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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Well, the kids are finally back at school, so I have no more excuses. This summer was a backslide, and while I'm certainly not happy about it, I'm also not feeling anywhere near as awful as I would have a couple of years ago. It's a bump in the road, it's over now, and I need to pick myself up and keep moving forward.

I've managed to gain back about 10 pounds over the past couple of months. I have a feeling that once I start working out regularly again, it'll come off pretty easily. I'm more afraid of the amount of muscle I've most certainly lost. ugh...

Anyway, it's not a race, and it's not even about reaching a set goal. My focus is solely on the pursuit of health. Now, back to it!

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MOTHEPRO 8/27/2013 10:22PM


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STEPH3443 8/27/2013 7:03PM

    emoticon you have an awesome attitude and that will definitely help you lose those 10 pounds and then some!

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PHISLO1 8/27/2013 4:28PM

    I'm right there with ya! emoticon

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FINCHFEEDER80 8/27/2013 3:34PM

    With a great attitude like you are sure to accomplish anything you want!


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DEJAMQ 8/27/2013 3:12PM

    You can do it. Just keep plugging away. And you are right it is about being healthy.

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DUCKIJO 8/27/2013 1:49PM

    That is a great attitude. WE are all human and make mistakes. We need to forgive our selves, and focus on the positive.

Great attitude! emoticon

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EMMACORY 8/27/2013 1:47PM

    Progress not perfection will lead us to a healthy lifestyle! One choice at a time..One day at a time... emoticon

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Friday, July 19, 2013

Well, it's been a terrible month for me, health and fitness wise. The combination of stifling heat and humidity plus having my children home from school has completely thrown my schedule off. Add to that the fact that my oven decided to conk out, and I've got a whole lot of excuses for why I haven't been doing well lately when it comes to weight loss.

But that's just it. These are excuses. They're things I can use to justify my lack of commitment and motivation lately. But my favourite saying has always been "if you really want something you will find a way. If you don't really want it, you will find an excuse." Right now the excuses have been winning the battles, and I need to rectify that!

So, I'm going to lay out my excuses and try to come up with some things I can do to overcome them.

1. The kids are home from school, which makes keeping to a fitness schedule trickier.

Yes, that's true, but it should not derail me entirely. There are things I can do with them (go for a walk in the forest preserve, play tennis, go for a bike ride, go climb something at the park), and despite their whining and complaining about being the oldest kids in the child care room at the gym, I can force them to go anyway.

2. It's hot.

This is a really hard one for me. I hate heat. Anything over 74 degrees and I'm drenched with sweat, so the idea of working out in these conditions sounds especially awful to me. But I can go early in the morning (it doesn't really ever get cool, but if I get it out of the way early, it's better). I could go swimming. Or I could just force myself to get it done.

3. Money is really terrible for us right now. I really shouldn't even be paying for a gym membership, and I definitely can't afford my personal trainer.

I have enough knowledge of fitness that I could easily get a decent workout at home on my own. While I love the community of the gym, and the personal motivation and encouragement of my trainer, I don't *need* it to be successful".

4. I don't have an oven right now. Eating out is so much easier than trying to figure out what I can make for dinner that doesn't require cooking.

Fruits, vegetables, raw foods. This is an opportunity to clean up my eating.

5. I'm feeling super emotionally stressed right now. Food has always been my go-to soothing mechanism.

I am doing the best I can here to avoid mindless emotional eating. Some days are better than others. I'm really proud of my progress in this area, but I'm certainly not perfect, and old habits die hard. I'd love some advice here on what others have done to keep themselves from slipping back into old bad habits.

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MPRILL 7/23/2013 9:40AM

    Hang in there! The heat has been horrible and definitely impacts when and how I get exercise (or don't - I've been guilty of slacking as well).

It's important to acknowledge what has been holding you back. I also find writing it down and looking at it from another angle is helpful.

Eating out kills us financially. If we don't plan and cook ahead we end up eating out just due to our crazy schedules. Which means we end up eating more calories than we need and it's a slippery slope from there.

We hate cooking in the summer. I find it helpful to have some pre-made salads or precut veggies in the fridge where we can just add a protein or dip in salsa or hummus very helpful. I love doing breakfast for dinner but my husband is not a fan. If I would live alone I would eat omelets and frittatas for dinner everyday.

Not sure if that was helpful but I've been there and I've let things slide many times. The key things to remember is to not beat yourself up, acknowledge the problem, look for a solution, try something new, get back up, dust yourself off and do what you know you need to do.


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MOTHEPRO 7/19/2013 5:12PM

    Hang in there! The heat has been sucking all of my energy too. I agree planning your meals ahead of time saves money and time. Does your grocery store have a salad bar? It's more expensive, but if you get some veggies already chopped and ready to eat, it saves a lot of time. Also if you have picky eaters, they can pick out what they like.

