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April Goals

Sunday, April 01, 2012

I definitely want to continue my recent success and move forward into April with momentum. I'm setting a few goals and guidelines to help get me there.

--Weight Loss Goal--
Starting weight April 1st: 224.6 lbs
Goal weight April 30th: 220.0 lbs

I want to be out of the 220s to start May. I definitely think this is achievable. Reaching 220lbs by the end of April would put my total weight loss at 37lbs. 4.6 lbs in 4 weeks is totally possible.

--Exercise Goal--
Consistency: 30 minutes at the gym daily for low impact cardio or weight training
Running: Run 3 miles twice a week. Take 1 minute off of my current running pace by the end of the month.

--Healthy Eating--
Continue my trend of cleaner eating by preparing meals at home.
Allow one splurge meal each Saturday

I'd encourage my fellow Sparkers to set some realistic April goals as well. Remember - small changes = big differences. Good luck everyone!

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TWOSWEET504 4/3/2012 9:00AM

    You Know You Can Do It...I think you will be in 210-ville by the end of April cause you are AMAZING!!

Good Luck...LoveBugs We Can Do It Im On My Way lol!!

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PIGSOFGREEN 4/2/2012 11:41AM

    I love this, I need to set myself some concrete, realistic goals for this month. Last month is behind me, time to refocus!

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PIPPAMOUSE 4/1/2012 6:00PM

    They sound like very realistic, achievable goals. Props to you! I too will be working on my list of goals for April. Thanks for the reminder.

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LIVEYOURLIFE931 4/1/2012 4:51PM

    Good luck this month!


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Back in the groove...

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

So after my confessions, I'm back in the groove of living a healthier me. I've returned to cleaner eating habits, getting some exercise in each week, and most importantly for me, not letting work and life stresses derail me.

I ran the Portland Shamrock Run 5k on March 18th - or should I say - I ran part of the run. Around mile 2, I started having some pain in the connectors of my upper thigh area. I've had this pain pop up a couple of times while running, so I backed off and took it easy. I finished the run around my last 5k time and I'm happy with that. I finished. I've been taking it easy on the running since in order to heal up. I'm hoping to start adding running back into my regiment next week.

I haven't reported my weight loss results since February, mainly because there was nothing new to report HAHA. I actually did get back up to 231 lbs a couple of weeks ago, but have been working hard since then. Below though are the results of this week's weigh in:

Last weigh in: 227.0 lbs (2/18/2012)
This week's weigh in: 225.8 (3/28/2012
Total lost since last weigh in: 1.2 lbs
Total weight lost since 2/22/2011: 31.2 lbs

I'm glad to be going in the right direction again. I'm traveling back to the Southeast at the end of May for 2 weeks vacation. My goal is to be 215 lbs by the time I get on that plane. This goals me at 10.8lbs to lose in 8 1/2 weeks. I'm going to work hard to get there. Can't wait to be out of the 220s.

Thanks for the support everyone and hope you have a good spark week!

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CBAILEYC 3/28/2012 9:37AM

    Maybe there's just something 'wrong' with the month of March LOL I've gained this month as well and am struggling to get those lbs back off. I'm cheering you on to make your goal by the end of May!
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Wednesday, March 07, 2012

I've figured out that I have to either be all or nothing in this journey. Letting some things slide - convincing myself I'll do better tomorrow - self sabotaging - it all has to stop here and now.

Monday was a dark day for me. It kind of snuck up on me. Leading up to it, I had been somewhat OK with my eating habits for the past week or so. There were occasional splurges, but nothing out of control. After a good start to exercising last week, I totally slacked off. I didn't go to the gym or do any cardio or weight training for a week. I think that once I realized how much I had been slacking on Monday, that is when all hell broke loose.

I called into work Monday morning. I laid in bed for a while, skipped breakfast, then got up and went to the ATM. After withdrawing some cash, I headed to the food carts here in Portland. I visited 3 food carts and bought three entrees (a gyro, pad thai, and fish 'n chips) . I then went to one of the local donut stores and bought 1/2 a dozen donuts. When I got home, I binged. I ate most of the entrees and the entire 1/2 dozen donuts while watching TV.

I felt absolutely disgusted. Disgusted with myself and what I had just done. The spike in sugar sent me into a sugar crash. I cried myself to sleep and slept from 4pm Monday until sometime in the early hours of Tuesday morning. When I returned to work on Tuesday, I feigned sickness with my coworkers, but inside, I was thinking, I really was sick yesterday. Sick with myself.

