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The sign in the in-box

Monday, July 12, 2010

I meant for yesterday to be the day where I got back into my routine, but I just wasn't feeling it. So today it is. I opened up my mail, and there was a message from my gym advertising discounted personal training sessions. That was just the thing I needed to get me going this morning. I don't know what it was about the e-mail, it just made something click.

I'm going to wait a bit to buy some sessions (it runs for a month) but I'm not going to wait to get back at my working out. I'm ready for the gym (I'll go mid-morning) and I already had three huge glasses of water. I went for my after-meal walk around the block with hardly any moaning and groaning.

Sometimes the strangest and most random things inspire... Today it was an e-mail from the gym. Who knows what it will be tomorrow.

Off to plan the week!

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BOBBYD31 7/12/2010 5:07PM

    i would have to say that was a sign from the running gods, now get out there and do it!

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GOALIEGRANDMA3 7/12/2010 3:46PM

    someone is indeed trying to tell you something

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JOPAPGH 7/12/2010 12:23PM

    Glad you are feeling it again. Hope you had a great trip.

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GSDMIKE 7/12/2010 12:08PM

    Hope you had a great workout. Sherry is loving her PT sessions. She goes twice a week. Me, I just go out for my solitary runs and rides.

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Easy, there...

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Well I am back from my vacation in Portland. I had a great time - i met my first and second Spark Buddies! Mike and Kim. They took me on a really nice 2 mile run around a lake and a not-as-nice trip to do some hill work. I had to burn off all the gelato and scones somehow...

I didn't track anything, didn't write anything down, and had no regard for nutrition of food (hence all the scones and ice cream/gelato). Told myself that today was going to be the day I got back into it. But what I didn't realize is how difficult it can be to get back into a routine, especially one that is like I have! I started off tracking my breakfast, but didn't go for a walk right away after I ate. Told myself I'd make it to the gym, but didn't. I didn't even go for the walk after lunch. Instead, I took a long nap. Barely remembered to track lunch, and I didn't write in my food journal. Took me so long to get into my routine, had it down pat, and a week away makes me not want to do any of it.
I suppose tomorrow I MUST get to the gym - get *that* part of the routine back, at least. I think I'm going to ease back into my routine... maybe go back to the small Spark Streaks that worked so well for me.

The part about vacation that I love the most is also the part that I dislike the most - the lack of routine. When away, I got up when I wanted to, read a book when I wanted to, sat by the fountain for as long as I felt like it, ate when I was hungry... I can't complain *too* much - the point of a vacation is to get away from the routine and experience something different.

So tonight I'm off to sit by the pool and wait for honey to be done with work (there is a pool where he works - yahoo!) and come home and eat some veggies and pasta.

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PILLOWFOOL 7/12/2010 3:27AM

    I'm glad you had a great vaca! and a little time away from the routine is ok. now jump back into it! or wade in a bit at a time :) I still haven't gotten a real routine down - but I'm trying to follow in your footsteps!

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KAYAKID 7/11/2010 7:13PM

    Yep! time to get back on routine! Loved meeting you my friend! I hope we were nice to you with those hills! Good kuck getting back on track!!


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ROSALYN503 7/11/2010 7:11PM

    There is nothing wrong with skipping your 'health nut' routine. Your on vacation....relax, eat, drink, and party!!!!

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Talkin' 'bout the birds and the bees...

Sunday, July 04, 2010

and the flowers and the trees
and the bunnies and the bugs
and the spiders and the slugs.

One of my July goals was to walk around our neighborhood loop after every meal. It's about .45 mile long (according to the Spark map) and takes me about 8-10 minutes. It started out as a power walk so I could get it over with, but in the short time I've been doing this it's evolved into a really nice leisurely walk where I can really look at my surroundings and listen to the wildlife.
There are beautiful wildflowers all over the place. Animals are in the trees, on the ground, in the woods... chirping, woodpecking, growls (eep!)...

My little loop is full of rolling hills. At the bottom of the biggest hill, when I turn the corner and go past the mailboxes, it's always sunny and warm. It's shaded until then, so it doesn't get too hot; I love stepping into that sun.
When I leave, I have to pass my neighbor's house where their beagle lies on the porch basking in the sun. I say "Hi Buddy" and he looks up, wags his tail, then gets back to being a dog.

Yesterday I walked around the loop four times. This morning I took my coffee on my walk. It's funny - I started this challenge as just another way to get some fitness minutes in and burn some extra (minimal) calories, but it is turning into a wonderful way for me to have time to myself and enjoy nature.

