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Ssshhhh! Don't tell... Aug. 28

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Don't tell my sh*tty attitude but I defied it and the grumples and hit the pavement last night.

Aug. 28 Nutrition
4:30 am
3 cups of coffee
6 tbsp creamer
1/2 serv. vanilla protein powder

7:30 am
1 Chobani no-fat peach greek yogurt
2 Eggo Lowfat Nutrigrain waffles
1 serv. DelMonte peach chunks

9:30 am
3 Cutes

11:30 am
1 Costco salmon burger
2 cups steamed broccoli
1/2 cup brown rice

2:30 pm
Clif K Z honey graham bar

3:00 pm
Mocha (coffee, water, no-sugar added Swiss Miss mix, coffee mate)

6:15 pm
Skillet White Beans and Tomatoes, 1-1/2 serv.
6 oz. Miracle Noodle angel hair
3 tbsp grated parmesean cheese
1 pat butter

Calories In:
1736 (106 calories over range)

Fitness Minutes:
3.1 mi run/walk/run 47 minutes

Calories Out:
per SparkPeople - 404
Per BodyBugg - 563

Deficit:
Calories
Eaten 1,736
BMR* 2,165
Exercise 563
Total Burned 2,728
Differential -992
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Great calories in.
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Great calories out.
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Great deficit.
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Now that's more like it. Yes, I went over my calorie range. I'm ok with that. I'm reining it back in again and will be back in range without any real damage, I think. I went with the BodyBugg calorie burn. I think I'm ready to get back to wearing it diligently again, and not just for activities. I've got it on today!
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On Monday, I weighed 243.6. This morning? 238.2.
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Water weight, sodium.. all of it from the weekend made a difference. I feel better now. Relieved. I may be weighing more often than I should, but right now it's important for me to see those numbers to connect them with the numbers I keep blogging so it all works out mathematically and makes logical sense to me.

As for hitting the pavement?
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I Galloway'd mile 1.
I walked mile 2.
I Galloway'd mile 3.
I walked mile 0.1.

I felt SO good. My shins complained a little bit as I started out. It felt weird to run again, like my legs forgot what they were supposed to do. Was I landing on my heel or forefoot, mid-strike, whatever? I have no idea. I tried to run comfortably. Running with an extra 13 lbs feels hard. But it also felt good. I listened to my breathing.. two beats in, two beats out. I'm a mouth breather, and that's ok. Whatever it takes.

Don't get me wrong. I am not abandoning my walking efforts. I told Bill last evening that I need to cover at least 11 miles this weekend, and I'd like to work on a quicker pace this time. He's not sure he can do the whole distance at a quicker pace, but we think if I can do the first 1/3 on my own, quicker, he should be able to join me for the rest and keep up.

I finished my first and second Half marathons both in 3:03. I finished the Rock'n'Roll Half with a little running (thanks Kashmir!) in 3:28. I'd like to split the difference and finish the Portland Half in 3:15, give or take. I'll be WAY more prepared than for the RnR, so truly anything quicker than 3:28 will be nice.

I'm off to OHS dog walking this evening. I think Bill's making stuffed peppers for dinner tonight, using ground turkey and lots of our homegrown tomatoes. Should be delish! I hope you all have great active days. For those of you following along, I really do appreciate your comments and support, and suggestions and practicality. Thank you, so much.
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SEABREEZE65 8/30/2012 7:37AM

    Keep up the good work!

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GAYEMC 8/29/2012 5:33PM

    I think you passed your tireds on to me today. And I'm so grouchy. Way to go with the weight loss. Have fun with the pups tonight, it's great walking weather.

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HEALING_LORI 8/29/2012 5:07PM

    LOVE THIS ! ! !
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    I enjoy the skillet white beans and tomato over pasta. emoticon

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    Way to go on a great day! emoticon

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KASHMIR 8/29/2012 2:40PM

    No - Thank YOU! emoticon
I want to hear more about the miracle noodles...are they any good? Did you figure out a way to dry them that works?

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PIXIEMOM13 8/29/2012 2:23PM

    Wooohooo!! That's definitely one way to kick those grumpies to the curb!

Great deficit and loss! And I'm soooo glad to see you hitting the pavement again! emoticon

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GETFIT2LIVE 8/29/2012 1:58PM

    Sometimes we just get out and do it in spite of (or maybe because of) the bad attitude we have. Way to go in getting it done and defying the attitude; going over on calories in isn't bad if you're also getting enough calories OUT. Great to hear that you did some running AND that it felt good! You got this--you're going to fine in the Portland Half. Glad you and Bill are figuring out ways to both get the activity you need, too.

