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Thursday, June 10, 2010

emoticonTraining -
Okay, so I've got this book by Prevention called "Walk Off Weight." I've had it for a while, used it a little before (I think this was where I got hooked on Yoga, thank you very much!) but never considered the back page, until now. The back page has a "Train to Walk a Half Marathon" Training Plan. Seriously. They want me to consider walking 13.1 miles? WTF, dude?

And then I got on Spark, and I read some blogs, and I started moving my own body, and I realized that this isn't out of the realm of possibility. (Does any race allow walking only in a half-marathon, though?) While this isn't in my very near future (I know my body, it isn't ready!), I thought maybe I could tweak this to match my goal to walk a 5K by the end of summer, or thereabouts.

Week One looks like this:
Sun - Easy Walk (15 minutes)
Mon - X-Train (20 minutes)
Tues - Brisk Walk (30 minutes)
Wed - Rest
Thurs - Brisk Walk (30 minutes)
Fri - Rest
Sat - Endurance Walk (3 miles)

What if I changed that endurance walk to 2 miles. I can do that right now. It's hard, but I can do it. At least keep 2 miles for the first week before I increase to 2.5 the next week, right? And maybe scale back the brisk walks a bit to start. Say maybe 20 minutes each? Oh, and the rest days...yeah, those have to go. *lol* Remember, I'm doing 30 in 30 this month. I will try to do something a little lighter those days, though. Relaxation yoga or my inStride cycle or something that isn't too rough on me. Thoughts from my runner friends? If this goes well, I'd increase the brisk walk time and the endurance mileage every 2 weeks or so.

No, seriously. What is the deal with tofu? Does anyone even eat it? I'm not against it - not at all - I'm just wondering how the heck you cook this stuff! WTF, dude? I'll be perfectly honest with you - tofu scares me as an ingredient. I like it in my Miso Soup (which I don't eat anymore -- all that sodium! YIKES!) but that's about where that ends. Thoughts? Recipes? Ideas? Agreement with my fear?

That's what I was last night. I was one tough daughter of a gun! I had the same stomach turning feeling on the way to class last night ("PLEASE don't let it happen again! PLEASE!!"), but I went in, handed over my money and grabbed a spot in the back next to a girl I would KILL to look like! (She probably thought she was fat and was probably there to tone up, but she was drop-dead gorgeous! Wish I had the balls or even the thought process last night to lean over and tell her that she was beautiful...but I wasn't thinking straight so you'll have to forgive me for the missed opportunity! If I see her again, though - it's on like Donkey Kong!)

As I said, I tried to be very careful of the knee. No jumping, no kicking too hard, certainly no turning! All in all, everything went well. I have to say, it's a little embarrasing when you're in the back and the whole class turns around and you realize they are now staring at you and probably wondering why YOU aren't turning around. But I did what I had to and I lasted through the entire hour. There were some parts in which I far exceeded several of the skinny chicks on the floor (flexibility is always one - plus the punching part -- OMG I *love* punching! And, surprisingly, the squating...I went deep into those squats because it felt good and I could. I know this helps my knee too, so I went all out on it!). I surprised myself when I asked for the time at the break and realized I'd already made it through 35 minutes!

I did it, y'all! I completed a (completely modified) Zumba class! And...shhh...don't tell anyone this but...I can't wait to go Saturday morning!! Sucks they'll be taking next week off (thought it was this week, it's next week! SUCK!)

emoticonTai Chi
Does anyone do this? It really looks great. Like Yoga, it has that feeling-centered-don't-really-realize-you'
re-working-out vibe to it. Anyone tried it? Likes? Dislikes? Don't cares?

What's your favorite kind? How do you take it? I'm a little bit of Truvia and lightly brewed kinda girl and I'm wondering if this defeats the whole purpose of tea, like hubby seems to think it does, or if it's actually good for me to drink tea. (Certainly better than some other things I can think of!)

emoticon Welp. That's it. Take 'er easy, everyone. Talk to you later. Truck on! Tee you later! *snort*

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    I keep putting off Zumba cause of my back - but seeing how you've just gone in their and done it, loved it, makes me wonder what the heck I'm waiting for.

Tai Chi - I think you'd like it. There are different forms - schools or types. It actually requires lots of control and balance. There is this popular kung fu form that I want to learn - look up "Kung Fu Fan Dance" on youtube and you'll see what I am talking about.

