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DIY, vacation goals & my cute lil boy

Monday, July 11, 2011

emoticonI confess, this weekend I threw handfuls of chocolate covered edamame in my mouth and told myself it was one serving.
emoticon BUT! I also am very proud to report that I ran my 10K on Sunday morning without stopping to walk. not even once!
emoticon So I am forgiving myself and moving forward TODAY because I just threw my name in a lottery for a 10 mile race in Oct. not 10K, 10 MILES. I must start pushing it.

emoticon My biggest motivation for this week is 149.9. I know it's more about the number on the scale, but I have been bouncing around the low 150s for weeks and I just wanna see those 140s. I really really really wanna see that. really.

emoticon And I'm setting one major goal for myself this week, which is to use self control and portion control while on vacation. control. that'll be my key word. I'm in control.

So here's my plan for vacation:
emoticon Bring Every Dam Day calendar with. It's the 11th and I'm not about to break this streak. A rest day means yoga or a walk. Every damn day means everyday. That simple.
emoticon 50 push-ups a day. not all at once silly!
emoticon 2 min planks daily
emoticonpractice that headstand daily
emoticon run at least twice (distance depends on the roads and what-have-yous)
emoticon swim! play in the lake, tread water, do some "laps", get fitness in
emoticon did I mention being in control of food?

Here's my pic of the healthy food we ate this weekend:

  
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A-STRONGER-ME 7/28/2011 8:45AM

    Now THAT is the way to eat corn on the cob!!!!!

The rest is good too!!

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FRACTALMYTH 7/18/2011 7:00PM

    10K? that's awesome! Well done :D
Brilliant plan too! and a little face that is sweeter than sweetcorn!

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AARONSGIRL420 7/15/2011 2:38PM

    I hope you are having a great vacation. Your plan of attack looks great and your little one decimating the corn is precious!

You can do it!

PS. I'd love to see your every damn day calendar. I've been considering making a binder so I'm looking for ideas.

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FIT_MAMA_2_FOUR 7/13/2011 12:31AM

    Your vacation plans sound awesome. You are so motivated, I know you will do it. What is your "every damn day" calendar? I may have a clue but let me know. A 10 k-woohoo lady. This is most excellent. What an achievement!!!Oh ya, your baby is way too cute!

~tammy~

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MICHSTATE 7/12/2011 10:39AM

    What a cutie!!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon
I have never tried chocolate covered edamame, and I probably shouldn't, I bet it is good!!!!
Those are great goals!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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FITFORMYFAMILY 7/11/2011 2:16PM

    Laughing about the chocolate-covered edamame...and wanting to try some.
Great job on the 10K! What's the lottery thing?
I want to see that 149.9, too! The crazy part is I was totally there 3 weeks ago and then I blew it. I shall be there again soon!
Please tell me that you don't consider Yoga Meltdown as the kind of yoga you'd do on a rest day.
Love the joy on your son's face!
Have fun on vacation! I think you'll have no problem staying in control because you are SO determined to reach your goals!

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JULY 5-8 DIY challenge

Friday, July 08, 2011

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emoticon 1. List all the healthy good stuff you ate over the 4th of July weekend.
steel cut oats, apples, almonds, watermelon, blueberries, arugula, cucumbers, gazpacho, corn on the cob, pork tenderloin, greek yogurt, cherries. Lots of good stuff mixed in with a hanful of sinful stuff too
emoticon 2. Mark your calendars with a star/sticker/happy face/ check mark- whatever you want- one mark for Cardio on each day you did it and one mark for Strength Training on each day you did it. You will use these same marks on every calendar day so pick a cute/fun/powerful/inspiring mark!
Calendar is lookin good! Square stickers for running, circle stickers for Bodystep, and the ever original writing for ST.

emoticon 3. Report how many days you met your homework on Assignment 1.
all of em!
THIS WEEK!
emoticon4. On two of the next four days, workout for one hour each. It can be broken up into sets of 15 minutes OR MORE if necessary, but you got to have it add up to an hour.
T: 60 cardio, 20 ST arms
W: 30 yoga, 20 ST legs
Th: 60 cardio, 15 HIIT
F: 60 zumba
emoticon 5. On your calendar, mark any upcoming days when you will have extra obstacles. Such as family visits or obligations, doctor's appointments, late work nights, etc- so you can plan ahead and see them coming.
Family vacation for a week 7/13-7/19. Luckily my family is pretty healthy, but it's still vacation. There will be some food indulgences and not on normal workout plan. My goal will be portion control and not to mindlessly snack all day.
emoticon **BONUS** COUNT HOW MANY CALORIES YOU *DRINK* IN A DAY!
oh, bummer. I usually do pretty well with this. I drink coffee with a little skim milk and water with lemon. That's about it. And wine. oh yeah, the wine. One glass is no problem. It's when I have 4 glasses like I did on Wednesday. Sure I don't like those 300 empty calories. But the real issue is the cookies I ate because my inhibitions were down. just like my high school health teacher said, right?! Now, onto the weekend. Happy Friday sparkers.

