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SPRING is in the air!!

Thursday, April 01, 2010

Cleaned out the old thoughts and way of thinking. . . . CHECK

Watching food choices MUCH closer. . . . CHECK

Adding new exercises . . . . CHECK

Cleaned up my Spark Page - making it healthier . . . . CHECK


You know, that fresh new feeling we get during Spring! It feels so good to clean out the clutter, i.e. - negative thoughts and feelings about your progress; feels great to feel fresh and renewed, i.e. - the way eating good clean foods make you feel; it feels so good to have things in order / organized, i.e. - the feeling that making new goals and incorporating the new goals into your lifestyle feels. emoticon So freeing!

NOW, to get ready for the actual spring cleaning of my house! Then, with my "new" thinking - what a great way to burn some calories!!

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BRE7482 4/2/2010 7:58PM

    What a great way to think of spring cleaning!

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JTOMBEAU 4/2/2010 12:31PM

  u go girl.

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    yes alabama spring, don't you just love how we skip the nice cool 70 and go straight to 82 degrees today !!! i like your new page and agree decluttering your mind and your body has such a cleansing feeling. you are doing really good with your food and exercise and setting new goals will keep everything fresh. i know you'll be at your goal very soon.
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have a wonderful easter !!!

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GERRY_BEAVERS 4/1/2010 4:40PM

    Spring is FINALLY HERE! That is right. Some of us at work have been going on a walk at lunch and it is so beautiful out there!!!

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New Goals

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

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Well, I've read articles on SparkPeople, I've read other articles online, as well as some magazines at home. Technically, I'm one week away from determining if I'm truly experiencing a Plateau. "Supposedly" if there has been no change in 3 weeks, then you're in a plateau. Well, it's been 2 and when I weighed in today, there was an 8 ounce loss - a cup of dang water. Talk about frustrating. A cup of water - seriously?! Anyway, I've been making a plan. emoticon

First of all, I must confess, I had a terrible emotional 'mini' breakdown today. I have alot going on with some crazy brothers that irritates me to my inner core and got frustrated with my mother for her seemingly 'mission in life' to allow them to continue to literally USE her. SO, I had a terrible lunch - I mean it was good - tasted amazing but it was bad. B A D!! If any of you are from Tuscaloosa, AL - you know City Café. . . OMG!! I had all COMFORT food - chicken and dumplings, with TWO orders of fried green tomatoes and a slice of lemon icebox pie. Felt HORRIBLE after I ate it and I can tell now just how food does affect my body. I felt like I could've fell out of my office chair onto the floor into a sleeping coma!! Just drained me. SO - got that out there, off my chest, had to do it now to move on. . . . . .

Now, back to my plan:

change the exercise I do - I have alternated between jogging/walking on the treadmill and jogging/walking outside three days a week and doing a Circuit Training DVD once a week. I'm going to try digging a bike out of the garage and give that a shot to stir things up.

2.) FOOD:
add more PROTEIN. Have a boiled egg at breakfast and maybe even some turkey bacon or something like that. Add MORE veggies at lunch and snack on fruits and nuts throughout the day.

3.) MOOD:
stop letting my siblings/mother get to me. Realize they are all adults and get to make their own decisions about how they choose to live, what they do with their bodies or not, their money, etc.

I want to start making little "mini" goals. I mean of course I have my goals set out here on SparkPeople but it's all about the BIG picture - getting to goal weight. I need to incorporate little things - for example:
A.) getting ALL of my fruits and veggies in for the day;
B.) getting more protein each day;
C.) educating myself on how to make my metabolism work for me as well as what foods make me feel good instead of like what I felt today after eating that kind of meal
D.) include my kids in my exercise - maybe have an exercise "date" with each one 3 days of the week (since I have 3 kids) and maybe even the hubby. I haven't included them so much because I've felt they won't keep up or I can't exercise as intensely as I need to with them, but from now on - I'm not going to measure like that when they exercise with me

The next step for me in the next few days will be to add new things to my page that reminds me of my goals and helps me track them AND do a little "facelift" of my page for the NEW, more FOCUSED and RENEWED ME. I'm READY to do this!!

