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Monday, August 01, 2011

So I'm a Saturday weigher. Saturday is my official weigh-in day. It falls on Saturday in hopes of avoiding an end of the week binge. Makes sense, right?

So when I weighed myself on Saturday, I got ticked. I mean, in my head, I was livid. WTH? I did NOT gain 9 lbs in a few days! Swear-curse-swear-naughtywords-swear-swear
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And then I took a breath, and looked at the display again.

219.6.

No, my weight/the number on the scale had not shot up to 229 in a few days time, which is what my mind's eye initially saw. I'd actually gone from 220.8 down to 219.6. I'm so unfamiliar with a 1 trailing that 2, I was confused. Confounded. Confuzzled even!

I didn't record it though. I didn't trust it completely. I can't explain WHY I didn't trust it, other than when I record good numbers like that right off the bat, I turn around and gain back X lbs again. Not this time, skippy!

So I left my ticker alone - it's enough that I have that number in my head as do-able now.
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Last night, as I sat up past my normal (8:30-9:00) bedtime until 11:00 p.m. (with my normal 4:30 a.m. wake-up time looming), watching The Bachelorette The Men Tell All (????? Really? What about that show had any bearing on my life? Sigh....) I decided I needed a snack.

Four slices of turkey breast lunchmeat, four slices of Provolone, two slices of Cheddar, and one String cheese later.....
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THAT is why I don't record the initial good number. I'll lose my ever-lovin' mind and shovel unneeded calories and fat down my gob.
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Welcome to August! This is NOT how we'll be spending our time this month!
I earned 2,063 fitness minutes in July.
I released 2 lbs.
I resumed running.

In August, we'll be...
Aiming for 2,100 fitness minutes.
Releasing at least 2 more lbs.
Improving my running.
Cutting back on binges and ate night mind-numbing TV viewing...

Altho that Mickey is HAWT! OhMy!
Ahem..

August 6th, I'm meeting up with several SparkPeople members at Race for the Homeless in Vancouver to run a 5K!
August 13th, I'm running the Pineapple Classic 5K with 4My2Kidz to raise money to fight Leukemia.
August 26th, I'm volunteering for our very own Sparkin' Hood to Coast Relay team by (wo)manning Exchange 14 for a few hours.
August 27th, I have to decide between doing an 11 mi run with the Tribe or going to Seaside to see our HTC'ers cross the finish!


Yea, I've got things to do, pounds to release, healthy food to enjoy in moderation, and big bootay to kick! My own, of course.

Join me?
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NUTTYSNOOPYFAN 8/6/2011 6:05PM

    Sounds like you've got a LOT going on in August! Keep plugging away, babe! It sounds like there's lots of potential for a health-filled memory-making month! I wish I had that kind of schedule! Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy! I totally laughed and felt your pain and disbelief when I read about your scale adventures. Been there, done that, totally understand! Here's to a good weigh-in the next time!

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HOTRODSANDY 8/3/2011 9:04PM

    HeHe had to chuckle at the confounded, confuzzled! I'm getting close to 229 - that seems strange to me. A 2 followed by a 2 emoticon I mean it will be exciting - but unfamiliar and uncharted territory...

Might just see you around - I'm doing the race for the homeless this Saturday as well.

Good luck with everything else you have planned for August.




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ROXIT22222 8/2/2011 3:45PM

    Awe yes, I can relate to alot of what you said. (I'm not doing HTC! hee heee) I weigh myself first thing in the morning, at 05:00! Right after I go potty. My eyes they are usualy not hardly opend and not in focused yet when I step on that scale. I've read the numbers wrong many times. And a 1 as the first number will be a huge surprise and make you wipe at your eyes to try and re focuse them.. then you'll be wiping at them to wipe away the tears.

Your late night eating sounds like boardom eating. I've BTDT, last night infact. Many nothing was 'satisfing me'. I held strong and just drank more water. (works for me sometimes). Today is a new day and hey it's weeek of 80degree here! Get out and enjoy it.... cause you know it wont last long.

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SKINNYPOWELL1 8/2/2011 2:51PM

    Sounds like a great plan for August, time to kick it into high gear and I"m right along with ya. Time to get my running miles in. emoticon

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WCALDER 8/2/2011 12:54PM

    Well congrats anyway! 220 is my current goal weight. I'll reassess when I get there about how much further I want to take it. As for the light night binge, don't fret, you have the tools, just offset the rest of the week and you'll be fine. You know the plan, and we all have confidence in you!

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TURTLERASKIN 8/2/2011 12:12PM

    Congrats on getting below 220! I hear you about the scale; but I do record every number that shows up on my "official" weigh in day, even if I don't believe it. I guess I just like routine and order.

Good luck on stopping the late night foodfests. I've discovered that if I can reserve a little bit of room in my tracker, then there's always room for popcorn. Bulky and fibrous with a bit of protein, some yummy salt, and some good fat -- it's an ideal snack for me.

I like your August goals, although at one time I would have said "2,100 fitness minutes? Inconceivable!" But now I can conceive it - you go, girl!

