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Friday, August 06, 2010

What a long, looooong week this has been.

the heat has shortened people's tempers...the kids are bickering and sick of each partner is deeply grieving her dad's word on how much it's going to cost to fix the car and I have no money to fix it anyway....and I feel exhausted and getting crabby myself.

So I'm pretty freakin' happy to see the end of this week roll in! I'm working my August goals - tho i'm tired and not feelin it really....i'm working the "just DO it" mantra a lot. Wanted to weigh in this a.m., but there are 15 year old boys in my living room from a sleep over playing X box and I don't care to waltz out in my nightgown and do my Wii weigh in with them, thank it will have to be tomorrow.

I'm feeling that "is this worth it?" feeling...I'm working hard on my goals and I have quite a bit of fear that it's not going to pan out. This is a pretty reasonable fear, since i've been re-losing the same 5-10 pounds for the last couple months.

Today, I will carry on and eat my freakin' my dance class...and put one foot in front of the other.

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SHEALUNA 8/6/2010 9:10AM

    Ugh. What a yucky week. But, hey, it's over and tomorrow is a new day. You can do this! Sometimes it's just the slogging on putting one foot in front of the other than finally, finally does it. Though perhaps try a Greek salad. Just to shake things up a bit. emoticon

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Tuesday, August 03, 2010

I realized today that I am going to exceed my SparkAmerica goal...and that was a good feeling. I guesstimated and figured just over 5,300 minutes would be what I'd get this year...and I'm already less than 1000 from that now. I wondered about changing the goal...but decided to leave it and see how far above it I can get and that will give me a better idea of what to make my goal next year.

Reconnected with a friend from grade school through the miracle of social networking that is Facebook. Wow...brought back so many memories. She had some pictures she emailed me and in them I realized...I was not a heavy child at all...I wasn't heavy in middle school or high school. I think being overweight for the last 20 years and obese the last 10 of those 20...I began to think I've "always" been heavy. Skewed thinking yet again.

Someone said once they were still fat where it really counted, in between their ears...and that struck me as so true. I think fat...and in doing so I sometimes even change history in my mind to "always" being overweight. Interesting what we convince ourselves of isn't it?

For today - I'll be getting my 5 veggies in with little effort even...exercise will be at least 10 minutes of something, likely more because I usually just need to start..then I can keep going, then a reasonable amount of sleep, which has been sorely lacking this month. That's it. That's all I got today.

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TRY2KEEPGOING 8/3/2010 9:14PM

    You are so right about fat thinking. I truly have been heavy most of my life but when I lose I still think fat. Too often I think just dieting instead of life change. I agree about the ten minutes of exercise--the hardest thing is to start. It gets easier to talk yourself into doing more. Thanks for a great blog!!!

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Monday reality...

Monday, August 02, 2010

Friday was supposed to be the start of my weekend getaway with kids to water park in Washington State.. but started off with the car breaking down in the boonies, a 2+ hour wait for a tow, a $400 tow from the closest town back to my home town mechanic...renting a car and making it to Portland about 4 hours later than planned. The waterpark was fabulous and fun, the kids had a great time. Jodie came home from Louisiana...but was so busy moving her mom while there that she really didn't begin to grieve her dad's death and that is cropping up now...haven't heard from the mechanic yet if car is worth fixing...

This would all equal stress. Stress that in the past, i would have shoved down my throat with food to compensate. I've managed to not do that. Yeah, at the water park I had a burger and fries...and I had one ice cream. Not bad for a weekend getaway with more stress than I would have thought possible. Back on today with no hitches...good breakfast, healthy lunch...I'm rockin' it. I think. LOL.

August goals:
1. Make goals so ridiculously do-able that I can't NOT do them.
2. I stayed in top 50 for LC cafe points wise in August I'd like to stay in the top 40.
3. Lose 2 pounds by end of month.
4. Get my average steps up from 4-6K a day to 6K a day solid.
5. Exercise 5 x a week for at LEAST 10 minutes. I'm really good at exercising a lot on one day, then nothing for 3 days.
6. Get 5 fruits and veggies 6 days a week (currently running 4-5 days a week).

That's it. Totally do able. What about YOU???

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HAPPY_HANK 8/5/2010 9:11AM


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SHAR140 8/4/2010 10:11PM

    Excellent goals!

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SHEALUNA 8/2/2010 4:26PM

    Way to rock the weekend! And not less stress totally mess you up. Fantastic!

I haven't done a formal August Goals list yet, but the one thing I'm working on is crunches. One of the groups I belong to is doing an August Crunch Challenge. So my goal is to up my crunches from 2/3 days per week to 4/5 days per week. Also to up how many I do every day just by one or two per day. By the end of the month I should have abs of steel! hahahahaha

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A new habit

Thursday, July 29, 2010

I'm really bad at planning ahead....and getting a lunch packed has been consistently....very the point of rare. I'd buy the stuff...then be too tired to mess with it the night before and too rushed to do it in the morning...and that was that.

