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April Recap and May Goals

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

APRIL GOALS
*Continue 10 minutes of daily exercise streak. emoticon
*Download new music for ipod. emoticon
* Find new running routes, videos, workouts etc. emoticon emoticon
*Dedicate 45 minutes to abs each week emoticon
* 15 pushups per day (450 for the month). emoticon
* 15 squats per day (450 for the month). emoticon
*Dedicate time to eating each meal. Stop multitasking and just eat (no tv, work, computer etc). emoticon
*Track all food daily. emoticon
* MEAL PLANS!! emoticon emoticon

RESULTS:
Overall, I've done really well this month. Since I'm no longer following the half marathon training program, I've had a lot more time to try out other exercises. That being said, I've really neglected my running. I'd like to find a good balance of running 3x per week with other exercise mixed in. I have also continued my 10 minutes daily exercise streak! For some reason, I'm super proud of this. It really holds me accountable. Last week, I added other weekly exercises to the pushups and squats I'd been doing. My mom and sister had decided to do the exercises with me, but both already waned off. I'm still going strong with lunges, pushups, planks, ab reps and yoga and cardio minutes.
I haven't downloaded new music for my ipod. I'll admit that I've never downloaded a song before (yes, seriously haha) and J has been really busy finishing up the semester with school. So, new music after next week :) I also need to work on making time to eat. I'm still working while eating and eating in front of the tv as much as at the table emoticon I've done okay with meal planning. We've been planning 2 new recipes per week and I've been eating a normal dinner on nights when J is working instead of eating whatever.

MAY GOALS:
*Continue 10 minutes of daily exercise streak.
*Download new music for ipod.
*Dedicate time to eating each meal. Stop multitasking and just eat (no tv, work, computer etc).
*Really work on incorporating different types of exercise each week (running, videos, hiit)
*Run one longer distance during the month (8+miles)

  
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CLPURNELL 5/1/2013 11:07PM

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NBOYER19 5/1/2013 12:33PM

    Congratulations on your April goals and succeeding with what seems the most important ones!

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STODD251 5/1/2013 8:25AM

    Wow! I am impressed with your progress in April! I think I definitely need to work toward making a daily exercise rotation. A little bit can go a long way and you're inspiring me to try it out.

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RESPONSIBLE4ME 5/1/2013 8:03AM

    Sounds like you had a successful April and your May goals look bright and ready to be accomplished emoticon emoticon

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quick update

Monday, April 29, 2013

The weekend went well. I've been within my calorie range since last Sunday every day except Saturday. So 7/8 days so far. This is a drastic improvement over the past month or so.

On Saturday, I got up at 7, did a 15 minute workout and then got my stuff together to head to northern VA. We picked up a friend in Richmond then headed to my dad's house. We all went to the shooting range and had a blast. J and our friend made some drinks at my dad's house before the show. My dad has a huge bar in his basement that rivals/surpasses a lot of public bars in relation to the variety and amount of alcohol (although he rarely drinks). My only downfall was candy. I turned down the drinks, but ate a lot of M&Ms. Like handfuls...

I'd never been to the Hamilton before and let me just say, it is AWESOME! It's set up like a comedy club with tables around a small stage and some standing room in the back. We went to see Les Claypool (lead singer/bassist from Primus). Once he came out, a lot of people went and stood right in front of the stage (including us). We're used to seeing him at a massive venue (music festival or other large venue), so being literally 5 feet away was crazy. It was set up like he was playing in your living room, talking to guests and really involving the crowd. It may be one of my top 5 favorite concerts ever.

I will admit that I had about 1 beer. J and our friend drank a ton, while I refilled maybe 1 inch of beer into my glass a few times over the course of 5 hours. 1 beer total is my conservative estimate. It was interesting to be sober when everyone else was drunk. It was a great perspective to see how loud and obnoxious people get when they've had a lot to drink. It really reinforced why I decided to stop drinking in the first place- because I was probably loud and obnoxious, but couldn't remember! I even got a ton of pictures that weren't blurry because I could hold still enough (without the flash).

I also woke up early enough to hang out with my dad for awhile before the guys woke up. We met friends for brunch at noon, so it was nice to have some time (as opposed to waking up at 11 and rushing around). I had a belgian waffle, which is totally bad for you, but I hadn't had one in like 5 years, so it was definitely savored. Still within calorie range for the day, although I was way under for protein and fiber for the day.

  
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CLPURNELL 4/29/2013 11:18PM

    Glad you did so well!!!!!

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SDLEE514 4/29/2013 2:57PM

    yay! sometimes all you need is to know that you can do it. so glad you enjoyed yourself :) and from you last blog, I hope you don't back out of the Mother's Day winery thing...it sounds just lovely and I think you could enjoy it and be DD. just my opinion!

