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Christmas with the Grandkids

Saturday, December 25, 2010

We went to Texas for an early Christmas with our daughter's family. My daughter is a police officer who has to work 12 hour shifts Fri, Sat and Sunday this Christmas. So we had Christmas on Thursday. We had a really nice visit. We opened up one present each Christmas Eve which is our tradition and had gingerbread and egg nog which is also our tradition. I had 1 piece of gingerbread and no eggnog so I didn't do too badly. Christmas morning was fun and then we played with the "Move"( like the Wii Fit) that we got them for Christmas. They really enjoyed it. We relaxed for the rest of the day. DD made a ham for lunch and we snacked on the ham for supper.

Nice family day! AND I stayed within my calorie range the whole visit!

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RURAL3 12/27/2010 1:53PM

    sounds like you had a great Christmas.
Where in Texas? I have a sister, a sister-in-law and family and my daughter is planning on moving there this spring.

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LOULOUBELLE2 12/27/2010 1:07PM

    So glad that you were able to get to Texas without any bad snow storms to contend with......Sounds as if you really enjoyed your visit, family is so important all year, but especially at this time of the year. Happy New Year Nancy to you and yours.

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ETAGGEL 12/26/2010 1:10PM

    i am so pleased you enjoyed your Christmas with your family, there is nothing like it! Building memories!

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PUGRAD1995 12/25/2010 7:06PM

    Special memories are the blessing of Christmas. emoticon

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UUCEEJAY 12/25/2010 3:56PM

    What a blessing to spend time with family! emoticon emoticon

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RWALTON730 12/25/2010 11:52AM

    Sounds like a great Christmas with the family.

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SMILEYBEE 12/25/2010 11:41AM

    Merry Christmas Nancy! Sounds like you had a great time with your daughter and her family. We're having a wonderful Christmas too. Church followed by our traditional clam chowder last night, then opened son Adam's family gift ... guitar hero. Played late. Son-in-law is cooking breakfast now and we'll open gifts later on ... so I'm just doing a quick check-in on SparkPeople.

God bless your day! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Let's Shake it Up!

Monday, December 20, 2010

After having a couple of poor weeks and going up 3 pounds from my low, I decided I had to shake it up! So....

I changed my carb protein fat ratio and have been eating more proteins. For the last week I have been following a 40% carb 30% protein 30 % fat ratio

I tried a few different workouts. I used the stair stepper and the rowing machine along with keeping up on my c2 5 K (I completed week 7)

I added Yoga to my routine as frequently as I could fit it in

I increased my weights on my strength training but decreased the frequency to 2 x week

These feel like good changes and I actually dropped 2 of the 3 pounds!


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RURAL3 12/23/2010 12:54AM

    way to go Nancy. I need to get my eating back on track. Still working out just need to set goals for eating

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 12/22/2010 11:28AM

    Nice way to pick yourself back up. Switch it up gets us out of the ruts and off our b__s! Victoria

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DDOORN 12/20/2010 9:36PM

    Good for you to switch around your routine!


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SMILEYBEE 12/20/2010 12:38PM

    Good for you Nancy! Keep up the good work!

and Merry Christmas emoticon

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HIKESHAPPY 12/20/2010 11:29AM

    Congratulations! WOO HOO!

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RWALTON730 12/20/2010 9:04AM

    WOW! That is excellent! It's amazing how the body will respond with a few simple changes. emoticon

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CARLANNIE 12/20/2010 8:01AM

    That's awesome that you were able to pinpoint what was wrong. "They" do say to mix it up with the exercise and your body will respond. WTG!!!

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Poor Decision OR Sensible Solution?

Thursday, December 16, 2010

I don't know if I am a wimp or a cop out or if I was just doing my best (which was my intention) BUT ,,, Yesterday was the Christmas Party for my new knitting group. I only know 3 of the ladies so far so I am not very close to the group yet. What I did know was that everyone was bringing treats AND that I am just recovering from a bad bout of over my calories. I was going to make a safe dessert (probably a Spark cookie recipe) but I decided that I would probable taste some of the other offerings. I just didn't feel strong enough yet with only 1 calorie appropriate day under my belt in the last week SO I stayed home.

I feel like I did the right thing, but shouldn't I be able to resist temptation after a year in

My conscience tells me I did the right thing for the place I am right now, but my need to "do it right" says I should have gone and resisted.

My weight remains at my 3 pounds up of 188. I don't want to head any closer to 200.


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AELARLEE1 12/17/2010 6:50PM

    Aww my friend, I feel your pain -- literally -- as I have put on a few as well. But here is encouragement. You will meet again with these ladies and we WILL lose anything that climbed on. THIS IS NOT a sign of a lifestyle.

