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Hotels and conferences and restaurants... oh my!!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Sunday afternoon I headed to the airport full of dread. 3 days, little internet connection, no kitchen, lack of control of food prep. I knew I wasn't going to be logging all my food. It's just too hard to figure when your not prepping your own meals.

I ate smart. skipped the (white or sour dough) bread, skip the muffin, skip the cookies. I ate bacon, eggs, as much fruit as I could find. Extra veggies, fish with a little butter sauce, skip the chicken in cream sauce, salads when I could (WHY do they have to put nuts on everything!!, I am mildly allergic)

WOOHOO! 2.5 lbs gone on a weekend where I was traveling, hotels, conference, restaurants. All my friends kept offering me a bite of their fried... whatever, cookies, ice cream, cheesy creamy yummy foods. I kept smiling and saying "No thank you."

One of my friends finally asked me how I was being so strong. I just had to tell her that I when I look at that cookie she offered me for the third time... "I've been working very hard at getting healthy. I just don't think that cookie will taste good enough to see it's calories back on my a$$."

She stopped for a second. Looked at the cookie. Put it down on the plate and just started laughing.

I could hear all of my conference-buddies at the bar laughing it up when I was in the fitness center, walking on the treadmill, doing my upper body exercises, stretching and yoga. And on the next morning when some of them were hungover and not loving life so much, I was smiling and feeling great.

I did it! I conquered the beast! I was able to keep the Spark going when not attached to the internet. Today I am standing a little taller, 15 lbs. lighter than I was on Jan. 10th, stronger and filled with a sense of pride. I CAN DO THIS!!

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VICD25 3/27/2010 5:52PM

    And you said you didn't have WILL power! You proved it to us, did you prove it to yourself?


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EKKING 3/23/2010 3:55PM

    That is so awesome! What a great success to keep you boosted and on track. You are incredible - I have NEVER worked out at a hotel. EVER. emoticon

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CELESTIALAXIS 3/23/2010 1:27PM

    Holy awesome Gretchen! Way to go!!! I am so impressed with you!

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NEENSTER1 3/23/2010 1:24PM

    emoticon to you on your 15 pounds gone for good!!!!! emoticon Keep it moving. Take good care. emoticon

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JMERLAU 3/23/2010 12:55PM


ROCK ON!! That's great that you were able to do that well with all the temptations around you!!

I too am traveling this weekend and I hope to do as well as you did, GREAT JOB!!!!

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Transitioning from Wii to a real live trainer...

Monday, March 15, 2010

So here I am after a couple of months with Wii Fit and EA Sports Active and I think I might be ready to put on my big girl panties and go to a real gym with a real live Trainer. Trouble is, I have started some bad habits. If my Wii Trainer is making me do an exercise I don't particularly enjoy or one that is making my muscles scream, I have a bad tendency to yell mean things at my tv. Bad words, words that would make my grandmother reach for the bar of ivory soap.

For the next three weeks, I vow to try really hard to not yell at my virtual trainer. It's one habit I'd best break before going out in public. I have visions of lifting some heavy weights, and my trainer standing there giving me the "Evil Eye" emoticon laughing, til I drop the weights on my head. I'll be safer if I just stay at home!! emoticon

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GOLFCHICK2-0 3/16/2010 11:54AM

    Not bad... had to bite my tongue a few times last night, flipped her off once or twice. But most of the time I did okay! emoticon

Comment edited on: 3/16/2010 2:33:40 PM

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REDHEAD582 3/16/2010 11:01AM

    I think you could just warn your live trainer beforehand and pick another word to use to let him/her know what you are thinking instead of yelling & "Giraffe Giraffe"!

Or better yet, why not try that at home first! Let me know how it goes. (LOL)

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VICD25 3/16/2010 10:50AM

    Start with simple things, I use "doo doo head", and "ya think, duh?". . .

Just remember, a real trainer can add reps if you act out!!

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SWEETZMIX 3/16/2010 10:16AM

    You can do it! Just make sure you are comfortable.

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CELESTIALAXIS 3/15/2010 8:10PM

    You can do it! =)

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The good, the sad and the snuggly

Friday, March 12, 2010

This weekend will be all of the three.
The good:
Getting my hair done (new cut and color always does wonders for my attitude!)
I will be doing the Shamrock Stride on Sunday. Portland's annual great run/walk fundraiser for the local children's hospital. I'm doing the 3k walk (next year... maybe the 5k run.) with several friends

The sad:
A very dear friend of mine passed away last month. Russian/Ukrainian cultures have a memorial 40 days after a persons death. This will be a tough day. In addition to the purpose of being there, there will be much food and toasting with vodka. I will have to bring some healthy food to counteract the traditional stuff.

