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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

I went off on my merry way back to my office after the potluck we had for lunch. We were leaving the food in the conference room until 2 for people to snack on (lots of crock pots, so no food safety worries).
Most of the lunch food items had beef or pork, so I had a small salad, some hummus, rice, veggies and 4 crackers. I was feeling pretty good, not too full and I'd made decent choices with the limited options I had. And then I had a cookie. And a chocolate chip muffin. And some friendship bread (which is like a loaf version of a muffin). And some chocolate.

And then I went to refill my water and ended up in the conference room for another cookie and some of the bread. And them when I went to get my hummus out of the conference room a few minutes ago, I had another cookie and a piece of chocolate.

WHAT THE HELL?? What happened to my game plan??

I am so full! This is exactly what we were talking about on Kylar Stern's blog with the need to keep stuffing yourself after you reach full. And then re-stuffing yourself to maintain full. I was "normal" after lunch and was actually proud of myself initially for not going overboard and getting seconds.

I would have to run over 9.5 miles (at 6.3mph) to even counteract enough of my calories to get it to a "normal" lunch for me (~300 calories). Yep. That means I ate over 1,000 calories between noon and 3:30 today. I don't even want to put on a tank top at the gym today...

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CLPURNELL 12/19/2012 4:27PM

    It happens to the best of us. Just learn from it and let it go.


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AMSTERDAMAND125 12/19/2012 1:15PM

    You are doing great, girl. Knelkins is right: don't sweat it! You have done SO well and have already made up for that over the last few months. You're strong, motivated, and headed in the right direction.

It's a blip. :) Have a great evening! Talk to you soon.

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KNELKINS 12/18/2012 4:24PM

    Don't be so hard on yourself. First of all, if it's a solitary occasion, it's unlikely it will actually do any damage. And second of all, a binge can be useful. It can spur you on to do better afterwards, and it can get some crazy craving out of your system to allow you to eat more healthily for a long time following the binge. Don't think of it in terms of how much exercise you'd have to force on yourself to break even because it will both depress you, which is not good for healthy habits, and will make you resent exercise, which is not good for healthy habits. Enjoy the memories of the tasty food, analyze your less than good feelings of simply eating too much of it at one time, and make it a learning experience. And realize you may end up doing it again eventually and that that's okay, that it isn't going to screw you up, and that even though it isn't a healthy practice, it can serve a healthy result if you let it.

Sometimes I have the opposite problem, where I eat something indulgent everyday and I don't feel guilty because it's a very small serving. I don't think eating something extravagant everyday is necessarily a bad thing, but you can develop the slippery slope phenomenon where gradually all your choices become a little less healthy and a little more indulgent and before you realize there's a problem, your diet truly sucks, and now it's consistent. At least with a binge, there's a huge obvious stop sign that you see immediately afterwards.

Good luck in being lenient with yourself and turning this negative into a positive. I know you will!

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Name 10 positive things about yourself (do it!)

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Another blog topic, and perfect timing. December seems to be when everyone is reevaluating their goals from 2012, some of which weren't achieved.

1. I am independent
2. I am strong
3. I am reliable
4. I am mindful of the things I put in my body
5. I am a runner
6. I am smart
7. I an very loyal to my close friends and family
8. I am a good cook
9. I am creative
10. I am persistent (aka stubborn, but this comes in handy sometimes :)

Your turn! Name 10 positive things about yourself.

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SHMARA 12/13/2012 1:22PM

    This is great!
1. I am a good mother.
2. I am thoughtful.
3. I am loving.
4. I am giving.
5. I am honest.
6. I am kind.
7. I strive to be good.
8. I am loyal.
9. I know right from wrong.
10. I know my worth.

And now I feel amazing. Thanks girl!

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SDLEE514 12/13/2012 11:10AM

    Love it, great idea!

1. I am a good person and considerate of others' feelings
2. I am determined
3. I am independent and will find a way to do it myself
4. I am a fighter/survivor
5. I am smart
6. I am motivated
7. I am talented/creative/self-taught in making my jewelry
8. I am working on being the healthiest and fittest I can be
9. I am a hard worker
10. I am loving

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CLPURNELL 12/12/2012 7:41PM


1. I am strong
2. I am smart
3. I am determined
4. i am kind
5. I am considerate
6. I am affectionate
7. I am open minded
8. i am inquisitive
9. I am logical
10. I am ME :)

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STODD251 12/12/2012 1:56PM

    1. I am smart
2. I am a hard worker
3. I am beautiful.
4. I am strong.
5. I am a good friend.
6. I am artistic.
7. I teach others.
8. I am good with my money.
9. I love learning.
10. I am working on living a healthy life.

