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The BLUE Band! (And Some Other Stuff)

Thursday, August 21, 2014

This morning, for the first time in my personal boot camp history, I used the blue resistance band for the whole class.

The resistance bands we use start at yellow (the 'why even bother' level), then go to red, then blue, then green, then grey (the holy crap! level). I have used red 95% of the time, using blue for certain exercises or certain sets on occasion before dropping back down to red.

But today? Today I used the blue band for everything!

I am pretty freaking proud of myself, people!

In other news, the boy is home from his summer in Florida and so now the house is back to its full busy, loud, messy glory. He and the new puppy are already best buds, and they're on their own today. It'll be interesting to see if the puppy makes the kid more active or if the kid makes the puppy lazier. I hope he breaks away from the video games long enough to go on a frisbee break with the pup!

He's got today and tomorrow and all next week of vacation left, then school starts back up.

I, for one, am actually really looking forward to getting back into a regular routine. I love that dog to pieces but working from home for a couple of weeks totally threw me off my regular workout track. Though I got lots of steps in walking the dog, I only made it to bootcamp two or three days a week and I missed that regular routine. I'm looking forward to the regular grind resuming ... that probably sounds weird. I'm just a creature of habit, I guess.

Of course, summer being over also means the work travel picks back up so I don't know how 'normal' it will really get, but normal is relative, isn't it? I've got two straight weeks on the road in September, a few at home, and then three straight in October. It's gonna get crazy.

Let's focus on the baby steps.

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SMILINGTREE 8/21/2014 4:16PM

    Congrats on the blue band! And I totally understand about the routine thing. When I worked in an office, it wasn't so hard to make working out either before work or after a part of my daily thing. Working from home makes it much harder to develop a regular work out routine -- it's like there is nowhere to add it in that feels quite right.

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SUMMER2203 8/21/2014 12:42PM

    don't you love tangible progress like that?!?! that is so awesome!!!! also, enjoy having your son home!!

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MARGARITTM 8/21/2014 10:25AM

    PSSSS nothing like a kid and a dog how wonderful!

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MARGARITTM 8/21/2014 10:24AM

    PS congrats on moving up to the "blue band"...kind of like those karate belts!

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MARGARITTM 8/21/2014 10:23AM

    I do like the routine of the new fall season....but will miss terribly my Summer! My favorite season...............bittersweet.

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Results ... So Far & Anniversary Pic!

Monday, August 18, 2014

I started new meds two weeks ago, and I just finished the two week low-dose trial. Which is basically just to make sure, I dunno, my heart didn't explode or something. So, success! I lost two pounds in two weeks, which is actually pretty amazing by my standards. I started the regular dosage yesterday so I'm hoping that speeds up a little bit.

Of course, I went and sabotaged myself over the weekend though. It was our one year anniversary! I can't believe it's been a year already. I'm 35 years old and honestly it's the first time I've really celebrated spending a whole year with the same person since I was in college. Isn't that kind of sad and awesome at the same time? Let's focus on the awesome part, shall we? :)

He really went all out. He made us a reservation at this super swanky restaurant where we got our own private gazebo out on the patio. It was a four course meal, plus extras. One of the courses was dessert, of course, but he told them it was our anniversary so they brought out this meringue and chocolate mousse thing as a pre-dessert dessert, and then they brought out truffles and madeleines and THEN they brought our desserts. REALLY?! So my meal went something like this:

raspberry kir royale
bread with herbed cheese spread
asparagus soup amuse bouche
mushroom crepe with field greens
green salad (greens, cucumbers, tomatoes, garlic crouton, dressing)
lemon sorbet
vegetable napoleon with *tons* of seasonal vegetables
meringue / chocolate mousse thing
chocolate tart with vanilla ice cream

It was amazing. The service was stellar, the ambiance was perfection, the company was the love of my life, the food was totally fabulous. Definitely not something you do on a regular basis but for a special occasion you really couldn't ask for anything better.

Here we are in front of our private gazebo!

Obviously after that meal those two lost pounds resurfaced, but I'm back on the train and it's destination loserville.

Choo choo!

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PAPER_WINGS18 8/23/2014 2:34PM

    awwww yay! I am so happy for you girl. I need to catch up. I am so happy that you are so happy! You definitely deserve mr. right.

It sounds like a great Anniversary meal. How sweet. And everything sounds deeeelish!

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KAT321123 8/18/2014 10:16AM

    That meal sounds totally drool-worthy =) Happy anniversary!

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CANDACEMM 8/18/2014 9:46AM

    Sounds like a fabulous anniversary and a delicious dinner! Congrats!

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Puppy Scheduling

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Everyone, meet Ali!

She is a six-month old Plott Hound/Boxer mix, and she is amazing! However, we're learning she has MAJOR separation anxiety. She does not want to be alone for a millisecond.

I knew we'd have to do some puppy training and so I'm spending two weeks being a stay-at-home-dog-mom to get these issues underway. I didn't realize I would be quite so homebound. It's only day three and we're working on being in the crate and being alone for like five minutes at a time. Hey, it's a start!

So, we're walking a lot. I'm topping 10,000 steps a day with no problem, but I haven't made it to boot camp. I went Monday morning thinking the one hour she'd be alone would be fine but J left her to wander the house (DUMB!) and she pooped on the carpet, got into the kitty litter and trash, got into my shoes ... yeah, that can't happen again. Now at least she's getting used to the crate.

