Working on Balance

Trying to have another balanced day with good time management.  And, I’m happy with how it has worked out.

I decided last night (after I went to bed) that I wouldn’t play World of Warcraft today except for a very short time to do some specific things.  I had some stuff I needed to get done today and decided to prioritize those things.

Last night I had a lot of trouble getting to sleep (sometime after 4:30) and so I slept until about 10:30.  I got up, did some work, and then caught up the news and played WoW for about 20 to 30 minutes.  Then, I logged out with the intent to not log back in the rest of the day (and I didn’t).

I ate the Cinnamon Crunch Bagel from Panera for breakfast (this was at about 11:00 so not that early).  At 1:30, I forgot I had eaten it and thought I should eat lunch since I hadn’t eaten anything.  I wasn’t all that hungry but cooked a TaDah Falafel Wrap that is 430 calories (11 Points).  I had started eating it when I remembered I had eaten the bagel….

So, it was 1:30 and I had already eaten 22 of my 26 daily points.

I spent a lot of the afternoon doing paperwork and just stuff around the house.  We really needed to go to the grocery store, but I was procrastinating because it was cold, but I finally told my husband we should just go ahead and go.  The one advantage of going is that at least I got some steps in.

After we came back, I ordered my daughter’s books for the semester (her school started back today) and talked to her awhile about her classes.  Then, I went and read for awhile (I’m reading through a long blog from the start and am about 60% of the way through it). While I was reading, I had 3 ounces of rotisserie chicken (4 points) and half a cup of blueberries and half a cup of strawberries.  And, a small bag of 2 point Popchips.  So, I’ve had 28 points so far and will probably end up with a 2 or 3 point snack later.

Now, I’m going to go and walk a little while on the treadmill.  I didn’t want to exercise heavy today, but tomorrow I probably won’t exercise at all since I’ll be away during most of the afternoon.  I’m planning to take off tomorrow from exercise at this point.

Edit:  Walked for 30 minutes at not terribly high intensity.  Had a 3 point Vitapoint and will read for the rest of the evening.  Probably exercise again on Wednesday.

 

A Balanced Day

One of my goals for this quarter is better time management and to have balance in my life.  I tend to go all in on some one thing (playing World of Warcraft, reading, walking, etc.) and then neglect doing other things that I would also like to do.  I can end up spending the whole day and evening at the computer if I’m not careful.  It is just way easy to get up, catch up on the news online, go place WoW for awhile, surf the Web watching and reading whatever, play WoW, go pay bills online, check out this and that online, read blogs, write this blog, play WoW and…..suddenly realize it is 2:00 AM.

Back toward the end of 2013, I started pulling back from playing WoW.  I knew I wanted to concentrate on weight loss and getting more fit.  So, around the time I started this blog I decided that weight loss/exercise would be my focus and that this was a good time to take a breather from WoW.  For a few months, I play WoW on a limited basis.  Then, starting in late January I basically quit playing entirely.  I logged on occasionally but not usually for more than 5 or 10 minutes.  During this time, I was really spending almost all my free time focused on weight loss and fitness.  I would go to blogs and read them.  I would post here.  I was exercising a lot (probably leading to my trabecular bone injury).

Then, in August I decided it was time to play WoW again (I never planned to give it up permanently).  And, for a few months, I found it really hard to balance that with other leisure time stuff I want to do.  The thing is that I don’t want to just play WoW.  And, I don’t want to just exercise or focus on weight loss.  And, I don’t want to just read.  I want to manage my time so that I have balance in doing all these things.

So, today, I really tried to do that and I’ve been happy with how it worked out.

I got up about 10:30 (remember, night owl, so I sleep late).  I usually get up, head to the computer and read the news and just check out what is going on in the world.  Somewhere in there I logged into WoW, to check on some daily tasks I do (I don’t always do them every day).  I had the game on one screen and my browser on my other.  After I got woke up, Charles and I decided to go out to lunch at Panera’s.  I ordered a Pick Two with the Power Chicken Hummus Bowl (140 calories), Turkey chili (190 calories) and 1 oz. of chips (150 calories), for a total of 12 Points Plus.  I ate lightly because I also bought a Cinnamon Crunch Bagel which is 420 calories (11 PP).  I love that bagel.  Last year when I was doing well, I would order one occasionally but not every time I was there.  In the fall, I would usually get two of them when we went to Panera’s.  I would have one in the evening as a snack and the other for breakfast.  Last time I was at Panera’s, though, I didn’t have one and the time before that I had one so I thought I could “afford” one this time.  Saturday was the start of my Weight Watchers week and I ate 33 points.

It was a little cold at Panera’s (43 degrees outside, but the door opening and closing kept it a little chilly in the restaurant).  We left and normally would have gone grocery shopping but decided to just go home since it was cold.

