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Thursday, February 09, 2012

Work has been kicking my butt this week, not necessarily with too much to do, but just a lot of drama. It's hard to stay mentally focused right now, unfortunately. The drama will pass, and we'll probably get really busy, and then we'll have some downtime, and it's all fine and good but that's what's been keeping me from posting this week.

In workout news, yesterday my DH added me to his gym membership (Workout Anytime). I'm kind-of excited -- I asked him to look into it, after all -- and kind-of wary. I've never been a gym girl. Don't like 'em, don't feel comfortable in 'em.... but I have been relying on the treadmill here at the office (there's only one) and lately I've had to adjust my workout time when someone else is using it at the same time I'd like to. (Seems like there could be a sign-up sheet or something...?!) Anyway, I know Workout Anytime has many treadmills, and it's pretty close to my office, so I could get over there, workout and get back in a lunch hour I think. Plus it'd be good for weekends, and especially for summer when it's too hot to move outside.

I'm not going to start until after today, though -- today's my W5D3, 20-minute run. I want to do that on "my" treadmill where I'm comfortable.

With a membership you also get a free 1-hour session with a trainer. Woo hoo. I always love those, too (not). Hope they don't get out the calipers!

P.S. ...anyone else tried the WW 550 cals or fewer "Spicy Asian Shrimp and Broccoli" at Applebees?? I LOVE IT! We had dinner there last night. Yum! SO spicy!

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ELISOS 2/9/2012 3:47PM

    Good luck, HUGS!!!

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MLIANNE 2/9/2012 11:25AM

    Hell yes for workout lunch breaks!!!! I've been doing that too - coming home after observations, working out and then going back out for my meetings. It's a good way to break up my day. I know what you mean about work drama making things hard to concentrate; I'm right there with you! Keep it up, lady!

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BLACKJEN82 2/9/2012 9:07AM

    Hey lady! OMG we had a big management change up in August and things are STILL filled with drama. I work with 4 MDs and they want to hire 1-2 more, yay--I mean stressful!! I'm right there with you on work yuckiness.

As for the gym, that's exciting! I think it's good to venture out into the uncomfortable sometimes. It proves that you can and you may be pleasantly surprised. Also, don't let a trainer get to you. It's their job because they like fitness. I don't feel bad that it's not my job because I'm only learning to like fitness as an almost 30 year old :)

Give us an update on your first gym workout! I haven't been to a gym in almost 10 years. We have a few pieces of gym equipment including a treadmill but I mostly get by with Turbo Jam & Turbo Fire and lately running outside during lunch. But the outside lunch thing will have to end before the really hot weather starts. Only February and today is going to be 70...

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REWIND3 2/9/2012 7:26AM

    I'm struggling with work issues as well, so I have non words of wisdom on that one. But yay for finding a solution to make working out easier for you! Good luck on your run today!

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Coach Nicole vs. Jillian Michaels ;)

Friday, February 03, 2012

I did do the workout videos w/Coach Nicole yesterday. They were awesome. I did cardio kickboxing jump-start 10-minutes, then a lower-body 9 minutes. How is she so calm, yet still motivating?? I love it.

V. different from Jillian Michaels' demeanor. I used to workout with her... did her 30 Day Shred video ALMOST all the way through -- I mean, almost 30 days straight -- but I mostly hated it. She's so coarse and smug, and really kinda mean. However, I did take some positive things away from it. Some of her sayings really stick with me and help me:

"...Because you're STRONG. This is EASY for you." (Can't you just HEAR her say that one??)

(when you want to quit or phone it in) "...NO YOU CANNOT."

"You ARE capable of working out, you're capable of working out HARD."

I love when these phrases pop into my head during my runs -- usually when I'm about "give-out."

So sometimes it's good to listen to the voices. LOL


Good day yesterday. Proud of myself for working out despite the extra activities in my schedule. Went over in my calories (bummer -- I was on a roll there!) but only by about100. And I think it's good to 'confuse' the body sometimes. Hopefully this busy weekend (and the SUPERBOWLFOODFEST) won't completely derail me!

TGIF, y'all!

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ELISOS 2/6/2012 11:10PM


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BLACKJEN82 2/6/2012 8:59AM

    Your blog wants to make me pick up coach nicole's new 30 day workout video. I also like how she is so calm, acts like everything is easy! And her workouts are fun! Now, for the very hilarious....I"ve watched parts of JM but never tried her workouts. Even though I only watched them briefly, I still heard most of the comments you mention. I like that she pushes you to try harder....I feel like we (americans, women) have been told that we need to be careful, not overdo it, etc... when really our bodies are amazing beings that are strong and capable of much more than we let ourselves believe.

Thanks for the blog and I love your new pictures, thanks for sharing!

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KAYYVAUGHN 2/6/2012 6:05AM

    Lee, you are on target. I do like Coach Nicole and Leslie Sansone. They are both encouraging. You can exercise at your own speed. I have listened to Jillian's exercises while I was on the treadmill. I know she's not for me.
Everybody has to find their leader.

