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Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Hello all! I slipped away for a couple of months. But I'm back and starting a new chapter in my life. School is on break for 8 weeks. And I am using that time to spend more time with friends, family, and horses.

My life has changed dramatically in the past 6 weeks. New place, old/new friends, and the wonderful outdoors!

I have surrounded myself with people who support me and encourage me. I have a fire lit under my bum. All my friends work out at least 3-5 days a week. And I feel the pressure haha. Plus they eat very well so my eating habits have changed. You are who you hang out with.... very true statement. I used to jog a few years back so I'm going to pick that up again. My goal is to get a 15 min walk/jog in the morning before work. I've been going to the barn just to groom the horses and since they are shedding wow is it a intensive lol!

Hope all is well! I hope to be on here to track everyday and at least a couple of times a week to blog!

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KNH771 5/8/2014 6:57PM

    Welcome back! Nice to see you in my inbox again. Enjoy your break from school.

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JLHODKINSON 5/8/2014 1:41PM

    Welcome back! So glad to hear about your new healthy habits!

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OMMAMA7 5/8/2014 12:30PM

    Excellent!!!! I keep slipping too, let's make this summer awesome though - together! :)

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PLIDC1 5/7/2014 10:52PM

    Hey! I am glad to see you! I hav been not so active for the past several weeks either.

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CCTASSIN 5/7/2014 2:19PM

    Sounds like your getting back on the right track, Kudos!

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On a roll...

Thursday, March 13, 2014

I like my new rule. It's easy and at least I get some type of exercise in through out the day. Yesterday I got 45 wall push-ups and 45 tricep dips in! And I've already done 15 wall push ups today!

I know it is not much but still it is wayyy more than I was doing which is great! It's easy to get myself to do it and if I don't want to I just give myself a pep talk "Seriously??? It's 15 it will take a minute everyone has a minute" and then I do it :-) I guess later on I can add in squats or something else but for now I am just going to stick with this for probably a week and then add on after that.

I'm glad I came up with this. This way I get at least 10 minutes a day! And I can't wait to start walking! I'm so excited! Except there was ice on the ground again today! Totally sucks but I can take one day a week of cold. Tomorrow it will be 50!

One more class today until I start my spring break!!!! woot woot! I'm so ready!

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PLIDC1 3/13/2014 11:27AM


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KABMPH 3/13/2014 11:15AM

    You are so smart! I love it that you came up with this idea!!

Enjoy spring break! emoticon

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    You've found the secret. Find something you can do comfortably and then slowly increase until you are doing a way lot more. Starting with doing a whole bunch leads to disappointment and failure starting small and growing leads to SUCCESS

Make Today the Greatest Day of Your Life

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MAGIK0731 3/13/2014 9:07AM


What is the new rule you instilled for yourself?

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No bread day 8

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

This no bread thing isn't as bad as it seemed at first. I think I can really keep this up! I just wanted to write down how I'm feeling to keep me motivated!

Benefits so far:

- No more feeling "heavy" after meals. I still get full but it only lasts for 10-20 minutes and I don't get sleepy.

- Less bloating.

- Helps with that TOM. At the beginning of February I weighed myself almost every day for 2 weeks and had a range of 9 lbs!!!! Well this is the week before and I haven't lost or gained weight in the past week. No crazy weight differences. So I may have lost weight not sure.

So far these are the benefits I see after only 8 days without bread. I'm really excited to see the results at the end which is April 20th. 5 1/2 weeks left!

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PLIDC1 3/12/2014 2:35PM


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KABMPH 3/12/2014 1:44PM

    I stopped eating bread and all gluten when I learned that I had celiac disease. I felt so much better within a day or two. It was amazing how bad gluten made me feel and I didn't even realize it.

I'm glad you're seeing affects but not so severe. That weight fluctuation is incredible though!

And thanks for your comment on my SparkPage today. I know you are busy and I don't expect a response to every comment! Just keep up the good work, friend!

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SPICEMWE 3/12/2014 11:01AM

    Going low carb made me realize how badly things like bread and pasta mess with my stomach. Oh my goodness the bloating!! I'm glad it's working out for you; I know it's not for everyone.


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MJRVIC2000 3/12/2014 10:48AM

    Be A VICTOR and not a VICTIM. God Bless YOU! Vic.

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Monday, March 10, 2014

So far so good on the no bread thing. On day 6. Though I did have a dream last night about eating bread! Seriously???? LOL But I've been craving salads the past few days so I've be indulging.

Arthur is lame :-( That means he is limping. The vet is coming today to figure out why... so fingers crossed... When you lease a horse this is just part of it. I can not ride him but I am still paying for him. Which is fine I'm going to the barn to spoil him :-) I am paying extra to ride another horse while he is lame. He is one of my favorites. His name is Rocky, a no frills little quarter horse, with one of the biggest hearts!!! Unlike Arthur he is extremely affectionate. Hopefully Arthur is better by Saturday. That is when my spring break starts. The owner is going away on vacation and she arranged for me to ride Arthur while she is away soo I will be riding a ton!!! Which is great exercise.