Tofu - for me, I am big on a foods texture. Tofu is mostly tasteless, so you can flavor it anyway you want. But no matter how you cook it, it still has a texture I don't care for. Same with mushrooms and tomatoes. Dress them up anyway you like, but they still make me gag.

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BECKYB73 6/11/2010 12:30AM

    You're really starting to sell me on this Zumba thing...but not enough to make me relish the idea of sweating and I am a terrible sweater...speaking of sweaters, you shoulda seen some of the ones I rocked back in the late 80s!

I've been looking for a Tai Chi class for months now...if I find one first, I'll totally let you know all the deets.

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SOON2BEFITSLP 6/11/2010 12:15AM

    You are one creative person when it comes to blogs! You always keep it interesting! Tofu freaks me out a little, I accidentally had some at school....a little too odd for me, but my vegetarian friend Hana thinks it's awesome. As for tea, I love CHAI TEA....which really is NOT tea at all...but I LOVE IT!!!'s awesome...anyway, I was never a big tea person until my friend took me to an organic grocery and showed me Yogi. It is 100% natural herbal tea. My favorite is the Throat Comfort! Ps...the best part of your blog was the ending...ha ha ha.

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BAYBELIEVER 6/10/2010 11:16PM

    Just my two cents worth: Training: I started this process about 7 weeks ago and on my first day of exercise I could barely walk 0.75 miles and it took 22 minutes! But every day (yes, every day) I got out there and got madder and madder at myself and just kept adding a few steps a day. BUT, that being said, I think I should NOT have been going every day. I think a day of rest is important. After 3 weeks I was forced to take 2 days off when my knee just wouldn't cooperate. So, I listen better to my body now. But now this week I have walked 3-3.33 miles each day for 4 days! Who would have thought it possible 7 weeks ago? Not me! It is amazing how quickly our body adapts. Not without feeling those adjustments, but I can say now there are improvements every day.
Tofu: Not a big fan. I used it to replace hamburger sometimes in spaghetti or lasagne, but I would prefer ground turkey now. So unless you are vegetarian, I just feel there are better choices.
Tough: Love it! Yeah, the class should just help support you. I have been amazed in my walking in public (the hardest thing I have done in a long time) how accepting other walkers, runners, and bicyclist have been. They seem to understand that I am up off my big butt doing something and that is a great thing!

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AKJADE 6/10/2010 6:22PM

    I also like tofu in my miso, and I actually tried a recipe with tofu in it, ish. can't do it.

I like green tea as well! emoticon

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RAVENSONG37 6/10/2010 2:44PM

    So, here's a shock: I have a comment for each point! Can I first say that I ADORE you and your openness? I do! I ADORE you! K, here I go - lookout: Opinions to follow!

Training: Having a training plan helps us to increase slowly which limits the risk of injury but also pushes us to continuously do more. I'm willing to say that if you sign up for a half-marathon, I will come and walk it with you! You should totally be able to walk a 5km by the end of the summer. Our bodies respond SO quickly when we increase slowly!!

Tofu: AWESOME! One of my favourite legumes! So, here are a couple of ways to use it...note, there are several kinds but the difference is simply texture. They are all high in protein and low in fat.
Strawberry cream pie smoothie:
(300 CAL, 23.8g carb, 28g protein, 10.7g fat)

30g vanilla protein powder
4 oz vanilla soy milk
2 oz soft tofu
1/4 c. sliced strawberries
1/4 small banana
1 tsp. flaxseed oil

Mix all ingredients in blender with a few ice cubes!

Garlic, beans, tofu and kale (400 CAL, 38g carbs, 27g protein, 12.8g fat)

2 tsp extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 tsp minced garlic (I add WAAAY more cuz it's delicious!)
1 1/2 c. raw kale, chopped (really green type of cabbage that looks more like produce section)
2 oz. water
1/8 tsp cumin seed
1/8 tsp coriander seed
3/4 c. canned red kidney beans (drained)
5 oz extra firm tofu

Heat olive oil then saute garlic. Add kale, water, cumin and coriander. Add beans and crumbled tofu (Just break it up with your fingers), reduce heat to low and cover. Simmer until kale is tender. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Tough: You are awesome! I'll bet that when people turned around and saw you doing what you could...they were totally inspired that you were there at all. GREAT JOB!

Tai Chi: It's wonderful and centering and peaceful. If you like yoga, you will probably like it!