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IRISHBEANERGAL 8/2/2011 11:18AM

    Ahh... the lovely lovely scale... NOT!

I weigh in Monday mornings. Take it or leave it, it goes on the tracker. Once a week. Otherwise I do NOT step on the scale. I refuse after my previous plateau of 8+ weeks... I learned a lot - and I can honestly say the scale is not my friend.

Your August sounds delightful! I am looking for a 5K, and unfortunately I won't be doing one in August due to my busy schedule getting my son down to Portland for college as well as getting my daughter ready for "back to school". We will be down there August 23-26 (and I'm hoping to meet up with you Candy, if it fits your schedule- I will contact you via sparkmail).

My 5K will be in September, hopefully - or October. Point is.. it's COMING!!! emoticon

Take your win - welcome to the 210s! Here's to the upcoming 200s, and visiting (dare I say it?) Onederland!

~Irish (aka The Incredible Shrinking Mom)

August Mantra: "Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all" ~ Helen Keller

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MUSTANG_SALLY2 8/2/2011 10:35AM

    My scale has been bobbling back and forth for weeks now. I get excited cuz such-n-such number is displayed and then it's back up we go. Ugh! Very frustrating.

The only Mickey I can picture is Mouse and I'm concerned that you might be calling him "HAWT". Could you please clarify for me???? I do not even stop at the channel with the bachelor/ette thing. Ugh! Don't those people have any self respect? Ick!

It sounds like you have lots of fun challenges coming up. I cannot wait to see how it goes. Keep up the great work!

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GESNERAMOR 8/2/2011 10:25AM

    Wow, you have a jam-packed August ahead of you! I'm in for kicking some bootay with you!

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GAYLEP67 8/2/2011 8:07AM

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Ah geez Candy...we're sharing the brain again! I weighed in this morning and the scale has finally moved after being "stuck" for some time. I however refuse to believe it's actually true so I'm waiting until next week to "be sure". My weigh in is on Monday morning and I did that to try to control any weekend binges knowing what was looming Monday morning. I just realized, it's Tuesday though and I didn't weigh in yesterday (yesterday was a holiday so I think I forgot).

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Congratulations on breaking the 220s! You work so hard so I'm glad to see that you're seeing results. You feel that you add extra calories and fat? I was extra calories and carbs last night while I watched some TV. Again, sharing the brain. Wonder if Teresa's going to make it a 3-way split!

Join you? I've been with you every step of the way for the last year+ so heck ya!! Just keep checking over your shoulder - I'm trailing behind you but I'm there!!

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MRSBENNETT2 8/2/2011 12:30AM

    Hey, at least you had protein in all that meat and cheese! You probably need it for muscle fuel.
I had to laugh at your scale/eye disfunction. I've done that!

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SUSUSUZZZIE 8/1/2011 8:51PM

    Just think how confused, confounded, confuzzled you will be in a short time when all of your numbers start with a "1"!!!!

And you really should trust those numbers and celebrate them! (This from the person who will get on and off and on and off and on and off... the scale whenever there is a good number.)

Late night TV gets us too. I threatened to kill the cable.. this morning. My problem last night was Real Housewives of NJ...such great food for my brain. LOL! Thank goodness I avoided snacking, but I was probably still happy from my ice cream earlier in the day.

It looks like you have wonderful plans for August and I can't wait to hear about your progress updates!

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ANNESYLVIA 8/1/2011 8:45PM

    Love to! I will do my best!

Congrats on the weight loss...

Good luck on the 5ks

Hugs, Anne

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GAYEMC 8/1/2011 8:24PM

    Excuse me Candy, you have no big bootay to kick anymore, it's pretty nice and toned up now my dear. Take it from my hind sight.

I missed early registration for the Race For the Homeless, but I'll still be there. Today I did sign up for the Jingle Bell Run and the Crawfish Crawl on the 13th.

I'm with you on recording weigh ins on the tracker. Until the weight officially stays off for a few weeks, I leave my tracker alone. Right now it's still bouncing around a few pounds.

Have a great week and enjoy this beautiful weather my friend!

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BAM-MA 8/1/2011 7:44PM

    I know what you mean about not trusting the good numbers. I weigh every few days to make sure that I am not going i the wrong direction, so I don't pay much attention to the actual numbers. When I see a good one, I take note,but have to see it 3-4 times before I will consider it a "real" number, suitable to be posted on the ticker.

It is funny all of the little rules that we set for ourselves. Makes me wonder though... are we not giving ourselves enough credit? afraid of failure and all that? or are we just honest and not willing to give ourselves credit where it isn't due?

Worth thinking about .....

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BIGMAMAT 8/1/2011 7:29PM

    Awww Candy, your my hero! Run baby, Run!!! emoticon

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IMIN2GENES 8/1/2011 7:09PM

    I'll kick bootay with you! I'm feelin' better and ready to start ramping back up to full speed ahead! So, perfect timing!