My riding lesson went... okay yesterday lol. My trainer says no more stirrups (the things you put your feet in) for me I need to build up my leg. I plan on being very sore for the next few months!

I have been eating "junk food" but not nearly as much as I was, mostly because I am going on a salad kick and not even on purpose!!!

I've been helping my trainer at horse shows. Which pretty much means I'm someone's golf caddy! I don't mind I love it! That is great exercise! This is what the day is like:

- First, got to make sure the horses are blanketed and wrapped for trailering.
- Load the horses into the trailer
- Get to the show help the competitors get the horses ready (saddled, brushed, watered, etc)
- Enter the competitors in the show office
- My trainer goes in the ring and begins to school the horses/riders (this means going over the jumping course with them and making last minute adjustments)
- While my trainer is schooling she yells to me asking me for various things ("I need a whip!", "Can you get the other bit(the metal thing that goes in the horses mouth)?", "Get a towel and a brush he's drooling!") This requires lots of running back and forth from the trailer... which by the end of the day you have run like 3-5 miles depending on how many people are showing and how far you had to park the trailer.
- Then getting the horses ready to go back in the trailer

It is so much fun and its exciting!! I love watching my peers do well at the shows! Sorry about all the horsey talk but I'm just nervous for Arthur and excited for the show season!

Here are a couple of pictures of the adorable Rocky:

(Just to describe how tiny he is... Arthur puts his head above the stall guard and Rocky has to put his nose through it :-) He is about 4'11 at the shoulder)

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KABMPH 3/10/2014 8:07PM

    When I first went vegetarian I would dream about meat! I occasionally dream about bread but now it's more about being "poisoned" by it than actually wanting it. I love the smell of good bread and that can satisfy me sometimes -- taking a deep smell of something off-limits.

I love your horsey talk. My cousin is a horse person and I don't see her very often, so reading your blogs makes me think of her. emoticon

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PLIDC1 3/10/2014 4:12PM

    Dreaming about food!
The sister of a friend of mine was on a particular diet plan that required her to limit the amount of peanut butter she ate. Peanut butter was Beth's weakness. She put it in her kitchen in the highest cupboard, way in the back behind everything up there. One morning, she got up and the jar was on the counter, empty. She accused her husband of eating all the peanut butter, but he denied it.
So she bought some more, and hid it not just from herself, but from Erbie, too. She put it in the trunk of the car, way in the very back, where behind the spare tire and the jack and the emergency flares and extra blanket and everything in there that was destined to go to the charity resale shop. The car was in the locked garage.
One morning, Beth woke up to peanut butter in her hair, her nightgown, and all over her sheets. There was a spoon in the otherwise empty peanut butter jar beside the bed.
She had no recollection of what transpired the night before, so she got up and found the door to the garage open, the trunk open, and all its contents thrown onto the garage floor.
Sleep eating!

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KAB7801 3/10/2014 3:00PM

    Good job with those salads!

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Progress or lack there of so far...

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Well, I've been getting in more riding days. And we are halfway through the semester so the end is near! I've been studying for midterms today is my first one... I'm a little nervous but I'm sure I'll do fine.

Lent started yesterday. I figured I might as well pick something hard to give up this year... I've decided to go with bread. I never realized how much bread I eat until yesterday when I was thinking about what to eat and everything I could think of had bread! But I got a salad which was amazing! I've been really enjoying them the past couple of weeks. I think it's because it reminds me of spring/summer and I just want it here already! I am still allowing pasta and rice and other certain flour foods but sliced bread, hoagies/subs, and such are off the menu. I figure if I can make it through these next 6/7 weeks without bread I'm going to give it up altogether.

The 40/50 degree days are coming back and daylight savings is Sunday. Which means.... I'll be walking again! I'm so excited because when I started walking over the summer I lost almost 10 pounds from that alone! I believe the cutting of bread, walking (eeeeekkk can't wait!!!!), and kickboxing work outs will really push me in the right direction.

Even though I am not exercising as much as I would like, the little changes I'm making and my excitement for the spring really give me hope to get back in shape. I want to be muscular again. I don't want to be skinny. I want those amazing biceps I was getting from kickboxing, and the shapely legs without getting "chub rub". The warmer weather is putting my mind in the right place.

Let's do this!!!!

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KABMPH 3/6/2014 5:46PM

    Glad to read your positivity. I was afraid from the subject if your blog that you are feelingdown. Glad it's not so! Good luck on your mid terms!

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PLIDC1 3/6/2014 11:03AM

    Let us know how the mid-terms go.
Bread is the vehicle for so many things that are not so good for us, if we leave out the bread, it improves our nutrition exponentially! Sugar is my downfall, though!
Thanks for keeping us updated and encouraged by your blog!

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OMMAMA7 3/6/2014 10:41AM

    Yay! I can't wait for spring either - we are having highs in the 30's and 40's every day for at least the next 7 days - that's a heat wave for us but it tells me spring and slowly and surely on it's way! Can't wait to get out for walks and jogs!!!! emoticon

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SPICEMWE 3/6/2014 10:03AM

    You'll get there! I know that bread can be a tough thing to give up, but soon enough you won't even really miss it!

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