What a rough month and, consequently, week. Let's just get these numbers over with, shall we?
Getting steps in has been interesting with this crazy South Dakota weather! We woke up to snow TWICE this week and it was cold/rainy all week long.
|Walking in the winter coat that didn't zip up at Christmas!|
But I did it - even on the weekends!!
And I think it was Tuesday - but it might have been Wednesday or Thursday after these stats - it was raining out on my first break and I really didn't want to walk outside - and I really didn't want to walk around the break room as that's when a lot of people are just getting in to work and getting their coffee, etc. Then I remembered! Leslie Sansone, of WATP (Walk Away The Pounds), has some workouts on her YouTube channel - including a couple of 5-minute ones! So I went upstairs (and walked up the stairs, no elevator!!) to a quiet area rarely frequented, hit play, and went for it! Then back down the stairs, across the building to the breakroom to get my blender bottle (I fill those with water when I first get to work and put them in the fridge) and back to my desk. My goal for the next month is to hit that step goal every weekend too, then increase it by a factor of 10%. Even though I'm hitting it during the week, weekends seems to be a bear for me. No structure, no schedule is hard for me.
And while there was no weight loss this month, there's still things to be proud of. Those steps, for example. Feeling more energetic as a general rule (not counting the being so tired from getting up at 3am for his job). Going to my new favorite store, Torrid, and buying denim capris a size smaller. Flappy jeans when I'm walking (which amuses me to no end!). (Flappy jeans - the material flaps as I walk because it's so loose.) And ALL my jeans can now be taken off without unbuttoning or unzipping. That's even the pair that was still snug a couple of weeks ago. So while measurements haven't been changing much, weight loss has been stalled, things are really looking up.
For example, blood pressure. Ideally, it should be between 90/60 and 120/80. January 3rd it was 143/84. I take this with the proverbial grain of salt because I was definitely feeling dehydrated that morning (we'd spent the night in a very warm hotel room the night before and I was doing fasting blood work that morning as well) and the nurse had tried 3 times with an arm cuff before switching to a wrist cuff. Still, kind of scary. I've been regularly checking it Wednesday evenings and this last week it was at 123/62. It ranges up to the 130s over 80s, and sometimes higher if I forget to sit still during the reading or forget to wait a few minutes after coming upstairs. But I like these numbers. The beginning of July I plan on getting the blood work done again to see how that has changed also.
Other news - there are only 11 more days of waking up before the crack of dawn!! My husband got a job at one of the winery/breweries in Hill City. It will mean a fair bit more driving and a lot more meal planning - but it will get us on a more normal biorhythm, too. My goal is on nice days to go walking/biking outside and on yucky days to stop at Planet Fitness before going to pick him up. I was able to switch my schedule from 6:30am-3:00pm to 9:30am-6:00pm. The earliest his shift ends will be 6:00pm so this will work out nicely. I'm mentally planning larger breakfasts and lunches which will also help with sleeping at night.
Skoolie news - insulation is in!
That pile is what is left plus one more roll - and let me tell you what: even with the cold weather we had, the temperature difference inside the Skoolie is noticeable. In just a t-shirt and jeans I was almost comfortable. Hard to believe, isn't it? Definitely a good investment and a great score! (Regular price would have been $350 and he got it for $35!!)
We thought we had an on-demand water heater but on closer viewing it's a hot water dispenser - meaning it has a tiny tank inside for providing hot water for a cup of coffee or tea. Not what we need at all! So we're going to test it anyway and if it works sell it. We had one in mind anyway so now it's a matter of looking at budget for that and what else we need right now to start framing around. I think the water heater/plumbing are the only two issues.
So, until next week!!