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Super busy schedule right now!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

This holiday season has been so incredibly busy for me this year! A lot of that has to do with the fact that I have been running practically every single day. I took off Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, and honestly missed my 3K easy run last week. Not stressing over it though, because, Golly, it is Christmas! So much to do, so many gatherings to prepare for, I am about "gathered" out. I have a really exciting party at my house tomorrow evening, it will be tons of fun, really looking forward to it, and then we have a birthday party on New Year's Day. Other than that, I am trying to spend as much time as possible with my kids playing games and sledding, whatever we can find the time for! My running buddy has really been pushing me to my limit this week, we have run 4 days in a row, runs planned for tomorrow, Thursday, Rest Day Friday, big run (20K for me) on Saturday instead of Sunday to start week 5 of my training program after 4 weeks of week 4. I am nervous and excited about this run, she is going to attempt 10 of those K with me, and I adore running with her because she really pushes me to give more. The last 10K will be tough on my own, but I have to get it done. I am so excited for Friday to have a rest! Sunday will then be another rest day, and I get to run on Monday with my BFF again! We haven't run together this week because of scheduling conflicts. Next week my running buddy is available all week again, so I foresee some changes to which days I run on, but will still complete all training runs, and am so excited to have an outdoor runny buddy as well as my treadmill runs with my BFF. Despite all of this running, my weight has ballooned back to 170, I am just indulging every desire and eating emotionally too. I had FIVE glasses of wine at a family dinner on Sunday, shameful me, I don't usually drink that much, but sometimes, it is easier to drink the wine and just avoid the family crap. I need to find a better solution, or I could turn into an alcoholic! So, starting January 4, I intend to really knuckle down again, but in the meantime, I need to get a handle on my emotions and my mindless grazing. What a rambling blog this has been! Thanks for sticking with me to the end of it!

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CRYSBROWN1 12/31/2009 11:30AM

    It sounds like you hve quite a bit going on! I think even with the best of intentions this is a tough time & everyone is struggling but come the new year you'll be back at it again! Happy New Year!!

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AGINGDAISIES 12/30/2009 11:16PM

    2010 will be great! I felt so much better when I changed my goal from loosing to just not gaining, but with all the running you are doing you should have increased your muscle by quiet a bit so if you can keep balanced it should show it's benefits in Jan! :)

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FEBRUARYROSE1 12/30/2009 10:25AM

    Me too, even with exercise I have been indulging but I also know that these "goodies" are gone and I won't see them until next year. They were good for a bit but now uggghh!!!! so make sure you purge your house of all the "stuff" before you settle back in. I really miss my exercise buddy and cannot wait for Jan 4th!!!!

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LOOKFORWARD2IT 12/29/2009 11:31PM

    I had to laugh about all the wine at the family dinner. That's about what it takes for me to spend an evening at one of those get-togethers too! LOL! I had a horrible eating day today - let's both start fresh tomorrow - how 'bout it?

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ANAKALIA1 12/29/2009 11:13PM

    Sometimes when I get super busy I really need a break but don't feel I can take it (for whatever reason)...instead I'll eat to "give" to myself...I wonder if perhaps you are needing a break from all the "doing" at this busy time?!

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Your concern is so appreciated and duly noted

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Thanks so much guys for looking out for me, it is a good reminder not to push myself too hard, and to respect the limits of my body. I am eating really well again the last couple of days, and just getting in my scheduled runs, with maybe a bit extra cardio. I am definitely not going to starve myself or try to overtrain again. I do think that these rebound pounds will come off quickly, because I believe it is a lot of water weight considering I regained 8 pounds in one week. I will not be discouraged though if the pounds don't co-operate, and I plan to enjoy some Christmas goodies, but only one portion per outing! Something reasonable, and I expect I won't resent that, very good point though Hypnoturkey! Right here, this is the biggest reason I love Sparkpeople. It gives people an opportunity to offer perspective to each other, and keep us focused on reality instead of trying to overdo it! I am touched by how well you folks have gotten to know me through my blogs and posts, and I hope that I can repay the favors by offering you all perspective and encouragement in your journeys!

