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Gaining a Workout Buddy

Sunday, August 10, 2014

I'm excited that my Knight wants to start heading to the gym with me! This week we'll be getting him signed up so we can go together. This will help me so much with my workout goals!

Before I met him I was dedicated to working out. Everyday like clockwork, I spent at least 45 minutes working out. I had friends that said they wouldn't date someone that didn't workout. I thought it was a superficial thing. Of coarse I have to learn things the hard way! My lifestyle and his were night and day. Our work hours, our way of spending our "off" time were very different. Through time, I've gained an appreciation for big TV's (I didn't even OWN one before). It became a playful mission for him to "bring me up to date" with movies and TV shows. Before long the norm became watching stuff and having amazing meals we made for each other. We are both great cooks.

Periodically I would try to revert to my habits before, but would miss him. He would miss our time together too. I'd sigh when I'd see those memes of "couples that workout together stay together." Haha! NOW I understand. And I am excited that he's ready to head to the gym with me. I realize he may fizzle out and not want to go, or find he really doesn't care for it. Even so, I am happy he wants a shot at it.

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GHK1962 8/11/2014 12:01AM

    I agree ... when your partner and you both exercise together, not only does it make you both go on a regular basis ... but its also just more fun.

And as you say, he may ... or may not keep up with it. But the fact that he is trying says something for you both.

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    That is SO exciting! I know that when Justin and I work out together, I am much more likely to stick with my routine. It helps keep both of us accountable, and we have fun challenging each other. He pushes me to lift more than I normally would, and I push him to spend more time on cardio. I am really happy for you.

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MCFITZ2 8/10/2014 12:52PM

    Hope it works out for his health and your relationship.

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Looking for My Spark

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

In an effort to get on track, I've decided to start using Spark Coach. One of my first community tasks is to list 3 things I've done well in the last week. Today is really only the second day of my renewed effort, but even so I've done some great things. I was able to get some healthy farmers market produce and set up my kitchen for an easier time cooking. I've started walking in the park, and have set up a plan to follow.

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MJ-SHE-BEAST 8/19/2014 8:57PM

    Getting on track after slip sliding for a while is daunting. Sounds like you are getting a handle on it!

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DEB62BIE62 8/7/2014 2:03PM

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SBEAR5 8/7/2014 8:22AM

    Awesome work chica! Making a plan is always an excellent step. Glad to hear your preparing yourself and kitchen for your new healthier lifestyle! emoticon

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    I love how Spark Coach gives you "homework" that usually only takes a few moments to complete but really helps you focus and set some goals that will help you get off on the right foot. All three of the things you have accomplished will set you up for success in the days to come!
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GHK1962 8/6/2014 6:07PM

    Yeah for things well done! And planning .... yup, yup ... that is a big key to success. Great start!

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ARNETTELEE 8/6/2014 4:32PM

  That's great. Happy sparking!

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Pucker Up Buttercup

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

This reason, that reason. Doesn't really matter, the end result is the same = nothing emoticon

Picking myself up again, gathering the strength to go after the things I enjoy in life. Hard to do, and honestly don't much feel like it. But I know I need to if I want change to be positive. Change has/is definitely happening, but it is ultimately my choice on the kind.

I just feel like I'm wiped out. My mom passed away in June after getting a "YAY" you're in remission May 19th. A month later she was a shell of the woman she was, 6 weeks later gone and in the ground. I am grateful she is not suffering. I wish things were different, but all the wishing in the world doesn't change anything past or present. Action changes the future. I've always been independent, not much of a family connection, so at this point, siblings are awkward at best.

So this summer's stress has facilitated a return of MANY bad habits and indulgences. Which in turn has made me miserable and moody. I "know" none of these things are improving my happiness level, coping skills, or general disposition. So even though I still feel like I don't care, I am making myself DO things as if I care, hoping eventually I'll snap out of it. (I kinda suspect I'm toeing the depression line, and that is incentive enough to get my but in gear...)

So first thing in the morning I am facing my first set of emoticon emoticon Measurements and scale. I am VERY afraid of what that is going to show. I KNOW I am much larger than I have been in a long time.. Clothes aren't fitting right and my generally crappy disposition point to too much sugar and fast food. Imagine that? Indulging in "treats" that result in ick. SMH...

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GHK1962 8/6/2014 6:12PM

    I want to add my condolences too. It's hard to lose people in your life.

Still, while you're not exactly in the happiest of places at the moment, you do seem to realize the importance of moving forward ... and that's a good thing ... that's a place to start. Sometimes forcing ourselves to do things even if we don't want to can put us in that place we want to be just a tad faster.

Hoping this month goes a bit better for you.

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DEB62BIE62 8/6/2014 5:08PM

    So sorry about your mom. Just begin like this is the first day of your journey on healthy living. Forget about the past. There's only today.

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    I'm so sorry about your mom. This has been a really tough summer for you.

I'm glad you are here. Even if you just pop in and socialize with the team, just being around people (even in a virtual setting) can help take your mind off of your stress for a few moments. Like Sarah said, we are planning a meet up in early September, and MJ started a mini-challenge today that anybody can jump in and participate in if you want. We are trying to give people a number of different ways to get "restarted" because over the summer I thin many of us have encountered setbacks and have back-slid some. (I know I have!)

