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Exercise! And Weekend Plan

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

In my blog on Monday, I posted that we were trying to finish the Fitnessblender 5 Day Workout Challenge (Link to Day 1 below). We completed Day 3 yesterday and plan to do Day 4 after work today.

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We're planning to go straight to my in-law's house after work on Thursday (tunnel traffic= go immediately or wait until super late). This would be great except that Thursday is supposed to be Day 5 of the Fitnessblender challenge. DH has agreed that we will do the workout right when we get there, so we will be able to complete it on time.

Since DH bugged me to take off work Friday, my leverage was a 5 mile run one morning. I feel like I need to run something longer than my normal 2-3 miles before the 8k race next weekend.

We've also weaseled some exercise into the weekend for the group. We're bringing one of our kayaks down and are planning to rent a paddleboard to try out. Hoping the water will calm down at the beach (red flags all this week!), or else we will put in on the sound side.

Hoping that the regular exercise will keep me mindful of food and drinks. I will also try to keep in mind that food is fuel!

  
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IRP1114 8/27/2014 2:25PM

    Agree. Sounds like it will be a super fun weekend! Enjoy!

Think balance. Ok to replace some of the calories burned. Not so good to go over. At least it doesn't feel so good right!?! Enjoy all of it mindfully. You CAN do it!!! You will feel awesome when the weekend is over and you have zero bloat to deal with. emoticon
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I have a long weekend on the road ahead of me too! So I am right there with you on staying mindful with food and treats. It will not be easy but it is NOT IMPOSSIBLE.
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ARUNNINGKAT 8/27/2014 11:56AM

    Your weekend sounds like it will be fun and full of fitness! Love it!

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Another "What I've been up to the past month" blog

Monday, August 25, 2014

Trying to keep it short and sweet. My main goals for the week is to exercise every day (even if it is just a short walk) and to make good food choices at every opportunity.

Not so Positive:
Another weekend in the bag, another without the structure that helps me to maintain my fitness/eating plan. I still struggle with eating too much or having too many drink calories when I do anything outside of my normal weekday routine. It's a problem because the fun parts of life are usually the weekends, and that's the part that in not in my regular routine! I'm also a little bit nervous because we'll be going to my in-law's house this weekend, which I'm sure will have the same food and drink temptations that all of my weekends seem to have.

Positives:
emoticon DH asked when I wanted to sign up for another half marathon! (although the one in Richmond mid-November would be great, the cost is really high because it's so soon (and x2), so I'm leaning towards VA Beach on St. Patty's Day, or even a re-run of the one we did in OBX last April).
emoticon We're going to finish the Fitnessblender.com 5 Day Challenge this week
emoticon I watched a documentary called Tiny (it's on Netflix right now) and am working on decluttering the house/our lives. I don't want to live in a tiny house, but the documentary has inspired me to work on having less stuff.
emoticon Really working on trying to view food as fuel
emoticon Finally have a lull in travel for work! Planning for some backpacking in September (haven't been since the end of April emoticon )
emoticon Actively working on finding things to do with my friends that don't involve eating or drinking (going for a walk and talking vs bottle of wine, or playing disc golf after work instead of happy hour, etc.)
emoticon Have an 8k race in a little less than 2 weeks!


Happy Monday sparkfriends!

  
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IRP1114 8/25/2014 5:04PM

    The challenge of the weekend is never ending. It feels good when you do have a good weekend and can keep the progress going... So it is worth trying! Not that it ever sticks to the point we can really be in control every weekend but knowing you can if you really set your mind to it can be a huge boost in momentum. So don't give up!

So cool your hubby wants to sign up for another half with you!!! Hope you do find one you can do together soon ; )!

Have fun with the fitness challenge! And good luck with the new mindset on food. It is worth a try to think of food a little differently sometimes.

Let's make it a great week! emoticon emoticon


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IAMZBEE 8/25/2014 4:40PM

    Weekends are like that for me as well. I go in thinking "moderation" rather than trying to swear everything off for good. I'm also needing to reframe my mind to "food for fuel" since i feel all of this summer has revolved around food.... I've actually downloaded a few meditation apps to focus on weight loss and getting fit. Going to start incorporating them daily into my routine.

