I love the sound of a boiling teapot in the morning.

After Friday and Saturday I’m surprised I even got out of bed this early. Probably has a lot to do with my throat hurting and needing a cup of tea to soothe it. This has been one hell of a 3 day week.

Here’s a 2 in 1 of my challenges for Friday and Saturday:
1. Be active/ do something physical/ exercise for 20-30 minutes.
Friday: During my morning shift I had to chase around a special needs child for about half an hour. Up and down stairs mind you, my ass cheeks are killing me. Then during my afternoon shift I played volleyball with my after school kids for half an hour. Didn’t do any yoga today, I was already feeling it from climbing the stairs 4 times.
Saturday: Yesterday was more relaxed but I did some warm up yoga poses and then did these 2 videos on YouTube by this girl I like, so this was right around 20 minutes of yoga. Also right after yoga I did 20 squats and 20 push ups to get my heart rate up a little bit more.

2. Drink no more than 4 cups of coffee and tea combined.
Friday: I had 2 Dunkin coffees, neither of which I paid for. My dad bought me one and my boss got coffee for all the employees as well.
Saturday: I had no coffee or tea at all yesterday.

3. Drink 4 cups or more of water a day.
Friday: Friday I had 4 bottles of water throughout the day.
Saturday: I think I only had 3. But I drank some juices and stuff too.

4. Cook something healthy with/ for dinner.
Friday: I made ham steak with cooked baby carrots and some Alfredo shells. Not the best but I didn’t add any butter to the ham or carrots to keep it a bit lighter.
Saturday: I made Shepard’s pie. 93% lean beef, whole kernel corn, and mashed potatoes. I really needed a nice hot meal to get the chill out of my bones.

5. Play with the cat for 15 minutes.
Friday / Saturday : Check.

6. Read for 30 minutes (or more).
Friday: I read for 10 minutes at my dad’s house while we waited to go pick up my car.
Saturday: The house was quiet because K had work so I got to read for about an hour and a half.

7. Do something fun or relaxing. (Other than reading.)
Friday: I did nothing fun or relaxing. I think maybe I watched a movie before bed but I can’t remember.
Saturday: I had to start packing because I’m moving so I played 4 episodes of a show I’m watching on Netflix. It’s full of murder and lies and cheating and romance. It was a good distraction from my stress for a couple hours.

So Friday my car was leaking antifreeze and it had to go in to get fixed, turned out it was only a hose and only cost $35. Such a relief. My afternoon shift started out a little boring but my boss got everyone coffee and then I played volleyball with my kids and coworkers, it was a blast. They also had book club which I lead and a few of the kids as well as myself enjoy it so that wasn’t so bad either. Saturday K had work so I stayed in my pajamas all day and packed a few things while I watched my show and then I read for an hour before he came home. The only stressful thing about yesterday is that after dinner I noticed a huge bump on my arm that I thought was a spider bite but now I think it’s a cyst because it’s sore. So I don’t know where that came from. But it’s driving me nuts.

Today marks the start of a new week, I’m going to revise my list and hopefully this week will be better in general than last week. My body is starting to get sore from yoga and attempting to move around more throughout work and I don’t mind it. Also they changed the class schedule so now there are classes I can go to at night when my shift is over so I’m going to start looking for someone to go with again, or get the courage to go on my own. Anyways, today I’m going to just relax and try to de-stress.

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Yesterday and Today are really pushing my buttons.

So I didn’t really get much accomplished. Here’s my list for yesterday:

1. Be active/ do something physical/ exercise for 20-30 minutes.
Chase a special needs kid through the hall / up and down stairs for 10 minutes. This was before 8 am. Got home and was miserable so I didn’t do any yoga and I regret this decision greatly.

2. Drink no more than 4 cups of coffee and tea combined.
I drank no coffee. At least this task was accomplished.

3. Drink 4 cups or more of water a day.
I completed this as well. I had 4 bottles of Poland springs.

4. Cook something healthy with/ for dinner.
Not check. Didn’t feel like cooking because both shifts at work were horrible so I went to Chipotle. It was sinfully delicious.

5. Play with the cat for 15 minutes.
Threw her toy frog for her a couple of times. Didn’t really play though.

6. Read for 30 minutes (or more).
I didn’t read a single word.

7. Do something fun or relaxing. (Other than reading.)
We watched old episodes of The Voice while we ate dinner I suppose that’s fun.

