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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

I haven't been as active on SP since I was in San Antonio a few weeks ago. I have still been tracking my fitness minutes and nutrition, but not as active in the spark community (sorry! working on it!)

1/2 marathon training is going well. I haven't had nearly as many "mental hurdle" runs as I thought I would (the ones where you have to force yourself to keep going). We're also planning ahead for weekends where we will not be home to make sure we reschedule the long runs without missing any shorter runs.
I have also started doing yoga videos off of youtube. I love it! It is so relaxing and has helped me not be sore from running more miles each week. Whenever we move from here (pending new jobs...), I'd like to join a gym that offers classes so I can do yoga and get back into spinning.

I've been doing well on most days ( a lot more days recently where I'm not pushing my max calories, which is a good change). I also had my worst day on record this past weekend. 3,729 calories. In one day. And only 20g of fiber and 61g of protein. It was mostly candy, cupcakes and alcohol. The weight I gained is definitely not all water weight- I ate over 1 entire pound's worth of calories! I also felt like a big blob all day Sunday (and still kind of feel that way today!).
I need to find a better way to deal with food and alcohol. I think deprivation is leading to binges. With alcohol, I don't really drink unless there is a special occasion, which is fine because I don't crave it. With sweets, I actually have been craving them, and allowing myself to have something a few times per week (mini candy bar etc). I feel like I've tried each of the methods- abstain, moderation and eat whatever you want with no success.

Meal Plans:
I haven't made a meal plan worthy of posting since before I was in TX. I didn't have one that week because I wasn't home and didn't have one the week afterward because J worked every night except Monday. We made a one dish meal last night with chicken, green beans and potatoes with an italian dressing mix packet.
I'll be making a plan for next week and next weekend and will post them when I finish. We are going camping next weekend, and will probably do the joint meals again, as it was easier to pack and coordinate.

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CLPURNELL 2/12/2013 7:57PM

    Sounds like you have been doing an awesome job!!!


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LAURAAT 2/12/2013 3:19PM

    Glad to see you're still around, and tracking, at least! And, you seem to have been doing pretty well, overall. You'll get the sweets thing under control. Between the holidays, and now Valentines Day, the temptation is everywhere, making it that much harder to fight. But you've got this!!
Can't wait to see your meal plans. I hate, hate, hate meal planning! Most weeks, anyway. I love to see others', just for inspiration.

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YOJULEZ 2/12/2013 12:13PM

    I've been struggling a lot with the sweets too! I think it's carry over from the holidays. I indulged A LOT, and ever since then I've been wanting cookies, candy, etc. Yesterday I went to the store and bought a cadbury cream egg, and it was 170 calories, which got added on top of what I already had planned out for the entire day. So, today I changed up my breakfast plan to make a yogurt parfait sort of thing... 1/2 cup 0% greek yogurt, 1/3 cup cinnamon raisin granola, and an apple cut up into chunks and some extra cinnamon mixed in. It was only about 250 calories, but very good and SUPER filling, and I'm hoping it'll help combat the sweets cravings, because it was very desserty tasting.

I also hear ya on the meal planning. I'm still posting mine every week, but as you've seen with those, it's been really hard with J's work schedule (or lack thereof). Very uninspiring. I look forward to seeing yours this week though!

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February goals

Saturday, February 02, 2013

So I made a few goals for January:
Continue 10 minuted daily exercise streak
Eat within calorie range 28 days this month
no drinking alcohol

I did so-so with these. I am still going strong with my 10 minutes a day streak. Participating in the January Jumpstart Challenge really helped me make that a habit. I did decide to drink alcohol (once at a party, 2 days of camping and 3 random glasses of wine during the month). I will admit that I went a little overboard drinking during the party and during camping.
I'm a little bit behind on my goal of 700 miles for 2013, but will be ahead at the end of February due to half marathon training.

New February Goals:
*Continue 10 minutes of daily exercise streak
*Follow half marathon training plan without missing a run
*Incorporate strength training at least 2x per week
*Eat mindfully. Taste each bite. Slow down. Realized when I'm full.
*3 "treats" per week. (treats include candy, pizza, pastries, cake, basically anything offered to me at work. and peanut butter. I've been going overboard with the peanut butter...)

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CLPURNELL 2/5/2013 8:10PM

    Great work!! Hope you have an awesome February!!!

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Eating mindfully

Monday, January 28, 2013

This week, I want to work on eating mindfully. I want to eat slowly and taste each bite instead of shoveling it in. Major problem of mine that I want to work on this week. I usually eat breakfast and lunch in front of my computer at work and dinner in front of the tv (yes, I just admitted that in "public"...) Definitely room for improvement!

