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Recap of the week

Friday, November 18, 2011

This has been an interesting week for me. I started out with an 8 mile run, which left me feeling proud and strong and awesome.
I was also sore for days after. It made my plyometrics class more about pain endurance than anything else, but I got through it and by the end was glad I had gone.
Wednesday I lifted heavy, which I love. It is my favorite workout by far. I had been having a crappy day at work, and I think my anger and frustration definitely added to my lifting. Plus, my trainer added even more weight, and I wasn't really struggling. I felt incredibly strong, especially when we bounded and lunged and did pushups with a 25# weight. After an hour of that, I went and taught Zumba and had a great class. It's so much fun, and I needed to dance after my crappy day. It made me feel so much better.
Yesterday, the stupid drama at work continued, and I met my trainer for sprint work. It was great. I felt like I was running faster than usual, and again she added more sprints, which made me work hard, but still felt better than they had the week before. I love progress!
I did skip Pilates last night. My hubby took me and the kids to our favorite restaurant, and I got to have sushi - which is my favorite, though we don't get it very often. It was nice to have time with the family and eat yummy food. I also (for the first time) did not go overboard. I usually give myself a free pass when we go there, but I knew that in my emotional state that was a bad idea. I chose one indulgent roll and a California roll, and I stayed in my calories. I felt great about that and less guilty about skipping pilates. I think it was the best choice to have some family time. I needed it.
My program is done until after Thanksgiving, for which I am grateful. Tonight, I have my Zumba class, which I love going to. I love hearing the women talk about their weight loss and the clothes that now fit after 6 weeks of Zumba. It feels great to help others.
I'm really proud of myself for getting through my emotional eating. That has always been my biggest downfall, and I feel like I am finally getting control over it. My next challenge is to get through this weekend. I tend to stay on plan all week only to ditch the plan on the weekends. This coming week will be challenging too with everyone home for vacation, but I am determined to keep eating clean and exercising. I've already made a plan for Thanksgiving, and I know I can stick with it.
Hooray for change and the new me! That's what I am most Thankful for!!

  
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JESSNSTONE 11/18/2011 9:16AM

    happy vacation!!!

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HOTTEXAN 11/18/2011 8:56AM

    Great Week!

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GIANTMICROBE 11/18/2011 7:23AM

    Awesome choice with the food. If I miss a workout, I fall into the all-or-nothing trap frequently ("I might as well eat whatever I want because the day is shot"). Good for you!!!

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TATTER3 11/18/2011 6:19AM

    Keep Sparkin'!!

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50 Questions for fun

Thursday, November 17, 2011

1. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE?
My mom's aunt Evelyn - not sure how they got Emily from that

2. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED?
last night briefly - I love my job but the drama and bs can get overwhelming some days

3. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING?
I do but no one else can read it :)

4. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCH MEAT?
Turkey and ham together

5. DO YOU HAVE KIDS?
2 - they changed me completely

6. IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS WITH YOU?
Yes.

7. DO YOU USE SARCASM A LOT?
not as much as I used to

8. DO YOU STILL HAVE YOUR TONSILS?
Yes

9. WOULD YOU BUNGEE JUMP?
probably not - too scared of heights

10. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CEREAL?
cheerios

11. DO YOU UNTIE YOUR SHOES WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OFF?
almost always

12. DO YOU THINK YOU ARE STRONG?
I know I am.

13. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ICE CREAM?
Ben and Jerry's - any flavor

14. WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE?
eye color

15. RED OR PINK?
Both

16. WHAT IS THE LEAST FAVORITE THING ABOUT YOURSELF?
I tend to blame myself for things that i have no control over - but I'm working on this

