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Sunshine, glorious sunshine!

Sunday, April 18, 2010

The last two days have been absolutely beautiful! Temps in the 70's, sun shining, light breeze! Gorgeous. And what did I do? I actually enjoyed it! Saturday morning, after DD had her pictures taken for softball, I came home and started some laundry. I was dressed for the gym, so I sat in the sun outside to read my book. Fell asleep, but not for too long. Turns out, it was long enough. Slight sunburn on my forehead!

Today, I sat outside again, but this time with a hat on to protect that forehead o'mine. Yep, fell asleep again! And, trimmed the yard (DH mowed) and pulled some weeds. Walked to the gym and back. Made potato soup. Made dinner. (The potato soup is for lunches for DS and me.)

Tomorrow, DD has a softball game 40 miles from my work. One of the other moms is giving her a ride there so I don't have to come back, get her and then drive all the way back again. That means that not only am I packing all of my meals and snacks tomorrow, but I also need to work out in the morning before work. That means I will be getting up at 4:00 for my exercise. It's only one day and I can handle anything for only one day, right? Right!

On that note, I need to go to bed so I can get a decent night's sleep to start my week. Night y'all!

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AUNTIEANNE22 4/19/2010 7:54AM

  We finally have sunshine after 3 days of miserable, cold rain.
So you took my suggestion of getting up early?(HAHA). Planning does help when life throws you a curve ball.

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DONNAORLENE 4/19/2010 12:24AM

    Yep! You're right, the sunshine was glorious - BOTH DAYS! Couldn't get out in it, but maybe before too long! Big day for me tomorrow too - x-rays and blood work and I'm as weak as a baby so I'll be pushin' it to get it done. But I'll do it! And I'm praying for good results. So, I better get out of here and go to bed too. Night and have a good week!


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Well...didn't quite hit those goals!

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Here is a recap of my goals for this last week.

1. Stay in range 5 out of 7 days this week (already out today!)
2. Work out 6 of the 7 days this week. A sub goal is to burn the number of calories I have listed in the fitness section.
3. Average 7 hours of sleep each night. Starting Saturday night. This one will be a struggle. During the week, I am usually in bed about 11:00 and up around 5:30. Will need to get to bed earlier!

I was in range three of the seven days. One of the days, I took in almost twice my range! Oops!
I exercised 5 out of the 7 days. One day was a choice. One day was exhaustion.
Hours per night, 9, 7, 6.5, 6, 6, 5.5, 8 - Close to 7 average. I need to redefine this one. By Friday I was so exhausted that I ate my way through the day trying to function. Ended up feeling sick to my stomach AND exhausted. LOL!

New goals:
1. In calorie range five of the seven days. I can do this this week!
2. Exercise 6 of the 7 days. Ditto...I can do it!
3. Get at least 6.5 hours of sleep per night. Seven would be better, but we'll start with a goal of 6.5.

Not very entertaining, but trying to keep myself on track. Obviously it didn't work so well last week! LOL!

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AUNTIEANNE22 4/18/2010 9:04PM

  You can do it. The sleep will probably be the hardest for you.

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BKNOCK 4/18/2010 8:22PM

    I think you are doing great! Keep up the good work!

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    You are an amazing MOM & SParker!

I tip my cap to you and your efforts.
Keep up your wonderful work
We are a work in progress, a masterpiece in the making!

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MARLA97015 4/18/2010 8:35AM

    You are doing great! Remember that we can do all things through Christ who strength us. Have a great week. emoticon

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I need two bottles...

Friday, April 16, 2010

I will fill one bottle with the way I am feeling now. Lethargic, a little sick to my stomach, tired, and fully disappointed with myself. Okay, maybe not disappointed. I made choices today and the majority of them were poor choices. I think what I'm feeling is the consequences of the choices. I'm not beating myself up at all. Just very aware of what happens when someone does what I did today!

