Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Get them in writing

Everything I’ve been reading lately says that if I write down my goals I am more likely to achieve them. I know, I know… most people post resolutions at the beginning of January. I dance to the beat of my own drum, so I’m posting them at the end of the month. Plus, I didn’t want to post some willy-nilly goals before I’d really thought them through. After much consideration, I’m prepared to commit. Without further ado, my 2010 goals:

1. Try yoga – I’ve never given it a shot, but my doctor’s is recommending it as part of my recovery.

2. Reach/maintain a healthy body weight – I can lose weight and gain weight, but never simply maintain weight.

3. Stop biting my hands – I don’t bite my nails, but I do bite/pick the skin around them until I bleed.

4. Go to spin class – I love to bike, but I don’t know if I love to bike with loud music and someone yelling at me to push it harder. We shall see.

5. Learn to run – I see a Running Room class in my future.

6. Find a better life/work balance – this one should happen naturally if I successfully accomplish the other goals.

SOTS wonders…what are your tips to successfully accomplish goals?

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Overheard on the streetcar

I was riding the streetcar today (no, not in my stilettos. I was rocking some sneakers on the way to the gym) and I overheard a very disturbing statement.

“I’m not eating today ‘cause I’m feeling heavy.”

I’ll admit, I rubber-necked around to see who would utter these words. I was horrified to see that I was looking at a teenage boy. No, your eyes didn’t deceive you – it was a teenage boy. The kind who should be scarfing down hot dogs, potato chips, pizza, ice cream and any number of other guilty pleasures in quantities that would turn most people’s stomach. I was forced to face a pre-conceived notion that teenage boys eat whatever they want. Turns out, not all of them do.

Beyond the surprise of who said this, I was bothered by the sentiment itself. Although I haven’t shared this with you yet (both of you. Yup, I now have two subscribers…yay!), I’m in the middle of a diet overhaul. I’ve changed what I eat in order to speed up my recovery process and maintain a healthy body weight. I will confess that there was a time I’d skip meals in an effort to lose weight, but that ship has sailed. Skipping meals only made me gain weight. A missed meal led to indulgences and guilt-eating. Now, I don’t EVER skip meals. I enjoy every one of them.

SOTS wonders… do you skip meals when you feel heavy?

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

He may be grouchy, but he's still my favourite

I ventured into the world of Green Monster smoothies today. Up until now, the green hue has been a beverage turn-off for me, but I decided to brave it because they are so darn good for you. I threw a banana, 2 cups of spinach, 1 tsp of flax seed oil, and a cup of milk into the magic bullet, and let ‘er rip.

The bevvie tasted like banana and the texture was good, but I just don’t like to drink meals (soup – I’m lookin’ at you here). I need to chew to feel satisfied. So, for the time being, Oscar, you’re still my favourite Green Monster.

SOTS wonders… what’s your favourite Green Monster?


Tuesday, January 19, 2010

10 things about me

In an effort to learn how to define myself without referring to my career, I’ve made a list of 10 random things about me… and not one of them mentions my job title. I’d call this progress.

1. I would happily eat oatmeal every morning for the rest of my life.

2. I pride myself on my book collection. Feel free – actually, I encourage you – to judge me by it.

3. I moisturize head-to-toe daily.

4. I assume people don’t remember who I am even after they’ve met me multiple times.

5. I have my father’s eyes.

6. I own a guitar, but don’t know how to play.

7. I love my nose ring; my mother tolerates it.

8. I am afraid of fish. That said, there are three living in my apartment. Boyfriend got them for Christmas. For the record, the fish I live with are not scary. They’re actually quite entertaining.

9. I only drink three things: milk, tea, and water.

10. I colour code my closet and alphabetize my DVDs.

SOTS wonders... how do you define yourself?

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Hi Heels!

Wearing stilettos on the streetcar is kind of like writing your first blog post. You're slightly unsure of yourself, and hope you don’t end up feeling stupid for deciding to do it.

I’m still determining exactly what this blog will be, but here’s what I do know: I need to make a life change. I’ve recently been forced (read: suffered an injury) to take a long hard look at my life. Confession – the long hard look didn’t happen until after I’d watched HOURS of daytime television, but it did happen and that’s the important part.

I’ve realized that I define myself by my career and have a very unhealthy addiction to my blackberry. Even on sick leave I couldn’t put it down. Also, I often sacrifice gym time, healthy eating, and sleep – sometimes for good reasons, but often for no reason at all.

I need to find a healthier life/work balance where I have a successful career, but I also make time for myself. I need to learn to be a “me advocate.”

I’m not one to talk about my feelings and emotions so each and every blog post will be a challenge for me. I’ll share with you (whoever you are) the ups and downs of my world – hopefully with a bit humour – as I begin my quest to find balance.