I had a similar experience. Saturday is my WI too. I got on the scale in the morning, didn't like the number. Showered, weighed again, I'm down 1/2 pound. Huh? So, I got busy did some stuff, ate breakfast. Then in the afternoon, I weighed again. Now, I'm up 2 pounds. Okay... By the time I went to bed (because of course, now I can't stop, LOL!) I checked again. I weighed less than I did in the morning when I first got up! Go figure...

So, let's kick some bootay!
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Taking a moment..

Friday, July 29, 2011

Today is my Friday off - W00T! We just had a delish healthy breakfast of microwave poached eggs with baco-bits on a crispy english muffin with spinach artichoke cream cheese. Mmmmmmmm'mm!

We're fixin' to get on our bikes and head out for a ride around the neighborhood before riding down to the gym to get our ST on. After we're home, we'll get cleaned up to take Maggie to the vet for her month+ check up after her epilepsy episodes.

Pretty much an uneventful day, but good none the less.

I received an email yesterday from SparkPeople - this really is the point of my blog today. That email informed me that I had been voted a SparkPeople Motivator. KBearsMama noticed the symbol on my Spark page - good eye, Robin!

Gang, I burst into tears when I read that email. Yes yes, we ALL know I'm a ninny and cry at the drop of a hat LOL Thankfully it was relatively quiet at work at the time so I could pull myself together before anyone saw me at my ninniest! Still and all, I was surprised, shocked, honored and humbled. I don't think I have sufficient words to say 'thank you' and 'who, me?' enough.

I am grateful to whoever out there among you voted for me in such a way. I'm mostly grateful because it is all of YOU who motivate me and keep me going, and keep me honest!

Thank you, my Spark family, for the Spark love. I hope I can live up to the honor.
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ROXIT22222 8/1/2011 12:16PM

    Wow that is great! Keep up the good work!

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ONENEL 7/30/2011 10:56PM

    emoticon It is well deserved.

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LESLIES537 7/30/2011 12:13PM

    That's awesome! Congratulations on being honored! Quite the accomplishment, there! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KIMBANN 7/30/2011 10:09AM

    You have no idea how motivating you have been to me, and I know I am not the only one. Congratulations on your recognition!
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HOLLYL7 7/30/2011 9:57AM

    Congrats for a well deserved honor!!

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BAILEE_GRAVES 7/30/2011 3:00AM

    SO deserving Candy!! Congratulations! And I can say "I knew you when....." LOL!

Keep it up doll. You're doing awesome!!!



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LILLYPILLY24 7/30/2011 1:50AM

    Congratulations! You won it because you deserve it. Keep going, because you're keeping going helps us (me!) keep going!!!

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    Congratulations! emoticon

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ANNESYLVIA 7/29/2011 9:21PM

    Good for you! You deserved it! I just love having it flash on my page too! It brings a smile to the face, does it not?



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IMIN2GENES 7/29/2011 8:27PM

    Congratulations! You are SO deserving of that honor! You definitely motivate me and I'm quite happy to have met you.
Chris
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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 7/29/2011 7:22PM

    Congratulations!!

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MILLY61 7/29/2011 6:43PM

    I've recently returned to Sparkpeople and the first thing I noticed was the awesome encouragement you give through comments on pages and peoples blogs - way to go, you deserve the recognition for your efforts and support.
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SUSUSUZZZIE 7/29/2011 4:22PM

    I completely agree with others that you definitely deserve the title!
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Thank you for all the motivation and encouragement you share!

Wishing you all the success! Enjoy your bike ride and weekend.

And I'm sorry to hear about Maggie (dog?). We had a border collie who suffered seizures and I know it's a terrible-terrible thing to deal with. Hopefully the vets can get it under control! emoticon

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GETFIT2LIVE 7/29/2011 2:37PM

    Definitely a well deserved honor, congratulations! Have a wonderful weekend!!

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WALKAWAY 7/29/2011 2:30PM

    Well deserved! emoticon You rock friend.

Have a marvelous weekend.

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TURTLERASKIN 7/29/2011 2:07PM

    What? The rest of the world finally noticed what we all knew? You rock! And you definitely deserve to be called a motivator! Congratulations!

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LMLOPEZ 7/29/2011 1:41PM

    Yay! But then again tell me something I didn't know about you being a motivator.... (LOL) Glad you got recognized!!!
Woo Hoo! Have a great start to your three day weekend!!
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GAYEMC 7/29/2011 1:40PM

    You so deserve this! Your blogs are always so entertaining, funny, honest and from the heart!
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IRISHBEANERGAL 7/29/2011 1:16PM

    No one deserves it more in my opinion- you are definitely a motivator for me! Congratulations on your award and your continued success!

~Irish

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14 month comparison...

Sunday, July 24, 2011

If you would have told me a year ago that I'd be willing to post unflattering pictures of myself on a public website, I'd have snorted.

Uh.. here we go.


