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Day 3 of the big push

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

The good news is my back - really my hip - is much better. I rested it yesterday and as the day worn on I felt better and better till today I can barely tell there had been a problem. Whew. Dodged a bullet there.

The better news is that I have kept my NoJunkFood resolution for 2 days. It helps that I'm not out in the world but, rather, cozied at home where there isn't any junk food, but I take my triumphs where I find them.

The best news of all is that we're going to go spend the day at the beach. I have a craving for ocean pleasure and we are headed to Virginia Beach - the closest ocean beach - to go get salty and windblown and sunned. I don't really want to spend the night but I really do want to hear waves crash on the shore and smell that salty breeze. I'll take my knitting. I'll take my camera and I'll take my sketch book. I ought to be set for the day.

There will be seafood eaten today but no junk food.

Happy Tuesday to you all.

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HAWKEYERANT 6/3/2010 11:16AM

    Mmm I'd much rather have the seafood than the junk food!!

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MSLZZY 5/27/2010 7:03AM

    Hope your day was special and take care of yourself!

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SMALLERSHEEP 5/26/2010 2:24PM

    That sounds like a delightful day! Enjoy it! And congratulations on your success with NoJunkFood. You can do it!

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ALIMESSA 5/26/2010 1:08AM

    Glad to hear your hip/back is better, and CONGRATS on no junk food! Have fun at the beach...I want to go...

As always,
Stay Strong!!

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JKTENTATIVE 5/25/2010 8:35PM

    You sound so calm and in control. You need to bottle this feeling so you can take it out at other times when things are a little crazy. Enjoy the beach & enjoy life!!

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DAYHIKER 5/25/2010 12:37PM

    YAY!! Glad to hear that good news! I like your idea of a No Junk Food resolution!


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JLITT62 5/25/2010 10:17AM

    I am envious. Our time at the Cape was so short & filled with chores, there was no time to hear waves crashing on the beach. Enjoy it for me!

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AEBROWNSON 5/25/2010 10:12AM

    Yeah to your hip feeling better and yeah to keeping up the No Junk Food Challenge!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SHEILA1505 5/25/2010 8:28AM

    That sounds magic Bess
Glad your back responded to the rest and that you are going to be able to walk barefoot in the sand and breathe fresh salty air for the day

Have fun


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MERALO 5/25/2010 7:46AM

    Have an awesome day!

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MICHELE_L 5/25/2010 7:44AM

    Have a great time! emoticon

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What the ....??? my back!

Monday, May 24, 2010

so here it is, Day 2 of my big push and I've done something to my back - pinched sciatic nerve I am guessing by the way it hurts across my hip. There are positions that are pain free, positions that hurt a little and a few that hurt like the very devil.

Hey this is not fair - I'm supposed to be on Vacation! Not out on sick leave. Wahhhh.

And how? Not from the yoga - though perhaps I'd loosened myself up too much - but from reaching in an odd position to brush the dog!

Well. Today I can lay low and nurse my aching back and if I'm out more than today I will just pick up with Day 3 as soon as I am better. And even if I can't move around much I can still stick to the No Junk Food rule. Himself has to go to the city today. I was supposed to go with him but that's definitely out now. Still and all, while he's out he can do a little grocery shopping for me. Watermelon. Yes. That's what I want. and some celery. Guess I'll have to make him a list.

ahh well. Some days are diamonds and some are stone.

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MSLZZY 5/27/2010 7:03AM

    Ouch! No fun being in pain! Take it easy and get better soon!

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ALIMESSA 5/25/2010 3:18AM

    I know what it is like to be down...wishing you a speedy recovery!

As always,
Stay Strong!!

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JKTENTATIVE 5/25/2010 1:09AM

    Hope you are already feeling better! emoticon

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WEDDWT 5/24/2010 10:30PM

    Try not to get too discouraged, remind yourself that it is temporary and you will feel well once again.

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JLITT62 5/24/2010 3:09PM

    Our bodies sure do have funny ways of talking to us, don't they?

Here I was, so full of energy before & during vacation . . . then laid out on the couch for a week afterwards! And it just kills me that DH is just fine. DH who never met a junk food he didn't like, and won't touch a veggie to save his soul (or so it seems).

