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Friday, August 01, 2014

Quick update!

My steps counts for vacation look amazing. We did tons of walking. I doubled my average every dayÖ.. and I probably doubled my average calories each day too. We packed breakfast/lunches but I swear dinner and our many brewery visits negated it all. I feel kind of bloated and my skirt is tight today Ė not good signs!

Got off to a rocky start at vacation Ė my neck tried to give me a migraine so the first night I was in bed pretty quickly. The second day, not 15 minutes after we got on the beach, I had to call 9-1-1 for stranded swimmers. The lifeguards were not on duty yet and I think this guy and his wife got caught in a rip tide and panicked. It was a bit scary but I am SO glad that I brought my phone to the beach and we were there to help. Beach patrol & 911 responded very quickly and were able to pull them in before theyÖ wellÖ drowned. Lesson here folks is to never swim without a guard around, know your strength and the ocean, and know what to do in a rip tide.

Besides that, we relaxed on the beach, played some arcade games, and saw a Spanish Galleon. Iíve got a little sunburn in a bad place, letís just say I missed a critical spot that doesnít usually see much sun. Ouch!

I donít know why coming back to work on a Friday was a good idea, but here I am. Still a lot of uncertainty and craziness and such going on here, but the time away really did help.

Got my meals planned for next week. Iíve been breaking in my speedforms so hopefully we have some good walking weather days. If not, I REALLY want to get into pilates or yoga again. My BF had a big talk about it at the beach and I think at least 2x/week I should be doing it. I canít build strength and sanity if I donít stick with it! Iím really trying to find stuff with a good mix of exercise and mental help lol. Plus my skirt really is a bit tight today and that is no bueno.

Anyways, hope you all had a great week!

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RAINA413 8/1/2014 4:02PM

    I know you will get yourself right back on track!

That said, I am so glad you were able to take a vacation! After the year you have had, no one deserves it more than you.

Loved all the photos you posted on FB, especially the one with the Spanish Galleon! How cool was that?!?!

I am so glad that you had your cell phone so you were able to assist in the rescue of that couple. How terrifying!!!

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IRP1114 8/1/2014 2:56PM

    Welcome back! Glad you had a good vacation.
Glad you had your phone too!! Scary. Hope that sunburn heals quick!

Sounds like you have a plan and are jumping right back into things. Way to go getting meals planned already. That is awesome ; )!

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Don't Worry, Be Happy

Monday, July 21, 2014


I braved the scale this morning. I fully expected to see a giant gain. I have been terrible. Well, maybe not terrible but certainly not behaving myself. With my ďtimeĒ last week, I was down in steps and ate some junk. Iíve gone out and made some bad choices, like French fries and beers being involved kind of choices. So I was honestly surprised this morning to see I didnít lose weight, but I didnít gain either. Hmmm.

This is why the human body really puzzles me. I spent weeks getting in tons of steps, eating all of the right things, and I gained. I spend two weeks almost fully off the wagon and nothing? Dear body, HOW do you work?!?!?!

Last week I realized Iím kind of over worrying about things. 5th boss in a year? Travel on. Company sold? Out of my control. Coworkers being fools? Steer clear. Analyzing everything is EXHAUSTING. But here I am to say Ė the scale and the body is a weird thing and I am going to try to accept that it is what it is and keep up my efforts to see some change.

I know I feel better when I take my walks, eat healthy and whole foods, and treat myself with respect. Why not keep working at it?

That being said, we do still have a lot going on. I have a team outing on Friday, TWO baby showers on Saturday, and my Grandmaís 90th birthday party on Sunday. Whew. BF and I decided to take time off and go to the beach next week so weíll be heading there on Sunday as well. Weíre packing food for breakfasts and lunches so hopefully we donít stray too far from the ranges. There are always drinks and beach treats that we only get once a year. Iím not going to restrict myself but I can also order the smallest version too AND do activities to offset anything. We want to rent bikes one morning for sure. Weíve also already decided to walk 10 blocks each way to a dinner place one night. That has to help right?! So Iíll probably be MIA next week but that is okay with me!

So that is where I am today! My coworker and I are going to be taking a walk at lunch. Iíve got a healthy meal to throw on the grill for dinner (LOVING the grill btw! Would love any of your favorite recipes if you have any to share!) Iím going to try to make today a great day and to have an even better week. Hope you do too!

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SDLEE514 7/28/2014 10:18AM

    yes, yes, yes. Hope you're enjoying the beach!! So true, let go of things we can't control, I've pretty much taking the stance at work let the you know what hit the fan as I sit back and focus on doing my own work. Gotta look at it as if anything else its amusing. I dont understand how bodies work either. I wrote a blog a few months ago that I researched my spark history and I weighed less when I worked out less and ate more carbs. No idea. But exactly, you have to keep focusing on the things you know make you feel better, and that includes enjoying treats, food or otherwise (sushi, ahem) here and there! hang in there!