After getting home, I played a little WoW, surfed the Web a bit, and called my mom on Skype.  I suddenly realized it was 4:30 and the day was getting away from me.  I wanted to do more reading, so I left the computer and read for about an hour and a half.  I had a snack of an ounce of Antep Turkish Pistachios (I have this snack almost every day). At one point, I went to get something from my office and found that my Ragdoll, Sasha aka Fluffy had appropriated my chair.

Fluffychair

All the while I was reading, I was mentally debating whether to exercise. “You only have to exercise 3 times this week and you already did one day so you could take off.” “Yes, but this has been an inactive day so I should do something.” “No, you are too tired.” “If I exercise, I won’t be as tired and I’ll be glad I did it.”

And, so, I hopped on the treadmill and walked for 40 minutes.  I walked pretty slowly between 2 and 2.5 mph for almost all of it, but managed to keep it up for 40 minutes, burning 217 calories!

Digifit 1-11-2015

 

This was notable because it was the first time I used the treadmill since early May, when the doctor told me I had to go non-weight bearing to try to heal my leg injury. He had cleared me to use the treadmill in August, but I hadn’t done it (I’ve had a few outside walks). I took it slowly and didn’t use incline at all and I didn’t feel any pain in my leg or knee. While I was walking I was watching something I had recorded on my DVR (I haven’t been watching TV either).

Then, I read and had dinner. I had some BBQ Potstickers that I like because the wrapper is whole grain. I needed some more veggies servings so I had a package of Green Giant Green Beans and Almonds (I ate all 3 servings, the total was only 120 calories).

After that, I came back to my computer and wrote this post. So far I’ve eaten 28 Points Plus for the day and have left room for a late night snack. Yes, yes, I know lots of people advise against them. But, being a late night kind of person who goes to bed about 2:00 am I need a late night snack.

After I post this, I am going to play a little more WoW, then read a little, and get a good night’s sleep. I’m happy with how I balanced out the day so that I did a little bit of several things I enjoy doing instead of just sitting at the computer the entire day and evening.

2015 Goals – 1st Quarter

I am going to do 2015 goals a little differently from last year.  I thought I had a good plan then.  I created 2014 goals for the full year, then each month did interim goals to work toward getting to my overall goals.  At first this worked well.  But, around mid-year it was in a shambles.  Basically, things changed.  Due to a leg injury and knee problems many of my 2014 goals became impossible or inappropriate for me.  In some cases, it was clear that while the goal was still a good thing to aspire to…it wasn’t going to happen in 2014.  But, I felt locked into the goals since I had set at the beginning of the year what they would be.

The reality is that a year is a long time and life happens.  Sometimes goals that seemed great, no longer are appropriate or you want something different or maybe you even achieve them too easily.  On the other hand, I do think that having goals is important.  I do much better if I have something more concrete that I’m aiming for.  I thought about making monthly goals, but I do want to look ahead a bit farther than that.  So, I’m going to set goals for the first quarter of 2015.  At that time, I will set goals for the next quarter.  I also totally reserve the right to change my goals at any time if I think the goals no longer work for me.

I also think I set too many goals at one time last year.  I had 10 goals.  They were good goals at the time, but I have difficulty working on that many things at one time.  So this time I will set fewer goals.

2015, First Quarter Goals

Lose 8.9 pounds to get to at least 149.9 pounds – I was so tempted to make this lose 10.8 pounds to get to 148 pounds.  At 148 pounds, I would be 2 pounds over my Weight Watchers goal weight and wouldn’t have to pay for meetings.  I would love to be there by the end of March.  However, to do that I would need to lose at a higher rate than I lost early last year when I was losing .8 pounds a week.  But, early last year I weighed 28 pounds more than I way now so I had more of me to move around and I burned more calories than I burn now even if I do the same things.  And, I have to be more careful with my knee now.  So — while it is possible that if I am really consistent with exercise and found I could get to 148 or even 146 by the end of March — past history says it isn’t very likely.  A more realistic goal that I feel confident I can meet is to get to 149.9 pounds by then.  (It is, of course, possible that I won’t meet the goal, but I know it is doable).  I may change this to a daily calorie deficit goal but for now I’ll leave it at this.

Eat 3 fruits/vegetables every day – Yes, I’ve had this goal before and fallen short.  But, I do better when I have this as a goal.  When I don’t have a specific goal on this I tend to not do well on it at all.

Exercise at least 3 days a week – This is a step back from last year’s goal, but I haven’t been exercising at all for the last few months.  If I get back into this consistently I would look to move this goal up higher.  I do have to be careful of my knee so I don’t want to set something that is too much and might cause me to create more stress on it.

Better time/activity management – This is a terrible goal if you read all the stuff about goal setting.  It isn’t specific.  It isn’t measurable.  So, it is a “bad” goal.  I know exactly what it is I mean though.  I just have a hard time putting it into words.

One thing I have difficulty with is juggling doing different activities.  I’m not talking about multi-tasking.  I can do fine at, say, reading while watching TV.  Or, using my computer and switching from paying a bill to reading a news article to reading a blog.

