Thursday, November 18, 2010

Plumbing Damage Repair Nightmare

When Dave was out of town, we had a plumbing leak for which I hired someone to repair. I knew the flooring was wet underneath, but there wasn't much I could do until Dave got back. We had several hardwood boards that were bowing up. The day after Dave returned, he called the insurance company and an adjuster came out.

Long story short, we ended up ripping up all the kitchen floor and sub-floor, and in the process found some HVAC problems we hadn't anticipated. Dave re-tiled the kitchen and it looks fantastic. It was something that we had been planning to do at some point, so it was nice to have the money to do it sooner rather than later. After that project, we moved on to the living room and dining room. Again, we had to rip up over half of the hardwoods and sub-floor. We are near the end of the project, and I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.

It is very stressful to have your home torn up around you, but I am so grateful for Dave who has coordinated this whole process and worked his tail off to make it right. It would have been much more stressful to have strangers doing all this demo, not to mention exponentially more expensive!

I am very lucky to have such a talented, intelligent husband who wants nothing more than to please me and make me happy. He rocks my world!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

What's YOUR Excuse?

Excuses: It's hard to get started, I don't like to sweat, I don't want to change how I eat, losing weight is too hard, etc.

Some people bitch and moan about not being able to lose weight. They always have an excuse for not doing what needs to be done. And excuses don't just apply to weight loss goals.

I've been there. Most of my excuses were internalized rationalizations, but I made them plenty. Then one day I decided that I, and I alone, am responsible for my actions and inactions. That was my epiphany and the starting point to my eventual success. I am doing this FOR me, so the buck stops WITH me.

I've read variations on this several places. Losing weight is hard, being fat is hard, maintaining your weight is hard. Yeah, so pick your hard.

I am committed to paying forward my success, and I am here to help any person who asks me. But I want to hear what you are doing for yourself, not excuses. It's cliché, but Nike's campaign is simple and brilliant: "Just Do It." I'll take it a step further. It's not "Just Do Everything, and If You Can't Do Everything, Do Nothing." Maybe it should be "Just Do SOMETHING." This weight-loss, fitness, --insert your own goal here-- journey is not all or nothing. Don't set yourself up for failure or burnout by trying to change every aspect of your life at once.

And remember, this:

If you always do what you always did, you'll always get what you always got. I decided to do better and get better. =)

Monday, November 8, 2010

What a great weekend

After Dave being gone for so long, it was nice to have a relaxing, fun weekend together. We did some errands on Saturday, then went to the First Annual Belmont Beer & Wine Crawl. We heard some blues music and sampled some beer and wine. Later that night, I played one of the guitars Dave built. I was surprised I actually remembered a chord. The guitar sounds fantastic! I need to get some pictures to share.

Yesterday, we bought a dishwasher! WooHoo! You don't know how big of a deal that is unless you don't have one. Our kitchen is miniscule, so we got a portable one. I can't wait to pick it up tomorrow night and try it out!

Afterwards, we spent the afternoon at the Renaissance Festival. It was a little cool, but a very nice afternoon. Then we watched horrible Panthers football. That was a little depressing.

All-in-all, it was great to recharge and get geared up for the hard work coming up the next couple of weekends replacing our damaged flooring. More about that later...

Friday, November 5, 2010

Adjusted November Goals

After some reflection and my current struggle to not lose any more weight, I am adjusting my workout goals to 22 workouts and 1,100 minutes. Hopefully this will allow me to gain a couple of pounds and maintain more easily.

Plus, I get extra family time by not working out on the weekends. =)

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

October Retrospective and November Goals

October was all-in-all a good month for me on the health and fitness front. I was worried that with Dave gone all month, I'd succumb to boredom and mindless eating. I am still not tracking my food, which is liberating, but I know if I start to gain, I may need to consider it. I feel like my body is struggling a bit adjusting to maintenance mode. But I am determined to find that magic combination of nutrition and exercise to stay where I am. 

How my October went:
I have maintained my goal weight for the month.
I worked out 25 out of 31 days. My goal was 26, but I did have a few days that I worked out twice, so no worries.
I met my goal of 1,300 fitness minutes with 1,304. 
I burned 9,179 calories.
I drank at least 8 cups of water every day.
I ate at least 5 freggies, but averaged at least 6.

November goals:
Here is where the real challenge begins. At this time last year, the new lifestyle was still fresh and exciting to me. This holiday (read: eating) season could be a little more challenging. I can't let my guard down. I am committed to maintaining this month and forever after.
I plan to work out 25 of 30 days.
I plan to get at least 1,300 fitness minutes again.
I'm in a 30-day challenge for November to drink at least 60 oz. of water daily. My goal is to aim for 80 oz.
I will try to average at least 6 freggies a day.

I'm going to end 2010 the healthiest I have been in decades!