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Rethinking the plan of attack

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

This morning I was all ready to go to Spin class... had my gym gear on, had the car warming up... got in my car and it had trouble getting up the hill in the snow (just flurries, but they were those slippery flurries). My spin class runs until 7:15 and I usually have to zoom home so I can make it out the door on time for school - didn't want to zoom in the snow, so I came back inside with my car keys and decided to not go this morning. Since I already entered in the minutes, I will make it up tonight after my yoga class (there is a spin at 6:15 this evening).
So this whole experience got me thinking - maybe I need to shake it up a little bit. I LOVE waking up early and getting a workout in, but I do not love being rushed in the morning. I like to sit with my coffee and my crossword - the morning is my "me" time. I also get a lot done in the morning - bills, dishes, schedule for the day... the 6:30 spin class does not allow me to get that "me" time, which is important to me.
I think I'm going to start going to more evening spin classes, maybe get back to going to the gym after school. I'll still wake up early, get some morning workouts in (I love the energy it gives me for the day!), but I will def be looking at evening spin classes. I don't do anything in the evening anyway except for eat and sit on the couch, so I may as well be productive. The mornings can be used to work on other stuff - even classwork and writing papers.

And I think that's what this whole Spark journey is all about - figuring out what works best. For me, it *was* going to the gym at night (like 8:00 at night). And then it was going to early morning spin class. Now, maybe it will be going after school and in the early evening. Who knows... I guess I'll find out!

My gym clothes are packed for this afternoon... I'll change at school and head right up to the gym. My journal tonight will be filled with how this change of schedule made me feel. I already know that I got a lot done this morning... I even scheduled my chiro appointment that I meant to do last night!

  
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TABBALOOSA 1/6/2010 8:28PM

    Yup, that early morning 'me' time is a treasure. I'll be interested to hear how switching things up goes for you.

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HELLAVAHC 1/6/2010 6:56PM

    Always changing it up is a great idea. I really love working out in the am but have to be at school by 7am, so I record workout shows from Fit TV.

Haven't been motivated so far this week, though... trying for tomorrow!

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EATNBOOGERS 1/6/2010 6:10PM

    I definitely think that flexibility and shaking things up are important. I always feel better getting my exercise "out of the way"--I'm curious to watch how this goes for you! Have fun in the class! (And maybe *I* should be more flexible, too... sometimes, I'm just farting around in the evening, too...)

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GONE2014 1/6/2010 4:19PM

    Sounds like you are on the right track ... flexibility and figuring out what's right for you is key!

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CFMOSS 1/6/2010 1:52PM

    Glad you can be flexible - i value my morning time when i get it. Helps prepare me for the day ahead. On the other hand early morning used to be my only opportunity to work out - now it's mostly evening. Oh and I'm glad the spinning you prefer to do is on the bike and not the tires on the road (yikes) Happy day to you.

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MALIBUPRES 1/6/2010 10:12AM

    The beauty of being in charge of you! :) I think it's totally fine that you are changing things up. Sometimes evening workouts recharge me for the next day. And I find that I have better runs at night as well. Anyhow, way to take care of you!

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ALTHORP 1/6/2010 9:51AM

    I love how you said that this spark thing is all about figuring out what works best, and that what works best can change over time. It's a good reminder (for me right now, anyway) that if one thing isn't working, it doesn't mean you've failed, just that you haven't worked out what works best for you right now yet. Thanks!

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BSTAKINGACTION 1/6/2010 9:31AM

    You know, it really is about what works for where we are right now. I had to chuckle because three weeks ago I made the decision to move part of my workouts to the MORNING! HA!

I think its all about maintaining variety to keep us motivated. Shakin' up is definitely a good thing.

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GSDMIKE 1/6/2010 9:15AM

    My schedule changes with the season and the day. In the summer, I'm up early to get out and run before the heat, but on a riding day, I'll wait till it warms up. In winter, it's the middle of the day for running, and often I'm spinning in the basement in the evening, though I'm not sure why. Most of the time that I go to the gym, it's in the evening.

If you are committed to get the exercise in, I don't think it matters what time of day you decide to do it. I guess planning for early in the day does give you more chances to adapt though. If you'd spun your tires tonight, it's not like you could've decided to go this morning instead...

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RUNTRILAUGH 1/6/2010 9:11AM

    Absolutely!!!! Switching it up is good, and heck, you may even make some new friends in the evening classes!

Enjoy the changes!!!