Tea: I like any green or white tea. My favourite is green tea with jasmine. It's got such a lovely taste. I have learned to drink tea "black" with nothing in it and enjoy the natural flavor. Brewing it lightly or strongly is up to you..there are tons of benefits to drinking tea...but also to drinking hot water! So, take your pick! Also, in the summer I make iced tea by brewing a huge batch of my fav teas (right now I've got pomegranite green tea) then cooling it in the fridge and pouring over ice with a little stevia to sweeten and give me a special cold treat!

Hope this is helpful!

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-SHIMMER-ANN- 6/10/2010 1:27PM

    I love the half marathon goal! Good luck :) And you're so sweet, I bet that girl would love to hear that she's beautiful! And if not, she's lame :P

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SUGIRL06 6/10/2010 11:53AM

    Ha I liked this! You should go through the whole alphabet I think! LoL. So, I think you should take at least 1 complete rest day. Your body needs to heal, even if you don't feel it. Tofu? yuck. Haven't had it yet where I like it. I'll just stick with chicken and fish thanks. And great job at Zumba!!! Know what I think of the skinny girls in my classes? I pretend that they were once overweight like me and they've worked so hard to look like that! Haha, that always makes me feel good. Maybe next time you see her, you should be like "Wow you look great! Can you share your workout plan with me?" so that it doesn't seem creepy-girl-hitting-on-me. LoL. And I'm not a big fan of truvia. It has artificial sweetener in it (ooh do I see an FS blog???)! At least try and get an all natural stevia if you want to use that! Have a great day lady!

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TEAM-SARAH 6/10/2010 11:39AM

    I'm glad you liked your Zumba class. Good for you for trying again! I went running out of my first Zumba class never to return haha. I think you could totally walk a half if you wanted to! You'd have to check the individual courses. I know some courses have a time limit, so depending on what that limit is you would need to know if you could walk whatever minute mile it would be. Others may not and encourage walkers to sign up as well. Either way you can definitely accomplish this!

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KNOWMOREBBK 6/10/2010 10:59AM

    Training - I totally think you can do this. I'm not a runner, but I am most certainly a speed walker. Take it slow and build a little everyday.

Tofu - OMG..I love tofu. I have a great tofu-honey chili that is so healthy and wonderful. I'll dig it up from home and send it to you.

Tough - That is so great! And hopefully no pain with the knee today. I'm so glad that knee didn't give out on you and is cooperating for the time being.


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PRETTYMANDI 6/10/2010 10:16AM

    I am terrified of tofu! I even read a spark article all about tofu but it did not help me to overcome my fears at all!

As for tea, I like green tea or else I like chai tea with almond milk in it.

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Chocolate Milk After Workout?

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Just another excuse to get some chocolate milk up in my house:

*lol* Of course, the trouble is that I would drink it before a workout, and hours after a workout, and with dinner, and with the apple pie my husband bought me yesterday. (OMG - totally forgot to tell you all this story...) So maybe no chocolate milk for me. Maybe just some greek yogurt and a slice of toast or something? Basically, the message is - refuel with carbs and protein...they're just giving the chocolate milk as an example, and probably as a way to make people feel better about enjoying chocolate milk! *lol*

Apple Pie Story, real quick... (If you haven't noticed...I'm not good at 'quick')

You all know these things, right? These things have been a weakness of mine since I was little. I always knew they weren't "good" for me, but they sure tasted good! (I may think differently if I tried one today, but when I was eating whatever crap I wanted, they tasted so good!!) One of these babies packs 470 calories and over 20 grams of fat - not to mention the 36 grams of sugar! I knew, I know these things are no good, no two ways about it.

So hubby comes home yesterday with a little brown bag from the little store down the street. This store is like the old general stores that most people think are quaint now because you never see them anymore. We simply call it Terry's, because that's the name of the fellow who owns the place. Anyhow, he and the boys went down to Terry's to do a little snack shopping while I was gone. It was a mini-celebration for the boys finishing school yesterday. We used to do this all the time (no wonder I got back up over 400 pounds!!), but I've been only buying my Vitamin water and some Fiber One bars on the off chance they have them. Every once in a while I get a Diet Rite...that's about it. So hubby comes to me with that little brown bag and says, "I got you something. I don't know if you can eat it though." I'm thinking "probably not" but I don't say anything...and then out pops that thing up there. AAAAAAAAAH! RUN AWAY! RUN AWAY! (Those were the sirens going off in my head.)

