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Road trip: then and now.

Monday, August 20, 2012

So I'm back from my road trip! We had a really good time - the weather was PERFECT and the food was delicious. Somehow I managed to only be up about 2.5 pounds despite all the fried Southern food I ate and all the delicious drinks I had. I didn't take a ton of pictures this time, but I did get a few. I really wanted some of me to compare to the last time I took a road trip!

Here's a "before" road trip:

This is in Savannah this year:

And this one is from EPCOT - check out the back muscles!


This is my friend and I standing together in 2008:

And from this year:

I'm really excited to look at the pictures from this year. The 2008 pictures were really the impetus for me to start a serious weight-loss program. I remember how uncomfortably tight my clothes were, and I remember how awful I felt about how the pictures looked. I met an old friend for dinner in Florida (I hadn't seen her since our first year of college - we roomed together and had an awful falling out) and she commented on how great I looked. We had a WONderful dinner, and I plan to go visit again sometime this fall.

It's time to have some fruit salad and mango sorbet...

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BILLALEX70 8/26/2012 6:27PM


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SEPPIESUSAN 8/20/2012 10:18PM

    You look great!

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    Beautiful pictures! Pictures sure do show alot and are great motivators. You've done a great job the past 4 yrs and I'm proud of you!!!

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JANETTEB553 8/20/2012 8:30PM

    Great blog emoticon

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What a difference four years makes!

Thursday, August 09, 2012

Tomorrow I'm going on a week-long road trip with my best friend. I'm super excited! I haven't been on a real vacation in over a year. The last time I went on a road trip with my friend was in 2008, before I found Spark People. This is a picture from that trip:

I remember being horrified when I saw the pictures from that trip. I couldn't believe I was so overweight. But this year, my pictures will be better! This is a recent one:

I'm with my mom before the Tough Mudder this past April.

So I'm feeling good. I am packing today, and I even made room for my running gear! I have three days of running to get in - I mapped out running routes, and there's even a path at the hotel in Florida! I'm ready. It's funny what I'm thinking about as I'm getting ready today - on the last road trip, I remember us eating a whole bag of Cheetos on one leg of the drive. We ate so many snacks in the car! This time, I have snacks, but they are not Cheetos. Water, mixed nuts (pistachio lovers - mmmm!), cherries, and some pretzel shells (I know they're not really healthy, but pretzel shells! The best part of the pretzel!).

This morning I got on the scale and was pleasantly surprised. Since November, I've lost 12 pounds. Most of that is weight that crept on last summer, but I haven't seen this weight in about a year. Hurrah! While I don't want to get too crazy with counting my calories on my trip, I'm already thinking about ways I can keep myself in check.

- breakfast: there is no need for me to eat muffins and junk at breakfast. I can have that anywhere. Now, if there are homemade biscuits and gravy, that might be a different story.
- car snacks: I don't know why I ever thought I needed a gazillion snacks in the car, I don't need them when I'm *not* on a road trip!
- water: I bought a big case of water to take along. It's going to be hot, so lots and lots of water.
- my bathing suit: I bought a white triangle-top bikini (eek!) for my trip since we're going to be beaching it up quite a bit, and sitting around the pool. Won't look very nice if I stuff my face with nastiness.
- working out: I am determined to keep on schedule for my half marathon training. I have three scheduled runs during my trip. None of them are too long, so I should have no problem getting them done.

Time to get packing!

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YOUNGNSMYLIE 8/15/2012 6:04PM

    You look awesome! Have a great road trip. emoticon

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CELIAMINER 8/9/2012 8:13PM

    Very inspiring!!

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RUNNINGWILD 8/9/2012 7:13PM

    Rock that bikini!!
I love the list you made. You're right about the car snacks. I'm so guilty of that. Even now when I know better.
Have a great time!

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CAMROLA 8/9/2012 6:47PM

    You inspire me! I see the difference, especially in your smile--that says so much about how you've changed outside, but inside, too. Be proud of your progress--you've rocked it!


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    woohoo!!! fabulous plans and knock 'em out with that bikini....(Brad might just jump into the car trunk to keep his eye on you,Girl! He won't want anybody grabbing you up.) LOL!!!! Have a great trip!!

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DRAGONCHILDE 8/9/2012 12:20PM

    You look like a completely different person. And I bet you feel like one! I can't wait to see your trip pictures with the new you. :)

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SEPPIESUSAN 8/9/2012 11:58AM

    You've made great changes since 2008! Solid plan. Have a great trip!

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IMAVISION 8/9/2012 11:58AM

    emoticon Looking good! emoticon

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So far so good...

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

I've been trying really hard to focus on one week at a time as far as working out. I get easily overwhelmed and cope with it by shutting down and not doing *anything*. So my workout calendar only has one week at a time filled in, and whenever I feel myself looking too far into the future, I remind myself that I have to get through today before I move on.

So it's been working so far! I've given myself a daily goal of "getting in my scheduled workout" and so far, so good! Since I'm not looking to what I'm doing *tomorrow*, I can focus on getting today taken care of.

I woke up from a nap yesterday with an awful back pain, and it hurt all the way through the day. I had a horrible night's sleep, so I didn't get in my morning run (not really an excuse, I could hardly move). As the day progressed and I loosened up, my back started feeling better. I was scheduled to do a swim and go to yoga tonight - I made the executive decision to run instead of swim (to give my shoulders/upper back a rest) and do my run instead. I consider it a success - got in my two miles and did my yoga class. My back actually feels a lot better after yoga - I really paid attention to it so I didn't strain it too much, and the stretching felt good.

