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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

This week is full of dress rehearsals for the high school musical. My schedule is all out of whack and I'm feeling tired. I managed to get a workout in on Sunday and Monday, but yesterday and tonight are not going to happen. I'm about ready to take a quick nap and then do a little practicing before I go.
It's been *so* crazy that I actually stopped at Starbucks last night for a soy latte and may do it again tonight. It's been really difficult for me to admit that a few days of not being in a routine will not kill me and will not cause me to gain all the weight back.
On a positive note, though, one of the girls at school said that I am getting "so tiny!" Teehee! I love it. I wish I had more pants in my current size than just this one pair, but I am trying to be patient and wait until goal to really re-stock my wardrobe.
Off to nap and practice.
Spark on!

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EATNBOOGERS 4/16/2009 7:20PM

    It's sometimes hard for me, too, to reconcile the balancing act of a day or two off... sometimes, life *does* intrude and things get pushed aside. The important thing (which is so hard to master) is snapping back into the routine when things calm down. Good insights.

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LOVEAQUABLUE 4/15/2009 9:21PM

    It is hard to be off routine. We are going to Vancouver, BC next week for 4 days just to get out of the house. I live in the WA mountains. I am worried about eating out again, it always takes me off diet.

It will be a test. I am bringing my laptop as always and will see if SP helps me this time!!


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Hippity Hoppity...

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Well the good news is that I made it through Easter without eating a single piece of nasty candy. I only had one AMAZING home made peanut butter egg at school on Wednesday. My mom brought some beautiful red tulips for me. Yay!
Had a little Easter brunch today - a crepe filled with jelly, breakfast casserole with sausage, egg, cheese and waffles (YUM) and some fruit salad with shredded coconut and walnuts. After I entered everything in, I discovered that because I kept my portion sizes small, I didn't totally blow my calories for today. Fat grams, now that's a different story. Between the sausage and cheese, that was pretty much out the window at 11:00 this morning.
But I did get some new "progress pictures" today. I made my mom take pictures to post so I could see how far I've come since I started Sparking. When I looked at the new pictures, I could see a collarbone. Wahoo! I am glad I have these new pics because I wasn't seeing a huge difference, even though I feel a million times better.
Running has really been good for me. I went this afternoon for a little run, 1.5 miles. It's getting a lot easier to run 1.5 miles. Maybe when the wind dies down a little bit it will get even easier. I think I'll actually be able to run the whole 5K in May! My legs feel better even though I've only been running for about a month. I'm looking forward to what they are going to feel and look like in a few more weeks! Running shorts, perhaps?
Tomorrow morning is swimming time. I have an extra-long musical rehearsal tomorrow, so I have to do my workout in the morning.
Off to veg on the couch for a bit. I think tonight is going to be an early night to bed. I upped my running this weekend and am feeling tired, but in a good way.


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EATNBOOGERS 4/16/2009 7:18PM

    I noticed your new pix. Good for you! You're making good progress!

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    Good job on the food!!! Good job on the running, too.

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Ah, yes, the "fun run"

Saturday, April 11, 2009

For the longest time, I always wondered how people could call any kind of run a "fun run." Today I think I figured it out. I did my two miles this morning with my running group, and just a bit ago, I was feeling a little down and a little bored. My mind was racing and I wanted to eat a giant bowl of General Tso's Chicken. Instead, I laced up my shoes and went up to the state park (I'm lucky it was open today!). I parked the car, and started to jog. I didn't know how far I'd get, but I made it all the way around the driving loop in about 17 minutes (I'm calculating about a 1.5 mile loop). It was actually *fun*! I cleared my head, and I knew to take it easy and I was paying attention to my body so I knew what was ok. I had a real hankering to run. Huh.

I got over my sickness much faster than I thought I would. I credit my nutrition and fitness habits for helping my body to recuperate pretty quickly. I think I'll make some bow tie pasta for dinner and reward a running week with a glass of wine. Last night I didn't have the wine as planned, so I can have one glass tonight. My fiance and I both noticed that I have been laying off the wine lately. Not like I was a wine-o before, but since I found out how many calories are in wine, I just don't feel like entering the calories into my tracker. Huh, again.

Have a Sparky Easter/ Sparky Weekend!

