How Do You Find the Time?

"How do you find the time?"

I get asked that question a lot and I really don't know the answer. I know that I just do the thing that I get enjoyment from and the things that need to be done.

A single parent, a working professional, someone who loves to read, knit, craft and create, someone who is working really hard to create a good life for herself and her kids. I know I'm not the only one out there, and I enjoy reading the blogs of others, so I thought, "well, why not?" So here we go!

Sunday, October 27, 2013

The Week of the Restart

So it's been ages since I've posted, and while I've not lost any more weight, I've not gained either.    However, I've really been struggling over the past few weeks, and decided to go back and look to see what I was doing when I was losing.   Here's what I found:

1. I was doing meal planning every week. I would identify what I was going to cook and what we would have for dinner each night. That way, even if I got home late and was ravenous, I wouldn't stand at the refrigerator thinking, "what do I eat?" I would eat as planned, which helped me not overindulge.

2. I was tracking EVERYTHING that went into my mouth. Even if if wasn't great. I logged it.

3. At least one of my meals a day consisted of a Big Ass Salad. That might mean that I had whatever the entree was on top of my salad, but it was salad.

4. I was doing a LOT more cardio. I was working out at least 5 days per week, and 2 - 3 of those days was cardio, with a bit of weights.

Then I looked at what I'm doing now. Not 1, 2, 3, or 4. Hmmmm....

I think it's pretty simple what I need to do.

So here's what I've done today:

1. Planned meals for this week. Tonight I'm making something called Hungarian Gulyás, found here:
 I'm also going to make this: 
 And later this week, I'll make this

2. Today I have tracked everything - before I eat it!

3. I'll be having a BAS for dinner tonight

4. Today I did 70 minutes of cardio - I rowed for 30 minutes/5000 meters; and did a 5K on the elliptical - right at 40 minutes.

5. I purchased and have prepped salad stuff for this week, so that I'm not having a hard time prepping and preparing lunches and dinners.

6. My plan for exercise this week:
Monday: MMA Class
tuesday: rest day
Wednesday: Kickboxing Class
Thursday: Cardio and weights (this could shift to a rest day, in which case, Sunday will be cardio and weights.
Friday: Workout with trainer - Cardio and weights
Saturday: Kickboxing class
Sunday: Rest day

So, it's onto the week of the reset. I've put all of the above into a word document that is being taped to my bathroom mirror. I also put the graphic I shared earlier this week on my mirror.

*edited to add:    The Hungarian Gulyas (Goulash?)   is EXCELLENT!    A definite Keeper