I swear on Tuesday I could feel my liver aching from all of the crap I shoved down my gullet on Monday. I fasted all day on Tuesday to purge - sipping on green tea for most of the day. I needed to cleanse myself of the dirty deeds of the previous day. It was cathartic.

I woke up this morning feeling much better. Scrambled eggs and turkey sausage made for a filling breakfast. I made a grocery list of healthy things to stock my pantry with in order to avoid another binge episode. I came home during my lunch hour and did 30 minutes on the elliptical in the gym. The weather in Portland was absolutely beautiful today, so when I got off from work, I went for a 3 mile run around the waterfront. I'm now about to take my list to the grocery store.

My feelings of disgust for myself are gone. I needed a day to get over it, but I know that I cannot change the past, I can only look towards the future. I've read that no matter how far you get on this journey, the urge to slip back into old habits and old comforts is always there. I know there will be challenges along the way. There will likely be days like Monday again (although hopefully not so out of control). All I know is that I have to stay focused and determined, make the right decisions, be gentle but firm with myself, and just keep moving forward.

I write this not for empathy or encouragement. I share because I need to remember how I got back on track in the future. If sharing my story helps someone else before they have a dark day, then I am all the more happy for it.

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PLANKWALKER 3/13/2012 10:46AM

    I hear ya about the old habits. They're like a dead weight trailing behind, no matter how much I try to move forward. Still, the key is moving forward.

Keep on keepin' on!
Phil G.

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WOLFKITTY 3/12/2012 12:12PM

    I agree with GETSTRONGRRR, and your own words.. You've got this covered, you're tackling it, have a plan and moving forward. But this post reminds me of a quote that keeps popping up (from another person's page): "You don't drown by falling in the water; you drown by staying there."

You won't drown. You have a great attitude.
I wish you boundless success!

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BOURBONIAN 3/10/2012 7:18AM

    It happens! But as you said, looking towards the future is the way to go. You can do this!

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SUZIEQ1961 3/8/2012 11:17AM

    I just want you to know you are not alone. I started the week being really positive...then too many work hours, too many things on the home schedule, and wham! My eating turned to what I could quickly get my hands on between points A and B. I didn't binge like your Monday but my eating was way off track Tuesday and Wednesday. I didn't exercise as planned at all. But today is a new day...better food choices, planning to go to the gym at lunch time, a bottle of water on my desk. Thank you for sharing your story so I know I am not alone either. You are right...we can't change the past but we can make better choices today. Good luck to both of us!!

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PDQ1203 3/8/2012 9:37AM

    i think it was Patton who said....
"if you're going through hell - don't dawdle"

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GETSTRONGRRR 3/7/2012 10:53PM

    Good on you.....tough stuff to face....even tougher to write out.

But you know where Monday's path will take you in the future....take daily steps now to strengthen those good habits you know work...it will strengthen you the next time you're tempted

Good luck....keep at it!

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First outdoor run to prep for the Portland Shamrock 5k

Sunday, February 26, 2012

My new running shoes are working out amazingly. It seriously is like running on clouds. If you have never been fitted for running shoes, I'd highly recommend it. They have you jog on the treadmill while a camera watches your steps. I learned that I tend to pronate (the inside of my foot hits first) so I need a sturdier running shoe. I also learned that I've been buying my shoes a 1/2 size too small! Who would have known! After trying on three different pairs recommended based on my step, I fell in love with a pair of Brooks.

After a few exercises in the gym, I decided to take the new shoes out for their first test run. I haven't really been running outside a lot this winter. I think its fear of the cold and rain. Anyhow, the new shoes gave me motivation (as did a new app for my iPhone that maps my run and gives me statistics - I'm all about statistics). I ran both sides of the Portland waterfront (see my route below):

Crazy Portland weather! I got to mile 2 and the sunshine disappeared and I began getting pelted with sleet. Trust me when I say running in sleet is not pleasant. The route around the waterfront is right at a 5k. I beat my previous outdoor 5k run time by 2 minutes! While my time still isn't where I want it to be, and I still have to walk some intervals, it's great to see improvement and I know I will hit my goal in no time. I just have to keep at it!