There's good news! I have a job interview on Friday! It's for an elementary teaching position. I am very excited - any kind of progress is good for the ego. I can only imagine how many applications/resumes come in for a music position - with all the cuts, positions are getting fewer and fewer. The next few days I have to gather my materials and practice some piano.

Tonight - sit on the couch with a glass of wine and watch some Olympics action!

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EATNBOOGERS 8/1/2012 2:53PM

    That's a really good plan--so smart! Big congrats on seeing what was going on and changing it.

I'll keep my fingers crossed about the interview! Woo hoo!

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TBARBOUR0322 7/31/2012 7:44PM

    Congrats on your job interview!

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Sunday, July 29, 2012

Today was one of those days. I got an awful night of sleep last night, which is weird, because I was in a hotel and usually sleep really well in a hotel. Hm. I guess it didn't help that last night I had a few beers, and I don't know the last time I've had a beer.

I had a good time at my friend's wedding! We tore it up on the dance floor - I haven't seen her in a while. It was nice to get together.

But today, I was SO lazy. I took a nap, laid on the couch for the better part of the day, and to top it off, I got General Tso and ice cream for dinner. Ugh. I ate the egg roll and a bit of the Tso, but the whole pint of ice cream. (BTW - it was Blue Bunny I Do, I Do Wedding Cake ice cream and it was delicious.) I didn't mean to eat the whole pint, but I got so focused on picking out the cake bits that before I knew it, the pint was gone. Huh.

But tomorrow is a new day, and I feel like I got the Chinese food and ice cream craving out of my system. I have to read some stuff for school and then plan out this week's workouts.


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EATNBOOGERS 8/1/2012 2:54PM

    August is a new month!

I think your head is back in the game.

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JILLIANPRNCSS 7/31/2012 6:35AM

    There are certain foods that I can't even allow myself to buy because I have no power over them, live and learn

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CFMOSS 7/30/2012 8:14AM

    New day!

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BILLALEX70 7/30/2012 5:26AM

    We all have those days. No worries

That ice cream sounds delish!

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FLYSHOPGIRL 7/29/2012 9:24PM

    Oh sweetie...the pint of ice cream is evil. Especially the pints with ice cream + other bits and such...because yeah you do have to dig out the bits... My downfall is chocolate chip cookie dough... And you're right..tomorrow is another day :)

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ACYCLINGMIND 7/29/2012 9:08PM

    Aren't the olympics great motivation? I've been sitting on my couch the whole day (um - not the motivating part) watching them and thinking "damn, I should get fit." Although I did manage to scarf over 4000 calories. Just one of those days, I guess. But you're right - tomorrow's a new day. And a day full of running for me! ;)

What do you have planned tomorow to help make up for your day?

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RUNNERRACHEL 7/29/2012 9:07PM

    Wedding sounds fun! Sometimes beer or alcohol will do that to me, I won't sleep well. emoticon

Chinese food and ice cream out of the system--CHECK! emoticon

Tomorrow is a new day! No use regretting what is done--you can learn from it and move on!

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One day at a time

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

I am really making an effort to get in some good training for my upcoming events. I haven't financially committed to any yet, but I have them (in pen!) on my calendar.

August 19 - 10K at a local zoo
September 15 - Sprint Tri in Atlantic City
October 21 - Runners World Half Marathon
October 27 - Run Like Hell 6K

I think this is a pretty good fall schedule! So today I got up, did a 3 mile run (it was hot and soupy and miserable, but I did it), went to my chiropractor, then did a 20-minute swim and a yoga class this evening. I am beat. AND I did schoolwork on top of it all!

Speaking of school, there are two interesting developments. I don't want to jinx anything, but I could use some positive thoughts, so I'll put this out there. First, I got an e-mail from one of the school districts I applied to saying they are doing preliminary screenings and they want my materials. Even though this is a generic e-mail, it's a step! The second thing is that today I learned that one of the music teachers in my old district is retiring. Right now it looks like there is a 50% change I could get called back (I don't know my seniority ranking with one other music teacher who was laid off with me). I have a phone call into my old principal and an e-mail into the director of personnel - keep your fingers crossed for me, please for something good to come of all this.

- morning spin class
- trip to Goodwill
- get some schoolwork done (UGH I am so tired of it!)

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TIGGER622 7/25/2012 9:58PM

    OMG fingers are triple crossed babe!!!! HUGS!!!

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MUFFIY831 7/25/2012 8:26AM

    Lots of good stuff coming your way, I can feel it!!

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CFMOSS 7/25/2012 7:30AM

    here's prayers for your job possibilities esp in your old school district - nice work on the sweat front. keep up the healthy push.

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RUNNERRACHEL 7/24/2012 10:57PM

    Your upcoming events sound super!

That's great about the job prospects!

Keep moving forward. You're doing a wonderful job! emoticon emoticon

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EATNBOOGERS 7/24/2012 9:33PM

    Ooh, I'll keep my fingers crossed!

I was going to say, with regard to training... I have to come up with my *own* schedules, because when I am following someone *else's* schedule too closely, I get a little nutty. And nutty means it stops being fun...

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PATSYB7 7/24/2012 9:27PM

    Fingers, toes, and eyes are crossed, making for some tricky typing! Here's hoping a job comes your way. :O) Patti

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