So this was how my Thursday went. It was approximately 3F outside when I got in the car for work, my car leaked antifreeze overnight for about the billionth time. Went to work. Had to work with Dan and Will who are both extremely lazy and barely help out even if the smallest ounce. Left work early to take K to the dentist for a cleaning and he had another appointment right after that one to see if he could get his teeth taken out. They can’t do it. He kept whining. So after an already bad morning it just got more annoying. Went to my afternoon shift, it was freezing in the building. We were short staffed again. My boss is finally getting back into his boss shoes after his loss so he was barking orders yesterday. I also accidentally broke his desk drawer. Whoops. Went home ate Chipotle, watched The Voice, went to bed at 9:30.

Now Friday hasn’t started out any better. The special needs kid had yet another bad morning. Only this time I chased him up and down hallway and the stairs 5 times. This episode lasted a good 35 minutes. The only positive to this was that I got in a good cardio workout. As well as climbing the stairs is good for my thighs. I was hurting though. After I got a chance to relax I was hacking up mucus from all the cardio because of my Chronic Bronchitis. After work I went out to my car and IT LEAKED ANTIFREEZE AGAIN, EVEN BIGGER THAN BEFORE. I decided to call my dad about this because I’ve spent 30$ in the past two weeks just on antifreeze alone. So of course he gets huffy with me, which I understand because my car aggravates me as well. But after my horrible morning I just didn’t need this. So now here I am sitting at his house because he made me drop my car off at the mechanics once and for all so we could fix the leak. Only positive about that is that I grabbed a load of laundry at home to do at his house so I could do that while I was here. And he bought me a Mocha Coffee which I couldn’t resist because I was definitely past my limit today. I really want to do yoga today but I refuse to do it in front of my dad. So I’m hoping to do it after work. I only had work 3 days this week but it’s been one of the longest weeks of my life. Thank the universe it’s Friday, I need a break.

Snow day.

So today I had a snow day off of work… this is a conflicting time for me. I’m elated to have another day off after those terrible two weeks I was put in charge during my boss’s leave of absence… however I’m worrisome for my next paycheck now because of this. Last Friday I took a sick day because I was experiencing horrid migraines and nausea, then Monday was a holiday so the kids didn’t have school, and then today we got called on account of snow. That’s 18 hours I’m missing. Oh my goodness… I just realized this is quite a large amount of my check. Great so now I have to scramble next pay period.

Anyways… now that my anxiety is through the roof, today was quite pleasant for a snow day. The snow wasn’t too bad to shovel given the fact that it remained light and fluffy throughout the night. My dad came by to pick me up so I could get my car out of his garage where I parked it for the blizzard. Then he fixed a few things in my engine and I came home, cleaned the entire apartment, and relaxed the rest of the day. I wouldn’t have cleaned except for the fact that Lola drags cat liter all over the bathroom and there was rock salt all over the kitchen floor that I brought in on my shoes from outside.

Here’s how my day was list wise:

1. Be active/ do something physical/ exercise for 20-30 minutes.
Double check. I shoveled the driveway with Kane and my very kind neighbor who helped us for 40 minutes. Also, when I came in and got warm I did some light yoga for 20 minutes. Also I broke another sweat cleaning the house for 40 minutes.

2. Drink no more than 4 cups of coffee and tea combined.
I drank only 2 cups, more than yesterday but much needed after freezing while I cleared the driveway of its unwanted guest.

3. Drink 4 cups or more of water a day.
Check!! I actually drank 5, partly due to all the physical activity.

4. Cook something healthy with/ for dinner.
I did resort to pasta but it was a medley with mushrooms, spinach, tomatoes, and onions, and I am having strawberries as a snack right now. I had multi grain tortillas and some spinach dip… which I think is a little bad and a little good. So not a bad day food wise.

5. Play with the cat for 15 minutes.
Played with her and the laser again. She chases it around the room so fast!

6. Read for 30 minutes (or more).
I did not read for 30 minutes I read a very small chapter of my Kindle book probably took more like 5 minutes.

7. Do something fun or relaxing. (Other than reading.)
Omg yes. I watched 3 of my shows that were new on Hulu and while I did that I painted my nails. Also when I took a shower I lit some scented candles in the bathroom with me and had some good old aroma therapy. 🙂

Despite my nerves about my money situation today was alright. I would conclude this as a successful day… I’m still feeling nauseous / heartburn… could this be my sudden increase in fruits and vegetables? Not sure if I should be worried but for now I took some antacids and I’m going to call it a day. Hopefully I feel better tomorrow.

