Cubicle to Fit-ish

How a wimp becomes fit(ish)

Fire Up into Fall #4: Where did Monday Go?

What have you done this week to achieve your goals?

Small victories…  I made it to boot camp when I didn’t want to go.  I ate vegetables most nights.  I brought my breakfast to work every day and had mostly healthy lunches.  I caught up on sleep during this LONG weekend, so hopefully I will continue on with these small wins this week! 

I am starting to track my food again (my portion control has gone out the window – cereal bowls are SO BIG these days – and I am starting to consider bread a meal again) which is helping, as is being more forgiving of myself.  Goals are great, but so is being able to adapt to and accept what life is doling out on any given day…

What have you done this week to make yourself feel fabulous?

I slept.  That sounds so small, but I had a long weekend and I made sure that I just crashed at least two of the nights.  I am a better person if I get enough sleep.  There were a few moments last week when my guy was looking at me like I was a harpy and I knew if I could just rest a little, I would feel more like myself (even though, I am so over tired that sometimes I feel like the tired, hangry me is the real me – haha!).

What’s your go to food or activity when you’ve had a bad day?

What IS my go to food/activity or what do I WISH they were?  Haha!  Bread/tv/magazines are where I land when I need comfort, but I am making a concerted effort to change that.  I am trying to look at boot camp and the gym as my comfort or stress relief, rather than trying to make myself feel better by eating or buying something.  Or, I am trying to reward myself with experiences.  I love going to the movies, so if I can be get through this week without crashing full force into a loaf of blueberry strudel bread, I am going to go to the movies on Friday!

What’s the last thing you did you are really proud of?

Next week will be 6 months that I’ve been in boot camp.  As someone who never really exercised regularly (I’m good for a week or two and then I’m done), this is a huge moment for me.  I can see so much improvement in my strength, endurance, and balance – but, I look forward to exercising now, which is a huge win.  I’ve always wanted to be one of those people who like to work out and are strong and fit and I really feel like I am on my way!

What was your favorite subject in school?  Your least?

English/Literature/Writing were my favorites in high school – they were a chance to be creative and talk about books and film.  In undergrad, it was my theater performance classes.  I was a double major in English and Theater (and I had two jobs), but the time I spent in rehearsal and working on play analysis and character was the most fun I’ve ever had.  Undergrad was like my high school (as my high school was like hell), so those years were when I really feel I found myself and what I believe in.

 Least favorite was penmanship and geometry.  I have the worst handwriting (I warn my classes that they need to stop me and ask for a translation); I love math, but I am not good with shapes and things like that.  Now, give me some algebra and I can do it.

This picture inspires me because I am heading back to Universal Orlando in a couple of weeks!

October 11, 2011 Posted by | boot camp, Fire Up for Fall (FUFF), guilt, Who am I? | , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Fire Up for Fall #2: Let’s try that again!

Photobucket

What have you done this week to help you achieve your goals?

  1. Get my eating under control:
    • Have a protein based breakfast that includes a piece of fruit
    • Have small, protein and carb based snacks
    • Bring my lunch to work
    • Plan yummy dinners for me and my guy that include new vegetables that we don’t usually have

     It is like I bought everything and forgot about it.  I bought bacon, eggs, and grapes for breakfast – and brought cereal each day.  I brought my lunch to work on Monday and then just gave up because I was so tired/rushed in the mornings.  I planned my dinners, but gave in to having cereal or stuffing a few nights. 

     I think being better organized would help.  Story of my life.  I brought in healthy snacks to have at my desk at work and plan on getting up a little earlier so I can have breakfast at home.  Also, I think I am going to pack my lunch at night (duh, Lindsay) so I have no excuse in the morning.  Hey… I can only go up from here!

  2. Find two days to do my cardio each week:
    I spent Friday night walking around Boston on my way to see Bill Burr, so I am counting that!  I think I pulled a muscle in my right calf, so I skipped my long walk on Sunday to try and get it to feel better.  Hopefully, my leg AND the rainy weather will allow for me to work in some nice time outside this week.  I love fall (and I really don’t mind the rain), but I am done with this humidity.

  3. Eat dinner at the table at least 2 times a week:
    This requires the table be cleaned off of keys, pocket books, my guy’s school stuff, etc.  I hope to clean off the table tonight and we can eat there on Friday and Saturday (which requires KEEPING IT CLEAN all week).

  4. Do not sit in front of the tv until 7PM on Monday and Wednesdays.
    We actually kept the tv off, but did not get much cleaning done.  I have better hopes for this week per my idea for #6.

  5. Get on a better sleep schedule:

    •  Be in bed around 10:30 Sunday-Thursday
    •  Be up by 8:30/9 on the weekends

     I didn’t do TOO badly on this one (although I stayed up to flip between Pan AM and CSI Miami last night).  I am a better worker, girlfriend, and friend when I get enough sleep and I am getting better and both admitting this and acting on it, rather than trying to stay up with my guy who needs much less sleep than I do.

  6. Track my progress:
    I made this whole spreadsheet, which was super-overwhelming.  I love check marks, but hate looking at the week as a failure.  This week, I’ve printed out these goals and mini-goals to post on my fridge so I can just check something off as I clean or pack something.  Much easier, much more in my face, and much less of a downer.  It will be more like Things to do… than Things I didn’t do…

What have you done to make yourself feel fabulous?

Not enough!  But, I hung out with some friends on Saturday night and watched The A-Team (the recent movie) and laughed way too much.  I also bought a few magazines and just sat on the couch reading for a couple of hours on Saturday afternoon, which was wonderful and relaxing.  I heart magazines.

What is your talent? What are you good at?

Oh, gosh.  I’ve been told that I am good at presenting or reading aloud (from my theater days), but something I’m super proud of is that I roast a really good chicken.  I am horrible and anxious in the kitchen (I keep an album of my cooking disasters on Facebook), but I just GET roasting for some reason.  It was like the universe took pity on me the time I mistook a screw top wine for a cork and attacked it with an ice pick when the wine opener didn’t work.

What’s been the highlight of your week?

I saw Bill Burr at the Wilbur Theater on Saturday night.  He was hilarious and it was awesome to just sit and laugh for a couple of hours!

Fun Question: What’s your guilty pleasure TV?

I love my shows (it is a recurring theme on my blog).  I’m not really guilty about any of them! 

But, I guess I’ll go with Criminal Minds.  Even though it creeps me out regularly, I love it (even when I have anxiety attacks in bed because I am convinced there is a serial killer in my house  – even though it is usually my puppy walking around on the hardwood!).  I stopped watching last season when they fired all the female actors, but caught up over the summer when they hired them back.  It is one of those shows that I don’t advertise that I watch, but I can talk about in great detail if someone brings it up!

Inspiring picture:

This is my puppy, Remy.  How can I not be inspired when I have this to go home to?

September 26, 2011 Posted by | a case of the Mondays, Fire Up for Fall (FUFF), General Nerdiness, guilt, Remy | , , , , , | 3 Comments