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Post-Holiday Report

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

How were your holidays? I had a great week off before Christmas, my parents came to stay with us, and we enjoyed time together, good food, and the special things that make Christmas wonderful.

I worked out 2 days a week, basically, the last 2 weeks. Not my ideal performance but better than nothing.

However, I got off-track with my calorie range, in a big way. Although it's also a certain week for higher numbers on the scale, I didn't like the 5 additional pounds I saw there this morning. Seriously? That can't be right, can it? I hope not, and I'm disappointed, but I know it is normal for the holidays. So I'm back on SP, along with everyone else and all the newly-resolution-ed (hi new people!), and I hope to make EXCELLENT progress before Feb 21.

Today I'm chugging my water, and for lunch I'm eating a salad with pork tenderloin, whole wheat crackers, my trusty V8 serving (I always know I'm back "on" when I'm drinking V8, LOL). I will be walk/running week3 day 3 (again) of C25K this afternoon!!

Happy 2012!

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MOSTMOM1 1/7/2012 6:58AM

    Here we go, 2012!

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ELISOS 1/4/2012 6:01PM

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EL-E-E 1/4/2012 11:00AM

    Kay, I'm sorry we didn't connect that Tuesday for a walk! Another time, I hope! BTW, my daughter (turning 4 in Feb) has started wanting to learn to read... she's recognizing some letters as we follow along with our finger, and it's so exciting when she "guesses" a word correctly. Makes me think of you.

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happy new year!!

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KAYYVAUGHN 1/4/2012 10:52AM

    Lee, your plan sounds good. You will get those 5 pounds off.

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Remember my November goals?

Friday, December 09, 2011

While I'm waiting for the treadmill to be freed up (there's only 1 in the office building's mini-gym), I ate my lunch (Soup at Hand, and some crackers and cheese) and thought I'd write a quick blog post.

My November goals sort-of got sidelined when I got sick, but then near the end of last month I decided to start the Couch to 5K program. Did I ever tell you my sister is a triathlete? And has always been a runner. She's pretty amazing. I got NONE of those genes, as far as I know, but so many people I know have used the C25k and I thought, why can't I just DO THAT? I also thought, the only real way to lose these 10 lbs will be to STEP IT UP. My sporadic walking was just not going to cut it.

What I like about this is the regularity -- 3 times a week -- and the way it eases you in. Running for one minute at a time, with a rest in-between? I can get behind that plan. emoticon So far it's felt easy, and at times a challenge, and just really energizing.

I haven't been doing terribly on eating, but I could do better. Still, I'm so focused on the exercise goal right now. I did manage to run over the weekend, btw. Sunday morning I made it known that was my priority, and my husband was happy to accommodate me. Grateful for that! Running outside is harder than the treadmill but it was the perfect day - overcast and cool. I couldn't have asked for a better opportuity.

SO my December goal is just to KEEP RUNNING, and not let the holidays mess me up. :) And I think that's plenty for such a crazy, busy month!

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MOSTMOM1 12/17/2011 1:31PM

    Good for you!

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KAYYVAUGHN 12/11/2011 3:54PM

    Lee, I think that your running is great. I'm glad that it's working for you. You routine sounds good. You will be in races before long. '



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ELISOS 12/9/2011 11:56PM


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Weekends should be easier...

Friday, December 02, 2011

It should be EASIER to fit in a workout during the weekend, shouldn't it? But somehow for me, it's harder. I guess it's because that's when we have to do not only all our errand-running, but also our "quality time" activities. I know that I could combine the exercise with the quality time -- a quick family walk, or bike ride, or hike. No problem there. But now that I've started my Couch to 5K program, I want to do my RUN! By myself.

Hmm. Maybe I'll get up early Saturday...? (Earlier than my kids would mean 5:30 am, which isn't much of a WEEKEND. Harumph!)

I hope I can figure it out. Wish me luck!