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REALLY_ROBIN 8/29/2012 12:53PM

  You are doing great!!! I hear you, running with more poundage is much harder...but we are working at getting it off. I'm wondering how you do your BMR....I only get 1901 and I'm 5'10. I'm glad that Bill is really being supportive of you and joining in on the walking and cooking. That's awesome!!! Thanks for sharing....it's really helping me too! Hugs..Robin

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GINGERHAWK 8/29/2012 12:13PM

    I can't imagine starting my day at 4:30am much less how you managed to stay on track throughout the course of it. Nice job!!!!! emoticon

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WESTCOAST8 8/29/2012 12:02PM

    I will not tell. Your sh*tty attitude probably took a hike with my demotivation last week. Or maybe they took a long walk of a very short pier. Anyhow, they are not coming back!
Keep up the good work. You look fantastic!
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ANDREAG89 8/29/2012 11:31AM

    Your secret is safe with me.
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So glad to hear you defied the day's bad attitude. That is a victory!!!
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KAREN42BOYS 8/29/2012 11:30AM

    :)

Love that your walking is building together like this. And that you and Bill are figuring out ways to adapt your workouts to work for both of you. And that you can be thinking about you rather than just wondering what the heck is going to happen to him after the very big scare this winter.

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Quickie.. Aug. 27

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Let's get caught up on the tracking first.

4:30 am
2 cups of coffee
5 tbsp creamer
1/2 serv. vanilla protein powder

7:30 am
1 Chobani low-fat pineapple greek yogurt
1/2 cup crushed pineapple
1/2 cup Nature's Path Pumpkin Flax plus granola

9:30 am
1 nectarine

11:30 am
1 medium baked potato
1/4 cup crumbled bacon
1/4 cup mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup cuban black beans
1 orange

3:00 pm
1 cup grape tomatos

5:30 pm
1 Costco salmon burger
2 cups steamed broccoli
1/2 cup Miracle Noodles Rice
1/2 personal size watermelon

7:30 pm
10 Ritz crackers
1 serv. almond-walnut butter

Calories In: 1900

Fitness minutes:
Nada

Calories Out: 0

Deficit:
Calories
Eaten 1,900
BMR* 2,168
Exercise 0
Total Burned 2,168
Differential -268
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I cannot explain why the sense of being So So tired set in as strong as it did, but it did. I was exhausted after work and talked myself easily out of doing anything even remotely similar to fitness. On top of being tired, I was extra snacky. It's not anywhere near TOM so maybe I'm just taking longer to 'recover' from the weekend although truth be told the weekend was not that taxing. Meh.

One bright note - the Miracle Noodles rice for dinner. I received a Groupon for half off a sampler pack of Miracle Noodles, so bought it. I've heard of Shirataki noodles before but hadn't tried them. This seemed like the perfect opportunity.

I received 8 angel hair packages, 8 fettuccine packages, and 8 rice packages. Rice was on the menu, so we opened up a bag of "rice" and gave it a go. The liquid the "rice" is packed in smells. The product comes with a few fliers in the box, and instructions on the packet, and a notice that the smell is normal. Rinse the rice/noodles under cool water, then blanch in boiling water for 1 to 3 minutes. Drain, then dry, then use in whatever dish you're making.

We followed the instructions, although I need to perfect my drying procedure. I tried paper towels and while that sort of worked, I had to scrape the rice off! Ah well, live and learn. We seasoned the rice with a big of roasted garlic teriyaki sauce and sesame oil, and had it with our salmon and broccoli. It does have an interesting texture, but it wasn't anything that I couldn't get past. Bill didn't seem to mind it either. Neither one of us suffered from any undue GI issues either, so apparently we have a keeper!

It is purely a filler, or replacement, for real rice, or pasta. It's 0-5 calories a serving, depending on which version you have. I can certainly see experimenting with the noodles in different dishes, and hopefully getting better at drying the noodles after they've been boiled. We've pretty much moved away from regular brown rice and whole wheat pastas, so it's not as I've been missing them.

Oh yea. That snack last night. That was a result of being tired, somewhat cranky, and just wanting to put things in my mouth. That sounded like the best option at the time so I went with it. I do know better, and yet.. there you have it. At least the crackers are all gone now, right?

If I can just get myself moving after work, I'll be in better shape. Wish me luck!
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MUSTANG_SALLY2 8/29/2012 10:25AM

    I love Ritz crackers. At least it wasn't one of my other favs, mini Reese cups. Sigh.

