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Father's Day: Looking for ideas :o}

Thursday, June 09, 2011

I have been planning things for Father's Day for my loving DH, who has been just amazing as a father, an even more hands-on daddy to his little princess than I could have possibly imagined.

Because he is such a fantastic daddy, I want to make this day special for him. I have things I am planning to do, but thought it wouldn't hurt to see what others are doing that I am not thinking of!

So far, I am planning on letting him go out with his buddies to a movie the night before, because I am wanting him to sleep in on Sunday (the man LOVES to sleep in but so rarely is able to because of having Kaylee!). I am going to make him breakfast, though not in bed. It will be his favorite breakfast (and Kaylee's coincidentally) of French toast. Nothing too fancy. Last year, I made a crazy breakfast of sausage, eggs, bacon, toast, and pancakes. Yeah, he felt sick the rest of the day. I learned THAT lesson!

Lunch will be light, probably a sandwich with soup or somesuch, because for dinner I am gong to be making his favorite meal that his mom used to make him and makes him think of her, which is basically a tater tot hotdish.

I have a nice cute card for him from both Kaylee and I. I also just ordered him a new pair of khaki shorts (which he so desperately needs and I know he wants to get) along with a book for daddies on how to raise a daughter (a tongue-in-cheek humor book, but also actually has good advice in there for him ~ I know he'll love it!).

About him:
~ He loves football (namely NFL - NY Giants, but this area has been dominated by my mother for gifts the last 10 years, so not going there).
~ He is NOT into golf, fishing, hunting, hiking, running, etc. For this reason, sometimes it can be hard to think of what to do or get for him ;o}
~ He is a movie buff. He also is a history buff and loves documentaries, but has been getting his fill lately of both with Netflix. Also, gift cards for the movie theater in town has been there, and done that a few times
~ He doesn't like gift cards really unless they're from other people, and not me. Funny man.
~ Speaking of funny, he is a clown. In a GOOD way.
~ He is pretty frugal and doesn't care to have money spent on him, hence why I only bought him a $20 pair of shorts and a $6 book.
~ He loves Star Wars. He loves Call of Duty. He is a 33-year-old geek. :o}
~ His favorite thing in the world is to see Kaylee and I happy. Seriously. Not bullpooping you here. I guess that's why I love him so much. ;o} I guess this last one really doesn't apply to what I am getting at here....

So, what are you or are you NOT planning for Father's Day?

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MARTY728 6/10/2011 9:48AM

    How about a NY Giants Player jersey he does not have or a different color NY Giants jersey? The custom jerseys are hundreds of dollars, however there are the other jerseys for $50 to $100.

I am getting a metal detector. Amazon has good lower price ones for around $100. I want a metal detector because I live in an area that has a ton of kids athletic fields and kids lose change and spectator adults loose things like rings and other jewellery. Plus I close to a big State Park beach on the Chesapeake Bay. And I can get exercise walking while I am finding!

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ROXY4470 6/10/2011 8:37AM

    Yikes sounds like my hubby.. he is really had to buy for!

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Day 4

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

I woke up this morning, went to the gym, and pushed out 26.5 miles in spinning class, followed by 35 minute on the elliptical.

Yeah, I rocked it this morning.

I weighed myself for the new summer challenge I am in, and was 164. That was pre-workout, but there ya go.

I decided to weigh-in at WW tomorrow at noon, unless my weight fluctuates for whatever reason. I am expecting to be at 162 or below tomorrow. If not, there is always Saturday! I am not sweating it. No point in being stressed out and end up bingeing because of it.

My food choices have been fantastic. I have been planning my meals and snacks. Sure, the sodium content is suboptimal, but I am not striving for perfection right now. I am striving to do the BEST I can today. Sometimes that means leftovers in a portioned amount for dinner, and ditto for lunch. Sure, I had a good amount of pasta, but I actually still stayed in the lower end of my calories AND carbs (1200 calories and 160-ish carbs).

I had a couple of moments today where I wanted to indulge, but instead I grabbed grapes in one instance and in the other I grabbed my water sweetened with White Grape Crystal Light (my new favorite go-to water flavor).

