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Held Even Last Week

Monday, July 11, 2011

And yeah, I'm a little annoyed about it. I stuck with my back to basics bootcamp pretty closely (had a drink one day, went over my calories one day, and failed to track on two days but otherwise 100% on track, which isn't shabby considering there are 10 things on my daily list). But whatevs, I didn't gain and I know I'm doing the right things. Plus I'm a bit sore, which means I'm holding onto water. The weight will come off when it's good and ready.

Anyway, this is a short week for me and blessedly boss-free so I'm just going to let it go and focus on the positive. (The idiot boss is the main reason I've been acutely miserable at work lately.) Wednesday evening after work I fly out to meet my hubby in Vegas. He flew out today for a convention and I'll be joining him. At the Venetian. emoticon He is as structured and organized as I am - maybe more - so he's planned the whole vacation, often down to the hour. We'll only spend a day - two nights - in Vegas before heading out to the Grand Canyon, national parks in the high desert, and Sedona. We're seeing a Cirque du Soleil show featuring Cris Angel and have picked out some cool restaurants to visit. I plan on doing a spa day - including a tough workout - while he's at the convention. Then it's hiking, rafting, and swimming until we go home. I even bought UPF clothes for hiking and a long-sleeved rash guard; there isn't enough sunscreen in the world to protect my fair, sensitive skin from the high desert sun. And, being a classic girly girl, having new clothes is a great motivation to get out and use them. The extra sun protection will mean that I'm ready and willing, as well as able, to get out there. This will be an awesome, varied, ACTIVE vacation and I'm really looking forward to it.

I'm also adopting LOTUSFLOWER's 80/20 rule as well as the Vegas rule. I will make healthy choices 80% of the time and not-so-healthy choices 20% of the time. Like LOTUSFLOWER, my body wants healthy 100% of the time so I will probably gain weight despite the Vegas rule. (Apparently fat does not understand or abide by it.) Again, whatevs. The important things are enjoying myself and making memories with DH.

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KWADHAMS 7/21/2011 2:11PM

    It's ok to go out and have what ever you want to eat just as long as you are working out and eating the right way 80% of the time. Just go have fun.

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KITHKINCAID 7/12/2011 12:11AM

    Have fun you guys!!!

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KATHIERAE 7/11/2011 10:50PM

    Better than gaining, right?? emoticon

Have a FANTASTIC time on your trip!!!

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SAMMYSWEETPEA 7/11/2011 9:33PM

    Sounds like an awesome get-away!

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SLIMSOLO10 7/11/2011 6:40PM

    Sounds like a blast! We are leaving for a camping reunion with extended family near the dunes on Lake Michigan and then the next weekend my son is going to Vegas for a wedding and they are going to be seeing Cirque du Soleial too.
The mom in me will be happy when he returns without any ill effects from the bachelor party- ex. "Hangover"! haha
Have a marvelous time. With all that activity I don't think you will have to worry about much weight gain.

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KT-NICHOLS-13 7/11/2011 6:30PM

    Vegas, Grand Canyon, Sedona, national parks, Spa day, Workouts, Cirque du Soleil, rafting, hiking, swimming - oh my! I want that vacation too. I certainly hope we get a photo blog w/ all the details when you return & recover.

Follow your Bliss!

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LOTUSFLOWER 7/11/2011 5:34PM

    I am sorry that the scale didn't budge, sounds like your scale and mine have been talking :) You have a great plan for Vegas (if I do say so myself hehe) and just expect that the nasty scale will try to add a few lbs. to your weight but you're not having any of it. I love your attitude too - whatevs!!! Have a GREAT time in Vegas!!!!!! And don't kiss and tell like I did with the pork rinds. Shhh...should have kept that secret in the basket haha. Love you! I want pictures too!

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CAALAN23 7/11/2011 4:32PM

    LOVE the Vegas rule, and all things biological should adhere.

