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Snow is on its way!

Sunday, March 01, 2009

According to the radar, the snow should be coming around 6ish. I don't think it's going to amount to much, but maybe a snow day tomorrow...? One more this season would be nice.
Went to the gym late morning today. It was such a nice time to go. I'm looking forward to summer when I can go in the late morning. I had enough time to digest my breakfast, and when I came home, I was hungry enough for a very delicious lunch. My fiance made an open faced sandwich with a bean burger, avocado, and egg on top of some bread. I put some hot sauce on it. MMMM. It doesn't sound all that good, but it was delicious.
I worked on my legs today. They feel wobbly because I did lunges with weights, squats with calf raises and a dumbbell, and some other hard things. I've been at this lifestyle change thing for 2 months now, so I think it's time to get a little more intense at the gym. I've been running more and adding more incline to my walking. Yesterday I did upper body, and I can still feel it this afternoon. It's a good feeling.
I have to finish writing a paper tonight, and then I'm done with one more class towards my master's degree. It's going so quickly! I have been writing more papers than I ever thought I'd have to write.
Happy Sunday!


Exercise Stagnation

Saturday, February 28, 2009

This afternoon I went to the gym. I did some running and upper body stuff. My muscles have not been sore the day after working out, so I thought that it must have been either that my muscles were getting used to the work, or that I wasn't working myself hard enough. I think it was the latter. So today I pushed myself really hard with my upper body workout. I lessened the assistance on the pull-up/dip machine, and I added more weight to my free weight stuff. I pushed myself while running today.
Tomorrow is March! I met my goal of being a size 10/12 by March. Yay! Next up, 8/10 by May. Last time I joined a gym, I didn't have any real goals in mind. And even though I know that my goal is not the end of my healthy lifestyle, having a goal really keeps me motivated to keep going. It is a little strange to think of myself as a different size. For so long I'd be crossing my fingers that a size 12 would fit over my thighs that now it is a little weird to go into a store, try something on, and have it close easily.
I have to go enter my lunch and my workout now. Happy Saturday!

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EATNBOOGERS 2/28/2009 7:20PM

    You have done such a good job with the size goal.

I like the "noodle arm" feeling of a really tough upper body workout....

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Salty Cravings

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Today was a good day. I stayed within my calorie count. I went to the gym. The grocery store was not crazy busy, so I didn't feel anxious at all standing around leisurely checking labels. I went shopping on a whim, and I ended up with a super cute spring coat. My shopping trip definitely brought back some motivation. I took some jeans into the fitting room, looked at them and thought "I'll never fit in these." But I did! I was SO excited. I didn't buy anything (although it was really tempting) other than the coat, though.

Tonight was weigh-in night. I didn't lose anything, in fact, I gained a little. But oddly enough, I'm not bummed out about it. I don't know why. Maybe all this Sparking has enlightened me. Last week I was a little lax on my calorie counting and not as careful about my food choices as I have been, so this week it's back to being super aware of what I'm eating.
Tonight I ran a bit and did a tiny bit of lower body. Tomorrow I'm going to give my joints a rest and do some swimming. Hip hip hooray! Tomorrow is Friday!

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EATNBOOGERS 2/26/2009 10:20PM

    Sounds like you're gaining wisdom--yea you! I've tried things on without buying just to see how I'm doing. It's a gratifying (and free) thing to do.

I'm curious though--salty cravings?

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Motivation is waning...

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

It might be this weather, with no sun, or it might be that I'm in a rut, but whatever it is, I just don't feel 100%. I went to the gym tonight and usually I am really into the weights, but tonight I feel like I just slogged through my workout. I am afraid to take some time off from the gym because I worry that it might be too much time away... 2 days turns into 3, turns into 4, you get the drift.
yesterday I went to put on a pair of pants that I *know* are big on me, but I still had that feeling of dread - "Are they going to fit?" When am I ever going to get over that? Like today, I put on a skirt and a sweater and I have worn them before and I know that there is no middle roll, but I couldn't help but think "I hope my roll doesn't show."
I think that I want faster results than my body can give me. But if I keep going on my current pace, I should be at my goal on my birthday. And time is flying! Next week is already March! This is why I need Spark People. I need support right now. Please don't let me fall off the wagon!

On a happier note, Spring is just around the corner! Yay!

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EATNBOOGERS 2/26/2009 10:11AM

    Stick with it! Hang in there! This is the time of year that other folks quit--*you* aren't going to quit, because you're going to keep talking to us!

I hear you on wanter results faster. But remember--this isn't a race. Slow and steady.

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TABBALOOSA 2/25/2009 7:17AM

    Come on, Cari, we CAN DO THIS! Stick with it! You have been doing so great. Keep your eye on the ball, and remember to focus on that vision. Picture how good you will feel on your birthday - at goal!

I do think the season, and the stressful times, contribute to disintegrating the motivation. As you know, I have definitely been feeling it. Nevertheless, let's keep our determination to Spark! Use the tools, and stay consistent!! We will be so glad we did.

And you're right. Spring is just around the corner.

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MINI.ME 2/24/2009 10:45PM

    I feel the same way! Hang in there, girl!

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Sigh... end of the weekend

Sunday, February 22, 2009

I had a nice long weekend. Friday was a sick day for a doctor's appointment, so I had three days off. Yay!
Yesterday I went to a bridal shower for a friend who I haven't seen in almost two years. It was so nice to see everyone I used to teach with, but it made me miss them a whole lot, too. Last night I went to a spaghetti dinner with my mom - I made sure to really think about what I was eating and not go crazy (I LOVE spaghetti). I didn't eat the bread that came with the meal (it was just plain white bread, so I didn't think the calories would be worth it) and I didn't get croutons on my salad (I saw how many they put on - again, not worth it!). When I was full of spaghetti, I covered my plate with my napkin. No need to overeat there.
On Friday night, I went out with a friend to a movie and dinner. We went to Applebee's (I've been there a few times this past week) where I got a small (4 oz.) steak, boiled potatoes, and broccoli (one of their "Weight Watchers" meals - it was pretty good). My friend got an appetizer of buffalo chicken fingers bites and a Caesar salad. I wasn't eating any of the chicken bites, and it seemed to make her self conscious because she said to me "please eat some of these." I ate two. They were little, so I didn't feel bad, but I definitely did not want to eat any more. I can only imagine how horribly caloric and fattening they are! Sometimes it's hard to stay on track when my best friend doesn't eat healthy. Yet I can remember a time when I watched a good friend eat healthy and lose a lot of weight while I pretended not to care and stuff french fries with cheese and ranch dressing in my mouth every time we went out. I was jealous, but I didn't do anything about it. We ended up joining a gym together, which was really fun. We both had the money to do it, and we went a lot. She stayed fit and I lost a bit of weight. When we went our separate ways after school, she stayed on the treadmill, and I went back to the couch.
I don't know what clicked for me this time. Is it because I'll be 30 this year? Is it because I moved away from my family and friends and I finally really get to "be myself"? I don't know. But I do know that I love my new lifestyle and I love the way it makes me feel.

Wow, deep. On a lighter note, my fiance and I just got finished measuring five pairs of pants to be shortened. They will still be big in the legs and waist, but they won't be dragging on the floor anymore. Sure is cheaper than buying new pants!

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TABBALOOSA 2/23/2009 7:20AM

    Wow, sounds like you had fun eating out, but still managed to be *sparky*. Great!! Love your musings about why things are clicking now. Getting to "be myself" is a healthy thing, isn't it? Have a great week!!!! Spark ON!

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