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An Average American :(

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

I read somewhere in the past that the "Average American" gains about 7 lbs. over the holiday season (Thanksgiving - New Year). Well, I'm already ahead of the game! I went ahead and weighed this morning and I gained back what I lost in September and am now 9 lbs. over my lowest weight and 7 lbs. over my WW goal. This is the highest I've weighed since I lost my weight 20 months ago (almost 2 years!).

The silver lining is I am aware of this and am getting back in control (again). Sometimes I think that since weight loss has been such a big part of my life, I don't know what to do if I don't have some lbs. to loose (a little self-evaluation).

My eating has been "out of control" that I'm a little surprised I haven't gained back more! I was off most of Thanksgiving week and that gets me out of my routine. I was very busy, but managed to get in exercise last week. On Tuesday, my sister and I took a 3+ mile walk on a hilly trail. She's let her running go more than me and didn't even want to attempt to run. I spent all day Wednesday cleaning house and getting the tables set up for Thanksgiving. We hosted again this year. We had a total of 17 people - 18 counting my new little baby great-nephew. My niece had her baby on 11/16 and he is the cutest baby ever!

Anyway, DH and DD#2 were going to run a 10K on Thanksgiving morning. He was going to put the turkey in the oven by around 5 am (he does most of the cooking!) and then run the race. He's still running about 3+ miles (he's a rock star) and was going to do the best he could with 6.2 miles. DD#2 ended up not wanting to get up @ 7:00 am (she had 6 am. Bball practice the morning before!), so they skipped the race. They did go run about 10 am. I didn't go because I still had a lot of "prep" work to do before everyone came about 1 pm and I didn't want to stress! My 2 sisters, DD#3, the dog and I took about a 45 min. walk later in the evening before it got dark, so that was nice.

I spent Friday morning cleaning up and packing away Thanksgiving getting ready for Christmas decorations! Friday afternoon when DH got off work, we spent about 2 hours working in the yard. We raked leaves, re-seeded and fertilized (over an acre of lawn). I used the spreader and walked consistently pushing it for about 45 mins. (it was kind of heavy and I had to walk briskly to get an "even spread"). We were going to run, but I was tired after that!

I did run again on Saturday morning. I did the 5 min. run/5 min. walk for about 35-40 mins. Last night I did 7 min. run/3 min. walk. I'm trying to build back up my endurance. If I can stay consistent this week, I'm going to increase to 10 min. run by this weekend and then go for a mile straight after that. I try not to get disappointed when I think back that about 7 months ago I was running 3+ miles. I decided I was going to check out some 5K's that I did in January & February and sign up for a few. That kept me motivated before and hopefully keep me running through the holidays to get ready.

We're getting our Christmas tree tonight after DD#2's Bball practice and DD#3's play rehearsal (we'll decorate this weekend). I won't have time to run, but I'm going to do my ST routine (still don't like it, but it's better than nothing at this point).

My goals for the rest of the year:

Increase running endurance and get back to 2 miles straight. emoticon

Sign up for 2 5K's to complete by the end of February emoticon

ST twice a week - emoticon

My weight loss goal is to loose 4 lbs. by the end of the year, but really I'd be happy to just maintain and not gain anymore through the rest of the holidays!

Oh yeah, and the Georgia Bulldogs to win the SEC and the National Championship and the Atlanta Falcons to clinch a playoff berth! emoticon

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BROOKLYN_BORN 11/27/2012 3:31PM

    It sounds like you've had a lovely Thanksgiving. You're not the average American because you are going to get rid of your weight gain. You've got a plan! Hang in there,

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FIRECOM 11/27/2012 9:44AM

    I think the most frustrating element of having a weight problem is that there is no end to the battle. I feel that I can never let my guard down - not for a minute. This is a great blog post.

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No Exercise this weekend and the Falcons lost!

Monday, November 12, 2012

It seems like all my blogs lately have been about me not doing what I say I'm going to do :(

So, again this weekend, I didn't get in any exercise, although I boldly proclaimed on Thursday that I would run on Saturday & Sunday!

Friday was DD#1 - 17th Birthday! We had a small family party for her Friday evening. She wanted Chinese food (we get this about twice a year) and lemon cake. It was just the five of us and my parents. It was a very nice evening and I tried not to eat too much. She got just what she wanted $$$ and DH made her a "donkey" which is a type of easel/bench for drawing/painting (it was really nice - I didn't even know he had made it!).