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EATNBOOGERS 4/16/2009 7:17PM

    Good for you!

And the nutrition tracker strikes again. ;-)

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Well, first the bad news...

Friday, April 10, 2009

Yesterday I woke up feeling pretty bad, so I took a day off from the gym (ugh) and thought today would be better. It wasn't any better. In fact, I woke up feeling worse today than I did yesterday. Went to the doctor this afternoon thinking it might be strep throat (that's the worst part about my job - I get all the elementary sicknesses). It's not strep, but instead just a nasty viral infection that I can't get antibiotics for. I appreciate that my doctor does not prescribe un-needed medicine; he suggested lots of liquids and Motrin and sleep.
But amidst the sickness, there was good news.
- Stopped to do some shopping on the way home and I fit into a size 8. Not just *one* size 8, but *many* size 8s at different stores. I even bought a cute pair of Audrey Hepburn-esque skinny black ankle pants. Wahoo!
- My best friend gave me a bunch of old pants that didn't fit her anymore. I got some "new" cute jeans that will tide me over until I am at my goal size. Some were even too big! But those are pants I don't have to spend money on now.
- Realized that this is really only the first time since I started Sparking that I have been sick enough to keep me from working out. My body is telling me something... I will probably be much better off in the long run for taking (being forced to take) this break.

Tomorrow is 5K training in the morning. I'm going to see how I feel when I wake up, and maybe I will go to at least get moving, even if I walk most of it. We'll see. I don't want to push myself too hard and be out of my routine for longer than I need to be.
My mom is coming up on Sunday. She's been asking me about my weight-loss and stuff. I am very proud of what I've accomplished, but I always get this feeling like it will be "almost there!" according to my mom. Ever since I was old enough to know what a "diet" was, it seems like my mom has been on and off diets. I even tried some crazy ones with her. Every time I lost a little weight and tried on new clothing, it was never "that looks nice!" Instead, it was always "it almost fits!" How frustrating!
Anyway, off to do some laundry and cleaning. Then, maybe a glass of pinot noir with my Wife Swap.

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EATNBOOGERS 4/10/2009 8:38PM

    Woo hoo! You are the amazing shrinking woman!

Take care of yourself. There was an article in the NY Times recently re exercising when you're sick... it was kind of interesting... if you have a mild cold (like me), you can (and should) pretty much do the standard stuff. But if you're totally feeling like crap (like you), definitely take a rest day. I think walking (maybe in the afternoon?) if you're feeling so-so could be a very smart strategy.

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MIMOR6 4/10/2009 7:37PM

    Way to go. I know I feel great as my pant sizes are getting smaller. It lets you know you are doing a great job. I am sorry you are feeling bad.

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Wahoo! Spring break!

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Today was the last day of school until Tuesday. yay!
Last week I ordered a new swim suit from Lands' End. (The suit I was using was over 10 years old!) Today when I came home it was waiting for me on my porch! It was so exciting to take the suit out of the packaging, put it on, and have it fit like a glove. I ordered it according to the size chart, but part of me was still thinking that it wouldn't fit. Are those really *my* measurements? Yes, they are!
Today was a huge victory for me. One of the parents at my school made these AMAZING peanut butter, butter cream, and coconut eggs for Easter. SO GOOD. BUT! I only had one. And this is proof that I am really "Sparked." I wanted to try a butter cream and a peanut butter, but didn't want to eat two eggs. So I suggested to the gym teacher that we cut two in half and share, so we could each try a PB and a butter cream. Holy Spark! Am I really thinking like a healthy eater??? I was a little tickled when I allowed myself one and another teacher said to me "you've been working out so much that you could probably eat the whole tray and still be ok." teehee.
I found a 5K buddy today! One of my colleagues and I are going to run at least one this summer. So excited! He loves the gym as much as I do and now not only do we have our jobs (we're both music teachers) in common, we have fitness too. Super exciting. LOVING having Fit Friends.
Tomorrow is Running Day. It's so hard for me to believe that I am actually going to be ready to run this 5K in May.
I need to go relax... I have a bit of a sore throat and I don't want it to linger. Have a Sparky Evening!


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EATNBOOGERS 4/9/2009 6:11PM

    Woo hoo for a new swimsuit! And woo hoo for a good strategy re the eggs! And woo ho for a running buddy!

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