I chuckled I think. Hubby looks at me and says, "" And then he turns it over and says, "I suppose I could've looked at the back to see..." "It's 410 calories, right?" I interject. Nope. Wrong. Off by 60! So it was even worse than I thought it was!! ACK! I don't know what hubby did with that thing. I hope I don't have to see it again. I thought about it twice last night. Even considered cutting it into four pieces and having one piece a night for a few nights. In the end, I just didn't mention it again...and neither did hubby. He's adorable sometimes, and I know he was trying to do something nice, but he's gotta learn that he needs to show me he was thinking of me with non-food items. A nice Vitamin Water would've been great!

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DIANE929 6/10/2010 3:03AM

    I am so proud of you...that was my favorite snack to get as a lil girl too...((Mine was the berry one emoticon))

GOOD 4 YOU!!! emoticon

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PRETTYMANDI 6/9/2010 11:43PM

    My husband pointed out how proud of me he was because we were at 54th Street Bar and Grill this weekend and I was looking at the dessert menu and asked if there is really a little silver unicorn on the cheesecake like in the picture. When they said no I said "well then I don't want it" my husband is like "wow look at you caring more about unicorns than cheesecake. who would have thought we'd see the day?" lol! And he was right. I was never even thinking about the cheesecake! The menu was just standing on the table there and I thought a free unicorn was a cute touch lol

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ITSHOWYOULIVE 6/9/2010 11:00PM

    I use that article to justify an occasional bottle of Bolthouse Farms Chocolate Protein Milk-mmmmm. I think the cost of the bottle helps me drag it out over several workouts instead of downing it all in one gulp!! Way to say no!!

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RAVENSONG37 6/9/2010 10:09PM

    Great job my dear! My favourite protein/carb refueul after a workout is peanut butter on ryevita crisps or almonds and an apple or cottage cheese and berries. Or a good ole fashioned protein shake (with either whey or soy protein) made with skim milk or soy milk if I'm feelin fancy. Just a question...did you tell your dear hubby that next time he's thinking of bringing you a treat that you would like a vitamin water...and what flavour you would like...cuz he won't have a clue if you don't tell him.

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KILA1228 6/9/2010 9:05PM

    Love the story! Great will power saying no! I used to eat the cherry pie. It's hard to say no sometimes but you DID! Good for you!!

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KNOWMOREBBK 6/9/2010 6:35PM

    Too funny. Husbands, doppy but lovable. How can you not love a guy that brings you an apple pie? He probably thought, "It's got fruit in it? It's got to be good." Kind of like that Bill Cosby stand-up act from the 80's where he thought cake was good for breakfast because there were eggs and milk in the batter. Love the hubbies.

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SUGIRL06 6/9/2010 5:37PM

    I woulda eaten the pie. LoL! My weakness is Tastey Cake Cookie Bars. OMG they are awesome in all the 200 calories of cookie goodness!

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KIWIFISH 6/9/2010 5:34PM

  I use chocolate milk as a kind of a "treat" on days when I do a REALLY spectacular workout (usually involving a lot more cardio than usual and a full body strength training set) I just buy the little bitty baby carton that only has a cup in it so I don't have the option to overindulge =3 It's a really nice, sweet pat on the back for doing a good job that won't completely negate the exercise that I did haha!

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    lol its amazing how the folks that want to support us the most; are sometimes clueless. My mother has wanted me to lose weight since I was 12. But she repeatedly will bake desserts with my daughter and then send her home with it. Oh well, maybe someday they will get it. I also wouldn't be able to drink the choc milk in moderation. Some things are just too tempting to have in the house.

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BECKYB73 6/9/2010 3:53PM

    I woulda had dreams about that pie! Seriously, carbs are so not my friend (even less now that I've had my blood work done)...but I want them, I want them like a fat kid wants cake...oh wait...I want that too...and an eclair and...well I need to stop and drink some more water. Yay water.

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TEAM-SARAH 6/9/2010 3:46PM

    Aww well he was just trying to be nice haha. I guess he didn't consider it sabotage! Tell him to get ya flowers next time ;)

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CBAILEYC 6/9/2010 3:39PM

    Hubbies mean well, don't they? Mine offered to pick up a big bag of potato chips for me the other day. emoticon

Yes, of course I love potato chips, but NO I don't want any, thanks for asking, and if you love me, you'll never ask me that question again, please!

As for the chocolate milk, that's interesting! I enjoyed a nice cold glass of Silk soy milk last night after treadmill'ing it. I wonder how chocolate would mix up in it.. hmm.

