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Weekly retrospective #4

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

I have mixed feelings about last week, and it's mostly a split between "yay, I exercised like a fiend" and "boo...I ate like a pig"...sigh.

On the one hand, I am super excited that I worked out every. single. day. Yep! Can't remember the last time that happened, and the great thing is, not all of the workouts were at the gym! (I much prefer outdoor exercise--much better scenery!) I did really well in the exercise dept...I went biking on Sunday, did the 30 day shred Monday & Tuesday, ran Wednesday and Thursday (and hit the stationary bike too on Thurs), went to a Zumba class on Friday, and ran and went to a BodyFlow class on Saturday!!! But I think I may be a tad tired out today...

On the other hand, I don't think I had a single day last week on the low end of my calorie range (and one day topped 3,000....good god, no?) I have been eating healthier food (some days...though I did succumb to cheesy puffs a time or two)...but I've been eating a LOT of food...gaaa. While I'm not happy with the calorie end of things, I did manage to see a loss when I weighed in on Saturday (usually I wait till Monday to weigh in, and I'm reminded why this week...the looming weigh in really encourages me to behave myself over the weekend!)

So I'm of two minds on last week. Oh well. Obviously I could stand to focus some attention on my food (both quality and quantity), but I also did really well with the exercise, so it apparently didn't end up being as bad as it could have been! Lesson learned, no?!

In another exciting development, I also got a heart rate monitor at the end of the week, which so far I'm loving! John and I went snowshoeing yesterday (since we both had the day off together for once!!) and it said I burnt 1200 calories...I was dubious, but when I checked around online a bit, that actually ended up being pretty much what all the sites calculated for an estimate...so it appears to be pretty accurate--yay!

So, this week, more focus on nutrition, and keep up the exercising.

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FRIZGIRL 1/23/2009 6:55AM

    Awesome job on your working out and snowshoeing! I'm in the same boat with the eating though. When I workout like a fiend (last week) I eat like a pig! Keep it up and keep working on your eating!

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SILLIANGEL 1/21/2009 9:40AM

    Way to go Shannon! It's a really difficult thing to get into a routine of exercise and eating right. It takes time, but you're well on your way. When you exercise so much it's really, really hard to adjust your diet to match because you're burning so many additional calories! But you'll find balance soon =)

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APRILCORRINA 1/21/2009 12:08AM

    Wow, officially count me in for some snowshoeing action! You really have been doing fantastic--just remember how hard it is for some people to work out at all, and for one thing, you've been running consistently since June! That's over half a year! That's pretty cool when you think about it. emoticon A loss either way is great, and you really have been doing so well! You'll figure out that pesky eating thing (and if you come across any good pointers, let me know!).

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TMAC10 1/20/2009 9:56PM

    good for you with the exercise! :) that is amazing. now with the food, it is all in babysteps! you've started to get the exercise into a routine now take some time to focus on food. & you said you were worn out....maybe you should take a "rest" day at least once a week so your body doesnt get worn out.

ps - congrats on the loss. i know for me i feel like i work much harder when i dont "cheat" and weigh in during the week when i know i'm only supposed to do it one day a week!

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Not-so-lazy Saturday

Saturday, January 17, 2009

So the trusty running partner and I switched up our usual Saturday routine and went to the BodyFlow class before running (mostly due to weather--we went for a run around one of the Minneapolis lakes, and it would have been substantially colder at 8am than it was around noon!)...can I just say it was FANTASTIC to be running outside again!!!!!!!!!!!!! The track at the Y is a tolerable substitute, but it's just not the same, really. (Don't even mention the treadmill...blech).

And our swag from the New Year's 5K finally arrived, so we got to pick that up, too--yay for more warm running gear!

And then, since we were shaking things up for the day, we met our respective men-folk (who had gone ice biking on a different Minneapolis lake) at Isles Buns & Coffee for monstrous cinnamon rolls and fresh squeezed citrus juice...a nice treat for a well behaved week! (It is a seriously good thing for my diet that Isles B&C is not located on my daily route, because they have the tastiest caramel rolls this side of the Pecos...mmmmmm). Good for an infrequent treat!

The run was shorter (just 20 minutes...it was warmer than it has been, but it was still around 5 degrees with the wind chill...quite chilly out!) but my legs feel quite worked out, so that's a good sign! (We also went to the Zumba class last night--that was a fun change of pace, too. Though I was reminded of my total lack of rhythm--so it goes! But my legs are quite tired now. Feels good!

I've taken a few days off the 30 day shred challenge now, so I may try to do that tomorrow (still on level 1)--I'm noticing that my upper body strength is improving lately (but I've been doing a lot more yoga/BodyFlow classes, and a lot more planks, so it's nice to see it paying off!) I still want to do a real pushup someday--getting closer!

Oh, and I stepped on the scale for giggles this morning and I'm down another 2.5 pounds from last week--craziness, no? so that puts me down 5 pounds from jan. 1st! Not sure how that happened, but I have been working out like a fiend (or so it seems), and my eating has been better than it has in a loooooong time...anyhow, I'll take it!

