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Door County day three

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Hey big news!! I dropped another size and now fit into a size large shirt! This is huge for me, it makes me feel soooo good. I started out as a 2XL and now am a L! Let me start the story from the beginning, today we went to Fish Creek and we went to my dad's favorite store, On Deck Clothing Store. The store has a sale section downstairs with great prices and my dad likes to buy his shirts there. Anyway, when my dad was trying on shirts I wandered over to the women's section. I tried on a few XL sizes, and they were cute, but not exactly right. I went back to the sales rack and was admiring the Large sizes wishing I could wear them, and I thought, why not try them on? I did, and they Fit! The first one I tried on was a little tight, but it fit and the third one I tried on was just right. My dad bought me the blue shirt that fit just right.

After going clothes shopping we went to get coffee at Luna, a new coffee house that my dad discovered, because his old favorite one had closed. The coffee store is connected with the clothes store that I mentioned yesterday that is interested in my jewelry. I went in and handed her my business card. I had a small Iced skim vanilla chai late. It was really good and just hit the spot. We then went next door to the handmade chocolate store and I got a mint chocolate covered oreo and saved it until after lunch.

After we finished up in Fish Creek we went to lunch in Egg Harbor. We went to a cute little place called the village cafe I believe. I ordered a soup and sandwich combo, the sandwich was an egg sandwich and I expected to get a half sandwich but they gave me a whole one. I only ate half of the sandwich. yay go me. the soup was a cup of chili, it was a little spicy for me, so I only had about half of it as well. I also had a side of fuit. We then went to a cool thrift store, but I didn't find anything. Then we drove back to Sister Bay, and went to pick up a few things at Piggly Wiggly. I didn't feel like going back to the lodge, so I elected to stay behind at the settlement shops and walk back. I went to a few stores. There is a cool thrift/clothing store there that was having a 50% off sale. I ended up getting 3 cute shirts for $19.52. After that I walked back to the lodge and here I am now.

Tonight we are going out to the English Inn. It looks like a cool restaurant, we have reservations for quarter to seven. I have a dining guide to Door County that has menus for various restaurants and their menu is there. I will plan out what I will eat out tonight. Right now am going to check out the fitness center and work out.

UPDATE: I just walked on the treadmill for 25min, 2.1 pace 5% incline Woo Hoo! I'm so glad I worked out I am exhausted and sweating. I will shower now, get changed and then we are going out to eat.

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1STATEOFDENIAL 7/30/2012 2:12PM

    Sounds like you're embracing the idea of choosing the better choice. You're enjoying your vacation and indulging in small amounts while also paying attention to what you're eating and how much you're moving. You're proving to yourself how you're able to enjoy a life of moderation.

Keep up all the wonderful things you're doing!

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    I'm sorry, I have no idea what the rest of your blog said after "mint chocolate covered oreo"! LOL - Just kidding.

Hope you enjoyed dinner last night!

10k Leader

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MIDNIGHTER1 7/30/2012 1:37AM

    You are really doing good. I like your discipline. Eating less ,trying to workout while on vacation. This is hard to do,especially when your are on vacation and having fun. Trememdous. Me and my family went biking the last two days. We went 18 miles round trip on a bike trail. I thought about you and your bicycling. Keep up the good work.

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RECREATING_ME 7/29/2012 11:37PM

    Congrats on the NSV! That is great motivation, to be sure!


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WISLNDR 7/29/2012 8:09PM

    We might have crossed paths yesterday! I live in Door County and was on my way to Green Bay last evening. I'm glad you're having fun; I don't always take the time to do the fun things the county has to offer!

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RUNNETHOVER 7/29/2012 8:02PM

    You're doing so great!! I am inspired by the great choices you made today! emoticon

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    How exciting! It's so much fun going shopping when you can wear smaller sizes!

Good for you on the meal choices and treadmill, too!


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SUPER-MOM_ 7/29/2012 6:40PM

  Am living in NYC now, but growing up my family went to Door County every summer. Don't know if the Wagon Trail is still there, but that was a lot of fun. I also remember renting bikes and biking backroads forever. Hope you have a lovely vacation! Am proud of you for planning your menu and being careful eating out. I'm sure you have a fish boil in your future if you're up on the peninsula. Cheers!

