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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

I've come down with a cold and was moving very slowly this morning so no morning workout. After a while at work I started to feel a little more energetic so we made it through the day. We had after school program so that means an extra hour tutoring some of the kids. I dropped them off at home and then went for the recheck on my leg. The dr. said it's doing great and I'm clear to do whatever I can tolerate. He said it's still pretty inflamed around the vein so I could feel some pain for several weeks. If it hurts I'm to back off. At least I can start doing ST again. I think the cardio intervals actually bother me more, but it's improving. I'm just glad I can be more active again.
By the time I got finished running around in the very cold temps, I had no energy left for a workout tonight. I'm off to bed early for some extra rest so I can get a workout in tomorrow.
I saw this quote today and thought of all of you because it's very true. I couldn't do any of this without you! Thank you! "Associate with people who are likely to improve you."

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MADAMEFATTY 1/24/2011 9:36PM

    Feel better soon!

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ANEPANALIPTI 1/23/2011 8:28PM

    Reminds me of a saying we have in Greece: Show me your friend, and I'll tell you who you are!

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    THAT is precisely why SP is my only on-line social network. I don't want "drainers" intruding on my life. I only want positive people, who understand my struggle. Plus by the time I take advantage of SP's resources, I feel guilty for being on the computer so long! Hope your leg is 100% soon! emoticon

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WOWEETOO 1/18/2011 10:37PM

    yeehaw friend!!
the lady mary

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Monday, January 17, 2011

I feel like I'm gaining a little momentum. I got another 35 min. on the TM tonight after sitting in meetings all day today. I felt a little slow, but that's probably because I'm coming down with a cold. It figures. I finally go back to the dr. tomorrow and hopefully can start doing ST again and now a I'm catching a cold. I'm taking Airborne and going to bed early. I'm hoping it will go away quickly.
My plan was to lose 1 lb. a week while my leg was healing. I wasn't anywhere near that when I weighed in a couple days ago, but I'm happy to report I was exactly 2 lbs. down this morning when I weighed. That was a nice boost that gives me some momentum to keep the scale moving in the right direction. My next mini goal is to have a minimum of 10 more lbs. off by spring break, but I'm hoping for closer to 15. That would increase my wardrobe choices by a large amount!
Got my hair cut and colored. It didn't end up being too exciting, because as usual, I chose a cut that works better for someone with thick hair and that's not me. She changed it a little, so until I'm willing to part with more length this is how it's going to be.

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JOHNTJ1 1/18/2011 5:59PM

    Thanks for sharing that bit of wisdom with us. You 100% correct it is all about momentum

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SHECHAM 1/18/2011 12:36AM

    You can do it..... keeping the momentum helps so much! I know you can meet your goal.... good luck!

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Sunday, January 16, 2011

Today was a much better day. I started the day with 35 min. on the treadmill and the leg tolerated it pretty well. It isn't as fast or with as much incline as it was before the surgery, but it's better than last week so that's progress!
It is my son's 22nd bday and the first one that we aren't together. He is in AZ, attending school, and I'm in IA. He got my package in the mail and the neighbors were having a BBQ so I was glad of that.
I've stayed on my nutrition plan today and will work hard to continue to do so. We have meetings all day tomorrow and I have my snacks packed. We will go out for lunch, but I'll choose something that works. I'm planning to do cardio before work because I'm getting my hair cut and colored after work. I'm looking forward to making a change to my cut. Nothing drastic, but a change nonetheless. I made food for lunches and dinners for the week so that's all set.
One thing I've realized is that I've been busy for so many years raising 3 kids as a single mom, getting my masters, teaching full time, hauling them to all their various activities, and taking care of a home I tend to not do well now that I have more free time in my life. Don't get me wrong, I always have things I can be doing around the house or for my classroom, but I don't want to be doing that ALL the time. That's when I find myself wandering around and mindlessly eating. When I was working on my vision board the other night I realized how much I've missed scrapbooking (probably not very exciting to some). Prepping a house to sell, moving and getting married didn't leave me much time for things like that. I'm going to work on getting through some more things in our basement and get my supplies out so I can start working on my books again. It's a great way to keep my hands busy. You can't eat when you're doing that.
All in all I'm feeling refocused and ready to make progress again. emoticon

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GINGER_LOSTALOT 1/17/2011 4:13PM

    I'm sorry to hear you and your son can't be together on this special day.

But I'm glad to see you're making such good progress. Good luck with your hair appointment.

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KNIGHTS6 1/17/2011 2:05PM

glad to hear you are back on track. good luck with your journey. I am getting refocused again. we can do this

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LAURA1152 1/17/2011 10:50AM

    Good for you that you packed snacks - at my office, all-day meetings translate into M&Ms and other such goodies unless we bring fruit, vegetables, and cheese or other protein (and enough to share). It takes more effort but is worth it.

You've achieved a lot, and I'm sure you can achieve your 2011 goals!

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SPARKENISTA 1/17/2011 9:37AM

    It sounds like you're starting off the new year fresh. I think that scrap booking is a wonderful and creative endeavor and something that you are doing for yourself.

You're doing great! Keep up the great work!