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ELSCO55 2/3/2012 9:57PM

    Sounds like you are doing great.

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Life's in the way again

Thursday, February 02, 2012

This morning there's a parents' visit event at my son's school, so I'm taking my "lunch hour" for that, and therefore can't do my run at noon. I am pretty bummed about this but I had a good talk with myself about what's most important, and showing up for my kid today beats losing these few pounds. Maybe I can do a DVD workout when we get home, although it won't be a C25K run since we don't have a treadmill.

Oh well. Tomorrow. Week 5 begins.

Yesterday's report:
B - instant oatmeal, coffee w/ ff creamer
L - salad with salmon, fried beets (!), field greens, pumpkin seeds, vinaigrette; cup of shrimp bisque (out w/co-workers and it was sooo good!)
S - 16 Wheat Thins; a few M&Ms
D - 3.5-oz chicken breast, teriyaki sauce, corn, about 1/2 c. of an alfredo pasta side dish
W - 6 cups
E - I did some squats but didn't get my ten mintues like I'd planned.

So today, maybe Coach Nicole and I will have a little pow-wow after work.


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ELISOS 2/3/2012 12:19AM


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BLACKJEN82 2/2/2012 9:14AM

    Oh the wonderful dance we play as working mommies. I just told someone yesterday....what were they thinking in the 70s? Why would anyone wish this upon themselves?

Have a wonderful day, at least you get to see your family at your "lunch" and I love coach nicole!! My fav is the cardio kickboxing 10 minute one I think :)

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MOSTMOM1 2/2/2012 7:50AM

    Yup, mom stuff overrules everything. But surely you'll have time for a quick powwow later today. That lunch salad sounds crazy, fried beets? Crazy but good! Have a Sparky day!

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TWINSMOMMY607 2/2/2012 7:45AM

    Sometimes life gets in the way and that is okay. Don't beat yourself up, sometimes your emotional health is more important than mental health.

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KAYYVAUGHN 2/2/2012 7:42AM

    Lee, I think you are doing great with your eating and working out. Being at the school is mor important for you and your kids.
Tomorrow is another day.

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another good day 1-31-12, and Strength

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Another within range day yesterday. emoticon

B - 2 WW pumpkin muffins (homemade), coffee, FF creamer
L - 1.5 c tomato soup, cucumbers/carrots (raw) with hummus (.25 c), v8
S - honey wheat bread, dijon mustard, 2 thin slices ham
D - small meatball sub w/tomato sauce, .25 c mozzarella, 1 c. steamed broccoli, a few potato chips
S - sugar free gum again! fell asleep on the couch with it in my mouth LOL
W - 7 cups
E - C25K W4D3 (30 min) treadmill; upper body strength*

*I'm adding strength training back in to my rotation. DUH. I feel like kind-of an idiot because SP has articles all over the site saying women, esp., should be doing strength -- it HELPS YOU LOSE WEIGHT. But I didn't realize. Anyway, I feel like my cardio is finally in place, so I'm comfortable adding strength in now. Here's to Feeling The Good Sore!

Today I weighed in at 144.5. That's down 1.5 lbs from YESTERDAY, which I know isn't accurate - there's no way I could lose 1.5 lbs in one day - but I am gratified to see the scale moving in the right direction, and AWAY from that stupid 147 that appeared after Christmas.

I am trying REALLY hard to stay within my ranges and drink lots of water this week. Maybe it's helping...? Let's hope so.

February is here! emoticon

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MOSTMOM1 2/1/2012 10:00PM

    The good sore--you go, girl!

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ELISOS 2/1/2012 9:32PM

    emoticon JOB, HUGS

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KAYYVAUGHN 2/1/2012 8:39AM

    Lee, those pounds are dropping. That work really gets to us.
I wish I ate as healthy as you do. I need to try harder to eat some of those health foods like Humus.

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SUNNYAUTUMN812 2/1/2012 8:38AM

    emoticon You are doing emoticon

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good day 1-30-12

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

I didn't go over in any nutritional ranges yesterday! Gotta celebrate the small victories.

B - instant oatmeal, coffee w/1% milk, 1/2 apple, 2 oz cheddar
L - turkey subway (no mayo, no chs, all the veggies), baked Lays
S - 1/3 c. craisins, Diet Coke, one 2-bite brownie
D - 1.5 c. tomato soup, grilled cheese (2% cheese, made w/Pam, on wheat)
S - 1/4 cup vanilla ice cream with sliced strawberries
W - 7 cups
E - none yesterday

I really wanted something else after putting the kids to bed but I shoved a piece of sugar-free gum in my mouth and cut that craving right off. I'm having a hard time with the 8pm to 10 pm hours lately (well, and the 4 pm to 6 pm hours, if I'm honest).

It was a good day.

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KAYYVAUGHN 1/31/2012 9:09AM

    Lee, that is awesome. Good for you.


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