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Exercise Successes

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Yesterday I decided to walk a 5K here at home to make sure I could do it. I DID IT!!

A 5K = 3.1 miles and was three full walks of the regular ones I do daily, plus ond more big circle around my road. It shouldn't have taken one more and I question my Cardiotracker or the GPS On my phone, but I kept walking til the darn thing said 3.1 miles. I stopped at home after each full walk - to drink water and pee and the first time for some ibuprofen for my knee that was already hurting. But by about halfway through I was hitting my stride. I did it in 78 minutes, which was a bit faster than I expected. I was tired, but not too sore. The only bad thing was that I got a blister on the sole of one foot. OUCH! I learned to make sure to wear thicker socks. Also wondering if there is going to be a portapotty on the 5K or not, as I don't know if I can make it without a stop. I drink a ton of water, so that's important.

I also did 45 minutes of a Dance party last night. I was only aiming for 15 to 20 minutes. I just wanted to keep going and it felt good! I made a vlog for you all with a bit of talking and a full song Dance Party, but that is stuck on my DH's phone. It won't load up as a disk drive so I can't get it off. DH was sending it somehow, but I don't have it yet.

More about Food Planning in separate blog. I had it together, but it got tooooo long.
Have a sparkling day!

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    Wow you go proud.....and you danced afterwards? You are something special. emoticon You rock!! Stay Curvy emoticon

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KJDOESLIFE 4/4/2012 12:07PM

    I don't think the phone GPS's are 100% accurate sometimes either! You can always double check with the SP mapping feature (on your Fitness page) or another website like Great job! :)

PS - I agree about Moose's sock comment. Synthetic running socks are much better for those kind of long walks. Hope you heal quickly!

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WADINGMOOSE 4/4/2012 11:25AM

    Great progress with your exercise! Blisters suck, but better socks should help a lot with that. For blister prevention - toss the cotton socks. You're better off with a quicker drying synthetic.

And good job on going longer with the dance party video. It always feels great to go longer than planned.

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Why an Empty Blog, Angel?

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

First, apologies for the empty blog hold that was in this spot last night. I was trying to get my sparkpoints for a blog and I was still waiting for my husband to get the vlog off his phone onto my computer so I could post it. As far as I know, he did not get it off there yet. Annoyed. He filmed it at 10 pm or so and I asked if we could use his phone because mine was almost dead and needed charging. He was sure we could do that and get it off his phone easily, but my technology wizard DH wasn't able to. Baffling. Tempted now to go try it and I might EVEN Though I know he filmed it from a very unflattering angle for me - very low, sitting on the hassock while I was standing.

He's sleeping now and will be til at least 2 or 3 pm. Challenging to keep Nicholas quiet after school (1 pm), too. He was not happy either of us were asleep this morning and made a ton of noise while I was getting up and DH was starting to get to bed.

DH went to bed at 7 AM today and at 8 AM the day before. He goes to bed when I get up, which is disturbing. So he sleeps almost all day. This isn't necessary because when he works, he's done at 1:30 or 2:30. I guess he's doing this because he's had to walk home a few times (work shift ends after cabs stop running) and he's gotten here about 4 am and after 1.5 mile walk with the last part a steep hill, I'm sure he needs time to slow down first. But Tues. and Weds. are his nights off and I'm just frustrated. This schedule is not conducive to sharing company in the daytime nor nighttime. I was too tired and grumpy at midnight to do anything he wanted. I got the chills and my body just shut down. I had to crash. He tried to give me a massage and it just hurt. When I woke up at 6 AM because my son had the TV on and it woke me, I was shocked to find my son up already (he's going to be difficult all afternoon/evening from getting up so early) and my DH still awake. Sigh.

Ok, going to put the rest about today and my successes about yesterday in a separate blog for today.


OK, now I remember the problem. DH upgraded his phone somehow.. and so now it won't load up as a disk drive when you plug it in for charging. Uh oh! But it is charging faster on my charger line than his, so that helps. That vlog may be lost. I'll have to do it orally or make another vlog today about what I shared yesterday.

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    Girl glad the problem was fixed or figured out at least. Stay Curvy oh and you don't have a bad side. emoticon

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1COUNTRY_GAL 4/5/2012 12:49AM

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BECCABOO127 4/4/2012 1:51PM

    Those late work shifts are hard...on everyone. It is supposedly physically hard on the one doing it too. Make sure DH has his physicals on time. Those shifts work against one's natural rhythms.

You sounds like you need some R & R, too. I hope you feel better!

