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Monday Check In

Monday, July 11, 2011

My weekend was exhausting, so I'm rather relieved to see Monday roll around!

I'm continuing the walk/jog thing....aiming for 3-4 days a week. I'm so tired this a.m, I was thankful today was not lined up to be one of those days! I did it yesterday...and had the same time as Friday - 1.27 miles in 25 minutes, 5 minutes less than it takes me to walk it. I thought about trying to set a goal for time, etc, but decided that right now....doing the walk/jog thing 3 x a week is a pretty big goal for me as it is! I have a habit of making things harder than they need to be...so perhaps just leaving that alone is a good thing!

I fell prey to unrealistic expectations this a.m. I had a good weekend with a LOT of exercise...my calories were in range .... so I got cocky and stepped on the scale. Friday had shown a 3 pound loss and tho I knew better, I thought, gee maybe I've lost more!

I know better than to weigh too often...but I did it....and....

Um no. The scale had gone back up those three pounds. I am quite sure I have not gained three pounds, LOL, more like I just know that I need to weigh 1x a week OR LESS...because my weight fluctuates incredibly on a day to day basis. I know that....so why did I do it?

Unrealistic expectations! Expecting big change overnight...and I know that's not going to happen!

This week's goals:
1) Walk/jog 2 more times
2) 1400 cal burned
3) WATER
4) Track my food

All reasonable, do-able goals. How do you handle unrealistic expectations? Enquiring minds want to know....

  
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HAPPY_HANK 7/15/2011 10:35AM

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DEGENNAN 7/11/2011 3:41PM

    I dunno how to conquer unrealistic expectations but I do try to avoid weighing myself more than once a week, sometimes even less than that. And I try to remind myself that I get bloated and gain 5 lbs EVERY month before my period, so there's no need to beat myself up over it every single month. Yet, you know I do! So dunno what to tell you except that you are going GREAT and you have realistic, wonderful goals and a plan to each them. Hang in there and try not to get onto that scale again this week, OK? And have fun walking and jogging tomorrow. I am going to check back online to see how it went, so how's that for accountability? Your faithful readers want updates emoticon emoticon

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SINABUNN 7/11/2011 10:43AM

    I'm the same way about the scale. I know it's not going to drop 5 lbs just because I had a terrific workout... but I can't seem to stop myself from stepping on, anyway. Even as I'm telling myself it won't have moved a millimeter, I don't expect a thing, etc, I climb on...and feel like I let myself down. Ridiculous!! I'm still learning how to combat those unreal expectations and recognizing them for what they are: self-sabotage, a habit of immediate gratification, a handy excuse to quit. Just keep it real, darlin. You caught yourself when setting your walking/jogging goals and realized that more internal pressure isn't necessarily a good thing. Yes, we have to push ourselves... no one else will. And yes, we do have to aim high or we'll never get to where we're going. But we have to be able to pull back and really analyze whether we're setting our goals to truly push ourselves to our best or as a subconscious sabotage tactic.

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1HELPLESSMOM 7/11/2011 10:21AM

    Good Morning! I stopped by to read your blog. I sounds like you have got a reasonable plan for success. I would listen to your body to let you know when to increase your speed for your walk/job. I aim for distance because I am trying to get my total amount of steps in. I am aiming for about 12000 a day.

I check back and see how you are doing. I wish you much success. Good luck this week.
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A picture I would post no where but HERE

Sunday, July 10, 2011



A picture is worth a thousand words, eh? Yep...that's me, first on the right.

That pic was taken in April. It's the event I danced at - and cried when I watched the video because I was sooooo big.

At another time, I would have buried that pic and it would not have EVER seen the light of day. But...not facing those pictures doesn't help me.

