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Plan to get me through the weekend

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Today: Running errands, cleaning the house, abs and pushups at home
Wednesday: Running in the park with my sister (2.5 miles)
Thursday: Wake up early for a run?? At least walk at mom's house.
Friday: 5 mile run (with my sister and Jimi??)
Saturday: 3 mile run a the beach (may move it to Sunday)
Sunday: My birthday! Lots of sitting in the car to get home... and probably cake...

We're doing a lot of traveling and I know I could take weights with me, but let's be real- I'm not carrying an extra 20lbs that may not get used. Hence, lots of running planned, and hopefully some calorie burning! I also plan to continue doing my daily pushups and mix in some core work.

Food plan:
1 treat per day (I am counting ice cream, cookies, granola bars etc as a treat). 1 PER DAY. no deprivation, just moderation.
Alternate an alcoholic beverage with seltzer water. No need to drink 500 calories each day
Stay active, stay busy, carry my water bottle with me everywhere.
Eat a sensible, balanced breakfast each morning.

I am making twice baked sweet potatoes for Thanksgiving at my grandma's house (I make them= I control butter/sugar etc.)
I am bringing cut up veggies and hummus to the in-law's house for the weekend.

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NIKI8911 11/21/2012 12:19PM

    Oh great idea. I shall follow suit as well! This all sounds very feasible to accomplish. Happy Birthday and Happy Thanksgiving!

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AMSTERDAMAND125 11/20/2012 2:27PM

    Sounds like a great plan! And have a great birthday!!

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SHMARA 11/20/2012 2:24PM

    Nice! You just inspired me to plan what I will do in my head. In-laws house all weekend for me too. Hopefully I can sneak off here and there and work on my fitness.
And Happy Early Birthday!!

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SDLEE514 11/20/2012 2:22PM

    good for you! and happy early birthday!

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LAURAAT 11/20/2012 1:04PM

    I love the idea of seltzer water between drinks. When my MIL and I get together, we always drink. Just something we have in common, and I don't normally get the mixed drinks she makes, so I always enjoy them. That's a great way to keep on track! I'm totally stealing it. emoticon

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KRISTEN_SAYS 11/20/2012 12:36PM

    Good plan! And happy early birthday!

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STODD251 11/20/2012 12:27PM

    Sounds like a good plan. It's very realistic. I'm planning a hike between breakfast and dinner on Thanksgiving day. It's great when you can get others in the family to do it with you. That way it's more fun. Oh, and happy early birthday!

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No energy and cravings

Friday, November 09, 2012

Well, the title pretty much sums it up.

In the afternoons, I am tired all the time. I am fine during the day at work (counter-intuitive, huh?), but after my afternoon workout, I get tired. Like, want to go to bed until morning tired. I usually just slog through it without a nap so as not to interrupt my sleep schedule (I tend to have a really hard time falling asleep at night). I haven't changed much with my workouts, so I don't think I'm overdoing it.

Is it the weather? Or the time change? And I not eating enough during the day? Or enough after my workout? I've been so lethargic that doing my regular to-do list sometimes gets skipped entirely. Ugh, what a lazy few weeks I've been having! I have been meeting my mileage and calories burned goals though, which is good.

And on to the cravings... SUGAR SUGAR SUGAR!

It started around the beginning of October. I can't get enough brownies, candy, honey in my tea, artificial sweeteners, yogurt etc. I decided to join AMSTERDAMAND125 in resisting candy for the month of November (she is awesome and didn't have candy for all of October either!). I have also given up my single serving microwaveable brownie for November... I won't post the recipe here, but I got it on spark, and they are addictive. So far, so good. No candy or brownies since Tuesday.

Why am I so sleepy? And why canít I get sweets off my brain??

Plan for the weekend:
Today: pushups and abs at home (lot of errands after work)
Saturday: 4 mile run in Williamsburg tomorrow with Jimi. We are grilling out with friends afterward, so need to watch the alcohol intake...
Sunday: another outdoor run?? not sure, but will get out and do something.