Just know we are here to support you - I know this is a very difficult time and if there is anything I or anyone else on the team can do to help, please let me know.

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SBEAR5 8/6/2014 7:54AM

    Oh, I am so sorry to hear about your mom. I can't imagine the pain and sadness.

I am happy that you're ready to get rid of the bad habits. Please know that we're here for you! The SA team is having a meet up in a few weeks, we'd love to meet you. Offer some encouragement, whatever you need.

Starting fresh on a emoticon Wednesday! WTG!

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SHAMROCKY2K 8/5/2014 11:43PM

    Thanks for being so honest. You have the right idea.. fake it till you make it.
So sorry to hear about your Mother.

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Stressful Days and Calorie Management

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Ugh, I HATE being a travel agent on bad weather days! To start off, yesterday was Day 2 of training and I didn't do it. There are several ways to rationalize it, but ultimately it didn't get done. I was doing pretty good staying on track food wise. UNTIL the boyfriend and I went to the store and stopped to get him some fried chicken. At the store I got some more fresh veggies for my salads and for this sort of pan seared veggie melody I like. On Tuesdays Popeye's has a 99 cent special for 2 pieces. I am pretty good at abstaining from ordering some for myself. It's become a weekly treat for him and we were having a very wet chaotic day. He decided he wanted 3 orders for himself. I talked him out of a soda. HA! Well the Popeye's gods know how much I actually love fried chicken. They gave us the wrong order at the window. We ended up with 15 pieces of chicken instead of his 6. Yup I ate some ://and really enjoyed it.

Now I know this is NOT healthy, but at the end of the day I was below my calorie mark. I do have issues with emotional eating EXCEPT when I am angry. About midway through my shift I got a call from a stranded traveler to make any travel agent look at the wrists and consider ending it. Poor guy had been in route for over 12 hours, had multiple flights cancelled on him. The airline was being less than helpful and passing the buck. Then my system crashes. I get back online, call the guy back and get to work on his problem. Then my supervisor starts blitzing me with IM's. Ummm Lady, trying to work here! These are just a couple of the drawbacks to working at home. System issues, and coworkers/bosses not being able to SEE that you are working on a very unpleasant problem. Well drawback number three walked into my home office. My normally thoughtful boyfriend came in and was pantomiming that he wanted something on my desk. I finally figure out he wants my laptop speakers.... ARE YOU SERIOUS? I AM WORKING HERE!!! I think to myself. I angrily motion for him to leave my office. I eventually get the exhausted unpleasant traveler situated and satiate my supervisor. I then disconnect my speakers from the maze of wires on my desk and go down to seek out the clueless boyfriend. I find him, hand him the speakers and tell him, "Do not try to get me to do something when I am with a client. I am WORKING! I do not go to your work place and interrupt what you are doing with your clients for my own personal needs! This is a HARD RULE!!"

I was so angry and stressed. The blessing in that mess is that I will not eat when I am angry. My lunch break had been pushed back by the work load, so by the time it came along all I wanted was a glass of water and some zen time on the patio. By the end of my shift I got myself to a decent place mentally. Boyfriend had made some food for a late dinner and I wasn't at all hungry. Even though I hadn't eaten for about 10 hours. So YAY! I had fast food and still came in below my calorie mark.

And I am still miffed at the boyfriend. I know I can be unapproachable when I get upset, but I still haven't gotten an apology for this or even a "Hey Babe what happened?"

So starts my day off. So glad today is belly dance day. I need my girls and some sweating!

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DEB62BIE62 5/28/2014 6:09PM

    Hope tomorrow is better.

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Getting my day going...

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Yesterday didn't go as planned AT ALL!! Thanks to Mother Nature's harsh delivery of everyone's rain prayers. Much needed, but it wrecked havoc at the Amazing Lair. I had all my fur babies inside and they made messes because they didn't want to go out in the down pour. I got through the weekend festivities without partaking in the BBQ/sweets/alcohol. Haha! Nope, trapped in the house with fur baby stress made me more than agreeable to Memorial Day festivities with my honey. I drank ALOT, and not water. I usually limit cocktails to once a week on Wednesdays, but either I am moving that to yesterday this week or chalking it up to a holiday.

Is it raining because I've started a running plan? I got up bright and early to get some stuff done and head out to the park for training day #2. It's still very wet and drizzly out. Hoping it clears up a bit later. I have a fear of running on a treadmill. I always feel like I am going to fall off. Debating between going to the gym and giving it a go that way. "FACE YOUR FEAR LIZ" or waiting for the park to dry up and hope I don't slip on a wet patch. Where I go it does get slick when I walk so running there might not be the best idea. It WILL happen today I have 6 hours to play with before work. We shall see....

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DEB62BIE62 5/27/2014 7:15PM

    Sorry that the rain ruined your day. I enjoyed it myself. I love rain, but not getting in it, or driving in it. Hopefully, you'll be able to get back in the swing.

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