Friday, March 01, 2013
And this is what it said:
Scorpio (October 23 - November 21)
You now have the necessary tools to create enough stability in your life that you can balance your need for fun with your desire to go the distance and reach your destination. It's as if you're preparing for a marathon because you're in it for the long haul and not just a sprint. But don't give anyone the power to talk you out of your view of reality. Ultimately, you're running your own race; it's your choice and no one else's. Trust your feelings and act on them with confidence.
Whether or not you believe in horoscopes, you must admit seeing a message like that directed at you would likely help bolster your determination to do things your way to reach your goals.
I'm taking it and running with it!
Thursday, Feb. 28:
Total Burned 3,021
Bub and I went for another run last night. When we started, it was not raining. After the first mile, it was misting/drizzling, so I looped back by the house to drop him off with Bill. Bill, however, was still out with Maggie and Millie (and the house was locked) so I popped Bub a treat and we took off again. He finished the 3 miles with me, and went from a creamy white dog to a road-grimed gray dog.
We toweled off, warmed up, and had dinner. Bill made yummy bbq-pulled-pork enchiladas. They were really good! I have another one for lunch today.
Bub will get tomorrow off while I go for 5-6 miles. I'd prefer 6, but we'll see how I'm feeling. I'm a bit off my schedule but I should be able to correct and finagle enough to get back on track.
I'm finding myself more and more engaged in the Humane Society world, and not just because I want to bring home one out of every five animals. Like this one!
That little girl came in with her littermates and is just adorable. Bill went to meet some of them and offered to put a hold on one so Bub could meet them, but I waved him off. We may be adding another four-legger to the family later in April so it's just not sensible to add another one right now.
Tempting, but not logical.
I still her very much. Her and Heavenly.
Heavenly's picture does not even do her justice. She's one of the Brooks rescue dogs and is a total lovebug and snugglebunny. She would not get along with my other dogs, and that's why she's not coming home with me.
YOU however, if you're looking for an active companion should consider her - and by YOU I mean my friends here in the Portland/Vancouver area.
See? I diverged off onto a kennel kids tangent again. Sorry.
I'm eating healthy today.
I'm getting my steps in today.
I'm going to train Julian later today.
Last one, sorry, swear.
Until next time at least....
Thursday, February 28, 2013
It's been a busy day and it's almost slipped away from me. First, the numbers....
Total Burned 3,031
I had a great calorie burn, but it was offset (mostly) by a great taco salad and chili cheese fries.
That has turned into our 'after kennel kids walking' go-to .. or should I say to-go meal. So easy to swing by and pick it up at the drive thru. Yes, there are healthier alternatives, but really.. besides the fried flour tortilla, it's mostly healthy.
Ok, enough justification.
I'm fixin' to head home. It's supposed to be raining, but if it's not, I'll harness up my training partner and hit the pavement again. Hope you all have good evenings!
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
To my running partner from last night.
Mr. Zerbert Ray Bailey (aka Bubbie) having a much-deserved rest last night.
He went with me last evening on my run. I haven't run in a week and a half, and knew I needed to get out there to get my mojo back, to get the good juju flowing again. I harnessed him up, and Bill got Maggie and Millie into their harnesses, and we all left the house at the same time. I looped around the block, while Bill took the girls straight along the street. Bub and I caught up to them then ran past them, on our way.
He is ~such~ a good lil boy. That fancy tail you see draped behind him is a precise indicator of how he's feeling, and it is almost always wiggling and waggling. On the majority of our run (and yes, I Galloway'd, :45 sec intervals of walking and running) that tail was curled up tall and flying proudly. Something bothered him briefly and it was streaming straight out behind him, but it eventually curled back up again.
He went the whole distance with me, not stopping until we got back to the house and the front yard. Then, he sprawled out, all four legs going in different directions LOL Poor lil pup was pooped!
We each had a healthy dinner, then we curled up on the couch. At least, until I offered a treat for taking his picture.
Then he was all about sitting pretty.
I'm going to continue my version of accountability and keep on posting my daily differentials. It helps me, but isn't as detailed as listing everything I eat each day. I imagine that got boring for you as it did for me. Ha!
Monday, Feb. 25
Total Burned 2,698
Tuesday, Feb. 26:
Total Burned 3,032
I want to see my differentials add up logically to pounds released. I know, weight loss is anything but logical, but I can dream, right?
Thanks so for the boost and encouragement and understanding yesterday. If there's one thing you should know about me by now it's that I only do what I want to do. To some extent, my spoiled brat little girl still holds sway within me. I don't always say thank you, or give goodies. My form of gratitude, support and encouragement is mostly by reading your blogs, hearing your voices, and commenting. That's how I learn more about each of you, and I'm always so glad that you share yourselves with me (us) in that way.
Now let's get back to kickin' fat's *ss!
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
If it's not working, try something else.
