Tuesday, December 15, 2009

The Impending Doom!

This thursday, the in-laws are coming to stay with us. Paul's parents arrive here Thursday and will be here until the 27th. I'm very excited to have them stay with us. I've been trying to plan out some food stuff and have been getting the house all ready for them. 

This morning I got up really really early. My dad stayed the night to save on gas and gets up at 6 to go to work. My cat was very excited about this and felt the need to wake me up too...by jumping on my bladder multiple times. He's a sweetie. Anyway, I got up, made some breakfast, clipped the coupons from the Sunday paper and then realized that I needed to go for my run today. And then I looked out the window. Ew. It's pouring down rain and really cold. This is a problem.

The frigid temperatures didn't bother me, but this wet stuff is not okay. And it occurred to me that with the parents-in-law here, running over the next ten days might not work out so well. So I need to come up with a new strategy. The problem is that I really like running. So much so that I don't want to do anything else. I have some exercise dvd's (Turbo Jam!) and I think I might do that, but it just doesn't seem as cool as running. Running gets me pretty worn out and sore with a pretty short amount of time. Two laps, 10 minutes, I'm done. Turbo Jam takes 40 minutes. I don't want to feel like I'm doing real exercise! I need to bust out the "is it really worth it to not exercise the next ten days" argument. And the answer is no. It's not worth it. 

The other obstacle is that as I'm planning for the food that I shall have in the house, I'm finding it a bit easy to justify having things that I probably shouldn't be having. So far on my shopping list, I have a bunch of stuff to make more cookies. This is bad. It's so easy to slip into the mindset where it's okay to eat what you want because it's the holidays and other people are going to be here, and they don't need to be disciplined. So perhaps I should approach this in a more exemplary way. "Try this, you won't believe how healthy it is!" 

If I'm going to be successful through the end of the year, I'm going to have to work for it. Don't you hate that? But if I can do it, anyone can. And even though no one is depending on me, I have to do it for myself. 


  1. I think it will be much easier for you to get a 10 minute run in outside vs. doing a 40 minute DVD work-out in front of the rental-in-laws. Are you a morning person? You can get up right when your alarm goes off, get your run out of the way, then you're done for the day. Don't make cookies. You'll eat them ;) I always buy something sweet for Darren (like ice cream) and something semi-healthy for me (sherbet). I also like brie and whole wheat crackers - which is a great snack and makes you feel like you're eating something bad, cause it's cheese. Snack on something like that when people in your house want to eat cookies. Good luck!

  2. Oh, you are reading my mind! I was just thinking that same thought this morning. I have been drinking dr. pepper because it's in the house, left over from guests a few weeks ago and thanksgiving (we bought a lot!) instead of the water that I usually drink and know helps me lose weight....and with cookies, dr. pepper and party eating I've gained two lbs.! I told myself this morning that it is not worth it!!! As much as I love dr. pepper, gaining two lbs from it is not worth it.

    I also struggle with the rain stuff. I can't run because of my back, but I'm a walker and I hate walking in the rain......But I agree with the comments above, 10 minutes running is definitely more doable with house guests than a dvd workout. Or another thought, is your mother in law a walker (mine is), perhaps you could go on walks together (weather permitting)?

  3. Shellice - thanks for the ideas :) You're probably right. And I did run today in spite of the rain and it was over and I moved on with my day. You might want to double check your calories on the brie. Last I checked it was massive points for weight watchers. Also, I have four balls of cookie dough in my fridge! I can't not make cookies! Perhaps I will have to limit myself to one a day or something.

    Kristi - sadly the m-i-l is not very mobile or she would probably walk with me. I'll just have to be a good girl and get my run in on my own.

  4. I don't do Weight Watchers. But, I did check the calories, and while yes, there are some, it's not as bad as eating french fries, or potatoe skins, or ice cream, cookies, or a candy bar, etc. There's about 100 calories in an oz. I just know that eating some brie and crackers (like 4) FEELS a lot better than eating a giant bowl of ice cream. And the crackers I get are totally healthy.

  5. I'm aware that you don't do weight watchers. It's just how I process because I've been doing it for a year. Ah, you're right. I guess the last time I ate brie I ate a crapload of it and it was a bunch of points for that. You're right about it being better than eating a bunch of saturated fats. Good idea :)

  6. Hey, just wanted you to know how much you inspire me! Yesterday I did 30 minutes on my elliptical and said no to all my yummy Christmas cookies. I wish we lived closer because we could work out together.