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Door County day 2

Saturday, July 28, 2012

I did it!!!! I biked the 9.5 mile trail and it was not as bad as I was afraid it was going to be. Don't get me wrong, it was hard, but it didn't kill me. My mom had said that I could stop 4 times and I only stopped once. For everyone that is reading this as the first blog entry, to motivate me my parents said that if I could bike the Peninsula state park bike trail they would give me $50. I trained for weeks and had gotten to eight miles. Last year when we went to DC I biked the trail with my mom and it was really really hard. I had to stop multiple times and complained the whole way, I thought I was going to die(an exaggeration) but I did not have fun at all. What a difference a year makes! The biggest change I think was my attitude. I actually enjoyed the bike ride, it was beautiful.

Yesterday we drove up here and arrived around 2. We unpacked and went out to lunch at the Cookery in Fish Creek. I had an eggplant and green olive flatbread with parmesan cheese. I didn't finish it! I normally would have eaten the whole thing, but I left two slices. After that we went to the Piggly Wiggly and went grocery shopping, after that we went back to the room and hung out. I tried to teach my mom the entrelac stitch for knitting and then we went out to eat at a really nice restaurant, the name is escaping me right now, but we always go the first day each year and it is my dad's favorite. He loves the key lime pie they have there. we had sweet potato fries for an appetizer and I only had a few (5-10). For dinner I had pesto whitefish, it was really good, it came with veggies and rice pilaf on the side. I finished everything, it was really good. My dad ordered desert and I didn't order anything. We went back to the room and caught the last half of the opening ceremonies. I ate two skinny cow ice cream bars that I had gotten when we went grocery shopping, they were so good.

Today we woke up around ten, I had breakfast and my parents went for a three mile run. after that we did the bike trail. We ate lunch at Julie's cafe, well we all ordered breakfast foods for lunch. I had something that was made up of two eggs scrambled with hash browns, onions, and cheese, that came with a bagel. I also ordered a fresh fruit bowl. I was so famished from biking the 9.5 miles that I ate everything. We checked out a new coffee shop after that. The coffee shop was in a funky little store that would be the perfect place for my jewelry. I asked the owner how she gets her jewelry, and she explained that she buys from all sorts of sources. She was interested in my stuff after I described what I make to her, and asked me to email her my etsy site and facebook page.

I have come to a decision up here. I am not going to worry about tracking my foods, I will track my water, but it is really hard to track food when I go out to eat and I don't want to obsess over everything I eat, I am on vacation after all. I am going to try and order something healthy and eat less than I normally would. I will also exercise just about every day, but I won't worry too much about what I am eating, I will just enjoy myself.

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CLPURNELL 7/30/2012 6:15PM

    Awesome job on the bike trail!!! Sounds like a great trip so far!!!

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DRPOOH63 7/29/2012 11:32AM

    Sounds like a fun trip. Enjoy yourself. Just a thought but I always try to track fruit/veggies as well because I know for me those tend to go down when I am on vacation.

Congrats on the bike ride! That is fabulous. Just imagine what you will be doing by next year!

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1STATEOFDENIAL 7/29/2012 1:21AM

    Sometimes tracking can be a pain but the big idea of tracking is paying attention to what you're eating. You're doing that! You're also biking a lot, which will increase your appetite. So as long as you don't use this time to overly splurge and indulge in things that are obviously greatly unhealthy, I'm sure you'll do just fine. When you are home and have more control over what you're eating get back into it.

You're doing great! Be proud of your accomplishment and use that reward from your parents to get yourself something you want for your journey to better health - like a yoga mat, exercise ball, pedometer, weights, etc which can help push you closer to your goals!

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MIDNIGHTER1 7/29/2012 1:07AM

    It will be hard to estimate the calories of food at restaurants. Eat the healhiest prepared thing. If you eat a little too much, you are still working out. If not, get back on track when you get home. Congratulations on accomplishing your bicycling goal. I took my family cycling on the local trails here. It goes 50 miles to the next town. We did not go that far, but we rode for an hour and a half. Enjoy your vacation.

