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It's Probably Time to "Pay the Piper" . . .

Monday, April 16, 2012

but I'm not quite ready yet! I noticed it's been almost 2 weeks since I've "officially" weighed. The last recorded weight wasn't too bad - 3 lbs. over goal and 5 lbs away from where I want to be. However, I'm really nervous about the results. I've jumped on the scale a few times in the past couple of weeks and it's been up and down (pretty normal), but the "up" was pretty bad.

I blogged before how insane April & May are and this weekend was no exception. DD#1 went to a concert with a friend and spent the night, so she had to be picked up @ 9:00 a.m. on Saturday. DD#2 had 2 girls spend the night on Friday and they went with us to DD#2's softball game @ 10:30 a.m. After the softball game, they wanted to play badmiton & softball in the yard and wanted me to be the 4th. It's pretty flattering when you can play as well (or better) than 3 13/14 year old (although I'm sure I'm the only one sore!). Anyway, we had played badmiton for over an hour Friday night, probably 2 hours on Saturday and about 45 mins. of softball. I was exhausted Saturday night and DD#3 had someone spend the night. We had a great dinner Friday night (DH cooked out), but I can't even remember what I ate on Saturday, I just know it wasn't good!

Sunday started busy with religions ed @ 8:30 a.m. I made waffles for DD#3 & friend. I quickly ate 2 and then we went to church. I spent the rest of the morning /early afternoon cleaning/laundry & putting up Easter decorations (what happened to a day of rest!). I did manage to catch a quick nap with the cat! Then I had to take DD#2 to religious ed & then softball pictures. Drop of DD#3's friend and take DD#1 to religious ed (get the picture). Again, I don't even remember what I ate. I did pick up Subway, so at least I had a decent dinner. Between picking up Subway and picking up DD#1, I managed to get in my 30 min. run and strides which was a total of 45 mins. I finished up Day 10 of my training (for the third time!) and even though the 30 min run was really hard, the strides weren't too bad. I think since I was already warmed up and I was running/jogging, it wasn't too hard. I had to hurry up and stretch just in time to pick up DD#1. I got home, had to water plants and then finally eat my Subway @ 8:30 p.m.!

So even though it's obvious that I'm active and am exercising, I'm very concerned about my eating. I know because I was so busy over the weekend, a lot of junk was consumed. During the week I always have a healthy breakfast/lunch and dinner is usually o.k. The weekends and my snacking are still a concern. So on Wednesday, I'll do an "official" weigh in and we'll from there - it the "piper" has to be "paid" then so be it!


Full Plate!? **Biggest Loser Spoiler Alert**

Thursday, April 12, 2012

DH and I were going over the calendar yesterday morning during a brief period of time when we were actually together. He's been working a lot of nights (not overnights - thank goodness) and he's also working some side jobs, so we kind of just pass each other in and out of the door! I was adding 5 new "activities" to the calendar and just for DD#2 (she's an 8th grader and they have a lot of end of year activities). We always try to make sure we have all of the activities covered, but it looks like we might have to call in for a little help. April and May are insane! DD#2's 8th grade formal is 5/4 and I have to take DD#3 to Girl Scout camp that weekend. DH is going to request not working that night so he can get DD#2 to the dance, but she was very disappointed I wasn't going to be there to help her get ready. DD#1 can fix her hair make-up (better than me), but I was disappointed that I wasn't going to be there to see how pretty she'll look. They'll have to take lots of pictures.

Anyway, this leads me into my thoughts on "full plates" *****spoiler alert on Biggest Loser***

The contestants were in Washington DC and apparently were able to call home from the hotel. Contestant Chris (who is 42 and looked 62, but finally looks more her age!) called her husband (the Santa Claus look alike). Anyway, he starts complaining about missing her and she starts getting worried about all that is waiting for her at home and her "full plate". Long story short, she binge eats, gains 2 lbs. and gets voted off. Although I'm not much of a binge eater, I am an emotional eater and when I get stressed and tired, I eat junk! Plus, with all of the activities and DH's schedule, exercise will be a challenge. This is what has caused me to gain weight in the past, so I'm hoping with all my "tools" I'll keep up with the maintenance & exercise! I can't let my "full plate" get to me.