I'm glad you took time to rest. Have to have a balanced life now, me and you. We're good at getting out of balanced. LOL

I hope today is fabulous for you and that you get in some puppy time tonight.

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HEALING_LORI 8/29/2012 8:30AM

    10 crackers is not worth crying about.... if you had ate a whole tub of ice cream...maybe, but you didn't! I had a super lazy, don't want to do anything but lay of the couch day on Monday too! Maybe it was just something in the air. I made up for it yesterday by walking outside, 4.6 miles and again was thinking of a 10 mile goal I want to do! Anyways.... hope yesterday was better and today is wonderful!
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KAREN42BOYS 8/28/2012 6:24PM

    It could be your body is starting to shift a little towards perimenopause. It's an interesting wonky generally very ordinary experience.

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GETFIT2LIVE 8/28/2012 6:00PM

    Hope you're feeling more rested today--sometimes our bodies just decide it's time to rest from fitness whether we think it's necessary or not. You had a busy weekend, a day of low activity is not bad; at least there was some kind of deficit, that's more than I can say some days!

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KASHMIR 8/28/2012 4:58PM

    I was exhausted yesterday as well. Woke up with HUGE bags under my eyes. I'm blaming it on Hood to Coast! Even though we didn't stay awake for 48 hours like the runners, it was still super active weekend for the three of us!

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REALLY_ROBIN 8/28/2012 4:13PM

  I hope you are feeling better today! Good job on tracking....you still had a deficit so woo hoo for you girlie!!!

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Interesting..

Monday, August 27, 2012

We had such fun volunteering for Hood to Coast. Robin picked me and Gaye up and was kind enough to drive us to Seaside. Upon getting checked in and dropping our things, we headed for the beach. It was a nice sunny day with a pretty strong wind. We walked for quite a while, maybe 2 miles or so? Then back again. A nice dinner out (grilled halibut and steamed veggies and a baked potato) then a leisurely walk back to the hotel. How nice it was to be within walking distance of everything!

Saturday we were up and at 'em at an early hour, walking back to the main drag for breakfast. I splurged a bit with a dungeoness crab and cheese omlette, hash browns, two pieces of toast, and two pieces of sausage.
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What? I was hungry, and knew we needed to be fueled up for the day to come.

We arrived at the finish area early, and were amazed at all the people that were already there. We found out later that some of the High School challenge teams were awfully fast, coming in from Portland, and had started arriving very early that morning. We got signed in and checked off for our credit to the Honey Buckets and Badgers team, then eventually found our way to our assigned spots.

We were photog assistants, helping out by collecting the teams' belongings to put to the side so they didn't have to wear backpacks or jackets or whatever they had with them when they posed for their team photo. We also checked with the photog to make sure the right team number was assigned to the right frame on the camera memory disk.

Most everyone who came through was pleasant and grateful for the help with their things. We had a team or two that just walked through, not wanting to get a picture taken at all. Gaye and I worked the last station, and Robin worked with another lady at the station before ours.

There were fun moments, there were busy moments, but overall the time just flew by. It worked out perfectly - our shift was 9:30 to 1:30, and by the time we finished and headed to the finish area, Z-Money, Parneli, et.al. were set to arrive to wait for the final runner to cross the finish line as a team! It was great to finally meet Parneli after being friends here on Spark for so long. They even asked us to cross the finish line with them and stand with them for the team photo. That was very cool. They were very appreciative, and I kept feeling as if I should thank THEM for doing this so I could volunteer and be a part of the neat experience.

We parted ways then, agreeing to give the team finisher a ride back to Portland when we left. A quick bite at Subway, and then back to the car to empty out the extra cup or two of sand that we'd collected in our shoes LOL We met up with Jeff, and were on our way again!
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I didn't fuss with tracking. I carried that on through the rest of Saturday, and then Sunday as well. I'm back on track with tracking today, and have had a few insights. While my calories burned may make it seems as if I need to up my calorie range, apparently doing so not only slows down my rate of loss, it actually adds on the ounces to pounds!
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Even with the deficit I was seeing, I was still slowly gaining. I started the month losing bit by bit, but as the calories being burned increased, and my range expanded, the number on the scale started going up again. One of two things happened - either I wasn't burning as many calories as I thought, or I was burning just fine, but my body needs less calories in to continue losing.