What do I see in that pic, when I look at myself? Well, for one, I see the belly. Then I see the age that's crept up on me. But then, I see a woman who is moving and shaking (it), literally, LOL. I'm not hiding in my room till I "lose the weight" - I'm living life while I'm working on it.

yesterday i got suckered into helping someone...long story, I felt taken advantage of and at first I felt angry...then I decided to turn it around: What I got was a four-hour workout moving about 30 heavy containers, setting up a tent and getting this woman's vending stuff set up for a festival. Yeah, the way it happened was not cool...but hey, I got a WORKOUT out of it, LOL.

Now, I'm going to sign off...put on my shoes and hit the trail...and see if I can repeat my running efforts of Friday...

  
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HAPPY_HANK 7/15/2011 9:47AM

    You are awesome!!!!

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CARANN56 7/13/2011 6:55AM

    You are definitely on the right track and have the right mindset! You are going to do amazing things!

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PINKCIS 7/12/2011 10:08PM

    And you will be excited when you see the weight just melt away. You can do it! emoticon

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SHOOTIN4STARS 7/10/2011 8:48PM

    I'm a firm believer in living in the now. We may not be here tomorrow, and whether we die fat or skinny, the important thing is that we lived life to fullest every day. I truly admire you!

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IRISHBEANERGAL 7/10/2011 1:31PM

    I LOVE that you are belly dancing (you are belly dancing in that picture right? lol)

It's been something I've wanted to do for a very very long time, since I saw a belly dancer at the age of 12... I'm 46... do the math...

You've inspired me to look into it again....

THANK YOU!

~Irish (aka The Incredible Shrinking Mom)

**JULY MANTRA - PLAN to work and WORK your plan**

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NARNIAROSE2003 7/10/2011 10:37AM

    Good for you! I think re-training our minds to see the beautiful things about ourselves is the hardest part - but it's the part that will make the lasting differences. And YES - live your life NOW! Thanks for inspiring me!

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DANCING_RAVEN 7/10/2011 10:20AM

    I love the fact that you are living your life! Keep that spirit up!!!

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CUPBUTTER 7/10/2011 10:01AM

    I am impressed. Go girl go. Hugs Barbara

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SUSUSUZZZIE 7/10/2011 9:50AM

    I think it's a great pictue - you look beautiful. I love that you are "living life" and it's very inspirational,as I am facing an innner-struggle that I could easily allow me to just go back to hiding in the house.

Keep on moving and shaking (it)!
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TRY2KEEPGOING 7/10/2011 9:49AM

    I admire your courage and fortitude! You have a healthy attitude and your healthy body will follow along.
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DIAMONDFOOLER 7/10/2011 9:39AM

    You Go Girl.!!!! emoticon

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ELINTY 7/10/2011 9:36AM

  half the ballte of dieting is already won when you have a great attitude about things like you seem to have good luck

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and then.....I ran

Friday, July 08, 2011

I want to track 25 miles this month. Walking at a typical 25 minute mile pace, that would be around 11 hours of my time to accomplish. Over a month, that doesn't seem like a lot - but my life is so crazy/hectic that it's been a real struggle. I chatted with a friend who took up running after a long absence...and was abashed to hear she's running 25 miles in a WEEK. But...I have arthritis...I am packing around 250 pounds on a 5' frame....and I've never liked running. Ever. Even as a kid.

Today, I got up and hit the trail while it was cool....and before I could veg in front of the computer with coffee and end up doing nothing. I was walking along at a pretty good clip...when I noticed two women very causally jogging past me. Even at my pretty good pace...they quickly moved out of sight even with their casual jog.

I got ticked off.

And I started to jog.

I won't embarrass myself by telling you how quickly I was out of breath and had to stop. I walked till I regained my breath....and did it again. And Again. And AGAIN, until I was back at the car.

I shaved 5 minutes of my usual time.

No...I won't be hitting 25 miles a week for a long time to come. But I ran. I ran until I couldn't run...and then I ran again.

I'm freaking proud of myself!

