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Progress! & April SMART Goals

Friday, April 01, 2011

Although I weigh myself daily I only do measurements once a month - I don't want to get TOO obsessive. So...year-to-date progress:

Weight - 204 to 168, 36 total pounds lost although I'm a bit irked b/c for the last month I've felt like a yoyo...lose 1, gain 2, lose 3, gain, lose, gain, lose. Still a steady downward trend so I'm not frustrated or upset, just annoyed.

Waist - 38 to 32 inches
Hips - 48 to 43 inches
Thigh - 25 to 23 inches
Waist-to-Hip Ratio - 0.79 to 0.74 inches

Push-ups - 15 to 19
Sit-Ups - 25 to 40
2 mile run - 60 to 21:33 minutes and can now run the entire way plus another 2-3 miles more


Seeing it written down makes it much more real.

SMART Goals for April

SMART goals have to be Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time Based. So these are my mini-goals for the month, not to be confused with my goal plan which is HOW I will achieve the goals.

1 - 25 pushups; this is 6 more than I did yesterday, if I can increase by 1 every 5 days I will meet this goal, I just need to get serious now about doing it

2 - 50 situps; I did 40 last night so I am almost there

3 - 2 miles in 20:30, which is cutting a full minute (plus 3 seconds) of my current time from Wednesday. This one will be really tough but I'm going for it

4 - weigh in at 160 pounds, which is 8 lbs less than today, or 2 lbs week average

5 - meet all the requirements for green w/ stripe belt in karate; very tough, this one is mostly jump/hop kicks and I have to be able to do on both feet; still scared half to death about re-injuring my ankle but I have to get past it or I'll never progress

6 - get all the mending done, my sewing basket has been sitting there for years - literally - just waiting for me. Now that I know I'll fit into the clothes again it's past time to get them mended. Plus all the patches that need to be sewn on various uniforms

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ATURTLESPACE 4/3/2011 8:49PM

    Congrats! Keep up the awesome work!

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VYVIENN 4/3/2011 2:03PM

    Love your goals list!! And wow to your achievements! emoticon emoticon

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    It looks like you're ready to kick it! emoticon

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So worried...and now so relieved

Thursday, March 31, 2011

I mentioned before I have 5 cats (and I take care of them so I'm not quite the crazy cat lady yet LOL!). They are all house cats, no greater outdoors for them. One of them is Rocky Road, my little pudgy grumbly Alpha female.

Last night I got home late, after 8:30 pm. And while I was Sparking before bed I realized I had not seen her that evening and she is always walking around asserting her superiority to the rest of the household and smacking Munchie Stupid Dog around. I had heard some kitty cries earlier, which I thought was her sister Turtle wanting out of the basement or the water turned on and had not thought anything about it.

But as I searched the house for Rocky & couldn't find her I started to worry she had gotten outside & was stuck in the freezing cold (it was even snowing sporadically last night). I thought then that the kitty cries I heard earlier were hers begging to be let inside; being partly deaf I'm not really good with sound directions and had not been able to tell where the meows were coming from. She had snuck outside back in November when it first started getting cold and had done the same thing - cried to come in & when I didn't realize it was her - outside - ended up spending the night outside alone.

So I put on my slippers & robe, grab the flashlight and spend the next 30 minutes wandering around my yard looking for her. Even calling her name as if she were a dog to come when called. I couldn't find her anywhere.

Back inside, search the house again, opening cupboards & closets in case she got stuck in one. Back outside again, nothing.

I tried to sleep but couldn't because I was so worried she was stuck outside. Churchill came & slept on my bed, something he never does unless he knows for certain Rocky & Turtle aren't able to come in (Turtle was in the basement). I tossed & turned all night.

I finally got out of bed to let Munchie Stupid Dog outside & followed him out, starting my rounds again, calling Rocky's name.......and looked inside the sliding door to see Rocky Road sitting there looking at the crazy lady outside in the 20 degree weather in her bathrobe & slippers.

I think now she was hiding b/c she wasn't feeling good b/c as I walked through the house I have discovered little piles of kitty puke in several rooms. She seems to be OK now, walking past Munchie & giving him a smack.

