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If only I could be my 18-year old (sometimes)

Friday, September 03, 2010

Yesterday was a banner day for my daughter. She's in college 700 miles away from home and admitedly the first week wasn't the best. A lot of loneliness, difficulty finding people she really wants to be friends with.

She really wanted to audition for the dance team. She had been dancing since she could walk, but stopped in HS to pursue other interests. Still, she always considered herself a dancer. The audition time was changed a couple of times and ended up at a time when she had a class. Through a lot of effort, she managed to get in touch with the coach who said she could audition Thursday night.

Well, she made it. I can't remember the last time she was so excited. But this is not the reason I'm writing...

As she told me all she has to do or will be doing, these were the items that excited her the most.

1) Technique class/personal training emoticonsession, - Monday mornings 6-8
2) Nutrition plan which they must follow - not a problem for her but something she's looking forward to.
3) Gets to eat in the Athletes' dining hall which has healthier choices.

As her mother, I'm so proud of her. I really need to take a page from her book.


Time to get back on track

Monday, August 23, 2010

So the last couple of weeks have been difficult. First I went on a cruise and then travelled 700 miles to take my oldest to college. We ended up being away from home almost two straight weeks.

The first week I did fairly well. I ate well and exercised. Took spinning classes for the first time. And when I didn't exercise, I walked. I kept to the stairs and avoided the elevators.

Week 2 was a bit more difficult. First we had a 12 hour drive in a vehicle which was packed to the hilt leaving very little room for healthy foods. And travelling is so exhausting. Tired of hotels; tired of suitcases. The first part of the second week I did fairly well. However, the latter part was a complete disaster. Please, I'm not complaining or looking for comfort. I know what I did and I accept complete responsibility for my actions.

I'm back on track this morning, looking forward to getting back into my routine. I have to work on strength building (I'm ok on the cardio) and I have a DVD waiting for me when I get home.

Previously I had been weighing myself on Wednesdays, but woke up this morning and decided it was time to get back on the scale to see my new starting point. Wow, was I surprised. I'm happy to report I'm down another 0.6 #s. I'll take that 1/2 pound, thank you. One of two things can be happening here. (1) My less than stellar choices could need another day or two to catch up to me or (2) if you've really been working hard at doing all the right things, a slip up or three doesn't really hurt that much or (3) while my choices were not the best, I did not overeat at all and my calorie intake was probably still within my target range (6 out of 7 days).

Believe me, I'm not promoting messing up. I'm just thrilled that I managed to be away for two weeks and not do any real damage. Afterall, my daughters were told the average passenger on a cruise gains 7-14 pounds.

I hope all who read this have their own good news today.

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  Welcome back! I know you had a great time, but traveling can sometimes be hectic. Good for you for not gaining weight while on your trip- that must have taken some serious thought. I, too, need some weight training! I must get started soon. I have vowed not to weigh until my B'Day (Aug 31). Again, glad you're back!

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Vacationing with Sparkpeople

Monday, August 16, 2010

Last week my family and I sailed to Bermuda for a week's vacation before my oldest is off to college. Prior to leaving I really worried about how I would manage to come home and not have gained any weight. I'm writing today to report all I did.

First of all, I made myself a promise I would not take the elevators on the ship unless I was dealing with luggage. My husband told me he would be good for 3 floors but no more. We agreed he would take the elevator when necessary without me.

I didn't track everything I ate, but I made some really good choices. I filled up with lots of fruits and vegetables, fish and seafood and no sauces. I had bread at only two meals the whole week. I had dessert at 4 meals. Two of them were sugar free options. (I know that means heavy on the fat...) I have to admit to "pigging" out one night when they had the only dessert buffet late at night. I drank water and plenty of it and a cup a camomile or mint tea each day.

Cruise lines, or at least this one, have made some good changes. They report the average cruiser gains 7-14 pounds during a 7 day cruise. Yikes. At dinner I noticed the portions were on the smaller side. That was fine. You felt satisfied and not stuffed.

For exercise I did a lot of walking and much of that involved climbing stairs. I also tried spinning classes for the first time. Spinning was offered three times, Monday, Tuesday and Saturday. I did my best the first day. While I wasn't sore on Tuesday, I didn't have the energy I had on Monday. By Saturday, I was just exhausted from the entire week...But I made it through the 45 minute classes each time.

I had hoped to be a bit lighter before we left, but that didn't happen. However, I'm happy to say that I weighed the same this morning as I did the morning we left. Let me repeat that, no weight loss, but no weight gain, either.

I've resumed my "normal" eating for the last 24 hours or so, but things are about to change again. We leave tomorrow morning for the better part of the week to move my daughter into her college dorm. Exercise will be limited to walking and lifting. I'll be eating out more than I'd like, but I know what to choose and will work to make the best choices I can, large bottle of water in hand.

Have a great week.