I forced DD#2 to run with me last night and did my 30 min. run. We've had a "cold snap" and the weather was perfect for running - 65 and breezy! It was one of my best runs of late. DD#2, of course, complained and again freaked out over nature (big flying fuzzy bug, 2 birds that flew in front of her, a snake in the swampy area and a big rabbit that ran across the trail, and she swallowed a bug and twisted her ankle at the end - what a sissy and whiner!). Tonight is a 40 min. run and I'm going to a different park to run so DD#3 can play at the awesome playground there and DD#2 can use the batting cages. DH has a night off so he's going to go too (maybe we can force DD#1 to come).

On a side note, there were police on ATV's on the running trail last night. There is a 15 year old boy in the area that is missing (possible runaway). The park is near his subdivision where he was seen last. The park is a trailhead for the greenway and it''s a pretty big wooded area. Apparently he has some medical condition. DD#1 knows people that know him, but he's home schooled so she doesn't know him personally. It got pretty cold last night (mid 30's) and they haven't found him as of this morning (2 nights now). It's pretty upsetting, so I can't even imagine how the parents are feeling! Very sad.


Spring Break Update

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Spring Break messed up my running training. I worked Monday & Tuesday last week and was off Wednesday - yesterday. Wednesday we went zip lining, which is a lot of fun. We did some walking and the zipping took a little effort. Lots of tucking of the legs (I actually felt it in my stomach!). I spent over 7 hours working in the yard of Thursday. I started at 10:00 a.m. and finished up after 7:00 p.m. (with a break for lunch and to go to the plant nursery). I cleaned out 5 plant beds and laid out mulch, helped rake for over an hour and repotted about 7 planters. I was so sore Friday, I couldn't even move! I had promised my daughters I would take them to the mall, so I walked around for a couple of hours which helped a little with the soreness, but I was hurting. I got home from the mall about 3 p.m., so I procrastinated until about 6:30 to run. I did my 30 min. run. I was sore and it was hard, but I did it. (on a side note, my 85 year old father helped rake for about 2 hours and he wasn't sore!).

Saturday was spent cleaning house and doing more yard work (DH wanted to push mow and bag the grass, so we took turns pushing!). We had about 45 people over on Easter Sunday for our annual family lunch & egg hunt. Everyone brings food, so I don't have to do much cooking, but it's a lot of set-up work. Needless to say, I didn't do my long run on Sunday - didn't even run, but we did play mega badminton!

I was off work yesterday, so I did a 30 min. run in the afternoon since DD#2 had a softball game last night. I was surprised how many people were on the trail @ 12:30 (lot of stay at home moms & retired folks).

I'm still not happy with my running. I really do want to improve my time, but DH said that if I really want to improve, I would push myself. My goal for April is to get serious about my running and losing those 5 lbs. After April, I'll examine how I want to proceed - I need to get past week 3 of the training!


Weekend Update

Monday, April 02, 2012

We had a great weekend. Beautiful weather and the start of Spring Break. Friday was an off day and I just hung out at the house after getting fish from the church. Saturday was the usual laundry/house cleaning. No softball since it's SB. I ended up taking a nap on the couch about 4:00 and was feeling sluggish. Still hadn't done my 30 min. run. I finally got motivated and went out about 6:30. I picked the perfect time because the weather had cooled and the park wasn't crowded. I had a pretty good run, but I didn't get at far as I got on Thursday. My eating wasn't great on Saturday, but I didn't go overboard.

Sunday I had to take DD#3 to a friend's house @ 11:00 a.m., so I decided to run after that. The temperature was already hot and the trail was crowded. I got in my 40 min. run. It wasn't too bad, and I was trying to do some math. I think I probably ran about 3.2 - 3.3 miles. In 40 mins. that's not great - about a 38 +/- 5K. I got home all sweaty and decided to cut grass. DH was at work and I bribed DD#1 to help me. She used the push mower (she was getting paid after all) and I used the riding mower. We have about 2 acres of grass to cut (not counting the pasture), so it took us over an hour. I was good & sweaty then, so I took my shower and picked up DD#2 at a friend's house. Coming home I noticed my sisters & niece were visiting my mom & dad (they live next to us), so I stopped to visit. My 2 sisters ended up eating with us. DH was home from work my then and we had a great cook-out. Everything healthy, just had to watch my portions! My oldest sister just lost 23 lbs. with Weight Watchers (after I motivated her), so I had to be good in front of her! We played frisbee after that until it was dark. It was a great weekend! I don't want to jinx it, since it's not official, but I think I lost a lb.!

