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Get it in Gear

Friday, June 22, 2012

As if I needed more incentive to loose those stubborn 6+ pounds over goal, yesterday while I'm sitting at my desk at work, I noticed my pants were a little snug. Not "lay on the bed to button" snug, but they felt a little uncomfortable. I told myself, "you better get it in gear and make sure you don't gain anymore weight or inches". I went down 3 sizes 1 1/2 years ago and had to buy a whole new wardrobe. While that was exciting, it was also expensive, especially with 3 growing girls and their clothing needs (and wants). I remember the excitement I had buying clothes in a size I haven't seen in over 18 years. This should definitely do it for me!

Plus, I had another "jealousy" moment. My Girl Scout co-leader, who has 5 kids, was quite overweight. We were working on a badge back in March where we were timing the girls to run. My co-leader really struggled with finishing the mile. Back in May while we were at the waterpark for our last event, I noticed she had lost some weight and commented on it. She said she had lost 18 lbs. and was working with her husband's personal trainer (back story on her husband - he lost over 200 lbs. (yes I said 200) and is now very excessive with working out). Now I'm getting Facebook updates on all of her athletic feats - she's biking, running, working with trainer, rowing (her family is big into this), just did a "mini" triathlon and has lost 25 lbs. So while I'm thrilled for her and so glad she's getting healthy, I'm still feeling jealous that she's doing so well and I'm struggling.

I realize when I type these things how petty I sound (and whiny). I've always had a tendency to compare myself with others. I need to just work my plan! I did my lower body workout yesterday and also played frisbee with the girls for about 30 mins. (it was so hot & humid). I got up again this morning and did the upper body workout and DH and I are going running this evening. I'm sticking to my 30+ min. of exercise a day, so I'm o.k. with this!

My main concern right now is "snacking". I'm busy until about 8-9 pm and then I settle down to watch TV. Since it's summer and the girls are staying up later, I find myself staying up later too. That means around 9, I'm looking to snack! Last night I found myself eating Doritos! I don't even like Doritos, but I ate them!

I've identified my main concern, now I just need to work on it. I have my incentives, my motivation, my plan. So what's the problem (purely rhetorical - this is my "get it off my chest and get it in gear" blog!)

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MAGTASTIC103 6/22/2012 11:06AM

    Sometimes you just need to get it out there and see it on "paper" to get yourself going.

For a jumpstart: Maybe try adding 10 minutes to your exercise each day or a 30 day high-intensity program?

For evening snacking: I keep a pitcher of Crystal Light in the fridge and have a glass after my meal while relaxing on the couch. I find it really curbs my pointless snacking.

Good luck!

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Still Streaking!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

My summer goal (set last Tuesday) is to exercise 30+ mins. a day. I don't have any specific plan, just do some form of exercise for 30+ mins. everyday. So far, so good. Monday I played 30 mins. of badminton & 20 mins. of throwing the Frisbee. Tuesday morning I did an upper body DVD (20 mins.) and played badminton for about 30 mins. again that evening.

Yesterday while DD#3 was at her Hip Hop class, DD#2 and I ran on the indoor track. I dusted off my old C25K training schedule (from my running class last year) and I started at about Week 4 - Brisk 5 min. walk, Run-1 mile, W-5, R-.5 mile and then walk for 5+mins and then cool down. It was about 35 mins. of running/walking. I actually did the mile in under 11 mins., which is really fast for me. Granted we were in an indoor track, so it was flat & air conditioned!

DD#2 complained about going (she had a 2 hour basketball practice that morning), but she said it wasn't too bad since she wasn't in the heat. Plus they had open gym that night and there was some pretty intense basketball playing below that she enjoyed watching while running. If you could get past the "sweaty man" smell, it was a very pleasant run. I'm going to encourage her to go a couple of times a week. Yes, she's getting lots of exercise at basketball practice, but she needs to work up endurance with the running. We're trying to motivate her to "take it to the next level" so she can become a High School athlete. She's had basketball practice with the high school coach for about 3 weeks now and they went to a camp last week. In July she'll have both basketball and softball practice and then softball tryouts are in August right before school starts. Basketball tryouts are in October. She needs to build up that endurance!

