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Conquering excuses!

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

I was so proud of myself this afternoon! I gave myself every opportunity to avoid going to the gym, but every time an "obstacle" appeared, I refused to make an excuse!

When I left work this afternoon, it was POURING RAIN! Then, when I was in the car and on the way to the gym, a friend called and asked me to meet her tonight to swap some stuff -- and the stuff I needed to give her was still at my house. So, I figured I'd run home, pick up the stuff, change into my gym clothes, work out, then go meet her.

That was my first trouble spot. In the past, if I go straight home after work, I typically don't leave the house for the rest of the night -- especially not to go to the gym! When I was about a mile from my house, it was still raining really hard, and I had almost convinced myself that I could just work out at home that night (which is code for "I'll think this now and then forget about it until it's time to go to bed - so the workout never happens!"). However, the rain had let up a little by the time I got to the house, so when I pulled into the garage, I was resolved, yet again, to make it to the gym.

Upstairs in my room, changing into my workout clothes, I encountered my second potential obstacle. I realized I didn't have any sneakers in my room -- one pair was in my office (where I keep them in case I need to be on my feet for extended parts of the day), another was in my gym bag in my car, and the third pair was in the trunk of my car (where I keep them in case of opportunities for spontaneous exercise). But no fear! I avoided this excuse by throwing on a pair of slides, going downstairs and putting the sneakers from my gym bag on in the garage before I got in my car.

Feeling so good about conquering these excuses, I even put a load of laundry in the washing machine before I left the house!

I had one final obstacle to conquer when I got on the treadmill... At first, my video wouldn't work!! I watch TV on HuluPlus or Amazon Instant when I work out, and I had just suspended my Hulu account for three weeks (until I return from vacation), and the Amazon video wasn't working... But I didn't panic or get upset! It took a few minutes, but I got it to work -- and even if I hadn't, I had a game plan in mind: I could always read a Kindle book or watch whatever's on the gym TV for entertainment while I sweat!

So, yay me for refusing to give in when a few tiny yet potentially devastating obstacles got between me and my date with the treadmill!
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TERSIEFROG 6/25/2013 9:41PM

    Great job avoiding those obstacles!! I think many days in the recent past, the rain alone would have stopped me! You showed some determination today.

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Kick-a$$ women

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

I'm trying to give myself extra motivation during my gym workouts by watching women who I think kick a$$!

Lately, I've been re-watching Season 7 of The Biggest Loser, which featured my favorite contestant of all time, Tara Costa. Tara started off bigger than me and she finished lighter than my goal weight, but I want to attempt to keep up with her -- she just hit 252 on the show, and that's what I was my last weigh-in, so I'm going to wait a month before watching the next episode, when I know she hits 240, and celebrate with her! :)

In the meantime, I'm going to start re-watching a series with another favorite kick-a$$ woman: Sydney Bristow (Alias). Starting with the pilot during my date with the treadmill after work tonight!

I'm finding TBL, at least, to be a great motivator during my workouts -- when something inspirational happens, or when Jillian starts screaming at the contestants, I up my intensity a bit. I have a feeling it'll be the same way with Alias -- when Syd takes off after a bad guy, I'll kick it up a notch!

What does everyone else do to stay motivated during a workout?

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FAVALL 6/25/2013 8:45PM

    Watching TV or movies that inspire you, while you workout, is a great strategy for success!

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GLUECIPHER 6/25/2013 10:47AM

    I watch ski films on my galaxy while I do cardio. Gets me going

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ELRIDDICK 6/25/2013 10:45AM

  Thanks for sharing

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Mini-milestone goals

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

I've been juicing at least one meal a day for the last three weeks, and I'm seeing quite a bit of success -- down about 13 pounds in the last month! My energy level is up, I've been working out more consistently, eating more whole foods, and doing better at staying away from the junk.

I leave for San Diego next Saturday for a work conference that I'm extending into a vacation, and I'm super-excited! Never been to California before... With about 6 weeks to go before my trip, I decided I wanted to get down to 245 pounds (from 260), and I'm getting close to my goal! Although I "officially" weigh-in on Fridays, I had seen a 1.2 pound gain last week and needed some motivation this morning, so I stepped on the scale for a spot-check -- and I was down to 248.8!

I like the idea of these mini-milestone goals, so I've decided to set a few more!

First day of school (by Friday, Aug. 30) -- 230 pounds
First day of hockey season (by Friday, Oct. 11) -- 220 pounds
Thanksgiving (by Friday, Nov. 29) -- 210 pounds
New Year's Day (by Friday, Jan. 3) -- 199 pounds - Onederland!!