Sounds like a very active vacation! Remember the pics! I would love to see the canyon. :)

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June Wrap Up and July Goals

Monday, July 04, 2011

Okay, June was not such a great month. I gained a total of 1.2 pounds and held dead even on measurements. Considering how I ate for most of June, this is a victory. emoticon I salvaged the month by a last-week push to get myself back on track. It worked, and I'm planning to keep going with it. Overall I give myself a B for this month; I had two so-so weeks, an awful week, and a great week. I met most of my other goals, with a few exceptions.

June goals:

emoticon Do cardio 3 times a week.

emoticon ST three times a week.
I missed 2 of my 8 planned workouts. Not great, but I did get some ST in every week.

emoticon Take at least one rest day a week.

emoticon Track my food five times a week.
Oooh, here's where the trouble lay. I did it two weeks of the four, but the other two were pretty darned bad. To the point where I gained 3 of the 4 weeks in June. But I shed so much water weight in the last week that I undid most of the damage.

emoticon Blog once a week.

emoticon Participate in Determination Challenge.

emoticon Read two magazines a week.
I read 7 of the 8 planned, which is pretty good.

emoticon Knit Dad's socks.
I finished one of the two, a decent start.

emoticon Start niece's baby blanket.

emoticon Work on wedding afghan.

emoticon Work on my niece's birth announcement.

emoticon Work on UFO.

emoticon Read one book.

emoticon Wear lingerie once.

emoticon Do monthly goal check-in.

emoticon Continue working on wedding photo book.
Just didn't seem to get to it.

I started July off strong by sticking with my Back to Basics Bootcamp. I intend to build on that and work towards the following goals in July:

emoticon Do cardio 3 times a week.

emoticon ST three times a week.

emoticon Take at least one rest day a week.

emoticon Track my food five times a week.

emoticon Blog once a week.

emoticon Participate in Determination and Accountability challenge.

emoticon Read two magazines a week.

emoticon Finish Dad's socks.

emoticon Knit Mom's hat.

emoticon Finish baby blanket.

emoticon Work on wedding afghan.

emoticon Work on birth announcement.

emoticon Finish knitting Tony the Toybox Monster.

emoticon Read one book.

emoticon Wear lingerie once.

emoticon Do a monthly goal check in.

emoticonWork on wedding photos.

emoticon Organize recipes.

emoticonUpdate iPod.

emoticon Earn next trophy.

This is a very ambitious list, considering how busy I am this month. But I'll see what I can accomplish.

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KATHIERAE 7/5/2011 12:24PM

    Your June went pretty darn well, way to analyze and keep things in perspective. You ARE one busy lady!

I too love your lists; I ESPECIALLY love that you put "wear lingerie" on as a goal!! emoticon My hubby would appreciate my making that a goal, and so I shall! emoticon

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KITHKINCAID 7/5/2011 10:25AM

    I love your goal wrap ups :) So organized you are!

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CAZADORES 7/5/2011 6:05AM

    Great goals!
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SAMMYSWEETPEA 7/4/2011 11:02PM

    I love your lists! I'm going to take some time this week to do my own.

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Back to Basics Bootcamp

Monday, June 27, 2011

Last week was...well...a disaster. TOM and social occasions drove my self-control not only out of the building but apparently out of the state. I ate like a crazy person and gained THREE AND A HALF pounds. emoticon I have gained every week this month, last week being the worst. emoticon

The insanity ends here. Right now. I tried to get it together on Saturday but failed. I'm letting it go and moving on. And, being me, I have made a plan. And a spreadsheet. emoticon

I am calling this week Back to Basics Bootcamp. I am stripping my plan down to basics and following it closely. The spreadsheet will really help me with that; tracking leads to accountability. I will do and track 10 basic things every day this week; I'm counting on it to get me back on track. On Sunday I'll check in with myself, see how I did, and decide if I need to keep going with my little bootcamp.

The 10 basic components are as follows:

emoticon No alcohol!

emoticon No Ben & Jerry's!

emoticon No soda!

emoticon Eat five freggies a day.

emoticon Track my nutrition.

emoticon Measure my food.

emoticon 3 cardio sessions this week.

emoticon 2 strength training sessions this week.

emoticon Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day.

emoticon Sleep for at least 8 hours a night.


