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Almost best present ever

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Every day DH has asked if I wanted my Hannukah present & I kept saying no since I didn't have his yet. Last night he gave it to me: 2 Eco friendly house cleanings! I've never had anyone clean my house despite my mom having someone in once a week for as long as I can remember. Very excited!

The trip has been pretty much as expected: tiring & boring. Didn't feel great the first couple of days but thankfully nothing seems to be developing.

Gave SIL & MIL a tiny bit of a break from their caretaking duties.

Didn't exercise as much as usual but still a fair amount of walking. Tried to eat as healthy as I could.

My SIL did take us to a tour of Theo Chocolates yesterday. Highly recommend if u're ever in Seattle. Even just visiting the store is well worthwhile - lots of samples!

And ate more fruit than normal now that it's all "free".

Very cold back home & apparently snowy too. Winter sure is starting early this yr.

Will be catching back up with y'all over the next few days.

Oh and the present was a groupon, of course.

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IFDEEVARUNS2 12/10/2010 12:10PM

    Wow! I've never had the nerve to have someone in to clean - I'm too ashamed of the clutter. Something to aspire to. And yes, when I was growing up we had full-time help (until I was 12.)
Seriously, your hubby did an awesome job! emoticon

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SKINNYPOWELL1 12/8/2010 10:02AM

    So glad you're back and how exciting to have someone clean your house, that was a thoughtful gift. Bundle up, winter is definitely settling in.

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DDHEART 12/8/2010 9:40AM

    Your hubby has done really well in the gift department first your kindle and now this! What's next?

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KEAKMAN 12/8/2010 9:30AM

    Sounds like a great gift - and one that recognized who you are and what you think about things....also, he sees how hard you work around the house! Pretty sweet!!!

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HEYRED221 12/7/2010 6:39PM

    I would love that present - I really hate cleaning house :-)

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NATPLUMMER 12/7/2010 4:15PM

    That is a great present. I would love for somebody to get that for me. Enjoy it!!!
I'm glad you "eh-ness" hasn't turned into something else. I think it would be hard to exercise as much as you usually do but walking definitely helps.
I will try to remember Theo Chocolates if we're ever in Seattle.
Maybe an early start to winter means it will end early as well.
Have a good rest of your trip!

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REESEYMAY 12/7/2010 4:11PM

    Nice! Your hubby is so thoughtful!

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FRECKS96 12/7/2010 4:11PM

    I've actually heard that your area doesn't have as much snow as most places. That could change this weekend though. Enjoy the rest of your trip and I hope you have an uneventful flight home.

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Pushing out of our comfort zone

Friday, December 03, 2010

I chose to walk with Leslie this morning. No, no snow here Kate (and yes, 5 hrs is a long drive & since we're visiting family hard to meet u halfway somewhere ... someday).

Just started feeling eh last night, but not bad enough not to workout at all.

I do feel I've been getting too comfortable again. Reaching for fast & easy rather than healthy, even knowing a little more effort would ultimately keep me full longer.

It's time to push past my comfort zone & be more uncomfortable to be more comfortable in the long wrong. If I can lose weight over Thanksgiving I know I can continue to lose weight this yr.

Being heavy is hard.

Losing weight is hard.

Choose your hard! And get uncomfortable with me.

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DDHEART 12/4/2010 6:01PM

    Oh yeah! Comfortable is well, um, comfortable!!! Will we always need to remind ourselves of these things? The answer to that for me anyway is yes....and if I forget to remind myself, I am lucky enough to have you, and Kate, and Mike, and Pat, and Tina and, and, and, and................................
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TEMPEST272002 12/3/2010 2:33PM

    Yes, that's the heart of it... would I rather go through the discomfort of having to exercise & make healthy food choices... or would I rather feel like I'm buried alive under layers of fat? Glad you're still choosing healthy!

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DAYHIKER 12/3/2010 1:47PM

    I am using ideas from the Kick Start Guide and have not been hungry since I started the new plan on Monday! I am not familiar enough with the changes to be comfortable...yet! emoticon

Hope you have a wonderful trip and stay the course while traveling. You've been doing an awesome job, Judy!!

emoticonCindy in Indiana awaiting ... emoticon

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DDOORN 12/3/2010 11:57AM

    Thx for the reminder of the "hard" line...! These days it does seem to take more effort...!


