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Trying to get to bed early (ish)

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Today was good. I took Alexis to our skating rink to ride her bike and ended up walking 3 miles around the track. I was playing tag and having a blast! After that I ran some errands, got some stuff done and came home to a quick 10 minute cardio and a snack. Got a tooth filled, came home and did a 10 minute standing abs workout. Had a great dinner (Acorn Squash and Mango Soup-add some curry powder and ginger powder-so yummy!!!), watched Survivor and am now getting ready to do my yoga and head to bed.

Tomorrow I'm scheduled to run for 25 minutes. I'm planning on running at 5:30am (work tomorrow), but if that doesn't work out, I will run at 4pm. Both times have their advantages-I'd be running in different places-the 4pm is an easier route. We'll have to see what the morning brings.

Goals for tomorrow:
80+ oz water
C25K-W6D3
PM Yoga Stretch
In bed by 11

  
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LADYGWEN25 4/23/2010 8:23AM

    Go Julie! How did you like the standing Ab workout.. I saw it on EOD...Was it the Jillian one????

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MILMOM2000NEW 4/23/2010 6:42AM

    You always have such a fabulous plan! I really truly believe that your plans are what give you so fabulous success! I SO wish I could get on the ball with planning too!

Good luck on your run this morning! Hope your weather is good there!

Blessings to day and this weekend!

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TIGGERIFFIC123 4/22/2010 10:49PM

    Sounds like a great plan! Hoping your morning goes smoothly so you get your run in before work and then the 4pm time slot is "found" time...lol

Have a good night!
Rhonda

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Quick catch-up

Thursday, April 22, 2010

I had a pretty good day yesterday, I woke up feeling much better and ready to take on the day. I met half of my daily goals (no snooze-I simply slept through my alarm and got up when my body told me it was time-only about 10 min after my alarm, 80+ oz of water and my C25K run). I ate pretty well and then had a small gathering at my house for a good friend's birthday. It was supposed to go from 8-11, but people didn't leave until after 12:30, oh well, it was fun.

My run went pretty well, but I need to stop thinking so much about what I'm doing and just enjoy it. I realized this morning that I am now done with intervals. All of my runs for the rest of the program (there are only 10 left!!) are straight runs of varying lengths. I think I'm really going to enjoy trying to improve my time/distance. Yesterday I mapped out a new route to give myself an extra .25 mi to run. I think I'm going to need to keep adding on to it, but it should work for tomorrow. I'm bummed to have missed my ab work and yoga yesterday, but I will make it up.

I was really glad I ate well yesterday since one of my friends brought a brownie cheesecake to celebrate. I enjoyed one very small sliver and moved on. I did hear something that kind of worried me though. The friend that brought the cake has recently (in the last year) lost ~80#s, and after a comment last night, I suspect that she did it by not eating most of the day. I know I can't do anything about it, but I worry. I'm so happy to have found SP and am able to reach my goals in a healthy, sustainable way.

Goals for today:
80+ oz water
Cardio and Abs
PM yoga
In bed by 10 (I suspect I will work tomorrow)

  
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LADYGWEN25 4/22/2010 9:26AM

    Great job on the run! and i like how you're setting small challenges for yourself by adding on.. Maybe varying WHERE you run...ex: instead of 2 miles on a flat route.. how about 2 miles with some small hills??

As for the food issue.. IDK why it's still possible for people to feel the need to starve themselves.. Food modification alone is never a sustainable way to lose weight let alone it's just not healthy..I'd rather eat consistently through out the day and have a little extra weight on me be HEALTHY than starve...It's just not worth it.

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TIGGERIFFIC123 4/22/2010 9:20AM

    emoticon Great job on the runs and showing great restraint around that brownie cheesecake! You are doing an amazing job of meeting your goals in a healthy way. I know it is worrisome to hear of people resorting to unhealthy ways to lose weight and your right it makes us all the more grateful for finding SP!

Make it a great day!
Rhonda

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DMARIE1181 4/22/2010 9:04AM

    Sounds like you are doing AWESOME!!And way to go on your running!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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VIOLET1019 4/22/2010 8:59AM

    Nice job on the run! It must be very exciting to be past the intervals and into straight running! emoticon Awesome job with the cheesecake! Hope you have a great day! emoticon

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No catchy title...

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

just me tonight. I had a really good day today. Work went well-I wore the size 6 dress and even had a couple of students (7th grade!) comment on it. What a nice feeling! I ate really well, got my 80+ oz of water in and got in a good workout this morning. I wasn't as long as I had hoped for, but I was feeling a little sore and wanted to make sure I felt good for my run tomorrow.

