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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

It's been an interesting month, and it's not over yet...

The first 2 weeks of my training there was a lot of working out, and mostly healthy eating. But this week, our schedule is more annoying. Meaning we only get one hour for lunch (and I'm used to at least 1.5hrs and working out during lunch), and we don't get out until 5pm. It's annoying. The most annoying part is the fact that it's a total waste of my time. I sit there, work for maybe 30 min, at the end I stand up and brief for 1 min, and then wait to go home. Thankfully I brought my textbook and my "Paleo Diet" book today, so there was some good reading. I'm feeling a little "re-paleo'd" which is good since my PT test is likely to be Aug 10th, and I return from my "vacation" on Aug 8th. So I gotta be strong, stay skinny, and keep working out!

Thankfully I did a practice test today, I will be walking the 1 mile instead of running the 1.5miles because my jaw pain is just too nuts. Anyway, I walked in 11:35, did 25 pushups, and 44 situps. A little disappointed in my situps, but honestly I haven't been practicing them. I am super proud of my pushups!

It is that TOM... which is throwing my eating off-- for example I had like 700 calories of CHOCOLATE today at lunch :/

Anyway. Just checking in. On Friday I'm likely to take some pictures, it'll be close to the end of the month. We'll see if there's any improvement- but the clothes will be a little different since I'm not at home.

I am excited for our vacation time. Saturday I fly into Vegas and I get to see a good friend Stacey who just became a new mom a couple months ago... and then spend some time with my Aunt and her fiance' (and his daughter), and then the kid and I head to Reno! We'll catch up with Leah (& hopefully Mariko) in Sacramento area, then my GIRL Salbatross! and then a set of my hanai parents (Aunt Sharon and Uncle Bob) until we fly out Sun morning. It's going to be crazy, but hopefully fun!

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HEALTHYSLIM2 7/28/2012 6:26PM

    It is SO HARD when the schedule is tweaked so much... and traveling... don't get me started on that! (still in "recovery" from that darn cruise!!) ;-)
And as I've noted before, you are actually so lucky that you have to be "in shape" for work for the extra added incentive!
All in all, sounds like a great summer full of fun and seeing people you love. So no matter what, be sure to ENJOY!!

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ALPINESALLIE 7/25/2012 6:10PM

    wowza, you guys are gonna be busy jalapenos! But at leas it'll keep you busy! And... I hear ya on the TOM, I totally did the SAME thing with Dove Chocolate last week with my sister! I'm very proud of you though girly! Stay strong thru this crazy schedule you're having!
Can't wait to see ya!
Love you!

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IACTA_ALEA_EST 7/25/2012 12:08AM

    Sounds like a really wonderful summer still ahead - be safe and enjoy!

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Let's get serious...

Sunday, July 01, 2012

After surgery I really let loose. In not so many words. My eating wasn't the way it was supposed to me, neither was my working out... and it doesn't help my doc has me on a new medication that one of the side effects is weight gain. Now I'm not chalking up my +13lbs from surgery because of the meds, but I gotta get serious about this ya'll! AND my fitness test is coming up. Normally I'd take it in Sep, but I'll likely be gone the WHOLE month, so it'll be in Aug before I leave. And I have to be careful and not schedule it around that TOM, so it pushes it even earlier!

I got a sweet widget for my phone that shows me in the top right corner how many days until my potential test- 40!

So here's a few things getting me on track:
1) Posted scary but REAL "before/now" photos in my album

2) Wellness Momma is doing a Summer Wellness challenge... and myself & my girl TAT2DOLLFACE are on board for this! Check it out:
**this started AFTER my oven made s'mores tonight emoticon**

3) On board with my Couch to 5K workouts (did week 4 day 2 today) - 3 times a week

4) Back to loving/hating Jillian Michaels. Did 6 Week 6 Pack on Saturday. Goal is to do a video everyday; likely to alternate between 6W6P and Ripped in 30. (Issue with Ripped in 30 is the weights, and I leave on Sunday for three weeks. We'll see. I'll be doing that workout Tues since I have to let my inner thighs rest from yesterday's JM workout-felt a little tweak in the thighs that wasn't comfortable, PLUS the running/walking that occurred today in the crazy heat UP and down 15% grade hills)

5) Nightly pushups/situps/flutter kicks to get ready for my situps/pushups part of the test.

