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Well that's it... it's a new lifestyle.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Yesterday afternoon I was really looking forward to a glass (or two) of wine. It was a LOOOONNNNGGGG week and I wanted to relax. But on the way home from the chiro, I thought to myself "well, the wine really won't help me reach my goals, and besides, it's filled with calories." AAAAAAHHHHH. I LOVE wine! I can't believe that wanting to reach my goals and be healthy overtook my love for wine. I came home, had some pancakes for dinner, and stopped eating for the rest of the night. No random snacking, no extra bread... this is nuts. Never in a million years did I ever think I'd be wanting to live this healthy! I've been getting my 8 hours of sleep, working out before school, forgoing wine (!!!), drinking tons of water, craving veggies... this new lifestyle stuff never ceases to amaze me.

Off to the store to stock up on some healthy food.

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CEESNOW 12/16/2009 9:02AM

    I have limited my wine intake, much to the disappointment of my friends LOL I have even changed brands due to the high sugar content.


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ROGUE_1 11/24/2009 5:40PM


So inspirational! I am so proud of you!

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SOUTHGOINGZAX 11/22/2009 11:34PM

    Ah...I too, love a glass of wine (or two). But after just one week of NOT having that glass of wine and keeping to my calorie restrictions, I lost 3 whole pounds! After that, it kind of makes it hard to *allow* myself that much-craved glass. I still give myself one day a week to eat and drink anything I want, though. And you shouldn't feel guilty if you do have that wine - there are much worse things out there you could be putting in your body (and too much denial is never a good thing). But good for you for weighing your decision and choosing what you felt was right for you.

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FITGIRL15 11/22/2009 1:44PM

    I find myself having daily "health" moments like this!

Way to go! This IS a lifestyle! (But remember, wine isn't THAT bad every once in a while!!! It can actually relieve stress and boost your antioxidants!) emoticon

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PRINCESSNURSE 11/22/2009 7:50AM

    Wow! As coommitted as I am to my healthy lifestyle I still have a glass of wine every now and then...WTG!

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MYMONSTERSX3 11/21/2009 6:00PM

    It amazes me that I crave fruit and veggies over sugar. But it makes me feel good.

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CFMOSS 11/21/2009 4:03PM

    Doing good - will confess that now that i'm sort of where i want to be with pounds i have one glass of wine in the evening - i savor it and usually sip it for a long time after my meal is done - my treat.

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KATISONIT 11/21/2009 3:17PM

    Forgoing wine? You just blew my mind.

Way to go on your conviction!

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PINKCOCONUT 11/21/2009 1:37PM

    I hear ya woman! I knew there was something wrong the day I decided to only have wine on the weekends....but you know what? Now I REALLY look forward to wine Saturdays!!! Tonight I have a Terrazas de los Andes 2007 Reserve Malbec! Can't wait!!!

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DDKITTYP1MP 11/21/2009 12:26PM

    That's great!!! I've been passing up on food that I would have NEVER passed up before too!!! Good for you! Determination can beat out any craving!!!

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COOKIE611 11/21/2009 12:22PM

    Good job! Keep up the good work!

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SEPPIESUSAN 11/21/2009 11:47AM

    Thanks for this daily boost of inspiration!!

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I am stronger than ice cream.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Today was one of those days where I left school thinking I was a horrible teacher. My last class of the day was just out of control; I tried everything I know how to do, but it was hopeless. And the worst part was I let it get to me. After they left, I went to one of the guidance counselors and cried. I only remember one other time where I cried at school, and it was during my first year because I thought some kid was mad at *me*, when in fact he was really mad at everyone.
So I left school, knowing that I should leave that stuff at work, but I couldn't help but think about it on the drive home. I stopped to pick up a connector for my iPod, and the ice cream/cookies/snacks were calling to me. I thought "I had a crappy day, I deserve this." I picked it up and was ready to take it with me, and then I remembered that it was actually a really *good* day. Why was it a good day?

