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Thursday, May 15, 2008

I had a nice post written about the last couple of days, and then the computer ate it. Oh well.

As I was walking around the hotel we were staying at, sometimes out of breath, it occurred to me no wonder I get out of breath: I am carrying around a large bag of cat litter with me. Everywhere!

Yes, I can lift a 40 lb bag of cat litter, but it's sure darn heavy. And that's almost the extra weight I'm carrying around with me every day. Just another good reason to stick with it, no matter how long it takes or how many set backs there are: I just think about how much more energy I'll have when that bag of cat litter is off my back!

The last couple of days were challenging. Food temptation everywhere. Bakeries full of goodies; at least they looked like goodies, I never did buy anything. Afternoon tea at the hotel, which I really, really wanted to try . . . but didn't. Breakfast at the hotel, but I'd brought along some healthy food & shopped for more veggies & fruits to get me through, since we did, as it turned out, have a small fridge in our room.

I kept repeating to myself "nothing tastes as good as thin feels", over and over and over again. I think I mostly made healthy choices. Yes, I indulged in one dessert (split with my husband, leaving the last few bites on the plate). But I had planned for that. And I worked out hard, too!

Don't get me wrong; I'm not a saint. There are vacations where I do indulge. Like the trip to Paris this fall. I ate like a pig! But in that case, it could very likely be the only trip to Paris I'll ever have, and I walked hours everyday besides. I don't regret it. But I can't afford to always indulge like that.

I want to get rid of the cat litter!

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LSFBOOK 5/15/2008 10:31PM

    Cat litter! Who would have thought. A 40 pound bag of cat litter is just about the amount of weight I needed to lose when I started this. I never thought about it like that--what a great picture you have put in my mind. You are doing great! Planning like you did seems to really have worked for you. Congratulations on what you've lost so far and what you'll lose in the future.

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MTER67 5/15/2008 6:40PM

    You must be very proud of yourself--I can't believe how much will power you have! When I travel, I always have your "Paris mentality," and overindulge b/c it is a once-in-a-lifetime experience and I justify it that way. But, it sounds to me like you still enjoyed your trip, by splitting a dessert, and carefully choosing your treats. I just had a "walking" vacation, too. Exploring a new place on foot is so fun, and at the end of the day, that meal tastes so much better than it would if you had sat around all day, don't you think? Take care and glad you had a great trip.

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MAXIJOHN 5/15/2008 4:37PM

    I can always count on you to write something inspiring!
You have a lot more strength than I do. I am a pushover for baked goods, but like you said, nothing tastes as good as thin feels! Keep up the good work!

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VAL503 5/15/2008 1:07PM

    Great blog! And great job on your vacation! I can relate.. how hard it is sometimes to make good choices when you are away. I have a hard time being on track when I am away from my daily routine.. Your past trip to Paris sounded wonderful, and all that walking probably helped with all the delicious food.. besides, french women don't get fat, or so the book says :-)
Sounds like you took good care of yourself on this trip, and even though it is hard to get used to, it feels really good to do something "good for you".
My computer ate my last couple of blogs too! Or, they disappeared in cyber space somewhere.. It is kind of a bummer when you get it all typed up, and hit the button, and it goes.. nowhere!!
Great job on staying present and taking care of yourself.. you are an inspiration! Thanks!

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Making Lemonade

Monday, May 12, 2008

It hasn't been easy to get my bootcamp workouts in, or anywhere near my normal amount of exercise, for that fact; but I do what I can.

I had every intention of doing a bootcamp workout yesterday after we got home, but I was just too tired (not to mention I just couldn't get a connection to SP at all last night). At least I'd dragged DH with me on a walk yesterday morning. It was a beautiful day, and my parents live close enough to Vasaar College to walk there, so we did; it's a lovely campus.

This morning when I tried to do the video the first time, it wasn't avaialalbe! But I did the challenge video, one of the resistance band workouts since that's what I have with me, and by the end of that it was back up so I was able to finish everything.

I probably won't have much access to the computer the next few days, as we'll be at my husband's conference, but there's the spa, an indoor pool (still a bit chilly here for outdoor swimming, alas), and I brought my swimsuit. I'll do what I can; that's all we can ever do!

