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Backsliding Into 2009 Goals

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Here I've been at it for over two years...really committed to this new and healthy lifestyle...and BAM! Some serious backsliding over the past week!

My DW wanted to make some holiday goodies...and needed my help. I've done this before, no problem...right?

Not this time!

For most of Christmas week I allowed myself far too many goodies...the cookie monster was on the loose again!

One GOOD thing about this was that I ramped up my workouts which had been lackluster going into the season. Problem is I was driven by guilt and magical thinking...if I work out harder that will cancel out my transgressions...right? Of course I *know* better in my head, but emotional thinking is something else altogether...!

So I'm back in the saddle and have resolved to stick with my healthy eating through the New Year's celebrations! We're having a get together tomorrow night to celebrate First Night and I'm looking forward to catching up with everyone.

After that? How to SHINE in 2009...? :-)

1) Re-group and move forward from my Christmas slide...and FINALLY during 2009 cross into the wonderful land of ONE-ville!

2) De-Junk our storage room, into which I've moved my treadmill. I will make this my *haven* and craft and carve this room into one which moves and inspires me!

3) I will bike the 34-mile Kal-Haven trail either with or without (hopefully WITH!) my son this spring.

4) I WILL get out there and give cross country skiing the good old college try so I can find out if I have yet one more viable way to love getting out and MOVING and soaking up and being INSPIRED by Mother Nature!

Whoa...set up quite the agenda for myself...! :-)

I'd add a #5 if anyone wants to buy it for me...I would LOVE to get out on an ELLIPTIGO...lol!

Check it out here:


or more info @ their home page here:


Looks like such FUN!

Off I go...probably won't be around much tomorrow through the New Year...have a super, safe and healthy celebration everyone...see you next year! :-)



Made it through New Year's Eve without touching a SINGLE goodie! It was a struggle, and I know I ate more of the OTHER, healthier stuff, but yet calories count... Still felt good to know how vulnerable I was and batten the hatches down but GOOD!


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TRAINOF4 1/3/2009 5:37PM

    You're already back on track - have no fear! Knowing our weaknesses, failures, and acknowledging the setbacks means that we're in touch with what to do next - and that's just get back in the saddle as you said! Now that you've emoticon cleared the air for yourself it's all systems go!!

Here's to a super New Year to you & all of us at SP!


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GLORYSEEKER65 1/3/2009 8:34AM

    Great job on new years eating!
I'm in the SAME BOAT MY FRIEND !!!!!
You have done sooooo well you will continue to have successs this year !

Lisa emoticon

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ANDALEX 1/3/2009 2:16AM

    happy new year!

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ZELLAZM 1/1/2009 10:02AM

    Happy New Year, Don!

I, too, have indulged way too much in the holiday goodies. I don't buy much myself, but my parents (in their 80's) get PILES of stuff for Christmas from friends and relatives - often from people who really shouldn't be eating the sweets and such themselves. Anyway, it's all collected in one place now and I have mentally hung a "do not enter" sign over that shelf for myself.

Elliptigo looks like a great ride - something to save for.

Go Go Go towards those good goals!

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NANCYJEAN6 1/1/2009 9:52AM

    Don, Glad to hear you had a good Christmas, and now that your New Year's eve party is behind you, you'll be able to get back on track. Don't beat your self up over the cookies, at least you know enough to re-focus. Tomarrow is another day! And I like you am on my way to wonderland prayerfully hitting those One's soon. TY for your note on my SP. Live up here in Dundee, NY about 40minutes from Letchworth, saw you had a picture posted with you at park. I'm about 15 minutes from Watkins Glen, NY. My DH and I love it here!!
Have a blessed New Year, it's our year to goal!!!!
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    Happy NewYear!

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BUN3KIN 1/1/2009 1:30AM

    Happy New Year to you!

I did the same thing... all of the holiday goodies got the best of me. Ah well...there is always tomorrow, right? emoticon

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Frosty The Treadmill!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Well my son and I managed to dismantle and heft my treadmill up the stairs to our storage room, where I've cleared out space to set it up. We had to reclaim space in our living room for our Christmas tree!

Moving that 250 pound treadmill bed was an *experience* I'll tell you! :-)

After having had a few day's worth of workouts in my new location I've noticed a pattern. It is the only unheated room in the house. I'm shivering when I start up in my lightweight shorts and sneakers. Within minutes the sweat begins...by the time I'm done the windows which had only a smidgen of frost in the corners are TOTALLY covered with frost from my workout!

