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Self sabotage!

Monday, September 24, 2012

1 week ago, we got home from our vacation. 1 week and 1 day ago is that last day that I got some actual exercise in (no counting walking after lunch...). What is wrong with me?? While on vacation, I over-drank and over-ate, but got in plenty of exercise and came back feeling pretty good about it. And now it's been a week. I've been eating more to fill the time spent lounging around and I have no energy. A double-edged sword- no energy to exercise, but it's because I haven't been exercising! I already feel a difference in my energy levels, the extra fluff around my body, and the extra pounds I've added (4 pounds!!). I know a lot it is water weight, but I feel like a slug right now!

Okay, mini-rant over.

Today, I have plans to meet my husband at the gym after work to do some strength training and a short run. We plan to run tomorrow at the park near our house. I need the extra motivation of having someone exercise with me to get me back into the game. I will no undo all of the hard work I've put in this year! I need to stick with my goals and get through the holidays while sticking to my plan.

Anyone else ever have a random off-week??

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CLPURNELL 9/26/2012 4:12PM

    We all have a random off week. Cause it the post vacation blues. It's not uncommon at all.

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FOXYPHAEDRA 9/24/2012 11:24AM

    Definitely had one of those weeks last week, as well! I did really great around my birthday, banking calories for the celebration splurges. But then I came back from my weekend in NYC, and it was all downhill from there. Just like you said, I'm tired and achy, so I don't want to exercise, but I'm tired and achy because I haven't been exercising!!!

I agree with FitMommy, it's bound to happen from time to time, and I decided the best thing to do was to just start over again this week, recommitting to choosing more whole foods and doing at least 10 minutes of fitness every day. If I can just get started, I always do more than 10 minutes. But sometimes, like last week, getting started is the hard part!

It is so great that you have your hubby to help get you moving. Now that I have a phone again, I feel like my running buddy is back, so I'm planning on going for a couple of runs this week myself. :)

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    Of course, EVERYONE has those weekends! For sake of saving a ramble - here's the quote that reminds ME to never feel guilt over a bad few days or week!

"Our Greatest Glory in Life is Not in Never Falling, but in Rising Every Time we fall" -Confucius

It's so true! We are HUMAN, and as humans, we will all fail and self-sabotage sometimes! What matters the most is how you pick yourself up after said lull and keep on blasting away! I know you can do this girl! Especially with an awesome workout buddy of a hubby to help hold you accountable! =]

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SDLEE514 9/24/2012 9:24AM

    we all have off-days, and weeks. I always tell myself, if you don't like something, change it! If I'm tired, go to bed early, dont complain you're tired. If you're feeling like a slug, get up and do something about it! (that wasn't meant to be too tough love if thats how it came across...) Keep telling yourself you will not undo all the work and you wont!

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AZMOMXTWO 9/24/2012 7:49AM

  I take time off my exercise routine all the time but I still find myself walking and riding my bike just for fun

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Vegas/ Grand Canyon (lots of pics!)

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Seriously awesome vacation! We had always gone camping on our dating anniversary and this year decided to go to the Grand Canyon for our first wedding anniversary. Vegas is more exciting than Phoenix, so we decided to fly there and spend part of our time in Vegas and then drive to the Grand Canyon. We didn't gamble much and did a ton of walking around, saw the Bellagio fountain, lots of sightseeing (and people watching!), saw the Hoover Dam and went to a comedy show.

When we got to the Grand Canyon, we stayed at Mather Campground on the South Rim. We woke up at 5am to hit the trail bright and early. (btw- it is cold at the canyon rim and hot inside the canyon. This isn't explicitly stated enough, so pack accordingly!).

We hiked down the South Kaibab Trail to Bright Angel Campground ~7 miles. We also walked around a lot when we got there. Phantom Ranch is also down by the river and they had a little kitchen and store (= victory Tecate!). To beat the heat, we woke up at 4am to start the hike back up. We hiked up Bright Angel Trail for a change of scenery. Not gonna lie- kinda freaky hiking with a headlamp with a cliff next to the trail! The last 3.5 miles of the trail was brutal. Tons of switchbacks, not very much shade and total leg leg murder.

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CLPURNELL 9/21/2012 4:48PM

    Sounds like an absolutely awesome vacation. Happy Anniversary to you guys!!!

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    Aw sounds like so much fun! STUNNING views and you are looking great in that striped dress! Perfect for the strip! ;-) Glad you guys had a great time!

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Reflection of August Goals and New September Goals

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

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

I ran 3 miles without stopping on Sunday (Sept 2), so I'm still counting it as completed.
I logged 12+ miles per week every week of August
I tracked my food every day (including the 2500+ calorie days...)
I have been eating different foods for breakfast and lunch (2 breakfasts on rotation and lots of different lunches)
I've been doing 3ish bodyrock exercises per week
I did not do the pushup challenge I had planned for August... :(
I also did not do any house projects aside from regular cleaning :(

September Goals:
-Run 4 miles without stopping
-Log 14 miles per week (walking or running)
- Make 1 new recipe per week
-Do bodyrock/loving fit exercise 3x per week
-Do 30 consecutive real pushups (no knees)

for September, I have upped my weekly mileage and also made a goal of running 4 miles without stopping. I am trying to cover longer distances with each run. I am planning to do pushups 5-6 days per week to meet my goal of 30 consecutive pushups. I want to make 1 new recipe per week to add some variety. I feel like we've been on repeat for awhile.

We will be out of town for a week in the middle of September. I plan to do a lot of walking and hiking while we are gone. I honestly don't see myself using the hotel gyms at all. We will be really busy. I also want to work on my snacking. I have been "binge" snacking a lot recently. not 1000 calories or anything, but I will just eat random stuff for 10-20 minutes without even sitting down! It's terrible. I want to refocus my eating to eliminate that.

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    Great goals!!! You seriously always impress me with your goals! =] I need to be more organized about mine! And I need to get my ASS into typing up a blog for crying out loud!

The snacking.. oy! It can really get you sometimes, eh? I'm been on a pimento olives and cheese kick lately.. salty AND fatty! Awesome.. I'm trying to focus on drinking a full glass of water every time I'm in the snacking mood.. and usually i try chewing on a piece of gum first too =] Seems to help for sure!

YOu've got this girl! Proud of you! =]

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*MADHU* 9/4/2012 10:51AM

    emoticonon your August goals!
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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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