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CLPURNELL 11/14/2012 4:10PM

    Probably should up your calories probably in too much of a deficit

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FITMOMMYFORLIFE 11/10/2012 11:29AM

    I think that the time changes throws EVERYONE off... my hubby has been suffering as well! I think a lot of it also has to do with the change from all the sunshine to now the lack there of and the vitamin D that goes with it.. do you take a vitamin d supplement? I usually DOUBLE mine through the winter time =]

I'm sorry that you're having some sugar craving problems =/ Honestly, I feel like I have been a bit too these last few days.. I kind of chock it up to "that time" and with all the extra halloween candy and holiday treats that are going around.. the more we're around it/have it the more we want it! Ahh! Time to BUCKLE DOWN! You can do this girl!!

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YOJULEZ 11/9/2012 1:48PM

    The time change throws me off too.

I would also look at what you're eating before your workout... is it heavier in carbs/sugar? Also if you ate a bunch of candy around Halloween time, that might have gotten your body used to the sugar, and now it wants more. Hopefully it will stop after you've been doing your "candy-fast" for another week or two.

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LAURAAT 11/9/2012 12:36PM

    I have fatigue problems, so I'm not sure if my suggestions will help your issues or not. But.... I find what I eat has a lot to do with how I feel. So, if I'm feeling rough, I go back and look at what I've been eating, and adjust it to be better. More freggies, better protein sources, etc. I also make sure to get as much sleep as I need (although I know for non-fatigue, you really should stick to a strict schedule.). I avoid caffeine, sugar, and other things I know will weigh me down later. I cut back on my exercise until I'm feeling better - maybe limiting it to just walking even.
Whatever the issue is, I hope you get to feeling normal again soon!!

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Blog Topics- the grocery store

Friday, November 02, 2012

Another blog topic off the list I have: Grocery store habits

Do you often go to the store with the best intentions not to buy junk food, but when you get to the car, your bags are full them?
I generally do not buy any junk food. I did buy Halloween candy this week for trick or treaters (and ate more than I should have!), but I generally do not buy junk. There have been times where I buy a tub of frozen cool whip (don't judge!), or a box of crackers, but that's about it.

Do you stick to a list?
I follow a grocery list that usually involves items for 3-4 planned dinners (including 1 new recipe) and staple items. I also stock up when certain items are on sale, regardless of my list (dry beans, frozen veggies etc).

Do you go hungry?
I try not to go hungry. I usually go after work since my favorite grocery store is closer to my job than my house. I have a snack around 2:30 or 3 at work, so I'm usually fine at 430 when I am shopping.

Do you avoid the "impulse" aisles?
I pretty much shop the perimeter of the store, except for pasta, dry beans, rice, oatmeal and occasionally fruit snacks or granola bars for my husband. Oh, and milk. I buy organic milk which is randomly in a little section in the middle of the store.

Do you have a secret to staying on course with your weekly shopping trip?
I try to plan meals for the night my husband and I eat dinner together (he sometimes works at night). I also check the sale ads to see if there is anything I need to stock up on. I make a list and rarely vary from it. I buy a lot of the same staple items (yogurt, cottage cheese, fresh fruit, fresh veggies, frozen veggies, chicken, tofu etc). I think the meal planning and going with a list definitely help save money.

We used to buy a lot of processed items like pizza rolls, canned soups, spaghettios, pizza, mac and cheese, pasta roni, cookies, crackers etc. I make most items from scratch now, and buy those items very rarely. We also used to eat a lot of pasta. Like 3x per week a lot. I couldn't cook anything that didn't come out of a box until I was 21 or 22.

What are your grocery store habits? notice anything different from how you used to shop compared to your habits now?

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CLPURNELL 11/5/2012 6:28PM

    Great blog and advice!

