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Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Well today was a little victory for me. I went to workout and did my longest workout yet. Let me start from the beginning, I woke up at 10 this morning and had breakfast. I didn't really feel like working out, but I knew that I had to. I got my dad to drive me to the bus at Bayshore Mall and I caught the green line headed downtown. I belong to Planet Fitness because the membership costs only $10 a month, which I can afford, but the location is really inconvenient to me. The bus ride from Bayshore mall is half an hour from my house and I tend to get tension headaches whenever I do anything on the bus, like read or knit or whatever. I realized when I was on the bus that I forgot to pack a change of underwear or my workout bra. I was full of excuses, but I sucked it up and went to workout anyway.

I biked on the stationary bike for 35 min. and went 7 miles. After going on the bike machine I didn't want to end it so I went on the treadmill and walked for 30 min at 2.5 and went 1 mile. After working out I went to the shower room and weighed myself, I was really afraid that I had gained a lot of weight from vacation, like 4-6 lbs, but I had only gained 2! I always weigh myself on wednesday at Planet fitness before I shower when I am naked. I skipped last week for obvious reasons.

After I worked out I went to the Milwaukee public library and got a few books out. I wanted to check out the Sparkpeople cookbook, but the 3 copies they had were checked out. I reserved one and can't wait till it is returned so I can check it out. It started to drizzle when I was waiting at the bus stop. I took the bus back to Bayshore and my dad picked me up and took me home. He picked me up at 6:30ish and I went home and snacked. Today was my mom's first day back at school, so we aren't eating until 8pm at least. I over ate today, I was surprised by how many calories I ate. I am glad that I am not putting pressure on myself yet, I think that by just seeing what I am eating I can change it better. For dinner tonight I am going to make sloppy joe's for dinner with a recipe I got from SP. I am looking forward to getting back to cooking again.

Well that was my day up to now. I don't know what I want to do tomorrow yet, it is supposed to be raining a lot, so I might not go downtown, but I want to workout, so I hope I can go.

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DAOCCHICA 8/9/2012 9:47PM

    Wow! Nice workout :) I have to take the bus also.. and it sucks :/ But you get more walking in that way! Gratz on not gaining too much :) It's always fun to splurge a little! And baby steps into good eating habits are always a plus! Have a good Friday emoticon

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CLPURNELL 8/9/2012 6:05PM

    Awesome workout!!!

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KRYS210 8/9/2012 1:31PM

    If you are interested in exercise videos, Sp;ark has a ton of free ones. You might want to check it out.

(copy & psate into your browser)

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1STATEOFDENIAL 8/9/2012 5:03AM

    Is there room in your home that you can do some exercising? See if you can rent some workout dvds from the library to try - if you like them you can buy them for yourself - that way you can work out at home on days you can't make the long trek to the gym. You could also try an SP workout video if you can set up your computer in a way that you can see it whle you work out. In the least you can always work on some bodyweight exercies (pushups, crunches, leg lifts, etc). Having options for days when your preferred option won't work will help make sure you do something to stay on track. Keep working on making the better choices!

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JWOURMS 8/9/2012 4:55AM

    Consiousness is no small achievement. Jesus it sounds a bit like some sort of buddha or confusions saying.
Well done & hugs


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MIDNIGHTER1 8/9/2012 1:12AM

    I like that you went ahead and went to the gym.You are getting back on track.Only gaining 2 pounds is a plus.I have another Sparkfriend who live in Milwaukee and was or will be a returning student at the art institute. Her name here is KLUTTERACCOON (Dani) You should introduce yourself to her. Tell her i sent you.

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back to reality

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Well I have been back home for a few days now. I think it was a mistake to stop tracking my food on vacation, as it has gotten me out of the habit of doing so. I recorded yesterday, but didn't record today. I need to start recording again so I can see/control what I eat. Maybe I am going about this the wrong way, why don't I start over the same way I did before? When I started the first time I just recorded what I ate and didn't worry too much about what I was eating. That way I could observe what I ate and gradually change it. Instead of trying to control what I eat and write everything down and do everything at once, I think I will cut myself a break and just record what it is that I eat for a week and then start to try and meet my goals. In the mean time, I plan on working out tomorrow. I also need to clean the basement.

