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Sitting on the fence

Monday, June 18, 2012

Definitely had a great time over the weekends catching up with my friend at her party. I mostly ate the cut up veggies I brought and the fat free sour cream dip to dip them in. I also ate a fair sized portion of a trifle (pound cake, fresh fruit, pudding and whipped cream) which was awesome. I did have 2 little shooters, but they were in a shot glasses, so they weren't so bad. I did drink 5 beers though. I arrived at 6:30 and didn't go to sleep until 2:30am (very late for this lame-o!) so I spaced them out pretty well. I did wake up and have another portion of the trifle for breakfast though... And I went for a walk

Saturday, I met my husband over at my dad's house. We went to the shooting range for awhile. We were going to go out for kabobs, and then decided to go out for mexican food instead. I ate an enormous amount of chips and salsa, but opted for the vegetarian fajitas for dinner instead of my usual quesadilla, burrito and tostada combo. It was so good! Zucchini, squash, onions, peppers, broccoli and cauliflower served with the regular fajita toppings (no cheese). So I went over my calorie range again.

Yesterday was Father's Day. We had planned on grilling a bunch of foods. We did chicken, brussels sprouts, asparagus, onions and peppers, ribs, burgers and hotdogs (I don't eat red meat- or whatever hotdogs are made of). doing well calorie-wise until I ate a big piece of pineapple upside down cake.

Which brings me to my next point... (ok, so first point since the rest was just a recap)
I need to decide if I am okay with indulging on the weekends when I hang out with friends and family. I hate the guilty feelings I have every Sunday and Monday. I really didn't drink too much and made better choices at 2 parties and out to dinner. My only slip-ups were desserts, which I don't have on a regular basis. Is it really that bad to have desserts on occasion? I do know the portion size of my desserts were larger than they could have been.

I guess I'm on the fence about whether I think I am ruining my weekday efforts by indulging on some weekends. On one hand, I am not a very large person, nor do I have much, if any, weight to lose. On the other hand, I had previously been smaller and with some effort, I can get to be a much healthier, toned version of me.

Frustrating... Insight anyone?

  
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CLRWILLIAMS25 6/19/2012 7:51AM

    I may have been feeling guilty for not getting good workouts in over the weekend. I went for a 2.3 mile run yesterday (9.5 minute miles what what!) and then did the bodyrock challenge for the day. I FEEL SO MUCH BETTER! I even had dessert last night (which I really, honestly usually don't, but we had friends over for dinner and they brought it), but made sure to have a smaller sized piece and made sure I had room for it on my daily nutrient allotment before I ate it. It definitely feels good to be back on track. I need to plan for more exercise over the weekends that I'm out and about and see how that affects my weekend.

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FITMOMMYFORLIFE 6/18/2012 4:33PM

    Well first off, in my opinion you look flipping amazing.. and harboring all these guilty feelings on yourself for indulging on the weekends is just negativity in your life that you DON'T need!

I know it's not for EVERYONE, but personally I believe in a method called "Everything in moderation". If there's a special dessert or menu at a family or friend's occasion, I allow myself to eat it! Knowing that it's NOT in my normal diet and I probably won't eat it again for a very long time. That being said, I eat a small portion and really savor every single bite and I feel totally satisfied =] Maybe that would work for you? And then you won't be having all these guilty feelings!

All that being said, I know that there are some people out there that if they allow themselves a bite or two of chocolate cake, they have to go back and eat 20 more bites.. I would just asses WHAT kind of person you are! Are you the type that can be satisfied with a few bites? Or will that just give you a taste and make you NEED MORE?

Either way, it sounds like you have a great understanding between good and bad foods and that's a GREAT base! Having the knowledge that backs up your decisions and an awareness is exactly the kind of tool you need in your tool belt for success =]

ANOTHER thing, that I want to touch on just really quick (After re-reading your blog, hehe) is that I would focus on the HAPPIEST version of you, rather than the smallest and most toned =] You are ALREADY a pretty healthy person it seems! And being the smallest version of yourself isn't always healthiest! A lot of women have their periods get all wonky when they have a lower body fat percentage.. ditto that on women that may be trying to conceive. (Not saying this is YOU, just saying!) So I would focus primarily on making sure you're getting the exercise in and making MOST of your food choices healthy ones and you're golden! =]

Something Lisa-Marie said one time in a video that when she goes to eat food she thinks about two things. ONE: whether or not she would serve whatever food she's wanting to indulge in to her most loved ones. Is it GOOD for them? If not, then it's NOT good enough for you! And TWO: She thinks about what her body DESERVES. While you're hitting these workouts hard, what you're FUELING your body with is super important! Is the food you're putting into your body something it DESERVES? Or something that you just WANT?