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PHISLO1 7/19/2013 4:53PM

    I totally slipped the end of June and beginning of July. I finally admitted it today. I hate posting a weight gain, but I needed to acknowledge it and move on. There were a few things that kind of bumped up my motivation level. I did a 5k this past Sunday, it was a fun run, so it was not timed. It was very fun to get out there with a lot of people of all fitness levels. I also signed myself up for a triathlon, but it's one that you have 6 weeks to complete. I did my 2.5 miles of swimming this week already. I love to swim and with the heat this past week, it was the perfect time to do it. I'm also signed up for 2 more 5ks at the end of the summer... yikes! I'm not looking to run them ... but looking to continually improve my time.

I think you're a great inspiration and I think what you're doing by acknowledging the rough spots is half the battle.

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HAT_WRIGHT 7/19/2013 11:17AM

    Hey Lady--This summer has derailed me a bit to. But the point that we need to remember is that we are aware of it, and trying to make changes. I changed my goals, and have new ones each week, this week it's 125oz of water a day, and 30 minutes of exercise. I have been getting up early, and get my walking done 9, so that it is done and out of the way. Yesterday we walked to the pool, it took us 15 minutes. Yes it was hot, but we were walking to the pool, where we would be cooling off=)

Money/eating out----this is an obvious combo, eat out less, more money Ta Da!!! Do you have a crockpot? I have a ton of recipes, and it's great cause you start it in the morning when you are motivated, then that night when you are tired and exhausted from the heat, it's already done.

Also with money, plan your meals for the next week on Friday, then shop for it. Stick it on the fridge, and you know each day what you are having. Thus only needing to shop once=) Saving money yet again from impulse buys.

Gym/ Trainer--lose the trainer, keep the gym. I know this is great motivator for you since we have been buddies for a while. Plus it allows you to get some me time, which is hard in the summer. If September if money is still an issue, then cancel the gym. the kids will be back in school by then so it will be easier to exercise.

Money/Back to school----I am only writing this since i am doing it this week. I go through the kids's entire wardrobes in a week. Checking what fits, is stained, holes, etc. then I make a list of what they need. I try to do 8 pairs of pants per kid, plus12 tops, sock and underwear. If I only have 4 pairs of jeans, then I put 4 more to buy, and I shop an GoodWill and Salvation Army for 2, and 2 are brand new. They out grow them so fast I don't see the point in getting all new, but everyone needs a few new things=)

I have tons more ideas on saving money, but I think I have gone on too long.

I do think however, if you get some of the stress outta the way, the emotional eating will be less.

Let me know if I can help anymore.



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NARNIAROSE2003 7/19/2013 10:56AM

    WELL DONE!! I am always having to battle those "voices in my head" that are so good at giving me excuses to treat myself badly. So happy for you!!

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Monday, July 01, 2013

Ugh! I am so ready to break this plateau! I've been stuck here for the past several weeks. Really it's been since the kids have been out of school. My exercise routine has been completely derailed and we've been eating out a lot more than we should be. It's my own fault, but I really need to get my act together and get back on track!

I've still been working out. I've whittled my 1 mile run time down to 10:42, I've been seeing a personal trainer who kicks my butt (heavy ropes and tabata circuits are the best!), and I've been playing tennis every opportunity I get (tennis is my favourite favourite favourite sport to play).

On Saturday, I did the Dirty Girl Mud Run and it was one of the most awesome experiences of my life -- Definitely my favourite 5k ever! Dirty Girl was a whole lot muddier than the Warrior Dash, and the obstacles seemed much more managable (partially due to the fact that I'm 40 pounds lighter than I was when I ran the Warrior Dash, but also because the Warrior Dash really tries to be an athletic challenge while the dirty girl, although challenging, is much more about having fun. I was easily able to manage every single obstacle, and was super proud of myself, not just for finishing, but for pushing myself to overcome my fears and conquer every challenge presented to me. I've decided that, in the future, I'm really only interested in doing fun (i.e. messy) 5k's. (5K foam fest, Dirty Girl, maybe a Zombie Run-- stuff like that).

Yesterday, I didn't do any formal workouts, but my family and I went to show our support at the Pride Parade. We ended up walking 10 miles, did a lot of dancing in the streets, and spent most of the day on our feet. It was so much fun, and the whole event had such a celebratory spirit in light of the recent SCOTUS rulings. I'm very proud to be part of the fight for equal rights.

Today I found a groupon for an indoor trampoline place, so we'll be heading there in a couple of hours to get our jump on. I've heard that trampolining can be an excellent workout, and this place actually offers trampoline aerobics classes, so that might be fun to check out. I'm all about mixing things up!