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SKINNYPOWELL1 12/3/2010 11:31AM

    I'm uncomfortable right along with ya. We can do it and WE WILL !!!!

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NATPLUMMER 12/3/2010 11:28AM

    I'm sure Leslie was glad you joined her ;-)
I will do my best to get uncomfortable with you! I will make healthy choices at lunch today (I'm meeting a friend). I hope my choices will help her make good ones as well.
I hope the eh doesn't turn into something worse.
Have a good time with the family!!
You'll totally lose weight this month. You're on a roll!

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SLIMMERJESSE 12/3/2010 11:14AM

    Yes, I vow that I will never be heavy again! Once is enough and not fun at all!

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To run or not to run?

Thursday, December 02, 2010

2 blogs in one day, it's been a while!

Well, the question isn't for today, cause I just got back from my run. The question is for tomorrow.

I did run 3 times this week already. I'm going to miss my swim tonight -- couldn't get my act together early enough in the day, gotta wash my hair, too much to do, blah blah blah. I really do enjoy my evening swims; I don't push real hard, it's more a way to wind down at the end of the day. I suppose I could do some yoga tonight, I haven't worked my core yet today anyway . . .

But tomorrow. I was sort of thinking an easy run. Like only 30 minutes. No pushing. Cause I'll be stuck in airplanes and airports for most of the day. There should at least be some moving at the inlaws, as FIL needs to be in almost constant motion.

Still, between Thanksgiving, this trip, my parents coming up when we get back, and then DH having time off at the end of the month -- which really ought to be a good thing but tends to be not so much when it comes to eating . . . it's a rough month! And I don't even celebrate Christmas, and thank God I don't drink, either.

So, back to the question: to run or not to run? Truly, the main drawback is that a) it'll be very cold b) I'll get sweaty without much time to clean up and c) DH would probably like some time with me.

I know so many of my running buddies would give their eye teeth just to be able to have that dilemma. To run pain free.

It is getting harder to push myself out that door. Damn, it's not even winter yet and it's still really cold! I procrastinated today, altho that sort of worked in my favor cause the mail was finally delivered just minutes before I finished so I didn't have to go out into the cold twice.

To run or not to run?

P.S. And funny how sometimes I wish for some time away from the dogs, so I can do what I want, when I want, for as long as I want . . . and now that I dropped them off at the pet sitter this morning I'm missing them terribly.

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KEAKMAN 12/3/2010 7:32AM

    Well, it's tomorrow. Not sure if the big snow dump hit you or not. That would have decided your question! Hope it missed you.

So let us know what you decided and have a safe trip and a pleasant holiday season. I wish I lived closer to Seattle so we could at least meet up for coffee, but 5 hours is a long drive for a cup of coffee, even with a friend! emoticon

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DDOORN 12/2/2010 10:50PM

    The cold is getting to me too...and heck yes, so early in this season of the long, dark months!


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FRECKS96 12/2/2010 7:56PM

    Tough call as there are benefits both ways. I'd play it by ear and see what time you get up. You can always walk laps at the airport. It's not as intense, but you're moving. And, you'll have lots of time with hubby there.

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DDHEART 12/2/2010 7:50PM

    A quandary...you need the yoga of that I am certain....then, what's happened with that treadmill? I think you could more easily hop on the mill for a bit early tomorrow morning without the cold to hold you back...a compromise?
I want to wish you a safe trip and happy holidays but I know that the trip will be filled with the mixed blessings of a family visit that is difficult to say the least. Just keep yourself calm and you'll be ok. emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 12/2/2010 3:34PM

    You could do some yoga tonight. I know it doesn't really seem to feel like much of a workout (not that it isn't difficult, it just doesn't seem to burn any calories) at least that's how I feel about it.
I guess you can see how you feel in the morning. How cold is it? How early can you get out to do it and still maybe spend some time with DH before your trip. It is nice to get some movement in before being stuck on an airplane.
Okay, I'm not very helpful. Sorry.
Whatever you decide will be perfect.

