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Working it Out: Monday

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Mondays are usually rather harsh but this weekís start was tough. It started out with getting the husbandís final items packed and out the door for a business trip. His work doesnít tend to take him away much but when it does happen, itís very sad. This is the first trip he has taken by himself without me. For me, the beauty of being a freelancer is that I can take my office on the road and it doesnít matter much. So taking him to his office so he could receive a company car was really tough on me. Additionally, our local bakery wasnít open so we had to go to Krispy Kreme Donuts to take for all the people going. I spread junk food to other people, I felt terrible. (At least I sent a ton of homemade vegan goodies to snack on for health and nutrition.)

When I returned home I wasnít hungry for breakfast so I decided to relieve some stress by going to the gym. Exercise doesnít come naturally to me so I have to push myself to do it when stressed. Iím a binge eater when sad/depressed so this was very monumental for me. It occurred to me that I could just sit at home pouting, as I ate a copious amounts of junk food, or I could enjoy myself out-and-about and completely crash at night. It seemed to have worked.

My workout consisted of 3 miles on the treadmill in 33 minutes. That was an average of 11 min/mile. In reality I do about a 12 min/mile and then speed up every few minutes until Iím running about a 9 min/mile. Unfortunately about 2.5 miles into the run (I had planned 4-6) the maid came into our tiny gated-community gym. She was a little aggravated I was using the gym in the morning when she wanted to clean so she was spraying lots of harsh chemicals right next to me. I even got off and used a weight to crack open the doorway for fresh air. Even a small joking comment that the chemicals were so strong didnít work to get my point across that my coughing was due to the chemicals instead of a cold. I ended up lifting some weights for about 10 minutes and just couldnít handle it anymore when she started to use the vacuum near my feet. Haha I gave in and left earlyÖ

Next I went home and got to some work in my home office. It didnít last long though before the furry baby was begging to go outside for our morning walk. 1.25 miles down the road and back in the sunshine was very refreshing and the pooch was thrilled. Back home I made a simple lunch and got off to the zoo.

Mondays are free for local residents in Cleveland so it was the perfect day for my husband to leave. Hello free entertainment! Normally it is packed with young parents pushing their young ones in strollers but due to the occasional rain-shower, it was basically just a few people. I walked around for about 2.5-3 hours being entertained by the animals. Or was I the entertainment, Iím not sureÖIt was a pleasure to be able to see Godís wonderful creations while listening to my spiritual music on my iPod. I decided to leave about 30 minutes before the zoo closed because the rain poured and my feet were soaked. Thankfully I knew there was a hot bath waiting for my return so I wasnít sad.

An hour in a hot bath and a simple salad dinner was a great ending to the day. Unfortunately later in the evening, when I was really sitting around the house alone, I did have some snacks. I had half a homemade vegan lemon poppy seed muffin, one serving of chips and a small 90 calorie can of coke. It was wrong but Iím thankful that I realized what I was doing and stopped after the first few things eaten. Iím still working on my issues with food but thankfully I see progress with overeating.

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LINDZW11 1/24/2012 3:30PM

    I think you did an awesome job! Girl, I like to eat with every emotion I feel. Happy, sad, stressed, you name it! But at least you made up with it by all the calories you burned! I didn't even get to the gym yesterday. The cold rain, for the 5th day in a row, really got to me & I just couldn't pull myself out of the funk long enough to go. So today, I've got to work extra hard! Hope your having a wonderful day so far:)

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NATPLUMMER 1/24/2012 11:35AM

    Good job nipping that eating in the bud...I have a tough time doing that. At least you got out and about and burned some calories.

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Happy Chinese New Years!!!!

Monday, January 23, 2012

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    You too; thanks! Lovely colorful pictures :-)

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2WHEELEDSHARON 1/23/2012 9:57PM

    Ok, I'm in! I love passion, excitement and energy!

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NATPLUMMER 1/23/2012 11:23AM

    Happy New Year!! I even had some black sesame candy yesterday to celebrate. Unfortunately our mostly Vietnamese neighborhood was setting off firecrackers all night. Not much sleep for me.

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Weekly Measurement Update

Monday, January 23, 2012

Isn't it grande that we are still here and it's the end of January? emoticon Yesterday my husband and I took to an outdoor mall and noticed that all the stores had discount sales on exercise goods. Unfortunately Dick's Sporting Goods didn't have running clothes on sale (darn!) but Barnes and Nobles did have a whole section of weight loss/diet books on sale right in the front of the store. If one didn't pay attention, one would literally run right into the table that showcased all the sale items (it was just that close to the front).

I'm still going strong in finding the right exercise/food plan that works for me in my current level of "finding me". Of the late I have fallen into the running plan. I'm planning on setting up a date to achieve my second half marathon. I'm not sure I'm just ready for the dedication it takes to run a marathon. By the end of fall maybe but for now my eyes are stuck on a half a marathon again. I run at least 3-5 times a week and take the weekends off from serious workouts. On non-running days I try to get in some yoga, weight lifting, walking and exercise ball workouts. I'm up to 6 miles for my longest run days.