July 2010, 2 months on Spark; January 2011, 8 months; July 2011, 14 months

I wish there was more change from January to now, but I'm happy for the little there is. I'm curious what the next 6 months will bring.
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MRSBENNETT2 7/29/2011 1:14AM

    There's huge change between Jan and now! I'm proud of you. emoticon

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WCALDER 7/27/2011 2:42PM

    Definitely can see the change since january... Keep up the good work!

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REALLY_ROBIN 7/26/2011 12:35PM

    You are looking awesome, skinny girl!!!

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DITZYCHICK 7/26/2011 9:31AM

    Oh my goodness girl...you look amazing!!! Absolutely incredible changes! I'd say this healthy lifestyle is definitely working for you!!!

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MUSTANG_SALLY2 7/25/2011 1:59PM

    Wow! You can really see all your hard work. Keep going. I'm so proud of you!

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BAILEE_GRAVES 7/25/2011 9:02AM

    Look at you!!! The temp in NC just went up 100* looking at your hot self.

You should be so proud Candy! I know I'm darn proud of you and have GOT to grab hold of some of your inspiration.

You're doing a phenomal job and I'm SO SO glad that I'm your friend!
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GAYLEP67 7/25/2011 7:19AM

    Like night and day, my friend! What an incredible change in you and the best part is that you are the same wonderful Candy on the inside with a hotter exterior!
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TERRYT55 7/24/2011 10:56PM

    WOW.....you look terrific. What a transformation. Thanks for the inspiring pictures!



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HOTRODSANDY 7/24/2011 10:42PM

    Awesome. Not only for the amazing transformation, but for 14 months of making the decision to make your health a priority! emoticon

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GAYEMC 7/24/2011 9:55PM

    I see a huge change all over from Jan to now. Look at that face! You have worked so hard for this and it shows!

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ONENEL 7/24/2011 9:09PM

    emoticon You look great!

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IMIN2GENES 7/24/2011 8:49PM

    Candi! Wow! You look so fantastic! And, I have to agree, I see a big difference between January and now. Way to go! Your progress is amazing and such an inspiration for me.
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ANNESYLVIA 7/24/2011 8:37PM

    What a transformation! You are doing so well and it shows!

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IRISHBEANERGAL 7/24/2011 5:56PM

    au contrair (or however you spell it) - there is a big difference between Jan and July, just as Turtleraskin said. Look at you! FANTASTIC

~Irish (aka The Incredible Shrinking Mom)

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LMLOPEZ 7/24/2011 5:28PM

    Candy, I LOVE how great you look and all the results from the hard work you have put in!! The pictures are worth 1,000 words.
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TURTLERASKIN 7/24/2011 4:43PM

    There is a HUGE difference between Jan and July -- not just the slimmer face, but everything is slimmer -- arms, shoulders, chesticles, belly. You're really making amazing progress!

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SUSUSUZZZIE 7/24/2011 4:16PM

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Your progress pictures are very inspiring and I think there IS a lot of difference between the Jan. and Jul. pics. You are looking marvelous! Keep up the great work!
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ROBBIEMARIE 7/24/2011 3:31PM

    AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME! You are looking hawt lady! Seriously, you don't see a huge difference from January to now? LOOK AGAIN! emoticon Your face, your back, your arms, your belly! Dang! You do indeed look great. You are such an inspiration! AND how about how you are feeling now as opposed to 14 months ago and even 6 months ago??????

Just realized you look at least 15 years younger as well.

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KAREN42BOYS 7/24/2011 3:11PM

    what a body redesign! and your face has really slimmed since january, too!

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ERLYWA 7/24/2011 2:54PM

    Wow! GREAT job! And when I look at the waistband of your pants between the January and now photos, I see a BIG difference! Wish your upper arms weren't hidden, b/c I suspect there's been a big change there, too.

Way to go!!!

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Channeling my Inner Farrah...

Friday, July 22, 2011

So I'm going through a rough patch with my hair lately. I went to get it trimmed a couple of weeks ago, after the Half (it was like I refused to get my hair cut before the Half because it might jinx me somehow).
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I went back to the place where I got it cut last time, to the same girl, and told her what I was looking for - more shorter layers, less bulk, trimmed bangs, ends tidied up a bit. I had to ask her three times to thin the sides. She simply wasn't going to do it, but really, the sides were the reason I finally gave in and went back for another cut - that, and the Half was over.
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Ahem.
Finally, she used the thinning shears on my side hair.. erm.. the hair on the side of my head! It helped take the bulk out, which is exactly what I wanted.

Now, though, I find myself with hair that's.. not quite what it used to be. It used to be more curly, or I suppose wavy is a better description. I've never been blessed with those adorable corkscrew curls that I long for. Ever. I got a perm last year, and explained I wanted corkscrew curls, but instead got really tight, close to my head, bad curls. It took a while for me to stop crying.. and for the perm to relax and be something I could deal with.

That's all gone now. Now it's sorta.. straight, but in a frizzy way. So I've been experimenting with how to style my hair. I'm a die-hard Bang-er. I love me some good ole fashioned, curled up and almost in my eyes Bangs. This week, I've been not curling under, simply going with the part, and letting it all kinda.. hang out. People at work have gotten used to my hair going from burgandy to cherry to brown to black to purple and back to red again. Now they must be wondering what has crawled atop my head and died, because it's just limp and frizzy. Can you be limp and frizzy at once? Meh.