My goal is to get a 90% on this test, but last year was kind of a fluke (I think) that I scored above a 90%. Let's see... to get a 90.1% I'll need...
Waist Measurement: 31.5
Pushups: 35
Situps: 54
Run: 14:45

Realistically I think I could do:
Waist Measurement: 33"
Pushups: 30
Situps: 54
Run: 15:30
Which is 81.6%

This PT test will be a challenge in many ways. The waist measurement (see above comment regarding weight gain), and everything really! If by the end of July I cannot run comfortably (jaw pain wise) then I'll take the test walking. The situps and pushups are hard because I haven't done them, and the pain associated with the jaw surgery (clenching muscles while doing those exercises), and situps from the hip graft. But I gotta give it my best.

Anyway, just wanted to send an update to the SP world and friends... so ya'll knew what was going on! And could help keep me accountable emoticon

Thanks all! Night night!

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ALPINESALLIE 7/23/2012 6:09PM

    I'm such a loser for just getting to reading this blog now, because I love your honesty! You go girl! I'm so proud of you! I can't wait to see you darling!

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HEALTHYSLIM2 7/17/2012 11:35PM

    Sorry it took me so long to check in! Hope it is going well and you are being gentle with yourself. Heck, if I had my jaw wired shut I think I would have totally gone a bit overboard when I got to eat again. Just saying...

As for me - just back from a cruise where I ate like food was going out of style - just trying to get back to where I was. UGH!!!!!
It's tough.

Hang in there.
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TAT2DOLLFACE 7/3/2012 12:16PM

    You are going to do awesome! It is so good to have a support system like you during my weight loss adventure...I should call it a get fit adventure because that is what I really be fit. I hope I can be as motivating to you as you are to me!

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CONRADBURK 7/2/2012 8:18AM

    Good luck with the tracking. Tracking really works!
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CINDYTW 7/2/2012 12:02AM

  emoticonWe can do this!

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LEANJEAN6 7/1/2012 10:24PM

    You go girl!!!

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MYBULLDOGS 7/1/2012 10:16PM


my sister walks 15,000 steps a day at 63 years old and has lost 100 pounds.

i gave up grain and sugary products and have lost 44 pounds at age 60.

we are both still loosing weight until we reach our goal


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oh my!

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

I can't believe it's already Wednesday (as my friend Salbatross pointed out!).

But then again, I can. Yesterday the hubby left for Hawaii, so this morning was my first real morning of being a single parent...aka getting ready for work AND getting the kid dropped off at daycare AND getting to work on time for physical training. *phew* thankfully, made it out the door by 555 and at work by 635, giving me some reflection time journaling and reading the Bible to get some clarity. (that's a whole nother blog).

Anyway. Being cut free on Friday wasn't too big of a deal. I forgot they give you rubber bands after the wires come off, and then later they take off the arch bars. Right now it's set for Friday, but it was a little rushed because of the trip to Hawaii (although I did ask them before I bought my plane tickets). So right now, rubber bands at night, and my mouth is getting cut open while I talk and eat. Thankfully I grabbed some wax from the ortho office on post. *phew*

Speaking of getting cut free, I may have gone a little crazy eating everything in sight. I'm used to being wired shut, and having my calories naturally being I could eat anything. Literally, if I could get some in my mouth, it'd be okay since I wouldn't be able to eat it all. So now that I can "eat" I was eating anything and everything (even PHOOD emoticon) and this morning when I stepped on the scale-it was a WAKEUP call. 156. When I was between 149/150 on Friday. That's like 6-7lbs in 6 days!!