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KIKKI-G 7/23/2014 11:54AM

    Yeah...i don't have the body figured out yet. & even when i think i do it throws me a curveball. I've had the same off the rails plateau too...
Sounds like you're busy busy. The beach day sound amazing! I love it when i get a chance to hit the beach with my man too.

You seem to be plugging along. keep at it!

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CHODGES83 7/21/2014 12:24PM

    "Dear body, HOW do you work?!?!?!" - This runs through my mind like once a day. It makes no sense. Gotta keep working at it nonetheless :)

Hope this week goes well so you can enjoy the weekend/vacation all the more!

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PFARRAR65 7/21/2014 12:10PM

    Don't beat yourself up. Just start over and take it one day at a time.

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What. A. Week.

Friday, July 11, 2014

What. A. Week.

I have been all over the place this week. Physically, emotionally, everything that ends in ďallyĒ

Weíll start with the ďprofessionallyĒ bit Ė this week was the final announcement of the big change at my work. Weíre officially sold and no longer work for our old company. I had a big part to play in this and worked A LOT of hours earlier this week. Now starts the fun of transitioning to the new company. Iím trying to keep my blinders on and just focus on my work because Iíve found thinking about this too much sends me down a bad path mentally. There are A WHOLE LOT of unknowns right now and they are all pretty much out of my control so I just have to keep trucking.

All of that happened while the a/c went up in our new house. Luckily we had negotiated a home warranty as part of the purchase so it was covered, but we spent 2 nights sleeping in the basement because it was 90 degrees in the house. Letís just say I have not slept well all week. So of course I ended up with a migraine. Physically, I have been struggling. I went to PT this week and begged for help.

Also physically/emotionally, its about time for my quarterly adventures with TOM. I only go through this every few months so I almost forget in between how awful this can be. Last week I insanely started struggling with food. Cravings, urges to binge, just intense food feelings out of nowhere. Then I realized what time it wasÖ. Oh. Iím run down, out of sorts, just no good physically and emotionally. I know I moved to this quarterly plan because of this. It has way too much of an effect on me. I hate feeling like this and I know Iím gaining weight and being unhealthy and that bothers me too.

Quite frankly, Iím exhausted today. Between the long hours, my body rebelling, lots of stress, etc. It is now July 11 and I have not used a single vacation day. I tried to put in for some vacation later this month and found out Iím already going to have to work one of those days. Iím almost too tired to care right now.

Iíve got a lot on my mind this week and I havenít been very devoted to my eating or exercise. I know this happens and Iím trying not to beat myself up for it. I know I should be thankful that I still have a job and got to play such a big role in everything this week (which is a very good story for me to have in my back pocket) but sometimes it feels like I donít have enough time for myself and my wellbeing (and THAT bothers me!)

Anyways, sorry for the dramatic post. Iíll live. And maybe be avoiding the scale for a few weeks until I undo all of this damage lol. Hope you all have had a great week too!

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 7/21/2014 10:14AM

    I feel for you sweetie. I am the same way, anything really hectic the eating goes by the way side, I need to knoc- knock myself " hello???" Get back on track, but I have learned beating myself up over it gets me nowhere. Instead I just get back on track.

I know you are made of the right stuff you will get the job done! emoticon

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KIKKI-G 7/17/2014 11:22PM

    I feel you on the big changes at work 210%. My operations manager & half the staff just left so now its into the unknown for me & I'm just trying to keep the ship afloat. With that said it could become beneficial for me as they can see i can handle it & give me a huge raise but its just alot if up in the air so I gotcha on that one.
I also got you on the random crapshoot that is TOM..sometimes it comes completely un expected, no warning at all then other times its crazy town & you don't know what the heck hit ya. I want to get to the bottom of it as hello hormones, get a grip!

Just know you're not alone in more ways than one.

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SDLEE514 7/14/2014 9:26AM

    emoticon Avoiding the scale may be good, I am right now as well, sometimes it just adds to stress. You know how you feel and rely on that.

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CHODGES83 7/11/2014 1:44PM

    Girl, it seems to always be a dozen things with you. I don't mean that how it sounded. I'm just saying the universe has a way of piling it on. I sincerely hope it starts sorting it out for your wellbeing! You've got some positives in there (playing the big role professionally, the a/c being under warranty, realizing that you cannot control everything and not beatig yourself up) so don't let those escape you. Hope the weekend brings some relaxation!

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CHEETARA79 7/11/2014 12:30PM

    Your TOM is actually TOQ? Cool! I just got mine yesterday and I am out of f***s to give today. I just want to lay about and eat brownies. I probably will do that later tonight seeing as how I bought brownie mix at the supermarket...

At least you're keeping cool in the AC!

