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no cookout today due to rain

Monday, July 04, 2011

emoticon 4th of July (and most holidays in the US) revolve around EATING.
This morning I got up EARLY to walk with a couple of friends (ended up covering almost 4 miles) and turns out the local Whole Foods had a special on wild sockeye salmon, family sized salad, bottle of lemonade and a small apple pie for under $20! I eat so much salmon I laughingly say I could have been a bear (having watched the bears "fish" in Seattle during a trip there as the salmon were swimming up to spawn), so I was thrilled. That solved the issue of me overeating at a cookout on burgers and hot dogs.
Planned to go see the fireworks, but a heavy thunderstorm rained us out.
Tomorrow is back to the gym, and I'll be looking for excuses to get out and ride my bicycle. Still haven't found a reliable local riding buddy.

Hope your day went well and you stayed within your calorie goals. If you went over, just remember, one day doesn't make or break your week - just adjust to compensate.

Still aiming to lose 5 lbs this month.

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CATIATM 7/6/2011 6:12AM

    Wow! Congratulations on scoring a terrific meal for a reasonable price! Sorry about the fireworks - we had them for four consecutive nights, and I was sort of happy when all the noise and fuss was done, but I seem to be becoming quite the grouch in my old age! emoticon

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IAMDESSIE 7/5/2011 7:29PM

    It could have been a better day if it didn't rain, but look on the bright side you did get to enjoy the salmon and I am sure it must have even tasted better that it was not cooked on the grill. Salmon is one of my favorite fish. Sorry no fireworks, maybe it might be put off for tonight.

The neighborhood kids did fireworks and we enjoyed watching it from the yard as they burst into the sky from different angles.

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BABY_GIRL69 7/5/2011 11:28AM

    I am so sorry you were rained out. I would've preferred to have it rain since I just got back from a mini vacation from Atlanta. I didn't want to do anything. Guess what? I did exactly that. I love salmon too & need to find a way to get more during the week.

God bless & enjoy everyday!


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    Doctor B!!!! I wish I could be your riding buddy! emoticon

I love salmon, too, by the way! It's my favorite meat! emoticon

It's late! Going to bed! emoticon

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  Sorry about the rainout! We'd sure be happy if you'd send some precipitation our direction. Happy 4th!

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Dinner with friends

Sunday, July 03, 2011

Friends have a professional farm, and several of us all had a wonderful dinner of fresh vegetables and grilled chicken wings. A couple of deer came into the yard less than twenty yards away from the back porch! A nest of baby birds is nearly ready to try to fly.
Had a wonderful time. We will probably go to watch fireworks tomorrow evening.

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STRINGI719 7/4/2011 9:46AM

    Sounds like my idea of a PERFECT evening!

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CATIATM 7/4/2011 9:43AM

    Ooh! That sounds like wholesome fun!

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BE-THE-CHANGE 7/4/2011 5:00AM

    That sounds great!

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    That just sounds wonderful! emoticon

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Do your own virtual Tour de France and possibly win prizes

Saturday, July 02, 2011

The Tour de France goes from July 2 through 24 this year.
Go to mapmyride.com and enter the Aquaphor Tour Challenge.
In addition to winners of the virtual stages, they draw random prizes - who knows, you may win something special! It's FREE as an individual.

Even though professional cycling is riddled with athletes using performance enhancers, the spectacle of the peloton is still awe-inspiring.

My personal approach to this challenge, being only a casual rider, is to try to bike a tenth of the distance for that day. It can be a fun way to get out and about this month! emoticon

P.S. To my friend Dave in Seoul, don't try to outdo the mileage for the tour this month, OK? LOL

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FRANCESCANAZ 7/3/2011 5:07PM

    My husband is watchin it as I type. His Cervelo is hanging upstairs emoticon

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LJCANNON 7/2/2011 9:27AM

    I wonder if they allow Stationary Bike Miles to count? emoticon
I will check it out. Thanks for telling us about it!!

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JREA24 7/2/2011 6:39AM

    Sounds like fun. Wish I had a bike.

