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Friday, January 04, 2013

I got some money from hubs' parents for Christmas - super excited because I haven't really been shopping for myself in a while (for anything fun, anyway. I had to get running shoes a little while ago). Yesterday my mom and I went shopping and I found a new fleece, a hat, and a skirt (in a size 4!!!). Since I didn't want to bore her with workout gear shopping, I decided to do that tonight. So tonight I found a new running 1/4 zip, knee-length gym tights, and two tanks. (The tanks were only $8 each at Under Armour!) I am so excited. I love getting new workout gear - it's such good motivation for me to get out there and do my workouts!

Tomorrow I have a run scheduled - I'm going to bundle up in some new gear and get outside. I have to suck it up and start adding miles if I'm going to finish this Pig standing up!

I subbed for the afternoon today. It was perfect - I got to the gym in the morning for a little elliptical and a sports conditioning class. The class is sort of like P90X/Intensity - tons of cardio and plyo stuff, and man, it's SO tough. I can feel the fat burning off when I'm in class!

Today's good stuff:
- I did a really good job with the eating
- Drank lots of water
- Got some great deals out shopping!
- Crossed a bunch of stuff off the to-do list

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CFMOSS 1/5/2013 7:16AM

    Enjoy your day!

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EATNBOOGERS 1/4/2013 11:14PM

    How cold is it there? I've been such a wimp lately about running in the cold (but I'll hike or ski). I love new workout togs, too. I love deals, too. Sounds like a pretty perfect day!

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MCJULIEO 1/4/2013 9:28PM

    Keep it up!

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Honesty is my friend.

Thursday, January 03, 2013

One of the most useful lessons I've learned on this Spark Journey is the importance of being honest with yourself. Honest with food tracking, honest with how many fitness minutes you *really* get per week (as opposed to the minutes you wish you had), and just about anything else.

Last night hubby and I had some stuffed French toast for dessert, and I had two glasses of wine. I also had quite a few tortilla chips throughout the day. Often when I eat like that, I don't track everything, thinking that maybe my body will be tricked. If I don't track it, I didn't eat it!

Well this morning I got on the scale, and I was (predictably) up a little bit. I'm not freaking out, because I know that too many tortilla chips (salt!), two glasses of wine, and eating late will do that to me. I actually feel more in control because I got on the scale.

Dr. Phil has some advice that I frequently think of - you have to acknowledge (the problem) before you can change it. (Something like that.) And it's so true - it goes with being honest with yourself. I could have easily "forgotten" about the chips and wine I had last night and just have cursed my scale this morning, telling myself it must be broken. But I didn't. I took responsibility for my actions, and now I'm on my way to the gym to get in a workout!

- work HARD at the gym
- make smart choices when I go to lunch with my mom. I often use going out to eat as an excuse to eat whatever I want, because I go out so infrequently. But a burger is a burger, no matter where it's eaten.
- drink all my water, and then some
- find some good deals on workout gear!

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BILLALEX70 1/4/2013 9:35AM

    Great advice.

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MCJULIEO 1/3/2013 10:20PM

    You are on the right path.... way to go!

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CRAFTINWIFE 1/3/2013 3:09PM

Great goals!

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BAM0827 1/3/2013 9:37AM

    I was just telling Bonnie last night - it doesn't matter what you put in your tracker - it's what you put in your mouth :)

Enjoy your lunch with mom!

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CASSIOEPIA 1/3/2013 8:05AM

    So true!

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CFMOSS 1/3/2013 7:57AM

    What you mean that I really have to track.....what I ate? Sorry for the poor humor. I tracked my food for the first time in a long time and I tracked it legitimately (yeah I guessed on a few things like the apple strawberry crisp I had made - used half the butter the recipe called for- so maybe the amount i used was less) but wow calories add up fast when you're honest. So here's to honest tracking on all fronts. Here's to good tracking and a healthy 2013 - you are WORTH it.