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Straightening my brain out...

Thursday, December 06, 2012

Some good things and some not-so-good things. The not-so-good first:

After a run about a month ago, I weighed in at the lowest weight I have since high school. I was so excited and really though I would get to my goal weight by January 1st. Well, I am up 5 pounds from there (aka 10 pounds from my goal weight). Honestly, with the little effort I have put into exercise and constantly going over my calories, it's no wonder why my weight is up.
I feel like I'm going into hibernation for the winter and I need to conserve my energy and fill myself up for the winter. I am not a bear! Why am I preparing myself for hibernation?

Good things:
I've done my pushups every day so far for the month (yep, I've got guns now!)
We have been trying new recipes and planning well-rounded meals
My foot feels better!
I signed up for a 1/2 marathon
I also read a story about a guy who had been obese and lost a fair amount of weight. He ran 27 miles on his 27th birthday. And now I want to run 26.2 miles sometime while I'm 26! Richmond Marathon is at the beginning of November, so it is definitely doable if I get myself together and train.

Now that I've listed off so many good things, it sound really stupid that I have no motivation and was being whiny...

I think my 10 days off from running/exercise (still did the pushups!) really sapped the little motivation I had left. My sleep schedule has been kind of wacky and I definitely do not respond well to shorter days and cold weather (this flower needs sunshine!).

Game plan:
Today: upper body at the gym, 3.5 mile run on treadmill
Friday: stationary bike at gym (yeah, it's been over a year since I've been on it...), abs
Saturday: 5ish mile run (Richmond? Or Williamsburg?)
Sunday: rest/ yoga video or some other light exercise
Monday: 4 mile run, upper body
Tuesday: lower body, abs
Wednesday: 4 mile run

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KNELKINS 12/12/2012 7:56AM

    The great thing about taking a rest break, even if it's accidental or unplanned or because you just got busy, is that it's always good for your body. You come back stronger, more motivated, and more capable. You've been awesome for a long period of time, so relaxing for a very short period of time won't hurt you overall; in fact, it may be just the thing to push you to a new level and help you reach your goals. Embrace it!

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CLPURNELL 12/6/2012 5:10PM

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SHMARA 12/6/2012 2:24PM

    It is super hard to re-start. But every little effort is better than none. I hate winter, this flower needs sunshine too! Sleep deprivation is destructive, it saps all energy, and ruins moods.
But it sounds like you have plans, and that is the most important thing!

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SDLEE514 12/6/2012 12:09PM

    Yep, I "took" not by choice, 9 days off from exercise over Thanksgiving week and it zapped my motivation too! and I didnt even do pushups. For me, making my meal plan and a new exercise plan and being in the daily routine helped me get back on track, I'm sure you can to, especially with your plan. And I agree with stodd, getting enough sleep helps with munchies and motivation. Good luck!

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AMSTERDAMAND125 12/6/2012 11:47AM

    Sounds good, girl! I am doing the pushups, too!! Every day in December! :) And I haven't had any candy yet, but I haven't really decided if it's another month goal. What are you doing? Keep rocking! :)

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STODD251 12/6/2012 10:54AM

    I would try to fix your sleep schedule. It is so much easier to stay motivated when you are well rested. Being tired and cold makes it far too desirable to curl up with a blanket on the couch rather than doing any exercise. You may not be able to fix the coldness, but get a little more sleep and maybe you can gain back a little of that motivation.

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December goals and recap of November progress

Friday, November 30, 2012

November goals:
***Log 14 miles, not to include walking (up until Thanksgiving, was over 15 each week)
***Do 450 pushups total for the month (30 left to do today to get to 450!)
***Allow myself to have up to four "treats" per week (not 1 per day, or 10 per special occasion)
This worked well. I may continue this. I had almost 1/2 a cheesecake in my
possession from Thursday until last night. I think that is a new PR for me!
***Dedicate at least 1 day per week to a hardcore abs session (workout ideas welcome!)
Did not do hardcore abs. Abs were neglected

December goals:
Do 2 bodyrock exercises per week (I miss the intensity!)
Do 620 pushups during the month (avg 20 per day)
10 minutes of abs, 3 days per week
4 treats per week. Will continue no candy or brownies until Jan 1.
Stay within calorie limit 6 days per week. Do it. You want to reach your goal weight!

