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Sunday, March 24, 2013

We read about it all the time here on SparkPeople - that we're able to fit fitness into our days. Ten minutes here, ten minutes there - it all adds up. And they are words said and written by people who either don't have children and full time jobs or where fitness is their full-time job. I don't fit into either of these groups.

Sometimes, my life gets incredibly busy. Sure, sometimes my life is regular and routine and I can schedule in a workout. But sometimes it isn't. I have a demanding job. If I don't deliver at certain times, I'm in trouble. I also have three children and when they need something, I have to be there. Last, we take in foster dogs and sometimes I have to schedule people to visit or me to bring the dog. Or to the vet or what-have-you.

Last year, I really struggled with fitting in a fitness routine into my busy times. So I would do it, then not get enough sleep or eat and I would get sick. Then I'd have to stop everything for a couple of weeks until I got healthy. Then, getting back into the fitness and diet routine is really hard. After several failed attempts like this one, I learned that this isn't the thing to do. If I don't have time to exercise - then I'm going to let it go. Still eat right, but let the exercise go. This way, I won't get sick. And I'll be able to get back into the exercise routine when my schedule evens out again.

I know it's not ideal, but it's where I am.

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68ANNE 3/24/2013 6:47PM

    You do what you can with what you have and you have no time. So be it but don't worry, it will get better.

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BECCAR6 3/24/2013 1:10PM

    I am constantly striving to find balance in my life. It can be so frustrating. I work full time and have 4 children ages 4 - 13. It is not easy, you can only do what you can do.

On a positive note, my children are now at the age that I can take them in the garage with me while I do a workout and they walk with me too. In fact, now my 6 year old is the one keeping me "in check" b/c he likes to go. I put him on his bike while I walk. It isn't easy and I would often rather it be "me" time but at least I get some workout in. Now it is a combination of family fitness and quality time with my kids. Is that a possibility for you?

The most important thing is to keep yourself healthy. emoticon

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LOOKINGUP2012 3/24/2013 12:25PM

    Hope you can find a few minutes of me time!

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BUSYGRANNY5 3/24/2013 9:29AM

    We all have to find and follow a plan that works for us.... keep on keeping on...,

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EVIE4NOW 3/24/2013 7:54AM

  You are striving to be the best you can be... not perfectionism. we all juggle with our schedules sometimes and life is what it is. Sometimes I wish there were more hours to the day too.

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MJRVIC2000 3/24/2013 7:45AM

    Life is full of daily challenges. It is what makes life interesting. How we deal with them will determine the kind of day. What we sow we shall reap! God Bless YOU! Vic.

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What a difference a week makes!

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Wow, what a difference a week makes! Last week I was very demoralized because I couldn't control my eating. This week, I added fish to my lunch and dinner and am trying to drink a lot more water. One or two days, I even got close to that 8 cups per day mark. These two changes seem to make a big difference. I think it's what I needed.

On Friday, I went to my gym to lift weights. They sell homemade bread there (go figure) and I picked up a load and some rolls for my husband and children. I promise it will be the LAST time I do that until I reach goal weight because I ate HALF of the bread and rolls! OK, I'm still learning. Two steps forward, one step back - but it's still progress.

So, when Tuesday arrives and I weight myself, I won't be surprised to learn that I haven't lost any weight - due to my bread binge. But I do know that I can avoid that bread.

I've been running a lot this week. Well, I think that's a relative term. I've run 11 miles this week. Which is 11 miles more than I've been running. And I lifted weights three times this week (Monday, Wednesday, Friday). During my Saturday run, I ran a bit faster than I did last week. Progress.

I'm in the process of making a vision board. So I'm printing out photos - mainly from pinterest - to paste on the board. One in particular caught my eye. It says that if you want to lose a pound a week, then you need to burn 500 calories a day (or a mix of calories and eating to equal 500 calories/day). Wow, I think I can do that! Or come close to it. So that's really my newest goal - to reduce my eating/burn calories to equal 500 calories per day.

One day I'll see the scale move. I know it...

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68ANNE 3/17/2013 5:22PM

    You are doing great. Yes sometimes things are discouraging but you prevailed and kept going. Awesome work!

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LOOKINGUP2012 3/17/2013 4:32PM

    Good news that the fish and water worked.
Nothing tastes better than fresh bread. emoticon Been there.
emoticon emoticon Love your schedule.
Great reminder to put on the vision board, the 3500 calories adds up to work or eat less. emoticon emoticon

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TXTOAD9970 3/17/2013 4:30PM

    No fair - they sell homemade bread at your gym?!? That's cruel - why would they do that to people? I hope you can resist the temptation in the future.

I like your plan to burn 500 calories a day - that's 3500 calories a week which is a pound, so the math makes total sense. If you can do that, and get up to drinking 8 cups of water a day, you will see the scale move, I know it!