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ELIZABETH5268 4/29/2013 12:15PM

    Good job for keeping your weekend fun yet in balance!

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Quit quitting already?

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

We went to dinner at a friend's house last night and I still managed to stay within my calorie range for the day! Win! Now that she's pregnant, she is really making sure to eat a lot of veggies, which is awesome. We do dinner at each other's houses almost weekly. (Yes, this is our 1 friend in the area [well, 2 but they're married, so it's like 1 friend unit] ). I don't usually drink on weekdays (even before the last blog), so dinner last night was fine with J and friend's husband drinking.

Things coming up...

So I'm supposed to get tickets to a wine festival May 10th for my mom for mother's day. emoticon emoticon I still haven't decided if I'm going to back out or not. I would feel bad backing out since we've talked about going for a few months now, and my grandma would be coming too... sigh. I can't decide if I should test the waters of 1 drink per day here, go but not drink anything or tell my mom and grandma we can't go. It would be pretty easy to stick to 1 drink since someone (AKA me because I'm not a mom, so mother's day isn't my holiday) would have to drive us there and back.

Beach weekend (May 16). J's parents are going to Florida for a month, so each of the siblings are spending a weekend at their house (in OBX, so totally awesome). J decided to invite 11 people, so it will definitely be a party weekend emoticon . Honestly, I don't want to drink water the whole time emoticon I want to enjoy a long weekend with friends and family (2 of my siblings are coming) and not feel like the lame person with no self control who can't participate with everyone.

So now I realize that is sounds like I want to back out of "I quit drinking." In a way, I do. I want to be a moderate drinker. I want to have 1 drink and be done. I talked to J about it last night and he thinks that 1 drink is doable. My dad also nicknamed him Switzerland because he is always neutral... emoticon , so I'm not 100% sure if he is agreeing with me or if he thinks it really is an okay idea.

Thoughts? Is 1 drink per day during the upcoming events a slippery slope?

  
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CLPURNELL 4/26/2013 4:38PM

    don't feel bad on backing out if its what you need. You have to take care of you!

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STRIVERONE 4/24/2013 7:10PM

    I think that if you have to ask the question, it is. I hope that isn't too harsh.

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LAURAAT 4/24/2013 10:15AM

    I have to be honest here. As much as I would like to say it's ok, I don't think it's really a good idea. I read your last blog, and it sounds like you were really concerned, and it was on the verge of becoming a real problem. You can have plenty of fun without drinking (this is coming from a non-drinker, due to my meds)!! It may be a little awkward at first, and people may pressure you or make you feel weird, but give it time.
My vote is to at least try no drinking for a while longer, and when you DO decide to see if you can stick with 1-2, do it in an environment that's not so tempting, like at home, where there's only one bottle of wine in the house or a 6pack of beer, and share the alcohol and your plans with your man, for support.

Whatever you decide, we'll support you. emoticon

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PMRUNNER 4/24/2013 10:05AM

    It really depends on you. It is totally doable, but you have to decide to do it. Just remember what you are doing it for, and get used to saying "No thank you". Some times your resolve muscle needs a little flexing too! Keep a positive attitude and you can still have fun and not give in to temptation. You can do it!

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Alcohol

Monday, April 22, 2013

I have decided to stop drinking. I used to be able to drink with no problems. Now, it seems that I can have a drink or 2 (fine) or 10. There is no 3-9 for me anymore (not that 9 is a safe amount either). I didn't do anything stupid like drink and drive, but I keep waking up after these binges feeling like crap and feeling like an idiot because I don't have 100% of my memories from the night before. This doesn't happen weekly or even monthly, but I hate it. Well, maybe it is once a month because it happened in Charleston last month and it happened when we went camping in February...

Part of the problem stems from who I hang out with. Most of my friends "technically" binge drink every weekend. Binge drinking is 5+ drinks in a sitting, and that is the norm for a Saturday night with my group of friends. I used to think it was an age thing (all in our 20s), but I've noticed that it's not normal nor is it healthy. From what I see in my spark friend's trackers, no one else regularly drinks 5 drinks in a night, let alone 10! I don't want that to be my normal weekend behavior.

I haven't decided if/when I will drink again, but I think taking an indefinite hiatus is a good thing. I think it will be hard initially because our friends drink when they get together, but I think it will eventually be okay. I talked to J about it and he said he noticed something had changed (embarrassing to hear...). He is on board and supportive of whatever I decide.

  
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CLPURNELL 4/26/2013 2:43PM

    Congrats on recognizing it as a problem and having the strength to share that here. Know that we all support you no matter what and that if you set your mind to it you can do it just like with weight loss.

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BEHKHEKKHUN 4/22/2013 8:08PM

  That's a big undertaking and I know that it can be a really hard to see through. It will be important to have people in your life, not just online, that support you in your decision. Coming from a family with a history addiction I really watch myself. But also having friends and loved ones that know me and support me is key. I personally will have a drink, and think moderation is what works for me. But it doesn't for many people.

