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Friday, June 11, 2010

For some reason, I'm thinking "Alice in Wonderland" this morning - probably because we did the Jazzercise routine to Kerli's "Tea Party" song yesterday - fun song, strange but entertaining music video, just like the new "Alice in Wonderland" movie.

I am feeling so good! The past week and a half has been really on track eating and exercise wise. I am having to incorporate vegetables into every meal even more than normal to keep up with all our CSA veggies plus our own garden's production. I feel like I'm eating a giant salad with every meal, which is good, because all that bulk fills me up so I don't overdo it on more calorie dense items.

This week in particular, exercise-wise, has been really good. I've made it to double Jazzercise twice, and I've found that both times, the second class I had so much more energy than the first. DH is a little worried that I'm going to overdo it and get burned out on going, but I am totally enjoying myself. The owner of the studio was teaching again in my second class yesterday and called me out in front of the whole class (it was a packed room of about 35 Jazzercisers), saying "Don't you guys think she should be an instructor?!" He told me after class that he'd make an exception to get me in to the next round of training even though I missed paperwork deadlines. I'm still thinking about it, and I know DH is concerned about me overextending myself with more jobs, but I'm there 5 days a week anyway - why not get paid? Something to definitely ponder this weekend.

I read an article in Shape magazine a few days ago that has been irking me since I read it and wondered what you guys thought. It was one of their "transformation" type articles about someone who was overweight and overcame their bad habits, lost what they wanted and of course are now living their ideal, most awesome life. It made me mad because they described her as 5'4" and that by the time she was in her mid-twenties, after being fit in high school, she had "packed on the pounds to reach 154." The phrase "packed on the pounds" really bothered me. This is exactly where I am right now and I have worked really hard to get here. Their phrasing seemed so demeaning and rude, and I guess it struck a nerve. I've been considering canceling my subscription to this magazine because of issues like this in the past few months. Not only have they become more focused on stylized ideals of beauty, but they're also shifting to a lot more celebrity coverage, which I could care less about. Those people aren't anything like normal, everyday Joes and Janes and its a total waste of my time to read about what Kim Kardashain is doing to keep herself looking like she does. I'm not her and I never will be (and I don't want to be!) I guess I need to look more for a magazine like Women's Health or something that is more health and fitness based rather than image based. Shape used to be a much more fitness based magazine, but they are definitely shifting to more image focused features. emoticon Not sure that's for me.

I am so close to achieving my next big goal - 152 and a facial at the Aveda Institute! I know I'm going to reach it this weekend. Can't wait to call and schedule it!

Hope you all have a great weekend, wherever you are! emoticon

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FARAWAY84Z 6/15/2010 9:49PM

    I completely agree with your comments about Shape. I also get the mag and have not been impressed the last few months. I looked through the entire thing and didn't read any articles this month. I also am completely put off by all the diet pill advertisements throughout the entire magazine. As if I only need to go get the latest drug in order to reach my goals. In the real world this drugs are harmful and make you feel worse not better.

On a positive note, hooray for meeting your goal! Hope you had a great facial emoticon

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_VALEO_ 6/11/2010 3:51PM

    Add-on: have a nice facial next week to reward you for reaching your goal! You deserve it!

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_VALEO_ 6/11/2010 3:49PM

    Oh you can already eat your own veggies--I've still been living out of my CSA produces till now, but thankfully their produces are more and more diverse now.

Let us know what you decide for the Jazzercise training. Getting paid to practice a hobby sounds fun.

I hope you'll find a magazine you like, maybe online?

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Wine touring...

Sunday, May 30, 2010

DH and I did a fantastic wine country bus tour today in celebration of our anniversary and for the holiday weekend. While I did go over on my calories, I still made better choices than I might have in the past. We had a great time with both new and old friends on our luxury limo bus and can't wait to go again in the future. :)

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DRSUNSHINE1 6/11/2010 2:27PM

    Spicy, my friend set it all up, but it was through Portland LX Limo (http://portlandlxlimo.com/) They did a great job - had a hostess that set out all the snacks, kept things on schedule and was very helpful. The ride was awesome and the service impeccable. I would totally book through them again in the future!