Just things to think about =] I'm definitely blabbering now and putting off my workout! hah! I'll shut up now =p Have a great day! =]=]

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ECOAGE 6/18/2012 1:31PM

    Well ... you say "I hate the guilty feelings". Personally, I haven't seen "guilt" or self-blame create true positive change.

Indulging versus ruining weekday efforts? How much? How often? Intensity of your efforts? Extent of the indulgence? How much harm versus how much good?

I think it is helpful to try to find a balance that works for you. It is intended to be a lifestyle.

Gail

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Updating my Day Zero project List

Friday, June 15, 2012

Working on my list. I deleted a few things off of here- take vitamins every day (I am eating well enough to not need them!), deleted the 200 sit-ups challenge and I had no swearing on here twice (Maybe I need to work on that??). And I added a few things to the bottom. Once I get to the 101 things, I will backfill the deleted spots. Also, if you decide to make one of these lists after seeing mine, let me know so I can check it off my list :)

101 Things in 1,001 Days
March 1, 2012- November 28, 2014

1. Don't complain about anything for a week
2. Personal Goal
3. See 10 classic movies I've never seen (1/10)
4. Buy a house
5. Influence a person to make a day zero list (DONE- I_AM_ENOUGH made a list on SP)
6. Identify 100 things that make me happy (IP- at 45)
7. Run a half marathon
8. Fly across the country to visit my best friend
9. Visit the Grand Canyon Arizona (IP- going Sept 12, 2012!)
10. Backpack part of the Appalachian trail- 4 day
11. visit another continent
12. No drinking for 30 days
13. Go to an NFL game
14. Perform a totally random act of kindness-3 times
15. Grow a vegetable garden (IP- hopefully there won't be a catastrophe!)
16. Decorate my office- pictures, books and wall art
17. Beat Jimi in mini golf
18. Not eat out for 1 month
19. Learn how to use my sewing machine (IP)
20. Do an average of 1 hike per month for a year
21. Redo my ipod and do my ipod shuffle (0/2)
22. Pay off all debt-credit cards and student loans (2/5) IP
23. Combine all finances with Jimi
24. Walk 1001 miles (IP)
25. Try 10 new restaurants I love (1/10- 1. the Vineyard)
26. Save $5 for every task I complete
27. Visit 5 wineries- not all on same day! (0/5)
28. Visit orthodontist about bottom row teeth
29. Have an herb garden
30.
31. Take a gun safety course DONE
32. Say yes to 10 things I would usually say no to
33. Try Thai food DONE
34. Try Ethiopian food
35. Fly first class
36. Don't swear for a week
37. Don't eat for 24 hours
38. Make a list of 100 interesting English words and add to my active vocabulary
39. Ask 20 friends to suggest one book, and read them all (IP)
40. Learn to sign the alphabet
41. Do 100 consecutive pushups
42. Go on a road trip (Tentatively planned for July 18th)
43. Start a retirement fund DONE
44. Try yoga
45. Get SCUBA diving certification
46. See an eclipse
47. Try paddleboarding
48. Learn conversational Spanish
49. Take a dance class
50. Learn 100 basic ASL signs
51. Run a 10K race
52. Make a habit of walking after work/dinner (IP)
53. Try 1 new food per month (IP- 1 Tofu, 2 Brussels Sprouts 3 Quinoa, 4 Cottage Cheese)
54. Say do something positive for someone else every day
55. Make a point of crafting every week (IP)
56. Cut drinking down to 2 days per week- preferable weekends DONE
57. Start a T-shirt quilt
58. Go to a festival with all of my siblings
59. Read 100 books (IP- I have a running list on my computer)
60.
61. Make something from old clothes
62. Camp in a national park
63. Print and frame wedding photos DONE
64. Organize a family photo- with everyone!
65. Do 1000 abs reps consecutively (can be different exercises)
66. Buy a treadmill (I don't think I will do this, I joined a gym instead)
67. Find out my blood type
68. Finish switching my name to Williams
69. Decide on a bank for me and Jimi
70. No aggressive driving for a week
71. Read 20 book from Modern Library's List of 100 Best Books of the 20th Century (IP)
72. sign up for bone marrow registry
73. Put an entire paycheck into savings
74. Lose 10 lbs
75. Go to the dentist
76.
77. Go for one week without Facebook
78. drink hot tea instead of wine DONE
79. Build something out of wood DONE
80. change name on passport
81. Host girls night again
82. Get up early to work out 3 days in one week
83. Make a new friend
84. Visit an art museum
85. Take protein supplements- DONE
86. Donate my hair to Locks of Love DONE
87. Go on a cruise
88. Create a blog of this list DONE- I am counting this blog!
89. Buy a kayak DONE
90. Get a new bed! DONE
91. exercise for at least 10 minutes a day for a week (1/10)
92. Start a savings account with Jimi DONE
93. Get Kelli to go camping
94. Go on a camping trip with my family
95. Get my concealed weapons permit DONE
96. Visit a farm and pick my own produce
97. Go to a drive-in movie
98. run an 8 minute mile (so close!!)