17. WHO DO YOU MISS THE MOST?
My great grandmother

18. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE SEASON?
Autumn

19. WHAT COLOR SHOES ARE YOU WEARING?
Barefoot right now - but I have awesome pink and black running shoes

20. WHAT WAS THE LAST THING YOU ATE?
tea - haven't had breakfast yet

21. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW?
my daughter singing

22. IF YOU WERE A CRAYON, WHAT COLOR WOULD YOU BE?
macaroni and cheese (it really is a color)

23. FAVORITE SMELLS?
my shampoo, ginger, carnations

24. WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU TALKED TO ON THE PHONE?
no clue. husband?

25. MOUNTAIN HIDEAWAY OR BEACH HOUSE?
Can I have both? I guess beach house would be a nice change.

26. FAVORITE SPORTS TO WATCH?
soccer

27. HAIR COLOR?
dark brown w/ some red (and a streak of white)

28. EYE COLOR?
Blue

29. DO YOU WEAR CONTACTS?
No

30. FAVORITE FOOD?
Sushi

31. SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDINGS?
happy endings

32. LAST MOVIE YOU WATCHED?
Toy Story 3

33. What color shirt are you wearing? dark blue

34. SUMMER OR WINTER?
Summer

35. HUGS OR KISSES?
both

36. FAVORITE DESSERT?
brownie sundae

37. STRENGTH TRAINING OR CARDIO?
I am addicted to ST, but I love cardio too

38. COMPUTER OR TELEVISION?
computer

39. WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING NOW?
My own - I'm revising

40. WHAT IS ON YOUR MOUSE PAD?
plain black

42. FAVORITE SOUND?
my kids laughing

43. ROLLING STONES OR BEATLES?
Rolling Stones

44. WHAT IS THE FARTHEST YOU HAVE BEEN FROM HOME?
Oregon/California

45. DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL TALENT?
Great at doing theater with kids

46. WHERE WERE YOU BORN?
Vermont

47. WHERE ARE YOU LIVING NOW?
Vermont

48. WHAT COLOR IS YOUR HOUSE?
White w/ black roof

49. WHAT COLOR IS YOUR CAR?
blue and silver

50. DO YOU LIKE ANSWERING 50 QUESTIONS?
why not

  
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JESSNSTONE 11/17/2011 1:32PM

    So fun learning more about you!

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8 Miles. What?

Monday, November 14, 2011

Imagine the happiest of happy dances, and that is what is going on in my head right now. Not my body. I'm too sore and exhausted for that, but exhausted in the good way. My muscles are spent. I love this feeling.
Did I mention I ran 8 miles today?
Before this, I had completed a couple 10ks but never anything longer. The farthest I had ever run without stopping was 5 miles, and it was on a completely flat bike path. Today, my friend/trainer emailed me and asked me to go for a run. I was up for it. We're having an unseasonably warm November up here, and I want to be outside as much as possible. A few weeks before we did the 5 mile run I mentioned before. Other than that my running was only sprint work.
She said I should push myself and do either a 6 or an 8. I had to pick the 8. She's run a couple marathons. No excuse I had would have been a good one, and I kind of wanted to try it. I've got the goal of running a half next year, and I need to start trying some distance.
I'm so glad I did. I had one of the best runs I have ever had. I went into it believing that I could do it and do it well. I felt great. I felt strong, and I was well past the 6 mile mark before I even thought of walking. It was amazing.
Sure, I wasn't fast. I plodded along behind my trainer, watching her get far ahead and stop to wait for me. I didn't stop. Once. We were done an hour and a half later and lying with our feet up against the wall of the school laughing.
I was so proud of myself. I'm not usually the type to talk about my accomplishments, but I have been telling everyone I see. I haven't been this proud in a long time.
This is what it's about. Weight loss is nice. I like seeing the number go down, but I get hung up on it. This is what it's really about. Self-love and pride. Giving our best and working our hardest to accomplish a goal, and the sweet taste of achievement. There are so many, much more worthy goals. I want to run 10 miles, a half, who knows, marathon someday? I never would have considered it before, but now I know nothing is out of reach. Feels fantastic.
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JOY73YL 11/15/2011 6:46PM

    that is great

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JESSNSTONE 11/15/2011 1:38PM

    Amazing job! I ran 8 for the first time last week and just couldn't believe it! I think i am still tried from it! :) I am running my first half marathon in less than a month, and am super excited, but super nervous! I haven't had a whole lot of time to train.
Great work pushing yourself!!!

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KKINNEA 11/15/2011 12:44PM

    Great job!!!

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IAMZBEE 11/15/2011 10:08AM

    That's fantastic! Great job on pushing yourself!! emoticon

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LINDYLIME 11/15/2011 5:10AM

    I ran 5k today, I'm not quite at the 10k stage yet (ie running the whole way). But I will catch you up soon!

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FANCY-PANTS 11/14/2011 10:31PM

    That is so awesome! emoticon emoticon emoticon

I had a great 5 mile run the other day and really felt like I could have gone farther. I can't wait to try out 6 or 7.

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CSROBERTSON621 11/14/2011 9:49PM

    AWESOME that you both made it past a major milestone and actually *enjoyed* the run as well! I've only ever had a few runs like that myself, but when they happen they do make all the hard work seem totally worth it. You deserve to be VERY proud of yourself for putting in all the time, effort, and dedication to make this possible.

