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Do I get a star?

Saturday, January 07, 2012

Today did not go as planned. About an hour out of Auckland the car was handling funny and making noises. We pulled into a car place and found out that we needed 4 new tires ($$$) and it would take an hour. Crap. So we ended up in Tauranga 10 minutes before the wedding, instead of an hour before. Lunch was skipped and we ended up with McDonalds for lunch while driving home. Lunch totalled 600cal (chicken burger, small fries and a diet sprite). Car snacking was minimal and we stopped for a fruit smoothie instead of coffee.

I would say with a small dinner I would be within my calories. So, you guys decide. Star or no star? I DID have McDonalds.

Be honest.

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CARLA-216 1/9/2012 2:43PM

    I think you get a star. You did really well under the circumstances!

So sorry about having the expense of having to get new tires.

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TWINSMOMMY607 1/8/2012 4:03PM

    I say you get a star, you didn't totally blow it and sometimes you have to deal with what life gives you!

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    I'm inclined to say that you get one. Life isn't going to run smoothly and adhere to a plan. Stuff happens, and it's how we roll with the punches that determines if we really have made a lifestyle shift. You kept your calories in range despite lousy options. Star it up!

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Interesting fact

Friday, January 06, 2012

Apparently, you have to hold a stretch for 14 seconds, minimum, before it has any impact. 14 seconds is how long it takes for your muscles to relax. I was told this yesterday by my boss who used to study sports and nutrition, and thought I would try it after my run. Couldn't hurt, right?

Well it worked. I held each stretch for a count of 20 and this morning I have nearly no pain in my legs. Usually I struggle to walk up and down my stairs, but this morning I just walked on up the stairs.

I knew that you had to hold a stretch for a while, but never really did it until I was told WHY you need to stretch for so long, and exactly how to you need to hold it for.

Hope this helps someone!

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 1/6/2012 7:11PM

    Interesting, but makes sense. Thanks for sharing

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LOSING_N_KONA 1/6/2012 3:20PM

    Thanks for the information...I'm better with follow through too when I know the WHY.


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ALICIA214 1/6/2012 1:47PM


Good to know. Thanks for sharing.

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STOCKSROCK 1/6/2012 1:46PM

    Thanks fr the info!

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REDHOTDIVA 1/6/2012 1:42PM

    Great info - thanks for sharing!

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Its a 2 star kinda day!

Friday, January 06, 2012

Or a 2 starfish kinda day. Coz thats all I can find in the emotions. Come on spark, give us a gold star!

emoticon Ate well. Had a more filling breakfast which held me over longer. Smoothies are quick and delish, but not filling. Wish I could have dairy; yogurt would probably make it stick to my ribs a bit more. Dinner was a bit bad, but I didn't cook it, and kinda have to go with the flow. It was crumbed chicken, which had been panfried, but I left as much of a crumbed bit as I could and tucked into the veggies.

emoticon I got my ass off the bed (I hang out in my room a lot) and went for a walk around the block with a few running bursts in there. Took a very hilly route so I walked uphill and jogged the flat and downhill bits. Compromise. It makes the world go round.

So, in short, I got 2 stars!

Tomorrow I am going to Tauranga (about 3 hours away) for a wedding. So, 6 hours in the car. Hope to get some walking done in Tauranga though, as I think that walking is the best way to see a new town. I have only been to Tauranga once, and I was like 9, so it is more or less a new town. I have to research lunch places so that I can find a healthy option. Don't want to be caught off guard! Also need to stop in at the supermarket and get some nice, healthy car snacks!

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OUTDOORSY_DAD 1/6/2012 3:12PM

    Great that your planning ahead and getting yourself some car snacks. Have a great time at the wedding.

Outdoorsy Dad

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CARLA-216 1/6/2012 9:20AM

    You could add some beans into your smoothie to up the protein. Start with small amounts and add more as you find you can tolerate the fruit/bean combo. I use something like garbanzo beans, navy beans, or cannellini beans.

Have fun at the wedding and exploring the town!

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TWINSMOMMY607 1/6/2012 7:41AM

    Sounds like the plan is working for you. Have fun at the wedding!

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 1/6/2012 5:44AM

    Have fun at the wedding!

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I ate dessert and STILL get a star

Thursday, January 05, 2012

I went out for dinner with my girlfriend tonight. I prepared. I ate light all day because I knew that I would go a little nuts at dinner. I ended up ordering a half portion (YAY for half portions!) of linguine with calamari in a tomato sauce. The half portion was the perfect size, and I ate every bite. Then the dessert menu came around. We were going to share but couldn't agree on what to have, so I had a whole dessert. I enjoyed, savoured and LEFT SOME BEHIND. I was done, so I didn't force myself to finish the whole thing. YAAAAY. I'd say that gets me a star, no?

So to recap:

B- Smoothie ("Thats not breakfast!", my workmate exclaimed. I reminded him that a cigerette wasn't lunch. Yeah, that shut him up!)

S- Muesli bar

L- Pita with hummus, smoked chicken and feta (this made all my workmates say "yuuuuum, what is that"?!). I toasted it and the feta went all melty.

S - Wonton soup

D - The pasta, and then dessert

I think I did well so I am giving myself a star. No exercise star, I have been out all day :( Will try for a a walk tomorrow!

P.S I gave myself an exercise star yesterday. I walked to my massage (thanks mum!) and then walked the long way home, for a total of 25 minutes walking. Not at pace, but still better than driving the 500m up the road!!

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BARCLE 1/5/2012 4:02PM

    emoticon HAPPY NEW YEAR dudette.

Soooo, you in for the quarter marathon this year??? Sunday 28 October just in case you're wondering emoticon

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    I knew you'd work it out! Awesome!

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CARLA-216 1/5/2012 2:02PM

    emoticonGreat job!

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TWINSMOMMY607 1/5/2012 8:53AM

    I find that if I deprive myself I go crazy, so I allow myself a little bit here and there. I find that it helps keep me on track!!

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BUSYGRANNY5 1/5/2012 8:06AM

    Life changes begin one choice at a time and to be truly successful need to be ones we can maintain... Good for you for your positive choices and still enjoying yourself!


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MRS.PRINCIPAL 1/5/2012 5:50AM

    Sounds sticker worthy to me.

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Will power is...

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Having a giant box of chocolates and only eating 3.

See? OK there are 6 missing, but the boyfriend had the other 3, I swear.

So I had a treat AND still earned my sticker yesteray. Yay for me!

Currenty sipping on a smoothie and trying to decide what exercise I want to do today. I'm thinking a gym session!

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OUTDOORSY_DAD 1/6/2012 5:24AM

    Way to go with the willpower. You definitely need a lot of it just now. With the amount of chocolate in this house just now it looks like we are warehousing for Cadburys.

Great Job

Outdoorsy Dad

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CARLA-216 1/4/2012 11:08AM

    Great job! I bow to you because right now I know if that box o' chocolates was in my mitts, they'd be history!

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 1/3/2012 7:26PM

    Way to stay on track! I say a scratch and sniff sticker (LOVE THOSE) in chocolate scent!

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