Oh yeah, i mentioned that my phone broke when I was on vacation, so I got a new one, the one that I had set as my halfway goal point, the Samsung Galaxy S III. I love it so much! I just have to figure out what my new halfway point goal is now.

I have been feeling sick this week so I haven't exercised yet, but I am feeling better and really want to get back to working out. I can't think of much else to write. I haven't been doing much of anything except for lying down.

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MCJULIEO 8/8/2012 9:49PM

    Enjoy the new phone! Isn't technology wonderful!

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MIAJOEB 8/8/2012 1:53PM

    Have you checked out the spark article about consistency? ( if I have already sent it to you sorry..)
But I found this really helpful.
( copy and post to your server to see this)

For the last two weeks I have been drinking a mostly vegetable smoothie with the veggies from my garden... a little pineapple or peach or melon and zucchini, spinach and pumpkin smoothie taste good for breakfast.
Most days I add a little greek yogurt or cottage cheese or tofu.

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1STATEOFDENIAL 8/8/2012 4:28AM

    I think going back to the basics and only tracking your food, not focusing on eating a certain way will help. But considering you're working on making better choices, you're not technically starting all over again. It's all about doing better, not about being perfect. You'll get back to it!

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DAOCCHICA 8/7/2012 9:32PM

    Oh! I hope you feel better!
It's always good to do things at your own pace food wise.. that way you don't get burnt out or start to binge. Have a good week!!

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I'm back

Sunday, August 05, 2012

I just got back from Door County today and I miss it already. I had a great time there, and can't believe that it is over already. I was so busy the last few days that I haven't had a chance to write a blog entry. I will try and get caught up from where I left off.

I believe that the last time I wrote was on Wednesday, which makes the next day Thursday. Oh yeah, Wednesday night I had an awful night's sleep, I woke up around 3 in the morning to use the restroom, and could not fall back asleep. I ended up going back to sleep around 7 in the morning. That morning I woke up around 9:50~10ish and had a breakfast of oatmeal. I went back to sleep after that for about an hour and my parents went out to have coffee. I woke up around an hour later and I was feeling really hungry so I gave in to myself, and ate a small piece of pie and I ate the rest of the pizza left over from the night before. I felt really guilty and overstuffed. To get over it I went to the fitness center and walked on the treadmill for half an hour.

I felt a little better then and my parents convinced me to go do the bike trail again with them even though I was exhausted. I felt much better once I got on the bike, but we had a little bit of an adventure. When we just about over two miles and were going down a steep hill and my dad wiped out. I didn't see it happen but I heard my mom cry my dad's name, I turned around and went to see what was wrong. He was fine, except for a bunch of scrapes. We turned around then and he had to bike all of the way back to the bike rental place, my dad rode with bloody hands and a bloody knee. We ended up going a little over four miles. I was sad my dad had wiped out, but was glad that I had exercised that day. That afternoon my brother drove up and joined us. We went to his favorite restaurant, the mission grill.

The next day, Friday, my brother and father went golfing at Peninsula State park. When the boys were gone my mom and I went to the hands on art studio again. We first went to Bailey's Harbor and I had a smoothie and lunch. I made glass pendants and my mom made a mosaic block for the garden. The whole day my through hurt a lot. That night we went to a restaurant called Wild Tomato. I had pizza again, a 12" one and didn't finnish it, I left one slice.

