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Hump Da Dump

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

I got home from school yesterday and all I wanted to do was crash. I didn't even stop to pick up my prescription; all I wanted to do was come home. I had some sea bass that honey left for me, and packed my lunch (at least I got *that* part of my list done). Ugh. I planned on going to the gym for some strength training - it was seriously the last thing I wanted to do. But I already had on my gym clothes (I changed right when I got home because I knew that I wouldn't want to go). So I went.
I hopped on the bike to warm up, and almost immediately, I felt better. It had been so long since I'd been in the gym! I forgot how much I liked being there! I didn't have to think about the to-do list, didn't have to look at dirty dishes... just time for ME.
I got in some really good strength training - my muscles are thanking me today. I read a very wonderful blog yesterday (ZAX!) about approaching this next step in the journey as if we're just starting it. While I am very pleased with how far I've come, I *know* i can keep going. I have to re-train my brain to think of where I am now as the starting point.

This 10-day No Baked Goods/Candy Challenge is just what I need to get back in gear. Today is the half way point. I almost forgot about it yesterday morning - one of the girls at school had a giant KitKat and it looked SO good. I was thisclose to going to the vending machine - but I'm halfway through! I can't ruin this streak now!

Tonight is a run with my buddy from school. We're going even if it's raining; we both decided that the rain is much more manageable than the treadmill. So out in the rain it is.

Today I MUST:
Pick up my prescription.
Pack tomorrow's lunch.
Clean up SOMEthing.
Drink a ton of water.
Roll and ice my knee when I get home from running.
Give someone a compliment.

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SOUTHGOINGZAX 5/13/2010 11:22AM

    I'm glad I could return the favor at least once - I always get inspiration from your blogs!
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ONECOOKIETWO 5/12/2010 12:17PM

    Thank you for posting this. It is helping me get back into my own stride. This end of school thing can really flatten me. You're inspiring me and reminding me that I can continue taking care of myself, even when I just want oblivion!
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KARVY09 5/12/2010 8:23AM

    Congrats on doing so well on your baked goods challenge. That's a toughie!

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CFMOSS 5/12/2010 7:23AM

    Good goals for the day; glad you kept going yesterday when all you wanted to do was plunk. my muscles are currently informing that i have used and abused them with strength training the past two days and that they would very much like a recovery day - maybe yoga tonight. Have a great day.

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Phew!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

I was nervous about this morning - I like to review my goals from they day before and see if I did everything. Since I didn't do a whole lot last night, I thought for sure I didn't do everything I set out to do. But you know what ? I *did* do everything on my list!

Water - YES
Compliment - YES
Roll and ice knee - YES
(OK, so my list wasn't exactly the most challenging.)

Wahoo! Today will have to be a little more ambitious; I have a lot to do.
Today I will:
Drink a ton of water.
Pick up a prescription after school.
Pack my lunch for tomorrow.
Clean the dining room table.

I wasn't going to pack my lunch today, I thought "ugh the kitchen is a mess and I just want to stop at the store for something." But then my rational side got the best of me, and *it* thought "oh hell, just make the spaghetti. It takes 10 minutes." So spaghetti it is. And in the time it took me to type this blog, the water boiled, the spaghetti cooked, and I saved myself some money. It's a good morning.

Tonight I absolutely MUST get to the gym for some strength training. It's been too long since I've done weights - the weather has kept me outside and away from the gym. But back to the arms it is.

Coffee is tasting good, sun is shining... my second graders have their first big group rehearsal for their musical on Thursday. I am super excited! I don't get nervous anymore for the musical - it's a fun thing and I don't like to get bent out of shape for fun things.

Have a super day - today is day 4 of No Baked Goods/Candy. It's also day 4 of Only Drink Coffee in the Morning. This will be tricky since I'm meeting a friend at a coffee shop after school. But they have great smoothies, and I'm sure there is decaf tea there somewhere.

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CFMOSS 5/11/2010 7:41AM

    You are doing wonderfully - love the 2nd graders getting ready for their performance - count down to end of school year continues....I agree on the strength training - I've been doing crossfit and bodysculpting all of which involves strength training but hadn't touched the equipment for months - last week I did - it kicked my butt or at least my arms and chest felt it for days. so here's to a round of strength training. have a great day.

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Monday - Day 3

Monday, May 10, 2010

It's day 3 of the No Baked Goods/Candy challenge. Yesterday I went out to lunch with my mom and brother and I was sure the desserts were going to tempt me. But they didn't. I didn't even get up to look at them! I ate my lunch slowly, drank a lot of water, and successfully avoided the dessert table. Yahoo!