Fun post! Nice to read you emoticon

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"I need my potassium!" and Other Things My 8-Year-Old Says - W7.D4

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

So a while back (I don't remember how long ago it was and I don't want to look...last week I think) I was asking for suggestions for why I had gained like 2 pounds in a day. (BTW - I'm pretty darn sure it was the sodium.) Someone mentioned Potassium and I looked it up to be sure I was getting enough and see what the symptoms would be if I was not getting enough. While I realized that most of my favorite healthy options were on the list of potassium-rich foods (therefore, not likely to be my problem), I also realized that nearly every single food was something my 8-year-old son refused to eat.

Lately Ethan has been complaining that his "heart" hurts. Okay, now before you call CPS on me for not rushing him to the ER, let me explain. We don't believe in panicking when something hurts on a child. We know enough to be able to try a few things, try to figure out what the cause could be, and then see if we can do a quick home remedy. Just as I'm trying not to put junk food and crap into my system, we do not want our children to constantly be taking medication. (Plus, there's a history in my family of waiting to go to the ER - if you reread my Zumba blog you'll notice that I found out my foot was broken like a day after the injury happened because Mom wanted to see if it was just sprained or something. When the pain continued without letting up, she took me to the ER.)

Let me also tell you that I have a history of hypochondria. I can make myself feel the pain and make my body respond in a certain way. A lot of made up stomach aches as a child in order to receive the attention I felt I was lacking led to real stomache pain and issues. (Add it to the list of cycles I've been trying all my adult life to break.) But even as I write this blog to all of you, my heart has a bit of pain. It started when I began typing about my son, and it will likely end 10 minutes after I finish it - once I think of something else.

ANYWHO -- So when he said his "heart" hurt we asked him questions about what he had eaten, what he had done, what the pain felt like, etc. We then instructed him to lay down with his legs up and see if that helped. It helped. He was better in a matter of minutes. He complained once more about it to me, and again relaxing helped to settle the issue. One more complaint and he would be at the doctor or ER (trust me, it crossed my mind SEVERAL times, but he insisted that he felt better). And then I read about how potassium deficiency can lead to irregular heartbeat, and I did a silly thing then - I mentioned it to him. I told him that he'd have to start eating some more of the foods on the list I had or take a potassium supplement every day to see if that resolved his issues. I also told him the choice belonged to him alone.

For the past week now, my son has been walking around the house grabbing bananas at random and eating them. Asking me "does this have potassium in it?" and holding up an apple. I think I even caught him looking at a nutrition label the other day. And he says outloud, "I'm going to go get a banana. I need my potassium." Later tonight I will ask him if the increased potassium has stopped his "heart" problems (I also put that in quotes because sometimes when you're 8 you think one thing hurts and it's really something his "heart" could be something else that he's mistaking for his heart - you know?).

But all of this has led me to realize that my son wants a healthy life. No, I mean, he really was born to be healthy! My oldest is more susceptible to peer pressure and is already highly addicted to junk food, but my youngest still has a shot. Why? Because he is conscious when he eats. He thinks about the most simple things - What does this have in it? Will it help my body? Do I even really like it? Is it good for me? Will I be hungry five minutes from now after eating this? Am I already full? Do I want seconds? Am I even hungry?

I know people say that kids are born with an instinct to eat properly and that we, the adults, the parents, the people who are supposed to be doing good things for them, teach them how to destroy their bodies and get them addicted to HFCS and other nasty, nasty things. But I guess I didn't see it until my 8 year old started eating bananas. He doesn't *love* bananas. If you offered him the choice between a banana or a sucker he'd likely pick the sucker -- or...or he might reason with you that while the sucker tastes better, the banana contains what his body needs to be healthy. That makes me a very, very proud Momma. (serious tears forming here people!)

I always worried that my kids would be fat and have to go through what I went through, what I'm still going through. And I know I don't have all the answers to make them stay healthy, I know that we're moving in the right direction. Ethan has started training (yes, he calls it training and he set goals for himself, I did not direct him to do this but he has been watching and listening to me a lot!) for football season, which starts at the end of next month. He tries to remember to do 10 cruches, 10 push-ups and 10 leg lifts (and insists that his legs must be exactly 6" off the ground) every day. He always volunteers to go walking with me, and he was DYING to come to Zumba with me last Saturday. (He's going this Saturday, btw...I've decided.)

So I guess my changes have helped create a brighter future for my child. And while I knew that would happen, logically and's just so nice to see the changes happening right before me. These changes are so much more important than inches and pounds lost...because I'm paving the way for a child who may not have to know what it feels like to not know your body, to feel ashamed and embarrased by your weight and withdraw from life. These are the BEST changes!