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TRAVELGRRL 6/30/2011 12:07PM

    What a great idea, I never thought about creating a SPREADSHEET! I'll have to give that some thought...

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KWADHAMS 6/29/2011 10:13PM

    I think your spreadsheet is what everyone ought to follow. Great idea.

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CAALAN23 6/29/2011 12:40PM

    A spreadsheet with components is seriouz bisnez. :) You can totally handle it now!

Man, that 8 hours of sleep thing is tough to pull off. I manage 7 if I'm lucky.

You got this, you can rock this!


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MERRIKATE 6/27/2011 5:22PM

    LOVE your flamin' focus here, JJ, and the outstanding renewal plan -- going to grab it! Want to fit my tummy as sleekly as a year ago into a party dress I love, so need a few adjustments myself -- and your plan is PERFECT for this purpose.

Besides, that cool term 'freggies' sends me. I tend to run out of fresh produce and fresh funds for the last week of each month, darnit, so will splurge tomorrow on fabulicious freggies for the Jumpstart JenJess style!

We shall do this and be so proud that the momentum will last us for a loooong happy time of improving our health and fittitude!!

hugs and thanks, Babe!


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KT-NICHOLS-13 6/27/2011 4:44PM

    "And, being me, I have made a plan. And a spreadsheet." Anyone who creates a spreadsheet must mean business! Your plan of attack is great ... work it girl!

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JMUCKINHOUPT 6/27/2011 4:29PM

    You have a plan and you can do it. Alcohol, wine, it's tough to resist during these summer months!!! But you know it is not forever, just until you have control again. You can do it.

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LOTUSFLOWER 6/27/2011 3:41PM

    You can totally turn this around, I bet that 3.5 lbs. is mostly just fluid retention. Don't let it bring you down. I love your plan of attack. emoticon

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RAWINTEXAS 6/27/2011 3:40PM

  Your post is delightful. It really made me laugh. Our goals are similar and we have both been having a hard time sticking with our goals/plans. I too recommitted myself to seeing this thing through. I know you can do this. So here is to working our butts off literally. emoticon

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KITHKINCAID 6/27/2011 3:35PM

    Sorry to hear you're struggling! Summer, eh? Does that to the best of us. I hear you on the alcohol and ice cream! Ugh.

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New "Final" Goals

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Okay, so I've blogged before about how inaccurate a measure weight is for me. This week I decided to ditch the idea of a final goal weight in favor of other concrete and more realistic goals. emoticon I will declare myself as "in maintenance" when I meet the following goals, regardless of what the scale says:

emoticon Rework my eating habits so that a healthy, (mostly) clean diet is a fact of daily life. emoticon emoticon

emoticon emoticon Build a consistent and realistic fitness program that I can stick to and gets fitness results. emoticon emoticon

emoticon Drop to 24% or less body fat. I was at 27% in March and am pretty sure I've dropped since then. I think I can get to 24% or less by the end of the year.

emoticon Comfortably fit into size 10 pants. My pants are currently a mix of 12s and 14s, but trending smaller all the time.

emoticon Wear a 34C bra; this is what I wore through college and grad school. Oooh, I'm a 34D...getting close!

emoticon Be comfortable wearing the bikini I bought 8 years ago for my Miami trip. This is as psychological as it is about fit, and I'm nowhere close.

emoticon Be able to walk and move without my thighs rubbing together. The contact area has gotten noticeably smaller, and I call that progress. emoticon

emoticon Comfortably run a 5K.

I really like these goals because they are holistic and cover the whole range of what I am trying to accomplish. The scale measures only one thing and neglects the progress I've made in other areas. Changing my habits was critical. Letting my mindset catch up with my body and feeling comfortable in a bikini (gasp of terror!) would be a huge step for this recovering anorexic. Running a 5K will prove to myself that I am in the best shape of my life. And fitting into a goal size of clothes is a much more psychologically healthy size goal than focusing on a single number. Body fat percentage is far more accurate than weight or BMI in determining how healthy a person's body composition is, so I'm confident in using that as a measure of physical wellbeing.