Interested to learn what types of active events you do with your friends... I need some ideas as well. =)

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ARUNNINGKAT 8/25/2014 12:24PM

    Weekends can be such a challenge! I am still struggling to figure out what to do about my weekends and how to live life while losing weight. It sounds so simple, but it really is not!

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Blog blog

Friday, July 18, 2014

So after posting exciting photos for everyone, I kind-of promised a workout/food blog was coming. As usual, it's easier for me to post a blog when I have something exciting to say.

Unfortunately for you, today is not that day emoticon

Since getting back from Vegas, I've actually been eating really well. Weíve made dinner every night and packed lunches for the next day. Lots of salads and lean protein. Itís great. Iíve kept my carbs way down (like, lowest %s ever- in the 25-40% range), and have stayed within my calorie limit. I've been eating pretty high fat, but I have noticed I'm much more full from the food I'm eating than I am when I have a lot more carbs.

**Side note** DH got an internship while I was in Germany! Jobs have been really hard to come by since he went back to school (finished last May), so the internship is awesome for him to get experience in his field. He actually goes to work before I do, which is totally new for us (and totally awesome mwahaha). The internship is only till the end of the summer, but hopefully, it will help him get his foot in the door here, or look good enough on his resume to get his foot in the door elsewhere. Fingers crossed!

I've done 3 workouts in the past week, which is a huge improvement from ZERO. We're leaving after work to spend the weekend with the in-laws. Planning to get a run in on Saturday morning, and probably some yoga or an abs video on Sunday.

As of Wednesday afternoon, I'm going to Niagara Falls next week for work. I've never been there before, so I'm excited to see the falls. Hoping to have time to cross the border and see them, as I've heard the view is much better from Canada. We will see. Same work travel plan as usual. Try to get some exercise in every day, make the best food choices possible while I'm out and drink plenty of water.

Happy Friday Sparkies!

  
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GREGGWEISBROD 7/21/2014 9:47AM

    Sooooo, what you're telling me is that we're totally gonna hook up for lunch one day this week?! :D If you're on the Canadian side with some time to kill during the day, I'd totally drive down. It would be a hot awkward mess I'm sure, but fun to actually meet! :D I'm sure you'll be working like crazy though during the days you're there, hope you make it across at least once to see both American and Canadian Falls from our side of the border. At night, they light them up, and it's pretty dang cool. :)

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ARUNNINGKAT 7/18/2014 6:40PM

    So excited to read an update from you! Sounds like things are going well for you! emoticon

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Vacation Blog with pics! (workout blog to follow)

Monday, July 14, 2014

Sorry Iíve been MIA for so long! I do have a smartphone now (yay!), but it didnít work in Germany and I wasnít really on it when I was in Las Vegas. Life recap for the past month:



Germany:

I LOVED Germany! The food was great, the wine and beer were great, and I got to walk to do things, which is something I canít do where I live now. Running was awesome, because I constantly had new things to look at. I actually gain zero weight while I was in Germany because of all the walking and running I did. I was surprised at the zero weight gain because I ate so much bread while I was there and had a drink most nights with dinner. At some places, I was hard pressed to find non-pork to eat (I donít eat any meat except chicken). Another major difference I noticed was that they donít have a ginormous alcohol selection at each place, like they do in the states. And there is also no major rush. I have a lot of restaurant work experience in the US, and people always get mad about how long things take (drinks, food, menu, whereís my server etc.). In Germany, everyone was so much more relaxed. It was a nice change of pace.

Oh, I also worked while I was there, but that only took up 9-12 hours of each day emoticon

Heidelberg Castle


After a run to the top of Humberg Tower


Stained glass by Marc Chagall in the Metz Cathedral


Romer Square in Frankfurt


View of downtown Frankfurt from my run along the Main



Las Vegas:

Getting out there was a disaster. Our flight was delayed 3 times and then cancelled. Of course there were no more flights out within 300 miles of where we were until the following day (The 4th, which also happened to have a hurricane headed towards us). We made the executive decision to drive to DC to catch our connection for the following morning, lest our flight from Norfolk get cancelled and we miss the entire trip!

We had friends fly in from GA, VA, NJ and OR waiting for us. We did a lot of drinking and eating, but it was worth it. I think the last time we were all together was when Jimi and I got married in 2011! I borrowed a dress from my sister and felt like a rockstar when we went out Saturday night.