My overall goal is to get to 150 pounds, which will put me at the upper end of the "normal weight" range. For now, I'm looking forward to getting out of the "morbidly obese" category into just plain "obese (Class 2)," which I'll hit at 240 pounds. At 210, I'll be in the "obese (Class 1)" category, and at 180 (my approximate weight in high school and college), I'll be simply "overweight."


OK, break's over!

Thursday, November 08, 2012

I've been letting myself slide for months with no accountability, few workouts, and extremely infrequent weigh-ins. In fact, I've been avoiding the scale.

But it's time to get back to work! I made appointments next week with a new eye doctor and new dentist (haven't been to either in more than two years -- I know, bad me!), and a physical with my GP, who I also haven't seen in more than two years. They're going to check my cholesterol level during my physical, and I really don't want it to be through the roof, so I'm going back to my formerly healthy lifestyle NOW in hopes that the results aren't too bad!

Other than not wanting to disappoint my doctor, I also have a positive incentive to drop some pounds: My boss gave me the green light to attend our national professional convention in SAN DIEGO next July! So, I have nine months until the convention and my goal is to get to ONEDERLAND before then! How awesome will that be? Flying on a plane without feeling like I should have bought a second seat... meeting new people -- fellow professionals -- in smaller clothes that look good on me... oh, and did I mention that my reward will be extending my trip into a little vacay?? I've never been to California before, and I hear San Diego is amazing!

I'm gonna do it! No excuses! Now's the time!

Oh, and thanks to the 30-somethings with 100+ pounds to lose group -- great timing on the start of the HLC Holiday Challenge! Bring it on!

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NEED2MOVE2 11/9/2012 12:33PM

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BRACEYM1 11/8/2012 2:50PM

    That is so wonderful. I am so happy for you. The vacation will be a nice reward for all your hard work.

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Apparently chlorine is like catnip...

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

I've started taking water aerobics classes at my local Y, and after the first class, I experienced an unusual phenomenon...

When I got home, I plopped on the couch in front of my computer to update Spark with my fitness minutes. My cat, Marley, immediately jumped up beside me and proceeded to lick my hand. That wasn't the unusual thing -- he does that pretty often, usually to aid himself in cleaning his face (lick my hand, rub his face on it, and repeat).

The unusual thing happened when I picked up my other cat, Mickey, to take him into my room when it was bedtime... Mickey rides on my shoulder (like you'd hold a baby to burp him), and I felt him sniff my hair. Then, all of a sudden, he grabbed the back of my head in his mouth! He didn't bite down or anything, so it didn't hurt; he just held a chunk of my scalp in his mouth and then let go. Weird, right?

When I laid down to go to sleep, Marley decided to start playing with my hair, too -- I could feel his paws batting at it and then he bit at it. Thankfully, they both left me alone soon after that.

Then, Monday night after class, Marley pulled the same lick-my-hand routine as he had last Thursday. This time, however, he jumped on the back of my couch behind my head, sunk all four claws into my scalp and starting biting my hair! I finally had to pick him up and put him on the floor so he would leave my head alone.

Curious, I wondered if the chlorine from the pool was making them act like this -- I rinsed myself off after each class but hadn't shampooed my hair. Sure enough, Google gave me the answer I was looking for: answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid
. Turns out chlorine has a catnip-like affect on cats!

Armed with my new-found knowledge, I sudsed my hair up with a pleasant-smelling (to me, at least) shampoo after last night's water aerobics class and the cats didn't bother me at all.

So, now you've learned something new! If you have cats, be sure to shampoo after you're in a pool or you might wake up bald!

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RUNNER4LIFE08 7/26/2012 10:41AM


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DOLPHINNUT 7/25/2012 3:34PM

    Hmm interesting, didn't know. I guess we learn something new everyday!! emoticon

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MICHELEKNY 7/25/2012 1:45PM

    That could be, Kallie... But mine have never reacted to me like this before and I shower daily! :) Who knows -- cats are strange creatures! I've heard of other felines that go cuckoo for carrots, nutty for celery seed and gaga over a particular perfume. Could be anything going on in their crazy little minds!

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KALLIE1958AR 7/25/2012 1:36PM

    I think they want your scent back im just talking not really knowing but my cat hates it when I even take a shower so ... I think that may be it .. who knows lol emoticon

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JEN_BACK2BASICS 7/25/2012 11:58AM

    Ha! This happens to me, too - I think I need a stronger shampoo. Makes it kind of hard to sleep, with all that scalp biting going on. Thanks for sharing!

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NEWKATHYNOW 7/25/2012 11:44AM

    That's really interesting! Thanks for sharing. I'll tell my friends with cats.

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PINKLIZARDS 7/25/2012 11:27AM

    interesting! thanks for sharing and now I know why kitty hangs with me after my morning swims. emoticon

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