While I was at work today, I received a $20 gift card to Kohl's from my Aunt that had to be used today. Thanks Aunt Betsy! So after work I ventured off to try and find a sweater or jacket to wear over the one sleeveless dress I picked up last week (I don't like to go sleeveless at work). I was successful and found a sweater for just $20, it must have been meant to be. While I was there, I decided to try on a few other things as well, just to help fill out my rapidly shrinking wardrobe. At my mother's urging, I tried on a pair of size 6 jeans (that are kinda stretchy) and some small shirts...lo and behold, they fit!! I just stood in the dressing room holding the jeans by the waist and saying "but they're so small". Anyway, I picked up the jeans, 2 sweaters and a dressy short sleeve top (maybe I should stop taking mom shopping!). There is a pic on my page if you want to check out the one outfit. I'm really excited and having trouble believing it.

Anyway, after I got home, I needed to make dinner and get a few things done. It was at this point that I had my first run-in with a not so nice Sparkperson. See, I critiqued the recipe I made tonight and rated it kindof low because some of the values were wonky. When I went back to check something, I saw that the poster had replied to me saying I should check the nutritional info before I make comments (in a rather rude tone). Well, I did. And it had been corrected. I'm not trying to be petty, it just kindof bums me out that someone would be so rude about me trying to get accurate info.

I also found out tonight that I don't have my running partner for awhile. It's for a good reason, but still a bummer. I guess the evening was just kinda blah. I'm going to sign-off and get some rest. Week 6 Day 2 tomorrow. It'll be great and should turn things back around. Hopefully tomorrow I'll return to my normally perky (did I just call myself perky??) self.

Goals for Tomorrow:
Get up without hitting snooze
80+ oz water
7am W6D2
Ab work
PM yoga
In bed by 10:30

  
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HDHAWK 4/21/2010 8:19PM

    Relish in the shopping trip, new, smaller clothes, and great comments by 7th graders no less! I left a team because of one spark member who criticized team members when they didn't follow her rules exactly. I couldn't deal with it so I just left the team. This is such a great site it bugs me too when people act that way. Where else can you find something this good for free?
I got some cardio in today and am tired tonight. I'll be turning in early too. Must be the day. Congrats again on your big accomplishments!

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USARUNNERGIRL 4/21/2010 11:29AM

    I know it is easier said than done, but try not to concern yourself with snippy little people. It isn't work it. I have come across a couple people with personalities like that here and I just ignore them. If they leave a nasty comment on my page I hit delete and go about my day.

Just try to take in the beauty of size 6 jeans. WOOT! I am gonna scoot over and see the pictures. Bet you are looking marvellous.



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CHUPAL01 4/21/2010 10:49AM

    Keep it going girl!!! You look awesome!

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TIGGERIFFIC123 4/21/2010 9:38AM

    Julie,

What a great shopping trip! I can only imagine how wonderful it feels to be able to fit into those jeans that you see as so small! You have done an amazing job. Sorry to hear the rest of your day was not as positive but being a positive person I know that you will be refreshed after a good nights sleep and make today a great day!

Rhonda

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LADYGWEN25 4/21/2010 8:59AM

    Eh ignore the person... we all make mistakes.. Heck i've had to correct my recipes once or twice... No biggy... So if the person is being oversensitive that is there own issues they need to resolve and they need to quit displacing them onto you...

BTW...you look AMAZING! what does Al think of the ever improving you??

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LTLREDDRESS 4/21/2010 7:47AM

    Julie,
That was so cool that you were able to get new jeans. There is nothing like holding them up and being shocked. But you have worked hard and deserve it! You look amazing! Keep it up and tomorrow WILL be better! You go girl!

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MILMOM2000NEW 4/21/2010 6:56AM

    There is NOOOOOOOOOOOOO way you could be rude or mean to anyone! I just don't see it! Don't worry about people like that! There are ALWAYS those few who seem to make life crazy and nuts! You have EVERY right to say something if you weren't sure about the nutrional values. That is why we are here right? We are here to be true to ourselves and others, especially if the nutrition is why we are here! Don't you worry yourself about it! You are such a sweetheart and nothing anyone would say would change my mind otherwise!

As for your 6's ............. WOO HOO!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm SOOOOO proud of you and happy for you! You do look fabulous in them too! What a difference I can even see in the pictures since we started working on our challenges together! You look Great Julie! Keep up the good work!

Hope you have a blessed Wednesday!

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Made it a great day!

