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MIA & 2 Years of Maintenance!

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

I've been on vacation since last Friday. I usually don't go online that much over the weekend or while I'm at home, so I was surprised to see so many "comments" from Sparkpeople. I would like to thank all that wished me a "happy anniversary" for 2 years of maintenance!!

Of course, being a somewhat negative person (thanks Dad!), my first thought was feeling kind of bogus since I'm over my goal weight. I'm still well within the "maintenance parameters", so I'm pleased and proud that I've maintained this healthy lifestyle for 2 years. 2 years ago on March 31st I reached my Weight Watcher's goal!

Although I've not been keeping up with the tracking while I've been on vacation, my activity level was high. My eating wasn't out of control, but I ate a few things I probably shouldn't! I also haven't weighed for a couple of weeks, so I was a little concerned this morning, but I figured I'd just get right back on track. I'm pleased to say I lost 2 lbs!!!

Long update blog to follow . . .

  
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SUSIEMT 4/3/2013 11:36AM

    Yea you for exceeding your expectations. (losing 2 lbs). Keep up the good work!

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Weekends are killing me!

Monday, March 25, 2013

For the second weekend in a row, I've experienced some crappy eating and no exercise!

I'm usually busier during the week, so I don't know what it is about weekends that completely derail all my good efforts! Well, I have a pretty good idea.

During the week, I'm on a schedule. I get up the same time every day, have the same routine, pretty much eat the same breakfast and pack the same lunch. The evenings are pretty hectic, but it's planned chaos.

Yes, I've usually planned my chaos for the weekend, but it's a little more flexible. I had "plans" to run Friday after work. DH, DD#2 & friend didn't want to wait on me and they ran before I got off work. I had to take DD#1 to work and then DD#2 & 3 to church for a community service activity. I didn't get to run, but I picked up fish at the church fish fry (they have baked too and it's really good). I didn't eat any of the baked goods (the Woman's Club had a bake sale), but what do I do later in the evening? - I eat 2 peanut butter eggs! I actually felt gross the rest of the night and Saturday morning (you think I would have learned my lesson!).

I woke up late Saturday (DH's sleeping in on Saturdays is messing me up - see how I like to blame other people!) and had enough time to do some laundry and clean the kitchen before heading out to basketball. We got back from basketball and then went to Hobby Lobby for some stuff DD#1 needed for school on Monday (she's in 2 art classes). We picked up Chick filet for dinner. More crappy eating ensued later that evening!

Sunday morning DH made a big breakfast. I was supposed to go hiking with my sister and pick up my great-nephew. It was a cold & rainy weekend, so my niece didn't go camping. Sunday afternoon the rain had stopped, but the greenway trails were all closed due to flooding. There are other trails and of course the indoor & outdoor track, but I opted to lounge around on Sunday (keep in mind I'm still doing some housework, so not totally lounging). DH took DD#1 and boyfriend to a Mexican place that serves authentic Mexican food. I had some of a chicken fajita. It was good, but it really upset my stomach! Nothing worse than feeling sick during a long, crowded Palm Sunday Mass! I took boyfriend home after church and then picked DD#2 back up at church. I didn't eat dinner Sunday night, but once again, found myself eating crap!

Anyway, I'm not really concerned about the exercise. I still get in about 5 good workouts a week (running, exercise DVD, walking), especially in the Spring & Summer. Like I said, I rarely just "lounge around", my "lazy days" include a lot of house & yard work.

What still concerns me is the mindless, crappy, eating! I usually get it "back in control", but I don't want to go a couple of months like Oct - Jan. and then find myself 10+ lbs. over goal!

I gained a lb. last week, so I've still got 7 more lbs. to go to get back to WW goal! I'm sure this weekend didn't do anything for the "cause".

Oh well, back to routine - healthy breakfast and packed healthy lunch. I've got to find my willpower for the weekends!

  
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OOLALA53 4/1/2013 3:37AM

    What are you saying to yourself before you overeat? (Personally, I don't think crappy food is as much as a problem as overeating it. I've have many maintenance meals eating a rather moderate portion of rich food plus half a plate of fresh and cooked veggies. I usually skip my fruit "dessert" when having fast food or takeout. ) "Oh, it doesn't matter. "Oh, I should be able to eat crap." "I haven't eaten much. I'll just have a little." etc. Did you talk back to such thoughts when you were losing? Need to get back into that habit. Another thing that helps me when things really start feeling slippery is to review my reasons for wanting to eat sanely permanently. I have 42 reasons! I read it every day for at least a week. By then, the tide has usually turned. If not, I read it twice a day!

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SUSIEMT 3/30/2013 7:33PM

    Wow! You sound human! LOL You are one busy Woman, Wife and Mother! I would say for staying in Maintenance for two years you have done really well, except for the mindless, crappy eating. (your words not mine) Like I said you are human. I know what you mean by that Oct- Jan thing. Keep up the good work! Don't undo what you have accomplished! If you need help you know where we are!

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2 days of hard labor . . .

Friday, March 22, 2013

raking up the sycamore tree seeds! We live on about 12 acres and have about 2 acres of "yard". When we were building the house 15 years ago, DH wanted to cut down the sycamore trees because they have the prickly seeds that we call "gum balls". I was having "tree withdrawal" at the time because the property next to us had cold cut their land of hardwoods and I didn't want to see anymore trees cut!

Big mistake! And one that DH reminds me of each Spring. There are literally thousands (if not millions) of the prickly balls everywhere in the side and back yard and they hurt if you step on them (not good for an Easter Egg hunt). So every Spring we rake up and haul these off into the woods.

