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Chill In the Air

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

What a crappy November day. The temperature has bottomed out and it is miserable, windy, overcast, and COLD. I can see I will be plastering Neosporin and Bandaids all over my fingers and toes very soon! :/

However, I'm super excited about Christmas. I got some great books for my youngest 3 kids, and I can't wait for them to open them! :) :) :)

My eating this week is very good. I joined a 6-week healthy eating challenge along with one of my choir buddies, and I didn't do great last week, but still came out with a 2-lb loss for the first 2 weeks and this week I'm doing a lot better. One of the members posted a checklist for getting back on track, and one of the bullet points was "Drink water like it's your job." And that has really stuck with me for the past few days. Yesterday I had 14 cups of water! The day before I had 12! Today I'm on Cup #10 and still have a few hours to go until bed!

One thing is worrying me right now. The next 3 days I have to sub in a really tough school, and it stresses me out to the point that I just shut down once I'm done there every day. I would try to get out of it, but I promised another teacher I would work for her, and she is awesome so I really just need to do it. Anyway, I just know it will be hard to drag myself out of bed and go exercise. I worked today in another school and had a great day! But it's a nice school with good kids.

I got invited to a winter-cycling party next week! I'm very excited about it! There will be fat-bike demos, and I've been wanting to try a fat bike. Also, the bike shop is having a sale and a bunch of talks from experts about dressing appropriately for the weather and keeping your bike in shape for the winter. Oh yeah, and a happy hour too. ;) I don't know if I'll be able to ride all winter, since I'm such a baby! But maybe if I had a fat bike, I would be more inclined to try it. :)

I guess that's about all. My foot is feeling worse than usual this week, so I've been swimming a lot. Last night I went to the gym late, and got about 20 minutes on an elliptical before giving in to sitting on a stationary bike. You don't know pain until you have constant foot pain for 2 years and then do all the stuff I do anyway. :( But I have to burn calories somehow.

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BRENDAF761 11/12/2014 6:56AM

    Glad to see your substitute teaching! I'm sure that's never an easy job. I hope someday you have pain relief in your foot. I know the feeling as my hip always is in pain. I've had several injections that work for a few months but the pain always comes back. I'm also excited for Christmas. I have a new grandson so the holidays will be so much fun! Take care and have a great day! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Film Scores

Friday, October 31, 2014

This will be short because I'm on my way out the door, but I just wanted to say how much I like the channel my son put on my Pandora account! It is all film scores to stuff like Star Wars, Pirates of the Caribbean, Narnia, and more. I feel like a complete warrior at the gym whenever I listen to it. :)

This morning I killed it! Burned 1500 calories! I needed the endorphins today for Halloween. I'm really worried about tonight.

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FORZACHANDMATT 10/31/2014 5:07PM

    Oooh - that sounds fun - I'll have to listen to that channel.

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Warrior? Or Non-Warrior?

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

This morning I dragged my sorry self that has been fighting a cold for the past 4 days, and has a migraine, to the gym for training. I got a half hour on the elliptical too, which totally kills my feet/ankles but I sucked it up and did it. Yesterday, I got 45 min. on the treadmill before hitting the pool for some laps. Not bad this week for a person who feels like I do!!! I just can't seem to get past this cold, and sleep doesn't seem to help either. I took 2 days off work this week so I could just slow down and not have to race to be at a school, and also catch up on a few projects around the house. I haven't gotten much done around here, and still feel stuffy and miserable...

But mentally, I feel amazingly good!!! I'm so proud of myself for pulling it together enough to go take care of myself. My eating wasn't very good last week, and it was my TOM, and then this cold hit Friday night. But this week I feel more in control, my eating is good (probably because nothing sounds good anyway so I'm just eating for fuel!) Hahaha, maybe I should just do that all the time. ;)

So do I feel like a warrior? Pfft, not really. I'm just doing all the stuff I usually do. But maybe, I really am one and I just don't know or realize it. My trainer tells me all the time how great I'm doing, but I'm really just doing the best I can and not doing anything especially extraordinary, in my opinion.

I admitted to her today, I'm really just not thinking about the mirror right now. I want my knees/feet to feel better, but I'm not hell-bent on being skinny/beautiful like her. I've had 5 children and have the stretch marks and extra pounds to prove it, but I'm not that interested in being in the 150's anymore. I'm a busy person and don't have hours to spend in a gym every day...and with all the kids/responsibilities I have, it's more realistic to have a little bit of baggage. And I'm okay with that. I'm doing all the right things and feeling good, and that's where my focus needs to be right now.

Yesterday I weighed and was UP 2 lbs...and was not happy about it. But it wasn't a game-changer, it just was there. I had some time to think about it and I really think that I'm dehydrated. My throat is scratchy and I haven't been drinking water and just been sticking to hot tea with honey. I think a nap today should get me around the corner with this. Here's hoping.