In other news, today marks the beginning of week 2 of half marathon training.
On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday we will do 3 mile runs (Tuesday at pace) and on Saturday we will do a 5 mile run. 3 weeks until I get to the furthest distance I've ever run before!

I have stuck with my 10 minutes of daily exercise streak since December 30th! I'm definitely invested in it now, so I want to see how long I can keep the streak alive.

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CLPURNELL 1/28/2013 9:04PM


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STODD251 1/28/2013 3:23PM

    Awesome job on sticking with the 10 minutes a day! I know I haven't been quite so consistent.

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LAURAAT 1/28/2013 2:21PM

    What an awesome blog! Love your goal to start eating mindfully. We have a dining room I can count on two hands we've used since we moved into our house - 4 years ago! Granted, we haven't always had it in usable state, but that's no excuse. I'm determined to start working on that more, too!

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Catch up (meal plan, 1/2 marathon training plan etc)

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Last week, I was in San Antonio for work. I did at least 10 minutes of exercise while there and got 2 runs in (outside in shorts and a tank top!). I did eat Texas-sized portions for lunch and dinner. Lots of Tex-Mex and a few more drinks than I would have liked. This was my first time meeting the rest of the noise analysis community, so I did give in to peer-pressure and go out for lunch/dinner/drinks with people from other companies and the government side. All in all, not too bad (unless you check my tracker...). I'm up 1 pounds, so no major damage and I'm already back on track.

Also of note, I decided that I sometimes like raw tomatoes and sometime like mushrooms! I don't want just a piece of tomato, but will eat it on a forkful of lettuce. I also had some baked mushrooms in San Antonio that I liked if I had them with something else in the same bite. Progress nonetheless!

J and I decided on a half marathon training program to follow:

This one is simpler than other training programs I've seen and is most in line with our fitness level. We started today with our first long run (end of week 1). Yep, 11 weeks until the big day!

Meal Plan for the week:
Saturday: Honey Balsamic Chicken and Asiago Mashed Potatoes with Broccoli

*We've made the chicken before (it's awesome) and are using parmesan and montery jack in place of the asiago because I don't want to go the grocery store)

Sunday: Minestrone soup with a salad and tofu (J is working)

Monday: Chicken pesto bake with crispy baked mushrooms

Tuesday: Salads topped with grilled chicken or baked tofu

Wednesday: Honey mustard roasted chicken with carrots and potatoes

Thursday: baked potato, lima beans and tofu (J is working)

Friday: leftovers (J is working)

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CLPURNELL 1/28/2013 7:52PM

    Awesome plan glad yo had fun in TX. San Antonio has some very tempting food and is a pretty cool place to hang out. Glad you got a couple runs in and got to enjoy the Texas weather!! Glad to see you back on track so quickly!!

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STODD251 1/26/2013 6:48PM

    I am so jealous that you were able to run outdoors in shorts and a tank top. It is downright frigid here and I am avoiding going outside at all costs.

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Fun Friday Quiz!

Friday, January 18, 2013

another quiz going around :)

A - Available or married: married
B - Book: There's a lot of them... love David Baldacci and Kurt Vonnegut
C - Cake or pie: cake
D - Drink of choice: vodka soda, apple cinnamon spice hot tea, water
E - Essential item: tank tops
F - Favorite color: green
G - Game to play or watch: play-partini (seriously awesome party game) watch- football
H - Hair: dark brown and short
I - Indulgence: cheesecake
J - Job: environmental noise analyst (just about as fun as it sounds...)
K - Kids and names: no kids
L - Life is incomplete without: friends and family
M - Music group: always changing... right now- Weezer and Primus
N - Number of siblings: 3
O - Oranges or apples: apples
P - Phobias/fears: hmm... don't really have phobias... I don't like creepy noises when it's dark haha
Q - Favorite quote: "Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind. -Dr. Seuss
S - Season: fall
T - Tattoos: nope, scared of needles
U - Unknown fact about me: I cut my own hair for 8 years
V - Vegetable you love: carrots!
W - Worst habit: cussing and drinking
X - X-rays: only for my wisdom teeth...
Y - Your favorite food: cheese
Z - Zodiac sign: sagittarius

Feel free to copy and fill it out :)

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CLRWILLIAMS25 1/18/2013 2:52PM

    I definitely became a noise analyst by accident. I was hired to be an "environmental analyst," which I had assumed was more biologically/ ecologically based because, from college, that was my understanding of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the subsequent documents produced. It wasn't until after I was hired that I realized I was going to do a lot of statistics, number-crunching, pilot interviewing and computer modeling... I'm definitely looking for something more in my field.

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SDLEE514 1/18/2013 2:11PM

    yay! thanks for returning the share. and how does one even become an environmental noise analyst?!

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