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DIANE929 6/10/2010 2:22AM

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RAVENSONG37 6/9/2010 10:39PM

    I wish my mom had taught me how to have a healthy relationship with food, exercise and my own body. Your hubby and you can set amazing examples for the boys and it sounds like you are well on your way!! I suggest making the radical shift to eliminate crap food from your home...if it's not healthy for you, why would you feed it to the people you love the most in this world? If the kids complain...tough boogers...they will find healthy stuff that they like instead!! That's just my two cents only kids are dogs and they don't mind when I change their food! :P

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    what a great blog. Its so nice to how our changes are affecting our families too. You should be sooo proud. emoticon

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  LMAO @ grabbing bananas for potassium. That's one super cute kid!

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CALLIKIA 6/9/2010 1:24PM

    Oh, and for the record - I'm not giving up on Logan. I still drag him along on our outings and, honestly, he likes a wider variety of healthy food than Ethan does...Logan (10) was the child who, when I was pregnant with him, made me crave salads and fruits. I lost 45 pounds in my first trimester with him, much to the chagrin of my doctors, btw! *lol* I just meant that Ethan is consciously thinking about these things. I think if I leave Logan be, steering him in the right direction as much as possible, he will figure things out on his own and naturally make better decisions. (He, unlike his brother, LOVES bananas...we call him "monkey" sometimes because he'll eat a bunch a week if I don't stop him! *lol*)

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BECKYB73 6/9/2010 12:58PM

    You, my dear are a KICK ASS PARENT! (and having worked for CPS before, I can tell you I know a good one when I see 'em!)

I'm so proud of you and Ethan!!!

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ERIN1128 6/9/2010 12:06PM

    So daughter who just turned 6, and I constantly struggle with the desire to make sure she doesn't get fat, versus the fear of instilling weight paranoia in her and making her anorexic by the time she's 12. Sounds like you're doing a great job!

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TEAM-SARAH 6/9/2010 12:02PM

    This is wonderful! It sounds like you are setting a positive example for Ethan. I hope you can help your oldest child make some lifestyle changes as well! The sooner the better

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MAZDAWD50 6/9/2010 11:52AM

    Great story! I am so glad that the Spark is being passed on to your son. There is nothing better than watching your children "choose" to do what is right and good for them. Helps us parents to know that we really are doing the right things too and taking some of the pressure off us to be constantly "nagging" them in the right direction.

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KNOWMOREBBK 6/9/2010 11:51AM

    So true... Eating right and exercising is passed down from generation to generation. My mother was overweight, my grandmother was overweight, and I see it in my own child. I love that my own son is now becoming very calorie aware. Plus we have little competitions on the elliptical to see who can go farther. Hopefully we will both break the cycle and our kids and their kids will benefit from all of the choices we make now. Makes me want to go exercise.

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PRETTYMANDI 6/9/2010 11:44AM

    How wonderful, that would make me one proud mama, too!

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Terrific Tuesday - W7.D3

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

So my Monday was blah - whatever. Today is better. Today, as RAVENSONG so kindly reminded me, is NOT Monday. *lol* Today is Tuesday and I'm so pumped to get it going that, well, I already started! I arrived an hour early for work this morning to get some copying done and get some overtime in. I slacked and didn't do it this weekend, so I had to make it up at some point. Today seemed like that point.

So I have already been at work for an hour and a half. The case is nearly done and I have to wait for a coworker in to get some questions answered on another one before I can finish it up. By the end of the day I hope to have at least 3 done...maybe 5 if I can stay a little later. Wow, this probably sounds really boring to all of you! *lol* But I've been so unmotivated to even attempt to work lately that I've done a lot of avoidance. Unproductive Esther is not a Happy Esther. If I feel like I'm not pulling my weight it just depresses me and makes me feel utterly guilty, even when nobody else is doing anything...I'm known by my boss as the one who gets things done quickly and accurately. No reason to stop that now just because I'm "bored" with it.