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One cause of post-workout hunger

Thursday, December 02, 2010

I never thought much about this before, but an article I was reading this morning made me go d'oh!

Ever finished a workout and felt famished?

Finish the same workout another day and not be hungry?

Maybe the difference is in the amount of water you drank. Thirst is often mistaken for hunger. I know when I don't get my normal amount of liquids in in the morning, I tend to be really hungry all day long, no matter how much I drink later on.

Just another reason to make sure you stay well hydrated, especially during and after tough workouts.

No wonder I have no trouble downing 2 glasses of water after a run when normally that might take me a while.

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MZSLYDE01 12/2/2010 12:45PM

    HMMM - I have had this thought many times. AND we know these things too. Ha Ha Ha.
I am going to be drinking tons of water after my workout on the way to work and getting ready for work. I bet that will take care of that GROWL during my drive to work.

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PAMINHALF 12/2/2010 10:40AM

  I agree - I wish water didn't play mind games with me like it does. Ugh. Actually if I just listened and stayed off the scale I probably wouldn't feel that way either. I'm going to fill up my water again now. Thanks for the reminder.

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KEAKMAN 12/2/2010 10:30AM

    Just thinking this morning that my 16 bottle of water is too small for work... I need a 32 ouncer! More water = less food to fill the tummy. And that is a GOOD thing for me!

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NATPLUMMER 12/2/2010 10:24AM

    Thank you for the reminder. I do try to make sure I drink some water before and plenty after I exercise (if I can I also drink while exercising but when I'm running it's kind of difficult...you might say I have a drinking problem).

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DAYHIKER 12/2/2010 8:35AM

    Thanks for the reminder, Judy! I have this problem if I'm helping my husband with the firewood sometimes and it's probably because I didn't drink much before we left since there are no restrooms in the woods. And I am usually starved when we get home despite that I always eat a good breakfast.


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DDOORN 12/2/2010 8:21AM

    Makes sense...I *try* (not always successful...!) to think of this as my first line of defense against hunger...douse it with water first!


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SKINNYPOWELL1 12/2/2010 7:51AM

    Experts say is you drink a glass of water before a meal it will cut down how much you eat, and it works, I do it all the time.

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MARYJOANNA 12/2/2010 7:40AM

  So true about drinking water if you think you are hungry. Who can figure?

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The importance of flexibility

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Change is good. Sometimes you really have to repeat that to yourself. Being flexible -- in body, mind, AND spirit, is important.

WW has just come out with their new program. They come out with an update to their program every year at this time, and sometimes it's small tweaks, and sometimes it's major, like this year.

Change can be scary. We want to stick with what works for us. There's also a little be careful what you wish for -- cause I have often been envious of my friends with lots more points than me (which also meant they had lots more weight to lose -- or sometimes simply that they were taller) -- and voila! Now I have lots more points.

And it's sort of scary. There have been times before when I've followed certain suggestions only to start gaining weight, despite eating healthy.

Yesterday, for instance, I made a smoothie with 2 whole bananas. Two! And yes, I have actually done this before this change to the program, but it still feels like "cheating". And no, I don't plan to eat 2 bananas every day.

I ate a whole sweet potato with my lunch, where normally I would've eaten only half. I budgeted a whole cup of brown rice with dinner, but in the end, I could actually only eat half a cup. I just wasn't that hungry any more. Which is sort of the point of the new guidelines.

But yes, it's still scary.

But I have tried several different eating plans over the last two years, and I always take something away from every one, even if they didn't totally work for me:

*The Flat Belly Diet
Gotta love a diet that actually recommends peanut butter AND chocolate. I learned from this not to be afraid of the good fats.

The first time I looked thru the original cookbook, I looked at the fat grams and said I can't eat that. But then I tried it. And I did quite well for a while.

*Raw food
I feed my animals raw food, so making the switch myself wasn't that big a leap. I will most likely never be 100% raw, and some die hards would tell me I'll never fully reap the benefits of this diet.