DH was off Friday & Saturday (miracle), but spent both days working on his van (had the front end completely taken apart), so that left us with 1 vehicle. On Saturday morning, I dropped DD#3 off at play practice and then picked up DD#1's boyfriend to spend the day "hanging out" (he lives about 22 miles away). I picked DD#3 up from play practice at 2:30 and DH had the van put back together and new tires by then! DD#2 wanted to run/play basketball since she didn't have practice. It was my goal to go with her, but I ended up going to bingo night with DD#3 (her Girl Scout troop was hosting the first session and then we got to play the 2nd session). So DH got to take DD#2, a friend, DD#1 and boyfriend to the park and I got to go to bingo. Turns out it was a lot of fun (I really do like bingo) and DD#3 won a $25 Bath & Bodyworks gift card! Me, nothing.

Since I did so much running around on Saturday, I had mega laundry to do on Sunday. Of course, DH had to work! I woke all 3 girls up pretty early (DD#1&2 stayed up late watching scary movies so they were grouchy!) and had them help me. I then had to take DD#2 to the high school (the basketball team was going to a girl's college basketball game @ Georgia Tech). I got back just in time to watch a little pre-game and settle in for the Falcons/New Orleans game. The Falcons lost their first game of the season (and to the Saints no less!!). As soon as the game was over, DD#1&3 and I went to 5:00 pm. Mass.

I think you get the picture by now. Very busy weekend equals no exercise . . . yes there were plenty of opportunities. I certainly had time to do some strength training on both days and I could have ran earlier in the morning on both Saturday & Sunday before I started all my "stuff".

So, I don't really want to put down what I plan to do today! It's raining and of course I have 2 of the 3 kids to run around tonight. I do have a good dinner planned, so I should be able to do my strength training routine after I pick up DD#2 from Bball practice and before I eat dinner.

I've decided to weigh every other week, so I'll have to weigh this Wednesday. My next weigh in after that will be the Wednesday after Thanksgiving, so at least I'll get a gauge of how Thanksgiving went before the Christmas festivities start.

I need to make this a priority in my life. I worked really hard to loose that 46 lbs. and become a "runner". I don't need to let up now.


Happy Birthday to DD#1!

Friday, November 09, 2012

Today is my oldest daughter's 17th birthday! Time flies when you're having fun! We're going to celebrate tonight with chinese food & cake! Oh boy, I'll just have to try hard not to over indulge!

The kids were out of school on Tuesday. DD#1 went to the mall with a friend and DD#2 wanted to play a little basketball (even though she had practice @ 6). She had a friend over, so DH, DD#2 & friend, DD#3 and dog and I went to the park when I got off work. We had about an hour, so DH, DD#3, dog and I went to the trail and DD#2 and friend stayed at the basketball courts (and to check out 2 guys that were running on the outdoor track by the courts - found this out later! No wonder she wanted to play basketball before practice!).

DH took off running which left me with DD#3 and dog. We ran a little bit, but she didn't want to run the whole time. She was having a good time with the dog and all the rabbits and squirrels that were running around the trail. I didn't want to leave her alone, so we stuck together. In all honesty, I probably ran about as much as I could! DH is still doing so good on his running - ran the entire 3 miles, I'm a little jealous.

Anyway, I ran again yesterday after work (by myself) and did a 5 min. run/5 min. walk. I got in about 35 mins. of running/walking. I felt good doing this and my running was better. I'm going to do this a couple more times and slowly increase the running. I also did the stretch routine that's at the park and it's a good 5-7 mins. of stretching that includes some upper body work. While I was finishing up my run, DD#2 called and said they got out of basketball early and I needed to pick her up, so I didn't get to do the stretch routine after the run/walk.

I'm a little disappointed with her basketball coach. I mentioned before that all 29 girls practice together. At the parents' meeting, he stressed how important practice is and mandatory. What he should have said is that applies to the varsity girls (and some JV) but not the Freshman! So far since last Tuesday, he's called off Freshman practice 3 times. They didn't practice last Saturday and didn't have practice this morning or tomorrow. DD#2 mentioned that she thinks part of it is because the Freshman coach couldn't make it. I know things come up and change, but I think this is sending a bad message to the girls. Plus, he posted the practice schedule a couple of weeks ago (again indicating Saturday practice is mandatory), so we didn't sign DD#2 up for a church retreat this weekend that's a lot of fun because we didn't want her to miss practice and now it's cancelled. Oh well, I just wanted to vent!

DD#2 is also disappointed (she loves basketball) and asked last night if we could go to the park to run and play Bball today after school. I think it's mainly to check out the boy again (he apparently runs every day getting ready for track!). We're not going to go tonight (DD#1 birthday), but I told her we would go tomorrow & Sunday. I guess she'll have to check out the running dude's schedule this weekend! Hey whatever it takes.

