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Vegas/ Grand Canyon in 2 WEEKS!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

This week has been crawling by. Last night felt like it should have been Thursday. But it was only Tuesday... We borrowed some backpacking gear from my brother when we were in DC and having it in the living room is making us all excited, even though we still have 2 weeks to go.

This also means it's time for me to buckle down with my eating habits! I've actually done really well with my exercise, but have definitely been lax with my food. Honestly, I've just been snacky for some reason! We are also going to see the in-laws this weekend. I've gotten really good about getting exercise in while there, so that is good. I also need to remember to just have a bite of the cake/cookies/chips/etc instead of heaping servings. That's usually my downfall. I'll bring some dip and veggies to snack on and probably some yogurt for breakfast. And lots of seltzer water to cut down on alcohol!

Plans for Vegas- Leave East Coast at 5pm. Arrive in Vegas at 10:30pm. In most other cities, this would signify getting into the hotel and getting to bed. Jimi wants to rally and go out immediately. We are leaving to see the Hoover Dam at 8am the next morning... Seeing the wax museum, hopefully the chocolate factory, then dinner and a comedy show at night. I'm not a gambler, but I will look good standing next to Jimi while he wins at blackjack (hopefully :)
We drive to the Grand Canyon the next morning and then camp at the top of the canyon. We leave around 5:30am to catch the shuttle to the trailhead. Then we're off! 6.3 mile hike into the canyon. My major goal is to drink water from the Colorado River (yes, we have a purifier). We are doing an out and back, so we'll be coming back up the same trail (4800ish ft ascent!). We were gong to do some day hikes, but touching the Colorado River sounds so much cooler! And backcountry permits are pretty cheap.

Did I mention the anniversary part? Before we were married, we went camping every year for our anniversary-well, our dating anniversary. We went to George Washington National Forest most times (3), once to the Everglades and then once in Ft. Lauderdale. We didn't go in March this year because our new anniversary is in September. Sometime near the beginning of this year, we got the idea to go to the Grand Canyon for our anniversary. And we're going in 2 weeks!

Yes, I will post a ton of pictures when we get back :)

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CLPURNELL 8/29/2012 6:40PM

    Sounds like you have an awesome vacation to look forward to!!!!

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    That sounds like SO much fun!!!!!! Both Vegas AND the hiking! =D If we didn't have Kenny, Kameron and I would totally do this too =D He's such a nature nut! Luckily we have family that has a cabin out in the mountains that we can go to frequently and that helps a lot with getting our nature fixes in =p Just not a lot of hikes to go do! But plenty of quads to ride and guns to shoot, HAH!

I think you've got a great game plan for going to the in laws! I totally get that extra snacky feeling! Don't fret my dear! You will CONQUER!!!!! =D

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CODILYNN2 8/29/2012 9:49AM

    This vacation sounds like a blast...

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Weekend update and workout plans for this week

Monday, August 27, 2012

Well, I got my exercise in over the weekend... and an enormous amount of food and drinks. I'm not going to beat myself up over it, but geez. Oh, and this morning, I am 4 pounds up from Thursday night FYI. YEah, yeah, yeah water weight etc. Definitely a good reminder for next time I am out all weekend...

Did 25 minutes in the hotel gym Friday afternoon. We lifted weights, since running after eating doesn't usually work out too well. I managed to skip order a ton of food at the hotel bar around 8, but ordered some around midnight. Not too bad, but the side was these fried chip things, which I ate anyways.

Saturday was wedding day. I did a 2.5 mile run Saturday morning, which was awesome. I ate really well most of the day, but passed my calories for the day somewhere around 9pm from drinking. but I kept drinking. And then ate a bunch of croissants and potato chips at 1:30am. Another good reason to be sleeping at that time...

Anyways, staying on track with my workouts...

