Still thinking 154

Again just in case you forgot, that does not represent the weight that I would like to weigh.  Instead it involves something that will be very life changing or at least I hope it will be life changing to me.

So when I last left, my weight was 218.1 and my weight isn’t much better for a couple of reasons.  I have not been exercising every day as I was going to try and do.  However, in the first week I only missed one day but then I did something I sort of regret.  I decided to paint my mother’s front door.

I started on a Saturday afternoon thinking that I would just have to go over it a little bit with a sander and would be done half-way through the day but boy was I ever wrong.  I basically got no where with the sanding so I went to the local Home Depot and found paint stripper and then a wash to clean off the remaining stripper.

The stripper sort of worked but still there were under coatings of white paint still on the door and because I started mid afternoon, the light ran out on me and I had to stop so the next day I’m out and working by 9 in the morning.  Only there was still too much paint on the door from previous paintings so I went and got even more paint stripper and changed to an odorless mineral oil for a wash.  I did my best to remove the paint on the slats of the door which was the hard part, the rest came off pretty easy.  By nightfall I was quickly applying the wash so I could do a light sanding on Monday morning and be done with painting before work.

WRONG!  I was so tired of being wrong.  I brushed and then had to sand the door to still strip off some of the paint and finally I had it mostly down to the original wood.  I cleaned the dust from the sanding and then started to paint.  Unfortunately it took a whole lot longer so I took the day off.  Now you might think why not save it for later during the week, well it got cold the next night and we had our first snowfall in a very long time.

So by the end of the day as the light was fading, I put the last of the paint on the door.  I thought I did a good job but no, there was traces of the white paint from when I stripped the paint on the side panels of the front, there was paint all over the door handle and just today I could see the horrible brush strokes that I made.  However, I’m not going to repaint the door at this time.  Nope, not gonna do it.

On Monday night the door was painted and my hand and CTS was really bothering me.  It hurt to use my hand so I really messed up by stressing out my wrist with the sanding.  I don’t intend to repeat that mistake again.  I honestly don’t even remember what happened the rest of the week except that I had a massage appointment on Thursday and I finally took my mother grocery shopping on Friday and I can’t tell you what else I did the earlier part of the week.

However, I got out and went riding on my recumbent trike and only rode 5.9 miles.  This was the first real test for my new pedals and mid-sole cleated shoes.  I learned something about my riding on Saturday, I’m sitting more towards my left side and could see it and feel it as I pedaled.  So the next ride will be longer and I start readjusting myself in the seat so I sit more in the middle so I won’t stress and strain as much when pedaling.  I’ll probably also have put the front boom in some because of my new pedals and shoes.

Sunday I thought I could ride but I did something else which of course I can’t remember and then ran errands all day on Monday before going to work.  Today I had my color appointment and tomorrow will be grocery day.

I also went to the sporting goods store today to replace the 3 lb weight I lost when my vehicle was burglarized on my birthday this summer and it is pink.  Not my favorite color and it will look odd as I use the lime green and the brilliant pink dumbbells.  However, I will admit that I bought 2 lbs weights so try and give my arms some resistance when I do arm exercises.

So although I had a rough start, it doesn’t mean I can’t restart and do what I need to do to lose weight.  I have to remember the power of positive thinking in order to make this work.

 

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