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Anders comes home tonight, and I am SO glad. Single parenting is HARD. I don't feel like I've had a moment to relax or slow down for the entire 2 weeks he's been gone, but we've managed nearly everything and the house hasn't fallen apart and the kids haven't died of starvation or anything, so, Yay me!

I was at Martin's school tonight for a parent meeting. The first half was about the trip to London that Martin's class won. They are going the first week of November, for 3 days, and I get to go, too! I haven't been to London since I was a teenager, and what I remember is very blurry. There are 18 kids going and 12 adults! Ha! That's nearly one adult for every child. 9 of the adults are teachers and there are 3 parents going: me and two other moms who are sharing a 3-person hotel room. I didn't even know they made hotel rooms for 3 people. I tried to convince Martin when I got home that plans had changed and he wasn't going to be sharing with his friends, but with me instead, but I don't think he fell for it.

The downside is that we have to be at the Lund train station at 4:45 AM the day we are leaving (the plane leaves at 7-something) and we won't be home until 1:30 AM the night we get back. Crazy! But we have 3 nearly full days in London and 2 of them are free to choose what activities we want: shopping, sight-seeing, whatever...the teachers are coming up with a list of options/prices and the kids get to choose for the 2 days. The middle day we will be spending time at the Science Museum with the entire group and 2 people from Lunds Energi (that sponsored the contest the kids won).

The second hour was all about the gymnasium choice process for the 9th graders and GEEZ what a lot of information! There is so much to know and do, and Martin has to be applying for his choices by January/February! He brought home a huge catalog that lists all the schools in Skåne and what their programs are and all the details about everything. It's like choosing a college!

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One of the women in the AWC put up a new activity last week: a 12-week fitness challenge. She made the point that as of October 1st it was exactly 12 weeks until Christmas and she was looking for people to participate in a support group to do as much as possible for weightloss and healthy changes by then. I decided that was the motivation I needed to get going and though I haven't started the fitness portion yet, I have started the challenge part. I figured that I would use some of the tricks that I learned in WeightWatchers: weighing myself weekly, and keeping a daily food diary because if I have to write down everything I eat, even if I'm only accountable to myself, it makes me think twice, and I'm avoiding sweets and junk food during the week. I'm back to eating big yummy salads, and the biggest thing, and the hardest by far, is portion control. And starting this weekend, I'll add the fitness portion: walking at least 20 minutes a day to start with the first week and increasing from there.

I opted out of the email discussions about it, because nothing gets boring faster than droning on about weight issues and exercise, but the organizer started a forum for the group, so if I need an extra bit of support I can check there. Wish me luck, because I REALLY need it. :)
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Good luck with the challenge!

I'm glad to hear that there are trains leaving for the airport at that early hour since G is going to visit Farmor next week and his flight home from Copenhagen is at maybe 6am and he was thinking he would have to spend the night at the airport.

Martin's gymnasium choice process does sound like college applications, or like high school in big cities here. My niece in Brooklyn is going through the same stuff this year and it's just nutty. I'm glad we don't have that kind of pressure here.

Well, the teachers gave us the schedule so I assume they checked to be sure what time the trains go, and I'm glad to know it as we'll have to do the same thing or even earlier in December: URGH.

Oh I love the idea of the 12-week fitness challenge! Maybe something like that is what I need to get motivated again.. I was just thinking yesterday whether I should pick up WW again, but I kind of don't want to waste €15/month currently. Feel free to share any inside tips or challenge updates!! And good luck :)

I know, I think WW is pretty expensive, though it IS motivating. And a once-a-week time commitment to go to their meetings just doesn't work for me right now. SO I have to do it my way at home and really be firm with myself. HARD!

I never did go to the meetings, when I first started WW in 2010 I opted for the online version. I didn't feel comfortable going to those meetings, plus there were no groups nearby either. My aunt has done WW for years (way before the internet was an option heh) and she's helped me some getting things sorted. Keeping track of what I ate and tallying the propoints was a great help getting more insight in my eating habits. I realized that there were things I thought were pretty healthy/okay to eat that actually were not at all heh. I was nicely underway for a while and lost almost 5kg simply by eating healthier which was great. But then my heart started acting up and I think the stress that came with that, combined with physically feeling like crap etc, I think I may have started stress-eating (something I had never done before in my life, so it took me a while to recognize!) and gained those kilos back pretty quick. I really would love to get back in shape a bit more so, and would also love to combine healthier eating with more excersize but it's hard to do on your own indeed. Do you have any particular plan you want to try and keep?

My plan sounds simple, but I know how hard it is for me to stick to it: smaller portions, healthy salads once per day, food diary, avoid sweets/junk 5 days a week completely and only small indulgences on fri/sat evenings, and powerwalk no less than 20 minutes a day

Best of luck! I think maybe the powerwalk thing may be the hardest, especially with the colder and darker days ahead of us?

Got a treadmill :)

Ohhhh, handy!! I'd love either a crosstrainer, a stationary bike or even a treadmill at home.. but they're so expensive and well I never had the room for one anyway. Maybe I can start saving up some €€ as we do have plenty of room in the new house heh. Even though the husband doesn't share this believe I honestly do think it'll help me excersize more often.

We bought ours (hardly) used for a bargain

Oh dear, what about Christmas cookies?

NOM NOM NOM

Yay for the London trip. Sounds like fun! I'll be in London too for a week but towards the end of November to the first week of December.

I am both looking forward to it (London! shopping! sightseeing! fun!) and not (sharing hotel room with strangers! horrible travel times!)

Yay! for going to London!

And Yay! for a support group for the fitness challenge! Doing it as a team makes it so much easier...

I sure hope so...even though most of it is in my own head and on my own. :)

(Anonymous)

London! Many pictures are expected.

I'm excited for you; 12 weeks seems like a very do-able period, don't you think? Even with Christmas cookies. And a nice way to start a new year, feeling a little better. I wish you well (I'm biting my tongue so I don't lecture you about how stepping on the scale once a week is pretty useless. Either own that scale, get on it every day at the same time under the same conditions until you get desensitized and it just becomes a tool, or else forget it. But I'm absolutely not going to say that).

And you know that a food log of some sort is every successful weight loser's secret weapon, right? Although I stick to calories only. That way I don't have to write down "1200 g of ice cream" and can just pretend I ate 24 apples. Good luck, Liz! I'll be thinking of you. Keep walking!

Chuck

Useless, schmuseless...it's better than nothing and it DOES give me an idea of where I am. What I DID learn from a weekly weigh-in with WW is that your expected results usually show up a WEEK after you think they will.

I have no idea how to figure out calories so I figure at least writing down what I am eating will help keep me on track...apart from the Christmas cookies, that is. :P

From Megsie

I am so impressed with your challenge. It IS hard no matter what. Which is why I can't even consider it. I am having a hard enough time keeping up with everything. I just can't think about one more thing! (Except when I get out of the shower. Then I DO think about it...)

London sounds fantastic (except sharing with strangers...I don't even like sharing with friends!). I am sure you will have a great time regardless.

xoxo

Re: From Megsie

I haven't been able to get motivated for YEARS now, to my own detriment. So I'm cautiously excited about this, because I know how easy it is for me to slip right back off the rails.

And I know what you mean about sharing with friends...it's nearly the same thing! :D

(Anonymous)

I think it's wonderful that you are motivated again- keep with it, I hope you get really healthy! And - terrific that you get to go to London!

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