On Saturday my throat was still hurting and my nose started to run. Yesterday the boys went golfing again. My mom and I went to a new thrift store that we had heard about the day before, and ironically it was less than a block behind our hotel and been there for 17 years. We had never heard of it before, and it turned out to be a really good huge thrift store. I ended up buying a really cool belt. For lunch we went to the Summer Kitchen and I had a cup of chicken dumpling soup and a chili relanos(however you spell it). We then went to Izora's, my favorite bead store that we had gone to before. The owner was there that day and she remembered my name. We bought beads in order to make a necklace for my grandmother, who had fed and watered the cats for us when we were gone. After that we picked up our stuff that we had made the day before at the hands on art studio. We went back to our room and met up with the guys after that. We were going to go to a really fancy place for the last night, but it rained really hard and we had reservations for outdoor seating. We ended up going to Wilson's instead. Wilson's is a burger joint that is famous for its ice cream. I had beef barley soup that was just ok, and had a huge scoop of cookies and cream ice cream after dinner. That night I had a hard time sleeping because my nose was so plugged. I woke up at 3, 4, 5, 7, and 8 in the morning and my mom woke me up at nine.

That brings me to today, Sunday. This morning we packed up our stuff and loaded it in the car. Went back to Al Johnson's for breakfast because my brother had not been there this year. I had swedish pancakes and a side of cantaloupe and strawberries. After that we drove home, it was a boring 3 1/2 hour drive. We drove my brother to the badger bus stop downdown and managed to make the bus with 2 minutes to spare. After that we got home and started to unpack. We went to noodles for dinner and I had my last hurrah with eating out. I will start tracking my food and fitness tomorrow again. I feel really sick right now. I have a bad cold so I am not sure if I will work out tomorrow or not. I don't know if I should suck it up and do it anyways, or if I should take it easy until I feel better. Oh yeah, my phone broke when I was gone too.

Overal I would say it was a great vacation and I am sorry that it is over. Now I need to spend my energy on starting over my eating program and workout program. I had a good foundation in place, but I need to step it up right now so I don't slip back to my old ways. Well that was a long entry. I will try and write again tomorrow.

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CLPURNELL 8/7/2012 6:54PM

    Glad you had a great vacation!

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WISLNDR 8/6/2012 8:59PM

    I was wondering when you'd get to Wilson's, you hit all the rest of the hot spots!

I'm glad you had a good time and hope you're feeling better soon!

P.S. I went to Bargains Unlimited in Sister Bay this afternoon and found some goodies. What resale shop did you go to?

Now it's back to work!!

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    Sorry you had to end your vacation feeling a bit under the weather, I hope you feel better soon! Sounds like you had a great time though (minus the incident with your dad!).

Getting back on track after vacation can sometimes be hard, but I know you can do it!

10k Leader

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1STATEOFDENIAL 8/6/2012 3:22AM

    Glad you made it back home safe and sound. You definitely had a busy vacation! None of the laying around and sleeping in that I tend to do. hehe Back to the grind now and back to tracking.

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LAOCHIN 8/6/2012 2:44AM

    We are happy you are back

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MIDNIGHTER1 8/6/2012 2:28AM

    I guess it had to end sometime,bummer. Well at least you enjoyed yourself. I hope your dad is okay. I like the fact that you are still trying to exercise while on vacation. Well back to the grind and completing your mission of working out and eating right.

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D.C. Day six

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

I am feeling much better now, thank you for all the comments. Yesterday was really busy so I did not have time to write a blog entry. I am sort of using the blog as a journal or travel log so I can remember the vacation really well in the future. I pretty much did everything I said I was going to yesterday. For breakfast we ate at Al Johnson's and I had the swedish pancakes with a side of two eggs and a piece of toast. After eating we went to the hands on art studio, but first we stopped at the bead bucket and I bought some beads and a beading magazine. I spent the remainder of my reward money on the beads and am looking forward to making the project that I chose. Well we went to the hands on art studio and my dad and I painted ceramics, he did a mug and I painted a desk organizer thingy. My mom made a lawn ornament sun thingy. We had a great time. after that we bought some sandwiches for dinner and went back to the lodge. I got a curry chicken salad wrap. Before eating I went to the fitness center and worked out. I walked on the treadmill for fifteen minutes and then my ankle started acting up a little bit, so I tried out the bike, but I couldn't get the seat to get the right postion, so I gave up after 5 min. Then I went on the elliptical machine for ten minutes. The machine was making a creaking noise and it was really annoying, but I managed to hang on for ten minutes and had a total of 30 minutes. After that I went back to the room showered and ate dinner. We then went to the theater and saw the play Chicago. It was really good. I loved everything about it. The costumes were amazing and the choreography was really good. I also loved the music and the actors were really good too. We basically ran to the car and managed to be the first car out of the parking lot. Overall yesterday was a really good day.