  
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CLRWILLIAMS25 6/17/2012 8:44PM

    Go to www.dayzeroproject.com That's where I started my list. There are tons of ideas on there, which is where I got a large amount of mine. It's like a bucket list, but with a time limit!

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FITMOMMYFORLIFE 6/15/2012 10:19PM

    Dang girl, that's one long list of things to do! I want to make one for myself.. but I doubt my creativity with goals! LOL!!!!!

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Victory!

Friday, June 15, 2012

Awesome things happening sine my last blog entry!!

Last night, I ran 1 mile by myself because my husband's shins hurt (and he was having a whiny day). And I ran it in 8:05!! That is my fasted mile time EVER. My previous fastest mile time was in 2000 in 8th grade (which was 8:34). So exciting! I almost died running back down the street to the house, but I didn't (obviously).

Last night, I went to bed around 10:15 (usually closer to 11). I woke up at 6 and took 30 minutes convincing myself to get up and get a workout it. And then I did! I did 10 minutes of a bodyrock workout before I had to go upstairs and get ready for work. Definitely proud of myself! I am so much more awake right now than usual (yes, I am blogging at work).

Let's hope I keep this victory streak going....
Tonight, I'm going to a friend's house for an end of the school year party (she is a teacher). I'm bringing cut up veggies and fat free onion dip to dip them in. I also packed 6 beers. It's more than I plan to drink, but will hopefully remind me to not drink little shooters etc since I already have something to drink. (a teacher at her school is also a bartender...).
I brought all my workout clothes so I may get a run in after work (probably not), but can definitely do one in the morning.

Anyways, I hope everyone has a great weekend! Happy Father's Day weekend to all the dads out there!

  
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2GETFIT7 6/21/2012 2:54PM

  That is an awesome mile time! I have been trying to get mine down to 8 minutes for a while now but I always get somewhere in the 8:20s! Great job!

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JERZEYFRESH 6/15/2012 1:41PM

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Savor the victory, and remember what it feels like. So you can push through to the next one!

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FITMOMMYFORLIFE 6/15/2012 11:18AM

    Victorious!!!!!! Way to go girl on that run! that ROCKS! Seriously impressed over here =D

And that's some great planning ahead for the party later! Planning for success =D I love it!

Have a great weekend my dear! Keep up the awesome job! =D

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LOSER05 6/15/2012 8:14AM

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ELRIDDICK 6/15/2012 8:13AM

  Thanks for sharing

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MOMMABOOMS 6/15/2012 8:12AM

    Congratulations and thanks for the encouragement. I'm working on my running speed too. I reduced my mile time from 12 min to under 11 earlier this week!

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One Small step for man, one giant leap for me.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Okay, so mine was a small step too...

Yesterday, I ran for over 6 minutes without stopping! At 7.7 mph! It was for the entirety of the song Jessica by the Allman Brothers. I like running until the end of a song. And my best friend was named after that song and she is good at running, so I was in a mini-competition (she lives 3,000 miles away, so the competition was all in my head).

It was awesome. And I averaged to run just under 10 minute miles for 2.2 miles. I was only at the gym for like 30 minutes, including the time it took me to change out of work clothes.

I plan to do ZWOW#6 today and also do the push it up abs exercise that was posted on bodyrock yesterday. It looks intense.

I also need to snack less (stalk my tracker and yell at me when I snack that much please!)
I can usually finish my night at 1300 calories, but then I see I can still eat 250 more. So I do for some reason- even when I'm not actually hungry! does anyone else sabotage their calorie limits after dinner?? I felt ridiculous justifying it to myself as I did it. And I ended up going over with the peanut butter...
Bad! *smacks self on hand like I'm a 2 year old*

  
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2GETFIT7 6/13/2012 12:44AM

  Yay for small steps! I am hoping to really get back into running next month and I love that there are always small little goals you can achieve every time by just going a little bit farther or faster the next time!
And snacking at night...ahhh! I need to just leave the kitchen area and find stuff to do in other rooms so I don't give in sometimes, it's horrible. Don't beat yourself up too much, just focus on taking small steps with that too!
Okay...off to do ZWOW #6.... :D

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FITMOMMYFORLIFE 6/12/2012 10:42AM

    That damn snack monster!!!! Ahhh..

You need to DEFINITELY try out that bodyrock "push it up". It's a short but KILLER ab workout.. those sliding moves add some serious resistance! It feels so much harder then just jumping! i want to try it again, but not after a workout this time.. (I was pretty wiped.. and my scores showed!)