These are all pretty specific, but are only a slight extension of what I'm doing now. I still dislike pushups, but have started to see changes, so I will continue. I'm not making a running mileage goal until my foot feels better. I'm testing it out at the gym today, so we will see how it goes.

In other news, my husband and I sighed up for our first half marathon! It's April 14th in the OBX. I'm glad he plans to run it with me (although I assume we will probably split up at some point).

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CLPURNELL 11/30/2012 4:37PM

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STODD251 11/30/2012 11:17AM

    You have some great goals! They are very specific and focused on you. I know you can do it!

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SHMARA 11/30/2012 10:28AM

    Do it to it, girl!

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Back from thanksgiving, up a few pounds...

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

I ran 4.3 miles Wednesday afternoon with my sister in Williamsburg and ran 3.5 miles Thursday morning with my sister and my husband at my mom's house (my sister is an awesome running buddy btw!) I ate sensibly, drank in moderation, and only had 1 plate of food for Thanksgiving dinner. We even decided to skip dessert and do it on Friday.

My workout schedule hit a wall on Friday. I'm not sure if it was from the running at my mom's house (country roads and they're sloped from the center to allow for drainage, but makes you run semi-lopsided unless you run in the middle of the road) or from lots of standing and cooking on tile floors. My left heel is achy, like it has a bruise. I skipped my run Friday hoping it would feel better. I was forced into shopping on Saturday and ended up sitting every chance I got. It's feeling slightly better now, but still hurts when I put all of my weight on it.

I also went out for Mexican food Sunday night (aka ungodly amount of chips and salsa and stuffing myself). I'm up a few pounds from the whole weekend. Started out at 109.4 (after a run) Wednesday night and was at 114 last night (after dinner). I forgot to weigh myself this morning, but I'm guessing 111 (I fluctuate 1-6 pounds per day, crazy i know).

I think now is one of those bad timing trifectas, so I'm not going to beat myself op about it. Its TOM, Thanksgiving/birthday, foot issue and I can't exercise until after Wednesday because I had a laser hair removal session (which feels like a hot pan repeatedly touching you btw) . Blah.

This week, I am really going to focus on meal planning, staying within my ranges and making some extra meals/soup so I don't resort to eating junk. I also want to lower my carbs, as I have been above 50% carbs for a few weeks. Need to up my fat % as well.

I'm still on target to reach my goal of 450 pushups for the month. I want to aim for 620 pushups for December (20 per day). I still hate them, but want to reach my goal of 50 consecutive so I can use my massage gift certificate as my reward!

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving with family/friends!

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CLPURNELL 11/28/2012 4:37PM

    Sounds like an awesome thanks giving you are doing great and are at a phenomenal weight. You will be back where you want in no time.

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AMSTERDAMAND125 11/28/2012 2:26PM

    BUDDY!!!! How is it going? It sounds like a lot of factors -- I bet you'll be right back down in no time at all. How is the no candy going? :) I almost caved on Saturday when my sister in law bought two PAILS of hot tamales/mike and ikes (great when you mix them together) as a hostess gift. Sigh. I've avoided them so far but still haven't decided about December and whether or not I want to avoid candy then, too... Keep going strong! :) And maybe I will join you on the pushups for December! I really want to do them, too, just keep forgetting or being too lazy... :D

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SDLEE514 11/27/2012 1:40PM

    Thanks for your comment on my blog! Ha, similar blog from you I see. I am in a fight with carbs...I struggle regularly to stay around 50% but after Thanksgiving where that's all I ate, besides the turkey, was carbs thats all I'm craving right now!

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STODD251 11/27/2012 10:54AM

    Life happens and sometimes you will eat Mexican food. So don't beat yourself up. It is a lifestyle and you make up for those splurges by making good choices most of the time.

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SHMARA 11/27/2012 9:52AM

    I am in the same boat as you, minus the achy heel. I am hoping Christmas will be easier, the food is not quite as tempting!
What is up with fluctuating 5 pounds daily? I find it so misleading . Girls have all the fun emoticon

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