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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:


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:

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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May goals Check-in

Monday, May 12, 2014

May Goals:
~ 15 minutes of daily exercise
~ Follow exercise plan with my sister
~ Work up to 50 consecutive pushups
~ Apply for at least 1 job per week
~ Read 1 book per week
~ Run/walk/hike 50 miles

Streak is alive and well! Made it through a weekend with friends visiting and a holiday weekend. Weekends are my tough spots, so that is an improvement.
I've been trying to follow the exercise plan my sister and I made, but had to mix it up a little bit when I was out of town last week for work. Still got some decent workouts in, even with the crazy schedule.
After realizing my arms are super WEAK, I decided my 50 consecutive pushups this month are going to be from my knees. Embarrassing, maybe, but do-able, yes. I can then work on doing full pushups after I meet this first goal.
I didn't apply for a job last week, but have 2 pulled up on my computer to apply for today after work.
I read 1.5 books last week while traveling- lots of time on the plane and in the airport!
I'm a little behind on my 50 miles, but plan to catch up this week and while I'm at the beach this weekend. Aiming for more movement and better food choices than last year's beach trip, and less drinking.

Plan of attack for beach weekend:
emoticon 100 ab reps before putting on my swimsuit
emoticon walk 1x/day
emoticon go for 1 run
emoticon keep my 15 minute exercise streak alive
emoticon No drinks before 1pm (brunch mimosas included)
emoticon No drinks until after drinking 6c of water
emoticon Think fruits and veggies first for snacks

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SDLEE514 5/13/2014 10:45AM

    yeah 50 pushups is quite the goal to strive for, even modified! Great goals, and I like your plan of attack.

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GREGGWEISBROD 5/13/2014 10:25AM

    Love your goals! And don't think there's any shame in doing knee push-ups while you build up more strength. I'm actually proud of you for doing that and focusing on being able to do fifty when your arms are ready - which they DEFINITELY will be! :D I was like that when I first tried to do leg raises on the captain's chair and failed miserably. Instead, I did knee raises for months, and other ab exercises, and now I can raise those legs proudly! Patience is a virtue, lol, or so they say. Good luck this month, you rock! :D

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STFRENCH 5/12/2014 1:51PM

    I do push-ups on my knees - I call them girly push-ups! - but I don't think I would be able to do 50 in a row! At the moment at Bodypump, we do 2x16 during the shoulder track and that's bad enough! emoticon you! Good luck :) xx

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PINKBEANBOO 5/12/2014 1:41PM

    50 push ups no matter how you have to do them is admirable. Go for it!

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April Goals Recap and New May Goals

Friday, May 02, 2014

I always feel like a new month is a great time to re-evaluate what you're doing and to try to push yourself a little bit more.

April Goals Recap:
**Cut out weekday drinking!
** Go to abs class at the gym on Mondays
** Keep up with intermittent fasting on weekdays
** Exercise outside at least 2 days per week
** Track food and exercise every day

Minus the camping trip that started on a Thursday, and the hanging out with BFF this past Monday, I stuck to the no weekday drinking (yay!)
I missed 2 abs classes (warning- excuses coming), but one was to go for a run and the other was to have one last day to hang out with BFF. We did go on a hike, but drank 2 beers at the top...
I was doing a stellar job of sticking with IF during the week until the camping trip. I think 4 day weekends totally throw me off!
Outside exercise has made up a majority of my exercise for April. Lots of running, walking, hiking. It was awesome!
Ugh, still need to work on tracking on the weekends. I also need to work on pre-tracking my food when I know I am going to be super busy.

May Goals:
~ 15 minutes of daily exercise
~ Follow exercise plan with my sister
~ Work up to 50 consecutive pushups
~ Apply for at least 1 job per week
~ Read 1 book per week
~ Run/walk/hike 50 miles

My main goal is to keep my new exercise streak alive- 15 minutes of exercise per day (started May 1). It doesn't sound like a lot, but it is something I can commit to. I want to make sure I am up and moving on days when I just come home after work and do nothing. Those of you who have been on here awhile may remember my previous exercise streak that I killed last August after 225 days :( The day afterward was a very sad day! Right now, I'm aiming to streak through May and then see where that leads me.
My sister and I have also loosely worked out a workout schedule to keep ourselves accountable and to motivate each other. We plan to run and do lower body M,W,F and plan to do core work and arms on Tu and Th. Saturday and Sunday will both be active rest days.

Hope everyone has a great weekend and is having a great start to the new month!

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STFRENCH 5/3/2014 4:28AM

    Congratulations on your success! emoticon
And good luck for your May challenge (Ive started my no sugar challenge)

Have a great weekend emoticon

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