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ABETTERJILL 1/17/2011 6:50AM

    Sounds like a great idea - do something for yourself that you enjoy! I don't have the crafty talent to be a scrapbooker :)

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WOWEETOO 1/16/2011 11:23PM

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Saturday, January 15, 2011

I had surgery on my leg almost 2 weeks ago and haven't been able to do any ST, intervals, etc. I am only allowed to walk and even that was painful. My goal was to keep my nutrition clean the past 2 weeks and do what cardio I could. I had some good nutrition days and did some cardio, but I also had many days when I didn't follow my plan. I think in the back of my mind I was waiting for the all clear from the dr. to do my full program. I struggle with "waiting for everything to be right" (like that will ever happen) before I get going with my workouts. I used the surgery as one more excuse to not get going already.
I woke up in a not so great mood today and really had to fight the negative self talk. Truth be told, the negative talk won. I ran some errands, shopped a little, and spent some time with my son. After I got home I started working on a new vision collage. I've had the same one up for over 2 yrs. and it's been leaning against a wall since we moved. Got that done and wrote out some goals.
When my hubby called tonight I told him that I HAVE to get back on track and of course he told me "you're not fat, you look great". He's always very supportive so I went on to explain that I really appreciate that he feels that way, but I HATE (I know, don't use that word) the way I look and feel right now. So, he offered to support me however he can. Unfortunately, that won't involve him and the kids taking the junk food out of the house, but I'm used to that. He does a lot of the cooking and I told him the best way he can support me is to make what he wants for he and the kids, but to not be hurt if I eat something else. He said that was fine and he understood. Of course, he then said maybe we can rent a movie tomorrow and that light micro popcorn was ok for me wasn't it? Now, I have nothing against popcorn, in fact, I'm a fan, but he doesn't get the whole carb/protein combo I'm trying to achieve. One small step at a time. emoticon
One thing I realized today is when I lost the weight the first time we were dating, but I lived in my own home and had more control over my time and environment. Enough of losing 2 lbs, gaining it back, etc. It's time to make some real progress and that means taking back some control of me and asking for what I need. This is hard for me and is an area I'll be focusing on this year. The rest will come together if I conquer that goal.

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LAURA1152 1/17/2011 10:47AM

    I can imagine that having a husband, family, and new lifestyle must require a regrouping of how to do this. It sounds like your husband wants to be supportive, and that's wonderful; some spouses and partners just take such things personally. That's their problem, and I'm glad you don't have to worry about it. I'm sure he'll "get" the carb/protein thing soon. As a person who's only successful in weight loss when I keep protein high and carbs low and of a certain kind, I hope you are able to help him understand.

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CSULLIVAN83 1/16/2011 6:44PM

    You can do it!!! emoticon

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WOWEETOO 1/16/2011 3:17PM

    try some of those spark chair exercises some are rreally gentle and you will feel like you are getting things done even if it's sitting and DRINK THE WATER
you know how important that is for sure and i see no reason for not indulging in the popcorn measure out the serving size into another bowl and have it that's what i do and i've been maintaining now for over three years and i am diabetic and watching the carbs also..look around you can do it you can even do the stuff he is cooking but you have to weigh and measure that stuff balance is important and you already KNOW that we don't have to eat different but be MINDFUL of the stuff going in and how much
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SPARKENISTA 1/16/2011 1:55PM

    Good luck getting back on track. We all feel the inertia and having a medical problem doesn't help. I know you can do this!



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_COSMOPAULATAN_ 1/16/2011 1:53PM

    Sometimes our energy has to shift to taking care of ourselves emotionally and mentally... sounds like you are at that point since you can't be as active physically. Ebb and flow. emoticon This too shall pass.

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MOCNVW23 1/16/2011 1:13PM

    Good blog, reading it tells that you have come to terms about what you need to do, and you accomplished one already by having the talk with your DH with ways that he can help you, and its really good that he understands about you picking other meal plans if needed. Sounds like he is very supportive of you and your decisions and that is one very important part in all of us in reaching our goals. I know that once you really start feeling better from the surgery, I h ave no doubt that you will get right back into yoru routine.
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JOHNTJ1 1/16/2011 10:59AM

    I understand what you are going through. While our circumstances may be different they are causing the same outcome. I have had similar feelings at times and I have learned a very simple, singular act that is very hard to do, LOL

I am learning to shut down that part of my mind that pumps all that stuff out. It is difficult someday's but I simply force myself to be quiet and still. Often I will play relaxing music or something like that.

You will win in the end. Real winners always do.

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BARBARA_BOO 1/16/2011 1:12AM

    When you lost the weight the first time you were dating your DH, you not only lived in your own home and controlled your time and environment, you also were falling in love.
There's nothing like it for that extra energy and motivation boost! Falling in love makes us happy and we have little need for comfort eating.

Life gets complicated when there are kids and family responsibilities, and we find ourselves feeling like you do today. When my 3 daughters were young, I used to fantasize about how far I could get in the station wagon before the authorities would drag me back home. I loved everyone at my house, but I still felt a loss of power and control, very frustrating.

You have made a beginning, by talking to your man about how he can help you. I read in Martha Beck's book, "The Four-Day win" that, in biological terms, the opposite of getting fat is getting CONNECTED, and the antidote to being OUT of control isn't being IN control, but being in LOVE. She suggests that two brain states that are components of falling in love, appreciation and gratitude, can start the happy hormones rushing through our minds and bodies, making eating for comfort less interesting.

Please forgive the lengthy comment. I just didn't want you to think you were alone in feeling like today. Hang in there.
You'll get things turned around.
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Sunday, January 09, 2011


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WOWEETOO 1/10/2011 3:14PM

    also go read onereallybigdog's blog today with your husband funny as all get out
the lady mary
love and hugs

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