- I lost a little more weight. I am down to 150 and I hope that next week I'll be into the 140's. Which would be just grand.
- A kindergarten student who is really a lot of trouble told me today "Thank you for teaching me today." Totally out of character for him.
- I ran two miles today, only had to stop to stretch once.
- On the assisted dip and pull-up machine I decreased my assistance.
- Had a really great Pilates class this evening. Totally relaxing and it was some super "me time."
- I put down the ice cream and decided that I deserved better than that - I deserve to be stronger than food. I am stronger than ice cream.

Off to finish this delicious cup of hot tea.

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NINJALINDA 11/20/2009 9:10AM

    emoticon That was awesome!

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CFMOSS 11/20/2009 8:31AM

    I'm so glad you found and could name your positives. That has been one of my biggest struggles in this whole healthy journeying. I've always thought myself a positive person and have discovered when it comes to me - I haven't been so good. I'm so proud of you for naming and claiming the positives of your life. Keep it up lady and thank God - today is a fresh day:)

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PINKCOCONUT 11/20/2009 7:38AM

    You're amazing! Way to go!

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FITGIRL15 11/20/2009 1:31AM

    If I ever need ice cream, I grab a protein shake made from "Muscle Milk" protein powder and milk, in a blender with ice! BETTER then ice cream and NO GUILT... pure muscle building heaven!

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LULULUCY 11/19/2009 9:38PM

    AWESOME choice. It's so hard when we're feeling vulnerable and upset to turn away from food but it is so important that you not only noticed this tendancy in yourself but corrected it and did not let it affect you! that is HUGE

and two miles! you go girl emoticon

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AUSOMEVOICE 11/19/2009 8:28PM

    you go girl.

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SUNSETBREEZE05 11/19/2009 8:25PM

    Congratulations!! You made a great choice and also inspired me. Thank You!!

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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Today is Day 2 of spinning class. It's the test to see if I can make it to work on time after the class... so I still woke up super early to get my usual morning stuff done *before* the gym. Last night I went to the gym after my conferences; it was late, but I wanted to get some running in last night. I did about 2 miles, stopping to stretch my ITB twice. Came home and actually remembered to use the foam roller. OUCH.
My lunch is packed, my outfit is ready for today... I think I should be fine getting out the door on time today.
I did ok eating yesterday... my breakfast and lunch were good, but I met a friend for dinner and coffee during the break. Mediocre sandwich and sickly sweet coffee were not worth it. No more flavored coffees. It had been such a long time since I'd had one, and I remember loving the peppermint. I budgeted the calories (not by much) so I didn't feel too guilty. It wasn't horrible, but it certainly wasn't worth the calories it had in it. Lesson learned.

I've been playing my piano more, which is a good thing. My fiance loves hearing it, and I am really enjoying playing it again. Now if I could just remember to practice!

I have an opportunity to sing in Carnegie Hall in February. I wasn't going to do it because I have to pay a lot of money to do it, but it's really something I love to do. Talked it over with the fiance, and he suggested that I do it. That was the first time that I ever asked him about what I should do with my money... Usually I just think "well it's my money, it's not his business.'" But this marked the first time that I talked it over with him. Hm... So anyway, I'm 98% sure I'm going to sing in NYC in February. I'm really looking forward to it. It's a weekend in New York, and it's some serious "me time."

Off to check some more stuff and then to go spinning. Thanks for stopping by!
Happy Hump Day!

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PINKCOCONUT 11/18/2009 7:14AM

    Oh man! So glad you decided to do Carnegie! How could you pass up THAT opportunity?! Awesome!

Hope spinning was fun and that you got to work in time!

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DHSPARK 11/18/2009 6:04AM

    So . . . You're a singer! I admire that 'cause I've never tried to train my voice so it's NOT in tune. All we have to do is make a joyful noise (at church). Thank goodness.

When I was working I liked to get my stuff around the night before too. It really helps you get out the door and to work on time.

You're at a conference? I used to go to them too. They can be a lot of fun but usually keeps one busy.

