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A little loss is better than a gain!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

I weighed myself this morning (official) and was down .4 from last week. So in 3 weeks of "back to tracking" (except for Sunday), I've lost 2.4 lbs. Not great, but not terrible. I feel more in control of my eating and my exercise is going pretty well, so I'll take it!

Last night DD#2 and I went running at the indoor track. She was so00 not into it and DH made her go. She was moody about it and I told her to stay home (she was ruining my mojo!), but she didn't want to make her dad mad (o.k. to make mom mad though!). Anyway, she had her fastest time last night. She starts right into her run (after stretching) and runs for 2 miles. She'll usually walk a little after that, stretch and then walk out to the car to get her water and then start bothering me to go. I stretch, walk/run 2 miles/walk & then run 1/2 mile/walk & stretch for about 40 mins. She was so ready to go last night after her run. I told her to either run another mile or do some sprints since I wasn't done. Needless to say, we left shortly after that. I did get in a 2 mile run and a little walking for 30 mins. (nothing worse than a moody teenager!). The fields were really muddy, so we didn't get in any softball.

Tonight is DD#3's hip hop class, so I'll either run at the track or outside depending on the weather. We've been having crazy thunderstorms in the afternoon, so it will probably be at the track. We still haven't tried out the kickboxing gym. Because of vacations, DD#1's work schedule is crazy this week and next week, so we'll see how that goes with school starting in 3 weeks.

I got up early this morning to get DD#2 ready for basketball/softball but instead of doing my ST DVD, I sat on the couch and drank my coffee. ST is really the only thing lacking at this point. I'm only getting it in once a week (at best). I know the importance of it, just have to find something I'll stick with!

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Curse the weekends!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

I started out the weekend running on the indoor track on Friday. I took DD#1 to work and went straight to the rec. center to run. It was a pretty good run, but my knee was bothering me, so I only ran for 2 miles and then walked for about 10 mins. I was the only one on the track! Fridays seem to be everyone's rest day!

We've been having heavy afternoon rain on & off for over a week, so our grass was a nightmare. Since DD#1 has a job, helping with the grass has been passed down to DD#2 (just turned 14). We started Saturday afternoon and I cut part of the lawn with the push mower (the part she's not comfortable with yet) and then I used the riding mower and she continued with the push. It took us over 2 hours (we have about 2+ acres of grass not counting the pasture) and DH still needs to do some weedeating. I got my 30 mins. of exercise in pushing that mower and pulling the string and cleaning out the blades - it kept stalling out because the grass was so long!

My eating was good Friday & Saturday, but Sunday was a "disaster" all around. DH was getting stuff ready to take the girls camping for a couple of days. I helped with that and they left about mid-afternoon (except DD#1 who wasn't going because she had to work Monday - she went to a friend's house). I lazed around the rest of the afternoon watching movies! Not only did I not exercise Sunday, I didn't track my food. I really couldn't even go back to "re-create" what I ate. I know I had (and I really hate putting this down!), 2 Klondike bars that day(490 calories a piece and about 9 WW points. I didn't really eat a meal and did some more snacking, but I'm sure I way exceeded my points.

Yesterday I took a day off work and went up to the campsite at the lake. I got there about 10:30 am and spent the day swimming & kayaking. We took a long kayak trip around the shoreline for about 30-40 mins. About 4:30 it started thundering and we got out of the water and went to the campsite just in time. It stormed for about an hour (at which time I ate some cookies!). After the rain stopped, we took a walk around the entire campground (about 40 mins.) DH made steak, chicken & squash on the fire, so at least I ended out the day with some healthy food!

I'm back at work today. I had my healthy breakfast, packed my healthy lunch and am back on track. Tonight DD#2 and I are going to run and play a little softball.

Yeah, I messed up on Sunday. I enjoyed those Klondike bars (although that was a lot of sugar and I felt kind of sick later!), and I'm trying not to beat myself up about it. I really enjoyed a couple of hours alone and quiet time watching movies!

I went off track, but I'm back on. I'll track my food, do my exercise and weigh in tomorrow!


Drat, I broke the streak again!

Friday, July 13, 2012

My new summer goal was to get 30+ mins. of exercise every day. I went strong for 25 days and then missed a day. I started right back up the next day, but hate to report that 5 days later, I broke the streak again!

I took DD#3 to her Hip Hop class on Wednesday and decided to run outside instead on the indoor track. It was probably 85 degrees & humid. It was cloudy and there was a nice breeze, so it wasn't too bad. My plan was to just run up the big hill and then walk the loop and then run up the big hill again and walk the loop. In the 40 mins., I probably ended up running about 20 mins., so that was good. I forgot how hard it is to run on hills!