This morning I slept in until 10:00am. I had gone to bed around 1 in the morning the night before because we got back late from the play and watched the olympics. We had decided not to bike today because it was supposed to be really hot, so we didn't have any real plans for today. I ate oatmeal and a banana for breakfast after I woke up. We then went to leroy's coffee shop and my dad and mom had a coffee and I had a small skim vanilla chai late and a peach chobani yogurt. The barrista was very unfriendly and rude. We sat outside on the patio and talked and I read my magazine that I bought earlier on the vacation. I had a great time relaxing and doing nothing. After that we walked over to a soup place that was in the same complex. I had a bowl of soup. I just remembered I had a really upset stomach this morning and it continued for the rest of the day. I didn't let my tummy troubles ruin the rest of my day though, although I am glad we did decide to nix the bike ride earlier. After having lunch at the soup place we drove to Izora's. Izora's is my favorite bead store and my mom and I always take a class there every year. The lady who owns the place was on vacation, but there was someone filling in for her. I bought one thing of beads and spent the last five dollars that I have. We then drove to a really cool art gallery. We walked around outside and saw a bunch of really cool sculptures and I took a ton of pictures. My parents bought a really cool sign for the garden. After going to the bathroom for the third or fourth time for the day at the gallery we went to pick up the stuff we had made the day before at the hands on art studio. Then we stopped by sweetie pies on the way back and my dad bought a whole carmel apple pie. Then we went to a fudge shop and we all got a slice of fudge for later. I chose the cookies and cream fudge and got a small piece of it. We then walked to a candy store and my parents bought taffy and I got a thing of licorice. We then went back to the lodge, and here I am. We are going out to dinner soon and my stomach has settled down, finally. We are going to check out someplace that we have never been before. It is called Husbys and it is a casual place. I am looking forward to going there tonight. I will try and work out after dinner, but I don't know how I will feel then. I will get the key to the fitness room and I will keep it for tonight, I could work out anytime then. Well we are going out to dinner now, I will try and write again tomorrow.

UPDATE: We walked to Husby's I had a slice less than half of a 16" veggie pizza. I also walked back and after that I went strait to the workout room and walked on the treadmill for 40 min at an average 2.0 and incline of 3~5. My personal record for time on a treadmill, though I haven't really done too much walking on a treadmill.

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DAOCCHICA 8/5/2012 6:21PM

    Sounds so much fun! Awesome that you are able to work out while on vacay too!! YAY!

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1STATEOFDENIAL 8/2/2012 1:26PM

    Sounds like you're getting back to enjoying the vacation. You're probably getting some decent walking in by going to all of these places, so that's awesome. Keep it up!

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WISLNDR 8/2/2012 7:52AM

    It sounds like you're hitting all the hot spots!! Glad you're having fun!!

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MIDNIGHTER1 8/2/2012 1:27AM

    It sounds like you are enjoying yourself. You are getting some gym time in. Enjoying plays,doing ceramics and bead classes. Good for you.

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RUNNETHOVER 8/1/2012 8:32PM

    Glad you're having a good vacation!! emoticon

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Door County Day four

Monday, July 30, 2012

Well today was an okay day. It was a little uneventful. I woke up and had a whole wheat english muffin with a butter substitue and strawberry jam and a peach on the side. We then walked to a new (to us) coffee shop in SIster Bay. I had a whole wheat bagel with cream cheese. I felt as though I over-ate. After that we walked back to the lodge. I had been feeling very tired and crabby. I was snapping at my parents and could feel me not being myself. Not all of it was my fault though, I was feeling as though my mom was being very negative and being very critical of everything I was doing. After going for coffee we were going to be going to go miniature golf, but I was tired so I stayed behind in the room and my parents went by themselves. I drank one of my dad's diet sodas because I wanted to wake up and needed the caffeine. It felt like giving up a little bit because I had not had a soda since joining SP. I know I need to move past it though, as it was only one soda and I can drink one occasionally without getting addicted again. I watched the second episode of project runway when my parents were gone and finished off the licorice that I had bought yesterday at the candy store. I wanted candy really bad because the episode's challenge was the unconventional one and was in a candy store. I had a skinny cow ice cream bar too.