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MI-ELLKAYBEE 4/4/2012 12:34PM

    You are SO SO SO blessed to have two jobs that pay money into your household. Even when there are challenges and difficulties, thank God every single day for incomes which help you to survive. emoticon

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CAPECODBABE 4/4/2012 7:40AM

    Well, it's the shortest post I ever read! emoticon

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WINDSONG~ 4/4/2012 4:25AM

    Hi Angel.

Hope you are doing well.

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Vlog - Bubbles and Flowers

Monday, April 02, 2012

Yes, lots of bubbles from my son and pretty flowers of Spring.. discussion about exercise mostly. ANd yes, we are planning to paint the garage this summer somehow.

I did 17 minutes of hooping. I didn't do any more dance party, though. I forgot I was going out tonight and was so pleasantly surprised when the sitter showed up!!

I wish we could pick our starting image. It does quickly get to the visual that makes sense.

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NPA4LOSS 4/3/2012 11:18PM

    Keep smiling. emoticon You are making amazing progress! emoticon

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MRS_EVA_K 4/3/2012 9:22AM

    love the flowers!

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BLUE42DOWN 4/3/2012 2:18AM

    Beautiful daffodils!

And, yes, bubbles were always fun to play with - at all ages.

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    Loved it...inspired me to make some bubbles myself. The begining is 6 seconds in so start posing that is what I do. To get a decent pic in . LOL the stuff we ya girl. Don't over do it with the exercising! Stay Curvy emoticon

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KMIRANDA2000 4/2/2012 10:05PM

    That was fun to watch...thanks!

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I'm Starting Over Again Today and Every Day

Monday, April 02, 2012

Some days you just have to start over. Sometimes things are going well and you keep going, but each day is still a new start.. New day to track food, exercise, and SparkPoints. A new day to get it right, keep getting it right, or fix it if it's broken.

So I had been doing really well lately and all day yesterday. Then I made the mistake of not eating a regular meal when my son did around 5 or 6 pm last night. I got him to bed late - very close to the time of my Sparklive Class. I was so tired after that and so hungry. What I'd been thinking about for several hours was having pizza. We had a Freschetta brick oven style (square) thin crust cheese only pizza in the freezer. I had checked with my DH and he said texted back to say he could eat the rest cold later. OK, so I felt I could make it and eat my regular amount. I usually eat just half which is 680 calories - or even less. I had about that left in my range - well, maybe a little less, and also figured I'd save a couple slices for Nicholas, which means I'd only eat 6 slices, or 510 calories. Right.. but my son was asleep and my husband was at work.

I was really hungry and it would have helped to make a bag of frozen veggies or eat a plate of raw veggies. Nope. I already had my raw veggies.. and I'd put about a cup of sliced fresh bell peppers on the pizza. I just kept eating pizza. I did save 5.5 slices (half a slice was stuck on the pizza stone). I did NOT eat it all, and really had a fight with myself to not eat the whole thing. But that means I had 10 pieces and it was 1020 calories and put me way over on calories, fat, and sodium. I did burn more than 1000 calories yesterday, but it was still too much. Well, it was mostly the feeling that I was out of control that bothered me. I'm very glad I managed to stop before I ate the entire thing. Frustrated with myself about what I did do, too.

Today we (Keene, NH) have much nicer weather - bright and sunny and a bit warmer, like in the low 50s, and yet I don't feel I can walk far because my knee is sore today. I think I should rest it some. But it's hard to do that on such a nice day. I also feel like I should be training for the 5K this coming weekend. I took a short walk with the dog - once around our circle which is .35 mile. Not far and I went slowly. It was OK. I may go further later, haven't decided yet.

I made steel cut oatmeal this morning. I went to fix a big bowl of it as I usually do - 1 T maple syrup, 1/2 cup of strawberries cut up (I had 1 full cup), a medium banana, and 1/2 cup 1% milk (had a whole cup). But.. no maple syrup. I knew we were low, but not out totally. I found it.. Nicholas had it under the coffee table with a sticky spoon. It was all but empty. I got 1/2 of a tablespoon out of it and then had to add some brown sugar to my oatmeal.

I'm reading "You on a Diet" by Dr. Oz and Dr. Roizen. It's very good. I just read the part that talked about eating higher fiber in the morning to stay more full all day. Also they say if you have about 65 calories of fat (a handful of nuts will do it) an hour before eating a meal that you'll eat less and feel better. They also suggested having fiber and fat together - ie. an apple and handful of nuts would be perfect. It gave statistics about people who do that (just the fat before a meal) lose about 6 more lbs per 8 weeks than the control group who didn't. It's worth a try to have that kind of snacks. I just need more apples and other healthy fiber foods. Maybe bananas or clementines would do it, too.


