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Birthday weekend

Monday, June 06, 2011

My birthday was Saturday. It was a great day, starting with my husband going out to get me coffee from S'bux in the morning. emoticon (fat-free, obvs, and no pastry!)

He also gave me a very sweet present: tickets to see a musical later this summer. I adore musicals and he does not, so this was very generous of him (because he's going to have to go with me)!

We went to dinner at Macaroni Grill and I enjoyed every delicious bite. We had a tiny ice cream cake at home and THAT was yummy, too.

And then we went swimming again on Sunday.

I changed my weight loss goal on my SP profile, since I obviously didn't meet it. Now it says 137 pounds by July 15, and if I make that I will be thrilled. I realize I'm lucky, because I really only have 10 to lose, but I do want to lose them and reduce my health risks significantly (or so they say). It's so hard to lose a measly 10 pounds. In a way I feel like it'd be easier if I had 50 pounds to lose, or if I already had bad habits like Full-sugar Coke, that I could simply eliminate and get a good result.

On the other hand, I'm still really thinking about LIVING life, mindfully, intelligently, and not fearing the number on the scale so much, not feeling like a failure if it doesn't move. It's not a failure. So I'm 143 pounds. Who cares. I'm not a bad, or a disgusting person. None of us is. We're simply not. God loves us, big or small. I've just really had this on my mind lately.

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ROXIESROCKS 6/8/2011 9:29AM

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! I'm happy to maintain at this point. You're still here and blogging so you're doing something right. Not going up is good.

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ELISOS 6/6/2011 2:05PM

    Happy birthday
emoticon and you are doing emoticon.

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New Summertime Exercise

Friday, June 03, 2011

Oh, swimming. I have loved you since I was a kid (haven't we all??)! Yesterday I took my kids to the pool after work/daycare. FIrst time of the season. Before we went, I logged 15 minutes of "treading water" because I wasn't sure how much I'd really get. (15 minutes treading water burns 193 cals! Pretty good!) In reality, I may have gotten less, but I also swam several laps and did plenty of splashing, jumping, and climbing in and out of the pool -- hey, it was activity, so I'm counting it! And swimming does make a body tired, so at least I FELT like I burned a lot of calories! LOL

The only thing I will say is that it's somewhat hard to do any laps with the little ones being supervised only by me. I'm hopeful my husband will be able to join us sometimes. I have a huge fear of them falling, going under and unable to get back up. HUGE fear. I had several bad dreams about it last night, actually. I tried to get the 3yo to wear her floaties but she wasn't comfortable in them. The 6yo won't wear floaties, and loves to float on his pool noodle, but... I still worry about him. He's not yet confident in the water. Going to have to investigate other options, like a floatation life vest or something.

Anyway, I'm excited that we'll have this additional 'workout' option for the summer. I'm planning to take them at least once a week, maybe twice, until August. Yay! emoticon

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EL-E-E 6/6/2011 10:19AM

    Kristin, yes! I did some water-running, with a kid on my back! That's a workout for sure! Anyway, we're having fun and I think that's what matters most. :) Thanks for your comment!

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KRISTINKP 6/3/2011 3:35PM

    Today was our first day at the pool too! I have the same problem as you - same age kids, one overconfident in her little 3 year old "swimming" abilities and one underconfident 6 year old. I can't relax for one minute at the pool, watching them both by myself. I did sit on the ledge and did leg lifts in the water and I had to water-run back and forth since the kids wouldn't stay near each other in the water. I figure I got a decent workout in like that! I love summer too!!!

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ELISOS 6/3/2011 9:30AM

    emoticon emoticonhappy friday

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Good day yesterday

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Yesterday was a good day, food-wise. Fat-free refried beans could be my key to staying full while eating well! LOL.

I am stressed about several projects at work. I know that exercise could help alleviate this stress and keep me focused, and yet it feels like there is simply NOT time.

My cube neighbor never shuts up.

My husband is in a slightly depressed state right now, about money and his job.

My kids are lovely, and even play by themselves sometimes, which is a nice change from the whining and the "hold me's". Yesterday the little one (3yr-old) asked me to "go to the other room" so she could play dolls by herself. HAPPILY! I read a magazine at 5 in the afternoon and it was bliss.

I brought a granola bar and an apple for breakfast today, but nothing for lunch. I'm betting my coworkers will want to go out. (Hoping.) I (also) hope I will make a healthy choice if I go with them.

This is the basic state of things, right now.

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ANKLLOYD 6/1/2011 2:26PM

    Hope that things at work change up for you so that you aren't as stressed. I know that I am a stress eater which is not a good thing.

Hopefully your husband will pull out of depression. Money and work can make anyone sad. I sure wish that we had more money. Ha!

Keep going and everything will be great. Here's to your successes!


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ELISOS 6/1/2011 10:18AM

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CICI510 6/1/2011 8:02AM

    You sound so focused so I'm SURE you're going to make great choices!!


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    I am glad that you had a good day yesterday, and I hope that your future is fill will millions of more good days! Best Wishes in reaching all of your goals.


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Food, friends, and weekends

Friday, May 27, 2011

I went overboard last night with dinner. We had a friend come over and had a beer, plus a big dinner and brownies for dessert.

MAN, it was GOOD. I should have done better - not had a bun, not had so many cheese and crackers beforehand, skipped the beer. Oh well. Today will be a better day.

We're going away for the long weekend, to be with some family. My husband's aunt is a very sweet lady but ALWAYS talking about how "bad" certain foods are. She acts quite righteous that SHE never eats Oreos, McDonald's, never drinks diet soda or even tea -- she's so virtuous. Or so she would have us believe. It is frustrating to listen to that all weekend (and we do this trip every year). I don't want to hang out with people who act like the Food Police, and I don't want my kids to think that certain foods are "bad." Everything in moderation is a better attitude, IMHO.

Whatever. I'm at least prepared to deal with it (I think). And at least there won't be a big Memorial Day BBQ that I have to navigate. We usually eat very simply. Wish me luck to get in a workout here or there, too.

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ELISOS 5/27/2011 10:17PM

    good luck and have great weekend. emoticon

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ANKLLOYD 5/27/2011 9:07AM

    Good luck! I know that it will be hard with so many choice but you can do it. I am not sure what we will be doing this weekend. I know that we will probably grill out on Monday and I think that a friend may do something on Sunday but no word yet. It is usually when you go somewhere else that it is harder - at least for me.

Have a wonderful weekend - and hopefully it will be wonderful weather where you are.


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One more workout

Thursday, May 26, 2011

I've found the Steve Maresca 10-minute full-body workout on Exercise TV, and it's a great one for me. Feels like I get a really hard workout (OW), but doesn't take much time. I've been adding a Denise Austin or Leslie Sansone 10-minute video after that, and then my favorite, 10 or 15 of yoga.

I do love Exercise TV, I have to say. Lots of variety and great for time-challenged people like me!

It's that whole concept of doing just ONE workout: it makes me want to do just one more, the next day. But as soon as I miss a day or two, I fall right back out of step into the DON'T WANNA zone.

I brought my shoes to work today. It's a very busy one for me, but I hope I can squeeze in at least 15 minutes at some point. (Can't go home at lunch today, bummer.)

THANK YOU to all my Sparkfriends for helping to support and motivate me yesterday. I was embarassed for having been absent for a couple of weeks.


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