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Fit Journal — March 2019

I’m taking an online class to help me be accountable w/r/t fitness: physical and emotional. This is my (tardy) monthly journal entry.

What are some of your expectations that do not match up with reality? 

I expect myself to be an all-or-nothing person. I expect to be able to, when dieting, completely give up all junk food. This isn’t the case. This NEVER has been the case. I don’t know why I think this can the case.

Let’s take my favorite snack chip ever. Cool Ranch Doritos.

Look at them.

They’re not good for me. They’re not good for anyone, really. When I try to be “Healthy Kim” I send the Doritos packing. Eventually (usually February) this backfires. Because when I ban Doritos from my life…I eventually break and eat a LOT of Doritos.

The solution for me is moderation. I can snack in moderation. I can drink wine in moderation. (Shut up, I can.) I can eat Hershey Kisses in moderation too. (But not pizza.) Therefore on Monday morning, I took the bags (yes plural, not a typo) of chips and divided them up into small serving-size packs. Done. And you know what? I’m completely fine with blowing 150 calories on 28 grams of Doritos, and I am ALSO completely fine with only eating 28 grams of Doritos. Who knew?

I knew. Why I do NOT listen to myself more boggles my own mind.

What’s working:
Water drinking, eating the lunch I bring to work, leaving desk for work, flossing, washing face, work goals

What’s not working:
Regular exercise, nail biting (lost that when the gum around my dental implant got infected), guitar practice, did not lose 3 lbs in February. AND I gained back the 2 I lost in January.

Recommitting?:
Still in it. I downloaded My Fitness Pal and to my joy, saw that it adds calories to your daily allowance according to how much you exercise. Gamechanger. Your girl Kim is extremely food-motivated. The weather is getting nicer so I can start walking again. And I’m going to scour yard sales for a crappy bike and mix that in.

And I’m going to listen to myself more.

Previous Fit Posts
February 2019: Fit Journal – February 2019
January 2019: Where have I been? What do I want?

Resolutions update: January

We are twenty-two days into January. Most (of my) resolutions die by now, so here’s an update on Where have I been? What do I want?

Beauty: My nails are growing, but I had to trim them down (!) because they got in the way of the guitar strings. Like 10,000 spoons when all you need is a knife. Face and floss are good. My face has stopped breaking out and flaking off at the same time, which is a relief. I’m chalking that up to all of the moisturizers I’m using. Neutrogena’s Hydro Boost Face Mask once a week helps too.

Tip: run the unopened foil packet under warm water so that you’re not slapping ice-cold goop onto your face in the dead of winter.

Food: Doing well at eating the lunch I bring. This was last week’s lunch:

salad
spinach, carrot, onion, tomato, hard boiled egg and Italian dressing.

I wasn’t sick of it by Friday, so I’ll duplicate that this week. I’m nailing the water goal, too. One bottle at home, one at work.

Fitness: The bad: I’m 4 days behind on Yoga with Adriene – the first time in 4 years I fell behind – but I’m still plugging away. It’s been so cold OR rainy lately that I can’t make myself get outside to walk. Some of the yoga workouts are less than a half-hour, making it hard to close my exercise rings every day.

but my battery’s almost 100%!

The good: I’m closing the move rings, so my Watch overlord suggested I up my move calories to 330 from 300. I accept.

Spirit: I’m leaving my desk for 20-30 minutes every day at lunch. TNP has a television in our common area that is always on CNN. I can’t deal with that, so I go downstairs to the building’s cafeteria to eat. Guitar practice has stabilized at 4x/week instead of 5. I’m blogging, too!

Dry January: Still dry.

No-Spend January: I, uh, bought a new desk. And girl scout cookies (2 a night with my evening coffee). And a blazer from NY&Co that was 75% off. All three bring me joy, Marie Kondo. And a bday present for Nephew B that I couldn’t pass up. And an order from Grounds & Hounds Coffee.

What about you? Which resolutions have you nailed and failed?

Currently, pre-squish edition

Sitting here:

Someday we’ll deal with the ivy. Today is not that day.


While I’ll be sad to see summer go, I’m pleased that I squeezed in so much outdoor time. Instead of dorking on the internet for a half hour in between each household task, I just do all of the crap at once so I can spend a chunk of that time outside. I’ve done most of my blog planning here, too. My pepper plants, planted too late, are finally bearing fruit! Er – veg!

Planning on planting some lettuce, garlic and beets this fall. Why not try? I may get to be the COO of “Angry Man Farm” (that’s what we named our house) after all!

Celebrating: National Dog Day with these goobers.

“happy national dog day bitches”


Ollie is kicking ass, post ear infections and dental surgery. He’s been on walks 2 days in a row and is not only making it through without stopping due to fatigue (he always stops to pee on trees), but he’s leading me again! He’ll be with us for 11 years next month. He’s great.

Anticipating tomorrow’s mammogram. I called last week to make an an appointment, expecting not to be seen until October.

Receptionist: We have a cancellation on Monday at 10:45!
Me: Oooooh. Oh. Um.
R: You didn’t expect that, did you?
Me: Noooooo. But I’ll take it.
R: That’s the spirit!

I’m sure it’ll be fine. If you’d like you can read the accounts of my first mammogram as well as my second. I just think that if this teenaged blog becomes a lifelong work of mine, I should be honest about getting older and the seven thousand doctor appointments that come along with it. Maybe someone will find this through Google and feel better.

Reading: The Widows of Malabar Hill. It’s set in 1910s and 1920s India and I’m really enjoying it. It’s numbered #1 in the Perveen Mistry mystery series, so I’m assuming our heroine lives.

Fitnessing. I’m on track to meet my (meager) fitness goals every day this week as long as I get up right now and go in and get to yoga-ing.

I AM UNLEASHED!

Six days a week I either practice yoga or hit the Total Gym. In sixty days, even if I don’t lose a pound of weight I will be a stronger, fitter, and more flexible human bean.

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