Yesterday I took DD#2 to the batting cages. The HS softball coaches have been impressed with her batting, but she's not faced any of the really fast pitchers. She wanted to try batting at the highest speed and also work on her bunting - she really wants to make this team. Weather in North Georgia this past week has been weird. We broke our 100+ temperatures on 7/2, but we've been having a lot of rain & storms since then. It's great because we really need the rain, but could do without the storms (see previous blog about fallen tree!). Anyway, she batted about 3 rounds and my sister and I both batted a round. We were then going to go to one of the fields and work on her outfield skills (both my sister and I play outfield on our "old lady" slow pitch team!). As soon as we got in the car to drive over to the fields, the sky opened up and it rained (hard) the rest of the evening. By the time we got back home, it was too late to go to the track. So, instead of 30 mins., I got about 10! I know I could have done something when I got home, but I was ready to settle down and relax a little!

It's been raining all morning and partly cloudy right now. DD#2 wants to try softball again today, but I think the fields will be pretty muddy. She's not going to be happy, but I'm going to make her run at the indoor track with me! Fridays are usually pretty empty, so maybe we'll play a little basketball too!

Streak broken, but I'll start again today!


Gained a Little :(

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

I blogged on Monday that I went over my points Saturday & Sunday. Even with my activity points, I was still over on Sunday (even though I didn't use all of my "weekly points"). Anyway, I weighed this morning (official day) and I was up .2. I know it's not much, but I was disappointed. My measurements stayed the same.

This is not going to deter me from tracking. If anything, it's proved how important it is to track. I basically maintained, but I still consumed too many calories to loose last week. In 2 weeks of tracking, I've lost 2 lbs.!

I'm keeping the exercise streak going. Monday I did a 20 min. upper body workout and then played about 40 mins. of softball that evening with DD#2. Throwing the ball with her (she needs to be able to throw 90 ft. for the High School freshman team since she wants to try out as an outfielder - she was throwing accurately at 115 ft.!) and hitting her pop flies. I'm a little sore!

Yesterday, after a little drama with DD#1, we went running at the indoor track. DD#1 wants to do kickboxing and go to a particular gym that a friend recommended. Because of her work schedule and mine, we're having a hard time finding a day to start. We were going to go check it out last night, but the class was an advanced class and the other one had been cancelled. I wanted to check out the cardio class at the rec. center we run at, but being a stubborn 16 year old, she only wants to try the one gym - she said only "old ladies" go to the rec. center classes (turns out she was right - although I'm one of those "old ladies"!). After about 30 mins. of her being ridiculous, she did agree to go running with us and DH is going to take her on Friday afternoon to check out the kickboxing gym and I'll check it out Saturday morning. We'll get a free week, so we'll see how it goes next week.

DH, DD#1&2 and I went running (DD#3 was at a friend's house). We had another afternoon thunderstorm going on, so the track was pretty crowded. There was a group of 3 ladies (probably late 20's early 30's), who were walking/jogging. They would walk 3-wide on the track and you would have to maneuver by them - they wouldn't move to the right. The one lady had her I-phone and was keeping track. They were struggling! I was a little catty and told DH that if they would do less talking and more running/walking, they would do better! Anyway, they ended about the same as us and while stretching, the one girl asked us how long have we been running (I was blowing by them - last night I had my fastest mile and I ran 2.5 miles!). I kinda gave her a brief version of my running and I was very encouraging to them - it was their first night. I didn't tell them to stop talking so much! It did make me feel pretty good since I'm probably a good 20 years older!


Reflection on Previous Blog (& amendment)

Monday, July 09, 2012

I usually blog a couple of times a week. My blog is like my journal. I usually don't blog twice in a day (slow time @ work!). I mentioned in my earlier blog that I was "even" with my points & activity points. I was completing yesterdays entries and noticed I had left some things off from Saturday. I try to be diligent on weekends and enter on the tracker as soon as I eat something, but it's not as easy as during the week when I have it at my desk.

Bottom line is, I went over on Saturday & Sunday (even after using my activity points). I can come out "even" if I run/ride bike tonight & tomorrow and stay at target today & tomorrow. Of course, it's all a numbers game and the main benefit is it keeps you on track. We'll see how it all "pans out" on Wednesday (weigh in).

This brings to light my previous weight gain. I was enjoying almost a year of maintenance and then the holidays hit. I was about 4 lbs. over my goal in January, but wasn't too concerned. After all, I was "upping" my running program and working out 5 days a week and increasing my running distance/time. What I wasn't doing was tracking my food, at all. This resulted in 4 additional lbs. and 6 months later and now I need to loose 8 (well actually 6 since I lost 2 last week!).

My eating on Saturday & Sunday was probably my "normal" eating November - June. There were probably days I consumed more. It's no wonder I gained. Just because we reach goal and maintenance, we can't completely let go of what worked. This is my lifestyle, this is what I need to do to be healthy and enjoy my life and my family. I can't just mindlessly eat, that doesn't work! Keeping track and keeping accountable, that works!

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