I brought my workout clothes with me as well and they are sitting under my desk calling my name. Look back in my blogs and remember when I talked about the peanut butter cups calling my name from the dish on the top of my the chants are coming from under the desk and from a much better source. Yesterday I managed to spend my entire lunch break (45 minutes) walking. I walked to the Whole Foods Market and picked up a small serving of homemade chicken salad with whole wheat bread and some fruit. And once I walked out I couldn't stop because, well because I wasn't tired and there was still time left. So I extended my walk and walked the same route I did with my friend last week. So, basically, by 1:00pm I had gotten my exercise in for the day. (That may sound rediculous to all of you who get up at the butt crack of dawn to workout but...well, I don't work that least not yet! *lol*)

And then I see a note from BBKLECKA suggesting (rather forcefully! *lol*) that I take a Yoga break. It was just after 4pm, the time when I usually get sleepy at work and get a little resentful of all those people at my work who work 8 hour shifts because they leave at 4:30pm and we still have an hour and a half I figured Yoga couldn't help. It makes me focus on what's important. It clears my head. So I intended to just do a quick routine and ended up doing 30 minutes. Oops! *lol* trouble can I get into today? A walk at lunch is definate if the rain and my knee cooperate. Beyond that? Who knows. And, don't kick me, but there's another Zumba class tomorrow night as soon as I get off work and I was thinking...if I feel up to it...I'm going. My goal will be to last 5-6 songs or about 30 minutes this time. No turning around. More modifications. A lot of walking in place and shaking of the tookus! C'est tout! No jumping or anything that might strain the knee. I thought about going last night but the knee was hurting when I tried to shimmy in the I figured I'd better give it another day.

Happy Tuesday, everyone!

EDIT: I should probably admit now, in writing, that I went to a buffet last night and ate too much with hubby. Not that I care. *lol* No, really...I have no guilt. I'll just have to remember this day in case the scale argues with me next Sunday. I did turn to hubby afterward and say, "No more Ponderosa, alright?" Blah! No good, dude! Only bonus was the grilled chicken and baked potato I brought for today's lunch...the rest could've just stayed there for other people to be suckered in and drowned in useless, tasteless calories. YUK! Only thing I liked? Vegetable soup. That tell you anything about how my tastes have changed?

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BECKYB73 6/8/2010 1:08PM

    You work it girl! Listen to those clothes and get your workout on! Also, even if your knee is bothering you, if you can get into a pool you can still do nearly a full workout with few modifications!! ;)

I will suck you all into the pool with me!!! MUWAHAHAHAHAHAHAAA

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PRETTYMANDI 6/8/2010 12:41PM

    I hope your knee cooperates. I have had to cut out all of my walking and aerobics for this week because my foot won't cooperate. My nemisis is attached to me and I can't escape it!

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    great job with the walking and other exercise and there is no need to beat yourself up over ponderosa - this is about getting healthy and changing our lifestyles but deprivation is not a part of the plan. It sounds like you made some good choices and we all need to cut loose a little once in a while. Keep up the great work! emoticon

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APATRICIAO521 6/8/2010 11:25AM

    You are making such awesome changes. Slow and steady wins the race. We cannot all be good all the time. Going to a buffet is totally OK when we so desire. It is what we do on the other days to make up for that matter most. Congrats on your successes!!!

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SPARKGIRL32 6/8/2010 11:21AM

    WOW-week 7!! I never made it past week 2!'re doing great!!

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CALLIKIA 6/8/2010 11:18AM

    I did have a knee brace, and I still have it, but I got it specially made for bigger sizes when I had my surgery...that was at least 100 pounds from where I am now. It's worn out and old and it cuts off my circulation (which causes a whole bunch of other problems! *lol*) I can try to wrap it, but it never goes quite well. I will figure something out, though...

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KNOWMOREBBK 6/8/2010 10:57AM

    YEA!!! You did do the Yoga! I bet no Milli Vanilli though (lol)! Good for you! Speaking of your knee, do you have a knee brace that you can use or maybe wrap up your knee before trying the Zumba again? Just a thought. Good luck! Hopefully it works out. Don't worry about Ponderosa, just move on to today. If we don't allow ourselves a little something special every once in a while, we will all go nuts (like cookie dough nuts). Have a good one! emoticon

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CALLIKIA 6/8/2010 9:26AM

    *lol* My new motto for the day - "That dang Dove ice cream!" Did you know that the lady at CVS gave me a coupon yesterday for a free Dove chocolate bar? She even read it aloud to me (because apparently I look illiterate...) before she would hand it over. I felt like snapping back, "Gee! Thanks! Why don't you shove a cookie down my mouth before I have a chance to leave the store?" I forced a smile, took my coupon and left. I currently have no idea where that coupon is. emoticon

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RACHELLY0724 6/8/2010 9:14AM

    I said a similar thing to my hubby last night - he brought home Dove ice cream (gasp!) in the small serving size tubs - I was already in bed, watching TV in teh dark when he brought it home a few nights ago (notice how I'm rationalizing all of it comes) - so it was dark, so I couldn't read the calorie content, or portion size - so I thought I was doing really well by eating half of the little tub - the old me would have eaten the entire thing.