Keep up the great effort. Your running will pay off too!

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SUSANELAINE1956 3/17/2013 4:27PM

    emoticon Progress and learning what works for you is what it is all about. I read a comment months ago along the idea that we don't have to be perfect, we just have to make progress. For me at least the more progress I make and the healthier I become, the easier it all becomes. I think it has a lot to do with feeling better and wanting that feeling to continue. Best of luck! emoticon

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Sunday, March 10, 2013

I'm demoralized. I know I'm exercising well. I also know that I eat well 2/3 of the day. This week, though, I've come home at night and I've eaten over 1,000 calories each night. And I just can't seem to stop myself. Sometimes, I'm not even hungry.

This mindless eating destroys all the rest of my hard work. Yet I can't seem to stop it. It's frustrating and demoralizing.

I've searched through the community blogs and support and tips and can't find any help. So then I turned to Google. And I found my way to Overeaters Anonymous. There is actually a meeting near my house on Sunday mornings. So, next Sunday, I think I'll find my way there.

In the meantime, I did nothing today. I didn't have the animo to track food or exercise. The time change adversely affected me too. I've been running an hour late all day.

I'm not giving up. I feel like there's no going back. Giving up just means gaining more and more and more weight. And that's not the right thing. So I just have to find a way to eat better.

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DUKEFAN86 3/12/2013 7:48AM

    (((Hugs))) Glad to hear you're not giving up! Keep us posted on how OA goes, and if you think it'll work for you.

ANGIE_MAC7 had a good idea about revamping what you have at home, and she gave some good ideas. I've also enjoyed Spoon Sized Shredded Wheat, which has lots of fiber and protein. I throw some into a ziplock, add cinnamon and shake it up, and it makes a nice, crunchy snack.

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MOMTOCONNOR2003 3/11/2013 10:28AM

    I completely understand. Last week I had several nights of snacking and a couple weeks before I had a binge eatting episode. Trust me I know what you are goind through. My only saving grace is that I love to exercise so I have not been gaining. I burned over 4000 calories last week in exercise but only managed to lose a 1/2 pound because of my eating habits. I feel so guilty after an episode it give me the motivation to try and make up for it by working out harder.

I will tell you what I have done before is busy myself at night so I don't think about snacking. If I keep myself extremely busy I don't think about stopping to eat. It is those minutes when I am watching tv or playing on the computer that I want to munch. I suggest doing some house cleaning or spring organization or something.

Good Luck! I have also though about going to a meeting as well but always talk myself out saying I can stop.

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ANGIE_MAC7 3/11/2013 6:26AM

    Hang in there! You've got the right attitude, you're not just giving it to it, you're ready to fight for what you want! You can do it!

Don't beat yourself up when you falter though, try to look at each new day as a new start, a new chance to do it right! Forget about yesterday (aside from learning and improving), and make a decision to get it right today!

And I know carrots don't taste as good as chocolate, but maybe if you have some healthy alternatives lined up (veggies & hummus, or some fresh fruit salad, or whatever you really like), then maybe you'll be able to satisfy yourself with that.

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AHSOKA70 3/10/2013 11:04PM

    It is a great thing that you are doing by not giving up. The OA meetings might be just what you need to help keep your focus.
I haven't maintained weight loss before because I would binge when I'd get home from work and/or in the evenings before bedtime. It does seem like this process is like "2-steps forward and 1-step back". What matters is that we are moving forward. I'd say to spend time on here when those urges to eat get strong - comment on blogs, read articles, or whatever keeps you busy. emoticon

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CAMSEDGE 3/10/2013 10:31PM

    Today has been a bizarre one for me, too. I purposefully let myself eat exactly what I wanted and paid great attention to just how I was feeling...I was never hungry...start to finnish...and when I got through I just felt lethargic and not like getting all the stuff I had to do, done...did that anyway and made a strong mental note that I would have felt a lot better with much less and preferably some fruit or vegetables...

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68ANNE 3/10/2013 8:12PM

    Three days ago, I just made it a goal to stop eating at night. I knew it was destroying my work. I also knew I wasn't working out enough. Most days I wasn't doing anything. Realizing of course doesn't solve it and I ate last night and the night before. But I got one out of three.

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MELMOMOF4 3/10/2013 8:06PM

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63KEEPONGOING 3/10/2013 7:52PM

  I just started a new team 4 nights ago, "Partnership Accountability to the Finish Line". Here each member is given or chooses a member to share their goals and to receive a weekly sparks mail. Hopefully, this will help to encourage and to motivate. We have now 28 members. Come check us out.
You can get to it by coming to my sparks page and click on the icon under the team that has the title as seen above. This will take you to the site to browse. We would love to have you as a member.