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GROOVYCHICK9 7/9/2010 11:32AM

    How peaceful it sounds. I think I may start to do this as well. I just don't seem to get out as much as I like to.

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ROGUE_1 7/6/2010 5:08PM

    This sounds so relaxing and enjoyable. I usually take after dinner walks with my husband, but will definitely start trying to incorporate walks on my own time when he works late or if he's out!

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MIAMIA7 7/4/2010 3:18PM

    Sounds wonderful Carrie!

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SEPPIESUSAN 7/4/2010 12:05PM

    I really like this idea! I have a loop in my neighborhood that is just over a mile, and I've thought about making a routine of walking or jogging around it after dinner each evening.

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COOPSM 7/4/2010 11:23AM

    Sounds so peaceful Carrie....

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ROCKYCPA 7/4/2010 10:21AM

    that sounds like a wonderful walk and you can enjoy yourself as well as get in your exercise.

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ROCKYCPA 7/4/2010 10:21AM

    that sounds like a wonderful walk and you can enjoy yourself as well as get in your exercise.

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LOSINGITALL4ME 7/4/2010 10:16AM

    Sounds like a pleasant walk and you're getting in added exercise time! emoticon

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ACROSONIC 7/4/2010 10:15AM

    I'm enjoying my walks again. Haven't walked in a few years, due to feet problems (tendon), but now am back and rediscovering my neighborhood. I even will walk with my umbrella, as long as it's not pouring and there's no lightning!

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SIRIRADHA 7/4/2010 8:57AM

    Great chance to reconnect with what is real and alive. More people should get outside and quit settling for virtual life. Good for you!

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TRISHY12 7/4/2010 8:27AM

    I've also fallen in love with my daily walks. Not only do I enjoy the time by myself to reflect on life, I've also met quite a few of my neighbors. I now look forward to turning the corner to see if Miss Betty is sitting on her porch - or saying hello to Einstein, the big chocolate lab (and his owners) down the street...

The other evening when I went for my walk around dusk, I was lucky enough to see 2 baby raccoons playing in a clearing in the woods. I surely would have missed that if I had been cruising by in the car!

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BIKERDIANE 7/4/2010 7:30AM

    I love walking and being out in Gods Country! Never take my ipod, too distracting!

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ROZELL99 7/4/2010 7:16AM

  Calming is nice.

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Well *that's* out of my system...

Saturday, July 03, 2010

The craving for chips, that is. Last night after I picked up my veggies from the farm, I stopped for some milk and blue cheese. And the chips just called out to me. I can't deny myself the chips when they call out to me. So I get the "small" bag, which only (only - ha!) has four servings. So it's about 600 calories. Which is better than a "family size" bag, which has many more calories than that. So this is part of the Spark lifestyle for me - the small bag of chips every once in a while.

But today is a new day, and I have my meals generally planned out. Lunch is going to be a veggie soup, and dinner is either going to be soup and sandwich or hot cereal. I'll go to the gym a little later, get some running in. Maybe some elliptical - I've been enjoying the elliptical lately. I have to gear up for tomorrow! We have a picnic at my honey's cousin's house. This is a big yearly event, and this year is going to be great.

My honey's cousin has tons of people over for the 4th of July. This has usually been a day where I feel totally self-conscious. His cousin's family is all tall (think over 6' - even the daughters) and thin. They run around in their shorts and cute dresses and go in the pool in their bikinis and don't think twice. It's been two years since honey and I have been there. I'm actually looking forward to going this year. In the two years since I've been there, I've lost about 40 pounds. I can't do anything about being short, but I'm excited to see if I feel any different around his family this year. Maybe I'll actually go in the pool this year! eek! Today I'm going to be a big dork and get together the perfect outfit...

Today I will:
- drink tons of water to counteract all the salt I ate last night
- Finish packing for my Portland trip (yahoo!)
- stick to the eating plan
- paint my toenails and shine up my fingernails
- send some e-mails I've been procrastinating on
- clean out the fridge
- clean my closet room

Most of the stuff I have to do today is to prepare for next week. I want it to be as easy as possible for my honey next week while I'm away (his strong suit is not housework).


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ROGUE_1 7/6/2010 5:09PM

    So how did you feel this year? You look wonderful, I hope you were able to enjoy yourself and remember that!!!

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    Have fun at the pool!! YOu'll knock em out!