DD#1 wants to hang out at the mall tomorrow with new boyfriend & friends. Since it's her birthday weekend and she's been doing really well on her grades, we'll try to work something out to take her (she really needs to get that driver's license!). DD#3 has play practice tomorrow morning and then we've volunteered for Bingo Night for the Girl Scouts Saturday night.

So it will be another busy weekend, but I'm going to get in those runs. The Falcons play on Sunday @ 1:00, so I'll run with DD#2 before the game. DD#3 wants to go to 5:00 Mass so she can check out the alter servers (she volunteered to be an alter server and her first time is a week from Sunday).

I just need to get that eating in control and get rid of that Halloween candy. I keep forgetting to take it to the church and had a bunch last night again. I think all the chocolate is gone, so I won't be tempted. I really don't like any other kind of candy, just chocolate!

Have a good weekend and Go Falcons! emoticon


November Goals?!

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Well October ended with me over indulging in candy! We still have a lot around, so I'm taking a big bag to the church tomorrow (we'll be sending some to the troops & making "goody" bags to put in with food to take to the homeless around Thanksgiving). My mindless snacking is out of control too! My girls have even commented on my crappy eating!

My exercise has been a little off too! I finally broke down and bought new shoes last Monday. I've only used them 3 times since then! I ran last Tuesday and the shoes are great, but I'm still struggling on my runs. I did the 10 min. run/5 min. walk thing again. I got in over 2 miles and I felt pretty good. It was cool (and still windy), so it was great running weather.

After I ran, I picked up DD#2 from basketball try-outs. She made the team! The head coach (along with other coaches) talked to each girl individually (34 girls) after try-outs, which I thought was kinda cool. He told DD#2 that he likes her work ethic and attitude, but she needs to work on being more aggressive (DH and I have been telling her this for years). He wants her to play on the Freshman team so she can work on this. The coach told the parents at a parent meeting that they haven't "picked" the teams yet and that there are 29 girls in the program for the 3 teams - Varsity, JV & Freshman (so 5 girls either didn't make it or dropped out - it's a big commitment). I think she'll probably still play on the Freshman team, this will give her more playing time and allow her to work on the "aggressive" thing. All 29 girls practice together, so it gives the younger girls a chance to work with the more experienced players. Plus telling the girls that the teams haven't been picked yet motivates some of the ones that have gotten complacent to work as hard as the "newbies".

I ran again with DH on Thursday. The weekend was pretty busy. DD#1 was having a bonfire on Saturday with some of her friends to celebrate hers and another girls 17th birthday (DD#1 birthday is actually this Friday). We spent Saturday morning cleaning house and doing yardwork. DD#2 wanted to run and play some basketball later on Saturday. The Freshman coach couldn't make practice Saturday, so only the older girls and 4 9th graders (out of 12) had to practice. I think she was a little disappointed because she wasn't asked to practice, but the other 4 play a different position than her (except the 6'4" 9th Grader who is on varsity). So we went to the park and ran the outdoor track and played on the outdoor courts. She prefers the indoor track/courts, but they had games and were full. It was pretty hot on Saturday and she got in a good workout. I only ran/walked about a mile. I hate to admit it, but I had eaten a bunch of candy about an hour before and felt yucky!

DD#1 had about 10 kids come to the bonfire. Her new "boyfriend" came with a friend. Everything went pretty well and the kids stayed until about 11:30. Fortunately daylight savings ended and we got that "extra" hour, but I was still tired when I got up on Sunday morning for DD#2's confirmation class (I'm a small group leader). When we got home from class, DD#1 and I cleaned up from the bonfire. I lounged around the rest of the day watching football. My beloved 8-0 Falcons played (and won) Sunday night.

We had to run all 3 girls around yesterday at different times, so DH ran without me. I actually did a strength training work-out last night. I'm determined to start doing this. I think it will help with my running and definitely with the flabby stomach/muffin top thing I got going on.

I'm a little late on my November goals, and I really hate to list anything specific. I completely blew October. I did weigh this morning (I was actually shaking because I thought it was going to be so bad and I'm surprised it wasn't). I pretty much stayed the same (even lost a couple of ounces), but I still have those extra 7 lbs to get rid off. Frankly, if I can just get through the holidays without gaining any more, I'll be happy! I'm going to continue to work on some type of strength training and continue on with the running. I would really like to join some of the classes at the Rec. Center, but I can't afford the time/money right now. Things won't be letting up and if anything, I'll be more busy with the holiday stuff!