OMG! I just checked out my daily calorie differential report for yesterday (These are under the Reports tab from the Nutrition tracking section/page.) Here is mine for yesterday:

Eaten 2,422
BMR* 2,179
Exercise 1,058
Total Burned 3,237
Differential -815

Yes, it could have been much worse. I still had a great calorie differential! I'm going to be more careful next time. I think I did just need to eat more because I'd worked out so much. It just didn't have to be all pizza.

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WINDSONG~ 4/3/2012 3:43AM

    Every day is a new opportunity for success. You don't fail you learn.

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IAMAGEMLOVER 4/2/2012 9:16PM

    You got right back on track. That is good. My slip ups are the other way. I don't eat enough to reach my nutritional goals. I always get enough carbs, but sometimes don't get enough fat, calories or protein. Once I even lowered my calories to 1,000 so I would meet my caloric intake but SP kept raising it back up to 1,200. Then I read that it was not good to go below 1,200. I usually get about 1225. You are doing good, hang in there.

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REACHING4HOME 4/2/2012 4:58PM

    I will be joining you. I have some new medications that change things for me and some tweaking still needs to be done. So I have to be super careful about what I eat right now and get more exercise so, what better time to re-start my program than this? Let's do this together!

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SMILINGEYES2 4/2/2012 4:15PM

    Keeping track and accountability to yourself is so important in this journey. emoticon

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MRS_EVA_K 4/2/2012 3:14PM

    We all slip, some of us even trip. The key is to be alright with yourself on it and move forward. I think you did will with not beating yourself up over a minor slip. Today you are bounding back.

Good luck on the 5k and I hope the knee loosens up. I have bad knees too so I can sympathize.

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JENSTRESS 4/2/2012 1:32PM

    First, I admire people who admit this stuff. I do sometimes too, but I think you are pretty awesome. You are open and honest!!!

What I also love? It wasn't so bad! I wonder how many of us go off the trails because we THINK we did really bad, but when in all actuality, we didn't!?

Since this is a full lifestyle change to becoming healthier, I think it is okay to have slip ups. You will do that from time to time. The goal is to just let them get smaller and further apart.

You can do it!

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NARNIAROSE2003 4/2/2012 1:16PM

    I started over recently too - and I KNOW we can do this. It's only when you STOP TRYING that you are defeated. We are then, by definition VICTORIOUS!!

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BOSS61 4/2/2012 12:38PM

    Rome was not built in a day. Or destroyed. Today is a new one. You are doing fine!

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TUBLADY 4/2/2012 11:47AM

    One slip up doesn't derail the over all plan. You know what went wrong.
You should never skip meals. I found that out by almost fainting a couple of time, because low blood sugar. When we are hungry and have missed meals we get out of control. All good judgement goes by by. We scarf down the nearest food item, especially the food we love , Like PIZZA, That's my weakness too.
You are doing great though. Right back on track the next morning. Your attitude is wonderful too.
It's good to remember this is not a race, no first place, just a daily effort to eat healthy, stay fit and do the best you can.
It's a learning process. if we knew it all we would not be in the situation we find ourselves in. So just continue to do the best you can and stay positive.
Tisha emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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VBA0731 4/2/2012 11:42AM

    Today is a new start for me as is everyday! You are on the right track and you will hit bumps along the road. As long as you learn from the bump you will do just fine!

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NAESREALITY 4/2/2012 11:34AM

    emoticon I can relate. Friday nite was just as bad for me! But Each day is a new day! You are on the right track. Just hang in there!

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WOOHOOS of March

Sunday, April 01, 2012

Vlog filmed April 1st - Woohoos of March!
Filmed by my five year old son. The dance party part of this was edited out, as he tried to prop the phone up to tape on its own and it filmed the ceiling for a minute and then shut off. I did 15 min. of dancing at my office during work off/on and then another hour or more at home. Woohoo!

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BLUE42DOWN 4/2/2012 4:08AM


Congrats on 6 pounds in March!

Onward and downward!

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    Nicolas is adorable. emoticon 6 pounds in March. I love the advice you are so special my friend. I would tell you more but, I am in pain got a sprained wrist/elbow. I find your vlogs inspiring. Keep it up my friend. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NPA4LOSS 4/1/2012 7:50PM

    Looking Good! emoticon

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