Please, try not to be discouraged. Keep on exercising; for you are building muscle and retaining water as well. In time things will improve if you keep it up. About extra eating, have you tried tracking your food. Have you found any great recipes that are healthy from My Recipes. Check out the fabulous recipe "3Bean Taco Soup". It makes a lot and tastes wonderful.
Are you drinking your 8 cups of water daily?

Best of luck. Hang in there.

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5FOOTRUNT 3/10/2013 7:52PM

    Kudos ! Look at how determined you are to stop eating like you have been. It's the step in the right direction. Look at this as a temporary thing and it can change. Like you said just don't stop !

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My First 5K (in a VERY long time)

Sunday, March 03, 2013

A few days ago, I got an email. The email was sent to a running group - one that I used to run with prior to marriage and children. I still subscribe to their news - even though I haven't run with them in over 10 years. Anyway, this email announced a "first annual" 10K/5K/5K un-timed family walk. Truthfully, I wouldn't have entered. But the email said that Zola Budd would be there. I watched Zola Budd in her Olympic debut. It was 1984. She is from South Africa but it was the year that South Africa was barred from participating in the Olympics because of their stance on apartheid. Concerned that she'd miss her one chance at participating in the Olympics, she used her granddaddy's British citizenship and pulled some strings to get herself a spot on the British team. To make things worse, she ran in the same event as America's sweetheart, Mary Decker Slaney.

Mary Decker was my hero. We ran the same event. I was just a kid. I scored some tickets to the Olympics for that day and went with my grand-father. It was a day I'll never ever forget.

Zola Budd runs barefoot. She and another runner shot in front of Mary Decker and boxed her in. My stomach sank for Mary, because once you're boxed in, well, it's really hard to recover. It's nearly impossible to go around them because they'll just move out. Plus, she's got someone on her right. The best possible position she can get is 4th place. So she cleats Zola, who was right in front of her (maybe accidentally). Then she falls to the infield and clutches her thigh and pretends to pull a muscle. Mary Decker is out of the race. Blood is running down Zola's back leg where she was cleated by Mary. Zola finishes either second or third (I can't remember). And Mary's coach - on Mary's urging - has Zola disqualified for some inane reason. Truth is, Mary was America's sweetheart but she ran a bad race. And nobody wanted Zola to medal.

The race took a huge toll on Zola. All the negativity. I don't think she ever really recovered from the psychological aspect of what happened.

But back to today. News that she would attend this tiny little "first annual" event of less than 100 participants in a town very far from her own got me to sign up. And then I signed my oldest son (age 11) to participate with me. I was so excited to meet Zola Budd. I practiced what I'd say to her.

My son and I arrived to the start and we pinned on our race numbers. It was a beautiful day. I told my son to expect to come in last place. Then we were relieved to see some casual walkers arrive with little kids in tow. OK, they'll come in after us. And then we learn that Zola wouldn't show up. She's sick, they said. And then the race started.

We ran/walked the 3.1 miles. My son was the first child in the walk and third child over-all to finish. Which was really exciting! We finished in 41 minutes. We had a WONDERFUL time together - doing the event and immediately grabbed a brochure for another, larger, event that promoted a family 5K walk. We can do the same thing at that event.

So I'm really excited about today. I'm excited for my son. This may be the start of something great for him. I'm excited for me, because it'll help me get back into running. And it's something healthy I can do with my oldest son. And, one day, something I can do with my other two children.

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SHAKENMA 3/6/2013 8:03AM

    I enjoyed reading about your adventure emoticon

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68ANNE 3/3/2013 6:06PM

    It is too bad you didn't get to talk to her. Wonderful race though, congrats!

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End of the Spark Streak

Friday, March 01, 2013

Well, that didn't last long.

I did great yesterday until I started my work out. Seriously, I planned my food for the day. I brought my breakfast, snack, and lunch to work with me. I made dinner for the children and didn't eat any of it. Really! Had a small snack, then, once my husband came home from work, I went up to our bonus room to work out to a DVD. And that's when it happened. My body was exhausted from the day before. I hadn't realized it until I tried to work out.

I switched to an easier workout, but my body kept rebelling. So I gave up. Then I was completely exhausted. But it was only 7 PM! I went to lay down anyway, and quickly fell asleep. Then, I woke up at midnight - starving! So I had a bowl of cereal and went back to bed.

OK, so now I know to schedule the really hard Turbo Fire work out for the day before a rest day.

My new spark streak starts today.

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68ANNE 3/1/2013 10:26PM

    Stuff happens, glad you kept trying. Lesson learned. I must remember this one myself.

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MAGA99 3/1/2013 12:30PM

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MOMTOCONNOR2003 3/1/2013 10:36AM

    I had to take a rest day yesterday myself. I kept exercising through an injury and it was only getting worse so I took the day off and feel so much better. Your body needs rest every so often! Keep up the great work. I have not tried the turbo fire workout. Where did you get it?

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