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Ring in the new...

Saturday, January 26, 2013

This weekend is kind of like my personal New Years Eve. This past week was my last week as a full-time-available substitute; on Monday I go back to grad school with three classes on my schedule. To say I'm excited would be an understatement.

Ever since I decided to finish up my curriculum certification, I have been extremely impatient in waiting for the semester to start. I just want it done! I'm ready to look for administrative positions, I'm ready to move on, and I'm ready to not have to deal with unemployment anymore.

Hubs and I even had bubbly last night - in the form of Lambrusco. Not the cheap-o kind in the jug, but some *real* Italian Lambrusco. HOLY MOLY was it good. This morning I'm celebrating by going to a beginners' half-marathon clinic at the local running store. They are advertising group runs on Sunday morning, which is my perfect running time. I wanted so badly to run with the group at night, but I just can't drag myself back out of the house at night, especially in this cold. But who knows - maybe that will change.

I'm especially excited to start my classes because I get to stay with my mom on Monday nights, and there are fantastic places to run and bike where she lives. I grew up there and know the roads well, so I'll be able to plan some long training runs for when I'm there. It's perfect timing to do my training!

So *cheers* to new beginnings and all of our goals!

- drink lots of water
- make some phone calls

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CFMOSS 1/26/2013 3:54PM

    Congratulations on your new venture!!!

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MCJULIEO 1/26/2013 1:37PM

    Hope your day went well!

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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

I am a total planner. I LOVE to write in my calendar, and I even use different colored Sharpies for different parts of my life. Most of the time, this works really well for me - I love the organization, I love keeping track of everything, and I feel put together. The difficulty comes when something doesn't go exactly as planned. Like getting sick.

Monday afternoon, while I was at the aquarium with my bestie, I started feeling a little bit like I had a cold. Ugh. So yesterday I came home from school and slept all evening. One night at the gym missed. At this point, I'm still ok. One day is ok. But today, I woke up and still felt a little out of sorts. So I went to my appointment, came home, and decided that it would be best if I stayed home tonight, too, and didn't go to the gym.

I struggle with this - I am SO afraid that if I skip time at the gym (even two days!) I am going to fall back into old habits and gain back the weight I lost. I just feel like I worked so hard to bust through the plateau I was at...

The resting has been good for me, though. I feel much much better - I will be ready for the gym tomorrow night. I have a run planned before my sports conditioning class (it's like a P90X class). I just need to get over this mental hurdle of taking time off...

Off to drink some more water!

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MUIRKAT 1/25/2013 3:31PM

  Just remember to give yourself a break! Your body needs that rest to fight the cold off. Don't be so hard on yourself, you've done great so far, no reason to believe you won't continue down that path. Give yourself permission to rest for the best you!

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MCJULIEO 1/24/2013 2:23PM

    You NEED to rest! Besides, how would you feel if OTHERS got sick because of you!

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TIGGER622 1/24/2013 12:30PM

    You will NOT let this little blip keep you from your path to healthy!!! I know it!!! It is a lifestyle now, YOU GOT THAT!!! That sounds like one heck of a work out, let us know how it goes!!! HUGS!

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SOUTHGOINGZAX 1/24/2013 11:52AM

    I'm pretty sure I push myself too hard, especially when I'm sick, so I'm telling you what I have a hard time hearing: taking a rest day or two is ok. It's better for you in the long run than wearing yourself down. It's a big picture thing, remember!

take care of yourself!

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CFMOSS 1/24/2013 7:32AM

    Understand your concerns - old habits are sneaky when the want to be - but take an inventory of how far you've come in the past several years - even when you've hit the doldrums you've emerged stronger - and so you will.

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BOBBYD31 1/23/2013 10:10PM

    oh man your body needs to rest to be its best! cut yourself a break, stress is a major factor in weight issues so relax and do the workouts because you love them

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EVIE4NOW 1/23/2013 4:10PM

  Don't consider it time off. You had a reason, not an excuse. Big difference. Consider it down time and now it's up time. Good luck.

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Sunday, January 20, 2013

This morning I had a marathon workout! I did 5.25 miles on the TM and a GREAT upper body strength training workout. I put together a crazy little workout for myself. Spent two glorious hours at the gym.