What caused these feelings, both emotional and physical? Overeating, and a lot of it! Started with breakfast. Tried to go to Subway again and they were out of muffins. Really...I think they didn't want to honor my coupon. (no, I'm not at ALLLLLL cynical!). So, headed to Jack in the Box. I ordered one breakfast sandwich. Yep, just one. Oh...did you know that today is free french fry day at JIB? Yeah, me either until I got free fries with my breakfast. Of course I ate them! Did you really have to ask?

For lunch, I packed a sandwich and baked Cheetos. I ate a Burger King Jr. Whopper (no mayo, no cheese!) and fries and ranch. Then I had some peanuts. And a Fiber One bar, and a snack size Reeses, and peanut M&M's and Kit Kat. Then I ate my lunch for dinner. And had a chunk of DH's cinnamon pull apart. And another bagel smothered with peanut butter. and a Mike's alcoholic drink. emoticon I'm pretty sure I captured everything, but today was obviously a day full of not so healthy choices.

If I could bottle this feeling, I could open up the vial, take a big ol' whiff (or just a small one, depending on the day) as a quick reminder of how I feel at the end of a less than stellar day.

That's one bottle. What do I want to put in the other bottle? The feeling that I have when I do make the more healthy, better choices. For example:
I took the doughnuts from yesterday to work so I wouldn't eat them. emoticon
I ordered only one sandwich for breakfast. emoticon
I had a Whopper Jr with no cheese, no mayo and the small fries. emoticon
I took the extra hour I found by leaving work early to go work out emoticon
I drank 11 glasses of water emoticon.
DH told me that I really needed to change before I took DD to her game, because I looked too good in my workout clothes and he didn't want other guys to look at me. That felt good. emoticon

See, the day wasn't JUST bad choices. But the bad choices out weighed the good. If I had that second bottle, an easy way to remind me how good I feel when I make the choices to get me where I want to go, today might have had fewer bad choices.

Hmmm....maybe I'll find some small bottles and make my own physical reminders....My mind is churning...I'll let you know what I end up with.

Besides a day full of good choices tomorrow! Starting right now!

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AUNTIEANNE22 4/17/2010 8:17AM

  Don't mix those bottles up.
Why not just post a picture of yourself in your workout clothes. You know how DH feels about it. Maybe that would be enough of a stimulus to keep you on track.
Today is a new day for choices.


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BKNOCK 4/17/2010 7:24AM

    Wow that was a visual blog! I can almost picture you eating all that food! Sometimes we just have to do that and then dust your self off and start over! It seems like right now I am over on calories too much, I need to get my butt back in gear!

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IDMOMOF5 4/17/2010 12:06AM

    I am just laughing my ass off! Here I am just coping with the news of miscarriage and reading about your two bottles and it definitely lift my spirits. Looking good in workout clothes and being complimented by ur man is a major plus! My man always tells me I look hot even tho I don't feel that hot. I cannot even imagine what drinking 11 glasses of water feels like. It's a challenge for me to drink 2!

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It's all YOUR fault!!!

Friday, April 16, 2010

Today started out the normal way. Not anywhere near enough sleep, stumbling around, getting ready for work. But, had a DDS appointment at 8:00, so I left home about 30 minutes later than normal and got to work two and one-half hours later than normal. I ate my morning snack later and then my lunch later. Because of that, you'd think that I wouldn't be hungry quite so soon after work, right? Nope.

As soon as I got home, I took my son to the library to get his book and then ran to the store for dessert (DH said please). I found some old-fashioned donuts and bought two boxes (they were on sale 2 for $4. I HAD to buy two!) I was so hungry by then that I ate one of the donuts on the way home. emoticon

Came home, ate dinner and told myself that I did not have to go to the gym. Cos I said so. I was tired. I didn't want to go. But, then I started thinking (yep, it hurt! LOL!) about the fact that I posted in more than one place that I was going to exercise today! If I didn't go, that would make me a liar. And you all might not believe me the next time I tell you something (cos EVERYTHING I say is always so true!)

So, because of all of YOU, I went to the gym. And was very glad that I went! Thank you, Spark Friends, for making me go! emoticon

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CARRAND 4/16/2010 8:13PM

    Good job with the exercise. We'll overlook the doughnut for now.