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HYPNOTURKEY 12/23/2009 2:31PM

    Awesome! I'm glad you saw our feedback as what it was-concern-not nagging. You will definitely get where you want to go. emoticon

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BEFIT014 12/23/2009 12:58AM

    You can do it!
I'd be interested in how you do at the end of the week!

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LOOKFORWARD2IT 12/22/2009 10:16PM

    You are going to make it!

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PRINCESSNURSE 12/22/2009 7:49PM

    Sparkfriends tend to be more objective than we are toward ourselves :-)

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Make the last 10 days of 2009 count!

Monday, December 21, 2009

So, there are only 10 days left in 2009, and I am going to make them count. I had a goal of weighing 162 pounds by Dec 28, that means I need to lose 4.8 pounds in the next week. I know I can do it. One of my spark friends and I have challenged each other to track food and exercise for the next 10 days. I might have to get creative on Christmas Eve and Day, but I will be sure to get something in! Maybe a walk with the kidlets! I want to start the New Year under 160 pounds, and stay there forever. I will reach my goal in 2010.

Here's to Day 1: Ran 4 miles in 51 minutes with 5 mins warm up and 9 mins cool down.
Eaten: 2075

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BEFIT014 12/23/2009 12:57AM

    Agreed-I think 4.8 lbs is a lot in only 1 week. You definitely don't want to jeopardize your health.

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AGINGDAISIES 12/22/2009 1:19PM

    Those rebound lbs are sure to be history! :)

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HYPNOTURKEY 12/22/2009 12:21PM

    I agree, 4.8 lbs might be pushing it. Are you sure you won't resent your goals for making you miss out on the holiday goodies? Regardless, I know you will eventually get where you want to be...

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LOOKFORWARD2IT 12/21/2009 5:40PM

    I don't mean to be discouraging, but unless you are carrying some extra water, 4.8 seems like a lot to expect in one week. I am trying to remember where I read the science of it, but somewhere out there is an explanation that it is actually not *possible*, physically, to lose more than 2.5 pounds of *fat* in one week. I'll try to find that for you. There is this little link: http://www.weightlossforall.com/fat
-loss-max-week.htm But that one doesn't give the detailed physiological reasoning.

You don't want to lose muscle of course, but you certainly can drop some water weight if you are retaining right now. I'm so PMS right now that I'm going to go make some nettle tea to try to balance my fluids.

This is just my personal opinion, but if you want a dramatic drop the safest way to go (no muscle loss and good nutrition) is something like the Paleo Diet w/ calorie restriction added.

Here is another idea; I am trying this for the remainder of 2009... Instead of just looking at my calories for the day, I have budgeted for each meal. (I only do meal planning to know what I'm making for dinner every night, but I've never paid attention to limiting each segment of the day.) So a 1350 calorie day might look something like this: 400 breakfast, 400 lunch, 400 dinner, 150 for snacks.

Wishing you the best of luck on your end-of-year sprint! Happy Solstice!

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Almost a week since my last blog!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

That is just craziness! I guess my week was as bad as I thought! I just have not had time to sit down long enough to blog I guess! I got my Christmas shopping all done Friday afternoon, but lots of wrapping left to do. I have been eating very poorly and I have felt it during my runs. Starting tomorrow, I am going to eat better, start having protein shakes again, eating my fruits and veggies and avoiding all of the crap I have been enjoying. I need to get back to business if I am going to reach my December goal of 162 pounds, since right now I am at 167.2..... So, planning my food will help, and remembering that I need to fuel my running machine!

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AGINGDAISIES 12/22/2009 1:16PM

    You can DO IT!!! :)

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PERSONALTRNR 12/21/2009 3:04PM

    Yay, here's to getting back on track! We'll make the last 10 days of 2009 really count!

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LOOKFORWARD2IT 12/21/2009 10:46AM

    Food choices are so important to how you feel. I'm sure you'll be on the right track in no time. It's a new day!!

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Am I a magnet for jerks?