I took my dog on a walk twice for a mile each. I took my daughter for a walk post dinner, and before we were to pick up a friend and go to the park. Those plans fell through at the last minute unfortunately, so our plans changed a bit, but I went with the flow. Not a problem! I am learning to do that, slowly but surely. Later this evening, my daughter, who is finally starting to broaden her language, side "itside" many, many times, so I bundled her up (I am apparently in the only area of the country that is actually COLD right now at around 55-60 with a very cold 25 MPH wind), and we walked to a park about a mile away. That used up some time, which is always nice.

I am trying to work on my sleep habits. They used to be so good, but I got back in the habit of going to bed too late, be it because I am watching TV, reading a book, playing Angry Birds, or catching up on FB and SP. Tonight, I will be in bed at 9:30. I am writing this blog first because I need to be more consistent about that, about how I am doing, mainly so I can go back and read about how I did when I either lost or gained such amount and where my mindset was.

I am so proud of myself for sticking to my food goals and my fitness goals for 4 days in a row now. My quads are a bit sore, so either Friday or Saturday I will be "resting" (still walking a lot probably, but no running, ST, spinning...maybe elliptical).

I am just so happy that I am finally back in "the game." I don't have any set-in-stone goals but for running a HM again in the fall and getting into the 150s, and eventually the 140s if I feel I need to lose a few more.

Hmmmm....That's it!

P.S. I had an extremely frustrating day at work today that involved my internet connection still dropping multiple times every half hour (has been going on for 2-3 weeks now). I had been on the phone with tech support for my job (I work at home) and then with our local internet provider, and then with the router technical support, and 2 hours later I was still having the same issues. Finally, 3 hours later, we all realized my modem was done for, and so after replacing it, I finally have consistent internet connections. I tell you what, though...if I wasn't in the right mindset, I would have had a good amount of that mint chocolate chip ice cream that is lurking in my freezer right now. Without a doubt. In fact, I joked to my DH that just a week ago, I would have gone to McD's for lunch because of the stress.

Just thought I'd share my little victory for today.

Here's to another day in my streak of being the best that I can be!!!

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THEHONESTME 6/9/2011 11:11PM

    What a great day! Congrats, Erin!!! Keep up the good work :D

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MARTY728 6/9/2011 3:07PM

    We all have frustrating days at work. You made the day into a Great one!

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    That sounds like such a great day! You'll make amazing progress when you keep up this streak!

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PINKBEANBOO 6/9/2011 12:04PM

    Can you give lessons to my husband about staying in control when the interent goes down? He works from home, too. He swears & bangs his fists on his desk. But that (nor choc chip mint ice cream) helps.
Good luck on tomorrows weigh in & sleeping well.

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ROBYN168 6/9/2011 9:08AM

    Yeah for good internet connections and the mint chip remaining in the freezer....

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    Way to make it through a stressful situation without cracking! Good job on the exercise, you did rock it!!

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DUSTYGIRL25 6/9/2011 4:58AM

    Yay for you for staying on top of your exercise. emoticon

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Day 3

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

I consider today Day 3 of my streak. My goal is to get at least 30 minutes of activity a day, striving for that activity to be something more than walking my daughter and dog. Though even doing that seems to be good for me, I want to really pick up my running, ST, and crosstraining. (p.s. ST does count for the 30 minutes IMO).

Last night, I went to bed at 8:45! Yay! Unfortunately, I could NOT fall asleep. This has been a problem for me lately. I used to be able to fall asleep in minutes. But last night, EVERYTHING bothered me. My legs were too warm. I felt itchy. I just was TOO wide awake. So, I caught up on Spark and then played Angry Birds on my phone. Big mistake. I didn't fall asleep until about MIDNIGHT. That is just ridiculous. So, when my alarm went off at 5:10 a.m. this morning, I had a decision to make.

My plans were to run for half an hour (intervals/Galloway method/C25K) on the treadmill followed by half an hour of spinning followed by half an hour of the elliptical. May seem excessive, but I was hoping to weigh in at WW today to get my monthly weigh-in over, and pushing out as much sweat as possible I was hoping would be the key.