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    YAY for cycling!


YAY for choosing healthy options while eating out on vacation!


You're doing great! Eating well on vacation is its own challenge! KUDOS!


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Thursday, July 26, 2012

I just typed up a long blog entry and instead of posting it I closed the window oops. let me start over yesterday I biked for eight miles in 4! minutes! that is my personal best so far. I feel as though biking the trail in Door County will be no problem. Speaking of Door County, I'm leaving to go tomorrow! I can't wait. I am packing to go right now.

My brother took the MCAT today, so we are going out to celebrate at a Japanese restaurant. I am going to have sushi, I think. I was bad last night and didn't record my dinner, but instead of being all negative about it and letting it get me down, I have decided to move past it and not let it stop me from recording my meals in the future. In the past I would have beat myself up about it, but now I am trying to let it go.

I found out why I am getting the headaches, maybe. Let me start over from the beginning, a few months ago I was riding in the car with my then boyfriend (now ex) and we were hit from behind. He didn't want to make a big deal of it and report it, he had a clunker of a car. I said that my neck hurt a little bit and that I had had whiplash in the past, he asked if I was okay, and I said I was. Instead of insisting that I go to the hospital, I agreed to continue our date. I remember that it was March 31st because that was the last day that my mother's insurance was effective, and the next day my new insurance took effect. I get insurance through my school now, and it is not as good. After a while I had forgotten about the accident and started getting really bad headaches whenever I would be a passenger in a car or bus and read or did anything. They started occurring more and more frequently so I finally went to the doctor about it last week. He was a new doctor and when I was telling him my medical history I remembered about the accident and mentioned it. He ordered an x-ray. He didn't know what was causing the headaches and said I should see a neurologist.

My results from the x-ray came back yesterday and one of my vertebrae was sub-normal and was either too curved or not curved enough, I didn't understand the results so I called the doctor back and talked to the nurse. She said that the problem with my neck was probably what was causing my headaches. She said that they were probably tension headaches caused by muscle spasms. She said there were two options, one was a neurologist and the other was physical therapy. I said I would prefer physical therapy because I thought it would be cheaper. I also said that I had to call my insurance because I wanted to see if they would cover it. This morning I was woken up by a call from the nurse saying that my doctor wanted me to do physical therapy and after a few weeks I should see if it worked or not.

After that I called my insurance to see if PT was covered and found out that my coverage expires on August fourth. I am really glad I called. I then called my school and found out that they were switching insurance providers. I called the new insurance people and they said that I have to apply on their website and it would cost around $1,700. I am so glad I found out today, because I am leaving for vacation tomorrow and not getting back until the fifth.

Anyway sorry to bug you with the boring stuff. Hopefully PT will work and the really bad headaches will go away, in the meantime I am going to be taking Advil every time I ride in the car and hope that that will prevent the headaches.

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MIDNIGHTER1 7/27/2012 1:52AM

    Defintely glad you got checked out or your insurance lapsing would have been terrible. Never assume anything in an automobile accident. I hope you get PT and make a full recovery. I hope it does not ruin your vacation plans.

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1STATEOFDENIAL 7/26/2012 11:04PM

    It's good you called ahead and got the insurance information. Too often people just assume it will be fine, then find out later that they now have to pay the cost.

Forgive yesterday, hope for tomorrow, do better today. It's hard to learn from our mistakes if we let them destroy our momentum. Ask yourself what led to you not recording your dinner. Then try to figure out how to motivate yourself to continue recording everything in the future. Though, did you know that on the nutrition page there are arrows that allow you to go back to previous days or even to future days? You can go back and enter in what you ate (if you remember).

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RECREATING_ME 7/26/2012 11:03PM

    Insurance can be such a pain to deal with! I hope that they get things worked out with it and that it will cover PT so you can get on the road to recovery.