Well, take care, don't push too hard, and you'll enjoy the rest of your vacation. You can still work on the food program, especially since now you have some time to catch your breath. Maybe it's even time for that vision collage?

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DAYHIKER 5/24/2010 3:01PM

    Ouch! It's amazing how little it takes sometimes to get that back aggravated. I hope you are already feeling better!
emoticon Cindy

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LVNG4ME 5/24/2010 10:25AM

    Sorry to hear of your pain. I hope you get better soon. At least your keeping a positive attitude.

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SHEALUNA 5/24/2010 10:09AM

    Owie. How rubbish it happened on Vacation! Definitely have Himself pick you up some (healthy) goodies while he's in the City, then slap some ice on it, sit back and enjoy some downtime.

Consider it not so much a stone day, as a hot stone massage day. emoticon

Feel better soon!

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AEBROWNSON 5/24/2010 10:00AM

    Take it easy today and it'll be better tomorrow, I hope. You can do it with the No Junk Food rule!

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SHEILA1505 5/24/2010 7:42AM

Got the Tshirt on that one! Not much fun, is it? Maybe you can get a bit of a walk around the supermarket, with the trolley for support if necessary - but go easy with the heavy lifting, twist and drop into the trolley


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Day 1 of a 28 day push - with rewards along the way

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Today is the first day of my vacation. I'm pleased that everything I had to do was completed and my schedule and desk are organized for when I return. I've been so clogged and caught up with work as I prepared for my long needed vacation I feel like it's time to Start Something Fresh.

In addition to finally getting a work break, this week I ramp up my Powah Yogah by moving to stage two of the Biggest Loser Yoga DVD.

The two falling together on the same day made the idea of a 4 week challenge irresistible. I'm extremely proud of myself for sticking with my Powah Yogah routine perfectly, in spite of 2 days when I gave serious thoughts to skipping the workout. for the past 2 weeks I've done PY every other day and 2 more gentle and spiritual sessions of yoga on the alternate days. If I can do this for 2 weeks I can do it for 4 more. The happy result so far is that those tighter clothes of mine fit better. Just think what it will be like after 4 weeks?

The plan is this:

First off - a small reward for not caving on the workout routine. I have a gift from a girlfriend that is intended to be a weight loss reward. Alas. I haven't lost any weight since she gave it to me but I think 2 weeks of PY deserves a reward. That gift gets opened today.

Next - today (really in about 20 minutes) I begin week 3 of the DVD - which is the same yoga moves with an additional ab routine using a weighted ball. I bought mine last week so I'm all ready to get started. Keep this up and in 2 weeks I get another small reward.

Third - I commit to more careful eating. I've been consistently over the calorie limits on the food tracker for weeks now. I've let Other Things be excuses for indulgences. If I look back over the past month of food trackers, there's junk food on every single day. So. For the next 28 days there will be no junk food. Period. I am not a junk person - why put junk food inside me. I may still go over my calorie limits during this 28 day period but ONLY if I do it with healthy natural deliberately eaten food. so that's actually 2 food things. No Junk Food and No Mindless Eating.

At the end of 4 weeks I'll come back with before and after measurements and share. If I am successful, sticking with the exercise program I get a day off from work. If I'm successful with the food program I also get to take a day off from work. If I'm successful with both - I get a day off from work AND cashmere yarn. enough for either a lace shawl or a sweater.

Happily - baring unforeseen things that nobody can prevent (I have aged parents) I don't see any stress in my life for the next 4 weeks so I can make it All About Me.

Hope you get some All About You time soon!

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MSLZZY 5/27/2010 7:04AM

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ALIMESSA 5/24/2010 2:53AM

    Great plan...good luck...YOU CAN DO IT...small rewards are always a great motivator!

As always,
Stay Strong!!

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WEDDWT 5/23/2010 11:44AM

    You motivated me with your plan emoticon and I can too!
Enjoy your well deserved vacation!

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MERALO 5/23/2010 11:39AM

    I love it! Great challenge for yourself, with an achievable can do this. Please let us know every week how you're keeps you accountable, that's what motivated me to blog about the calendar challenge I'm doing.