The snuggly:
At some point, I will go over to my best friend's house and snuggle with her two little girls (6 and 3 yrs old). There will also be much playing and cavorting. They love their Auntie Gretchen almost as much as she loves them.

I may not track my food so well this weekend, but I will use good judgment in all that I eat and drink. I will also make sure that I take time to work out on all days and burn maybe a little extra calories from Saturday's feasting.

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GOLFCHICK2-0 3/15/2010 11:59AM

    Rats! I didn't get my snugglies in... kids were sick. The rest of the weekend was pretty good even with a wee bit too much Russian food and a little vodka on Saturday.

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CHRYS13 3/12/2010 7:17PM

    It's a jam-packed weekend for you! You've planned ahead, so you'll do well!
Thinking of you as you remember your dear friend.

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CELESTIALAXIS 3/12/2010 1:01PM

    Good luck and have fun with the little snugglers! I'm gonna be hogging some babies at Kaya's b-day party this weekend. ;-)


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Girl Scout Cookies are EEeeevill!!

Saturday, March 06, 2010

I finished my 1 hour walk at a local market where they have a stir-fry bar. As I am sitting in the cafe eating my yummy, healthy lunch, I'm watching out the window at the little girls selling their girl scout cookies. 9 out of 10 people who stopped and purchased the evil disks of fat and sugar were very obviously over-weight.

I just want to scream NNNOOOOO!!! I know I can walk past with no problem. "Thin" Mints, my left (and right) cheek!!

Does anyone have a connection at Girl Scouts HQ? Can we convince them to make protein bars in stead of the evil little cookies?? 'Cuz you can't stop at just one!!

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GOLFCHICK2-0 3/7/2010 12:41AM

    VICD, I wish I had the will power. Or is it won't power? If I open a tube of not-so-thin mints, I eat the whole thing.

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MANDABEAR11 3/6/2010 11:10PM

    hehehe evil discs of fat...LOVE IT! Luckily they seem to have forgotten my house exists on their sellings. Phew! emoticon

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VICD25 3/6/2010 9:24PM

    OK, must I be the voice of reason? (heaven help us if I am!) A cookie here and there is healthy. Please tell me you aren't going to give up all of the little devil discs?

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    This year, I just made a financial contribution and let the girls choose cookies for themselves or someone else. Then, I didn't feel guilty because I had (Technically!) bought something from them, but at the same time I was a healthier, sexier me. Plus, since the guilt was gone, so was the emotional eating!

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    Very bad example for the little girls. Sell magazine subscriptions or candles or something. =P

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PAMNANGEL 3/6/2010 7:07PM

    My weakness are the Samoas. Luckily I'm turned off by those green-clad munchkins rushing at me, "Wanna buy some cookies? Wanna buy some cookies?" I make a point of using whichever door they're not laying in wait by or else come after they've left.

I feel kind of bad, but seriously they've got a table full of cookie boxes, signs, they're wearing their uniforms. We know they're there and what they're selling. Rushing people just isn't cool.

Comment edited on: 3/6/2010 8:39:58 PM

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MEHOPEFUL2 3/6/2010 6:45PM

    I am not one of those ladies stopping for the Girl Scout cookies. I used to skulk bye, but now I have Spark Friends and walk bye with my head up high. Your right someone needs to tell, GS headquarter they need a healthier alternative to cookies. This would also be a good example for their girls in this over weight society they are encouraging!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DISP715 3/6/2010 6:41PM

    OMG!! I feel the same way, also call them the devil's cookies. I even wrote a blog about it "I hate thin mints". GS cookies are one of my triggers and I avoid them like the plaque!! Good for you for walking right pass!! (Oreos are kind of evil too!).

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Beware the word "SALAD"

Saturday, March 06, 2010

And here it is, Saturday. you say to yourself:

"Self, I've been good all week, marked everything down in my Nutrition tracker, stayed in range, drank upteen million glasses of water and logged in my Fitness tracker. So tonight, I can go out to dinner. But I'll still be smart and order a salad"

duh duh duhhhhhh (those are the sounds of impending doooom...)

NOT all salads are created equal my SparkFriends. Note this fine article on Yahoo...

Don't forget, read the ingredients, croutons-OUT, taco shell- OUT, fried chicken-OUT, dressing ON THE SIDE, cheese-Only if it works in your range.

Good luck and Better Health!!

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COATWOOD 3/6/2010 6:47PM

    I agree.... I love avacado ranch dressing and Ruby Tuesday croutons... so incredibly evil... LOL!

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    This is so true! Even side salads made at home can become very high in calories if you aren't paying attention to how much "good" stuff you are putting in it. This is where the nutrition tracker comes in handy. Knowledge is key!

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VICD25 3/6/2010 1:25PM

    Amen Sister! Some of my favorite indulgences are blue cheese dressing, cheese and fatty meats (salami) on my salad.

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