radio blog silence. Last week was crazy hectic, and while this week won’t be any better (fact: it will be worse) I figured a little accounting of my to do list would be helpful. First the treat, then the trick, then the list
We spent this past weekend at a gorgeous mountain home in West Virginia with our friends. The drive was beautiful, if a bit harrowing (West Virginia, land of hairpin turns and 9% graded dirt roads!), and the view from the house was even better. Sunset over the mountains? Works for me.
We stopped at a winery in western Northern Virginia (…northwest Virginia, I guess) on our way back yesterday, and then picked up the pups from their dog sitter, and then we crashed. Lounging, drinking, and soaking up nature can be exhausting, yo. What a treat.
The rest and relaxation was much needed: this week will be brutal, the trick portion of the week. In addition to my usual appointments and obligations, I have three major events I am involved in, two of which I am running (not simply attending…running). Steve has EMT stuff several nights this week, and it’s Halloween on Friday. My plans for Halloween? Dress up as the tired lady whose husband is at EMT Class, and who drinks wine, with dogs in skeleton costumes. Spooky for sure.
Drop my caramel leather boots at the cobbler. Done! The drycleaner/tailor in the building said she could do it, and she did! In a week! For next to nothing! So happy to have these back.
- Eat more vegetables. Meh, I wasn’t awesome with this last week, but I can be better this week. Now that winter squashes are back, this should be easier.
Clean kitchen! Done. Sure, it’s in a constant state of cleanliness flux, but it’s on a clean swing now.
- Pack a lunch at least 3 days this week. Did it last week, and I did it today, so let’s see if I can keep it up.
- Connect with my parents about their upcoming trip. They are coming down for a long weekend soon, so we should chat about what they want to see/do, and we need to make reservations now.
- Sell one of our huge suitcases on our building’s listserv. We have two massive, check-in sized suitcases. Problem is, we never use them. Who the hell checks luggage anymore?! Not us, no way. If I can’t carry it on and either fit it under the seat in front of me or in the overhead bin, I don’t need it. They are really only helpful for moving, but I’m not gonna hold onto them just for that. That’s what boxes are for. So, one will go, and one will stay “just in case.”
- Plan my outfits for the week. Steve kindly installed three hooks for me in the dressing area outside my closets. Now, I can plan outfits on hangers, hang them up, observe them (and make any changes if things look “off”), and then poof, there they are, ready for me when I have to get dressed in the morning. I used them once last week, and it was so easy to get dressed that way. This week, I have no time to dilly dally, so tonight, I’m outfit planning.
I totally did this week in reverse: the treat first, then the trick. My logic was “enjoy the treat to get through the trick,” but I’m now thinking that this weekend I’ll be treating myself, too! Darn.
You know that feeling of complete upheaval and disarray that you have after a long fun weekend? Yes, that’s me this week. The kitchen is a hot mess, I am still recovering from a full 24 hours of drinking on Saturday, and my work calendar is cluttered to say the least. I need some direction and intention and a whole lotta paper towels if I’m going to get through this week.
I don’t even know where to begin. Steve is home today–Columbus Day–though I am at work, so I know he’ll be able to get some things tidied up and the errands run. Maybe even some laundry will get done?! I will be ever so grateful. But when I get home, I think I just need to buckle down and unload the DW, load it back up, and then scrub down every visible surface in my kitchen. Then I can feel a little more on track.
Other than that…
- Drop my caramel leather boots at the cobbler. SATURDAY!
Pull out the Halloween decorations. I put up my spider garland, the Happy Halloween banner…I just need to figure out what to do with my orange lights. Maybe I’ll just throw them in the pots for the new trees and let them glow orange up the tree? Yep, easy, done.
Put away all my clothes and laundry. DID IT. And it was so needed. We both spent about an hour putting all of our lingering crap away, and we both got rid of a ton of stuff. Steve made his summer–>winter swap, but I still haven’t done it. I have a more flexible wardrobe so most of my winter stuff can wait. This even inspired a blog post, to be written…
- Eat more vegetables. I was ok at this but I need to be better, especially after the vegetable-free weekend I had. Unless we count mimosas, vodka, beer, and wine as vegetables. Which we don’t.
- Clean kitchen! Simple but needs to be done.
- Pack a lunch at least 3 days this week. And Monday’s already a bust, so I should get on this…
My overall goal this week is to recover from the weekend and from the busyness of last week, in the midst of this week’s bustle. Wish me luck…!
I tried so hard to be good this week, I really did. I planned and executed well-balanced dinners, I ate fiber and protein laden breakfasts. But lunch? No, I was terrible at lunch this week. I think I packed lunch twice, and once was only because our lovely friends who made us dinner on Sunday night sent us home with leftovers…so that wasn’t even me that time. The other days, I was either working through lunch, or dependent on Papa John’s pepperoni pizza left over from work events, eaten (of course) in a 7 minute window of time between events and appointments. I allowed myself a few indulgences: dill pickle chips (rationed out over two days, of course), tiny brie wheels with two squares of Chocolove orange peel 55% dark chocolate, wine, wine, wine….
I was even active-ish this week. Instead of bussing or shuttling to work every day this week, two days I bussed part of the way and walked about a mile the rest of the way. One of my routes takes me through a beautiful residential neighborhood, and the other, along a main road through the University’s main campus. I should honestly do that more often: some exercise–however minimal–done before I even step foot in the office. I can do it in my work clothes with my makeup on, and then finish the day by walking home from a further-away bus stop.
So that led me to Thursday night, the night before weigh in. Healthy dinner? check. A little indulgent snack to tide me over? Check. Sensible amounts of white wine? Check check check. But there was beer. Really heavy dark beer, that I simply had to try. Usually not a problem, but the night before weigh in? That’s like scarfing down a loaf of heavy bread. Great plan.
This week, I lost 1 lb, for a total loss of 4.4lbs.
I guess it was fine! Staying on the right track, allowing the indulgences, and a beer, and I can do this. Bam.