It's supposed to rain for the next 3 days, so DH wanted to get this done yesterday. He and DD#2 and my Dad (86 years old) worked on it last weekend (she's earning money for a Spring Break trip to Fl.). So for the past 2 days after work, I've been raking and hauling. All 5 of us worked on it last night and we finished. More of these "little buggers" will fall, but it won't be the massive invasion. Needless to say, I haven't been able to run, but I did get a good workout. I have blisters and my arms are hurting this morning.

The rain came in as predicted, so DH, DD#2 and I will run tonight in the gym. It's supposed to be cold and rainy all weekend, so there goes my hiking plans for Sunday. I've still got lots to do in the house to get ready for my Easter party next Sunday, so I'll be doing some housework like really cleaning the nasty basement that I try to avoid!

I'm hoping to see my little grandnephew on Sunday. My niece was supposed to go camping this weekend and my sister was going to pick up the baby and babysit Saturday night & Sunday. Not sure what they're going to do because of the weather, but I gotta see that baby!

I took DD#3 shopping last night for an Easter outfit and spring clothes (DD#1&2 had their day on Sunday). Everyone is disappointed because after weather of 70+, it's cold again and they can't wear their new Spring clothes! By the time we got home last night, I was so tired I really wanted to eat the peanut butter eggs, but I resisted!

It's been along week and I'm really looking forward to the weekend!


  


Healthiest County

Thursday, March 21, 2013

I saw a little blurb on the local news last night that the county that I live in was named the "Healthiest County in Georgia" I'm not sure where Georgia stands nationwide, but I thought that was pretty cool.

I checked it out a little more this morning and it's a study from some health institute and it's based on a variety of factors, including mortality, morbidity, health behaviors, clinical care, social/economic factors and physical environment.

It sounds right that our county would be up there. We are a "bedroom" community of Atlanta and within the last 15 years, have become pretty affluent and one of the fastest growing counties in the nation. The south part of the county is suburbia and the north part is still somewhat rural.

We have a lot of shoreline and Corp. of Engineer parks on a large lake and river and lots of great county parks. I've blogged before that there's no reason in our county not to be active. There are so many indoor & outdoor activities for a reasonable price and often for free!

I'm glad that I'm an "active" participant in the "healthiest county in Georgia"!

  
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COACHMOMMY 3/22/2013 11:30AM

    You're right, Nikki, it does seem like only the more affluent neighborhoods have access (those tax dollars working!) or sometimes it's an issue of feeling safe in the environment. 7 out of the top 10 counties in the study were all
metro Atlanta and the lower counties were the very poor South Georgia rural counties.

I have to applaud the city of Atlanta though. They are working on a new "beltway" that goes around the city using an old rail line. It's multi-use trails and greenspace and will go through a lot of really neat areas (and help with revitalizing a lot of neighborhoods). I'm not sure how many miles it will be when it's done, but it's pretty massive. It looks pretty neat and even my "suburban self" would like to check it out.



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NIKKICOLE83 3/21/2013 2:10PM

    That sounds like an amazing place to live. I live in Omaha and our city is not exercise friendly. First of all, we are one of the top cities for restaurants per capita. We don't have a great public transportation system or biking lanes so 95% of our city drives cars to and from work even if they stay close by. We are lacking in parks and the ones we have are mostly just green space. There is nothing inviting about it that would make families want to get up and walk to the park. I live in an upper-middle class neighborhood and I was shocked when I moved there how many of my neighbors walk, run or bike everyday. There is also a trail system near my house so once I moved to this particular neighborhood, activity became a way of life. Unfortunately, it seems you have to live in an affluent neighborhood to have access to that.

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Healthcare Fines?! Makes you think . . .

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

I am not a very political person. I don't like to participate in political discussions and I hate to listen to the "pundits" or "experts" from either side. I'm defiantly a "fence hugger". I have my opinions and I try to stay well informed, but find it hard to determine what is fact in today's media. That's why I usually just stay on the fence or keep my opinions to myself!

I briefly heard something on the news this morning while getting dressed about CVS charging their employees a "fine" for healthcare if they don't submit "vital information". I went online this morning to "check out" what they mentioned (slow day at work!). Of course you find all kinds of different information and "headlines" on the internet.

It does get you thinking though. My husband's company provides a $50 discount for any employee (and spouse) on the health plan to participate in a health screening. The information is private and all you have to do is go online and answer some questions and then do the screening.

Even if you have horrible health and you do nothing about, you aren't charged a "fine". I guess they just want you to be aware of your health and health risks with the HOPE you would do something about it. They provide all kinds of resources (for free), discounts on gym memberships, etc.

According to DH, a lot of people don't even want to do it, even for $100 discount a month on health care costs! The percentage of people that participate is pretty low. For employees they had several opportunities to go online at work (during your work time) if you don't have a computer at home. They had the health screeners come to work or you could go to several (very convenient) lab locations. They also gave you 2 months to complete. The health screening was a "mini" physical. Still with all of this, a very small percentage participated!

Although what I read about CVS sounds a little extreme, and again I'm not sure of what is all facts, it is kind of understandable that companies are having to go to the extreme. Apparently giving people a "bonus" like DH's company (and this is all fact) to take a little responsibility is not enough.

Just a little commentary and thoughts from someone who really doesn't have an opinion and likes her place on the fence!

  
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RASPBERRY56 3/20/2013 12:12PM

    That's scary - just what is considered "vital information", anyway? Privacy advocates should take note of this!

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