A year ago today …

A year ago today my life changed.

A year ago my company moved from Emeryville to South San Francisco.

 

That move changed my life in many ways. I am surprised I have lasted a year but then I am not surprised. Is that weird?

I now get up for work at 5:30 a.m. Something I never thought I would do. This means I have to go to bed between 9:30 and 10 p.m.

I still drive to the old building in Emeryville and then jump on the shuttle bus, which drives us the 20ish miles to South San Francisco.

Since I don’t drive to work I have become a bag lady: big purse; gym bag; lunch bag; laptop bag.

I have learned how to maximize my working hours and really focus on time management. I now work fewer hours–as in no longer averaging 10-hour work days. I just can’t with my long commute.

One thing that I have really been focusing on and excelling at is maintaining and enhancing my exercise. I work out 6-7 days a week. We have a pretty nice gym at work and I utilize it 2-3 times a week. The espinner is a … Continue reading

Springing forward

Most places in North America will Spring Forward tomorrow at 2 a.m. (The UK and Europe will follow in a couple of weeks.)

Being from Arizona I never had to do this until I moved to Oregon in 1997. And initially I had no issues with the time change.

It’s different now and has been for some time.

I hate changing time. Yes, it is only one hour. But whether we are Springing Forward or Falling Back it completely messes me up.

If I have time tomorrow I would like to take the 6 p.m. Restorative yoga class. I think that will really help me sleep better tomorrow night.

Sometimes the Restorative yoga teacher gives us tips if we are having trouble sleeping. A good stretch while lying on your back: Spread your arms and hands and your feet and yours legs and then let go.

This is my advice on how to deal with the time change:

And the latest Go Fit Girl! winner is …

… Alicia. Congrats, Alicia! And thanks for participating in last week’s Comment Contest Tuesday.

Last week I asked my readers: What do you do to take care of yourself and love yourself? (I also told my readers what I do to take care of myself and love myself.

Stephanie mentioned that she likes to take alone time; relaxing and taking time to read; home facial or mani/pedi; and, of course, reading Go Fit Girl! among other things.

Jen mentioned regularly exercising; spending time with the ones she loves, baking and cooking among other things.

Alicia mentioned that work is very stressful for her so she has to take time just for herself away from work; swapping out yogurt for breakfast; keeping fruit at her desk to not be lured by junk food among other things.

I regularly exercise; practice yoga at least three times a week; try to take Restorative yoga a couple of times a month (my studio only offers the class once a week);  try to limit alcohol intake; try to limit caloric intake; blog; watch movies and TV; knitting; (when Joey was still alive, cuddle time … Continue reading

Showing the love … to me

Today is Valentine’s Day. I find the holiday silly and pretty much pointless. If you are single, you feel bad that you are. If you are in a relationship, you feel pressure. Curt and I don’t give gifts or cards. If we can, we do go out to dinner and eat delicious sushi.

Last night in Baxter’s Hatha class we focused on our heart and opening it up. (Baxter likes to do themes. Last week we focused on the feet.)

We set an intention at the beginning of class. I set mine for someone else. But during class I really thought about my heart being opened up and taking care of me.

 I, like many women, feel that I must take care of everyone else. Which usually means I sacrifice taking care of myself. (Part of it is also that I am a control freak. But we don’t need to talk about that now.)

But how I take care of myself and love myself is by making sure I regularly exercise, try to eat healthy, cut back my caffeine intake, try to keep my alcohol drinking to weekends and to … Continue reading

Planning keeps me on track

This week has been a successful week for me in terms of exercise and healthy eating. And a lot of it has to do with planning.

Since I just came off a two-week cold I have been doing less intense yoga this week and no spin until the weekend. I checked out the yoga studio schedule and planned the classes I would take Monday through Wednesday.

(Normally I have a pretty regular exercise schedule during the week: between yoga at the studio; working out with friends one night a week; spin at the gym; abs and weight classes at the gym; spin and abs and weights at the work gym on my own.)

Because I cooked a few things over the weekend I have had many planned healthy dinners and lunches. They are filling, delicious and good for me. Even my snacks are planned.

I find that planning helps me from straying. I haven’t been tempted by any treats or candy at work this week.