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    What a great blog! I love it! Did you get these questions from somewhere or come up with them on your own?

Sounds like we have very similar shopping behaviors =] It's almost foreign/weird to me to think about how I USED to shop and the things I used to buy! Ugh! Junk! Top Ramen will NEVER EVER EVER be in my cupboards again! bahaha...

I've been really trying to get back into the meal planning lately.. I was doing so well for awhile and then drop off for a bit.. when I pulled up my older meal plans I realized I was doing a LOT of the same meals every week! Still kind of am =/ I need to work on the NEW meal ideas! So if you have any that you've tried and loved I would love to hear them! I need some inspiration! =D

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YOJULEZ 11/2/2012 5:49PM

    I definitely meal plan, based loosely around what's on sale, but also what I already have in my freezer/pantry (which is stock ups from previous sales). I've been at it for about 6 months now, so I'm learning the sale cycles of stuff at my store. Like, they will always put chicken breast on sale for 1.99/lb like every 3-4 weeks. So each time, I buy enough to get me through 3-4 weeks, and that way I'm not tempted when it goes on sale at like 2.99 or 2.49, since I know it'll be 1.99 again soon. I also do buy staple stuff when it goes on sale, even if I don't need it that week.

I so my main shopping on Saturday mornings after I eat breakfast so I'm never hungry, and the store is not crowded at all. I've found that if I go when it's crowded, like after work or later in the day Saturday or on Sunday, I tend to feel rushed and might miss something on my list. Also BF (we live together) knows that if he doesn't ask me to put it on my list, he's not getting it. But, because of him, I do go into the "temptation aisles". This week his requests were cocoa pebbles, and chocolate and strawberry syrup to mix with milk. He gets weird cravings... I asked him if he was pregnant haha. I've gotten good at just finding his stuff though, and not looking at anything else in those aisles. Also, I get off work early on Fridays, so I stop at 2 stores on my way home that are near my office to get sale stuff. Sometimes I'm hungry in those stores, but since I'm only there for a few specific items, I get in and get out. One is a produce-centric market so I get a lot of my produce there as it's mostly cheaper than the store that's by my house.

Before, I used to go in with no plan at all, just would buy random stuff and then figure out how to put it together into a meal when I got home. I also bought a lot of stuff like you... frozen pizzas, frozen chicken tenders, fries, stuff like that.

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November Goals and summing up October progress

Thursday, November 01, 2012

October Goals
-Run a 10k without stopping (6.2 miles)
****I ran 7 consecutive miles and also did an 8 mile run with 2 rests in the middle!
-Log 14 miles per week (walking or running)
**** I have been consistently doing 14 or more miles per week!
-Exercise outside at least 1x per week
**** Fall is my favorite season, so I've been doing as much outdoor activities as possible
-Do ab exercises for 10 minutes 3x per week
**** I did well with this initially, but waned off for some reason. My abs need help!
-Do pushups 3x per week, working up to 30 consecutive real pushups (no knees)
**** I really don't like doing pushups. I really need to work on this
- Lift weights at home at least 1x per week
**** Did really well initially, but have at least gotten in a good amount of ST at the gym. This was more to occupy myself instead of snacking...
-Stay within calorie ranges 5 days per week
**** Very disappointed with my eating the past 2 months. Need to work on this
- No eating after 10pm (only because I know I'm not hungry, I'm just snacky)
**** I did well during the week and then spiraled out of control on the weekends. Definitely need to work on unnecessary snacking...

November goals:

Log 14 miles, not to include walking
Do 450 pushups total for the month
Allow myself to have up to four "treats" per week (not 1 per day, or 10 per special occasion)
Dedicate at least 1 day per week to a hardcore abs session (workout ideas welcome!)

I have simplified my goals and have made very specific targets to reach. I am definitely a numbers person, and like having measurable goals to track. I turn 26 this month and want to look better and feel better about myself than I did last year.