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BLUEBOOEYES 1/18/2009 7:28PM

    That's great!!! Congratulations!!! 5 lbs from the beginning of the year is awesome! Keep it up!

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SILLIANGEL 1/17/2009 5:59PM

    Way to go getting in all that exercise!!! You're doing awesome =) And that cinnamon roll sounds heavenly! Kudos on the 5lbs too! Yay!

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What happened?

Thursday, January 15, 2009

So I've been super motivated lately to eat (fairly) well and exercise regularly, and today I just don't want to do any of those things...I mean, I am avoiding the remainder of the food day we had at work yesterday (a few bags of chips are lurking mere yards from my cube...it's not fair!) and I do plan to go to the gym for a run later, but I'm having one of those days where you really have to talk yourself into doing anything. And then keep talking so you don't quit midway through...argh.

But, despite my lack of...enthusiasm...today, I will still meet my goals. (That's what I keep telling myself, anyhow...over and over--hopefully it'll sink in soon!) I let myself skip the 30 Day Shred workout this morning in favor of more sleep, so I for sure will run tonight after work (and I will NOT work late just to avoid the gym!!!) and I will make a healthy meal for dinner (it's a toss-up between pad thai and tuna salad, but since I had freezer pizza for dinner last night, my lazy/junky night for this week has definitely passed).

So. Two things to accomplish by the end of the day:
1) run/workout after work
2) prepare a healthy meal for dinner

How hard can that be?

Update: Apparently it wasn't as hard as I was making it out to be!

I went to the gym after work and dutifully ran 15 minutes on the track, then hopped on a stationary bike for 20 minutes, then ran another 5 minutes (I get SOOOOO bored running on the track, so I decided to break things up and keep my heart rate going while changing the scenerey, which worked pretty well!) I'd have run longer for the second bout, but I had to pick John up from work, and I wanted to be extra sure I was on time so he didn't have to stand around waiting in -20 weather...

And then we made a healthy dinner, though it was neither pad thai nor tuna salad in the end (we forgot to get eggs, so no pad thai, and we were out of canned cat food, so Herbie got most of the tuna for his dinner! spoiled cat?!)...we ended up making some frozen ravioli (basil pesto flavor) with some leftover sausage and veggies w/ parmesan...not bad! Healthy eats and we cleaned out the fridge a bit!

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FRIZGIRL 1/16/2009 4:20PM

    Good job with your workout!

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APRILCORRINA 1/15/2009 10:19PM

    Did ya make it to the gym? Sadly, Saturday morning is going to be my first run since Monday, but that's all right. I've still never had pad thai--sounds tasty though! Hope you met your two goals.

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TMAC10 1/15/2009 8:11PM

    mmm....i love pad thai! :)

good luck girl, you can do it!

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BLUEBOOEYES 1/15/2009 5:11PM

    Keep your eyes on the price, sweetheart! You can do it!

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PATTYWID 1/15/2009 4:38PM

  Good for you! That is the sign of a true "loser"! Doing what has to be done even when you don't feel like it. Good for you!

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The Dreaded Food Day and Other Musings

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

First, thanks to everyone who chimed in on the mug-napping…still no sign of it, but all your comments/support helped me feel much better about the ordeal...

But, moving on...I’m feeling rather optimistic today…I finally remembered to weigh in this morning and I’m down 2.5 pounds from Jan. 1st! (despite a few moments I’m not terribly proud of food-wise!) Yay!!!

And the weigh-in is serving as excellent motivation to avoid the bookshelf buffet at work…yep, it’s a dreaded food-day, and my co-workers have filled the bookshelf with the usual fare of calorie laden snacks (though somebody brought a bowl of cherries, and if I figure out who, they’re officially my favorite co-worker for the day!) So I’ve got my tea and my healthy lunch of leftover snobby joes (veganomicon's version of sloppy joes) and my olives and pita bread snack (I brought tapenade and pitas for the food day buffet...I always like to make sure there’s something I like up there!), so I should be set for the day food-wise.

And I’ve already done the 30 day shred video (got up at an ungodly hour, but it was worth it, as I'm much less sore than I'd be if I hadn't done it--god I hate squats) and I’m going for a run after work at the gym, so I’m set in the exercise dept. for the day, too! I know you all probably know how it feels, but having lost a few pounds for the first time in AGES is such great motivation to keep myself in check and on track to keep the trend going!

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SILLIANGEL 1/15/2009 12:51AM

    Woo hoo! Congrats on the loss =) Also, way to let the mug thing go and move on. You can't control what happened, and even though it sucks, you have to keep your chin up and keep going!

