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My last few weeks

Friday, June 06, 2014

Have looked like this

And then like this

and then I got all of this

Which weighed about 3 tons. Literally.

And I moved it all to here and made this

I got these

And these

But it's done! And we have a patio! (Next year when budget allows we will be adding some flagstones in. But that will be next summer's adventure!

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4EVERADONEGIRL 6/10/2014 7:04PM

    Awesome! And I bet you burned a gazillion calories while you were at it!! WAHOO!!!

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BESSHAILE 6/7/2014 7:18AM

    wooo woo - what fun you're going to have out there this summer.

Congratulations on becoming Bob the Builder.

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DALID414 6/7/2014 12:35AM

    Our legs could be twins, but I have no patio to show for it emoticon

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SHERYLDS 6/6/2014 4:14PM

    GREAT JOB ... enjoy

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NKING1982 6/6/2014 4:08PM

    Ouch! But it looks really great, good job

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Tuesday, June 03, 2014

What has changed in my routine?
What has lead to my over eating?
What area of my plan have I not been doing for a couple weeks?
When did I start gaining weight a bit?

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I stopped tracking my food!!!
I usually only track M-F as Sat and Sun are always difficult to predict, but even on those days, I was tracking the foods I knew.

I'm a total dork.
And... I'm off to track my breakfast and lunch now.
Starting over, eh?

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TIME4CARRI 6/3/2014 8:24PM

    It makes all the difference and I tend to minimize it but it really does! Yay for back to tracking. emoticon

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POSITIVEHOPE 6/3/2014 4:24PM

    The journey knows the answers. We just have to plug the information to the journey and watch the good results happen. Congratulations of your light bulb moment!

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4EVERADONEGIRL 6/3/2014 2:41PM

    AWESOME!!! Tracking makes such a big difference... emoticon

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GRANDMABABA 6/3/2014 2:21PM

    Way to wake up and smell those victories! Great success to you!

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Coming clean--

Monday, June 02, 2014

Okay... I've been killing it with my steps of late. Seriously, no cheating lots and lots and lots of steps. 15-22k every day but one last week. But, I'm not working out. I'm eating crap. I'm sure I'm gaining weight, but I can't bear to check.

Last week was TOM and I started feeling gross and bloated then, but now it's over and it isn't going away.

And the reason I'm not working out? I'm terrified. I've got an ankle that's bugging me and I'm afraid it's broken. Or that I'm going to break it. It feels so wonky. But, I finally made an appointment for the orthopedist today... so hopefully, I can fix it and get it better. But, I'm going to have to weigh in at the doctor-- and I don't want to know. After FINALLY losing a few pounds after nearly 18 months at the same freeeking weight and getting closer to ultimate goal-- to have crapped out and have to face the scale? UGH! No! No! No!!

And it's birthday week in our house-- so cake, and cake, and cake-- oh and more cake. I baked a cake for a friend who got a job at NASA yesterday... My hubby has his birthday Thursday... I've got my birthday on Sunday... gah...

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4EVERADONEGIRL 6/2/2014 4:41PM

    Hey, you're doing some things right so you should focus on that for now until you know what you have going on with your ankle.

As far as birthday and celebrations...I feel ya! It is so hard to be good when there are goodies around for legitimate reasons. But you know that the first couple bites are always the best and then after that you are just eating for the sake of eating; so maybe try to give yourself a three-bite rule?

At any rate, you are doing great and I know you can get your train back on the tracks. :-)

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ALICIA214 6/2/2014 4:22PM


emoticon on all your steps. I hope the news is good when you visit the bone man, you will happier to know what the problem is..


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TIME4CARRI 6/2/2014 4:22PM

    I don't know how we ever get to these spaces but we do!!! I feel ya so wholeheartedly and we've both been here before (I'm here now!!). You know that the fear is worse than the reality and good on ya for making that appointment. You'll weigh, you'll know, and then you'll be over the fear and on to action. Healing, planning, etc......... We just had our three May birthdays here and I have to weigh weekly. I was up 3 last week and have to go in again on Wednesday.....ugh.

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Titanium Girl v2

Monday, May 05, 2014

This is the second year (and final year actually) that I participated in the Titanium Girl Challenge. It is running two Half Marathons in one week. One is an all women's HM which is why the challenge is only open to women--

I ran my second race yesterday.
I finished in 2:29:06
I finished the first race in 2:31:31

Last year, I finished both races at 2:15 and 2:20. Which means, my times this year are much slower than last year. And it really got me thinking yesterday.

Why, why, why were my times SO much slower this year when over all, I am in far better shape than last year?

The answer simply is-- training. I didn't train very well for these races. I know that I have limited time to pound pavement. And I really thought that my general exercise routine would help me get to where I needed to be for the races. But, hard truth is-- if I'm not actually running-- I'm not actually training for running.

I've had added responsibilities these last couple of months, meaning my mid week running time is gone. I haven't been able to drop my tot off with grandma and go running a couple of times during the week. My weekends have been busy and my family demanding of my time, and I haven't even gotten a run in every weekend for quite some time. And when I did manage a weekend run, they were squeezed in, rather than having plenty of time-- meaning instead of running 9-14 mile distances, I was running 4-6miles.

So-- if you want to do the same or better in your races as you did last year-- the simple fact is, that being fitter and stronger and lighter isn't going to get you there. You have to train.

And since I didn't-- I just have to take this as a lesson on what to do from here on out.

(BTW-- the reason I will not be competing in this particular challenge next year is that the IronGirl HM I completed was horrid this year. They really made a hot mess of what was a great race last year. It's the most expensive race I run all year and with that cost, you expect a great experience-- but man-- did they not give that this year! I will save that money and find another challenge to complete. There is one called Half-Crazy to try!)

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4EVERADONEGIRL 5/6/2014 11:35AM

    I think you learned some lessons, but at the same time, I think you need to be proud of what you were able to accomplish as well!! Yes, your times were slower, but you said it a few times - you are more fit, stronger, AND lighter than you were last year!!!! Those are all huge accomplishments and then add on top of it the fact that you did two half marathons on little training - WOW!!!

You're doing great...keep at it!

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Less than Stellar

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Yesterday, food wise was less than stellar, thanks to anniversary cake and potatoes.

I didn't start my journaling yet. I need to do that today. I will find a note book and start journaling at my noon meal. Actually-- look-- there's one right there! Above my head. I'll use that and write what I had for breakfast.

And I failed in another way with my food last night. It wasn't the worst thing I've ever done, but, I made a decision to do it. I knew what I was doing was wrong and yet I still did it. I'd rather not go into details, but if you know me or have read my blogs of late, you can probably guess...

Today is a new day. I will find my groove. I will not eat left over cake and I will eat healthy and get back on track. These feelings are just feelings. What we feel does not have to be our truth. I do not have to believe what my emotions are telling me.

Half way to the weekend!

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4EVERADONEGIRL 3/31/2014 2:21PM

    Hope that things are improving girlie! Sorry I'm behind in my reading...just know I am sending you a million and one good vibes!!

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46SHADOW 3/26/2014 3:57PM

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MOMMACASSEY 3/26/2014 9:26AM

    I absolutely hate to feel like I'm wasting food, and yet... sometimes it helps me to just throw out the leftovers rather than deal with the temptation.

But it is Hump Day--a good day to turn yourself around! You can do it!

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TRAVELGO 3/26/2014 9:14AM

  I log EVERYTHING on Spark People and it has REALLY stopped me in my tracks as far as snacking. I don't want to have to log all the excess junk I was eating!

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