Enjoy Door County -- such a gorgeous part of the state that I have yet to explore :)

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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Thank you for all the advice and comments on my last post. I will keep them in mind when I go on vacation. I have been looking forward to reading what people think about my posts every day now. Please keep the comments coming!

I had a good day today. I biked outside today for the first time in a while. I went the farthest I have gone so far 7.34 miles! I did it in 1hour 3min 55sec. I know that because I used the Endomondo app for my phone. I love the app for when I am exercising outside. The app posts my workouts to FB(which happened by accident). At first I didn't like that my workout was public for everyone to see, but after hearing the encouraging comments from my friends, I decided that I liked it. The only problem I have with the app is when I work out at a gym it doesn't really work because it is a gps type app and when I work out at a gym I am stationary.

I decided to buy a pedometer today. I looked on the forums and researched what people said was the best one. I found that the consensus was for the Omrom brand. I found a store that carries one, REI. The store is far from my house, so I had my dad drive me there. I bought the $28 one. It seemed to get good reviews. On the way home I put the battery in and read the instructions. I got a really bad headache from riding in the car. Lately I have been getting really bad headaches whenever I am a passenger in a car and I do anything. The headaches don't come when I drive, just when I am driven. I went to the doctor for them recently and he told me to see a neurologist. I got an appointment for August 30th. I hope that my headaches don't interfere with the vacation that I am going on this weekend.

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CLPURNELL 7/25/2012 12:04PM

    Have a great vacation. Congrats on the pedometer and I hope the head aches go away!! Awesome job on the bike ride!!!

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    I love the Endomondo app. I use it all the time for outdoor exercise. One thing that I noticed though, make sure that your phone is only running 1 GPS app or your mileage will be all over the place as the signal bounces from one satellite to another! I went on a walk one day and apparently the Google GPS and my phones standalone GPS were both running and it had me completing a mile every 5-7 minutes! YIKES!

Quick suggestion on the pedometer also - you can wear it on your hip or clipped on the middle front of your bra. Most of the time it can't be seen, unless you wear a light colored or shirt that's more snug. It tracks really accurately there too and you don't have to worry about it falling off!

Have a great vacation!

10k Leader

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MIDNIGHTER1 7/25/2012 1:12AM

    I hope your headache don't interfer with your vacations plans.It would be a shame.Hopefully you see the doctor and it is something fixable with something simple. It is good you are working out at the gym and bicycling on your own. You have to be commited to both sides of a lifestyle change,nutrition and exercise.Keep up the good work. emoticon

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number five

Monday, July 23, 2012

Hello, I had a good day today, nothing much happened, because of the heat, but I managed to go to the gym. I biked seven miles in 35 min! the first time I biked seven miles, Saturday I did it in 37 minutes, so I broke my personal best woo-hoo! I am on track to bike ten miles next week.

Yesterday I took the day off, I had already exercised five times and needed a break. I could have gotten myself down about skipping a day, but I am trying to focus on the fact that I managed to work out five times, when I used to barely be able to work out once or twice. I have made a lot of progress in about a month's time. That was the second week in a row of working out five days, this week I hope to keep the streak alive.

On Friday me and my family are leaving for Door County, I can't wait! I love going there. My family has been going to Door county for a long time, maybe 8 or 10 years, and I look forward to it all year long. We stay in Sister Bay at the Scandinavian Lodge every year for eight days, but we are staying nine days this year, long story. Our suite has two bedrooms and a living room/kitchen/main room. There is a balcony where we can sit and relax. The lodge has 2 pools, one outdoors and one indoors, so I might work up my courage and try my swimsuit on and lounge at the pool. There is a workout room (I have never been there but everyone else in my family has) and you can rent bikes from the front desk. I will try and exercise at least once a day for five days, that is my goal for when I am up there. There is wi-fi at the hotel, so I am debating wether or not to bring my laptop along, on one hand I can connect to and blog about my experiences and do stuff, but on the other hand I worry that I won't be fully in vacation mode and will be stuck in my computer too much.