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FAWN-MARIE 3/31/2010 4:31PM

    You can do it.
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THE_JULES1 3/31/2010 9:45AM

    Great new goals. And I love that you are including the whole family!

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DIAMONDMAMA 3/30/2010 9:19PM

    Great job on setting the new goals. I struggle with getting enough protein in each day as well. I have noticed that if I have an egg at either breakfast or lunch that I am much fuller through the day. Today I should have done that but alas not a good day for me for eating! I went grocery shopping hungry and ended up eating easter eggs on the way home! Keep up the good work and good luck with your new goals emoticon

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    yes, the city cafe..... comfort food heaven !!!!!! i do confess, last friday my son bought me another oasis burger and onion rings.... heaven. but i did notice after having them i was hungry not only later but the entire next day. i have found these delicious foods are just not worth how they make you feel later. i can have my favorite grilled chicken salad from los tarascos and it dosen't do that to me... just have to do a handfull of the chips though because they are my weakness.
you have come up with some great goals and i think mixing things up will work out for you. i know the family thing will be hard but you can't do for other people they have to do their thing and you can just do what you can when they ask and otherwise just do what's best for you. keep up the good work cause i know you'll make it thru this. emoticon

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I never thought I would

Monday, March 29, 2010

.........enjoy running at all much less outside! emoticon It is an AWESOME feeling. While my plans to walk around the track at the baseball field on Saturday during my sons pics didn't work out, I did get up early yesterday (Sunday) morning to get a good jog/walk in. This time, I watched my time much closer to get an exact count on minutes for jogging vs. walking. Of course good ole' Sam (my black lab) INSISTED and yes, I mean a big 100 lb. black lab insisted he go with me so I get his leash and away we go. Again, I only had him with me for the first run through the neighborhood, dropped him off at the house so he could re-hydrate and off on the second run through on my own. He is such a good jogging and walking buddy too. My husband and I can tell it makes him SOOO Happy to do it because once he's home and rested he literally wants to jump around like a little 20 lb. puppy emoticon - so hyper and full of energy so it just has to be doing great things for him. I'm hoping to help him shed about 15 or 20 lbs. so that he is a much healthier weight and just not so flabby. He should be thin and have a defined little lab body. We'll get there.

I can run for a longer span of time now!! I'm amazed!! I feel so strong! I ran for 5 FULL minutes 4 different times for a total of 20 minutes running time and then 25 minutes of brisk walking. I still don't feel like the spark fitness tracker calculates my calories burned correctly for this which is why I really need to invest in that monitor thing I've heard some of you talk about. (HRM?) SparkPeople only has that amount of running and jogging time as 392 calories and I am telling you the way my lungs and heart were pumping it just HAS to be more calories. emoticon On the DOWN side - my knees have been hurting. Sunday was only the 2nd time I've jogged outside so I'm wondering if I'm not doing something right or is running outside just alot harder on the knees? Does it mean I have to stop jogging outside? Has anyone else had knee issues because of running?

I did stay busy and was moving all weekend so I know I probably burned a few more calories that's hard to track as well so that'll be like money in the bank!

I have still had that "retaining weight" from my wonderful IV of saline I had on Tues. last week. I did notice a pound gone but it's so slow - not to mention I'm having problems in the "bathroom" area so I think it's caused some problems there too! (I know TMI but facts are facts folks! LOL) It's VERY discouraging to me and I hope it's not just an excuse for a REAL weight gain. I have gone back through the week and just don't see any other reason that I would have gained 3 lbs. like that so tomorrow being weigh in and seeing how I missed it last Tues. due to the surgery we'll see if I've made any progress.

I DO feel a "plateau" in the air, however. So it's time to make a new plan I think. emoticon Any suggestions? Should I increase exercise to 5 or 6 days a week or increase amount of cardio time 4 days of the week? emoticon I know that I need to increase protein. For some reason this area is harder for me and I AM a meat eater. I am just having a hard time incorporating other types of protein into my diet. I do eat eggs every Saturday on my weekly breakfast date with my hubby so I am getting some there too.