So today, I decided to use my big barrel curling iron for GOOD. Today, I'm channeling my Inner Farrah.


Man I loved those ladies. Every girl in my grade had Farrah wings. Except me. I had short burr-cut hair. Like, it was MAYBE all of two inches, three inches all over my head. My mom didn't want to have to deal with my hair in the mornings before school, so the answer was to cut it off.

Anyway, here's my Inner Farrah look:


Yea, it's grainy. It's a Crackberry, in a poorly lit bathroom. It happens.

While I'm channeling my Inner Farrah, I'm also feeling a might skinnier.


My status says one of my coworkers yelled that I'm a skinny girl now. Karen42Boys said that would have rated them a kiss LOL I went for a bashful duck of my head, colored pink cheeks, and a great big thank you! I'll have to bust out with my July 2010 side-view pic up against a new July 2011 side-view pic. I think I'm going to be pleased!

I've got to come up with a workable hairdo. Right now, it's too long to not be pulled back out of my face somehow for running and Zumba. But, it's too short to all fit back in a ponytail, headbands don't stay in place (maybe I have an oddly shaped head?) and I hate barrets. Usually, I resort to wearing a ball cap, which is fine, but they get awfully sweaty awfully fast. I've also learned how to tie a bandana around my head, which has become a cute way of dealing with my hair as well.

Maybe I'll get it all cut off - I know, I've threatened this before, but maybe I mean it this time.

Maybe I'm more of a Jaclyn than a Farrah. Hmm.


Ah well. I may never be Charlie's Angels material, but I sure am SparkGuy's Lifestylers material!
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BAM-MA 7/27/2011 9:49AM

    Love the hair and the "skinny" you. I have been getting the "skinny" thing too.
I know what you mean about the in-between length. I finally have settled on long, blunt cut with bangs. That way it goes "UP" without a problem. Gotta love the bangs! Except when they get sweat soaked and drip in the eyes!

Keep up the good work!

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GAYLEP67 7/23/2011 5:14PM

    Can't wait to see the July side-by-sides! I'm telling you, you have shaved YEARS off of how you look. You DO look fabulous and yes...SKINNY! You're rockin' the new hairdo - I love it!

Have you ever let your hair stylist just give you a new look? My first big haircut in years took my hair from below my hips to my shoulders. I liked the stylist and told her to give me a new style after I explained my need for low maintenance. I figure she's the expert when it comes to hair and she should understand what will work and what won't. Something to consider...

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SUSUSUZZZIE 7/22/2011 10:15PM

    I think your hair and YOU are beautiful! I hope you are enjoying your skinny self!

I'm a fine-wavy/sometimes curly-ish. I'm also a big chicken about bangs (mostly due to cow-licks that I usually forget about until after a big cut and the tears that follow). I've been able to coax a lot more good curly days with info. I've found on naturallycurly.com. I've switched to co-wash (no shampoo) and a few other tricks and my curls have never been better.

You are very inspirational!
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MRSBENNETT2 7/22/2011 8:15PM

    I bet we have similiar hair. I always thought the thinning shears were the answer til I found a good stylist who was able to work my curls without the thining shears. Those nasty little things just create frizz and nothing more! This stylist is just the greatest and I sure wish she could have come to AU with me because noone compares here. My curls have never been the same. If you'd like, send me a private mail and I will put you in contact with her. She works out of her home in NE Portland close to 82nd and Glisan. :)
By the way...you are looking FABULOUS!!!

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GAYEMC 7/22/2011 7:48PM

    You are looking so good! I like the hair, just think you could do a bit better. But don't cut it all off. Sure would have liked to see the cherry and purple hair. I wouldn't mind a purple streak in min. Have a great weekend!

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IRISHBEANERGAL 7/22/2011 4:51PM

    WOW WOW WOW.... The updated "do" and the updated "you" are fabulous! Don't you dare duck your head and blush - stand tall and proud- You've earned it.

Sounds like we have the same kind of hair - and aspire to the same look- I have found that electric hot rollers are my saving grace. I can wrap them in, leave them in my hair as I go about getting ready in the morning, take them out just before I leave the house, finger comb, spritz with a bit of hair spray and out the door I go!

Have fun finding your "style". You are really looking great!

~Irish (aka The Incredible Shrinking Mom)

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GETFIT2LIVE 7/22/2011 4:30PM

    You definitely look thinner, looking good! I like the hair, actually. I am no good when it comes to hair; I try with curling irons and flat irons, but I don't have the patience to fuss with it. As for headbands, check out Bondibands (www.bondiband.com). They work the best of any that I've tried--everything else slips, but these stay in place when I run and absorb the sweat great. And some cute styles, too!

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WALKAWAY 7/22/2011 4:18PM

    Holy Moly Lady, your looking FABULOUS!!!!!!!! No little brown duck. I can see why the co-worker said "skinny girl".