I also haven’t been tempted by the numerous food trucks that come to work. Yesterday the e-mail about the food truck mentioned that there would be extra food (since they ran out last week) and cupcakes … Continue reading

The common cold … sucks

This week off from work (my staycation) the plans were to relax, get some stuff done around the house, have a few meals with friends.

There has already been a lot of relaxing. What I didn’t plan for was to get a cold. The cold has thrown some of my plans for a loop.

I am bummed that I got sick over my week off. But then it is kinda a blessing as I hope to be well and rested by the time I have to go back to work on Monday.

Every day this week I had plans for some sort of exercise. So far I missed spin yesterday and yoga today.

The last time I was sick I wrote about whether it was best to exercise or not when sick. I don’t exercise when I am sick. I feel that my body needs time to recover and heel and my energy should be spent on getting healthy.

This appears to be a mild cold so I am really hoping I can go to yoga tomorrow night. Curt and I are taking a day trip tomorrow. So we’ll see how I feel when we get back. Sitting or sleeping … Continue reading

Holiday candy with the 411

20111220-162432.jpg

This time of the year there is really just so much crap: goodies, lunches, dinners, parties, booze. It’s so difficult to not be tempted.
I have a candy bowl at my desk. The holiday items are mini candy canes and candy cane Hershey kisses. I’m not a huge candy cane fan. But those special kisses are another story.
I decided to do a little research on the treats. One mini candy cane is 12 calories and no grams of fat. And if I remember correctly, peppermint is supposed to curb hunger.
One of the kisses is about 18 calories and 1.3 grams of fat. But really, who is gonna eat one?
The bag indicates that 9 pieces is a serving, which comes to 220 calories and 12 grams of fat.
It’s probably too late to tell you to be careful this holiday season. But you can still get that exercise in. I am trying to keep that consistent. So far not bad.
(FYI: I am writing this on my iPhone.)

Eliminate holiday travel stress

 

This time of year gets stressful. Many parties to attend. Travel to visit family or friends. Or family or friends travel to visit you. Shopping. Cooking. End of the year work projects to get complete.

Curt and I are eliminating a lot of this time of year stress. We are staying put for both Thanksgiving and Christmas.

If you are traveling this week (or at Christmastime) I have some suggestions and tips for you to make it all a little less stressful and hopefully smooth:

Dealing with time change

Tomorrow very early (2 a.m.) we fall back. I hate falling back or springing forward. The time change completely wreaks havoc on my body–physically and mentally.

You would think one hour wouldn’t be a big deal. But for some reason it is. (Being from Arizona I never dealt with time change until I first moved to Oregon at 23.)

During the week I wake up to an alarm, which goes off at 5 a.m. so sleeping in for me is about 6:30. Sundays tend to be my lazy day, so let’s hope I can stay asleep a little longer than normal, especially tomorrow.

I have found that the best way to deal with the time change is to make sure I exercise. When we sprang forward in March that Monday was a rough day for me. I made sure to make it to my regular noon spin class even though I was tired and really didn’t want to go. I felt like a different and new person as I walked out after class and a shower.

No matter how tired or wacked out you are tomorrow try to do something active: take a walk, take a yoga class (that’s what … Continue reading

Maintaining healthy weight

Over the past couple of weeks I have had at least three comments that I am shrinking, dwindling away, losing weight, looking skinny, etc.

I didn’t really feel like I was dropping weight. I wasn’t sure since I hadn’t been on a scale in weeks, maybe a month.

So today I got on the scale … don’t worry I am not withering away. I am about 2 1/2 pounds from my goal weight. This was a surprise to me.

My exercise is in excellent practice. I am working out on average 6-7 days a week. My water intake is really good. I drink on average 80-96 ounces a day. I have almost completely cut out soda–diet soda included. I am trying to only drink alcohol on the weekends (Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays).  I am doing OK in that department. My caloric intake is just OK. It could be better. So I was surprised that my weight was lower than expected.

I know how to lose weight and I know how to maintain. My willpower with food is weak at times.

When I was losing weight I was doing it a healthy way. I counted Points® with Weight Watchers. Between advise … Continue reading