We tried to guilt DD#1 into going, but she didn't want to have anything to do with running again. She's insistent that she wants to do kickboxing. I found a class, but she leaves next Thursday for 9 days - she's going with a friend to an art class at Appalachian State University. The friend's grandparents live near the campus, so they'll be staying with them. She's very excited! We're going to start the class when she gets back. It's not cheap, so she's really going to have to commit.

Anyway, I digress. I woke up this morning and did a 20 min. lower body workout. I'm planning to either run at the indoor track tonight or go to the flat/shady greenway trail.

I still don't have the eating under control. I know I need to track what I'm eating, I just can't seem to get there.

BTW - jealousy reared it's head again! DS#2 called me yesterday - she's taking the running class with DS#1 and she said that DS#1 is really doing good with the running and is fast (and DS#2 was faster than me - I'm the youngest btw!). So again I felt jealous that's she's doing so well and guilty that I've let things slip! I really am proud of her - she's 61 and is doing a great job. Plus since she's the oldest and doesn't have any kids - this will help with her overall health and DS#2 and I won't have to take care of her in our "old age" she'll probably be taking care of us!

Keep on streaking!

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DOLLFACEDX 6/21/2012 9:35AM

    Baby steps here. . .8-)

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Working the Plan

Monday, June 18, 2012

My new summer plan of 30+ mins. of exercise is working pretty well. Almost a whole week! Friday DH & I dropped off DD#1 at work and went to the park to run (or in my case, get in my 30+ mins. of exercise, even though I had already done a 20 min. ST workout that morning). Anyway, we went to the park with the hilly trails and I was going to run up the big hill and then walk most of the rest. I trudged up the hill (almost dying) and took about 1 min. recovery and then started to run again. Out of the 40 mins. walk/run, I ran about 25 mins. All in all I felt pretty good and again tried not to be disappointed that I can't run the entire 40 mins - but I'm working the plan!

My exercise Saturday consisted of major house cleaning. I know, that's not "really" exercise, but I was sweating and got a work-out. I spent 3 hours (and 2 large trash bags) in DD#3's room alone cleaning under her bed, in the closet, besides her bed, etc. We even moved around her furniture. DD#1 was going to have friends come over after she got off work, so when she came home, we cleaned the basement (not an easy task!). They ended up staying outside by the bonfire DH started and listening to music and making smores (and eating pizza), so the basement stayed clean!

Yesterday morning DH and I got up early and drove to Clemson University (about 2 hour drive) to pick up DD#2 at basketball camp. We brought her and 2 other girls home. They had been there since Friday morning and were exhausted. 8 games in 1 1/2 days, not to mention all the drills and waking (their dorm was about a mile from where they played and they were the only school that didn't bring vans, so they had to walk!), made for some very tired girls. They slept the entire trip and then DD#2 slept more when we got home. DD#1 was at work and DD#3 had gone with my parents to my sisters house, so DH and I went to 5:00 p.m. Mass, picked up Subway and then went to the park to run (before eating the Subway). He was on vacation last week, so it was nice spending so much time together. The dog really wanted to go with us. She stood by the van to get in and when she saw me get the leash, she jumped in the van. She's a very active dog (but 10 years old). We went again to the hilly trail. I only run up the hill twice, but she kept up a pretty quick pace. It was almost a jog! We did over 3 miles in 40 mins. so that's not too bad.

I slept in this morning instead of doing my strength training, so I think I might ride my bike after dropping DD#1 off at work. DH is back at work and has to work tonight.

Saturday was the only "bad" food day, so it was a pretty good weekend of "working the plan"!


As Bad as I Thought . . .

Friday, June 15, 2012

I decided to reset my summer goals and "put them down on paper" yesterday. My first goal is to exercise at least 30 mins. a day. I started on Tuesday. I did a strength/weight DVD Tuesday (lower body), Thursday (upper) & this morning (upper). I need to get up a little earlier to allow enough time. Tuesday was fine because I was off work and had plenty of time before we were going to the lake. Thursday morning while I was exercising the dog was scratching at the door to come back in and the cat was standing right next to me meowing to be fed. I had to stop the DVD to let the dog in and feed the cat! This morning I had to hurry and finish to get DD#2 up and ready to meet the bus taking them to basketball camp. I got in the full upper body workout, but didn't get to stretch enough and felt rushed. I'll get up about 10 mins. earlier next week for this.