Frosty the Treadmill strikes again!

Wishing everyone the best of all possible holiday seasons!


ps...I'm going to PAY for this workout location in the summertime...lol!

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ANDALEX 1/3/2009 2:15AM

    i go through a similar progression when i run outside. i start off freezing because i know i'll be hot soon and won't want to carry my shed layers. by the time i'm done, i'm toasty and warm...but drenched in sweat! it's a good thing, though.

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SASSYCHRIS1952 12/30/2008 6:47AM

    Wow, moving your treadmill was a workout in itself! I didn't realize those could be that heavy! Keep up the good work with "frosty"!

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ZABINAS 12/24/2008 1:35AM

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WENDI_WA1 12/23/2008 11:57PM

    At least your warm and know your doing something right, frost wow. Maybe it will be cool in there this summer? Good job keep it up.

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Back On Track!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

I am OVER that bug...and you know...it's kinda weird, but I MISS it...as there isn't ANYTHING that kills the appetite like a gastrointestinal bug...lol! So now my appetite is back, but hey, stuffing with veggies and water.

One thing I've noticed is that when bugs strike, they usually affect everyone in the household. Since I've been taking good care of myself over the past couple of years I've seen either:

1) I'm able to dodge the bullet altogether and not catch it,


2) If I DO catch it, I'm over it more quickly than anyone else in the house.

So while mine didn't last much longer than 24 hours, this is lingering on and on for my DW and her brother.

Three cheers for good workouts, good food and good health...woo hoo!


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KENSINGTONC 12/23/2008 2:44PM

    Ha ha, this is kind of funny - it reminds me of the movie in which the heroine says "You're only one GI illness away from your perfect dress size." Not that I agree with that or anything...

Glad you're feeling better. Stay healthy now! Liz

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    You can do it!

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LADYWEZ 12/17/2008 7:44AM

    Glad you are better. Take it easy getting back to working out you don't want a relapse.

It is weird how taking care of ourselves is so much better in so many ways. It makes me a happier person which makes hubby a happier person which makes everything happier.

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The Good News Is...

Sunday, December 14, 2008

I'm eating next to nothing these past few days...!

The bad news is...this is due to a nasty gastrointestinal bug I'm fighting...ugh!

Lots and lots of water...flushing it out as best I can!


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SONGBUDDHA 12/15/2008 9:35PM

This has been a HORRID season for GI illness.
I hope you are resting and taking good care, and that it passes (no pun intended) quickly.

Feel better!

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Working Out When I Don't Want To...!

Sunday, December 07, 2008

Been shopping till we're dropping, my DW & I both yesterday and today...not a lot re: $$$, but a lot of time as my DW is heading in for a surgical procedure (not a biggie, more of a diagnostic step) on Tues and figures she isn't going to feel much like getting out after THAT! So we've got gifts for the family pretty well nailed.

Problem is: we were out late last night, stayed up even later afterwards unloading, settling into the house and catching up on e-mail / SP stuff...

So...slept in today on Sun. My favorite thing to do on a Sunday...BUT that jams up the day's schedule as DW is chomping to get going as soon as we wake up.

Ugh! No morning workout...!

So by the time we're back home and settled it's 4 pm or later...I am on the wane as usual at that time of day. The pellet stove is running, as usual this time of day. In the morning I turn it off for it's daily cleaning and use my treadmill while it isn't running. This way I sweat only TEN buckets instead of TWENTY...! :-)

So two major strikes against me, late in the day & pellet stove running as it's COLD out there these days!

Do I throw in the towel and skip my treadmill time as I've been all to prone to do these days...?

For once, NO!

Turned the pellet stove down real low, got on and broke my jogging record...going 35 mins. at 5 mph...woo hoo! AND stayed on for another 25 mins. @ 4 mph...nice hour-long session, over 800 calories burned...woo hoo!

Now, finished making the beds, doing the laundry, scrubbed up the bathrooms, running the dishwasher and cleaned out the crockpots...next? On to de-bone the turkey and boil it up for soup, yum!

Looking forward to going to work tomorrow so I can *relax!* :-)


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MUNS10 12/9/2008 6:44AM

  You are AWESOME!!!!!!

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