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KAYYVAUGHN 12/4/2011 7:06AM

    Quality time with your family comes first. You will find a way to fit your workouts in during the week, and sometimes on Saturdays.
When I worked, Saturdays were catch-up on errands, house cleanings, etc.
Good luck.
Maybe in January, we can walk after work one day.

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ELISOS 12/3/2011 3:33PM

    Good luck. hugs

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FUNJENYOUNG 12/2/2011 12:18PM

    Weekends are always the hardest for me. I think it's because they are always so crazy and not as scheduled as week days. You can do it! Not because you "have to" get your exercise in but because if you do you will not only feel better you will be in a better place to spend "quality time" with your family! You need time to yourself too to regenerate!!

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My neck, oof

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

I fall asleep on my couch most nights. emoticon

But last night I must have been in a weird position because when I got up, the right side of my neck was tweaked. And sleeping in my bed didn't help one bit (mostly because I was maneuvering around a little girl who still comes into our room every night and weasels her way in between us...).


Also, I'm supposed to run today at lunch (c25k w1d2!) but my son's school shoe (uniform) got a huge hole in the top of it yesterday. Can't very well send him to school in falling-apart shoes, so I need to go to the mall today instead. Urgh. Guess I'll try to walk there, and do my run tomorrow.

At least walking/running doesn't require me to turn my head! Just look straight ahead and keep going!

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ELISOS 11/30/2011 1:02PM

    Take care of that neck, happy day. keep moving emoticon

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Monday after Thanksgiving - no gain!

Monday, November 28, 2011

How were all your thanksgiving celebrations?? I hope they were lovely! I'm so happy to report that I weighed in steady at 142.5 today, no gain!! My main goal while at my in-laws' over the long weekend was to DRINK WATER, because they don't make a habit of it usually (there's a lot of sweet tea around that place). I also made sure to eat a small breakfast each day, so I wasn't starving by lunchtime.

Our Thursday dinner was delish, and I kept it to one plateful. I really wanted that second plate but I RESISTED, and now I'm glad I did.

On Friday, we took the kids to the beach (Tybee Island GA) and they LOVED being out there. They were surprised to see all the shells (we don't have shells to speak of, on the Gulf of Mexico where we usually "beach"), and I was glad to get out in the fresh air! Walked a little bit. Not "exercise" walking, but not sitting on our butts, either! And I spent some time playing hide-n-seek and running around the yard with the kids, too.

I really want to FOCUS during December and January, leading up to my February SP anniversary. I brought my shoes to work today (WOO!) and plan to hit the treadmill (it's raining again).

Hoping success for all my Sparkbuddies, too! Thanks for always being so encouraging!


P.S. My cough seems to be dissipating finally, after another round of steroids. I hope so.

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SVELTEWARRIOR 11/29/2011 3:09PM

    Way to go!!!!!!! I know you will be where you want to be by your Sparkversary!!!!

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TISH0125 11/29/2011 1:00PM

  Great News!! I'm hoping to give a good push this Dec & Jan too...cheering you and me on girl! Whoo HOO!!!

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ELISOS 11/28/2011 8:52PM


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CLWALDRO 11/28/2011 10:39AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon On making it thru the Thanksgiving weekend with no gain.
I wish you well on the next few months of concentration before your SP anniversary.

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KAYYVAUGHN 11/28/2011 9:07AM


You should really be proud that you didn't gain over Thanksgiving. It's hard not to go back for the second plate. I ate two desserts.
Maybe if it is a warm afternoon, we can walk again.

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MOSTMOM1 11/28/2011 9:00AM

    No weight gain--WOOHOO!! I gained, but I'm attempting to pound it off this week. So glad you had a wonderful holiday. And yes, I really was thinking about you the other day. Consider yourself SparkStalked.

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AMARILYNH 11/28/2011 8:44AM

    You go girl! My weight is up a pound but I'm hoping it is water retention - I'll be watching sodium and carbs and drinking lots of water today!!

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NETTALYN73 11/28/2011 8:33AM


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