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Mother's Day

Monday, May 09, 2011

First, I apologize for my absence yesterday. I was so involved in my family I didn't participate in my challenge at all. Probably the only thing I did accomplish was drinking my water because it was HOT.

I had the best Mother's Day I remember having in a while. All my children were home. We hung out and played. My oldest son cooked some delicious pork chops and vegetables on the grill. We were just together and it was wonderful.

Murphy' Law had to come into play at the end though. A building downtown caught on fire. This building was one building away from my husband's shop. Him and ds hurried down there and removed what they could before it became too dangerous.

Thankfully for us, the fire was kept contained to the original building. I'm sorry to the people that lost their building but still relieved ours was spared.

It was a very late night so I stayed home this morning. I was already planning to be off this afternoon to attend a tea at my dd's school. She was up with us last night so she's home, too. Oh, well, we are together another day. :-)

Anyway, I'm back on my challenge today. This blog will complete my ltgl and I will get in my workout later.

Have a good Monday everyone!


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MELISSAJUSTINA 5/10/2011 12:50AM

    Glad you had a great mother's day! I love your background!

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SPEEDY143 5/9/2011 2:08PM

    That's always "the best day ever" when the whole family is together emoticonSo glad you enjoyed Mother's Day and your shop was spared too emoticon emoticon


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Day One of Challenge

Saturday, May 07, 2011

Today is day one of my 8 week challenge. I have set a goal for today to start strong and stay focused. Weekends are usually hard for me due to a less organized schedule. So, I'm determined to be I'll worry about tomorrow...tomorrow.
Since I have lots of house and yard work planned for today, getting in those exercise miles should not be a problem. And I'll be sweating so I'll be drinking lots of water.
Here are my goals for today:

Exercise - 120 minutes
Food - 1500 calories
Water - 12 glasses

To all my fellow Firecrackers...have a great day!

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    One day at a time!

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They Fight All The Time

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Here I am again. I've had a good week getting back on course. I've stayed within my calorie range. I've drank at least 10 glasses of water every day. Sleep has been a little off due to the time change but, believe me, I've had much less. I've done my cardio and strength training. My reward? I gained a pound.

I have been here before...many times. One of the last times, I researched it and learned that sometimes, when we start working out, our bodies retain more water.

However, I'm still sitting here and not feeling very good about my situation. My mind and emotions are having a real battle.

Emotions: OH NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Brain to emotions: Settle down. We have done this before. Stay focused.

Emotions: Stay focused on what? Gaining more weight?

Brain: You didn't gain weight. You increased fluid.

Emotions: Scale went up dummy. Up is synonymous with increase, plus, more...duh?

Brain: Yeah...increase in, plus, more fluid to help your muscles rebuild. That's not the same thing.

Emotions: It doesn't really matter. I don't want to see a plus anything. I want those numbers to go down. I can't stand to see them go up when I worked so hard. I sacrificed what I cream, chocolate, eating out. Plus, I almost died in that spinning class.

Brain: {Sigh} You didn't almost die. It was hard and even painful but if you won't quit again and stick with it, it will get easier. AND...the numbers will go down.

Emotions: Yeah, I can envision my future....starve, sweat, track, starve, sweat, track...scale up a pound, down a pound, down two pounds, up four pounds. WOO HOO! This is going to be fun!

Brain: OK, that's enough. Be honest. Eating what you want, sitting on your butt, and ignoring it is what got us here in the first place. And if you will think back...we didn't get here in a week or two or even a month or two. It took years.

Emotions: I know but I'm angry and sad and scared. I don't want to fail. I don't want to let myself down. It's hard.

Brain: I know... but if we give up today...then when you get yourself under control and want to try again.... and you will because you really aren't a quitter.... then we have to start all over.

Emotions: You're right but what if the scale goes up again? I don't know if I can take it.

