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Saturday, March 16, 2013

The hubby and I got a cool new motorcycle. A 2WD Ural, which is a Soviet rig with a sidecar and a top speed of about 55 MPH. Its so fun to get out on the back roads and putter around now that the weather is warming up.
We got matching jackets on sale at a steal (a third regular price) however they are both a size smaller than what we usually wear. We have other jackets which fit more comfortably, but have decided to stuff ourselves into these when we ride as a reminder to eat well and exercise daily. After our ride yesterday evening, I did an second 45 minute workout when we got home. Seems our plan is working.
I plan on taking a "before" pic with the jacket, so I can have something to remember how tight it is once I lose twenty pounds.

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BOVEY63 3/18/2013 5:13PM

    Sounds like a lot of fun and great idea to shrink yourselves into the jackets!

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SPUNKYDUCKY 3/17/2013 9:30PM

    Love the idea of before and after pics in the new jackets! I am jealous of you getting a motorcycle - I haven't had one in years but used to love riding it

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GOLFGMA 3/17/2013 8:39PM

    I'm sure that will be a good motivational tool to keep you losing. Sounds like a very nice thing for a couple to do. My sister and her hubby ride a lot in the summer especially on the Blue Ridge Pky. emoticon

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CDCSMITH2013 3/16/2013 3:09PM

    Love that idea! Good for you!

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CODEMAULER 3/16/2013 12:58PM

    It's always a great idea to have a goal, especially if it's leather!


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Feeling left behind

Friday, March 15, 2013

This has been a good week. Had some very long but very worthwhile days at work. Managed to track about half the week's food, and still get my writing done. I do need to set aside some time this weekend to enter recipes into the calculator because it becomes more difficult to track when we don't rely much on processed food.

As for exercising, I did an hour of Zumba today and am getting my butt up at 6am tomorrow to walk a 5K I learned about last night.

Two of my neighbors have been bragging about their weight loss and their kick butt TNT workouts all week. I was kinda miffed they did not invite me to sign up with them, as I used to bike ride with one of them and tried my best to get the other to join me 5K training last year. All of us have fallen off the wagon, so not sure why they did not think to call me when they decided to get back on it! We live in a small, tight knit community and are all friends.

When I called one of them on it, she asked me if I wanted to do a 5K with her on Saturday. Nothing like last minute afterthought invites, but I'll take it.

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SPUNKYDUCKY 3/17/2013 9:34PM

    Sorry to hear about the drama - sounds like your journey is going fine without them, but it is nice to do things with others as well!!

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GOLFGMA 3/15/2013 9:33PM

    I'm sure you will get through this experience and maybe you can another friend to the group so there will be even more possibilities for all of you to exercise. Hang in there and never give up! emoticon emoticon

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BOVEY63 3/15/2013 3:50PM

    Way to get back into it!!!
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HARMONYBLUE 3/15/2013 1:19PM

    It is totally my journey. I also did not get the invite to go see Magic Mike even though I was the one who suggested we all have a girls night to go see it, so my rant is really about more than exercise. Just neighbor drama in general:)

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MISSB8604 3/15/2013 12:45PM

    Find something for you and focus on that. If they want to leave you behind, let them and focus on YOU. This journey is YOURS not theirs.

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I suck at multi-tasking

Friday, March 08, 2013

I am a very good multi-tasker at work, but have never managed it in my personal life. When I was younger, if my car was clean, my house was filthy. If my grades were good, my social life was in shambled. If my weight was under control, everything other extra-curricular activity was on hold.

Why is it I can only commit to one thing at a time? I have made no progress with my weight in three months, and I need to do it. I signed up for a 5K at the end of April which I am in no shape to run. So I will be starting 5K training again this weekend and will do what I can when the big day gets here. I cannot lose weight if I don't track my food (I am simply no good as guesstimates) and I HATE tracking. The last thing I want to do when I have time on the computer is track my intake.

What I have been doing is writing. A lot of writing. I finally finished the novel that has been in my head for ten years. I am half way through my second edit. I will self publish this year (if I wait to do it the old fashioned way it will be another unfinished project collecting dust).

So it pains me to blog when I want to be working on my fiction, but I do it because I know I need help and support. I need to get back on the wagon and stay on it. I need to make time to exercise and write and spend time with family, etc. etc.

And now I need to go track breakfast.

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SPUNKYDUCKY 3/10/2013 1:19PM

    You always have my support. I have learned the hard way (over and over it seems) that self accountability via tracking, blogging and exercise are what get it done for me. Think about where you want to be 2 weeks from now (down 2 lbs) and do what you need to get there. You know how to do this! Congrats on the novel - that is a huge accomplishment!!! I hope you will allow me to read it at some point.

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LHACKING13 3/10/2013 12:20AM

    I feel your pain. There are days, ok most days that I need another couple hours just to get the important things done. For the last few weeks I've been taking things off my to do list that aren't important and can disappear. It hasn't been easy to decide what though. I'm sure you'll do great on your 5K, now get out there and go for it. emoticon

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GOLFGMA 3/9/2013 8:22AM

    Happy to hear that you are writing and getting the work done. Some folk would consider what you are doing as a good thing for at least you are staying focused on a challenging project. I could never stick with writing long enough to finish a novel. My hat is off to you. Maybe there are articles here on SP to help you with organization. I have found a routine that I slip into each day to do my tracking and interacting on the site. I am sure you will find yours if you commit yourself. emoticon

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BOVEY63 3/8/2013 1:39PM

    First of all - nice seeing you back on SP again. I sure do understand your frustration and know all to well what you mean. It seems as though I can never find balance in my life either.
That is so awesome about the novel.
Best of luck with the training!

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Their days are numbered...