I wanted to get to my goal weight by New Year's 2012. Looking over these 8 goals again, I think that I can achieve them all in the next six months or so. Wish me luck!

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SAMMYSWEETPEA 6/24/2011 2:07PM

    This is such a fantastic goal list. I'm proud of you for making it not about the weight!

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DELICATE_LADY 6/24/2011 12:42PM

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JMUCKINHOUPT 6/24/2011 8:31AM

    Wow!! I think you can do it. Great way to list the goals and drop the number game. I like the idea of clothes sizes, that makes sense. And the thighs... that is priceless!!! You are such an inspiration to me.

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KITHKINCAID 6/23/2011 11:03PM

    I think that these are totally realistic and doable! GO JEN!!!

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JENNIFER_67 6/23/2011 8:31PM

    What a great list!! And so much more meaningful than a number on the scale. I don't remember the last time my thighs didn't rub together. And as for reaching your goals by Christmas - emoticon

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PARAMAGIC66 6/23/2011 7:23PM

    I do wish you lots of luck. However, I am fully confident that you can meet these goals in grand fashion. On a more personal note, I hope you have an easier time buying bras in a size 34C than I do. I have decided they are the most difficult size to buy. I was ecstatic yesterday when I found ONE yesterday in the right size and style at the Victoria Secret semi annual sale. I much prefer paying $15.99 than $48. emoticon emoticon

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KT-NICHOLS-13 6/23/2011 5:14PM

    SERIOUSLY, I am going to hijack some, if not all, of your goals. What a fantastic list.

*GIGGLES* "Be able to walk and move without my thighs rubbing together." ME TOO, ME TOO!

Love this one enough to print it and keep it within reach! I wish I could add it to my SP Favorites!

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LOTUSFLOWER 6/23/2011 5:08PM

    You can do it! I love that your goals aren't revolving on the scale, too. So proud of you!

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Beach Weekend!

Monday, June 20, 2011

This weekend DH and I went to the beach on Maryland's Eastern Shore/Delaware. My previous blog was about me hyperventilating about planning the trip. Well, I needn't have worried. It was wonderful!

I planned the meals and the packing, and everything fit into the car nicely. We had a leisurely drive with the top down to Assategue Island, which is home to a herd of wild horses. Spanish ships wrecked off the coast in the 16th century and the horses on board swam to safety on Assategue. Their descendants still live there in peace; the island is a protected national seashore. We saw wild horses before we even got to the park's entrance. Super cool!!!

We parked the car and explored the dunes and the shore for a while. The scenery is unlike anything I've ever seen; the Caribbean and Lake Michigan are my only frames of reference. Rolling dunes and sand with grass growing in it were a revelation to me. We didn't stay too long there since we weren't camping or swimming, and wanted to stop in Ocean City before heading up to Rehoboth. But we saw more horses on the way out and I got a fantastic picture; I'll upload photos this weekend.

Next stop was a quintessential beach town and boardwalk: Ocean City, Maryland. We totally lucked out there, too: it wasn't too hot or crowded. The boardwalk was much more fun than I thought it would be, and a real blast from the past. We played skee ball and threw darts at balloons, winning stupid prizes. We looked at the goofy little rides and obnoxious t-shirts and decided to pass on both. However, we couldn't resist frozen custard or soft pretzels. Not the best nutritional choice, but it was my first time on a boardwalk and I couldn't resist.

After getting thoroughly hot, sticky, and tired, we headed up to Rehoboth, which couldn't be more different from Ocean City while still being a beach town and having a boardwalk. Ocean City is touristy, bustling, and alcohol-soaked. Rehoboth is a sleepy little town that just happens to be on the shore. It's much more family-friendly and laid back; I greatly prefer it.