Congrats!

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RUBY_TUESDAY21 11/14/2011 9:37PM

    I felt the same way after my first 8 mile run! I was telling anyone who would stand still long enough for me to prattle on about it. I am so happy for you!

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Stevia Challenge - W2 Update

Monday, November 14, 2011

Week 2 of my clean eating did not go as well as week 1. I did fine during the week, but once again the weekend set me back in my old ways. I was under a lot of stress and surrounded by candy, and I gave in. It was almost unconscious as first, and I was really mad at myself for falling back into old patterns.
Still, it's a major improvement over what I used to do. I kept my calories under 2000 - which is better than the 3000 or 4000 I used to do when stressed. The candy I ate was a minimal part of those calories. It was mostly healthy foods, and I managed to exercise despite my hectic schedule.
I'm not going to beat myself up over it. I'm back on track today, and I am challenging myself to make it through next weekend. But, I'm preparing this time. I'm going to have a food/exercise plan in place as well as scheduling things to keep me busy instead of eating. I'm also going to visualize a successful, healthy weekend. I know it sounds odd, but it works for me.
I'm still committed to eating clean. This weekend actually strengthened my dedication to it. While I did indulge in some candy this weekend it was more from habit than enjoyment. I found the candy to be way too sweet and almost waxy. I didn't enjoy it, and I'm going to remember that the next time I am tempted.
Tried on the jeans again, and they fit a little better, though tight in the thighs because I've been lifting heavy. It makes my legs bulk up slightly when I lift heavy, so I wasn't surprised to find them snug in the legs. The waist was better. I'm enjoying my break from the scale, and the thought of those jeans is keeping me from going overboard.
My schedule - while still crazy - is back to normal this week, which means I should have a great, healthy week. This next weekend is mine. I'm going to get through it without slipping into old patterns. When I conquered weekends last time, I was successful in losing weight. It may be what I need to lose the last 20 now. Staying focused this week. Once I have one weekend down, I should be good. It's all about breaking the pattern.

  
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LINDYLIME 11/15/2011 5:03AM

    I'm intrigued.... I need to find out more about clean eating. And thats fantastic that you still found time to exercise, despite your hectic schedule. You are winning!!!!

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JOY73YL 11/14/2011 7:05PM

    Just keep in there. 5 days a week is better then before. You will make it to 6 annd 7 days pretty soon. And there is sugar free candy. I use them when I get a dry cough and can't find the sugar free cough drops. Sugar free Lemon drops.

Keep up the good work

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KEISHARENEE 11/14/2011 3:19PM

    You can do it! Hey, this is a lifestyle change it's not going to change over night because it did not happen overnight. Just don't beat yourself up, but dust off and keep right on trucking.

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MARTHASPARKS 11/14/2011 12:33PM

    You can break this pattern. You are breaking this pattern and you WILL break this pattern. Keep your focus!

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I'm Sexy and I Know It

Sunday, November 06, 2011

I'm having trouble typing this blog. Why?
Because I just did this: www.bodyrock.tv/2011/11/02/im-sexy-a
nd-i-know-it-workout/
Wow. Intense.
This is only my 3rd Body Rock workout, but I love them! They are short, intense, and I feel like a bada** when I'm done (except for the panting, whining, laying on my floor immediately after). I like that they work my muscles differently from everything else I do. I'm so psyched I added them into my weekly routine! (Thanks again, GIANTMICROBE)

Here are the numbers:
Low jacks - 20, 19, 18 - yeah, I kind of slowed down a bit as these went on, but my legs were burning!
Walking push up/mt. climbers - 5, 6, 7 - Two of my favorites! Went up on these - does that cover my slacking on the low jacks?
Reverse push ups - 16, 18, 17 - love these too! Although, I had to stop a few times to rest.
Reptile Pushups - 22, 25, 27 - Pain! But, accomplishment, too. My first set I did the full exercise. Had to modify slightly for the other two.

  
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SUPER_ME 11/7/2011 1:39AM

    Sounds awesome! It's great that you're adding in new things to vary the workout a little. That workout sounds fun and difficult. Even if I can't keep up very well at first, I kind of want to give it a try now.

Thanks for sharing your experience! Keep it up!

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MARKSTIPANOVSKY 11/6/2011 4:58PM

    Keep focused and good luck with reaching your goals. Weight loss is a learning curve... All the best - Mark

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