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Just A Short Update (Because I'm motivated!)

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

I was sitting here thinking of ways to skip going to the gym today (It's nice outside, I need to return something at the mall, I need to return my library book, wash my car, etc). And then I checked out the challenges today for the 100 Days of Summer 2012 Challenge group.

"Power it Up: Increase the duration or intensity of your workout today. Give yourself a challenge!"

And there you have it. One little line worth 10 points (I don't ever get in the top 3, but I still like to participate) and on I will go! I plan to try out a new piece of cardio equipment (the gazelle glider thing), do my bodyrock exercise of the day, and maybe go for a walk because it really is so nice outside today. emoticon Thanks for the motivation!

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FATHINSN 6/27/2012 9:50PM

    One thing good about challenge, it can make us do what we originally don't want to do :D

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CLPURNELL 6/27/2012 7:22PM

    Awesome Job!!!!

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ECOAGE 6/26/2012 11:01PM


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ERICADAWN1986 6/26/2012 3:07PM

    The "gazelle" thing is called an arc trainer in my gym (if I'm thinking of the right thing). It's what would happen if an eliptical and a stair master had a baby right? I LOVE that thing. It totally kicks my butt. Good luck and let me know what you think!

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PARKERB2 6/26/2012 3:03PM

    Have a great afternoon of exercise.

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Weekend update

Monday, June 25, 2012

Well my weekends went well and I don't have any guilty feelings over any of my food or beverage intake. Friday night, I had 2 small glasses of wine and read the end of The Hunger Games book (yes, I'm behind the times).

Saturday, I didn't give myself enough time to go for a run in the morning before I left. I sat in DC traffic FOREVER! When I got to DC, we spent the afternoon at the rooftop pool at the hotel. I felt confident in my bathing suit, which was awesome!
We went to 2 bars and ended up staying at the 2nd one for the rest of the night. I drank quite a bit, but also danced a ton. It was a bachelorette party, so I don't feel bad about drinking more than I usually would.

We had awesome brunch at vinoteca (bottomless mimosas!?!) then headed back home.
All in all, pretty good weekend! I only knew the bride, so I was unsure of how the weekend was going to go, but I definitely had a good time!

I'm excited for the last week of the June bodyrock challenge! I really want to take measurements to see what the difference is (and I have been running 3x per week!). I have decided that I may be in maintenance mode. I don't really have a goal weight (fine where I'm at), but definitely want to tone up.

Anyways, I hope everyone had a great weekend and is ready for Monday!

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CLPURNELL 6/25/2012 11:50AM

    Sounds like a great weekend!!

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KCLARK89 6/25/2012 8:49AM

    Awesome!! Glad that you were able to have a great weekend and HOORAY for feeling confident in your swimsuit! :)

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DUSTYPRAIRIE 6/25/2012 8:04AM

    It feels great to let go once in awhile. Good on you!

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    CONGRATULATIONS, and BEST WISHES in reaching all of your goals.

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I need to stop beating myself up

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

I'm not sure why/ how I always end up feeling like I failed with my exercise/ health plans over the weekends. I ran a mile in 7:47 Monday afternoon (new fastest time EVER!) and ran 2 miles yesterday with a average time of just under 9:25 per mile (also fastest time ever for 2 miles!). Oh, and today is weigh-in day and I lost a pound! I cheated and weighed myself yesterday (ok, so I weight myself every day) and said pound was lost then too!.

I'm going to get dinner with my mom tonight (at a Mexican restaurant, dun dun dun) so I can meet with her to borrow some dresses from my sister for this coming weekend. Hopefully the momentum I have right now will steer me away from the chips!
And I have the bodyrock exercise to do afterwards- majorly full belly + bodyrock sound like a recipe for a disaster. Another good reason to eat in moderation (and not drink because it is a weekday).

Also, more plans for the weekend (I swear I'm really not that cool- plans every weekend is a fluke!) that could possibly lead to over-indulging. I'm going to a bachelorette party in DC including dinner, bar-hopping and then brunch the next morning. Did I mention we all have to wear matching tank tops? I'm not sure how getting dressed up and the tank tops is going to work out...

Anyways, sorry for the mopey post Monday. I really was feeling down about my eating over the weekend. Seeing progress on the scale makes me think about how much more progress I would have if I kept my weekends more balanced. I'm planning extra gym time Friday after work, a run Saturday morning before I leave for DC and, depending on traffic, a walk Sunday afternoon when I get home. Hopefully, the guilt will be non-existent with the extra workouts!

And.... TODAY IS THE FIRST DAY OF SUMMER! Definitely feeling in on the east coast- upper 80s and 90s for the rest of the week, lows in the mid-70s at night. No more windows open for us!

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ILIKETOZUMBA 6/22/2012 1:54PM

    Wow, you really mean business with those exercise plans! As long as you're not overdoing it, it sounds awesome! :) Definitely no need to beat yourself up - it sounds like you just lead a balanced life. We can't be 100% "perfect" all the time, because that's not sustainable. You're doing great!

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    I want to kind of second what Kylar said!! Because he's right! You've gotta stop beating yourself up girl! That scale isn't the ruler of you, and from how I see you also, it's no longer about LOSING weight, but just toning, right? You're doing SUCH a fantastic job!! It makes me sad to hear about you being down on yourself for all your hard work and your few small slip ups! It's part of being HUMAN! We all make mistakes and fall back a little bit.. but if we didn't have these challenges set in front of us, would we really appreciate what "Reaching the top" feels like? Also, just curious, are you working towards a specific GOAL right now? As far as strength/speed goes? Maybe that's what you should focus on and get rid of that silly scale! =D

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2GETFIT7 6/21/2012 3:07PM

  WHOA and your mile time keeps getting even better! That is so awesome!
I can totally relate to the guilty feelings and beating myself up because of the weekends but as long as we stay consistent with the workouts and being mindful, the progress will keep's just hard to find the balance! I'm glad we can keep working on it together emoticon emoticon

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KYLAR_STERN 6/20/2012 9:23AM

    Are you sure you need to keep losing weight maybe? You look great in your picture and you just set personal bests for running. Congrats! Maybe you don't have to worry about staying strict on the weekends, just be mindful like you're doing. It seems to be still working :) Good luck!

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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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    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.


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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
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)
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
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 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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    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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