DH and I unloaded the car and unpacked the groceries into our friend's parents' beachhouse, then went out for a lovely romantic dinner. Our friends were waiting for us at the house when we got back. They had their own key, and were happily relaxing.

Saturday was the big beach day. We packed up some lunch, water, sunscreen, and beach accessories and headed out late in the morning. Leah and I spent the most time in the water - and even did a 30 minute swim, yay cardio! - but DH came in for a little while. Leah's fiancee preferred to stay on the shore with his book. :)

I had to head in early, around 2, because I was quite burned despite bathing in sunscreen. Twice. My ancestors were built for forests and fjords, not sand and sun. And I got those genes - in spades. 3 hours is about my max for bright sun, and I hit it on Saturday. But I had a great time, so I don't regret the burn.

We explored some of the shops later in the afternoon, after it cooled down a bit, and then came home to make an awesome home cooked meal. Everybody pitched in; it was a real team effort with delicious results. Pork tenderloin wrapped in proscuitto then grilled, rice cooked in chicken stock, grilled asparagus, grilled cheese, and a salad of cucumbers and tomatoes. Simple, summery, delightful.

That evening took us to the boardwalk again. While Rehoboth's boardwalk had all the same stuff as Ocean City's, the vibe was totally different. I felt like a kid at the county fair again, surrounded by other kids chomping taffy and slurping ice cream, playing corny games and going on not-at-all-scary rides. Awesome. Our splurge of the evening was a funnel cake. Yeah, not at all healthy. But so worth it because it completed the experience. And sometimes that makes the calories soooo worth it!

Sunday we made another crazy homemade breakfast. Very nutritionally sound, mind you. But crazy because I drank too much caffeine (boingy! boingy! boingy!) and because we had too many cooks in a tiny kitchen. But we really enjoyed cooking together, and that's what counts. Plus we got a healthy, filling breakfast out of it.

My skin was still red and angry, so DH and I opted to skip the beach and head home early. It turned out to be a good call; we came home to a sick, angry (because he thought we'd deserted him forever) kitty. Bubba will be fine, he just has a little bug. In fact, we think he ATE a bug and caused his own problems, lol.

The weekend did not go precisely as planned. I ate more junk and drank a bit more than I planned. I did not get in ST or a run, but swam instead. And did TONS of walking. I gained .2 pounds, which I'm not pleased with but can live with. Would I change a thing? No way, Jose! Sometimes you have to let go of your rigid plan, go with the flow, and have some serious fun. And this was one of those times.

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KITHKINCAID 6/21/2011 1:17PM

    This sounds like a DELIGHTFUL weekend. I'm so glad you had fun despite all the worrying about it. Weekends away are the best!

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ADYLEIGH 6/21/2011 9:54AM

    Wow! That sounds like a great trip. Sometimes its so worth just letting go and living.

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RELAXYOURBACK 6/20/2011 11:52PM

    YAY!! What a supercool fun weekend! The topdown drive to see the wild horses sounds excellent, but then really, so does everything else. So glad you got away and had a blast :)

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KATHIERAE 6/20/2011 11:43PM

    .2 pounds, big woop! You had a great time, and thanks for sharing it with us so we could live vicariously... emoticon I am SO jealous, especially of the wild horses! One of my favorite books growing up was "Misty of Chincotegue" and I would LOVE to visit that park!!!

Hope your sunburn heals fast.

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SAMMYSWEETPEA 6/20/2011 11:26PM

    It's important to be able to let go of our "plans" and just live life as it comes along sometimes. Sounds like you had a great time!

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PARAMAGIC66 6/20/2011 9:19PM

    Good for you. I am glad you were able to relax and enjoy the experience. Sounds like you had a great time.

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KT-NICHOLS-13 6/20/2011 8:33PM

    What a great weekend you and yours had! I'm so glad you were able to enjoy the moments and play a little. That stinking .2 gain will vanish soon enough but your memories will last a lifetime. I hope you post a few pictures too.

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