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Jersey in Glasses

Saturday, April 19, 2014

My lungs are finally fully functional! I felt so good about my run on Friday, that I did another run with DS15 on Saturday. He's really fast! Today I went to a group fitness class of full body strength training: upper body, lower body & core. And I took my sweet dog, Jersey Girl to the lake & walked with her.

I've been better about tracking my food, even if I'm going over my calorie range. I celebrate every bit of progress I make. My weight loss success isn't on the scale or measuring tape, but in the healthy habits I have.

So here's my chain of tracking fully & honestly:
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THINFITKINDVGAN 4/20/2014 5:43AM

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MORTICIAADDAMS 4/19/2014 9:34PM

    Jersey Girl is very cute. A great workout buddy!

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Inside Out Weight Loss

Friday, April 18, 2014



It's been a month since I blogged about IOWL, between the 100 days blogging and being sick. I think my readers are polarized about this podcast series. Some think IOWL is Woo Woo (unfounded or ludicrous beliefs) and others think it's Woo Hoo (a term used to convey ones excitement. )

Give it a listen & tell me what you think: Woo Woo or Woo Hoo?
podcasts.personallifemedia.com/podca
sts/216-inside-out-weight-loss


Episode 245: How to Start Your Weight Loss Journey
-About "toward" and "away from" motivation; the irony of how having a goal makes me aware of how far I am from it; and the dilemma if I'm feeling good now, how will I be motivated to change?

Episode 246: How to Start Your Weight Loss Journey II
-If I love myself as I am today, I'm going to do nothing. But change is inevitable. So I might as well change for the better. Positive feedback, TLC, works best for pets & kids, so try it on yourself.

Episode 247: Redefining Weight Loss Success
-Hint: it's not on the scale, pants size, or any number. It's a feeling! It is more enjoyable to live a slender lifestyle than an overweight lifestyle. Pleasure. Doing your best. Feel as good as you can in your body.

Episode 248: Allowing Healthy Behaviors to Emerge
-Do the prep work, learn great self-care like fun exercise & nourishing healthy foods, and like planting a garden, let new behaviors emerge like new flowers in spring. Don't keep checking by pulling the shoots up by the roots. And if unhealthy habits sprout up, weed them out.

Episode 249: Allowing Healthy Behaviors to Emerge II
-How to release trigger emotions, because I suppress horrible emotions by stuffing down food. Safely, comfortably and efficiently allow scary emotions to process with EFT for breathing through the feelings.

  
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STRONGERLEANER 4/19/2014 2:05PM

    I stopped listening to it because of the "woo woo" factor.
There is some good information there but the other stuff bothered/annoyed me.

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THINFITKINDVGAN 4/18/2014 8:26PM

    Everyone gravitates and is helped by something. This is your path and that is wonderful!

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I ran

Friday, April 18, 2014


At the advice of my personal trainer, I went back to Week 1 of Couch to 5k. I had been on week 4. Week 1 looks like this:

5 Min Walk
(2 Min Easy Jog + 3 Min Walk) X 4 Intervals
5 Min Walk

If you want to take up running, it's a great way to slim down. It's like my body thinks, "Oh, I'm a gazelle, I better shed some weight." The training course I'm following, Running Make 5K 101, can be found at: myrunningmate.com/


It was pretty easy. My lungs were not 100% clear, but I was able to do all the intervals without stopping. I was smiling widely! Really pleased to get back to healthy habits. I've been consistent with tracking most of the day. Dinner time is a challenge. Just for today, I'm going to track dinner, weighing & measuring my foods. I don't care if I go over, but want to expand my tracking to encompass the whole day.

Do you track everything you eat? Is it a challenge for you? Do you track before you eat, or after?

  
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LAILATN 4/19/2014 10:58AM

    Wonderful! It feels so good to run. Even short distances - which is what I can do right now!

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STRONGERLEANER 4/18/2014 11:58PM

    Great job! Glad you were able to do all your intervals.

For me, I log food after I eat it, not before.

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THINFITKINDVGAN 4/18/2014 8:35PM

    I log and normally I track. Until May 4th I am totally booked with work and working 7 days a week. I'll track what I've logged when I get a chance.

I do believe in keeping tabs on ones food.

Congratulations on your run.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 4/18/2014 12:38PM

    I'm not allowed to run any more. I wish I could.

I try to track everything but sometimes it is too time consuming and I don't have the time. It can take up hours of time. I track before and after. Whenever I have time.

