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Getting the Routine Re-established

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Our trip was amazing, but boy have I had a hard time recovering from it. We were gone for a whole month, and did a big circle from the panhandle across the gulf, over to the Grand Canyon, over to the California coast, up to Oregon, through Wyoming, Montana, South Dakota, down through Tennessee, and finally back to Florida! Many, many stops along the way, and tons of pictures! Loved it!

The good thing was, I only gained 3-4 pounds, on the trip, and have gotten that off, plus a little more. I weighed 144 the other day, and that's good considering I had popped up to 162 by the middle of July! I don't know what was going on with me; I had just turned into the biggest junk food person I've been in years!

But the juice/green smoothie plan worked, and has helped to re-train my brain, and my habits. I was pretty much just beginning to eat solid food when I left, so I was worried that I would gain a lot more than 3-4 pounds. I just was real focused about my choices, and really stuck to my plan. Now, I'm using the green smoothies just to make sure I don't let myself loose control, and they are particularly helpful to me for breakfast. That way, I know I can pack in tons of good nutrients and still have a fast and easy (sometimes on the go) breakfast.

I've had a hard time getting my exercise routine back in order, which for me seems unreal. But, you know, a whole month of nothing but some walking, really changes your habits, and It's been so dang hot and muggy here, that all I've wanted to do is sleep in. But I'm working that out. At least, I've gone to the water aerobics. We've gotten a new elliptical machine in our exercise room, and I've hopped on that a few days a week, but just doing 30-40 minutes, just to try to get my habit re-established. We gotten rained out for golf for the last 2 weeks, but I decided to take some more lessons, and started those last night.

I've been trying to keep a little notebook of all my little things/projects to do, so I can get myself better organized, and get some things accomplished. It's amazing how many things there are that really have to be done, that I've just put off and put off. Last week, I pulled everything out of my pantry, cleaned it from top to bottom, and then discarded some things, and added a new shelf, and a new rack, and put everything back in.

I had a leak under my kitchen sink, so I took everything out from under there. My husband, who is a very "handy man" fixed that, and I got that all nice and reorganized too. I still need to do that with my bathroom cabinets, and put new liners in some of the drawers, plus lots more.

My weeds and my flowers/plants really grew like crazy while we were gone, and I've done a lot of weeding and trimming, but I still have a lot of that do too. It's been so hot and muggy, and endless rain, that mostly I've worked on the inside stuff.

Seems like never-ending stuff, and I wonder how I was ever able to get any of it done when I was still working. I'm trying to plan and structure my day, so I can see where all my time goes, plus make sure I get some of these projects done. So I'm scheduling my exercise time, and my relaxing/reading time too, to make sure I get it all in. And hopefully, reduces some stress, by accomplishing some things, and not worrying about when I'm going to get them done. I guess some stress just never goes away, no matter what your lifestyle is. For the last 6 years, I have made exercise my #1 priority, and it has benefited me tremendously. My back is Soooooo much better, and my health in general is excellent, and I'm stronger than I've been since my 20's. But some things have gotten pushed to the side, and I'll do it when I get around to it, and it's started to get to me,especially when my husband makes his little snide comments about my priorities being misplaced......I'm sure you know where I'm going with this....;

Anyway, the snowbirds will be getting back here soon, and the lifestyle will certainly change with more golf and social activities, keeping me very busy on that front. (I really want to get all these "little projects done before they get here) I feel like I'm very well equipped to handle the happy hours that I know will be constant, but I do feel like I've got a good handle on how to handle myself and my eating. This season will be a true test for sure. But I know what I want, and I know what I want to happen, and now I have a mapped out plan, and feel like I'm in control. My friend Miss M, will be back then, and I know she will help me to keep focused, and it's so much easier when you have someone in your corner, who is on the same page as you.

Thanks for listening, as always, Have a great day and a great week!
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