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Negative vs positive

Sunday, January 17, 2010

All I was doing this past week was looking at the negative in everything. I wanted to join the fitness center again next to my office but they now close over the lunch hour. I wanted to work out today, but none of my work out clothes fit anymore. All I could find to eat in the house was fattening junk. Negative negative, negative.

Soooo... This evening I found a box of dusty ol' DVDs that didn't get unpacked when I moved last year, and guess what? They are workout DVDs. *Unopened* workout DVDs.

My positive plan is to start doing a DVD per day. No excuses. I don't even have to have workout wear that fits--I can exercise in anything (or nothing) in the privacy of my home. Maybe after I've made some progress, the exercise clothes will fit again, and I'll be able to take the workouts outdoors for some power walking. Oh, and I did find something healthy to eat. I had a tomato and cucumber, but no lettuce. With some out-of-the-box thinking I came up with a simple solution. I made gazpacho. Yummy. Should be adequately chilled by now. Add a no-added fat skinless chicken tenderloin, and I've got a meal. And for dessert I will have a banana with a little drizzle of chocolate syrup.

I also turned a potentially negative Christmas present into a positive this weekend. I got a Belgian waffle maker as a gift. I visualized gooey syrup dripping off of deep-welled waffles...but then, BAM! I realized this was my chance to make some changes. I made some waffle batter with whole wheat flour and other healthy substitutions, then made batches in various "flavors" to freeze. One batch had some pecan tidbits and dried cranberries, another had blueberries, one had cinnamon, another had a berry mixture, and all were good (I sampled a corner off of each). Each round was divided into four segments, and I placed two segments in each freezer bag. Now I can grab a bag and toss the 2 segments into the toaster at work for an easy, quick breakfast. I'll probably add a protein source like almonds or yogurt. It will be a nice change from the usual.

Amazing how thinking positively changes how you feel.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

MSJULES022165 1/20/2010 3:33PM

    LOVE seeing you back here!

I have "reset" my page and am starting fresh here myself.

GREAT spin on the waffle maker. :)

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USARUNNERGIRL 1/18/2010 2:12PM

    Great job in turning the "thoughts" around. Woohoo.

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WHITNEY82 1/17/2010 10:04PM

    The waffle maker idea is FANTASTIC!!! I'm awful at thinking "outside the box" when it comes to meals... Well done on this idea...

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Lose 30, gain 15, lose 30, gain 15...

Thursday, January 03, 2008

I lost 30 lbs last year in the winter/spring, then gained 15 back in the summer/fall. Isn't that backwards? However, if I keep that up, I'll hit my goal weight or something. Sheesh. Not the way to do it!

Anyway, I'm back in the saddle again with exercise, even though I messed up with movie popcorn and way too much spaghetti for dinner last night (baby steps).

This resurgence of motivation came to me when my super-loose work pants fit again. Argh. This time around, when I drop enough to go down a size, I'm NOT going to pin them to make them smaller--I'm going to alter them or get RID of them so they are not available for an expanding waistline. Tight pants are a motivator.

My positive thought for the day: With a healthier diet, both in quantity and quality of food choices, I will save money for a much-needed and deserved vacation. Eliminating fast food alone will save at least $160-200 per month.

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MSJULES022165 3/27/2008 1:44PM

    AND we have that reunion coming up the end of June!

C'mon girl! We have three months to get ourselves in "Knock 'em dead" shape! We can do this!!

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Blobby blobby blobby

Monday, June 25, 2007

I have worked out only about 5 times in the past month. I feel like a slug. I KNEW this would happen. I'm not near the gym since school let out, and my motivation is lagging. Luckily, I haven't gained anything back, but I need something to "spark" me again.

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MSJULES022165 7/25/2007 12:11PM

    I've allowed Rich's daughter being here to be my excuse not to hit the treadmill - I'm back and back around.

PLUS I've tried e-mailing and calling you repeatedly with NO response. Are you okay?! I'm about to become Officially Concerned!

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Water water water

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Can't believe what a difference drinking the water makes! I swear my scale does not move if I haven't had my 8-10 glasses a day.

I have been finding myself exchanging yard work for formal exercise (changing it up can be good), but I don't feel as if I've accomplished as much, even though I'm sweating up a storm.

Still trying to get back into the positive groove of exercising rather than the obligatory groove. Bought some new exercise clothes as motivation in a regular store (!) but will need to lose about 5-10 more pounds before they don't look snug. Although, snug is not looking as bad as it once did!

I liked Nitwick's "Today I am grateful for.." tag on her blogs, so I am going to do the same. I like the thought of looking for the positive.

Today I am thankful for a mother who is, and has always been, there for me.

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MSJULES022165 5/18/2007 12:51PM

    I've recently reached the very same conclusion about my water drinking. My big problem is keeping it up on weekends! I'm HORRIBLE about it for those two days.

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Did it and doing it

Thursday, May 10, 2007

I made myself go to the fitness center again after work yesterday (as I blogged I would), and I did do 45 minutes of cardio and a wee bit of weightlifting. Felt fabulous when I left. Ate too much for dinner (over daily calorie goal of 1220-1550 for weight loss), but came in under 1900 calories for the day.

Again was not motivated to exercise today but made myself go do 30 minutes of cardio over lunch anyway. Will force myself to go again after work. I know I'll feel great if I do, but I can't figure out why my heart's not in it lately. Maybe a reward... Ok, if I exercise everyday for at least 45 minutes per day for the next week, I'll go get a massage. Provided I have the funds.

Update: Didn't go after work. Naughty me. Also did not do 45 minutes minimum daily for a week, so need to set a new goal.


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