That's my main focus right now - releasing those pounds again successfully so I can feel better and be more active. You'd think after all this time (two years, really) that this would make more sense, but apparently I'm still learning and my body has a thing or two to teach me yet!
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AFMARVIN 8/28/2012 10:52AM

    Thanks for Volunteering! I just missed you at the finish, we came through at 9:00am. What an experience, I hope I can do it again next year.

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MUSTANG_SALLY2 8/28/2012 10:32AM

    That too is my focus, to cut back my calories so I can feel better. I hate the way my clothes feel!

I'm glad that the volunteer weekend went well. A great way to burn calories and have fun!

Hope you're having a great Tuesday!

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FEISTYOWL 8/28/2012 10:22AM

    I feel the same way - that I'd think I'd get it by now, but it's definitely a learning process and maybe it's always ongoing?! Anyway, cheers to you for keeping at it and always trying to figure it all out! I learn from reading your posts!

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SPEEDYDOG 8/28/2012 9:45AM

    Hi Candy,

You are looking at the scale and doing something about it. Good for you! Health and fitness is a full time job. I know for personal experience that it is so easy to take a vacation and let thing get out of hand.

Thanks for volunteering for the Hood to Coast. Your contribution was much appreciated. Some of those high school teams are fast. My 3rd son is a high school football and track coach. I get to see some of those kids in action. Amazing!

Thanks for posting such a great blog.

Bruce

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HEALING_LORI 8/27/2012 6:19PM

    Sounds like a fun weekend volunteering with HTC! Keep on working to find YOUR balance between calories in and out. Everyone is different and once you find the balance you will lose for sure! Whole foods is working wonders for me and I am really liking it!
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I was thinking about you and your 10mile walk and that really is a lot of walking! Farthest I've done is 8 so I'm thinking I want to take on the challenge!
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ROXIT22222 8/27/2012 5:50PM

    Glad you had a great weekend. I was thinking of all the HTC and volleys... how could one not if you lived around here! SO glad you guys had great weather for it. I so miss the beach.... oh but wait I'll be there in 2 weeks. :)



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KAREN42BOYS 8/27/2012 2:37PM

    HTC sounds like it was a blast. My dental hygienist is doing a Ragnar -- San Francisco to Napa. She sounded so unprepared for what the race is, only running a few mles a few times a week, and she hadn't thought about food or chaning clothes during the race. Glad I could help her focus some.

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SUSUSUZZZIE 8/27/2012 2:22PM

    Your weekend sounds like so much fun!
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And to quote others (Para or Turtle?) - "bodies is weird." I've been tracking and tracking all sorts of things and I can't find a clear connection. I don't do the same things day after day and week after week so the cal in part is so hard for me to figure out. You'll be a rich chick if you figure out that formula for all of us.

Good luck finding what works for you right now so you can release those pounds and be on your way to feel better and be more active!
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KASHMIR 8/27/2012 1:58PM

    When I was in steady weight loss mode, I was never able to increase my calories in based on calories out. Even when I was running 15+ miles a week, I couldn't eat more than 1,800 calories a day on average, or I would gain weight.
I really think it's because our bodies become so much more efficent with the burn as we do more!

I tracked our beach walk out and back on the USATF site and came up with 4.05 miles total!!!

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Quick numbers run..

Sunday, August 26, 2012

I'll catch up on my blog tomorrow, but wanted to drop off these numbers this morning.

Friday total calories burned - 3986
OHS dog walking calories - 1166
Evening in Seaside walking - 1176

OHS dog walking steps - 12049
Evening in Seaside walking steps - 8508

Saturday total calories burned - 2972
Total steps - 11562

I'll provide more details tomorrow. In the meanwhile.. wow. Many thanks go GayeMC and Kashmir for a great Hood to Coast volunteer experience and slumber party with the girls, and Z-Money and the Honey Buckets and Badgers for a great HTC experience!
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MUSTANG_SALLY2 8/27/2012 10:19AM

    Wow! Lots o' steps! You go girl!!!

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AFMARVIN 8/27/2012 10:11AM

    Where were you volunteering at? I was looking at all the orange shirt people to see if there was anyone I knew... :-)

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SUSUSUZZZIE 8/26/2012 9:16PM

    WOW! Way to go on the calorie burn! Very impressive!

And so nice to hear that you had a fun weekend! Can't wait to hear more about it!

Have a wonderful week!

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 8/26/2012 6:20PM

    yay!

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GAYEMC 8/26/2012 3:34PM

    It was a fun time and I so enjoyed the walk on the beach and nice weather. Thanx for the fun!

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ROXIT22222 8/26/2012 1:11PM

    Cant wait to hear about HTC.. thought of everyone.. Do you have any stories about the fire detour?