  
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RUSSELLORAMA 7/8/2011 7:02PM

    Cookies AND wine?

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MICHSTATE 7/8/2011 12:19PM

    Good Job!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

I love your new background too, by the way!!!! I want those ABS!!!!! emoticon

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SPECIALGURL7 7/8/2011 11:52AM

    Good info for your challenge. Following the following you guidelines will definitely keep you on your toes.

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FITFORMYFAMILY 7/8/2011 11:10AM

    It sounds like you're doing great on on your challenge. Keep up the good work!

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REDDIRTRUNNER 7/8/2011 11:10AM

    GReat job on the challenge!! emoticon
I'm the same way with the wine- if I go over my max. alotted 2 glasses, all bets are out the window on the snacking.....
Good to know these things about us and YES, our HS teachers were RIGHT! emoticon
Love this new background image BTW!

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finding balance in a holiday

Monday, July 04, 2011

1. public declaration
www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
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2. You can eat whatever you want this weekend... IF you eat two healthy servings for every one crap serving. Keep a list of all the healthy stuff you eat cause I will ask you about it on Tuesday. Hopefully your list will be long.
There were a lot of obstacles that I overcame this weekend. And even where I lost it, I didn't lose total control and eat like I would have a year ago. But... I ate a lot of crap on Sunday. I totally gave into the dessert gods at the cabin: a chocolate cookie marshmellow cake bar thing that was amazing and worth every single calorie, and more. I won't go into further detail.
I tried to have some sense of balance by bringing this

It was a hit and I ate a lot of it :)
We made up for Sunday's gluttony by today's BBQ. My husband grilled lean cuts of steak and corn on the cob. And made an incredible watermelon gazpacho. I hope the balance was enough for a good weigh in this week. I am really sick of one bad day ruining an otherwise good week.
3. On 3 of the next 4 days, you must work out for a total of 30 min each day.
emoticon done and done
4. On one of the next our days, you must workout for one full hour.
emoticon did it on 3 of 4 days. hoo-rah!

  
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NAILAH09 7/5/2011 10:37AM

    Love the red, white & blue deliciousness!

emoticon with your workouts.

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REDDIRTRUNNER 7/4/2011 9:51PM

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MICHSTATE 7/4/2011 9:00PM

    Those blueberries look yummy!!!! I made a healthier dessert to take to a cookout today with angel food cake, pudding, red & blue j-ello, strawberries, and blueberries. It was good!!! When I was buying the blueberries this AM at the store, there was only one pint there, and they weren't the best berries ever!!!!!
I had a little more treats than I should have today, but I hope my 3 workouts today helped balance it out!!!!

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independence my way

Friday, July 01, 2011

Some homework for Yoovie's DIY: "post a public declaration of your independence from your own oppression..." I've been thinking all day about what that means to me. Maybe it's the 100 degree heat, maybe it's my teacher-summer-brain off mode, but I cannot come up with jack. I just keep hearing,
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"All the women who are independent
Throw your hands up at me
All the honeys who makin' money
Throw your hands up at me
All the mommas who profit dollas
Throw your hands up at me"
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At first it was funny, (because rockin out to Destiny's Child in your own head, all by yourself is funny) but then it got depressing. It's sad that independence is synonymous with money. I know it isn't for everyone. And I get the whole financial independence thing. But it still saddens me that for young girls the message is: If you can buy your own bling, then you're an independent woman. Our culture equates success with money in the same way. You always hear, "He is a very successful doctor." Or "She's a lawyer. She's very successful." When have you ever heard, "She's a successful teacher" or "He's a successful dad"??? Obviously I take this personally because I am a teacher and I think what I do is very important AND I think I'm successful. My culture may not value me for that, but I do.

OK, tangent on success. But they are related. What makes me independent in my personal life, professional life and in my fitness life are the same things that make me successful. Of course they're all inter-related.