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VYVIENN 4/3/2011 2:02PM

    Phew! Lucky kitty!!! DH's silly cat is the same way. That's the reason we had to cat-proof our yard. Fortunately, we live in an apartment building right now, so if she does get out the door, she can't get too far...

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    Whew! Glad all is well! How did Munchie Stupid Dog get his name??? emoticon

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MCJULIEO 3/31/2011 10:03AM

    What a relief (even with the extra "surprises") !

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DEZZIEJAMES 3/31/2011 9:15AM

    Glad everyone is safe and sound!!!!

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DOODIE59 3/31/2011 8:50AM

    It's hard to go to sleep once the worry sets in -- might as well keep searching until you find 'em:) Yeah, cats usually hide when they're feeling under the weather ... they save the vomiting on your sleeping form for when they're feeling particularly GOOD. In fact, there is poetry written about that ... :)

I see you're still doing really well -- very awesome work!! and thank you for your comments on my activity feed.

Have a great one!

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818VALERIE 3/31/2011 8:26AM

    I've done close to the same thing - I don't have 5 cats but have 2 cats 2 dogs. Usually find a kitty hiding in the basement or some obscure place. Glad things are well!

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TIGGERJEAN 3/31/2011 7:28AM

    LOL I'm so glad she's okay! Typically for her to show up after you'd been outside twice in freezing weather. emoticon

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SARAHJG33 3/31/2011 7:10AM

    Glad everyone is OK. emoticon

I'd take the fact that she's bad to smacking Munchie around as a good sign emoticon

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TODAY is the real start of spring with pictures LOL

Monday, March 28, 2011

Yes, I know the calendar said spring started last week. It lied.

Today is the real start of spring, at least here in Michigan. Today the first official sightings of the Michigan State Flower & Motto have occurred...right during morning rush hour. Yes, it is the official start of Road Destruction season.

Michigan State Flower in Bloom

Michigan State Motto

I feel like a stunt car driver trying to miss all the potholes that could swallow a bus. I might go to Hollywood & start a new career. I suspect Michigan is the training ground for stunt drivers the world over. Our roads are worse than many so-called 3rd world countries. And it is not ALL because of the high weight limits we have for semis - otherwise how to explain why residential streets are just as bad as the freeways? And where else does a DOT block off 10+ miles of road in order to work on just a few hundred feet?

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ATURTLESPACE 4/3/2011 8:46PM

    Sounds familiar, must be the geography - Ontario isn't any better. We say it has four seasons: Almost winter, winter, still winter, and construction. That's not entirely accurate though, as the construction goes through the winter in some locations...

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GLASSPAK22 3/30/2011 9:48AM

    Left Michigan in 1995 and enjoy visiting once in awhile. Loved to go up north and scuba dive.

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DOGSTARDADDY 3/29/2011 11:23AM

    gotta love those roving construction crews. My 25 minute commute took me an hour today!

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MANTISGIRL 3/28/2011 8:53PM

    My nana's from Michigan, and she always claimed there were two seasons: Potholes, and Repairs...

Have a good one!

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NEWHEARTSTART 3/28/2011 4:53PM

    I would swear that in New York City one time I looked down into a pothole and saw a Volkswagen. I felt pretty bad running over it.

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    Ahhh, how I miss Michigan! Even the pot holes! emoticon

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4ANEWME2DAY 3/28/2011 12:45PM

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Goal Plan Progress, Week 1

Sunday, March 27, 2011

So now that I have an official goal plan, time to start tracking progress.

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M/W/F - run minimum 5k, work on improving speed & strength train a different set of muscles each days - My 2 mile time has gone from 27:30 on 3/7 when I started going to the gym to 21:49 as of 3/26. OK, on the 7th I was mostly walking but I'm impressed that I can actually run the whole 2 miles now. 3k time has dropped from 41 minutes to 34:44. Did strength training all 3 days.

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T/Th - yoga pilates & karate - made both classes each day this week. Making progress in karate, am screwing up my courage to actually try some small jumps on my formerly broken ankle (it's been 13 months now since it broke). Up to 38 sit-ups and 18 pushups (need 50 of both). My sensei said for testing the 2 mile run will be outside on the track, which is a bummer, I would prefer the treadmill. Better to know now though.