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COOPSM 7/4/2010 6:07AM

    Carrie---I can't wait to hear about all the compliments and that you felt like a million bucks today...ENJOY SWIMMING!!!!

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SEPPIESUSAN 7/3/2010 4:43PM

    Oooh, have fun being 40 pounds lighter at the picnic!!!

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IILAAD65 7/3/2010 2:39PM

    I can't wait to hear about all the compliments!!!

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ACROSONIC 7/3/2010 12:19PM

    Yes, an occasional indulgence is good for all. As long as it's occasional!

Have fun at the festivities. Hope you get lots of comments on your weight loss! emoticon

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ACROSONIC 7/3/2010 12:19PM

    Yes, an occasional indulgence is good for all. As long as it's occasional!

Have fun at the festivities. Hope you get lots of comments on your weight loss! emoticon

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GOALIEGRANDMA3 7/3/2010 11:50AM

    been there....done that

With help and encouragement from spark friends I too get it out of my system

You have a good attitude toward it, and I know you will be successful today. emoticon

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And we're off!

Thursday, July 01, 2010

Off to the second half of 2010, off to a new month, and off to new and improved goals.
Last night and this morning I was feeling kind of down. Kind of fat, actually. Last night when I looked in the mirror, I saw a fat me. It's been a while since I felt that way. Instead of seeing all the positive changes my body has gone through, I focused on every negative part I could. I don't know why this happened... weird. This morning I felt the same way, too. Perhaps it's because I know tomorrow is supposed to be Weigh-In Day.

I took the plunge and moved on to Step 4 of the Spark Diet - Spread the Spark. Part of this step is a "check-up" every two weeks, including a weigh-in. I get so nervous that I am still at my plateau. It's been about a year (ugh) since I've been at around the same weight, and I'm getting seriously frustrated. Not the kind of frustrated where I'm going to start eating bags of chips and take-out galore, because I really *like* this new lifestyle, but just frustrated that I may be stuck here forever. I drink all my water, I count my calories (and I measure my food!), eat tons of fruit and veg, and I get consistent workouts and rest days in. I wish I knew why my body was so resistant to getting past this plateau.

But because I'm an optimist, I have to end this blog with positive things I did today.
- drank a lot of water (still need to get some in before bed)
- went to the gym and got in a great workout
- walked around the neighborhood after every meal (including breakfast, where I don't even *have* dessert!)
- measured all my food. I discovered that I had enough calories left for a little dish of frozen yogurt. Hurrah!


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ACROSONIC 7/2/2010 12:38PM

    We all know that "feeling fat and down" feeling. Focus on what you are doing, and all that walking is good for your body. I still like to weigh myself daily: when I didn't, I found myself gaining weight! This way, I can monitor myself and not have that dread building up.

Upping your calories for one day might help. I was listening to a podcast where that was mentioned: that occasionally you need to shock your system. Maybe one day (the 4th of July?) indulge in a burger and ice cream, then get back on your meal plan the day after.


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COOPSM 7/2/2010 8:14AM

    Carrie---I hate when we bring ourselves down and we shouldn't be feeling this way....

You are doing great...keep at it...wondering if you need to up the calories some, maybe you are not eating enough...something to think about....

Enjoy the farm pickup today.....

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PILLOWFOOL 7/2/2010 3:10AM

    you're GORGEOUS! remember: we're only going to give ourselves POSITIVE feedback b/c that will help improve our overall health. it sure ain't easy though, is it?

sounds like you're doing amazingly well. you'll get there!

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REVJVH 7/1/2010 11:20PM

    How many calories are you eating a day? Are you at the bottom of your range consistently? Maybe you need to shock your metabolism a bit. Eat toward the top of your range, and maybe burn a few more. Or reset your goal for number of calories burned a week and see if SparkPeople gives you a different calorie range.

Maybe you need to change your workouts, concentrate more on cardio for a while. I've been biking a lot the last few weeks and it seems to burn calories well.

I also find that weighing every day and averaging the weight over seven days helps me to avoid that "Weigh-in Day" anxiety. By the time the seventh day rolls around, I just have a number to put in my weight tracker. And I find I don't obsess about the number.

Good luck to you!

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MAIA2011 7/1/2010 8:36PM

    I am doing all those things and gaining currently though I did lose one pound this week (pre weigh-in)! I hope I am turning this thing around. Sure seems like you are doing everything right so you should start to see more scale movement soon!


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