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JWENZEL723 1/6/2010 9:09AM

    i'm the same. i love taking it slow in the morning - i can't stand being rushed! i always do my workouts after work in the evening, but whatever works for you is exactly what you need to do!

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SWAL0701 1/6/2010 8:48AM

    You have to have a plan that works for YOU. I love the quiet mornings with my coffee. I get up extra early just to make that happen.

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JOPAPGH 1/6/2010 8:13AM

    It's great to be flexible.

Since the holidays I have had a hard time getting up early, so it has been mostly evening workouts, with an occasional lunch.

As the days get longer I anticipate getting back into a morning groove.



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PINKCOCONUT 1/6/2010 7:35AM

    Sounds like a great plan! I'm the same, mornings are my "me" time. It's nice and quiet and I just take my time, if I'm rushed in the morning it sets me up for a cranky day!

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Seriously? Lamb and all?

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

So today was the day I decided to try my little experiment - no walnuts on my salad, a mix of milk and water with my hot cereal, less hot cereal...
Honey calls and says he doesn't have to work tonight. He decided to make the lamb tonight. Oh, I love lamb. Sorry to all the vegetarians out there, but it was just perfect tonight. Tender, juicy... mmmm. But lamb is def not a health food. The piece I ate had about 450 calories in it and 33 grams of fat. (!!!!!!!) I entered it anyway. And by god, I staying within all my ranges. Even my fat range. (!!!) I was so excited that my earlier choices made my dinner guilt-free. AND! I didn't eat the random bread after dinner - had my hot tea with honey and half & half, and that was it. Wahoo!
Happy things for today:
I resisted pumpkin bread and banana bread at work (which wasn't too hard - it looked a little sketchy), resisted Smidgens on the staff lunch table, and didn't eat any Texas Roadhouse Rolls with brown sugar butter. WAHOO!

Today's Goals done?
Water - YES
Gym - YES - 1/2 hour of swimming before school
Healthy dinner - well, the lamb wasn't "healthy," but it fit in my range, and I didn't do any extra after-dinner eating. so YES
Career materials - YES. Printed out some stuff at school to get ready.
Chiropractor - not yet; after my grad class chat time I'll do this.

Tomorrow's goals:
Suck it up and get my rear to the 6:30am spin class
Drink at least 4 Siggs of water
Stick to my eating plan for tomorrow (I already entered it in!)
Go to yoga class after school

Tomorrow's Hump Day... Yippee! Off to do some class work.

  
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TABBALOOSA 1/6/2010 7:04AM

    Way to go! I think you're in such a good habit of tracking, that you probably have a pretty good sense of how your choices are going together. And, yeah, I'm guessing there's some good protein in that lamb.

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KATZZABELLA 1/5/2010 10:23PM

    Nicely done keeping within your calorie range!

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HELLAVAHC 1/5/2010 9:56PM

    I bet your lamb had plenty of protein! Sounds like you are doing a great job.

What's a Sigg?

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EATNBOOGERS 1/5/2010 9:34PM

    It's funny, because I'm a vegetarian, and walnuts are definitely on my agenda (but I like them). Healthier fat than the cheese I'm always drawn to. It's good to be able to visualize choices, though... when I'm being conscientious about what I'm eating, it's not a sacrifice to not eat the stuff I don't like as much in order to "make room" for the stuff I do.

I need to get moving on my own goals.

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Today's *real* blog.

Monday, January 04, 2010

I have been doing this long enough to know that sometimes I have to take a good look at my calories, fitness, and other goals to see where I can improve. I *know* this, but that doesn't mean I've done it recently. Today I entered all my food - my goal is to stay under 1550. That isn't very many calories! So after I put in everything I ate, I actually looked at it. And not just "well, I went over today. guess I'll try harder tomorrow." No, actually *looked* at it and am now going to improve upon what I'm already doing.

Trends I noticed:
walnuts on my salad - I don't think I'll miss them if I keep them off my salad. I just put them on there because I have *always* put them on there; not because I love walnuts. This will also allow me more leeway when I get home from school to eat bigger dinners; I don't need a gigantic lunch, anyway.
Serving size of hot cereal ("mush") in the morning - same thing as the walnuts; I eat the serving I do because I've *always* eaten that much. This morning I was terribly full, but I am still uber-guilty of being part of the Clean Plate Club (not when I go out to eat, only at home). I'm going to try eating a smaller serving tomorrow and see what happens.
Random bread with peanut butter and honey - even one slice adds up. I'm really going to make an effort to NOT eat this tomorrow.
I need to seriously slow down when I eat. I already sit at the table, not watching TV, but I am going to work on enjoying my food, even if I *am* by myself. I used to really enjoy a glass of wine with dinner... maybe I'll get back to that if it helps me eat more slowly. (I am actually very good at keeping myself to one reasonable glass of wine at dinner.)

