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Wild West Tour (part one)

Thursday, June 20, 2013

After a consistent week (3 interval workout and 2 strength trainings) I celebrated the begin of my summer vacation with a 45 mins yoga session on Saturday.
Sunday was a long day : flying from the Netherlands to San Francisco, the timezone changes made our Sunday last 33 hours !
Sunday we got up at 3am to catch our plane and landed 17 hours later, at 11:30 am the same day. It was my exercise free day, so I didn't have to bother with a workout but we had plenty of RAF in San Francisco : we walked around Union square (where I passed on the hot dog, go me!) to California Street where we hopped on the cable car till the end of the track. Then we walk down Polk Street to the Hyde Pier, and then all the way to Fisherman's Wharf. We ended the day with a light dinner (I had a delicious crab linguine) and came back to our hotel on the cable car. Other wins : I had only a meal on the plane, no extra snacks; I had raw almonds on the go instead of pastries or hotdog; I didn't have dessert and no large portions or seconds of anything.
Monday : after a great night sleep, a early boxing intervals wi Jonathan and a quick breakfast, we got a city tour with the bus. For RAF we walked on the Golden Gate Bridge all the way to the other side, and after we got dropped off around lunch time at Fisherman's Wharf we went to see the sea lions at Pier 39 and came back to the hotel with the tram to freshen up before dinner in Chinatown.
Tuesday : headed early to Monterey for the whale cruise (we got a glimse of the back and a fin of a blue whale), had a sandwich while visiting the cannery, visited Peeble Beach and the fruit shop in Del Monte. Late dinner at the steakhouse (steak and green beans, no dessert). The whole day had been a lot sitting in the bus, was happy to break a sweat with Stephanie's workout before heading to bed.
Wednesday : lot of RAF in Yosemite Park (to the waterfalls and the giant sequoias), mindful eating the whole day and a low impact workout with Jonathan to make the day complete. Awesome !

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STHRNLDY1969 6/25/2013 9:48AM

    So glad you're having a great time! Way to go sticking to healthy choices and exercise while on vacation. That's hard to do! Can't wait till you're back and get to share all your adventures with our team. I've been talking to myself for a few days at the Café! lol....

Keep enjoying and having fun!

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Assignment week 3 : checkpoint

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

I master :
All attitude and focus secrets (1 to 9) : was quick and easy
Habits & accountability secrets 10 & 11 : also quick and easy
" " " 13 & 14 when I don't work out live (because of the timezone) : medium difficulty
Inner dialogue secrets 17 & 18 : easy
Balance and happiness : easy
All exercise and movement secrets : easy
All nutrition secrets except 28 : easy

I am still working on/struggling with :
Nutrition secret 28 : I often forget to drink during my work shift

I am not doing yet :
Habit secret 12 : I weight more often than once a week, can't stay away from the scale.
" " " 15 : I often don't manage 7 hours of sleep (broken sleep on the couch, going to bed too late)
" " " 16 and inner dialogue 19 : I procrastinate on working with the list

I don't know how many pounds I would have lost if I was nailing those 5 habits... maybe 1 extra pound this week... the sleep thing can probably help boost the weight loss/body healing.

I have not watched much TV... TV sidetracks me and drains my energy. Maybe 1/2 hour to 1 hour a day the last 2 weeks.
I need a lot of feedback from the group to boost my self-esteem and keep me on track/motivated so I've been a lot on BC & Flylady chat... 3 to 4 hours a day at least. Maybe 6 hours on some days.

My negative voice does not make excuses not to workout anymore, Whiney enjoys the playouts and the feeling of accomplishment + energy boost after a tough workout.

I don't worry about my weight anymore, it's a marathon not a sprint. I try to build healthy and durable habits, and I've been happier and more self-confident the last 2 weeks than I had been for a long time. I smile more, I give more compliments to people I meet and I get surprised but happy reactions back. Feels great.