Eating hasn't been too bad yet, altho I'm beginning to run out of healthy snacks already. I'm hoping to stop at a grocery store on the way up & stock back up.

And, of course, I got to catch up with my parents, my sister & her husband, my nephew (ok, he's a teenager & he just doesn't talk), and even my sister's MIL. Gotta remember the important things in life!


The good, the bad, the ugly, part II

Saturday, May 10, 2008

The good: I planned ahead, got a turkey sub from subway the night before, so I had my sub with me for lunch at the airport, rather than be at the mercy of the tempting but not-so-healthy airport food (we actually have some pretty good local restaurants at our airport, but not a lot of healthy options).

The bad: I decided to have a sit down dinner, and the mushroom redpepper sandwich sounded really good. Turned out it was relatively small. The bun really wasn't very tasty, so I took off half of it. But it came with chips . . . and they were really good. So yes, I had some chips, but not too many (I hope), and I thoroughly enjoyed them. Because if I'm going to have something fattening, I'm going to do it consciously & enjoy it.

The almost-ugly: I was still hungry after dinner, so I stopped at smoothie king. I was all set to get a banana strawberry smoothie, to get in some more fruit, but somehow when I got there the words "shredder, chocolate" came out of my mouth. It was like an out-of-body experience!

I only drank half of it, and I looked up the calories this morning -- actually, that was much better than I expected. 311 calories for the whole thing, so it was only about 150 calories -- which is just about the perfect amount for a splurge.

So all in all, not too bad.

I was trying to do the Day 7 video from the swimsuit bootcamp this morning, but it just stopped when I got a couple of minutes into it, which was disappointing. Hopefully it will be back up later, before we head down to my mom's (and God knows what sort of food she's going to feed us).

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MAXIJOHN 5/12/2008 12:18PM

    LOL at your out of body experience! I have those all of the time, just didn't know what to call them. lol!

You did great drinking only 1/2 of the Smoothie. I have heard a lot about Smoothie King but haven't had a chance to try them yet. Maybe that's a good thing!

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VAL503 5/10/2008 5:49PM

    You're doing it! Keep up the good work! You are bringing your awareness into what you do, and that is wonderful. Mindfully eating something that you enjoy can feel so empowering!
I laughed when I read your out of body experience! Isn't it funny how our mind can sneak back in there so quickly?
Have a wonderful vacation.

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KARBIE18 5/10/2008 9:26AM

    Out of body experience! emoticon That's funny, but I know exactly what you mean. It sounds like overall you made good choices, and I'm glad your oh-so-delicious-sounding chocolate shredder didn't hurt your efforts. Keep up the good work.


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Mission impossible: vacation planning

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

It seems that way sometimes. And other times, the universe has a way of aligning itself to help you. I was so sick Monday, but rapidly got better (crosses fingers for continued health).

Then today I log on and one of my articles is "Easy Vacation Exercises" -- www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness

Most of it was old hat to me, but the idea to use stress balls was new. I need to hunt mine down! I don't like the idea of bringing ankle weights -- it's hard enough to pack light enough as it is! Resistance bands are always in my suitcase. They're often used, even (although not always).

I also made it a point to print out a couple of food trackers from the "Printable Resources" link on the home page -- www.sparkpeople.com/resource/printab

You can, and I have, just use hotel notepads or any loose piece of paper. But it's a nice little resource to have. Check out some of the other things you can print out.

My goals for this vacation:

1. Maintain my weight

2. Have no more than 2 desserts

3. Bring my own low fat desserts with me (cocovia & attune bars)

4. Walk 30 minutes at least 5 times

5. Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day

6. Journal daily, and read this plan daily

7. Read the reasons I want to lose weight daily

8. Print out my bootcamp "before" photos as inspiration

Today's SP Healthy Reflections email was especially pertinent, I thought, so I'll share it here:

The last dejected effort often becomes the winning stroke.