Way to go with that running! You rock girl!!!!! I took a walk with my kiddo the other morning and there was a semi-flat stretch (I don't have a jogging stroller, so it bounces around quite a bit unless on FLAT ground..) and so I decided to JOG.. me! Jogging! Just for the hell of it! What??? But I did it for about 2 blocks or so! It really got my heart rate up there and definitely upped the intensity of my walk! =] I'm still kind of anxious over the whole running thing though.. I'm scared to hurt my knees! (I've had soreness with them before, dont want to aggravate them!)

Anyway, I'm off to re-watch zwow 6! Excited to do it today! =]=]

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Need a new strategy!

Monday, June 11, 2012

I do really well following my regular Monday- Friday schedule. The second I do something different, all hell breaks loose. Case in point- we went to Richmond this weekend. I got my hair cut, went out to late lunch with friends, went to the river and then hung out at a friend's house. Lunch involved 2 beers, the river involved 2 beers, hanging out at friend's house involved 1 beer and an absurd amount of vodka tonics. It's hard to stop drinking because you've had enough when everyone else is drinking all night! And so I didn't stop drinking and ate late night pizza with everyone. It's so frustrating when you make a plan, try to stick with it but fall off the wagon because you drank and let your plan fly out the window (this wagon has windows).

Had I not drank beer beforehand, I would have remembered my plan to drink tonic with lime and no vodka. But no, I got caught up in the fun with friends and drank the day away. Since we moved to another city, we don't really get to hang out with our friends very often. I definitely miss them, but need a way to chill out and slow down when we do get together.

Anyone have any good ideas to keep this from happening (besides get new friends)??

My usual strategies...
Drink diet tonic with no alcohol
Get some exercise while hanging out (walk, swim etc)
Have 1 beer then just drink water
Sip Jimi's beer but never get my own
go places that don't allow alcohol

Christy 1 Social Drinking 1 (since I started the count when I got my 1)

On a brighter note, I am keeping up with my only drinking on 2 days per week. No need for empty calories with the glass of wine etc after work

  
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CLRWILLIAMS25 6/11/2012 6:39PM

    I've definitely noticed we are both running into the same issues Kylar. I definitely need to figure it out, whether its a combination of working it off beforehand and limiting my intake when I do drink or something else. It's definitely hard when "everyone else is doing it!" It would be much easier if my friends were also watching their intake, but that is one place where we definitely deviate. Some of my girl friends are at least conscious of their intake (food and alcohol) but my guy friends just do whatever.
I guess I'm at the practice makes perfect part of social drinking...

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KYLAR_STERN 6/11/2012 1:54PM

    So I realize we see a lot of etch other on this site and I hope I'm not too intruding, but it does seem that we share many of the same problems. I'm fine when I'm on my plan, but once it deviates its like I stop caring.

Sounds like you're on the right track of not drinking during the week. Exactly like you said, that's just empty calories. Drinking with your friends to have a good time, now that actually has a purpose. I like to keep a day or two of drinking in my plan and work around it other ways, but if it'll work for you to limit the alcohol and calories when you're with friends than go for that.

If I had a bad friday night and am out running Saturday, I'll up my planned three miles to 6 or something. Find some ways to cut some of the other calories out of the next days. Don't do it as punishment, but taking out a snack or foregoing a side Mon and Tues frees up 300 cals of drinks from the weekend. Those are some of the things I try to do and balance out my bad weekends.

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CLRWILLIAMS25 6/11/2012 1:49PM

    Thanks for the advice. I think I pretty much feel the same way about drinking- I don't like how it makes me feel, I don't like how it makes people act, it's pretty unsafe in general and it has no positive value. My close friends and husband know how I feel about it, but a lot of our friends from college are still getting crazy every weekend.

I have another chance this weekends to try out my Christy vs social drinking skills. I'm going to an end of school year party at my friend's house (she is a teacher) and hanging out with my dad the rest of the weekend.



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FITMOMMYFORLIFE 6/11/2012 12:27PM

    I wish I had some good advice for the social drinking circumstances! =[ My husband and I used to drink, but since having our son we've left it in the past.. I don't like how it makes me FEEL (out of control) I don't like how it makes most people act (ridiculous) I don't enjoy the accidents that come from it (I know several families that had some pretty devastating fatalities from OTHER drunk drivers.. VERY sad.. ) and the case in point of all is all those empty calories! Now, granted, I probably consume MORE calories with my coffee that I drink DAILY (3 or 4 times hahaha) so there's THAT... but I digress...

I think that your strategies sound like some great plans! It's so easy to get carried away when you're with friends that you haven't seen in a long time though and evvvveryone is doing it.. maybe I would try TELLING your friends about how you're trying to start drinking less? Then maybe they can help hold you accountable?

And just remember, LIFE is all about learning from mistakes and moving on from them! One of my favorite quotes :

"Our Greatest Glory In Life Is NOT In Never Falling, But In RISING Every Time We Fall." -Confucius

SO true! You've got this girl! This last weekend was just a test! =]


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