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Au Natural

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

I have taken to eating as naturally as possible. It is surprisingly easy to eat because I just munch on fruits and veggies all day and toss in eggs and fish. Its just hard to get enough calories. But it is delicious, simple and nutritious.


A Daily Post

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

I am going to try to post a blog here daily just to keep myself in the habit of checking in. I don't know that I will have something to say every day, but even if it is a few words, it will keep me on track!

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EDDYMEESE 7/31/2013 1:49AM

    Sounds good!

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KAMALEY 7/30/2013 11:31PM

    Sounds like a good plan!

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An Exciting New Goal

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

My brother asked me if I wanted to train together for a Triathlon starting in January. Heck Yeah I do!

I ran a marathon 2 years ago after which I swore up and down I would never ever ever do an endurance event ever again. But Now that some time has passed I have been finding myself itching to have a goal to work towards that really challenges me. The reason I love the idea of training with my brother for the triathlon is because it was after I finished the marathon that he shared with me that he would like to try something like that. I was so touched that I could inspire my brother to try something out and that he was so proud of my accomplishment.

So we are taking our time with it. We have to get the proper equipment and kind of get prepared and in the right space to make such a time and energy commitment. But I am excited. Plus since I have managed to get so out of shape recently I have to pre-train to even get in shape to do the triathlon training.

I got up this morning and walk/jogged 5 miles and it was challenging even though I walked most of it! I have a pool right near me that I will start swimming in. I do not own a bike yet. So that will come in the next month or two. I am going to just alternate running and swimming for the next couple of months. And then I will add in biking. I will sort of ramp it up towards January and then start on the formal training in the new year. I am very excited to have this to work towards!


Setting Boundaries

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

I used to consider my go with the flow nature one of my assets and now I am rethinking that. I think it is to a degree, but there is a fine line between "go with the flow" and just not having any boundaries and discipline to set a plan for myself and stick with it.

I guess what I mean is that often when I get into different relationships with people whether it is a friendship or a romantic relationship or whatever, i tend to just let the other persons schedule/plans/desires dictate how things will go. I say to myself, "well it doesn't matter to me, I am flexible" But it actually does matter. Because my success with my health, my finances etc are met when I have a routine. And I am doing myself a disservice by changing my routine to accommodate other people.

It is perfectly ok to say no and work plans around my schedule. I noticed that I gained a lot of my weigh back when I ended up with a boyfriend. As great as that is that i have a companion, I also noticed that I got comfortable blowing off my morning workouts when he would come over after his graveyard shift. I got comfortable eating out instead of my planned meals. I got comfortable spending weekends tucked in watching movies instead of getting out and doing activities. That is no good. I can enjoy all those things, but I have to set my boundaries and keep my routines and schedules and find balance for my various relationships.

From here on I am planning on making a schedule and protecting it and making sure I have ample time for my relationships to thrive also.

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EDDYMEESE 7/31/2013 1:55AM

    I bet if you look at the people who are most successful, they know to turn people down or schedule things around their workouts and just to expand that, around their own needs/life. My SIL, for example...she goes to the gym every day after work and gets home around 7:30-8. It doesn't matter if we're over for dinner, we wait for her. It doesn't matter if we make plans with them...she joins us when she's done. Even when she comes home, we might be over, but instead of sitting and chatting she'll go to the kitchen and get her meals ready for the next day. Me? I'd be coming home if there was company and plan on making up that workout the next morning (never happens), or I'd be visiting with people and not prep meals and probably eat out the next day. Come hell or high water, she goes to the gym and everyone else can basically sit and wait for her. I'm sure its the same attitude we take with laundry, cleaning, making dinner, etc...how many times do you cut a workout short because you want to go home and wash dishes, do a load of laundry, etc.? I know that the hardest thing for me is to not only take the time to work out, but to actually FOCUS during my workout and feel relaxed about spending that time instead of thinking of the 20 min drive back and forth, the laundry that needs to get done, the dogs that need to be let out, etc. I guess that's something we both need to work on!

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Headfirst Dive off the Wagon

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Well, I am back. I wouldn't say I fell off the wagon. I would say I drove the wagon off the side of a cliff and the waqon tumbled down the cliff, smashing into rocks and trees before dramatically shattering into a thousand pieces when it hit the ground below.

I am kind of back to square one now. I am at 200 lbs after getting down to 187. So I gained back 13 lbs. I have worked out a few times in the last month and I haven't been taking care of myself. I am back on here today because last night I found myself in one of those deep dark depressions that I thought I had escaped from and it just sucks because I was feeling so crazy strong when it all went wrong.

I feel so frustrated and disappointed.

I have to stop letting nudges turn into big huge shoves off the track. I am back and I am committing again to get back on track. Back in shape. Step by step. I will do my best.

"Fall down seven times, get up eight."

The year is far from over yet.

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TAYSMOM77642 6/5/2013 12:25AM

    Oh Raya come back to us! You are such an inspiration plus you were a great push for me last round. You can do this! I'm rooting for you and I'm here if you need me.

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    I came across the idea here on Spark of "One step back? Two steps forward". We CAN do this!

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LITTLEDEBI 5/16/2013 2:07PM

    Don't look back what is done is done. Just keep looking forward one step at a time.
Gee if we only had an answer to why we do this to ourselves hey!

good you are back on track that is all that matters... emoticon

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XXMILAXX 5/16/2013 2:42AM

    " No matter how far you have gone on a wrong road, turn back." emoticon emoticon

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GRACIEC 5/16/2013 2:13AM

    I've been on that particular wagon more than a few times!

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