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Confession and Game Plan

Friday, August 13, 2010

I have a confession to make: I have only been half heartedly doing SP for the past two months. The past two weeks have been particularly bad: I haven't tracked a full day's worth of food or worked out in that time. Ugh.

And, of course, I'm paying the price. So it ends today. I finished the Healthy Cooking Challenge and have been eating very well. I plan to keep that up. But I need to make sure I log my food.

The biggest problem is fitness. I've never really hit my stride in that department. So I've decided that my only option is to work harder. And more consistently.

Here's where SP interceded: One of my SparkFriends, the delightful and irrepressible KITHKINCAID, blogged about the Hot Chocolate 5K race and the C25K program. So I got inspired and decided that this is exactly what I need to get me off my over-padded butt.

The best, and most surprising part, is DH's reaction. Not only does he support my efforts, but he's decided to join in!!!!. DH said he'd start tracking his food and will join me in C25K. He said to sign both of us up for the race - even though it means traveling to Chicago (from DC) to do it. emoticon I was totally blown away. And now I'm totally inspired. We bought DH some work out clothes today - and I got new socks - and tomorrow we're going to the running store to get fitted for shoes.

On that note, I'm going to run off and do my first strength training in, well, YEARS. I'm going to warm up with a little cardio, then do some push up, crunches, supermen, and walking lunges. My goal is to push out 10 pushups, 30 crunches, 4 supermen of 10 seconds, and 10 walking lunches. That's probably pathetic, but it's where I'm at. emoticon

And ladies, please help me out here and keep me accountable. I need to blog about my progress to keep myself honest. If you don't see a blog, pesterize me.


  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

LOTUSFLOWER 8/13/2010 7:01PM

    Awesome!!! I am friends with Kithkincaid and am running in the Hot Chocolate run too! I think it's awesome that your husband is going to do it too!!! Looking forward to meeting you!

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KITHKINCAID 8/13/2010 6:43PM

    Yes yes yes. We're so doing this! Now I can't even wait until November! Yey for Spark buddies!!!

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What 3 Things Make You the Happiest?

Saturday, July 10, 2010

I saw this on GRANDMAAMIE's blog, and decided to copy her. Sometimes it seems like we all - myself definitely included - spend so much time on our to-do lists and solving problems that we don't take a step back to focus on the positive or be grateful.

The three things that make me happiest are:
1. My husband and family.
2. The fact that we have enough to be comfortable but not so much that we are jaded or too pampered.
3. My job: it's demanding and challenging but very rewarding. I can maintain a good work/life balance while feeling like I'm making a difference and doing good.

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SLIMSOLO10 7/10/2010 1:33PM

    thank you for what you do for us to keep us safe. My son just graduated in Criminal Justice and is interested in Homeland Security and it scares me but your blog made me remember that he is helping people be safe and I need to put my own needs behind that and support him.
The 3 things that make me happiest-
1. My faith in my Lord.
2. My husband and family
3. Being outside and exploring nature
and I can't leave singing out! emoticon

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JENJESS48 7/10/2010 12:54PM

    I work counternarcotics issues for the U.S. government. Thusly all the travel to Latin America. emoticon It's hard work and I realize we're never going to beat the problem until we successfully reduce demand here in the States, but helping other countries build themselves up and fight against the violence and corrosive corruption that drug trafficking brings is really gratifying. And I feel like I'm helping to make the world a safer place, which is great.

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BRITT831 7/10/2010 12:41PM

    If u dont mind me asking, what do u do for a living?

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KITHKINCAID 7/10/2010 12:40PM

    I would have to say:

1. My personal successes and learning to achieve for myself in ways I haven't done before
2. My cats
3. My city and all it has to offer. I'm a BIG fan of living in Chicago!

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Great Compliment!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Today I got the nicest compliment. I bumped into a lady at work that I haven't seen in about a month. She told me that I've lost weight and look great. Then she asked me how much I've lost. When I told her it was about 15 pounds she didn't believe me - because it looks like much more! emoticon emoticon

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SAMMYSWEETPEA 6/23/2010 12:58AM

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_ROODIE_ 6/22/2010 6:45PM

  Little compliments like that can sure go a long way toward success! You keep it up cause "you look mahvelous!"


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CINDYWAGNER1 6/22/2010 6:44PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Keep up that great work and more will come your way. Have faith! That is wonderful your accomplishment on weight. Have an awesome week.

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KITHKINCAID 6/22/2010 6:44PM


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Recalcitrant Scale

Monday, June 21, 2010

Two weeks ago I met none of my goals, barely exercised, and totally overate. Last week I met all my goals, ate very well, and exercised a lot. Two weeks ago I lost 1.8 pounds. This week I gained 0.1 pound. Ugh. Frustrating!

But whatever. I'm going to keep chugging. My clothes are looser - including the pants that I just bought - and I had to buy new bras yesterday. So I am losing weight, whatever the scale says. emoticon Take that, scale!

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KITHKINCAID 6/21/2010 11:04PM

    This is why we can only give the scale so much weight...hehe. It never really says what your body knows it should!

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SMOOCHIEFACE 6/21/2010 12:08PM

    Keep up the good work and pay no attention to what that stupid scale says. They don't know your body like you do... you will know if things are going right, regardless of that dumb number.

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GRANDMAAMIE 6/21/2010 10:39AM

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SUZANDALE 6/21/2010 9:58AM

    Yeah, I hate that I still measure most of my success by the scale!! It can really be depressing!! But you are doing all the right things this time, so it will eventually show on the scale!! Keep up the good work. You are doing awesome!!

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100% Week

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Last week was just a disaster, Spark-wise. So I set some goals for this week to try to turn thins around. And you know what? I succeeded! I met or surpassed every one of my goals! emoticon

Nutrition goal: Track every day and stay within my calories 3 days.
Results: Tracked every day and stayed within my calories 6 days. emoticon

Water goal: Drink at least 8 glasses of water every day.
Results: Drank at least 10 glasses of water every day. emoticon

Exercise goal: Do one gym workout and one yoga session this week. Do something active for at least 10 minutes every other day of the week.
Results: Did two gym workouts and two yoga sessions this week. I also walked or did the Wii fit for about 20 minutes every other day of the week. emoticon

Sleep: Get 8 hours of sleep every night.
Results: 8-9 hours a night and fully rested! emoticon

I am so proud of myself! emoticon emoticon emoticon

So today I am taking a break. DH and I are going out for breakfast, then to a museum, doing some shopping (including our favorite grocery store), and capping it off with a meal at the restaurant where we had our first date. I am not going to track fitness or calories, just enjoy the day.

But Monday I'll be back at it again. I think I'll keep the same goals as this week and just try to surpass them again like I did this week. emoticon

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

ADYLEIGH 6/20/2010 5:37PM

    Enjoy yourself today, you've earned it. keep up the good work!

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KITHKINCAID 6/20/2010 1:58PM

    Congrats Jen - that's awesome!!!

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GRANDMAAMIE 6/20/2010 1:51PM

    emoticonYOU GO GIRL!! BEHIND YOU 100%

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SUZANDALE 6/20/2010 12:41PM

    WooHoo!! You are so amazing!! Keep up the good work!!
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BAYBELIEVER 6/20/2010 12:39PM

    Way to go! Hope you have a great day!

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