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Holidays

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Happy Hanukkah to those that celebrate. Soon it will be Christmas and then Kwanzaa. This time of the year always makes me smile, but also brings some anxiety.

As a person in maintenance, this time of year can be a slippery slope. One dinner out, one party, on buffet at work can all lead to that gradual weight gain that we all fear. My weight has been up and down lately so I can relate to the anxiety.

I really don't know anyone that doesn't have that fear in the back of their minds. Even just a little. We've worked so hard to lose and harder to maintain and we know that it goes on much faster than it come off. I know I can gain 2 to 3 lbs overnight, but it takes several days to leave.

I wish you all a Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas and Happy Kwanzaa. I wish you all continued weight loss, maintenance and healthy eating. Keep moving!

  
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BLUEJAY1969 12/19/2014 5:01AM

    And a Merry Christmas to you too! I am so thankful that you still blog even though you are in maintenance! It gives me hints for how this will go when I eventually reach goal weight!
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DIDMIS 12/18/2014 6:41PM

    It is difficult to know what to eat. I can have no beef but can have some fish and chicken breast in moderation.

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ONEKIDSMOM 12/17/2014 7:59PM

    Here's to a joyful holiday, excessive only in LOVE! emoticon

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GABY1948 12/17/2014 11:57AM

    Yep, Keep Moving is the key...I know I will be one of the ones that will always have that fear!

And Keep moving is the key...past the food and to the exercise!

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LESLIELENORE 12/17/2014 10:51AM

    And blessings to you!

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KALIGIRL 12/17/2014 10:39AM

    Happy Holidays to you!

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JANTHEBLONDE 12/17/2014 10:12AM

    I could not have written a better blog for the holidays! I feel exactly the same way you do! Well said! Wishing you have a Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas and Happy Kwanzaa too! I hope you have a wonderful Wednesday!
Hugs and love,
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JEANKNEE 12/17/2014 9:37AM

    May we find ourselves emoticon successful choices as we navigate the holidays.

Thanks for the holiday well wishes!

Wishing you the same!!!

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JESS0107 12/17/2014 8:27AM

    Yes, this time of year is very stressful. Too many parties and cookies for me to count. The great thing is that we can apply what we have learned the past 11 months and know that we will be just fine!!

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NELLJONES 12/17/2014 8:26AM

    Christmas cookies, the ones I bake every year, are the only thing during the entire year that I have a problem with. I can go to parties and not eat anything. I seldom eat much of my own Christmas dinner...I'm too tired after cooking for 3 days. But oh the iced sugar cookies! I have to get them out of the house pronto!

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GHK1962 12/17/2014 8:20AM

    Yes ... what Kanoe10 said.

And I hope you have a great day and rest of the week.

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KANOE10 12/17/2014 8:02AM

    Good ending comment. Keep moving through the holidays. May we contnue our healthy eating throughout these next few weeks of celebrations.

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Naughty and Nice

Sunday, December 14, 2014

My daughters, a friend of mine and I participated in the Ugly Sweater 5k this morning. I was naughty and ran the entire "race," but it felt so nice! I had a little soreness in my left leg and later in my right hip, but it was worth it. I loved every minute of it.

Instead of t-shirts, we got stocking hats. It was too warm to wear them as it was in the 50's when we were running. It was misting out, but with sweaters on it was pretty warm. It's going to be much colder tomorrow, so I plan on wearing my new stocking hat! I love that they gave out something different than t-shirts.

Here is a picture of us.


Happy moving.

  
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FORZACHANDMATT 12/19/2014 7:34AM

    How fun - great picture

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BLUEJAY1969 12/19/2014 4:59AM

    Glad you enjoyed! Great picture of beautiful ladies!
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SLENDERELLA61 12/15/2014 5:32PM

    What a fun event! You all look appropriately great!! Hope there's no repercussions from your run. Take care. Enjoy your new stocking cap!!