I'm back at work today and tomorrow, but will take the rest of the week off. We're probably going zip lining on Wednesday and then I'll have to take DD#1 to the mall and DD#2 & #3 want to play miniature golf also, so we'll be busy. I'll also need to get the yard/house ready for Easter Sunday. I host the family lunch & egg hunt and there's usually about 40 people. Everyone brings food, so it's just a matter of setting everything up. This is the 11th year, so it's kind of routine. It also motivates me to get my yard "spring" ready!

Happy Monday!

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CHRIMSONFYRE 4/2/2012 11:23AM

    Happy Monday, and good for you and getting out there to run even though you weren't feeling it!

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Year of Maintenance!?

Friday, March 30, 2012

I had joined the "At Goal and Maintaining" team mainly to check out how everyone else is "doing it". Maintenance is hard and I don't get any kind of "competitive rush" from maintaining. I've added a training program for my running that keeps me competitive and frankly I think it's the main reason I've managed to somewhat maintain.

I've been getting some "congratulations" on my page and realized that one year ago I met my Weight Watchers goal (actually 2 lbs. below). I've managed to "mostly" keep it off, but find myself about 4 lbs. over that goal. I've been disappointed in that and kind of beating myself up over it. I even feel a little "bogus" accepting the congratulations. I guess I tend to focus a little on the negative and even blogged about it a couple of days ago. The positives are, I'm still running, I'm still loosing inches, my new clothes all still fit (and look great!), I'm an active 51 year old that can get out and "play" with my girls and I'm not gaining any more weight! So thanks to everyone for the congratulations - I deserve it!

On the training front, I had my 30 min. run last night. I made DD#2 go with me. She just finished up her 8th Grade basketball season and is playing rec. softball right now. She really wants to make both the Freshman softball & basketball teams next year. Her Dad and I have been telling her that to "take it to the next level" as an athlete, she has to put in some extra work. She needs to build up endurance (which she won't get from playing softball 2-3 days a week) and work on speed. So she reluctantly headed to the trail with me. The first thing we saw on the path was a snake! The man coming the other way said it looked like a Copperhead (poisonous). Now it was minding it's own business, but both my daughter and I hate snakes! So we skirted by the snake and then when we were stretching she sees, bees, ants & spiders and she freaks out. For an "outdoor" girl, she's a big chicken and seriously, we are on a "greenway" that's mostly wetlands. Anyway, her desire to run (if she had any) quickly diminished, but being the motivating mom, I made her go! She probably only ran about 1.5 miles during the 30 mins. and walked the rest (texting the whole way!). Granted her mile was a lot faster than me, but I told her she needs to first run 2 straight miles and then work on speed. Anyway, I did pretty good, I'm not really keeping up with miles during the timed runs, but I know I ran further than last week when I did this trail.

Looking forward to fish tonight at church (tonight is an off day) and running on Saturday & Sunday. Sunday & Monday or supposed to be in the high 80's (yuck) and I only work 2 days next week. Happy Friday!

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GLASSART43 3/31/2012 12:06AM

    Great work! I hope I can maintain and be where you are a year from now. Even though I'm 2 lbs from the goal my doctor suggested, I feel fantastic and never want to see those 50+ pounds again.

As a retired high school teacher I applaud your efforts to set a good example for your daughter and help her see the importance of healthy habits now.

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MARTHAWILL 3/30/2012 8:43PM

    You have indeed done very well. Congratulations! I can identify with what you are saying. I joined the At Goal and Maintaining Group almost a year ago and have been maintaining very well until the last few months. I'm struggling with about 6 lbs above goal and regaining control. I posted a message about wondering if you really are considered at goal and maintaining when the numbers are not lining up perfectly. I'm also wondering if when my "one year" notice comes along, will I deserve the congratulations. what if I get back to my goal but wasn't really there for the whole 12 months. When I consider that I am really at my original goal which I changed to a lower number, I suppose I can celebrate maintenance. As you said, bottom line is you and I truly do deserve the congratulations. Job well done!

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