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BUSYGRANNY5 1/3/2013 7:14AM

    I so hear and understand what you're saying... great blog! Have a wonderful day! Keep on keeping on!!!

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DARJR50 1/3/2013 6:42AM

  Somehow you just can't fool the body. I quit trying a while ago. I just accept the fact I slipped and go on from there. I don't even try to make up for it by working out harder the next day. Just get back into the good routine and forge ahead.

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Four years, today!

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Not even a full day into the new year and I already made a really awesome healthy choice! Instead of having a dinner of chips and guacamole (which I thought I really wanted), I threw together a salad using some shrimp and black beans that needed to be used up. Yay! My mom came up this afternoon for pork and sauerkraut, and I *know* I ate more than I should have at lunch. I made some awesome mashed potatoes and some really good buttermilk cornbread. But instead of throwing away the whole day by eating chips for dinner, I made myself something better. I won't even feel bad about eating a piece of shoo-fly pie for a sweet a little later!

My gym was closed today, but I went for two little walks anyway. I guess I'm a little superstitious - what you do today, you do for the rest of the year. So I got off my rear and went around our neighborhood loop (it's about 1/2 a mile). My thought was that if I made excuses as to why I couldn't go for a walk, I'd be making excuses all year. My mom and I went for a little walk after lunch too.

Good things about today:
- I'm on track to drink all my water
- I wrote down all the food I ate
- Went for two little walks
- Made a salad instead of chips and dip for dinner
- Came up with some resolutions.
- It's my four-year Sparkaversary today!

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JOPAPGH 1/4/2013 11:04AM

    Congrats on 4 years! Hope you have a focused, productive and injury free 2013 emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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2WHEELER 1/2/2013 8:36AM

    emoticon You're off to a great start! Can't wait to see you at The Flying Pig--we're going to have a great time. And I'll bet that you love the HM distance.

Happy emoticon !!!

Comment edited on: 1/2/2013 8:38:39 AM

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CFMOSS 1/2/2013 6:33AM

    Good choices for a new year and I agree 4 full years -wow. Here's to more healthy living, more healthy choices and a good year.

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NIELSENSLADY 1/2/2013 2:21AM

    Happy New Year! Happy 4 year!

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IMPROVINGME 1/1/2013 8:55PM

    Congratulations on your 4-year SparkVersary!

Reading your blog made me remember that today is my 3-year SparkVersary.

Looks like you're off to a good start for the new year. Keep that momentum going!

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SEPPIESUSAN 1/1/2013 8:11PM

    Happy emoticon ! I think I joined about 7 years ago, but didn't really start using the site much when I first joined. Good job already making healthy choices.

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CRAFTINWIFE 1/1/2013 7:17PM


emoticon Happy New Year!!


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ERICADAWN1986 1/1/2013 6:44PM

    Happy Sparkversary! Four years and it's still about daily choices, each meal and each workout opportunity. It's so encouraging to read that it's possible to maintain the spark plan as a lifestyle. Congrats and have a great new year!

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MCJULIEO 1/1/2013 6:29PM

    Happy Sparkversary!

(You have made an awesome start to the year!)

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AMANDAROX 1/1/2013 6:25PM

    Well done!! Better to focus on what you did right! Happy Anniversary!!

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EATNBOOGERS 1/1/2013 6:21PM

    Congrats! My 4 year is coming up--the 4th I think? I made good choices, too. Looking forward to another great year!

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The Reflection Blog

Monday, December 31, 2012

Now is as good a time as any to reflect on 2012! I discovered that I'm a lot stronger than I ever thought I would be. Not only in the weight-lifting department (although I have to say I'm getting pretty strong there!), but in all aspects of my life.

In April I finished a Tough Mudder - it was by FAR the most challenging physical thing I have ever done. And I did it! I trained my rear off, I worked with my team, and I did awesome.