Brain: What if it doesn't? But you won't know if you don't keep trying.
If it goes up next week, we'll analyze it and adjust if we need to. Please don't make us quit. I need better nutrition and our body is in danger. I know it's hard but you and I are strong. We have to work together. Let's don't worry so much about next Saturday's weigh in. Let's just do the right thing for the next couple of days. We are always pretty good at short bursts.

Emotions: Ok but if nothing happens...I'm blaming you.

Brain: Of course you are.......

Now that we've worked that out for now, I have a workout to do.

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HSMOM2FOUR 3/20/2011 6:03PM

    Good blog... great reminder... my battles seem eerily the same as yours!

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FAIRLIGHT914 3/19/2011 2:35PM

    Great blog~ I FEEL your pain! I do not understand the scale and probably never will~it is so finicky~ I think I'm going to name mine Garfield! LOL

We just have to keep on keepin' on and thank God for Spark! On here we are validated by the many success stories that somewhere along the line sounded just like your blog!

You go girl!!! emoticon

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REDHEADMOM2U 3/19/2011 1:30PM

    Never quit....I wish my fights were as polite lol

Enjoy your workout

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Monday, January 31, 2011

I CAN'T BELIEVE IT! I'M SICK AGAIN! This makes the third time this month or maybe it is just a relapse but WHATEVER! I am so angry that I could scream. I never get sick. Seriously, I might get a minor cold once a year. It hardly even slows me down. Now, I can't get and stay well and it is seriously screwing up everything. I feel like crap so I don't want to exercise. Everything tastes terrible so I don't want to eat anything. I can't breathe, sleep, or quit coughing. I'm just a mess! And I resent it! I am supposed to be 31 days into my new lifestyle change and I keep getting blown off course by illness.

I thank my Father every day for my good health. I took the first round in happens. Even the second was met with a mild frown because it was gone in a couple of days. But, really, now, I've had it! I don't want to feel like this any longer! It's just not fair.

I'm going to Curves after work because I refuse to submit to this. I rested this weekend but I'm not sitting around idle all week waiting for this to go away.

Has anyone else experienced this and do you have any suggestions for getting over it? And making it stay away?

Sorry for the whining but I had to get this off my chest.


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69NURSE 1/31/2011 9:29PM

    I'm sorry to hear you are under the weather. I'm also sure you know that a virus will need time to run it's course. TRY to rest, drink lots of fluids and eat what you can/sleep as much as you can...all the things you are trying already. I hope your workout went well tonight and that tomorrow will see you feeling better. If you are not better soon, it really might be a good idea to let your PCP know what is going on. Good luck and I'll be thinking good thoughts for you. emoticon emoticon

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MIPPY265 1/31/2011 8:47PM

    Amy - I am going through the same exact thing you are right now. Been going on over a week. Ive been treating my symptoms with over the counter meds. Its been driving me crazy. Ive been eating horribly, havent exercised in ten days. GF this thing what evere it is, just needs to run its course. Eat right, take your vitamins and get your rest. Make sure your getting plenty of fluids. I wish there was a better way to get rid of this. Go to your doc and get checked out and make sure you dont need any antibiotics. Ill be thinking about you.

Hope you start to feel better soon.

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NEWNAC304 1/31/2011 7:44PM

    I've been more often this winter too. I don't know what it is. There's a lot of stuff going around. Feel better soon.

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HSMOM2FOUR 1/31/2011 6:18PM

    Vitamin D, Echinacea & Goldenseal... all are vitamin/natural supplements that help to boost your immune system and we've found them helpful at our house. They are available in the vitamin section at WM.

Hope you are feeling better SOON!!!

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SPEEDY143 1/31/2011 4:59PM

    I got sick the day after Christmas and I'm still coughing emoticonIn fact I blogged about it... "Next year I get a flu shot!!!"