I hear you about the hair. I've always kept my naturally curly hair REALLY short as it was just easier to deal with, until last fall when I decided to grow it out. There's days, like when the wind blows, that I'd just like to cut it all off. No long soft ringlets here either. Of course longer hair means there's more for me to pull when work drives me nuts. emoticon

Keep up the hard work. I'm here cheering you on.

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ROXIT22222 7/22/2011 3:40PM

    You are doing great and you are looking skinny! Your hair looks good too. But I understand not being happy wiht it. I cry almost anytime I get my hair done. I now drive 30 miles away to have the same lady do it all the time.... SO the tears are a little less frequent


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WCALDER 7/22/2011 3:31PM

    Keep it up lady! The awesome attitude not the hair

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DITZYCHICK 7/22/2011 2:34PM

    LOVE your hair and you're looking mighty fine too!!! Keep smiling girl!

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TURTLERASKIN 7/22/2011 2:31PM

    You are HAWT! And the hair looks great! I'll blog about it eventually, but I'm starting to believe in Lush's R&B conditioner. It is very heavy, so I use just a smidge -- about an eighth of a teaspoon on my wet hair; dry/style; then another eighth of a teaspoon on my dry hair. Smells sort of coconutty, but it really is managing the frizz.

Oh, and I too always wanted the corkscrew curls; instead, it's wavy/frizzy. So I hear you.

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KAREN42BOYS 7/22/2011 2:17PM

    Dang, look at you! You really really DO look slimmer. You know what you look like? Normal. Not at goal, but normal. That's a freaky and wonderful thing to face!

Is your weight loss progress accurate? You look well under 200 to me in these photos. Look at your butt and legs. They look strong!

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IMIN2GENES 7/22/2011 2:04PM

    I'm with Sally! Farrah would be proud of you. You are totally rockin' that look. I love it! And you... well, girl, you just look fabulous!
Chris
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MUSTANG_SALLY2 7/22/2011 1:57PM

    Oh Farrah would be so proud of you! I love the look and you carry it off well. You are looking fabulous dahling! Keep going! (The whole kissing thing would have depended on who said it... there's a couple guys at work that I wouldn't kiss no matter how good the compliment was!) LOL

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Aaaaaahhhhhhhh.....

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

That, my dears, is the sound of relief. No, this is not a blog about my backfield being in motion - thank goodness that is fine and dandy!

Itís the sound of relief after the building pressure of being unable to run for the last two weeks has subsided. I ran last night.

Ran. Slowly. Walked a bit more than ran the first mile. Ran more than walked the second mile.
Ran.
2 miles. 35 minutes. S~L~O~W-*ss running. Running none the less.

Aaaahhhhhhhh!

Seriously, itís like a physical weight has been lifted from me. I can breathe again. I did not overdo it. I wanted to, but I was with Bill, and it was coolish but muggy, and he was not interested in running another 2 miles around the golf course Ė probably a very good thing!

I seem to go back to the golf course when I need to restart or recenter myself or ease back into running. Itís where I go because the trail is softer and more forgiving than pavement. It has hills that are more interesting than flat streets, and trees and squirrels and ducks and ponds and hills. When Iíve had rough runs with the Tribe, Iíll retreat to the trail to take it easy on my legs after two rest days.

I wore the calf sleeves, walked much longer at first to warm up, and took the first running interval slowly, cautiously. I was fully prepared to stop and return to walking, or even return the car! if it hurt too much. It didnít. It was a bit awkward at first. I felt gimpy, because consciously or not, I was favoring my left leg. It didnít hurt though. There was a bit of an ache, but that was more along the lines of warming up and stretching out, not pain.

I did take things slowly, and Bill was with me. We did the first mile then I stopped and stretched. I wanted to be sure I did everything I could to be successful and finish well Ė which last night meant simply finishing 2 miles. It felt so good, and I remembered all my head-work about form and breathing and lifting from my thighs, not just my feet, etc. and so on.

Last night, that run, those 35 minutes, did more for me and my mood and my attitude than anything else has in the last two weeks. And today. Today is good. Today, my leg does not hurt. Today, thereís a slight ache, but it actually feels BETTER after than run than it did before. The muscles got stretched out and used. Theyíre happier today for it. And so is my mind/heart/soul.

Thursday, Iíll do it again. Iíll do it in the neighborhood though, because Iíve rebuilt a little bit of my confidence again. Iíll go easy, and pay attention to what my body is telling me. And I will revel in the freedom to move the way I want to once more.
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On a separate note, I find myself eating small meals/snacks every hour at work. I donít necessarily do it on purpose, itís just working out that way.

I heard/read you should eat when you first rise to help kick start your metabolism for the day. I fiddle with this theory Ė I wake and get the coffee going, boot the puppies out the back door to go potty, and then have 2 cups of cold water with my vitamin, calcium, and cinnamon capsules. THEN I have my coffee, which we have in very nice beer mugs, thankyouverymuch LOL turns out to be 2 cups as well. In that, I mix a scoop of EAS Chocolate Whey Protein, along with more Coffee Mate than should be legal, but I refuse to give that up. Thatís my Ďjump startí for the morning, to give my body something to work with until I can get to work and eat a proper breakfast.