The Shamrock 5k is coming up in 3 weeks and I am feeling more and more confident about it. After this 5k, I am going to find a 10k to start training for. I have the Portland 1/2 Marathon waving at me out there in October, and I want to do everything I can to be proactive.

As far as this week's weigh in - there was no movement on the scale. I am still at 227.0 lbs and have been most of the week. I do think the increased weight training is trading off some of the fat in terms of weight (at least I keep telling myself that). I'm just going to keep it up.

Have a great week Sparkers!!!

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CBAILEYC 2/27/2012 10:24AM

    I love running the Waterfront. Saturday we crossed the Hawthorne, passed OMSI, and headed out the Springwater Trail for a bit before coming back to the waterfront and crossing back over the Steel bridge.
Glad to hear the shoes are working out so well. Keep up the great work! Oh, check out the Fitness Events discussion thread on the Portland team page. We have a running list of upcoming races and maybe you'll find a 10K that would be just right for you.

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Oatmeal fiasco...

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Word to the wise - don't try and cook when you first wake up. Take a little time, drink some coffee or green tea, let your body and mind wake to the day, then cook. This morning, I decided to try my hand at making steel cut oatmeal for the first time. Until now, I've always used instant oatmeal, but friends rave about the creaminess and heartiness of steel cut. Since cooking this kind of oatmeal is an investment in time, I decided to batch some for the entire week.

Instructions: 4 cups of water to a boil... add 1 cup oats... reduce to simmer for 30 minutes.

Not hard, right? Well obviously my mind was not functioning at 100%, because as soon as the water started boiling, I added 4 cups of oats.

4 cups. It was only supposed to be 1 cup.

I reduced to simmer and returned after my shower to find an awful dehydrated mess that had burned/stuck to the bottom of the pot. Only then did I realize my mistake.

I wish I had taken a picture. Anyhow, I threw out the equivalent of 12 servings of oatmeal that my carelessness ruined. I then started some more water and did it the right way.

The oatmeal was fantastic by the way with some raisins and maple syrup. I also have enough for a couple of mornings this week.

Good thing oatmeal isn't expensive, or I would have felt really badly about the spoils. Have a great day Sparkers!

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TWOSWEET504 2/20/2012 7:25PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon lol!!

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LINDAJ0621 2/20/2012 7:15PM

    I have never tried the steel cut oats. I have oatmeal (regular, old fashioned variety) most days. I like to cook it with apples, raisins, cinnamon, dash of nutmeg and some brown sugar. Everyone has goofed up a recipe in their life, so don't feel too bad! emoticon

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GOINGBACKTO180 2/20/2012 12:16PM

    They're definitely worth the effort! I have discovered that they only get tastier with time - mine this morning were delicious and filling! I'll have to try some of the add-ins you all have suggested. I'm also going to look into the crock pot recipe to batch my week's worth of oatmeal next time.

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SUZIEQ1961 2/20/2012 7:55AM

    Yup...many of us have messed up a recipe now and again. Glad it turned out alright for you in the end. I had never heard of steel cut oats so thank you for sharing your fiasco. Have a great week!

Comment edited on: 2/20/2012 7:58:06 AM

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SMILINGTREE 2/19/2012 4:04PM

    Steel cut oats are my favorite breakfast. I eat them with honey and cream. I know the cream is an extravagance, but it is sooooo good. I also end up forgetting I am cooking them most days and so have an icky pot to clean almost everyday. Totally worth it though.

I've read several recipes for making it in the crockpot for when you want to cook enough to last all week. I've only tried it once, and would recommend either spraying the crock pot with non-stick spray or maybe rubbing butter on the sides first.

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CBAILEYC 2/19/2012 2:20PM

    I'm giggling WITH you, swear!
Glad you were able to enjoy some great oats regardless. May you grin each time you have some this week.

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JADOMB 2/19/2012 1:34PM

    Yep, pay attention when operating heavy equipment or cooking. LOL

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WALKINGRED 2/19/2012 1:22PM

    Lol! I have had a few similar experiences! When I first cooked steel cut oats (btw- had them for breakfast today with apple, walnuts, and brown sugar) I cut the recipe down to 1/4 cup and added a cup of water, went to shower, and when I returned almost all of the water was gone and it was nowhere near done! Luckily it didn't burn, so I added more water and salvaged the oats, but it was no fun task cleaning the pot!

Now, I make 1/2 cup with extra water and have it two days in a row... emoticon

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