All our grown kids and their families have been suffering the same... it could be a relapse or depending on where you live early Spring allergies. Either way hang in there... this too shall pass and it will emoticon

I was pissed that January was wasted because I lost and gained the same 2 pounds over and over but a couple days ago I realized that in the past I would have quit and gained a bunch back by now but I didn't and we still have February... hell we have the rest of our lives sweetie emoticon

Roadbump... Spark On it will be sooooooooo worth it emoticon


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Curve Ball

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Ok, life threw me my first curve. Both of my kids are coming down with something. So I had to go to the store after work to get medicine and other supplies. Result was schedule completely off and unhappy kids so we picked up Chick fil a for dinner. I know, I know, I broke rule #1. I ate healthy and stayed within my calorie range but I had hoped I would make it at least a week.

The reason this is probably one of my first target areas is because it is a huge problem in our household. We live in a very small town about 15 miles from where we do, shop, play, go to church. Because of this, we are away from our house when it comes time to eat. So, it has become a bad habit to just eat out before driving home. And to be honest, I just can't/won't eat salad at every restaurant. It gets boring and I start resenting the fact that I can't just eat what I want without feeling guilty. food that tastes good at home.

Now, before all my well meaning friends rush to reassure me, let me say that I realize that with the commuting, eating out occasionally is going to happen. But not five or more times a week! That's ridiculous! It has been a bad habit for long enough! I've actually been spending a fortune keeping myself fat.

Ok, I'll change the subject. The whole day wasn't bad but I didn't work out either because I got home so late. So here it is...the day's report.

1. Ate out
2. But I ate my freggies
3. Met my calories
4. No exercise (unless I count 60 mins walking around Walmart)
5. Sleep better
6. Tracked

I got 4 out of 6. I can live with that

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HSMOM2FOUR 1/28/2011 8:00PM

    Oh, and hope your kids get to feeling better quickly and that you & hubby don't get sick!!

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HSMOM2FOUR 1/28/2011 7:58PM

    mmmmmm ChickFilA! Yum! Love their grilled chicken sandwich! And diet lemonade! The grilled chicken sandwich works easily in my calorie counts for the day and keeps me satisfied... now, if only it would work so well with my bank account!!

You're on the right path! Keep taking those steps!

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TEENY_BIKINI 1/28/2011 7:45PM

    In calorie range sounds good to me. I'm calling that victory cause that's what it is.

You sound aware and willing - I am sure you are gonna be just fine.

Rock this!

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DIANA_IS_BACK 1/21/2011 9:24AM

    First off... I can think of worse choices for fast food than chick-fi-la (I hope I spelled that right)

In today's world, even when you live in the heart of the city, take out has become the norm, especially for families with young children. There always seems to be something which throws off your plans.

Have you thought about keeping a cooler of some sort in your car with emergency food for such occasions? Or maybe have meals made ahead of time at home that you can quickly heat up? A crock pot can be your best friend. There are literally thousands of good recipes that can be used or modified to meet your needs.

You have taken the most important step of acknowledging that there needs to be change. It does not happen overnight, but it will happen. Keep trying different approaches until you find one that is right for you.

Congrats on getting in all your freggies!

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MIPPY265 1/21/2011 9:04AM

    Glad you were able to stay in your calorie range!!! Thats awesome, esp if you ate out. You need to give yourself some of that food sometimes. Cant deprive the body of everything. Like you said you become resentful. Thats isnt healthy either.

You did great overall. So be proud of yourself!!!

Have an awesome weekend!!

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KARLOTTA46 1/21/2011 6:21AM

    If you ate out and still managed to stay in your calorie range then you did great!

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TERRBEAR12 1/20/2011 11:54PM

    I, too, live 15 miles from the closest town. I can definitely relate to eating out - and for me - often in the car. Having a sever downward change in income opened my eyes to how much I was costing myself. Ouch. I see you've already figured that one out.
You are right to be positive: getting 4 out of 5 goals is a good day. There will certainly be better and probably worse. Congratulations on giving yourself some grace. emoticon
Good Luck!

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