I think these things will help - when I am at school, I can't eat anything while I teach, and the days go fast anyway, so I might as well keep my mornings and lunches light so I can have a more substantial dinner when I get home.
As for today's goals?
Water - YES
Spin class - YES
Grad class - YES (I logged on at school)
Healthy dinner - YES
Stop eating after healthy dinner/have a cup of tea and stop - well, sort of. If it hadn't been for the 1/4 pear and slice of PB and honey bread (which really wasn't *too* bad), I would have given this a hearty "YES."
I am almost finished with everything on today's To-Do List - I had been trying to keep my lists to a minimum, but I really think they help me get stuff done, no matter how small.

Tomorrow's goals:
Drink at least 4 Siggs full of water (notice a trend here?)
Get in some gym time
Healthy dinner with NO extra eating! Drink that tea when I'm done!
Continue working on updating my resume and other career materials.
Schedule an appointment at the chiropractor (although I still may do this one tonight on-line)

Off to continue crossing stuff off my list... I don't have too much more to go! Wahoo!

  
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SOUTHGOINGZAX 1/7/2010 12:16PM

    I have found that if I cut carbs out, it feels like I have more food to eat - even though, I, like you, have a calorie range of 1250-1550. I used to think that was total crap, 1550 calories is virtually nothing! But you're right, if you make smart choices, it really is enough food to eat and not be hungry. I had to cut out virtually all bread, rice cakes, crackers, chips, etc. I eat greek yogurt (YUM!) and a hard-boiled egg in the morning, and/or lowfat cottage cheese with half an apple, etc., because typically the hot cereals have too many calories and not enough staying power for me...I always feel hungry by 10:30 am or so if I eat hot cereal. If I do have it, I make it with all water, or low-fat almond milk (40 cal. per serving). I also try to break up my breakfast, and have 150-180 calories before I go to the gym and then another small breakfast after - I really seem to do well doing that.

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EATNBOOGERS 1/5/2010 12:06PM

    That's why the tracker is helpful... it can be a pain in the butt, but it *does* help one see things. (For me, it is always cheese.)

I am so often so bad about water (unless I'm actively sparking, of course), and it helps so much... with helping you feel good, with making the exercise easier, and with recognizing when you're full. Someone once told me that a lot of times, when we think we're hungry, we're actually thirsty. I try to remember that one. :-)

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TABBALOOSA 1/4/2010 9:01PM

    Yup, me too. I finally started tracking nutrition again today. I was pleasantly surprised at the end of the day that I was pretty much on target in every respect.

I actually do like walnuts, so I know what kind of impact they have. If they're not your thing, letting them go will definitely give you some room for other stuff.

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KENSINGTONC 1/4/2010 6:52PM

    Hi there! I found your blog from the Partying Penguins team I'm also a part of (KensingtonC). I really like how you identified trends and are going to make and effort to change them. For me that's the beauty of tracking - figuring out the problem(s) and making a change.

And I totally agree - 1550 calories is NOT a lot! It's so hard for me to stay under 1800...

Liz

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A quickie for the morning

Monday, January 04, 2010

I forgot to go over my goals from yesterday! So to keep myself accountable, here goes.

Water? - YES - a ton
Gym time? YES
Weekly Outfits? YES
Healthy foods? YES
Quality honey time? YES

Today's goals:
Drink at least 4 Siggs full of water
Go to spin class no matter how hard it is to drag myself out of bed
Log onto my grad class and work on the first assignment (I left this one kind of vague on purpose)
Eat a healthy dinner
Stop eating after my healthy dinner and use my cup of tea as my signal to stop eating (this has been working the last few days... I have a cup of tea with a little honey and half and half in it - quells my sweet tooth and is a good stopping point for the evening.)

Tonight I will spend some more time blogging to make up for forgetting yesterday. These daily goals are good for me!

  
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GONE2014 1/4/2010 3:32PM

    Wonderful! I too like the tea time to complete the day!!

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EATNBOOGERS 1/4/2010 3:10PM

    Good for you!