Does that sound weird? Going to work to eat breakfast? LOL Probably.

My calorie count for breakfast has slowly been creeping up toward 500-550, but 180 of that is coffee w/ creamer and protein, so Iíve given up freaking out about it. Mostly. Anyway, I leave the house at 6, Iím at my computer and working by 6:30, and I usually donít start eating breakfast until 7:30.

Letís look at today.
Today, I had an english muffin w/ a tbsp of peanut butter at 7:30.
Then, I had a LightíníFit yogurt at 8:30.
Then I had my peach at 9:30.
Thatís all breakfast.
I didnít plan on spreading out breakfast over two hours, it just happened to work out that way in between work.

I just finished my morning snack of a light string cheese at 10:30.
Lunch will be at 11:30, maybe 12.

After that, I donít eat again until 2:30 or 3:00 usually Ė lately Iíve been having big juicy delish oranges. Iíll get home and have a boiled egg or a Clif Kidz bar around 4:30 to tide me over to get through ST and Zumba at the gym, and then have dinner around 8:00 when we get home.

That morning hourly feeding just strikes me as weird. Granted, if Iím having cereal w/ blueberries or cream of wheat w/ peanut butter and banana, then I eat at 7:30 and have a snack at 9:30. I figure my coworkers probably think all I ever do it eat, because Iím always eating!

Am I eating too often? Itís not too much I donít think as Iím mostly within my calorie range, even though Iím falling short on protein. Night time eating is killing me, and Iím working hard on getting that back under control. Actually, I had my main dinner last night at 6:30 after running, then finished my side dish (cottage cheese) an hour later. That helped keep me from going for a snack, since Iíd just eaten.

Bill laughs because Iím always hungry. We know to take water and snacks with us when we go out running around, on a road trip, whatever. The times I donít have snacks with me, he gets tired of hearing me say Iím hungry. Maybe itís more psychological than anything else.

Maybe all of this explains why Iím hovering where I am with the number on the scale. Too much, too often, too.. something.

So go ahead. Give it to me straight. Is that excessive? Whatís your eating schedule? Or do you have one?
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GAYEMC 7/22/2011 7:58PM

    I can't believe I missed this blog. I've been waiting to hear about your knee and running. Well, great job! You did it the right way, slow and easy. Glad your knee didn't hurt the next day.

I wait to eat breakfast at work also. I have a little fridge in my office where I keep milk, yogurt, cottage cheese and stuff. I usually have a bowl of TJ's high fiber cereal, some fruit and yogurt. Oatmeal in the winter.

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IMIN2GENES 7/22/2011 2:12PM

    Woo hoo! I'm so happy to hear that you're back to running and feeling better. That's terrific news!

As for the eating... I frequently snack between my main meals. I think it keeps me from overeating which I tend to do when I get too hungry. Personally, I say as long as you're staying in range, do what works and feels best for you.
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REALLY_ROBIN 7/21/2011 6:32PM

    oh I had one more thought....one thing I do that helps keep me full longer is pairing some protein with my fruit. I usually have a string cheese when I'm having fruit and it seems like my blood sugar stays on track better. I also like greek yogurt as opposed to the other type, again for more protein...Love your blogs and statuses...keep up the great work, Candi...hugs...Robin

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NUTTYSNOOPYFAN 7/21/2011 6:26PM

    So glad to hear the leg is back in good working order and it didn't fall off. Enjoy that high from being able to once again do what you love.

As for the grazing, in the interest of full disclosure I will say that I am a Zone eater, meaning (when I'm tracking and paying attention to my food) I believe in eating a balance of healthy protein, good carbs, and healthy fats at one sitting so your blood sugar doesn't spike. I've found that when I eat that way and in small amounts, I need to eat every 3-4 hours, which boils down to 3 meals and 2-3 snacks a day. That's how I lost 70 lbs. 10 years ago and kept it off til my 1st pregnancy. Boiled down to about 400-500 calories per meal and 200-300 per snack, about 1800-2000 calories total (though the Zone doesn't count calories at all). IMHO, sounds like your blood sugar may be spiking and dropping, spiking and dropping, making you hungry often, even though you're eating relatively healthy stuff. Others who don't believe in the balance of good carbs, healthy protein, and healthy fats each time you eat will say this isn't true, but for MY body this is true. Also, upping your natural fiber intake will keep you full longer.

That's my 2 cents worth. Hope you can figure it out soon. Glad to see you happy again. You deserve it!

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SARAH41168 7/21/2011 12:54PM

    I am new at Spark and having a really hard time getting this eating stuff down AND... documenting it. REALLY???!!! I have found that I am a mindless eater. I eat to just well eat. So thru this process I am learning so much about myself and how to improve and this is a main factor. I enjoy walking and going hiking - hoping to do more of this in the fall. Our humidity is 90%. But I need to focus on eating. How did you start keeping track of it all - oh and eating breakfast. I know you eat it over a period of time maybe I need to start doing that. I just cannot eat when I get up, I dont get hungry til 10 am and by then I'm at work.