After my parents came back I was still feeling crappy. I had it out a little bit with my mom. We discussed our feelings and I realized why I was feeling the way I was, it was PMS. I was crying and felt bored and stuck in the room. after that my parents went to workout and afterward went to the pool. I stayed behind in the room and laid in bed. I watched a good movie and I started to feel better. It was almost 5:00 by then and we went to go out to eat early. We went to the Gibraltar Grill for dinner. I had not had lunch today, so I ordered fettucini Alfredo. For an appetizer we had guacamole, artichoke dip and bruchetta. it was a combo appetizer and it was really good. After dinner we went to JoJo's and had gelatto for dessert. We went back to the lodge and it started to pour right after we got to our room. Right now we are watching the olympics and I am eating popcorn. I think that tomorrow will be a better day. yes I overate, but like I have said before, I am on vacation and it is not the end of the world. I just have to stay on top of my hormones and not let them destroy my vacation. I didn't work out today, but I did walk a little bit. I can always work out tomorrow.

Speaking of tomorrow, we have a very packed day planned. For breakfast we are going to Al Johnson's for breakfast. They have goats on the roof and are known for their swedish pancakes. I am planning on having them with a side of fruit. I am worried that I am starting to eat too much, but I have been making good decisions and will be having a sandwich for dinner and I don't know what I am doing about lunch. We are planing on going to hands on art studio durring the day. It is a really cool art studio in a barn that you can make stuff at. at night tomorrow we are going to see the musical Chicago at peninsula state players. They are a great theater that puts on great plays. I love Chicago, it is one of my favorite musicals, and I can't wait. On Wednesday we are planning on doing the bike trail that I had conquered on Saturday. My parents aren't giving me a reward this time, but I am not as afraid because I did it before and it is not as scary.

Well even though I had a bad day, I will try and not let it get me down, I am on vacation after all. There is no sense in worrying about today after it is over, because all I can do now is look forward and try and enjoy my time that I have left here.

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MIAJOEB 8/1/2012 2:00PM

    I know you are not at home but there are better choices to be made.
Are posting all the food you eat. I found that it kept me honest and in reality.
I know if i can afford a cheat or just pass on it.
This is an article that helped me when I was getting started.
Give small changes consistently preformed a chance..

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    Sorry you had a crummy day, but good for you for keeping it in perspective!


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RUNNETHOVER 7/31/2012 8:26AM

    I'm sorry that you had a bad day. I keep reading that as long as you take 1 step back and 2 steps forward, you're still making progress! Maybe you can workout today and have a salad for lunch. And like you said, you are on vacation, it's okay to cut yourself a break. Are you tracking your food? My goals for this week are to just track all my food, exercise and drink 8 cups of water, I like having small, achievable goals.


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1STATEOFDENIAL 7/31/2012 1:54AM

    I'm sorry to hear you had a rough day. Show yourself some compassion then recommit yourself to your goals. One bad hour doesn't have to derail an entire day just as one bad day doesn't have to derail your week or your whole journey.

There's one positive to consider: you recognized that you weren't making the better choices as much as you would have on another day. Realizing the problem will give you the opportunity to plan for a different outcome in the future. When you know TOM is coming you can plan and prepare for it. You can also talk to your doctor about it and see if s/he has any ideas how to make it easier on you. One suggestion I have is to try to cut back on sodium for the few days before your TOM is due to start. That will help ease the cramping some and help reduce fluid buildup.

I hope tomorrow is easier on you and you can get back to enjoying your vacation.

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MIDNIGHTER1 7/31/2012 1:41AM

    Yes, put it behind you. You can't get it back and don't feel guilty about it. It happened. Enjoy your vacation. Try not to go too crazy on the eating, gain a little back,don't totally abandon trying to eat right.

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