Anyway, I decided, half-asleep, that I would instead just do my normal walks with the dog and kid, and get my running in at some point before my day at work was over. I can't do it on my lunch hour because it is Kaylee's first dentist appointment today and I am using my lunch hour to bring her to that.

Kaylee, of course, woke up at 6:30, making me really wish I had gotten up to go to the gym. She used to be up at 7:30-8:00, but for the last 4-5 days she has been up at 6:30 no matter what time she goes to bed.

Ugh. So, I weighed myself to see if today would be a possibility for weighing in at WW. The scale said 163.4. I am happy with that number in general, but I would need to lose over 1.4 pounds between now and 5 p.m. to weigh-in. Only way that will happen is if I don't eat, don't drink, run for half an hour, and pray.

And I am done doing that. I did that in the past on weigh-in day, which proved to be stressful, painful (I just cannot NOT eat when I have hunger pangs), and really just not healthy. So, therefore I am planning today to do the following:
1. Not weigh in. I will shoot for tomorrow to weigh in at WW at 5:30. If again my weight is not close enough, I can weigh in on Thursday. As long as I continue eating right and working out, I don't mind that I am pushing back my monthly weigh in.
2. I will eat 1200 calories today, but can go up to 1550 if need be. Less carbs, more veggies and protein.
3. I will drink a lot of water today.
4. I will get in my run, and since I am not weighing in, I can get that run in this evening when my daughter is at my mom's house if I can't get it in during a break at work.
5. I will keep a positive attitude and not be all or nothing about this. I will just do the best I can, and hope for the best knowing I've done all I can.

P.S. The reason the weigh-in is so important this month and why I refuse to weigh in over 162 (and pay the fee) is actually now because of the fact that I am an employee now. How bad would that look to weigh-in over goal the month I was hired? Exactly.

So, here's to day 3 of my streak.

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BETTERJULIA 6/8/2011 10:57AM

    You can do it!

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RUNNER4LIFE08 6/7/2011 1:57PM

    Good luck Erin! emoticon

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SHERRYJVP 6/7/2011 9:08AM

    I always thought I would like to work at WW for the accountability. LOL you are already a success in your it sounds like you are a success in making sensible decisions regarding not 'starving and dehydrating' yourself. Good for you. You will be an awesome WW leader.

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ROBYN168 6/7/2011 8:51AM

    Erin - good luck getting to where you want to be for your weigh in - I know that is on your mind. Besides that need because of employment - don't let it stay to heavily on your mind. You have found the renewed dedication and the weight will come off....I promise. It has for me after almost 9 weeks of nothing.

Water is the big key - just keep drinking......

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Hey Erin, read this in 11 weeks!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sunday, June 05, 2011

I am participating in my fifth season of The Biggest Loser challenge on here, and I lost about 30 pounds in the first and second, then either none or gained in the third and fourth.

In The Biggest Loser Summer Slimdown 2011, I hope to lose the last 10-20 pounds that I have been struggling to lose since October! I would be happy with 10, and ecstatic wtih 20, but really I am just wanting to be in the best shape of my life, and learn to love my body the way it is, and know that I have done all I can to fine-tune it.

The challenge starts Wednesday, and there is a pre-challenge to write a letter to myself that I will read in 11 weeks, ala Biggest Loser contestants recording segments telling their future self things they wanted them to know.

Dear Erin:

Right now, on June 5, 2011, you are in the worst shape since the beginning of this journey. You let yourself become complacment. You got lazy. You let excuses get in the way of your goals. Sure, some of the things holding you back were acceptable, but what wasn't acceptable was not getting back to what you were supposed to be doing once you got better or healed. Not only that, but not dealing with issues in a healthy way, you started going back to eating. You started not only eating junky food again, you started letting the portion sizes get out of hand. You stopped tracking. Sure, you'd get a day or two in of it, but then you would stop again. The inconsistency is what hurts you. Complacency hurts you.