"Dear Whiney,
You know that the 30 secrets is our Roadmap and that building habits is key to being successful in finally lose weight. And keep it off.
We've been doing a great job so far, and we nailed a lot of secrets. And here the results : 3.6lb s(1.5kg) off over the last 2 weeks (makes a total of 8.8lbs/4kgs since January). We're getting close to our healthy BMI range now, and we have been feeling awesome the last 2 weeks. This bootcamp thing is really working for us. The coaches really seem to care and the members of the team are just awesome.
So let's try to make a homerun by mastering those last 5 secrets ! I hear you already saying "not tonight it's late, we will not make it on time to bed", as if you cared going to bed yesterday when you had fun ! Tomorrow we can sleep in late, so let's start right now and work our list (and our bedroutine) out before we do our yoga, we meditate and get a good nightsleep !
Come on, we can do this ! We're athlete now ! We're rockstars !
Let's go and follow the map ! NOW !"

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BARHAAS 3/27/2013 12:25AM

    You are really working it! Good for you!!! Not to divert from the main topics, but I was so intrigued when you mentioned Flylady.net. I had read about it in the paper for the first time today, and here you mentioned it, too! I have often heard that clearing one's clutter and losing weight often go hand in hand. Well, as much as I need to control my portion sizes, I need to gain control over my clutter! So, I signed up for Fly Lady and am looking forward to clearing out old stuff and making room for some new good energy. Thanks for all that you have shared... emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Whiney goes shopping...

Friday, March 15, 2013

Today we walked to the mall to buy a new heart rate monitor (mine was old, but still way younger than me and he died on my workout coach while I didn't LOLOLOL). On the way back we went to a shop who sold cute spring tops and jean leggings (jegglings LOL) for cheap.
I joined my workout/health group in january and did skip a workout here and there but I still had lost a couple of pounds and my clothes looked the last days a big "baggy". I am a Large and a size 14, but I picked up a Medium and a size 12 just to try.
Of course Whiney was laughing at me "You wish !!!!!", but I sticked my tongue at her and told her that trying could not hurt, it would let us see how far we still were from that milestone.
And WOOOOOOOOW, Whiney was bluffed (and so was I). It was a perfect fit !!!! Sunday is DH's birthday party and we'll look AMAZING in our new clothes !!!

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CANDOIT54 3/16/2013 8:32PM

    emoticon keep up the good work.

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Meet Whiney !

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Whiney is my negative voice.
I did not know consciously that we were two in this body. Until I joined this workout/healthy habits group that pointed it out. They asked me to listen to this negative voice, to write down what she was telling me.
And I listened.
And I met Whiney. And I learned to know her.
Whiney is not the bad gal. She's just a child. She loves fun, pleasurable things. She can have tantrum and badmouth me until I'm tired and I give up and give her her ways. But she can also hug me and be honeysweet to get her ways without struggle. She's manipulative and lies a lot. I don't know when it happened, but Whiney somehow took charge of taking care of us. In her childish way. Imagine your household being in charge of an uneducated 6-years old.
My coach told me one thing that opened my eyes : take ownership of your health and weight.
Indeed I am 46, not a 6-year old. I AM in charge. Not Whiney.
First I asked Whiney to shut up and go away. She was offended and started mocking. Everyday was a struggle.
Then I realized it was not really fair... Whiney is a part of me, she has nowhere else to go. So I started to treat Whiney like a 6-years old eager to help in its own way.
This morning I asked her to stay quiet while I was doing my workout. She could participate as long as she's keep her mouth nailed shut. I could feel after 10 mins that she didn't want to admit it but she had fun. We were both laughing and feeling like rockstars when we were done. Never saw her laugh before. Our body felt awesome, rejuvenated.
Then I did my FLYing (household blessings) to give Whiney a clean home. She does not help but she enjoys the results, so she does not complain. But when I said we'd vacuum today she started whining again :
- but I want to play now, I want to go on internet and tell the world all the great things I DID today !!!
- uh ? YOU did ? ahem... well you can do that after we vacuum...
- it will take foreeeeeeeeeever !
- only 20 mins we don't have to detail clean today, the middle will do...
- but after that you'll want to mooooooooooooop !!!!
- did I say I would mop ? Let's vacuum and see later if we mop or not. One thing at a time. For now I WANT to vacuum. Then you can play till lunch.
- but vacuuming is such a chore !!!
- is it ? Did you remember yesterday how fun it was to playout (fun workout, it was dancing) with the coach ? Let's try with to dance with the vacuum !
- ...
- Come on, it will be fun ! Let's sing our version of FlyLady's song !
"When my sink is shining and I am not whining I am FLYYYYYYYYYYing,
Look my bed is done and I've my Sketchers on and I am daaaaaaaaaaancing !"
Even Whiney had to laugh and sing along. She was enjoying being a 6-years old again.
She had to admit that she was happier now I was taking care of us.
Let's live happily ever after LOL

