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New Year, New Resolutions!

Sunday, December 30, 2012

I would do a play-by-play of how my planning for Christmas went, but I won't bore you. I am up 1 pound. I did 20 pushups on the 24th and no other exercise. And then I was sick for a few days. I went for a run today. That's what matters. (In my new running tights, new tank tops and new running pullover. And with my new fancy headphones!). Ok, I gave a mini play-by-play...

2012 New Year's Resolutions:
Stop cussing
Get exercise 4x/week
Drink no more than 3x/week
Learn sign language
Save money for a vacation
Make dinner 4x/week

I made an honest attempt at each of my resolutions except to learn sign language. I have drastically reduced my use of "bad" words, usually exercise 4x per week, only drink for special occasions, saved up and went to Las Vegas/Grand Canyon for our anniversary and have been working on meal planning. I actually make something more than boxed mashed potatoes for myself for dinner when the hubby has to work at night.
PS- I kept this list in my wallet, which is why I still know what my resolutions were for 2012 :)

2013 New Year's Resolutions:
Pay off credit cards
Call a friend/family member 1x/week just to catch up
Run a 1/2 marathon
Make weekly meal plans
Find a new job
Run a total of 700 miles
Stop gossiping

So most of my goals aren't fitness related, but I don't have many over-arching fitness needs for the year. I have lots of tiny goals throughout the year to keep me motivated. Also, my goals aren't written as SMART goals, but most are. (ex: 700 miles- run 3-5 times each week, for an average of 13.5 miles per week to achieve 700 miles run for the year). Gossiping is just not nice (like saying swear words), and is something I just need to be conscious of until I can break myself of the habit.

On a side note, one of my friends posted a cute idea on facebook that I thought I'd share. It's a "good things jar." Every time something good happens during the year, write it down and put it in the jar. On New Year's Eve, open the jar a read about all of the good things that happened to you.

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STODD251 1/3/2013 3:17PM

    Some great ideas! I love the good things jar and keeping your resolutions in your wallet, except knowing me, I'd probably accidentally throw out the list of resolutions.. I guess posting them on here is a pretty good alternative.

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AMSTERDAMAND125 1/3/2013 9:24AM

    Great job this year, and good goals!! I didn't eat any candy during December, but didn't keep up with the pushups. :/ Hope you had a great holiday!

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CLPURNELL 1/2/2013 5:27PM


You did awesome only up a pound over the holidays! I am sure you will meet your goals!!!

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SDLEE514 12/31/2012 9:49AM

    great goals! and I love the idea about a good things jar, so cute! thanks for sharing emoticon cheers to 2013~

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Plan through the 26th

Friday, December 21, 2012

My initial plan was to not gain any weight between Thanksgiving and Christmas. The day before Thanksgiving, I weighed myself and I am currently up 1.5 pounds from there. I'm going to make my new goal is to stay at my current weight (111). My next weigh-in will be next Friday the 28th.

Today: I plan to hit the gym today for a run, work on my abs and some lower body exercises.
Saturday: I won't have time for exercise. We're driving to my mom's house in the monring for Christmas #1 and then to my grandma's house in the afternoon for Christmas #2. I also have a lot of food prep to do in the morning.
Sunday: I may get a run in. It's supposed to be very windy, so we will see. If not, still get 15 minutes of abs/squats/lunges etc. Then driving to my dad's house.
Monday: Plan to run in the morning. Christmas #3 at my grandma's house in the afternoon.
Tuesday: Drive to NC to visit the in-laws for Christmas #4. We won't really have time for exercise, as it is a 5 hour trip and we will be the last ones to arrive.
Wednesday: Do 15 minutes of exercise before I go downstairs in the morning. abs/pushups/ squats etc. Drive home.

Plan of attack food/drink-wise for the entire holiday:
Drink a ton of water
Brush my teeth after each meal
Alternate water/seltzer water with wine
1 treat item per day (choose wisely! cinnamon roll for breakfast=treat)
No alcohol before 3pm, regardless of what the siblings are doing!
Sneak off to do a set of pushups or situps if you think the snacking is about to get out of hand.

I hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday!
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AMSTERDAMAND125 12/21/2012 3:41PM

    Looks like a great plan!! You can do it!! I like the no drinks before 3pm rule!

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work binge

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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