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Back in the Swing & Changing

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Been really getting back into the swing of things this week! Packing meals and snacks for work, cooking dinner at home, 3 nights of PT, taking care of chores like laundry that I hate, plus getting even more stuff in order at the house. Iíve been trying to get my walks in at lunchtime to keep my steps count up. That Wednesday last week is still bothering me!

(ps - I know my goal seems low but it is what I can do right now. I am planning on taking it up a notch eventually when this gets comfy!)

We had our company picnic yesterday and I behaved myself. Ate my lunch from home but had a small free Ritaís and a piece of watermelon. Took this picture with my interns and I think Iím finally starting to see a difference!

Today might break ďthe streakĒ Ė Iím supposed to have girls nightÖ Those rare but off-the-eating-plan type events. My stomach was iffy this morning before work which kept me from caving and going to Starbucks, so I may have a good excuse to stay tame tonight too. But you know how wrapped up in the moment you can get out with friends. We shall see.

Professionally, this has been a pretty good week. For the first time, I managed a big external-facing project from idea to completion and it turned out rather well if I might say so myself. Weíre still facing a lot of uncertainty with the sale of the business but it seems to be full steam ahead. Iím hanging in for the ride.

Iím hoping life starts settling down a bit soon. We have some final move stuff to wrap up this weekend and then hopefully weíll be done with the old place. Our new furniture is finally being delivered next week so Iím going to have to fight to keep my steps up with a new comfy couch available to lay down on in the house haha.

Hope you all have had a great week and letís make it a great weekend too! (Yes I know I am getting a slight jumpstart to the weekend, wishful thinking!)

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CHODGES83 6/30/2014 12:24PM

    You ladies look lovely in red! It's great to have some positivity during this uncertain time for the company. Congratulations on the professional success.

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MADZOE 6/26/2014 3:43PM

    you look great and sound like you are definitely on track! Good job lady!

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SUMMER2203 6/26/2014 1:19PM

    you look SO GOOD girl!!!!!!!!!!! keep it up!

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SQUIRRELLYONE 6/26/2014 11:57AM

    Keep on plugging. It sounds like a good start. You did way better than I: our staff bbq left me with a hamburger, a sausage, cake and a naniamo bar!

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A case of the (sore) Mondays

Monday, June 23, 2014

I canít believe this weekend has come and gone!

Friday night we just relaxed. We were both pretty tired and wanted to rest up for the weekend.

Saturday we did a ton of errands and got most of the final stuff over from the rental house. We did a HUGE grocery shop and I feel so much better now that our fridge is stocked with fresh food! The veggie drawers are full and I even treated us to a rather expensive asian melon for desserts this week. We restocked greek yogurts, almond milk, cage free eggs etc. I swear if you looked at our fridge two years ago and then looked again now, youíd be surprised how different it is! We went out for dinner Saturday night and walked around a little bit afterwards to try to offset the damage. Iíll be cooking dinners at home this week to make up for it too!!

Yesterday was a nonstop but great day. I woke up and cooked breakfast & meal prepped for this week, all of which was so nice to do in our new kitchen. I know that sounds like bragging but for now the new kitchen is motivating me to spend more time prepping food and cooking at home and that is a plus in my book!

It was SO nice outside so I decided to spend nearly the rest of the day doing outdoor chores. Now, I know I didnít run a 5k or anything, but I feel so incredibly sore all over today that I must have done something right for exercise related activity. I mowed the lawn, trimmed the hedges/trees, laid grass seed, soaped and sprayed all of our outdoor stuff, moved and re-set up our grill (which fell on my foot and left a nice purple swollen lump), etc. It felt awesome to be doing so much outside and I feel like the house looks better for it too! Then I watched the USA world cup game, my first soccer game watching ever, and that was too much excitement for me.

Sometime in the middle of the night last night, I realized that everything hurt. I mean EVERYTHING. I could barely turn over in bed. Iím struggling today. Iím going to have to convince somebody to open my water bottle for me, that bad. Iím a bit concerned Ė one day of outdoor activity should NOT leave me this sore, right? Maybe I just really need to increase my strength training? Today might just be a slow walk for exercise kind of day.

I am also having such a case of the Mondays. Maybe it is because of the soreness, or the bat hanging outside my door this morning that spooked me, but I got to work and realized I left my entire purse at home which is awesome. Going to try to make this a great week nonetheless!

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IRP1114 6/27/2014 2:26PM

    Congrats on everything! Yard work really is one of the toughest workouts lol! Always surprises me how sore I get too! Hope it has gotten better by now : )

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    keep yourself hydrated it will help the sore muscles. i know the feeling, i ripped up my chain link fence and deck this weekend while my bf was working and my arms were so sore yesterday. it made me realize i really need to get back to the gym.

so glad you're enjoying the house :)

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PHEBESS 6/24/2014 8:34AM

    Sounds like good exercise if you're that sore!

Have fun with the new house!

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SUMMER2203 6/24/2014 8:22AM

    i am so happy for you :) it seems like everything is coming together - you so deserve it!

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