Thank goodness today is over.

1. Be active/ do something physical/ exercise for 20-30 minutes.
Walked around at work all day, if I felt like I was sitting too long I tried to get up for a while. I also just did 25 minutes of yoga after a hot shower. Feeling semi relaxed after a long day.

2. Drink no more than 4 cups of coffee and tea combined.
I only had one, a small cup at work… which was terribly watered down.

3. Drink 4 cups or more of water a day.
I’m on number 3… But I also had a vitamin water does that count? Going to do my best to make it 4 before bed as I know my water consumption has been lacking the past few weeks which is why this item is on my list. (Just a side note I know you’re supposed to drink 8 a day but I struggle as it is.)

4. Cook something healthy with/ for dinner.
Made homemade beef and fresh broccoli, added some spinach just to get in extra veggies. Not the healthiest… I wasn’t in a good mood after work and didn’t make an effort on dinner. Partly because it’s snowing and this weather depresses me. Probably going to cut up a few strawberries because I don’t feel healthy today.

5. Play with the cat for 15 minutes.
I made Kane play with her because she attacked me the whole time I did yoga/ I tried to get her to sit on me while I did it. She is very energetic…. this item is on my list for her as well as me so I figured since I wasn’t up to play time then someone should do it.

6. Read for 30 minutes (or more).
I only read for about 20 minutes. My mind is tired today, got a snow day off from work tomorrow so I’m hoping (after I shovel) that I can sit and relax with a book.

7. Do something fun or relaxing. (Other than reading.)
I think I’m going to watch a show on Netflix or Hulu. Honestly though I really just want to go to sleep.

I’m surprised I even did this much. Driving on the way to work I felt really nauseated and when I got there I experienced a huge headache and the entire day just went by so slow because it was dark and gray and snowy. I knew the whole time the drive home would be dangerous so every minute I was forced to be there just dragged on endlessly. I am not looking forward to shoveling over a foot of snow tomorrow… I’m hoping to still do yoga as well but well see how the cold and wet weather dampens my spirits. I’m glad I accomplished doing yoga though, I’ve only been trying it for 3 days so far but my body feels more relaxed and my aches are lessening. So I did manage to grab a class schedule at work today but all the yoga classes are scheduled during my shifts. Looks like it’s the regular ole boring gym for me… if I can get motivated enough for that. Sigh.

Today started out bad, but it blossomed quite nicely.

Today I took K to the dentist. He hasn’t been in years. Needless to say, it wasn’t great news.
So our day started off with him whining about the results of his check up. His wisdom teeth need to come out. They are impacted. I told him about how when I was getting mine out that all 4 wisdom teeth were impacted downwards into my bone and they had to break my jaw open in order to pull my teeth out and there is no way his could be worse than that and nothing will go wrong during surgery that could cause him to lose nerve endings in his face, because for whatever reason that’s whats bugging him. Then I had to drag him to my grandmother’s house to do laundry with me and he was less than polite to her. But she told him the same thing I did and not to worry, so we went home and I put away the laundry and sat on the couch browsing the internet for a little while when I discovered some nice beginner yoga poses to do and convinced myself to do them and get motivated. This was approximately 3:00pm before I decided to get off my ass and stop letting his bad mood put me in one as well. And as a matter of fact after I dragged him around Stop & Shop his mood improved. When we got home I also found the drive to put away the dishes from the dishwasher which I had been avoiding all day. So all in all I accomplished more than I would have expected for how my day started out.

1. Be active/ do something physical/ exercise for 20-30 minutes.
Check. I found some beginner yoga poses and did 11 of them for about a minute each. I also did squats and wall push ups for 15 minutes. Plus after a tumultuous morning I convinced my boyfriend to go to the supermarket where we walked around for 30 minutes.

2. Drink no more than 4 cups of coffee and tea combined.
Check. I only drank 2 cups of coffee.

3. Drink 4 cups or more of water a day.
Check. 4 cups down.

4. Cook something healthy with/ for dinner.
Almost didn’t complete this one, I had nothing really to cook and so I was just going to make pasta but after having pasta and a brownie yesterday I finally talked Kane into going to the grocery store with me and I got some great stuff. I decided to make tacos but I used 98% lean ground turkey instead of beef and I cut up fresh tomatoes and bought lettuce to go on them too. I did put cheese. But it was low-fat shredded. Also there was salsa which is all veggies and seasoning anyways so that’s good for you.

