Random Thoughts Thursday: Feeling better

When I last checked in, the Slide fire was raging and I was down in the dumps. I’m glad to report the fire is dying down and I’m feeling much better this week.

No, really. It might be my imagination, but I caught a glimpse of myself in the mirror today and, for the first time in a long time, thought I looked less puffy. Smaller, even.

Imagination or not, it feels good. I feel like I’m finally on the right track again.

Clear Monday

Clear Monday

Smoky Tuesday

Smoky Tuesday

Some more random thoughts for this Thursday:

— The smoke from the fire is still bothersome off and on. Seems like one day it’s smoky and the next it’s clear.

Memorial Day was beautiful, with fluffy white clouds dotting the sky. Tuesday was … well, smoky. These two photos were taken blocks from one another, at about the same time of day.

If the pattern holds true, today will be a smoky day. I hope it doesn’t.

— My roommate and her husband are gone for two weeks, so I’m home alone with three dogs and three cats.

Moose is still crated, and I feel bad about him having to stay shut up all day while I’m at work. Because of that, I’ve been sleeping on the couch so he doesn’t have to stay in the crate all night.

They’ve been gone since Friday afternoon. That’s five nights on the couch, and I’m starting to feel it. Woke up Wednesday pretty stiff and sore. I may see if Moose can handle sleeping in my room. The cats may not like it, though.

— Did you see that Roni is doing another 100K Steps Challenge? There’s even a FitBit Flex up for grabs for one of the folks who racks up 100,000 steps in 7 days.

I love the idea. However, since I’ve been lucky to get 5K steps a day lately, accepting that challenge would be setting myself up to fail. Nearly 14,300 steps a day for seven straight days? Not unless I was on vacation in Disney World, or somewhere else that required massive amounts of walking.

When I tweeted something to that effect, Roni answered me:

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That I can do. So I’ll be looking for ways to ramp up my step total. I’ve barely managed 2,500 for each of the last two days. I’d like to shoot for 5K, at least—but if I go by the “add just 1K” rule, anything over 3,500 is golden.

Yikes. When did I get to be such a couch potato?

— I’ve been tracking my eats regularly again, thanks to the Weight Watchers app. Once again, I find myself amazed when something I think will really pile on the Points ends up being not as bad as I thought. It makes me less likely to say “screw it” and keep eating—and that’s a good thing.

— I keep going back and forth. The idea of Intuitive Eating still appeals, especially as Jamie Mendell describes it. I’d like to sign up for her 21-day Intuitive Eating Challenge … except I just paid for 3 months of Weight Watchers, and the two approaches don’t exactly seem compatible.

I mean, Weight Watchers works for me because it does give me some guidelines. Sure, you can eat everything in moderation—but only to a certain extent. When you’re out of Points, you’re done for the day. I wish I could eat intuitively, but I’m not sure it’s possible. Left to my own devices, I tend to eat too much of the wrong kinds of foods.

That’s probably enough of a brain dump for now. Thanks for reading!



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