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another milestone!

Sunday, December 25, 2011

so i ran the celtic solstice 5 miler again last weekend! i didn't have any concrete goals since i haven't been running regularly. i just wanted to see if i could run at least half the time and get through it without crawling! well, i did both. i probably ran about 75% of the time, which is awesome. i actually came in 2 or 3 minutes faster than last year. it was hard, for sure...i didn't push myself too too much because i would be asking for an injury. but, i can say that it was easier than it was last year. it's amazing how much an extra thirty or forty pounds can slow you down!

the race was great. after the race--well, it was still great, but i got off my game in a serious way. i've let my eating habits slide a little. i haven't tracked for a week, haven't worked out since the race, and have just been making it on to sp every day or two to spin the wheel. we all have lapses here and there, right? so, today i'm back to tracking and spending time on the site. running or working out probably won't happen until midweek, but i'm putting it on my radar. i'm back to making healthy, reasonable food choices. i'm at work today and for the next couple of days, so i have resolved to bring lots of healthy lunch and snack options so that i don't get driven by hunger. i've been having sugar cravings here and there, and i do not like it! i want to get out of that rut again.

so far, so good. i have kale, sweet potatoes, feta, yogurt, applesauce and grapefruit. yum! i had a mad tasty and filling breakfast. this is my new breakfast fave: whole grain rice farina with a little milk, butter, maple syrup and raisins. i also toss in a tablespoon of ground flax. it is so tasty! and i have coffee that i put a dollop of (non-etoh) egg nog in to satisfy my holiday sweet tooth a little.

today: stay awake till work's over! i couldn't sleep last night (my body is trying to get back on a night schedule)
tomorrow: bring a healthy lunch to work
every day: log on, track

eta: merry christmas!

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BISCO_ 1/4/2012 5:10AM


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DDOORN 12/25/2011 10:51PM

    Cool deal on the Celtic run!

Have to get back to business here as well...the struggle is always there, no...?


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time for a list of milestones!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

if you've read my blogs for any length of time, you've probably figured out that i like lists. i don't know why i find lists so effective at reinforcing my resolve, but i do! i guess sometimes it's just good to take stock of where you are and what you've accomplished in order to see your way toward accomplishing more. so, here goes:

i am just a smidge over halfway to my goal weight
i have been super consistent with tracking my food
i have successfully kicked the sugar habit--i have nearly zero cravings
i have not binged in months...nor wanted to
i ran a mile on the treadmill last week without stopping to walk. it was in 11 minutes, to boot!
i've gone from size 44 to size 38 pants (mens)
i am eating very few processed foods, and loving it
i have rare occasions when i relax my eating guidelines. these would be special occasions or situations. on these occasions, i have been successful with setting a goal beforehand and sticking to it.
i have been cooking and preparing food more regularly. so, i eat healthier stuff and less food goes to waste by rotting in my refrigerator.
i have been getting more sleep lately

so, lots of good things. i did have some sugar today. i decided it was a good idea because i had just given blood. i have a habit of passing out really easily, so i was trying to prevent that. in general i've been feeling pretty good lately!

today: go to bed! it's already getting late
tomorrow: work, cook some veggies
every day: strive to work in even a few minutes of exercise

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BISCO_ 12/23/2011 2:09PM

    I like lists too!! or to write out things in ...outline form... I guess it's impersonal... but helps me organize my thoughts and NOT ramble..........


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DDOORN 12/15/2011 10:48AM

    Way to GO being so FOCUSED and DEDICATED to taking great care of yourself!

Savor those rewards...! :-)


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XXMILAXX 12/15/2011 2:05AM

    emoticon list! It does a great job of highlighting all of your achievements. Keep it up.

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FRANCESCANAZ 12/14/2011 6:22PM

    Your blogs are a pleasure to read. emoticon

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SUSIEQ911 12/14/2011 8:51AM

    What a great list!

Congratulations on all your milestones!


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Tuesday, December 06, 2011

i went to the gym yesterday! and ran 1.5 miles on the treadmill! and lifted weights! woo hoo!

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DDOORN 12/12/2011 10:57AM

    After a "bleh" weekend I'm looking to do the same after center here I come! Hooray!