What I am talking about is hard to put into words.  I often want to focus on something for a time and it consumes me and then suddenly I’m done with it.  That is sometimes good.  I can learn a great deal about something and become really proficient at it very quickly.  But, it has its negatives as well.  One of them is all the things I don’t do while I’m focusing on something else.

That is one reason I haven’t exercised much the past few months.  I got back into playing World of Warcraft.  I had taken an 8 month hiatus from it during most of 2014.  That was fine and I got a lot of other things done.  But, then I wanted to play again.  But, I have a tendency with stuff like that to pick one thing like that as my sole (or almost sole) leisure activity.  And, things like exercise and reading and other activities go by the wayside.  I want to balance all of these things better.  The other day I read the entire day.  It was very nice….but I didn’t exercise.  I want to manage my time better so that in a single day I can do some reading, play some WoW, exercise on the bike, etc.

Sleep 7 hours a day – I have had lifelong insomnia and difficulty getting to sleep.  I am a night owl in what seems like a world full of larks.  The past few months things have really gotten out of hand and I’ve been going to bed at 3:00 or 4:00 in the morning and then I’m exhausted the next day, which makes me not want to exercise or do anything.  And, then it is hard to get to sleep, and so on.  So, getting back to a more reasonable sleep cycle  with more sleep is very important.

I could add lots of other goals, but these are the most important and are what I will work on from now until the end of March (unless I change my mind).

 

 

 

 

The Danger of “Tomorrow”

So, I didn’t weigh in last Saturday.  And, I didn’t post since last weekend.  And, for one reason:

WOD

World of Warcraft released a new expansion on November 13 (Warlords of Draenor).  And, that has been consuming most of the last week.  Originally, I planned to go to my Weight Watchers meeting on Saturday, but WoW had all kinds of problems with the launch when long log in times and lots of bugs and I didn’t get to play as much Thursday and Friday as planned.  The expansion is awesome, now that people can easily get in and are able to play.  Anyway, we (I play with my husband a lot) decided to skip the WW meeting on Saturday since that looked like the first really stable time we could play after the expansion came out.  On the one hand, I realize that is a frivolous reason to miss a meeting.  On the other hand, it had been over 2 years since the last expansion, so not something that happens often.

But – I’ve noticed in the past couple of weeks a bit of dangerous thinking.  I’ve been eating more than usual and not eating good things.  And, I kept saying I would get back on track “tomorrow.”  When I don’t weigh in on Saturday it is very easy for “tomorrow” to then become a new day with a new “tomorrow” when I would plan to get back on track.  If I know I will be weighing in that week, I tend to not let that persist too long because I don’t like bad weigh ins.  But, with missing two weigh ins, I tended to just keep saying I would get back in control “tomorrow” — whenever that was.

I could see that my weight was starting to creep up and even went over 160 a couple of days.  Finally, a few days ago, I realized that I couldn’t wait until “tomorrow” to get back on track.  I had to get back on track today.  My husband was out and about and I wanted to call and ask him to bring Subway home with him.  But, I didn’t really have the points available to do it.  My first thought was that I would get back on track “tomorrow” and I could have Subway today.

But, I stopped and really thought.  I realized that this is how I have failed before.  I’ve been in a situation where I keep saying “tomorrow” and I gain a few pounds and I don’t want to weigh in with a gain of that much.  So, I say I will go back when I’ve lost what I gained.  And, then, I keep saying I will do that “tomorrow” and the result is that I go back when I’ve gained 20 or 30 pounds.  I really don’t want to do that this time.

I told myself that I had to stay on program today and to banish the thought of “tomorrow” and focus much more on “today” instead.  I’m happy to say that the scale is now back under 160 pounds.  I’m up .2 of a pound from what I weighed at home at my last WW weigh in so I don’t think I’ve done too much damage.  Regardless, I will weigh in this Saturday.

NWI

I didn’t weigh in Saturday, but it wasn’t because I was avoiding it.  It was because I was watching Blizzcon on my computer.

Blizzcon 2014

I bought the virtual ticket to Blizzcon which was on Friday and Saturday.  One of the live events I wanted to watch was Saturday morning and I decided to skip Weight Watchers to watch the live stream.

Last week was not a great week from an eating standpoint.  The only good thing I can say is that I did track everything and I’ve been doing well the last few days.

I’ve been preoccupied the last few weeks getting ready to play the new expansion on World of Warcraft which comes out Thursday.  I plan to take it easy the until then, but then I’ll be playing intensively Thursday and Friday before Weight Watchers on Saturday.

On the positive side, I plan more activity early in the week and I’ll be busy playing Thursday and Friday so I won’t be thinking much of food.  On the other hand, I won’t be real active those two days (which is another reason to be active early in the week).

I’ve sort of been in a funk the past few weeks, but I am in a much better frame of mind now, so I think it will be a good week.