Monday, March 28, 2011

Hitting Bottom

You know I've been struggling lately with consistency ... in my workouts, nutrition, blogging.  Well, I think io hit the bottom this weekend.

I hosted a hosted a Girls Night In on Saturday and had a great time. Gotta do this more regularly.
The only problem was that I've been dealing with an extremely painful leg all week. I just wasn't able to get comfortable. I managed to get in for a massage on Saturday after noon, but that created different challenges. I don't remember being so puffy... Other than hot humid days ... And believe me, Saturday was nowhere near hot nor humid.

Anyway, I didn't drink a lot but had too much rich food, too much sugar and combined with jello shooters ... Did not add up to a good Saturday. I was basically a veghead yesterday.

But it did make me realize that I really have to smarten up, get strict with my eating and get back to my routines. I have to get my workouts AND my meals planned out in advance so I make sure that I have food out for dinner and nutritious leftovers.

Years ago I did the Atkins diet and while I don't really advocate the extremeness of it, I did feel great. More protein and vegetables and combined with moderate levels of fruit ... and I felt great. I need to get back to tracking my nutrition and working out 6 days a week ... I feel myself getting flabby again. And that's just not acceptable.

So hopefully hubby will help, at least in getting back on track. But ultimately it's my responsibility to get my act together.  I did better with my nutrition today ... only 2 small coffees, no junk.  Tomorrow I'll get up and do my cardio workout.  Funny ... I didn't enjoy my second coffee today ... hmmmm.

The massage and chiropractor helped a lot so I should be back in fighting form for tomorrow.

The secret is to never give up.  No matter how many times you falter ... no matter how many missteps you have ... as long as you never give up, you're winning.

I hope you've all had a great day :)

Sunday, March 20, 2011

It's Spring Again ... Time for Renewal

Yes, I am still alive and kicking.  It amazes me how quickly the days and weeks go by.  And yes, I have been struggling with staying on track, staying motivated, staying consistent.  Which explains my long absence.

But I've been working out consistently for 3 weeks.  My nutrition has a lot to be desired.  But the important thing is I'm working on it.  It's not so hard to get up at 4:15 a.m. anymore.  I don't think about it and decide whether I'm going to get up or no.  I just and up and do it.

My journalling, like my blogging, has left a lot to be desired lately.  The evenings just fly by and I'm not so inclined to work in my office as I am on the couch with the laptop.  But these days it's all about discipline ... in many areas of my life.

It's still pretty chilly here.  The weather was amazing ... and all of our snow is gone... but it cooled down again.  Nevertheless, I still spent a few hours outside this afternoon, cutting back the perennials from last year, removing leaves and other debris.

I had a second blog for a while; about gardening.  But since I seem to have trouble keeping up with one blog, never mind two, I've decided to cover both topics in this one blog.  So there will be days that I'm rambling about the gardens and how excited I am.  That was actually one of my motivations for getting my butt back in gear recently.  I have a lot of garden and a LOT of work to do this spring and summer and I don't want to be in pain like I have been in years past.  So, I decided to get back to work to strengthen my muscles and lose more weight in an effort to not only look better, but feel better as well.

Barry reminded me that both of our blogaversaries are coming up soon.  I can't believe it's been 2 years already.  Time flies....

My girlfriend and I (and Nutkin) went to Canada Blooms yesterday.  I thought I'd share a few pics ....

A music garden ... totally cool

Jen and Nutkin

Nutkin and Mommy ... this is the coolest freeking BBQ I've ever seen ...

Had to do it ..

Hydroponics ... we had some of the lettuce (not shown) ... really good.

Doesn't this look like the coziest place to sit outdoors and have tea?
This tree was dismantled, brought into the show and reassembled ... wow!

I so admire creative, artistic people ... this is carved out of sand.

I know this post was a little disjointed (kinda like me) ... too many thoughts and not enough time ... story of my life :)