Hope your spinning class was fun and a good workout.

Love your gold background . . . Deb

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While I have the time...

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

I never thought I'd be a morning person. When I was younger, I used to think my grandmother was nuts for getting up early and going to bed early. She always reminded me of the old saying, though - "Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise." Bah, I thought. But now since I've been doing this early morning thing, I feel like the old adage is true. I am definitely getting *healthy* because I do the gym thing early, I feel a little wiser (I guess) because I get stuff done in the morning and I have more energy to do my work; the only thing I'm waiting on is the "wealthy" part. But I assume that will come at some point in one form or another.
This morning I made my lunch for tomorrow (!), I baked banana-walnut muffins (with approx. 200 calories a piece - pretty good!), and picked out my clothing for the rest of the week. I am going to "Burn and firm Pilates" at 10:00, and then it's off to school from noon-8pm for conferences.
Until I leave, though, I think I'm going to clean up a little bit around here...

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PINKCOCONUT 11/17/2009 9:07AM

    Man. One day fairly soon I think I'll be joining you on the early morning day....

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Shopping just never gets old!

Monday, November 16, 2009

This weekend I went to my mom's house for symphony. It was great - I love Symphonie Fantastique!!! I usually leave early to get there and stop at the mall. I really *do* need to build up my wardrobe again - I got rid of so many fat clothes - and symphony days are perfect to shop in the morning. So anyway, the goal was to find a second pair of jeans and some new leggings. Tried on about a million pairs of jeans and ended up with a super cute pair of SKINNY JEANS!!!! Never in a million years did I think I'd ever buy a pair of skinny jeans and have them look like they are supposed to! I LOVE them. I feel so amazing in them... thick thighs and all. My thighs are they way they are because of running and working out... I am proud of how muscular they are getting. WAHOO!
I also ended up with a sweater, a turtleneck (my fiance said "didn't you have one like that?" The old one was an XL, this one is a S) and some new leggings. I LOVE to shop now. Trying on clothes is so much fun!!! If I ever have the urge to eat an entire cake, I can think about how much fun shopping is now. It was never fun for me... I used to HATE clothes shopping. I'd wear giant t-shirts and pants... it was so frustrating. My closet is not bursting with clothes, but I wear just about everything in there because I CAN. Everything fits and I can throw anything on without worrying about covering a roll here or a bulge there.

This morning I went to my first ever spinning class... my legs are killing me! I decided I'm going again on Wednesday. Entered my fitness minutes for the week, I was a little conservative on the running minutes since I'm still getting my ITB back in shape. Who knows, I may end up with way more minutes than I anticipated. LOVE working out. I think I'm definitely over the rut I was in.... the early morning workouts are helping for sure.

Today and tomorrow I have conferences at school, so I don't have to go in until noon. But I'm there until 8:00... I get to try some morning classes at the gym and maybe some late running after conferences.

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ROGUE_1 11/16/2009 7:47PM

    When I saw the title of this blog, I smiled - you better watch are starting to sound like me!!! And I have had to put myself in a shopping ban because I enjoy shopping a liiiiitle too much :) I'm so happy for you. Your excitement is contagious, and I am thrilled that you are enjoying the shopping experience and are finding all kinds of things to wear. Keep on having fun shopping!

Spinning is fun, and such a great workout. Glad to hear you are out of your rut!

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2010TRIATHLETE 11/16/2009 11:57AM

    Congrats on the skinny jeans & size S turtleneck! WooHoo! I love spinning class. After you get past the pain, it's a wonderful form of cross training for running. Keep up the great work!

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 11/16/2009 11:25AM

    I agree shopping for clothes, now never gets old.

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CAMROLA 11/16/2009 11:01AM

    What a great feeling--good for you!


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JILLTBNAGART 11/16/2009 9:49AM

    Come shop for me. I HATE it!

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PINKCOCONUT 11/16/2009 9:40AM

    Awesome on the jeans!!!

I keep thinking about taking a spinning class...hmmm...

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