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CFMOSS 1/4/2010 2:41PM

    Nice job and posted at 5:41 AM Wow. Keep up the good journeying.

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JOPAPGH 1/4/2010 10:42AM

    Looks like word of the day is "Yes!"



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GSDMIKE 1/4/2010 10:13AM

    Nice to set that quality time with your honey in your goals. That's one I should set more often. We had a surprisingly good time Saturday just taking down the decorations together.

Hope your enjoyed your spin class. I need to try one of those sometime. I'm kind of an exercise recluse.

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DSCHONDOG 1/4/2010 9:20AM

    I've set 7 goals to start the year. It keeps me focused. It was good to read you are doing the same since you are so successful. We are going to have a great year, Carrie. I will be checking in with you from time to time.

Have a Happy one,
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BSTAKINGACTION 1/4/2010 7:50AM

    Great start on the goals! I like the tea idea...I need to borrow that. I have a terrible time after dinner at night.

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Today was a good day!

Saturday, January 02, 2010

I kind of counted today and yesterday as New Year's Day. Last year I read a saying on Jan 1st - "What you do on New Year's Day, you'll do the rest of the year." Since the gym wasn't open yesterday, I wanted to count today as my Gym New Year's Day. So after going shopping and out to lunch with a wonderful friend, I went to the gym. It took all my willpower - I was tired and just wanted to take a nap, but I didn't want that saying to come true if I made excuses and didn't go to the gym! So I went. Did a little cardio, no ST - my back has been bothering me and it's almost all better - didn't want to aggravate it - but I felt really good when I got home. So that's it - now I have to go to the gym all year.

Good things for today:
My friend asked if I was losing more weight. (!!!) Nothing makes me want to go to the gym more than a compliment like this. When people see and comment on results, it's just the greatest feeling in the world.
Drank a ton of water... def got my 8 cups in.
Had a really good time out with my friend. I made a reasonably healthy lunch choice, then totally blew it with dessert, but didn't feel guilty. One of the things that my friend and I do is eat dessert. We LOVE dessert, and hardly anyone else gets it when we go out to eat. So we always make sure to eat dessert together. In fact, she jokes that she's going to give my eulogy and say "That Carrie, she always ate dessert."
Found out that a store I shopped at found my merchandise credit - they forgot to give it to me after I exchanged a dress earlier this week. I was really bummed out; I thought that I lost it and the credit just disappeared. But they called today to tell me they had the card and they are going to mail it to me on Monday. Yippee! Made me super excited to shop for Spring clothes in a few weeks (yeah, I know it's early, but some of the clothes I've seen are SO cute!!!).
Heaters are fixed in the house. There were two that weren't working - the electrician came out this morning to take care of it. Cross that off my list!

Tomorrow's goals:
Drink at least 4 Siggs of water
Get in some gym time (treadmill and some strength training)
Get my weekly outfits ready to go - saves a TON of time in the morning!
Stock up on healthy food so I can make good lunches and dinners!
Spend some quality time with my honey.

  
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TABBALOOSA 1/2/2010 9:12PM

    Way to go getting yourself to the gym! You're such good inspiration for me.Starting the new year off right - woohoo!!
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SOUTHGOINGZAX 1/2/2010 8:18PM

    Hi Gorgeous!

I'm glad you had a good day - thanks for my spark massage - BF gave me a gift card for 120 minutes of massage that I need to remember to use. The next time I go out to eat, I'm definitely getting dessert! Great Job starting off the New Year in a healthy way.

Kim

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PINKCOCONUT 1/2/2010 7:57PM

    Great job on hitting the gym! Today's my last day to slack of for the holidays so I did but I at least got out for a run yesterday! Next week's schedule is all ready to go including three days of running, one day of spinning and another of circuit training! WOO! Have a fabulous week hon and get some well-deserved warm-weather clothes!

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LOREN009 1/2/2010 7:14PM

    Haha sounds like a great day! I also LOVE dessert, and I'm only now learning to not feel guilty about it. Way to go, and thanks for the reminder :)

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GSDMIKE 1/2/2010 6:10PM

    Nice blog and nice job hitting the gym. My wife signed up to work with a PT at our gym two days a week, so that should help get me there too. I'm kind of a cardio wonk right now, but I want to start doing more ST. Thanks a bunch for the encouragement on my blog.

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KATZZABELLA 1/2/2010 5:50PM

    I agree there is nothing else more motivating than a compliment on your hard work at the gym.

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