Including today, there are only four Mondays left in the school year. I couldn't be more excited!

I returned my "goal skirt" yesterday. I didn't like it hanging in my closet... I thought it would be motivation for me, but instead it made me a little bummed every time I looked at it. I feel much better not having clothes in my closet that *almost* fit.

Today I will:
Drink a ton of water.
Give someone a compliment.
Roll and ice my leg/knee when I get back from school and from running.

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CAMROLA 5/10/2010 12:38PM

    I'm so glad you took back that darn skirt, and good for you for keeping away from the sweets. Once you start cutting down, you really do have fewer cravings...

Hope you have a GREAT week!

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AGAWRITER 5/10/2010 8:16AM

    Are you remembering to not count Memorial Day? I only have two more Mondaqys, three Fridays, and 4 of all the other stuff. Not that I'm counting.
Think of how much more fun it will be to buy the skirt when you need to buy everything else with it.

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AXISLADY 5/10/2010 8:02AM

    I have the "wedding dress" in my closet and it sure isn't motivating me either. Makes me sad that I probably won't be able to wear it. It's a 16 and I'm an 18. However, I did wear a 16W on Sat. night, so go figure!

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Egg Toast

Sunday, May 09, 2010

My brother bought me the most wonderful gift for my birthday last year. An egg toaster. It cooks the egg and toasts the bread, and the two are done at exactly the same time. I don't know how I lived without it. I eat egg toast (that's what I call my breakfast) just about every day. It's SO easy to do, and it gets me my good protein. So why do I write about egg toast? Well, I think that egg toast can be a good part of my meal plan. Yesterday I had egg toast for dinner, and then a little yogurt with some oats and honey a bit later. I didn't need a huge dinner to satisfy me. I stayed within my calorie range, and I didn't feel ravenous at night. I guess there are worse things than having egg toast twice a day.

Yesterday was day 1 of no baked goods/candy. We didn't have any in the house, so I couldn't eat them even if I wanted to, but it was still nice to be able to check off "day 1" on my calendar and on my "other goals" part of Spark. Today will be a little more challenging. I'm going to visit my mom and brother today, and we're going out for lunch. It's a buffet, and there are always some good desserts. But I think knowing that I can not have any of them makes it a little easier. If I would allow myself one, I could easily justify two. But my goal is very clear - no baked goods or candy. Fruit salad, here I come.

And this makes me think of another challenge - only have coffee at home. Too many times I have double coffee when I go out to breakfast, and there's no need for that. Chocolate chai and raspberry mocha lattes are not helping my weight-loss. If I want this tummy to go away and my arm muscles to pop, I need to drop some of this fat.

F-R-U-I-T!!!! Fruit fruit fruit! emoticon

It's time to clean up a little bit before I head down to mum's house. I have to stop for some flowers and dog treats on the way down. I am looking forward to meeting the new dog!

Happy Mothers' Day!


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GROOVYCHICK9 5/11/2010 1:53PM

    Gotta get me one of those egg toasters!!! Yum.



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JILLIANPRNCSS 5/10/2010 8:19AM

    My birthday is coming up so I am going to ask for one of those egg toasters. Thanks for the idea.

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CFMOSS 5/9/2010 8:31AM

    I'm back tracking food so that I don't get out of control AND quite honestly it's that candy and sweets thing that is the hugest temptation. Strength and courage to you as well as lots of fresh fruit:) Happy day.

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KRESONNA_SUE 5/9/2010 8:28AM

    Vegies, Vegies, Vegies! LOL

Yes, that does sound good and is nutritious to boot.

Congratulations on your challenge choice.

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FIXIN-TO-THRILL 5/9/2010 8:15AM

    glad i'm not the only one who likes breakfast foods for dinner emoticon

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It's only May 8th...

Saturday, May 08, 2010

and already I'm re-thinking my May goals. One of my goals is (was?) to fit into a skirt that I bought. I bought the skirt back in March and I'm still not in it (bleh). So my skirt has been hanging up in my closet, motivating (taunting?) me. Even though I've discovered a love for biking and I'm running outside more, not fitting into this skirt has really been bugging me. For all the good things I've done, not fitting into this skirt has been killing me.

I read a few Spark articles about goal-setting, and the latest one I read (again) was about keeping "skinny jeans" and why it hurt more than helped. I really think that having this skirt around is not good for me. Every day I am reminded that I'm still not exactly where I want to be, and I get frustrated. I know I set the goal for the *end* of May, and it's only the beginning... maybe I'll hide the skirt until the end of the month so it's not staring me in the face every morning. Maybe I'll keep the goal but add some more fitness goals to it and focus on those instead.

