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Radical Reboot: July Wrap Up and August Goals

Sunday, August 07, 2011

The first three weeks of July went great. That third week I was on vacation in the Southwest and did a great job of sticking to my plan. But when we got home the wheels came off. There's no good reason, only excuses. And as my dad, a middle school basketball coach, likes to tell his kids "excuses are like a$$holes: we all have one and they all stink."

The good news about July is that I only gained a pound and a half, which is a minor miracle considering how I ate and how rarely I worked out. So I'll take it. I did have three major non-scale victories, though: I significantly increased my cardiovascular intensity, my hamstring and back flexibility have markedly improved, and the entire office was talking about how much weight I've lost. emoticon

Once again I find myself saying that this month will be different - and this time I mean it. Yup, we've heard it many times before. So I have to prove - as much to myself as y'all - that this time I mean it. Therefore it is time for a radical reboot.

Let's start with my schedule. I started my new job last Monday and my work tour is COMPLETELY different. I used to work from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Now I'm working 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday and in a different building. (This building is on a human scale, unlike the old one. I already vastly prefer it.) I still get my three hours of gym time on the clock a week and the gym is still so close to my office that there's no excuse for not going. I also like this new schedule better despite the ridiculously early hours. I get home around 3:30 or 3:45 instead of 8:30 or 9, giving me plenty of time to do stuff around the house, make dinner, and/or work out if I haven't already.

The next thing I did was revamp my back to basics bootcamp. It now includes the following:

emoticon No alcohol!

emoticon No soda!

emoticon Measure my food.

emoticon Eat 5 freggies a day.

emoticon Track my nutrition.

emoticon Meet my daily calorie goal.

emoticon Do 3 cardio sessions a week.

emoticon Do 2 ST sessions a week.

emoticon Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day.

emoticon Sleep at least 8 hours a night.

emoticon Morning skincare routine. (Gotta de-gremlin a bit. I've been slacking on skin- and haircare.)

emoticon Evening skincare routine.

These are very doable goals and I've done pretty good against them, although not perfectly, this first week of August. But it's about progress, not perfection, and I've shown good progress. So I'm letting myself off the hook for the rest. Improvement is sufficient for now.

The rest of my monthly goals are staying about the same. There are only three changes from my usual:

emoticon Stick to my Back to Basics Bootcamp at least 5 days a week. (Oopsie, didn't quite make that this week. I went over my calories and/or didn't get enough freggies 3 days this week. emoticon But I can keep trying for the other weeks in August. And the effort keeps me honest.)

emoticon Finish C25K. I have two runs for week 7 and all three runs for week 8 left. 5 runs in 3 weeks is eminently doable, but it'll mean getting to the gym promptly so I can use my time on the clock to run on the treadmill; it's too hot and humid to run outside in August in DC.

emoticon Lastly, but most importantly, don't let my weekends away derail me. DH and I are going to Ohio next weekend to visit my family and then Williamsburg, Virginia, the following weekend to visit his family. I need to stick to my plan as much as possible while we're there and not let myself slide when we get home. This is going to be the hardest part all month. Please join my teeny cheerleader in urging me on and keeping me on the straight and narrow!

  
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KITHKINCAID 8/8/2011 2:27PM

    Man I hear ya - I've had some great successes in July, but also some crazy set backs in terms of binge drinking weekends away. Have to stop that business! So much harder with the boy around now too. Yikes!

But you've got the plan lady. Way to go!

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LOTUSFLOWER 8/8/2011 10:00AM

    You can do it!!!!! Great plan Jen!!

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JMUCKINHOUPT 8/7/2011 7:16PM

    I am in the process of revamping my goals, too. I did okay during my 23 days in the southwest, but I am inhaling too many calories each day because of alcohol and sweets. I like your goals, but what are some specifics you'll be doing to keep with it? I am doing fine with cardio but not ST or calories. If you have any daily goals, or small steps that you are following, I would love for you to share. Congrats on your job change and hopefully the new hours will motivate you. Enjoy the family visits, they are priceless.