- W.J. Camero

We keep hearing about how persistence is often the key to success. But what do you do when you've been striving for so long that it seems like your goal is never going to see light? How do you deal with the fear that you're about to fail? Simple. Give it just one more shot. And then one more. Think about the sweat and time you've committed already. You've come this far, you'd be unfair to yourself if you quit without a fight. Even if the odds are way out of your favor and you can't see how it can possibly help, reach out and take one last swing. You never know what will happen. Big, meaningful achievements don't just happen when everything goes your way. How many times have you seen tennis players make miraculous winning shots while lunging for a ball that seemed impossible to reach? Sometimes, you can find victory in the effort.

I couldn't help thinking of "Dancing with the Stars" on Monday, for those of you who watch. What would have happened to Christian had he thrown in the towel after his injury? He would never have known the satisfaction of beating everyone out -- using only one arm! How amazing.

It's so easy to think we'll never be thin, throw in the towel, and just give up. It takes hard work to lose weight and keep it off. But it's worth it. It's really worth it. To be happy with yourself (yes, yes, of course you should be happy with yourself no matter what you weigh); to be healthy; to have the energy to do all you want to do.

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MUM2FIVE 5/8/2008 4:57PM

    I hope you get out the door okey and have a great time away!
thanks for that link, I had no idea, i have been using a post it or whatever til i get back to the computer.
HAVE FUN!!!!!!!!

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VAL503 5/7/2008 9:17PM

    Have a wonderful vacation! Isn't it great that you can plan to succeed while you plan to have fun? Good for you! You inspire us all to do our best, even when there is lots to do, and places to go.. thanks!

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JLITT62 5/7/2008 7:46PM

    Organized? HA! Big belly laugh. I was, once, but I must've lost that along with my 30s. My toothbrush isn't packed yet. Well, my travel toothbrush is in my travel makeup case, but that ain't packed yet.

This evening has been a litany of little disasters. And as always, with just one day to go, I'm feeling the pressure. But, we'll both get it together & enjoy our time away (even if it kills us).

I am very thankful that I got better so quickly! And yes, I particularly enjoyed that reflection too -- which is why I shared it. Came at a good time!

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MTER67 5/7/2008 6:49PM

    You are very organized for your trip. Not only have you packed your toothbrush, but all the tools to keep you on track while you are away. That's awesome! Thank you for sharing that healthy reflections. I really enjoyed that one.

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Feeling better

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Thanks everyone for the well wishes -- I feel much better today! Don't worry, I'm still trying to take it as easy as I can, but I'm so thankful that I feel better because I really do have a lot of stuff that must get done.

It was very weird; I felt fine Sunday, altho I didn't sleep well for a couple of nights -- but just woke up feeling terrible on Monday. I could barely stand. A slight fever, although I've had worse, and terrible muscle aches. The mere thought of food made me nauseous (always a sign that I'm really sick).

So I drank a lot of water & some echinachea tea. I thought of having some chicken soup, but even that thought just didn't sit well. I did take belladonna throughout the day, which is a homeopathic remedy used for some fevers. Maybe it helped; who knows?

By the evening I finally felt a little better, and I finally did eat an english muffin. That was it for the entire day!

Today, at least, I am able to sit up. The dogs seemed to enjoy yesterday -- we snuggled in bed a couple of times, which I never do during the day. They love the bed. It was a rainy day, anyway.

Maybe in a couple of days I'll be able to resume the bootcamp videos. Today it was just a short walk for the dogs.

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MTER67 5/6/2008 8:32PM

    Glad to hear that you are feeling better. I am getting ready for a trip myself. I am leaving tomorrow morning and I haven't even pulled the suitcase out yet--today I go into panic mode! Take it easy and have a great trip, when you go!

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KARBIE18 5/6/2008 2:29PM

    That's great! I'm so glad you're feeling better. Take it slow - the bootcamp can wait. I've never tried belladonna, but I've had pretty good luck with echinacea. Do you grow your own?

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VAL503 5/6/2008 12:59PM

    Glad to hear you are feeling better!
A rainy day in bed with the dogs.. what bliss! Except for you not feeling well, that is!
Take good care,

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LSFBOOK 5/6/2008 11:47AM

    It sounds like you feel a little better. Take it easy with everything until you feel completely ok. Just walk the dogs for now!

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