Friday, February 28, 2014

More Goals, Always With the Goals

But this time, I really mean it with the goals!

March is going to be awesome, just you wait and see.  First of all, I've joined a get fit group headed up by a woman who works for Yarnbox.  She mentioned on one of the Ravelry threads that she was organizing a Knit & Get Fit group and asked if anyone else would like to join.  There are points involved and knitting-related prizes.  She pretty much had me at "points", but prizes?  Yes, please!

I had already started setting myself up for March to be the month it all comes together.  I rejoined Masters swimming.  It starts Wednesday.  I'm a little nervous.  When last I swam with Masters, there was a slow lane, a moderate lane, a pretty fast lane and a super fast lane.  I started in moderate, but eventually moved up to pretty fast and held my own.  Especially with kicking.  (Kicking is where I am a Viking.)  I don't ever think I'll be in the super fast lane, and that's okay because they are SUPER fast, but I'm pretty sure at this point I'm also no longer in the pretty fast lane.  Back to moderate I'll go and just hope I can keep up.

The good news is, I roped my friend Rebecca into Masters with me this time, and I know she has been swimming as little as I have over the past several months so at least I won't suffer alone.

So for March my plan is to get my eating dialed in for reals (low-carb/Paleo), to swim 2 times a week and to go to strength training 2 times a week. The light is already better in the mornings and the evenings and (despite the storm forecast for Monday) I'm hoping overall March will let up with the snow already.

I've been having a really hard time this winter, and I'm not the only one.  The snow just keeps coming, it's been very gray and it's been COLD.  I think the entire northern US is over this winter.  There is much grumbling going on.  Usually in New England, we get cold and snow, but at least it's relatively sunny.  I thought I was just being oversensitive this year until our farm share people apologized because their greens supplier couldn't get us the usual amount of greens.  In the winter they grow greens in greenhouses, but this year it's been so gray and dreary that their crop isn't growing as well as usual.  It's not just me!  I think next year I need to invest in a winter light box.

I'm pretty excited for March and to be involved with a challenge group again.  I'm feeling optimistic and excited to get going.    And I already have plans to swim laps tomorrow morning, to welcome in the month.

Thursday, February 06, 2014

Excuses - I Have Many

I went swimming Monday!  Yes I did.  Swim buddy Rebecca psyched me up via text on Sunday afternoon and Monday at 6:30 we were in the pool!

The good thing about swimming in New England in February is that chances are, you'll get your own lane.

The bad thing about swimming in New England in February is that it's still very, very cold and dark in the morning.  Although on Monday the cold wasn't so bad, so it wasn't too painful.

Tuesday was Masters swimming and I didn't join this session, so I couldn't swim.  I thought ok, Wednesday I'll go to strength training and Thursday I'll swim again.

Then Tuesday night into Wednesday we had a snowstorm.

Then this morning I couldn't take my car because Jason wanted to use it and given that he is the one who shoveled our walk and my car out, I wasn't going to take my car and make him dig out HIS car too.  That would qualify me as Worst Wife Ever, I think.

My next plan is to swim on Saturday.

In diet news, I baked bread yesterday in the bread machine. I woke up with my alarm at 6:30, and after realizing it was going to be a snow day, I padded downstairs in my slippers and thought, "I should make some bread."  I don't know why.  I haven't made bread in months.  For some reason, it seemed like a fantastic idea.  When Jason came downstairs a couple of hours later and realized there was bread baking he was thrilled and told me that the night before he had thought how nice it would be to have some hot bread and butter* on our snow day.    I think being psychically tuned into my husband's culinary desires might qualify me as Best Wife Ever.

The bread was really good and we ate most of the loaf yesterday.  In case you forgot, bread is Not Paleo.

So, you know, this week hasn't been awesome in the healthy living department.  But I'll keep trying.

*What he actually said was "hot b with butter" which is what our niece used to request to eat when she was 2 and it's a phrase we use a lot.  Also useful as an exclamation: "Hot B With Butter!"