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Sat - karate & 35 minutes each bike & elliptical - I did not set my alarm correctly & overslept so missed karate, which starts at 8 am. But I got in the bike & elliptical. I will give this another week & might end up doing something else instead. I can't wear my shoes on the bike and my left foot goes tingly numb on the elliptical. I actually prefer the running (gasp! never thought I'd ever prefer running to anything except pushups LOL!).

Sun - minimum 10 minutes low impact / low intensity on the Wii or a DVD or whatever I decide to do that day - took my daughter to the track b/c she wants to join the track team at school, ran my entire 2 miles in 22:27, which is about 40 seconds slower than the treadmill, and walked another half mile for 30 minutes total. Of course it is only 25 degrees outside today & I was "loaded up" with a watch, a phone, gloves & a fleece so I'm happy with the time. The last time I was on the track about a month ago my time was approx. 26 minutes & included walking (& was warmer!) so I'm feeling pretty good about it.

So overall for the week a big emoticon

More of the same this week. The week of the 4th I think I'm going to change it up a little, the gym is offering a free Zumba class on Monday & Wednesday night so I think I'll do that instead of running. And there are a few Thursdays in April I will miss both yoga pilates & karate due to some lectures my son wants to go to at the Cultural Center. I have given myself permission to miss these days - which I have to do b/c I have some OCD tendencies & I'm already getting twitchy at the thought of missing - and will keep reinforcing to myself that it's OK to take a day off now & then for a good reason.

And I still hate pushups.
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    You can DO it! emoticon

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Bat poop & fish scales

Saturday, March 26, 2011

My daughter's science class on Thursday was about bats (the flying "rodents", not baseball). The teacher brought in the "Batman" who brings in live bats and teaches kids about them.

So that night she's showing me the pictures she took (no flash for the bats!) and telling me all the things she learned and she comes out with bat poop is used to make mascara.

I said "What!?!"

She said, yep, it's true and that's why mascara smells bad. Upon further questioning she admitted she did NOT learn this from Batman but from a friend who heard it from a friend, etc. But it is definitely true! she said. Just look at the ingredients, she said.

So, having experienced a decade of e-mail chain mails promising the world will be saved or ended if only I do or do not forward these "truths" to 50 of my closest BFFs, I turned to my trusty

Yes, it turns out there has been an e-mail chain for some time claiming bat poop is used to make mascara. Somehow that one has missed my Inbox.

But it is FALSE! WooHoo, no bat poop on my face! The confusion comes from some word similarity. Bat poop is called guano, the mascara ingredient is guanine.

However...guanine is made scales.

Overall I suppose fish scales is better than bat poop, at least the scales are from the outside of the fish and not the inside LOL.

But now I have to go searching for a mascara without animal parts.

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DOGSTARDADDY 3/29/2011 11:27AM


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JTAYLOR2X 3/27/2011 8:48AM

    I honestly thought this would be about garden additives... not face enhancement! But I'm glad I read it! I bought some make up recently -- just to have, since I only wear it about twice a year.... emoticon

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MCJULIEO 3/26/2011 11:34PM

    Your daughter needs to come to Austin to see the largest urban bat colony in the states (maybe the WORLD? How many urban bat colonies can there be?)

Over a million of them settle in under a huge downtown bridge and come out every night... so very cool!

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CRE8URHAPPY 3/26/2011 11:15PM

    Too funny!

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    This was awesome! Makes me laugh...and now I have to go check my make-up...

: )

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TINKSMOM1 3/26/2011 4:43PM

    I've never been a fan of! Thanks for the great blog! Very informative too! emoticon emoticon

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RESULTS361AP09 3/26/2011 3:07PM

    Ick-no wonder I don't use much makeup!! emoticon

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MANTISGIRL 3/26/2011 10:29AM

    That is quite possibly the best blog ever.

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ANOTHERMOMOF2 3/26/2011 9:34AM

    Great blog title! I'm not sure if bat poop or fish scales sound better in the mascara emoticon I hope you have a great day!

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THIN4_25 3/26/2011 9:32AM

    Wow...never heard that before. I learn something new everyday! Thanks for the laugh.

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    Your blog totally cracked me UP! emoticon

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RIKKI572 3/26/2011 9:21AM

    I tell ya, at times like this, I'm some glad I don't wear mascara!!!
Have a great day!

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