In addition to my 20+ min. workout yesterday, I mowed the lawn using the push mower for about 30 mins. (then I did something to it and it started smoking, so DH yelled at me and I had to use the riding mower!) and then we played about 40 mins. of badminton.

This morning as I was going out the door to work, DH wanted to know if we were going to run tonight. I said I wasn't going to "run", but I would go with him and get in my 30 mins.+ of exercise. He was confused, but that's o.k. - it's my goal!

I also decided to "bite the bullet" and weigh myself this morning. I've been dreading it, so I haven't weighed in over 3 weeks. It's hard to ignore the scale, it sits right there in my laundry/walk in closet that I go into several times a day. But ignore it I have. Even though Friday is not my "official" weigh in day (Wednesday), I just jumped on before taking my shower. It's as bad as I thought! I now have to loose 8 lbs. to get back to where I was this time last year when I made Lifetimer @ WW. I think what's disappointing me the most is now I'm back into an "overweight" category. O.K., only by 2 lbs., but still! I never wanted to see "overweight" again. Those 2 lbs. will be gone ASAP! and the remaining 6 will follow by by birthday (8/5).

I can come up with all kinds of reasons/excuses, but it's pretty basic. You have to eat less and exercise more! My mantra that I've ignored for about 6 months now. I'm good with my exercise plan, but I know I have to stop the snacking and watch the portions. I think I was able to get away more when I was running more.

Back to work and back to goal!

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JACKIE542 6/15/2012 10:45AM

    Good luck to you. You already know what to do. I have trouble with this too. emoticon

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New Summer Time Goals

Thursday, June 14, 2012

I got kind of sick of myself complaining about my running and my lack of motivation. So before I completely sabotage all of my goals, I decided to update for the summer. It's starting to heat up here in North Georgia. We had a really hot, early spring, but May and early June have been somewhat pleasant. We haven't even hit 90 yet! Last year by this time, we had about 4 straight weeks of 90+. But yesterday was 87ish. So to "beat the heat", my new summer time goal is to do some kind of exercise at least 30 mins. a day. I set up on Spark for cardio 4 x a week and ST 3 x.

I had the day off Tuesday, so I did a lower body DVD in the morning. Later that morning DD#1 and I went up to the lake with my Mom & Dad, sister & niece to celebrate DH's birthday (DH & DD#2 & 3 + friends were camping). I picked up side salads and cupcakes and we make hot dogs & hamburgers (turkey burgers), also had lots of fruit. We spent the day swimming & kayaking. Before I left to go home that evening I also walked around the campground. So check off ST & cardio for the day and definitely 30+ mins. of exercise!

Yesterday during DD#3's dance class, I walked/ran for 35 mins. I decided to run up the big hill (twice) and then walked and ran again. All in all I probably got about 15 mins. running & 20 mins. walking for about 2+ miles. I tried not to be disappointed in my struggle to run, because I was achieving my goal of 30+ mins. of cardio. It was hot and I was sweating. Next Wednesday I'm going to try the indoor track at the rec center - 10 laps for a mile, but at least it's cool!

I woke up this morning and did a 20 min. upper body work-out. I think I'll walk/run again before I pick up DD#2 from basketball practice @ 8:00 p.m. Also, DD#1 still wants to look into a kickboxing class.

Now for the dreaded weight goal. I haven't been on the scale for 3 weeks. I really feel like I've gained some more weight, so I haven't stepped on the scale. Once I work up the nerve to weigh myself, my summer time weight goal is to get back to my WW Lifetimer weight (so I probably need to loose about 7-8 lbs. now - ugh).

DD#1 wants to loose about 15 lbs. this summer (she's lost about 5 lbs.) I want to make sure she's doing it healthy - right now she's just watching what she eats (plus she's only getting in 2 meals because she doesn't get up until noon on most days!) and DD#2 wants to build up endurance for her 2 sports and loose about 5 lbs. I'm trying to think of some kind of "incentive contest" to make sure they're eating right and exercising (DD#1 the exercise and DD#2 the eating right). That will also help with my goals!

So there it is - my summer time plan. I've written it down for all to see, so now I just need to "Just Do It"!

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JICKERT11 6/14/2012 2:10PM

    This is awesome!! I hope to set up an exercise plan soon.

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