Over the summer, I finished three triathlons! In a lot of ways, the triathlons kept me sane. I lost my job in June, and the second half of the year could have seriously gone downhill. Having the races to train for kept me focused on positive stress relief. I'm happy to report that despite being laid off, I lost the ten pounds I gained last year and even changed my body shape a little bit.

Just this fall, I got certified to be a personal trainer! Another thing that kept me focused on the positive. I really took it seriously that I need to be a role model for my clients - eating right, doing regular workouts, and taking care of myself. In 2013 I am looking to make a business plan and take on some clients.

And this morning I ran my third best 5K time ever! 31:50! I wasn't expecting much - I just got over the flu and hadn't ran in about two weeks. In fact, I made it to the gym yesterday morning for the first time since December 20th. I really listened to my body today and I felt great. I think the added cardio and circuit training really helped. I'm excited to incorporate some new, challenging fitness goals into my 2013 plan.

My hubby is working tonight (him working holidays is the absolute worst part of his job), so I enjoyed some General Tso, a glass of wine, and The Hunger Games movie. I have some cornbread in the oven for tomorrow's New Years feast, and apples are simmering to make some applesauce for tomorrow.

Have a wonderful New Year and be careful out there, whatever your plans!

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2WHEELER 1/2/2013 10:20AM

    Congratulations on a fun-filled, challenging year. Wishing you another great year in 2013.

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PILLOWFOOL 1/1/2013 6:16PM

    hey stranger! looking forward to reconnecting. So excited for you and the personal trainer thing! Wish I lived closer! I would totally hire you :)

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ELORACGO 1/1/2013 12:32AM

    You have every right to be super proud of yourself. You've overcome a big loss and still manage to make a positive out of it all.

Good luck for your upcoming plan of personal trainer, I'm sure you'll be a real good and tough one too.

Have a fantastic year sweetie! emoticon

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MCJULIEO 12/31/2012 10:44PM

    Sounds like you've had a productive year, and a great start to the next one....

Love home made applesauce!

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FLYSHOPGIRL 12/31/2012 10:30PM

    The holidays are an absolute nightmare for us being together as well--Retail, you know. The whole month of December he works longer hours than normal, has open houses galore, and then New Year's is prep for a fly fishing trade show ...gah. Tomorrow, funny thing, he has a meeting at the Broadmoor to discuss his shop and guide service in their hotel. I am learning to not be pissy about it :) Thank you for being a role model!

Have a wonderful New Year's!!

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Winding down the year

Sunday, December 30, 2012

I've been cleaning out drawers and cabinets for the last few months, but the New Year gives me a chance to clean out even MORE. I just cleaned out my files - shredded a ton of stuff, got everything together for 2012 tax time, and cleaned out some old receipts.

Washed the new sheets we got for Christmas and I have a pile of old sheets and towels to send to the Humane Society.

I am SO excited - hubs is talking to his boss today to get some time off for a vacation! We really haven't *ever* taken a vacation together, and I am so excited. Hubs' parents have a place in Florida for the winter, and we are planning to stay there for about ten days. I can't wait. I am SO SO SO SO excited!!!

My mom, my brother and his GF are coming up for New Years Day. It will be nice - I usually drive down to my mom's house that day, and I'm looking forward to not making that drive. It also gives me a good reason to wash the windows and dust the furniture.

Today's good things:
- drank lots of water
- made it to the gym! I passed 1000 fitness minutes for the month - I'm pretty impressed, seeing as I was out of commission for a week. I'm looking forward to lots of fitness minutes in 2013.
- did some good cleaning
- will put some races on the calendar so I have some training motivation

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RUNNERRACHEL 12/31/2012 12:53AM

    Sounds great! Enjoy your vacation and New Year!!

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SONYALATRECE 12/30/2012 11:28PM

    emoticon fitness minutes!

Happy New Year!


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MCJULIEO 12/30/2012 11:13PM

    Well Done!

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RUNNINGWILD 12/30/2012 7:35PM

    I got my 1000 minutes trophy today, too. It made me smile -Huge!
Glad you feel better.

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