Hang in there, I know I will be.

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DDOORN 12/17/2010 10:01AM

    Hey, after nearly FOUR years with SP I continue to struggle with temptation all the time!

Do what you gotta do to keep your SPARK...that's ALWAYS the right thing to do! :-)


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CARLANNIE 12/17/2010 8:39AM

    Sounds like you did what was right for you - erase those regrets and enjoy the holiday season in SP style!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TOPS-TORTOISE 12/16/2010 6:06PM

    I don't think you're a wimp. You made the right decision for you. Sometimes it's best just to stay away from situations like that when you are feeling weak. It's easier to deal with those kinds of situations when you are stronger. It seems that in our society nearly every activity is centered around food. There are always going to be temptations no matter how long we've been in Spark People. Maybe it is something we will struggle with for the rest of our lives. We'll have bad days occasionally. As long as we have a large majority of good days we'll be doing fine. Addiction to food has got to be the toughest thing to overcome. We can live completely without cigarettes, drugs, or alcohol, but we cannot live without food. It is the only thing that we have to learn to moderate.

Congratulations on your progress. You are doing great. Don't let having a bad week and gaining some weight derail you. Find that drive and determination that got you this far. Fan that spark until it bursts into a flame.

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MELTING2SVELTE 12/16/2010 3:01PM

    Every day is different. We can only make decisions based on the present moment.

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WISLNDR 12/16/2010 1:35PM

    I am wrestling with a similar decision. Reading your blog is helpful to me as I weigh the advantage and disadvantages of staying away from a tempting occasion. I haven't been behaving lately and I really need to get back in line. Thanks for helping me by posting your blog!!

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RURAL3 12/16/2010 10:59AM

    You have to do what is right for you Nancy. Don't stress about it. It is over and done. Sometimes it is better to stay away from the temptation than to succumb to it.

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CIVIAV 12/16/2010 10:52AM

    As long as you won't pull away from the group after this is makes total sense since you gave yourself permission to do what worked for you!

Once the holidays splurges are over, get back to knitting and getting to know everyone!

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NANCYRUBIO 12/16/2010 10:46AM

    I think the choice is definitely up to you. You cannot change the way others think. If they have a problem, find another knitting club. You are too good for there small minds
Slowest Lower Team

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CARRKM 12/16/2010 10:35AM

  I feel sad for you for missing the party, and the opportunity to make friends. If you feel like it was a good decision to stay home, then it was. Stop beating yourself up and, as the cliche says, just take one day at a time. Before you know it, you will be satisfied with one calorie-expensive treat instead of 5 or 6. I know this for a fact - last year I would eat the entire pie plate full of dip, or a dozen cookies at once. This year I can have one (well... two) cookies and skip the dip entirely. Just don't close the door on other satisfying experiences because you are worried about your eating. The friendships - and the knitting - mean more than the food!

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SMILEYBEE 12/16/2010 10:32AM

    I think you did the right thing! Part of resisting is removing yourself from the temptation at appropriate times. Don't beat yourself up! Congratulate yourself on using good judgment!

emoticon emoticon and merry Christmas!

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BETH0720 12/16/2010 10:20AM

    If you are proud of your decision then I think it was the right decision. However it would not be the end of the world if you had gone - maybe there would have been other healthy treats you could have filled up on.

I also think that resisting certain temptations is something some people can do and others can't. Everyone has a breaking point! If you can't resist a few cookies at Christmas it does not mean you have failed! It's a matter of knowing your limits. For instance, at this time of year I cannot resist Eggnog Lattes. Having one in the morning wreaks havoc on my calories, but I am aware of it and plan for it as best I can.

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SCHMEVELYN 12/16/2010 10:14AM

    This time of year is a struggle for everyone. Did you enjoy yourself at home or feel bad about not going?

If we can't resist temptation, it is better to stay out of it's way.

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LINDAKAY228 12/16/2010 10:13AM

    Sounds like you made the right decision for you. It can be so hard to resist the temptation and I usually fail in those situations. If you are't feeling strong enough to take on something, then don't do it. With time you will be able to resist the temptations there. Just keep working on it!

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Friday, December 03, 2010

I completed day 3 of wk 5 on the Couch Potato to 5k program today. I had a difficult run on Wed and had trouble completing two 8 minute stretches with a 5 min slower interval between, but I went for it today. I covered my elliptical display so I wouldn't be focused on time and turned up my Podrunner c25k music up on my MP3 and just ran. It felt good. I haven't been this buzzed about exercise in a long time. I enjoy my exercise program but haven't been excited. Today I am excited. Can you tell?