Monday, April 19, 2010

So, often when I huddle or post on people's pages, I try to remind others to Make It A Great Day or Great Week! Today, I took my own advice. I got up and did my run at 6:55, came home and got Alexis off to pre-school. Then I sat down and told all of my SparkFriends how much they mean to me on my journey. I got a lot done around the house, made a healthy dinner, got in 2 10-minute workouts, drank 88+ oz of water and I'm now getting ready to do 15 minutes of a yoga stretch and head to bed. Phew! All of this means that I met all of my daily goals for today.

My run today went ok. It was pretty cold, and I wasn't real focused. In fact, today's intervals seemed harder than Friday's 2 miles straight. I also didn't have my partner today, so that might have contributed too. No matter, I got through it and I'm still looking forward to my next outing. I think Wednesday is 2 10-minute intervals of running with a 5 min walk in between. Friday is a 25 minute run.

If I can keep my eating in check this should be a great week. I was down a little over one pound this morning. I have to remind myself that as I get closer to my goal, the weight will not come off as easily. I will likely be adjusting my short-term goals tomorrow to reflect this. I also need to get back to basics and stop stealing bites of food that I'm not logging. Something to work on.

I'm working tomorrow...I think I'm going to wear my new size 6 dress!!

Goals for tomorrow:
72+ oz water
AM Workout (30-40 min)
PM Yoga stretch
In bed by 10:30

  
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HDHAWK 4/20/2010 8:04PM

    You're doing great and a new dress to show it off! emoticon

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USARUNNERGIRL 4/20/2010 2:42PM

    I am so happy to hear that you had a wonderful day. Thank you for the goodie, you are such a sweet heart.

I have runs from time to time that are like the run you had to day. I have had super long runs seem easier than the short ones from time to time. I tell my hubby it is all in how you go into the run.

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LADYGWEN25 4/20/2010 10:24AM

    yeah i'd be struttingmy stuff all over the neighborhood...LOL...


as for the food stealing...i can hear you on that...maybe a good goal would be to try and keep your weight at the number it is now... keep it stable.. could your body be telling you need more calories?? Or is it boredom? I find i can swipe more if it's boredom..and i try and pinpoint it best i can.. and just ask myself WHY the heck am i eating this.. WHY am i going to sabatage all my hard work.. usually makes it pretty easy to toss said food item out. Or if it's something of the kids.. i just wrap it and put it in the fridge for later..

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LTLREDDRESS 4/20/2010 7:49AM

    Julie,
Glad to hear you had a great day yesterday! You have inspired me to get up in the morning and workout. It is going great so far. 2 days down and looking forward to tomorrow. I like getting it in before my day gets crazy. Thanks for the push to get me going! You're the best. Rock the new dress girl!!!!

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CK2SUMMERS 4/19/2010 11:23PM

    Own it girl! emoticon Size 6!

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XFITSTRONG 4/19/2010 9:50PM

    Loved receiving your note! Way to get through your run. Look at you! Size 6! Wear it proud!!!

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ARAC76 4/19/2010 9:42PM

    You strut your stuff in that new dress, Julie! Seriously, I don't know how you do it! Your focus and determination is what I strive for!

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Sunday=Day of Rest (kind of)

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Ok, so I didn't meet all of my goals today. I did not get in any exercise but I did eat well and I got a lot done, which is important too. The lack of exercise just means I'll need to step it up the rest of this week in order to meet my goals. It was also important to rest my body to get ready for my runs this week. I'm starting week 6 of the C25K tomorrow at 7am. Off to bed now to get some sleep.

Goals for tomorrow:
72+ oz water
W6D1 of C25K @ 7am
Additional Cardio OR ST
PM Yoga stretch
In bed by 10pm

  
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USARUNNERGIRL 4/19/2010 3:33PM

    Woohoo, great goals as always. So proud of you.

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SULLIS 4/19/2010 11:45AM

    A day of rest is a good thing.
Can't wait to hear about week 6. I'm in the midst of week 5. Hearing about how others are doing is great motivation!

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MILMOM2000NEW 4/19/2010 7:43AM

    I agree, resting is good! Just as long as that rest doesn't move more than 1 day long, I think! You have done so well Julie! Just keep on doing what you are doing! You are going to reach that goal in NO time! I still am already celebrating your victory! Hope you have plans when you do hit your goal!

Good luck this week and never stop! You are so rocking!

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VIOLET1019 4/19/2010 7:01AM

    Resting is good. Plus I'm sure you were moving around doing a lot of things that needed to be done. As I write this you are getting ready to start W6D1. Can't wait to hear about your run! Oh, and emoticon on your 1 pound loss. I'm off to weigh in now.
Have a great day!

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KAYE454 4/18/2010 10:59PM

  Sunday is to be a day of rest.And Family time.

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