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What do you think about while you exercise?

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Another blog topic from the list I received.
(You're welcome in advance for having a topic instead of a rant!)

What I think about when I exercise definitely depends on my mood.

When I am in a neutral mood (or things I think about pretty much all the time):
my to-do list for when I get home
how awesome I am going to feel when I'm done
my grocery list/ recipes to try
things that remind me of whichever song I'm listening to
lots of people watching
"I am so in the zone right now."
"Am I pushing myself? Should I go faster?"

When I'm stressed out or in a bad mood, I think about:
pushing harder
not having control of [stressor etc] but being in control of my health
being in a better mood after exercising
my to-do list (strangely, it relaxes me...)

When I'm in a good mood, I think about:
I can do this!/ I'm doing this!/ I'm so awesome!
Exciting things coming up
Being able to make it to my next mileage goal
Oh, and to the person next to me- we're definitely racing!

Definitely a mix of thoughts and feelings. I also zone out sometimes and just run. I actually really like when that happens.

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CLPURNELL 10/22/2012 4:47AM

    Like you it varies. I run through a lot especially when I run or walk. Just clear my mind and sort things out. I love exercise it is a great mental release for me.

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AMSTERDAMAND125 10/18/2012 12:37PM

    Sometimes nothing, sometimes I pray, a lot of times I try to focus on form or breath. When something is hurting I always to try to find one part of me to focus on that feels great (or at least doesn't hurt at all). :) Your list is fun! Oh, and when I'm on the treadmill (which works out to be about once every 3-5 runs), I either watch tv or read magazines. Sometimes I even work when I'm on the treadmill. I know lots of people who can't read while they're running, but for some reason it works for me and makes the time fly by! :)

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LAURAAT 10/17/2012 5:35PM

    I love this one:
not having control of [stressor etc] but being in control of my health

I'm going to have to steal that one next time work stressors come up!

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My aha moment

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

I received a list of blog entry topics form a sparkfriend and wanted to use some of them to get out of my "what I did today" blogging rut.

Write about your epiphany. What was your "aha!" moment? What prompted you to begin your weight loss journey?

I think mine was pretty stereotypical. My aha moment happened a few days after I got engaged. Specifically, when I saw the pictures from the day I got engaged. We were engaged on the beach like a scene from a movie- biplane flying up the coast with a banner saying:

It was awesome. As we walked back down the beach to where the family was sitting, everyone was taking pictures of us. And those pictures (yep, got engaged in a swimsuit) were really my “aha” moment. While still “small,” my stomach looked like a marshmallow and my legs were huge- I hated it! And of course our parents plastered these pictures all over facebook because they were excited.

July 3, 2010- 125ish lbs
So I guess it was partly an upcoming wedding and partly seeing myself in a swimsuit. Honestly, I didn't accomplish much before the wedding health and fitness-wise. I joined sparkpeople a few weeks after we got married.

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AMSTERDAMAND125 10/12/2012 11:22AM

    What a fun story, though!! And you look happy! Good job on the progress.

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October (so far) and plan for this week

Monday, October 08, 2012

Well I woke up at 7:40 this morning. That may sound early to some, but I am supposed to be at work by 7:30... Needless to say, I shot out of bed like a rocket, got ready and was out the door in 5 minutes. I was worried about being late because my boss freaks out easily, but one of my coworkers though we had the day off today and hasn't yet arrived, so that is probably my saving grace. Thanks Jay!

I want to do a recap and reflection of last week in terms of goals. Starting off with the good news first:
I KILLED IT with running last week! 17 miles total! I ran Sunday, Monday, Thursday and Friday. I also have some new music on my running mix, so I was excited to test it out on Friday.
I did pushups on 4 days, and abs on 3 days.
I also stayed within my calorie range on 6/7 days. I did not eat after 10pm on 6/7 days.

Not so good stuff:
I did not lift weights at home during the week.
I overate on Saturday. And over-drank. And overate. and over-drank some more. and overate and over-drank past 10pm.

I went to Taste of DC with a friend for her birthday. Now that we live so far apart, we don't get to hang out nearly as often as we used to. I didn't do too bad at the event (some yogurt, mac and cheese, a cupcake and 2 mini cannolis). Had I stopped munching there, I would have been fine for the day. After we got back to her house, we did some party prep. I ended up eating a lot of chips that night and more sweets! Like 5 cookies and the most monster sized piece of chocolate cake!
I'm not sure what happened to my brain... I did, however, manage to remember to switch up drinking wine and seltzer water so I didn't drink nearly as much as I could have. I think the fact that the party mainly took place in her kitchen was my downfall with the eating. and the whole "it's a party and I can do whatever I want" attitude I get sometimes.

I definitely feel "puffy" from all of my bad eating over the weekend. My plan was to get a run in yesterday, but I ended up staying at my friend's house until about 3. By the time I got home, I was getting my self ready for the week, showering, packing lunch, ironing, cleaning etc. It was also like 20 degrees colder outside than it was on Saturday, so my motivation was gone. So no run...

