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Bad choice, great rebound

Monday, July 28, 2014

I cannot have ice cream in the house. I am simply not one of those people who can eat something in moderation.

We had a family ice cream sundae party after a Christmas in July outing on Saturday. I did really well - small portion, in a smaller bowl, with a banana on the bottom for extra fruit (and to fill the bowl, visually.)

Sunday I had a root beer float. Immediately after I filled a normal sized bowl with ice cream and toppings and ate that, too.

Then I felt sick. Lethargic. Gross. Weighed down.

One bad food choice doesn't break a healthy lifestyle, the same way one good food choice doesn't make a healthy lifestyle.

I didn't throw my hands up and declare the day to be a waste and continue eating poorly.

I put on my bathing suit and went to the pool, pledging to swim double the number of laps I normally do. I swam 16 laps. I had to stop a lot to rest, but I did it. It was just what I needed. The "ick" was gone and my mood and energy level increased.

Then, when I got home, I got dressed for a walk around the block - to be completed after dinner. Well, dinner ended up taking longer to cook than anticipated. We finished just shy of 8:30 p.m. I start kiddo's bedtime at 9:00.

I asked hubby to clean up from dinner and watch kiddo so I could squeeze in a quick walk. I walked the 1.8 miles around the block and a short warm up and cool down. So probably 2 miles, adding 37 minutes to my fitness minutes.


Healthy response to stress - Cape May!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Yesterday afternoon was brutal. My son learned how to climb out of the crib, and was overtired and throwing a massive meltdown refusing to nap. The scale was not kind to me - it stayed exactly the same as last week. (Second week slump?) My husband and I were fighting over nonsense (because he was a tired, grumpy jerk.)

I did not binge eat. I did not break my 365-day No Chocolate challenge.

On a whim I decided to drive to the shore. Packed kiddo up, grabbed the beach bag and some water and just started driving to Cape May. (It's an hour and 15 minutes away.) Kiddo slept and woke up refreshed. And there's just no way to play with a toddler in the waves and stay in a bad mood. He chased sea gulls, I chased him. It was great.

I made healthier food choices, too. We had pizza, but shared a slice. No soda, we drank our water. For our goodie we shared a sugar free water ice (it's like Italian ice, but slushier.) The best treat in the world is fudge from The Original Fudge Kitchen - usually hubby and I would buy a box (one pound) of assorted flavors and enjoy. I bought one square (2 oz.) and shared it with my son.

It didn't even dawn on me until now - a full 24 hours after I left yesterday - just how much different my choices were. I'm pretty proud of myself!

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CK-DUBYA 7/28/2014 1:07PM

    Way to take control and make it a positive!!

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MJRVIC2000 7/25/2014 4:30PM

    May to Go! Godís way is always better. Try it! God Bless YOU! Vic.

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DAWN220 7/25/2014 4:22PM

    WOW - That is something to be proud of. It was great for you and also for your son. Good bonding and good decisions - that is what it is all about. Not the weight.

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My Running List of NSVs

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

I'll update this to keep a digital copy of my non-scale victories. Results are not shown on the scale, they are shown in real life.

1) Wore jean capris that I couldn't even get close to zipping up a few weeks ago.
2) Healthy response to stress: drove to Cape May instead of eating

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TWINZMOM7 7/23/2014 9:16AM

  Great idea! emoticon

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Struggling to find my way back

Thursday, July 10, 2014

I'm lost. And I know it.

I know where I want to be. I know what I need to do to get there.

So why am I not there? Why am I not doing it?

Tonight I logged into SparkPeople for the first time in months. This is a step.

I'm slowly beginning to eat healthier. Make better choices. Watch portion control. Exercise.

I know it takes time. Have you ever read the book The Tipping Point? Good book. The idea is that in anything - getting healthier, fashion trends, anything - it takes time for the small changes, the ones that are so tough to start, to take hold. Once they do, it reaches a tipping point and in the future, these changes won't take nearly as much effort, but will reap larger rewards.

I have to stop beating myself up for being off track. I also need to figure out how to be on track now that I have a toddler. The last time I was on track was when I was pregnant and when he was a newborn. It was so much easier then.

I logged into SparkPeople tonight. That is a step.

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MOMMACASSEY 7/22/2014 10:58AM

    I agree--it's SO hard to get time for yourself with active little ones around. (I'm not sure it gets any easier when they're past the toddler stage, except I can say that my 4-year-old loves to work out to videos and go for walks--or runs, as long as you're not in a real hurry--with me.)

The only thing I've managed to do has been to incorporate my little ones. I've used a jogging stroller and a wagon to take my kids out for walks or to the park. I've used the girls themselves as weights, doing tricep curls while holding on to one, and lifting with one of them, either over my head or just up to shoulder height...

I haven't read The Tipping Point, but I know you're right about it. The more often we do little things (good habits or bad, unfortunately) the easier it is to incorporate them into daily life, and the easier it is to take the next little step.

But--and here's the big thing--you're a mom. And that means you can do ANYTHING. My girls believe this about me, and it really helps spur me on when I'm willing to lag a little. My 4-year-old can be quite the inspirational little coach and motivation!