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KAREN608 4/18/2014 12:04PM

    I do track food as I am still in the learning stage of changing my eating habits for the better. I usually track after, but if little computer time and know my plans, I do before and can change it if something changed. Measuring cups are very important to me yet.

My chiropractor says at this weight no running for me and I do have a knee with a problem. Time will tell on this but so glad you can run/jog.

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DARSHAN130 4/18/2014 12:04PM

    Awesome job. I am interested in running but scared to start. So far I am trying to get up to walking a 5K all at once.

I usually track my food after I eat it until supper. I have some fairly regimented breakfast and lunch meals that are all similar in calories that I switch out for one another. For supper I usually track prior to cooking so I can choose something satisfying but that keeps me within my range for the day.


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GROGGYFROGGY 4/18/2014 12:03PM

    I am going to start couch to 5k today! Thank you for posting this. I can't wait to get started!

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-DYET- 4/18/2014 11:59AM

    Nice job on your run!! It does feel so good, doesn't it? I track after I eat

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Funeral For My Fat

Thursday, April 17, 2014

I saw my personal trainer yesterday. I was able to do upper & lower body, but didn't feel up to cardio or abs. I have 1 more week of sessions, and Apr 23 is my fitness test. Tara will give me a workout to follow.

Although I have some coughing fits, overall my lungs feel clearer. I want to do a low impact workout today after work. There's belly dancing at 4:45, or I can walk the track for 30 min.

I found a new blog to love: "I wear black when I workout. It's a Funeral For My Fat."
This girl Sharee is so cute, and lost 118 pounds with vegan/clean eating. She's only 24, and had leg & ab skin removal. And she shares those pix. funeralformyfat.tumblr.com/FAQ

  
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KAREN608 4/18/2014 12:05PM

    Just love that quote.

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PHEBESS 4/17/2014 11:06PM

    LOL - I love that, a funeral for my fat!

I wear black a lot, but that's because I just look good in it. I even had a black calico dress as a child, and I knew it suited my colouring. Just basic black!

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WATERMELLEN 4/17/2014 9:01PM

    I often wear black when I work out and I'll think of this!!

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THINFITKINDVGAN 4/17/2014 8:14PM

    I'm glad you are feeling better. I wish though that you would have waited a bit longer before being so busy.

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STRONGERLEANER 4/17/2014 5:07PM

    Glad you are continuing to improve. Hoping the lungs are better soon.
My hat is off to you for doing what you can in spite of what life throws you way.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 4/17/2014 4:39PM

    I hope you are back to 100% soon. This has been in your lungs a long time.

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Back to Health

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

I walked up the stairs today without a coughing fit! I'm not back to full lung health yet, but that's a milestone. And it's got me thinking about my goal to be "slim, fit and healthy." My desire to be healthy is not a secret code-word for skinny. It's about being energetic, glowing with health, not taking handfuls of pills every day. Being fit is being strong, and generally able to tackle any fitness test & come out in the top percentile for my age range. Being slim is an intentionally nebulous description. Not too fat, not too thin. Between small & medium. We're not all meant to be the same size, just as we're not all meant to be the same height & color!

You can do whatever you want with your body. It's a free country. Just because most of society has a crazy ideal of thinness, and fat shaming is the last acceptable prejudice, doesn't mean you have to buy into it. You can diet. You can be OK with being fat. You can love your body as it is now. Or you can beat yourself up. It's your body.

Losing weight, just to lose weight isn't enough to keep it off for the long run. Having health & fitness in the mix, knowing this isn't a diet to be "on" or "off" i.e. making a lifestyle change is a worthy goal, and a positive example to others.

Motivational quote:
"The first wealth is health."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

  
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PLIDC1 4/17/2014 2:48PM

    I am glad you are feeling better! This seems to be a time for people to get sick or injured!
I agree that none of us is the one who condemns people. Isn't it crazy how we assume that role?

Much success to you!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 4/16/2014 7:15PM

    I agree. It's about health for me. About having energy and strength and being able to do what I want to do.

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THINFITKINDVGAN 4/16/2014 6:36PM

    I'm so glad that you are feeling better. It will take time and patience.

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STRONGERLEANER 4/16/2014 2:20PM

    Glad you're feeling better! Hoping you have full lung capacity back soon!
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ICEDEMETER 4/16/2014 12:23PM

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So glad that you're back on the way to feeling better, and that the super-busy weekend didn't knock you back at all!

It's funny how a bout with illness reinforces that the lifestyle changes really are about health more than anything else...

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