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KANOE10 12/15/2014 9:00AM

    What a great family event. How fun to get a new hat.

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KALIGIRL 12/15/2014 8:40AM

    Cool - hope all is well today.

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GABY1948 12/15/2014 8:30AM

    LOVE the picture and the sweaters! Glad you got to run!

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TERI-RIFIC 12/15/2014 7:51AM

    Cute and fun. Beats baking cookies!

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EEPERJESI 12/15/2014 1:55AM

    Good job! Looks like a fun race!

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LESLIELENORE 12/15/2014 12:06AM

    Glad you had fun! Now to take care of that soreness before it becomes a big problem again.

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HOTDEENOW 12/14/2014 10:15PM

    Great job!!!

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GHK1962 12/14/2014 9:44PM

    Waiiiitt a minute -

Where's the ugly sweater in all that? Well ... I have poor fashion sense ... so maybe they are ugly. But I think they are kinda cool. And you actually ran in SWEATERS? Crazyyyyyy.

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ONEKIDSMOM 12/14/2014 9:19PM

    How totally great to have a run-related stocking cap!

I have another friend who ran the ugly sweater 5K in Omaha today, too... today was her 62nd birthday. I know her from a non-Spark venue... she's a Team Nebraska triathlete like me... and we race at the same age... just so far we've never been in the same race. One day, we shall... she's a very strong swimmer, I'm a stronger runner... and she's got a cool tri bike, the real deal... I'm saying she'd beat me, she's nay-saying, saying my stronger run would hold true. We just HAVE to put it together one of these days and see!

Hope your "naughty" running doesn't give you any ill after-effects. Glad you had fun!

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JEANKNEE 12/14/2014 9:08PM

    Definitely nice to be able to run with your daughters and friend and not be feeling too bad. Hopefully, you will be feeling just fine and it will turn out that running the race wasn't so naughty after all.

Thanks for sharing the photo.

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JANTHEBLONDE 12/14/2014 8:52PM

    That is wonderful you and your daughters participated in the ugly sweater 5K this morning! I am so glad to hear you were not in much pain running! Loved the picture! Hope you have a nice relaxing evening!
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Creeping

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Frustration! More of it. I've been watching and logging my calories daily. I've also taken to weighing myself every morning. The calories are doing well, but that darn scale is still creeping up!

I still walk everyday and usually take a second walk at night with the dog. After really thinking on this, I realize that when I lost my weight I was only walking 30 minutes a day. This reminds me that I lost the weight by really watching what I put in my mouth. Obviously, I'll need to crack down even further on my eating.

Between not being able to run or exercise as I like and perimenopause, I knew I'd have to reevaluate my calorie intake. I was hoping it would be later than sooner. emoticon I guess there's nothing like the present.

I'll give it a little more time and then decide if I have to lower my calorie range. I do well when we are at home, but it seems like there is so much "hidden" calories, sodium, fat, etc. when we eat out. It's a good thing we don't eat out often, but I'll figure have to figure it all out with the holidays here. Ten pounds is so easy to gain this time of the year.

Thanks for stopping by and happy moving. I hope that your scale ISN'T creeping like mine!

  
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DIDMIS 12/13/2014 9:39PM

    Hope things look up for you.
Blessings.

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JANTHEBLONDE 12/10/2014 7:50PM

    I'm sorry you're frustrated with the scale! Maybe it's the combination of not running and eating out a little bit more than normal during the holiday season! I know you'll figure it out! I hope you have a wonderful day!
Hugs and love,
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MELYROD18 12/10/2014 6:09PM

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ALICIA363 12/10/2014 5:34PM

    Have you thought about getting a second opinion on whether running is possible or advisable during your treatment?

Wishing you well on finding the solutions that are right for you!

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LESLIELENORE 12/10/2014 5:15PM

    My scale is stationary, which is frustrating since I need to re-lose about 30 pounds. So much of it is about our food.