I wrote a note in my lunch bag yesterday - "GOALS! Fit in that skirt!" and it kept me from eating all the sweets on the faculty room table. I'm so close. Part of me feels as if I quit now, I'm failing.

Maybe this is just the kick in the pants (or the skirt, if you will) I need to lose these last few pounds. I've been just kind of going through the motions, not really focusing on my goals. It's been so easy to be lax about my eating - I was so disciplined at the start of my Spark journey. I haven't been challenged lately. I don't just want to settle for where I am now - I *know* that I can do more. Am I afraid? I don't know.

I see all these Spark Friends having such great weight loss, and I feel as if I'm left in the dust. But I see what you've been eating and doing - no wonder the weight is coming off! Do I deserve a huge breakfast of pancakes and bacon because I ran three miles? No, not really. Although I burn calories running, I don't think it makes up for the calories in that kind of breakfast. Lattes and chai have calories - LOTS of calories. Just because I "forget" to track those drinks doesn't mean the calories disappear.

So today after my run, I am going to look at doing some kind of nutrition challenge. Perhaps a challenge as part of a team. I have been accountable to lots of people regarding my workouts, but never my nutrition. Maybe that's just what I need to get the ball rolling again.

Today I am going to start with small steps.
- At breakfast, stick with water. I already had my coffee and I don't need extra calories from orange juice. Also, consider some eggs with veggies instead of pancakes. Goooooo protein!
- Eat lots of fruit and veggies today. There is a lot of lettuce in the fridge that needs to be eaten, and it would be a good kick-start for my challenge.
- Find a nutrition challenge that would help me live a healthier lifestyle and help me lose some more pounds.
- Track food as I eat it instead of waiting until the end of the evening when I conveniently "forget" how much I actually ate.

Thanks for reading my rambling blog. I had to get out some frustrations and some thoughts. Your support is greatly appreciated - I couldn't do this without you!

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SPARKLINGDAWN 5/9/2010 2:21AM

    Wise words, and good points to consider.

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CAMROLA 5/8/2010 11:39AM

    You're not rambling, and I'm SO glad you brought back the taunting skirt. You are taking great care of yourself, becoming more active, getting stronger, and no skirt can measure the impact of that! The pounds will come when they're ready. Just know you're building up a fabulous machine that will thank you for all your hard work--regardless of what you're wearing and what number is on the tag.

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GSDMIKE 5/8/2010 10:42AM

    When I start struggling with making my calorie range, sometimes I switch to "planning" mode instead of tracking mode. I fill in the next day's plan in the tracker the night before, so it becomes a nutrition plan, kind of like my running plan. Then I just have to eat it. I'll allow myself substitutions during the day, but generally my substitutions tend to be close to equivalent choices.

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KATZABELLAMAMA 5/8/2010 10:34AM

    A nutrition challenge would be awesome to join, then you/ I would think twice about the junk food. Let me know if you find one I may join with you.

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RUBYCLAIRE 5/8/2010 7:37AM

    I like your new approach. It sounds like a winner to me. I seem to have similar difficulty when it comes to tracking ANYTHING.
I know YOU CAN DO IT!

Whenever I get the urge lately to eat foods I shouldn't, I remind myself how far I've already come and then think, do I want to start a backwards spiral.

Good Luck!


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CFMOSS 5/8/2010 7:07AM

    I suggest putting "be kind to myself" on that list of goals. You are doing such a great job. Understand the impatience as well as the accidentally not tracked items. those lattes do have calories especially the really yummy flavored ones; you've been doing such a good job that a reward is okay (that is to say one latte or...occasionally...not two every day) anyway, remember to see how far you have come; take a deep breath and finish your journey in whatever time it takes skirt or no skirt. Hugs and a great day to you.

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ROX525 5/8/2010 6:51AM

    You sound like me. I am so close but found the need to eat things I shouldn't have all week. I exercised extra to kill the calories and maintained instead of losing. Looking at the calendar, we have 3 weeks and 3 days till May 31 or 24 days for you to fit in the skirt. Wishing both of us success! Have a great weekend.

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JILLIANPRNCSS 5/8/2010 6:49AM

    Good to try new things and shake up your routine. I hope things work for you.

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JAMIE_LYNN42 5/8/2010 6:32AM

    I started to make breakfast the most important meal of the day. Eating higher calories then, tapering off through the day. works for me.

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