So today during journalling I made a game plan, and I tried to remember what my Made to Crave said... I am EMPOWERED to make healthy choices, not DEPRIVED. During work, I intentially drank 1 Liter of water before eating breakfast (after my couch to 5k workout this morning)... I spaced out breakfast and lunch... and am on my third liter of water (going home soon).

I resisted the brownies, the cake, the potato and macaroni salad, and the chips. All salty phake phood that have been calling my name since I walked into work. Thank goodness I'm almost headed home!

Anyway. I needed to confess. I'm not going to change my weight tracker until Sunday, before we drive down to my girlfriend's house to spend the night (she lives in Nashville, and she's driving kid and I to the airport). I think another factor of the weight gain (although not SIX lbs of it!) is the TOM. I always tend to gain 1-2lbs... along with those unharnassed cravings... a recipe for failure.

Well, that's my confession... I AM excited for Hawaii... and it made saying goodbye to hubby that much easier knowing I'd see him in a week.

Adios ya'll!

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CINDYTW 5/4/2012 10:14AM

  Glad you can eat again! I hope you gt it back in control!

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HEALTHYSLIM2 5/2/2012 5:43PM

    It is SO possible that a lot more than 1-2 lbs of that is 'water weight"... just think what your body is doing with all that sudden influx of calories!
It's just adjusting... hang in there and I think adjusting your tracker later is a GREAT idea.
SO GLAD to hear how great you are doing!!
I want to invite other Hawaii Saparkers to Kapiolani Park, too... so maybe we'll have a mini Spark Rally!!
See ya soon...

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ALPINESALLIE 5/2/2012 5:18PM

    Awe Bren! I am excited for you to get to go to HI! It will be great!

Don't stress about the weight gain! The more I stress out about mine, the more I wanna just eat. We just gotta stick together :-)

Have a great trip and stay strong! Just be portion conscious with your Phood and you'll be fine darling!

Miss you!

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Tomorrow is the *BIG* day....

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Aka my grand re-opening (as my dad in law put it). I say re-opening because this is the second glorious time I've been wired shut, although last time I had braces on, so the cutting free was fairly different.

Sadly I had a hard time sleeping last night, and again, woke up with a crazy tension headache. After some excedrin, water, and grabbing an ice pack, I headed back to bed. Where I slept for another 2.5 hours. Thank goodness! Because we don't have curtains in our house... I know I know, we're lame/weird or something.. our bedroom gets the morning sun. Which believe me is fantastic, unless you want to sleep in! So I normally can't sleep past 8 and that's pushing it... normally up by 7. But having the ice pack over my eyes helped block out all light... allowing me extra sleep. I also think tension headache is associated with the increase in talking I've been doing since returning to work (slightly). Yesterday I was feeling like poo after my early arrival in the morning- so I only went in later in the afternoon-just to do some email stuff.

Today I'll be in for a little bit, since I have a teleconference at 2. Hopefully there won't be much talking... cause it's difficult to understand me over the phone :/

Definitely looking forward to tomorrow, being able to yawn, brush the inside of my teeth, and being able to just generally open my mouth and put something in side, instead of having to strain liquids through my teeth, or put food into my little hole on the side.

Indeed, freedom won't come easy... I'll have to do physical therapy to get my muscles used to opening again, and chewing will be hard, and I can't eat hard stuff (aka raw vegetables)... but still so very exciting!

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LILPAT3 5/1/2012 10:59AM

    Hang in there and feel better!

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HELE_LANAKILA 4/29/2012 10:53AM

    Hope it's all going well. Feel better soon. emoticon

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ALPINESALLIE 4/26/2012 4:09PM

    It sounds like such a big unwiring process, but it sounds like you know what to expect and where to go from here.... just don't loose your positivity and strength. XOXO, and I'm always here for you if you ever need to chat!

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THENEWMANDA 4/26/2012 3:09PM

    I know exactly how you are feeling. I had my jaw wired shut when I was 14 because I got kicked in the face by a horse. Worst 8 weeks of my life! I hope the unwiring goes well for you. I had a horribly tramatic experience with that part of it so prayers that it goes smoothly for you. Enjoy the freedom, I know I did!