I'm really going to buckle down this week and get things back under control. I need to plan out our meals and cook more at home. Part of the problem is that we have activities every single night, so that makes coming home at 7 or 8 and then making dinner for 2 hungry kids and a hungry husband even more of a challenge.

What are your strategies for busy nights?

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TEMPEST272002 7/2/2013 1:27PM

    You've come such a long way, don't get discouraged. Even if the scale isn't moving, look at the changes you've made to your life. Love your resolution to keep it fun with the 5Ks! Woot for supporting equal rights! My busy strategy? I often double batch cook so I have plenty of pre-made foods in the freezer.

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HAT_WRIGHT 7/2/2013 12:52PM

    Hang in there, and remember it's not always about the scale, although it is frustrating--I know=)
Here is one of my fave crockpot recipes,

chicken tacos/nachos

4oz chicken for each person, with extra fat removed--I always make a little extra for a salad topping.

1 package of taco seasoning

1 cup hot water,

It's very simple, just mix the taco seasoning and the water together, then put chicken in the crockpot, and pour over the top of it.

cook for 4-6 hours on high,

shred and serve with regular taco/nacho fixings.--can also be done with eggplant/squash, but cook on low, for only 4 hours

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MPRILL 7/2/2013 9:43AM


I know you will find a way to break the plateau.

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MOTHEPRO 7/1/2013 2:43PM

    On busy nights, I pull some leftovers out of the freezer and nuke them. Or have pasta with jarred sauce, not ideal, but quick and easy.

Hang in there! I'm sure you'll bust that plateau in no time!

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CANDIK48 7/1/2013 1:01PM

    Sounds like you're having fun! Full days can be a pain in the you know what when it comes to all the other things like getting dinner done. Maybe doing something in the slow cooker so it's ready when you are might be an idea? There are also a ton of recipes that take 30 minutes or less and are health friendly too. I found lots of those online and most were not just realistic but actually tasty too. They were a lifesaver when I had kids at home.

Hopefully you'll find a way to break your stalemate!


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Monday, June 17, 2013

I did not want to work out today. We were out late last night, I was tired, and we spent the morning at the beach with friends. I forced myself to get dressed for the gym since I had to take the kids there for soccer. Then I forced myself to run just one mile. And I shaved another 7 seconds off my fastest mile time. I'm now at 10:42 and bound and determined to beat a 10 minute mile by the end of 2013.

Then I had to go work out with my personal trainer. He's definitely crazy, employing all sorts of things he calls "contraptions" but which are truly just thinly veiled torture devices. I had no idea what I'd have left to give during that work out, but there was another woman there who's also pretty intense and I get very competitive, so I turned beast mode on and killed it!

I love tabata circuits so much. And the heavy ropes are absolutely my favourite thing. I do like working with a trainer because I get good feedback and he pushes me to try things I never would do on my own. Plus, I can't just talk myself out of the workout. All in all, I'm so glad I went, and so glad I pushed myself. I am so much stronger and more capable than I know!

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MPRILL 6/23/2013 8:19AM

    emoticon for gathering up the strength to push yourself to go and workout.

Tabata sounds really interesting.

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Parallel universes

Saturday, June 15, 2013

I had a very bizarre experience this afternoon. I has just finished working out with my personal trainer (who's about 16 years old and has boundless energy) and was walking home when this random guy literally stopped traffic to ask me if I was single. This has *never* ever happened to me in my entire life. It was a supremely bizarre experience, and it got me thinking.

For so much of my life, I've actively focused on downplaying my looks. As I continue to lose weight, I am going to have to come to terms with the fact that I may occasionally receive some positive attention based upon how I look. That feels really uncomfortable for me, and it's something I'm going to have to work through.

I've honestly never had the ambition to be the "pretty girl". It's not that I have anything against pretty girls. Just that there are so many other things I'd rather be. And I do like being able to go about my business without attracting unwanted attention.

I'm wondering if others have dealt with this. I can't be the only one, can I?

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NEW-N-FIT-ME 7/6/2013 4:24PM

    So I leave for few months and you stop the traffic?
I understand what you say... It's uncomfortable to have this kind of attention when you aren't used to it... And off course we are the kind of girls (yeah, girls) that want to be recognized by something more than looks...
But please embrace your beautiful self... I think that being overweight made us believe we weren't attention worthy, and we weren't beautiful enough... And now it's time to drop those ideas and see that we were always beautiful, but now we project it more.

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ABUFFKIN 6/18/2013 11:19AM

    It has started happening to me a bit since dropping these 40 pounds. Some of my friends and family have told me it's because I carry myself differently now, and I smile alot more. I used to really discourage attention by not making eye contact, now I look at everyone I pass and smile. Just go with it and enjoy the attention that you are getting now.

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