I'm having a little trouble detoxing from my vacation... we had lots of bread and cheese and sweets, which hubs and I usually don't eat at home. Last week we bought all of our "normal" food at the store, but by Friday I was SOOOOO hungry for some bread! So we chowed on garlic bread and had peanut butter cookies covered in chocolate for dessert. Yesterday I went to see Les Miserables with my mom, and we went to lunch where I had pizza, and a big ole chocolate chip cookie for dessert. By the time I got home, I was craving fruits and veggies again. The body can be so mysterious...

Not much else to say. I've been straightening up the house today, doing some laundry... very mundane Sunday tasks.

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TIGGER622 1/23/2013 1:44PM

    Hi you!!! I'm really behind!!! My eating has been like yours - up and down!!! time for me to get more steady... but I miss my pizza!!!! HUGS!!!

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SOUTHGOINGZAX 1/22/2013 4:55PM

    It is great to check back in and see you still going strong and getting stronger! I have been awfully lazy lately about working out - a new boyfriend = too much good food, more than normal alcohol consumption, staying up much too late at night, and staying in bed much too late in the morning ;) I have a lot of work to do before my vacation and a week of lounging about in tiny swimwear. You inspire me to be more accountable!

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MCJULIEO 1/21/2013 12:26AM

    Yay for you! Getting back in the swing of things can be hard!

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EATNBOOGERS 1/20/2013 6:47PM

    Woot on the workout! Do you have a marathon in mind? I can't remember!

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Exciting stuff!

Saturday, January 19, 2013

I took the plunge. I registered for my very first half marathon! There is an interesting article in the latest issue of Runners' World about this - how it's kind of easy to say "I'm going to run a half" but never register for one. Well this time I registered. I am so excited!

Today I'm going to see Les Miserables with my mom, and then going to lunch. I'm looking forward to spending some time with mum. I have to make some good food choices today, though - last night I had a bit of wine and chocolate-covered-peanut-butter-sandwich cookies for dessert. And two pieces of garlic bread.

- lots of water
- lots of walking
- good choices at lunch. I think I'm going to check out the menu now so I have an idea of what to get.

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BILLALEX70 1/20/2013 7:49PM

    Plan to be there cheering you on at the finish line!

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    emoticon on registering for your first half. What a way to put your thoughts into action!

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EATNBOOGERS 1/19/2013 11:51AM

    Woo hoo! You go, girl!

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EATNBOOGERS 1/19/2013 11:50AM

    Woo hoo! You go, girl!

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SEPPIESUSAN 1/19/2013 10:23AM

    Wow, good for you - looking forward to reading about your training.

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FLYSHOPGIRL 1/19/2013 9:37AM

    YAY YOU! I did too! Colfax Half in Denver! When is yours? Mine's not till mid-May, so I'm starting training now :) Because I have not been a very good runner in training late ly :)

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Oh, happy day!

Friday, January 18, 2013

Today I'm wearing a sweater dress. The idea was that it's easy to put on, and I didn't have to think too much about my outfit. Didn't have a whole lot of time between swimming and having to go to school, so an easy outfit it was. I planned to throw on a thick belt to hide the inevitable sweaterdress middle-pudge, but the only problem was that today? There *was* no middle pudge. Even with tights on.

I haven't worn this dress in about a year, so I kind of imagined what it was going to look like when it was on - and I imagined the funny ways I was going to have to sit today to keep my fat rolls from spilling over. I am freakin' thrilled. I didn't put on a belt, instead I tied on a scarf and am going to wear my sweater dress in all its glory today.

This is a HUGE sign that what I'm doing is working. What a great way to end the week!

- drink lots and lots of water
- don't take myself too seriously today - I'm subbing, and it's Friday.

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EATNBOOGERS 1/18/2013 7:19PM

    Awesome! Well done! Clothes are always the best measure!

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JJAQUES41 1/18/2013 10:29AM

    Go, sexy sweater dress outfit!

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KAREN_NY 1/18/2013 10:27AM

    Now THAT's how to make a happy friday! emoticon

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ELORACGO 1/18/2013 8:59AM

    emoticon emoticon

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DRAGONCHILDE 1/18/2013 8:58AM

    THat is an incredible, shout-it-from-the-rooftops victory! WELL DONE!

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CFMOSS 1/18/2013 8:22AM

    Big woooooohooooooo!!!!!!

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    emoticon That's freaking awesome!!!

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SEPPIESUSAN 1/18/2013 7:59AM

    Fantastic! I can so relate with how you were thinking you'd have to try to disguise your middle in the dress...but happy for you that you don't have to. Love sweater dresses!

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PINKEUROGIRL 1/18/2013 7:55AM

    awesome news!! way to go!

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