Monday evening thoughts

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So I just came back from a walk.  I went out specifically to meet my daily activity goal but it gave me time to think.  Walking has always been good for that one specific activity.  It lets me think, collect my thoughts and work through things that my be plaguing my mind.

So this year seems to be self empowerment.  I’ve taken on some personal growth activities that may seem pretty daunting to some.  To meet I’m just trying to move forward with my life.  I get to this point where I feel stagnant and I need to do something.

What I need to do isn’t always clear.  It can be simple or more complex.  This year it’s meant a couple different things.

  1. Lose weight
  2. Learn how to play a new instrument
  3. Create a small business

These are all monumental things by themselves but I’m taking on all three at once.  Why I’m not sure to be honest.  They all deal with different parts of my life and they are major parts of my life.  They are three things that make me happy.

So I’ve been going to Weight Watchers now going on 4 months.  I’ve lost 21 pounds and I can feel a difference.  I’ve been increasing my activity by using their ActiveLink.  At first it didn’t seem to be to bad.  I knew that my activity level wold increase but I didn’t think it was going to be that bad.

I walked from the 24 Street Bart station to Castro Street on my way home tonight.  That’s 1 mile with a pretty decent hill.  That wasn’t the only activity today.  In order to meet my activity level for the day I walked down my from my apartment to the Castro and back home.  That’s about 1.25 miles each way.  I’m happy to report that I topped my goal at approximately 114%.

As for learning a new instrument I’m working to learn how to play the viola.  I’ve had 5 lessons and the teacher tells me that I’m a natural.  It’s slightly frustrating because I want to progress faster but it’s all about forum and I’m still in the learning stages.

Last but not least is the small business.  I have two things that I’m working on right now.  I need to do more work with them so that they develop but I do have them started.  They aren’t profitable yet but I’ll work on that because the one can be.  Like anything it just needs more time and attention.

So I’m going to try to focus more and use this blog to keep track of my success or short comings.  I don’t plan on any short comings but it’s good to be realistic that there will be some along the way.  If any reader has any input I would greatly appreciate constructive criticism.

Mondays … Why thou must be so difficult

Why is it that I’m never ready Monday for to come around?  Sunday evening comes and I can never believe the weekend has gone and work starts the next day.

For the last two weeks I’ve tried to watch what I’ve eaten and really eat smaller meals or in more moderation.  I hadn’t been paying attention much and I was eating lunch out everyday.  So now I’ve brought my lunch to work and I’ve eaten 5 or 6 smaller meals a day.

So I starting out another week and I had a little good news this morning. This morning when I got on the scales and in just two weeks I’m down seven pounds.  I’m not being strict with my diet but rather just focusing on eating healthier and eating appropriate portion sizes.  I’ve pushed myself for a while with the philosophy of shopping on the outer edge of the grocery store.  So cutting pack on processed food.

The next big focus will be increasing my physical activity.  I’m not much for going to the gym.  People ask “don’t you feel great after you go?”  The response is “No!” I never get pleasure out of going to the gym.  I don’t find it social most of the time and I don’t get any euphoric high from going to the gym.  Now in the past I did lose a little weight but the reason I don’t loose more weight is that I don’t push myself physically.  Growing up I never got that introduction to physical activity.  Even growing up on a farm physical activity was work.  Well what kid wants to work?  Yeah we would sometimes go  walk the farm but that wasn’t a frequent occurrence.

Every year (for the last several years) I’ve said I’m going to get healthy and try to lose the weight.  Well I’m trying to do it this year and I’m just doing it one step at a time.  So if you have any suggestions please feel free to pass them on through the comment box.  I’ll try to keep you updated and who knows maybe I’ll even try to post some pictures as I got through the process.  I’m not much for taking pictures of myself so don’t hold your breath but I’ll try.

Did you “Get Up On The Wrong Side Of The Bed”

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Well I know I have that’s for sure.  So I thought I would look up the origin of this phrase.  It turns out this is a pretty ancient concept or phrase.  It is a belief that getting out of bed with the left leg touching the floor first or side was bad luck.  People believed that the left side of things was sinister.  This belief goes all the way back to the romans.  Augustus Caesar was cautious when getting out of bed, making sure it was on the right side.  If by chance you did get out of bed with your left leg first it was sad “you got out of bed the wrong way,” or “you got out of bed with the left leg foremost.”  There are several different spins on this phrase.  For example, author Michael Quinion thinks the first was “wrong side of the blanket” for a child born illegitimately.  Mr. Quinion also gave the examples of “getting on the wrong side of somebody,” “the wrong side of the law,” “laughing on the wrong side of one’s mouth,” and “on the wrong side of forty” (or almost any age).  I also found a superstition that it was unlucky to put your left shoe on first or how stepping into a house on your left foot was unlucky. Boy talk about having it rough in the morning.  I don’t think about anything when I get out of the bed.

So tomorrow maybe I’ll think twice before getting out of bed and see if I can get my right foot on the floor first.  That would require me to rearrange my bedroom but hey if I am in a good mood then it will all be worth it.

Mondays are such a drag

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So I successfully made it through another Monday.  I tell you they sure can be a drag.  You’ve just finished having two nice days off work and the wham, it smacks you right in the face.  I mean who ever thought of this whole Monday concept?  It’s just a harsh reality but man oh man look out next Monday because it’s Labor day so no work for those of us pencil pushers!

Next Monday I should be starting my day over in Pittsburgh and then having a fun filled drive back home to Columbus, Ohio.  I’m looking forward to this three day weekend and hanging out with three of my friends in Pittsburgh.  I love road trips like this with friends.  I’m sure it will be a fantastic time and we’ll come back with some funny stories.  If you’re lucky maybe I’ll have some pictures too.