So, when you read this, I hope you have given it your all. Give to your body, mind, and soul the best of you. Go to the gym. Run outside! Know what you can and can't do. Be realistic, but don't be forgiving of yourself to a fault. Today, you weighed 166.8. You don't want to go back to where you were.

In this 11 weeks, I hope you accomplish training for your half marathon and hopefully you will have chosen which one to run. You won't be DONE training, but you will be where you need to be in 11 weeks. You will be in the 150s. You will break through your self-induced plateau. You will work through temptations, people sabotaging you, enabling you, and you will stand up to all of that and remember that you come first. Your health comes first, and each time you give in to something, you continue to give in. You don't know when to stop, and that is your weakness, but you will find a strength to overcome this.

Don't let another challenge fall by the wayside. You LOVE competition. Remember the first challenge you took part in? You were the BIGGEST LOSER! Remember how great that felt? To give it your all and to see success? You can do that again. I know you can.

Love, Me.

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ROXY4470 6/7/2011 8:12AM

    love this! you can do it!

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ROBYN168 6/7/2011 7:21AM

    I love this - it could be directed at me too.

I haven't had the courage to do this one.....

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RAVENSONG37 6/6/2011 10:29PM

    Complacency hurts too. Go get it woman!

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RDARLING 6/6/2011 9:56PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PINKBEANBOO 6/6/2011 2:32PM

    Come on, Erin!! You can do it!

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RUNNER4LIFE08 6/6/2011 9:41AM

    Great letter to yourself! You DO got this..... take the challenge by the horns and go with it!

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MARTY728 6/5/2011 9:37PM

    You ROCK!

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THEHONESTME 6/5/2011 5:11PM

    Very cool, Erin! You got this!

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Wake-up Call.

Sunday, June 05, 2011

Well, I am finally back into this 100%. This being everything I have worked so hard on in the past: Eating better, being more active, and being on here. I stepped on the scale this morning and was mortified at the number: 166.8. But, that is my starting point. I am not sure if I am going to put that in my tracker yet. I will give it a couple of days, knowing that a couple of those pounds are likely the result of all the sodium ingested and not much water intake.

I went to the gym this morning for the first time in quite a while. WOW, was THAT ever a wake-up call. I spent 30 minutes doing strength training that was so easy a bit over a month ago, and today was SO hard. And I could only do one circuit. Yes, that ONE circuit took me 30 minutes, where before I could do TWO circuits in 30 minutes. I am still able to do 8 push-ups. But that's about it.

Then, I spent 30 minutes doing the last day of the second week of the Couch 2 5K program. Yes, folks, the C25K program. In October, I ran a half marathon with only stopping to walk a couple of times. Now, it's hard to run a mile! Between being injured and just stopping my activity altogether, it has beem mindboggling how much I slid back.

I was just recently hired by WW, so I know that the accountability there will help me, too (you have to be within 2 pounds of your goal weight when you weigh-in there).

It's time to take my life back again! Although I feel like I am starting over, I know that I am at a much better place then I was 2 years ago. It feels like 2 years ago was a lifetime away when I was almost 300 pounds. I can't let myself stay on the path that will lead me back to that. No way, no how!!!!!

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ROBYN168 6/6/2011 10:00AM

    Erin - I feel your frustration. The good news is it comes back QUICK.

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RUNNER4LIFE08 6/6/2011 9:38AM

    Glad you are back to 100% Erin! You can do this!!!

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JEM0622 6/5/2011 8:20PM

    Glad you are feeling better. I am going to try and get back into things. Also have a knee doc appt. One day at a time!

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    That is great to have that check from WW. We all have restarts.

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JENNY888 6/5/2011 12:40PM

    Give it time. You will be back to where you were again and not needing a wake-up call anymore. emoticon

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THEHONESTME 6/5/2011 12:20PM

    No way. No how! And you won't!! You're no longer a 300-pound woman who has lost 140 pounds. You are a strong confident 166 pound woman who wants to lose a little more weight! You know how to do it and you will! And we'll be here the whole time rooting you on!!
GO ERIN!!! emoticon

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