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Goals: Day 11 of 35

Monday, September 08, 2014

Ugh... Had a whole blog typed up and accidentally closed out of it. Here we go again:

I am not abandoning my goals, but I am revising them. This time of year is just too difficult for me to stay on track with my eating. I have 1-2 bad eating days and I am tempted to give up. So that I don't give up I am going to focus mostly on my fitness and less on my eating habits. I will still strive to get my water in (weekends are the hardest) and make better decisions on food most of the time, but not stress when it doesn't happen. I hope that focusing on fitness will still yield some weight loss, but it is not my focus.

I also want to dedicate one day each week to a good hard workout, and the day after to a long recovery workout. The hard workout will be a non-negotiable workout - if I only workout once in a week, this will be it. I will dedicate my Tuesdays to this workout which will consist of a long run for speed and ST. I will follow it up with a long walk and some yoga on Wednesdays.

On the plus side of all of these football outings, our walk to and from the football stadium from the bus is 1 mile each direction, uphill on the way back. So I will be getting that exercise in no matter what when we have home games.

My hope is that if I can focus mostly on fitness for the next few months it will be easier to keep it up after New Years when I also take my diet to the next step. No more all or nothing for me. I think I am FINALLY going to learn my lesson and only take on what I can handle for the time being, THEN start taking more on.

I am 32.4% of the way through my goals challenge:

Walk/run completed (217/1000min, 21.7%)
ST GOALS:
Squats (100/500, 20%)
Push-ups (40/300, 13.3%)
Planks (150/1000sec, 15%)

Tomorrow I will be doing the long run I was supposed to do on Friday (I bailed because of stomach issues). 4-6 miles, starting with intervals, then after 2-3 miles I will recover with a slow steady jog or walk, then finish strong with some more intervals. Then I will come home and hammer out some squats, push-ups, and planks... do some foam rolling then CRASH OUT!

I hope everyone has a great week!! Let's make it count!

  
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FITMAMA_ 9/15/2014 9:23AM

    Awesome!

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ALLIEALLIE2 9/9/2014 2:43PM

    You are smashing your squat challenge!! emoticon

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IRP1114 9/9/2014 12:23PM

    Great plan. Keeping things simple is sometimes the best strategy. You got this! emoticon emoticon

Ps so frustrating when you lose a blog! Glad you still posted!!

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JOYFUL62 9/8/2014 10:14PM

    It's a great idea to revise your goals when you need to to stay on track. We need to recognize that life isn't about being perfect, its about continuing to make progress. If we demand perfection from ourselves we will end up quitting when we realize we can't meet our own standards. Keep working on your new goals and don't be afraid to revise as needed.
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POISONGIRL999 9/8/2014 3:40PM

    Wow that's some mileage you've got today! You go girl :) The food part is the hardest part for me. I really don't see how people can just give up things and go on living like part of their soul wasn't ripped out. But then again people think I'm crazy for doing half the workouts I do.

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MARYBENSON 9/8/2014 3:38PM

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Goals: Day 8 of 35

Friday, September 05, 2014

I am 22.8% of the way through my goals challenge:

Drink 64oz of water (7/35)
Walk/run completed (7/35) (177/1000min, 17.7%)
Eat within calorie range (6/31)
ST GOALS:
Squats (100/500, 20%)
Push-ups (40/300, 13.3%)
Planks (150/1000sec, 15%)

Well, on the plus side I had fun last night and I did take some steps towards reaching my goals. I had 2 glasses of water at the bar, instead of 2 more drinks... That was a pretty big step for me. I also had a salad for dinner, but I did have 1 more beverage than I had planned on so I was not in calorie range for the day.

I hope to make up for everything today. I told the hubs to take the kids to a movie tonight so I can run a couple of errands then go home, get the dog, and go for a long walk/run. Depending on how I feel, I think I will do a 4-6 mile excursion. I will start with intervals, then after 2-3 miles I will recover with a slow steady jog or walk, then finish strong with some more intervals. Hopefully this will be a long enough workout to catch me up to where I should be this month on my minutes. When I get home I will do some circuits to get my ST numbers to look better. Then I will sit down and enjoy a cup of Scott's homemade chili with a glass of milk as a splurge. Hopefully I will then be so tired I will just crash out after my shower.

Tomorrow is the first Huskies home game... I know this was my downfall with non-smoking last year. This year I will not drink at the bar before/after the game. I've been drinking hard cider lately and my favorite brand, Crispin, is made from all natural ingredients and is the lowest calorie I've seen. So I will take 4 drinks, 2 for the bus ride up there and 2 for the ride back (yes, we take a charter bus to the games). This will still be a lot of calories consumed in alcohol, but less than normal - not only to cut calories, but hopefully cut my desire to smoke as well. Once we get off the bus we have about a 1/2 mile walk into the stadium, so I'll at least be getting a little bit of walking in.

We typically eat dinner at the bar when we get back from these 12pm games, so I hope I won't be hungry and can wait until I get home. Otherwise I think my best bet will be just one slice of pizza... I've seen their salads, and pizza is going to be healthier than what they serve as salads (unless I ask for everything on the side and build it myself).