My takeaway is that most raw foodists don't eat a lot of the really rich meals you see in the cookbooks -- they're occasional treats. They drink a lot of smoothies, eat a lot of fruit, and eat a lot of salads.

Hmmm. That almost sounds like the new WW program. My takeaway is to finally embrace fruit for breakfast a lot -- even in the winter -- and eat salads more often. Going for fruits & veggies in their natural states more often.

*The Ultrasimple Diet
Again, lots of smoothies and fruit. Stay away from gluten. Lots of veggies and salad. And a whole lot of brown rice. Much easier to do when DH is not here. I'm wanting to do this again that first week of January -- gotta figure out how to do it with DH here.

My takeaway -- much as I love sugar, I can be very satisfied without it. Using much less agave nectar these days, and not missing it.

*The Cheat Your Way Thin Diet
This is something I am trying out. I don't think this is a plan that will work with me -- it's basically a kind of weird way of calorie cycling -- no carb days (no can do, really), low GI days, higher GI days, and one cheat day a week.

Now, I must say I have always been rather vehemently against cheat meals and cheat days. But here's where the flexibility comes in. What you resist, persists, so I try to keep an open mind.

I don't do no carb. Carbs -- the good ones -- are our friends and they fuel us. But I can try a few somewhat low carb days (laying off the bananas, for instance) followed by some higher carb days.

I like the guidelines for your cheat days:

No binging. It's not an excuse to eat everything in sight.

No planning. No buying this stuff in advance so it's laying around just waiting to trip you up.

No eating until the point of discomfort. Just eat -- whatever you want -- til you are satisfied. If you can't do that, then this isn't the plan for you.

Don't allow your one cheat day to become 2 or 3 or more.

And follow your cheat day with an intensive interval workout.

I did this last week, and I did lose a small (emphasis on small) amount of weight despite Thanksgiving and it being pre-TOM. I actually didn't even use Thanksgiving as my cheat day. Maybe I would have lost more if I had.

So there you have it. From every eating plan I try -- and it's never anything really wacky -- I take away something. And I use everything I take away to try to make up my own personal eating plan.

How flexible are you? When was the last time you embraced change? What sort of eating plans go into your own personal healthy living toolbox?

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SLIMMERJESSE 12/1/2010 4:03PM

    You always come up with helpful blogs. Thanks!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 12/1/2010 12:23PM

    Great blog with lots of good info. I'm like you, I take certain things I've learned and incorporate it into my "own" plan and it's working so far. They say you can't teach an old dog new tricks, well this ole dog (ME) has learned alot of new healthy eating tricks. I always have to feed my mind with new things. Enjoy your day, and your new learning experience from WW.

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NATPLUMMER 12/1/2010 11:39AM

    Good info!
I think I'm pretty flexible eating-wise. I try to stay away from the sweets as much as possible. I could not do no carbs...you need them to fuel your brain. I don't cut out specific foods. I just try to eat in moderation. I just have to watch my portion control...gee, I wish I was taller.

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KEAKMAN 12/1/2010 8:12AM

    As usual, great blog. Flexibility is something that we all need to strive to attain.

(And you have planted some seeds in my head for my own related blog!!)

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DAYHIKER 12/1/2010 6:10AM

    I should direct the whiners on the WW boards over here to read this! emoticon Flexibility and the willingness to learn and try new things is the only way to live!
Since I am on a monthly pass with etools the program changed for me Monday morning and we who had not been to a meeting were scrambling to understand the changes. Some took one look and decided to cancel WW!! Without even giving the new plan a chance they were ready to quit!! My meeting was last evening so it makes more sense with ALL the information and I think it will help me kick these pesky last few pounds back to goal. My staff friends who have been doing it for a couple of months were pleased with the changes. 100 calorie pack people will have a rougher go than those of us who eat real food. emoticon I ate well all day and still had 11 Points after my meeting! emoticon

Cindy who woke up to snow on the ground! emoticon That's gonna be tough on my kids who returned from Kauai yesterday afternoon! emoticon

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GALSAL59 12/1/2010 5:43AM

    A good blog and Thanks for sharing! Yes, change is scary but good.

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