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PARASELENIC 7/21/2011 12:18PM

    You and I eat in the exact same way-- all of my meals are actually 3 hour grazing affairs. I think you're doing this the way that your body wants it-- eat when you're hungry!

For me, this turned into an every hour kinda thing because I need to stop after I've eaten one thing to reflect on it in my body. I used to eat so much without stopping that I never recognized full until I was stuffed. By eating one thing, stopping and waiting, I can really sense what that apple/veggies/piece of chicken really feels like in my body. It's a retraining, and it takes time.

Good on you for getting back on the running gig, but even better that you took it slow, so that you can build yourself up without the hurt.

You're doing great!

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WALKAWAY 7/21/2011 9:58AM

    emoticonI'm glad to hear that your leg is doing better. I know how bummed I get to feeling when I can't get out and walk.

Everyone at work gives me a bad time as I have to have a snack about 9:30 in the morning, no later than 10. They know if I don't get my planned morning snack I'm cranky and then I'll reach for "anything" to eat.

Since I'm an early riser, 4:30, breakfast for me is about 6:30 and it's got to have protein. I find that if I eat more in the morning I feel better and get through the day better.

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REALLY_ROBIN 7/20/2011 9:40PM

    I do the morning eating thing too...but the way I think about it is I've fasted all night of course I'm hungry. Mine is about every 1 to 1.5 hours till lunch. But I eat more at one time than you are doing. I do coffee at 7.30, oatmeal, almond butter, and almonds for Breakfast at 8.30, then greek yogurt by 10ish...then I'm jonesing for lunch by 11.30 sometimes earlier. I think eating small amounts often is really the healthiest way to go. But that's me, and I realize I will likely always be a foody, so I might as well make it work for me. Hope it helps to know you are in good company. I do work really hard to curb the late night thing, sometimes by going to bed early! Hugs...Robin

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SUSUSUZZZIE 7/20/2011 7:49PM

    I'm so happy that your leg is feeling better! WOO HOO! I'm sure you were really missing it (which sounds like a death-wish to me, as a non-runner-yet).

The feedback you are getting about eating is interesting. I'm not eating quite as often as you, but almost.

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TURTLERASKIN 7/20/2011 6:54PM

    I suppose you could try consolidating your eating more, but if it's not making you overeat, then I don't think it's a problem. Our bodies metabolize the calories the same all day -- it's only the extra calories that cause problems. I typically eat at least one snack daily, sometimes two or three. And sometimes I log something for breakfast and forget to eat it, so then I have another snack!

As for protein, I took a look at a couple days of your food tracker. If you think you're low on protein, you'd be horrified at me. I typically get 50-60g a day, as compared to your 90-120g. Since that amount's fine for me -- it fits the WHO, US, PCRM requirements and I feel fine on it, I don't stress about the amount.

Glad you're running again!

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GAYLEP67 7/20/2011 4:37PM

    Hooray! I'm so happy that you're back to running. I know it was eating away at you to abstain but you took the time and did it right. Congratulations lady!!

As for your eating schedule, I don't think it seems excessive at all. I think I would struggle with waiting until I get to work to eat because I eat when I get up. Even if you ate your breakfast over 2 hours, it's not like you're eating scads of calorie laden food. You're eating a reasonable amount albeit spread out over a little bit of time. See if ramping up your protein intake a bit helps the movement on the scale...

You're doing great and as always, I'm so proud of you!

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KAREN42BOYS 7/20/2011 3:50PM

    You sound much more like your bright and shiny self! Reclaiming running is such a good thing. I'm glad this is working out and your body can handle the running again.

And I often have 500 calorie breakfasts too. A big bowl of made-on-the-spot muesli with Fage and fresh fruite or French toast with a grilled banana -- my main go-to breakfasts right now. That plus my small French press pot of coffee generously mixed with milk.

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MUSTANG_SALLY2 7/20/2011 3:37PM

    I'm doing the happy dance for you and your run. I know how it feels to be stuck sitting still and being happy to be up and moving again.

I don't eat breakfast until an hour or two after I get up. That's just how my schedule works. Most of my reading says that you should eat six small meals a day so if yours are spread out, isn't it the calorie count that is important?

I say keep going and see how this plays into your running again. You can make adjustments as you go.

Congrats and keep up the great work!!!

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IRISHBEANERGAL 7/20/2011 2:47PM

    I'm so glad you are feeling better about the running. Kudos to you. Hopefully in August you won't be so fast again that I can't keep up!

As far as the eating goes - If I don't spread out my eating, I binge later. I am sending you an email with eating information. I started to post it here but it got wwaaayyyyy too long lol.

Keep up the great work!

~Irish (aka The Incredible Shrinking Mom)

**July Mantra - PLAN to work and work your PLAN!



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