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SHEILA1505 5/23/2010 8:31AM

    You seem to have your vacation worked out beautifully and delighted that it is all about good quality "you" time. Enjoy and feel relaxed, strengthened and healthy


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Exercise sloth. Where does it come from?

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

You must first understand that I love exercise. I really emoticon it. I love it most when it's just that - exercise - not sports. I really emoticon most sports unless I'm just watching. I love how exercise puts me in touch with my body. I love how I can feel a muscle growing stronger or stretching longer. I crave the pleasure of cool down as I come back from some special effort to a resting state, with a slightly different - slightly better - body. It's no surprise to me that I'm having such a good time with Yoga, but I even like calesthenics!


Why would I ever ever choose to not exercise? Who is doing the deciding here?

I think it is the Left Brain Lady with the Things To Do List. I think she's looking at a clock and saying "you needed more sleep so you got up late so you don't have time to exercise."

I'm positive about this because as soon as I had that thought my muscles began to contract and somewhere deep inside a whining tantrum began - I'm positive that whine is from my Right Brain Wild Child who cried "You never let me do anything! I'm never going to get to exercise again and the only thing left to do is have chocolate muffins for breakfast."

Okay - I made up that last bit. I don't even like chocolate muffins, but I see that, as the Left Brain tried to back pedal with offers of after work workouts, only ooops, I really ought to drive over to the city and visit my sick mama, so no probably have to skip the workout today, but it's only one day, my Right Brain had that bitter let down sensation that is only ever assuaged by Other Gooey Things To Eat that put on weight.

So there - you'd think it was the RB Wild Child who was full of sloth - after all that's the emotional side of the brain, but it's NOT slothful. It's deprived and resentful. It is the Left Brain Task Master who doesn't really think exercise is a priority and is always willing to strike that off her TTD List in lieu of Other More Important Things.

Well, Miss School Marm Left Brain - too bad. I'm on a mission to see that the Wild Child's healthy desires are always rewarded. Because I know that when she's thwarted - she can do a the kind of damage that takes miles of Things To Do Lists to undo.

And with that - I'm off to do my Powah Yogah routine.


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ALIMESSA 5/19/2010 4:47PM

    Great blog...and so can accomplish so much more when you take care of yourself and make exercise a have more energy, are more efficient, etc!!

YOU GO, GIRL!! Good luck...and enjoy your yoga!

As always,
Stay Strong!

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CRAVE_FREE 5/19/2010 9:37AM

    emoticon Glad you're balancing it all out!

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Plateaus and a few words about housework

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

One of the trivia questions this morning was "how many calories do you burn a year doing housework"

the answer is 50,000

about 14 lbs! Man - I ought to weigh zero by now.

but of course we all know that it's calories IN, calories burned, not just calories burned. and in spite of the marathon housework of last weekend plus the routine efforts throughout the year (I would say I am an average housekeeper) I'm not seeing the scale budge. I've called this a plateau but I know it isn't. I know it's because I have been eating more calories than I can count. I've eaten out a lot lately - mostly at lunch time and I have touched nary a salad. Two new restaurants have opened up in my area and I've been sampling them with different friends.

Well. It has all been fun and it's all been good but it's time to stop. If I want to wear That Dress ever at all I have to buckle down and get serious about what goes IN as well as what goes out. Time to limit those restaurant lunches and make better choices when I'm eating out.

I knew that.

I was just testing....

Off to AM yoga.

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GENIEJENN 5/18/2010 3:51PM

    Keep up the good work! emoticon

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ALIMESSA 5/18/2010 2:37PM

    Good luck buckling can do it!!

As always,
Stay Strong!!

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AEBROWNSON 5/18/2010 11:17AM

    Maybe you just need to do more housework...mine is available! emoticon

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MERALO 5/18/2010 10:15AM

    GOOD news is that the scale DIDN'T could have gained too! Well done on that, your housework workout is doing something!

And you've learned enough to know that now you need to return to your program and you know just how to do it!

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CRAVE_FREE 5/18/2010 8:42AM

    It was a lovely break from being buckled down, and now that you're ready to get back to it, I know you can do it!

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SHEILA1505 5/18/2010 8:17AM

time to try the salads?


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KELLY1778 5/18/2010 8:07AM

  Sometimes its just so hard to resist, just take one day at time and we will all get there.Willpower is the most important thing..

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