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BRENDARK 4/26/2012 1:29PM

    Thank you so much! Thankfully, all I have today at work is that teleconference, afterwards it will be a resting time-unless my dear friend and I go for a walk. But it has definitely taken its toll on me emotionally as well. Super stoked!

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HEALTHYSLIM2 4/26/2012 1:23PM

    Oh Boy! SOOOOOOOOOOO excited for you.
It sounds like a pretty involved procedure just getting unwired (or whatever you call it), so I will be praying for you.
Take it easy. Try to be as gentle with yourself today as you possibly can, so you're rested up and ready for the big event!

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seven days!

Friday, April 20, 2012

I find it hard to believe that this time next week I'll be in the car, driving down to Nashville in order to get my wires taken off. The process is a little more than just being "cut free," since I no longer have braces... the arch bars are actually wrapped around the roots of my teeth, under the gums. Ho yup yup yup... you think about getting those off... For that reason, I'll be under while they cut and wiggle my mouth free.

And of course, I won't be able to just go out, and eat a whopper (although, not like I'd want to eat a whopper per say), but you get my drift right? I'll be likely to only be able to open my mouth a few cm, maybe an inch when I'm first cut free, and will have to work on getting my muscles all stretched out and able to open and all that goodness. I am however, plotting to grab some Pancake Pantry sweet potato pancakes (totally not Paleo, I know), and bring them home... in order to enjoy some nice soft deliciousness once we get back to Clarksville.

Anyway. I'm looking forward to being free. Perhaps more importantly, looking forward to being healthy and able-bodied again. But I have been walking everyday this week. Mostly doing a 1.3mi loop around the neighborhood, and I started doing an upper body workout, then the next day part of Jillian's 6 Week 6 Pack. I'm hoping to continue alternating it over the next couple weeks, so I can build up my strength without seriously overstraining my jaw.

More importantly, I'm looking forward to heading down to my favorite Franklin's Farmer Market on Saturday. We're having some friends (well a college friend traveling with her parents) stop by on Sunday, so I'm making some (grassfed) meatloaf, salad greens, and mashed red potato/cauliflower. I'll be picking up some fantastic greens from the market (I need to get the name of the salad lady), seriously her greens are SO soft, and some meat.

Tonight we have a volunteer event at our community's "River & Spires" an annual event with whatevers. Booths and stuff. That'll be interesting. o_O anyway.

Yesterday I did a "half" day at work. Although I'm still on medical leave, my boss asked if I was well enough to attend training that was being held, and I said yes. Then we talked about me going back to work part time next week. Seems doable, although I'll definitely need to prepare enough juice for it. (I'm out of greens!) Thankfully today is a day off, cause I think I need it to recover. Anyway. It should help pass the time next week.

That's about it for me. Aloha!

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JLZILLA 4/26/2012 12:09AM

    Thanks for sharing your story. I'm glad you're doing so well!

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HELE_LANAKILA 4/25/2012 9:37AM

    Hope the removal of the arch wires went well and that your jaw is recovering nicely. You are quite the inspiration, by the way.


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CINDYTW 4/20/2012 10:24PM

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ORGANIC811LFRV 4/20/2012 8:06PM

    That is all awesome news hon. So happy that you are so light about your ordeal. I'd be a basket case and truly would want to chomp down on some potatoes - cooked! Can you believe it? Me?? LOL

You've been a real trooper. Hooray for this almost being over for you.

Keep the blogs coming. We want to know how you are doing.

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HEALTHYSLIM2 4/20/2012 1:47PM

    You are doing so GREAT! Proud of you, and SO HAPPY FOR YOU that it's only one more week!
My little corner of the world got really hectic and all of a sudden I can't find time to spark with my friends the way I'd like to... but you've been in my prayers.
When time allows I will read more of your blogs, and get more caught up with you. Plus - you inspire me, always.

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