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CLPURNELL 11/5/2012 6:18PM


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    Dang you did a great job with October! WOO! Way to go girl!!!

I love that you simplified your goals a bit to focus on what you didn't reach.. super awesome! As far as ab workouts, Kyla gagnon has a bunch of great 10min ab workouts that KICK BUTT on her site!! Check her out! =]

Keep up the great work chica!

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SDLEE514 11/1/2012 8:41AM

    yay for balance! you have a great attitude and grasp on what you're capable of, but you also have great goals and know you can allow yourself some treats here and there. emoticon

As for abs, I do recommend Jillian Michaels' new Killer Abs dvd but also Cindy Whitmarsh has some good ab workouts (and general workouts, I love her less is more cardio) that can be found on Hulu.

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KYLAR_STERN 11/1/2012 8:25AM

    Wow, sounds like you're doing really well. Congrats! The allowing yourself treats is huge. Two extra 300 calorie treats is better than a thousand calorie binge down the road becuase you feel deprived.

For ab workout ideas, I know you can google P90x ab ripper and the first two videos that come up are parts 1 and 2 from it. Its only like 12 min and not the hardest ab workout (I feel p90x and insanity is horribly overrated) but its not a bad burn you get and no equipment required.

One of my favorite ab workouts is a Mason twist ladder. Take a medicine ball of whatever weight you can do, heavier is better. And start at 10 side to side twists with your feet off the ground. Then throw the ball to your partner across from you so they can do their 10 while you keep your feet off the ground (I do this without a partner by just counting and holding my feet up, but it does add a sense of competition of who can keep going when there's 2 of you) Then get the ball back and do 9. hodl for 9 count. 8 twists. ect until you work on down. See if you can do a full 10-0 without setting your feet down.

Another good one if you have access to a punching bag is to do lock your legs around it and do inverted sit-ups. This one is really good for us jiu jitsu guys because that's exactly the motion of reaching up to break an opponents posture down when he's in our guard.

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STODD251 11/1/2012 8:15AM

    It seems like you have made some good progress! Sure, there are areas where you would like to improve, but you've set some good goals for the upcoming month. Pushups are something I have never been good at, so I understand the struggle there.

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October check-in and plans for this week

Monday, October 22, 2012

The bad news: Iíve been really lax (ok, just terrible) with my eating lately. Iím back to my terrible habit of checking my tracker, seeing another 300 calories until I get to my max and then eating until I get there (or over!). Eek! Why am I doing this?? I also had 3 ďcelebratoryĒ days this past week- concert on Monday, visiting friends in Richmond Friday and my sister came over Saturday. All 3 resulted in extra calories due to alcohol and late night munchies. Another reason going to bed by 11 every night is a good idea!

The good news: Iíve been exercising regularly. I havenít been as good about my 5x weekly pushups and my 3x weekly 10 minutes of abs that I set a goal for, but did abs 2x and pushups 3x. I have also been keeping up with my running. I drove to Wiliamsburg Friday afternoon to meet my husband for a run after work. IT WAS AWESOME! I miss running in a city where you can run in any direction without going to the end of a street and turning around. I liked it so much that I did it again on Sunday. I had planned to do a 4 mile run, but found my mojo around mile 3.5 and ended up doing 8 miles! This was my longest distance to date, although I did take 2 walk breaks, so it wasnít a solid run. Either way, I was proud!

Plan for this week:
Monday: Abs and legs at home (maybe a video too?)
Tuesday: 3 mile run at the park
Wednesday: Abs, arms
Thursday: 4 mile run at the gym, Abs
Friday: leaving to go camping!
Saturday: hiking
Sunday: riding in the carÖ (maybe do a run before everyone wakes up?)

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CLPURNELL 10/25/2012 5:20AM

    Great job on the 8 miles that is awesome. you will get the eating under control!


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AMSTERDAMAND125 10/22/2012 2:29PM

    Good job on the 8 miles!! That is so exciting! :)

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