Good life choices are hard to make and I wish you the best in this...

-tim

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STODD251 4/22/2013 12:17PM

    I think that's smart. About a month ago, I decided to go without alcohol for a month. It was surprisingly hard. There are so many social situations that it seems appropriate to have a drink. Now I've settled into limiting myself to 3 tops, which is probably way more than I should have, but if I keep it to a once a week thing, I can justify the splurge.

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HFAYE81 4/22/2013 11:38AM

    Do we have the same friends? Because I think we do. You aren't going to like hearing this, but the only way I have found success is to hang out with my friends less...not go out with them every weekend/day/whatever. And if I do, I always leave early. If I have 1 drink, I have water after that and then leave. I've had great success doing this, and even though I miss them terribly I feel a lot better, and saved a load of money too. I still see them and do the party-time drinking every once and a while (maybe once every 3 to 6 months) but the rest of the time I skip out early or not go out at all. My decision is reinforced as a good one every time I wake up feeling like death after a rare night out.

Another thing I have done (because I don't want to be entirely friendless and stay home alone) is to spend a lot more time with friends and former acquaintances who are now good friends. Additionally, some friends from my drinking friends group are very much open to doing things that don't involve drinking.

There is the friend or two who is fading away in closeness...despite that, I feel like I am making the right choice. Sometimes friendships are toxic. It's not their fault or yours.

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SDLEE514 4/22/2013 11:11AM

    Yep. I have had similar experiences lately (I thought we vowed not to be blog twins!). I actually tried to stop drinking as part of my new years resolutions. That just didn't work. Sometimes you just feel like a drink. Sometimes, when you're out with friends, you just keep going. I rarely have alcohol during the week but when I do go out with friends (um like this past Saturday) I go overboard. And you're right, its not healthy at all; not only do I want to eat everything unhealthy the day after it also really affects my anxiety and makes it like a thousand times worse. With all these things against drinking WHY do I/we keep falling into the same patterns?! One would think it would dissipate after college.

Anyways, I don't have the answers. Best of luck to you on your choice and hopefully if you do decide to have an occasional drink again we can find some balance. Afterall, that's what it should be about, moderation and balance. Thanks for making me feel like I'm not alone!

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PMRUNNER 4/22/2013 10:38AM

    Good luck. Glad to hear that you had the self awareness to realize this and hope you have the fortitude to stick to your choices. If you have difficulty in certain situations, avoid those situations. This may mean not seeing some of those friends or seeing them in a different context. Replace those experiences with other, alcohol free experiences. Glad to hear that J is supportive, that is important.

We have cut back a lot too, especially since the kids came along. For me, changes to my alcohol intake are similar to the changes in my chocolate intake. I limit my intake to one (or two), make it a really good beer/red wine or quality dark chocolate, and I deliberately savor it rather than mindlessly consuming it.

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WORDWOMAN7 4/22/2013 10:28AM

    You are wise to pay attention to these issues. Do what is best for your body and your health, and be intentional about it. Good for you!

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Meal Plan!

Saturday, April 20, 2013

I'm actually planning out a few dinners for this week! yay! Don't get too excited. It's only 2 dinners because J has a field trip Thursday and Friday. Yes, a field trip. I asked if he needed me to sign his permission slip. He didn't think it was as funny as I did.

Monday: Lentil burgers and homemade flat bread
www.edibleperspective.com/home/2013/
3/18/curry-spiced-lentil-rice-veggie-b
urger.html

recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai
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I'm pretty sure we've made this flat bread before or at least something really close to it (of course J wants it covered in olive oil and of course it tastes better that way... ugh)

Tuesday: Slow cooker chicken stew
recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai
l.asp?recipe=7854

I'll probably serve this over rice since I need to make rice for Monday night's dinner. This will also be my lunch for part of the week. I'll also sub chicken broth for the water. We have an ungodly amount of chicken and veggie broth in the freezer and canned in the pantry that we really need to start using up.


Cheesy sweet potato crisps
carrotsncake.com/2010/07/so-cheesy.h
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Not sure what day I'm making these (or what I'm serving with them), but J "hates" sweet potatoes, so I'll make it while he's gone.

So that's it for now. I'm working on eating less and practicing portion control. Hoping I can stick with it!

  
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CLPURNELL 4/24/2013 11:34PM

    sounds like a yummy plan!

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SPARKFRAN514 4/21/2013 7:30PM

    Two days are better than zero days. your sweet potato sounds great might have to try them only use Yams Like J not a fam of sweet potatoes not sure why might be because my grandma and mom said yams were better and had a sweater taste. have a sparky week . thanks for the hint to use chicken broth in my rice emoticon

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