Monday- 3 mile run, and bombshell butt workout
Tuesday- HIIT Upper Body and Cardio Workout (maybe some abs afterward?)
Wednesday- 4 mile run
Thursday- ZWOW #18
Friday- 3 mile run, abs
Saturday/Sunday- rest 1 day, active the other (hiking if we go camping, gym or trail run if we don't)

I still haven't decided if I'm doing something this coming weekend or not. Depends on Jimi's work schedule.

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FATHINSN 8/28/2012 12:34AM

    Always have back-up plans if the original is a no-no :D

I want to try ZWOW or any other strength workouts daily but I'm not sure if it's ok for me so I'm choosing to on every other days (but I always end up doing cardio more!)

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ERICADAWN1986 8/27/2012 10:36AM

    Your plan for this weeks looks really solid. Sometimes life happens and you just have to move forward. Hopefully you had a great time at the wedding/ after party despite the booze and food. Way to get your workouts in even though you were away from home btw!

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    "Our Greatest Glory in life is not in never falling but in Rising Every Time we fall" - Confucius

We all have those weekends! And you're so right, being up late like that makes it tough because you really DO get hungry if it's been so long since your last meal!

Sounds like a great schedule for this next week ;-) Can't believe it's already the last week of August!!!! YOu've been doing an awesome job with the workouts! Keep it up girl! =D

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plan for the rest of the week/ weekend

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Today, I plan to do 2 of the exercises on the August Challenge to get caught up.
Thursday, I plan to run 3 miles and do some abs exercises.
Friday- we are driving to DC for a wedding. The rehearsal is at noon and rehearsal luncheon at 2:30. I may be able to get to the gym after the rehearsal before we go out for the night. Or do a bodyrock. Iím planning on 15-30 minutes of something.
Saturday- 3 mile run and weights in the gym. Then wedding.
Sunday- rest day/ sitting in traffic on 95 all day.

I still need to work on not getting caught up in the moment and drinking more than I plan to. I know lunch and dinner Friday will be at restaurants. I plan to have 1 drink at the rehearsal luncheon and 1 drink with dinner. I will allow 2 drinks when we go out Friday night ONLY IF I get in my planned exercise. I am going to pack oatmeal for breakfast for Saturday and bring a salad from home for lunch and yogurt for a snack. I will allow myself 2-3 glasses of wine during the wedding and after party.

I have been really unmotivated lately (mix of job issues, life issues, social events etc). Exercise always makes me feel batter afterward, and I need to keep reminding myself of that. I also need to get out of the mindset that I can eat or drink whatever without repercussions. The problem with that is that I really have been able to eat and drink whatever I want and I have maintained my weight and have even lost a few pounds.

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CODILYNN2 8/23/2012 9:56AM

    I have been giving myself peptalks every day- This is how good I feel remember this tomorrow. This is a lifestyle Change.. It actually got me out of bed this morning :)

Your plan sounds great and have fun at the wedding!

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    Busy busy girl! I'm sorry you're feeling a bit unmotivated lately.. we ALL go through that sometimes! Maybe it would help if you wrote yourself little notes and posted them around the house as a daily reminder? For example, you could put on your fridge something about your food intake and properly fueling your body? Or maybe one on a mirror somewhere reminding you that you ALWAYS feel better after a little exercise?

Just some thoughts =] Have a BLAST at the wedding! Dance your booty all over that floor! =]

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CLPURNELL 8/22/2012 5:22PM

    Awesome way to Plan!!! We all lose motivation sometimes. Eat 4-6 times a day and get moving it what is helping me break out of my rut.

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CLRWILLIAMS25 8/22/2012 1:31PM

    My un-motivation is kind of for everything- exercise, dishes, laundry, making a new resume, applying for jobs etc.
I think my weight loss/ no weight change is due to me not eating enough previously. I think I need to eat at the higher end of my calorie range every day. I've been having better results that way. I don't generally eat large portions, but I eat pretty much constantly after I get home from work (I definitely need to work on snacking...).
Good call on skipping the apps and doing a lot of dancing. I don't really know anyone except for H and the couple, so I need to find something to occupy myself while they're taking pictures!