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Southwest Vacation Photo Blog

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Two weeks ago DH and I got home from an amazing trip to the Southwest, including Las Vegas, the Hoover Dam, the Grand Canyon, Sunset Crater, Montezuma's Palace, and Sedona. We've been positively swamped since we got home, so this is the first chance I've gotten to post a photoblog; I also updated my SparkPage with some of the photos we took.

We started the trip with Las Vegas; DH attended a convention for work and they put him up in the hotel where the conference was held: the Venetian. This hotel defines opulent.







The highlight of our stay was a gondola ride followed by (shockingly healthy) sorbet for me and gelato for DH.




The left case is all fruit-flavored sorbets weighing in at only 80 calories for a small. I opted for the limoncello, which was both authentic and lovely.

That night we ate at a little trattoria in the hotel, then saw Cirque du Soleil's Criss Angel Believe (which I don't recommend, btw.) But the evening redeemed itself by a walk down the strip.



We stopped by Ethel M's on the way out of town for gourmet chocolates and a stroll through their cactus garden.





Our next stop was the Hoover Dam. Both DH and I are infrastructure, history, and engineering nerds - though not in equal measures, lol - so we were blown away. Images can't do justice to the scale of the project, especially when you consider that only 7 men died building it in the 1930s - and it came in under budget and well in advance of the deadline. Made us both wish the government still functioned like that...





The next day we went to the Grand Canyon and took waaaaay too many pictures. It was hot but not obscenely so, and I was well-prepared with sunglasses, sunscreen, a hat, and UPF clothes. The park was busy but the Park Service does a great job of managing visitors so we never felt crowded or overwhelmed. We hiked along the rim for a bit, then drove to other scenic stops along park's main road.





We stopped at Sunset Crater Park on our way to Sedona, where we stayed for two nights. Sunset Crater was formed by a volcanic eruption and remains otherwordly to this day.



Sedona is justly famous for the scenery of its red rocks.





We started our time in Sedona with the swankiest brunch I have ever experienced: a five star hotel right on the banks of a creek. The food was amazing, but so was the scenery and the company.





We visited Montezuma's Castle, which are ruins of cliff dwellings that had nothing to do with the Aztecs, and bummed around town before heading to Phoenix for our flight home the next day.



The trip was fantastic. We saw so much! We did some loafing but were mostly active. I refused to log anything, figuring that doing a ton of hiking in the heat and eating mostly like this:





and rarely like this:



would be good enough. Turns out I was right: I held exactly even in weight. And my sun precautions worked perfectly: I got a bit of a tan but never burned. emoticon It really was a perfect vacation.

  
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DITZYCHICK 8/8/2011 11:09AM

    Love the pics!!! Looks like you had a fabulous time and really took advantage of all the sights...that's the only way to do it!!! I especially enjoyed looking at the Montezuma pics...will have to visit there someday! I love Vegas...there's so much there to do and see and you don't even have to gamble or spend in order to have a great time! So happy that you were able to get away and enjoy a much needed vacation!!!

How's the transition to your new job position going?

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LOTUSFLOWER 8/1/2011 8:51AM

    Looks like an amazing trip!

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KATHIERAE 7/31/2011 5:28PM

    Thank you SO much for sharing your wonderful trip so I can live vicariously through others!! I have never been to any of those places... I am so glad you had a great time, and especially that you didn't sunburn!!! Wonderful memories for you and hubby for sure.

Not sure you ever would have gotten me out of the first hotel. Wowzers! emoticon

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KITHKINCAID 7/31/2011 1:19PM

    ooh Jen - looks awesome. i loved that trip (still have never been to Vegas, but Sedona and the Canyon are just unbelievable)! glad you guys had a great time.

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KEEN2OQE 7/30/2011 11:56PM

    Hi there, I love the Southwest. I live there. I am so glad you visited and posted all those beautiful pictures. What a fantastic vacation!

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JMUCKINHOUPT 7/30/2011 10:45PM

    Wow! What a trip. We were in the same area, sort of. I'm glad you seemed to have as much fun as we did.

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KT-NICHOLS-13 7/30/2011 8:49PM

    Great photos.
Love to hear that your sun precautions worked out!

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MICKEYMAX 7/30/2011 8:14PM

    Lovely! Great pics!

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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!

Tina

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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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