This is the first year that my brother will not be able to go with us, he has to work and can't get off. He might make the last few days though, I hope he can. So this year it is just me and my parents. Usually my brother and my Dad go golfing and my mom and go beading or shop or do other things together. I don't know how that will work out with my dad being around all the time. Door county is where I first learned to bead, and now I think I could probably teach my teacher new things, I've gotten that good. I don't like bragging, but I think that I need to recognize my achievements more than I do now. I tend to downplay my successes and focus on my failures, which I am trying hard not to do.

This year the olympic games are happening when we are going, in fact the opening ceremony is the first day we get there. I am a little conflicted because I want to see them, but I also want to go out to dinner and enjoy the first day of vacation. I joined the knitting olympics team here on Sparkpeople, and am looking forward to knitting while I am up there. I still have to narrow down which project I want to make and buy the yarn. I also what to catch up on my reading while I am up there. There is so much I want to do. I want to bead, read, knit, exercise, etc. I hope I will have enough time in the day to enjoy fully what I want to do.

I will be eating out a lot at restaurants, so I am a little worried about eating too much, but I think that my attitude has changed enough that I can make up for it by eating less and choosing good, healthy foods. I can always take the leftovers from dinners back to the room and leave them in the refrigerator for lunch the next day, or I can always just not finnish and not worry about what happens to the rest of the food. I am going to be on vacation, so I will cut myself a little slack, and when I get back I will then start to try and control what I eat and make a meal plan ahead of time.

I am really looking forward to going and cannot wait. I sort of hope that this week will go by quickly, but then I want time to slow down so I can appreciate my vacation to the fullest.

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MCJULIEO 7/24/2012 8:58AM

    Having a refrigerator in your room should be a great help for you to keep your portions under control...

With the thought that you have put into this vacation, You are going to do so well!

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1STATEOFDENIAL 7/24/2012 3:33AM

    There is nothing wrong with tooting your horn when you do something good. Be proud of what you do well and accomplish. Do little things to celebrate yourself because you deserve it.

It is beneficial to take breaks now and again. As long as you continue to keep moving in small ways and not spend the entire day doing nothing you'll be fine. If you find it difficult to get back to it after a break then work on finding ways to motivate yourself. You can always do 10 minutes of easy exercise every day if it keeps you going.

As for how to find time for everything, come up with a basic plan. Perhaps wake up at 9 am, workout from 9:30 - 10:30, shower, do some knitting and beading while watching the olympics, have some lunch, go out and do activities with the family, etc. If you find you're continuing past the time allotted then set a timer. If you take an hour in the evening to get on SP you'll be able to do a few things like tracking food and blogging but won't spend all your time online. When you plan ahead it can help you avoid the pitfalls of time mismanagement.

As for the restaurants, always ask if they have nutritional information available. All major chains must provide some nutritonal info and many smaller restaurants do as well. If nothing else, ask if they can make something specific for you. Saying you have a medical necessity may help - after all, you're following this plan to be healthier which is a medical necessity! For instance you can ask them to grill up a chicken breast then add a side of veggies. Many places can accomodate simple requests such as this. Be sure to avoid empty calories like drinks (stick with water) and don't look at a dessert menu at all. Some restaurants have nutritioinal info online - if they do you can plan what to eat ahead of time then forgo looking at the menu and tempting yourself. Also, why not bring some of your own snacks to have in the hotel room? If you have a small snack before going out to eat you'll be less tempted to splurge. You can also see if there is a grocery store nearby to pick up healthier snacks or fruit. Sounds like you might have a small fridge in the room and if so then usually there's a microwave too. If you bring your own foods you can have a simple breakfast, eat lunch in the room (when possible), then plan ahead your dinners. Eventually you'll feel more confident and willing to try eating out without planning, but until this healthy lifestyle has become habit why risk tempting yourself?

I hope you have a lot of fun! Work on making better choices, not perfect choices. It is okay to splurge a little now and again as long as you spend more time making better choices than giving in.

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MIDNIGHTER1 7/24/2012 1:55AM

    You are doing a great job. I love my bicycle. You have a plan,so you should do okay.Just have fun but don't go too crazy. Enjoy all the things you like to do.Enjoy yourself. emoticon

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