at the gym because I generally like to walk and stretch and sometimes have a little sauna-time. I had to maximize the time I had so I decided to jog. About two weeks ago I just started jogging a mile at a pretty slow 3.5MPH pace. I seemed to be able to do a mile OK. Today was the first day I tried for 2 miles. I toggled between 3.5 and 4MPH depending on the tempo of the song I was listening to. Other than the fact that my knee has been bothering me, it wasn’t that bad.

When I started jogging there seemed to be a positive correlation between that and being able to sleep through the night and not wake up. Last week I don’t think I jogged at all and I had a worse week of sleep. I’m not sure if there is really something to that, but I’d like to keep it up to gather some more data.

On top of the jogging this morning I did two Jazzercise classes after work. I’m 18K steps on the day right now and feeling extremely tired. I could probably fall asleep now, but it’s only 8PM so that’s not a good idea. At the very least I need to get my kids to bed first.

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.