Monday, December 14, 2009

So, in my last blog, I talked about how much fun the party was, and it really was, and the rest of the evening with my husband was terrific too, but to be honest, we left the party earlier than I had planned to. I went up to the bar to get another drink, and then stopped to say hi to a very good friend of me on the way back. While I was visiting her, a lady that I know through the school came over to say hi and to tell me how nice I looked, she looked really good too I told her. Then, her husband walked over ( I have never met him before) and says "Can I grab your @**?" I obviously told him, "Uh, no, I don't think so!" He proceeds to ask to hug me instead and me, being totally stunned at this point said yes, and quickly made an exit. I walked over to tell my husband that this drunken idiot has just made me feel as small as a bug, and we say our goodbyes to everyone and leave, because at this point I don't want to finish my drink and to be honest feel like throwing up! We came home and had a really nice evening together, I love my husband so much, he just totally distracted me. I got up Sunday morning after sleeping in, my kids were home from Grandma's and I spent the whole day in my jammies and grazed all day long, I didn't do my long run, and just was miserable all day long. I woke up in a grump today again, and I have gained back 6 pounds since Saturday morning (I know a lot of this is water weight from all of the sodium), and just started the day off miserable. My BFF came over for a run, and we chatted and watched the end of Runaway Bride on the treadmills. She really cheered me up, and I am so proud of her! She ran for 30 minutes straight, her best time ever! Way to go friend! I logged on to Sparkpeople to find myself inundated with positivity. Kind words of praise and encouragement to remind me of why I make the effort to take care of myself, and that idiots like the one at the party are not worth my energy.

That all said, what I want to know is this? Why are jerks like this attracted to me like flies to poop? I have had drunken men and sober idiots hang off of me many times in my life, and I want to know what I am doing that makes them think it is okay to treat me this way? Do I send out a beacon? The thing is that I have become accustomed to being treated better than that, with respect and kindness to be truthful, so it really rocked my world to be treated like that again. I want to know what I should do to prevent it in the future!

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GODDESSOFHOME 12/14/2009 10:08PM

    Thanks guys! I guess I would rather be myself and put up with the occasional jerk than be grouchy and unkind. Thanks so much for the spin you put on it for me, I feel so much better after reading your comments.

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AGINGDAISIES 12/14/2009 7:04PM

    I agree, you are a kind approachable person and that is a very positive thing in some places but negative when there is scum lurking around!

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CRYSBROWN1 12/14/2009 4:45PM

    I don't know what the reason is for why jerks do & say jerk-y things but I say we get rid of them all! I wouldn't take it too personally unfortunately I think that it may have been a bit of liquid courage but I agree with NICTWISTER that you may be giving out the approachable vibe, not in a bad way but just that you might be someone that he wanted to talk to.

Glad you had a good time with your DH!!

No good about the sodium weight gain but at least you know what the problem is so you'll correct it for sure!

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DEUSMACHINA 12/14/2009 3:01PM

    Yeah, A-grade butthole! Glad to hear you've put it behind you. I don't get hassled in a negative way by people and I've often wondered why. I think I got an inkling once when someone told me I was intimidating. I'm still not sure why, 'coz I'm not very tall. Maybe it's just my confidence? So stand straight, hold their gaze, and never give in to something you're not comfortable with!

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NICTWISTER 12/14/2009 1:55PM

    your approachable. Jerks look for easy targets - your body language says "I am a warm, genuine, approachable person" and they see that - and they strike.

Learn some stand-offish pantomines like Crossed arms, furled brow etc. ---- no one approaches grumpy looking people.

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AWOLF24 12/14/2009 1:00PM

    Hmmm...well, I'm sure you were lookin' hot in your dress, and maybe you have a way of kindness about you that seems to lead some (drunk) men to believe they can say such things to you? I mean, that's horrible, but some guys are just JERKS. The more important statement from you blog is that you are accustomed to being treated better than that, which really is the key, and I'm glad you know that. Of course you are!

I would've been stunned just like you. And I would've been able to think of a ton of snappy comebacks AFTER the fact.

What a JERK!!! emoticon

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