Anyway, I'm going to try to get to the PM boot camp class tonight if J gets home on time. As long as he leaves reasonably on time she can be alone in the crate for up to about 30 minutes at this point.

So I LOOOOOOVE this dog and I'm getting exercise and soon we'll get back into a routine that includes lots of puppy love, lots of walks, AND boot camp.

Baby steps!

Or puppy steps I guess!

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PAPER_WINGS18 8/23/2014 2:35PM

    awww what a sweetie. Her coloring is beautiful.

Puppy kisses! emoticon

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LULUBELLE65 8/8/2014 12:59AM

    What a sweet girl!

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MARGARITTM 8/6/2014 9:58AM

    Congrats on the new dog - enjoy the journey

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SUMMER2203 8/6/2014 9:03AM

    she is adorable!!!!!!! congrats!!!!!! we also just got a puppy about 2 weeks ago - it definitely helps with getting the steps in :)

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JAMIRBLAZE 8/6/2014 8:49AM

    What a cutie! Hope that you have some more progress soon!

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HMBROWN1 8/6/2014 8:44AM

    What a gorgeous puppy! Best wishes!

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MTN_KITTEN 8/6/2014 8:40AM

    She will get better and better with time. We had a yellow lab that whistle constantly any time my hubby left the house. He finally quit once he bounded to me as well.

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Better Living Through Chemistry - Maybe

Monday, August 04, 2014

Six months ago or so, I wrote a post here about my new endocrinologist offering me weight loss drugs. He went through the pros and cons and I decided against them. In short, I feel like they're cheating. I feel like I should be able to do this on my own. That I can eat better and exercise more and lose weight.

But here's the thing. I have been eating better (not perfect, but better) and I have been exercising more (boot camp about four days a week, exercising about 5-6), but I'm still not losing weight. I have this double whammy of a thyroid problem plus PCOS and they combine to totally screw me over in the weight loss department. And as much as I believe that I should be able to do this on my own, I also believe that if there are biomedical issues to address, and there are medicines that can address them, then YAY CHEMISTRY.

Anyway, I went back for a follow up appointment last week and he once again offered drugs. But this time he told me about a new one on the market. This one is a lower dosage of the one he told me about last time. It's two medicines in one, part stimulant and part appetite suppressant.

I said yes this time.

I start with a two week trial that's a low dose just to make sure there are no crazy side effects. Then I move on to the 'real' dosage. I'm on day two of the trial run and so far I can't say I feel anything different.

This stuff is expensive, so if it isn't working I will not continue it. If it does, though, it will be worth it. It'll make both underlying medical conditions better, and obviously I'll look better nekkid. :)

We'll see!

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APONI_KB 8/5/2014 1:15PM

    It's a tough call but if it works, that's great. I don't think its cheating.

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BURGUNDYBABE 8/5/2014 11:01AM

    It doesn't sound like cheating to me. If you have a medical issue that prevents you from losing weight, and treatment of that issue will help you lose it, then it just makes sense to do what works.

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ALICE_TENNIS 8/4/2014 5:10PM

    sometimes it's hard to know what to do!

But it sounds like you gave the all-natural approach some time to work. The Rx may be just the boost you need to keep working towards your goals.

Be well!


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A Message from Captain Obvious

Monday, July 28, 2014

I got home from a business trip Friday night and headed straight out to dinner for a veggie burger and fries.

Saturday I had hemp toast and almond butter for breakfast, metric tons of sushi for lunch, then had TWO parties to attend. One surprise birthday party that ended up being an engagement party too, then another engagement party. (As J put it, "is there a Groupon for weddings right now?!") I had a drink and a hummus/pita chip snack at the first party, so not too bad, then, ahem, another veggie burger with fries for dinner at the second party.

And yesterday, geez. Talk about off the rails. I had a piece of toast with almond butter and some chocolate almond milk for breakfast. Then we hit the road to go to the Rubber Duckie Festival in Pennsylvania. Yeah, you read that right. The Rubber Duckie Festival! They race 20,000 rubber duckies down the river! You buy the ducks and all the money goes to charity. It was pretty freaking awesome.

Anyway, on the way there we stopped at 7-11 and J came out with Reese's Pieces and Munchos. Which I ate. Then when we got there I had a pretzel for 'lunch' because it was basically the only non-meaty thing I could find. Then I had ice cream. Because I'm insane, apparently. Then when we got back we got Chinese food, and I ate a small container of vegetable lo mien.

That is WAY more junk food than any human being should ever consume in a day.

Here comes the message from Captain Obvious:

When you eat junk all day Sunday (and really most of the weekend), it makes boot camp on Monday morning REALLY, REALLY suck. I felt weak. I felt sluggish. I felt downright dizzy a few times.


All I can do at this point is pick myself up, brush myself off, and march onward. This morning I've got my hemp toast and almond butter, a banana, and a giant bottle of water. I'll go out to lunch - probably a salad from Whole Foods - and tonight, I am definitely going to the grocery store. I left J alone for a week and came home to find Kool-Aid, Pop-tarts, Twinkies, hot dogs, bologna, and all sorts of other utter crap in the kitchen, with no actual food. This changes tonight!

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SMILINGTREE 7/28/2014 12:33PM

    Going to the grocery store is one of my biggest roadblocks to good nutrition. I either don't have time to go or don't have money to spend.

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MARGARITTM 7/28/2014 9:32AM

    I think it's ok to go off the rails once in awhile....just not too often

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