Well...here I am...
I finally figured out how to deal with the stress of titling a post - I'll just use the date. Such an easy solution that's taken forever to figure out...silly me.
There's lots of stuff going on lately. A friend of mine's brother committed suicide on Thursday - I've been worried about her, but she seems to be dealing with it. She will return from Texas at some point in the coming week. We also found out today that one of my husband's uncles, and our family favorite, passed away earlier today. He was 83 and had been dealing with cancer for the last while. When we lived in Maryland, he would come spend some holidays with us because he lived in northern Virginia.
We've also had fires around here lately. The Henry's Creek fire started last weekend and has burned almost 53000 acres. It was visible from our deck - though miles away - earlier in the week. It's been playing hell with the air quality. Today was the first "clear" day we've had. The only positive is that we've had some incredibly beautiful sunsets as a result of the crap in the air.
My 55th birthday was yesterday. I've been struggling with it - not because I'm 55 (but holy shit - how in the world can I be 55?? I've got the maturity of a 14 year old!), but rather because I'm nowhere near where I wanted to be. To deal with that, I've been having to do a lot of talking to myself. While I'm not near a goal weight, I'm doing an awful lot of good things that are gonna help me get to where I want to be.
I've been working out regularly with the trainer - so that's a very good thing. I've also been working on being more active when I'm not working out with some success. Not perfect, but I am doing better. One change up in the workout is that a friend of mine who also works out with the same trainer has joined me for the Friday session.
Can I just tell you that it kicked both our asses? It's Sunday and I'm more sore today than I've been in a long time. We're not competing at all, but I think the rest intervals are less because we don't want to keep the other one waiting. She's quite sore as well, so at least I'm not alone. Since the weather was pretty, she and I also walked 2.3 miles together today. I thought the walking would help with some of the soreness from Friday's workout, but it did not.
The biggest thing I've done though is that I joined Weight Watchers this past Friday (8/26). My friend also joined with me - I think for the first time ever, it will good to have a partner in crime for this. I'll say at the outset that I'm not a fan of counting points and such and I don't plan to majorly change my way of eating because I believe it is the way to go for me. The one change I've made is to add some fruit.
My problem is volume. There's no doubt in my mind at all that my problem is that I'm a volume eater. I don't seem to have a natural "off" switch when it comes to eating, so getting portion sizes under control can't be anything but a good thing. Having said that, I will be adhering to the plan guidelines and counting and staying within the daily/weekly points as required of the plan. I don't plan to use the activity points - though I've earned 43 since Friday according to the WW app (which is sync'd to my Fitbit). I think that's a good thing.
On the volume eating thing, last Thursday is a good example. Hubster and I went to Texas Roadhouse and we both ordered the 16 oz. ribeye. I absolutely could have eaten my entire steak and the only reason I didn't is because hubster stopped at about half a steak. Since I didn't want to look like a pig, I stopped. It's good that I stopped, but there's something wonky about the reason I stopped.
One thing I've discovered lately is fruit and purple onions in salad. OMG - it's fantastic and just about removes the need for any sort of salad dressing.
That's about it. Lots of stuff going on, but it's all a part of life I suppose.
RIP Uncle Julius. We will miss you.