My 2 BFFs and me






  
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IRP1114 7/17/2014 12:39PM

    So cool! Love all the pictures. Sounds like you had a great time! AND completely agree you are looking fabulous girl! Be proud emoticon

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STFRENCH 7/17/2014 6:00AM

    It all looks amazing! I have never been to Germany, although what you said about people being more laid-back and not rushing reminds me very much of France emoticon

And, by the way, you look fantastic in that black dress!! emoticon

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MELLOYELLO01 7/16/2014 9:34AM

    That looks like a blast!! Welcome back!

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ARUNNINGKAT 7/15/2014 1:58PM

    Thanks for the update! It looks like you have been having a lot of fun! Both Germany and Vegas look like fun and beautiful places!

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SDLEE514 7/15/2014 11:31AM

    Ha I had the same dining experience in the azores...they were in absolutely no rush to give us our check and wouldn't even consider it until we finished our wine--hahah but it was nice!
Love all your pictures and I second that you look absolutely amazing! great to see you back!

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IAMZBEE 7/15/2014 10:02AM

    Oh my gosh! Thanks for updating us. Your trips look so fun, and you look AMAZING!!!! Great job on maintaining and enjoying! It's all about the balance, right? So happy to see you back.

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KCLARK89 7/14/2014 11:15PM

    Looks awesome!!! I really want to go back to Europe and definitely get to Germany after seeing those pics!

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GREGGWEISBROD 7/14/2014 10:28PM

    Your time in Germany sounds like it was fantastic! Lots of work I see, but some great play as well. The picture of you with the countryside in the background makes me crave traveling abroad again in the worst way! I hear you on the relaxed meals concept over there, it's the same in France and Italy. I love how they treat it like an experience that way - a time to slow down and just enjoy your time with whomever you're with, or even just alone with your own thoughts. Glad you loved it so much!! Also, that dress you're wearing in your Las Vegas pics??? Wowie!!! :D Breathtaking, Christy!

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AQUAGIRL08 7/14/2014 8:55PM

    Nice pictures! Thanks for sharing!

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BETZYGIRL 7/14/2014 8:23PM

    Sounds like you had a great time! I really enjoyed your vacation pictures. Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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How is it already June??

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Catch-up on life events:
emoticon I joined the 21st century and got a smartphone (also known as a phone to the rest of the world lol)
emoticon Weighed 5lbs more than I did last year according to the doctor
emoticon Had 3 running days while out of town last week!
emoticon Leaving for Germany in 10 days! (for work, but it'll be my first trip to Europe!)
emoticon Read a lot of books lately (like 5 or 6 since my last blog!)
emoticon FINALLY made a new recipe:

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It may not be the beginning of the month, but I feel like I need to get some goals posted so I have something to concentrate on.

June Goals:
emoticon 80oz of water every day (humid here and lots of travel coming up)
emoticon Exercise 5 days per week, especially when out of town
emoticon End the day feeling like I made the best decisions in each food/drink/get more exercise situation I encounter

I've been really busy lately and will only get busier before it lightens up again. I need to look at every opportunity as an opportunity to make better decisions. Once you start flexing your self control muscle, it gets easier to flex your self control muscle!

  
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STFRENCH 6/15/2014 6:02AM

    Hope you enjoy your trip to Germany! :)

By the way, I only got my first smartphone really recently and I am already thinking "How did I ever live without one of those?!"
Xx x

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PINKBEANBOO 6/11/2014 12:43PM

    What????? You left me behind in the 20th century when you got a smartphone. Haha!

"Once you start flexing your self control muscle, it gets easier to flex your self control muscle!"
I love that. I'm going to save it.

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IRP1114 6/11/2014 11:19AM

    We'll said! Good luck with everything you have going on right now. And wooohoooo to a trip to Europe : )! How exiting!!


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GREGGWEISBROD 6/11/2014 9:37AM

    So true, about the self control muscle. The moment you start letting go it all just fumbles into chaos, but the more you flex it, the easier it gets long term. Your goals are fantastic! I hope you have a wonderful time in Germany, that's on my list of "hope to travel to" places! :D

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STRIVERONE 6/10/2014 9:58PM

    Hope you can squeeze some fun into that work trip.

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