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Evening check-in

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

I wrote a list this morning, goals for the day. I kept them in mind all day. So did I meet my goals?
1) Drink more than enough water: Yes! I drank a TON of water today.
2) Get to the gym this afternoon: Yes! Did a great upper body workout.
3) Eat lots of fruit and veggies: Yes! I ate a bunch of cherries and added some mixed veg and carrot to my lunch and dinner.
4) Finish something from my to-do list: Yes! Went to a homeowners' meeting tonight and asked about fixing some stuff around the house.

Making the list this morning helped me a lot. I kept in mind exactly what I needed to do today to meet my goals.
Since I am "restarting" my Sparking, I decided to update my ticker to reflect my new commitment.
Cheers to some new Sparking!


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OPERAJAN 7/31/2009 8:10PM

  Awesome job! emoticon

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DSCHONDOG 7/29/2009 10:08PM

    Oops! My bad, you have passed 6250 fitness minutes. Please forgive my poor stats in the previous post. Love you!

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DSCHONDOG 7/29/2009 10:01PM


I read all your blogs since China just now. I'm glad to see you ended on a positive note and really feel you're "sparkin'" again. My time in China was so physically demanding that I never thought I was NOT exercising. I came home having gained only 1 pound and I ate everything I wanted to eat while there.

I really didn't notice jet lag so much either. Perhaps it's because I never sleep well. emoticon Who knows?

Anyway, I think you stumbled on THE plan that will turn everything around for you - goalsetting! What a concept! I really enjoyed it when we commited for a week to keep and post our nutrition trackers. Being accountable for what I ate was very helpful. I've been trying to post nutrition and fitness trackers daily and have set a goal for myself to complete 10,000 fitness minutes by next summer.

Speaking of fitness minutes, I see by my Friend Feed that you just passed 1650! emoticon

I'll check in on you later this week to see how you're doing. Take care,

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I'll try it this way...

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

I have been writing a couple blogs at night, *after* I have done my overeating for the day. The blogs are mostly reflections of how I ate too much each day and didn't drink enough water. So maybe if I write a blog *before* my day really starts, I will be thinking about how I have to stick to what I decided I would do for the day. (that sentence makes about zero sense.)
So today I am going to:
- drink more than enough water
- get to the gym this afternoon and do upper body exercises
- eat lots of fruits and veggies
- finish something from my very long to-do list

Tonight I will come back to this blog and see if everything was accomplished. Happy Wednesday!

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SEPPIESUSAN 7/29/2009 2:22PM

    No, I do think that sentence makes sense. Maybe come back tonight, when you usually post, and let us know how you did?

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OPERAJAN 7/29/2009 8:46AM

  That's an awesome strategy! I find for myself, if I don't have a plan, I plan to fail. Thanks for the reminder. emoticon

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MUFFIY831 7/29/2009 8:24AM

    That sounds like a great plan. Hang in there! Saw you're up early again ... jet lag?! Guess I have that to look forward to, except I'm going from China, home to the east coast for two days, then on to Texas for a couple more, then back to Chicago. Ha! I'm going to be a raging disaster!!

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MUFFIY831 7/29/2009 8:24AM

    That sounds like a great plan. Hang in there! Saw you're up early again ... jet lag?! Guess I have that to look forward to, except I'm going from China, home to the east coast for two days, then on to Texas for a couple more, then back to Chicago. Ha! I'm going to be a raging disaster!!

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ANNIESHEART 7/29/2009 8:04AM

    Happy Wednesday to you as well.

Yesterday I was so discouraged by my lack of progress that I went to bed thinking I was going to give up on this and try more extreme measures like throwing myself off a bridge or something....

This morning, I decided to take one more stab at getting motivated, so I logged on and read your blog.

Reading your comments, my first inclination was to say "good for you for not giving up, hang in there, doing this slowly and making permanent healthy lifestyle changes is the only way to do this."

Now I realize I could have/should have been talking to myself.

Thanks for posting this; your candor about what your going through has helped me understand we all go through similar ups and downs, need support now and then, and that that I am not struggling alone.

Got my MoJo going now. Thanks again!