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KERANCE 4/16/2010 7:53PM

    Awww...what a nice blog!
Well done, it's the best when we do something that we don't want to do and it doesn't end up too bad in the end anyway!
You rock - keep it up!
Love Kez xXx

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EVLOBOS310 4/16/2010 7:31PM

    LOL Good for you! Congrats on making a good decision, even though you really didn't want to - your body will appreciate it!

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MOM2ACAT 4/16/2010 5:07PM


I know there have been several times when I've said "no" to something bad, because I didn't want to have to blog later that I ate it!

I've also been motivated to do a workout or take a walk on days when I could have easily made excuses not too, just so I could come to Spark and say, "I didn't feel like doing (fill in the blank) today, but I did it, and now I feel good!"

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MDTWEETY 4/16/2010 2:40PM

    LOL! Good for you!

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GEEMAWEST 4/16/2010 9:29AM

    Way to go, Barb!! That's why I don't usually post that I'm going to exercise. Because then I would have to do it! LOL

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AUNTIEANNE22 4/16/2010 9:00AM

  I'm glad I could guilt you into exercising.

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STEELERCRAZY 4/16/2010 8:44AM

    LOL! I was going to say the same thing that Betsy said! Hey, you did great and it's good that you tell us stuff. It sorta makes us hold you accountable and that's a good thing. Life can get hectic sometimes and isn't it wild that the very thing that makes us feel better is the first thing that gets tossed aside?? But you didn't do it! You prevailed! You veni, vidi, vici-ed-ish. (You came, you saw, you conquered...) Yeah.

So, are you going to exercise today? OF COURSE YOU ARE!


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BKNOCK 4/16/2010 6:15AM

    I am so proud of you! Great job! I noticed that you did not post about exercising today?

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Plans, plans, everywhere and not a thing accomplished!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Okay, so it wasn't really *that* bad, but I did not complete my to-do list and I'm a little annoyed. But just a little.

Here are the deets: Stayed at work late for a meeting (same one every Wednesday). Came home and made spaghetti sauce to go with the noodles that DD had cooked before heading to softball practice. Tried to guilt DH into making the sauce, but he's immune by now. emoticon

Inhaled dinner so I could hurry to pick up DD from SB practice. Turns out she had another 30 minutes, so I left! Came home, changed into workout gear, cooked my broccoli and Sparked while I waited for it to be time to go meet with the SB board. (Actually, an executive committee "suckers who agreed to show") The meeting was supposed to last 30 minutes, 45 minutes MAX. I could then head to the gym and then come home and relax.

The meeting lasted almost two hours. AND, we have another meeting on Friday with the whole board to discuss and make a final decision. emoticon

After the meeting, I came home to tuck in the kids. By then, it was 10:00 at night and there is no way I'm going to work out that late. Not that I couldn't, but just not happening! I would need to take a shower afterwards and then chill for awhile. That would be after midnight before I got in bed. Since I get up at 5:30 for work, I determined that working out was not my best option. Oh well. Tomorrow. I will work out tomorrow. For real!!

Cook dinner - done
SB meeting - done
Get DH from SB - done (DH got her!)
Cook broccoli - done
Send e-mails/organize background forms - not so much
Workout - not done

Overall, not bad. Just really wanted to work out! I will totally work out tomorrow, like for real! emoticon

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BKNOCK 4/15/2010 8:53AM

    Wow, sometimes you really live a crazy life! It is amazing how much you do get done! Good luck in getting that workout done today!

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AUNTIEANNE22 4/15/2010 8:32AM

  Gee, I don't understand why you didn't get your workout in. Why do meetings always get in the way? If a time limit is set than stick to it.
Maybe you should get up at 4:30 to workout(HAHA).
I hate it when my exercise time is lost.

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NO_SNOW_BODY 4/15/2010 4:48AM

    Maybe you can get in 10 minutes at a time throughout the day, not a workout as you would want but something, you have very full days.

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