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TINY67 3/16/2013 1:34PM


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MARUKI52 3/16/2013 10:22AM

    This is so spot on for me. I need to paste this somewhere I can read it every day. What insight you have!

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BLUEANGELLK 3/16/2013 8:38AM

    It's great that you have learned to embrace your inner child rather than shaming her or tearing her down!!!

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BARHAAS 3/16/2013 2:36AM

    Fantastic Blog Elle! (or should I say Whiney? LOL) That was such a great way of depicting that inner "devilish" child in all of us! Thank you!

I shall try to have more conversations with myself that are as constructive. Perhaps, then, I will actually get to the mopping, too! emoticon emoticon emoticon

Thank you and CONGRATULATIONS on Blog of the Week!

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FLEMIDG 3/15/2013 11:28PM

    What a great blog. You deserved to win Blog of the Week! Keep on having fun with your workouts. You're doing great.

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DARYLBN 3/15/2013 10:51PM

    Loved this blog. emoticon emoticon

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JENAE954 3/15/2013 10:08PM

  Great blog.

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SPARKLISE 3/15/2013 9:55PM

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CANDOIT54 3/15/2013 8:45PM

    emoticon blog of the week. It was great.

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    I know I had to accept my inner child I had just never gave her a name yet emoticon Great Blog emoticon emoticon emoticon Faith

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GINA180847 3/15/2013 5:11PM

    Wellllllllll, Whiney has a cousin that spends some time at my house. She gets kind of bad tempered when she does not get what she wants. I like how you incorporate her in your life and she tames it down.

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LYNMEINDERS 3/15/2013 3:55PM

    Brilliant blog...thats so awesome

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SPEEDY143 3/15/2013 3:31PM

    emoticon I live with her twin emoticon and will treat her differently from now on thanks to YOU!!!! emoticon

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CMFARRELL36 3/15/2013 2:37PM

Have you posted a copy to FlyLady and her crew yet? I'm sure they'll love it, especially that you are "working with" your inner brat and making such a success of it!

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SHAMROCKY2K 3/15/2013 1:39PM

    emoticon Congrats on being the blog of the week!! THAT was excellent!

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MYGOLDENBOYS3 3/15/2013 1:09PM

    Have to say...I really liked this Blog. I recognize Ms. Whiney...hmmm.
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LYNNWILK2 3/15/2013 1:04PM

    BLOG OF THE WEEK!!!!! Congratulations

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LYNNWILK2 3/14/2013 9:25AM

    oh, how incredible this blog is..
You are a great caretaker of that inner child in you... to treat "her" with respect is treating yourself with respect and loving yourself. Recognizing that you have this voice that,when allowed a voice, can actually be taught to enjoy those things we all whine about having to do.
Congratulations YOU!

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BRENDA_G50 3/14/2013 9:16AM

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PINKEUROGIRL 3/14/2013 8:21AM

    Hilarious! You keep up the good work!

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Never quit !

Friday, February 15, 2013

I’m not perfect… I missed some workouts, I busted a couple of times my eating plan. But I always jumped back on track, and my coach is right when he says only what you DO counts : I still lost 2.4 inches on bust-chest-waist-hips and 1 pound this week !
My favorite quote of the day : ”A winner is not someone who never fails, a winner is someone who never quits”. We’re all winners emoticon emoticon

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KRISSYDUNN 2/15/2013 6:07PM

    Congratulations on your loss! And your attitude! emoticon

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ELLENIRENE 2/15/2013 5:22AM

    great advice

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