Lastly for a dessert/ snack I made a yogurt parfait with granola and sliced strawberries. 🙂 It was frighten delicious.

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5. Play with the cat for 15 minutes.
Um. Check? She did yoga with me…. aka climbed on me. I guess I should play with her. I’ll do it after this.

6. Read for 30 minutes (or more).
Check x 2.

7. Do something fun or relaxing. (Other than reading.)
Blogging has becoming surprisingly relaxing for me. I did one of the WordPress blog pages weekly writing challenges which was pretty fun. And also playing on my Kindle Fire HDX that my dad got me for Christmas. Plus I did laundry at my grandma’s house which is fun for me, she’s a riot. At 79 she’s still working and could kick your ass if you back talk her. Haha 🙂

After day 2 I’m feeling pretty good. Got some healthy food in me today and I really liked the yoga poses I learned. This pose called The Crow (I think) really makes my arms shake!! If you are interested in the poses here is the link for the site I found them on:
11 Beginner Yoga Poses

Weekly Post Challenge: Lunch Posts

The best part of a sunset, for me, is the golden-yellow glow as the sun fades behind the trees. It dips lower and lower, turning from golden to deep orange, being pressed on from above as the blackish blue of darkness forces the last bit of sunset out of the sky. As the light disappears it silhouettes the trees in all black, making them appear bare like skeletons as the dark blue of a cold winter night creeps through the glimmering dusk. I watch, sadly, as all the colors blend to the same amount of black, but I know I’ll get to see them dance again tomorrow.

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Today was a small start to a big goal.

Sunday, January 19, 2014. Today marks my first one week challenge. Inspired by Journaling Through Depression‘s post 10×10 Challenge. I have given myself small tasks that I need to complete each day in order to get myself going in the right direction. I’ve been stuck in a rut. So this is me, helping myself climb out… even if the climbing is slow at first.

Here are my goals for each day:
1. Be active/ do something physical/ exercise for 20-30 minutes.
2. Drink no more than 4 cups of coffee and tea combined.
3. Drink 4 cups or more of water a day.
4. Cook something healthy with/ for dinner.
5. Play with the cat for 15 minutes.
6. Read for 30 minutes (or more).
7. Do something fun or relaxing. (Other than reading.)

Maybe my list seems easy to you. Well that’s good. But for me it’s a start. I literally never do anything physically exhausting. I go to work twice a day and in between and after shifts I just get lazy and don’t want to do anything. I get overly stressed out and I don’t know how to handle it so I just get lethargic and sleepy and become miserable the whole time. Then I get all these body aches and head aches and it just sucks. I decided to add the last 3 options as ways to release stress. Playing with my cat is always a laugh and I love reading. So hopefully this will help me, and I’m looking forward to more challenging challenges in the future.

Next week my goals will change. I’ll add to them depending on what I feel I’m lacking or can/ cannot handle. But I set my limits moderately low so that way I have no excuse not to meet them.

Here are the goals I completed today:
1. I did some squat thrusts and arm exercises in the living room today.
2. I only drank one cup of tea so far but I’m going to make 1 cup now so that’s 2.
3. I had 1 glass of water earlier, a bottle of water at dinner, and I have no doubt I will drink 2 more. I always get thirsty around bedtime. (I’ll let you know if I don’t make 4.)
4. Unfortunately I went to dinner at my dad’s. He made Chicken Alfredo with pasta, not the healthiest. And also I had a brownie.
5. Play with the cat for 15 minutes. She likes the laser.
6. Read for 30 minutes! I actually read for 45.
7. I have not done anything fun or relaxing yet. I guess you could count the 15 minutes I sat in the shower, yes sat, and let the water run over me really hot, and “meditated.” Also I’m planning on watching a movie after I make my tea.

I also ran around the house in a jog yesterday for about 10 minutes and did some jumping jacks and stretched out. Figured I better give my body a jolt to let it know a storm is coming.

Anyways, I’m feeling a little underwhelmed. I wish I could go crazy for 2 weeks and miraculously lose 30 pounds but I know that’s not how it works. It will be nice to see progress (hopefully) in a few months.