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  Sounds like you did great and still had fun! Congrats! emoticon

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LAURELSPARK 8/16/2010 12:33PM


Glad to hear that you did so well on vacation. I didn't put on any weight while on vacation and was really relieved. I tried to be good, too, and it paid off.


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What a Disappointment

Monday, July 26, 2010

Shortly after joining Sparkpeople I started the Couch to 5K program. This was my second time as I completed it 3 years ago. The problem was once the weather turned, I was no longer interested in running outside and I don't have a treadmill.

But, I decided to give it another try. It's so amazing how you really can run for some distance after a few weeks when the first week you're huffing and puffing after 60 seconds.

However, I must of landed wrong because by the beginning of week 2 I felt something in my left leg, just below the knee. Like an idiot, I ignored it and continued to run through weeks 2, 3 and 4 and begin week 5. Then the pain became too much to ignore and I realized I needed to stop and give myself some time to heal.

Well that was July 2nd. I gave up running as well as the Jillian Michaels 30 day shred in order to heal. After two weeks, I felt a lot better and decided I would walk a bit more. But I had to find something else. Since I'm over 50, I was a bit hesitant to run again. I'm certain to injure something else. And there's also the, "what do I do when the weather turns?" problem.

I was reading a thread where many were singing the praises of Curves and decided to give the local Curves a try. I had stopped in there 3 years ago and was turned off, but I had heard that ownership had changed and was willing to give it another try.

So last Monday, July 19, I joined Curves. It's really close to my house. I can stop there on the way home from work. I was really enjoying myself. I joined Monday and did half a workout. But I went back on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. I went today to start my second week. The woman in charge, not the owner, said she had to talk to me. I had no idea what this could be about. She showed me a letter written by the owner to all the members saying she had to close and that Wednesday, July 28th would be the last day.

Wow. Just when I thought I found something I liked. . . . .

Enough feeling sorry for myself. My heart goes out to the owner who put her heart and soul into this and because of some not so wonderful business decisions, and the economy, has to give it up.

So I'm going tomorrow and I'll definitely be there on Wednesday, to say goodbye to everyone I can. There are other Curves fairly close by, but none close enough and not one near my office, so I'll be looking for something else.

I really don't know. But I do wonder. . .Perhaps this was a way to give me a couple more weeks to heel. Might it be time to go back to my C25K? I really need to think about that.

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KIWINURSE 7/28/2010 5:06AM

    I am sorry about Curves closing :( I love Curves, I am 48 and I hear you about finding something that you like and will not get injured! I live in a small town and I have wondered about our Curves too, but the owner is trying hard to keep it going! We recently changed the hours so now they are closed between 12 and 3.30pm, I usually went at those times so am trying to find what works best for me and keep motivated. I joined Curves so that I could also go to Curves when away from home as I travel 90+ miles to go to work. I am a nurse and work 3 12hour shifts a week, so stay away and go home for my days off!

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The Proper Way to Weigh Yourself, Part 2

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

For those of you who read/commented on my blog from Saturday, I thought I'd follow up.

Wednesday is my official weigh-in day. My daughter woke me up at 5:00 am saying she had been up all night, just couldn't sleep. I started to just lounge in bed for a bit and then remembered it was Wednesday. Might as well get up and see what the scale has to say this morning.

Wow. 135.5 lbs. Was I thrilled.

Now, I should mention that when I got on the scale, I was very careful to repeat the positioning of my feet that I had last Friday. And in the 5 days, I lost 1.1 lbs. If I compare today's weight to a week ago, I'm down 3.8 lbs.

Remember, that last Wednesday was before I "discovered" that the way you stand on a scale may have an effect on the number you see. Well there's no way I lost almost 4 lbs this week, so I'm just going to assume last Wednesday's weigh in was off.

Please, I'm not insisting that there's necessarily a right and wrong way to weigh yourself. I'm really saying that I believe there might be something to the way you stand.

If you read Saturday's blog and have made a mental note of the way you stood the last time you weighed yourself, I'd be interested to hear if this makes any sense to you.

Have a great day.

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MSLADYDEB 7/21/2010 9:35AM

    I'll have to try this. The emoticonhas never been a friend of mine

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JWOOD635 7/21/2010 9:15AM

    I haven't really thought about positioning before. I'll definitely start paying attention to that.

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RWALTON730 7/21/2010 9:10AM

    I want your scale!!! I have been conscience of how I stand on the scale since your Friday blog and have seen a slight difference, and see that my weight isn't rollercoasting so much. It seems that it is more stable. You just may have something there. Maybe standing the same way on the scale will give a more accurate reading, meaning it will have a baseline to go from. Just like weighing around the same time each day. I know that weight can fluctuate during the day for a variety of reasons. I think you should check into your theory more.

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STARR12961 7/21/2010 9:06AM

    I have noticed that I weigh different slouching and standing up straight. There is definitely something to this positioning thing.

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