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GABY1948 12/10/2014 2:41PM

    I know you will figure it all out. That is one part of maintaining I will NOT like when I get there. I like things NICE AND STEADY...who doesn't?

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KALIGIRL 12/10/2014 9:53AM

    Good that you are watching - especially before the emoticon begins. Good luck on maintaining!
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KANOE10 12/10/2014 7:14AM

    Good luck with Mr. Creep. Your life has changed with no running! I know you will figure it out. I am working on getting a few pounds myself before Christmas.

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KRISZTA11 12/10/2014 6:47AM

    Great observations!
I'm sure you will find the meal plan that works for you.
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My weight was OK last Saturday but I expect it to start creeping up any minute,
because I'm fighting my evening overeating tendency... hm, with less success than usual.
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Good luck to you and me!
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BLUEJAY1969 12/10/2014 12:10AM

    I hope you find that magic balance again. I know that if I eat too few calories the scale does not like me at all!
Hugs,
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JEANKNEE 12/9/2014 10:40PM

    Sounds like you have an eye on things and know what you need to do. Wishing you success in dialing in an appropriate calorie range to support your goals and meeting changing circumstances as they arise.



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SLENDERELLA61 12/9/2014 9:04PM

    Best wishes for finding the calorie range that supports the weight you want! You are smart to pay attention and plan appropriate action. He's hoping that it works out well for you. I know it isn't easy, but I'm pretty sure you'd agree it is worth it.

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ONEKIDSMOM 12/9/2014 8:37PM

    It's tricky when you drop back from the level of activity you have BEEN at as a runner. I found after my last TRI of the year that I needed to drop back my calorie range by 200 - 300 calories a day to avoid regaining. Then when I ran the two HM's in November, the weight has once again stabilized at the bottom of the maintenance range. Don't want to go lower, so I'm back up in the range again.

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GHK1962 12/9/2014 8:30PM

    Stoopid scale!!

*punches it for you*

Actually - I wouldn't punch it. It's not my scale to punch. Plus it'd just make my hand sore and I'd scream and then everyone would know I can't even beat up a stoopid scale.

(Yeah ... I excel at making dorky comments!)

Anyway ... could it also be that your body is used to the higher aerobic activities? I was tying to think if there were any other exercises you might try that would not have an adverse impact on your back?

I mean yes, if the doc dude says not to (add activity here), then you should not. But it also makes no sense to cure one ailment with the effect of making something else bad right?

What about certain strength training? Ones where you can stabilize your back? Like laying on a bench and doing arm exercises? Or leg stuff? (Though it seems to me strength training for legs goes straight thru your back...so maybe not legs.) Hmmm ... no elliptical too though you said ... so he really wants you to reduce anything that might hurt the back ... hmmm ... go back and ask doctor dude what kind of exercise you can do? More than just walking I mean. Hey .... what about walking in a swimming pool?

Oh...this is getting long....I am being rambly guy again.

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No running in the new future.

Monday, December 08, 2014

Back to the chiropractor today. I will be going three days a week for the next few weeks. He said it was good that I came in when I did and that most people aren't that proactive. Usually, they are hobbling in and that delays their recovery.

I'm getting a tad frustrated, though. I'm following his "orders," but I hate not being able to run. I can't do the elliptical, either. I'm only allowed to walk. I am walking 80 minutes a day, on average, but it's still not the same.

I have a 5k on Sunday and I'll just power walk it. I really want to run again and I want to be healed so that I can run again.

The chiropractor seems surprised that I do what I do, or did what I did, with the scoliosis that I have. I need to remain smart about my recovery so I can be ready for next season!!

Thanks all and happy moving.

  
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MELYROD18 12/10/2014 6:10PM

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GLORIAMAJDI 12/9/2014 8:57PM

    It IS frustrating isn't it? My chiro has discharged me, sent me to an orthopedic surgeon. I think he was as frustrated as I was. If your chiro hasn't give up on you, don't give up on him. I think you will be running again, you just need to be patient and give it plenty of time.