Sunday, December 16, 2012

I have been absent from Spark for a few weeks and haven't tracked in a while, but that's OK. Not much need to track as I have been on a soup diet for way too long now and am not really sure how much of that I even managed to keep down. I am just getting over the crud. It was not the flu but seemed to be everything but...

On a good note, my weight has not fluctuated even though my diet has been so sodium heavy I can't even take my rings off right now. And the weight loss reported before Thanksgiving has even been verified by the doctor's scale...which is almost never kind!

So onward and downward. I wore myself out folding clothes today, so it may be a few days before I get back to the Y, but I am looking forward to the holidays and having a whole week off to focus on fitness.

I have set a deadline for myself to achieve goal weight. It's farther off than my Spark deadline, the intent being to reach and hold my goal for a few months by that date...Mar 1, 2014.

Why this date? Well, kind of a long-ish story. When I hit puberty, apparently the news only made it to one boob. So I had a little more asymmetry than is typical in the 'girls' - one being a solid B and the other an E!!! So at the tender age of 15, I had my first surgery to correct, reducing one to a D and enlarging the other to match. Within six or seven years, so much scar tissue had developed, I had to have the implant replaced. About ten years later, in March 2010, I had to have it replaced again. Our automobile accident in December 2010 caused that one to collapse and now I need a fourth surgery. I am thirty six now - four surgeries in twenty years! What happens in another ten years, twenty, forty?

No, it is time to say goodbye to having to buy swimsuits according to cup size, bras with more than two hooks, and shirts that fit except for that one pesky button. I am having the implant removed completely this time, the larger side reduced to match and then both lifted. Yeah, I will have small(ish) ta-tas when it is all said and done but they will be PERKY!!!

I need to be at whatever weight I will maintain for good when I have the procedure for best results. Since my last surgery was March 2010, I decided my LAST surgery will be March 2014.

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BOVEY63 12/18/2012 1:22PM

    Wow you sure have been through a lot. Hope all goes well with the next procedure and you won't have to go through any more.

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SPUNKYDUCKY 12/17/2012 11:22PM

    Great to hear from you, but sorry that you have been ill! I think you have a great deadline and a nice bonus to look forward to at the end

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MJ7DM33 12/16/2012 2:39PM

  I pray that everything works out for you

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LOOKINGUP2012 12/16/2012 9:35AM

    emoticon Hope all is well.

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SHARJOPAUL 12/16/2012 9:24AM

    I hope you feel better soon. If what you have is similar to what I have, it took at least 2 weeks to start feeling better. Now after 3-1/2 weeks I am just starting to be able to be active again. Hope you get well soon.

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MRSSCHENCK 12/16/2012 7:05AM

    I have a similar story but mine involved a tumor at age 11. YIKES! Needless to say, I've had many surgeries throughout the years to keep the girls even. Then once I had kids and gained weight, all heck broke loose! Anyway...good luck with your surgery.

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CODEMAULER 12/16/2012 6:49AM

    I really hope that the crud leaves for good. We've been dealing with a bit of that here, too, and I'm eager to have it gone!

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GOLFGMA 12/16/2012 6:37AM

    Hope everything goes well for you and you will feel better real soon! emoticon

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NIGHTOWLKIM 12/16/2012 1:46AM

  Best of luck with the surgery and thanks for sharing your story.

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Last Chance Workout

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

And in true Biggest Loser fashion, I came so close to puking before it was through! But I am getting ahead of myself.

To start the morning off, I hopped on the scale and it showed a two pound gain since yesterday. Now I KNOW I did not sleep walk into the kitchen and scarf down 7000 calories of tofu and cashew cheese in the middle of the night, so I am fairly confident this actually IS water weight, but I did write recently in my "Advice From A SP Motivator That Lapsed" blog about owning your gains. So I did.

When I put on my bright pink hoodie and set out for my morning run, I reminded myself I needed to work extra hard. Two pounds! I lifted my legs higher. I increased my foot turn over. I worked on my breathing. See me working on my breathing:

When I got my to the office I sat on the infernal yoga ball instead of my comfy office chair and bounced in place as I worked the rest of the day. I don't know how many calories bouncing burns, but it has to be more than not bouncing. Really the run was much more fun (and productive) than the working part of my day.

Then I headed to the Y for my Turbo Kick class and my last chance to work up a serious sweat before Thanksgiving. As I did the fiftieth or sixtieth transition from back kick to double jumping jack, I reminded myself: two pounds! By the time the instructor announced cool down, I was drenched, stumbling around like I'd already been into the holiday Champagne and forgetting to move my arms and legs at the same time. Then this crazy woman decides we will do planks for six minutes! Six minutes! That's when I almost puked. Twice. I wimped out and broke position for long enough to catch my breath and drink enough water to wash the taste out of my mouth, so I didn't actually hurl in Turbo Kick class tonight, but I felt very Biggest Loser-ish for coming so close.

I know, I have issues.

And here I am after class. Apparently my eyes are so tired I don't even realize I am not looking into my forward facing camera as I take this picture.

Bonus: I won a SP Exercise DVD today when I spun the wheel! I didn't even know they had real prizes for that. It will arrive in 3-4 weeks, which is coincidentally about when our basement will be finished.

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SEESTARS 11/26/2012 2:27PM

    Holy Moly! You go girl.

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CRYSTALLULLABY 11/22/2012 9:43AM

  Good for you! You are emoticon !!

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LHACKING13 11/22/2012 1:17AM

    emoticon emoticon What an example to us all.

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SPUNKYDUCKY 11/21/2012 10:32PM

    YAY! So exciting to push yourself this hard! I don't think I would survive a turbo jam - I lack coordination! It sounds like you had a KILLER workout (those 2 lbs to stand a chance - water or not!) Thank you thank you thank you for this great idea - I am seriously going to consider a once a week - killer workout - I feel great tonight!

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