I don't want to make excuses, but I'm just going to do the best I can. I can do the ST at home and even though it gets dark earlier now, the outdoor track has lights and I can still run at the indoor track. One thing I have complete control over is how I eat. I have no excuses for the mindless snacking, candy & crappy eating. I know I'll have a few slip ups at holiday gatherings, but I really need to "get it together". So, my main goal for November is to get my eating back in control (can I just confess how much I hate grocery shopping and cooking!! - stop, no more excuses!)

November will be my month to be thankful for my good health and not take it for granted and work on fueling my body better! emoticon

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LRK4CHRIST 11/6/2012 10:33AM

    Amen! I like the November Goal.... be thankful for good health and not take life for granted! Thank God!

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October is ending, what will November bring . . . ?

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

I've been scrolling through blogs while eating my lunch at work and noticed all the blogs on Hurricane Sandy. It's amazing how many areas of the country this storm has affected and is still affecting. I live in North Georgia and we've had 3 days of high winds. Nothing like the people in the storm's path and thankfully not the torrential rain, flooding, etc. But we're in Georgia and way off the coast and we've had winds gusting to over 50 mph and we're also getting the massive cold front, so it will be very cold tonight! Quite the storm!

Anyway, I've been doing ok with the eating & exercise. I'll get on the scale tomorrow. I had a pretty busy end of the week and weekend (as usual). I ended up not running on Wednesday, but went with DD#2 to the indoor track and played some basketball on Thursday. I went a little easy on the running since I still didn't have new shoes. My feet and knees were killing me! I didn't do anything on Friday. DD#2 went to the corn maze with a friend on Friday, so she didn't run, so DH and I both decided to just relax that night (feet still killing me!).

On Saturday DD#2 had an all day retreat at church. DD#1 had some exciting news - she got asked out on a date. This is her first "official" date (she's 16). She has a lot of guy friends and had a "boyfriend" in middle school, but really hasn't been on a date. The guy is a friend of a friend that she met a couple of times over the summer at some concerts. He goes to another high school about 45 mins. away. Both of them are juniors and 16 almost 17, but neither one drives yet. So guess who had to take her to her date?! Later on Saturday I dropped her off at a really nice mall about 30 mins. away and met the boy and his Dad. She had showed me his picture on Facebook and he's pretty cute. She's tall, so they're about the same height. I dropped her off, drove back home, watched a little of the Ga/Fla game (go Dawgs!), went to church and then brought DD#2 home from the retreat, took DD#3 to a Halloween party and then picked DD#1 up from her date. DD#2 and I met them at the food court. They had a very good time and they looked cute! Needless to say, I didn't exercise Saturday either (unless you count some pretty intense housecleaning/laundry that morning!).

Sunday I already warned everyone to leave me alone from 1 - 4 so I could watch my Falcons beat the Eagles! DD#1 & #2 raked leaves, which was a pretty futile task since the winds were already whipping. They stopped after about an hour and DD#2 wanted to run since basketball tryouts started on Monday. I've still been too lazy to get shoes, so I took DD#2 and a friend to the indoor track (after the 7-0 Falcons whipped the Eagles!) to run and DD#3, the dog and I walked the hilly trail (about 1.6 miles).

Yesterday was cold and windy, but DH wanted to run. Since I still didn't have shoes, I took DD#1 to work and he ran without me. After we picked up DD#2 from basketball try-outs, we went to Academy Sports and I bought new running shoes (a really great pair of Nike's), so now I have no more excuses. We're going to run today after work (it's still going to be cold & windy!) and I'll take it a little easy with my new shoes - mostly walking. We have until 6:30 until we have to pick up DD#2 from try-outs. She said last night that they were going to do the cuts right after the try-0uts. That sounds a little harsh doing it right there instead of posting it on the website. I know when I was growing up, they just told you right there in front of everyone or posted it on the bulletin board the next day, but these days, they're usually a little more "sensitive".

I'm really anxious for her. She didn't make the HS softball team (they only had JV & Varsity), made the 9th Grade volleyball team (never played volleyball before) and now we'll see about basketball. She probably trains, practices & conditions the most for basketball, so fingers crossed! They do have a 9th Grade team, so I feel pretty confident, but still anxious.

I'm a little worried about Halloween tomorrow. We don't have Trick or Treaters (live off a busy road, down a long gravel driveway). DD#1 has to work, but DD#2 & #3 are going with friends, so even though we won't have "left over" candy, I'll still have to contend with their bags!

I weigh tomorrow morning, so we'll see how October ends! November & December will continue to be a challenge with our busy schedules and the added holiday festivities. Fortunately I like running in the cool weather better and now I have new shoes!!

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PARKERB2 10/30/2012 1:33PM

    Glad you got new shoes. Have a great weigh in tomorrow. I weigh in at WW so I hope both of us do well. You are one busy person. Have a great day.

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