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1954MARG 8/26/2012 9:45AM

  Keep up the good work.


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Best laid plans.. Aug. 22

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Well, that didn't quite go as planned.

Aug. 22 nutrition:
4:30 am
3 cups of coffee
6 tbsp creamer
1/2 serv. vanilla protein powder

7:30 am
Cream of wheat
1/2 serv. almond walnut butter
1 medium banana
3/4 cup almond milk

9:30 am
3 cuties

11:30 am
1 Costco salmon burger
2 cups steamed broccoli
1 med. pear

2:30 pm
20 seedless grapes

5:30 pm
1 Costco turkey burger
1 thinwich
1 slice fat free american cheese
1 tbsp reduced fat mayo
3 slices tomatoa
2 slices red onion
1 cup steamed veggies

7:30 pm
1 oz. tortilla chip strips
1 serv. almond walnut butter

Calories In: 1887 (117 over limit)

Fitness minutes:
0

Calories Out: 0

Deficit:
Calories
Eaten 1,887
BMR* 2,168
Exercise 0
Total Burned 2,168
Differential -281
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So-so calories out.

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So any deficit is better than no deficit, this is true. That's rather smallish though. And that 0 minutes of fitness isn't exactly true. I did walk the puppies last night with Bill. We did our usual meandering 1 mile route, but I didn't time it, and we strolled along, just enjoying the time out.

I mentioned yesterday that I was tired, and I knew that meant I'd be prone to evening snacking. Yep. I caved and had some tortilla chips and nut butter. Not the best choice, but not the worst, either. I was surprised to see I was up a few tenths of a pound this morning, until I realized I had the chips which always contribute to water retention. That, and I've realized I have a disturbing trend of being at or over my Sodium level for the day lately. Need to get that back under control as well.

So yea, it was a rest day, and it was wonderful. We walked the puppies, then made dinner together (really pretty easy and quick - pre-made turkey burgers on the George Forman grill, frozen mixed veggies in the microwave.. voila!) then spent a quiet evening, me reading and Bill channel surfing. It was nice to get home and just be for a bit.

So now I'm ready for the weekend, mostly. I'll be going with GayeMC and Kashmir to Seaside tomorrow afternoon, to volunteer early Saturday morning for our Hood to Coast team, Honey Badgers and Buckets! It should be a good time.

I'm talking with 4My2Kidz (hi Molly!) about how to handle food this weekend. Part of me knows that tracking keeps me honest and eating less. However, it would be nice to just "be" and eat healthy without worrying overmuch about how I'm doing. Does that make sense? I've mostly decided that I'm going to go and enjoy the adventure we're going to have without stressing much over tracking. It's only until Saturday afternoon/evening, so it should be fine. How badly offtrack can I get?
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Yea yea, let's pretend that's an angel.

I'll walk kennel kids tomorrow morning before taking off, then do the Seaside adventure with my gal-pals. I'll catch you all up on the weekend come Monday. Until then.. be good!
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ANNESYLVIA 8/25/2012 6:16PM

    Best of luck with the tracking. I need to take a break from it but not during the two week trial...it would defeat the purpose.

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 8/23/2012 6:31PM

    HAVE FUN!!

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GETFIT2LIVE 8/23/2012 5:13PM

    I think there is value to those low deficit days periodically; our bodies (and minds) need them from time to time. Good observation on the sodium; I find that can start creeping upward for me when I'm not paying attention, too. Have a wonderful time this weekend; as long as you're making conscious choices about what you're eating, you'll be fine. I'm one who *has* to track at least in a general way to keep from "forgetting" that I ate this or that and letting my calories get out of hand!

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MUSTANG_SALLY2 8/23/2012 5:02PM

    Maybe "just being" this weekend would be a good test for you. I hope you have a fabulous weekend! I can't wait to hear all about it!

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ENDUROVET 8/23/2012 4:50PM

    Aw, I think you did great!
(tracking always backfires for me; when I log it all in & see how I've slipped up, it triggers even WORSE behavior! I have a deep-seated rebellious streak ;-)
I need to get up a new post about OUR new routine, but still ironing out the kinks...
Doggies are getting lots of walksies so they are happy.
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REALLY_ROBIN 8/23/2012 3:40PM

  Have a great time this weekend! I'm sure you will do fine on the food and a day or two without tracking is not going to sink you. This is for the rest of our life! Hugs dear friend....Robin

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LESSNESS1 8/23/2012 2:54PM

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