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APRILCORRINA 1/14/2009 8:27PM

    Yay for the 2.5 pounds gone, and MAJOR kudos for you for getting up early in the mornings! Consider me inspired. emoticon

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TMAC10 1/14/2009 1:08PM

    good for you! 2.5 pounds is amazing :) i also like that you are working on sticking to your food & getting your work outs in...sounds like you have found a routine! go you! :)

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JENNIFERBH 1/14/2009 12:21PM

    Yay!! You go girl!!! I used to work at a place that had "snack days". Jeesh! What is with this obsession to eat at work???? I was guilty of it too. I would boycott when I was dieting and be ridiculed by the others. I would eat when I wasn't dieting and be made fun of by the others. Then, like you, I started bringing healthy stuff and I was made fun of for that. So, I wend back to boycotting!!! Ha Ha. I'm a jerk like that!
Good for you ding 30 day shred this morning. I'm still waiting for mine! I cant wait!!
Keep up the good work!


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Can’t we pretend to be professionals?

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

So I went to a short meeting this afternoon and when I returned, I discovered that my thermal coffee cup has been stolen!!! Seriously, people—can’t we all pretend to be adults at least while we’re at work? Follow some simple rules of conduct like…if something doesn’t belong to you, and is sitting on someone else’s desk, keep your mitts off!?!?! I asked the folks on my team and near where I sit near and no one saw anything (and I doubt any of them would have taken it—nobody looked guilty, at least, and I get along quite civilly with everyone)...And since I sit on the end of a row of cubicles, it’s totally possible that someone walking down the main hall saw it and swiped it off the corner of my desk (half full of tea though it was—who steals someone else’s mug of tea off their desk? I know enough to lock my purse up in a file cabinet, but I thought my coffee cup would be safe!!)…I work for a very large company (6,000 people on this campus) so if it was someone walking by, I’m fairly sure I’ll never see it again. Sigh.

I’m really upset about this, though...not just because I feel my privacy has totally been invaded and my cubicle plundered (I checked, everything else is accounted for), but also b/c that was a sentimental item (I'm not usually attached to "things", but this one is special)—it was a gift from my hubby…we’re huge coffee people and it’s one of the planetary designs French-press mugs with a spot for extra coffee grounds in the base and it was the perfect gift b/c I use it DAILY…and I know the folks who came up with the design out of Missoula MT (no, not everyone from MT knows each other, just most!), so he got me one for our first anniversary, and he engraved it himself with a really cute verse from a favorite song…and now someone has swiped it (yes, I’m aware that I can get a replacement online, and I probably will, but still…) I put up missing signs and talked to my boss (who is going to go over personal space at our next team meeting—that’s about all she can do, I guess, and I appreciate the effort, but I’m pretty sure it wasn’t someone from my team)


You’d think people would have a little respect for personal property in a professional setting, but it appears that anything that isn’t tied down is fair game. Well…OK, I don’t want to let this ruin my day (which it's doing a pretty good job of at the moment), so here, I’ve vented (thanks to anyone who made it through my rant) and I’m doing what I can to recover the mug, and if that doesn't work, I'm moving on. I’ll see if the missing posters I taped up turn anything up over the next couple days (not holding my breath though)…and if not, pretty much the only thing I can do is get a replacement. But it is damn frustrating.

(And I do feel marginally better having vented about it)...So now I'm going to try deciding to have a better day and see how that goes...

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MRSTUCKER812 1/13/2009 7:06PM

  Seriously, why would someone steal a half full coffee mug? That's just disrespectful and just flat out odd! I hope you find it or it is returned by whoever took it, and hopefully maybe it was a joke by one of your closer co-workers (if there's any jokers). Anyway, I would be so mad because that is something of value from your hubby, and it's an item you would never think would be in jeopardy of mug-napping, so I wouldn't think twice about leaving it sitting out, on my desk especially! geez!

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AMY-ABLE 1/13/2009 6:17PM

    Wow.. that is so frustrating. I hope you can somehow get it back! I hope you were able to have a good day despite it though!

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    {{{HUGS}}} That's horrible that someone would do that! I hope that person gets caught!

Yes, I agree, venting sure does help! That's another reason why we are here! :)


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BOOTS1221 1/13/2009 3:58PM

    aw man, i am so sorry. what a bummer! people can be so rude... how can some people do things like that?? i hope it miraculously shows up again, it sounds like a really awesome gift. in the meantime, try not to let it ruin your day.

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MRSSHMOEJOE 1/13/2009 2:51PM

    Aw! :( I'm sorry that this happened to you. I have something similar engraved with a message from my husband and I'd be devastated if someone took it! I hope that it somehow miraculously reappears... (But either way, way to go for trying to not let it ruin your whole day!)

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APRILCORRINA 1/13/2009 2:24PM

    Well, I do know the feeling quite well, even though my things were miraculously “recovered” (for the faux purse-stealing incident). Can I just say that is an adorable gift? I’d be upset if something special like that was stolen, too. Hopefully someone has enough shame to return it! You’re right—that’s hardly something an adult person should be doing. Maybe it was a kleptomaniac? That would at least be interesting. Anyway, that’s a bummer!

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