Plans for this week:
Today- Run 4 miles at the gym after work. Do 10 minutes of abs and do upper body machines
Tuesday: Run 3 miles in the park, pushups, do a SP video
Wednesday: abs and arms at home, pushups
Thursday: Attempt a 6 mile run,
Friday: 3 mile run, lower body machines
Weekend: Active rest day and a 5 mile run the other day

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CLPURNELL 10/9/2012 5:49PM

    You will be back on track in no time. Drink water will help with that puffy feeling!

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SDLEE514 10/9/2012 10:09AM

    How was Taste of DC? we went last year but didn't make it this year as it was our Williamsburg/camping weekend. Sorry about your puffy-ness, I'm sure it will come down in no time, sounds like you have a great plan.

Did you ever try out your ultimate playlist??

Have a great week! emoticon

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AMSTERDAMAND125 10/8/2012 8:41PM

    Good job!! Those are great goals for the week. You are doing so great with the running, too! :) Have a happy Tuesday!

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DIETER27 10/8/2012 10:53AM

  Keep up the good work. you can do it!

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September Goals and New October Goals

Monday, October 01, 2012

September Goals:
-Run 4 miles without stopping
-Log 14 miles per week (walking or running)
- Make 1 new recipe per week
-Do bodyrock/loving fit exercise 3x per week
-Do 30 consecutive real pushups (no knees)

run 4 miles= Did it! And also ran 5 miles without stopping yesterday- a great way to end the month!
14 miles per week- Last week I did not complete the 14 miles. I did my 5 miler yesterday instead of on Saturday emoticon
1 new recipe per week- H and I have really been enjoying this one. We've done at least 1 new recipe, usually 2 new recipes per week.
3x per week bodyrock- I didn't even do 1 bodyrock all month. FAIL
30 pushups- I think I did 2 sets of pushups all month. FAIL

October Goals
-Run a 10k without stopping (6.2 miles)
-Log 14 miles per week (walking or running)
-Exercise outside at least 1x per week
-Do ab exercises for 10 minutes 3x per week
-Do pushups 3x per week, working up to 30 consecutive real pushups (no knees)
- Lift weights at home at least 1x per week
-Stay within calorie ranges 5 days per week
- No eating after 10pm (only because I know I'm not hungry, I'm just snacky)

This looks like a lot of goals, but a few of them are meant to get me back on track to where I had been 2 months ago.
I've been doing really well with my running (3,4 and 5 miles done in September!). My eating habits have been slipping lately. The new meals have been great, but I've been craving sweets a lot and eating just to eat instead of when I'm hungry. I think adding small amounts of exercises (abs, lifting weights and pushups) to my day will help combat the mindless eating.

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CLPURNELL 10/2/2012 12:08PM

    Awesome goals for October!!


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AMSTERDAMAND125 10/1/2012 3:22PM

    GREAT GOALS!! Those are all really good, and I'm so glad you saw some good running progress in September. You're going to have an awesome fall!!!!

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    Those are some great goals chica! I love it! The eating after 10pm is something that I've been doing (but have been aiming for 8/9 since we don't stay up very late) and I feel so much better doing that! There's really something to not snacking before bed! A sparkfriend of mine, Rebecca, was saying she also does that and that she was reading a book about it.. I think it was bob harper that wrote it? -shrugs- was kind of thinking of looking into that =] I love that guy!

Anyway, you're doing a great job girl! Keep it up!!! And share those new recipes with us! I love seeing that kind of thing and getting ideas! =]

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Fall Survey Questions

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Commandeered from another sparker- feel free to fill it out too!

Fall Favorites

1. What is your favorite thing about this time of year?
Smell of fires, leaves and cold air. And leaves changing colors. And camping. I love fall!

2. What do you hope to do again before Summer is officially over?
Go camping (although summer is officially over now)

3. When did you last go on a hay ride?
When I was like 10

4. What is your favorite pumpkin dish?
Pumpkin seeds... I'm not really a pumpkin person...

5. Do you decorate your home for fall?
No. I don't like undecorating afterwards... We do have a Christmas tree, so we're not entirely un-festive

6. Do you have any hobbies that are seasonally specific? If so, what are they?
Not really, I try to get in a camping trip or 2 and do as many outdoor activities before I hibernate

7. Apple cider or hot chocolate?
Apple cider with spiced rum. Yum! But chocolate everything else

8. Are you a fan of football? If so, who is your team?
I'm a Redskins fan, so it's hard to stay excited...

9. Share a fond Fall memory.
We had our engagement pictures taken during a camping trip with my SIL, BIL and niece (SIL is a professional photographer). We did some hiking and got some awesome pictures. And great food and a huge fire. The guys ended up having an ax throwing contest, which was pretty funny. Too much testosterone...

10. It’s not Fall until…
I start wearing socks with my birkenstocks (yes, I know it's a fashion faux pas, but I do it anyways)
and I start making soup weekly

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CLPURNELL 9/28/2012 1:37PM


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    Cute survey! I wish we had crisp , rainless falls here... if we did I would TOTALLY go camping around here too! The leaves changing colors is so beautiful.. but camping in the rain isn't really my idea of fun =p=p

And isn't it funny how foods like soups are such a fall thing?? Squash is another one! (although, squash IS in season during the fall, so that part makes sense =p) Anyway, I made chicken soup the other night, totally last minute and just happened to have everything, and it was DELICIOUS! Got me excited to do more soups with the cold weather coming! =]

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