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The Small Things that Motivate Us

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

To those who've endured my whining (I'm sorry) and those that are new, this is an FYI, I've been on a plateau since July. Yes some of it became self induced during the holidays when I lost some control of my exercise, let a major depressive episode derail me and drank WAY too much beer during the ACLS conference series and World Series.. lol.. at least the Rangers were there. Okay off that tangent.

Anyway - small victory, the scale is moving in small increments downward.
Small victory - I'm wearing a tucked in shirt today and don't have muffin top
Small victory - my stomach feels flatter
Small victory - You'll love this one - I was sitting down, kind of rubbed the old butt and it felt... LESS DIMPLY. Bwahahahah.. maybe my strength training is working finally.

Anyway, those little small victories are helping at least my weight management attitude. We're struggling to get in the gym because of the weather, but at least trying to get there. Hubby is coming off a three week illness and is feeling way out of shape and of course I'm the taskmaster beating him into submission. Guess I should be a LITTLE nicer in the gym. Anyway, feeling strong. The strength training weights are slowly going up. Finally geting the hang of our new schedule where we work out after work. I'm not sure the puppy loves it so much. His poor little bladder.

Anyway, that's all I got. Have a GREAT day. WATER people, drink your water. More water does NOT CAUSE water retention, it promotes healthy skin, healthy organs and general cleansing. emoticon

Okay now that's all I got. emoticon

  
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RONOSOF 2/8/2011 11:53AM

    Excellent perspective:) SMALL VICTORIES!!!! to allllll

peace,
Mary

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GINGYCAT40 2/8/2011 11:42AM

    I am sooooo proud of you. I know sooo well I am with you on that plateau. Congrats... whoo hoooooooooooooooooooo

And thanks on the "WATER" this is something I have been slacking at and I know it will make a difference.

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SHIPESTA 2/8/2011 11:37AM

    It's the small little realizations that keep you going isn't it? I keep looking at my "not so sad face" belly button...it gets a little less frowny every week...so even if the scale doesn't move, at least the belly button isn't so sad. LOL :)

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PAIGESMAMA 2/8/2011 10:50AM

    Great job on the small victories. You say they are small. I am not so sure of that. They would be big ones if it was me.

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Turkey Chili Rocks the Cookoff

Monday, February 07, 2011

So our church had a chili cook off for Superbowl Sunday. My full intention was to start it on Saturday and let it simmer in the crockpot all night and really get the flavor in tight. Well you know the story about all good intentions. Hubby worked Saturday, forgot the turkey and his daughter decided to come up for a visit, so needless to say everything went to hell in a hand basket.

So Sunday he works, so I'm stranded yet again. We get all the stuff required for chili and I throw things together by 2:00 (yeah we are supposed to be there by 4:30). Anyway, of course the store is out of my normal spices, so I have to wing it on another. Throw everything together, have no idea what I'm really doing, cook it and then throw it in the crockpot for a high simmer for two hours.

So since it's turkey chili they put it in the "unique category". I win.. woo hoo. They debated putting it in spicy since it did have a little kick. I'm in the bathroom and one of the ladies asked me what made it unique. I told her I used turkey instead of beef so wasn't sure really where it went and I told her that her husband said he might put it in spicy since it had a little kick. She told me that the judges had said it was one of the spicier chilis. Yay...

Anyway, we were leaving and the guy told me that the judges felt mine was best overall. I felt better about it after that. Not bad for a thrown together turkey chili. That was dinner. I rinsed all the beans so the sodium was lower, so mostly protein and a lot of spice.

Well that's my news for the day. North Texas is now out from under the ice and snow accumulation that we had last week. Business as usual this week, until the next front hits on Wednesday, then we shall see. Hubby is on last week of work, so prayers are welcome that he finds something soon. Not sure our mortgage can handle another layoff.

I think MAYBE plateau is loosening up some. Hopefully I can bust the 170 mark in the next week or two. If so, I can officially say it's over. That's all I got...

  
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PURPLEVALENTINE 2/7/2011 7:00PM

    I love chili cookoffs!! Congrats on the win! emoticon

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My Scare and other Random Topics

Thursday, February 03, 2011

Hmm, well I will admit I've been a little Spark shy lately. I've been traveling a lot so it's hard to track food. I've still been working out, but not as much as I should because of the traveling. But I will admit to losing at least a pound while doing this, so I must be paying some attention to things.

So North Texas is under an ice siege if any of you have had your head under a rock and haven't heard. tehehe, sorry I know most of the country is under that same siege. I woke up to sleet slamming my window on Tuesday at 5 am (it started at 3 am) and our local news stations telling us that if we can avoid going to work to do so. Okay, not a problem, I'm not essential. Well our company sells aircraft parts and we remained open, but YET the airport that FEDEX, UPS, and anybody that ships, was closed. As were they. Uh, duh. .. something wrong with that picture.

