Sunday, January 29, 2012

Where do the Weekends Go!?

I can't believe it is already Sunday evening. This weekend went by far too quickly, as most do. Five days of work is a lot long than two days of play.  I enjoy my days off. I enjoy working on projects, relaxing, working out whenever I want, spending the day with my dogs, spending time with my family and friends....All kinds of things. Ohhhh if only I didn't have to work!  I'd be in the gym for hours a day and would have a rockin' body, that's for sure!!

I definitely enjoyed, and needed, my relaxation time this weekend. I was so tired last night I didn't even post (obviously).  I thought about it but I was having trouble focusing; way too easily distracted. I also indulged in some relaxation by watching a sporting event on TV (UFC).  As much as I like being active, I like watching sports too...A lot. I'm one of those crazy sports fan girls.  I find it interesting that now I find myself checking out athleticism a lot more than I used to.  I mean, I look at the shape they're in, their muscle definition, those types of those.  It's more about watching my team or fighter of choice and cheering them on. Now I watch everyone and evaluate them. 

I also check out my own muscles a lot more these days. I feel like such a weirdo, but I will admit that I sometimes flex and check myself out in the mirror. Okay, checking myself out in the mirror is a frequent thing. I even check out my shadow sometimes. I know, a shadow shows nothing more than an outline... Yet, I still look at it. It's different now though. Now I take the time to look at my muscle tone, my skin (since I'm so obsessive about it), and my bones. I like to see the lines in my muscles. I like to see the bones that stick out. I've worked hard to enjoy those things, and I see nothing wrong with taking a few moments to admire my hard work.

You'd do the same if you completed a painting, right? Or a drawing? A beautifully decorated cake? A gorgeous piece of jewelry? Or a new clothing design? Wouldn't you just stare at it for a moment? Wouldnt' you just take a few moments to reflect on what you did, and to feel good? It's similar. I've worked hard on myself; on my body. I might as well take the time to look at my progress, and be happy. I spend too much time looking at what's "wrong" and what still needs to be done. It's healthy to take time to appreciate myself and feel proud of my accomplishment thus far. As much as I enjoy my hobbies, being creative in whatever way happens to sound good at the moment, I'm my own work of art.

I noticed yesterday that I do not have a mirror in my basement. Well, not one that I use.  There's a small one down there, on a shelf, but I don't have one on my wall. No wonder I'm always looking at my shadow (on the wall) when I'm on the treadmill.  I forgot to pick one up at the store today, but I need at least one full length mirror for my workout area. It would be nice to check my form now and then. Make sure I look like I'm using the correct form while running. It's good to have a visual. Sometimes it might feel like I'm doing something right, but maybe if I saw it, I'd think differently.  Good form doing work with bands and weights is important, and I'd be able to check on this too. I honestly do not want to see myself during every workout (especially yoga...I'd laugh too much to accomplish anything!), but it'd be nice to have one there when I need it. They're cheap. I just need to remember to pick up one or two.  Or maybe three?

Today was grocery shopping day and I bought lots of healthy things...And very few "treats."  I picked up lots of veggies, some fruit, greek yogurt, some oatmeal, extra lean ground turkey, extra lean turkey tenderloins, boneless/skinless chicken breast, shrimp, and some fish. My treats were some light brie and a box of Reduced Fat Wheat Thins. I go crazy on the treats, huh?  Currently the most "unhealthy" things in my house are some diet hot chocolate and...I guess the brie and crackers. I'm so happy and proud to be able to write that. I have no chips. I have no baked goods. I have no candy.  Yes, life in this house is healthy!

I think that tomorrow night I will make the tenderloins for dinner. I'm going to cube them and prepare them like I did the baked chicken nuggets I made a couple weeks ago. They should be fantastic! I also plan on making the wonton wrapper mini "lasagnas" some night this week. Other than that, I'm not sure what I'll have when, but I'm sure fish will be on the menu at some point, and probably shrimp too.

I suppose it's about time to go finish the laundry, get some stuff ready for work, take the dogs (and trash) out, and relax for a few before bedtime.  These days really do pass too quickly. 


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