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EMBBEAR 6/7/2010 12:54PM

    What company did you use I was thinking this would be fun for a celebratory birthday event

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_VALEO_ 5/30/2010 6:18PM

    Awesome! Any pictures to share?

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    Now that's the way to go on a wine tour! When I go, someone always has to be the designated driver and it is usually me.

Glad you enjoyed your day and are getting back on track.

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Back to It!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Just a quick post to say that I have been very diligent in eating and exercising this week and, surprise surprise, I'm back down to 155! emoticon

I'm proud of myself for being much more present in the food choices I'm making, and for incorporating a lot more fruits and veggies in my everyday eating. I've got to - we're bursting at the seams with all of our CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) veggies. In fact, I need to look up some more recipes on Sparkrecipes to figure out what to do with all of them!

Hope you all are having a great week and have fun plans for the holiday weekend (Americans, that is!)

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_VALEO_ 5/30/2010 6:21PM

    Good job on being back on track!

I also buy my organic veggies/fruits from my CSA every week.

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STUFFNEARTABOR 5/28/2010 12:13AM

    Hey - congrats on your progress!! In PDX, I tried Organics To You and found them priced right. And while the produce was usually fresh with a wide variety - I had trouble with it being too hot/cold outside until I got home from work, or the fridge was empty so I purchased elsewhere & then they delivered (douh!), or I was out of town for business & the whole schedule was off kilter. I've decided to haunt the Farmer's Markets that should be opening soon.

If you are heading north this weekend with V & dragonboats in mind - good luck!!

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SHERWOODCYCLER 5/27/2010 11:38PM

    Hey! Good to hear that paying attention to your food choices has paid off.

I really should buy into a CSA share some year. But I travel sometimes for work and most days it is just me at home when I'm home. But the thought of fresh veggies every week from a farmer sounds neat. I'll just have to go to the farmers' market (I go to the one in Beaverton) this weekend instead.

Have a good one, too.

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Birthday Binge - Ended

Monday, May 24, 2010

So, my birthday was last week. emoticon I definitely used it as an excuse to eat very very poorly. For more than one day. Which while I gave myself permission to do it, felt a lot like cheating. I felt guilty about eating a lot of the things that I did end up putting in my mouth. And yet I kept doing it. For five days.

*sigh* Wow, I didn't realize it had been that many days. I tried on Saturday and Sunday to reign myself in a little bit, but definitely still was over the edge.

There is so much crap food in our house right now. We had a party on Friday night and 18 of my friends came and brought snacks - granted, they tried to be healthier, but there are still many things that I would not have purchased in my cupboards. And if I know it's there, chances are I'm going to eat it just to get rid of it. It feels very wrong to me to throw things away that people paid for and that there is nothing wrong with.

This is especially true if someone made it from scratch, like the delicious carrot cake my dear friend made as a birthday cake for me. There was a lot leftover and even though I asked people to take a piece or two home, we still ended up keeping 7 pieces. Guess how many are left now? 2.

To say that the scale is back up is an understatement. I have put myself back by WEEKS with this birthday binge.

What I'm thinking about now is
-How do I manage special occassions and events in the future?
-How do I better manage social situations where eating is major component of the gathering?
-How do I not make myself feel deprived when I know there are all kinds of yummy things I'm not eating?

I'm feeling sad about my lack of self control over the past several days and wondering if I can really make these changes into lifestyle habits. I know it's hard to change years and years of eating habits, and that I really haven't been working on it that long compared to some. It's upsetting and frustrating to me to look at all the hard work I've done and how easy it was to erase it with a few days of less than vigilant eating. I don't want to weigh everything and measure everything for the rest of my life. I want to get to the point where I know what a typical portion is and that I can safely estimate it. I want to be able to eat birthday cake and not be freaking out inside that I'm undoing all my work. I want to not be obsessed with food, which I feel like I am right now.

I know I will get to these goals if I just keep doing the work and making the small changes. No one said this was going to be an easy road. Change will come, I just have to stay committed and learn from the past few days and make better choices in the future.