Then rolling blackouts throughout the day on Wednesday. It was crazy, hubby and I were driving 20 mph to work on ice and suddenly all the street lights go out. Hmm, that's kind of weird but known to happen, because they periodically cycle off to save energy. But then I started looking down the streets, NOT A house light on. Hey babe, there's a blackout happening. Then I get to work and hear about the the "scheduled" that no one heard about blackouts. I mean we were listening to the news ALL morning while we were getting ready and we didn't hear a word about it. and then (you know I'm in the Dallas area right?), the word hits the news, Jerry World (I mean Cowboy stadium) is EXEMPT from the outages. Excuse me? Businesses are closing because of this because the 15 minute outage is turning into an hour or more, but Jerry World is exempt because of the Superbowl? Because of security concerns? Uh, shut the doors if it happens and wands run on batteries. But yeah, add some more insult to injury, Parkland hospital (major trauma center) gets knocked out. A senior citizen home across the street from Jerry World, gets knocked out twice. Is there something seriously wrong with this picture? Grandma's respirator shuts down for the sake of the all might dollar, but in the name of SECURITY? Tell me terrorism hasn't taken a whole new form? Okay, that's my rant on that. It just irks me to no end.

Yesterday, hubby and I brave the elements after work. We are going to the gym darnit. We missed one day, not going to miss another and besides it's LEG day. Everybody looks forward to LEG day. So we do squats, no problem. We start doing dead lifts. Well, I'm a big girl, we use a decent amount of weight barbell plus 50. I'm used to it. Last set.. my left arm is feeling kind of funny. I had some trouble grabbing the barbell, but got through 8 of my 12 reps. Hmm, not so good. Dropped the bar and told hubby, I'll do another set and make up for it. So I do.. another 8. Then I'm yanking off my gloves, okay my finger holes in my gloves are too tight, right? Left forearm totally swells up, my watch is about to explode off and I'm having numbness down the whole arm (I told him only the forearm, he was already looking scared). Well, this is not good. emoticon Flex the fingers a few times, raise the arm above the head. Check my pulse periodically. No chest tightness, no difficulty breathing, just the forearm and arm numbness. Weird. Finally it subsides, and we finish our workout. Totally scary. I have no history of cardiovascular disease, my cholesterol rocks. Hopefully it was just a random, my gloves were fitting too tight thing. and to add insult to injury, the tendonitis in the right arm flared back up. ARGH, I can't win for losing (and I'm not losing dangit). Today is cardio day, so I'll stay away from the gloves and the weights.... emoticon

So that's about all I have. Random thoughts, little scare. I'm still here, but not really here. I'm getting busier at work so it's hard to check in and by the time we get home from working, working out and with me working on a computer all day, I barely get logged into Spark.

Things are still very tight financially, but I keep thinking I see a light at the end of the tunnel. Just need to make it through this month. Don't ask me why.. it's just the way the budget looks for some reason.

But... keep at it. All of you. Lifestyle change is good. Being healthy is good.

  


Just checking in

Monday, January 17, 2011

Back to work after a week in San Jose, well technically Santa Clara, but hey who counts miles.

Had some training there. Off to Orlando for more training next week.

Worked out in the mornings and then three times during the evenings while on the road. Drank pitchers of water. I just took one of the refreshment pitchers and put it in front of me. Training was good overall.

Nothing much really to report. Just checking in and saying Hi. I guess I could post pictures of the sea lions at Santa Cruz. That was my fun part of the trip, side trip to Santa Cruz to sit at the ocean.

  
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TEENY_BIKINI 1/26/2011 5:47PM

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PAIGESMAMA 1/18/2011 10:09AM

    Well nothing big to report can be a good thing.

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PATTYKLAVER 1/17/2011 7:37PM

    Sounds like you've been a busy person! Thanks for checking in!

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HILDABRAND 1/17/2011 5:56PM

    I saw the blog titled probably my last blog for a while, and I am so glad you have chosen to stick with us. Glad to hear from you today.

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GOGETUMX2 1/17/2011 3:02PM

    You're an encouragement. Keep it up!!

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So 2011.. You're Here are Ya? (long)

Monday, January 03, 2011

I'm from the south can you tell by the drawl? lol.
So 2011 is here. Time for a new 'tude. New plan, new thought process.
I'm not good at goals. I set goals, I set good, great, and awesome goals. I fail at meeting goals. Goals don't mean anything to me. I'm not sure why. Now compete with me, that's a totally different story. I will try to beat you. I can't compete with myself. It's a character flaw, I suppose. Probably something I should work on, but, I think I will try something else. I will change me and how I feel about me, but not through goals. I did buy clothing for Christmas. We worked some budgets around and managed to work with the mortgage company and we have a little reprieve and I had a little money and between my daughter and I, I have a little bit of a new work wardrobe. Which I needed. Because I think the clothes were funkyfing my life. I was sick of everything in my closet. It's either too big (well not any more because all of that is GONE, G O N E gone...) or too small. I really thought i needed to lose some more weight to get into a sweater and leggings. My daughter convinced me otherwise, so I bought a set. and she bought me boots. I have BOOTS for the first time in my LIFE. I wore that outfit yesterday to church. My hubby just kept looking at me. "You look so cute". All day with that comment. That and the "I like this new look". Okay, the point to that rambling is, I want to continue to "look cute" and wear cute clothes and sexy clothes. I am NOT going back to the frump. If something happens to derail my exercise, find an alternative way and not just STOP.