Last night, I decided to treat myself again and have the other half - this time it was still light out - and holy crap, if that little container isn't 4 servings at 300 calories a pop!

I said to him, this ice cream is like almost an entire day's worth of calories - I appreciate the thought, but let's check those labels first!!!

I'll admit, while those extra calories are probably currently turning to sugars and fats and settling into my bootay, it did taste soooo good!

this morning though, I was struggling to get up and take a morning walk (literally like the 3rd time ever - I started last week) - I dragged myeslf out of bed thinking of that dang Dove icecream!

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RAVENSONG37 6/8/2010 9:11AM

    You are changing...Progress, not perfection!! You are progressing wonderfully and you know that what you do today affects you tomorrow. My husband (the poor guys) never knows what to say when I suggest eating junky food or when I refuse to do my I am learning to tell him when I'm serious. If I seriously want him to bug me until I get out of bed to go running, I'll tell him the night before "no matter what I say or do, get my butt out of bed" or if I need his support in making dinner rather than ordering it, I let him know that I'm feeling unmotivated and I need to lean on him a little. He just wants me to be happy, so I need to communicate to him what it is that really makes me happy. *sometimes it's chicken wings...but that's less and less often now!

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Just Another Manic Monday - W7.D2

Monday, June 07, 2010

'Tis Monday. I hate Mondays. I hate my job right now..honestly, I'm just plain bored and I had so planned on having something lined up following college that...well, I'm a little lost. And spending 10 hours at a job that is stale and boring isn't a great way to spend a day...any day, for that matter. I know I should be thankful that I even have a job, especially because hubby doesn't...but this job doesn't pay crap and it's boring as all get out, so I'm not thrilled or over the moon about it. I did not bust my butt and stress myself into a near cardiac arrest for three years to stay here, bored, underpaid, underappreciated, and unmotivated to even work because of it. *sigh*

Wow! Hope that's out of my system now! On another note - it's Monday. The real start of a new week, and I'm sitting here wondering - what can I do THIS week to top last week? I actually have a couple challenges starting this week, so I feel even more pressured to make it an awesome week. First things first, I discovered that the local YMCA's fitness center gives vistor passes for like 7 bucks to people "out of area." That will be of great use on nights I work late or have to work my second job and have time in between.

As far as lunch goes today - I have a few options. I can either eat the frozen dinner in the freezer (at least, I THINK I still have one in there...) or I can walk in one direction and get a salad at the whole foods, or walk the other direction and get a sub from Subway. It feels like a pretty nice day out there, so I think I'm going to take a walking option, even though my knee feels quite stiff following my 30 minute walk yesterday. (Hubby actually talked me into that...he wanted to go bike riding again at the lake...he's noticing changes in himself as well and he likes it!)

It seems today is going to be one of those "I don't want to do anything because I can't think of what to do indecisive days." Hope it turns around soon! Right now...I'm tired. Seriously ready for bed. I just didn't sleep well last night so I guess that's what's with me today. *sigh* I hate that I didn't drive to work because I can't drive off and get away from here. I know it should be good that it restricts me to walking, but I *hate* feeling like I've been stripped of my options. It's not that I *want* to drive anywhere, it's that I want to have the option of driving somewhere. *sigh*

(Grump Mood Activated)

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CALLIKIA 6/8/2010 8:07AM

    Man, I guess my secret is out! *lol* I'm sticking to it, because I must more than anything...but I'm still looking...looking...and looking some more!

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RAVENSONG37 6/7/2010 11:57PM

    I think your Monday blues are simply the side-effect of missing me! ha ha ha!! JK. You will find something you may take longer than you want...but perhaps you are learning something along the way...I seem to remember something about "I hate to wait." Maybe one way to look at this job is that for now, when you really need it, it sounds like you have time to spark and get support from awesome people.

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PRETTYMANDI 6/7/2010 6:12PM

    I miss your blogs! I haven't been able to get on much because we moved this weekend!

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SUGIRL06 6/7/2010 1:42PM

    Ah feel better! You sound tired actually. I hope you have a nice walk at lunch time and can find some yummy foods!

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TEAM-SARAH 6/7/2010 12:01PM

    I know how you feel about the job situation :( I'm stuck at a desk job I'm not really interested in all day as well. I hope the week goes fast!

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