You know what would be great?? To have someone give me a meal by meal schedule of what I need to eat for the day!! Sad that I'm feeling I need that kind of structure but just beginning to feel a little "out of whack". Things always seem easier when you just have someone telling you what you need to do.

I watched this show on the Fine Living Network (FLN) this weekend called something Brides - basically women about to get married that need to tone up and lose weight in 6 weeks or so before the wedding. They had this trainer AND a nutritionist telling them what to do! Well, I want that!!! LOL Can't afford a trainer OR a nutritionist though. I just need to educate myself and research what I need to do for my body. Because I LOVE who I'm becoming,how my body is shaping up and simply how great it feels to be healthier.

Open to suggestions and ideas from my wonderful spark friends too because without most of you I couldn't have gotten as far as I have without your motivational stories and even cheering from some of you. I get so much encouragement here and I KNOW that's why I've been successful so far!

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FAWN-MARIE 3/31/2010 4:29PM

    Check the shoes - It has been a long time since I ran, but going to a running shop and having them fit you with the correct shoes. It makes every bit of difference. (Be prepared to have them watch you jog up and down the side walk in front of the store a time or two. Awkward but worth it in my book.)

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THE_JULES1 3/30/2010 9:39AM

    If you are running on the sidewalk it is probably the concrete. Concrete is 20 % harder than asphalt. I am learning that I really prefer the asphalt over just about anything else.
Your bathroom trips will get under control soon. All those meds. Just increase your fiber.

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    i'm not a runner so i can't help you there. as for protein other than meat and eggs, there is yogurt and beans and also nuts. hope this helps.

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Somethin's just not right . . . .

Friday, March 26, 2010

Since Wednesday, the day after having my tubes put in, I have been holding an extra 3 or 4 lbs. of weight according to the scales BUT, I have exercised, emoticon counted my calories and all that! emoticon I don't get it. emoticon I'm wondering what they put in my IV to make me hold this stuff! My clothes aren't snug or anything either. Could my scales be broke? I mean, I hate to blame it on my hubby but could it be that we are both using them? emoticon I did have to go back into the docs office that did my tubes due to some pain in my ears and they drained some fluid out of them - so I'm wondering if I'm holding fluid for some reason since my ears were/are?

I feel that I'm doing what I'm supposed to do but at the same time I feel so down about it. I am noticing too that the closer I get to the goal I set for myself the harder it is to get this stuff off!!

Besides all that - the forecast calls for a great Saturday so I'm excited about that. emoticon My son has 2 baseball games so it'll be nice to be out in the sunny, warm weather for those. Hoping to get a good walk in around the walking track at the baseball field while he's having pics made earlier too. emoticon

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STARTWME 3/26/2010 10:17PM

    Hope you're feeling better on Saturday and that the weather is sunny for your son's game.

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SILVER1369 3/26/2010 9:22PM

    I agree it is most likely the IV as it is saline which is salt and which will make you retain water. Hang in there everything will work out. Don't stress over it stress will also make it hard to lose. Enjoy your son's games and enjoy the nice weather. emoticon

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LUVIN2BEME 3/26/2010 6:08PM

    I think that it could be just your body trying to recover. Don't stress about it. Enjoy your weekend and your handsome boys games and next week those lame pounds will be gone

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KTANNAR 3/26/2010 5:52PM

    Hang in there. Sorry about the weight gain, it can be very frustrating when you know you are doing every thing right and not seeing it on the scale. emoticon I fluctuate up and down a few pounds even with work outs.

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    it'll be gone soon so don't worry about it. i'm looking forward to the sunny 70's tomorrow too. we have to take advantage of it because the rain comes back sunday. i hope you have a wonderful time this weekend and enjoy the ballgames and don't give another thought to that old saline. emoticon

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ITSALMOST30 3/26/2010 3:05PM

    Of course it's the IV. It's not only water but saline. It's full of salt which will make you bloated and retain water. You can either drink extra water or ask for a couple water pills to be prescribed. Even dexatrim water retention might help. In a week you should be back to normal. No worries.