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LIVINGLOVINLIFE 12/9/2014 3:21PM

    Take care and heal. There will be races to run another day.

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LESLIELENORE 12/9/2014 11:51AM

    So frustrating! At least you can still walk.

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KALIGIRL 12/9/2014 8:43AM

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GABY1948 12/9/2014 7:49AM

    I'm so sorry! I would be bummed too...I have always been bummed that I can't run. But I'm praying that you won't have as long a wait as predicted! Jusst SO what you have to do to get better!

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KRISZTA11 12/9/2014 3:44AM

    I'm sorry about the lengthy recovery - but as the chiropractor said, there could have been more damage if you weren't so careful and proactive.
Enjoy your walks! surely not the same as running but still a nice healthy exercise.
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BLUEJAY1969 12/9/2014 1:25AM

    Maybe in the long run taking a break from running will turn out to be a good thing - I am one who truly believes that everything happens for a reason! I hope you heal very quickly!
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GHK1962 12/9/2014 12:31AM

    I'm not sure if I want to say good on you for being proactive and listening to the Chiro dude... or man that sucks about the running thing. Did he give you any indication how long it might be until you're able to run again?

Have fun on your 5K power walk on Sunday at any rate.

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JEANKNEE 12/8/2014 11:37PM

    Wishing you a speedy recovery and return to running. Sounds like the chiropractor may learn some lessons from you in the "can do" department, eh?. ;-)



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    It is emoticon that you can do what you do.

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KELLIEBEAN 12/8/2014 10:10PM

    I can't imagine the frustration you feel. I beleieve you will be running again.

Keep following those orders!

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GINGKO711 12/8/2014 9:23PM

    Ugh, bummer!

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Second adjustment and lessons learned.

Friday, December 05, 2014

I went back to the chiropractor yesterday for my second adjustment. I can touch my toes again and even the floor! I'm really still in the hamstrings and the back of my calves, but I can stretch out. Still no running or elliptical, but the crazy thing is I'm almost back to my center weight.

This has taught me that I need to be a little more diligent on not only what I eat, but when. I'm back to not eating after 8 PM and I've seen the numbers dropping. (That is a good thing.) I'm only a pound away from my center weight.

I go back to the chiropractor on Monday. Hopefully, things will still look good and I'll be able to start running again soon.

Happy moving!

  
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DIDMIS 12/8/2014 4:44AM

    emoticon Hope things continue to go good for you.


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BLUEJAY1969 12/7/2014 6:09AM

    I'm so glad you are getting better!
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KANOE10 12/6/2014 8:05AM

    Keep healing!


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ONEKIDSMOM 12/5/2014 7:01PM

    One day at a time. Keep doing what you need to do... and feel better! emoticon

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LESLIELENORE 12/5/2014 3:43PM

    Great news! Hope you get the go ahead soon.

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KRISZTA11 12/5/2014 2:31PM

    Wonderful news!
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GABY1948 12/5/2014 11:07AM

    This is GREAT! And YOU are doing GREAT!

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JANTHEBLONDE 12/5/2014 10:21AM

    That is fabulous you're able to touch your toes again! I am so happy you went to the chiropractor! Congratulations I'm losing 1 pound! I am so proud of you not eating after 8 PM! I know that's really hard to do sometimes! I hope you have a fabulous Friday and a wonderful weekend!
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GHK1962 12/5/2014 9:51AM

    Yeah that you're feeling better. And that's a quick turn around if he'll let you start running again so soon. Way to go chiro dude too!

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JESS0107 12/5/2014 9:19AM

    I'm so glad to hear that!!! You are an inspiration!!

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JEANKNEE 12/5/2014 8:44AM

    Happy to hear that you are able to touch your toes and the floor again. Sounds like you are re-establishing balance in your body.

Keep up the great work!

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BIGPAWSUP 12/5/2014 8:27AM

    Sounds wonderful. Congrats

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