Simple. Logical. Easy. Easy? Hmm.....
In jotting a brief comment to Suz on a blog yesterday (can one actually 'jot' using a keyboard rather than a pen/pencil?) I mentioned that I had been blissfully offline over the weekend. A truer statement has not been made.. at least not in the last week or so. I tried, for a while, to be present and engaged here on Spark on the weekend, at least blogging and commenting on blogs, posts, etc. It all just started to feel like too much pressure, too high of a demand on my time, and so I took a step back. Then I tripped over a curb and nearly landed on my proverbial *ss.
Several of you helped stop me from throwing in the towel, throwing my hands up, tossing the baby out with the bathwater.. apparently my mind wants to play with cliches and colloquialisms this morning.
Anyway, you - my sistahs in sweat and stubborness and struggle - you helped. Fluttering around the edges of my mind were snippets of wispy thoughts -
It's not going to work.
Embrace the fat.
Just be yourself, stop struggling.
Stop making yourself miserable.
Maybe I can blame still-lingering hormones. Maybe I can blame feeling pressured to do, to conform, in ways that seem pointless to me. Maybe I can blame it on a lot of things.
I enjoyed the three days offline, spending a good amount of time doing what makes me happy. If, by doing that, I happened to fulfill other obligations, then great. I didn't go out of my way to make things happen.
This.. and by this, picture me waving my hands around, indicating the all-encompassing 'everything'.. is p*ssing me off. It's nobody's fault but my own. Nobody can fix it but me. That's what I need to focus on, and that's what I'm going to do.
I was successful at the start of this year, losing bits and pieces of lbs consistently that added up. I recorded my weight and watched the patterns and understood that I'd gain a little before I'd lose a little more. I was happy with the pattern, and the progress. I've lost that momentum due to a variety of reasons and I need to return to those previous methods - looking back to figure a way forward. Simple, straight forward, no frills, no navel-gazing, no greater good.
Simple. Clean. Focus. Doing what works. That's my plan to keep moving forward.
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
I stepped on the scale this morning, which I've been avoiding since last week, and I'm up 2.2. Thank you TOM and hormones.
S'alright, just means the loss next week will be even better, right?
And then.. I moved on.
Seriously, after the WI, I just .. felt better. It is what it is, and I knew what it would be. Now that's over with, no pressure or guilt, just action.
Tuesday, Feb. 19:
Kirkland Daily Multivitamin, 1 serving 0
Organic Valley Organic Half & Half, 4 tbsp 80
Regular Coffee, 2 cup (8 fl oz) 5
Optimum Gold Standard Natural 100% Whey Vanilla - 1 scoop, 1 serving 130
Blackberries, fresh, 0.5 cup 37
Blueberries, fresh, 30 berries 23
Raspberries, 15 raspberries 14
greek god's greek yogurt traditional plain, 1 serving 130
Manitoba Hemp Hearts Raw Shelled, 4 tbsp 227
Spaghetti Squash, 1 cup 42
Spaghetti Meat Sauce (with ground turkey), 0.5 cup 90
Boneless Porkchop, Center cut, 4oz., 1.75 serving 315
Amylu Sweet Carmelized Onion Chicken Burger, 1 serving 140
Reboot Roasted Veggies, 0.5 serving 79
Brussel Sprouts with Bacon, 1 serving 113
Chocolate - Dove Dark Chocolate Promises (5 pcs), 1 serving 210
Daily total: 1743
Calorie Range per SparkPeople - 1790 - 2140
This is for a goal of losing 1 lb a week, burning 2550 cals a week to reach 199 by the first week of December, 2013.
Total Burned 3,075
Before I got home yesterday, I was going to run after work.
When I got home yesterday, the mind/body was not willing.
So, we compromised.
I went downstairs and walked on the treadmill (hat tip to Fruityful for the inspiration!) to get my miles in while watching West Wing.
In case you think I'm fibbing about hormones and being out of whack (not that I think you think that, but just in case..) I alternated between sobbing and laughing while watching the show. It was the end of the Season 1 finale (the shooting where the President and Josh are shot) and the Season 2 opener.
Total nutjob. Really. I knew I was being a nutjob. I mean, I've seen the show. I know what happens. There are times being a woman just wears on my nerves. Not that I'd prefer the alternative, I like being a girl, mostly.
A note about my 'crap' comment yesterday. Thanks for the assurances that I wasn't doing badly. From an over-all perspective, no, it's not that bad. In light of the 28 Days Later Sugar/Sweetener Free challenge, I suck LOL I do really well during the day but have been soothing myself in the evening with chocolate.
Old habits are hard to break, but I'm going to make this last week of the challenge as clean as possible. I don't consider myself a failure, but this month has certainly proved to me that, while not inundated with sugar/sweetener all day every day, I do have areas to be worked on.
Thank you, though, for handling me gently. I appreciate all your comments and support.
Now on with the show.
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