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July Goals

Friday, July 01, 2011

emoticon Lose at least 5 lbs.
emoticon Exercise at least 21 days.
emoticon Track at least 60 miles.
emoticon Weight train at least 10 days. emoticon
emoticon Lose more than an inch from my waist.
emoticon Improve on meeting my calorie goals on the nutrition tracker -
specifically, work on eating 350 calories or less 4 times each day.
emoticon Drink 8 glasses of water daily.
emoticon Get more than 5 hours sleep a day (aim for 6).

Posting these goals where I can see them daily.
Let's see how consistent I can be in July. emoticon

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LJR4HEALTH 7/4/2011 8:13AM

    Very Do-able goals for July emoticon

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JUSFOLK 7/3/2011 7:39PM

    I've heard "a goal set is one half-met". These are doable and worthwhile. Good to post them where you'll see them often, too!

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FRANCESCANAZ 7/2/2011 9:03PM

    Yes. I believe you will!!!! emoticon

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LAURIEB27 7/2/2011 8:52PM

    You can do it!!


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-WRKNG2ABTTRME- 7/1/2011 6:24PM

    emoticon goals!

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MAMAFEELGOOD 7/1/2011 4:33PM

    I'm gunning for you!! emoticon

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PENNYAN45 7/1/2011 2:26PM

    Those are great goals for the month! Even if you accomplish only some of them - you will be making progress.

Wishing you a successful month ahead!


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WILDFLOWERS15 7/1/2011 2:22PM

    Great goals!!!!
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CHAOTICMOM4 7/1/2011 12:32PM

    Go get it!

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    These are good solid goals. Have fun making them happen!

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June goal summary - did not hit my goals

Friday, July 01, 2011

emoticonExercise at least 21 days this month.
-17 days of exercise, 8 days attending conferences, a few days down with back pain.
Once I recommitted to my transformation, there were only 2 days I didn’t exercise.

Weight train at least 10 days this month (twice a week).
-6 days of weight training, FINALLY started this after some years of not doing it.

Sleep at least 6 hours a day (aiming for earlier bedtimes)
-Still struggling with this goal, need to turn off the TV and computer earlier.

Lose 5 pounds (of fat, no excuses)
-Not only did I not lose 5 lb, but by body fat percentage I gained nearly 5 lb.
July I will be in two SP challenges, so looking for ways to turn this around with better meal planning and bumping up the exercise.

Make more than 50% of meals at home.
-Did not make this goal since I was out of town for nearly a week, but making more salad choices and fewer burgers when I eat out.

Take a cooking class, try new healthy recipes.
-Yay! Did this twice – once for summer recipes including a fabulous 7 layer salad that I made at home, and another using meat substitutes that I have not tried at home yet.

Aim to hit my nutrition tracker goals at least 10 days & take the feedback on all other days seriously.
-Met calorie goals about 6 days this month. The areas I can make the most progress are reducing my carbohydrates and fats. I need to eat more salads to feel full on fewer calories.

No dessert unless I have exercised that day.
-I knew this was a weakness of mine, and although I did not stick to it every single day, it helped to have it in mind as an appropriate priority.

Otherwise I will continue all the usual streaks: water, running training program, tai chi, decluttering, meditating, journaling, and Sparking.
-Made some progress in all of the above, most notably completing a training run of over 9 miles.

Now to work on July’s goals!

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SANDYDOLLAR201 7/1/2011 6:23PM

    Okay so in once sense you didn't hit the goals you set for yourself, but in another you are keeping track of everything so well and are making yourself accountable for all that you do. Plus all that you did do is awesome! In my books, you are a winner!

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MAMAFEELGOOD 7/1/2011 11:41AM

    I have faith in you. By making June goals and keeping yourself accountable, you are setting yourself up to improve in July

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ROADRUNNER44 7/1/2011 11:40AM

  You may not have met all of your goals, but you still made some definite commitments to health and fitness! Be proud of what you DID accomplish...everyone needs somewhere to start. Use it to motivate you for even more success in July!! emoticon

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TURTLETALK 7/1/2011 11:32AM

    Not a bad month but let's both make July better!

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ABSOLUTZER0 7/1/2011 11:11AM

    June is over, so let's put it behind us. July will be better! LET'S DO IT!

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