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FRANCESCANAZ 12/6/2011 7:35PM

    You GO girl! emoticon

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RUNNER4LYFE 12/6/2011 7:56AM

    yaaaay! emoticon

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i think i need a pick-me-up

Friday, December 02, 2011

so, for whatever reason, i'm having a bit of a hard time lately. i can't put my finger on it. work's going pretty well, things at home are pretty good, my eating habits have been super good, the depression's as minimal as it's been in the past few years. i'm even still losing weight consistently. i just am having really low motivation when it comes to just getting up and doing something that i don't have to. i really think i should be working out consistently (a good portion of my weight loss is probably muscle wasting) but i have, so far, not come up with the energy and motivation to do so. it's silly because once i'm actually working out, i always like it and feel better. it's just getting to that point that has proved difficult lately.

so i haven't blogged in a while. i like to keep my posts here on the positive side. or, at least, i like to be able to share solutions along with problems or maintain a good attitude about setbacks. i haven't felt good about sharing what seems like negativity without an obvious pending resolution. but i decided today that maybe some support might help, and i won't get that if i don't show somehow that i need it!

i have today off. i have some errands and chores and whatnot, but am hoping to have time this afternoon or evening to work out a little. we'll see...

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FRANCESCANAZ 12/5/2011 5:54PM

    I could have written this blog amiga. I never thought about weight loss equaling muscle loss that way before. I think I will take Don's advice and get back on my bike, it may be just the boost I need. emoticon
Glad I stopped by.

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SUSIEQ911 12/5/2011 9:12AM

    I know what you mean.

Since I've been back to religiously counting calories and staying within my calorie range for a while now, I'm losing.

BUT...I'm not working out. I know I could be losing more. I'm losing 1 lb a week or less. I have a Gazelle (it's a really odd machine, but I do like it) that I just moved to my partner's basement so she can be on the treadmill and I can be on the Gazelle. Hopefully starting tomorrow we will do just that. My bigger problem is the strength training. I'm not fond of it at all and I'm getting too flabby!

I think tonight's exercise is dragging the tree and ornaments up from the basement!


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DDOORN 12/2/2011 11:43AM

    If you've got a bike, check out and see if you can spin some wheels to prime your pump! Often cycling gives me just the boost I need!


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rational vs. emotional eating

Thursday, November 10, 2011

i made it to the gym on tuesday! it all felt pretty good. i ran on the treadmill for 20 minutes or so (ran/walked intervals) and did some free weights. it was a little hard, but not like i would have expected. i guess i've been for a jog here and there over the last month or two, so it's not that much of a shock to my system! i haven't lifted in ages, though. i am still a little sore!

i have off tomorrow! i've been working crazy overtime and had a ton of stuff going on, so i'm very excited to sleep in and get some me time in. i plan to either run outside or get another gym trip in, depending on my mood and the weather. also, some cooking and random stuff around the house.

i got a new sparkpoints trophy :) i know it's not really important, per se, but it shows that i've been present and active on the site a lot lately. in the past, the more connected i stay to this community and its resources, the more success i have with maintaining a healthy lifestyle and a positive outlook. so, i was pretty psyched!

i'm finding that i love food more and more lately. that might seem like a bad thing, but it's not! i've been eating super healthy stuff and meeting my calorie and macronutrient ranges the majority of the time, so i haven't been triggering any guilt cycles lately. i portion everything out pretty accurately. while it may seem like that would feel limiting, it's actually sort of liberating. if i've determined that a meal is balanced, healthy and appropriate, then measuring out the portions is like giving myself permission to eat all of it without having to second guess my choice or feel guilty about choosing the wrong stopping point. i'm making the decision of what and how much to eat with my head, not with my appetite and emotions. it's pretty cool.

okay, enough rambling about food. i'm hungry! time for dinner! we made chicken tikka masala a couple of nights ago from a recipe in clean eating magazine, and it's delicious! i think i'll go heat some up :)

today: go to bed on the early side
tomorrow: be productive in a relaxed way :)
every day: choose patience and positivity

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DDOORN 11/13/2011 7:18PM

    Cheers to RATIONAL! Sounds like you're getting your groove! :-)


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SUNSHINE99999 11/10/2011 10:10PM

  Nothing like some tasty leftover that have in the juices for a couple of days. Enjoy!

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