I was also relieved this a.m. - Finally, after tracking my food (a huge hurdle for me), working on getting those 1400 cal a week burned....the scale finally gave a little on this morning's weigh in...and I'm down 3 pounds. 249...finally back under 250.

Here's to living...regardless of what we weigh...really living. I was reminded of my dad, who died too early trapped in a morbidly obese body he could barely move out of the bed. That's not going to happen to me. Period.

  
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TERRYT55 7/9/2011 12:19AM

    What a HAPPY blog. Good for you......I'll bet you felt great when you walked off that track. It doesn't matter how far you went or how fast....it matters that you DID IT!

WOW....down three pounds too. Congrats

You are doing a great job.....keep it up. I can't wait to hear about your next run!

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SINABUNN 7/8/2011 11:26AM

    That's my girl!!!!! And next time you'll run a little more, just because you KNOW YOU CAN!! emoticon

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STLSUE01 7/8/2011 10:57AM

  You go, girl! What an awesome accomplishment!

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ELIZABETH160 7/8/2011 10:43AM

    That's awesome! Great job! I have trouble coaxing myself into running... I still feel pretty embarrassed at the gym, on the treadmill, with other people. So I don't run very often. Way to go!

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CHANGINGSAM 7/8/2011 10:28AM

    Wow! Congrats on your run! Keep up the good work!

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99 days....

Thursday, July 07, 2011

until my big dance event. yep, just typing that makes me wanna get up and run around the block, LOL, to do what I can before that date....

This week has been completely messed up schedule wise...and the heat has made it more difficult for me to slip in extra or replacement exercise - especially my walking. Must work on being more creative about that.

Realized this a.m. my alarm clock got set incorrectly somewhere along the line. My mornings have felt rushed and I really HATE that, which is why I set that clock a lil ahead...except it's back at the "right" time .... I'll be fixing that tonight!

Goals so far:
Tracking - YES!
Exercise - UGH, not getting there! must fix that TODAY.
Water - yes and no, consistency needed.
Dance - Back to that schedule thing....

My mood, however, is better today...and that's pretty freaking great after a week of pushing through feeling blue.

A new day - another day to work on my health, build good relationships, and work toward goals! Yee haw - let's do it!

  
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TERRYT55 7/9/2011 12:13AM

    Yikes......a messed up schedule AND heat makes for a more stressful week! Happy you figured out your your alarm clock was set incorrectly. Too bad it's not that easy to fix the heat (-:

Good for you for tracking well and getting lots of water. I can see you must have gotten more exercise from the title of today's blog. I'm off to read that now! Keep up the good work!

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Wednesday check in

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

4th of July went far, far better than I could have hoped...yes, I had some moments of anxiety - but I didn't eat my weight in food and I built relationship with people who are important to my spouse.

Yesterday however I was dog tired...I'm not used to staying up that late, LOL.

Even tho the holiday went well, I continue to feel my emotions rolling. Maybe that is just the way it is for right now...and it's all good. Not eating my way through them is the goal and I'm doing okay at that. Yesterday, I wanted sugar in the worst way...dessert or candy. I reminded myself I had some of that over the weekend....and that eating dessert whenever I wanted it is part of what got me in this position!

Sometimes i feel like i'm talking to a child - "it's not really good for you to have dessert every day...." LOL.

Yesterday I got my minimum exercise in, tracked all my food, went over by less than 200 calories (and that my friends is a success!), and today is a new day. Right? right!

  
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SINABUNN 7/6/2011 4:31PM

    Right! I must have caught your sugar bug as well... every night I'm fighting with myself to not drive across town for some ice cream. Ugh, the spoiled (fat) brat who lives inside me!!

So glad to hear that the festivities of the 4th went well. I'm so proud of you for facing your fears and putting yourself out there!!!! emoticon

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MAKINYEMI 7/6/2011 8:49AM

  It okay. Today is another day.

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    Today IS a new day and guess what... emoticon

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CAM2438 7/6/2011 8:44AM

    You're doing great. Keep up the good work.

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