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AMSTERDAMAND125 8/22/2012 12:28PM

    Have a great time! You can do it!!

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ERICADAWN1986 8/22/2012 12:21PM

    Way to plan your workout ahead of time. I have the same issue with social dirnking, especially at weddings. Here are a few of my tricks: Make sure you're up dancing off some calories, take food for the car ride (protein bars or something) because rest stop drive thrus can start calling your name, avoid the cocktail hour appetizers because they are usually fried or fattening, and enjoy what splurges you DO choose to make. Can you tell we've had 5 out of town weddings this year? LoL! Have fun!

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REBECCAGALARDO 8/22/2012 12:01PM

    LOL! I would have the same problem if my result of eating/drinking whatever I wanted ended up with no weight gain and sometimes a LOSS! Wow, you must not eat large portions.

I completely understand about the drinking. Cutting down can be more of a 'remember to do this' thing, because it just comes naturally (at times) to drink and alcoholic beverage. Football games are the worst for me, because I get so into the game I lose track of how much I drink. I'm aiming to watch the next game completely sober, but it depends on how rough the next few days are (new job).

Even when you're unmotivated, is that just for the circuit training and stuff? Like do you still run? Or is it everything? Would maybe adding something new help? Like Yoga or Pilates or hiking or something?

Have fun at the wedding!!

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Weekend update

Monday, August 13, 2012

First and foremost about my weekend, my niece was born Saturday afternoon!

Well this did not really go as planned. I spent about 3 hours in the car on Friday afternoon going to pick up our race packets for the 8k Saturday morning. I hate traffic and driving in general, so that totally could have derailed me! I ended up catching up on the bodyrock challenge by doing Thursday and Friday's workouts after I got home and felt much better.

Saturday was race day. We signed up for the Armed Forces YMCA 8k mud run (Team name: My Name is Mud!). Well it really should have been called 8k sand run- I'm estimating that 4 of the 4.97 miles was running in sand! Holy crap was that hard! We finished 78/109 of the couples teams, with a time of 1:05. After the race, everyone jumped in the bay to wash off and enjoy the live band, beer and pizza afterward. I think this is where my day took a weird turn. 3 slices of pizza and 2 (16oz) beers. At 10am...
After visiting my SIL and BIL in the hospital to see the baby, we ended up going to a Mexican restaurant. We were just going to get a drink and share chips and dip. I ate almost 1 entire basket of chips by myself. And we had cheese and beans. I felt like I ate more than I would have if I'd ordered dinner instead! I was on the fence about going, but Jimi wanted to go so I gave in. I even said aloud that I was running out of my calorie allotment after the beer and pizza at 10am. But I still went and gorged myself. And then we went home and watched Dexter and split a bottle of wine... Not my best shining moments...

Sunday was my mom's birthday. We picked blueberries and went to my grandma's house for dinner. I did okay. Definitely over my calories though. I ate a lot of candy (why???), and more than a few crackers and cheese. And half of my piece of cheesecake. I think I had gotten back into the "I already ruined my eating over the weekend so why the hell not" mode. I did drink a lot of seltzer and saved myself from drinking a ton of wine. I had 2ish glasses total over 4 hours- not too bad.

This morning, I definitely feel bloated. I drank way too much, ate way too much and ate crap. Oh, I also didn't drink enough water the entire weekend. Me! The one who drinks enough water for 2 people on a regular day!

Well, it's Monday. We have a trail run planned for after work today and we've committed to doing to lovingfit exercise on the August Challenge today.

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STARWARSFAN2 8/20/2012 10:33PM

    Blessings on your family upon the birth of your niece. emoticon How wonderful!

Celebrations often revolve around food. Sometimes we are so focused on the moment that we lose track of calories. It happens to all of us. Just move forward and emoticon.