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THE_JULES1 3/26/2010 2:10PM

    Yes it is the IV's. It is pure saline solution they pumped into you. The other medications can make you retain, also.

Or I could be mean and say no it was the MOUNTAIN DEW! Wow that would have to be a fatting can or soda! LOL

Give it time. You just had a surgical procedure. It freaked out your body and as soon as it calms down, it will release the extra poundage.

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    It is just the IVs...drink your water each day and stay with the program. You are just very well hydrated right now.

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Sam's first workout!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Sam's ready for a workout!!

I get home to find my husband working on his back yard "project" so I decide I will exercise before cooking dinner so that he can continue working through the daylight to hopefully finish. He is making a walkway from our kitchen door to the front gate where our driveway is so that we can use that entrance/exit to get to our cars instead of constantly lifting the garage door up and down. Pretty nice little walkway I must say. I have to include here that my husband has lost a little over 35 pounds now too. He stays REALLY active - working on different little projects he's wanted to do outside - our landscaping looks better than anyone's in the neighborhood because of him and now this little walk way - he's so great at that stuff. Another reason I just love him so! emoticon I don't think he will be ashamed for me to say that he is almost out of the 300's!!! He's 6'4" so he never looked as much as he did weigh but he is really coming down - amazing!! I'm so excited for him. (I'm 5'3" so I look like a midget standing with him that's why anytime someone takes a picture of us, I'm usually sitting in his lap! LOL)

I get changed into my workout clothes and see poor Sam sitting at the back kitchen door watching my hubby whom he loves with all his might working away and getting no attention himself. I grab his leash which causes his ears to perk up and I ask him if he'd like to take a walk with me. (Yes, I do believe he understands everything I ask or say to him. . .LOL) He's jumping around like a little 6 month old puppy - all 100 lbs of him. He does sit nicely when told so that I can hook his leash to his collar and away we go!

I feel like he's pulling me at first but I have to get warmed up at least so we do "fast walk" for 4 minutes and then we jog. . . .he's jogging like he's jogged all his little dog life! He stays at a good distance from me both to the side and in front of me on his leash like he's been trained to do this with me. We jog for many minutes then we get back to our fast paced walking. The poor dog is panting with his tongue hanging to the side of his mouth. After a couple minutes of our walk we pick back up to our jog. We continue this several times and included jogging up a big hill in the neighborhood as well. He did so great! I could tell he needed water though, so on the final round of the neighborhood I drop him off at home so that he can get water and rest, then I continue on for "round 2".

It felt SOOOO good to jog outside instead of on my treadmill. Most importantly, I jogged for a total of at least 16 minutes all together which really is a lot for me. Walking was at a fast pace the entire time as well so I really felt good about my first "spring-outdoor" workout for the year. It was a lot of fun and I enjoyed it much more than I thought I would. Of course, with rain out now, I probably won't get that in tonight as I had hoped but there's always tomorrow!! I have to slowly build up Sam's stamina so he can "hang" with me longer so I will definitely be sure to include him on these walk/jogs.

So, come on Spring Time!!!
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FAWN-MARIE 3/26/2010 11:24PM

    Ya - sounds wonderful.

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LUVIN2BEME 3/26/2010 1:38PM

    GO SAM GO!! It is always better when we can be outside. I had yesterday off so I went on a five mile with Mr and he loved it to bits! And of corse they can understand us, why wouldn't they?

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BRE7482 3/26/2010 3:41AM

    Sounds great! I hope the weather is nice while I'm off, so I can enjoy those outdoor spring workouts too!

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    i'm so glad that sam went with you. it was good for him to get that exercise in too. i think he'll be bringing you his leash everyday now so he can go too. emoticon

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SILVER1369 3/25/2010 8:46PM

    emoticon how great for both you and Sam!

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MONARCHCT 3/25/2010 6:25PM

    Sounds like you've found the perfect exercise buddy!

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THE_JULES1 3/25/2010 4:21PM

    Congrats on the running! Woo Hoo!

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