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JERSEYGIRL318 7/15/2014 7:21AM

    You can do this! Moms' struggle so much with the balancing act.

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POOKASLUAGH 7/11/2014 8:45AM

    It is so hard once there is a baby/toddler involved. It's like you have no independence again until they reach five. I've watched a lot of people struggle this way. It WILL get easier eventually. I miss seeing you around here. Just keep trying! :)

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LITTLELENNA 7/11/2014 6:36AM

    The first step is the hardest, or so they say. Welcome back! It's a constant struggle, but as long as we are putting one foot in front of the other, we are moving forward. emoticon emoticon

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BUBBALOOGA123 7/11/2014 12:45AM

    I know this -- totally been there, done that. I also know that without some sort of plan or program in place, I will yo-yo right back to where I started.

Please feel free to join our group: 100 Days to a New You Challenge...ongoing. I'm a co-leader and it's a pretty active group. If you decide to join, you can do your challenge as a streak or add as you go.

Wishing you lots of success on your journey in healthy living! :)

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VIADOLOROSA 7/10/2014 11:59PM

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BUSYGRANNY5 7/10/2014 11:46PM

    Good for you!!! It doesn't matter how many times we fall down as long as we get up one more time than we fall!!! Keep on keeping on and refuse to give up on yourself!

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The Fallacy of Gym Class

Saturday, August 10, 2013

When I was in school my interests, ability and intelligence were all taken into consideration when the guidance counselors and my parents decided which courses I should take. Because of that, I was surrounded by people with similar interests, ability and intelligence. We all worked hard, challenged ourselves. The kids in the "lower" courses worked hard and challenged themselves, but the material was slightly different. The kids in the "higher" courses also worked hard and challenged themselves, and their material was more rigorous than mine.

However, when it came to gym class, all bets were off. Athletes and the sedentary side by side, with the same goals and being graded in the same way.

I hated gym class. (Guess which one I was, the athlete or the sedentary.)

It taught me that I was inadequate. That physical activity was not enjoyable. That only the athletes performed well.

I remember wearing a gray Champion sweatshirt on my last day of running - in June - sweating profusely, but refusing to wear a t-shirt because I wanted to hide my body. I remember thinking: Nobody is ever going to force me to run again. I remember feeling embarrassed that I was sweating so badly, so redfaced, so dead last. Pushing myself unhealthily way past my limits, just to try to keep up with the more fit kids, to minimize the appearance of failing so badly.

Is this any way to educate kids?

It took years for me to move beyond the mentality that exercise was for gym class. To realize that physical movement can be enjoyable. That it is needed for a healthy life. That even though I am not a track star, a field hockey player, that I can compete against myself and be measured against my own ability and progress.

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MOMMACASSEY 8/16/2013 9:30AM

    I felt the same way about gym and feel the same way about running now... I wasn't an athlete in school, but I was active--dance classes for a total of 11.5 years, and when I got to high school and started driving, got into theater arts and had a job, too... I remember trying to be athletic, in the beginning, but I really think my downhill slide away from it began with the Presidential Fitness tests they started having us do every year, how many pushups and situps and pull ups can you do... and by the way, we're not going to prepare for this by learning and doing them in P.E. until the day of the tests.

I'm so glad I'm past that, now, and can decide I'm going to run a mile, or three.

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STSCOTT11 8/16/2013 9:00AM

    Good blog. Interesting to see this perspective.
I was never an athelete, not an over weight youth...I just didn't like being dragged outside to bake in the sun and run around with seemingly no purpose and be graded on it.
I think your right though...THERE IS A LESSON IN THE LESSON that for some is really negative. Perhaps part of the lesson should be THE VALUE OF FITNESS currently and throughout life. Your sedentary youthful ways made way for a lady THAT THINKS...which in life is equally valuable.

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FANGFACEKITTY 8/16/2013 8:42AM

    I hated gym too, even though on the outside I had no reason too. I was "normal" sized, not over-weight so "should have" had no problems...but I am a klutz and not well coordinated and really don't do well in team sports. I was always one of the last ones picked, which is a complete confidence killer, no matter one's size.

Today it is even worse in gym classes. Many schools now have pools, which they did not back in the day, so swimming is a mandatory part of gym. No excuses. So not only do the "non-competitors" still have to deal with the humiliation of being picked last and ridicule for their efforts, they get to do so in a bathing suit too.

And gym class itself is, of course, mandatory to "help combat the obesity epidemic". Somehow I think they've failed on this point.

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CHUBBEGONE28 8/10/2013 11:56PM

    So true! I have never thought of how gym class could be a roadblock to lifelong exercise success. I always dreaded gym class....everyone staring as students take turns competing in sports while a teacher stands by with their whistle. My least favorite was dodgeball. Eek! It is true that from a young age, children are likely grouping themselves in two categories:

1. Those who can compete
2. Those who should take up a different hobby (I chose the arts)

I am still trying to find the enjoyment in exercise. Work in progress, right? :)

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IMOFF2DLOONYBIN 8/10/2013 11:30AM

    I feel like I could have written this blog. It spoke to me. I hated gym class because from the time I was little I was always the last one. Last one to be picked and the last one to finish an exercise. I hated gym. I think it's part of why I still hate exercise.

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