I will write down goals on this blog. Strictly for me to look at on December 31, 2011 and see what I expected out of myself. I'm going to try and compete with myself. I think I quit on my goals this past year because I couldn't reward myself (at least with anything monetary), but I'm going to work on that aspect also. Although yes I just did admit I have a serious character flaw with competing with myself. Again, new tude, trying to adjust the character flaw. Goals are aspirations. They are not concrete. They are adjustable. They WILL NOT DEFINE me. Oh heck, if goals defined me, I would be so screwed because I was supposed to be a famous physical therapist by the time I was 25. uh yeah, duh.. that didn't quite work out. and I didn't become a physical therapist either.

So my work is changing. New attitude towards work. We are redefining the position and I'm getting training. I am VERY confident when I get training. It just adds a whole new aspect to my vision of my job. I am very good at adapting to new positions, but I NEVER feel confident because I know I've trained myself. This time I'm getting a LOT of training and I'm excited. So my company may not be the greatest, but at least my resume will get a dramatic improvement and I can be marketable again. I think that again was another thing depressing me. I didn't feel marketable because my position doesn't really exist in the real world, but the NEW one, does. Yay.

Weight - body shape, etc. No I'm not content with where I am now. I look okay, but not great and I want to look GREAT. I've quit my membership at LA Fitness, more for monetary constraints. BUT, my husband and I have another membership at a gym that's more in line with the budget. and now, starting tomorrow, we are going to start going right after work, together. Which in both of our minds is a good thing. When we lost the weight the first time, it was working out together. We had a spotter for each other and felt like we pushed each other a little harder; therefore our bodies responded better. It's time for that again. We were going to start in two weeks when my LA actually finished and I got back from my first training trip, but I think we will start tomorrow. I can still get some cardio in at lunch time for this week. I need to burn extra calories anyway to start the push since I'm going to be traveling so much in the next four months and dealing with hotel/eating out food which isn't the greatest.

and speaking of cardio. In 2005 when I lost the weight 30 pounds in 6 months without changing my diet, I always did cardio before weight training. Then I hear it's supposed to be the other way around for better fat burning benefits. Well, I am going back to the other way, cardio then strength training and at least try that for a couple of months. See if I can break the plateau any way. It seemed to work in the past, why not give it a go again.

Diet and water are not a huge issues. Yes I've binged a little bit in the past month, but I'm back on track. Even when I was at home I was eating my turkey sandwich in the house. Need to work on livening up the dinner menus though. Figure out some different type of quick easy foods to prepare.

Mental - work my way out of being Debbie Downer. Quit letting my finances dictate my mood. I know it will work out. I have to know that things will work out. No I may not get a vacation again this year, but eventually things will settle down. Hope, pray, fingers crossed for my husband to get one of the two positions here at my work.

and of course finances, get things settled down. Back on track. Quit staying in the negative zone (mentally and financially). Start saving again and being prepared.

So by the end of 2011 - what do I expect out of me:

Finances - in check, paying off old crap and working that credit score back in an upward direction.
Weight - 148 This is my final goal weight. It's 30 pounds away. I can do that. So with that, here's a breakdown of the chunks. Those seem somewhat reasonable and doable.
March 1 - 165
June 1 - 155
December 31 - 148

Sizes - I posted a blog that I wanted to be a 4. but... I think I would be content with a size 6 or a SOLID size 8. Not a stretch 8. The 8 where I put on a pair of non-lycra'd Levi's and they fit.

Mental - be happy with who I am.

Work - Learn, learn, learn, and get that resume updated with all this new knowledge. Lose the attitude about the company and just go with the flow. Two more years and there's a pension vestment at the end of that rainbow. Hang on to that. Ignore their hypocritical ramblings and don't let it affect the attitude.

I'm not going to post my schedule of workouts. Really seriously, do you care what I do to work out? I do cardio and strength training. I'll track it in my tracker, but I don't need to blog about it.

Soooooooooooooo, a long blog about a lot of nothing, but HELLO 2011, are you READY for me? ohmygawd, I'm going to be 48... CRAZY MAN.


  
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HILDABRAND 1/11/2011 7:31PM

    You go, Girl! And by the way, you are cute, cute, CUTE!!! and very beautiful.

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MINNA72 1/10/2011 1:40AM

    Hoping 2011 is a GREAT year for you! Bring on the size 8 (or 4 or 6! LOL)!

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MARLIMOO 1/5/2011 8:38AM

    Sounds superb. YOU CAN DO IT!

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ANDYINBC 1/3/2011 1:11PM

    Way to go! 2011 will be a great year for all us turning 48. I wish you only the best in meeting your goals. Let us know how it goes, even with that cute southern drawl.

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