Finally, my trainer suggested to me that I might be a good candidate for a triathlon/duathlon. And I got to tell her that I've already done 3 triathlons. One of them earned me some hardware, too. So that was a pretty awesome feeling. Someday, I'll do another. Just not right now. Right now, I just need to take care of me.

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CONFUSEDBIRD 10/28/2014 8:49AM

    That's funny that she suggested that you do a Tri to the queen of Tri's emoticon Are you still getting your surgery once things settle down?

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VICKYSBD 10/21/2014 8:10PM

    I am in the same boat as you--want my mobility to get better--most important thing to me right now. Sounds like you are in a good place mentally, and the cold will pass.

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OPTIMIST1948 10/21/2014 7:22PM

    Its hard to feel like a warrior when you are sick. But you'll get your mojo back eventually!

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Taking a Deep Breath

Saturday, October 11, 2014

This morning during training, we talked about all the things I want to do to regroup. My weight has stayed pretty much the same since I started training, and I know it's because I'm constantly obsessing about food and going overboard after doing maybe a little TOO good, so then I feel deprived and eat like crazy. So she is planning to figure out my calorie needs, and I'm planning to make a few tweaks that will help me get back on track.

1. I'm increasing my water. I'm supposed to be drinking more than I am, I'm not doing bad so I'm just adding another 20 oz. per day.

2. I'm going to really try and add a veggie serving at bfast. I already do it at lunch and dinner most days, but at bfast I have 2 fruits and no veggies. I'm thinking PB on celery, but I'm open to other ideas too. Please share if you have any! ;)

3. My knees are KILLING me, my feet are KILLING me. I walk around like I'm in my 80's, not my 40's. So I talked to her about taking Aleve and I just took my first dose a few hours ago. I've always used ibuprofen, but I would rather take a 12-hour drug than a 6-hour drug.

4. Recommit to 30 minutes of cardio every day. I've been slipping on the days I have to be at work early, and haven't been sleeping great. I just need to suck it up and go.

5. I can't log my food every day, and I need to accept that. I'm too busy, I'm working 3 jobs and running a household for a family of 7. It simply can't happen. So, my new goal is to shoot for logging my food 3X weekly.

That should be good for now. I'll keep you posted. :)

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FORZACHANDMATT 10/12/2014 11:07AM

    Do you eat eggs? Because its pretty quick to scramble eggs with mushrooms and tomatoes - I eat that several times a week

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CONFUSEDBIRD 10/12/2014 8:37AM

    Be careful with taking alieve too often, it destroys your kidneys over time. My dad relied on it a lot at the end of his life for his knee pain because nothing else helped. It seems it may have caused more harm than good. I log most of my food when I am laying in bed at night trying to fall asleep.

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ROBBIEY 10/11/2014 7:31PM

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Not a Great Week...But Trying!

Thursday, October 02, 2014

It's been one of those weeks where I am questioning everything I'm doing and why I'm doing it. My food has been better, my exercise a little on the low side, but I'm doing my best in spite of being mentally exhausted. Every day this week, I have come home and pretty much collapsed before bedtime. Yesterday, I even had a good cry before taking a nap. :(

I've been working in the same middle school I student-taught in last year, and it is a rough school at times. There are a lot of kids whose parents are either working 2 jobs, on drugs, in prison, or otherwise not around. These kids have very good reasons why they act the way they do, and I know that. But going in there every day, having students treat you like dirt, and staying patient and gently reminding them what appropriate behavior is, is exhausting. And then teaching them a thing or two on top of it, *SIGH* some days it is truly a miracle that our students learn anything. The truly amazing thing to me is that alongside these at-risk kids are some really great kids too, and they all go to the same school together, yet the kids with no risk factors stay completely out of trouble in spite of their surroundings.

Anyway, last night after 3 days of no exercise, I could feel it eating away at my mood and I had another migraine that 800mg of ibuprofen wouldn't even take the edge off of. So this morning, I headed to the gym early at 4:30 and got some work done. I see my trainer again tomorrow and I'm starting to really look forward to our meetings. She pushes me hard, she is encouraging and kind, and she gives me a good stretch at the end of our sessions together. She regularly looks at my food log and gives me feedback, but never tells me how bad I suck when I put 3 granola bars on there in one day.

Today is a new day, and I have to work at that school again today. I hope I will have a good bunch of kids today.

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CONFUSEDBIRD 10/9/2014 3:52PM

    Sounds like a rough period. Renee sounds great looking at your food and pushing you. Hang in there, still working on finding your groove and a place to settle in. You will find it things are just up in the air.

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