Here's my visual:

That's independence. That's success.
When you're running like that it's hard to feel oppressed. I don't even care that I don't look like that. yet.

  
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EUPHRATES 7/4/2011 11:46PM

    VERY good points all around. :)

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FIT_MAMA_2_FOUR 7/3/2011 12:34PM

    I agree! Independence and money go hand in hand in so many peoples worlds. It sounds like you are confident in your own success which IS much more important than any cash value. A teacher?? applause for you cause you have such an important job. I admire your career. Thank-you for that...

~tammy~

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NAILAH09 7/2/2011 5:04PM

    "yet" being the key word!
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JOYCERN12 7/2/2011 4:21PM

    Like, I agree, I sang along BTW

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TERJEGOLD 7/2/2011 12:49PM

    This is fantastic!

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A-STRONGER-ME 7/2/2011 7:05AM

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MICHSTATE 7/1/2011 11:44PM

    Love the picture!!!!!:-)

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PIXIEMOM13 7/1/2011 10:45PM

    Nice visual!

It IS sad our culture doesn't value teachers nearly as much as we should. I student taught and it was that experience that gave me a greater respect for teachers (as well as helping me decide it WASN'T for me.) ;) And as a mom to a special needs child, I ESPECIALLY respect those teachers who work with kids like my son.

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REDRUNNERMOM713 7/1/2011 10:19PM

    Love the visual!!! I would love to run like that someday.

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I need an easier place to find my entry card

Thursday, June 30, 2011

DIY Challenge Entry Form
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My Challenge Name: Every Damn Day

emoticon My Starting Weight: 150.8
emoticon Four Other things I will be measuring during this challenge & their current stats: (body measurements, race times, crunch max, jeans size, whatever YOU need to track)
1. running distance: 6.4 miles
2. push-ups on toes: 12
3. jeans: 8 is baggy, 6 is tight
4. BMI: 23.5
emoticon If I am going to be 100% honest with myself, the reason I am doing this challenge is because Spark challenges work for me. Putting all this ish in print, looking back at my numbers, people's comments and reading what other people are doing motivates me. I strive to be the best in all areas of my life. Shouldn't health and fitness be included too?
emoticon I feel like the reason that I have not been progressing as well as I hoped I would be is because, well, I don't want to sound like a conceited jerk, but I have been progressing pretty well. I want to make sure I keep it up. edit: I wrote that 2 days ago and now see that I didn't meet my June weight loss goal. Apparently I DO need to do more and be stricter with food choices.
emoticon This time, I commit to finishing my challenge because I know that I feel good about myself when I follow through and just do it. I know what I need to do. I am not a quitter. I will not be in the 85% that drop out. I pinkie promise.
emoticon I'm scared of getting to my goal weight and still pinching the fat and not liking what I see. That sounds like a pretty unhealthy body image to me. I wonder what will ever be enough.
emoticon I want to have super sexy thighs. Or at least, good lookin ones. I wish they would just stop rubbing against each other already.
emoticon But I have faith in running. It feels amazing, my legs are getting some muscles I've never seen before and I'm addicted.
emoticon THIS time I will succeed because I am a runner.
emoticon My top five non-health related motivations right now are:
1. I want to be proud of my reflection, feel confident & strong
2. be a role model for physical and mental health for my own kids and my students
3. looking & feeling better than those mean girls
4. skinny jeans
5. that marathon next June. I'm going for it.
emoticon The best way to motivate me is to compete with me.
emoticon The best way I can motivate myself is to try on clothes: workout or dress-up.

My name is Maura and I will do what I said.
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Today is June 30. I want to end July feeling better than I feel now. I've got a plan. Calendars were the art project this morning:

That's mine. And my daughter's: (She's 2)

My before pics in a mom swimsuit. Not ready to show off the stretch marks at the beach. Maybe a bikini next summer.


Taking pictures is always hard, but I know I'll be glad I did it in 6 weeks. Taking pictures also always reminds me that I need a new camera.

  
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MICHSTATE 7/1/2011 1:55PM

    I love it!!!!!
Great goals!!!!!
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ONE*BUSY*MOM 7/1/2011 2:51AM

    You know what -- I think you look pretty darn hot in your mom suit!

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JOYCERN12 6/30/2011 11:06AM

    WooHoo! You are going to rock this! Love your daughter's calendar, It looks like mine! Joyce

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REDRUNNERMOM713 6/30/2011 9:51AM

    Great goals!! Let's ROCK this challenge EVERY DAMN DAY!!! emoticon

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