Anyway, this Saturday is going to give me the information I need to know for the rest of the games this season, so I need to come up with a solid game plan to not get thrown off track every time we go to a game.

Sunday I have some running around to do, but then I hope to get in another good workout session to help counteract Saturday's fun.

Anybody else have any exciting plans this weekend?

  
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ALLIEALLIE2 9/6/2014 12:48AM

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IRP1114 9/5/2014 3:16PM

    Wooohoooo! Congrats on the victory! That is a great way to start off the season. Knowing you can chose to not drink and still have fun will help you get through the rest of the games to come. Love your plan. You are still leaving room for fun but making the decision ahead of time of exactly how much you will indulge. Perfect. It will make it easier to make room for it somehow I am sure.

Good luck with tonight's run and getting more st in! I need to prioritize more st too! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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HILLSLUG98239 9/5/2014 1:40PM

    It's awesome that you have a plan. I leave too much to chance, and then I beat myself up about eating too much.

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144AUTUMN 9/5/2014 12:50PM

  Keep up the good work!!

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Goals: Day 7 of 35

Thursday, September 04, 2014

1 week in... 20% though these goals

Drink 64oz of water (6/35)
Walk/run completed (6/35) (177/1000min, 17.7%)
Eat within calorie range (6/31)
ST GOALS:
Squats (60/500, 12%)
Push-ups (40/300, 13.3%)
Planks (150/1000sec, 15%)

I had a great run yesterday. I left the dog at home and I hit it hard. Running at that speed kills my calves though. I think today being a rest day will be very good for my body.

I'm nervous about today, as we will be out at a bar for the Seahawks tonight. I want to have a couple of drinks and enjoy myself but I'm worried about calories. They don't have a nutrition menu so I can't prepare. I just hate wasting calories on alcohol, but I would like to enjoy a couple of drinks since that is one thing I've given up on a regular basis. It may just have to be my second of 4 splurge days, and I'll have to really watch myself during the weekends since we will be out at a college football game every Saturday this month. The nice thing is, the new stadium that they opened last year has some healthy food options.

Anyhow... it is the opening day of the NFL and the Hawks are playing and we have a perfect, 75 degree, sunny day here. It's going to be a great day!!!

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ALLIEALLIE2 9/4/2014 7:48PM

    You make me want to RUN!! YOu are doing great! Enjoy yourself tonight! emoticon

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MELYROD18 9/4/2014 2:49PM

    Congrats on your great run....Sounds like you'll be having fun tonight. I hope you enjoy yourself.

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Goals: Day 6 of 35

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

I am 17% of the way through my goals:

Drink 64oz of water (5/35)
Walk/run completed (5/35) (142/1000min, 14.2%)
Eat within calorie range (5/31)
ST GOALS:
Squats (40/500, 8%)
Push-ups (20/300, 6.6%)
Planks (90/1000sec, 9%)

These numbers tell me I need to get movin'!!! I'm not sure if I'll get the chance to run tonight, as I have to be available to get to the computer until about 8-9pm. I will at least get a bit of a walk in though. Tomorrow is the Seahawks season opener and I plan on meeting the hubs somewhere to watch the game. I will get out and at least get my 5 minute walk in while I'm at work but nothing special. Hopefully I will be able to go out for a longer run on Friday, depending on how late I get off work.

All I know is that the more I'm at work the more I need my runs to relieve the stress, and the less time I actually have to do so. Ugh.

Anyway.... Happy hump day, everyone!!!

  
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ALLIEALLIE2 9/4/2014 1:16PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon Cheering you on and enjoying reading about your progress!!

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IRP1114 9/3/2014 3:45PM

    Awesome! You are staying focused and that is what matters. I am sure you will make your goals!!! Good luck getting those runs in. Enjoy the game!!!

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Goals: Day 5 of 35

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

I hope everyone had a great holiday weekend! It was very nice for us. I haven't done a ton of working out, so today I will try to focus more on my ST and getting a good run in. Here are my current stats:

Drink 64oz of water (4/35)
Walk/run completed (4/35) (127/1000min)
Eat within calorie range (4/31)
ST GOALS:
Squats (15/500)
Push-ups (10/300)
Planks (30/1000sec)

Yesterday I got in a quick run with my dad while I was at my parents house for a BBQ. I did not, however, do well with my water. Sunday I didn't get a walk in, and I didn't stay within calorie range... but a day of lounging with the hubs and enjoying 2 movies on the couch with some popcorn and treats was so enjoyable. Saturday I got a walk in, drank lots of water, and stayed in calorie range (barely). Now that I am back at work it is back on track!

The great news is that I didn't gain any weight this weekend, so hopefully I will see the scale move again this week after a week of being stuck.

How did everyone else do this weekend??

  
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ALLIEALLIE2 9/2/2014 11:48PM

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BEFIT_WITHGUSTO 9/2/2014 4:19PM

    Congrats on maintaining! I hope you see the scale move, too!

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GETTING_FIT44 9/2/2014 2:36PM

    Just like you! I enjoyed everything, but barely worked out. I think that's important, letting go for a few days. Like a vacation should. A slip up is ok as long as you get back at it when its over.Good job!

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