Then last weekend when I was looking in the kitchen aisle for something else, I noticed a salad bowl with fork and dressing container that snap into the lid...all contained. I thought...geez you are so bad at this, but let's give it a try....I went home and made sure I had all my favorite salad fixings, cut the ones that needed to be chopped up right then, and put in ziplocks...and one of those double packs of grilled chicken breast from Costco...and it takes me just a few minutes to throw my salad together and I'm done. I'm saving a LOT of money from eating out and I'm eating MUCH healthier at it's pretty much guaranteeing I'll get my 5 veggies in for the win-win! can teach old dogs new tricks....

I tend to get bored easily, so I'm trying to think ahead about having different veggies to add for variety and making sure I have a couple of dressings on hand that I LIKE...the really nice thing about the dressing container? It only holds maybe 2 tbs I can't get carried away with the dressing!

Tomorrow Jodie will fly back into PDX...after being gone two weeks for her dad's funeral in Louisiana. It is also the start of a planned getaway (long before we knew her dad would pass) to Great Wolf - an indoor water park in Washington. So the kids and I will pick jodie up from PDX friday night, hit Powell's and Saturday Mkt in Portland, then head up to Great Wolf overnight and come home late sunday. There's definitely a lot of activity in there so I feel confident I'll have a good healthy weekend!

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HAPPY_HANK 7/30/2010 9:48AM

    I make a menu for the week. Breakfast - Lunch and dinner and make sure I make my take to work stuff the night before. Planning is the biggest key for me

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MINIDRIVER63 7/29/2010 11:08AM

    Salad fixins, to keep it interesting:
Salsa (instead of salad dressing)
Walnuts or other nuts
Dried fruit (I like cranberries)
Hard-boiled egg
Leftover chicken, pork, fish, beef...
Turnips (don't be scared! they taste like mild radishes)
Green beans
Peas (in pod and shelled)
Chick peas
In other words, pretty much anything can go into a salad and be delish!

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KRO-BAR 7/29/2010 11:01AM

    Have fun on your trip!! Do you like italian dressing? If so, try good seasoning fat free dry packet. For the vinegar part use 1/2 balsamic and 1/2 apple cider vinegar. Add in a little splenda also (or a little sugar--1tbsp, it won't add that much calorie wise). It tastes FABULOUS and has very little calories!

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SHEALUNA 7/29/2010 10:17AM

    I am SO jealous of your salad bowl! I want one! lol I did find some cool plastic containers that are divided in half and each half holds about a cup, so I fill one side with veggies and the other with pasta or lentils or whatever. It works so great for lunches and I can pop them in the freezer for later, too!

Enjoy PDX! I can't wait to get there myself. I miss Sat Mkt, Powell's and so on. Oh, and my family. haha

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tuesday check in

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

It's the final week of July...Looking back at he beginning of the month, I had several goals, some of which went well and some fell off. I can say I will have accomplished one goal I've never done before - to stay in the top 50 for sparkpoints on the LC team. The longest I managed when trying that one was abut 10 days. Today, a few days before the end, I'm still ranked at 28th (When I checked this a.m.). That is a huge goal for me....

The LC is what I consider my "home team" on Sparkpeople. If I don't go anywhere else on spark, I pretty much daily check out the LC blogs/forums, tho I'm not a big poster on the forums unless something catches my eye. To be in the top 50 of my home team has been a goal several times, and this is the first time I've been successful at the goal, and I can trace that directly back to more exercise. I don't often track all my food or get all those point opportunities in (tho I'm a bit of a 'point ho', lol, I like getting those points!) but I was pretty consisent with exercise overall and those points are what kept me where i wanted to be.

It's funny, because until I really sat and made myself look at my stats, I had berated myself several times over the month about not doing enough exercise. What is "enough" for me anyway? I have to run a marathon a week for it to be "enough"? - unfortunately, that is my baseline mind set ... It has to be over the top amazing to be "enough" for me. Which I think is sorta crazy really, LOL. It's good in that I have a drive that wants perfection and success..but crazy in the fact that I can't ever be satisfied with what I've accomplished, you know? And even funnier....I don't feel that way about other people..only me. I'm actually freakin' great at telling others what a good job they are doing...and not so good about saying it to myself.

So....GO ME! I've accomplishd something I've never been able to do before...whoot!!!

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HAPPY_HANK 7/27/2010 8:25PM


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KRO-BAR 7/27/2010 11:16AM

    Congrats on your goal achievement! And your consistency!! emoticon

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RUNGIRLRUNNC 7/27/2010 8:47AM

    Congratulations on ALL your accomplishments! Keep up the good work!

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