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IMREITE 5/27/2010 9:51PM

    Hope you enjoyed other elements of your birthday. i binge a lot for some occasions but i have learned to pack healthy snacks when i travel to help offset some of it. I also started bringing more whole food "treats" - muffins with whole grain flours, bars made with oats, brownies w applesauce.

a few relatives and coworkers have started doing the same thing. eventually i hope we area surrounded by healthier options.

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_VALEO_ 5/27/2010 5:52PM

    First of all, happy belated birthday!

You have been doing great, and you hold all the cards. As you said, it takes time, be patient with yourself.

I am with you, I don't like and can't throw away good food.
Have you thought of giving the food you don't want in your cabinets to a charity next to where you live?

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    Cake goes stale & gets thrown out in our house. I refuse to essentially 'rub it onto my hips' by eating it. At some point, you will corrolate the consumption with the result. Until then, forgive yourself & try again. You are worth it.


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EMBBEAR 5/25/2010 11:22PM

    It's not the piece of cake that gave you a setback it was the five days of "hey I'm celebrating" that gave you a setback. It's something I battle every holiday season, with work parties all December long it's easy for you to think "it's the holidays". Well no, it's not the "holidays" it's Christmas. One day, not the month of December.

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JUSTHEATHER2011 5/25/2010 11:46AM

    Hi DrSunshine...

I think you are doing awesome! I think the fact that you realized that you went overboard with the eating means that you *are* changing your habits! I bet it won't take weeks to be back where you started prior to your birthday week. By the way Happy Birthday!

The most important thing you've done here is recognize that what you've been doing isn't sustainable for your goals. That to me is a sign of a shift in a lifestyle habit. Now if you had not recognized it and kept going that would be a different story all together.

-How do I manage special occassions and events in the future?

I bet there's some articles on that here on SP. I have a hard time too. Food is such comfort.

-How do I better manage social situations where eating is major component of the gathering?

Can you suggest/bring healthier options? Make a game out of choosing the healthiest meal on the menu. Only eat 1/2 of the portion they give you?

-How do I not make myself feel deprived when I know there are all kinds of yummy things I'm not eating?

The thing with this one is, I don't deny myself food. Ever. I try and make sensible choices most of the time but if there's something I really want to have-I will have a fraction of a serving (especially if its really bad). I tend to want things that I "can't" have more if I can't have them that way my inner child can't whine because she can't have it.

You are doing awesome and deserve to celebrate now and then don't beat yourself up over a mistake. Its time to move on.

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JUSGETTENBY42 5/24/2010 5:58PM

    you can do this and you can control the special occassions by giving yourself permission to eat the BD cake and or the dips made for the holidays====however it's only one event and when its over its over.
I make people take it home and if they refuse---it gets thrown out and i make that choice very clear. First rule of thumb is don't leave it around.

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Jazzercise Instructor?

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

So, I love Jazzercise. I've been going consistently since February 2010, usually between 4 to 6 days a week. I find it to be a challenging, fun workout that incorporates everything I need to accomplish in about an hour. Plus, their class schedule allows me to fit it in my day around my schedule.

Needless to say, I'm there a lot and I'm in to it.

Maybe that's why today, when I was sharing my weight loss success with the instructor after class (he is also the owner of the studio), he complimented my energy and strength in class and told me I should think about taking it to the next level and become an instructor! emoticon That just tickled me pink. I have never even imagined myself being fit enough to be a fitness instructor, and here is this professional fitness guy telling me that I should really think about it.

Wow! So, maybe I have a new opportunity in front of me. Then I'd be getting paid to work out! emoticon We'll see - my practice has been getting busier and busier, so it'd be a challenge to work it in, but maybe......hmmmm

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    You should go for it!! Maybe lead our SE PDX group in a few workouts??!!

Sounds like fun!

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SCRAPHAPPY94 5/18/2010 2:51PM

    Very cool!

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_VALEO_ 5/18/2010 8:47AM

    I'm very impressed (I'm rhythm challenged, I must say!)
How cool!

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    Very cool!! And being an instructor would definitely have you working out.

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CHIBIKARATE 5/18/2010 1:25AM

    how cool is that i would go for it emoticon emoticon emoticon

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