Eating has been much easier for me. I try to fit in as many vegetables and fruits as humanly possible. It's hard to get a lot of variety into my diet seeing that it is winter but I'm making due. My favorite foods right now are Jazz apples (sweet like candy) and Artisan lettuce. Both of these we purchase in bulk from Sam's Club for a reasonable price. I try to eat at least one lettuce salad a day with a piece of vegan protein (like a chicken-free patty or TVP). Yum! As far as snacking, I'm sticking to tea and popcorn. It seems to be working just great!

I feel wonderful and I can tell that my stomach is not as bloated and I am starting to see more definition each week on my stomach. For my measurements (whatever they are worth):
thigh .5 down
chest: same
upper arm: same
weight: 1.4 down
waist: same
hips: 1 up
neck: 1 down
waist to hip ratio .02 down
body fat %: .17 down

I wish you all a Happy Chinese New Year! Let's find the dragon in all of us!

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Pizza a Vegetable

Friday, January 20, 2012

This is probably an old video but I just found it today. So cute. Congress declared pizza a vegetable a few months back thanks to the sodium drenched (usually) tomato sauce. Watch the cute video here:

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JSPEED4 1/20/2012 10:04AM

    The sodium is the problem, and they need to realize that it's a lot of bread on the plate, too!

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NATPLUMMER 1/20/2012 9:17AM


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It Can Only Get Better...

Thursday, January 19, 2012

It's been one of those weeks that I question if the world has shifted slightly and the planets are not aligned correctly. I've always wanted to learn more about astrology and Chinese horoscopes but never had the full attention span to actually study it. emoticon So, this is all I can say about the last two days of my trials with working out and writing blog entries.

So, Tuesday afternoon it was more than gorgeous out for a January day. It's mid-winter here so we are supposed to have a few feet of snow by this time of year. It's very irregular to have 57F/14C and a full, cloudless sky of sunshine. At lunchtime I took the furry baby out for a nice 1.25 mile walk and she was having the time of her life!

Then the husband came home an hour early so we could go outside for a nice warm workout. His knee is still healing so he was on his bike and I was running alongside him. Even though his pain, he still comes out with me to exercise - can I say "Best Husband Award" winner! We got about a mile away from our house and the sunshine dulled and was covered by these gloomy black clouds. We contemplated what we should do but thankfully we turned around for home. I was disappointed that I didn't get my long run in today but ran faster than normal just for more of a burn. I jumped in the shower and all of a sudden the lights started a disco show in the bathroom. A big bang and then we were out of electricity for the next 4-5 hours! It was interesting just enough to finish my shower in the dark and then make a candlelight dinner. Yes cooking by the light of a candle - thankfully we have a gas stove so with the strike of a match we had a working stove. It was a fun adventure and boy are we glad we turned around when we did!

Later we found out that the winds (that we exercised in) got up to around 60 MPH! I did notice the wind was incredibly fighting me - I thought I was just lighter due to the loss of a few pounds. Lol

Then Wednesday night I gave up going outside for a run. It was around 18F/-8C outside, so not going out in that temperature! Plus, my stomach was a little upset so an inside workout would be perfect. When I got to the gym, nothing was working again so I had to get someone to flip the fuse box switch to get the tv's and treadmills working. It's a small gym in our gated community so when they got a few new pieces of equipment they didn't make adjustments for the extra needed power. It's free with our community fees so what can I say... Then I turned on the heat since it was turned off and 55F/13C - grrrr... Then the darn thing persistently ran hot heat for the entire time I was there - pushing it out right on to me. Again, bad design. I stuck to my schedule and ran 6 miles - I felt great running the first 5 but the last 1 was more challenging because I was so hot due to the heater. When I stopped, my stomach was cramping up and I could barely move after I got my cool-down walk completed. I did some yoga to loosen things up while my husband finished up his biking before going home.

When I got home my stomach was so sore. It was all I could do to take a shower sitting down and then get dinner prepped. The darling hubby took over the last few steps as I laid under a heated blanket. I couldn't move or eat for about three hours after my run. This happens a few times when I run more than normal but running 6 miles is normal to me now so I'm guessing the heat really did it in for me. The cramps were so strong my husband kept asking if I wanted to go see a doctor. Poor guy was so worried.

This morning, I'm feeling much better and thankfully no more cramps as of yet. The last two days have been very trivial but thankfully I'm keeping positive and making sure I don't stop now just because a few things have gotten in the way.


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2WHEELEDSHARON 1/19/2012 1:57PM

    What a guy! And what a cute puppy.
Boo cramps and heat! I'm glad you're not letting it stop you. Keep up the great work:)

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NATPLUMMER 1/19/2012 10:23AM

    Yes, the husband is definitely a keeper :-)
Glad you're tummy is feeling better today.

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LINDZW11 1/19/2012 10:10AM

    emoticon You can do it!!

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