I've had to run on a golf course after a heavy rain. It was like running on a waterbed. Similar to running on sand, I imagine. Sounds like you and your hubby had a great run! Good for you.

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CLPURNELL 8/13/2012 6:02PM

    Congrats on the new addition to your family!

On the over eating it definitely happens to the best of us. Try not to beat yourself up to much about it and bust butt in your workouts this week. It is hard to be social and stay on plan and it is a constant fight. It may have been that your run was so challenging that your body was craving more fuel. Either way I have no doubt you will back on track in no time!!!

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XRSIZE18 8/13/2012 12:39PM

    Congrats on the new niece!

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CLRWILLIAMS25 8/13/2012 10:01AM

    I'm not sure why I was consciously making bad decisions (3 pieces is a lot of pizza..., it's too early to be drinking..., I should really stop eating candy..., I can eat my cheesecake later...) - I had this weird sense of entitlement the entire weekend! Maybe it was that post-race feeling of accomplishment. Either way, NOT COOL! Thanks for the motivation!
We took before and after photos, which I will post when I get home. Hopefully they will post race pictures so I can post an action shot!

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    Every moment, every hour and every day is a new chance to start over! Lets put that weekend's eating behind you and move on from it! We all have those days! Hopefully feeling bloated today and realizing all that went on will be enough for you to push through and move forward!

Oh, and ROCK ON with that mud/sand race! Awesome!!!! It sounds like loads of fun =D Did you guys get any pictures of you taken at the race? =]

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August goals and reflection of July goals

Monday, August 06, 2012

July goals:
-Walk after lunch 3x/week
-Run 2 miles without stopping (at least once!)
-Log 12 miles per week (walking or running)
-Track food EVERY DAY- even if it's bad
-Burn 1100 calories per week though exercise
-Do July challenge M-F
-Tackle these house projects- sand and stain buffet, organize 2nd br closet and organize pantry!

July was a VERY busy month for me. I didn't work 1 full week without having to take time off for trips etc. I did walk after lunch at least 3x per week. And I ran 2 continuous miles! I logged 12 miles per week for the first 2 weeks, then waned off after that. I tracked food when I was in town, but didn't track when I didn't have access to the computer. Unfortunately, these we also the times of higher consumption :( And I didn't do the rest of my goals list either.

I haven't beaten myself up over it. I was busy. I got a lot of walking, swimming and hiking in, although I totally fell off of my running and bodyrock exercise schedules. I thought about my food choices more as I was making them, which is a plus. I drank more than I wanted to this month, but we kept having exciting things come up! (I know, no excuse). Anyways... it's August, which is a new month to get back into my regular schedule. I have an 8k mud run on Saturday, nothing the following weekend (!!!) and a wedding the weekend after that.

August Goals:
-Run 3 miles without stopping (at least once!)
-Log 12 miles per week (walking or running)
-Track food EVERY DAY- even if it's bad
-Get more variety for breakfast and lunch at work 2x week (stole this from ERICADAWN1986)
-Do August bodyrock challenge M-F
-Do 30 consecutive real pushups (no knees)
-Tackle these house projects- sand and stain buffet and organize pantry

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KYLAR_STERN 8/7/2012 9:40AM

    Sounds like you did great in July, and you have excellent goals set for August. Keep it up!

And like EricaDawn said, there's an app for smart phones if you have one. Its nice to use to at least guage how I'm doing when eating out on the go, and reminding me that I should skip the fries with dinner.

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    Great goals!! =] I love your plan! Summer time can get so CRAZY!! That's good you're not beating yourself up over it! This is your month! Lets DO THIS! =D

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ERICADAWN1986 8/6/2012 2:30PM

    Your plan looks great! It can be so hard when you're out of town. I'm not sure if you have a smart phone but the Spark People app is great for logging food quickly and easily on the go. It's kept me on track many an out-of-town weekend.

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