If you want to increase endurance and fitness, try this program. You don't have to be training for a 5K (I'm not), you don't have to run outside. You can use a track, treadmill, or elliptical like me. It's all about personal fitness. AND I think its about having a goal. It has really given me something to focus on.

By the way, I take a Spinning class on Tuesdays and am going to start lap swimming every Thursday.

emoticon Fitness is Fun!

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CARLANNIE 12/7/2010 1:37PM

    That is something to be excited about - congrats to you!

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CALGALFOX 12/5/2010 9:16AM

    Yay! Keep it up and you'll be running forever!

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RURAL3 12/4/2010 10:39AM

    Nancy, would you have time for this if you were still working....I think not. You go girl. You are amaing. emoticon

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TOPS-TORTOISE 12/3/2010 1:36PM

    It's great to find an exercise that you really enjoy doing. It makes it more fun and you actually look forward to it. I really like deep water exercise class. It's relaxing being in the water and I don't realize how hard I have been working and how tired I am until I get out of the pool. I look forward to it and I always feel good afterward. You've got the Spark girl. Now keep it lit.

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SMILEYBEE 12/3/2010 12:48PM

    emoticon emoticon You're being a good role model! emoticon

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AELARLEE1 12/3/2010 10:53AM

    I am SO excited for you!!! It is a great feeling to reach a fitness goal!!

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 12/3/2010 10:44AM

    good for you, Moving is the New High!

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(. (. (.`♥Victoria!

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ETAGGEL 12/3/2010 10:39AM

    Congratulations! I am proud of you, you have done great!

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DDOORN 12/3/2010 9:36AM

    It's wonderful when you can feel the SPARK just coursing through your body!

Woo hoo!


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Swimming Revisited

Thursday, December 02, 2010

I have been working on the C25K for almost 2 months now and since it is a 3 day a week active program, my swimming has taken a back seat....way back! I haven't been swimming at all in the last 2 months.

Tomorrow I have my first long run (20 min) with the c25k so I wanted to do something that I thought would be easy on my back since running on the elliptical can be a little challenging for me. Gosh, I wish I hadn't stopped swimmingl. I loooooove it! I got my stroke (what there is of it emoticon) back pretty quickly and really enjoyed doing my laps. I actually swam for 45 minutes straight without stopping once...which is a PR for me! I burned 407 calories. I had my SwiMP3 all charged up and loved listening to the music while I swam.

Needless to say, I had a blast swimming and then soaking in the Jacuzzi after. I feel so relaxed and calm now.

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  I miss swimming and haven't been since this summer. It's an awesome work out and I always feel so relaxed after swimming. I wish I had access to a pool for free.

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OPAL50 12/2/2010 8:56PM

    Enjoy! emoticon

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RURAL3 12/2/2010 6:40PM

    don't add so much new in that you forget to do the stuff you love. emoticon

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JRSWHIMSY 12/2/2010 4:41PM

    Awesome job!!!

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SMILEYBEE 12/2/2010 4:01PM

    Excellent! emoticon emoticon

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DDOORN 12/2/2010 12:08PM

    When I was a kid we lived a couple blocks from Lake Michigan and I LIVED in the lake! My favorite thing to do was to swim out as far as I could, WELL beyond the swimming buoys...drove the lifeguards CRAZY...lol! When I got tired I'd just float around on my back for a while. I'd get out of the lake down from where the lifeguards were so I wouldn't have to put up with their finger-wagging. :-)

Later a buddy of mine got a SunFish sailboat and we'd take our lunch with us and go way out, drop anchor and spend the day out on the lake.

I've never gotten back into swimming ever since those junior high years living near the lake. It'd be pretty cool to reclaim that. Water was definitely my element once upon a time!

My problem: just don't have the time nor the $$ to sign up for a fitness center where I might be able to swim. However I just found out from another local member that one of our local lakes is opened for swimming...well beyond the constrictive swim area that the lifeguards watch. Might be something for me to consider...!


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41SUSAN14 12/2/2010 12:03PM

    Golly I love swimming - and it's such a great workout - better than running! I think if it weren't so wet, more folks would swim.

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ILUVTOTAT 12/2/2010 11:14AM

    Wow! You're doing great! I swallow half the pool when I swim, so I'm jealous of someone who is good at it.

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CARLANNIE 12/2/2010 10:37AM

    Oh, I love to swim, too, but can usually only do two laps non-stop. You did 45 minutes non-stop - GO YOU!!! I love that feeling of awareness when I'm swimming, with just myself and the strokes and the breathing and watching out for the cement wall and the rhythm and the exhilaration of completing the task I set out to do. Good plan for you to add your swimming back to your exercise routine. I am jealous now. emoticon

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HEATHHILL 12/2/2010 10:35AM

    Nice! Glad you enjoyed your swim.

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