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Swimming thoughts

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

I swam tonight and did some thinking. Since I couldn't see anything (I took out my contacts), I didn't keep checking the clock. One thought that kept going through my mind was that even though I lost almost 30 pounds (wahoo!) I have started to feel dumpy again. Perhaps it's because I spent two weeks away from the gym or perhaps it's because my body knows that it can still afford to lose about another 20 pounds. Either way, I know that I *really* need to start Sparking again and get back into a routine. As much as I love my job and love having summers off, I miss the routine that the school year gives me.
Having all day to go to the gym sounds wonderful in theory, but I think I'd rather have a small block of time in which I can make it to the gym and work really hard to make the most of my time there.
If you would have asked me six months ago that I'd ever feel fat at a size 6/8, I would have thought you were nuts. But it's possible. I notice parts of me that need to go away, but I guess that's a step in the right direction from seeing ALL of me that needed to go away.
I'm hoping that a week or two at the gym will whip me back into shape and have me not feeling so dumpy. It's a little depressing - I haven't felt this bad in a while. The jet lag isn't helping, either.
Is this normal? Has anyone else felt this way even after losing weight?

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SEPPIESUSAN 7/28/2009 9:33PM

    Yes! I am with you on BOTH points. I know it wasn't your main point, but as a fellow teacher I completely get what you're saying about the routine of the school year. We're soooo much busier then, but somehow that makes it easier to stick to a routine. I just had this conversation with my boyfriend...he can't understand why I have all this free time and don't work out more, or get to the grocery store, or whatever. It's like I turn completely lazy over the summer.

As for the weight loss, I get that way sometimes. Sometimes I feel so happy I've lost all this weight, but then I see a body part that still doesn't look nearly the way I'd like, and it is rather discouraging... but I'm still working on it!

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Back from China!

Monday, July 27, 2009

I was in China for 10 days and it was amazing. We saw so many awesome sights. We walked and walked and walked, and climbing the Great Wall was the hardest workout I've ever done!
Jet lag got me over the weekend; I still didn't sleep right last night. But I did wake up and go to the gym today. The hardest part about being over there was that I didn't have a workout routine. By the time I got home I felt flabby and blah. Makes me realize how important it is to exercise - not only lots of walking, but strength training, too.
My friend has a lot of the pictures of me; I will post some on my page when I get those pictures from her. I am SO glad I started Sparking when I did. I was actually happy to have my picture taken on vacation this year. No contorting my body and face in weird ways to try to minimize the "fat look," which wasn't so easily hidden. I am so happy with my pictures. The best part is that I am not looking at them and thinking "wow, I look really fat." Instead, I am thinking "wow, what a great time we had." What a difference six months makes.
Went to the silk factory - I bought a silk shirt. Good thing I lost the weight, or else I would have never been able to buy a Chinese size shirt! I take a small/medium here, and had to buy an XL over there.

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SEPPIESUSAN 7/27/2009 3:46PM

    Yay! Isn't it a GREAT feeling when you're free from worrying about whether a certain pose or top or whatever makes you look fat?? I know just what you mean. So glad you had an awesome vacation and that's wild that a small or medium here is equivalent to a Chinese XL...though I guess I'm not surprised.

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MUFFIY831 7/27/2009 10:13AM

    Welcome home, and good job getting to the gym this morning! I just found out I'll be spending 10 days in Beijing - did you go there, and do you have any must-dos for me?

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But the fat tasted so good!

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

So I went way over on my fat intake today. I stayed within my calories, but I had SO much fat today. Bacon, avocado, walnuts...
Getting back on the nutrition tracker has been good for me. I think twice about eating that cracker with cheese or that extra brownie (although thinking twice about the brownie doesn't always mean I won't eat it). It's helped me drag myself to the gym even when I really want to sit on the couch. Yesterday I did a little running, so today was swimming at the gym. I feel stronger in the water so it must be doing some good! My legs hurt (the good hurt) today - did some good lower body last night.
Tomorrow is my last day at home before I go on vacation. I packed my running shoes and some workout clothes - the hotels (supposedly) have treadmills and small gyms; I am planning on doing some kind of workout while I'm away. It will be good running weather in San Francisco, and I'll be able to go to the hotel gyms in Beijing and Shanghai. We have lots and lots of walking planned as well. I don't expect to lose any weight while I am gone, but I am expecting to maintain my current weight.
Off to practice some music...

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DSCHONDOG 7/9/2009 10:54PM


I only gained 1 pound while I was in China 9 days. The food is fantastic and the walking walking walking is great exercise. I think the plane trip is the hardest part. Going and coming you eat and sit for a loooong time.

Have a fabulous time. I look forward to seeing your new profile image in front of the Great Wall!


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SEPPIESUSAN 7/9/2009 10:39PM

    Have a fantastic vacation!

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